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Putnam County Schools – Menu December 17-21 Monday, December 17: Breakfast Pizza LUNCH: BREADED CHICKEN ON A BUN, Lettuce/Tomato, Crinkle Cut Fries, Cal. Blend Vegetables, Fresh Tangerine, Milk Tuesday, December 18: Waffle Sticks LUNCH: SPAGHETTI W/MEATSAUCE, Steamed Broccoli, Sliced Peaches, Garlic Texas Toast, Milk Wednesday, December 19: Chicken & Biscuit LUNCH: CHILI w/CRACKERS, GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH, Diced Potatoes, Warm Sliced Apples, Milk Thursday, December 20: Mini Pancakes LUNCH: PEPPERONI ROLL, Caesar Salad, Steamed Corn, Applesauce, Lime Sherbet, Milk Friday, December 21: IS DAY NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENT’S


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Cabell Huntington Hospital Grows By Justin Waybright

HUNTINGTON - There are more than 70 hospitals in the state, but one in this city stands out from the rest. Doctors and surgeons save countless lives inside the walls of the building. Nurses see 2,500 babies born annually. Framed awards and achievements hang from hallways as a testament to the service the hospital provides. Cabell Huntington Hospital has undergone many changes, renovations and upgrades during the past 56 years. In 2012, it continues to grow. Freshly poured concrete and white posts support an undulating roof system that grabs the attention of all who drive or walk past the area by Hal Greer Boulevard. Signs of construction are evident. Something unique is in the works.

Crews work on landscaping at the entrance to the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. Neighborgall Construction began work on this project during the summer. The entryway is now coming to life. Photo by Justin Waybright. Last summer, a large crowd watched a group of men and women break ground on this spot where a state-of-the-art children’s hospital would be built. What the audience clapped, cheered and raised money for is now coming to life. David Graley, vice president and chief operating officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, is excited. The former bank president sees a bright fu-

ture for the children patients of Cabell Huntington Hospital. He envisions a newly transformed 72-bed children’s hospital with a child-friendly lobby, a certified child life specialist and every amenity to cater to and comfort children patients. The inside of the current children’s hospital will be gutted. Once a massive interior demolition is complete, only the exterior and supporting structure will re-

main. The outside will be new and the inside will be reconstructed. So, why are construction crews going above and beyond to make this dream a reality? “The children’s hospital…this is why I came here,” Graley said. “This is our heart and soul.” He continued, “Children might be 30 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future.” The $12 million price tag did not intimidate or stop this idea from coming to life. The hospital did not have to borrow a penny. “We had donors from around the region,” Graley said. “The region and community have tremendously supported this idea.” More than $11 million have been donated from various individuals and organizations. A federal appropriations grant, secured by Congressman Rahall, SEE HOSPITAL ON PAGE 4

International Organization names Buffalo Graduate Outstanding Educator for 2012 The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals

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has recognized a 1983 Buffalo High School graduate with its sole educational honor. The association named Dr. Patrick L. Dunn of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Outstanding Rehabilitation Educator for 2012 at its annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Oct. 27 IARP represents more than 2,400 professionals in disability management, case management, managed care, forensics and expert testimony and life care planning. The tenured associate professor is the first recipient of the award since 2008.

Dunn initiated and developed UTK’s rehabilitation counseling distance education program, resulting in a dramatic increase in program enrollment. He is a founder and co-chair of the Academy of Forensic Rehabilitation Research, created to promote research of law related to disability and rehabilitation. Dr. Timothy F. Field, who formerly headed University of Georgia’s rehabilitation counseling program, said he nominated Dunn based on “significant contributions” to the field. “Pat’s record as a contributing and active member of both public and

private (forensic) rehabilitation is strong and unequivocal,” Field said Nominator Angela M. Heitzman described Dunn as “a fantastic educator, passionate about the field of rehabilitation, both public and private.” The AFRR Chairwoman noted his “efforts extend teaching beyond the classroom into conferences, research, training, and publications about the field of rehabilitation…” He is “a visionary, particularly related to education of the next generation,” wrote Dr. T. Scott SEE BUFFALO ON PAGE 4


Page 2 – December 16-17, 2012 "Buffalo for Senior Citizens" A buffet dinner will be held at the Buffalo Diner on Saturday, Dec 22, 2 PM - ?. There will be a variety of food selections with the cost of the dinner being the focus of this event. Admission cost is a MERCHANT GIFT CARD, of any amount. (Example: a gift certificate or card from any of our local merchants - Buffalo Foodking, Buffalo Drug, Stokes, Exxon, Angalenos, Tammy's Restaurant, Dollar General, Buffalo Diner, Buffalo Shopping Center, Fruth, Foodland, Rite-Aid, Walmart, Kroger's, Edible Arrangements, Home Depot, etc). The gift card donations will be collected at the door on the day of the event and distributed to Buffalo and local area senior citizens, in a random manner. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the volunteers organizing this event: Melody Matthews, Trojan Car Club, Warren and Jesse Shamblin, and of course Billy & Deanna Desimone, owners of the Buffalo Diner.

New - Beginning Digital Photography Class Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting a Photography Class instructed by Laura Moul. Classes will be held in The Commons of Putnam County by the Wave Pool for three consecutive Tuesday’s Jan. 22, 29, Feb.5, 2013 From 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. For more information, please contact Laura at 743-8281 or check out her website at or to register call the Park Office at 304-562-0518 Ext. 10.

Transportation available to Seniors Transportation is available to join others for lunch Monday – Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Hometown Senior Center, located at 100 1st Ave., in Hometown. On the way home, stops can also be made at grocery store, post office, or pharmacy. Call 304-586-

Community Calendar 2745 for more information.

Unique Christmas Gift Suggestions - Pool Pass 2013 Wave Pool & Eleanor Pool Passes - 25% Discount thru 12/20/12 For information & application contact: Putnam County Parks & Recreation, #1 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane, (304) 562-0518 ext. 10.

Hospice to host Tree Ceremonies Hospice of Huntington will host an informal remembrance service and dedication ceremony in conjunction with its annual "Light-A-Life" Memorial Tree Campaign at the following locations: Huntington Mall in Barboursville, 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15 For more information or to register, call 304-529-4217.

Hurricane Church of Christ Food Pantry The Hurricane Church of Christ, 600 Midland Trail (the church on the hill beside Hurricane Middle School) has a food pantry open to the public. If you are in need of some grocery items, you may visit us on Monday and Friday of each week between the hours of 11:00 A.M. through 1:00 P.M. It would be helpful if you would call before coming. Call: 304-562-6491.

Hometown Senior Center Space Rental The Hometown Senior Center is available for rental for showers, birthday parties and other social functions. Reasonably priced, the center has catering available and its dining room seats 75. For reservations or more details, call 304-586-2745.

Teays Valley Fire Department Computer Lab Hours Teays Valley Fire Department, Scott Depot Road, offers a Computer Lab for public use on Mondays from 3 – 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 – 10 p.m.

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

Winfield Community Church hosts Food Pantry Winfield Community Church offers a Food Pantry to assist those in and around the community. New hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the church office, 3680 Winfield Road, Suite B, Winfield. For more information please call the church office at 304-5861146, M-F from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winfield Community Church is located at 144 Rocky Step Road in Scott Depot. Sunday worship begins at 10:45 a.m.

Winter Festival of Lights (Nov. 9 - Jan. 6) Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, W.Va. 88 N., Wheeling, WV 26003. For more information call 304-243-4000.

Winter Wonderland of Lights Ashland Central Park, Ashland, KY 41101. Open Nov. 12 - New Year featuring more than 500,000 lights! Call Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-3776249 or 606-329-1007, or go online at

Food Pantry The Food Pantry at Scott Depot Christ Fellowship on Teays Valley Road is open from 911 a.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month. For more information, call 304-757-9166.

Christmas Fantasy Light Show Krodel Park in Point Pleasant, WV. Nov. 16 - Dec. 31 Drive-through light show includes animated displays.

Do you enjoy working with Children? And want to work out of your own home? Then home-based child care is the ticket for you. As a home child care provider you have the luxury of making your own flexible schedule and being your own boss. More importantly, you have

the power to make a positive difference in the lives of many young children. You must be 18 years of age or older and your home must meet the state requirements. If interested please call Link Child Care Resource and Referral Agency today at 1-800-894-9540 or 304-523-9540. In the Logan, Boone, and Mingo area, please call 1-304-752-3932.

