Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 02.24.14


Friday, February 21 marked the forty-fifth day of the legislative session.  The past week has been a whirlwind of activity, and as Finance Chairman, numerous unscheduled meetings with Senate leaders, Governor Tomblin, administration staff and House leadership.  Bill crossover day occurs this Wednesday, February 26, which is the fiftieth day of the sixty day session.  All bills with the exception of the budget and supplemental appropriation bills must clear their house of origin by that date.

As of last Friday, a total of 1242 bills were introduced in the House and 76 bills sent to the Senate for consideration; In the Senate, 631 bills introduced with 93 bills passed the body and sent to the House.  The total of bills passed each house will increase substantially by mid-week.

HB 4588 - Protecting unborn children who are capable of experiencing pain by prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks.  This bill was the subject of intense controversy recently.  Once the political posturing was ended when a discharge motion was defeated, the bill was placed on the agenda of two separate committees and now will be before the House for a vote on passage this week.  I look forward to supporting the bill.

While the budget bill itself is not yet moving, this is normal, as staff is working feverishly behind the scenes, crunching numbers, assessing any positive or negative fiscal implications from legislation passed and working to plug holes in a most challenging budget year.  This will begin to take center stage in the very near future.

An issue that has been before the Legislature for years has been deer farming and private deer preserves that commercially raises big whitetail bucks.  This has been legal for several years, with permitting and meeting the concerns of DNR regarding fencing, CWD control and other animal health factors. About two dozen of these facilities are in operation in West Virginia with hundreds in surrounding states.

However, the one area in which deer farms seek to expand is into the commercial raising of venison.  My concern is that if we do not get a bill that absolutely protects our wild deer population, down the road we may see much less favorable legislation that would not meet the fundamental concerns of bow and gun hunters.

The hunting community – of which I am one - is very opposed to allowing our native whitetail deer to be used as a cash crop for commercial slaughter and sale.  I also agree with the concerns of the hunters and outdoor community in also wanting vigorous control to protect our whitetail deer population from disease and making sure that captive cervids are totally separated from the wild population.

I believe we have an opportunity to bring the sides together to forge a compromise that will totally protect our whitetail deer population from commercial slaughter for meat as a for-profit business.  I have been working with representatives from all sides to find a way to allow these already legal and allowed deer farms to continue their raising of big bucks for breeding purposes but absolutely prohibit the exploitation of whitetail deer and prohibit their raising as a commercial meat for-sale product.

If it can be worked out, only non-native deer and exotic species (red stag, etc. that are already permitted to be raised in captivity) would be commercially grown and sold for venison through processing at a USDA or WVDA approved facility.  Tracking of all deer at these facilities would be absolute, and no poached deer could be accepted whatsoever, as only live, tagged and monitored cervids would be accepted at the approved facility.  A WVDA or USDA official would be present to oversee the operation.

In no way would the current regs for hunting and the use of legally taken venison be infringed upon or changed.  In fact, it would go a long way in better protecting our hunting and native wildlife population.  We will see where this goes as the bill crossover day nears.

On other issues, several groups visited the Capitol last week, including an impressive crowd of senior citizens and supporters of adequate funding for the in-home care program for the aged and disabled.  Work on that important issue is ongoing and will continue through the end of the session and into budget week.  Likewise, the home school association, their families and students visited last week, including a great contingent from central West Virginia.

We also had the opportunity to visit with and honor or veterans at the annual Veterans Visibility Day at the Capitol.  During the veterans activities, the House presented a citation to the families of Lawrence Earl Boggs and Joseph Antal, two West Virginians that served together in the Navy during WW II.  Lawrence Earl was killed in action, while Joe survived and returned home after the war to raise a family in McMechen, WV.  He and his wife, now both deceased, communicated with my grandparents after the war on several occasions but last week was the first time the families had met.  Purely by chance, Delegate Mike Ferro from Marshall County, a cousin of Joe Antal, became aware of the connection and found out I was Lawrence Earl’s nephew.

With my Dad present as the only surviving brother of Lawrence Earl and Mr. Antal’s son and daughter in attendance, we began a great friendship that spans the sixty-five years since these two young men of the Greatest Generation volunteered to serve their nation; became best friends; and that friendship continues through their families to this day.  A very happy, but emotional day for everyone in the House Chamber and the galleries.

Finally, my best Happy Birthday wishes to Jean, as we celebrated her birthday last Saturday in a way we most enjoy: spending some time with our kids and grandkids.  Thanks to everyone for extending their birthday greetings to her by calls, cards and Facebook.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 462-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Finance Committee office at 304.340.3230; or Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942; or, fax to 304.340.3388.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

WV Senator Sam Cann: 02.21.14

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We are in the final two weeks of the 2014 Legislative Session and next Wednesday marks “Crossover Day” here at the Capitol. Crossover Day signifies the last day to pass bills out of their originating chamber. We will surely see a lot of legislation passing through both chambers during the final two weeks of business here in Charleston.

As some of you may know, the Senate passed out Senate Bill 6 last week which creates a prescription requirement for pseudoephedrine, a drug that can be used to make methamphetamine. The meth-lab problem in our state is at an all-time high and we are spending thousands each year cleaning up meth-labs in the state and it is time to put a stop to it. I am relieved to see this bill pass because it is one step in the right direction to keeping our neighborhoods safer. We are keeping a very dangerous ingredient off the streets but still making it available to those who need it with a written prescription.

I will admit that I was reluctant to support this bill initially; however, after a four-hour committee meeting where we heard expert testimony from the medical and pharmacy community along with law enforcement officials, I found myself overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. Medical experts explained to some of my fellow senators and me that medicines containing pseudoephedrine can be dangerous for the elderly and young to take without supervision. The danger of the ingredient alone, along with the fact that meth labs are growing at an alarming rate across the state creating an extreme hazard for our children, neighborhoods, and first responders made it clear to me that the right thing to do was to support this legislation.

While obtaining certain cold medicines could be less convenient, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy has identified Zephrex-D and Nexafed as “tamper-resistant”-pseudoephedrine, meaning it is very difficult to derive meth from these medications. If Senate Bill 6 passes, you will still be able to buy tamper-resistant medications such as these, over-the-counter. Additionally, it was stated by medical professionals that there are better and safer cold medicines “on the shelf” at a cheaper price than the pseudoephedrine products. Further, for those that need and want these products for health reasons, they will simply need a prescription from their doctor to get the product at costs similar to what they pay for them today.

Meth-lab busts in the state nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013. We must take extreme measures to ensure the safety of West Virginians along with making the most sensible economic decisions when it comes to combating the meth problem.

As always, I am proud to serve the great people of the 12th district and work hard to ensure a bright future for the Mountain State.

To write me, my address is Senator Sam Cann, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 218-W, Charleston, WV 25305. You can also call me at 304.357.7904. I encourage all of my constituents to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito – 02.21.14


I held a roundtable Wednesday morning with Kanawha Valley small businesses on the impact of the chemical spill. Many told me they are concerned about the long-term impact of the spill on tourism and the state’s reputation. I will continue to push for answers on the safety of our water and am scheduled to meet with the CDC next week.

And on Thursday, I spoke with FEMA Region III Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney, urging her to reverse the agency’s denial of emergency protective measures following the chemical spill. During the call, I shared stories I’ve heard from residents and from small businesses at Wednesday’s roundtable in Charleston. Families and business are still struggling to recover from the spill and water contamination, and I made her aware of the long-term health questions and economic damages that West Virginians are facing. This is not a traditional disaster like a flood or fire, but it has long-ranging, devastating consequences for the Kanawha Valley.

While I welcome the assistance FEMA has provided, including a federal disaster coordinator to help consolidate federal efforts across agencies, West Virginia needs more. I will continue to push FEMA to overturn its decision and work to provide much-needed assistance.


On Wednesday, I presented World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Chester McNeely of Marmet with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. Thank you to his family and American Legion members for joining us for this presentation, and thank you to Mr. McNeely for your service to our nation.


Thank you to the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to join them for their monthly lunch on Thursday.

Congressman Nick Rahall: Keeping the Government’s Nose Out of Our Private Business


I take very seriously my oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I believe that Congress has a responsibility to serve as a check on the Executive Branch, regardless of the political party in power. We must vigorously guard against unwarranted government intrusion that violates the privacy and civil liberty guarantees of our Constitution.

I voted against the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, which broadened Executive authorities under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Since then, I have consistently supported efforts to strengthen Congressional and Court oversight of our Nation’s intelligence gathering programs, including measures that prohibit the government from using data obtained from the sale of firearms, tax records, and medical information without a warrant.

As well, I have been an advocate of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency within the Executive Branch that is charged with reviewing the implementation of laws and regulations to help ensure the privacy and civil liberties of the American people. I cosponsored legislation to strengthen the Board’s authority and independence and have supported several bills to increase its annual budget.

