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Monday, April 23, 2012



Voting begins Wednesday in Putnam County WINFIELD – Early voting for the May primary election will begin in Putnam County on Wednesday, Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said. Early voting will begin on Wednesday, April 25, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Early voting will continue as follows: Thursday, April 26, from 8 a.m to 7 p.m.; Friday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, will be the last day for early voting. All early voting will take place on the second floor of the Putnam County courthouse in Winfield. On election day, May 8, voting will take place at individual precincts throughout the county from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wood said that anyone with any questions should contact his office at (304) 586-0202, or visit

HOW TO REACH US PHONE: (304) 743-6731 FAX: (304) 562-6214

The Princesses and Princes who volunteered at Saturday’s sixth annual Princess Tea Party at Valley Park in Hurricane gather for a group photo. Photo courtesy of Joe Haynes

FIT FOR A PRINCESS Sixth annual Princess Tea Party held at Valley Park STAFF REPORT HURRICANE – The sixth annual Princess Tea Party took place Saturday at Valley Park in Hurricane.

The free, annual event allowed young ladies from throughout the area to meet and mingle with 10 princesses made popular by Walt Disney

movies and stories. The event has become a regional draw, with people coming from not only the Putnam, Cabell and Kanawha Counties,

but from Ohio and Kentucky as well. For more information, contact Putnam County Parks and Recreation at (304) 562-0518.

Veterans needed to be part of state cemetery Honor Guard CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) has announced that the new Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veter-

ans Cemetery (DCKMSVC) is seeking additional volunteers from the local area to be part of its dedicated Honor Guard. An initial Honor Guard tryout

was held at the cemetery grounds in Institute ast month and one team was established. Administrators hope to secure at least two more teams, each made

up of nine members. Honorably discharged veterans, reservists or guardsmen residing in Putnam County or the SEE GUARD ON PAGE 14


Page 2 – April 23-27, 2012 Main Street Studio Steampunk Bracelet Workshop Main Street Studio, Hurricane, announces a Steampunk Bracelet workshop on April 28th with Fonda Riffe and Wanda Cummings. You will get all the gorgeous/eclectic adornments plus the basic bracelet. Also – will be making some of the charms. Fun class with super talented ladies. One day workshop! Class limit is 15. Cost $40.00. Call Terry at the Studio 304-982-1522 to register.

New Support Group Alzheimer support group held on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon at Hometown Senior Center. There is no charge. This group is for the caregiver, spouse, or family member of the Alzheimer patient. Hometown Senior Center is located at 100 First Ave. N. in Hometown. No need to sign up ahead of time. For more information you may call 304-586-2745.

PHS Alumni Banquet The Poca High School Alumni Association is planning the 2012 Alumni Banquet for June 9 at the Hurricane Community Center, Hurricane, near the wave pool. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and payment is due at the time of the reservation. Call a board member to make reservations or mail them to P.O. Box 427, Poca, W.Va. 25159. The cost is $25 per person. All alumni and guests are welcome to attend. For more information, call board members Dale Parkins, 304-755-5497; Bernadene Simpson, 304-727-8119 or Teresa Amos Cook, 304-741-7959.

May 29th RIVERDANCE Performance Cancelled Due to routing issues, the May 29th performance of RIVERDANCE at Keith-Albee

Community Calendar Performing Arts Center has been cancelled. Local Refund Policy If you purchased tickets locally, through the Marshall Artists Series box office or Marshall Artists Series phone center, please contact the Marshall Artists Series at (304) 696-3326. Credit Card refunds will be issued upon request. Cash purchases will be refunded by check and may take 10 days to 3 weeks for processing. Tickets must be presented to process refund. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster can only be refunded by contacting Ticketmaster directly at 800-745-3000. The Producers of RIVERDANCE apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Hometown Lions Club Meetings The Hometown Lions Club meets at 6 p.m., every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 First Avenue, Hometown. For more information call 304586-2745.

Buffalo Heritage Days 2012 May 18th and 19th offers a weekend celebration of Putnam County’s oldest town. You’re sure to want to stop by the Buffalo Academy Museum, tour historic buildings, and attend the historic Church service. Academy reunion begins at 1 pm. For more info call Leah Higginbotham at 304-937-2755.

Taste of Putnam This event will be held May 20th from 12-5 p.m. at the large shelter at Valley Park. Contact Debbie Frost at 444-1465 or 344-1751 for more details.

Spring Gas & Steam Engine Show The show is scheduled for early May at the WV State Farm Museum across from the Mason County Fairgrounds. Display of small engines, sawmill demos and more. Admission is free. Call 304-6755737 or visit for more details.

Silver Sneakers Class 4th Annual Spring Jubilee The Southern Gospel Spectacular’s 4th annual Spring Jubilee in the Hills presents Rambo – McGuire on May 19th at 6 pm at Grace Baptist Temple, 1901 MacCorkle Avenue, St. Albans. Doors open at 5 pm. Admission is $5 or $10 for artist circle. For tickets, call 800-965-9324.

Winfield Lions Club building Available to Rent The Winfield Lions Club building is available to rent for showers, birthday parties and other functions. Overlooking the Kanawha River, with an outdoor grilling area and picnic space available, the building is air-conditioned, has a complete kitchen and seats up to 50. For rates and more information, call 304-755-5539.

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.

The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot hosts the Silver Sneakers Muscular Endurance Class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Move to music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Certified instructors lead classes. For more information, call 304-757-0016.

First Baptist Church of St. Albans to present Annual Music Camp Looking for a fun as well as meaningful activity for your children this summer? The First Baptist Church of St. Albans at Sixth Ave. and Second St. offers a Music Camp, July 16-20, 9 am to 2:30 pm daily at the church. The camp is for children entering grades 2 (age 7 by June) through 7 in September 2012. Participants are involved in choral singing, handbells, Orff instruments, a basic music class, instruction to the orchestra and recreation Additional classes are offered in Guitar, Drums, Pipe Organ, and Interpretive Movement. Tuition for the camp is $37 per child with family rates available. For additional information and online registration, visit or

call 304-727-4661. You may also register at the church Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm. Enrollment for each grade is limited.

Tri-County YMCA Annual Golf Tournament This event will be held at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club on May 18th. For more information please call Kathy Stark or Betsy Ballingerall at 304-7570016.

Senior Fitness Classes Senior fitness classes are held at the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A certified fitness instructor leads the class. For more information, call 304-7570016.

Putnam County Meet the Candidates Putnam Aging will be holding their “Meet the Candidates” in the following Putnam Senior Center: Tuesday, May 1st – 10:30 a.m. at Buffalo Senior Center, #48 Wrights Lane, Buffalo. Each senior center services lunch at 11:30. Open to the public! Everyone welcome!

European Trip Planned A 10-day trip to Poland, Hungary and Berlin, Germany, is being arranged for May 25. Cost is $2,900 per person. For more details, contact Gloria Swecker at 304-965-1993.

Community Outreach Gospel Series at Pumpkin Park Music Hall As We R Southern Gospel Ministries presents Community Outreach Gospel Series with special guest Squire Parsons on Saturday, April 28th at Pumpkin Park Music Hall, Milton, WV. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with singing beginning at 6:00 p.m. As We R will also be singing. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door – special Church group rates available. (Children 15 and under, free). Tickets are available at Guiding Light Bookstore or by phone at 304-549-0900 or 304302-6441 or visit A portion of proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Concessions will be available.

Winfield Lions Club Meetings The Winfield Lions Club

The Putnam Standard meets the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more information call 304-586-3732.

Infant Care Classes Once a month, FamilyCare offers a two-hour class to help new parents learn to care and feed their newborn babies. Topics include diapering, swaddling, SIDS prevention, bathing, signs of illness, cord and circumcision care, breastfeeding and more. To register, call Debi Ellis at 304-757-6999, ext. 80, or e-mail

Putnam County Ringers looking for new Members The Putnam County Ringers community hand bell choir is open to all interested in joining. The group meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at Eleanor Presbyterian Church. The group will also schedule bookings for all occasions in advance. For more information, call Kathy at 304-546-0259 or Sharon at 304-586-4131.

St. Francis School Summer Fun Academy Registration is now open for St. Francis of Assisi School’s Summer Fun Academy for children ages 3-12. The program will emphasize academic enrichment including daily journal writing, reading and math activities, West Virginia history and world geography, in conjunction with the Smart Board and computer lab. Children will explore the arts, including ballet and acrobatics dance, and learn new skills, such as cooking and sign language. We will also offer lots of fun! Mrs. Jennifer Lopez is the director of the Academy and the staff includes experienced child care workers, college students, and current teachers. Summer Fun Academy will begin June 11 and end August 2. The hours are Monday – Thursday from 7:30am – 5:00pm. Your child can attend on a weekly basis or on a dropin basis. To register for the Academy, or for more information, please visit our website, or call the school office (304) 727-5690.

Home Décor Class Inside & Out Putnam County Parks is offering a six-week class on HOME DÉCOR-INSIDE & OUT Tuesday’s, May 1 – June 5, 2012 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for $60.00. Different projects each week including a deco-mesh wreath, container gardens and more. For more information call Wendy 304-421-6167 or email at ahouseinbloom@

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Diversion program leads to 60 percent drop in truancy SUBMITTED ARTICLE WINFIELD – Truancy has decreased 60 percent in Putnam County since 2009, the year a judicial truancy diversion program with court monitoring began. In the five years before 2009, there was an average of almost 380 new truancy cases each year referred to the Department of Health and Human Resources. So far this academic year, Putnam County Magistrate Linda Hunt has held 152 truancy diversion hearings, 60 percent less than in 2009. In the 2010-2011 school year, she held 184 truancy diversion hearings, 50 percent less than in 2009. In 2010, a new state law reduced the number of absences needed to be considered truant from 10 to five, which without an

Putnam Circuit Court Judge Phillip Stowers began a truancy diversion program in Putnam County in 2009 that has led to a 60 percent drop in truancy. intervention program could have caused truancy rates to rise.

