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Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese worked with area churches to organize an informational meeting about Putnam’s drug problem.

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Community joins together to fight drugs By Kelly Stadelman

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese didn’t waste any time in telling pastors and concerned community members about the county’s biggest issue. “Putnam County has a drug problem,” he said before sharing the following trends and statistics. More than 80 percent of the crime committed in Putnam County is drug-related. Half of the people arrested in Putnam County have drugs on them, Deweese said. Putnam County was third in the state in meth busts in 2013. There were 31 meth busts in 2013, compared to nine in 2012. Felony arrests increased 61 percent in 2013. Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia agreed, saying the drug problem is the worst he has ever seen. “We are in denial about our drug problem,” he said. “You need to have political courage to SEE DRUGS ON PAGE 4

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Above: Some soldiers arrived at the weekend event on horseback. The soldiers used the horses during the reenactment battles. Photos by Jack Rose of One-Eyed Jack Photography. Left: Civil War reenactors for the North and South set up campsites at Valley Park over the weekend. They enjoyed talking to visitors about events that occurred during the Civil War period and demonstrating soldier’s life styles.

Bellaire at Devonshire aims to feel like home By Kelly Stadelman

The developer of Devonshire is building a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community in Scott Depot. “Bellaire will feel like a community and a home,” said Gene Whitesell, development coordinator of senior living for the Cathcart Group. “It will be village-like with short hallways and communal spaces. We will have coffee bars, cafes and nice finishes throughout the facility.” Bellaire at Devonshire represents a $16 million investment. It will include 64 assisted living and 24 memory care units on 4.34 acres, for a total of 88 units. The new facility will create 50 to 60 full-time positions and a dozen part-time positions for the

Bellaire at Devonshire will include 64 assisted living and 24 memory care units on 4.34 acres, for a total of 88 units. It is expected to be completed in October. area. It is expected to be completed by October. “We are currently interviewing for all positions in the community,” said Brad Markby, chief operating officer for Beacon

Communities. “Right now our focus is on the management of the facility.” Beacon Communities will manage the property after The Cathcart Group builds the new

facility. It is located next to Devonshire’s luxury apartments and townhomes. Markby said the decision for the Cathcart Group to build this upscale assisted living and memory care facility came after multiple research studies. “This is an underserved area and everyone in the market is full,” he said. “We want to become a resource for people living here.” Upon arrival at Bellaire every resident in assisted living and memory care will receive a full assessment. “The assessment will help us determine how independent they are and how often we need to check in on them,” he said. “We know that no two people are alike SEE BELLAIRE ON PAGE 5



Page 2 –Thursday,April 3,2014 Teays Valley Church of God breaks ground At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot will be one step closer to seeing their dream of a new Community Center realized. The church will break ground and develop the 74 acres of property they own, known as “Teays Valley Acres,” just east of Rocky Step on Teays Valley Rd. All interested community persons are invited to attend. Persons interested in more information can call the church office at 304-757-9222. Putnam County School calendar hearing Putnam County Schools will hold its next public hearing regarding the 2014-15 calendar at 7 p.m. April 7. This is the second of two mandatory hearings. Residents wanting to address school board members about the 2014-15 calendar will have the opportunity at the beginning of the regular school board meetings. For more information please call 304-586-0500. Creekside hosts two concerts in April Creekside has two “Unplugged” concerts scheduled for April. Folk artist Jordan Searles will play April 9 and VooDoo Katz member Andy Park will play folkAppalachian music on April 23. Both shows start at 9 p.m., and there is no cover. In addition, Diablo Blues Band will play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19. There is a $3 cover for this event. Easter Eggs for sale Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Hurricane is selling chocolatecovered eggs in the following flavors: peanut butter, Oreo, coconut, cheesecake, and Orange Dreamsicle. Cost is $5 for half pound. Call 304-562-3074 to order.

Community Calendar Easter bazaar Buffalo Nazarene Church Easter Bazaar Saturday April 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Variety of homemade candy, Easter eggs & suckers, baked goods & more Menu: hot dogs, choice of salad, baked beans; eat in or take out. Sponsored by the ladies of the church. Easter egg hunt in Hurricane When: Saturday, April 5 - 10 a.m. Where: Soccer Field beside West Teays Elementary Children through fifth grade are invited to this free event. Bring your basket and join in for a fun day. Sponsored by First Baptist Church of Hurricane. Visit or call 304-562-9281 for more information. Democratic executive committee meeting The Putnam County Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Monday, April 7, 6:30 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse, Second floor conference room. Agenda: committee assignments, upcoming events, community projects. Call Ken Ragle, Chair – 304-610-5218. Putnam County Schools developmental screening Putnam County Schools developmental screenings will be Friday, April 11 at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Teays Valley Road. Children ages 2-1/2 to four years old will be screened for speech/language, hearing, vision, motor skills, social skills, self-help and cognition Please call 5860500 ext 1154, to schedule an appointment. Super Saturday Super Saturday for kids ages one to 12 years will be at Valley Park (Wave Pool) Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. – noon. Kids can meet

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their favorite super hero… Batman, Robin, Spiderman, Captain America, and Batgirl. Military personnel, police and fireman will also be on-hand. There will be games and all sorts of activities for the kids to enjoy as well as a rock wall, fingerprinting, safety rules, jump house, anti-bullying campaign, refreshments and more. Kids are welcome to dress like their favorite super hero or like the real heroes of today - a fireman, soldier, or policeman. Any questions, call the park office at 304-562-0518 Ext. 11. Sheriff to speak at Mount Vernon Baptist Putnam County Sheriff Steve DeWeese will be the special guest at the Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8:30 a.m., Saturday April 12, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road, Hurricane. The church is located near Exit 39 (Teays Valley) off Interstate 64. Jay Samples, event coordinator, suggests that persons who plan to attend call the church office by noon, Thursday, April 10, at 304757-9110 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., or sign attendance sheet in the church narthex. Rev. Ron McClung, senior pastor, invites those interested in hearing Sheriff DeWeese to attend. MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) Meeting MOPs or Mothers of Preschoolers has started a Putnam County group. The group is for mothers of children preschool age and younger. It meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays of every month at River Ridge Church. The next meeting is April 11. The River Ridge Church is located One Saturn Way, Hurricane, the old Saturn Dealership. Childcare and snacks are provided during the meeting. The group enjoys visiting with each other about pertinent topics

to moms of preschoolers. The group follows Putnam County Schools schedule so if they are delayed or cancelled, the meeting is cancelled. Bob Evans Farm hosts “Easter, down on the farm” Celebrate Easter by visiting the Bob Evans Farm on Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include visits with the Easter Bunny, lead horseback rides, Barnyard Express train rides, bounce houses, a kid’s craft (for the first 300 children), and tours of the Homestead Museum and the Wizard of Oz exhibit. Light refreshments will be available. Admission is free, but all who attend are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help stock local food pantries for the holidays and beyond. For more information call 470245-5305 or 800-994-3276.

The Putnam Standard Glad Tidings to host "Doorways to the Prophetic" Glad Tidings Assembly of God invites you to the "Doorways to the Prophetic" class starting on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. This eight-week class is designed to encourage believers and to help them grow in their spiritual gifts. The class will be led by Eric Lynch and other guest ministers. Registration for the eight sessions is $20. Each registrant will receive a detailed booklet for the class. For more information, contact the church office at 304-562-3074.

Easter egg hunt, games Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2150 Mount Vernon Road, Hurricane, Easter egg hunt with games, prizes, crafts, and snacks Saturday, April 12, 2 - 4 p.m. The event is free and parents may register their children online at Church members have donated candy and other items for the event. Rev. Ron McClung is the senior pastor and Debbie Carroll is coordinating the activity. Mount Vernon Baptist Church is located near Exit 38 (Winfield) off Interstate 64.

Over 10,000 Easter Egg Hunt in Scott Depot All children ages preschool through fifth grade are invited to attend a free Easter Eggstravaganza event from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Teays Valley Acres in Scott Depot. The event is free and will feature egg hunts, pony rides, free clothing give away, petting zoo, inflatables and more. One of the egg hunts will be designed to meet the needs of children with special needs. The egg hunt times are as follows: 2:30 p.m. - preschool; 2:45 p.m. – kindergarten and first grade; 3 p.m. – second and third grades; 3:15 p.m. – fourth and fifth grades; and 3:30 p.m. special needs. Teays Valley Acres is located one mile east of Teays Valley Church of God at 4654 Teays Valley Rd. just east of Rocky Step. For information call 304-757-9222.

Treasure Hunters' egg hunt Glad Tidings Assembly of God at 121 Mill Road in Hurricane invites children ages 2 through 11 to the Treasure Hunters' Egg Hunt April 13, 1 p.m. Sign in at the parking lot behind the main church building. In the event of rain, the hunt will be in the main church building. For more information, call 304-562-3074

Instructional basketball classes for grades K-12 Sports City U Basketball Academy will host a ball handling and shooting clinic from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. It is coed, for ages eight to 18. Cost is $90 per player To sign up call 304-562-2424 or email View spring schedule @

New CrossFit sport class promotes fitness CrossFit’s broad and intense fitness has become an increasingly popular way to reach optimum fitness across the region. Potential Plus’s CrossFit Sport class takes the foundations of CrossFit and applies them to athletic performance for area stu-

dents. CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements, performed at high intensities. This class will increase your fitness level, power output, and overall strength giving participants a competitive edge.

