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EAS test today PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that at 2 p.m., today, there will be a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test should last 60 seconds. Visit www.Ready. gov for more details.

Veteran’s Day Parade GRAFTON – Anyone interested in participating in the 2011 Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11, 2011 should be in the area of West Main and Bridge Streets by 9:30 a.m. that morning. Members of the Veteran’s Day Committee will be available to answer questions and help with the lineup. For more information, call Barbara Robison at 304265-1441.

City closed GRAFTON – The city of Grafton will be closed Friday, November 11, 2011 in observance of Veterans Day. Garbage and recycling, normally picked up on Friday, will be picked up on Monday, November 14. For more information, please call the public works department at 304-265-1234.

Anna Jarvis PTO GRAFTON – The Anna Jarvis Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will meet on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Play-off tickets are on sale now GRAFTON -- The Grafton Bearcats will take a 7-3 record To Wayne to face the 8-2 Pioneers in a first-round West Virginia High School Class AA Football Play-Off Game. The kick-off for that contest is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Advance tickets for the play-off game are on sale now here in the office of Grafton High School. Student tickets will cost $5, and adult tickets will cost $7. It should be noted that all tickets at the gate on game night will cost $7.

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State soccer champions are honored! By Brian Moore Statesman Sports Editor

GRAFTON -- An assembly of the student body, and faculty, of Grafton High School was held at 11:30 a.m. Monday morning to honor the Lady Bearcats, the West Virginia Class AA Girls’ Soccer Champions. The assembly got under way with some opening remarks from Principal Dr. Joseph Findley, as he said, “We are here to honor the members of our state champion Grafton High School SoccerTeam. “This program has been a fast-rising success,” Findley continued. “We have only had girls’ soccer for six years, and we now have the state champions walking the halls of our school. “State championships don’t come easy, and they don’t come around very often, it takes hard work and determination, as well as good athletes, and good coaches,” added Findley. “So, let’s give these girls a good welcome.” At that point, Dr. Findley turned the microphone over to Lorraine Isner, the head soccer coach at Grafton High School. “After losing the best player in the state, among a group of five seniors last year, our work was cut out for us from day one,” she said. “But, getting back to Beckley was the ultimate goal for our girls, who gave 100 percent effort, dedication and determination to make that happen.” Next, coach Isner began to introduce the players that brought home the state championship trophy from last weekend’s West Virginia High School Soccer Championship Tournament. She called them to the front of the auditorium, one by one, starting with freshmen: Kristen Barlow, Emily Chandler, Taylor England, Alexis Freeman, Lindsay Peters, Lindsey Moran and Kay lee Welch; and then adding sophomores, Keleigh Cochran, Kaylee Flohr, Shawna Graham, Maddie Hill, Taylor Mayle, Rachel Miller, Emily Moon and Meghan Losh. “As you can see, we had a re-

ally young team this year,” Isner said. “With seven freshmen and eight sophomores, I think we have a shot at doing this again next year, and maybe even the year after that.” Isner continued with the introduction of her upper classmen: juniors Madison Cochran, Kari Fawcett; Shelby McDougal, and Whitney Poling; and seniors Nancy Isner, Anie Mayle and Abby Rowand. Fighting back some tears, coach Isner said, “I have been with those three seniors for four years now, and I love all three of them...They have won four sectional titles, three regional titles, and advanced to the semi-finalround of the state tournament three times. “They suffered a first-round loss; lost in the championship game last year to a very good Charleston Catholic team, and then won it all this year,” what else can I say about them?,” Isner continued. “Step by step, from one year to the next, that group has led us to the top!” Isner added, “This is just an incredible accomplishment, and I’m very proud of all of these young ladies that are standing up here right now.” Grafton High School’s Ath-

letic Director, Rich Bord, took over the microphone next, saying, “This is the 17th state championship for our high school, and the first one for girls’ soccer... Congratulations! “I have been a part of a few of those championship teams, so I know what it takes to win it all,” Bord added. “It takes great, unselfish athletes, pure dedication in every practice and in every game, and it takes great coaching, and I believe that we have the best soccer coach in the state, Lorraine Isner!...And, now, she has a special presentation to make, handing that big trophy over to Dr. Findley, so it can be placed into our trophy case.” The efforts of the Lady Bearcats this fall gives Grafton High School a state title for seven years in a row. So, congratulations to the 2011 Grafton High School Soccer Lady Bearcats. They won the Class AA state title, and finished with a 16-4-2 record, after beating Weir, 3-2, in the semi-final-round game last Friday, November 4, and then slipping past Sissonville, 2-1, in the championship game last Saturday, November 5, on the Carter Family Foundation Field in the YMCA Youth Sports Complex at Beckley.

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By Bobby Jennings Statesman Staff Writer

GRAFTON -- Plans are currently underway for the 2011 Christmas Parade and Gigantic Toy Giveaway scheduled for December 3. Alexandra, Zachariah and Nathaniel Flohr just completed a three-week project with their mother at the Taylor County Public Library entitled “Presidential Power Hour.” As a part of their DAR (Daughters of the American

Revolution) project, these three went with their mother and purchased books to be given away as a part of this year’s toy giveaway. “It’s not always easy to bring the children to the presidents, so we are bringing the presidents to the children,” stated Mrs. Flohr. Those wishing to contribute to the toy giveaway are reminded that donations are being accepted at the Mountain Statesman Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brooke Russell named Memorial Day Parade Marshal

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By Matthew Trout Statesman Editor

GRAFTON – The West Virginia Memorial Day Committee met on Monday, November 7, to further the details for the 145th Memorial Day Parade in Grafton. The Department of the American Legion Second District Commander, Brooke Russell, has been named as the Parade Marshal for the 145th Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28, 2012. Russell was born in Grafton, the daughter of Ruth L. Mason and Troxell O. Mason, Sr. She

is a Vietnam Era Veteran, having served with the U.S. Women Army Corps as a Specialist Fifth Class. Russell has been a member of Taylor County Post #12 of the American Legion since 1988, and is a member of the Blueville United Methodist Church. The committee discussed the proper conduct of politicians during the Memorial Day Parade. This being an election year, the committee decided that it is important for politicians to realize the reason for parade. No campaigning is to be done during the parade. Politicians are welcome to walk the parade route, and have signage on their vehicles with their name, but not what office they are campaigning for. If a politician is already seated in an office, that office can be displayed, but no re-elect, or elect signage can be present. This has been the policy set by the committee in the past, and with this being an election year, it is all the more important that it be maintained.

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Veterans Day at TCPL BRIAN MOORE/MOUNTAIN STATESMAN

Lady Bearcat soccer coach, Lorraine Isner (left), presents the state championship trophy to GHS Principal Dr. Joseph Findley (right) during a Monday morning ceremony.

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GRAFTON -- Roberta Holt, a nearly nineteen-year employee at the local hospital, has been the Acute Care, Long Term Care and Emergency Room Social Worker for the first fifteen years. She continued in that capacity in long term care while training replacements for her retirement. Roberta plans to retire on November 11, 2011. Roni Delligatti, Roberta and Ronald Holt’s daughter, was hired as Social Worker/Discharge Planner for Acute Care, Clinic and Emergency Room Crisis Intervention. She is also the facility-wide Chaplain. She started her employment on April 1, 2009.

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GRAFTON -- In observance of Veterans Day, the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL) has on display a unique collection of books honoring Taylor County Veterans. This six volume collection of books is the result of the dedicated and tireless efforts of Norma Lee Wyckoff, a life-long resident of Taylor County. Norma collected newspaper clippings and other stories related to the Taylor County servicemen for many years, fulfilling her de-

sire to honor and acknowledge her son, as well as, all local veterans for their service in the United States military. Norma’s son, Michael C. Wyckoff, who served in Vietnam with the U. S. Army, is buried at the West Virginia National Cemetery. Grafton residents, Bernie and Joyce Horovitz assisted Norma in compiling and organizing

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GRAFTON – The City of Grafton Public Works Department will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage and recycling, normally picked up on Thursday, will be picked up on Wednesday, November 23. Garbage and recycling, normally picked up on Friday, will be picked up on Monday, November 28. If there are any questions, please call 304-265-1234.

Retirement party GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Health Department is having an open house-retirement party on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Sam has retired as Medical Director with over 20 years of service.

TCPL amnesty GRAFTON -- Here is your opportunity to return those pesky overdue library materials without paying fines. Fines will be waived at the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL), for all materials returned during the period beginning November 21 through December 2. Fines incurred previous to November 21 will still stand. For more information, call the library at 304-2656121.

Spaghetti dinner GRAFTON – Boy Scouts of America, Troop #6 of Grafton, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist. The dinner will cost $6.50 for adults, and $3.00 for children 12-years-old and under. The proceeds will benefit Troop #6’s effort to attend a high adventure trip in June. For more information, please contact Randy Lewis at 304-657-9341, or visit Troop #6’s website at http://troop6grafton.scoutlander.com.

Taylor County Schools modernize the lunch line By Bobby Jennings Statesman Staff Writer

GRAFTON – Many remember the days when you went through the lunch line and were required to give one of the cooks your student number before you could get your lunch. Many of the younger generation will recall having an ID card that was necessary to prove who you were. Students in Taylor County Schools soon will have their finger print scanned for their hot lunch. Every business in today’s society is looking for ways to more effectively streamline its process, while at the same time being cost conscious. Biometric finger scanning is an effort by the Taylor County School System to “provide security for your child’s cafeteria account, eliminate clerical errors and provide students an easy way to identify themselves when using the cafeteria.” In a letter sent home to parents earlier in the month, Taylor County School officials proclaimed that, “Biometric identification is an automated method of identifying a person based upon physical or behavioral characteristics.” The letter went on to say that, “Our school system has selected identiMetrics biometric finger scanning identification software because it is fast, accurate, cost effective and non-intrusive.” This system is designed to use a finger scanner, to which the included software scans the fingerprint to create and store individual templates of unique points, which identify each student. Parents have been told that, “When the student returns, the

software again scans the finger and looks for a match in the data base.” The student is thus identified when a match is found. Although this system sounds a lot like what is used by the government to identify fingerprints in the criminal system, school officials assure parents that such is not the case. “At no time is a fingerprint image stored. No fingerprints can be recreated, or delivered, to any agency – governmental or otherwise.” Parents were also told that, “When your child graduates or is no longer enrolled in the school system, the templates are deleted.” Those parents in objection to having their children’s fingerprints scanned were given the opportunity to opt out of the system by sending written notification to the Director of Child Nutrition Services by November 10. This system was put into operation on Wednesday, November 16, at Grafton High School. Other schools in the county will be added to the database in the near future. Mary Tucker, Director of Child Nutrition Services for the Taylor County School System, stated after the launch of the new system, “Things have gone very good, much faster than we anticipated.” Tucker wants to remind everyone that she will be working now through the start of the Christmas break to get everyone logged into the system, which is scheduled to “go live” the fist day students return from Christmas break. Tucker has been delighted with everyone’s response to the new system and the advancements in the Taylor County

