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Nitro Seniors to Host Country Western Dance

Fishing Tournament April 20 By Justin Waybright

The Nitro Senior Center will sponsor their monthly Country Western Dance on April 20, 2013 at the Senior Center in Nitro on the corner of 21st Street and 2nd Avenue. The doors will open at 5:30p.m. for a concession - the music and fun starts at 6:30 p.m. The band will be Robert Trippett and his Starlight Band, which is a crowd pleaser. Admission is still a donation and a minimum of $3.00 is suggested.

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NITRO - Cast a line, hook ‘em and reel in a big one Saturday April 20 during the 2nd Annual Nitro Convention and Visitors Bureau Bass Tournament. The contest kicks off with a free dinner at the Corner Restaurant in Nitro from 5 to 7 p.m., April 19. Bright and early Saturday, fishermen will have their boats in the river and ready by the event’s start of 7 a.m. Last year, 28 competitors fished. This year, Nitro CVB Chairman Bill Javins hopes to double that number. “There are a lot of bass fishers in the area and fishing clubs,” said Javins. “This is a big event with catered food and prizes, and they love it.” The competition is not cityfunded. All costs are covered by hotel/motel packs: partial money

Calling all fishers - Bring the rod, reel and pole to the Nitro CVB Bass Tournament April 20. Courtesy Flyer generated by sales tax from local hotels and motels. “We’re trying to grow this each and every year, depending on

money received from the hotel/motel packs,” said Javins. After the weigh-in, drawings for two new trolling motors will be

held. Also, the Nitro CVB will give away 10 goodie bags, full of fishing accessories. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The entry fee is $90 per boat. This is a 100 percent pay-back competition. Contestants must be 18 or older to register. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Bill Javins at (304) 539-5211 or Nitro CVB Executive Director Kelly Pruett at (304) 721-9800. Entrants can also register at Future events from the Nitro CVB include a fair and festival pageant May 4, an Armed Forces Day May 18, a Make-A-Wish Bass Tournament June 8, a Summer Sidewalk Sale July 4-6, a summer concert series June 22, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3 and Sept. 21. Javins thanks Pruett for helping secure a spring and summer full of local events.

Introduction to Digital Photography Workshop to be offered by KVCTC Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College will offer a workshop on April 22, 2013 for individuals new to the world of digital photography. This workshop will provide valuable information for beginners as well as supplemental information to people with digital photography

experience. Topics include selecting the right camera, media storage devices, image editing and organization, and storage of digital photos. Class will review various editing programs available and help students determine which editing program will best suit

their needs. Course includes a laminated Fast Card reference sheet for future use. An introduction to Photoshop Elements will be included in this workshop. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kanawha Valley Community &

Technical College Workforce and Economic Development site located in the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center at 1701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 142, Charleston, West Virginia. The registration fee is $59 for the SEE WORKSHOP ON PAGE 8


Page 2 –Thursday,April 18,2013 Nitro Seniors to Host Country Western Dance The Nitro Senior Center will sponsor their monthly Country Western Dance on April 20, 2013 at the Senior Center in Nitro on the corner of 21st Street and 2nd Avenue. The doors will open at 5:30p.m. for a concession - the music and fun starts at 6:30 p.m. The band will be Robert Trippett and his Starlight Band, which is a crowd pleaser. Admission is still a donation and a minimum of $3.00 is suggested.

Art Contest to Celebrate West Virginia's 150th Birthday West Virginia is OLD - older than grandma, grandpa or anyone else you know - but getting better with age. If you’re in kindergarten through 12th grade, you’re eligible to enter a statewide art contest to celebrate West Virginia’s 150th birthday. Children in grades K-5 will create a birthday card for West Virginia’s special celebration. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 can create videos by themselves or in teams of two. Videos must not be longer than two minutes. Themes for the videos are “Happy 150th Birthday West Virginia - What Makes West Virginia Unique” and “What makes West Virginia special?” Students should wish West Virginia a happy 150th birthday within the videos. Prizes include Kindles and gift cards and will be awarded in each age group. Winning artwork may also be showcased in the rotunda during the West Virginia 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol. There is no entry fee and artwork may be submitted between April 1 and May 15, 2013. Each artwork or video must have an official application. Applications are available online at

City of Hurricane – Schedule of Monthly Meetings Meetings are held at the Hurricane Municipal Building, 3255 Teays Valley Road:

Community Calendar

City Council – First Monday of the Month, 7:30 p.m. Municipal Court – First and Third Thursdays of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Hurricane Sewer Board – Second Monday of the Month, 6:00 p.m. Hurricane Water Board – Second Monday of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Hurricane Municipal Planning and Zoning Board – Second Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 p.m. Hurricane Development Authority – Third Thursday of the Month, 8:00 a.m.

Library Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The agenda is available at the library. The public is welcome to attend.

PCTC Adult Learning Center provides Academic Remediation

Hatfield-McCoy Trails is open year-round with more than 500 miles of trails open to ATV riders, motorcyclists, off-road cyclists and equestrians. The area is known for its rocky, mountainous terrain and for its ATV-friendly attitude. For more information, visit or call 800-592-2217. Hatfield-McCoy Trails, south of Williamson, Lyburn. Resident permit, $26.50 (W.Va. driver’s license required); non-resident permit, $47.

Students prepare for various types of testing including ACT, GED, and LPN. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Friday. For more info. call 5862411.

Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County Would you like to make a difference? Do you know someone who needs help with reading? Become a literacy volunteer and help adults improve their basic academic skills. We will teach you how to help others through our free 10 hour training session which will give you the skills you need. Call 304-757-1550.

DUI Checkpoint There will be a sobriety checkpoint conducted on Friday, April 26, 2013 at approximately 2000 hours in front of Chapman Funeral Home, on WV Route 34 in Teays Valley, West Virginia. The purpose of the checkpoint will be the detection and apprehension of suspected drunken drivers, as well as the enforcement of the traffic laws of the State of WV. The checkpoint will be operated from 2000 hours until 0200 hours for a total of 6 hours.

South Charleston Public Library to hold Monthly Meeting The South Charleston Public

Winfield, West Virginia, USPS 451-160 The Putnam Standard (ISSN, 451160) is published weekly at P.O. Box 179, Winfield, WV 25213. Yearly subscription rates: In-County $22.00; In-State $38.00; Out-of-State $48.00. Bill Unger, Publisher. Periodical Postage paid at Main Post Office, Winfield, WV, and additional mailing offices under the act of March 3, 1979. Postmaster: Send Address changes to the Putnam Standard, P.O. Box 179, Winfield, WV 25213. We reserve the right to accept or reject and to edit all news and advertising copy.

MOMS Club of Teays Valley For more information about this organization for stay-athome moms and their children, call 304-757-0195.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail offers opportunities for Outdoor Fun!

Putnam Rotary meets Every Tuesday The Rotarians of Putnam County meet every Tuesday at noon at the First State Bank Community Room on Teays Valley Road. The “Service Above Self” motto is the springboard for the club to be the most active club in supporting community, national and international projects. The group welcomes new members that share the mindset of “Service Above Self.” For additional information visit

Exercise Class at Hometown Senior Center Morning Exercise Classes are held Mondays and Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 First Avenue, Hometown. For more information call 304-586-2745.

Breast Cancer Support Group Meetings are held in the education room at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital every fourth Monday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Questions, call CAMC Family Resource Center at 304-388-2545.

Why not volunteer to Walk Dogs at the Animal Shelter? Putnam Animal Relief Center, 1 Sabre Road, Winfield, WV, could use your help any time from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. To volunteer or for more information, call 304-586-0249.

Hurricane Civic Chorus The Hurricane Civic Chorus meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 p.m.

at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Avenue, Hurricane. No auditions required and membership is not restricted to Hurricane residents. Questions, call 304-562-6539.

Caving enthusiasts make their way to Lost World Caverns Lost World Caverns is open daily (year-round) from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. (Closed on holidays). Wild caving tours are also offered. Advanced registration needed for those trips. Call 866228-3778. Go online at Lost World Caverns is located at Exit 169, off I-64, Lewisburg. $10; $5 for children 6-12; free children younger than 6.

Teays Valley Scrapbooking Club The Teays Valley Scrapbooking Club would like to invite all ladies in the community to attend the monthly club meeting (held on the fourth Saturday of each month) at Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot. Teays Valley Church of God is located at 4430 Teays Valley Rd., just east of exit 40 on I-64. Call 304-757-9222.

Breast Cancer Support Group A Breast Cancer Support Group meets in the education room at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital every 4th Monday from 6:30 – 8 p.m. For further information, please call CAMC Family Resource Center at 304-388-2545.

Democratic Women to hold April Luncheon Meeting The Putnam County Chapter of the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women will hold its April Luncheon Meeting - Saturday, April 20, 2013, Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, 12:00 Noon. $10.00 per person. Bring a door prize and a friend. All Democrats welcome! Yearly membership dues requested. For more information and to RSVP call President, Dot Turley 304-562-9886.