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Putnam County graduate helps build supercomputer At 22 years old, a Marshall University student has helped change the face of scientific research for colleges and universities across the U.S. During the summer, Brandon Posey worked with a team at Clemson University to build a supercomputer, all in an effort to help researchers sequence DNA faster. Before the local student streamlined the process, it took Clemson researchers 16 hours to compute DNA data. Now, it only takes 16 seconds. Posey described the process of networking a group of computers into one super system. "The computers were all owned by Amazon, and we paid to use each one, then we took these computers and combined them into one big, supercomputer," he said. "People had never done this before, so there was a lot of stumbling through to try and figure out how it was going to work. "We took between 12 and 35 computers and combined their power to one, so each computer could do a smaller subset of problems.” After completion, Posey presented his work in Las Vegas at a conference, hosted by Amazon. Posey is grateful for the opportunity. "I enjoyed working on it, and it was a lot of fun. It's not every day that you get the opportunity to work on big systems for big companies. I still can't believe I got to work on it and present it," he said. "I think it's exciting, because now you have a universal solu-

MCHM permit revoked, judge declines injunction For The Putnam Standard

tion that anyone can use, and that's really cool - people and universities can use this at a low cost, which provides a good opportunity for people to get their hands on a supercomputer. "Hopefully this will be used to everyone's advantage." None of his success in computer science would be reality without one local teacher, Posey said. Tim Toler, a Cisco Systems teacher at Putnam Career and Technical Center, mentored Posey for countless hours. Shortly after he began teaching the young man, Toler noticed something different about him. "He is self-motivated, and would always be further ahead than the rest of my class," he remembered. "He went on to represent our school in the Skills USA state competition for networking and won a gold medal, then he

went on to Kansas City and represented the state." Posey is like family to Toler. The teacher and Winfield High School girls’ basketball coach has a pride for the student that mirrors that of a father's pride for his son. "People like Brandon are why I'm still teaching," he said, holding back tears. "To see him succeed is like winning a state championship trophy, and that means more to me than any paycheck they could ever pay me. "The sky is the limit for him, I'm sure." Where will the sky lead? Posey plans to graduate from Marshall University in May and hopes to one day run his own software company. "This has all been a lot of fun," Posey said. "What I've done has potential to help a lot of people since more and more are using computers to do everything."

Planting, pruning, grafting workshop A fruit tree planting, pruning and grafting workshop is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. for April 5 at Shady Oaks Farm in Putnam County. Dr. Mira Danilovich, WVU Extension Service statewide master gardener coordinator, will demonstrate proper pruning techniques to encourage fruit production and reduce disease infestation. There will also be a tree planting demonstration (bare-root and balled) for those interested in purchasing fruit trees this spring. Call the extension office to inquire about the Master Gardener Fruit Tree Fund Raiser. Shady Oaks Farm will have blueberry plants for sale. Participants are encouraged to bring their own trimmers and loppers to practice pruning under supervision. The workshop will be held at the home of Putnam County master


By Brian Harper

Brandon Posey, a Marshall University student, worked with a team at Clemson University to build a supercomputer, all in an effort to help researchers sequence DNA faster.

gardener Robert Carter at 1587 Heizer Creek Road. Directions to Mr. Carter’s property: Coming from the Nitro Exit 45 off I-64 through downtown Poca, Heizer Creek Road is located on the right. Go up Heizer Creek Road from Route 62 approximately one mile and you will see Manilla Creek Road. Go past Manilla Creek Road about 100 feet and turn in at 1st driveway on

left. You will see a large silver building on the property. If you go down to the bridge, you have gone too far and need to turn back. Look for a Putnam County master gardener sign with balloons. To register for this free workshop or for more information, call the WVU Extension Service offices: Chuck Talbott at 304-5860217.

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Putnam County commissioners aren’t happy that they weren’t notified about a change that allowed a local landfill to accept waste that contained the chemical MCHM, which contaminated the drinking water supply of nine counties. The DSI landfill in Hurricane, owned by Waste Management Inc., is no longer accepting the waste after the state Department of Environmental Protection revoked the modified permit. The topic was discussed during the March 25 Putnam County Commission meeting, which happened before the permit revocation. “The permit was a modified permit revision,” commission president Stephen Andes said during the March 25 meeting. “Because it was a modified permit, they did not have to notify the local officials or any of the agencies that need to be notified when the permit is changed.” The city of Hurricane filed for a restraining order to stop the dumping, and the county commission joined in the request for a permanent ban on the chemical. According to Hurricane mayor Scott Edwards’ Facebook page, a Kanawha Circuit judge did not issue the permanent ban on Friday because the DEP had already revoked the permit a day before the hearing. “With that, the judge essentially said that because DEP revoked and Waste (Management) promised not to

accept, that he would dismiss our case,” Edwards wrote. “This is not a loss, but definitely not a win.” Edwards stated he and the city would continue to work through administrative channels to make sure the chemical was not allowed in other local landfills. In other business before the Putnam County Commission, commissioners approved the EMPC Grant Award in the amount of $83,368. The grant is for the 2013 calendar year, and goes to reimburse the cost in the Office of Emergency Services (OES) department for salaries. “It’s an annual grant that they get to help fund the operation of the Office of Emergency Services,” County Manager Brian Donat said. “It goes toward the salaries of the director and deputy director.” Another major item on the agenda was the bid opening for the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA) roof project at the Putnam County Courthouse. Tri-State Roofing and Sheetmetal Company and Danhill Construction each made bids on the project for $122,112 and $139,118, respectively. The project, which was awarded to the Putnam Courthouse by the CFIA in the most recent grant cycle, will replace the membrane roofing of the courthouse. The Putnam County Commission will meet again at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, on the second floor of the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN! City of Hurricane Annual Water Line Flushing April 7, 2014 through May 16, 2014

Residents might notice low water pressure, discolored water or no water for short periods of time when crews are flushing lines in their neighborhoods. Residents should limit water use and avoid using hot water when crews are flushing in their immediate area. If residents notice discolored water, they should run an outside faucet for about 5 minutes to flush the pipes in their homes. Never use hot water, because the sediment will go through the homeʼs hot water heater and could damage it. The idea is to pull clean water through the lines and try to create a “high amount of turbulence” to stir up sediment that settles on pipe bottoms and knock off rust that builds up on fittings. Water moves slowly through pipes in the winter because demand is low. The city tries to flush its system before lawn watering and car washing kick into high gear in the summer. If you have any questions, call Ronnie Woodall, Water & Sewer Superintendent at 304-741-4869.

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W.Va. 62 to receive long-awaited repair The "Putnam County Rollercoaster," also known as the .79-mile stretch of W.Va. Rt. 62 from Red House to the Winfield Bridge, could soon be smoothed out. Officials from the West Virginia Department of Highways hope to begin the overhaul of the two-lane road by Spring. "We originally had it programmed, but the cost was too expensive, so now, we're going to try a couple things, and keep our eyes on it," said Brent Walker, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Transportation. "We're going to try to mill it down and repave it." Walker continued, "There have been a couple slides similar to that and they're ever evolving - this is one of them that we got to practice triage on to see if vehicles can travel on the road safely." More than 3,600 drivers travel the area every day, according to a WVDOH traffic study. Jim Caruthers, mayor of Poca and member of the Route 62 Committee, is one of them. He is working to bring the slipping roadway to the attention of state lawmakers. "We're pushing really hard to get this done," he said. Putnam County commissioner Andy Skidmore, a Poca High School graduate, is familiar with the road. He is also trying to get something done. "The Red House slip is one of our big concerns," Skidmore said. Members of the Putnam County Transportation and Route 62 committees have caught the attention of Sen. Chris Walters. Walters represents the W.Va. 62 area of Putnam County.

He knows the road all too well. "You have to drive with both hands on the wheel," Walters said. "It keeps falling because of a slip underneath, and it's dangerous, so instead of patching the problem, we need to fix the problem." The lawmaker is working with WVDOH officials to keep the project on the "to do list." "It's just one of several slips, and there's more than dozens across the state," Walker said. "We're looking at it, and reevaluating what we're able to do - we have some challenges there - we just don't have the footing to put in pilings - we've got to build the road back up." Wear and tear during the past several years is to blame for the deteriorating roadway, he explained. Like rust, erosion and slipping turns many secondary roads in West Virginia into hazardous areas. "There's been a slip over years, and it's evolving - there are a lot of areas in the state that have hillsides that have slowly been slipping," Walker explained. "We're going to pay attention to Route 62." Walters is ready to see the project get underway as soon as possible. "This is all about the safety benefits coming toward Winfield and Red House," the senator said. "You worry about drivers cresting the ridge, not knowing the road, and when some crest the road, it becomes a two-hand road, and I'm fearful of headon accidents." Walters continued, "Something needs to be fixed." Crews from WVDOH are scheduled to begin work on Route 62 in early spring.