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Students at Grafton High School were the first to have their finger scans completed, as part of the new hot lunch Biometric Identification system. Lucas Marshall is shown having his finger scanned by Mary Tucker, Director of Child Nutrition Services for the Taylor County School System. School System. “Parents can go on line to make meal payments now,” commented Tucker as she discussed such advancements. She also stated that there was an option this year for families that have the need to fill out an online meal application, to which 44% of those meal applications this year were done on line. Tucker noted that such a large percentage of those applying and using this tool was fantastic since Taylor County is the seventh largest recipient of free, or reduced, lunches in the state. In making this change, school

Board recognizes state champion girls’ soccer team

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Arrest made in burglary investigation GRAFTON – Chief Deputy Terring Skinner, of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, reports that Joshua Dillon MenendezFinch, age 24 of Harrison County has been arrested and charged with a series of burglaries and larcenies in the Middleville Road area of Taylor County. Finch was charged with two counts of burglary, one count of breaking and entering and one count of grand larceny. The crimes were committed on or about Friday, November 11, 2011. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips from persons participating in the recently organized neighborhood watch program in that area. Chief Deputy Skinner stated, “These tips were instrumental in the development of a suspect and his subsequent apprehension.” The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from the Grafton State Police

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Joshua Dillon Menendez-Finch Detachment, Bridgeport Police Department, and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Meadowbrook Mall where Finch was apprehended trying to sell stolen jewelry. Some items stolen in

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Getting ready for the Gigantic Toy Giveaway MATTHEW TROUT/MOUNTAIN STATESMAN

The 2011 West Virginia Class AA Girls’ Soccer Champions were honored by the Taylor County Board of Education at the Tuesday, November 15 meeting at West Taylor Elementary School. Pictured from left, front row, are coach Lorraine Isner, Nancy Isner, Shawna Graham, Rachel Miller, Kaylee Flohr, Abby Rowand, Lindsay Peters and Lyndsey Moran. Second row, from left, are Anie Mayle, Taylor Mayle, Madison Cochran, Emily Chandler, Kaylee Welch, Kristen Barlow and Emily Moon. Third row, from left, are Meghan Losh, Keleigh Cochran, Whitney Poling, Shelby McDougal, Kari Fawcett and Maddie Hill. Not pictured are Taylor England and Alexis Freeman. telling a friend, “These girls are By Matthew Trout stated. Each of the girls, who were going to win a state championStatesman Editor present, were called to the front ship soon.” Teagarden, who was present MEADLAND – The Taylor and presented with certificates of County Board of Education honor. For the last three years, when the Grafton Bearcat Golf met on Tuesday, November the Grafton High School Girls’ Team won their first state cham15, at West Taylor Elementary Soccer Team has moved closer pionship, stated, “You will never School. and closer to this ultimate goal. forget this. It does not happen to The first order of business This year, they have proudly too many people. You won this for was the recognition of the West brought back the West Virginia your teammates, your coach and yourselves. I am really proud of Virginia Class AA Girls’ Soc- State Championship trophy. cer Champions. Taylor County Although Grafton High all of you; job well-done!” West Taylor Elementary PrinSuperintendent of Schools, Bob School has won many state Maynard, called head coach Lor- championships over the years, cipal, Kathy Green, came before raine Isner to the front, in order this is the first trophy going to a the board to give a report on the West Taylor Elementary Local to congratulate her, and the entire soccer team. team, for their well deserved acTaylor County Board of Edu- School Improvement Council complishment. cation Vice-President, Richard (LSIC). “Our West Taylor philosophy, “It did my heart good, for the Teagarden, commented that, as he Grafton girls to go to Beckley, played tennis at the school, he was (Continued on Page 3) where I’m from, and bring back able to watch this hard working a state championship,” Maynard team practice. He remembered See

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GRAFTON – Meredith Stach, the new Mountain Statesman composing person, is shown with Robert Jennings, the new Mountain Statesman staff writer, as she passes on to him the donation made by Statesman employees for this year’s Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Statesman employees have agreed that all proceeds from the snack machine, located in the company’s break room, would be given to the toy drive. Proceeds from this year’s snack machine being donated are $150! Donations are being accepted at the Mountain Statesman offices from now through the day of the parade, December 3. Registration forms for children will be available in the November 21, 23 and 25 issues of the Mountain Statesman, as well as, in the Taylor County Value Guide on November 26. Those wanting to register for the parade must have their names turned in to the office of the Mountain Statesman by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2011.


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Taylor Truck wreck blocks Route 250 Taylor ~Chimney fire on Camp Towles Road~ Talk Talk City schedule GRAFTON – The City of Grafton Public Works Department will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage and recycling, normally picked up on Thursday, will be picked up on Wednesday, November 23. Garbage and recycling, normally picked up on Friday, will be picked up on Monday, November 28. If there are any questions, please call 304-265-1234.

Retirement party GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Health Department is having an open house-retirement party on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Sam has retired as Medical Director with over 20 years of service.

TCPL amnesty GRAFTON -- Here is your opportunity to return those pesky overdue library materials without paying fines. Fines will be waived at the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL), for all materials returned during the period beginning November 21 through December 2. Fines incurred previous to November 21 will still stand. For more information, call the library at 304-2656121.

Spaghetti dinner GRAFTON – Boy Scouts of America, Troop #6 of Grafton, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist. The dinner will cost $6.50 for adults, and $3.00 for children 12-years-old and under. The proceeds will benefit Troop #6’s effort to attend a high adventure trip in June. For more information, please contact Randy Lewis at 304-657-9341, or visit Troop #6’s website at http://troop6grafton.scoutlander.com.

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Emergency crews worked diligently, Friday afternoon, to free the driver of this truck, which was on its side blocking Route 250. The driver was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. By Matthew Trout Statesman Editor

GRAFTON – Emergency crews responded to back-to-back incidents Friday. The first call came in just before 12 p.m., as the Grafton Fire Department and the Taylor County Emergency Squad responded to a reported structure fire on Camp Towles Road, at the home of Ronald and Rebecca Stanevich. The fire, which started in the chimney spread to adjoining areas of the interior, causing minimal damage. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and were back in service by 2 p.m. At 12:13 p.m., emergency crews were dispatched to Route 250, near Pup Run. A large truck was on its side, blocking Route 250, just down from the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department. Crews from Boothsville, the Grafton Fire Department, Taylor County Emergency Squad, the

Poston named SADD Advisor of the Year GRAFTON -- Across the United States, students have taken ownership of responsible actions through SADD. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) was founded as Students Against Driving Drunk in 1981 in Wayland, Massachusetts, SADD has grown to become the nation’s dominant peer-to-peer youth education and prevention organization with thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges. In 1997, in response to requests from SADD students themselves, SADD expanded its mission and name and now sponsors chapters called Students Against Destructive Decisions. The SADD Chapter at Grafton High School (GHS) was started in August of 2006 by Debbie Poston, and the late Barbara Mayle. Since its inception, the chapter has grown steadily, and is involved in many community activities. In just five short-years, the chapter has become one of the State’s finest. At the West Virginia SADD Conference, held November 11 through November 13 at Jackson’s Mill, Debbie Poston, GHS SADD Advisor, was presented with the prestigious SADD Advisor of the Year award. Poston is the first advisor in the state to be presented with this award. Poston’s son, Matthew Lee “Matty” Mayle, was taken from her on July 2, 2005 by a drunk driver. Matty, who was 21-years-

Debbie Poston, GHS SADD Advisor, brought home the WV Advisor of the Year award from the WV SADD Conference at Jackson’s Mill. old at the time, was on his way home from work when the accident occurred. “This was a person, who had made a destructive decision in his life,” Poston said of the drunk driver. After the incident, Poston started a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Chapter in Grafton. A year later, Poston and Mayle brought SADD into the school. Poston gives credit to the dedication of her SADD students. She indicated that the students keep her son’s memory alive through their tireless efforts encouraging their peers to make the right choices. Poston was presented with a plaque, and $100. She will be attending the SADD National Conference in California in June.

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Members of the Grafton Fire Department work to extinguish a fire that started in a chimney at a home on Camp Towles Road Friday. Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police responded to the scene. The driver of the truck had to

be extricated from the vehicle. A landing zone was set up nearby, and the patient was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Long-awaited maps arrive By Bobby Jennings Statesman Staff Writer

GRAFTON – All three Taylor County Commissioners, the County Clerk and visitors to the last County Commission meeting were delighted to see a set of maps outlining the new magisterial districts being considered. Bobby Beltner, City of Grafton Police Chief who, has been contracted by the county for the 9-1-1 street addressing, was present for the meeting conducted last Tuesday, November 15, in the commission’s chambers. Beltner has completed the 91-1 street addressing system that has been submitted to the Postal System for approval. Although these new addresses haven’t been adopted by all, it was noted that the Postal System is no longer issuing any rural route addresses. According to Betlener, all new addresses being given at this time, are with the new addressing system. Terry Austin, owner of Frontier Fest and a bus driver for the Taylor County School System, noted that he already has children along his bus route that are using the street addressing system. Austin then inquired, “When are they going to be putting up road signs?” Beltner responded to both Austin and the commission, “That is going to be a debate on who is responsible.” It appears that some of the roads in the new system will be the responsibility of the State, others of the county, some city,

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GRAFTON – Gump’s Foodland is once again this year doing their part to help spread the Christmas cheer. Mountain Statesman Staff Writer, Bobby Jennings, accepts the generous donation from Betty Gump.

Community Thanksgiving Service announced BOBBY JENNINGS/MOUNTAIN STATESMAN

County Commissioners were delighted last Tuesday to have copies of the maps compiled by Robert (Bobby) Beltner of the new districting and boundary lines. Work continues by all parties involved to finish this task for publication. with the others being left to in- to do with them, Commissioner dividuals. Tony Veltri questioned going Through the help of the 9- ahead and approving the maps 1-1 center in Harrison County, as presented. Beltner was able to overlay the In doing so, all were reminded maps sent by Jo Vaughn Consul- that these maps are for future tants with his street addressing elections and have nothing to do system. with past elections, issues or with Large printouts of these maps the lawsuit. were made for, and presented Commissioner Dave Gobel to, the commission for their ap- responded, “We can’t give this proval. Beltner specified to the map without metes and boundcommission that this was a favor aries.” done for them all on behalf of the As commissioners examined 9-1-1 office, and that it takes a lot the maps, they could tell that a of ink for such printing. lot of the boundaries, as outlined Being pleased with the prog- by Jo Vaughn, are done by waress made with the mapping, terways, roads and other natural and understanding the urgency boundaries, but it was noted that to which County Clerk Georgi- some of the lines are straight lines anna Thompson would like to (Continued on Page 3) have the maps finished, so she could complete what she needs See

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GRAFTON – There will be a Community Thanksgiving Service with Holy Communion on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at the International Mother’s Day Shrine starting at 7 p.m. There is special music planned with the Knottsville Community Youth Choir under the direction of Rhonda Poling. Featured speakers will include Commissioner Keitha Needham and Commissioner Philip Needham of the Salvation Army. Ushers will be the Courageous Crendo Crusaders of the Knottsville charge United Methodist Confirmation Class. A financial offering will be used to benefit North Cent r a l We s t Vi rg i n i a Community Action Good Neighbor Program. Non-perishable food items, donated, will benefit the Taylor County Family Resource Network Food Pantry.