The Putnam County diversion program, called “Truancy Triage,”

brings truancy cases immediately before Magistrate Hunt before they are referred to the DHHR. Previously, the cases were referred to the DHHR and then to court. Under the new program, if a juvenile does not comply with the diversion program in magistrate court, a petition is filed moving the case to circuit court, where Twenty-Ninth Chief Circuit Judge Phillip M. Stowers holds a hearing within 10 days. “The expedient involvement of the circuit court and the timely diversion hearing has clearly impacted overall truancy in Putnam County,” Stowers said. The reductions are not just a variance in the data because they are based on three academic

years, he said. “More importantly, of the 152 truancy cases handled by Magistrate Hunt, only 24 percent required referral to circuit court for additional services and supervision of the juvenile,” Stowers said. “This means Magistrate Hunt and the truancy diversion program have successfully managed more than 76 percent of the truancy referrals. The juveniles that comprise this segment are successfully going to school, being drug free, and are on track to graduate.” Stowers called Hunt, a former school counselor, “our secret truancy weapon.” Stowers currently is following 112 truants and Hunt is following 60, to make sure they attend school.

Putnam County student recognized by West Virginia University MORGANTOWN – Putnam County native Katlin Stinespring has been recognized by West Virginia University as one of 36 top seniors who will receive the WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Award. The students will be formally recognized during Commencement weekend at the WVU Honors Convocation at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. The event will be

held at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Stinespring came to WVU with the intentions to be a newspaper reporter. She already had three years of experience with The Charleston Gazette. She also previously wrote for The Putnam Standard while in high school. At WVU, she learned she would rather work in public relations, though.

“I took my foundation in print media and expanded it to public relations, taking a leap of faith as I changed my career goals for the first time in my life,” she said. “The prospect of this shift was unnerving … however, with the support of my WVU professors, adviser and professional mentors … it allowed me to develop and progress even further toward my goals.”

Meeting set for Thursday to discuss transportation The Regional Intergovernmental Council (RIC) is currently updating the regional transportation plan for Putnam and Kanawha counties. The plan, titled “Metro Mobility”, seeks to identify problems within the region’s transportation system and make recommendations for improvements. The public is invited to participate in this process at an upcoming open house-style event that gives residents and businesses the opportunity to discuss transportation needs. The event will be held at Mountain View Elementary School, 3967 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane on April 26 from 4-7 p.m. In addition to one-on-one discussion with Plan Team members, participants will be able to offer feedback through a userfriendly interactive website. Public input received will enable decision-makers to shape the re-

gion’s transportation system to better meet the needs of the community.

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Stinespring, who will graduate with a degree in public relations, is a four-year member of the Mountaineer Marching Band and was an assistant section and rank leader. She was also on the School of Journalism dean’s advisory board and was an account executive for the WVU Center for Civic Engagement campaign in January. Outside her newspaper expe-

rience, Stinespring has worked as an intern for the West Virginia State Legislature and U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito among others. Established in 1995 to signify the 40th anniversary of the WVU Foundation, the Outstanding Seniors award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

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Alumni weekend this Friday-Saturday at Marshall SUBMITTED ARTICLE HUNTINGTON – Marshall University will celebrate Alumni Weekend 2012 this Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, with a variety of special events culminating with the 75th annual Alumni Awards Banquet. This year’s Alumni Weekend celebrates 175 years of alumni and student success. The banquet, during which distinguished Marshall alumni and friends are honored, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Don Morris Room of the Memorial Student Center on the Huntington campus. “Springtime is a time of renewal,” said Nancy Pelphrey, coordinator of alumni programs. “I hope to see many Marshall alumni back on campus to renew old friendships, share memories and witness the incredible growth of their beloved alma mater. We have planned a spectacular Alumni Weekend filled with a variety of entertaining events and we hope to see many new as well as many familiar faces! If you are an alumnus of

Marshall University and you’ve never been back for Alumni Weekend, this is a fantastic year to do it!” Below is a brief look at some of the events planned for Alumni Weekend 2012. All events, even complimentary ones, require an RSVP. Friday, April 27 Alumni and friends are invited to take an entertaining look back at Marshall University by attending a presentation by the university archivist. Attendees can take a stroll through Marshall’s history and learn about successes and challenges that brought it to where it is today. The presentation is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center. Light refreshments and cash bar will be available. Saturday, April 28 All alumni and friends of Marshall University are invited to a complimentary pre-lunch reception sponsored by the Heritage Society. The reception is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson

Alumni Center. Walking tours of the facility also will be available. This year’s Class Luncheon will honor the Golden Anniversary of the Class of 1962. The cost of this reservation-only event is $20 per person. Alumni and friends will have an opportunity to connect with fellow classmates and hear from university administrators about Marshall’s progress since 1962. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center. The complimentary Green and White Spring Tailgate Party is a fun, festive pre-game gathering for alumni and friends. Remember Stewart’s Hot Dogs? Attendees can enjoy these and other refreshments under the big alumni tent! Tailgate begins at noon in the West Lot of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. A champagne reception will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on the plaza of the Memorial Student Center. The 75th annual Alumni

Awards Banquet will honor distinguished alumni and friends as well as special scholarship recipients. The cost is $75 per person and $140 per couple. Reserved tables are also available. Call the alumni office at 304-696-3134 for more information. The banquet begins at 7 p.m. in the Don Morris Room at the Memorial Student Center. Sponsors of Alumni Weekend are Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Creative Audio Visual Group, Jenkins Fenstermaker, Cabell Huntington Hospital and State Electric. “The Marshall University Alumni Association would like to thank the sponsors of this year’s event,” Pelphrey said. “Their support allows us to continue to bring quality programs to our alumni.” Other Alumni Weekend activities include: The College of Fine Arts hosts the 9th annual Empty Bowls event. Last year this event raised more than $15,000 for the Huntington Area Food Bank. Patrons pay $12 for a handmade ceramic

bowl and a modest soup lunch; all proceeds go to the food bank. The cost of each $12 lunch will, in turn, provide 64 meals to the hungry. The event also includes a silent auction of donated items including MU memorabilia, gift cards and other items. Empty Bowls will be Friday, April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave. Gallery 842 will feature a complimentary Master of Arts Student Exhibition on Friday, April 27, from noon to 6 p.m. at 842 4th Ave. The Delta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Zeta Sorority is having a reunion during Alumni Weekend. Active members will host a reception in the chapter house on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. All members of the Delta Upsilon Chapter are invited. For more information and to make reservations, please email or For more information about Alumni Weekend 2012 or to make reservations, call 304-696-2901.

Empowering Women Conference set for Friday at Valley Park WINFIELD -- The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County Chamber NOW (Network of Women) will hold their second Annual Empowering Women Conference and Business Showcase on April 27. This conference is designed to

provide women with the tools they need to continue to climb the ladder of success. This Conference will take place on Friday, April 27 at the Valley Park Community Center in Hurricane beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. The schedule of events in-

April Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to ALL Patsy Davis Pat Nicholas Staci Paugh Lynda Pelfrey Richard Pitanello Emma Quick Rosalee Ragland Loretta Rauhecker Tracy Beasley Brenda Sayre Susan Shoffner Cheryl Sovine If you - or someone you know - will Joan Starkey be celebratrating a birthday in the Barbara Swan Priscilla Tabor coming months... Call 304-743-6731 and give us their name - OR just Austin Vance email the information to Peggy Waugh James Williams

cludes: an all-day Business Showcase; a panel discussion entitled “What You Need to Succeed” featuring Mandy Curry of City National Bank, Cindy Skiles of Teays Physical Therapy Center, Linda Tennant of Simonetti Consulting and moderation by Deborah Linz of WCHS; two workshops titled “Balancing Act” by Betty McHale of Workplace Solutions and “Suiting Up” by

Sen. Karen Facemyer; and a keynote address titled “Movin’ On Up” presented by Phyllis Arnold of BB&T. Lunch catered by the Greenhouse of Teays Valley will be provided. Admission is $40 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Sponsors for this event include; Workplace Solutions, Poca

Valley Bank, Randolph Engineering, Teays Valley Storage and The Putnam County Chamber NOW. There are sponsorship and business showcase opportunities available. To become a sponsor, business showcase participate or to purchase tickets contact the Chamber office for details at 304.757.6510 or, or visit

Business After Hours set for April 24 at Broadmore TEAYS VALLEY -- The next Business After Hours sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at Broadmore Senior Living – Teays Valley from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. Broadmore Senior Living –

Teays Valley is located at 4000 Outlook Drive Hurricane, WV 25526. Participation is open to all Chamber members and their guests. The cost to attend is $15 per person, RSVPs are required and

pre-payment is appreciated. There will be a cash drawing sponsored by BB&T valued at $400, but you must be present to win. RSVPs are required by Monday, April 23. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, please contact the Chamber at 304.757.6510. or You can also visit the website at