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More than 100 pastors and concerned community members attended the meeting to learn how they can be proactive and end the drug epidemic in Putnam County. DRUGS FROM PAGE 1 take on drug addiction in West Virginia. Winfield Community Church pastor Michael Hurlbert issued a call to action to the other 100 pastors and community members gathered at the Putnam County Courthouse. “It is one thing for us to have a church meeting, but it is another thing for us to get down and dirty in discipleship,” Hurlbert said. “It won’t make you popular, but it will produce fruit.” Hurlbert gave a list of seven things churches and community members can do to be proactive and end the drug epidemic in the area. “The first thing we will do is have a monthly prayer meeting,” he said. “Our first meeting is 10 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at the EMS Training Center in Winfield.” The second item is to start a prayer group in the church or community and the third is to educate the church and community on the drug problem. “We have a lot of churches and we have a serious problem,” Hurlburt said. “You need to make your church aware and make people feel comfortable about sharing their addictions. There are hurting people sitting in your pews.” The other items include starting a support group; volunteering to assist the drug court and other established organizations; supporting and using faith-based programs for addiction; and supporting initiatives to start faithbased residential programs in the community. Deweese said that Debbie Letourneau came up with the vision to see the church community united and tackle the drug issue in the county. “She is the cornerstone behind this meeting and program,” he

said. Letourneau said that she has a passion to see the community transformed. “I believe God has the power to transform the whole community through the power of prayer,” she said. “I believe there is no limit to what God can do through a united community. Unity is powerful.” Sorsaia said Putnam County has a long history on being tough on crime. “You break the rules, you go to jail,” he said. “I think one reason our numbers are up because of this philosophy.” Sorsaia said he tells people who appear in court the reason they are in jail is because they can’t stop using drugs. “We have to put them in jail because if we don’t they’ll die,” he said. “Often the reason they go to jail is they have the addiction, but they also can’t stop committing crimes.” Putnam County Commission budgeted $2 million for the jail bill this year. Frank Chapman, director of the Putnam County Office of Emergency Management, said the calls coming into the 911 Center have changed. “We had 83 overdose calls in 2013,” he said. “It used to be you didn’t have that very often. Since Jan. 1 we have had 14 overdose calls.” He said the 911 operators know it is an overdose because the caller openly says it. “They are more open about why they are calling,” he said. “We are starting to see more heroin overdoses.” Putnam County Circuit Judge Phillip M. Stowers is very familiar with the county’s drug problem. “I have the same people in my

courtroom month after month,” he said. “We put meth addicts in jail for six months to let them dry out. If they are on home confinement or in the corrections program and test positive they go to jail. I’ve seen people lose everything because of their addiction.” Stowers also works with the county magistrates on the juvenile drug court program. “After four years 60 percent of the truancy has been reduced in Putnam County schools,” he said. “The school board employed a school-based officer so that he can go into the schools and see what is going on.” Putnam County Circuit Judge Joseph Reeder works closely with Stowers. Reeder heads up the adult drug court that became operational in November. “We only accept high-risk, high-need individuals who have an addiction,” he said. “They can’t be violent offenders or have committed crimes of a sexual nature.” Offenders who go through the adult drug court are forced to deal with their drug addictions, perform community service and concentrate on employment and education issues. “It is really difficult for folks,” he said. “A lot don’t make it but some do. The benefit is lifechanging.” Sen. Mike Hall was in attendance for the community meeting. “I’ve been listening and at the state level we can’t pass enough laws to fix this,” he said. “What you are talking about doing is amazing. We are encouraged to see this happen.” For information contact Deweese at 304-586-0256, Letourneau at 304-757-2450 or Hurlbert at 304-757-4604.

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Kids coalition wins victories

on a clearly defined legislative agenda determined through public meetings and committee review. Started in 2012 by kids’ health and anti-poverty advocates, the campaign - operating under the banner, “Our Children, Our Future,” - developed from a loose coalition of groups including unions, chambers of commerce, faith groups, lawmakers, and kids and families themselves. Smith said the coalition agreed early on to work only on issues considered winnable and impactful. The coalition’s other top agenda items for 2014 and the Legislative outcome of each: * Increase the state minimum wage: Passed. * “Move to Improve,” a proposal aimed at increasing kids’ physical activity during school hours: Died in House Education Committee. * Create a “Future Fund” with some severance tax revenue: Passed. * Reduce meth lab activity by requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine: Died. Smith said, “West Virginia families have spoken and the ball is in the Governor’s court now. The

legislative victories - Future Fund, minimum wage, the early childhood budget, and so on - are a great start. But now we need the governor to sign the bills and make them law.” Other legislation backed by the coalition and the outcome of each: * “Quality Homes, Quality Jobs Act,” giving municipalities and counties more tools to re-develop vacant or dilapidated properties: Passed. * Prohibit the use of foodstamp benefits to buy sugary drinks: Died. * “Pregnant Workers Fairness Act,” requiring employers to make accommodations for pregnant employees: Passed. * Increase the tobacco tax: Failed. In a prepared statement issued March 14, Smith said, “This year, we learned the power that everyday citizens have when they unite across their differences… We also learned that we must continue to grow that power. “On some issues, we saw legislators choose lobbyists over kids, because they thought it was the politically smart thing to do. Through community outreach and education, it is our job to show legislators in the coming year that supporting our kids is the politically smart thing to do.” The coalition is planning a strategy retreat and leadership training sessions April 11 and 12 in the Eastern Panhandle.

lunch and dinner.” There will be a computer area, fitness and therapeutic center, movie theater, beauty salon and game room available to residents. “We will work to bring whatever service our residents need to the facility,” Markby said. “We also will provide transportation for residents to appointments.” Whitesell said that a lot of care went into designing the new fa-

cility. “Every resident’s room has a nice large window,” he said. “We also have several living areas throughout the facility so people can get out of their room and socialize. “We want the family and loved ones to feel comfortable here.” For information on Bellaire visit or call 304-760-5290.

By George Hohmann For the WVPA

The “Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty” coalition counted several pieces of legislation as victories in the just-completed sessions of the state Legislature, but organizers of the grassroots legislative movement think politics sent other bills to defeat. Stephen Smith, a member of the coalition’s Steering Committee, called the lawmaking “incredibly tumultuous.” For example, in early January the coalition wanted to maintain or increase funding for a variety of child and family support programs. But the regular session had hardly begun when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin unveiled his budget, which proposed $980,272 in cuts to those programs. During the 2014 session, the coalition - comprised of more than 170 organizations around the state, from church groups to service agencies - lobbied hard for a restoration of the funding. The money wasn’t restored until March 14, when the Legislature met in special session to set the budget. And it won’t be a done deal until Tomblin signs or vetoes the legislation. As for the overall 2014 legislative session, the coalition's stated goals were to improve kids’ health and fight child poverty in West Virginia. The plan centered around a statewide call to action BELLAIRE FROM PAGE 1 and offer individualized care based on people’s needs.” The facility provides nursing supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also manages medication and structured daily activity. “We know that different people have different levels of need,” Whitesell said. “This community will meet our residents’ needs.” The assisted living section of the facility is two stories and will offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom lease options for residents. Each unit has a private bath and a kitchenette. “One unique feature in some of the assisted living units will be doors that open to a patio and an outdoor courtyard,” Markby said. The assisted living section is also pet friendly as long as residents are able to care for the pet. “We understand the importance of pets in people’s lives,” he said. Residents in the memory care area will have their own bedroom and bath. It will be a secure area with specialized programs for each resident. “We don’t pre-plate memory care meals,” Markby said. “Our memory care residents will have the same meal choices as assisted living residents for breakfast,


Bacon Rollups Recipe from Susan Huddle Ingredients ½ lb sausage 1 cup water 2 eggs ½ cup butter 3 cups small/fine stuffing mix Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix ingredients, except bacon, and chill. Roll into 1” balls and wrap with 1/3 slice of bacon. Art by Natalie Larson Use toothpicks to secure. Place each on broiler pan. Bake until bacon is crisp, approximately 15-20 minutes. Makes 80 appetizers.

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AARP West Virginia selects new state president AARP West Virginia has selected a new state president. Rich Stonestreet of Charleston will serve as the organization’s new state volunteer leader, representing nearly 300,000 Mountain State members. He began his service in the state leadership position on March 1. As an AARP and AARP Foundation volunteer for nearly a decade, Stonestreet has provided extensive volunteer support to AARP state programs and initiatives. He has served as a member of the State Executive Council, an all-volunteer panel that advises and helps set strategic direction for the AARP West Virginia office, and State Capitol Advocacy Team. In 2013, Stonestreet was the state recipient of the organization’s highest volunteer recognition: the Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors those individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. A retired educator and labor relations professional, he is a graduate of West Liberty University and the University of Tennessee, and completed doctoral coursework at Ohio State University. Stonestreet is an active civic volunteer, participating as a Read Aloud West Virginia volunteer in Kanawha Valley elementary schools and serving on the Board of Directors of

AARP West Virginia has selected a new state president. Rich Stonestreet of Charleston will serve as the organization’s new state volunteer leader. the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality and Advisory Council of the Western Region of Catholic Charities WV. He is a member of Saint Anthony Catholic Church. As AARP West Virginia president, Stonestreet will articulate the positions and views of AARP in the Mountain State; provide leadership; and foster creativity and enthusiasm in AARP’s volunteers, members, and staff. Additionally, he will represent AARP West Virginia and its members at key state and national meetings and events. He will serve as chair of the State Executive Council, as well as partner with AARP state director Gaylene Miller, staff and volunteers to help achieve AARP's vision, mission and strategic priorities within West Virginia.

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Putnam Public Service District will be flushing water lines in its service area during the months of April, May, and part of June 2014. Flushing of water lines is done to clean out distribution pipelines - removing any impurities or sediment that may be present in the pipe.Routine annual flushing is in accordance with the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health recommendations.Putnam PSD is in full compliance with all recommendations from regulatory agencies. For more details, visit us on the web and connect with us on Facebook ( PutnamPSD) & twitter (@PutnamPSD).

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Christian's Sports Beat: WV Power’s opening day approaches

By: Christian Deiss

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - One of my favorite days of the year happens this week when the West Virginia Power opens their 2014 season as they play the Lexington Legends on the road Thursday. The Power’s home opener is set for a week later against the same team. The fans can anticipate that the 2014 season will be an exciting one at Appalachian Power Park, the home of the Power. The team’s Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting Adam Marco recently spoke to me about the team’s opening day plans, “Since it is our 10th season, we will be doing a couple of giveaways during the year and Opening Day is one of those nights when we have a commemorative 10th-season item.