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Taylor Judge convinced that 1984 Taylor County Taylor Commission decision was not done properly Talk Talk Office closed GRAFTON – The office of the Mountain Statesman will close at 12 p.m. today, November 25, 2011.

Craft Show GRAFTON – The Grafton High School (GHS) Band Boosters will be holding its 20th annual Craft Show on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Clair Bee Field House at GHS. Admission is $1, and all proceeds benefit the GHS Band. If you would like a table at this year’s Craft Show, please call Melissa Abel at 304-265-2409.

City schedule GRAFTON – The City of Grafton Public Works Department will be closed today, November 25. Garbage and recycling, normally picked up on Friday, will be picked up on Monday, November 28. If there are any questions, please call 304-265-1234.

TCPL amnesty GRAFTON -- Here is your opportunity to return those pesky overdue library materials without paying fines. Fines will be waived at the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL), for all materials returned during the period beginning November 21 through December 2. Fines incurred previous to November 21 will still stand. For more information, call the library at 304-2656121.

Retirement party GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Health Department is having an open house-retirement party on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Sam has retired as Medical Director with over 20 years of service.

Benefit dinner BOOTHSVILLE – A benefit dinner for Dana Murphy will take place at the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, December 4, starting at 1 p.m. There will be a $10 donation at the door for everyone. All musicians are welcome. Everyone is invited, and asked to bring a covered dish and their own drinks, no alcohol please. For more information, please call 304534-4662.

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GRAFTON – The Honorable Larry V. Starcher, who was appointed to hear the Petition for a Writ of Mandamus brought by Diane Parker and John Michael Withers, who seek to unseat Anthony J. Veltri from the Taylor County Commission, held trial on Monday, November 21, 2011. Judge Starcher had many questions to present to the respective counsels of all, who are involved. On March 16, 2011, Diane Parker, in her capacity as Chair of the Democratic Executive Committee of Taylor County, and John Michael Withers, who narrowly lost the Taylor County Commission election for the Tygart Magisterial District of Taylor County, filed the petition to

unseat Veltri, claiming that Veltri resides in the Western District, and therefore can not occupy the commission seat. The petition also names the Honorable Georgiana Thompson, but only in her capacity as Clerk of the Taylor County Commission. Thompson is the newly elected Clerk of the Taylor County Commission, and did not hold the position in 1983 and 1984. At that time, the Clerk of the Taylor County Commission was Nancy Virginia Fowler. The Taylor County Commissioners, at that time, were Richard W. Coplin, Robert L. Duckworth and Don Shaffer. Veltri was first elected to the Taylor County Commission from the Central District (later to be named the Tygart District) in 1992. Redistricting occurred in the county in 1983 and 1984.

In 1983, the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office required Taylor County to re-design its magisterial districts. The redistricting was completed by December of 1983, and advertised in the newspaper, and on the Taylor County Courthouse door, as required by West Virginia law. According to Judge Starcher, the redistricting of 1983 was completed properly, however, the gray area comes into play, as the Commission, at that time, continued to work on the districts throughout 1984, and passed a revised version by motion in December of that year. The redistricting of December 1983 placed several residents, including Veltri, who were registered to vote in Precinct #6 (Tygart District), into Precinct #7 (Western District). The revised redistricting in

Join Hospice Care to Light up a Life ~Tree lighting set for December 1~

GRAFTON -- The holiday season is upon us and it is a very special opportunity to celebrate the life of loved ones. You can remember loved ones, who have passed away, or honor those living, and those who are suffering illnesses. Hospice Care Corporation’s annual “Light up a Life” event begins now and runs through December. A tree lighting ceremony will be held in at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Grafton on Thursday, December 1, at 5 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. For the past 28 years, Hospice Care has held its “Light up a Life” annual campaign to raise money for the organization’s patient care services. Hospice Care of North Central West Virginia is one of the oldest non-profit hospice organizations, who provide endof-life care for people, who have life-limiting illnesses without the ability to pay. Light up a Life is a tradition, and it’s one of Hospice Care’s biggest fundraisers of the year. By supporting Light up a Life, you are supporting your families and friends. “It is important to know

that 100% of the money raised by Hospice Care stays here in North Central West Virginia,” said Cynthia Woodyard, Vice President of Public Affairs and Access. For a donation, individuals can place a light, ornament, or a special keepsake angel, on a tree in any of the participating locations. Donations are made in memory, or honor, of a friend, or loved one. Everyone who is remembered, or honored, is entered into a memory book, which is on display throughout the season. This year, the keepsake clay angel is holding a star. Lights, ornaments and the handmade keepsake clay angels

are available for participation. Lights can be sponsored for $5, ornaments for $20, and the porcelain keepsake angel is $35. All donations are tax deductible. “This year it’s easier for people to participate through our new website, which now allows for online ordering, said Woodyard. “This is exciting for us to be more accessible in ways people conduct their lives,” Woodyard added. For more information about participating with “Light up a Life” contact Hospice Care at 1-800-350-1161, or the Grafton office at 304-265-6340. You may visit our new website at www.hospicecarecorp.org for online ordering.

December of 1984 moved those voters back into Precinct #6. Neither the petitioners, nor the respondents, could provide proof that the December 1984 changes were advertised in the paper, or on the door of the courthouse as required. “The overwhelming evidence is that the statutes were not met,” Starcher stated in reference to the

redistricting decision of 1984. Since the original Writ of Mandamus was filed, a myriad of motions, from both the petitioners and the respondents, have been filed in this case. Motions to dismiss by the respondents were filed all the way up to the Friday

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Ohio man dies of heart attack on WV deer hunt

GRAFTON (AP) -- The Division of Natural Resources says at least one hunter has died in the West Virginia woods during this week’s buck season. Spokesman Hoy Murphy says a 68-year-old man from Killbuck, Ohio, died Monday in the Wilson Ridge area of Taylor County. Cpl. John Ozalas of the Law Enforcement Section is investigating, but Murphy says the man apparently suffered a heart attack while dragging his deer out. The victim’s name hasn’t been released.

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PRUNTYTOWN -- Congratulations to the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Students of the Month for October. These students have been honored for their work ethic, scholastic achievement, leadership, improvement, and character. Back row, left to right: Josh Parsons, Laiken Bray, Alexis Bennett, Skylar Rudy, Liza Grossman, Caleb Wagner. Middle row, left to right: Callie Gilbert, Calista Walczuk. Front row, left to right: Courtney Gray, Jared Moore, Blaise Nibert, C.J. Titchenell, and Ryan Hess.

Gospel Lighthouse Church donates to Gigantic Toy Giveaway

Becky Cain’s art featured at Gallery 62 West GRAFTON -- Gallery 62 West features art by local artist, Becky Cain. The gallery is open for viewers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. through December 4, 2011. Cain is an extremely talented young artist with a wide variety of techniques used, from pastels and watercolors to oils. Gallery 62 West wants to remind everyone of the open house that is scheduled December 4. They will be doing Christmas cards with the kids, as well as, serving free hot chocolate and cookies. “Bring the little ones and share in the holiday spirit,” commented Cain.

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Local artist, Becky Cain, has her work on display at Gallery 62 West through December 4.

GRAFTON -- Pastor Terry Peters of the Gospel Light House Church is shown above, as he presents a check to Mountain Statesman Classified Ad Manager, Donna Moore, for the 2011 Gigantic Toy Giveaway. “Even though contributions are way down this year, and we are much further behind in collections compared to year’s past, we are still optimistic and looking forward to parade day,” stated the Gigantic Toy Giveaway organizer, Bobby Jennings. Those wishing to contribute to the Toy Giveaway can do so by dropping off their donation to the Mountain Statesman, or by calling Jennings at 304-265-3333. Children wanting to register for the parade can do so by cutting out the application in today’s paper, filling it out, and dropping it off at the Mountain Statesman office before 5 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2011. Those applying must use an entry form cut out of one of the Mountain Statesman’s or Taylor County Value Guide, Xerox copies are not accepted. Everyone is reminded that you have to be present at the Toy Giveaway to get your toy. The Toy Giveaway is scheduled to begin immediately after the Grafton Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 3, 2011.


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Taylor Thornton Post Office “Priority Tree” Two generous donations Taylor helps spread Christmas cheer Talk Talk Craft Show GRAFTON – The Grafton High School (GHS) Band Boosters will be holding its 20th annual Craft Show on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Clair Bee Field House at GHS. Admission is $1, and all proceeds benefit the GHS Band. If you would like a table at this year’s Craft Show, please call Melissa Abel at 304-265-2409.

TCPL amnesty GRAFTON -- Here is your opportunity to return those pesky overdue library materials without paying fines. Fines will be waived at the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL), for all materials returned during the period beginning November 21 through December 2. Fines incurred previous to November 21 will still stand. For more information, call the library at 304-2656121.

Retirement party GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Health Department is having an open house-retirement party on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Sam has retired as Medical Director with over 20 years of service.

Benefit dinner BOOTHSVILLE – A benefit dinner for Dana Murphy will take place at the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, December 4, starting at 1 p.m. There will be a $10 donation at the door for everyone. All musicians are welcome. Everyone is invited, and asked to bring a covered dish and their own drinks, no alcohol please. For more information, please call 304-534-4662.