Farm Bureau Workshop to discuss High Tunnel Management & Product Liability for Farmers Margo White, Master Gardener and Putnam Farmers’ Market producer, will discuss High Tunnel Management at 6:00 PM on Thursday April 25th at Buffalo High School (BHS). Ms. White is the owner of Margo’s Garden, a niche market produce farm near Buffalo. She will relate her experience with raising produce in high tunnels with emphasis on environmental control for optimum growth and plant health. Season extension infrastructure

The Putnam Standard like high tunnels can typically allow producers to plant and harvest four to five weeks earlier or later for the average WV growing season. Also on the agenda, there will be representatives of insurance companies to explain the importance of product liability and how premiums are determined. This workshop is a dinner fund-raiser for the Buffalo FFA Chapter.

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First Baptist Church of St Albans to offer Music Camp The First Baptist Church of St. Albans at Sixth Ave. and Second St will offer its 22nd annual Music Camp, June 10-14, 9 am to 2:30 pm daily at the church. The Camp is for children entering grades 2 - 7 as of September 2013. Children attending the Camp participate in choral singing, handbells, Orff instruments, a basic music class, introduction to the orchestra and recreation. Participants need not have prior formal music training. Other activities include Introduction to Guitar, Drums, and Pipe Organ, and Interpretive Movement. Tuition for the camp is $37 per child with family rates available. For further information and online registration, visit You may also register at the church Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30. The Music Camp is under the direction of Thomas Hollinger, Director of Music at the church. Questions? Call the church at 727-4661.

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County Offers Police Cruiser, Stricter Budget Rules By Justin Waybright

WINFIELD - New police cruisers, water line extensions and quarterly budget updates sprung up during the April 9 Putnam County Commission meeting. Poca Police Chief Billy Seanze’s department is in desperate need of new vehicles. His 1999 Jeep suffers from major engine problems, hindering the town’s ability to respond to multiple calls. Putnam Chief Deputy Jack

Luikart was pleased to help a fellow officer. “Anything we can do to assist, we’re open to do it,” he said. County Administrator Brian Donat seemed in favor of donating one of the sheriff department’s older vehicles to fill the void in Poca. “If they can make good use of it, then it’s a great thing to do,” he said. Commissioner Andy Skidmore made a motion to give Seanze a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor, a surplus vehicle. The commission approved.

“It’s a great feeling to get this versus the cost of a brand new one - I know it’s a good car,” said Seanze. “You can’t beat it - I give a big thanks to the county for donating it - it’ll be a great help to the citizens of Poca.” Commissioners moved on to solving another county issue: budget updates. County leaders desired to keep more closely connected to financial aspects of various agencies. Commissioner Steve Andes brought up an idea to have agency officials appear before the commission quarterly with

budgets and financial updates. “Some already are, but maybe this way, all three of us will know what’s going on,” he said. Commissioner President Joe Haynes seemed in favor of the idea. “They present at board meetings every month, so this shouldn’t be a problem,” he said. Agencies appear before the commission semi-annually already. To keep closer eyes on financial aspects, commissioners discussed approving quarterly financial updates, a plan that could start in September.

The county is still working to create water line extensions for Manila Ridge. Commissioners agreed to update a Small Cities Block Grant application with current census data and re-submit it. The overall cost for the project is about $1.7 million, with $1.5 million potentially funded by the grant and $200,000 from the state’s infrastructure council. In other news, commissioners approved a resolution to amend the TIF District at the Putnam County Business Park.

Clay Center announces April 2013 Events Performances Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live - Friday, April 19, 8 pm Get ready for an action-packed adventure with America’s favorite zookeeper. Fall in love with Hanna’s exotic, endearing animal friends and learn something new from the fascinating stories and footage of his travels around the world. Broadway in Charleston RAIN - Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 pm - Experience what Beatlemania was all about! RAIN covers the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hardrocking rooftop days. In the Art Gallery Opened April 13 All the Time in the World Touch. Feel. Connect. Take this moment to experience art and science in an unexpected way featuring video, interactives, touchscreens and more. Through April 21 Celebrate American Printmaking Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty - View an extravagant sample of the creative interchange between artist and printer as a centuries old medium comes to life in this Golden anniversary exhibition. In the ElectricSky™ Theater Giant Screen Film: Volcanoes of the Deep Sea Discover undersea volcanoes, shipwreck gardens, bioluminescent creatures and magnificent predators in this journey that investigates an ancient mystery. Shows Wednesday – Saturday, noon, 1, 3 and 4 pm; Sunday, 1, 3 and 4 pm Planetarium Show: The Planets From the heat of tiny Mercury to the rings of giant Sat-

urn, take a journey of exploration and discovery as we reveal the latest scientific information about our solar system. Shows Wednesday – Saturday at 11 am & 2 pm; Sundays at noon and 2 pm Programs & Events In the MYLAN EXPLOREATORY Little Builders Build, imagine and be creative in this hands-on construction exhibit. Put on your hard hat and construction vest and explore the concepts of design, motion and simple machines. Hand operate a pulley, discover physics at work, experiment with aerodynamics and so much more! Milton's Marvels of Science Experience extraordinary LIVE science shows with Milton's Marvels of Science! These demos cover a variety of topics ranging from physics and chemistry to earth science and biology. All activities are included in gallery admission, which is FREE for Museum members or just $7.50 for adults and $6 for children. Shows Wednesday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm Earth, Wind and Fire – This fun and interactive demo is sure to inspire you with ways you can help save and celebrate our planet. Wee Wednesdays Join us for Wee Wednesdays, a day when your preschooler can enjoy story time and art activities designed with their interests and abilities in mind. Wee Wednesdays are every Wednesday at 11 am and 1 pm and are included in Museum gallery admission, which is free for members or just $7.50 for adults and $6 for children. Fun Lab Join us in the classrooms on the second Saturday of each

month from 12 – 4 pm for a series of fun-filled, hands-on art and science experiences. Fun lab is included in Museum gallery admission, which is free for members or just $7.50 for adults and $6 for children. Reading Art Book Club Do you love books and art? Join our book club that focuses on the exciting world of art. Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland Thursday, April 25, 1:30 - 3 pm The provenance of a possible

previously unknown 36th Vermeer painting is traced through the stories of the owners. It begins with the son of a Nazi, who stole the painting from a Jewish family and ends with the subject of the painting, Vermeer’s daughter, Magdalena. After School Explorers Club Step out of the classroom and into a world of fun with our After School Explorers Club. Designed for students in grades 1 – 5, workshops take place on Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30

pm. Activities are $12 for members or $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. April 25: Figure it Out Family Fun Night Eco Party! Celebrate and Protect the Planet, Friday April 19, 5 – 7:30 pm Come celebrate the wildlife and wonders of nature, while learning what you can do to protect the planet! Join in the Earth Fair activities, meet live animals at Creature Feature and make eco-crafts to take home.

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Skillet Chicken & Dumplings Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. oil 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces 1 can (14 oz.) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth ¼ cup flour ½ cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen peas and carrots 1 cup all-purpose baking mix ¼ cup Sour Cream ¼ cup milk 2 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan Cheese

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2013 Farming Heritage Entries Sought Cosponsored by the State Fair of West Virginia and West Virginia Farm Bureau

Art by Natalie Larson

2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Directions: HEAT oil in large deep skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 4 min. or until no longer pink. Transfer to bowl. ADD broth gradually to flour in small bowl, whisking constantly until blended. Add to skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 2 min. or until thickened. Add cream cheese spread; cook and stir 3 min. or until melted. Remove from heat; stir in chicken and vegetables. STIR baking mix, sour cream and milk just until baking mix is moistened. Spoon into 6 mounds over mixture in skillet; cook on medium-high heat 2 min. Cover skillet; cook on low heat 15 min. or until chicken is done and toothpick inserted in dumplings comes out clean. TOP with Parmesan and parsley.

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LEWISBURG, WV - Farming families are being sought as applicants for the 2013 Farming Heritage Award that is being offered by the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau. The Farming Heritage award will be presented to a family that has strived to maintain its rural lifestyle by contributing to the community, acting as role models, dedicating time to efficient agricultural production, and maintaining the upkeep of their farm through generations. The winning family will be treated to an award ceremony during the State Fair on August

15, an award luncheon, overnight accommodations, free admission, preferred parking, and a Natural Stone Sign award with the family's name that may be displayed indoors or outdoors. A photo and brief biography of the winners will also be displayed in the Gus R. Douglass Annex during the Fair. "The Farming Heritage Award honors an agricultural family, and their multi-generation contributions to their community and to West Virginia. The official state seal, featuring a farmer, is the logo of the award program," said Karen Lilly, Administrative Assistant, State Fair of West Virginia.