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Former Winfield coach hired at Texas A&M University SUBMITTED ARTICLE COLLEGE STATION, Texas Bob Starkey has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach at Texas A&M. Starkey, who began his coaching career as an assistant at Winfield High School, comes to Aggieland after a season as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida and following 22 seasons at LSU. In his 22 seasons involved with LSU basketball, Starkey was a member of the LSU women's basketball coaching staff for 13 years. He was promoted to associate head coach under coach Van Chancellor in 2007 after serving as LSU's acting head coach during the 2007 NCAA Tournament run that saw the Lady Tigers advance to the program's fourth straight Final Four. Starkey helped guide LSU to

four Southeastern Conference Championships, 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s, seven Elite Eights and five consecutive trips to the Final Four. He was a key component in the Lady Tigers' outstanding record of 326-105 (.756) from 1998-2011. Starkey worked with all phases of the LSU program, which included post players, breaking down game film and developing game plans while compiling opponent scouting reports. He was very influential in the development of post player Fowles, the second overall pick of the 2008 WNBA draft who currently plays with the Chicago Sky. He also coached other WNBA first round picks including Aiysha Smith (previously with the Washington Mystics), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Temeka

Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Marie Ferdinand (Phoenix Mercury), and Scholanda Robinson (Tulsa Shock). Starkey joined the Lady Tigers' program on a full-time basis in 1998 under legendary coach Sue Gunter. Starkey had previously served as the administrative assistant for both the LSU men's and women's basketball team for two years. In his first role at LSU, Starkey served as an assistant coach for Dale Brown on the LSU men's basketball staff from 1990-96, during which time the Tigers participated in four NCAA Tournaments. While on the men's staff, Starkey worked closely in developing three first-round NBA draft picks in Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Jackson and Stanley Roberts. As a recruiter, he helped sign three nationally-

ranked recruiting classes, including one which was rated No. 1 in the country. In his 25-year collegiate coaching tenure, Starkey has worked with 16 20-win teams and has been a postseason participant 17 times. "I'm very excited to have the opportunity to become a part of the Aggie family," Starkey said. "Certainly the Texas A&M women's basketball team is among the nation's elite, and I look forward to not only contributing but learning as well. My friendship with Coach Blair goes back to some of our great battles in the Southeastern Conference. I've always respected the way his teams play, but more importantly I have respected him as a person. "Texas A&M is a university that is steep in tradition and has a culture of excellence both aca-

demically and athletically. One of the things I have learned in my many years of coaching is that greatness comes about because of the people involved, and I am eager to be a part of the great Aggie spirit." Before his extended stretch at LSU, Starkey spent one year as an assistant at Marshall during the 1988-89 season and three seasons at West Virginia State from 1984-87. In his final season at West Virginia State, he helped guide the Yellow Jackets to conference and district titles on their way to the NAIA National Championship game. Starkey began his coaching career on the high school level as an assistant at Winfield High School. Starkey is originally from Charleston, and is married to the former Sherie Hayslett, also a native of West Virginia.

Putnam County Schools April breakfast, lunch menu Tuesday, April 24: Breakfast Pizza LUNCH: CHICKEN FAJITA, Lettuce/Tomato/Cheese, Refried Beans, Orange Wedges, Chips w/Salsa, Milk Wednesday, April 25: Scram-

bled Eggs, Canadian Bacon/Toast LUNCH: PORK BBQ ON A BUN, Cole Slaw, Baked Potato, Green Beans, Gelatin w/Fruit, Milk Thursday, April 26: Blueberry

Muffin, Yogurt Cup LUNCH: PEPPERONI ROLL, Caesar Salad w/WW Croutons, California Blend Veg’s, Sliced Peaches, Milk Friday, April 27: Biscuit w/Gravy

LUNCH: HAMBURGER ON A BUN, Romaine Lettuce, Tomato/Cheese, Potato Wedges, Fresh Melon Cup, Milk DAILY BREAKFAST CHOICES A S S O R T E D


Board of Education approves Personnel Changes STAFF REPORT The Putnam County Board of Education approved the following personnel changes at its April 17 meeting: Resignations: J. Michael Cochran, Winfield High, freshman football. Robert Gobel Jr., Hurricane High, assistant football. Donald Campbell, central office, small engine maintenance. Deborah Lett, Poca area bus operator. Assignments: Sarah Brinegar, substitute teacher, Thea Carter, Poca Middle English teacher.

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Rusty Thornton, Winfield High, SLD/MI teacher. Abby Waldorf, Poca Middle English teacher. J. Michael Cochran, Hurricane Middle, head football coach. Jeffrey Armstrong, substitute aide. Carla Cobb, substitute secretary. Transfers: Tara Amick, Rock Branch Elementary, Title I reading, transferred to unassigned. Sherry Craigo, central office, curriculum specialist, to unassigned. Brianne Grimmett, Lakeside Elementary Title I reading/math

teacher to unassigned. Debra Hackett, Poca Elementary Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Darlene Hudnall, Lakeside Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Leighann Johnson, Poca Elementary Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Rebecca Meadows, central office, director of federal programs/preschool to unassigned. Barbara Raczok, Buffalo Elementary Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Michelle Torman, Buffalo Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned.

Annalee Peters, Rock Branch Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Allison Tusing, Rock Branch Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Uticia Wallace, Lakeside Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. Rachelle Williams, Poca Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned.

Lora Young, Hometown Elementary, Title I reading/math teacher to unassigned. In other business, the board approved sidewalk construction in front of Hurricane Town Elementary from Main Street to Kelly's Cove. The measure allows the city's construction crew to be on school property while the sidewalk is built.

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Putnam BOE considers hiring Court-authorized Truant Officer By David Payne Sr.

Putnam County Schools may soon be hiring a truancy officer with legal authority to keep students on the right track.

Twenty Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Phillip Stowers told the board at its April 17 meeting that while the truancy-diversion program intervenes to keep truancy cases from reaching circuit court, a dedicated truancy offi-

cer would help the county get many of the more resistant students on the right track. He asked the board to consider hiring a dedicated truancy officer, who would have authority to act on behalf of the court. While the officer would be employed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the county would ultimately be picking up the bill for the salary, Stowers said. “What I'm talking about is funding a person who has the authority to act (on behalf of the court) in your schools. You can't hire that,” he said. If a student doesn't comply with the Truancy Diversion program, called Truancy Triage, a hearing in circuit court is conducted within 10 days. The program was started in 2009 to reduce the number of cases that reach circuit court. Stowers said that the number of truancy cases that reach circuit court declined more than 60 percent between 2005 and 2010. This, despite the fact, that the very definition of truancy changed in the meantime from 10 unexcused absences to only five. “Truancy has been substantially reduced in Putnam County... I would say that the decrease would actually be greater

than that (with the decreased number of unexcused absences needed), but I can't prove it, so we'll go with 60 percent,” he said. Stowers said that the number of cases reaching circuit court have declined from 370 in 2009 to 152 in 2011. “We look at numbers,” said Board president Craig Spicer, “but these are all lives you have fundamentally changed.” “We appreciate the work you have done,” said Deborah Phillips, board member. Many of the cases are resolved before they reach circuit court by Putnam County Magistrate Judge Linda Hunt through the county's truancy-diversion program. Stowers said the role of enforcing court orders is now handled by a probation officer, who also handles adult cases. A dedicated truant officer would provide better results, he said. Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said that he would draft a measure for the board to consider at its next meeting on May 7. He also told the board that the school system is looking at models to improve the social climate in schools and motivate students to learn. One manifestation of this will be the project-based approach at the new Buffalo High School when it opens this fall.

Students will be graded not only on their subject matter, but work ethic and other life skills. “This isn't anything new, it's just common sense... I want to let you know that we are going to be talking about this a lot more and we are going to be implementing these types of ideas in our schools,” he said. The board approved the levy rates for the next fiscal year. The excess levy rate remained the same from the previous year with 45.9 cents per $100 assessed value for residential property and 91.8 cents per $100 of assessed value for commercial properties. There was a slight decrease in the levy rate to pay back the schools-construction bond, said Chris Campbell, treasurer. That bond will be 13.84 cents per $100 assessed value for residents and 27.68 cents per $100 assessed value on commercial properties. Proposals to increase pay for substitute teachers and extracurricular activities coordinators were read again at the meeting. Hatfield said he will present those measures to the board for a vote at the May 7 meeting. The board approved a $500 per year pay increase for teachers and service personnel at the previous meeting.

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Community News

April 23-27, 2012 – Page 7

Fire destroys storage building, equipment at Valley Park By Jack Bailey

TEAYS VALLEY – A fire destroyed a storage shed and an adjoining lean-to building at Valley Park on Friday. No one was injured in the late morning fire, which also destroyed a pick-up truck and other equipment used by workers at Valley Park. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles, but firefighters quickly had the worst of the blaze contained. More than 20 firefighters from the Hurricane Fire Department, Teays Valley Fire Department and the Culloden Fire Department responded to the blaze, which was first reported around 11 a.m. Friday. Hurricane Fire Department Captain Rob Savage said that he could see smoke from as far away as the fire department's main building in Hurricane when the initial call came in. Savage said that the cause of the fire was still under investigation but it appeared to be accidental. Putnam County Parks Director Scott Williamson said that it was too early Friday to estimate damage caused by the blaze. He said that everything was insured. Williamson said that he too would have his own internal investigation over the cause of the fire to make sure proper procedures were followed by his staff at the park. Williamson said that the storage shed destroyed by the fire had been recently cleaned out, but still contained a variety of tools and other items used by park personnel including a riding lawn mower. The adjoining lean-to contained dry hay that park employees would use to cover bare spots when they would plant grass at

(Top left) A firefighter sprays water on a brush pile adjacent to the maintenance area at Valley Park where fire destroyed a storage shed and adjoining lean-to on Friday. (Top right) Firefighters spray water on dry hay and other debris near where fire destroyed a storage shed Friday at Valley Park. (Bottom left) Firefighters inspect the damage caused by a fire Friday at Valley Park in Hurricane. A storage shed, pick-up truck and equipment used by park employees were destroyed in the fire. (Bottom right) This truck was damaged by Friday’s fire at Valley Park. Photos by Jack Bailey the park. Firefighters worked for several hours to dampen the dry hay to make sure that a spark did not cause it to re-ignite.