Historical Society to publish “We Love To Tell the Stories” Vol. 2 The Upper Vandalia Historical Society (Putnam County) is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Volume Two of “We Love To Tell The Stories” a pictorial history of Putnam County. Volume One is still available and would make a perfect and unique Christmas gift. Call any of the numbers below to order a copy. Volume One, published and released in February of 2012, has been an overwhelming success and reprinted five times in less than a year. This has sparked a renewed interest in our rich history of Putnam County, and many additional unseen pictures have surfaced. Because of that, we will be publishing Volume Two as soon as all pictures are in and printing can start. Expected publication date will be spring of 2013. If you have pictures of interest, please scan and e-mail them to or call 304-415-8359, 304-760-2121 or 304-755-4246.

Cabell Huntington Hospital announces upcoming Events December 13 - Evening of Memories Memorial Service Cabell Huntington Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department invites family and friends of patients who passed away this year to attend this special memorial service. Location: Harless Auditorium on the campus of the Cabell Huntington Hospital; Time: 7 p.m. For more information: 304-

The Putnam Standard 526-2049. December 17 - Sisters of Hope (breast cancer support group) Refreshments are served. Dr. Shawn McKinney serves as the medical advisor, and everyone is welcome. Location: Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Resource Room; Time: 5:30 p.m. More information: 304-5262443. December 18 - Parkinson's Disease Support Group The Senior Services Department invites anyone affected by Parkinson’s disease as a patient, caregiver or family member, to participate in this monthly support group focused on coping with the disease. Everyone is welcome. Location: Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Resource Room; Time: 6 p.m. More information: 304-5262695 or e-mail Sibling Class - Future big brothers and sisters learn to help care for the new baby. Location: Cabell Huntington Hospital; Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. More information: 304-526BABY (2229). Infant CPR Class - Pre-registration required. Location: Cabell Huntington Hospital; Time: 6 to 8 p.m. More information: 304-526BABY (2229).

Generation Putnam Holiday Lunch Date: December 14, 2012 Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Join Generation Putnam at Fireside Grille for lunch on Friday, December 14 at noon. This event will celebrate the successes on 2012 and the holiday season. Lunch will be "dutch" treat.

Brown Sisters to perform at Nitro Senior Center On Saturday, December 15, 2012 the Nitro Senior Center will host their monthly Country Western Dance, and it will feature again a crowd favorite The Brown Sisters. The dance is a fundraiser for the Nitro Seniors and it goes directly to their activities. The evening starts at 5:00 p.m. with a concession and the music and dancing starts at 6:00 p.m. The center is located on 21st Street and 2nd Avenue in Nitro. The admission is by a donation, and fun is had by all.

Christmas Concert First Baptist Church of Hurricane will present the Christmas Concert "TONIGHT" on Sunday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. Eveyrone welcome.

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Santa Claus comes to Town with Firefighters

Boys and girls at Hurricane Town Elementary smile for a quick picture before heading out on an old fashioned hay ride with Santa. The Hurricane Fire Department has offered area children Christmas hayrides for nearly a decade. Photo by Justin Waybright

By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE—Santa arrived in an unusual way at Hurricane Town Elementary Dec 3. Lights flashed and garland waved in the wind as the Hurricane Fire Department swept around the bend and pulled onto the school’s parking lot. Firefighters jumped off a trailer and helped eager boys and girls onto an old fashioned hay ride with Santa. More than 25 children climbed onto the trailer and huddled around Old Saint Nick. Christ-

mas cheer could be heard from blocks away while the firefighters drove them through the city streets. Hurricane Firefighter Bill Chapman was ready to spread holiday cheer. “We’ve been doing this for eight or nine years, and I love it,” Chapman said. “The kids make ya feel great.” April Armstrong, a leader for the Culloden Girl Scout Troop 503, was happy to see her girls having fun. She had five girl scouts on the ride: Emily Armstrong, Lindsey Lockhart, Jadyn Henry, Evie Norris and Megan Skeens.

“They’re just having a good time,” Armstrong said. “I think this is great for the community to come together like this.” The community has been busy this month. From Yuletide in the Park to the annual Christmas parade, the city has been booming with plenty of Christmas activities. Many organizations throughout the area have held fundraisers and toy drives. The Hurricane Fire Department has held several this December. For more information on future fundraisers or events, call the City of Hurricane at (304) 562-5896.

Jonah Skiles of Winfield High School Accepted at Coastal Carolina University CONWAY, SC - Jonah Skiles, a resident of Hurricane, WV, has been accepted at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester. Jonah is a student at Winfield High School. Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 56 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master's degree programs in education, writing, coastal marine and wetland studies, and the MBA. Ten new undergraduate degree programs were recently added, including biochemistry, economics, graphic design, information systems, intelligence

and national security studies, musical theatre, theatre arts, as well as criminology, health and aging, and social justice tracks in sociology. More than 9,000 students from across the country and the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy

a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations. Visit for more information.

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Christin’s Corner By Christin Daugherty Dear Christin, Every time I ask my seven yearold son what he wants for Christmas he tells me he wants a dog. A puppy actually. But I just don’t know if I am ready for that kind of responsibility right now. I work long hours and so does my husband. We have never owned a dog before and I was wondering if you knew anything about how much they cost to maintain and maybe where the best place is to get one. Sincerely, Gone to the Dogs Dear Gone, Having pets is a lot of responsibility. Trust me - I have 4! And you have some very valid concerns that everyone should consider before getting one. I wish more pet owners thought like you! First and foremost, if you don’t have time for a pet, don’t get one. Especially a puppy! Puppies require a ton of time and patience. They need to be properly potty trained, leash trained, etc. I know several dog owners that got a dog, but had no time for them. And because these dogs weren’t trained on how to behave, the owners grew frustrated with the dogs and, eventually, gave them away. That is the most unfortunate of all situations - the dog suffers through no fault of its own. However, if you do decide to get one, it’s a good idea to factor in how much they cost. A healthy pup won’t cost you too much; about $100 a year for vaccinations and exams. But what if yours has health problems? Hopefully they don’t, but if so, the cost can go up dramatically. And don’t forget about flea/tick and heartworm medicine that has to be given every month, and in most cases runs around $20-$30. Now that we got all that out of the way, let’s talk about the pros they are endless! The unconditional love of a dog, or cat, can be one of the best feelings in the world. It’s a scientific fact that people with pets actually live longer,

and if you’ve ever had one then you know why. My pets are like my kids and I believe that I would be totally lost without them! If you are serious about adding a new member to your family, please, please, PLEASE consider visiting your local animal shelter FIRST! They are constantly overcrowded with unwanted animals, both young and old. These animals are very inexpensive, with the cost of the animal almost entirely going toward spaying or neutering. Some shelters will also give you the opportunity to foster a dog for a short period of time, until they can find them a “forever” home. This may be an option for you or anyone else that is not sure how a dog or cat will fit into their daily lives. Sort of a “trial period” if you will. The shelter will be able to give you more information on this process and tell you which animals are available for fostering. Something else you may want to consider is adopting a cat. They are perfect for people who work long hours because they require very little maintenance. Just food, water, and a clean litter box most of the time and they are good to go! And the shelter always has plenty of them that would just love to go to a new home. Whatever you decide to do, I’m glad you are taking the time to consider all that goes in to becoming a pet owner. If more people took the time to think about the animals first instead of themselves, maybe there would be a lot less out there with no place to call home. “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” - Josh Billings Got a problem? Need some answers? Contact me at m. **The opinions of this column are solely the opinions of this individual writer and are not the opinions of the Putnam Standard or Cabell Standard newspapers. **

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Smith of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. “Beyond the duties of a researcher, Pat has also made significant contributions ‘where the pavement hits the road’ or in the direct education of today’s and tomorrow’s rehabilitation counselors,” Smith stated in his letter of nomination. Dunn is editor of The Rehabilitation Professional, IARP’s peerreviewed journal and is a peer

reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Vocational Analysis. He has authored nearly 50 scholarly manuscripts and national presentations, His teaching experience includes service as an associate professor (tenured) at University of Alabama and as an assistant professor at New York’s Syracuse University. He currently is enrolled at Lincoln Memorial University’s

School of Law, with an anticipated graduation of May 2013. Dunn earned a Master’s and Doctoral degrees in rehabilitation services from the Ohio State University, and a Master’s degree in vocational evaluation from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, after completing a Bachelor’s degree in counseling and rehabilitation from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