For the first 1,000 fans we are going to give away a fleece blanket to them and again this year we will be handing out schedule magnets.” Also during the opening home stand, a Starling Marte bobblehead will be given away on April 12. Marte, a former Power player, now plays in the outfield for the Power’s parent club the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the opening games at Power Park, the 10th year celebration will continue throughout the entire season. Marco told me about some of the special promotions planned for the year, “Some of the fun ones I think are April 26, on that night we are doing a 1979 Pirates Championship celebration and giving away a replica of their 1979 World Series ring. On May 17 we have a dueling bobblehead between former Marshall Football Coach Bob Pruett and former West Virginia University Football Coach Don Nehlen. Redneck night is back again this year with an appearance from NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison.” Another program that the fans can get involved in again this year is the Adopt a Power Player. Anyone with questions can contact Robin Black at 304-727-2893. Last season the Power made it to the South Atlantic League playoffs being eliminated in the

Putnam County Library to host free diabetes education classes The Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is providing opportunities for people with Medicare to participate in free diabetes education classes. The free classes, part of a program led by the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI), are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their families and caregivers. Nurses, community health workers and volunteers trained by WVMI will cover topics that include managing every aspect of diabetes, from nutrition to exercise to important

tests and exams. Classes include interactive demonstrations such as a “build your plate’; visualization of fat, sugar and salt content for a meal; props to demonstrate healthy versus diseased kidney filtration; games and storytelling. For a fun and engaging learning experience, visit Putnam County Library at 4219 Route 34, just off I-64 next to Liberty Square, Hurricane. Classes will be April 7, 14 and 21 at 11 a.m. For more information call 304-757-7308. To register call 304-346-9864 ext. 3221.

first round by the Hagerstown Suns. Coming back to manage the Power again this season is Michael Ryan, “The main challenge will be to try and lead a whole new team and try to get them to buy into our system, luckily last season’s team did this very quickly and we took off from there. Hopefully this team will do the same.” The 2014 Power roster will not be set until right around Opening Day. The Power finished up spring training this week before heading to Charleston and then on to to Lexington. The second-year skipper gave me his thoughts on spring training, “It was very important for us to get to know the players and have them all get to know themselves. It is very important to lay down the foundation of what is expected for the upcoming season.” The Power won 82 games last season, matching the single-season franchise record. Every fan usually looks forward to eating ballpark food, from hot dogs to ice cream. I asked Marco if there were any changes to the menu fans love, “Our Food and Beverage Manager Nate Michael is trying to come up with some surprises and they are being worked on as we speak. One thing fans will see is the new Super Sundae that will

Christian chats with WV Power Manager Michael Ryan prior to a game last season. The Power’s home opener is scheduled for April 10. feature 22-scoops of ice cream, made for a family or group of friends to share.” I can’t wait to give the ice cream special a try, I probably won’t have to eat for a week. When I can’t make it to a game, I listen to the team on the radio.

For the fifth straight season Marco will be the lead broadcaster and his broadcast sidekick will be Jake Corrigan. The games can be heard on ESPN 104.5 FM and 1490 AM. The broadcasts are also available on the club’s website,

AARP hosts events statewide for 2014 West Virginia Money Smart Week AARP West Virginia and the AARP Foundation are partnering with more than 20 organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Federal Trade Commission, and FINRA Investor Education Foundation to promote financial wellness during 2014 West Virginia MoneySmart Week, April 5 - 12. West Virginia Money Smart Week (MSW) is part of a multistate public awareness campaign of the Federal Reserve Bank that stresses the importance of financial literacy, informs consumers where they can get help, and provides free educational seminars and activities in multiple locations during a selected week each year. The highlight event for this

year’s statewide MSW observance will be a Mid-Ohio Valley “Operation Scam Jam” Consumer University, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 at The Blennerhassett Hotel, 320 Market St., Parkersburg. This financial education event will feature state constitutional officers and officials, regional and national presenters including experts from the West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol, AARP, Federal Trade Commission, FINRA Investor Education Foundation and more. You must be pre-registered to attend this event (registration info available online at websites listed at bottom of release). Other featured events will include Credit Report Day events and interactive webinars, hosted by Apprisen; the West Virginia Bankers Association’s statewide “Teach Children to Save Day” initiative with financial institutions and MSW partners; a Money Management & Budgeting Tips financial education workshop in Cabell County; the West Virginia “Women & Money” Conference, hosted by the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office, Thursday, April 10, in Shepherdstown; a series of financial education and fraud

prevention workshops, hosted by MSW partners; and, AARP Foundation’s “Fight Fraud, Shred Instead” free recycling event in the Kanawha Valley, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12 at Cabela’s, 200 Cross Terrace Blvd., Southridge Center, Charleston. For more information on West Virginia MSW activities, visit or West Virginia MSW partners include AARP, AARP Foundation, American Library Association, Apprisen, Bennett Educational Consulting, Bluegrass E-Cycle, Charleston Newspapers, Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Trade Commission, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Financial Stability Partnership of the River Cities, Jump$tart Coalition, Junior Achievement of WV, WV Alliance for Sustainable Families, WV Attorney General’s Office, WV State Auditor’s Office, WV Bankers Association, WV Department of Agriculture, WV Department of Education, WV ElderWatch, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, WV Library Commission, WV Secretary of State’s Office, WV Senior Legal Aid, WV Senior Medicare Patrol, and the WV State Treasurer’s Office.

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Is your farm a West Virginia Century Farm?

Organizations partner to battle prescription drug abuse

The West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts began the Century Farm program in 2011 to recognize farms in West Virginia that have been maintained by the same family for at least 100 years. Western Conservation District is looking for eligible Century Farms in the counties of Mason, Jackson and Putnam. In the first three years of the program the Western Conservation District has designated 27 West Virginia Century Farms in the tri-county area. To qualify, ownership must be kept in the same family for at least 100 years. This ownership can be through husband, wife, children, brothers, sisters, nephews or nieces. A summary listing all past owners and their relationship must be submitted along with an application form. The farm must consist of at least 10 acres of the original tract and the current owner must generate

Finding an answer to the problem of prescription drug abuse in West Virginia won’t be easy, but the goal of a new partnership between the Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation is to develop a model the allow experts to battle the epidemic on a statewide level. The FMFWV has been awarded a three-year Benedum Foundation grant to develop a chronic pain model to improve opioid/prescription drug abuse in West Virginia. “One unique health issues challenging health care providers in West Virginia is the treatment of chronic pain, said Matt Walker, director of the Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia and the program coordinator. While many legitimate chronic pain sufferers exist, West Virginia has become a state plagued by prescription drug abuse. This abuse has reached epidemic levels, and the Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia and the Benedum Foundation are determined to provide a solution and support to allow health care providers to treat their patients

at least $1000 annually from farm products. Farms that are eligible will be recognized this fall by the Western Conservation District and presented with a West Virginia Century Farm sign. Please contact the Western Conservation District at 304-675-3054, or by email at, to request an application. Deadline to submit an application is April 30.

Ways nonprofits can use social media marketing The great thing about social media is that it can be done inexpensively, if not free. Working on a tight budget, this is great news for our nonprofit organizations who want to use social media to share ideas and messages without paying for big time advertising. Nonprofits often have many members of the community who are very committed to the message and mission, which can translate into social media sharing. When people are excited about something, it shows in the messages sent through social media. The first way a non-profit can use social media is to harness those who love the mission. I know not all nonprofits have an image as a do-good, community improving people. Not meaning some are evil but for the most part, every nonprofit has those who are on fire for them. Partner with those passionate people to spread the message. Whether you bring them on the team, or just reach out to help retweet, share, etc. on social media, they are

powerful allies to boost an authentic excitement for the nonprofit. Another way nonprofits can use social media is to use it for a call to action. Whatever the call to action for a nonprofit is... sign up for info, volunteer, share the message or educate those can be accomplished online. Creating an easy switch over from a link on Facebook to the website allows for more interaction. Finally, nonprofits can use social media to tell more stories. Nonprofits have an advantage over businesses in that most of them have people who have been personally affected by the organization. Most of the people who have been impacted by nonprofit organization are probably willing to share their story. People love a good story, and people relate well to stories. These stories can be shared in video, tweets, blog posts or Facebook messages of which are all easy ways to facilitate sharing feel-good stories. ~ By BG Hamrick

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effectively and efficiently,”“This will be achieved through the development of a new chronic pain model that will be replicable in most, if not all, medical settings in West Virginia where chronic pain patients are treated. Through this project there will also be developed a practical and efficient training program for the implementation of the chronic pain model in various health care settings, tailored for providers of various types and training levels,” Walker said. While details of the full grant amount and the partnership haven’t been released, the FMFWV plans to utilize a variety of resources and engage health care providers statewide, led by Dr. Jeannie Sperry, who was recently named pain psychologist and clinical director at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, one of the world’s leading pain centers, to develop its model program. “Dr. Sperry has become a national expert in pain management and the integration of primary care and behavioral health care, and while West Virginia will be sad to see her go, the opportunities at the Mayo Clinic will allow her to continue to grow

as a professional and help even more people,” said Walker. Dr. Ron Stollings, a practicing physician and West Virginia state senator from Madison, also plans to get involved in the project. "As both a health care provider in small town West Virginia and a legislator who chairs the Senate Health Committee, Dr. Stollings sees the effects of the prescription drug epidemic from several different angles," Walker said. “This is an important project. An effective chronic pain model is desperately needed in our state. Prescription drug abuse is a major issue and we need to take the proper action to prevent abuse,” said Stollings, who throughout his career as a physician and as a legislator has worked on statewide health policies and related issues. The FMFWV was founded in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, with a mission to enhance the health care delivered to the people of West Virginia. The Benedum Foundation was created in 1944 by Michael and Sarah Benedum, and has authorized grants totaling more than $410 million throughout its history.