Entry forms may be completed by family members or by someone who wants to nominate a family for consideration. Judging will be conducted by an independent panel of judges. All entries must be in the State Fair office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Entry applications are available through the State Fair by calling Karen Lilly @ 304/645-1090 or iting Farming Heritage applications are also available through the West Virginia Farm Bureau office by calling LeVera Gillum @ 304/472-2080 ext. 302 or visiting

Beech Fork State Park debuts Online Campground Reservation Service in 2013 BARBOURSVILLE, WV - Beech Fork State Park campground has 275 sites, and many of them may now be reserved online. The online reservation service began March 15 and has proved to be popular with campers who want to plan their vacations well in advance. “With the arrival of camping season, the park population can go from a few dozen park guests to several hundreds of people,” said Matt Yeager, Beech Fork state park superintendent. “Camping and the opportunity to be outdoors is an appealing vacation or getaway for many. “The campground rental guidelines haven’t changed,” Yeager said. “This new service gives campers an ‘any time of the day’ option to make campsite reservations for Memorial to Labor Day weekend dates – online.”

Advance reservations may be made for sites 1-136 at Old Orchard and Moxley Branch campgrounds. The other sites remain first-come, first-served options. To make a reservation, visit and click on the reservation button. There is a two-night minimum for advance reservations and reservations must be made at least two days in advance. Beech Fork State Park is located near Barboursville and Huntington and features the largest state park campground in the state park system. Beech Fork’s campground has four distinct areas with approximately 80 sites as lakefront settings. Old Orchard is a 49-site, full hookup campground and is equipped with water, sewer and 20-, 30-, or 50-amp electric service. Old Orchard is open yearround; sites are numbered 1-49. Moxley Branch, Four Coves, and Lakeview camping areas each are equipped with 20- or 30amp electric service. Sites at Moxley Branch are numbered 50-99. Four Coves sites are numbered 137-224, and Lake View area sites are numbered 225-275. “Renumbering the sites was necessary to prepare for the online reservation service,” said Yeager. The original numbering system had a No. 1 campsite for

each of the four areas. Each of the four campground areas has full-service bathhouses and restroom facilities, complete with coin-operated laundry. Each campsite contains a grill and picnic table. Playground equipment is part of the campground amenities. Sites along the lake have mooring posts. Reservations are taken for dates the Friday prior to Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend. After Labor Day weekend, all campsite rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis until the next reservation season. Beech Fork State Park also has six vacation cabins that are open year-round for vacations and rentals. The park offers recreation options that include an outdoor swimming pool open in the summer months, picnic shelter rentals, hiking, hand-dipped ice cream served in the Camper Store, and floatation rentals for lake use: canoes, kayaks, jon boats and paddle boats. For events, activities, rates, and now online camping reservations at Beech Fork State Park, visit For cabin reservations or campground reservation and information, the office phone is 304-528-5794.

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Thursday,April 18,2013 – Page 5

Christian's Sports Beat: WV Power Season Begins

By: Christian Deiss

Charleston - The West Virginia Power opened up with a 3 – 0 loss to the Ashville Tourists on Thursday, April 4 at Appalachian Power Park, in Charleston. Pitcher Joely Rodriguez started on the mound for the Power on opening night, along with Eddie Butler for the Tourists. Before the game, I asked Rookie Power Manager Michael Ryan and second-year Power Right-Fielder Josh Bell some questions. Ryan is confident about both defense and pitching for the 2013 season.

He said, “Our defense is going to be outstanding and our pitching will feature a lot of guys who throw hard and are big-time prospects, so they are good pitchers.” Ryan believes the Power will have a good year. Bell, who was a second round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, was hurt most of last season, but remains positive. “I feel 100 percent; it is really good to be back on the field,” he said. Bell gave advice to Little Leaguers in Putnam County. “Stick with it, practice hard every day, have as much fun as you can with the game - when you continue to have fun, it makes the hard work easier on you,” he said. Bell started playing baseball in his home state of Texas at the age of four, for the YMCA Pirates. The Power lost their first three games of the season to the visiting Tourists, before winning the series finale, on an eleventh-inning walk-off home run by first baseman Stetson Allie. Coming up for the Power are games against the Charleston (SC) Riverdogs, the Single A affiliate of

the New York Yankees at Power Park: a three-game series that concludes, Wednesday, April 11. After that, the Power will open up their road season at the Ashville Tourists, the Colorado Rockies Single A affiliate, with a four-game series in North Carolina. Following Ashville, the Power continues their road trip into Greenville (NC), for a threegame series against the Drive, the Miami Marlins Single A farm team. The Power will come back home, for a four-game series against the Hagerstown Suns, beginning May 18. The Suns are the Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

The Putnam and Cabell Standard welcomes sports columnist Christian Deiss to our readers. Deiss is a nine-year-old writer. He currently attends Mountain View Elementary School in Scott Depot where he is in 3rd grade. He lives in Scott Depot with his parents Angie and Joe Deiss. This young writer has potential. Look for his first-hand accounts of various events throughout the state in his new column. We will share these events through the eyes of a nine-yearold.

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Velma’s View By Velma Kitchens Laughter I have a mug my daughter gave me and on the mug it says, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” I couldn’t agree more. Laughter is way of releasing stress and it makes us look better. I remember as a young adult I would watch The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. I loved to hear his monologue every night. I would stay up and watch him every evening and then get up and go to school the next morning. I got a job a few months after graduation and I still stayed up late and watched Johnny Carson. I would go to work and come home and take a nap and then get up and go to bed after The Tonight Show went off the air. As a young person it did not bother me much. Now that I am older, 9:30 is late. Anyway, everyone on that show was funny, and it made us laugh. All the old comedies on TV when I was growing up was funny and clean. It is hard to find a comedy that is wholesome now. I have found that people like to be around lively people who are full of laughter. Even in the sad and lonely times, there has to be at least one thing that can make us laugh in the day. If not, just look in the mirror. Rodney Dangerfield was so funny and he got no respect. He would wipe his sweat as he did his standup routine. Jack Benny was so funny; also Red Skelton, Carol Burnett, Phyllis Diller, Bob Newhart, Harvey Korman, and countless others I wouldn’t want to be in the audience around Don Rickles. I think he was funny, but he could make you mad. Enough is enough. Every day we should look at the world and not take life so seriously. Life is serious when we think of eternity, but God is in control and only humans can laugh.

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Rollcasting great for beginners

David Payne Sr. Column by David Payne Sr.

I took my son, 11, flyfishing for the first time last week. I say it was the first time, but it wasn't really. He's been with me on several outings, but this was the first where I could hand him a rod and he could cast it. When children are young - as he was on the previous outings -

they have this tendency to crack the flyline like a bullwhip, which never works and usually breaks the tippet. We fished Knapp's Creek in Pocahontas County, which is very accessible from West Virginia 219, which runs alongside it. Knapp's Creek, like most of West Virginia, has an interesting history. It was settled about the same time as the Ohio Valley (just a little bit earlier, actually) by folks coming overland from Virginia as opposed to the mostly New Englanders who settled the Ohio Valley (you had to go via Pittsburgh to get to that part of that state). One of the first Knapp's Creek settlers was Moses Moore, who like everybody else on the frontier, spent days away from home hunting. Around 1770, he was, of all things, sitting in the woods reading the bible, when a band of Indians (probably Shawnee) captured him and drug him away kicking and screaming back to Ohio with them, but he managed to escape and make it back home.

Trout Report The following waters were stocked with trout recently: Anthony Creek, Bear Rocks Lake, Big Run Lake, Blackwater River, Brandywine Lake, Brushy Fork Lake, Buffalo Creek (Brooke), Buffalo Creek (Logan), Buffalo Fork Lake, Bullskin Run, Cacapon Park Lake, Camp Creek, Castlemans Run Lake, Cherry River, Clear Fork of Guyandotte River, Conaway Run Lake, Cranberry River, Deer Creek (Nicholas), Deer Creek (Pocahontas), Dillons Run, Dog Run Lake, Dry Fork (Tucker, Randolph), Dunkard Fork Lake Dunloup Creek, East Fork Greenbrier River, East River, Edwards Run, Elk River, Evitts Run Fall Run, Fort Ashby Reservoir, French Creek Pond, Gandy Creek, Glady Fork, Greenbrier River, Hopkins Fork, Horse Creek Lake, Horseshoe Run, Jimmy Lewis Lake, Kimsey Run Lake, Knapps Creek, Laurel Creek of Cherry River, Laurel Fork (Randolph), Left Fork of Holly River, Little River East Fork Greenbrier River, Long Marsh Run, Lost River, Mash Fork, Mash Fork of Camp Creek (Children & Class

Q), Meadow Creek of Anthony Creek, Meadow Creek of New River, Middle Creek, Middle Wheeling Lake, Mill Creek of Opequon Creek, Mill Creek of South Branch, Mill Creek Reservoir, Mill Run of Back Creek, Milligan Creek, Moores Run, New Creek, North Fork Fishing Creek, North Fork of Anthony Creek, North Fork of Cherry River, North Fork of Lunice, North Fork of Patterson Creek, North Fork South Branch, North River, Opequon Creek, Paint Creek, Panther Creek, Pinnacle Creek, Pipestem Lake, Pond Fork, R.D. Bailey Tailwaters, Red Creek, Rhine Creek, Rocky Marsh Run, Shavers Fork (Bemis), Shavers Fork (lower section), Shavers Fork (Stuart Park C&R), South Branch (Franklin), South Branch (Smoke Hole), South Fork Fishing Creek, South Mill Creek Lake, Summit Lake, Teter Creek Lake, Thomas Park Lake, Tilhance Creek, Trout Run, Tuckahoe Lake, Tuscarora Creek, Tygart Valley River Headwaters, Waites Run, Warden Lake, Watoga Lake and Wheeling Creek.