But workers are confident. “It’s not easy for such a large organization to do a project like this, especially one that impacts the current facility, but the progress is great so far,” McCarty said. Neighborgall has been a hospital, school and large-scale commercial construction staple in the Tri-State for more than 80 years. The 4th generation family company has had its hand in buildings like Spring Valley High School, St. Mary’s Hospital Out Patient Center, Cabell Midland High School and the Marshall University Science buildings. “This kind of work is what we do,” said McCarty. His workers are proud to be a part of something like this. “Knowing this is for such a great cause makes it easier,” he said. Price agreed, “That’s when construction becomes more than just building…it’s for a cause, and we are a small part of something that will impact the community for years.” Neighborgall Construction

thanks some of its local contractors for their hard work in this project. Some of these area companies include: Jordan Smith Electric, Service Glass Company, Phillip S. Johnson Company, Kanawha Valley Construction and Erectors, West Virginia Paving and Boggs Roofing. The new children’s hospital is tentatively slated for completion by 2015. “There is a lot of money, study and thought being spent on this,” said Graley. “But this shows you where our priorities lie.” The vice president and chief operating officer of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation described the driving force behind his hospital. “This hospital was born out of a community need, and we didn’t say we need this or that…the community did,” he said. “We needed a hospital in this region that specialized in pediatric care…the community has given us our mission.”


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Forest fire season in effect through Dec. 31 The West Virginia's fall forest fire season runs through Dec. 31, 2012. Daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile. Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying onsite until the fire is completely extinguished, and only burning vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings. If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed against you.

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helped bring in $650,000. The Hoops family, from Milton, gave $3 million toward the project. The money given is being put to good use. Workers with Neighborgall Construction are seen every day finishing concrete, fabricating metal and moving dirt to make this multi-million-dollar blueprint come alive. “It’s really amazing to be part of something that will be beneficial to so many people,” said Amy Price, project superintendent. Project Manager David McCarty agreed. “To see this project start to take shape is very satisfying,” McCarty said, looking toward the entryway. “It took a lot of hard work to get to this point.” Construction often comes with challenges. Workers must take a 50-yearold facility and make it state-ofthe-art, while moving hospital officials around, demolishing much of the inside and staying on budget and schedule.

Online WV Encyclopedia Reaches 500,000 Mark CHARLESTON – The number of visitors to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia surpassed 500,000 recently, an important mark for the online West Virginia reference resource. e-WV, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, is the quickest, most authoritative reference available for concise information on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture – past and present. The website offers more than 2,300 articles, thousands of multimedia assets, interactive map-

ping, a 12,000-item timeline, and quizzes, among other features. “We keep a close eye on the number of visits to the online West Virginia Encyclopedia,” said e-WV publisher Ken Sullivan. “We are pleased to reach this benchmark,” he added. e-WV has also recorded millions of page views with visits from 179 countries around the world. The online encyclopedia, found at, is free of charge and available to anyone with access


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to the Internet. It is the latest product of the West Virginia Encyclopedia Project, best known for the print edition of the West Virginia Encyclopedia, a regional bestseller published by the Humanities Council on June 20, 2006. e-WV is staffed by full-time editors who update content daily, reply to the comments and feedback of users, and add to interactive and illustrative features on the site. The e-WV website was developed by Information Research Corporation of Fairmont and Weston and is supported in part by a $150,000 grant from Verizon, by other sponsors, and by the contributions of its users. For more information contact the West Virginia Humanities Council, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25301; (304) 346-8500; or visit e-WV at The website is hosted by WVNET of Morgantown.

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Career Fair Offers Brighter Future By Justin Waybright

Weekly Devotional By Mary Jane

HURRICANE - In a dry economy and in a financially burned season, many residents found hope and a brighter future during a career fair last Wednesday at Valley Park. More than 25 employers and job agencies packed into the commons area and welcomed crowds of people to their booths. This marked the first time for this well-received event in the county. Gary Walton, the Executive Director of the Putnam County Development Authority, was pleased early in the event. “I see people coming in and out and this is great,” Walton said. The low unemployment rate spurred this event, he said. “Companies are expanding and many are finding it more and more difficult to find employees because Putnam County has such a low unemployment rate.”Walton said. The county’s unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, down almost one percent from last year, according to statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor. Kanawha and Cabell counties are 6.1 percent. A handful of new businesses have come into the community, looking for employees, said Putnam Chamber of Commerce President Marty Chapman. “We are very blessed in Putnam County,” Chapman said. “While others struggle, we’re sort of an anomaly, because we are growing and our business community is growing.” One of these new businesses opening to the area is FLSmidthLudowici. This supplier of equipment, services and expertise for cement and minerals in-

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Crowds of eager residents pack into the commons area of the Valley Park to learn about available positions at local employers and job agencies. Photo by Justin Waybright. dustries is breaking ground at the Putnam Business Park in Frazier’s Bottom. Ed Vickers, president of the company, hopes to open FLSmidth-Ludowici by May. “We’re trying to be proactive and canvass the area in hopes of finding qualified people to continue to help us grow the company,” Vickers said. Once complete, the business will open doors to a 105,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, sitting on nine acres. For more information, visit Across from Vicker’s booth, Craig Young, a branch manager with United Talent, explained to visitors how his staffing organization can help them find a job, and possibly a career. “We work with different clients to offer seasonal jobs, temporary hiring and other ways for people to find jobs,” said Young. “It’s a good feeling to help people some come in one day and we’re able to put them to work right away.” Young continued, “Every job placed is an audition, but if they do a good job, it may work into

something long term.” To learn more about posting or applying for available positions, contact United Talent at (304) or visit 760-1053 Other opportunities for work were found at the Advance Technical Solutions (ATS). Denise Strain, a marketing director for ATS, was pleased to offer internships at her company. “We find that many college graduates come out with a degree, but no work experience,” Strain said. “We fill that, and we offer career opportunities, not just jobs.” Even if someone is in college, a position at ATS can be available. “We take advantage of this, and work with them in college,” she said. “It’s the perfect storm that gives us the golden opportunity to take a look at them as a potential employee.” For more information about ATS, call (304) 757-6542 or visit The first career fair at Valley Park went down as a success. “This is how I was hoping it would be,” said Walton.

Thought for the week: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. JAMES 1:17 (KJV) What does a gift mean to you when received? Is your first thought, the giver loves me; well, they did think about me; or is this payment in return for appreciation for something I did for them? A gift is supposed to be freely given; it should be intended to mean special thoughts were of you only, from the heart. As Christmas time and customary gift giving approaches, do we exchange gifts the thoughtful way, with the person in mind you give to - with love? Or do you just give the gift because you think they are giving you one in return? If you want that warm feeling in your heart to last and remain, then give only with love to one another. I read this story of a very rich old lady who had so much in life, but was not happy. She told her Dr. “I just don’t know why I am not content.” He said, “Maybe you could talk to my cleaning lady who mops and cleans my office, she seems happy all the time.” The cleaning lady told the rich lady, “I just have enough money to meet my bills each month but I am very happy each day I live, because I have this feeling in my heart from helping someone every day. There is always someone who wants to feel needed or needs someone to care. People may need help in many different ways; in return I get this greatest feeling that money cannot buy.” This is a great gift, and does not cost anything, it’s free. There are many bible verses on gifts and giving, II Corinthians 9:6 - But this say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. II Corinthians 9:7 - Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give not grudgingly, or necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. Whether it is a birthday, wedding, Christmas or any type of gift, give from the heart with love, to feel the true meaning of gift giving. So was the greatest gift of all when God gave his only begotten Son that we, who believe in him, shall have everlasting life here after. Prayer Father, we thank thee for this time of year to celebrate, THE BEST GIFT OF ALL, YOUR SON, so that we may believe and inherit your kingdom forever. Amen

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Velma’s View By Velma Kitchens People helping People Years ago when my kids were small, I had a big car. I had a 1976 AMC Matador. I liked the car because it was big and I was planning to move to Florida. The move to Florida did not work out. I had the car before I got married and had children. My sister lived out Tackett’s Branch Road and my Mom and I, along with my kids, went to visit my sister. As you come and go out Tackett’s Branch you have to drive across the railroad crossing - sometimes this can be trying as the road goes up a little hill and it is hard to see if a train is coming. However, there are signals and warnings. I was taught that you always stop, look and listen before driving across the railroad tracks. Some crossings didn’t have the arms which come up and down until later. We were coming back out of Tackett’s Branch one day and as I approached the railroad tracks another car was coming. So, I had to move over a bit and let the other car pass. Well, I went over too far and my right front tire went down into the tracks. I was stuck. Mom was in the passenger seat and the kids were in the back. All I could think to do was get out and pray, which I did. We all got out of the car and thank God there was no train coming. I didn’t really care about the car, but I didn’t want to have anyone hurt as a result of my carelessness. As soon as we got out of the car, a young man in a truck pulled up behind me and he had a chain in his hand! He asked if he could pull my car off the tracks. WOW, could you believe he was the answer to my prayer! He hooked the chain to the back of my car and he pulled me out of the pit I was in. He said he always kept a chain in his truck just for that reason. I don’t think I asked the young man his name, but I know the Lord knows who he is. He came just in the nick of time. God always watches over His children. I am so glad He sent the man in the pickup truck to help us that summer day.