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The Thornton Post Office’s PMRT, Katrina West, is all set for the Holidays and sharing the Christmas spirit. She is shown with her “Priority Christmas Tree” that she just finished decorating. Not only is West encouraging everyone to bring their mail in and buy stamps at the Thornton Post Office, she has also made arrangements to accept donations for the 2011 Gigantic Toy Giveaway. the busiest delivery day. By Bobby Jennings post office. “Beat the last-minute rush and In its lobby is a white ChristStatesman Staff Writer mas tree decorated with the postal bring your mail in early,” comTHORNTON – PMRT (Post theme of “Priority Delivery.” mented West. Through the press release that Master Replacement Temporary) Besides having the option of Katrina West is very pleased with priority delivery, the postal sys- she shared, West wants everyone the efforts to keep the Thornton tem is also offering free military to remember that, “Although the U.S. Postal Service has been care kits! Post Office in operation. West wants everyone to re- losing money and downsizing With the continued announcements of post offices closing member that the flat rate price of because of competition and the throughout the area, West is work- $12.95 on packages to the military internet, it still handles 40 percent ing hard, and has great hopes, (worldwide) has been made avail- of the world’s card and letter mail volume.” that her post office will be able able by Postal Service. West wants everyone to reWest has also received perto stand the test of time. Visitors to the Thornton Post mission from the Postal Service member that the Thornton Post office will first notice that the and Gigantic Toy Giveaway Office is just five minutes from organizers to accept donations Grafton, and it is geared up for parking lot is being expanded. West exclaimed that the land- of new toys at the Thornton the holidays with special stamps, lord has removed the structure Post Office. The Gigantic Toy greeting cards and large variety that joined the post office lot, Giveaway is scheduled after the of mailing options. The Thornton Post Office is and has already begun to gravel Grafton Christmas Parade on open Monday through Friday the empty lot. “It is thier intent December 3. In a release, shared by West, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m,, to pave the lot next year some post office experts believe that being closed from 12:00 p.m. to time,” stated West. Upon entering, visitors quick- December 19 will be the busiest 1:00 p.m. each day for lunch. It ly recognize the creative spirit of mailing day this year. They also is also open from 9:00 a.m. to those working at this little country believe that December 21 will be 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays.

Economy gets mixed batch of news ahead of holidays Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writers Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the start of the critical holiday shopping season, the economy received a dose of mixed news last Wednesday. Consumers barely increased their spending in October, and businesses pulled back on investment in long-lasting manufactured goods. Still, Americans’ pay rose by the most in seven months, a sign they may spend more in coming weeks. Some economists were discouraged by the reports; especially after a separate report earlier this month showed Americans spent more on retail goods in October for the fifth straight month. Paul Dales, a senior U.S. economist with Capital Economics, said the slower consumer spending growth and decline in business investment suggest economic growth in the October-December quarter could be weaker than first thought. He now expects just

2.5 percent growth instead of three percent. Consumer spending increased 0.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said. It was the poorest gain in four months. Spending on durable goods such as autos showed a solid increase. But spending on nondurable goods, such as food and clothing, fell. “Today’s report was a good reminder that much of what consumers spend their money is not purchased at the shopping mall, but is rather spent on their homes and on their health,” said James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics. “With services spending making up 65 percent of total consumption expenditures, the poor performance here more than made up for the continued gains in spending on goods.” The report also showed that Americans earned more in October. Income increased 0.4 percent last month, the best showing since March. Private wages and salaries drove the gain. The solid increase followed five straight months of weak

income gains. And when subtracting taxes and adjusting for inflation, income rose 0.3 percent in October. Many Americans chose to save the extra money. The savings rate ticked up to 3.5 percent of after-tax incomes, up from 3.3 percent in September — the lowest level since December 2007, the month the recession started. Some economists predicted consumer spending would slow because Americans spent more over the summer while earning less. Consumer spending is important because it makes up 70 percent of economic activity. A separate Commerce report showed businesses cut orders for durable goods in October. The 0.7 percent decline was largely because of a big drop in volatile commercial aircraft orders. Still, demand for core capital goods, which are considered a good proxy for business investment spending, dropped by the most since January. That

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The Westfall family stopped by the Mountain Statesman on Wednesday, November 23, to drop off two generous donations. Secondly, the paper has welBy Bobby Jennings comed the opportunity to help Statesman Staff Writer the humane society by being a GRAFTON - Jody Westfall, drop off location, for items being owner of Tygart Lake Public Golf donated to the shelter. Westfall’s second donation Course, is shown with her daughters, Jenna (in pink) and Sidney was for the Gigantic Toy Give(in gray), as they drop off their away. This much-needed donaChristmas donations at the office tion was greatly appreciated of the Mountain Statesman. The Westfalls were making by parade organizers, who are two separate donations while feeling the crunch of the local visiting the newspaper last economy. Toy Giveaway donations Wednesday afternoon. The fist donation was for will be accepted at the office of the Taylor County Humane the Mountain Statesman until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December Society. The Mountain Statesman 2, 2011. Donations for the animal shelhas been working with the humane society by publishing ter’s Christmas will be accepted both the Companion Corner and at the Mountain Statesman, and Christmas Wish Lists ads free of delivered to the humane society through Christmas. charge.

Mayle donates toys

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GRAFTON – With Santa’s helpers at the Mountain Statesman counting down to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway this coming Saturday, contributions to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway are greatly appreciated. Pictured is Mountain Statesman Office Manager, Monica Robinson, as she accepts a stack of toys for the giveaway from Connie Mayle. The number of applications received at the Mountain Statesman last week was almost overwhelming. To try and make it possible for every child at the Toy Giveaway to get a toy, parade organizers have decided to continue accepting donations through 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2011.

Breakfast with Santa GRAFTON -- Breakfast with Santa, hosted by the Taylor County VFW Post 3081, will be held at the post home on Saturday, December 3, 2001 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. There is a $3 fee with proceeds going to fund children’s programs by the VFW. Those wanting to participate, do not need to preregister. For more information, call 304-288-3078.


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Taylor Project Lifesaver is a blessing to those, who Taylor will take advantage of it Talk Talk Craft Show By Bobby Jennings

Statesman Staff Writer

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School (GHS) Band Boosters will be holding its 20th annual Craft Show on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Clair Bee Field House at GHS. Admission is $1, and all proceeds benefit the GHS Band. If you would like a table, please call Melissa Abel at 304-265-2409.

GRAFTON – Taylor County Sheriff, Robert Beltner, wants to remind county residents of the program that he and his officers have in place to help in caring for those, who have a loved one with autism, Alzheimer’s, dementia, down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, or impairments due to stroke, or other cognitive related

disorder. Project Lifesaver is a search and rescue system designed to “reduce serious injury and prevent fatalities for individuals that may be at a cognitive disadvantage.” Beltner petitioned and received approval from the Taylor County Commission for support of such a program earlier this year. He reports that here in Taylor County, it has been estimated

that approximately 250, or more, individuals have been diagnosed with dementia, and approximately 49 have been diagnosed with autism. Beltner states that when individuals meet the requirements and are accepted into the program, they receive a wristband to wear. Each wristband has a unique pulse-carrier radio frequency tracking signal that is used for

tracking purposes, should the need arrive. Beltner, through help of the County Commission, and various donations, has purchased ten such transmitters and wristbands, which are available for use. The Sheriff wants everyone

to remember that this program is available, encouraging both families and rest homes, to take advantage of it before something happens. Those interested in the program, are encouraged to call 304-265-3428.

Gigantic Toy Giveaway Donation All-Stars

Christmas Dinner GRAFTON – A Christmas Dinner will be held at the Haymond Community Center on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The dinner will cost $10, and the proceeds will benefit the Center.

Parade traffic GRAFTON – Grafton Police Chief, Robert W. Beltner, has announced that Main Street, from St. Marys Street to Luzadder Street, will be closed for the Grafton Christmas Parade, on Saturday, December 3, from at 3:30 p.m., until the parade ends.

Housing Authority GRAFTON – The regular meeting of the Grafton Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, will be held today, November 30, 2011 in the Elizabeth Cather Towers Community Room at 4 p.m. All residents, as well as, the general public are welcome to attend.

Grafton Rotary had a busy November By Matthew Trout Statesman Editor

GRAFTON – On November 16, 2011 the Grafton Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon at the Grafton High School Mary Battle Studio. The Grafton High School Pro Start Class served a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Two sophomore students were recognized as Grafton Rotary Students of the Month. Holly Mayle volunteers at the Taylor County Public Library, and played tennis her freshman year. She plans to attend West Virginia University, or Alderson-Broaddus College, and major in nursing. Skylar Rucker plays basketball and is active in Future Farmers of America. He plans to attend Fairmont State University and major in engineering. Grafton Rotary Club participated in the holiday bell ringing

for the Salvation Army on November 19. “It was a great day to serve our community ,and see many families and friends, supporting the needs of others,” stated Grafton Rotary President Lorraine Isner. In partnership with Grafton High School, the Grafton Rotary Club conducted one of its Polio Plus Campaign Drives. During the week of November 14, through November 18, Grafton High School students held a fundraiser competition in the form of Penny Wars. Each first-period class had a large jug to collect pennies. Whichever class had collected the most pennies by the end of the week, would be served breakfast by the Rotarians. Grafton High School Princi-

pal, Dr. Joseph Findley, added some very competitive scenarios to the game this year, which made it a real penny wars. As the week progressed, some of the scenarios included pennies as positive count and silver coins as a negative count, which would subtract from the running totals. By the end of the week, the students were devising their own strategies and raised over $1,000 to support the Rotary International goal of $200 million to match the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donation of $350 million. Each Polio vaccine cost .60 cents, and there are only four countries remaining that have had a polio case in the past year. All the Rotarians wish to thank the Grafton High School students and faculty for their support to End Polio Now.

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GRAFTON -- Not only does Mary Phillips of Somethin’ Country like to dress up your home with her wonderful gifts, she intends to dress up a couple faces with a smile this Saturday at the annual Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Somethin’ Country is taking advantage of the festive spirit this coming Saturday in Grafton by hosting their Customer Appreciation Day Sale. During the sale, Somethin’ Country will have a huge selection of Boy’s Bears at 50% Off. In House Specials will be offered throughout the store from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Taking Mary’s donation for the Gigantic Toy Giveaway is Mountain Statesman Publisher, Jean Metz.

GRAFTON – The Memorial Day Committee has announced that there will be no meeting in December. The next meeting of the Memorial Day Committee is scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Grafton Municipal Building Council Chambers.

Benefit dinner BOOTHSVILLE – A benefit dinner for Dana Murphy will take place at the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, December 4, starting at 1 p.m. There will be a $10 donation at the door for everyone. All musicians are welcome. Everyone is invited, and asked to bring a covered dish and their own drinks, no alcohol please. For more information, please call 304-534-4662.

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Newest Grafton Rotary Club member, Dee Ann Sturm (left), gladly accepts a donation from a community member, as she rings the bell for the Salvation Army.

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Penny Wars to support Polio eradication. Roatarians, Dan Pauley (left) and Ed Kerns (center), collect pennies from Grafton High School student, Daniel Fawcett (right).

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GRAFTON -- Besides cooking up good food, the owners and staff at the Stagecoach Family Restaurant are helping to cook up a good time for area youth during the Gigantic Toy Giveaway. The Gigantic Toy Giveaway is scheduled to take place after the Grafton Christmas Parade this Saturday. The deadline to register for the Toy Giveaway was this past Monday. Those registered need to be present at the Toy Giveaway in order to receive their gift. Two familiar faces to all of those who frequent the restaurant, Marie Shumaker (hostess) and Betty Patton (head waitress) are pictured above.