Of particular concern is the National Security Agency’s (NSA) intelligence gathering program involving the collection of metadata, where phone records are collected in bulk under the authority of Sec. 215 of the Patriot Act. In executing these programs, the Administration clearly has pushed the legal boundaries for government surveillance.

That is why I voted in favor of the Amash Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations bill. This measure would prohibit funding for programs that collect the personal data of American citizens not subject to investigation. Although this amendment failed by a small margin, it sent a clear message that additional reforms and oversight are necessary.

Recently, a Federal judge ruled the NSA’s metadata program is unconstitutional. As well, the President announced a series of reforms to increase privacy safeguards. However, I don’t think the Congress should wait for the Courts or President to decide this matter alone; it needs to act.

I believe that more must be done to narrow the collection by intelligence agencies of data not relevant to terrorist threats and to increase public disclosure of each Administration’s interpretation of its FISA authorities. As well, procedural changes are necessary to ensure more stringent oversight by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is responsible for authorizing and reviewing these programs.

Presently, Congressional investigations into the NSA’s surveillance programs are underway, and a number of private organizations have filed lawsuits against the NSA. I am hopeful the findings will result in legislation and judicial actions that will hold this administration, and future administrations, accountable.

I believe that the United States can have a strong national security without sacrificing our Constitutional ideals, and I vehemently disagree with those who believe that strengthening one means proportionally weakening the other.

As Senator Byrd once said, “We have a responsibility to ourselves and to future generations to ensure that, in our zeal to build a fortress against terrorism, we are not dismantling the fortress of our organic law—our Constitution—our liberties, and our American way of life.” His sentiments are truly timeless.

I will continue to advocate policies that strike a balance between protecting our national security and safeguarding our civil liberties.

G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Cigarette Tax Goes Up in Smoke as Budget Battle Intensifies


As the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature rolls to a close—we have just two week to go—it has become apparent that there is no consensus under the Capitol dome over how to resolve a serious budget problem.

The hole in the proposed spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1st could be as much as $180 million, and options for finding that money are getting smaller by the day.

First Governor Tomblin turned in his spending plan, patching the budget holes by spending cuts, reprioritizing of some state spending and taking $83 million out of the state’s Rainy Day emergency fund.

That hit a snag when lawmakers balked at several of the bills Tomblin needed passed to shift money within the state budget.

Senate President Jeff Kessler took the lead yesterday morning when he said on Talkline that he wanted to increase the cigarette tax from the current 55 cents a pack to $1.55 to raise $90 million toward filling the budget hole.

But when that plan was brought up to the House of Delegates Democratic caucus, it was soundly rejected.  That meeting was behind closed doors, but sources say only a quarter of the delegates were willing to support a higher tobacco tax.

House Speaker Tim Miley confirmed afterward that election year politics have the Democrats worried about higher taxes.

“There is always some fear by all elected officials wondering whether constituents back home will support them if they vote in favor of a tax increase,” Miley said.

Miley did, however, come back with a counter proposal similar to the Governor’s plan for dedicating to the budget deficit a small portion of the lottery proceeds that are directed by law to the horse and dog breeders and cities and counties.

Still, without a tax increase, it means writing a big check out of the Rainy Day fund, perhaps taking as much as 25 percent out of the $920 million dollar account.

Meanwhile, there has been some grumbling about Tomblin’s pay raise plan for teachers, service workers and state employees, with some wondering how the Governor can justify increasing the state’s payroll, while having to dip into savings to balance the budget.

Virtually lost in the discussion are the state’s roads.  They’re crumbling, and the bad winter has caught the attention of lawmakers who are hearing from their constituents about potholes.

But nobody here is talking seriously about raising taxes or dedicating significantly more money to highways.

And keep in mind that these disagreements about how to balance the budget are all among the Democrats since they are the majority party in both the House and Senate and hold the Governorship.

Yes, lawmakers will come up with a balanced budget—by law they must—and even though there are just a couple weeks left in the regular session, this checkbook balancing act has a long way to go.

Bon Appétit: Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze

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Recipe makes 2 servings

  2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
  1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste
  salt to taste
  1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  1/4 cup dry red wine


Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over both sides of each steak, and sprinkle with salt to taste.

Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Place steaks in hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until browned.

Reduce heat to medium-low, and add balsamic vinegar and red wine.

Cover, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, basting with sauce when you turn the meat over.

Remove steaks to two warmed plates, spoon one tablespoon of glaze over each, and serve immediately.

Ask the Doctor: Most Don’t Have Second Heart Attack


Dear Dr. Donohue: About six years ago, I had a heart attack. The doctor said there was hardly any damage. Is it likely that I will have another heart attack? I am overweight and have a hard time losing weight and keeping it off.—C.P.

Dr. Donohue: The chance of a recurrent heart attack for men is 21%; for women, 33%. Looked at in the opposite way, the chances for not having a second heart attack are very good. Figures like these are deceptive when applied to an individual. A person’s efforts to decrease the risks of having another attack are the keys to not having one.

Those risks include dealing with obesity. Even though weight loss is difficult for you, you must make an effort to reduce your weight. A dietitian can help you with the diet part. You have to increase your physical activity.

Inactivity is an invitation to artery clogging and heart attacks. Ask your doctor what kind of exercise is safe for you. Walking is permitted for most, and walking is a way to strengthen your heart, clear your arteries and lose weight. You also have to watch your cholesterol in all its forms. HDL cholesterol keeps heart arteries free of plaque buildup, and LDL cholesterol encourages it.

You have to keep an eye on your blood pressure, another ingredient for heart attacks.

The fact that your doctor said little damage was done to your heart puts you into a class of heart-attack patients who are at low risk for having another.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

Flashback: What Happened on February 24, ....


•  1871 The Elizabeth Bridge Company was incorporated in West Virginia by the following: William McCoy, William V. Vernon, C. B. Fisher, D. H. Leonard of Elizabeth, Wirt County; L. D. Wheaton, W. W. Thomasson, M. H. Shurt of Burning Springs Township, Wirt County; Alfred Fought, Thomas Foster, J. W. Hale, and J. L. Enoch of Newark Township, Wirt County. The company’s purpose was to construct a toll bridge across the Little Kanawha River at Elizabeth.

•  1887 The West Virginia Legislature passed an act providing for the removal of all dams in the Elk River between the Webster County line and the mouth of the river, and in the Guyandotte River below the Wyoming County line. It became law without the approval of the governor on March 03.

•  1893 The West Virginia Legislature passed an act establishing a system whereby timber corporations could acquire title to real estate without an agreement with its owner. It was approved by the governor on February 27.

•  1893 The West Virginia Legislature passed an act prohibiting the employment by corporations, companies, or individuals of non - West Virginia residents to perform police duties in the state. It was approved by the governor on February 25.

•  1893 The West Virginia Legislature passed an act ensuring that the separate real and personal property of a married woman was her sole property. It was approved by the governor on February 25.

•  1899 The West Virginia Legislature passed an act empowering boards of education to establish kindergartens for children ages four to six in any district of one-thousand people or more. It was approved by the governor on the same day.

•  1981 WCEF - FM radio went on the air, the first radio station in Ripley, Jackson County.

•  1988 The West Virginia supreme Court declares the state’s $1.49-billion budget unconstitutional because it contains a deficit. All state spending is ordered to cease for the present.

•  1992 Hancock County Sheriff Ted Dragisich was indicted by federal authorities for allegedly extorting money from bar owners and using his cruiser to deliver cash to a bookmaker.

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G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 02.24.14


The reading from the letter of James today takes us back to the essence of divine revelation.

True wisdom is not a human achievement but is from God. Having pointed this out, James is quick to write that true wisdom will be manifested in a good life. ‘Show by your good life’, he suggests, ‘that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.’ There is so much for us personally and for our world to learn from this gentleness born of wisdom. Not least, James points out, that a rich harvest is sown in peace by those who make peace. The words that James uses to describe the kind of living that expresses divine wisdom are encouraging - we must not be full of ourselves but be willing to yield and full of compassion, without a trace of partiality and hypocrisy.

James 3:13-18. The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart - Ps 18(19):8-10, 15. Mark 9:14-29.

Nina June Geer

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Nina June Geer

Age 73, of Slate, WV, passed away February 22, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born April 02, 1940, at Grantsville, WV, a daughter of the late Orval and Rosalea Bell Wilson.

Nina had been employed at Brockway Glass as a production worker and she loved reading and enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are two sons, Willard Ray (Celena) Geer II of Parkersburg and Eric Geer of Ripley, WV; one daughter, Gina Kuhl (Fred Griffith) of Slate, WV; seven grandchildren, Kris, Micalyn (Jake), Zach, Jeremy, Bailey, Brittany and Donovan; four brothers, Woody Wilson of Charleston, Carroll (Sherry) Wilson of Calhoun County, Joe Wilson of Seattle, Washington, and Mike (Gail) Wilson of Weston, WV; five sisters, Eileen Ullom of Massilon, Ohio, Pat Cunningham of Parkersburg, Martha (Victor) Haddox of Belleville, Pam (Jerry) Rowley of Parkersburg, and Norma Jones of Calhoun County, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Ray Geer; a brother, Bill Wilson; and a sister, Louis Cunningham.