Under Construction

Skaff Family Commercial Properties has contracted Steorts Homebuilders LLC to construct a business triplex at 3738 Teays Valley Road. Doug Skaff of Skaff Family Commercial Properties also owns Valley Health, just across the street. Skaff is excited about this proj-

ect and what it may do for the local economy in Hurricane and Teays Valley. "This is going to be a special design we're doing," he said. Skaff said he will reveal more information about the project once it nears completion.

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A Mystical Magical Christmas Submitted by: Mary W. Trotter of Scott Depot The place was Winfield, Putnam County, West Virginia. The year was 1917. The protagonist was Mother, who was six years of age at the time of the remembrance. Some eighty years later Mom shared this story with me, her daughter. The story tells of a six week preparation and adventure through the most mystical magical time of the year. Woven between the Christmas story of the birth of the Christ Child and the fairy tell of Santa, Momma and Daddy had it just right for their wide eyed four and six year old children. A trip into the woods in late fall in search of that perfect cedar tree was traditional. Momma and Daddy, thought since the distance was a long walk Jim, who was only four, best not go. It was a long trek even for me. Daddy carried me on his shoulders. We went out behind the Fairgrounds, which is now the Winfield Park. It seemed we walked and looked forever for that perfect tree. Requirements for the tree were; it must have just one trunk which had to be large enough in circumference to stand firmly on the floor, should be eight feet tall, shaped like a cone and have branches substantial enough to withstand the weight of the ornaments. There was honor in a marked tree. Once marked no one else would claim your tree. While looking for our tree we also looked for reindeer hoof prints. But there were none to be seen at this time of the year. Momma did all of the cooking, baking and candy making. In the evenings and on Saturdays, when I was not watching Jim, Momma would let me help her in the kitchen. The first dessert prepared was the fruit cake. Momma's schedule called for the cake to be baked the weekend after Thanksgiving. She let me fill the brown paper bag with flour and shake the dried fruit until the fruit was completely covered. The cakes were baked in pans lined with heavy wax paper. When taken from the oven they were wrapped in cloths, soaked in Apple Jack peach brandy, put in tins and tightly closed to let the cakes and brandy blend. Some of the cookies were made in the evenings after supper. Momma let me help make and decorate the sugar cookies. Daddy watched Jim while Momma and I baked. She made candy cane cookies, crumpets and Chinese tea cookies.

Momma felt it too dangerous for me to stir the candy as it cooked. She allowed me to hull the black walnuts, after Daddy using a brick and hammer, cracked the nuts. Caramels with nuts, stove top chocolate fudge with freshly hand hulled black walnuts, Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Logs, Divinity Fudge with Gum Drops, Sea foam, Fondant, Stuffed Dates, Peanut Brittle, Taffy and Martha Washington with nuts and cocoanut dipped in Hershey's block chocolate coating made with paraffin wax rounded out the candy making. The cantata, which was prepared and presented by those old enough and willing, was given the week before Christmas. Going to the cantata was a family affair. The snow was too deep for us to keep our feet dry while walking; therefore, Daddy hitched the horse to the sleigh, filled the sleigh full of straw and put hot bricks in the straw to keep us warm. Hearing the snow crunch beneath the sleigh runners and the horse's hooves added a touch of excitement to the ride. After the cantata many of the teenagers and some adults went caroling throughout the neighborhood, especially at the homes of shut-ins and stopping by some designated homes for hot chocolate. Another tradition on Christmas Eve was the decorating of the Christmas tree. Days before decorating the tree Momma would let me help her make an angel, gingerbread boys, bells dolls, stars and train ornaments for the tree. These ornaments were made of a flour, salt and water mixture which was allowed to dry for two days. While still slightly pliable Momma would put string through each ornament to hang on the tree. A day before hanging the ornaments we would make a paint mixture of egg yolk and food coloring to paint them. The snow lay about eight inches deep the day Daddy and I went to fetch our tree. We rode into the woods on the sleigh to the wooded area where the marked tree stood. On our way we again searched for reindeer hoof prints. This time we found them - a sure sign that Santa was in the neighborhood and watching the good little boys and girls in Winfield. With an ax, Daddy chopped first one side of the tree then the other, always saying, "Stay back Sweety, I don't want you to get hit when the tree falls." He loaded the tree onto the sleigh

and back home we went. Daddy measured the height of the tree and cut it making sure it fit the height of the living room. He took it into the living room and placed it where Momma wanted it. He turned the tree until it was just right. She would say, "You know Charlie, there's just one good side to a tree." The tree had to show its beauty. He nailed the tree right through the rug into the floor. He tied a cord half way up the tree trunk and nailed the cord to the wall. When ready he placed the handmade angel at the top of the tree. The ornaments were hung throughout the tree. Popping and stringing popcorn and cranberries for garland, was time consuming, but fun. The tree was coming to life with shapes and colors. Glass blown balls were very rare. We had a few and Momma placed them gingerly on the tree herself along with the long icicles which hung from the trunk of the tree to the tip end of each branch. There was an art to hanging the icicles and would only be hung by Momma. Last to be placed on the tree, by Momma, were the three-inchlong candles. Again placed at the tip end of the branches strong enough to hold the weight of the candles. Having oyster stew on Christmas Eve was another family tradition. The family would ready themselves for the eleven p.m. church service, again traveling to the church in the sleigh drawn by the old faithful horse. The ride home became exciting, for after the lighting of our tree, Daddy standing by with several buckets of water just in case the tree caught fire, Momma lit the candles and the magical moment happened. A little traditional non-alcoholic eggnog for good luck and hanging our stockings by the chimney - Jim and I were then shepherded off to bed to dream of what Santa would bring. On Christmas morning, when we woke, we found Santa had come and left under the tree a homemade rag doll and a homemade cradle for me. The cradle was made from an old suitcase that Momma lined with pretty material and Daddy put rockers on. "Prettiest cradle I ever saw." Jim got two homemade wooden trucks which he carried around all day. It was a day of playing for Jim and me while Momma prepared the Christmas dinner and looked forward to visits from family and friends. What a mystical magical Christmas of long, long ago.


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If Hank has to go, so does Costas

David Payne Sr. Column by David Payne Sr.