Soccer Club starts youth academy The West Virginia Soccer Club (WVSC), the state’s premier youth travel soccer club which trains at Valley Park in Hurricane, has announced that the club is now offering a Spring Training Academy for the South Charleston Dunbar Youth Soccer League (SCDYSL). Erika Duncan,WVSC’s Girls U10 head coach and an assistant for the U14 girls’ team, has assumed the assistant coach’s position for Marshall University, after spending

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the previous eight months as a volunteer assistant coach. Duncan is Marshall’s all-time leader in goals scored. She has also been working with the WVSC’s girls academy since 2011. The WVSC is hosting a Spring Training Academy for the young players from the SCDYSL every Sunday, at Ellis Park in South Charleston through May 5. Each academy session begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 3:15 p.m.

Through the guidance of WVSC coaches, the league’s players will have the opportunity to develop and learn new techniques with fundamental drills while being allowed to express themselves through games and competition. All interested SCDYSL players need to contact Jessica Fisher to register, WVSC’s mission is not only develop the youth, but also to foster the love of the game.

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Friends, family make memories during winter

Blake Stuart and Isaiah McCoy spent one of their days out of school building a snowman this past winter. Students missed 19 days of school this year due to wintry weather and water contamination.

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Winfield boys baseball team young but experienced Winfield starts its quest for a berth in the state baseball tournament with some question marks on the mound, but coach Will Isaacs is confident the answer is experience. Three-quarters of last year’s starts were made by players who have graduated, with just five coming back. “I think they have potential, they have a lot of potential, but they don’t have a lot of game experience,” Isaacs said. “They’re going to have to learn under fire. I do believe in time as the season progresses they will come on. They’ve got to get that experience in game situations against topnotch competition. They’ll suffer some setbacks because it’s not easy at this level with new guys. “I think we have a good group of pitchers, they just don’t have experience.” The rotation will include Bryan

Bosley and Bear Bellomy from last year’s squad, plus Brent Adkins, Casey Frye, Derek Whiteside, Tate Hancock and Josh Lambert. Jordan Clark, a first-team AllMountain State Athletic Conference performer a year ago, is back to catch and play first base. He hit two home runs in Winfield’s season-opener against Herbert Hoover this season. Brandon Wright will lead off and play shortstop again, with Bellomy and Bosley counted on to lead the offense as well. “Bryan and Brandon are both base-stealing threats,” Isaacs noted, adding that the team is looking for major things from freshman Hancock at first base and pitcher. The Generals lost to Cabell Midland in the regional final a year ago, and to Nitro the year before. Isaacs said another postseason run is the goal. What’s just as

important, however, is getting to that point against some of the state’s best competition. “We haven’t had as much success as we’d like because we’d like to win those regional finals and make the state tournament,” he said. “It sets the work ethic that we want. That’s what we’re working toward. The players understand that our way of doing things will work.” Point Pleasant, Logan, Nitro and St. Albans all provide strong competition in Winfield’s section, with powerful Cabell Midland, Hurricane and Huntington on the other side. “It’s one of the if not the toughest region of any class in the state,” Isaacs said. “Everybody is good. Our expectations are to work hard and get better every day. They’re a good group of young men to be around and I enjoy being around them.”

Online learning possibilities By Christian Buckley Poca High School

Justin Boggs sleds down the hill behind Hurricane’s First Baptist Church with his daughters, Carson and Kenzi.

Kevin and Jerrica White built this memorable snowwoman in their front yard in Hurricane.

Luke, Nik and Matt Dekker slide down First Baptist church’s hill in a bobsled.

This year Poca students have missed a multitude of instructional days due to a combination of both snow and the water crisis. This lack of time in the classroom has led many teachers to assign work to students that has to be completed during their time out of school in order to prepare them for the imminent AP exams and standardized tests. One of the best parts of growing up in West Virginia is the inevitable snow days that get students out of school at least a few days every school year. However, this year has made the occasional snow day a weekly event that has changed the welcome break into a nuisance for all parties involved. After seeing the teachers’ frustration over the missed instruction, it became clear there is definitely a need for some sort of home-education system in the future. Currently there is a limit to the number of days schools can make up. Even though the law

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changed, it would be a huge help to the students and teachers if they could learn the material they need even when they are stuck at home. Not only would they gain the knowledge they need to complete their primary education, but students would also learn life skills such as independence, time management and resource utilization. Even though a teacher wouldn’t be present to assist the student, they would have access to an endless number of online resources to help them along the way. Luke Neal, an AP chemistry student at Poca High school, has consistently received work on the days Putnam County has been closed. “There’s a difference between homework and actually learning from online sources,” he said. “There are videos that you can watch online that will teach you the material better than just being assigned book problems.” In-home learning solutions definitely have limitless potential,

but many individuals have pointed out possible issues with future computerized learning techniques. In theory, the idea of students being capable of learning even when they can’t make it to school sounds great. Sure it looks good on paper, but several problems present themselves when the plan is put into action. First, many hardware complications such as the absence of inhome internet, students having especially slow internet, or the lack of a device (computer, smartphone, etc.) that can be used to access the internet would put certain students at a disadvantage. Even if students are able to receive paper assignments, they would be deprived of access to the plethora of online resources which, essentially, would be the advantage of online learning in the first place. Neal proposed that while students in upper-level classes may have little trouble with online learning, many students would require special attention that they wouldn’t receive while using online sources. Next year there will be changes made to extend the school calendar, but the concept of online learning still beckons. Over the past few years the use of technology in schools has grown exponentially, but has still remained confined to the classroom. One must wonder when new learning technologies will leave the school and find a prominent place in the household.


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Putnam County Sports Schedules (April 3-10)

Buffalo Baseball Thursday, April 3 - at Sherman (5:30 p.m.) Friday, April 4 - vs. Poca (6 p.m.) Monday, April 7 - at Clay County (5 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - vs. Huntington St. Joseph (6 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - at Sissonville (6:30 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - at Fayetteville (5:30 p.m.)

Softball Friday, April 4 - at Chapmanville Invitational Saturday, April 5 - at Chapmanville Invitational Monday, April 7 - vs. Charleston Catholic (5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - at Sherman (5:30 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - at Wahama (5:30 p.m.)

Track & Field Friday, April 4 - vs. George Washington at Laidley Field (4 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - at Poca (4 p.m.)

Hurricane Baseball Thursday, April 3 - vs. Winfield (6 p.m.) Friday, April 4 - vs. George Washington (7 p.m.) Saturday, April 5 - vs. Cabell Midland (1 p.m.) Monday, April 7 - at Capital (6 p.m.)

Lacrosse Saturday, April 5 - at Preston (11 a.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - at George Washington (6 p.m.)

Softball Thursday, April 3 - at Riverside (5:30 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - at Wayne (5:30 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - vs. Nitro (6 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - vs. Cabell Midland (5:30 p.m.)

Tennis Thursday, April 10 - at Point Pleasant (4 p.m.) Track & Field No meets

Poca Baseball Thursday, April 3 - vs. Sissonville (6:30 p.m.) Friday, April 4 - at Buffalo (6 p.m.) Saturday, April 5 - vs. St. Albans (2 p.m.) Monday, April 7 - at Herbert Hoover (6:30 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - vs. Chapmanville (6:30 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - vs. Mingo Central (6 p.m.)

Softball Friday, April 4 - at Chapmanville Invitational Saturday, Apr. 5 - at Chapmanville Invitational Monday, April 7 - vs. Winfield (6 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - at Point Pleasant (6 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - vs. Sissonville (6 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - vs. Chapmanville (6 p.m.)

Tennis Friday, April 4 - at Huntington St. Joseph (4:30 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - at Winfield (4 p.m.)

Winfield Baseball Thursday, April 3 - at Hurricane (6 p.m.) Friday, April 4 - at South Charleston (7 p.m.) Monday, April 7 - vs. Cabell Midland (7 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - at Riverside (7 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - at St. Albans (7 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - vs. Huntington (7 p.m.)

Softball Thursday, April 3 - vs. Nitro (6 p.m.) Friday, April 4 - at Spring Valley (5:30 p.m.) Monday, April 7 - at Poca (6 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - vs. South Charleston (5:30 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - vs. Point Pleasant (6 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - at Logan (5:30 p.m.)

Tennis Thursday, April 3 - vs. Point Pleasant (4:30 p.m.) Saturday, April 5 - vs. Lincoln County (4:30 p.m.) Monday, April 7 - vs. St. Albans (4 p.m.) Tuesday, April 8 - vs. Nitro (4 p.m.) Wednesday, April 9 - vs. Poca (4 p.m.) Thursday, April 10 - vs. Cabell Midland (4 p.m.) Track & Field No meets

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Band directors serve as tennis coaches By Noah Randolph Poca High School

Two band directors are filling in as coaches for the girls and boys tennis teams. The Poca community usually recognizes Bob Carroll as the Poca High band director. The same goes for Andrew Harper for the middle school. Both are graduates from Poca High School, and also both were tennis players. Harper even went on to Glenville State University to play tennis at the collegiate level. Carroll and Harper decided to take on the jobs because of their enjoyment and appreciation of the sport. Without Carroll, the school would more than likely not have a girls team. With Carroll becoming head coach, a lot of students decided to try out. Twelve students compared to last year’s seven competed for the top six spots this season. “It’s a little more difficult juggling band and tennis, but I like the challenge and with hard work will come success,” Carroll said.

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In the history of Poca tennis, the boys and girls have been successful. They are the reigning Cardinal Conference champs, and they also had two players make it to the state tournament last year. Also, with the dynamic duo of Molly Ballard and Courtney Mobley now gone, the girls tennis team is uncertain what kind of competition they will bring. “I’d like to put a competitive team on the court every game,” Carroll said. The boys team has all but two players returning, and are expected to be up to par with last years accomplishments. Harper said he would do this by “hard work and discipline.” When asked if Carroll saw any relation between success in band and success in tennis he answered by saying, “The same concepts apply to both: lots of practice, dedication and work.” The coaches and players are anxious for what this season holds. The season kicked off March 24 with a match against Scott.