Williamson said he was relieved that no one was injured in the fire and expressed his gratitude that firefighters responded so quickly to the blaze.

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Outdoor News

Fishing for Spawning Bass By David Payne Sr.

Thanks to one of the warmest winters on record, bass could be spawning a little earlier than normal this year. According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, black bass are moving into their spawn staging areas at Beech Fork Lake in Cabell County, a little ahead of schedule. When the water temperature approaches 60 degrees, bass will find a shallow, protected area for spawning. The male usually picks a spot that is easy to defend, near a log, rock or similar structure that has quick access to deeper water. During the winter months, bodies of water retain much of the heat they picked up during the summer and fall months. That's why rivers seldom freeze even when air temperatures have been cold for some time. Likewise, water is slow to absorb the sun's heat the in the spring. While small streams can warm quickly, larger bodies of water, such as lakes and large rivers can take months to warm. Joe Merchant, a Charlestonbased National Weather Service meteorologist, said much of the unusual weather this winter has been the result of La Nina, a cooling of Pacific Ocean water that can change weather patterns

around the world. While Europe saw one of its coldest winters on record, North America had one of its warmest. Last winter was West Virginia's sixth warmest on record. Bass fishing certainly improves with the spawn. It's the time of year when bass are easiest to catch. You'll find them in relatively shallow areas – between one and six feet deep usually. Topwater baits work well on the outside edges of weeds and through heavy cover. Once the spawn is over, bass will move out from the beds. It's one of the toughest times to catch them, but keep in mind that on a lake, bass won't necessarily all be spawning at the same time, due to variations in water temperature. Generally speaking, bass spawning will start and end earliest on the northwest corner of the lake, because that is the area that receives the most sunlight. After the spawn, bass will relax for a couple of weeks before they resume normal feeding. During that time, try fishing drop offs near flats for suspended bass. Bass will also suspend under floating docks. The fact that bass are easier to catch at spawning time has led most states at some point to close black-bass fishing season from April to early summer. Yet, many states have lifted those restrictions because of evidence in-

dicating that even heavy angling doesn't have a serious impact during that time. “The males are nest guarders for the young of the year, and if you remove fish from the nest, that can allow predation to occur. That's where the sensitivity of the population comes in, if you have concern about predation on eggs or the young of the year, you may not want to have fish removed,” said Bret Preston, Warm Water Fisheries Chief for the West Virginia DNR. Even catch-and-release can allow predation. “Some studies show that predation can occur quickly. You remove a bass and the predators can move in very quickly, there can be some predation before the fish returns to its nest,” he said. Yet, neither scenario has been enough of a concern for officials to create fishing seasons for black bass that would make fishing off-limits during spawning time. “We haven't seen that kind of variation in population from our sampling to indicate there are problems. We haven't seen the need for a closure or a catchand-release regulation to protect populations during that time,” Preston said. Contact David Payne Sr. at

Trout Stocking Report The following West Virginia waters were stocked with trout last week. Any stream appearing more than once received more than one stock: Bear Rocks Lake, Buffalo Fork Lake, Bullskin Run, East Fork Greenbrier River, Evitts Run, Fall Run, French Creek Pond, Gandy Creek, Greenbrier River, Indian Creek, Laurel Fork (Randolph), Laurel Fork of Holly River, Left Fork of Holly River, Little River East Fork, Greenbrier River, Little River West Fork Greenbrier River, Opequon Creek, Rocky Marsh Run, Seneca Lake, South Mill Creek Lake, Summit Lake, Teter Creek Lake, Watoga Lake, West Fork Greenbrier River, Wheeling Creek, Williams River, Burnsville Tailwaters, Cranberry River, Dillons Run, Dunkard

Fork Lake, Edwards Run, Fort Ashby Reservoir, Horseshoe Run, Kimsey Run Lake, Little Kanawha Headwaters, Mill Creek of South Branch, Red Creek, Right Fork of Little Kanawha River, South Branch (Franklin), Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, Big Clear Creek, Blackwater River, Cacapon Park Lake, Glade Creek of Mann, Little Clear Creek, Middle Creek, Mill Creek of Opequon Creek, North Fork of South Branch, Pinch Creek, South Branch (Smoke Hole), Tilhance Creek, Tuscarora Creek, Tygart Headwaters, Anthony Creek, Dry Fork (Randolph, Tucker), Elk River, Hills Creek, Knapps Creek, Mountwood Park Lake, Anthony Creek, Big Run Lake, Curtisville Lake, East Fork Greenbrier River, Gandy

Creek, Glade Creek of New River, Knapps Creek, Laurel Fork (Randolph), Little Beaver Lake, Little River East Fork Greenbrier River, Little River West Fork Greenbrier River, Poorhouse Pond, Rockhouse Lake, Spruce Laurel Fork, Wallback Lake, West Fork Greenbrier River, Big Sandy Creek, Brandywine Lake, Brushy Fork Lake, Bullskin Run, Coopers Rock Lake, Cranberry River, Dunloup Creek, Elk River, Evitts Run, Hopkins Fork, Horseshoe Run, Left Fork of Buckhannon River (rail stocking), Middle Creek, Mill Creek of Opequon Creek, North Fork South Branch, Paint Creek, Pond Fork, Red Creek, Right Fork of Middle Fork River, South Branch (Smoke Hole), South Fork of Cranberry River, Summit Lake and Watoga Lake.

Fishing Report: Stream conditions as of Friday: Ohio River Wheeling, normal and clear, low and milky in lower section of river. Elk River, low and clear. Williams River, low and clear. New River: low and clear. Cherry River: low and clear Beech Fork Lake: Reservoir level is rising slow to summer pool. Crappie fishing is picking up. Thanks to the

unseasonably-warm water, bass are staging in prespawn areas already. Anglers are catching channel catfish on chicken livers and cut bait. Hybrid striped bass and white bass are being caught on white lures. East Lynn Lake: – Reservoir level is at summer pool. Crappie fishing is picking up. Some walleye have been caught in the lake and tailwater within the last two weeks.

Lower Ohio and Kanawha Rivers: Sauger, walleye, white bass and hybrid striped bass fishing is picking up. Musky streams are expected to be fishable and muskies are quite active. Hot spots this time of year include areas upstream and downstream of fast-moving water. Middle Island Creek, the Elk River, and Little Kanawha River are musky hot spots.

The Putnam Standard

We'd like to hear about your Fishing Experiences

David Payne Sr. Column by David Payne Sr.

This week, we're including trout stocking and fishing reports, which include condition reports for streams and lakes. The information is gathered from several sources, but primarily the West Virginia DNR, although if I've been able to sneak a little fishing time in, there will be personal observations in there. If you've fished somewhere, we would like to hear about it. We'd like to hear how the water was and how the fishing was. One thing I've been reading lately is that white bass fishing is starting to pick up on the Ohio River. This seems almost unbelievable to me, white bass usually doesn't start getting hot until June or late May at the earliest. If anybody has a stream thermometer, I'd be really interested to hear of readings from streams. This winter has been exceptionally warm. I remember many years taking readings on the Ohio River of less than 40 degrees in early spring – the Ohio takes forever to warm up – but this year, I would suspect the river to be very warm. When I was a young news reporter in Parkersburg, I fished every day – in the mornings before work and during my lunch hour. I primarily flyfished. Over those years, I flyfished for carp in January and February, then switched to spinning reels and softbaits for freshwater drum in March and April. Sometime in late April or early May, I would switch to fishing for black bass with lures. In June, the gizzard shad would start running out of the Little Kanawha River and up the Ohio – making for some excellent white bass fishing. I kept fishing for white bass

until the river cooled in the winter. My temperature readings for the Ohio River didn't usually drop below 70 degrees until well into December. In fact, some of the best white bass fishing I've ever had was during sudden cold snaps in December. The largest white bass I ever caught, I hooked in the Ohio River on a flyrod on a bone-chilling day in mid-December. It was 16 degrees outside, wind chill was somewhere around zero. The water, however, was still in the upper 60s. Some of my best fishing has been with cold air and warm water. I'm really interested in how that cycle might have changed this year thanks to the mild winter we've had. I would expect fishing on the Ohio and Kanawha to pick up really early this year. So please, when you fish, let us know where you went and how you did. I'm not looking to reveal any honey holes, just the general location (such as the Pocatalico River in Putnam County), how the fishing was and what the water was like. By the time you get your newspaper, the condition report will be about four days old. Obviously, if the stream report is low and milky – and it hasn't rained in the meantime – it will probably be the same or low and clear when you read your newspaper. One good resource for streamcondition information is the forum. If you ask “what does such and such stream look like” it's likely someone there has fished it recently and can tell you what the conditions are and people are often posting their fishing experiences. We'd also like to see pictures of your fish and possibly run them in the newspaper. So send your stories – and your pictures. We're also looking for businesses to sponsor our outdoors page and keep it going – the business-card ads start at $30 an issue – drop me a line at the email below. There's no better place to reach the avid outdoors person and there is certainly no other outdoors page to my knowledge devoted to Putnam and Cabell counties. Contact David Payne Sr. at