My message to ESPN is very simple: if Hank Williams Jr. has to go, so does Bob Costas. That's not driven so much by my dislike of Costas' views on our Second-Amendment freedoms as a simple sense of fairness. Sports commentator Costas said on Sunday Night Football about the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher that “if Jovan

Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and (his girlfriend) Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.” Naturally, millions of Americans who embrace the Second Amendment are up in arms about this. Costas, while admitting he's a fan of gun control (big surprise), says that's not what he meant. It is disgusting to me when people take horrible things that happen and use them to advocate their own political agenda. We go through this every time there is some terrible act. The only question is who will be the first in the media to use it to advocate their anti-Second Amendment philosophy. I get sick of blame being cast away from people who commit horrible acts and being miscast upon a tool that the founding fathers deemed important enough to guarantee our right to have it. It was pretty high on that list of guarantees, too. It was No. 2. I get sick of hearing it. I also get sick of writing about it, but somebody has to. Naturally, this brings to mind a similar instance of a year ago when Hank Williams Jr. said John

Boehner's golf game with Obama would be like “Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister) Netanyahu.” So Hank apologized and tried to explain what he meant and still got canned from ESPN. The mistake was mentioning Hitler in the first place; it's a hot button for obvious reasons. What really infuriated me about the Hank Williams situation was the headlines. “Hank Williams Jr. compares Obama to Hitler” they all said. Really? How in the world do you write for national media and sleep through apparently every English class since seventh grade? Now, I am sure there are some English teachers somewhere who will read this, slap their foreheads and say “For Pete's sake, David, it's a (blank),” but I don't know a single word to describe what Hank was saying, but it was a figure of speech. The best I can come up with is “hyperbolic analogy.” First it was an analogy, (A is to B as C is to D). That doesn't mean that A and C are the same things. It means that the relationship between A and B is the same as the

relationship of C and D. But it was also hyperbole. Hyperboles are when you say something that is an extreme exaggeration, done for emphasis. Like when you say “I am so hungry I could eat a horse.” You obviously, despite how hungry you may be, could not devour an entire horse. Or when you say “it took forever to get through the line at the DMV.” Obviously, if it took forever to get through the line, you wouldn't have gotten through it in the first place – and still be there, not somewhere else complaining about how long it took. This is what Hank, very ineffectively I might add, was trying to explain when he apologized and anyone who has majored in some English-related field in college should be well aware of this. The only accurate headline would have been “Hank uses Hitler and Obama in the same comparison.” Hank apologized. Costas refuses to do so. Regardless, Hank said it and got canned. OK, I'm willing to accept that. Now can Costas. There was one huge difference between the two statements.

Hank just recorded this iconic song that had been used for Monday Night Football for years, then ran around saying halfcooked stuff on his own time. That's a freedom-of-speech issue. Costas said what he said on the air. He said it while representing ESPN. He said it while ESPN paid for it to be broadcast into millions of homes. Hank Williams Jr. easily survived what he said. If anything, his popularity has only increased. Costas, however, will forever have millions of people forever look upon him in light of what he said. That is a shame because he is arguably one of the greatest sportscasters of all time. I wish he had just talked about football. I really do. But, at ESPN, nothing will ever happen to Costas. There is a reason for that. There is a reason for the double standard. Hank Williams Jr.'s comments do not necessarily reflect the views of ESPN, but Costas' views on gun control sure do. Contact David Payne Sr. at

Outdoors Roundup Insect salt shotgun an interesting holiday gift One interesting product I've just become aware of (and one that would make a very unique Christmas present) introduces a new, unlikely sport – indoor insect hunting. It's called the Bug-a-salt; it reminds me of the Flit Gun from the 1940s. The Flit Gun was a popular little insecticide sprayer that sprayed a small amount of insecticide on an individual insect, such as a fly buzzing around the house. The drawback, of course, was that you were spraying insecticide all over your house. Like the Flit Gun, the Bug-asalt can also be used to snipe a buzzing fly or other insects, such as roaches and wasps, with one key difference: it kills bugs with ordinary table salt. The table salt is propelled out of the gun by air in a shotgun pattern and is lethal to bugs as

far as three feet away and will not penetrate human skin. For more information, visit Trapping lawsuit thrown out of court A U.S. District Court has dismissed a lawsuit alleging the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish violated the federal Endangered Species Act by allowing trapping in an area where endangered Mexican gray wolves had been reintroduced. The lawsuit was filed by the environmental-activist organization WildEarth Guardians and alleged that allowing trapping in areas where the wolves were – although other species besides wolves were being trapped – violated the law. There had been a ban in trapping in those areas and it was lifted in 2010. Department Director Jim Lane, who was named in the lawsuit with State Game Commission Chairman Jim McClintic, hailed

the decision as a sportsmen’s victory for “real conservationists,” state authority over wildlife management, and the integrity of the Endangered Species Act. “We fought aggressively to defeat this frivolous lawsuit,” Lane said. “We are happy with the outcome. It’s unfortunate we had to spend hunters’, anglers’ and trappers’ dollars to win it rather than leveraging those same dollars toward on-the-ground conservation of New Mexico’s wildlife.” The court ruled that WildEarth Guardians lacked evidence and failed to present facts to support its case. The case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled. Record Black Friday Gun Sales shut down FBI system The FBI sees new daily record for background checks. Fear that lawmakers may enact tougher gun-control laws has triggered mass gun purchases across the

country. The FBI says it took 154,873 background-check calls on Nov. 23, well above the previous record of 129,166 calls. The FBI says that it does not track actual firearms purchases, just the numbers of actual background-checks. As customers can purchase multiple guns on a single background check, the actual number of gun sales that day would be higher. Gun stores have reported a noticeable increase in gun sales following Obama's re-election, although unsuccessful Republican candidate also threatened gun control during the presidential debates. The FBI received so many background-check calls, the systems at some of its call centers, unable to handle the volume, shut down. According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, 47 percent of Americans reported owning a firearm. Online hunting journal an in-

teresting tool For years, West Virginia has led the way in collecting data from hunters and making that information available with its various hunter surveys. Since the early 1980s, West Virginia hunters who want to participate in efforts like the Bowhunter Survey or Spring Gobbler Survey, request a form, which they can pick up at DNR offices or have mailed to them. They hunt, write down the information on the paper and mail it back. Alabama has an interesting take on this idea. It does its hunter survey online. Data collected by the online harvest form include the date and time of harvest, gender of the animal, number of antler points, county where harvested, method of harvest, and the type of hunt (stalk or dog). The form will begin accepting turkey harvest information in the spring of 2013.

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Christmas Parade Sweeps through City By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE - Christmas spirit filled Main Street Saturday afternoon. The enchanted atmosphere was alive with lights, sounds and cheer. Holiday lights and flags hung from telephone poles. Business owners along the street stood outside their shops to enjoy the annual Christmas event. Members of the Hurricane Civic Chorus played seasonal melodies before hundreds of people, young and old, as they stood on sidewalks and watched a festive parade sweep through the area. It was as if the city stopped business, gathered families and came together to share a special evening. Boys and girls scrambled for candy thrown by parade participants. Toddlers sat on their father’s shoulders to catch a better

This decked-out tractor caught the attention of bystanders during Hurricane’s Christmas Parade. It was one of many custom floats and rides that participated in this year’s event. Photo by Justin Waybright. glimpse of all the action on the street. Cameras flashed and snapped while antique cars, customs floats and groups of distinguished men and women passed underneath a perfect sunset. Joy and excitement were writ-

ten on the faces of young boys and girls. They were ready for Christmas. Tracy Britt enjoyed the parade. “This is fun,” the Nitro resident said. “It really seems to bring the community together.”

Crowds of people form on both sides of Main Street in Hurricane during the annual Christmas parade. Boys and girls walked away with bags full of candy and treats from parade participants. Photo by Justin Waybright.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Photos by Justin Waybright

See our special Christmas Section in next week’s edition!


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VIRGINIA LEE BANNISTER Virginia Lee Bannister, 79, of South Charleston, passed away November 26, 2012, at Angel Avenue Assisted Living Home, Teays Valley. She had been a resident of Oak Island, N.C., for 30 years, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Island. Jenny was an avid gardener. She loved watching her hummingbirds and playing games when her daughters and their families came to visit. She loved to travel with her daughters and these mother-daughter trips were a very special time in her life. Jenny is survived by four daughters, Deborah Brooks of Las Vegas, Nev., Sharon (Roy) West of Cross Lanes, Pamela (Ron) Gregor of South Charleston and Kimberly (Kent) Lipton of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; grandchildren, Chuck (Sarah) Brooks of Monroe, Mich., Danielle (Adam) Henderson of Atlanta, Ga., Mike (Seka) Gregor of Huntington, Eric West of Connellsville, Pa., Joe (Andrea) Gregor of Sissonville, Brandon (Grace) West of Charleston and Parker Lipton of Murrells Inlet; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom (Faith) Terry of New York and Charles (Pat) Terry of Mississippi; and sister, Jean Hunt of Huntington.

A celebration of Jenny's life was held Thursday, November 29, at Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans, with her grandson, Joe Gregor, officiating. Entombment followed the service. The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Angel Avenue Assisted Living Home of Teays Valley and HospiceCare for the love and care that was given to Jenny during her time there. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, assisted the Bannister family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

CARMEL OWEN "TOM" BARKER Carmel Owen "Tom" Barker, 91, of St. Albans, died Monday, December 3, 2012, at Teays Valley Center. He was a retired electrician with many years of service, having worked in the Kanawha Valley and in the Toledo, Ohio, area. Tom was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and also a U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents, Callie and Carrie Barker; sisters, Hazel Henley and Gladys Bowles; and brothers, James Barker, Woody Barker, Avril Barker and Bob Barker. Surviving are his son, Carmel O. Barker II of Toledo, Ohio; sisters, Sylvia Hackney of Charleston and Jewel Bowser of Johnstown, Pa.; four grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday, December 6 at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Pastor Jesse Waggoner officiating. Burial followed in the Barker Family Cemetery, Ashford.