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The creek is stocked fairly regularly - once in January, twice in February and weekly March through May and twice in October. I usually like fishing stonefly imitations this time of year, but I didn't have any. I tie my own flies and about everything I had in my fly box was streamers for smallmouth, white bass and the like, but I did manage to find a nymph fly to tie on. Even though it was an April day, it was cold and when it started snowing it snowed hard. About an inch fell in 30 minutes. Not only was it snowing hard, we couldn't see any trout, but he did get some real-life casting experience. I taught him the roll cast, which I think is the best first cast for a beginner to learn, since you don't have to worry about getting your backcast caught in the trees, etc. If you aren't familiar with flyfishing, a roll cast is where - and this is a very simplified way of explaining it – you cast by throwing a circle of line in front of you. The

circle of excess line works its way down the line and when it finally unfurls; it lays the fly down gently on the water. With the roll cast, all the line is always directly in front of you. If you are flyfishing from shore, it's very often the only cast possible because there's usually brush, shrubs and trees to your back and sides. I'm sure somebody had already thought of this before I did, but I did come up with this one sidearm cast several years ago where you false cast the line from left to right a couple of feet above water level, but of course that's way too advanced for little David. I was surprised how quickly he caught on to the roll cast. It was fairly simple to teach, just lift the rod until its almost vertical, wait for the line to stop moving toward you, then cast the rod forward with increasing speed. It's all one continuous motion - one motion, then the cast is over - without the stress of maintaining the line load in the back-and-forth false casting of the standard flyrod casting. It teaches the importance of

varying the speed of arm motion during the cast, which is the No. 1 problem beginners face when learning to flyfish. To make the line move forward, you have to start the cast motion slow and increase speed until you reach the end of the motion. So, for the forward motion in a regular cast, you'd start slow, and then increase your arm speed until you've reached the end of the casting motion. Then, when you backcast, you do the same, only moving your arm backwards. You repeat the process until you've got enough line in the air to put your fly where you want it. You start slow and speed up as you go no matter what you are doing. It takes some time to get that rhythm down, moving backwards, forwards and varying speed the whole time. With only one motion per cast, the roll cast simplifies the learning process. Contact David Payne at

Outdoors Roundup I've been writing outdoors columns for one paper or another for 18 years now. Every spring, the DNR sends out the same press release. I imagine they write new ones every year, but it always has the same title “Leave Young Wildlife Alone.” When you write something over and over and over, year after year after year, it makes you want to pull out your hair. The problem is you try to write it some new way, so it doesn't look like you're just phoning it in, as the expression goes. That works for about three or four years. But no matter how many times I write this, it needs said: leave young wildlife alone. There is this misconception that wild animals are like Disney characters - or young animals are like human children. After all, we wouldn't let our toddlers run around on their own, so folks assume that if they see a young animal by itself, then it must be orphaned and in need of rescue. By touching young animals, humans leave a scent that may attract a predator or by removing a young animal from where it is, instead of helping it, you might just be removing it from its mother. Animals have to go out and work hard for their food and they don't have babysitters. DNR offices statewide receive numerous calls each year concerning young wildlife, especially fawn deer that have been picked up by well-meaning residents. In

almost every case these young animals have not been abandoned. The offspring are often hidden as the adult searches for food, and this separation can last for a few hours or all day. It's also illegal to handle wildlife. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has adopted a resolution supporting a bill that would allow people to hunt on Sundays on private lands. “Allowing Sunday hunting on private lands will provide additional hunting days and additional options for youth and adults whose school and employment responsibilities limit their hunting opportunities to weekends,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Commission. The prohibition against Sunday hunting serves no purpose with regard to conservation of wildlife resources and habitats. North Carolina residents who currently seek hunting opportunities in neighboring states that do allow Sunday hunting take substantial revenues elsewhere instead of keeping these dollars within North Carolina borders where they would generate tremendous economic benefits, particularly to rural areas and businesses. PETA is shopping around for drones to harass hunters with. I picked this up directly from a PETA press release: “PETA will soon have some impressive new weapons at its disposal to combat those who gun down deer and doves. The group

is shopping for one or more drone aircraft with which to monitor those who are out in the woods with death on their minds. PETA aims to collect video footage of any illegal activity, including drinking while in the possession of a firearm, a common complaint from those who live near wooded areas; maiming animals and failing to pursue them so that they die slowly and painfully; and using spotlights, feed lures, and other hunting tricks that are illegal in some areas but remain common practices among hunters. PETA currently has its sights on Australia-based Aerobot and its stateof-the-art remote-controlled Cinestar Octocopter. 'The talk is usually about drones being used as killing machines, but PETA drones will be used to save lives,' says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. 'Slob hunters may need to rethink the idea that they can get away with murder, alone out there in the woods with no one watching.' PETA also intends to fly the drones over factory farms, popular fishing spots, and other venues where animals routinely suffer and die.” Of course, this is a huge joke. Do you have any idea how much those things cost? I'm also curious how long it would be in the air before some hunter shot it down. Contact David Payne at

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WeeklyDevotional By Mary Jane “THE UNSINKABLE TITANIC”

At Valley Park, they juggled fire, balanced swords and entertained hundreds Tuesday evening. Photos by Justin Waybright

Celebrate State's 150th Birthday with West Virginia Reunion Kits CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Department of Commerce is again offering reunion kits for people coming home to the Mountain State in 2013. Perfect for reunion planners, the kits welcome people to West Virginia by providing everything needed to celebrate this important birthday, including postcards, state highway maps, travel guides and goodie bags. The state celebrates its sesquicentennial birthday on June 20, and West Virginians reuniting with friends, family and former classmates can take part all summer long by downloading birthday fliers or banners at “Summer reunions present West Virginians with an exceptional opportunity to catch up with friends, family and colleagues,” said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. “Reunions are the perfect occasion to highlight

all that makes the Mountain State great. And, this year, we have one more reason to celebrate – it’s our state’s 150th birthday!” More than 800 reunions received kits in 2012. This year, the kits will include a 150th Birthday T-shirt and three 150th Birthday hats to offer as reunion door prizes. Additional birthday memorabilia can be purchased at The free, starter reunion kit contains: • 25 plastic convention bags with the 150th Birthday logo • 25 Happy birthday balloons • 25 WV highway maps • 25 state park bookmarks • 25 special edition WV EDGE magazines • 50 assorted scenic postcards of WV • 15 state park brochures • 15 state travel guides • 1 WV-shaped cookie cutter Regional tourism informa-

tion will be added to the kits when they are picked up at the local participating Convention and Visitors’ Bureau welcome center. Additional kits, t-shirts and hats can also be ordered online and picked up at the center. Event coordinators may request reunion kits by visiting w w w. w v c o m m e rc e. o r g / re unions or calling 304.957.9332 or 304.957.9363. A completed official application form may be submitted online at w w w. w v c o m m e rc e. o r g / re unions or downloaded and mailed to Department of Commerce, 2013 Reunions, 90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25303. The promotion period runs from Memorial Day until Labor Day, or while supplies last. First come, first served. Only school, family or community reunions are eligible, and the reunion must take place in West Virginia.