DELMER "DAKE" "MOE" ABSTEN Delmer "Dake" "Moe" Absten, 67, of Eleanor, Putnam County, formerly of Liberty, went home to be with the lord on April 15, 2012, after a long illness. He worked as a carpenter L.U. 1207; was retired from Cornerstone Interiors; and was a former employee of Nitro Acoustics. He was born in Liberty, Putnam County, on July 10, 1944. The son of the late Adam and Hazel Absten, he was also preceded in death by baby brother, Tommy. Delmer is survived by his wife of 46 years, Thelma. Also left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Arleen (Absten) Simpson of Cross Lanes and Angela (Absten) and husband, Matt Watters, of Red House; five grandchildren, Sarah, Megan, Heather, Matthew and Austin; one greatgrandchild, Gavin; sisters, Ruth Reed of Eleanor, Rosalee and husband, Leroy Harrison, of Red House, Norma and husband, Manny Moles, of Liberty, Luella DeWeese of Red House, Deanna and husband, Bill DeWeese, of Leon and Eva and husband, Tim Noffsinger, of Red House; brothers, Edsel "Bud" and wife, Yvonne Absten, of Poca, Edward "Slim" "Ed" and wife, Katherine Absten, of Leon; lots of nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends. The family would like to say a

special thank you to Dr. Sheth and staff at Primary Care, Cross Lanes, and also Dr. Jogenpally and staff at Thomas Hospital, our special caregiver, Tammy, from Hospice Care and our special friend, LeAnn. Please make donations to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387. A tribute to the life of Delmer was held Wednesday, April 18, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Fred Sparks officiating. Burial followed in Barnett Chapel Cemetery, Liberty. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Absten family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

GRACE SINE ARMOUR Grace Sine Armour, 86, died Monday, April 16, 2012. Born September 27, 1925, in Moorefield, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Anna Bertha Hose Deitz. She was also preceded death by her two husbands, Leonard Sine and Christopher Popkins Armour; as well as her sisters, Laura Lager, Beatrice Louloudis and Maxine Casteel; her great-granddaughter, Samantha Shafer; and her son-in-law, Roger Paul Wilt. Surviving are her children, Richard Owen Sine of Bunker Hill, Zachary Christopher Armour of Lake Wales, Fla., and Grace Wilt of Eleanor; her sisters, Charlotte Stuart of Woodstock, Va., Kathryn Combs of Edinburg, Va., and Barbara Jenkins and Ethel Cooper, both of Wardensville; her brothers, Edward Deitz, Owen Deitz (Shirley) of Middletown, Pa., and Benjamin Deitz (Donna) of Mena, Alaska; four grandchildren, including Paula (Sam) Shafer, Ruth (Scott) Dent and Jenny (Brian) Leake; five great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, April Moses. Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, in the chapel of Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg. Online condolences may be made by visiting Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, was in charge of arrangements.

GLENN A. "PAPA" BARNETT Glenn A. "PaPa" Barnett, 72, of Nitro went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Hospice West, South Charleston. He is survived by three sons, Pete, Rick and Jeff (Carla) Barnett; six grandchildren, Brandon, Blake, Briana, Little Rick, Chad and Troy; and three great-grandchildren, Braden, Trinity and Hayden. There were no services. Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, was in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be

expressed to the family at

VIRGINIA MARIE BARRETT Virginia Marie "Giggi" Barrett, 97, of Clymer Creek, Hurricane, died April 12, 2012, at home. She was born on March 19, 1915, to John and Belle Cummings. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman W. Barrett; her brother, Homer Cummings; and her sister, Delcie Beckett. She is survived by her son, Randall Barrett and his wife, Wanna, of Hurricane; daughter, Donna Taylor of Milton; two grandsons, Kevin of Cross Lanes and Randy of Winfield; one granddaughter, Lynn Napela; six great-grandchildren; one greatgreat-granddaughter; special nephew, Mark Beckett; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2012, at Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Wray officiating. Burial followed in Mount Moriah Cemetery. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

JUANITA NORLENE MITCHELL SMITH BECKETT Juanita Norlene Mitchell Smith Beckett, 83, of Alum Creek, formerly of Hurricane, went home to be with the Lord after a long battle with health issues on April 12, 2012. Juanita was born June 3, 1928, to Clay and Gertie Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; three sisters; her first husband, Louis Smith; and her second husband, Burrell Beckett. She is survived by her five sons, Bill Smith and his wife, Elwanda, of Hamlin, Michael Smith, Ronald Smith and his wife, Margaret, Joel Smith and his wife, Dee, and John Smith and his fiancee, Mary Ann Riley, all of Hurricane; one daughter, Shirley Davidson and her husband, Jim, of Alum Creek; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 15, at Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Butch Leadman and the Rev. Verlin Vittoe officiating. Burial followed in Sycamore Cemetery. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements. Donations may be made to Sycamore Cemetery, 2837 Main St., Hurricane. Online condolences may be made at

April 23-27, 2012 – Page 9 CLODUS BURDELL BUCK Clodus Burdell Buck, 79, of Leon suffered a stroke on April 3, and passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. He was a 1951 graduate of Point Pleasant High School, and a retiree of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. with 27 years of service. Burdell was a member of Kanawha Valley Lodge No. 36 A.F&.A.M. in Buffalo; Beni Kedem Temple; and Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a longtime deacon at New Life Fellowship Church, Ripley. Born January 15, 1933, he was the son of the late Clodus and Leona A. Riffle Buck. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Gene Buck. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Gail Craig Buck; his children, Clodus Burdell (Sofia) Buck Jr. of Georgia, David C. Buck of Leon, Carl Terry (Faith Ann) Buck of Leon and Dreama (Bill) Pritt of Hurricane; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers; and three sisters. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages that memorial donations be made to Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 21, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor Don Hussell officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the Buck family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

HELEN M. COON CARPER Helen M. Coon Carper, 88, of St. Albans passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Born July 16, 1923, in Roane County, Helen was a daughter of the late Hoyt L. and Myrtle Rhoades Coon. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Helen is survived by her husband of 72 years, Lakin C. Carper; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey R. and Lisa Carper of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and daughter, Diane Thornton of Hedgesville. She is also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor of arts and master's degrees in English and journalism. She was a professor at West Virginia State; an avid reader; and a published author. She sold her stories to Ellery Queen, and was active with the West Virginia Press. She was a member of Highlawn Baptist Church, and a former member of First Baptist Church of St. Albans, where she taught Sunday school. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans,

with the Rev. Mark Stauffer officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at

HOWARD R. COOK Howard R. Cook, 82, of Nitro passed away at home Thursday, April 12, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was a lifelong resident of Nitro; a graduate of Nitro High School; former employee of American Viscose; former employee of Teague and Sons; a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War; and attended Nitro Church of the Nazarene. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Lena Mae Fowler Cook; his wife, Virginia Angell Cook; son, James Cook; brother, Harold Cook; and sisters, Betty Sizemore and Dorothy Buckenheimer. Howard is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Martin and husband, Dana, Debbie Rollyson and husband, Mark, Amy Estep and Kim Miller and husband, Kent; sons, Robert Cook and wife, Lucy, and John Cook and wife, Becky; sister, Viola Long and husband, Jay; 21 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate Howard's life was held Sunday, April 15, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro, with Pastor David Clark officiating. Burial followed in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. The family suggests memorial donations are made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387-2536. The family would like to express a special thank you to Becky Cain and Kerri Hill for their loving care and support of Howard, and the workers and staff of HospiceCare. You may express online condolences at

JENNIFER JAN DAVIS Jennifer Jan Davis, 66, of Hurricane passed away Monday, April 9, 2012, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. A memorial service was held Thursday, April 12, 2012 at St. Timothy's in the Valley Episcopal Church with the Rev. Cheryl Winter officiating. Arrangements were in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

DAVID LONNIE "REDNECK" DOUGLAS David Lonnie "Redneck" Douglas, 58, of Ivydale entered into rest on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Born March 12, 1954, in Ivydale, he was the son of Maysel Douglas Salisbury of Dog Run and the late John E. Douglas. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his first wife, Susie Wilmoth Douglas. David was truck driver for


Page 10 – April 23-27, 2012 Slurry Paving and Kenton Meadows Trucking. In addition to his mother, David is survived by his wife, Loretta Douglas of Ivydale; son, Robby John Douglas of Ivydale; daughter, Rachel Douglas (Jake Fredeking) of Dunbar; sister, Teresa Simons and husband, Joe, of Winfield; sister-in-law, Kathy and Terry Tanner of Ivydale; brothers-in-law, James Cain of Charleston, and Arza Cain of Ivydale; several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; loving friends, Chrissy Summers, Jill, John, Jathan, Jaylen Stutler, Doghouse and Karen Ryan and Kids and Zach Ryan. The family would like to express a special thanks to Hospice and Hubbard Hospice House staff. Per his request, there were no services. Online condolences may be sent to Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral home was honored to be serving the Douglas family.

BETTY L. QUINN EASTWOOD Betty L. Quinn Eastwood of Nitro went to be with her Lord on April 11, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was a lifelong resident of 30th Street in Nitro, and a homemaker, dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed embroidery, refurbishing old furniture and gospel music, and loved her home and yard. She was preceded in death by her parents, Okey and Bessie Quinn; brothers, Okey Jr. and Tom and her twin brother, Bill; sisters, Anna Mae Riffle and Sue Hughes; and son-in-law, Dennis Gladfelter. Survived by her husband of 63 years, Charles of Nitro; son, Bill (Lola) Eastwood of Sissonville; daughters, Carol Gladfelter of Nitro and Debra (Ron) Davis of Buffalo; sister, Virginia Schneider of Luling, La.; grandchildren, Scott, Jeremy and Jody Eastwood, Shawna Pinkerton, Holly Fowler, Jason and Matthew Gladfelter, Amber Hill and Wesley and Travis Camp; and 18 great-grandchildren. A tribute to the life of Betty was held Saturday, April 14, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Bragg officiating. Burial followed in

Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home assisted the Eastwood family.