OWEN BARTON Owen Barton, 87, of Red House, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the Army infantry in the South Pacific. Mr. Barton worked as a science teacher at McKinley Junior High School and retired from Kanawha County Schools, where he worked for 26 years. He was a WVU alumni, a past member of Riverside Baptist Church and he enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delma Jean Barton; brothers, Lawrence Scott Barton, Richard Barton and Tom Barton; and sister, Mavis Bennett. Mr. Barton is survived by his son, Michael Barton and his wife, Elizabeth, of Scott Depot; daughter, Wilhelmina Hinzman of Red House; grandchildren, Joseph and Bethany Barton of Scott Depot; and brother, William Maxwell Barton of Point Pleasant. A memorial service was held

Friday, November 30, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park at later date. Arrangements were in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

VIRGINIA LEE BENNETT Virginia Lee Bennett, 91, of Hurricane, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington. She was a homemaker, a Protestant and spent most of her life in Putnam County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred; parents, John and Clara Morrison; and great-granddaughter, Aliscia Ball. Surviving are her sons, Larry D. and his wife, Diana Bennett, of Cross Lanes and Jerry L. Bennett and his late wife, Betty, of Tennessee; brothers, John Wesley Morrison Jr. of Bluefield and Jack Morrison of St. Albans; sister, Sarah Dye of Martinsburg; grandchildren, Kevin Ball, Duska Arbaugh, Jerry Bennett, Stacy Cox and Jeremy Bennett; and greatgrandchildren, Bronwyn, William, Raeghan, Kynlee, Taylor, Kyndall and Branson. Services were held Thursday, December 6 at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Dr. David E. Mitchell officiating. Entombment was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

SHANNON MARIE TAYLOR BLANKENSHIP Shannon Marie Taylor Blankenship, 29, of Chapmanville, passed away December 3, 2012. She is survived by her loving family, her parents, Debrah and Jerry Browning of Hurricane; brother, Mike Taylor (Kera) of Culloden; sisters, Tammy Snyder (Dawson) and Connie Young of Scott Depot; fiancé, Jeff May of Chapmanville; grandparents, Charles and Jackie Browning of Scott Depot; her favorite nephew, Evan, who she loved with all her heart; uncles, Butch Browning of Scott Depot and Roger Province (Christy) of Davis Creek; and several cousins. She was a loving and beautiful daughter, sister, aunt, fiancée, granddaughter, niece and cousin. She loved her family and was loved my so many. She touched so many lives with her kindness and always had a smile for everyone. The family would like to thank the staff at Logan Regional Medical Center for the prayers and compassion during this time. A tribute to the life of Shannon Marie Blankenship was held Friday, December 7, at GatensHarding Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Blankenship family.

December 16-17, 2012 – Page 11 MARY ELISABETH TEN EYCK BORGEL Mary Elisabeth Ten Eyck Borgel, 70, of Hurricane, died suddenly on Dec. 1, 2012, at home. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, Charleston. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, was entrusted with the arrangements.

DANIEL C. CHAPMAN Daniel C. Chapman, 72, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 28, at Gulfside Hospice House, Zephyrhills, Florida, after a long battle with cancer. He was retired from General Motors in Illinois and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife, Dreema Dudding Hodges Chapman; daughter Kathy (Andy) Hart, and son, Daniel (Marybeth) Chapman of New Lenox, Illinois; stepson Douglas (Lucy) Hodges and step-daughter Carol (Stephen) Hodges of Hurricane, WV. Also surviving are brothers, Ray Chapman of Alabama, Harold Chapman of Texas, Melvin Chapman of Kentucky; sisters, Marie Hedrick, Betty Racer, Shirley Elkins of Culloden, WV; Bonnie Breedlove of North Carolina, and Linda Bird of Hurricane, WV. Grandchildren Jessica Hart, Victoria Hart, Mathew Chapman and Nichole Chapman of Illinois and Sarah Hodges of Hurricane, WV, along with a host of nieces and nephews and many, many friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Allen Funeral Home in Hurricane.

JACKIE HIGGINBOTHAM CRAIGO Jackie Higginbotham Craigo, 81, passed away on November 28, 2012, at her home, after a long illness. She was a Christian and a member of the Dunbar Mountain Mission. She was a very loving and faithful wife and mother. Jackie was a lifelong resident of Dunbar, W.Va. She retired from the Personnel Department in Sears in Charleston. Jackie was a past Worthy Matron of the Dunbar Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star; and a past Mother Advisor of The Dunbar Order of The Rainbow For Girls, where she received their highest award given, "The Grand Cross of Color." Jackie was involved in many charitable organizations. She was a past president of the WV Volunteers at the Rehabilitation Center. She was responsible for developing the gift shop at the Rehabilitation Center, where all of the proceeds were spent to benefit the patients. She was very thankful for the volunteers from her

church that helped make it all possible. She was the co-chairman of the State March of Dimes for a number of years. She was also involved in her church's activities, including coat drives and many activities in her Sunday School class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Basil and Delma Higginbotham; son, Terry Lee Craigo; daughter, Cynthia Craigo Brown; brother, Gerald L. Higginbotham and wife Jean; and sister, Janet Higginbotham Joplin Wilson. Jackie is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Harold Craigo; brother, Robert G. Higginbotham and wife Donna of St. Albans; sister, Betty Higginbotham Bradley and late husband James of Naperville, Ill.; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, John and Gina Brown; brotherin-law, Johnny Wilson; nephews, Jeffery Joplin and wife Myra of Great Falls, S.C., Bobby Higginbotham and wife Kim of St. Albans, David Higginbotham and wife Benita of Pliny, W.Va., and Scott Bradley and wife Lisa of Romeoville, Ill.; nieces, Lisa Higginbotham Langly and husband Ralph of Hurricane, and Kim Bradley of Naperville, Ill.; many great nieces and nephews; and one great-great-nephew. Funeral services were held Monday, December 3, 2012 at Keller Funeral Home with Reverend Billy Lucas officiating. Burial followed at Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. Arrangements were in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. The family would like to thank her church brothers and sisters, and many friends for their support, food, cards, and prayers. They would also like to thank Hospice for all their wonderful care, especially Lynese Danford, Beth Plantz, and Tamara Shaw. The family would welcome flowers, or donations made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, W.Va. 25312.

RUTH ELEANOR CUTLIP Ruth Eleanor Cutlip, 90, of Leon, died Nov. 26, 2012. Services were held Friday, Nov. 30, at Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

JOHN W. DICKENSHEETS John W. Dickensheets, 71, of Cross Lanes, passed away December 1, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, after an extended illness. Preceding him in death were his parents, Byron and Jessie Bland Dickensheets; and his sister, Nydia Ruth Hall. John is survived by his wife, Janet White Dickensheets; stepson, Joshua Hamilton; and his granddaughter, Kamryn Hamilton. John was a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati,


Page 12 – December 16-17, 2012 where he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity and selected as Mr. Bobcat in 1962. He earned a B.A. degree in political science. He was a pioneer in local sports talk radio, originating and hosting the Sports Line program on 58 WCHS and later Sports Talk with Bristol Broadcasting. John was a play-by-play broadcaster for the Charleston Charlies and Charleston Wheelers minor League baseball clubs; basketball announcer for the semi-pro Charleston Gunners; football and basketball for Marshall University, West Virginia State College and the University of Charleston; the Charleston Distance Run; Golden Gloves boxing events; and hundreds of high school sporting events. He was twice nominated for the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year award. At West Virginia State, he also served as the Yellow Jacket sports information director and coach of the women's basketball team for two seasons. He also served as station manager and account executive at WQBE AM and general manager and sales manager and account executive at WCHS/WVNS Radio. In addition to his duties as announcer for the Charlies, John served as the club's assistant general manager. He was a member of three hall of fame classes: the Charleston Baseball Wall of Fame (2008), displayed at Appalachian Power Park; the West Virginia Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2010); and he is an Athletic Hall of Fame member at the University of Charleston (2006). John grew up in Milton and attended Milton Elementary, Milton Junior High and Marshall College High School. He was a member of Milton Presbyterian Church. The family requests memorial donations in John's name are made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 6, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Hurricane, with the Rev. Lee White officiating. Burial followed in Forest Memorial Park, Milton. The family will accept memorial online condolences at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home assisted the Dickensheets family.