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Grafton Rotary Club honored its Students of the Month on November 16 at Grafton High School. Pictured, from left are Holly Mayle, Grafton Rotary Club President, Lorraine Isner and Skylar Rucker.

GRAFTON -- Donnie Ford, owner of Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, is shown as he gives his donation to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway to Mountain Statesman Office Manager, Monica Robinson. Ford has been a blessing to the children of Taylor County for years, as he has been a regular donator to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Donations for the parade will be taken at the offices of the Mountain Statesman through 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2011.


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Taylor Taylor Talk Talk Craft Show

GRAFTON – The Grafton High School (GHS) Band Boosters will be holding its 20th annual Craft Show on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Clair Bee Field House at GHS. Admission is $1, and all proceeds benefit the GHS Band. If you would like a table, please call Melissa Abel at 304-265-2409.

Christmas Dinner GRAFTON – A Christmas Dinner will be held at the Haymond Community Center on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The dinner will cost $10, and the proceeds will benefit the Center.

Parade traffic GRAFTON – Grafton Police Chief, Robert W. Beltner, has announced that Main Street, from St. Marys Street to Luzadder Street, will be closed for the Grafton Christmas Parade, on Saturday, December 3, from at 3:30 p.m., until the parade ends.

Duff sentenced to four-to-15 years By Matthew Trout Statesman Editor

GRAFTON – Joshua Lewis Duff, age 21, formerly of Nitro appeared before the Taylor County Circuit Court on Wednesday, November 30, for sentencing. Duff had entered pleas of guilty to abduction of a person and sexual assault in the third degree on September 14, 2011 and has awaited his sentencing at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. On January 30, 2011, Duff traveled to Grafton in an allegedly stolen car, and abducted 15-year-old Sara Isner from her home. Isner and Duff were classmates at the Romney School for the Deaf. According to the pre-sentence investigation, Duff broke into the Isner home on Saturday evening, January 29, and hid under the victim’s bed until her mother left for church on Sunday morning. At that time, Duff sexually assaulted the victim and forced her to leave with him. A witness had reported, to the Grafton Police Department, that Duff had been seen in the area of the Isner residence, in the stolen car,

on January 27. The stolen, 2000 Saturn was recovered in Ritchie County on February 1. On February 8, Duff, and the victim, were located in a cellar house in the Burnt House area of Ritchie County. Duff was taken into custody, and the victim was released to her parents. Duff was represented, in Taylor County Circuit Court, by his attorney Chaelyn Casteel. As Duff was led to his seat, Casteel requested that his hands be unrestrained so that Duff could better communicate with the court through American Sign Language Interpreter, Joe Balog. Taylor County Circuit Court Judge, Alan D. Moats, granted the request. Casteel requested that the court consider placing Duff on probation, or into the Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders. “Mr. Duff is a young man,” Casteel stated. “He did very well at the Romney school. He made some very poor decisions that led him here today.” Casteel went on to state that in addition to the two charges Duff had pled guilty to in Taylor County, he is still facing very serious charges in Ritchie County.

BOOTHSVILLE – A benefit dinner for Dana Murphy will take place at the Boothsville Fire Hall on Sunday, December 4, starting at 1 p.m. There will be a $10 donation at the door for everyone. All musicians are welcome. Everyone is invited, and asked to bring a covered dish and their own drinks, no alcohol please. For more information, please call 304-534-4662.

GCH Auxiliary GRAFTON – The Grafton City Hospital (GCH) Auxiliary will meet on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 11 a.m., in the conference room at the hospital.

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GRAFTON -- A Combined Christmas Choral Concert will be held Sunday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Grafton High School (GHS) in the auditorium. Admission is $5.00. The following groups will be performing The Entertainers Edition XLI, the GHS Concert Choir and the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) seventh/eighth grade choir, all under the direction of Mrs. Duretha Mayle, and the 25th edition of the Taylor County All-County Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Christine Schulz. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of delightful music that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

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Joshua Lewis Duff Duff is facing multiple charges in Ritchie County including, obstructing an officer; fleeing a police officer; trespassing on property; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; grand larceny; and four counts of sexual assault in the second degree. Judge Moats read parts of a report from the Romney School for the Deaf, which showed Duff in a more favorable light. According to the report, Duff did very well in the school. Duff used the school, as an escape from a turbulent environment at his home, and that the staff would never have expected him to com-

Richard P. Bracken mit these acts. Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney, John L. Bord, informed Judge Moats “due to the age of the victim, the state strongly recommends that he be sent to the West Virginia State Penitentiary.” “This is a crime of violence, perpetrated against a child, involving abduction and sexual assault,” Judge Moats explained during sentencing. “The court does not find that he is a good candidate for the Anthony Center.” Duff was sentenced to threeto-ten years for abduction of a person, and to one-to-five years for sexual assault in the third

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West Virginia and have resolved to live and work here.” Such is true of Grafton native, Gregory Corio. In reports about Corio, it is said, “Since childhood, Greg has embraced the natural world, nurturing a passion for outdoor adventure that he is now able to use in reaching out to first-year college students, who are at risk of dropping out before graduation.” The article goes on to say that, “In 1999, Greg caught the entrepreneurial spirit, when he developed an artificial climbing wall, that he sold to Entre Prises, one of the world’s largest climbing wall manufacturers. In 2003, that spirit captured him again when he began work on a graduate project for his Master’s degree in recreation, parks and tourisms resources at WVU. The result was Adventure WV, an outdoor orientation program for incoming WVU freshman. In an individual article about Corio, he is said to be the director of the Mountaineer Adventure Program (MAP) at West Virginia University. Records show that “In addition to his role as director of

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degree. Both sentences are to be served, in the West Virginia State Penitentiary, consecutively, making his total consecutive sentence not less than four years, or more than 15 years, with credit for time served. Richard P. Bracken came before the court for sentencing following guilty pleas for two counts of breaking and entering. According to Judge Moats, while on bond, under the supervision of the Taylor County Corrections Program, he continued to violate the terms by using illegal substances, being uncooperative, and for failing to appear at scheduled drug counseling appointments. According to Judge Moats, on November 15, Bracken was found driving a vehicle without a license, and in possession of Kush (synthetic marijuana). Bracken stated, “I didn’t take the program seriously.” “The state has made every effort in this matter,” Bord stated. “We recommend that he be placed in the penitentiary.”

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GRAFTON – Donnie McMillen, of Toothman Ford Sales, was glad to share the spotlight with their nine-foot reindeer Wednesday afternoon, as he presented the company’s donation to this year’s Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Children of all ages are reminded that Santa will be traveling down Grafton’s Main Street around 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3, to participate in the parade and Gigantic Toy Giveaway, which is to follow.

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GRAFTON -- As the deadline for the Gigantic Toy Giveaway gets closer and closer, Dr. Bickerton and his staff do their part to put a smile on a child’s face during the festivities. Dr. Bickerton is shown with his staff, Linda O’Connor (left) and Renee Taylor (right), as they present a check to the Mountain Statesman Wednesday morning for the toy giveaway. Everyone is reminded that the Grafton Christmas parade is to begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011 with the toy giveaway to immediately follow.

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GRAFTON – Not leaving anything plain or mundane, the owners of Lizards Grafx Shop are always out to add color and style to every occasion, including the Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Steve and Heidi Phillips are pictured with their donation to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Those registered for the toy giveaway are reminded that they have to be present in order to get their toy.

GHS fruit arrival GRAFTON -- The Grafton High School (GHS) Choral Boosters are announcing that the fruit will be available for pick up on Wednesday, December 7, from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on the stage at GHS. Please call 304 -265-3046 ext 28, if you have any questions. Thank you for your support of the GHS Entertainers.

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GCH Auxiliary GRAFTON – The Grafton City Hospital (GCH) Auxiliary will meet on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 11 a.m., in the conference room at the hospital.

Christmas Dinner GRAFTON – A Christmas Dinner will be held at the Haymond Community Center on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The dinner will cost $10, and the proceeds will benefit the Center.

GHS fruit arrival GRAFTON -- The Grafton High School (GHS) Choral Boosters are announcing that the fruit will be available for pick up on Wednesday, December 7, from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on the stage at GHS. Please call 304-265-3046 ext 28, if you have any questions. Thank you for your support of the GHS Entertainers.

GHS ‘fall sports’ banquet GRAFTON -- Family and friends are invited to attend the Grafton High School Fall Sports Banquet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, in the cafeteria and auditorium. Please join us in recognizing our athletes, as letters will be awarded during this special event. It will be a covered dish dinner, with the Athletic Association providing the meat, and the athletes are asked to bring -- football players: vegetables & side dishes; cross country runners: salads; soccer players: desserts; volleyball players: drinks and ice; cheerleaders: bread rolls and butter; and golfers: plates, cups, napkins and silverware.

GRAFTON – The Taylor County Commission Chambers were filled last Tuesday, November 29, with the number of participants present for the night’s meeting. Early on the night’s agenda was Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney, John Bord, and his guest, Rob Pisegna, as they presented some project information to the commission. At the request of Bord, Pisegna, being a CPA, visited various local entities that receive levy funds to talk to their directors. Pisegna expressed to both the commission and Mr. Bord how much he appreciated the opportunity to work within our county, and to offer his services to all of those involved. Pisegna was quick to point out that his purpose was not to find out if fraud was going on within any of these groups, but only to meet with them and make suggestions on how they, and their boards, may protect themselves against

such a thing. Pisegna shared with the commission to what many would call a recipe for safety in financial situations: Trust – Monitor – Verify. In his opinion, this checks and balances systems help to keep everyone safe when it comes to their financial system. Upon listening to Pisegna’s plan and suggestions, the commission agreed that they would like to set up a seminar (financial workshop) that would take place there in the courthouse. For this session, they would invite Mr. Pisegna, as well as, the boards for each of the groups receiving levy funds in Taylor County, as well as, any other boards in Taylor County that would like to attend. In that meeting, the commission has requested that Pisegna set forth the same plan of Trust – Monitor – Verify that he had presented to the commission, with a suggested guideline being given to all as to how to make this possible. Each of the commissioners were delighted with the advice

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GRAFTON – The West Virginia and Grafton National Cemeteries will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s veterans, on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 12 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Meuse-Argonne Post #573, Harrison County Honor Guard, Taylor County Honor Guard and The Lewis County Honor Guard are coordinating

the event, to honor veterans of each branch of the military, the Merchant Marine, as well as, Prisoners of War, and those still Missing in Action (POW/MIA). The theme for this year’s event is “The Christmas They Never Had – In honor of those who have to spend a holiday away from loved ones – In memory of those who never made it home.” The Worcester Wreath Company, through a campaign called Wreaths Across America, began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest at the Veteran Administration’s 131

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that there are a lot of grants out there that are available to Taylor County and her differing agencies, that we are missing out on because we don’t have someone who is constantly searching for and applying for them.