EDITH HENRIETTA WOOD PAGE FRANCISCO Edith Henrietta Wood Page Francisco, 91, our beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012. She was formerly of Charleston, and was a homemaker and had also worked as a waitress and short order cook. She was born in Charleston to the late Joseph and Mamie Woods. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Ray Francisco; step-parents, Burtie and Fronie; sisters, Jane Woods, Emmie Baldwin, Hilda Sturm and Leona Whitney; and grandchildren, Stanley Ray McClanahan Jr. and Baby Boy Steven McClanahan. Surviving are her children, Frances Landis and husband, Sattis, of Wayne, Eulia McClanahan of Poca, Rondie Page and his wife, Mary, of Orlando, Fla., Yvonne Edwards and husband, John, of Mason, Mary Ellen Rinehart and husband, Randy, of Poca and Linda McCutchen of Charleston. Also surviving are grandchildren, Joyce Gebheart of Indian Lake, Ohio, Jeffrey Landis of Leesburg, Fla., Bonnie James of Mason, Jennifer Stewart of Mason, Connie Sephrish of Jacksonville, Fla., Scott Edwards of Mason, Timothy R. McClanahan of Poca, Heather Jones, Nathan Rinehart of Wichita Falls, Texas, Lily, Donna DeFrancisco of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Ronnie Page of Deland, Fla., and Travis Page of Okie Fanokie, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Dillion, Justin and Chris Price, Candi McGath, Missie Bartrum, Chasity Jones, Nathan Connolly, Sonya Connolly, Jeremiah McClanahan, Andi Lyda, Shannon Lyda, Christian Compton, Brandon Compton, Dalton Jones, Bobby June Bailey and Billy Bailey; and great-greatgrandchildren, Dakota Nevers, Brittany McGath, Alexis Cole Wood, Haylan Grace Jones, Owen Scott Edwards, Aiden Christopher Edwards and Makenna Connolly. Funeral services were held Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with Pas-

tor Randy Rinehart and Pastor Paul Bailey officiating. Entombment followed in Grandview Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call two hours prior to the service Sunday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

GLEN SAMUEL GODBY Glen Samuel Godby of St. Albans passed away on April 13, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. He would have celebrated his 84th birthday on April 26. Glen could sit and talk to anyone for hours about St. Albans in detail about where the many families lived when he was growing up. He was a graduate of St. Albans High School, Class of 1946. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Army, and was retired from C&O Railroad with 42 years of service, retiring as an engineer. He was a member of St. Peter's United Methodist Church, St. Albans, where he served as an usher and on the finance committee. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Julia Godby; sister, Barbara Godby Davis; and brother, George Euell Godby. He is survived by his loving wife, Lou; his sons, Glen S. of St. Albans, Tim (Sherry) of Pfafftown, N.C., and Greg (Kim) of Clinton, Ky.; and daughter, Jean Ann Godby Jones of St. Albans. When he and Lou married 31 years ago, he gained six more daughters, Lou Ann Mazon (Eladio) of Gassaway, Sandra Dunlap (Timmy) of Apex, N.C., Melody Miller (Ken) of Cary, N.C., Jamie Raynes (Greg) of Red House, Cindy Parrish (Curtis) of Hurricane and Lois Gandee of Durham, N.C. Grandchildren are Ryan (Miranda) Godby, Tammy (Jonathan) Turner, Terry Wells, Candace and Chris Smith, Megan Godby, Sam Godby, Shannon Godby, James (Stephanie) Rowsey, David (Alisha) Dustin, Nicole Mazon, Rachel (Jeff ) Simmons, Shawn, Sierra, Hannah Gandee, Amanda, Lance, and Chase Miller, Jessie (Chad) Pressley, Morgan and Nate Dunlap, Matt and Shane Raynes. Great-grandchildren are Kayla, Chloe and Trey Rowsey, Madison Simmons and Hunter Pressley. Also surviving are his siblings, Lois Chapman of Scott Depot, John Godby (Claudia) and Mary Starkey of Melbourne, Fla.; special sisterin-law, Alice Baldwin of St. Albans and her son, John; nieces, Julia King and June (Jerry) Hicks, both of St. Albans; and aunt, Bess Robertson. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2012, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Jim Reed officiating. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family requests donations

The Putnam Standard in Glen's memory are made to the general fund of St. Peter's United Methodist Church, 2601 Forrestal Avenue, St. Albans, WV 25177.

BETTY JANE HERMANSDORFER Janie received her wings Monday, April 16, 2012, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Margret Auer of Dunbar. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of almost 46 years, Paul of St. Albans; two sons, Andy of Huntington and Tim and his wife, Karla, and her two grandkids, Blake and Alayna, of St. Albans; her brother, Jack and his wife, Pete Auer, of Barboursville; her sister, Judy and her husband, Buddy Toney, of Smith Mountain Lake, Va.; The Ladies of the Lake; and her many friends. Janie graduated from Dunbar High School and Capital Business College. She worked at United Fuel (Columbia Gas) Gas Co. and Venture Lanes, and was an outstanding mother and homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar where she was an Elder; past president of the Women of the Church; Circle Chairman, and chair of many other committees; sang in the choir and played in the bell choir; and served on the Presbyterian Hunger Action task force. She was also a charter board member of the Dunbar Institute Samaritan Center. Special thanks to Dr. Lamb and the staffs of Charleston General MICU, Health South of Huntington, Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston General Medical Rehab and Thomas ICU for the special care and the friends she made at the facilities. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, Dunbar with the Rev. Dr. Patricia Jarvis officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Memorial Park. Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests donations are made to the First Presbyterian Church of Dunbar, 1414 Myers Ave., Dunbar, WV 25064.

JERRY L. JACOBS Jerry L. Jacobs, 75, of Hurricane went to his heavenly home on April 11, 2012, with his family by his side, after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 19, 1937, in Wabash, Ind., to Aubrey and Mable Jacobs. He attended schools in Somerset, Ind. Jerry married his lifelong sweetheart, Gerry Hedrick Jacobs, his loving wife of 54 years. He served in the United States Army Reserve and in the Indiana National Guard. He worked for Chemical Leaman Tank Lines in Institute, and retired from McLean Trucking of Hurricane. He was a member of

Teamsters Local #175 for over 30 years. Jerry liked to work with his hands, and could always be found tinkering in his garage or his yard. He loved the outdoors. He loved "Sunday dinner" with his family. He never met a stranger, always had a smile on his face and always made time to listen to others. One of his greatest joys was being a grandfather. Jerry is survived by his wife, Gerry; their children, Kathy Means of Hurricane, Richard Jacobs and his wife, Jackie, of Hurricane, Randy Jacobs and his wife, Natalie, of Ashland, Ky., and Ronnie Jacobs and his wife, Amy, of Hurricane; eleven grandchildren, Debra (Morrello) Durham, Dennis Morrello, Erika Johnson, Lindsay Jacobs, Megan Jacobs, Katelyn (Jacobs) Coiner, Jonathan Means, Cody Means, Morgan Jacobs and Brooklyn and Lacey Jacobs; and six greatgrandchildren, RJ and Victoria Durham, Dennis and Daniel Morrello, Kaleigh Mayo and Aubrey Jo Coiner, all of whom he loved dearly. In addition, Jerry is survived by his sister, Judy Decker of Wabash; sister-in-law, Ruth Hanson and her husband, Dwight, of Crawley; and special nephew and nieces, Bryan Hanson, Leigh Ann Hudson and Jamie Burns and their spouses and children. His faithful dog, Maggie, never left his side. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother-in-law, Larry Decker; and his dear friend, "Mr. B." Jerry will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but we know that fathers and grandfathers never leave us, they only take to watching over us from a different vantage point. A private service was held at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane with the Rev. Jim McGehee officiating. The family suggests donations in memory of Jerry be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 253122536. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his Hospice Care Nurse, Lori McCracken Carter, and to his physician, Dr. Ajay Patel. Online condolences may also be made by visiting

CHARLES A. "BUDDY" JEFFRIES Charles A. "Buddy" Jeffries, 74, of Red House passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at CAMC General Hospital. He was a graduate of Poca High School; a veteran of the United States Air Force; and a retired maintenance worker for American Electric Power. Buddy formerly served as mayor of the town of Eleanor, with 21 years of service. He was a member of Eleanor Presbyterian Church, as well as a member of Kanawha Valley


The Putnam Standard Lodge No. 36 A.F&A.M., Buffalo. Buddy was an avid gardener, loved camping and enjoyed being outdoors. He volunteered many hours of his time to the Five Loaves Two Fish Food Pantry at Poca United Methodist Church. Born August 30, 1937, he was the son of the late Delmas L. and Maxine Wolfe Jeffries. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marnell Jeffries; and a brother, Keith Jeffries. Survivors include his loving wife of 16 years, Judith Frum Jeffries; sons, David Jeffries of Red House and Steven (Susan) Jeffries of Eleanor; daughter, Debbie (Tim "Squirrel") Jividen of Red House; stepchildren, Michael (Sarah) Frum of Keezletown, Va., Karen Frum Batten of Cross Lanes, Betty Bailey of Charleston and Samantha (Tony) Mundell of Buffalo; grandchildren, Colton Jeffries, Chase Jeffries and Charles Owen Jeffries; step-grandchildren, Brandon Bailey, Jordan Bailey, Daniel Frum, Nicole Frum, Hannah Frum and Tony D. Mundell; and step-great-grandchild, Connor Bailey. The family suggests donations are made to Five Loaves Two Fish Food Pantry, P.O. Box 516, Poca, WV 25159. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, at Eleanor Presbyterian Church with Jean Summerfield, Commissioned Lay Pastor officiating. Burial followed in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor. Online condolences may be sent to the Jeffries family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