Thought for the week: I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things. 2 Corinthians: 16 (KJV) Do we have enough confidence in God, thru our many trials in life? When trying to achieve a task, the Bible verse instructs us, we should trust him in ALL things. This April marks 100 years, of the sinking of the great cruise ship Titanic - the builders had confidence that it could not ever sink. Designed with the best of knowledge and materials in its day, it was impossible, but did God prove differently? I remember my Mother telling me this story. She was 12 years old living with her family, tucked snuggly down in Coon Creek Hollow of Putman County. They only received newspapers once a month. When the paper came, telling this news, that happened half-way around the world, she re-read the story many times, it made such an impression on her… and me also. The great ship was built and dubbed UNSINKABLE, to hold 2,200 passengers, so sure of safety it only carried 20 lifeboats. Starting out on its maiden voyage on April 10th 1912, from England - making few stops, to its destination - New York City. Smooth sailing she was to be, for those who could afford the luxuries of the finest food, friends and entertainment - dressing daily to walk on one of the 9 decks, watching the birds flying in the blue sky, or the swell of the mighty ocean by day and night. Psalm: 118:8 it is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. On April 14th 1912, four days out into her voyage, she struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m., taking only four hours to sink; over 1,500 people met death, in the bitter cold, below freezing, dark night waters. The rest is history. There have been over 20 movies, with various titles, about the great ship TITANIC. Many stories told by the passengers, and many books and articles written. The song for the 1997 movie “My Heart will Go On’’ says: near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on. Telling the story of one young couple who met on board, falling in love and planning their future, when arriving on shore. GOD can change lifelong plans in a second, something you plan today, you may put off till tomorrow, remember GOD said, Luke; 12; 20- But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be, which thou has provided? As reported the band played “Nearer my God to Thee’’ while the great ship sank down into the dark ocean waters. We should strive to stay nearer to our GOD. He is in control of all things. I believe He gives us freedom to make choices. Cruise ships are great trips, but for me I want to have both feet planted firmly on ground. As I go now to have a big chocolate milkshake, trying to eat sensible the rest of this day, I have confidence I can do that. Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, help each of us to trust in You daily, with all decisions in life. Amen.

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Preparing Teachers for the Generation By Justin Waybright

TEAYS VALLEY - A group of teachers met last week to prepare the future of this generation: children. The Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College has hosted courses for area teachers in early childhood development. Monday, local teachers from organizations like Head Start, learned how to captivate attention in young children and how to more effectively teach core subjects to them. It all starts with a solid foundation. Participants learned the building blocks of that foundation Monday evening at the TriCounty YMCA. The booming growth of Pre-K organizations in West Virginia has spurred the need for courses like these, said Kim Sovine, Director of Continuing Education and Community Development for Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College (KVCTC). There are currently 29 pre-K classrooms in Putnam County. “Pre-K in West Virginia is growing by leaps and bounds, and in the past there have not been many early childhood degree

programs,” she said. “We try to fill that need, and at the end of these six courses, students will satisfy a portion of the requirements.” To complete a 2-year degree, participants must pass 60 hours of courses. The six-week program provides 18 of those hours. Participant Johnna Bowles of Eleanor loves seeing children learn. “I love working with families and seeing the excitement in kids’ eyes when they learn something new,” the Head Start teacher said. Participant Andrew Donahue enrolled in the courses to work toward achieving an associate’s degree. “These classes have been helpful - I’ve learned a lot of new things to be used in the classroom,” she said. Like Bowles, this Head Start teacher loves working with children. “It’s great seeing the kids grow throughout the year,” said Donahue. That growth only happens when teachers are prepared. Rebecca L. Meadows, Pre-K, SPL, Title I Director of Putnam County Schools knows the importance of preparation for early childhood development teachers.

Learning to Teach - Participants in the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College’s early childhood development class demonstrate how to grab children’s attention in classroom settings. Photo by Justin Waybright “I feel that teacher credentials for collaborative Pre-K partners is as important as they are for PreK-12 teachers employed by the county school system because the students that the collaborative partners serve are Putnam County Schools’ students,” said Meadows. Early Childhood Professor Paige Carney has enjoyed teaching her willing teachers effective ways to mold children’s minds for

learning. “This class focuses on literacy in young children and provides teachers with different ways to integrate it in the everyday curriculum,” said Carney. “We make sure the children have that foundation - our whole goal is that they be at level or above by the time they start elementary school.” Carney has more than 17 years of professional teaching experi-

ence behind her. For her, the job goes far beyond a paycheck. “We need to change the way we educate teachers so we can teach preschool ways to connect to the real world,” Carney explained. “These kids are our future.” For more information on this program and others offered at the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College Kim Sovine at (304) 205-6676 or visit

Andrew Covert of Winfield Accepts Merit-Based Scholarship to EKU RICHMOND, KY - Winfield High School graduate Andrew James Covert of Winfield has accepted a Regents Scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University. Hundreds of additional incoming freshmen and transfer students have accepted

merit-based scholarships to attend EKU. "These students have found programs here at EKU that meet their needs academically, therefore Eastern is doing all it can to help them achieve their dreams financially

through our merit-based scholarship program," said Brett Morris, director of admissions at the university. "The process is much easier now because students are granted these scholarships automatically if they qualify. There's no need for a


separate application." The Excellence Award, Founders Award, Regents Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship and Merit Scholarship are for incoming high school freshmen. The Colonel, Colonel Plus, Maroon and Maroon

Plus scholarships are for incoming transfer students. For more information about all scholarships available to EKU students, visit or call the university's Scholarship Office at 859-622-8032.

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four-hour, hands-on workshop. Register on-line (, by phone (304-205-6603) or e-mail Members of Charleston Area Alliance, South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Putnam County Chamber of Commerce receive a five percent discount. For information on other training programs and workshops offered by KVCTC’s Workforce and Economic Development Division, visit our web site at

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State Junior Conservation Camp set for June 17-21 Applications are being accepted for the 33rd annual state Junior Conservation Camp, scheduled June 17-21 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Youth Environmental Program, the camp is open to youth, ages 1114. The cost is $165 per child and the deadline for paying the application fee is May 1. Junior Conservation Camp offers a wide variety of classes that focus on a sound environmental education and other topics, such as first aid and hunter safety. Approximately 200 campers will learn how to conserve West Virginia’s natural resources by attending classes on subjects such as wildlife, recycling, geocaching/orienteering, water study, forestry, fishing and more. Sports activities will include swimming, basketball, kickball, volleyball, Wiffle Ball and relay races. Camp assemblies will take place Monday evening and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Campfire programs are scheduled Monday through Wednesday nights with

a dance set for Thursday night. Each year, the assemblies feature presenters from organizations around the state who provide demonstrations for the campers. Past presenters have included the Oglebay Good Zoo; the state Division of Natural Resources’ (snake presentation and mechanical deer and turkey demonstrations); DEP Division of Air Quality (energy efficiency demonstration); DEP Dive Team; and the state Division of Forestry (fire dog demonstration). Camp counselors and leaders will include dedicated and knowledgeable employees from the DEP, DNR, Division of Forestry and the West Virginia University Extension Service. For more information and application forms, please contact Diana Haid at 304-926-0499, Ext. 1114 or email . For youth ages 14-18, the state Conservation Camp at Camp Caesar in Webster County is scheduled for June 10-15. The camp is sponsored by the West Virginia Conservation Agency. For more information, go to

One-Stop Convenience store chain awards Grants CHARLESTON - One Stop, a chain of convenience stores headquartered in Charleston, has awarded $500 grants to 27 West Virginia schools through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. The schools include several in Putnam, Cabell and Logan counties. "One Stop is a part of many

communities throughout the state and we are proud to be able to support our local schools," said Michael Graney, president of One Stop. "It is our hope that these grants will help enhance educational opportunities for our state's children." The school in Putnam County was Poca High School.

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Walmart holds Book Drive for Children By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE - Saving a child’s life is as easy as dropping off a used book at Walmart. Through May 29, the Hurricane store will accept used books for a sale June 1 and 2. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and the WVU Children’s Hospital. This is the store’s first year holding this event. “We talked to other stores who had success with them, so we started collecting,” said Rita Skeens, zone manager at Hurricane Walmart. The community is responding. In just days, store associates have emptied a 4’ x 4’ box twice. “This is really important because so many people can’t afford the high cost of medical bills for children,” said Skeens. “When you donate, it may just save a life.” Linda Dent, aWalmart associate agreed. “Kids are where it all starts,” she said. “The money raised from this stays local and should put parents more at ease, knowing they can be helped.” Skeens realizes the potential impact of raising money for children in area hospitals. She has a goal of $1,500 this year. It’s one she is ready to achieve. “We do a lot of events, and it drives me to do more - it’s great to have a big-name store helping people who need it,” said Skeens. “It’s great that kids will know that help is there for them, and they will have a healthy life.”

Books for a cause - Donate used books at the Hurricane Walmart until May 29. The store will hold a book sale June 1 and 2 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Photo by Justin Waybright A multi-colored box sits in the front entrance of the store, near the produce section. Customers can drop off books there until May 29. After all the books are collected, Hurricane Walmart will hold a large book sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1

and 2. Customers can also donate money to the Children’s Miracle Network at registers from May through June 21. Skeens thanks Walmart and the city for supporting the cause. For more information, call Walmart at (304) 562-0475.