Pisegna noted that before he retired from the Veteran’s Hospital, that grant writing was part of his task, and that he was skilled

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that Pisegna was giving, with commissioner Tony Veltri, who himself is also on a board of one of these levy-receiving agencies commenting, “I think this is good advice that could benefit each and every one of us.” The commission agreed with Pisegna, that this is not something that they can pull together immediately, but, that it is going to take time and effort. The commission agreed during the meeting to reach out to and encourage the participation of each of the board members of these groups. The commission, in discussing this issue also noted that with such efforts being put forth, it would help to reassure the voters of Taylor County, who vote these levies in to place, that both the commission and each group receiving the funds from them, are doing their absolute best to make sure these funds are going where they are supposed to be going, and being used in the ways they are intended on being used. Pisegna also offered his services in the realm of grant writing to the commission. Pisegna noted

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GRAFTON – For almost as long as the Gigantic Toy Giveaway has been a tradition in Grafton, Rich Rager and his family out at RRHAMCO Inc. have been faithful sponsors. Rich is shown with his daughter, Regina, as they prepare to give their donation to the toy giveaway. Faithful friends, family and business owners throughout the Taylor County area have kept this wonderful tradition alive.

Bartlett Funeral Home donates to Gigantic Toy Giveaway national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries. For each of the past 19 years, they have donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. Specially designated wreaths for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and POW/MIA will be placed on memorials during a ceremony that will be coordinated simultaneously at over 600 participating locations all across the Country. December 10 will mark the 20th anniversary of Maine wreaths being donated and placed on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. 2011 is also the sixth year of the national wreath sponsorship campaign under the guidance of the non-profit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org that will bring the same remembrance wreaths to national and state veterans cemeteries in all 50 states, veteran monuments, schools, and community centers all across the nation.

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GRAFTON – The ladies of Bartlett Funeral Home hope to raise the spirits of some with their donation to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway. Nancy Bartlett (left) and Carolyn Flesher (right) are shown with their donation to the parade. Both of these ladies want to remind everyone of their Open House that is scheduled for Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Grafton Woman’s Club makes generous donations

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Happy birthday RoseMary Knight! Taylor County Senior Center Nutrition Site Supervisor, RoseMary Knight was honored, by the seniors, on her birthday, November 30. From left are Calla Frederick, Darlene Weber, Knight, and Susan Frey.

GRAFTON – Taylor County Senior Center Nutrition Site Supervisor, RoseMary Knight, was pleasantly surprised on Wednesday, November 30, when she was honored, by the seniors, for her birthday. Calla Frederick, Taylor County Senior Citizens Board President, coordinated the effort in order to give back to Knight, who gives so much of her time to the center. Presented with flowers, a centerpiece and a beautiful cake, Knight was thrilled with the acknowledgement. Taylor County seniors are encouraged to use the facility. The center has much to offer, in activities and fellowship.

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GRAFTON – Not only do the organizers of the Gigantic Toy Giveaway depend upon our local businesses and churches to make this event a success, they also reach out to a variety of clubs and civic groups for their help. Judy Collett is pictured, as she gives a donation from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Grafton to Mountain Statesman Staff Writer Bobby Jennings. Not only has the Woman’s Club of Grafton helped the Mountain Statesman with the Gigantic Toy Giveaway, but they are also supporting the “Cops and Kids” (previously known as Shop With A Cop) program.


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Taylor Taylor Talk Talk Christmas Dinner GRAFTON – A Christmas Dinner will be held at the Haymond Community Center on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The dinner will cost $10, and the proceeds will benefit the Center.

GHS fruit arrival GRAFTON -- The Grafton High School (GHS) Choral Boosters are announcing that the fruit will be available for pick up today, December 7, from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and again on Thursday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on the stage at GHS. Please call 304-265-3046 ext 28, if you have any questions. Thank you for your support of the GHS Entertainers.

CSX Christmas Dinner GRAFTON -- CSX Grafton will be holding their annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the CSX Grafton Conference Building, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. The dinner is open to all CSX employees (current and retired) and their families. Santa will be visiting from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Humane Society fundraiser GRAFTON – The Taylor County Humane Society will sponsor a Pampered Chef Party fundraiser on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Good Shephered Church. Please call Brenda Gerkin at 304-265-4208 to make reservations.

Wildcat Christmas Craft Show FLEMINGTON – Flemington Elementary School PTO will host a craft show on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 304-739-4749, for more information.

Rosewood Christmas Craft Sale GRAFTON – Rosewood Center will host a Christmas Craft Sale on Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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WV schools turn to lawmakers on retiree funding Lawrence Messina, Associated Press CHARLESTON (AP) -- West Virginia’s top legislative leaders consider tackling retiree health care costs, a top priority for the upcoming session, and county school officials say the potential relief can’t come soon enough. All but six of the state’s 55 county school boards sued last year over a policy that bills them annual sums toward these costs. They must list any unpaid amounts as debts. Last month, the state Supreme Court upheld a circuit judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit, but that hasn’t deterred county officials, who say the policy is unfair and threatens their schools’ finances. Among other arguments, the school boards say the state should shoulder this liability, because it requires the school systems to offer this benefit to their employees. “Eventually, I think it will affect our bond rating. That makes

a big difference when it comes to the construction of schools,” said Richard Snuffer, president of the Raleigh County school board. “Sooner or later, it’s going to effect the children’s education, that’s the bottom line.” At least one school board member is resigning as a result. Although his term does not

end until 2014, Wood County’s Richard Olcott will step down at the end of the year because of the ruling. Olcott said he cannot support the state’s policy. “My continued involvement with this school system, under these conditions, is more, or less, an endorsement of this accounting

approach,” Olcott said Friday. Olcott was first elected to the board in 2004 and recently headed the state’s association of county school boards. He said he regrets having to leave a post that allowed him to serve his community and its children. “It saddens me that we haven’t reached a point of resolution in

“They know how important it is that this be resolved,” Maynard stated. When asked how this situation affects the future of Taylor County schools, Maynard replied, “This is going to affect our credit rating. If they force us to pay this, every school

five years,” Olcott said. “They’ve just been unable to crack this nut.” Officials estimate the budget year will end July 1, with a $10 billion funding gap between available assets and these costs, known as other post-employment benefits, or OPEB. A 2004 national accounting standard calls on government bodies to calculate their unfunded OPEB liabilities. States had followed a pay-asyou-go approach toward these costs, and most still do in the accounting standard’s wake. But, West Virginia went above and beyond the standard with a 2006 law that charges government units an annual required contribution toward closing this funding shortfall. That law also says that any part of the contribution not paid “shall remain the liability of that employer until fully paid.”

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What the OPEB liability means to Taylor County By Matthew Trout Statesman Editor

GRAFTON – Following the West Virginia Supreme Court’s decision, to uphold a Circuit Court decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by all but six West Virginia counties, West Virginia Boards of Education are now seeking legislative help in resolving the OPEB (Other Post Employee Benefit) issue looming over their respective heads. Currently, the Taylor County School System is working with

a large surplus. When the system is forced to put the OPEB on its books, it will appear to be in a much larger deficit. “We have a surplus of nearly $1 million dollars without the liability on our books,” stated Taylor County Superintendent of Schools, Bob Maynard. “With the liability, we will appear to be nearly $4 million in the red.” Maynard stated that the Taylor County Board of Education, as well as other county boards, will continue to work with lawmakers in resolving this situation.

Primitive shop opens in the heart of Grafton By Bobby Jennings

RRHAMCO, a shining light for Cops and Kids

Statesman Staff Writer

GRAFTON – Tom and Donna Hart were pleased to add to Grafton a new business, Arts and Treasures, this past Saturday. After buying the building, located at 40 West Main Street, the two went right to work making the necessary renovations to be able to open their doors for the holidays here in Grafton. When asked how they got their start, Tom commented, “I have been a wood worker since I was eight years old, and my dad gave me my first tools for Christmas.” Donna has been deeply involved in her art, working with candle making, decorative painting and crafts for years. These Grafton natives were like many others, if they wanted it, they had to drive out of town to get it. “We want to make it accessible here,” Tom commented. Not only will this craft, primitive and wood working shop feature their creations, but they also want to include local talent. “We want to provide a local outlet for them,” stated Donna. “We love what we do,” and that fact truly shines from their effort. Tom, in discussing their decision, commented, “We have talked about this for years.” He went on to say, “We were looking for a place, this one came available, and we loved it…it is

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GRAFTON – Tom and Donna Hart were pleased to introduce their new business to Grafton this past weekend. The two are shown in one of their display rooms at the shop. Not only will the two be featuring their own products, but they will feature items from other local artists and suppliers in the area. The room they are standing in features homemade bath soap from Fairmont. Although this business is a work in progress, its birth to the community brings much delight and excitement to both its owners and other businesses along Main Street. a work in progress.” The two went on to comment about the building and their business, “We are going to start using it, and let it evolve over time.” In providing “primitive” products, home accents and furnishings, Tom and Donna have many talents that will quickly be adored and appreciated by shoppers. Donna has been working with painting and craft classes, to which she hopes to continue in her new storefront. Tom plans to take advantage

of the basement of his building to bring all of his woodworking equipment together into one large shop. “It is amazing, we feel blessed,” exclaimed Donna. Arts And Treasures is open Wednesday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Besides being able to reach Tom and Donna during regular business hours at the store, they may also be reached by calling 304-709-2305.

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GRAFTON – Now that Grafton has officially gotten the Christmas spirit, with the Christmas Parade and Gigantic Toy Giveaway that took place last weekend, the Cops and Kids (formerly known as Shop With A Cop) program goes into full swing. The deadline to register your child for the program was 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2011. Now that the youngsters have been registered, officers and their helpers, are working hard to be able to raise the funds for the program. Shown above is Michelle Mayle (right) as she receives a donation from Rich Rager of RRHAMCO, Inc.

Feldman donates to Gigantic Toy Giveaway

Walgreens demonstrates community spirit By Bobby Jennings Statesman Staff Writer

GRAFTON – The residents of Taylor County are very lucky to have so many of the local businesses willing to extend a helping hand. That community spirit is evident through the management of the local Walgreens, located in the Four Corners intersection of Grafton. Walgreens wants everyone to know that they are a drop off point for Toys for Tots. They will be accepting donations through December 17, 2011. Anyone making a donation at Walgreens will receive a free 8x10 print through the Walgreens photo lab. Secondly, Walgreens is accepting canned goods donations for a local food pantry. These donations will be accepted through December 19, and then distributed locally. Finally, they have free flu shots available to those who have no medical cards, or insurance available. These flu shots are available first-come-first-serve,

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GRAFTON – Allen Feldman (left) stopped in late Friday evening to drop off his donation to the Gigantic Toy Giveaway, that took place last Saturday. Feldman is the owner of the Blueville Laundry. Shown receiving the check from Feldman is Mountain Statesman Staff Writer Bobby Jennings.