CLYDE R. "BUD" JONES Clyde R. "Bud" Jones, 75, of Eleanor passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Born August 24, 1936, he was a son of the late Clarence H. and Nina M. Shank Jones. He was also preceded in death by his wife, with whom he celebrated 58 years of marriage, Marilyn Jones, who died March 26, 2012; his son, Timothy Wayne "Timbo" Jones; as well as his sister, Carolyn F. Jones. Retired from ACF Industries, Shipper's Car Line, Red House, Bud was also a very dedicated husband and father who was very active in all aspects of his family's life. Surviving are his children, Debra Hodges of Red House, Daniel Ray (Pam) Jones of Scottsboro, Ala., and Paul Michael (Sandra) Jones of St. Albans; his grandchildren, Seth, Jordan, Heather and Missy; his greatgranddaughters, Elizabeth and

Emma; and his brother, William "Tink" Jones of Munster, Ind. Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield, with the Rev. David Panaro officiating. Burial followed in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

IMOGENE WOOTEN McKINNEY Imogene Wooten McKinney, 77, of Nitro died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at CAMC Memorial Hospital after a valiant five month battle recovering from a hip fracture. She was born November 16, 1934, in Logan, and was the daughter of the late Albert and Lillie Wooten. In addition to her parents, Imogene was preceded in death by her brothers, Other "Pat" Wooten and Jay-Y Wooten; and sisters, Shellie Rigsby and Lois Mallett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Franklin "Buddy" McKinney. Imogene was a graduate of Dunbar High School, class of 1953. She was retired from Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, where she worked as a home health nurse. She had a generous heart, and was very loving and giving to others. She always had open arms, and provided a home to her nieces and nephews, who she loved dearly. A lifelong hobby of hers was playing the lottery. However, her greatest passion in life was being a grandmother to her two beloved grandchildren, Brittany and Justin. She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Clark and husband, Bill, of Nitro; sister, Auline Donalson of Poca; two grandchildren, Brittany Nicole Clark of Nitro and Justin Clark of Nitro; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her dog, Bella. A memorial service to celebrate Imogene's life was held Friday, April 13, 2012 at Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro. You may express online condolences at

MARK HAMILTON MORRIS Mark Hamilton Morris, 60, of Barboursville passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was born August 6, 1951, in Kanawha County, a son of the late Robert Lewis and Lois Jean Crumbaker Morris. He was a graduate of St. Albans High School, class of 1969, and was an optician for Valley Vision for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Anne Hawley Morris; one daughter,

Marion Morris; one sister and brother-in-law, Judi and Roger Casey; one brother and sister-inlaw, Doug and Linda Morris; stepmother, Adrienne Morris; stepsister, Debra Hogan; motherin-law, Sally Hawley; brother-inlaw, Karl Hawley; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan and Tom Conley; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was conducted Sunday, April 15, at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville with Pastor Chris Morris officiating. The family requests that donations are sent to Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702.

SANDRA "Sandee" NORRIS Sandra "Sandee" Norris, 65, of Milton, passed away April 11, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, after a short illness. She was born April 29, 1946, in Charleston, W.Va. She was preceded in death by Ralph and Madgie Herbert. She is survived by her beloved companion Oscar Clark; aunts Florine Stern of St. Albans and Charlotte Cox of Charleston, W.Va.; a host of cousins, many whom she was very close to; step-sister Nancy Arnold of Humble, Texas; step-brother Ralph Herbert, Jr., of Ohio; her special friends Bertha Clark of Connellsville, Pa., and Teresa Shepard of Proctorville, Ohio; and many good friends and neighbors. Sandra graduated from St. Albans High School and went to Beauty College. She was a beautician for JCPenney for 24 years. She was a generous and giving person with a heart of gold and never met a stranger. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Wallace Funeral Home, Milton was in charge of arrangements. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, by Pastor Keith Watters. Burial followed in Forest Memorial Park.

JUDY ANN RACER Judy Ann Racer, 55, of Culloden passed away Monday April 16, 2012 after a long hard battle with cancer. She leaves behind 2 children, Jeff Racer and his wife, Renea, of Culloden and Carrie Vance of Memphis Tennessee; two grandsons Sean Tippie of Fayetteville NC and Jeffery Racer Jr. of Culloden, 4 step granddaughters and 6 great grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory is her beloved Aunt Wanada Kanaday and cousin Debbie Kanaday Prince of Winfield. A small family service was held at her gravesite.

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Wanda Mae Randolph, 73, of Liberty went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2012. She lived in the Liberty area her whole life. She was a member of the Putnam County Citizen Band Radio Club. She loved to go fishing and camping, and loved to sew. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Freddie and Roxie Lovejoy; three brothers, Hershel, Sanford and Glen D. Lovejoy; two sisters, Janet Persinger and Linda Davis; and two grandsons, Cameron Wolfe and Austin Randolph. Wanda is survived by her loving husband of nearly 56 years, Everett Randolph; son, Charles "Rick" and wife, Ruby Randolph; daughter, Debbie and husband, OB Snyder; son, Jerry and wife, Angie Randolph; daughter, Darlina Randolph; daughter, Jeanie and husband, Jason Wolfe; sister, Belinda "Sissie" and husband, Eddie Shamblin; and 12 grandchildren. A tribute to the life of Wanda Mae Randolph was held Wednesday, April 18, at Gatens-Harding Chapel with Pastor Woody Willard and the Rev. Willard Beller officiating. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Randolph family. Online condolences may be sent to

SANDRA JOAN ROBERTS Sandra Joan Roberts, 74, of Hurricane, W.Va., passed away Monday, April 9, 2012. Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 13, 2012, at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by Pastor Brent Beckett. Entombment followed in White Chapel Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. She was born August 19, 1937, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of the late Homer and Mary Haner Henry. She was a longtime employee of America Benefits Corporation and Benefits Assistance Corporation. She was preceded in death by a brother, Homer L. "Larry" Henry. She is survived by her husband Ralph Roberts; one son Lafe Roberts of Hurricane; one stepdaughter Terri Porter of Bar-

boursville; one sister Carol Childers of Hurricane; one brother Pat Henry of Delaware; a special daughter-in-law Christine Roberts; four grandchildren, Twinda Lambert, Britney Roberts, Elizabeth Jean "Jeanie" Roberts and Lafe "Hank" Roberts II; five great-grandchildren, Jacob Lambert, Keelan Lambert, Christopher Kerns, Breeley Boyd and Addison Kerns; and many special nieces and nephews. Wallace Funeral Home, Barboursville was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

SHARON LEA McCLANAHAN RUMMELL Mrs. Sharon Lea McClanahan Rummell, 69, of Red House passed peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord on April 12, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Putnam County, and retired from Putnam County Schools with 25 years of service. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Wilma McClanahan; and brothers, Bubby and Jackie Ray McClanahan. Sharon is survived by her husband of 33 years, Mr. Bill Rummell; children, Tina (Chris) Akers of Red House, Mike (Lisa) Rummell of Red House and Frank (Patty) Rummell of Red House; brother, Danny (Tamie) McClanahan of Nitro; sister, Joyce (Gary) Slater of Charleston; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews left to cherish and honor her memory. A tribute to the life of Sharon was held Sunday, April 15, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with Pastor Keith Watters and Coleen "Sue" Deel officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Rummell family.

JANET GAYE SCITES Janet Gaye Dunlap Scites, 76, of Hurricane left her pain and suffering behind and began praising Jesus as she entered Heaven at 1 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012, at CAMC-Teays Valley with her family by her side. Born April 30, 1935, in McCorkle, she was a daughter of the

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Page 12 – April 23-27, 2012 late Sesco and Esta Williams Dunlap. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Damon, Ross and Jerry Dunlap; and, most recently, a sister, Lorraine Hornsby. Janet is survived by her husband, Herb; one daughter, Robin (William) Searls of Hurricane; two grandchildren, Haley and Parker, also of Hurricane; her brother, John ( Judy) Dunlap of Sod; sisters-in-law, Betty Dunlap Cummings of South Charleston, Betty Austin of Columbia, Md., Peggy Matheny of Atlanta, Ga., and Elizabeth Scites of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; special nieces, Leslie Dunlap and Connie Runyon; and many other nieces and nephews. Janet was a Christian and a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Hurricane. Due to her illness, she was not able to attend church services, but continued to read her Bible, pray for her family, talk to loved ones about their soul and she praised Jesus in her home and wherever she was. She loved to claim the blood of Jesus and was looking forward to praising Him in person. Janet was a graduate of Duval High School, where she was selected as Miss Yellowjacket. She attended Morris Harvey College and West Virginia State College. She taught in several Lincoln county schools. Herb and Janet will be remembered as a couple that opened up their home to anyone who needed a place to stay. They welcomed all the young folks in to visit and enjoy their swimming pool and they always made sure they had plenty to eat. Janet loved to shop and buy nice things for her home and made sure her home was a seasonal showcase of beauty for all guests to enjoy. She had a generous heart and her family looked forward to her visits because she always came with her luggage and bags filled with gifts for them. You never knew what she would pull out of them. Janet has many family and friends that will love and miss her and we know she would ask each one to make preparations to join her and others in Heaven. That was her greatest concern and desire. The family would like to thank her caregivers, Deloris Perry, Mason and Debbie Kirk and Tonya Byrd, for their support and compassion, as well as her special cousins, Wilma Teel, Trilby Baumgartner and Kathy Risk. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, 2012, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Rebekah Jarrell officiating. Burial followed in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to Glad

Tidings Assembly of God, 121 Mill Rd., Hurricane, W.Va., 25526.