VIOLET CRYSTAL DUDLEY Violet Crystal Dudley, 87, of Hurricane, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Genesis Health Care, Hurricane. She was born January 10, 1925, to the late Henry Edward and Zelpha Chapman Crouch in Huntington. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Wallace Dudley; sister, Ruth Eddna Dudley; and granddaughter, Kimberly Guthrie. She was a homemaker and a member of Scott Depot Christ

Fellowship, Scott Depot. Surviving are her children, David Dudley of Hurricane, Donna Kidd of Hurricane, John Dudley of Scott Depot and Tom Dudley of Lanesville; sisters, Mary Crouch of Hurricane and Jean Nida of Georgia; brothers, Leonard Crouch of Georgia and Paul Crouch of New Jersey; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Larry Hammett officiating. Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence or memory may do so at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was honored to handle Mrs. Dudley's arrangements.

DIANA JANE ENNIS Diana Jane Ennis, 66, formerly of St. Albans, died November 15, 2012, in Dublin, Ohio. She was born December 4, 1945, to Harold and Jessie (Taylor) Moore, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ronnie Kessinger. Diana is survived by her husband of 48 years, Paul Ennis; daughters, Shawn Kessinger and Robin (Jason) Seifert; brothers, Jerry (Sandy) Moore, John (Garnet) Moore, Butch (Carolyn) Moore and James Moore; sisters, Brenda (George) Fore and Sandy (Charles) Evans; and grandchildren, Marissa, Ethan and Kaitlyn. Contributions may be made to Ohio Health Foundation, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 432153707, in Diana's memory. A celebration of Diana's life will be held in late spring 2013. Arrangements were entrusted to Day & Manofsky Funeral Service.

ROY L. FRAME Roy L. Frame, 89, died November 26, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. He was born in 1923 at Sutton, Braxton County, to Wellington Luther Frame and Florence Frame, growing up on Big Buffalo and playing in the "crick." He grew up hard during the Depression but he said they never went hungry, getting by on "Hoover Meat" and rabbits and what they could raise. Dad was a wounded combat veteran of World War II, serving in a front line rifle company in France as a machine gunner with the Fighting 44th Division, 71st Regiment. He was a true embodiment of the Greatest Generation. He retired from Union Carbide as a senior lab technician with 34 years of service. In his retirement he enjoyed his camp at Mount Nebo, Nicholas County, on Mouse Creek, "the rockiest damn soil in West Virginia." He loved his WVU football on his big screen TV and living in St. Albans. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie M. Frame, from

Fenwick, in 2006 after 57 years of marriage; and by his son, R. Stephen Frame in 2007; brother, Stephen J. Perkey; brother, John O. Frame; and sister, Eva Moreen Frame. He is survived by his son, Jeff Frame of St. Albans; grandson, James Caleb Frame and his wife, Mary, whom he considered his granddaughter; great-grandchildren, Melanie Pearl Pauley, Daniel Stephen Frame and Rosalia Helen Frame, all of St. Albans; and many nieces and nephews. Mary spent many hours with him at Thomas caring for him and bringing his great-grandchildren to see him. There were no services per his wishes. Inurnment was at Cunningham Memorial Park, lower mausoleum, with his wife and son. Donations may be made to The Recreation Department, Barboursville VA Home in memory of Roy Frame, by calling 304-7361027. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home was entrusted to handle the arrangements.

ETHEL M. HALL Ethel M. Hall, 93, of Nitro, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West in South Charleston. Ethel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was a member of First Baptist Church of Nitro. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years I. E. "Jumbo" Hall. Ethel is survived by her daughter, Cheryl M. Cotton and husband Leroy of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons, J. William Hall of Winfield, George H. Hall and wife Eliza D. of Charleston, E. Robert Hall and wife Mary Lois of Nitro; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. A celebration of Ethel's life was held Monday, December 3, 2012, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, W.Va. with Dr. Lawrence Hoptry officiating. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of the 3rd floor at Thomas Memorial Hospital, the staff of Hubbard Hospice House West, the staff of Candlelight Cottage, and the staff of Braley Care. The family suggests memorial contributions are made to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave, SW, South Charleston, W.Va. 25309. You may express online condolences at

ROBERT LAWRENCE HAMLER Robert Lawrence Hamler, 58, of St. Albans, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital. He was a former member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans. He loved sports and the outdoors.

The Putnam Standard Robert was preceded in death by his parents, James Albert and Marian Hamler; grandparents, Jutson and Inez Coleman. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Deborah Hamler; sons, Jason Hamler of St. Albans and Shannon of Mass.; brothers, Ehric Hamler and Timothy Hamler both of St. Albans; sister, Schiquitta Hamler of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandsons; he is also survived by other relatives and lots of friends. A service to honor the life of Robert Hamler was held Monday, December 3, 2012, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans with Rev. Dr. Michael A. Poke, Sr. officiating. Memories of Robert may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, was in charge of the arrangements.

Brenda sold Avon, enjoyed bowling at Boulevard Rec. Center and playing bingo. Surviving are her husband, Gary W. Jordan; sons, Gary W. Jordan Jr. and wife, Wanda, of Sissonville and Bill Jordan and wife, Lisa, of Elkview; daughter, Amber Hughart of Charleston; sisters, Margaret Long of Sissonville, Carol Whiting of St. Albans and Trudy Fore and Sandy Cook, both of Charleston; and grandchildren, Chris, Kayla, Zach, Cody, Allison, Jordan and Jessica. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 5, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Jeff Underwood officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home assisted the Jordan family.

D'ANN HIMES D'Ann Himes, 61, a resident of Culloden, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House, following a long illness. She was born August 2, 1951, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Robert and Charlene Davidson Gay. Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Thomas Himes of Culloden; a daughter, Alison Stone and husband, Chad, of Eleanor; a granddaughter, Rylee Stone; and step-grandson, Treyton Stone. D'Ann was a graduate of Sistersville High School and Morris Harvey College, receiving a degree in nursing. She was a nurse for Mountain State Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Company prior to her retirement. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, Teays Valley. She loved her family, her dog, Reece, and especially loved spending time with her granddaughter, Rylee, who was her pride and joy. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1, at St. John's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Martin Hallett officiating. Interment followed in Valley View Memorial Park. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, in memory of D'Ann. Please visit to share memories and condolences.

BRENDA J. JORDAN Brenda J. Jordan, 65, of Charleston, passed away December 1, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Carter Rose and Carrie Icey Estep Rose; sonin-law, Bobby Hughart; and sisters, Chelsie McCoy and Judy Rose.

ROBERT "BOB" JAMES McATEER Robert "Bob" James McAteer, 81, passed away Thursday, November 29, at home in St. Albans. He is survived by Joan, his wife of 57 years; sons, Kevin and wife, Judy, of Frederick, Md., and Michael McAteer of Hurricane; grandchildren, Stephen McAteer and Elizabeth Anders; and greatgrandchildren, Madison Rolls, Aiden McAteer, Davon Anders and Ryleigh Flynn Anders, all of Frederick, Md. Bob was born in Chester, Pa., the son of Elizabeth and Michael McAteer. Bob was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for 57 years. He created Micro Record Retention, Inc., a micrographics service, which he brought to Columbia Gas Transmissions in 1976. He retired from Columbia Gas in 1994, following a successful career as a project manager. He was a licensed pilot and proud owner of a Piper Tri Pacer airplane. He loved photography and was an avid hunter and fly fisherman in his youth. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Elizabeth McAteer; his half-brother, Hugh; and his son, Shawn. Services were held at St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, December 1 with the Rev. Pat McDonough, Pastor, officiating. Interment was held at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Donations may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or HospiceCare of Charleston.