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MARGARET LEE ADKINS Margaret Lee Adkins, 94, formerly of Elkview, W.Va., passed away April 4, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence "Rosie" Adkins; sister, Barbara "Pet" Prosser; brothers, Corbett and Harry Payne. She is survived by a son, Michael E. (Judy) Adkins of St. Albans, W.Va.; and a daughter, Bridget (Larry) Herndon of New Bern, N.C.; four grandsons, Joel (Jill) of Waterford, Mich., Justin (Kristen) of Christiansburg, Va., Matthew of Christiansburg, Va. and Marc (Kristin) of St. Albans; seven great-grandchildren; sister-inlaw, Betty Payne; and one nephew, Ben Payne of New Port Ritchie, Fla. Margaret was a life-long member of Our Lady Of The Hills Catholic Church in Elkview, W.Va. Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 9, in the Lower Mausoleum at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans with Fr. James Kurtz officiating. You may send online condolences to the family at who assisted the Adkins family.

DORA PRISCILLA BETTS Dora Priscilla Betts of St. Albans died Monday, April 1, 2013, at the age of 79, after a few days of laughter and tears reminiscing with family and friends at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. She was born October 25, 1933, in Kanawha City, to the late Lyle F. Robinson and Harriet Sieger Robinson. She was a graduate of Charleston High School, class of 1951. In 1953 Dora married Ronald Young and together they operated Young's Restaurant in St. Al-

bans and South Charleston for several years. Although they divorced, in recent years Dora and Ron enjoyed each other's company again at family gatherings. Dora also worked as a secretary for World Book Encyclopedia in Kanawha City. She married again in 1968 to Edward Betts and became a full-time happy homemaker. They enjoyed many loving years together until his death in 1990. In addition to her parents, Dora was preceded in death by four brothers, Irving "Bus," Lyle Jr. "Peanuts," Gaylord "Squirmy" and William Robinson; and a sister, Audrey Robinson Taylor. She is survived by a sister, Wanda Robinson Nelson of Kanawha City; two sons, Timothy (Cindy) Young of St. Albans and Russell Young of Kanawha City; three daughters, Linda (Larry) Fields and Gail (Divana) Rowley of St. Albans and Margaret (Kevin) Roach of Dayton, Ohio; "Just like my daughter," Kathi Young; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; best friends of nearly 60 years, Nancy Murray, Pat Mottesheard and Ruth Whitehill; many extended family members; and a host of very kind and generous Sun Valley neighbors (thank you, one and all!!). Dora's heart was immense and she always had an infectious, indomitable, optimistic spirit. Even through the last 20 years, as her health gradually declined, she maintained a positive outlook and the will to consume every last morsel of quality of life. But, at last, she grew weary and then passed on with a seemingly choreographed comfort, joy and peace. A celebration of Dora's life was held at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, where she had been an active member, on Saturday, April 6. Her cremated ashes were then scattered in the church's memorial garden, to join those of her husband, Ed. All who loved Dora are grateful for the health care provided her at Thomas Memorial Hospital and the compassion shown her at Hubbard Hospice House West. Please make donations in memory of Dora to Hospice or the church. You may send condolences to the family at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home was entrusted to handle the arrangements.

LAURA CAROL BLAND Laura Carol Bland, 72, of Buffalo, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Pleasant Valley Hospital, following a long illness. She was a lifelong homemaker who loved the outdoors, mountains and gospel music. Born September 3, 1940, in Summersville, she was the daughter of the late Lemon and Georgia Gray. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by several brothers and sis-

ters. Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years, Norman Bland; son, Alan Mullens of Ripley; step-daughters, Linda Johnson of Midway and Norma Higginbotham of Midway. Carol is also survived by several grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday, April 8, at Centenary Cemetery Gallipolis, Ohio with Pastor Jake Eldridge officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo was in charge of arrangements.

DAVID ALLEN COTTRILL David Allen Cottrill, 47, of Poca, died April 2, 2013, after a very short illness. David was preceded in death by his father, James R. Cottrill Jr., and, most recently, his grandmother, Helen Irvin of Dunbar. He is survived by his mother, Mary Jean Cottrill; his brother and sister-in-law, Jamie and Linda Cottrill; niece, Katie Cottrill; nephew, Joey Cottrill; as well as extended family. David graduated from St. Albans High School in 1985. He was a skilled mechanic and drove in the Hooters Pro Cup Racing Division, where he finished in the top 15 in the nation during his rookie year. He also drove a classic race car at Ona and various short tracks in the surrounding states, finishing first in the Coal Country Classic Championship. He was an entrepreneur and owned a bookstore and a bar and grill. He was employed by Kanawha Manufacturing as a machinist and welder for over a decade. Most recently he was a truck driver for Necessary Oil in Nitro. David was a loving and gentle soul and a loyal friend to many. He was close to his family, who, along with Dean Bostic, served as his racing crew. He was a very special person to all who knew him. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. Graveside services were held Sunday, April 7, at Beale Chapel Cemetery, Apple Grove, with the Rev. Doyle D. Smith officiating. The family would appreciate that donations are made to Keller Funeral Home to help defray his final expense.

JERRY DOUGLAS CRAGO Jerry Douglas Crago, 71, of St. Albans, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston, surrounded by his loving wife and family, after a brief illness. He was born March 26, 1942, to the late Gordon and Bessie Crago of St. Albans. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jerry Douglas Crago, Jr; brother, Rex; and sister, Jean. Jerry worked for AT&T for 35

Thursday,April 18,2013 – Page 11 years until his retirement in 2000. He spent most of his retirement years loving his wife, Beverly and his grandchildren. He was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1960. Jerry was an avid woodworker, do-it-yourselfer and enjoyed frequenting many of the local Italian and Mexican eateries. He also loved West Virginia University Mountaineer sports. Surviving is his loving wife of 23 years, Beverly Crago; daughter; Shannon Jane Scutari (Pasquale) of Skaneatezes, N.Y.; stepson, Jeffrey Buckalew (Eileen) of Hilton Head, S.C.; also surviving are loving grandchildren, Francesca Scutari, Pasquale Scutari III, Selina Scutari, Emilia Scutari, Antonio Scutari, Roberto Scutari, Mia Scutari, Ian Buckalew and Caitlin Buckalew. He loved all of his nieces and nephews as well. Funeral services were held Monday, April 8, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Ralph Ranson officiating. Burial was in Cavender Family Cemetery, Charleston. Online condolences may be made at

CARSON R. DUKE On April 1, 2013, a great man passed from this world to his heavenly home. Carson R. Duke was born November 15, 1919, to Lavorah and Nora Duke of Hurricane. He passed away Monday at the home of his son in Virginia Beach, Va. He is survived by his son, Roger, and daughter-in-law, Rhonda, of Virginia Beach; his son, William Burdette, and wife, Joyce, of Hurricane; brother, James Duke of Milton; granddaughter, Sherry of Knoxville, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. Carson also leaves behind family and friends from South Point, Ohio. Many thanks to Ron West, whose phone calls always brightened his day. Carson served proudly in the United States Navy for 20 years, retiring as a CSI. After the Navy, he became a meatcutter, working in local grocers in West Virginia and Ohio. A member of First Southern Baptist in South Point, Carson was well known for his famous coconut cakes and peanut butter fudge. He was an avid gardener, raising some of the best half-runner green beans and big boy tomatoes in South Point. Carson met and fell in love with Henrietta Jewel McClure, whom

he was happily married to for 41 years until her death in 1988. A second marriage to Helen McCoy lasted until her death in 2002. Services for Carson Duke were held Friday, April 5, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Rick Frazier officiating. Burial was at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

GEORGE ANTHONY GRIMM Mr. George Anthony Grimm, 89, of New Haven, formerly of Eleanor, passed away April 5, 2013, in Cabell Huntington Hospital. Mr. Grimm is retired Riverboat Captain for Valley Lines with 40 years of service; member of Midway United Methodist Church; member of Teays Valley Roadrunners Camping Club-FCRV; member of New Haven Junior Order of Mechanics and former owner/operator of Grimms Sharp-All. He is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Madge Grimm. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mrs. Florence Grimm; daughter, Shirley Ann Lockhart of New Haven; sons, Frederick Grimm of Nashville, Tenn., Larry Grimm of South Charleston and Gary Grimm of North Carolina; brother, Richard Grimm of Grimms Landing; two grandchildren, Heather Lynn Lloyd and Dr. Carrie Marie Dillard; and four great-grandchildren. A tribute to the life of Mr. George A. Grimm was held Sunday, April 7, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home with Pastor Kenneth Coon officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens. The family suggests donations are made to Midway United Methodist Church PO Box 72 Eleanor, WV 25070. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Grimm family.