Hurricane softball defeats Spring Valley, 8-0

Madison Casto (pictured) prepares to hit against Spring Valley. She went 4 for 4 in the game, helping Hurricane improve to 5-0.

The Hurricane softball team greets Courtney Rogers (No. 14, pictured) at home plate after her three-run homer in an 8-0 win over Spring Valley on Friday, March 28. Rogers added a double and drove in four total runs, but she also starred on the pitching rubber. Rogers limited Spring Valley to six hits and struck out eight in a complete-game shutout. Photos by Jack Withrow.

Hurricane's Amber Null (No. 11, pictured) slides safely into third base after slugging a triple.

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DECA students take home the gold By Joshua Higginbotham Poca High School

Students from all over West Virginia attended DECA’s 52nd annual Career Development Conference in Charleston on March 9 and 10, but students of Putnam County blew the judges away. Poca High School’s DECA president Austin Bird placed first in the state in Human Resource Management. Hurricane High School’s Nick Young placed first in the state in the category Sports Entertainment Promotion Plan. Winfield High School’s Cherish McMillion and Tori Grass placed third in the state in their category, Marketing Communications. With so many successful students, West Virginia DECA will represent the state at DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC). The conference will be held in Atlanta, Ga.

and draws approximately 16,000 students from 50 states and nine countries. Hurricane High School will be sending nearly 30 students to Atlanta this May to compete, and hundreds from around West Virginia will be attending — doubling the number from last year. “What an opportunity for students to meet their goals,” said Patty Igo, Poca’s DECA advisor for 35 years, “We have made great strides in teaching by testing their talents and skills through friendly competition.” One of DECA’s primary focuses is on personal responsibility and leadership. Through events such as the West Virginia Career Development Conference and ICDC, students can connect with businesses, expand on their creativity, and experience new ideas. DECA will not only make Putnam County proud but also the entire state of West Virginia if they bring home the gold in Atlanta.

Student teachers lend a helping hand at Poca High School By Tamara Back Poca High School

Teachers at Poca High School like having student teachers. “It’s better for the students because the student teacher has a fresh outlook on teaching and is more involved,” teacher Deborah Dodd said. Dodd has had two student teachers during her time of teaching. She enjoys having a student teacher for a nine-week period rather than a whole semester because she feels it is easier for them and for her.

Dodd said that the curriculum has changed in the way people are being taught because the lesson plans have to be more involved, the paperwork more detailed and organized, and there are different criteria. Dodd tries her hardest not to get involved in order to help and correct things for the student teachers. She has to let them learn on their own. “Classroom organization and control is something we all have had to learn at first and it is stressful, but it will get better as time progresses,” she said. Lauren Jannotta was a student

teacher in the last year under Cheryl Roberts, a chemistry teacher and now she is the new full-time chemistry teacher for Poca. “The first year teaching can be very stressful,” Jannotta said. “A lot of that stress was alleviated when I came here for my teaching job, because I was already familiar with the school, the staff, and many of the students.” She said that being in such an accepting environment makes for an easy working place. “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life,” she added.

Brewer makes days for Poca students enjoyable, keeps school spotless By Jacob Payne Poca High School

Jim Brewer has been the janitor at Poca High School since 2001. Not only does he keep the school spotless, but he makes everyone’s day more enjoyable as he does it. Brewer worked in the coal mines of Fayette County before deciding to work for the Putnam County School system. “The money isn’t as good, but I really enjoy the people and coming to work,” he said. Brewer said he has become much more outgoing since coming to work at Poca due to the extremely friendly and lighthearted staff. He has a great rapport with all staff members. Brewer is often seen laughing and joking with staff as they pass Nine Americorps volunteers are spending time on community services helping local organizations and towns. They are working on the Hoge House in Putnam County and the Virgil Lewis house in Mason County. The group will be in the area until the end of April.

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in the hall and never seems to be in a bad mood. Brewer has a bigger impact on the student body than he realizes. “Seeing Jim at school everyday makes my day much better,” senior student Cam Cottrill said. “He jokes around and talks to students. He doesn’t try to act like a teacher, which is nice at school.” If one talked to any student at Poca about Brewer, one will hear nothing but great things. Brewer means a lot to every student at Poca High School since he’s been here. Brewer has turned the sometimes unglamorous position of custodian into one of high respect. He does his job with complaint, and does it above and beyond expectation. Brewer goes out of his way to

help students and staff alike. “He makes everyone’s job here easier,” librarian Sarah Parkins said. “He will put down what he is doing and do whatever he can to help you.” Brewer has seemed to add handyman to his list of titles, as well. Brewer just brightens the day of every student and staff member. As much as he means to his school family, he means much more to his actual family. Brewer is becoming a grandpa. Brewer’s son and his wife are expecting a child in August, adding grandfather to a long list of titles for Brewer. Brewer is very excited for the upcoming event, but he said he doesn’t look forward to cleaning up the messes that the baby will make.


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American Red Cross announces flood app

West Virginia State University offers continuing education courses

The American Red Cross recently released its Flood App to help save lives and reduce losses from effects of flash floods. This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed. “Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and people can use the Red Cross app to create emergency plans so all household members know what to do if

The West Virginia State University (WVSU) Office of Continuing Education has a variety of classes this spring. A Birding and Ornithology class will offer an introduction to recreational birding and avian ecology with an emphasis on developing field identification skills. Five classroom lectures and two field experiences are designed to offer participants the basics of birding and nature appreciation. The class will be taught by Dr. Steven Richards, Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance, and will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. from April 17 through May 15 at Fleming Hall, Room 162. Field experiences will be held from 9 to 11


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flooding threatens,” said Erica Mani, CEO of the American Red Cross WV Region. “The audible alerts in the app can save lives even when users are away from a radio or TV.” Other features of the app include: one-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to send a message letting family and friends know that they are out of harm’s way; preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity; toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm to let others know where you are; locations of open Red Cross shelters; real-time recovery resources for returning home and cleaning up; and badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks.

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a.m. on Saturday, April 26 and May 10. The cost is $75. Also this spring, WVSU Continuing Education will offer an Essentials of Arabic course which will introduce the basic elements of the modern standard Arabic language. Specifically, the course will emphasize the development of basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Taught by Dr. Ali Ziyati, Associate Professor of Communications, the course will meet in Jones Hall, Room 208, on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 8 through May 6. The cost is $100. A Basic Drawing course will also be offered this spring with Instructor Frankie Kane. This

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FOSTER M. ARTHUR Mr. Foster M. Arthur, 75, of Liberty, passed away March 20, 2014, in the Hubbard Hospice House West. Foster is a 1958 graduate of Poca High School, retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, former owner of A&R Cultured Marble Co. and a member of Allens Fork Community Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Bessie Arthur; and sisters, Christine Persinger and Helena Nelson. Foster married the love of his life in 1960, Mrs. Kathryn "Dottie" Arthur, together they had two sons, Carey Mark (Vicki) Arthur and Ronald Lee (Melanie) Arthur. He is also survived by his brothers, Herman Arthur Jr., Norman "Jake" Arthur, Gary "Dobie" Arthur, James Arthur, Danny "Buggy" Arthur Sr. and Dorrell "Peachie" Arthur; sister, Barbara Ann Miller; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Services were held March 24 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joey Scarberry officiating. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. The family suggests donations are made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St., Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca assisted the family. MARGARET VIRGINIA “JOHNNIE" CHRISLIP Margaret Virginia "Johnnie" Chrislip, 88, of Scott Depot,

passed away March 25, 2014, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. Services were held March 27 at Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville, by the Rev. Dr. John Sauvage and the Rev. Kerry Bart. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. She was born Sept. 12, 1925, in Huntington, a daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy Childers Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, D.P. "Chris" Chrislip Jr. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Parker of Barboursville and Marsha Ward of Columbia, S.C.; sister-in-law, Alma Nichols of Clendenin; five grandchildren, Dicky Parker, David Parker, Christopher Ward, Marshall Ward and Courtney Ward; and seven great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25702. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at MILDRED DEMKOWICZ Mildred Demkowicz, 91, of Hurricane, passed away March 25, 2014, after a long illness. She was born in New Jersey and resided in Virginia Beach and Florida before moving to Hurricane to be near her family. Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Birdsall; granddaughter, Beth Hass; two great-grandchildren, Andi and Audrey Hass, all of Hurricane; and nephew, Tommy Healy of New Jersey. Services were held March 28, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. Please visit to share memories and condolences PAULINE E. (HARPER) HALSTEAD Pauline E. (Harper) Halstead, 77, of Hurricane passed away March 21, 2014, at Putnam Care Center in Hurricane, after a long illness. She was a devoted Chris-

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Obituaries tian and had attended Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans for many years. Pauline was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles; youngest son, Monty; father, Monroe and mother, Bessie and Gladys; brother, Gary and sister, Karen Day Lovejoy. Surviving are two sons, Bill (Cherly) and Mike (Melissa); brother, Joe of Calif.; sisters, Sue, Donetta, Sharon, Jeannie all of St. Albans; grandsons, Chad (Lori), Jeremy, Tony and Alex; granddaughter, Ashley; great-grandsons, Luke Tyler, Peyton, Parker and Max; great-granddaughter; Madison; several brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services were held March 25 at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane with Pastor David Bess officiating. Burial was at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to all those who cared for Pauline at Putnam Care Center. Online condolences may be made at EDITH LUCILE WARD KERSEY Edith Lucile Ward Kersey, 85, of Hurricane, formerly of Nitro, passed away March 24, 2014, at Broadmore Assisted Living. Born July 7, 1928, in Ramp to the late Charles Monroe and Lucy (Gill) Ward, Edith was a graduate of Sandstone High School and later Marshall University in Huntington, where she earned her master's degree in education. She was a retired school principal for Wallace Heights Elementary School with 33 years of service in the Kanawha County school system. She was also a member of the International Women's Education Society. Edith's spiritual life was very important to her as she loved being involved in church activities with the Nitro church of Christ. In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by husband, James Kersey; sisters, Dorothy Dick and Violet French; brothers, Edward Ward, Hayward Ward, Franklin Ward and Charles Ward; brother-in-law, Francis French; and sister-in-law, Virginia Ward. Survivors include her brotherin-law, Kenneth (Lenore) Dick of Nitro; sisters-in-law, Verna Mae Voiers, Marianna Ward and Finny Ward; stepchildren, J. Ray Kersey