It was Nina’s request to be cremated.

There will be no services or visitation.

Burial of her ashes will be at Rockland Cemetery in Belpre.

Kimes Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Parkersburg is assisting the family with arrangements.

Glenda C. Gargano

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Glenda C. Gargano

Age 76, of Warren, Ohio passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Health Center, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born October 11, 1937, in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Glen and Madge Duncan Chalfant.

She was an inspector with Packard Electric, retiring in 1997 after 30 years of service. Glenda enjoyed fishing, golfing, working crossword puzzles and playing on the computer.

Memories of Glenda will be carried on by her son, Steven (Diane) Moneypenny of Warren; two daughters, Debbie (Gary) Preece and DeAnn (Bill) Frazier, both of Warren; and four beloved grandsons, Scott and Todd Moneypenny, Kevin Preece and Kyle Frazier.

Glenda also leaves behind her beloved pets, Molly and Miss Kitty.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Privates services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.


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2014 >  WayBackWhen™:  February 24

Today is Monday, February 24, the 55th day of 2014. There are 310 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.“ — Alfred Adler, Austrian psychoanalyst (1870-1937).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On February 24, 1864, according to the National Park Service, the first Union prisoners arrived at the Confederates’ Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. During its 14 months of existence, the overcrowded camp ended up holding some 45,000 men, more than four times its intended capacity; nearly 13,000 prisoners perished from disease, starvation or exposure.

On this date:

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)

In 1803, in its Marbury v. Madison decision, the Supreme Court established judicial review of the constitutionality of statutes.

In 1821, Mexican rebels proclaimed the Plan de Iguala, their declaration of independence from Spain.

In 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.

In 1912, the American Jewish women’s organization Hadassah was founded in New York City.

In 1920, the German Workers Party, which later became the Nazi Party, met in Munich to adopt its platform.

In 1938, the first nylon bristle toothbrush, manufactured by DuPont under the name “Dr. West’s Miracle Toothbrush,“ went on sale. (Previously, toothbrush bristles were made from animal hair.)

In 1955, the Cole Porter musical “Silk Stockings” opened at the Imperial Theater on Broadway.

In 1961, the Federal Communications Commission authorized the nation’s first full-scale trial of pay television in Hartford, Conn.

In 1988, in a ruling that expanded legal protections for parody and satire, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a $150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Hustler magazine and publisher Larry Flynt.

In 1989, a state funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito, who had died the month before at age 87.

In 1994, entertainer Dinah Shore died in Beverly Hills, Calif., five days before turning 78.

Ten years ago:

Democrat John Kerry defeated John Edwards by large margins in Utah and Idaho, and also won in Hawaii, where Edwards ran third behind Dennis Kucinich.

President George W. Bush urged approval of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake devastated an isolated region of northern Morocco, killing more than 600 people.

Character actor John Randolph died in Hollywood at age 88.

Five years ago:

In the first prime-time speech of his term, President Barack Obama appeared before Congress to sketch an agenda that began with jobs, then broadened quickly to include a stable credit system, better schools, health care reform, reliable domestic sources of energy and an end to the war in Iraq.

Earlier in the day, President Obama held an 80-minute private talk with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso.

One year ago:

Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

At the Academy Awards, “Argo” won best picture while Ang Lee was named best director for “Life of Pi”; Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for “Lincoln” while Jennifer Lawrence received the best actress award for “Silver Linings Playbook.“

Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500, beating his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., who made a late move to finish second.

Danica Patrick, the first woman to win the pole, finished eighth.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Abe Vigoda is 93

Actor Steven Hill is 92

Actress Emmanuelle Riva is 87

Actor-singer Dominic Chianese (kee-uh-NAY’-see) is 83

Movie composer Michel Legrand is 82

Opera singer-director Renata Scotto is 80

Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., is 72

Actor Barry Bostwick is 69

Actor Edward James Olmos is 67

Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes is 67

Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 64

Actress Debra Jo Rupp is 63

Actress Helen Shaver is 63

News anchor Paula Zahn is 58

Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray is 58

Country singer Sammy Kershaw is 56

Actor Mark Moses is 56

Singer Michelle Shocked is 52

Movie director Todd Field is 50

Actor Billy Zane is 48

Actress Bonnie Somerville is 40

Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandon Brown (Mista) is 31

Rock musician Matt McGinley (Gym Class Heroes) is 31

Actor Wilson Bethel is 30

It’s Time to Start Preparing Nest Boxes

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I know it seems like this winter will never end, but days are getting longer, and just a few days ago, I finally saw blue sky and felt the warmth of sunshine.

With longer days and bright sunshine comes hope in the form of bird song. And no voices sound better on a cold February day than those of eastern bluebirds, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice and Carolina wrens.

It will be at least another month before these birds start building nests and another few weeks until they lay eggs, so there’s still time to build a few nest boxes for these cavity-nesting backyard birds. Few backyard projects are more rewarding.

The supply of dead trees and natural cavities limits the number of cavity-nesters that inhabit any area. Providing nest boxes is a simple solution to this nest site shortage. But only cavity-nesters, not open nesters such as robins and cardinals, use nest boxes or birdhouses. Only cavity-nesters have the strong feet and fearless curiosity required to explore deep, dark nooks and crannies.

The birds that use nest boxes vary with habitat. Eastern bluebirds prefer open country with a few scattered trees. Hay fields, pastures, cemeteries and golf courses are ideal bluebird habitat, and if there’s a pond or wetland nearby, tree swallows may also use nest boxes in these areas.

If you live in a wooded area, don’t expect bluebirds. Chickadees, titmice, wrens and maybe even white-breasted nuthatches use nest boxes in more wooded settings.

A simple four-inch by four-inch by 10-inch box with an inch-and-a-half hole is all bluebirds and these other small cavity-nesters require. Build a bigger box (8”x 8”x18” high with a three-inch hole), and you might get an eastern screech-owl or American kestrel.

Any untreated lumber will do, but exterior plywood is relatively inexpensive and ages well. Use stock that’s three-quarters to one inch thick. It insulates nests from spring chills and summer heat.

The actual design and appearance of the box are unimportant to cavity-nesting birds. They simply require a secure site that protects the nest from foul weather and predators. Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.

• Assemble with galvanized screws to increase the life of the box.

• It’s not necessary to paint or stain nest boxes, but use light-colored earth tones if you do. They absorb less heat and are less conspicuous to vandals. Put a shingle or several coats of water sealer on the roof; it receives the greatest exposure and weathers faster than the sides. Do not paint the inside of the box.

• Be sure the box can be opened from the front or side for easy monitoring and cleaning. A box that can’t be opened and cleaned is worthless after just one nest.

• Place the top of the entrance hole an inch below the roof. Keeping the hole high makes it more difficult for raccoons and cats to reach in and grab the contents of the nest. And because raccoons and cats are so common, protect the nest box from below with a metal predator baffle ( A good baffle costs $25 to $50, will last a lifetime, and prevents a nest box from becoming a predator feeder. I prefer to have fewer predator-proof boxes than many predator feeders.

• Extend the roof at least five inches over the front of the box to protect the hole from wind-blown rain and marauding paws. Drill four quarter-inch holes in the floor so the box drains well if it does get wet.

• Never put a perch on the outside of a box. Cavity-nesters have strong feet and easily cling to vertical wooden surfaces. A perch only invites house sparrows to use and defend the box.

• Finally, boxes should be in place by mid March. Use plastic coated number 12 or 14 electrical wire to strap boxes to posts. Hang boxes so they will be shaded during hot summer afternoons, and orient the hole to avoid prevailing winds and driving rain.

For more information and detailed nest box plans, visit and click the “Learn” button. Then teach a child about cavity-nesters this spring.

~~  Dr. Scott Shalaway - 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~

The Flatwoods Monster

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Also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, The Flatwoods Monster has been labeled as either an extraterrestrial creature or an earthbound cryptid. It was originally sighted in Braxton County, West Virginia, in the United States on September 12, 1952.

The alien-like creature supposedly appears as a large, pulsating ball of light. Associated with such a creature is the so-called Lizard Monster that was chronicles in a 2010 episode of MonsterQuest. This creature was described as a large, red ball of pulsating lights.

The cryptid version of the creature is at least 10 feet tall. It has a red face and a green body, both of which appear to glow from within. The creature’s head has bulging eyes shaped like small hearts. Some witnesses claim that The Flatwoods Monster has no visible arms, although there are witnesses who say that the creature has short, stubby appendages protruding from the front of its body. The creature has a roughly human shape is has been described as wearing clothing, such as a dark pleated skirt.