HAZEL GILL SHEARER Hazel Gill Shearer, born January 25, 1922, in Salem, wife of the late James C. Shearer and daughter of the late Hattie Hodge and Lisker Gill, died April 13, 2012, at Broadmore Memory Care, Hurricane. Hazel was a Christian, and member of Langston Baptist Church, Conway, S.C. She was a homemaker, and was wellknown for her sewing and baking skills. She is survived by two daughters, Agatha Joseph of Scott Depot and Vonnah Lett of Conway; three grandchildren, Joni Lett of Myrtle Beach, S.C., James D. Lett of Charlotte, N.C., and Jill Hunter of Scott Depot; five greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat-grandchild. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 18, at Montgomery Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, London. Burial followed in the memorial park. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements. Visit to share memories or to express condolences.

NANCY SNEED SIPPLE Nancy Sneed Sipple, the last surviving child of James L. Sneed and Rebecca Sneed Lilly, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Marvin Sipple. An active and life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she served as past Worthy Matron of St. Albans Chapter #79, and was past Grand Representative of Wisconsin in the West Virginia Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a life member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and a member of Amaranth Royal Court #5. She was invested with the Grand Cross of Color Rainbow for Girls, and was a former Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the board of Plain and Simple, a part of the Rosie the Riveter Organization. She was Episcopalian, and formerly attended St. Timothy's-In-TheValley. Surviving are her daughter, Brenda Sipple Barnett; her grandchildren, Kathy and Joseph Barnett; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her special cousin, Bonnie Cole; and friends and caregivers, Jane Burgy and Marie Galford. At her request, there were no services at this time. Online condolences may be made by visiting Memorial contributions may be made to either Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605-A MacCorkle Ave. SW, South

Charleston, WV 25309; or to the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, assisted the family.

HERBERT O. "SHADY" STOVER Herbert O. "Shady" Stover, 86, of Buffalo passed away Friday, April 13, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was a World War II veteran, having served his country in the United States Navy. He was a retiree of FMC, Nitro, and a member of American Legion James E. Marshall Post 187, Winfield. Born September 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Samuel L. and Nellie Bowles Stover. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Beatrice Legg Stover; nine brothers and sisters; and a greatgranddaughter, Hannah Thornton. He is survived by his children, Donna Keefer of Point Pleasant, Michael Stover of Columbus, Ohio, Pamela Sergent of Hurricane and Herbert O. Stover Jr. of Buffalo; a brother, Everett Ray Stover of Leon; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, April 16, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor Denver Tucker officiating. Burial followed in Buffalo Memorial Park, with military graveside honors by American Legion James E. Marshall Post 187, Winfield. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT R. STRAIT Robert R. Strait, 78, of Scott Depot passed away April 9, 2012, at Thomson Hood Veteran Center, Wilmore, Ky. Born December 12, 1933, in Cameron, he was the only child of Foster Rex and Ima Marie Kincaid Strait. A graduate of Fairmont State University, he was retired from the former Moore Business Forms with over 30 years of service. He was an active member of St. John United Methodist Church, where he was involved with the Methodist men, choir and various committees of the church. He was a member of the Civitans, and was instrumental in the mentoring of children. He was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing, as well as a sports fan, especially of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Bob served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Gloria J. Fuller Strait; his children and their spouses, Mark R. (Melissa) Strait of Marshall, Ill., Beth A. (Jerry) Pounds of Greensboro, Ga., and Karen S. (Kenny)

The Putnam Standard Keeling of Nicholasville, Ky.; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Bradley and Samantha Keeling of Nicholasville and Melanie (Justin) Hendrix of Marshall; and great-grandchildren, Ella, Ethan and Easton Hendrix of Marshall. Bob was a loving husband and father who worked hard to support his family and provide them with the values that would lead them to become good citizens. It is evident that he instilled in them kindness toward others and spiritual strength. He had a big heart and a strong desire to serve his country, his community and his church. Funeral services were held Friday, April 13, at St. John United Methodist Church, Scott Depot with Dr. Martin Hallett officiating. Burial followed in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to the building fund of St. John United Methodist Church, 4013 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, WV 25560. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.

LEONA ELLEN WHITTINGTON Leona Ellen Whittington, 62, of St. Albans passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at her home. Born April 15, 1950, in Charleston, Leona was a daughter of the late Robert E. and Mary Ellen Holliday Larrabee. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lee Whittington; sisters, Delores G. Larrabee and Loretta M. Schilling; and grandson, Patrick Everton. Leona was a retired bookkeeper for Young Builders, Nitro, and a member of the Foundation Church of God, St. Albans. She was also a member of Navy Wives Club of America, and a 1968 graduate of St. Albans High School. She is survived by her daughters, Kimberly (Ken) Gibson of St. Albans, Michelle Horak (Moe Richardson) of Panama City, Fla., and Kathleen (John) Presley of St. Albans; sister, Sonia Grisby of Dunbar; and brothers, Vernon Larrabee and Thomas Schilling, both of St. Albans. Also surviving are her loving grandchildren, Danielle, Ryan, Nikki, Ricky, K.D., Ashley, Jonathan, Angie and Shante; and great-grandchildren, Sean Patrick, Micah, Grace, Lacy and Ka'lea. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 18, at BartlettChapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Chris Colograsso and Pastor Robert Smith officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. You may share memories or condolences with the family at

LONNIE JUNIOR WOODS Lonnie Junior Woods, 87, of St. Albans passed away on April 14, 2012, at Cedar Ridge Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. Lonnie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Olive McMillion Woods; and parents, Lonnie Lewis and Lula Belle Tomlin Woods. Surviving him are daughters, Shirley Holley and husband, John, of Sissonville, Connie Spradling and husband, Steven, of St. Albans and Janet Smart and husband, Charley, of Ripley; sisters, Helen Ellis and Verna Anderson; grandchildren, Tania Shaffer, Terri Conner, Charley Smart III, Andrew and David Smart; great-grandchildren, Johnny and Holley Shaffer, and Shayna and Marlee Conner; great-greatgrandchildren, Lily and Ava Shaffer; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Preacher Jim Edens officiating. Burial followed in Teays Hill Cemetery, St. Albans, with military graveside rites accorded by Clendenin American Legion Post 61. The family will accept memorial online condolences at Cunningham-ParkerJohnson Funeral Home assisted the Woods family.

GLADYS C. YOUNG Gladys C. Young, 73, of Nitro passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born August 10, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Ira and Cora Evans. Also preceding her in death were one son and two brothers. Gladys was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, and a retired operator for Union Carbide. Survivors include three sons, Ralph Young and wife, Carolyn, of Eleanor, John Young and wife, Becky, of Buffalo and Allen Young and wife, Jodi, of Nitro; two brothers, Cephas Evans and wife, Karen, of South Charleston and Wonsford Evans and wife, Joan, of Texas; three sisters, Dolly Payne of Cross Lanes, Francis Hissom and husband, Charles, of Sissonville and Helen Casto and husband, Bob, of Weston; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 19, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home; burial followed in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Online condolences may be sent at


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Community News

The Putnam Standard

“Soil to Spoon” poster contest announced for local students

The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance is seeking local honorably discharged veterans who would be interested in being part of the Honor Guard at the new Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute. GUARD FROM PAGE 1 counties of Roane, Clay, Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Boone, Lincoln, Kanawha or Jackson are invited to participate. Practices are scheduled to take place at the cemetery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday. All interested individuals should bring a copy of their DD-214 or Certificate of Honorable Discharge. Volunteers should be advised that the DCKMSVC Dedicated Honor Guard is unique from tra-

ditional Honor Guards in that teams are called upon to provide honors not for a single burial, but for all funerals held at the facility on a given day. To accommodate this, the Honor Guard is provided a private break room and locker room. Honor Guard duties will commence immediately after the cemetery’s opening, expected to take place by early summer. For additional information please contact Rick Given at 304965-3541 or Larissa Wines at 304746-0026.

SUBMITTED ARTICLE POINT PLEASANT -- The theme for the 2012 National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Poster Contest is “Soil to Spoon.” Robert Baird, Chairman of the Western Conservation District, announced the District will be the local sponsor of the state and national poster contest for students in Jackson, Mason and Putnam counties. The contest is open to all age groups from kindergarten through 12th grade. Poster size restrictions are 14 x 22 inches (half sheet) for K-6 grades and 22 x 28 inches (full sheet) for grades 7-12. A first place poster will be selected from each grade category K-1, 12-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The theme “Soil to Spoon” was selected because it is important to understand where the food comes from that you eat each day. You see a wide variety of products in your local grocery store, but where does it all come from?What is the connection to

the soil you walk on each day? This poster contest will help you gain a better understanding of the process the food takes. The 2012 Stewardship Theme “Soil to Spoon” must be on the poster. The poster must be created by the individual. You should include your name, parent or guardian, address, phone number, age, grade, teacher’s name, and school on a post card attached to the back of the poster. Posters may be delivered or

mailed to the district office at 224C First Street, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, 25550 by the deadline of May 4. If you choose to mail your poster, please take care to keep it from bending. Winners will be notified by mail. State winners receive $50 and advance to the national competition. Posters will be accepted now until May 4. More information can be found online at

The Putnam Standard  

April 23, 2012, extra online edition of The Putnam Standard

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