The Putnam Standard and Norma M. Carper; as well as a host of nieces and nephews and step-grandchildren. Services were held March 27, at the Nitro church of Christ with Minister Craig Culbertson officiating. Private burial was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, and Roselawn Funeral Home, Princeton, assisted the family. DAVID LEE SIMMONS Mr. David Lee Simmons, 90, of Poca, passed away March 27, 2014. David was son of the late Dennis and Jeannette Simmons. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. He was a Christian, prayer warrior and a member of Kings River Worship Center. David was a retired coal miner and, after retirement, worked several years at the Volkswagen plant in South Charleston. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his daughters, Patricia (Warren) Faulknier, Druscilla (David) Vannatter, Diane (Bob) Harding, and Marsha (Steve) Gessel; seven grandchildren, Dr. Brett Faulknier, Chad Harding, Brian Faulknier, Rachel Thompson, Erin Scites, Stefany Vannatter and Beth Grigsby; and 14 great-grandchildren. The family would like to say a special thank you to Yvonne Howell, Debbie Pauley, Glenda White and Mark Bowen for the wonderful care given to David. Services were held March 30, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rob Van Fossen officiating. Burial was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. Condolences may sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Simmons family. EDITH PACK TAYLOR Edith Pack Taylor, 94, of Pocatalico, passed away March 24, 2014. She was born to the late Gus and Anna Pack on Jan. 5, 1920, in Kanawha City. Edith graduated from Charleston High School in 1937 and married the late Marion D. Taylor in 1940.

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During World War II they lived in Oak Ridge, Tenn., working for a defense contractor working on building the atomic bomb. In 1945 they relocated to Pocatalico. Edith and Marion were partners in a Charleston electrical contracting firm, Bayliss & Ramey, and were members of the National Electrical Contractors Association. She was an active volunteer at St. Francis Hospital for many years and a member of Fisher Memorial Church. Edith was preceded in death by sisters, Nan Rogers and Blanche Jones, and by brothers, Paul, Walter and Claude Pack. She is survived by much-loved nieces and nephews, special friends and neighbors. Services were held March 27 at Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City, with the Rev. Aaron Finney officiating. Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennewa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City, assisted the family. DOLPHIA "DOTTIE" WOODS Dolphia "Dottie" Woods (nee Moore), 91, formerly of Hurricane passed away March 12, 2014 at her Cincinnati, Ohio residence. She was a homemaker, a kind and gentle soul to all, a member of Faith Fellowship Church, Cincinnati & formerly a volunteer at Mercy Hospital Western Hills, Cincinnati. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Otto & Osie (nee Nettles) Moore; and siblings, Dennis Tanner, Dalton, Barbara & David Moore. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold "Woody" Woods; the devoted mother of Sandra "Sandy" White (Hank), Cincinnati & Daniel "Woody" Woods, South Point, Ohio; the loving grandmother of Lisa Schmidt (Jeff ), Kelli White, Sarah & Samantha Woods; the great grandmother of Lauren, Stacey & Nick; the great-great- grandmother of Madison Nicole; and the special friend of Adriana Amer. Services were held March 24 at Faith Fellowship Church, 6734 Bridgetown Rd., Cincinnati, OH. Interment was March 25 at Forest Memorial Park, Milton. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 452633597. Dennis George Funeral Home, Cleves, Ohio assisted the family.

Legal Notices

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SCHEDULE OF PROPOSED LEVY RATES PUTNAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 The above named county board of education, having ascertained that the amount to be raised by a levy of taxes for the purposes and within the limits prescribed by statute or authorized by voters, does hereby propose to adopt the following levy rates to be laid on each one hundred dollars of assessed valuation of each class of property: Column E Certificate of Valuation Assessed Value for Tax Purposes

Current Expense Levy Levy Taxes Rate/$100 Levied

Class I Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class I

$________-_ ________-_ ________-_


Class II Real Estate Personal Property Total Class II

1,445,151,034 12,823,094 1,457,974,128


Class III Real Estate Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class III

382,788,850 467,545,494 411,864,413 1,262,198,757


Class IV Real Estate Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class IV

101,036,630 69,463,177 19,150,823 189,650,630


Total Assessed Valuation and Projected Gross Tax Collections $ 2,909,823,515

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$______-_ _______-_ _______-_ 5,607,186 49,754 5,656,940 2,970,441 3,628,153 3,196,068 9,794,662 784,044 539,034 148,610 1,471,688 $ 16,923,290

SCHEDULE OF PROPOSED LEVY RATES PUTNAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 Excess Levy Levy Taxes Rate/$100 Levied

Permanent Improvement Levy Taxes Rate/$100 Levied

$________-_ ________-_ ________-_


$_______-__ ________-__ ________-__


$____-__ _____-__ _____-__

Class II Real Estate 45.90 Personal Property Total Class II

6,633,243 58,858 6,692,101


________-__ ________-__ ________-__


1,875,806 16,644 1,892,450

Class III Real Estate 91.80 Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class III

3,514,002 4,292,068 3,780,915 11,586,985


________-__ ________-__ ________-__ ________-__


993,720 1,213,748 1,069,200 3,276,668

Class IV Real Estate 91.80 Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class IV

927,516 637,672 175,805 1,740,993


________-__ ________-__ ________-__ ________-__


262,291 180,326 49,716 492,333

Total Assessed Valuation and Projected Gross Tax Collections $ 20,020,079


Less Allowance for Uncollectibles, Exonerations and Delinquencies



Less Allowance for Tax Discounts


(154,002) (502,376)

Projected Net Taxes to be Collected

$ 18,036,089

Total Projected Net Taxes From Regular and Excess Levies

$ 32,485,029

Net Projected Tax Collections, before allowance for Assessor’s Valuation Fund Less – Allowance for Assessor’s Valuation Fund (Subtracted from regular current expense tax levy only)


Projected Net Taxes to be Collected

14,743,816 (294,876) $ 14,448,940







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Column C Roll Back Value Form


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$ 5,143,000


Note: Copies of all approved excess and/or bond levy orders and certified copies of the canvass of votes must be on file with the State Auditor’s Office and the State Department of Education before excess or bond levy rates can be approved.


Bond Levy Levy Taxes Rate/$100 Levied

Class I Personal Property 22.95 Public Utilities Total Class I

Less Allowance for Uncollectibles, Exonerations and Delinquencies 9.00% Less Allowance for Tax Discounts 1.00%

Less Allowance for Tax Increment Financing - see worksheet (Subtracted from regular current expense tax levy only)


Current Expense Levy Levy Taxes Rate/$100 Levied

Class I Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class I

$________-_ ________-_ ________-_


$______-_ _______-_ _______-_

Class II Real Estate Personal Property Total Class II

93,159,800 ________-_ 93,159,800


361,460 ________-_ 361,460

Class III Real Estate Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class III

20,896,970 4,383,784 ________-_ 25,280,754


162,160 34,018 ________-_ 196,178

Class IV Real Estate Personal Property Public Utilities Total Class IV

________-_ ________-_ ________-_ ________-_


________-_ ________-_ ________-_ ________-_

Total Value and Projected Revenue

$ 557,638

$ 118,440,554

Less Allowance for Uncollectibles, Exonerations and Delinquencies



Less Allowance for Tax Discounts



Allowance for Tax Increment Financing

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LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Short Form Settlement of Estates To the Creditors, Distributees and Beneficiaries of the within named persons: I have before me the final settlement of the estates of the following persons, which shall be presented to the County Commission of Putnam County, at the Courthouse, in the City of Winfield, on Tuesday the 8th day of April, 2014 at 09:00 for its approval which settlements have been presented to me pursuant to West Virginia Code 44-3A-4a, as amended, (Waiver and Application for Short Form Settlement by distributes and beneficiaries) which settlements I have approved as indicated below: Estate of Wilma Irene Bird: Carolyn Sue Stanley, Executrix Estate of Kyle B. Cavender: Kimberly Ann Maxson, Executrix Estate of Betty A. Craig: Norman Alan Craig, Executor Estate of James Paul Estes: Christine E. Estes, Administratrix Estate of Thelma Beatrice Gandee; Cathy R. Garrison, Executrix Estate of Edward James Jordan; Okley Y. Jordan, Executor Estate of Reva Jane Meadows; Donald L. Meadows, Administrator Estate of Charles Owen Prose; Tamara G. Ferguson, Executrix Estate of David Wayne Spence; Lisa Gaye Spencer, Executrix Estate of Woodford Warren Williams; Diana Joyce Williams, Executrix Any persons having an interest in the estate of any such person may appear before the County Commission at the above time and place and thereupon protest his/her interest or else be forever barred from asserting such interest thereafter. Given under my hand this 28th day of March, 2014 Fiduciary Supervisor, Putnam County 1t 4-3 ps ___________________