Entertainers Christmas Concert announced

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GRAFTON -- Walgreens will be a popular stop for many the next few days, as they will not only be accepting toys and canned food donations, but will also be giving free flu shots to those without insurance. Beat the rush by stopping in and talking to one of their helpful staff today. Pictured above are store managers: (from left to right) Travis Lester, Aaron Chipps and Jason Worley. as long as supplies last. According to management, applying for the free flu shots is simple, “You

just need a photo id and fill out the waiver,” commented Jason Worley, store manager.

GRAFTON -- The Entertainers Edition XLI, will be presenting “A Christmas Extravaganza,” a dessert theatre on Saturday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Grafton High School (GHS) Auditorium. The Entertainers will be performing group numbers, solos, duets, and small group numbers. At intermission, specialty cakes and beverages will be served in the specially decorated cafeteria. Admission to the event is $10 and seats must be reserved. To get your ticket please contact any Entertainer member or call 304-265-3046 ext 28. The students are excited to present this elegant evening, and hope you will join them, as they present the sounds of the Holiday Season.


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Humane Society fundraiser GRAFTON – The Taylor County Humane Society will sponsor a Pampered Chef Party fundraiser on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Good Shephered Church. Please call Brenda Gerkin at 304-265-4208 to make reservations.

GHS ‘fall sports’ banquet GRAFTON -- Family and friends are invited to attend the Grafton High School Fall Sports Banquet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11, in the cafeteria and auditorium. Please join us in recognizing our athletes, as letters will be awarded during this special event.

Soccer champs and coach honored by Grafton City Council ~New Grafton Police Department Patrolman sworn in~

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GRAFTON – Grafton High School Girls’ Soccer Team Coach, Lorraine Isner, was in attendance at the regular meeting of the Grafton City Council on Tuesday, December 6, to accept a proclamation. As the meeting was held at 1 p.m., on a school day, members of the 2011 West Virginia State AA/ A Champion Girls’ Soccer Team were unable to attend. The individual members of the team will be honored at an evening meeting on January 17 in the Grafton City Council Chambers. Grafton Mayor, G. Thomas Bartlett, III, read the proclamation honoring the team’s outstanding accomplishments, then presented Isner with the official proclamation. Honoring Grafton High School Girls Soccer Team and Coach Lorraine Isner

Whereas, the Grafton City Council recognizes the Grafton High School Girls’ Soccer Team for their outstanding accomplishments under Coach Lorraine Isner. The team earned a remarkable AA/A record of 43 wins, five defeats and one tie with the outstanding overall three/four year record of 59 wins, 19 losses and six ties. This winning percentage of 75.6 represents quite a remarkable achievement; and Whereas, the Grafton High School Girls Soccer Team won the AA/A Region Two and Sectional One Championship for the years 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Region Two Championship for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011; and Whereas, the 2011 Grafton High School Girls’ Soccer Team won the 2011 State Championship in the WVSSAC Girls’ State Soccer Championship Game; and Whereas, members of the Grafton High School 2011 West

Open House GRAFTON – The City of Grafton 2011 Christmas Open House will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Grafton Municipal Building Council Chambers.

Wildcat Christmas Craft Show FLEMINGTON – Flemington Elementary School PTO will host a craft show on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call 304-739-4749, for more information.

CSX Christmas Dinner GRAFTON -- CSX Grafton will be holding their annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the CSX Grafton Conference Building, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. The dinner is open to all CSX employees (current and retired) and their families. Santa will be visiting from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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Grafton Police Department’s newest Patrolman, Brandon Riffle (right), swears an oath to serve the residents of Grafton to Grafton City Clerk, Larry Richman (left), with his wife, Jessica (center) at his side.

Virginia Class AA/A State championship Team individually honored, and concluding their season with a 16-4-2 record are: Seniors: Nancy Isner; Anie Mayle; and Abby Rowand; Juniors: Madison Cochran; Kari Fawcett; Shelby McDougal; and Whitney Poling; Sophomores: Keleigh Cochran; Kaylee Flohr; Shawna Graham; Maddie Hill; Taylor Mayle; Rachel Miller; Emily Moon; and Meghan Losh; and Freshmen: Kristen Barlow; Emily Chandler; Taylor England; Alexis Freeman; Lindsay Peters; Lyndsey Moran; and Kaylee Welch; and Coach: Lorraine Isner; and assistant Coach: Dave Barlow; and Whereas, Coach Lorraine Isner, was honored as the 2011 Soccer Coach of the Year by the Big Ten Conference; and Whereas, the 2011 Grafton High School Girls’ Soccer Team was ranked 13th in the Region IV by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA); Now Therefore, Be It Resolved, that I, G. Thomas Bartlett, III, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Grafton, West Virginia, do hereby honor and offer special congratulations and recognition of the Grafton High School Girls’ Soccer Team, and coach Lorraine Isner, and assistant Coach Dave Barlow, for their outstanding accomplishments. Grafton Police Chief, Robert W. Beltner, took the opportunity during his Grafton Police Department Report to have Grafton City Clerk, Larry Richman, swear in

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GRAFTON -- The Taylor County Commission met Tuesday evening, December 6, expecting the big topic of the evening to center around the magisterial mapping needing approved, but an immediate necessity stole the spotlight. Upon commissioner Rusty Efaw opening the meeting, he notified his fellow commissioners of a “problem over at the jail.” According to maintenance personnel reports, the main water line to the boiler had busted, and was now shut off. A local group had been called in to inspect the damage, and give an estimate as to what was needed, but according to Efaw’s report, this was more work than any expected. According to what inspectors found, the water line runs through the steal reinforced cement wall in the old jail structure. They can find one size line on one side of the wall, and another size outlet on the other. To make matters worse, the way that the lines run through the cement wall and floor, repairmen have no idea where they are going, or how they are configured. Although the jail is not in use at this time, there are offices in the building. Besides those offices being a part of that system, commissioners were reminded that the water lines that run through the jail structure also provide the water for the judge’s bathroom and other parts of the building. “We can’t let the water freeze and do more damage,” commented commissioner Dave Gobel. The commission discussed a variety of ways to make possible repairs to the boiler lines, even discussing if they could have the community corrections program come in and bust away the cement to access the lines. With the pending drop in

temperatures expected, the commission agreed to do what was necessary to get heat back in the building. Efaw expressed to his fellow commissioners that three differing providers of electric heat sources were contacted, and that the only one that he knew had responded was Kenny Bolyard, who offered to put electric baseboard heat in the offices for about $5,500. Agreeing that this would probably be the quickest way to get heat into the offices, and then work on finding a way to repair the main system, the commission agreed to go ahead and approve Bolyard’s proposal. The next issue on the agenda for the commission was the ap-

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proval of the metes and bounds as provided by Jo Vaughn Consultants. Having printed both maps and presenting them to the commission, Efaw questioned his fellow commissioners, “Are these the pictures (maps) we are going to publish in the paper?” With one map showing the magisterial boundaries and the other showing the updated precinct boundaries, commissioner Tony Veltri commented, “Both will need to go in with the descriptions, metes and bounds.” Veltri then directed his question to Taylor County Clerk, Georgianna Thompson, “Do we

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Heavy snow hit fast and hard Wednesday afternoon By Matthew Trout Statesman Editor

GRAFTON – Wednesday’s heavy, wet snowfall quickly turned rain soaked roads to slush in the early afternoon, to snow covered soon after, and to ice by early evening. The Grafton Fire Department (GFD) reported that it had responded to ten calls between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Most of the calls were for trees, or power lines, down, and one call was for an accident with no injuries. “We had quite a few cars stuck in ditches, but most of our calls dealt with trees and power lines,” stated Grafton Fire Department Lieutenant Shane Mumaw. The calls continued early Thursday morning, as well. Before 11 a.m., the GFD responded to a tree down, a personal injury accident and a residential house

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Where’s the heat? By Bobby Jennings

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Big Ten Conference Girls Soccer Coach of the Year, Lorraine Isner (left), accepts a proclamation honoring the 2011 West Virginia State Class AA/A Champion Girls Soccer Team, and herself, from Grafton Mayor G. Thomas Bartlett, III (right).

alarm. The Taylor County Sheriff’s Department responded to a few wrecks Wednesday evening, as well as, two wrecks due to black ice on Belgium Hill Thursday morning. According to Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy, Terring Skinner, the first couple big snowfalls of the year serve as a wake up call to those on the road. “Every year, we forget how to drive in the snow,” Skinner stated. “Motorists need to remember to slow down, leave with plenty of time to get to your destination, maintain a safe distance with the vehicle in front of you and keep your vehicle in good working order.” The Grafton Police Department responded to a few acci-

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GRAFTON -- Casey Jones, Grafton Fire Chief, is shown with Robert Jennings, Mountain Statesman Staff Writer, at the close of the Gigantic Toy Giveaway last Saturday. It is through the efforts of the two agencies these men represent, and the financial support of this community, that the Gigantic Toy Giveaway has continued to grow and be an outreach to our residents. Not only does the Grafton Fire Department work at organizing these activities, they also contribute financially. On behalf of all of the staff at the Mountain Statesman, we thank Casey Jones, Dave Crimm and all of the Grafton Fire Department members, who help keep this work moving forward. By Bobby Jennings our youth. It was such a joy to be able to Statesman Staff Writer partake in this year’s activities, GRAFTON – In spite of the and every minute of the work warm weather last Saturday, that went into it was worth it. I have to say that with the Santa and Mrs. Clause still made the journey to Grafton to usher economy the way it is, I was very nervous about even trying Christmas to our town. Due to the beautiful weather, to do the toy giveaway again Grafton residents poured out to this year. There was even a time adorn the streets of Grafton and that I was afraid we were going pack the house at the Grafton Fire to have to cut back and not give Department, welcoming Santa away any bikes this year. When having that issue in and starting the holiday season mind, I reached out and exoff with a bang. I have to say that in all of pressed my concern through the years that I have worked Facebook, and the out-pouring on the parade and the gigantic of friends, family and business toy giveaway, I’ve never seen (Continued on Page 3) such appreciation, excitement and absolute awe in the eyes of See

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GRAFTON – Not only do these young ladies serve up some excellent food, but with the help of owner Dottie Shelton, they helped in serving up some smiles at the Gigantic Toy Giveaway on December 3. Pictured, from left to right, are Kelsie Opyoke, Tracy Shaffer and Kimi Nice, who all work at Biggies Restaurant, located along Route 50 in the Blueville section of Grafton.