The three original witnesses who first experienced an encounter with The Flatwoods Monster reported that they experienced an unknown sickness. Symptoms of this sickness included irritation of the nose and throat, as well as vomiting and convulsions. These symptoms persisted for some time, and a doctor who examined the young men said their symptoms were similar to those suffered when inhaling mustard gas.

Explanations for The Flatwoods Monster include a possible meteor, as well as hysteria related to encountering a barn owl late at night (the heart-shaped face and eyes and claw-like appendages). Another common assertion is that the creature is little more than swamp gas.

Frank E. Feschino has written a book about the creature. This book is titled The Braxton County Monster: The Cover-up of the Flatwoods Monster Revealed.

WV Senate OKs Bill on Teacher Planning

The Gilmer Free Press

A bill to allow West Virginia teachers to determine how to use their planning time has passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.

The bill states that administrators may not require a teacher attend training, meetings, or any work-related event during a planning period. This included parent-teacher conferences.

Lawmakers first voted to amend the bill Friday to state teachers are not prohibited from attending meetings at their discretion.

Senator Bob Plymale said the Education Committee had to move forward on the bill when it did not receive a recommendation on teacher planning from the State Board of Education.

Last week in committee, State Superintendent Jim Phares said he agreed planning periods should be teacher-directed but that some meetings also affect student learning.

The bill will go to the House for action.

2012 Census of Agriculture Preliminary Results

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the 2012 Census of Agriculture preliminary results:

“The preliminary data released Thursday provide a snapshot of a strong rural America that has remained stable during difficult economic times.

We have slowed significantly the loss of farmland, which has totaled 72 million acres since 1982. New tools provided in the 2014 Farm Bill will help to further slow and reverse this trend.

The data confirm that farm income is at a record high. However, the prolonged drought and lack of disaster assistance have made it more difficult for livestock producers and mid-sized farms to survive. The 2014 Farm Bill guarantees disaster assistance and provides additional stability for farmers and ranchers.

A bright spot in the data is the slight increase in young farmers and the stable number of small farms and large-scale farms. This reflects our work to grow both local and regional food systems and exports, but we must do more for mid-sized operations. The 2014 Farm Bill will expand support for beginning farmers and new market opportunities for all producers.

Finally, the data illustrate the strength of diversity in crop production, markets, people and land use across the agricultural sector. While the aging nature of the farming population is a concern, we are hopeful that as we attract and retain the next generation of talent into rural America, this trend can also be reversed.”

WV Senate Passes Future Fund

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The West Virginia Senate has unanimously passed a bill to conserve and invest a portion of oil and gas revenues to use for future infrastructure and economic development.

The Future Fund Bill passed Friday sets aside 25% of the severance tax revenues collected from private oil and gas companies above a $175 million benchmark.

This benchmark projects funds needed to sustain government operations.

The fund would collect interest for six years before being used for economic development projects, building infrastructure and increasing teacher salaries.

Senate President Jeff Kessler said he was pleased the bill passed the Senate without any resistance or rejection. He said he hopes to see the state cash in on a growing oil and gas industry and to reserve some of its excess for future prosperity.

Recalls - 02.21.14



Eastman Footwear is recalling Coleman® Runestone Style Children’s Shoes sold nationwide from January 2013 to December 2013.

The metal rivets surrounding the holes where the shoestring is secured on the shoes can have sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard.

The Runestone children’s shoes are black with gray mesh fabric panels on the side of the shoe with a green “Coleman” logo name and lantern graphic on the tongue.

A label located on the inside of tongue of the shoes identifies the style as Runestone.

Consumers should return the shoes to a Big 5 Sporting Goods store for a full refund or contact Eastman Footwear at 800.786.0282x301 from 8 AM to 5 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit for instructions on returning the shoes for a refund.


U.S. Polo Assn. is recalling U.S. Polo Assn. girl’s jackets sold nationwide from August 2013 to October 2013.

The jackets have a band of material at the neck that can pose a strangulation hazard.

The jackets have the name U.S. Polo Assn. with the year 1890 and crossed polo mallets on the jacket’s upper right exterior and a silhouette of two polo players and the initials USPA on the jacket’s upper left exterior.

The name Q4 Designs LLC and style numbers can be found on the white tracking label tag sewn into the inside of the jacket near the waist band.

Recalled style numbers include: U274-200 for sizes 4-6 and U274-300 for sizes 7-16.

Consumers should remove or cut the band to eliminate the hazard, or contact Q4 Designs at 800.741.0127 from 9 AM to 5 PM ET, or online at to obtain a full refund.


Infantino is recalling Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from December 2012 to January 2014.

The tail of the monkey can pose a choking hazard.

This recall involves the Go Gaga Squeeze & Teethe Coco the Monkey teething toys.

“Infantino” is marked on the back toward the rear and model number 206-647 is marked on the inside of the rear left leg.

Consumers should contact Infantino at 888.808.3111 between 8 AM and 4 PM PT Monday through Friday or online at


Sterling Rope Company is recalling Sewn cord edge restraints, sewn eyes and sewn loops sold nationwide and in Canada from January 2013 to January 2014.

Sewn cords break at a lower weight than published weight values, posing a fall hazard.

This recall involves four models of Sterling Rope’s sewn cords which include the 8mm Aztek AZ.Sewn Bound Loop Prusik, Aztek AZ.Elite 8mm Edge Restraint, 8mm PER Sewn Eye and the 8mm Accessory Cord Sewn Eye.

Consumers should Sterling Rope at 800.788-7673 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM ET Monday through Friday or online at for a free replacement.


Lucent Ace Manufacturing is recalling LED flashlights sold exclusively at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores nationwide from October 2013 to November 2013.

The battery can short and cause the flashlight’s canister to rupture, posing a burn hazard.

This recall involves LED flashlights with hand straps.

The 3 ½-inch tall flashlights were sold in black, red, green and blue and have style number FSAACE6022 printed on the packaging.

Consumers should return the flashlight to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers can also contact Lucent Ace Manufacturing at 888.373.6978 from 9 AM to 5 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit


LEM Products Distribution is recalling 5-Tray Dehydrators with Digital Timers sold nationwide and in Canada from June2011 to December 2013.

Damaged wiring in the food dehydrators can come into contact with a metal bracket inside the machine, posing a shock hazard.

This recall involves 5-tray food dehydrators with model number 1009 and serial numbers between 20110506 and 20121008.

The UPC code 734494910094 is on the bottom of the packaging.

Consumers should contact LEM Products Distribution at 877.536.7763 from 8 AM to 5 PM ET Monday through Friday or online at for instructions on free shipping and repair of the recalled product.

#9 Lady Pioneers Roll as they Beat West Liberty, 105-81

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The #9 Glenville State Lady Pioneers rolled to a 24 point victory on Senior Day as they defeated MEC conference foe West Liberty, 105-81.

In the first half the Lady Pioneers would jump out to a huge lead as they took a 17-0 lead at the 15:34 mark.

GSC would cruise the rest of the way as they went into halftime up by 27 points, 64-37.

In the second half it was all GSC as they continued to roll. The Lady Pioneers biggest lead came at the 12:00 minute mark of the second half as GSC took a 39 point lead, 94-55.

And the Lady Pioneers would cruise a nice victory over West Liberty, 105-81. With the win the Lady pioneers avenge an early season loss to West Liberty that came back on January 13th .

The victory also came on Senior Day for the Lady Pioneers.

With the Lady Pioneers scoring over 100 points they broke the NCAA Record for most games in a season with at least 100 points or more as this was their 17th game with 100 points or more. The record was previously held by Hampton with 16 games over 100 points back in 1988.

GSC caused 23 turnovers and converted them into 28 points. The Lady Pioneers outscored West Liberty in the paint 50 to 28, they also out-rebounded West Liberty 54 to 47.

The Lady Pioneers had four players score in double figures with Kenyona Simmons scoring a game high 24 points. Tasia Bristow scored 15 points and had 2 steals in the game.

Keyanna Tate scored 11 points and grabbed a game high 14 rebounds as she finished with a double double while Ginny Mills finished with 10 points.

West Liberty was led by Emily Bucon as she finished with 18 points.

The Lady Pioneers return to action Saturday, March 01, 2014 when they travel to West Virginia Wesleyan for the final regular season game. Tip-off is set for 2:00 PM.