BARBARA E. HATFIELD Barbara E. Hatfield, 70, of Hurricane, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at CAMC Teays Valley. She was born April 16, 1942, in Hinton, to the late Edward L. and Ruth Marie Ballengee Cobb. Barbara was a retired general sales manager from WQBE Radio,

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SUSAN MOORE KLINE Susan Moore Kline, 70, of Hurricane, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013. She was born July 21, 1942, in Charleston, to the late Eli and Nina Fraser Moore. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Kline. She was retired from Stagg Engineering as an office manager and was a Girl Scout leader for 30 years. Surviving are her daughter, Wendi L. (Daniel) Hinkle of Hurricane; sisters, Judy Casto of Nitro, Nancy (Bud) Turner of Winfield and Barbara Verdries of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 11, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Online condolences may be made at

REV. JAMES H. LEMASTER Rev. James H. LeMaster, 80, of St. Albans, departed this life on Monday, April 8, 2013, after a short illness. He was the only son of the late Henry and Dorothy LeMaster. He was also preceded in death by his son, William "Bill" LeMaster. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, a retiree of Union Carbide as a master lab technician, an active minister of Marlaing Gospel Tabernacle for several years and a

volunteer chaplain for Thomas Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Agnes; son, James "J.L." LeMaster; and daughter, Debra Seacrist and her husband, Carl, all of St. Albans. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Tyler LeMaster and his mother, Jamie LeMaster-Milam, Lindsey Seacrist, Brandon Seacrist and Anitra Hundley; one great-granddaughter, Miranda; brothers-inlaw and sisters-in-law, Marshall and Diana Pate, Harvey and Catherine Pate, Linda Pate, Sharon and Ronnie Watson, Harry Pate and Nancy and Ralph Cardwell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thanks to the courageous physicians, nurses and staff at Thomas Memorial Hospital Emergency Department for the care he received. God bless them. "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Funeral services were held Thursday, April 11, at BartlettChapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Oshel Bell officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, with military honors. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at

DORETTA LYNN McCLANAHAN Mrs. Doretta Lynn McClanahan, loving mother, wife, sister, aunt and daughter, 48, of Red House, went home to be with the Lord on April 9, 2013, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Doretta was a registered nurse with Thomas Memorial Hospital with over 20 years of service and a member of Lone Oak Church of God Mission, where she also played piano for Heaven's Angels. She was an avid Poca baseball mom and loved traveling and especially the beach. She is survived by her husband, Billy McClanahan; parents, Jack and Deanie Craigo; children, Matthew, Evan and Isaac; sister, Malinda Legg; and brothers, Crockett and David Craigo. She is also survived by a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends. A tribute to the life of Mrs. Doretta Lynn McClanahan was held Friday, April 12, at GatensHarding Funeral Home Chapel

with Scott Casto and Rick Legg officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens. The family suggests donations are made to the Doretta McClanahan Benefit Fund, HC 63 Box 212 Williams Road, Red House, WV 25168. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the McClanahan family.

VICTORIA ELIZABETH PAINTER McNEIL On April 3, 2013, Victoria Elizabeth Painter McNeil, 68, of Poca, went home to be with the Lord. She attended Poca High School, where she was a cheerleader, served on various committees and was Miss Putnam County. Vickie was employed by FMC and later Olin Corp. as an executive assistant. Born February 8, 1945, in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Arnie Clay Painter and Freda Workman Painter. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Tara McNeil of Poca and Eddie (Deana) McNeil of Poca; grandchildren, Dustin Runnion, Kirsten Jividen, Noah Swartz, Ashton McNeil and Chyenne McNeil, all of Poca; great-grandson, Josiah Runnion; sister, Bonnie (Pat) Gatens of Bancroft; and brothers, Gary (Deci) Painter of Bancroft, Kenneth "Tink" (Dena) Painter of Beverly and Shelby "Tye" (Charlotte) Painter of Hometown. Vickie will be greatly missed and forever loved by her family and friends. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 6, at Schowen Cemetery, Bancroft, with Pastor Willard Beller officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions are made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231, in Vickie's honor. Online condolences may be sent to the family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel, Eleanor, was in charge of arrangements.

VERNA CROUCH MITCHELL Verna Crouch Mitchell, 96, departed this life April 2, 2013, at Thomas Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kyle F. Mitchell, on May 16, 1968, and son, Larry Eugene Mitchell, on September 29, 2007. Verna was the last surviving sibling of Chap and Anna Cooper Crouch of Tornado. She is survived by her sons, Keith (Georgia) Mitchell of St. Albans, Kenneth (Joan) Mitchell of Yawkey, Clarence Mitchell of Yawkey and Jay (Debbie) Mitchell of Hurricane. Verna had 15 grand-

The Putnam Standard children, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren, and many nieces and nephews and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Jim Crouch officiating. Interment was at Hazlett Cemetery, Garretts Bend Road, Sod. You may share memories or condolences with the family at

DONALD ROBERT MYERS Donald Robert Myers, 27, of Sissonville, went to be with the Lord on March 31, 2013. Robert had worked construction and was currently employed at Subway in Sissonville. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Donna Snodgrass and Bobby Myers of Sissonville; aunts and uncles, Roy and Debbie Snodgrass of Sissonville, Louise Smith of Dunbar, Patsy Taylor of Charleston and Wanda Parsons of Ripley; cousins, Genny Parsons and Nannette and Junior Waybright, all of Ripley, L.J. and Amy Myers and Jay Junior, both of Charleston, Dale Parsons of Winfield, Tammy Smith of St. Albans and Becky Discillio of Ravenswood; and best friend, Chris Beane of Sissonville. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, at Long and Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville, with the Rev. Randy Camp officiating. Condolences may be sent by visiting

PATRICIA ANN JARRELL PAULEY Patricia Ann Jarrell Pauley, 80, of St. Albans, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. She was a faithful Christian and attended Grace Baptist Temple Church and Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans. Patricia was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, always reaching out to friends and neighbors in times of need. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Vertie Jarrell; her husband, Ben Pauley; and her brothers, McConley and Maurice Jarrell. She is survived by her children, son, Steve Pauley; daughters, Natalie (Roger) Bacchus and Rebecca (Joe) Wotring; grandchildren, Stephanie (Marty) Wright, Megan Pauley and Tony Giachetti, Joshua (Jess) Bacchus, Joel (Brittany) Bacchus, Emily (Joshua) Gerwitz, Stephen (Lane) Kirby and Lesli (Jerry) Waldron; and great-grandchildren, Rulie Wright, Aiden Bacchus, Blake Bacchus, Caylin Bacchus, Eliza Bacchus, Reed Bacchus, Joshua Kirby, Andrew Kirby, Matthew Kirby, Caleb Kirby, Jordan Waldron and Whitney Waldron. She is also survived by her sisters,

Mathel Ferrell, Dale Hobbs and Marla (Frank) Meir. Funeral services were held Friday, April 5, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Steve Burns officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens, Madison. Her family wishes to thank Joe Bailey and the many caregivers with Hospice and the Hubbard House and other caregivers in the home, giving great care, during her illness. Donations may be made to Kanawha Hospice, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387. You may express your condolences to the family at

STANFORD J. PAXTON Stanford J. Paxton, 73, of St. Albans, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home. Stan was retired from BB&T Banking, St. Albans and attended Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, St. Albans. Surviving are his wife, Kay; his sons, Bart of Va., Vic of Colo.; his daughter, Joy and her children, Nicholas, Paxton and Gianni, all of S.C. Online condolences may be by visiting made Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans was in charge of arrangements.

PATRICIA ANN RIFFE Patricia Ann Riffe, 49, of St. Albans, passed away Monday, April 1, 2013, at her home after a short illness. Born June 25, 1963, in Charleston, Patricia was a daughter of the late Randolph Bart "Smitty" Smith and Wanda Allen Redman of St. Albans. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Terry Riffe; and two sisters, Pamela K. Basham and Wilma Mae Stevens. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her children, Brandi Nichole McDonald and Jason Racer, both of St. Albans; sisters, Diane Redman of St. Albans and Carol Smith of Leon; brother, John Redman of Nitro; and five grandchildren, Elijah McDonald, Chase McDonald, Jacob Dent, Michael Racer and Nathan Racer. A celebration of her life was held Friday, April 5, at BartlettChapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at

JUANITA SCARBERRY STEELE SELBE Juanita Scarberry Steele Selbe, 88, formerly of St. Albans, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2013, at her home in Bayou Vista, Texas.


The Putnam Standard Juanita is survived by her children, Judy and Walter (Ham) Parr and William (Pat) Steele of Bayou Vista, Texas; stepdaughter, Pansy Sevy of Kenna; stepsons, Dennis and Carole Selbe of Mount Holly, N.C., and Larry and Carolyn Selbe of St. Albans; grandchildren, Tracy (Mike) Thumm, Kristi (Jeff) Parr-Garms, Catherine (Matt) Sickorez, William (Deborah) Steele, David (Beth) Steele and Kelly (Sam) Steele Farrah; seven great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; seven step-great18 grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lenda Vance of Nitro; Jamie Vance; Patricia Dunlap; many nieces and nephews; many special friends; her constant companion, Bruiser; and precious little ones, Vivian and Morgan. Juanita's life was honored at a memorial service at Central United Methodist Church, Galveston, Texas, on April 6. Memorial service in West Virginia will be set at a later date. Please send donations in memory of Juanita Selbe to the Gulf Parkinson's Source, P.O. Box 1054, La Marque, TX 77568 or the National Parkinson's Foundation.