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(Continued from Page 1) the department’s newest patrolman, Brandon Riffle. Riffle, who is from Flemington and graduated from Grafton High School, was in attendance with his supportive family members, to take his oath to serve the residents of the city of Grafton. Riffle has completed a good bit of training in the past week, and is scheduled, along with patrolman Sam Shahan, to attend the West Virginia State Police Academy in January. Grafton City Manager, Kevin Stead, reported that three West Virginia Community Participation Grants have been awarded to the city. These include money to install informational kiosks, purchase a LED display sign, and to do general maintenance and repairs to the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Council members discussed the upcoming City of Grafton 2011 Christmas Open House, scheduled for Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Last year, a large number

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of residents visited the Grafton City Council Chambers to share in fellowship with punch and cookies. The city of Grafton recieved a WVDEP REAP Grant for $7,500 to properly dispose of electronic devices such as TVs, computers, monitors, etc. for citizens of the city of Grafton. Pickup for these items will occur next year once all paperwork is completed with the grant. Items will not be collected at the Public Works Garage and individuals caught discarding trash, or other items, at the garage will be charged with illegal dumping. If you are a resident outside the city of Grafton, you are advised to contact the Taylor County Solid Waste Authority, or your county officals, to find drop off points for electronic devices. The Grafton City Council approved the purchase of a new playground structure for the Maple Avenue Playground in the amount of $7,800 from American Park and Recreation Company out of Tampa, Florida.

outages started around 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, as the wet, heavy snow started through the area. As of 12 p.m., about 300 Preston County residents had their power restored. Meyers reported about 70 incidents were called in throughout Preston and Taylor counties. Some, so remote, that special equipment was needed to reach the affected area of the line. Meyers stated that there are usually 40 linemen working in the affected areas, as a result of the storm, an additional 48 linemen were pulled in. Mon Power hoped to have most, if not all, of the customers affexted, up and running again by late Thursday night.

Oakgrove CEOS meeting notes

GRAFTON – The monthly meeting of the Oakgrove CEOS was held at the Haymond Community Center on November 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order with the Pledge of Allegiance by president Carolyn McDaniel. Sylvia Allen shared reflections with readings and a prayer. Joyce Freeman, director of the Taylor County Public Library, was the guest speaker for the evening. Freeman spoke on the history of the library; including all of the places it had been located in Grafton. When it was first started, Freeman said she had an action figure of Nancy Pearl, who first started the library. She also explained that the Taylor County Library has the best history and genealogy information in the state, with about 26,000 visitors a year. Jean Davis read the secretary’s report for October and November. Ruth Malone read the treasurer’s report. Both were accepted. There were no committee reports available. Virginia Ellis reported on the Thanksgiving Dinner, commenting that it had a friendlier atmosphere than before. The decision was made that the Thanksgiving Dinner will be held in Grafton next year. Virginia Ellis made the motion, with Barb seconding the motion, to donate $50 to the library. The motion was carried.

Statesman Employees, Gump’s Foodland, Grafton Fire Department, Sam’s Club – Clarksburg, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Gospel Lighthouse Church, Matt and Ruthie Trout, Tygart Lake Public Golf Course, Stagecoach Restaurant, Betty Robinson, Somethin’ Country, In Memory of Shelley Shumaker, Brian Moore, Richard & Marci Patterson, Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Woman’s Club of Grafton, Robert L. Williams, Jim & Linda Rubenstein, Owen Phillips, Kermit (Butch) Bias, Dr. Bickerton, Bartlett Funeral Home, Lizards Grafx Shop, RRHAMCO, Go-Mart (Fetterman), Farmers Delight Co., Donnie & Tracy Brown, Grafton Hometown Hot Dogs, Toothman Ford, Blueville Laundry, Biggies Restaurant, State Farm (Mark Zeck), Jewell Mobile Acres and Morrow Hill Farms. Thanks also to the anonymous donors, who purchased a variety of gifts and made monetary donations. I hope that I haven’t missed

anyone. If I have, I apologize. As nervous as I am about this work every year, I know that I can count on the Grafton Fire Department to go above and beyond their call of duty to make it all come together. They put together Santa’s float, lined up the parade, and let us use their station for the toy distribution. After all was said and done, they cleaned up and went back to work with their daily routine. To those that haven’t already figured it out, the Grafton Fire Department is one of biggest assets the newspaper has in putting the parade and toy giveaway together. Without each and every one of them, we would be hurting. THANK YOU ALL! Thanks also to the Grafton Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Department for leading the parade and closing down the streets during the parade. I also want to thank all of

those that came out to participate in the parade, from the Grafton High School (GHS) Band, Taylor County Emergency Squad, dance groups, churches and etc. You helped the Grafton Christmas parade show the spirit of our community. To all of my brethren at the Wilson Ridge Church of Christ, I would greatly be amiss by not saying thank you! From the time that Sister Denise McCartney spent making calls, to the time that all of you spent the Thursday night before the parade purchasing and sorting the toys, and then again working with all to wrap the presents on Friday, you were awesome! Each and every one of you are a wonderful blessing. Last but not least, we want to thank Santa and Mrs. Claus for being with us. This jolly little elf did a wonderful job of helping us with the toy giveaway. May God bless and keep every one of you.

December 27, 2011 at 6 p.m. in the Taylor County County Commission Chamber. Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy, Terring Skinner, was present for the night’s meeting on behalf of Sheriff Robert H. Beltner, who could not attend. Skinner had with him, information available about a replacement vehicle that would be used by process servers and transport personnel. The vehicle in question was a 2009 Jeep Commander with 41,000 miles, to which the dealership was asking $19,500. Skinner reminded the commission that this is not the cruiser that his office is investigating, and wanting to purchase when the bids come available in December. The commission then questioned Skinner concerning the fleet and the Ford Crown Victorias that are being taken off the road. Skinner told the commissioners that he believed that three of the cruisers had been stripped and were already setting at the old West Virginia State Road garage ready for liquidation, with the fourth car currently being worked on. Concerning the purchase of the 2009 Jeep, Efaw requested of Skinner if it was possible for them to wait until the bids come available in December, purchase two new 4X4 cruisers, then take

one of the current cruisers and transfer it to the process servers and transport personnel. “At least with our current cruisers, we know their history and what we’ve got,” commented Efaw. Agreeing that it sounded like a good idea to him, Skinner agreed to return to the Sheriff with the suggestion. Terring did request of Thompson, that the Sheriff be put back on the agenda of the next meeting. In regard to aerial maps, as were mentioned during the prior meeting, Wayne Beal was present to inquire of the commission if they were willing to spend the $3,500 necessary to purchase the maps. He explained to the commission that these maps could be combined with what is being done with the current ark system through the Harrison County 91-1 center, which services Taylor County. Beal went on to remind the commission that the current maps being used were several years old, and that these newer maps had already been made, but that

they had never paid for them to get them. Skinner addressed the issue before the commission with Beal, stating how nice these maps would be to have, comparing them with ones that he currently has available through the Sheriff’s association. He went on to express to the commission that these systems are way more advanced and accurate than anything currently available through Google Maps. Beal went on to explain that these aerial maps will work hand-in-hand with the ark mapping, helping to complete an advancement in Taylor County as it moves into the future. The commission voted unanimously to purchase the maps, which would help all agencies involved. The next meeting of the Taylor County Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Please look to the Monday, December 12 issue of the Mountain Statesman for that meeting’s agenda.

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(Continued from Page 1) dents as well. According to Mon Power Spokesman, Todd Meyers, as of Wednesday evening, 7,300 customers in West Virginia were without electric due to the storm. That number had dropped to 5,200 by 12 p.m., Thursday. Mon Power, formerly Allegheny Power, a subsidiary of First Energy Corporation, has had crews working day and night to restore power to the area. Myers indicated, that in our area, as of 12 p.m. Thursday, the Thornton area had 64 customers without power. Preston County had about 700, with Rowlesburg and Terra Alta being the most affected. According to Meyers, the

owners that read the post was amazing. For the next few days following the post, donations doubled. I know that our community is hurting, but you dug deep and made the toy giveaway possible once again. Every child registered, that was present for the parade, went home with a toy. Because of your generosity, extra toys were purchased and even made available to those present who were not registered for the giveaway. The toys not picked up during the parade will be handed over to the Taylor County Family Resource Network (FRN), under the direction of Walesca Marrero, to be used during the Christmas at Camp Towles Program. The money that came in after toys were purchased, and left over, will be donated to the Cops and Kids Program. Our appreciation is extended to (in no particular order): William and Janet Ellers, Mountain

Members stated that they were looking for more ways to serve our veterans. All were asked to save Cheerios labels so that they can send them in. It was also noted that churches are sending magazines to servicemen. The Oakgrove CEOS Christmas Dinner is scheduled for December 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. All members are encouraged to bring a covered-dish and canned goods to give to the mission. It was announced that Mary Radcliff went to a quilt retreat at Tygart Lodge. While there, she made a beautiful quilt top of red, white and blue, in honor of Veteran’s Day. During the meeting, Radclifff taught everyone a new way to exercise. She encouraged them to stand up, take a five pound potato sack, hold it straight out in your arm for five minutes. Repeat the process for 10, 25, 50 and 100-pound potato sacks. “When you have done all of that, put the potatoes back in the sacks,” joked Radcliff. Refreshments were served by Carolyn McDaniel to: Dottie Moats, Helen Wilson, Ruth Malone, Neveah Hostler, Virginia Ellis, Patty Lemmon, Debbie Fast, Barb Ford, Linda Bittenger, Sylvia Allen, Kay Turner, Mary Radcliff, Jean Davis, Guests: Joyce Freeman and Alice Lucas. Virginia Ellis won the door prize.

have all of what we need to go in the paper?” Thompson responded, “She didn’t give us anything but the maps and this big description about the districts.” Thompson went on to explain that she had taken it upon herself to write an explanation to go at the start of the legal advertisement for the newspaper, if it met the commission’s approval. After receiving approval from the commissioners for the information that she was to publish in the paper, Thompson requested that the commission approve for Tom Crowley to post the maps at each of the precincts, to make everything that they have done completely legal and open to the public. The commission agreed with Thompson’s request and requested that Crowley put these maps in the following places: Taylor County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse, Thornton Post Office, Grafton Post Office, Rosemont Post Office, Simpson Post Office, Flemington Post Office, Grafton City Hall, and Flemington City Hall. “I think we are satisfying the requirements,” commented Veltri. The legal, with maps, metes and bounds, is in this issue of the Mountain Statesman, as well as, scheduled to be printed next Friday, December 16. The public hearing has been set for Tuesday,

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