Box Score:

West Liberty vs, Glenville State

02.2202014   2:00 PM  at Jesse R. Lilly Gym
VISITORS: West Liberty 18-9 (MEC 15-6)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
05 Kierra Simpson…... *  5-9    0-0    3-7    6  4 10   4  13  4  1  3  1  26
15 Jasmin Kiley…..... *  2-7    0-4    0-0    0  0  0   1   4  0  1  0  0  18
20 Liz Flowers…...... *  2-12   1-5    2-2    1  4  5   5   7  3  1  0  0  23
21 Kailee Howe…...... *  5-12   1-3    2-2    2  2  4   4  13  4  4  0  1  35
33 Bri Kamarec…...... *  0-4    0-4    4-4    0  6  6   2   4  2  6  1  0  26
03 Janay Bottoms…....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  1  2  0  0   6
10 Lindsey Fenwick…..    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   2   0  0  1  0  0   5
11 Jenn Mohney…......    4-8    2-3    3-3    0  0  0   4  13  0  2  0  1  20
23 Emily Bucon…......    5-7    4-4    4-4    1  4  5   3  18  2  4  0  1  26
30 Colleen McCormick…    2-4    1-3    4-4    1  0  1   1   9  0  1  0  0  15
   TEAM….............                         2  8 10
   Totals…...........   25-66   9-26  22-26  15 32 47  26  81 16 23  4  4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-30 36.7%   2nd Half: 14-36 38.9%   Game: 37.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-10 10.0%   2nd Half:  8-16 50.0%   Game: 34.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 14-15 93.3%   2nd Half:  8-11 72.7%   Game: 84.6%    1

HOME TEAM: Glenville State 24-3 (MEC 19-2)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 Keyanna Tate…..... *  1-10   0-1    9-10  10  4 14   3  11  1  1  0  2  19
05 Jessica Parsons….. *  3-6    0-1    2-3    2  3  5   1   8  2  1  0  4  21
32 Ginny Mills…...... *  3-11   0-6    4-5    2  2  4   1  10  1  0  0  4  18
35 Kenyona Simmons….. *  9-18   1-3    5-5    1  0  1   3  24  1  1  0  0  20
44 Aesha Peters…..... *  3-4    0-0    0-0    1  6  7   4   6  0  0  4  2  13
01 Tasia Bistow….....    6-8    0-0    3-4    1  3  4   1  15  0  2  0  2  17
02 Pagie Tuttle….....    1-1    0-0    1-2    0  0  0   1   3  0  0  0  1   8
10 Kenyell Goodson…..    2-8    1-3    0-0    1  1  2   2   5  0  2  0  2  16
12 Ashleigh Fossett….    3-8    1-2    0-0    2  1  3   1   7  0  1  0  2  18
13 Chanice Lee…......    0-1    0-0    1-2    0  1  1   0   1  0  0  0  0   5
20 Briauna Nix…......    3-6    0-0    1-2    1  4  5   4   7  0  0  0  0  18
21 Tiffani Huffman…..    1-3    1-2    5-6    0  1  1   1   8  1  0  0  0  17
24 Madison Martin…...    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   8
30 Hannah Stout….....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
   TEAM….............                         4  3  7
   Totals…...........   35-86   4-20  31-39  25 29 54  22 105  6  8  4 20 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-49 38.8%   2nd Half: 16-37 43.2%   Game: 40.7%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-13 15.4%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 20.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 24-28 85.7%   2nd Half:  7-11 63.6%   Game: 79.5%    2

Technical fouls: West Liberty-None. Glenville State-None.

Attendance: 2210

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
West Liberty…...............   37   44  -   81
Glenville State…............   64   41  -  105

Pioneers Fall at Home to West Liberty 97-109

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The Glenville State men’s basketball team gave a great effort but came up short as they fell at home on Senior Day to West Liberty, 97-109.

GSC would fall behind early in the game and continued to struggle in the first half as West Liberty took a 17 point lead into halftime, 48-65.

In the second half the Pioneers would come out on a mission as they would claw and fight to get back into the game. GSC would cut West Liberty’s lead to five points, 86-91, with under 5:00 minutes left to play.

However it wouldn’t be enough as West Liberty would hold on and defeat GSC by 12 points, 97-109.

The Pioneers out-rebounded West Liberty 34 to 28.

GSC had four players score in double figures with Kevin Gray leading the way with 26 points as he drilled eight three-pointers on the night. Lamar Mallory just missed a double double as he scored 22 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.

Donte Morales scored 20 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists. And Reggie Williams chipped in with 12 points and dished out 9 assists.

West Liberty was led by CJ Hester as he scored a game high 34 points.

The Pioneers return to the court Saturday, March 01, 2014 when they travel to West Virginia Wesleyan. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.

Box Score:

West Liberty vs. Glenville State

02.22.2014   4:00PM   at Jesse R. Lilly Gym
VISITORS: West Liberty 23-2 (MEC 19-2)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 Devin Hoehn…...... *  2-7    1-6    0-0    0  1  1   0   5  3  0  0  1  15
20 Zak Kirkbride….... *  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  0  0  0  2  15
24 Mike Lamberti….... *  2-3    1-1    0-0    0  2  2   1   5  2  0  0  0  12
32 Cedric Harris….... *  6-10   3-4    7-7    0  4  4   1  22  4  2  0  1  32
33 Keene Cockburn…... *  3-8    0-2    1-1    0  6  6   4   7  3  0  0  1  35
02 Jeff Yunetz…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
05 Seger Bonifant…...    7-9    4-6    0-0    1  1  2   1  18  1  2  0  0  26
12 Shawn Dyer….......    4-8    2-4    5-5    2  2  4   1  15  5  2  0  0  26
13 CJ Hester…........   13-14   7-7    1-3    2  6  8   4  34  1  3  0  3  31
23 Kelvin Goodwin…...    1-4    1-4    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  0  1  0  0   8
   Totals…...........   38-63  19-34  14-16   5 23 28  15 109 19 10  0  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 26-40 65.0%   2nd Half: 12-23 52.2%   Game: 60.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  9-18 50.0%   2nd Half: 10-16 62.5%   Game: 55.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half: 10-12 83.3%   Game: 87.5%    1

HOME TEAM: Glenville State 16-9 (MEC 13-8)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Kevin Gray…....... *  9-12   8-10   0-0    0  1  1   5  26  0  1  0  1  36
03 Donte Morales….... *  7-16   4-13   2-2    2  5  7   0  20  6  3  1  2  37
11 Reggie Williams….. *  4-11   2-4    2-4    2  4  6   3  12  9  5  0  2  38
21 Brett Morris…..... *  2-7    1-4    0-0    1  3  4   1   5  3  1  0  1  32
23 Lamar Mallory….... *  8-15   0-0    6-6    6  3  9   2  22  2  0  0  1  34
00 Brien Winston…....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   1
02 JJ Vazquez….......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   3
12 Lamont Cole…......    2-4    2-4    0-0    0  1  1   0   6  0  1  0  1  10
22 Jeff Joynes…......    1-2    1-2    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  0  0  0  0   1
24 Jordan McCloud…...    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   0   1  0  2  0  0   5
33 Ed Newell…........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
34 Kenny Moore…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   2
   TEAM….............                         1  2  3
   Totals…...........   34-68  18-37  11-14  13 21 34  13  97 21 14  1  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-34 52.9%   2nd Half: 16-34 47.1%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  8-18 44.4%   2nd Half: 10-19 52.6%   Game: 48.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  7-8  87.5%   Game: 78.6%    1

Technical fouls: West Liberty-None. Glenville State-None.

Attendance: 1349

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
West Liberty…...............   65   44  -  109
Glenville State…............   48   49  -   97

Area High School Basketball Scores - 02.22.14

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High School Boys Basketball Scores (Saturday, 02.22.14):

•  #1 Robert C. Byrd 69, Preston 55

•  Lewis County 73, Buckhannon-Upshur 33

•  #9 Gilmer County 42, Parkersburg Catholic 40 (LKC Title)

•  Lincoln 69, Frankfort 54

•  #5 Bridgeport 93, Liberty 29

High School Girls Basketball Scores (Saturday, 02.22.14):

•  Lewis County 74, Buckhannon-Upshur 63

High School Girls Basketball Scores - Sectional (Saturday, 02.22.14):