DOROTHY A. SOVINE Dorothy A. Sovine, 84, of Hurricane, died April 1, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was born September 18, 1928. She was a faithful member of Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church; a devoted wife, mother and grandmother; volunteered with Cub Scouts and served as a pack leader; served as a cafeteria cook at Hurricane High School from 1965 until her retirement in 1986 with 21 years of service; and enjoyed attending and supporting all Hurricane High School activities, especially all athletic and band events. She was an avid WVU Mountaineers fan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Don Sovine; her parents, Charlie and Annie Cremeans; sisters, Phyllis Childers and Mary Maynard; and her brother, Jim Cremeans. Dorothy is survived by her son, Steve Sovine and his wife, Linda; brother, Jack Cremeans; sister, Charlene Whaley; special nephew, Jim Cremeans; granddaughter, Melissa Beckett; grandson, David Sovine; and great-granddaughters, Brooke Sovine, Morgan Sovine and Audrey Beckett. The family would like to express a special thank you to caregiver, Tammy Brewer. Donations

can be made to Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church or Hubbard Hospice House. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Dan Hogan officiating. Online condolences may be made at

THOMAS MATTHEW SWORD Thomas Matthew Sword, 84, of Teays Valley, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at home after a long illness. He was born February 9, 1929, in Ward, the son of the late Charlie and Frieda Mae Bass Sword. He went to work as a young boy at Amherst Industries in the '50s and worked there until he went into the service. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS LeRay Wilson during the Korean War. He was the ship's storekeeper and kept the ship supplied with needed goods, especially good foods for the ship's cooks. After leaving military service he became employed at Monsanto, where he retired after 25 years of service in 1990. His ability to repair everything qualified him as a master. He was always willing and happy to help friends and neighbors. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies as they had an "Old Codgers" mentality. He looked forward each fall to join his longtime hunting friends for their annual turkey hunt in Pocahontas County. Above all, Tom was always a complete gentleman and had no restrictions on his love for his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Charles E. and Elmer Sword. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Cooke Sword; daughter, Terri Sword (Sam) Tolar; granddaughter, Courtney (Yenney) Meza; grandson, Coleton Thomas Marcum; great-grandchildren, Kaelin Jo and Giada Corrine Meza, all of South Carolina; brothers, Leslie and Everette Sword; sisters, Nora Smith and Shelva Wentz, all of Charleston; and mother-in-law, Elsie Cooke of Hurricane. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 9, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Minister John Sword and the Rev. Delbert Hawley officiating. Entombment was at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. In lieu of Tom's love of animals, please make donations to the new Putnam County Animal

Shelter. The online guestbook for Thomas Matthew Sword can be accessed at

ANNA V. TAWNEY Anna V. Tawney, 74, of Elkview, fell asleep in Christ awaiting the resurrection on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at CAMC Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor Ted Tawney, whom she assisted in his ministry for over 40 years at area churches. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Freddie Melton and Freda K. Taylor Melton. Anna was a member of Elk Valley Advent Christian Church and she also sang in the church choir. Surviving are her daughters, Judy Wanner and husband, John D., of Looneyville and Genia Jarrett and husband, Mike, of Elkview; brother, James A. Melton of Hurricane; grandchildren, Chastity James Good, Chad James, Tracie Wanner Moles, Chris Wanner, Camron Jarrett and Clay Jarrett; and great-granddaughters, Lennon Hickman and Gracie Moles. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, at Antioch Advent Christian Church, Elkview, with the Rev. Nahum Balser and the Rev. Roy Boyd officiating. Entombment was in Elk Hills Memorial Mausoleum, Big Chimney. The family would like donations to be made to Camp Whitney Advent Christian Youth Camp, where Ann and Ted volunteered their time for many years. Donations may be sent to WVACC Camp Whitney, P.O. Box 1071, Elkview, WV 25071. Online condolences may be sent to Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, assisted the Tawney family.

MARTHA ELLEN SNODGRASS TAYLOR Martha Ellen Snodgrass Taylor, 80, of St. Albans, was welcomed into heaven as a new angel and was greeted by her parents and many brothers and sisters on April 4, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Francis, Charleston, W.Va., after a long courageous battle with diabetes. She was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans. She loved to garden, can vegetables and was an avid bird watcher. She was preceded in death by parents, Dannie and Elsie Elaine Mitchell Snodgrass; brothers, Elbie, Lee, Glen, Theodore and

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OPAL FRANCISCO TINSLEY Opal Francisco Tinsley died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Opal was born February 26, 1923, in a log house on Tyler Mountain. She was the first of nine children born to Orion Francisco and Nellie Bowen Francisco. At age 19, Opal married the love of her life, Johnie A. Tinsley. Even though they had no children of their own, they loved every child born into their extended family. Opal graduated from Dunbar High School and worked for many years in various governmental offices, including the State Road Commission and the Kanawha County Assessor's Office. Opal was preceded in death by her grandmother, Eliza Bowen; her special aunt, Lillie Bowen; her father and mother; her loving husband; her brother, Brady Francisco of Dunbar; and her sister, Ellen Lemon Turley of Charleston. Opal is survived by her sisters, Darlena "Dolly" Painter of Scott Depot, Mildred "Midge" Beaver of Charleston and Betty Randolph of Cross Lanes. She is also survived by her brothers, Wayne (Leona) Francisco of Fraziers Bottom, Robert (Betty) Francisco of Charleston and Carl (Helen) Francisco, also of Charleston. Funeral services were held Friday, April 12, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. Doug Minnerly officiating. Burial was in Bowen Family Cemetery on Tyler Mountain. Memorial gifts may be made to McKinnon Presbyterian Church,

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BRIAN J. TRENT Brian J. Trent, 41, of Milton, passed away April 2, 2013, at his home. Brian was born May 25, 1971, in Lynchburg, Va., and was a son of Robert Edward Trent Jr. and Helen R. Rogers Trent. He was employed in management at Sam's Club in South Point, Ohio, where he worked for 15 years. Brian was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Bailey Trent of Uniontown, Pa.; and his brother, Brandon Trent and his wife, Stacy, of Milton. A private burial was held in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. To share a memory of Brian or express condolences, please visit m. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was honored to serve the Trent family.

CHARLES A. WALKER JR. Charles A. Walker, Jr., 72, of South Charleston, son of the late Charles V. Walker, Sr., and Juanita J. Gillespie Walker, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at CAMC General Division, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident on Rt 60 in Shrewsbury, W.Va. He was an active and faithful member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Charleston and was retired from the State of WV with 30 years of service. Charles was also an active employee in the family business, Walker-Barnett, Inc. He enjoyed camping and was a member of the St. Albans Moose Lodge #868. Surviving are, companion, Jamie Smith; brother and sisterin-law, James V. and Deborah Walker of Winfield; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Richard McLane of Charleston; and his beloved dog, "Lady." Services were held Tuesday, April 9, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Rev. Joseph Jarrett and Rev. Margo Friend officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. The family asks that donations are made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 501 Elizabeth Street, Charleston, WV 25311.

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75th Ramp Festival set for April 20 RICHWOOD - For three-quarters of a century residents of the quaint town of Richwood have been digging in the mountains, rolling up their sleeves and cleaning ramps for the biggest and oldest Ramp feed in the U.S. On April 20, the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor the Feast of the Ramson, where approximately 1,500 pounds of ramps are cleaned and prepared to feed more than 1,000 people. This year Southern Living chose Richwood as the place to attend a ramp festival as part of their “Best of the South.” Organizers said the fun part of the feast is seeing old friends, making new ones, and drinking sassafras tea, organizers said. The feast includes a dinner of ramps with traditional Appalachian foods of ham, bacon, potatoes, beans, cornbread and homemade desserts. Dinner will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There will also be craft show from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and a

ramp recipe contest at noon. Throughout the day, the celebration features entertainment including bluegrass music and clogging. Featured entertainers this year are Marteka andWilliam Lake, who play the old Flatt & Scruggs style of bluegrass on banjo and guitar. Organizers said ramps have become the “in” thing with chefs in larger cities despite their humble beginnings in the mountain woods. Many pounds of ramps are shipped from Richwood to cities like Chicago and New York. The ramson, know botanically as the American leek, has been the “piece-de-resistance” for springtime dinners and suppers from the early American settlements to hunters and campers, organizers said. For more details on ordering advance tickets or entering the Ramp Recipe Contest, please visit the Chamber’s web site at ast-of-the-Ramson.html.

The 75th Ramp Festival, set for April 20, features Marteka and William Lake, who play the old Flatt & Scruggs style of bluegrass on banjo and guitar.

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April 18, 2013 Extra online edition of the Putnam Standard

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April 18, 2013 Extra online edition of the Putnam Standard