LEGAL NOTICE To the Creditors and Beneficiaries of the following deceased persons estates: I have before me the estates of the deceased persons and the accounts of the fiduciaries of their respective estates as listed below: ESTATE NUMBER: 1888 ESTATE NAME: LARRY EARCEL HODGES A D M I N I S T R AT O R CTA: GARRY A. HODGES RT.4 BOX 201 HURRICANE, WV 25526 9357 ESTATE NUMBER: 1804 ESTATE NAME: JERRY D. KEELING EXECUTRIX: DONNA B. KEELING RT.3 BOX 78 HURRICANE, WV 25526 9560 ESTATE NUMBER: 1876 ESTATE NAME: JAMES H. KELLEY EXECUTRIX: WILMA JEAN KELLEY RR2 BOX 34F POCA, WV 25159 9625 ESTATE NUMBER: 1859 ESTATE NAME: PAUL ALLEN MCLANE E X E C U T O R : MICHAEL WAYNE MCLANE 8872 MCLANE PIKE LIBERTY, WV 25124 7487


LEGAL NOTICE Putnam County Commission Levy Estimate (Budget) 2014-2015 Fiscal Year


STATE OF WEST VIRGINA County of: Putnam, West Virginia In accordance with WV Code § 11-8-10, as amended, the Putnam County Commission proceeded to make an estimate of the amounts necessary to be raised by a levy of taxes for the current year, and doth determine and estimate the several amounts to be as follows: General Fund

Estimated Revenues

Fund Balance Property Taxes-Current Year Prior Year Taxes Tax Penalties, Interest & Publication Fees Property Transfer Tax Gas and Oil Severance Tax Wine & Liquor Tax Payment in Lieu of Taxes Building Permits Federal Grants/Federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes Charges for Services Sheriff's Service of Process Sheriff's Earnings County Clerk's Earnings Circuit Clerk's Earnings Prosecuting Attorney's Earnings Accident Reports Motor Vehicle License Fees Clerk Deed Fees Rents & Concessions Ambulance Fees Franchise Agreement IRP Fees (Interstate Registration Plan) Fines, Fees & Court Costs Regional Jail Operations Partial Reimbursement Interest Earned Miscellaneous Revenue Sheriff's Commission Commissions Gaming Income Video Lottery Planning Commission Revenue Refunds/Reimbursements (External Sources) Transfers Other Funds Emergency 911 Reimbursement Dog & Kennel Reimbursement Home Confinement Reimbursements General School Reimbursements Magistrate Court Reimbursements Total Estimated General Fund Revenues


2,650,000 10,357,104 1,049,200 254,500 395,000 85,000 46,500 26,200 31,000 85,000 1,025 10,200 10,125 163,500 52,000 1,025 6,300 4,600 4,600 19,476 1,575,000 290,000 30,000 19,500 115,000 12,500 30,125 15,000 3,300 68,500 121,000 12,000 30,200 31,000 1,321,160 57,500 87,500 137,500 23,000 $ 19,232,140


General Fund

GENERAL GOVERNMENT County Commission$ 543,459 County Clerk 695,178 Circuit Clerk 565,120 Sheriff – Treasurer526,541 Prosecuting Attorney 1,027,563 Assessor 445,226 Statewide Computer Network 62,733 Fiduciary Supervisor 113,049 Agricultural Agent 76,089 Elections - County Clerk 179,359 Magistrate Court 2,000 Circuit Court 9,650 Civil Service 1,425 Courthouse 949,141 Other Buildings 1,074,734 Data Processing 180,000 Regional Development Authority 14,711 Industrial Development 212,766 Planning & Zoning 295,659 Litigation Reserve 35,000 County Clerk Operations 14,759 Contingencies–NottoExceed10%ofBudget 590,851 TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT 7,615,013

Coal Severances Tax Fund $

Sheriff - Law Enforcement 3,252,362 Sheriff - Service of Process 73,338 Regional Jail 2,000,000 Home Confinement 245,017 Emergency Services 169,854 Communication Center 1,006,437 Ambulance Authority 3,061,284 Dog Warden/Humane Society 379,030 Central Garage 107,439 Community Based Corrections Program 194,600 TOTAL PUBLIC SAFETY 10,489,361 HEALTH AND SANITATION Local Health Department Mental Health Vital Statistics Water TOTAL HEALTH & SANITATION

125,000 23,860 500 149,360

CULTURE & RECREATION Parks & Recreation 4-H Camp Fair Associations/Festivals Visitor’s Bureau Library TOTAL CULTURE & RECREATION

380,718 5,500 13,500 3,000 275,000 677,718


99,688 201,000 300,688

160,000 160,000

Coal Severance Tax Estimated Revenues Assigned Fund Balance


40489 8391

25109 0221







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Coal Severance Tax Total Coal Severance



All persons having claims against these estates whether due or not, are notified to exhibit the claims with legally verified vouchers, to the fiduciary of the deceased person, as named above with seventyfive days of the first publication of this notice or not later than June 17, 2014. If the claim is not exhibited to the fiduciary by that date, you must exhibit the claim at the office of the undersigned fiduciary supervisor at the

160,000 160,000

address shown below within ninety days of the first publication of this notice or not later than July 2, 2014. If you fail to file, any or all claims may by law be excluded from all benefits of the estate. All beneficiaries of these estates may appear either before the fiduciary by the date first shown above or before the fiduciary supervisor by the date last shown to examine the claims and otherwise protect their respective interests. Subscribed and sworn to before me on the 28th day of March, 2014. Fiduciary Supervisor, Putnam County 2t 4-3, 4-10 ps

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Levy Rate/$100

Taxes Levied

Current Year Class I Personal Property Public Utility Total Class I

$__________ __________ $__________


$_________ __________ $_________

Class II Real Estate Personal Property Total Class II

$ 1,445,151,034 12,823,094 $ 1,457,974,128


$ 3,974,165 35,264 $ 4,009,429

Class III Real Estate Personal Property Public Utility Total Class III

$ 382,788,850 467,545,494 411,864,413 $ 1,262,198,757


$ 2,105,339 2,571,500 2,265,254 $ 6,942,093

Class IV Real Estate Personal Property Public Utility Total Class IV

$ $

Total Value & Projected Revenue

101,036,630 69,463,177 19,150,823 189,650,630


$ 2,909,823,515


555,701 382,047 105,330 $ 1,043,078

$ 11,994,600

Less Delinquencies, Exonerations & Uncollectable Taxes




Less Tax Discounts




Less Allowance for Tax Increment Financing - see worksheet (Subtracted from regular current expense taxes levied only)



Total Projected Property Tax Collection





Less Assessor Valuation Fund (Subtracted from regular current expense taxes levied only)


Net Amount to be Raised by Levy of Property Taxes For Budget Purposes (Transfer amount to Worksheet GCRev- Account No. 301-01)


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Community News The Putnam Standard U.S. attorneys recognize juniors as ‘Ambassadors for Justice’ Page 16 –Thursday,April 3,2014

By Kelly Stadelman

Two United States attorneys honored four Putnam County high school juniors who have shown outstanding leadership skills and a commitment to social justice. Among those recognized were Brandon Stone and John Hathaway of Winfield High School, Christian Buckley of Poca High School and Daria Seccurro of Hurricane High School. United States Attorneys Booth Goodwin, Southern District of West Virginia, and Bill Ihlenfeld, Northern District of West Virginia, recognized the four as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice. The ceremony to honor the 88 recipients statewide took place at the Culture Center in Charleston on March 12. Winfield Principal Bruce McGrew said that although Winfield has a lot of great kids, he nominated Stone and Hathaway because they are consistent and always do what is right. “In today’s world it is hard for some teenagers not to want to follow the wrong group,” he said. “These two students set good examples for others in the school on a daily basis. They are very deserving.” Stone said he always tries to be kind to others and will step in if someone is being bullied. One example he gave was helping someone struggling in gym class. “There was a classmate struggling with some of the weights,” he said. “Other people were pushing him to do stuff that would be hard for him. I stepped in and asked the kids to back off and asked him if we could partner up during the class.” Hathaway said he always tries to respect and help others. “I try to help the younger kids in track who don’t know what to do,” he said. “The younger kids always look up to older kids so I try to set a good example and help them out.” Buckley said that receiving this

Brandon Stone of Winfield High School was honored as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice.

John Hathaway of Winfield High School was honored as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice.

Christian Buckley of Poca High School was honored as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice.

Daria Seccurro of Hurricane High School was honored as U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice.

award meant a lot to him. “In the past leadership was looked down upon,” he said. “But not any more. I always try to do what is right and help others. I like to make people feel comfortable.” The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassador for Justice Program is an initiative co-sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia. The ceremony marked the third time that Goodwin has recognized leaders from high schools in the Southern District of West Virginia. This year Ihlenfeld joined to recognize students from the Northern District of

problems facing young people in West Virginia. “This isn’t just an award or a title,” Goodwin said. “This is an ongoing mission for us, for our offices, our communities and for each of these Ambassadors for Justice. Together, we can exert positive influence in our schools and communities.” The U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice program was created by Goodwin two years ago in response to rising school bullying and social media threats involving young people. The program was also spurred by a February 2012 school shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, in which a stu-

West Virginia as well. “I am very pleased to honor these remarkable high school juniors from throughout the state of West Virginia as Ambassadors for Justice,” Goodwin said. “These 88 students have each demonstrated a powerful ethical compass and have shown tremendous leadership. “Their ideas and perspectives are invaluable in helping to identify and resolve common and important issues. These are students who are willing to step forward and do something if one of their peers makes a self-destructive decision or bullies someone else.” Goodwin said that he and Ihlenfeld share concerns about

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dent opened fire on his classmates, killing three and wounding two others. Other episodes involving planned violent attacks by young people that were prevented due to the swift actions of students and school Prevention Resource Officers in the Southern District of West Virginia have also encouraged U.S. Attorney Goodwin’s initiative. Nominations to be U.S. Attorney’s Ambassadors for Justice are made by school principals and administrative leaders. Goodwin said that outstanding character, devotion to citizenship, and a commitment to serving others are fundamentals for nomination.

The Putnam Standard, April 3, 2014  

April 3, 2014, edition of The Putnam Standard

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