•  Notre Dame 52, Harman 14

•  Tyler Consolidated 70, Valley Wetzel 24

•  Union 55, South Harrison 35

Weekly Horoscope: 02.23.14 - 03.01.14

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Expand your knowledge on the 23rd and 24th. Ask questions and attend seminars that will keep you up to date with what’s happening in your community and with regard to investments that interest you. Separate business from pleasure on the 25th and 26th. Emotional matters must not be allowed to dictate the type of job you do. Getting together old friends or colleagues on the 27th and 28th will lead to interesting information regarding a position or an event that will help raise your profile. A partnership will help you achieve your goals quickly. Make personal changes to the way you live on the 1st. An unusual lifestyle is fine but don’t let anyone take you for granted.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Use the experience and knowledge you have accumulated on the 23rd and 24th to help others. Volunteering for community events geared toward helping those less fortunate or a group in need will be satisfying. Approach work and professional goals from the heart on the 25th and 26th but don’t let anger lead to ulterior motives. Stick to a strategy that is based on what’s needed and what you are capable of supplying. Getting along with the people you work along side on the 27th and 28th will be the only way to get things done. Look for a unique solution to a problem on the 1st that will bring you greater opportunities as well as help a concern you have been trying to resolve.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Don’t feel the need to make changes on the 23rd and 24th if it will end up costing. Avoid any expense or impulsive purchase that will leave you short at the end of the month. Show genuine interest in what others do on the 25th and 26th and you will gain insight into ways to solve a situation you’ve been faced with. Don’t let anger stand between you and a resolution. Deception and disillusionment will hinder your chance to advance on the 27tt and 28th. Step back from anyone that is confusing you in order to get a clear picture. Take care of your emotional needs and concerns on the 1st. Discipline will help you accomplish personal goals that will enhance your reputation.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Go above and beyond what’s being asked of you on the 23rd and 24th and you will be given what you need to reach your goal and expand your plans. Take care of matters concerning your personal and professional partnerships on the 25th and 26th. Getting to the bottom of any problem that crops up will save you valuable time in the future. Find a creative outlet or a place you can visit on the 27th and 28th that puts your mind at ease and inspires you to engage in something different. A romantic plan will improve your love life. Communicating and dealing with people from different walks of life on the 1st will open your mind to a whole new mindset that will help increase your mindfulness.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Make a simple change on the 23rd and 24th that will encourage you to keep whatever you do within reason and budget. Moderation will determine the final outcome of anything you pursue. Use your emotions in a creative and loving way on the 25th and 26th. As soon as you allow your temper to take over you will lose the battle. Caution and compromise will be your ticket to success. Invest wisely on the 27th and 28th. Find ways to update your skills or to keep you in sync with the current trends without overspending. Put more effort into fixing up your home on the 1st. A creative innovative idea that is cost efficient will add value to your surroundings and pump up your assets.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Protect what you have but don’t shy away from sharing what you’ve got on the 23rd and 24th. It’s all in the way you go about helping others that will determine if you are taken for granted or not. Discuss legal contractual or work related business on the 25th and 26th that can make or break your position. Be prepared to present what you have to offer and how you can effectively help make improvements that will equate to greater prosperity. Plan to celebrate on the 27th and 28th. Spending time with someone you love will bring you closer together. Socializing with old friends or colleagues on the 1st will lead to an interesting idea that will position you for greater advancement.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Don’t let problems at home spin out of control on the 23rd and 24th. Address whatever comes up quickly and keep moving. Use your intuitive intelligence to settle matters succinctly. Consider the best way to improve your personal situation on the 25th and 26th without letting it cost you too much financially or emotionally. Keep your celebrating to a minimum on the 27th and 28th. Too much of anything will lead to trouble. Learning and creativity should be your focus. Avoid demanding individuals. Go over what you know and what you need to know on the 1st to keep you in the running for a position you want to aspire to. Pick up additional skills.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Explore your neighborhood or community on the 23rd and 24th. The people you meet and the information you gather will help you make important decisions regarding taking part in events or functions that interest you. An emotional situation will arise on the 25th and 26th if you have neglected or not included someone in your plans. Make amends quickly. Time spent at home or involved in buying or selling property on the 27th and 28th will bring positive feedback and greater prosperity. Expand your interests. A change at home or to your surroundings on the 1st will raise your profile and your status. Make financial moves that will establish a secure income or future return.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Keep your feet firmly planted on the ground on the 23rd and 24th. You need to look at the big picture before you make a decision. Someone you are dealing with has an ulterior motive. How you earn your living may be questioned on the 25th and 26th. Do your best to focus on what needs to be done and put your efforts where you will have the greatest effect. Innovative ideas will be the answer on the 27th and 28th. Discuss your plans with someone you have worked or dealt with in the past and you will get the answers you need to move forward. Make sure you have all the information required on the 1st before getting involved in a joint financial venture. Loss is apparent.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Secrets will be a must on the 23rd and 24th. The less you share with others the better your chance will be when it comes to your success. Go it alone and concentrate on your goals not what someone else is trying to achieve. Don’t expect everyone to be happy with you on the 25th and 26th. Do whatever you need to do to get ahead and you will win respect clout and a higher position in the end. Take time to have some fun on the 27th and 28th. Activities that are challenging and energetic will help ease your stress. A relationship should be coddled on the 1st. What you do to please someone you love will help make the changes you are considering easier to broach.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Your concern on the 23rd and 24th with those less fortunate or going through a difficult time will spark your imagination helping you find ways to supply help. A problem dealing with authority figures or institutions will develop on the 25th and 26th if you haven’t gone through the proper channels. Go over paperwork and make the necessary changes before you proceed. Emotions will rise to the surface on the 27th and 28th if someone confronts you regarding a legal or money matter. Use your intellectual finesse not anger to turn things around. You’ll find a unique way to apply your skills and talent on the 1st that will help you expand your services and earning potential.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) -  Choose your words carefully on the 23rd and 24th. Misunderstands or emotional repercussions will make it difficult to accomplish what you set out to do. Think strategically and be aware of what others want. What you offer will grab attention on the 25th and 26th but make sure that you can afford both the time and money required to deliver your promise. Work quietly behind the scenes on the 27th and 28th. What you develop must be full proof if you intend to be successful. Calculate every move with precision. Appeal from the heart on the 1st and you will capture the attention and support you need to follow through with your plans. Emotion and passion will equal victory.

G-Comm™: Inevitability

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There was a major story in Time magazine this week that military personnel were cheating on competency tests relating to the command and control of American nuclear missiles. This was one more confirmation of what we already know in our hearts but prefer not to examine too closely: humans are too human, too small, too fallible, to be in charge of the unfathomable destructive power of nuclear weapons.

Activists, frustrated by a Congress in the pocket of military-industrial corporations, have rightly shifted their focus to building local coalitions that emphasize bottom-up renewal. The peace movement is still hard at work, but overwhelmed by the size of the powers arrayed against it.

Maybe it’s the top military brass of the nuclear nations who ought to be leading the charge toward reciprocal disarmament, because their political masters have laid upon them an impossible task: to make zero mistakes when interpreting the behavior of other nations, to keep these weapons and the people who handle them in a state of hair-trigger readiness without tipping over the edge into accidents, and to avoid nuclear winter should, God forbid, the weapons be used.

A tall order indeed, because our experience with technologically complex systems designed not to fail is that sometimes they all fail—not a Rumsfeldian unknown unknown. Just as the occasional crash of a passenger plane or a space shuttle has proven inevitable, or a Chernobyl or Fukushima or Three Mile Island meltdown is unlikely but nevertheless has also proven inescapable, so too it is inevitable that, unless we change direction as a species, there will be a fatal incident involving nuclear weapons.

Some analysts claim that we are actually in a more risky time than during the Cold War. As we see in the cheating scandal, people in charge of the weapons, because their mission has been rendered obsolete by the change from the cold war to the “war on terror,” are tempted by laziness and corner-cutting.

The United States, even while a signatory to international treaties that enjoin it to reduce its nuclear weapons and cooperate with other states to reduce theirs, is poised to spend untold billions, money needed desperately for, say, transitioning to clean, sustainable sources of energy, to renew its nuclear weapons systems. The tail of corporate profit wags the dog of nuclear policy, but neither the cost nor the danger of nuclear weapons appears to be a high priority for most Americans.

Terrorism naturally gets more focus today. Avoiding nuclear terrorism may actually be easier to accomplish than to guarantee in perpetuity those impossible conditions attached to “legitimate” state-controlled nuclear weapons. In the case of terrorists, the objective is to secure and keep separate the parts and ingredients of weapons. The vast majority of nations are in agreement with this goal and willing to cooperate to reach it. Meanwhile the far greater danger may be the relentless momentum engendered by the in-place weapons systems of the nuclear club, motivating more states to want to join, resulting in more command and control complexity, and more probability of misinterpretation.

In his famous poem “September 1, 1939,” W.H. Auden wrote, “We must love one another or die.” Auden came to dislike the poem for its preachiness. In 1955 he allowed it to be reprinted in an anthology with the line altered to “We must love one another and die.” Though the two lines obviously have different meanings, both versions are true. It is inevitable that we will all die, whether we learn to love each other or not. Is it also inevitable that we will die in nuclear fire or under gray skies of nuclear ash? Not if nuclear nations begin to have a conversation based in the common recognition that nuclear weapons are not useful to planetary security.

Creative acts of love, truth-telling, and inclusion are always open to us, as Nelson Mandela demonstrated. When the Nazis occupied Denmark in April, 1940, 17-year-old Danish schoolboy Arne Sejr wrote his “Ten Commandments” that were creative ways to nonviolently slow, sabotage, and stymie Nazi goals in his country. In the dark days of 1943 the people of Denmark, at great risk, not only spirited 7,800 Jews into neutral Sweden to shield them from the invading Nazis, but also interceded on behalf of the 5 percent who were already on their way to Theresienstadt, with the result that 99 percent of Danish Jews were spared the Holocaust.

The nuclear Gordian knot is in equal need of heroes who can cut into it with the sharp blade of truth, and spirit our species into a new paradigm beyond our present false sense of security. Is it possible such heroes might emerge from within the military-industrial complex itself? We need more high-ranking Ellsbergs, Snowdens and Mannings, not only to reveal secret data or expose competency breakdown, but to also assert that security via nukes overall is a futile project—not only for the U.S. but for all nations who possess or want nuclear weapons. Generals and weapons designers have hearts and love their grandchildren like all of us. If a few of them spoke out, the world would owe them a priceless debt of gratitude.

~~  Winslow Myers ~~


RECEIPTS:    Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     258,700    47,800         4,400        310,900 
Last Week     189,500    51,600        53,600        294,700 
Last Year     167,300    54,200         2,800        224,300

Compared to last week, all weights and classes of feeder cattle and calves sold 1.00-5.00 higher with active trading noted in most major marketing areas.

The full advance of the market was most evident on the middle-weight cattle, those weighing from 500-800 lbs.

Competition has increased on these cattle and grass interests are becoming more prevalent as winter’s tight grip is starting to ease near the major grazing areas.

This is the time of year when the term “stocker” starts to be used to describe cattle that are in condition to be turned-out on pasture.

These cattle can weigh anywhere from 200-850 lbs., but they can’t be so fleshy that the high roughage diet makes them go backwards.

Even lighter calves can lose weight on pasture if they have been heavily supplemented and suddenly find they only have grass to eat.

On the other hand, thin-fleshed cattle that have been getting-by through the long-cold winter on poor quality hay or what was left of last year’s grass will hit the ground running.

The easy weight that these cattle realize is called “compensatory gain” and these pounds can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of normal backgrounding.

In late winter and early spring, buyers often show their fangs when trying to purchase cattle in this condition.

At the OKC-West El Reno, OK Livestock Market a package of thin 350 lb. steer calves brought 278.00; at the St. Joseph, MO Stockyards a half load of fancy and gaunt (empty) 550 lb. steers hit 232.25; while Bassett, NE saw a heavy load of fancy 620 lb. steers drop the gavel at 210.00.

Orders for stocker cattle are only going to get more aggressive as the calendar turns to March and April.

Producers have been selling their calf crop ahead this year with record prices and a miserably cold winter to blame.

Friday’s cattle-on-feed report showed January placements up 8.6% and much larger than the industry had estimated.

On feed inventories as of February 1st were in-turn slightly higher than expected at 97.2, but marketings were lighter than thought at just 94.5% of the same time a year ago.

Normally, the bearish placement figure would send feeder cattle prices lower the following week.

But, the industry is fully aware of tight supplies and the thought that our calf sales are up 9% for the year (year-to-date nationwide auction receipts are also up 9%) could cause stocker buyers to push the envelope even farther from fear of scarce availability this spring.

Two full weeks of limited fed cattle sales, from feedlot managers keeping the gates closed to sharply lower bids, finally pulled the direct slaughter cattle market to an agreeable level.

Short-bought packers paid 145.00 to the Southern feedyards and 230.00-231.00 dressed to Northern lots, 3.00 higher and 5.00-6.00 higher respectively over last week’s thin test.

This week’s reported auction volume had 58% over 600 lbs. and 42% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  258,700   Last Week:  189,500   Last Year:  167,300

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday February 19, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  35 

Slaughter cows made up 40% of the offering,
replacement cows 32%, and feeders 28%.

The feeder supply included 100% heifers.

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    425-425    425       142.50         142.50
    1    495-495    495       142.50         142.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    300-300    300       130.00         130.00
    4    455-455    455       147.50         147.50

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    710-710    710       675.00         675.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    790-790    790       875.00         875.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1045-1065  1055   999.00-1020.00    1020.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1085-1085  1085   999.00-1020.00    1020.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1    880-880    880       500.00         500.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1545-1545  1545        92.50          92.50
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    3    920-1175  1013     74.00-87.00       82.13
    1   1395-1395  1395        93.25          93.25   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2   1105-1135  1120     76.25-78.25       77.24
    3    940-1245  1117     57.00-59.50       58.10   Low Dressing

Baby Calves			Dairy		Beef
Head	Age Range		Price Range
   4    Newborn to 4 weeks	52.50	     85.00-90.00

Feeder Pigs
Head	Wt Range	Price Range
   3    65-80		40.00

Weighted Average Report for Saturday February 15, 2014

Cattle Receipts:  24 

Replacement cows made up 4% of the offering, other cows 17%, and feeders 54%.

The feeder supply included 23% steers, 23% heifers, and 54% bulls.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    300-300    300       182.50         182.50
    1    445-445    445       190.00         190.00   SMOKE
    1    565-565    565       123.00         123.00   RWF

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    365-395    380    137.50-140.00     138.80
    1    565-565    565       141.00         141.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    375-375    375       180.00         180.00
    2    630-630    630       149.00         149.00
    2    707-707    707       144.00         144.00
    1    785-785    785       128.00         128.00

Bred Cows                  Medium 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    890-890    890       925.00         925.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    845-845    845        69.00          69.00   Low Dressing
    2    990-1300  1145     76.50-92.00       85.30
    2   1080-1125  1103     86.50-89.50       87.97   High Dressing
    1   1555-1555  1555        87.50          87.50   High Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    825-850    838     87.00-88.00       87.49  
    1   1050-1050  1050        99.00          99.00  
    1   1215-1215  1215        96.50          96.50

Bon Appétit: Shrimp and Asparagus

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Recipe makes 4 servings

  1 pound fresh asparagus
  1 (16 ounce) package egg noodles
  4 cloves garlic, minced
  1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1 cup butter
  1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1 pound medium shrimp - peeled and deveined
  1 pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  salt and pepper to taste


In a small saucepan, boil or steam asparagus in enough water to cover until tender; chop and set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to full boil, place the pasta in the pot and return to a rolling boil; cook until al dente.
Drain well.

In a large saucepan, saute garlic in the olive oil over medium-low heat until the garlic is golden brown.

Place butter and lemon juice in the saucepan.

Heat until the butter has melted.

Place the shrimp in the saucepan and cook until the shrimp turns pink.

Place the mushrooms and asparagus into the saucepan, cook until mushrooms are tender.

Toss the shrimp and vegetable mixture with the egg noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

Ask the Doctor: Arthritis


DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have arthritis.
Every time it rains, my pain seems to increase.
I attend the Arthritis Foundation’s exercise classes, and we all have the same response to rainy weather.
We’re wondering if this is due to increased humidity, low barometric pressure or just an “old wives’ tale.“ - E.S.

ANSWER: A drop in barometric pressure along with an increase in humidity has been demonstrated to cause a flare of arthritis.
It’s the exact set of conditions that happen prior to a storm.
Some arthritics experience more joint pain when temperature drops.

Flashback: What Happened on February 23, ....


•  1846 The Braxton County seat moved back to DeKalb from Glenville, present- day Gilmer County.

•  1866 The Male and Female Academy of Buckhannon, Upshur County, was incorporated in West Virginia, having been incorporated in Virginia in 1847.

•  1866 The governor approved an act authorizing the closure of the Weston Exchange Bank of Virginia, Lewis County, with its stock transferred to the state.

•  1953 Governor Marland delivered a dramatic speech to the legislature and carried live on WSAZ television in defense of the proposed coal severance tax legislation.

•  1986 Charlie Brown, West Virginia Attorney General, who is accused of soliciting funds from his staff to pay election debts, pleads not guilty to eight counts of violating state election laws.

•  1992 An internal CIA report stated that Senator Robert Byrd, as head of the Senate Appropriations Committee, had been directly responsible for the agency moving part of its headquarters to the state’s Eastern Panhandle, but noted it was completely legal.

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When And Where Did The Church Of Christ Have Its Beginning?

The Word Church.
The word for church in the New Testament is the Greek word EKKLESIA, found for the first time in Matthew 16:18, where Jesus promised sometime in the future:  “Upon this rock I will build my church.”  The word is found the second time, also in Matthew, this time in 18:17, where Jesus is giving instructions in regard to responding to a brother who has trespassed against you.

The Church In Existence.
The third time the word is found is in Acts 2.  After the gospel was preached on the Day of Pentecost, and three thousand were baptized, we read in verse 47:  “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Now we see the church in existence, and folks are being added to it, thus we conclude that the church that Jesus promised to build (Matthew 16:18) , and shed his blood to purchase (Acts 20:28) , had its beginning on the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as recorded in Acts 2.

The Warnings.
Jesus warned that there would be “false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) .  Paul warned “that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1) .  Peter warned “there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall being in damnable heresies…..And many shall follow their pernicious ways” (1 Peter 2:1-2) .  John warned, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”  (1 John 4:1) .

The Falling Away.
One would think that in view of all these warnings, that Christians would be more careful about what they heard from the pulpit, but unfortunately there was a period of time we now call “The Dark Ages”, when The Bible was not available to the common people.  Before the printing press was developed in the fifteenth century, only handwritten copies of the scriptures were available, and only the religious leaders had access to them.  During this period of time things began to change.  The government of the church changed.  Sprinkling was substituted for baptism.  Instrumental music was added to Christian worship.  The Lord’s Supper was no longer observed each week.  Various doctrines and creeds were added.

The Restoration.
By the 1800’s,  some religious leaders , realizing how far the church had drifted from the New Testament pattern, wondered why they couldn’t go back through all those years of religious division and confusion, and restore the church as it was in the beginning.  They adopted as their guideline, “Let’s speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where the Bible is silent.”  The church of Christ today is striving to be like the church of the first century.

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

Thomas Andrew “Tommy” Pospech

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Thomas Andrew “Tommy” Pospech

Age 58, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away unexpectedly at work on Tuesday February 18, 2014 on his job site in Indiana, PA.

He was born in Corpus Christi, TX on May 20, 1955 a son of the late Willie Joe Pospech and Joyce Annette Staggs Barger.

On September 26, 1998 he married his soul mate, the former Jeri Lynn Wilson, and after celebrating 15 years of marriage together, she misses him dearly.

He is also survived by two sons: Craig Pospech and wife Laura of OK, Wm. Keith Pospech and wife Beverly “Scooter” of Ft. Bragg ,NC; two step-sons: Bill Wilson and wife Trina of Carolina, WV and Jake Rittenhouse of Weston; grandsons: Mason and Brody Pospech and step-grandson, Caleb Cisnero, all of Ft. Bragg NC; step sister, Kimberly Ramos of Hamilton TX, stepbrother, Kevin Barger of TX; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Wesley and Richard Pospech.

Tommy was employed as an ironworker for Mohawk Construction and was a member of Ironworkers Local 549 of Wheeling. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast who loved to ride the open road on his Fatboy and Ultra Classic. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, WVU Mountaineer football and basketball, and Nascar, always cheering for Jimmie Johnson to take the checkered flag. He also enjoyed deer hunting, vegetable gardening, canning and barbequing.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 6-8 pm on Tuesday February 25, 2014.

Tommy’s request for cremation will then be honored and the family will have a Celebration of Life Service to be announced in late spring.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Tommy Pospech.

Beulah Grace Fridley

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Beulah Grace Fridley

Age 104, of Elkins, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Colonial Place Nursing Home of Elkins.

She was born in Burnsville, WV on December 09, 1910: daughter of the late J. W. McPherson and Emma (Smith) McPherson.

Mrs. Fridley is survived by one sister: Rena Enoch of Craigsville, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Beulah was preceded in death by one daughter: Suzanne Gibson, one son: Michael Fridley, three brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Fridley was a retired teacher, who taught in Braxton and Lewis Counties. She was a graduate of Glenville State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

She was a Methodist by faith.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the McPherson Cemetery in Braxton County on the Oil Creek Road with Reverend Clifford West officiating.

Interment will follow services in the family plot.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family and friends of Beulah Grace Fridley.


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2014 >  WayBackWhen™:  February 23

Today is Sunday, February 23, the 54th day of 2014. There are 311 days left in the year.

Thought for Today:

“If you wish to avoid seeing a fool you must first break your mirror.“ — Francois Rabelais (ra-beh-LAY’), French satirist (1494-1553).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On February 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some 5,000 students were vaccinated.

On this date:

In 1633, English diarist Samuel Pepys (peeps) was born in London.

In 1836, the siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1848, the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, died in Washington, D.C., at age 80.

In 1863, British explorers John H. Speke and James A. Grant announced they had found the source of the Nile River to be Lake Victoria.

In 1870, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an agreement with Cuba to lease the area around Guantanamo Bay to the United States.

In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission, forerunner of the Federal Communications Commission.

In 1934, Leopold III succeeded his late father, Albert I, as King of the Belgians.

In 1944, U.S. forces secured Eniwetok Atoll from the Japanese during World War II.

In 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi.

In 1970, Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

In 1989, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to recommend rejection of John Tower as President George H.W. Bush’s defense secretary. (Tower’s nomination went down to defeat in the full Senate the following month.)

Ten years ago:

The Army canceled its Comanche helicopter program after sinking $6.9 billion into it over 21 years.

Education Secretary Rod Paige likened the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, to a “terrorist organization” during a private White House meeting with governors. (Paige later called it a poor choice of words, but stood by his claim the NEA was using “obstructionist scare tactics.“)

Five years ago:

President Barack Obama pledged to dramatically slash the skyrocketing annual budget deficit as he started to dole out the record $787 billion economic stimulus package he’d signed the previous week.

One year ago:

Some 30 NASCAR fans were injured when rookie Kyle Larson’s car was propelled by a crash into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, and large chunks of debris — including a tire — flew into the grandstands.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship held its first women’s bout as Ronda Rousey beat Liz Carmouche on an armbar, her signature move, with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actor Peter Fonda is 74

Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff is 71

Author John Sandford is 70

Singer-musician Johnny Winter is 70

Country-rock musician Rusty Young is 68

Actress Patricia Richardson is 63

Rock musician Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is 62

Singer Howard Jones is 59

Rock musician Michael Wilton (Queensryche) is 52

Country singer Dusty Drake is 50

Actress Kristin Davis is 49

Tennis player Helena Sukova is 49

Actor Marc Price is 46

Actress Niecy Nash is 44

Rock musician Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) is 43

Country singer Steve Holy is 42

Rock musician Lasse (loss) Johansson (The Cardigans) is 41

Actress Kelly Macdonald is 38

Actor Josh Gad (Film: “Jobs”) is 33

Actress Emily Blunt is 31

Actor Aziz Ansari is 31

Actress Dakota Fanning is 20

WV Lottery - 02.22.14


4-1-7       Number of Winners = 220


2-9-8-8       Number of Winners = 8


17-27-33-36-41     Hot Ball: 17    


02-03-13-14-54     Power Ball: 04     Power Play: x 5


First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today unveiled the newest commemorative doll in the First Ladies of West Virginia doll collection during a reception at the Culture Center in Charleston.  The First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin doll was hand-sculpted by Washington, D.C.-based artist Ping Lau and features First Lady Tomblin in her Inaugural Ball gown.

“I have greatly enjoyed working with Ping and the Division of Culture and History to make my doll come to life, and I look forward to working with them in the future to feature our other first ladies who have not yet had dolls created for them,“ First Lady Tomblin said. “I believe all our first ladies should be remembered with the dignity and respect they deserve, and it is my hope that this doll and the dolls to come will help preserve the images, personalities and legacies of all of West Virginia’s first ladies.“

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First Lady Tomblin introduces the First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin doll,
the newest addition to the First Ladies of West Virginia collection,
a permanent exhibit in the Culture Center.

The first lady doll project began in 1976, when Charleston ceramic artist Edna Henderson created twenty-eight first lady dolls for the inauguration of the Culture Center in Charleston. The dolls and the project itself were commissioned by the West Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs. A permanent exhibit was installed in the Culture Center balcony, where it remains to this day. This unique exhibit examines the evolving role of West Virginia’s first ladies and features the popular ceramic doll collection. The display also includes fine china and silver used in the Governor’s Mansion, as well as elegant dresses worn by former first ladies.

In 2006, Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith enlisted elementary art teacher and doll maker of fifteen years Joanne Gelin to create the Gayle Manchin doll and bring the First Ladies of West Virginia exhibit up to date. Gelin finished the Gayle Manchin doll in early 2007 but later declined to continue the project.

In 2012 West Virginia Division of Culture and History Museums Director Charles Morris, with guidance from Commissioner Reid-Smith, contacted museum and artist groups throughout West Virginia in hopes of finding a doll maker who could continue this worthwhile project.  After a long search, Charles found a contact by the name of Dr. Barbara Stone, a lifelong doll collector and secretary/treasurer of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, who then recommended doll artist Ping Lau for the project. After seeing examples of her work, Charles and Commissioner Reid-Smith set up a meeting between Lau and First Lady Tomblin. The first lady met with Lau for the first time in October 2013. The moment she saw Lau’s work in person, the first lady knew she was the one.

Ping Lau was raised and educated in Singapore. She has had no formal art training but graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the National University of Singapore. Her meticulously detailed, expressive and one-of-a-kind dolls have received and continue to receive tremendous response and recognition whenever they are shown, and many of them have actually been mistaken for real children. Lau’s dolls, paintings and other creations have been displayed at local and national art galleries and art shows, and have also been featured on the Home Shopping Network.

The First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin doll will be on display in the theatre gallery on the first floor of the Culture Center until March 31, 2014.  After that date, it will be added to the permanent First Ladies of West Virginia exhibit on the south side of the second floor balcony.

WV SMART529 College Savings Plan Tops $2B in Assets

The Gilmer Free Press

West Virginia’s college savings plan has topped the $2 billion mark in financial assets.

State Treasurer John Perdue joined legislative leaders Friday in announcing the milestone for the SMART529 program.

Perdue said the $2 billion mark is evidence that more West Virginians are investing in the future of their children.

Established 11 years ago, SMART529 has more than 120,000 account owners.

The announcement was made in recognition of higher education day at the state Legislature.

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