FRANCES ANN (ZIFILIPPO) McCORMICK Frances Ann (Zifilippo) McCormick, 78, of South Charleston passed away November 21, 2012, at Regency Place in Scott Depot, where she resided for two years. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in


The Putnam Standard South Charleston, the South Charleston Community Center Water Aerobics Club, and a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. After raising three sons with her husband John, and working at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for fifteen years, Frances and John retired to South Charleston to enjoy the company of family and friends. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Frances is survived by her sons, Joseph and Patrick (Melissa) of Connecticut; daughter-in-law, Sharon; granddaughter, Daniele of Maryland; brothers, Samuel of Dunbar and James of South Charleston; sisters, Betty Tallarico of Texas and Marie Lanham of California; and many nieces and nephews and their families. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, John; son, Daniel; sisters, Lucy Rizzuto and Anna Dunn. The family would like to thank the staff at Regency Place for the loving care that made Mom feel at home. Mass of Christian burial was held Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston followed by internment in the church columbarium. A memorial donation may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church., South Charleston, W.Va. You may send your condolences to the family at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home was entrusted to handle the arrangements.

BILLY MCCOY Mr. Billy McCoy, 70, of Red House, passed away December 3, 2012, at Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. Billy was retired from Ashland Oil; a former employee of FMC; an Army veteran; and sang in various churches. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna McCoy; father, Ernest Rice McCoy; sisters, Jackie and Virginia; and brother, Tony. Billy is survived by his loving wife, Mary McCoy; son, Darrell and wife, Emily McCoy; stepson, Charles Leo McCoy Jr. and wife, Lynn; grandchildren, Jessica Leigh McCoy, Leo McCoy III, Caitlyn Newman, Courtney Marie McCoy, Cassey Alexandria McCoy and Garrett and Abbey Keefer; great-grandchild, Falicity McCoy; brothers and sisters, Shirley (Jerry) Sorg, Columbus (Monica) McCoy, Leo (Dee Dee) McCoy, Kathy (Richard) Clark, Earnestine Ramsey, Faye Jeffries, Donald (Ted) McCoy, Nina (Robert) Blackburn, Eugene McCoy, Junior (Tina) McCoy and Ruth Ann (David) Stratton; and sister-in-law, Margaret McCoy. A tribute to the life of Mr. Billy McCoy was held Thursday, December 6, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel

with the Rev. Leroy Meadows officiating. Entombment followed in the memory gardens. The family suggests donations are made to Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, 3100 Staunton Road, Huntington, WV 25701. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the McCoy family.

MARY LEE MCKINNEY Mary Lee McKinney, 69, of Cross Lanes, departed this life on Monday, December 3, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, following a long illness. She was born May 27, 1943, a daughter of the late Webster and Virginia Melton. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Comer and Cindy James; and two brothers, Danny and "Jabo" Melton. Mary was a 1962 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School. She was a retired bookkeeper for Eye and Ear Clinic, Charleston, and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Nitro. Survivors include her loving husband of 31 years, James H. McKinney Jr.; one son, Carmen D. Lilly of St. Albans; one son, Patrick Lilly of St. Albans; one stepson, James H. "Boom" McKinney III of Cross Lanes; two grandchildren, Taylor and Kayla Lilly; and two sisters, Beverly Bowles and her husband, Keith, of St. Albans and Patty Hamrick and her husband, Paul, of North Carolina. Everyone liked Mary and she had many friends and family. Mary loved spending time with family and friends and watching sports and enjoyed shopping. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, December 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Charleston, with the Rev. James Kurtz, OFM Cap. officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Online guestbook may be accessed at Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, was in charge of the arrangements.

ALICE MOORE Alice Moore, 73, of St. Albans, went to be with her Savior on November 26. 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston. She was born September 25, 1939, at Hughes Creek and was a daughter of Wilford Palmer and Helena Long Hanson, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ralph Moore. Alice was a 1958 graduate of Cedar Grove High School. She was a homemaker who accepted Christ as her Savior at a young

age. Though her life was plagued by illness, she now has received complete healing from her Father in Heaven. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Whittington and her husband, Kim, of St. Albans; and grandson, William Tyndale Whittington. A homegoing service for Alice was held Thursday, November 29, at Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Pastor John Smith officiating. Entombment followed the service at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, assisted the Whittington family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

PATRICK CHILTON O'DELL Patrick Chilton O'Dell, 25, of Van Nuys, Calif., formerly of Huntington, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. He was born February 11, 1987, in Huntington, a son of Don and Martha O'Dell of Huntington. Patrick was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John Chilton and Melba Mary O'Dell; and a cousin, Elizabeth Vaughan. He was a 2005 graduate of Huntington High School and a 2009 graduate of Elon University. While at Elon, Patrick spent a year studying at Heidelberg University in Germany, became fluent in German and developed a love for the country. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Patrick was employed as a waiter at Gladstone's in Malibu, Calif., while waiting on an acting and modeling career to flourish. Patrick will always be remembered for his zeal for life, for his unconditional love of all people, for his kindness and for his genuineness. His contagious smile, laughter and charming personality has warmed the hearts and positively impacted the lives of countless members of his family, his friends and his co-workers. Patrick was a great young man and a true gentleman. In addition to his parents, survivors include his two brothers and a sister-in-law, Adam O'Dell of Dania Beach, Fla., and Benjamin and Ashlee O'Dell of Simpsonville, S.C.; two nieces, Ellie and Madelyn O'Dell, also of Simpsonville, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Charles and Charlene Davis of Hurricane; uncles and aunts, Jeff and Edie Davis of Hurricane, Beth and Dave Trumpy of Wheaton, Ill., Marcia Vaughan of Boone, N.C., Doug O'Dell of Hurricane and Christy O'Dell Meadows of Hurricane; 10 cousins; and his beloved dog, GĂźnther. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, December 1, at First Presbyterian Church, Huntington, with the Rev. Amy Sutherlun and the Rev. Skip Seibel

December 16-17, 2012 – Page 13 officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. Patrick's family has requested that memorial donations be made to First Presbyterian Church, where funds will be designated for both domestic and foreign mission and outreach projects. Condolences may also be expressed to the family at Chapman's Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

FRANK MONTGOMERY OFFUTT Frank Montgomery Offutt, 73, of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, following complications from surgery. He had fought an 11year battle with the rare pure autonomic failure (PAF). Frank was born in Williamson, the first of two sons to Francis Montgomery Offutt and Ann Faye Bailiff Offutt. He graduated from Williamson High School and was a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame there. Frank went on to WVU with the aid of a Permanent Endowment Fund scholarship. He played freshman baseball there, was a member of the mechanical engineering honorary, Pi Tau Sigma, and graduated high among his class with a BSME. He then began a long and productive career in the Kanawha Valley chemical industry, working first for six years at the old Goodrich-Gulf Rubber Plant in Institute before spending 25 years at Monsanto in Nitro and taking early retirement. He then went directly to work for MTI Engineering, now CDI Engineering, where he was still employed. Frank was also a member of the MUC board, city of St. Albans. Frank was a 50-year member of the First Baptist Church in St. Albans, where he had been extremely active until recent years. He served as a deacon, as chairman of the Board of Christian Education, on the finance committee, taught senior and junior high Sunday school for years and served as senior high superintendent as well. Frank along with his wife, Sissy, were also longtime coaches of the church's girls basketball program, and Frank served as president of the St. Albans Church Basketball Association. Frank was also a youth official across the valley, officiating hundreds of church league and midget league basketball games, serving several years as a high school basketball official and also was a 10-plus years board member of Sun Aquatics, where he served as vice chairman and a swim official. Survivors include Frank's loving wife of 47 years, Margarette "Sissy"; daughter, Angela Cokley (Patrick) of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Jennifer of St. Albans; daughter, Libby of St. Albans; brother, Fred of Destrehan, La.;

and nine grandchildren, Caid and Cailin Cokley, Emily and Samiyah Offutt and Sydney, Thad, Tigo, Nali and Sylee Moss. Funeral services were held Friday, November 30, at First Baptist Church, St. Albans, with the Rev. Joel M. Harpold officiating. Entombment followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at Arrangements were under the direction of Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.

BETTY JEAN PEYTON Betty Jean Peyton, 74, of St. Albans, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, following a short illness. She was a 1956 graduate of St. Albans High School and attended Marshall University. She was retired from Fletcher Enamel Company, Gilbert and Bennett and the St. Albans Housing Authority. Betty was always among the first to offer comfort, counsel and any other necessary help to those in need throughout her life. As generous in death as she was in life, she has donated her body to the Marshall University Human Gift Registry program. She was the daughter of Roy and Joan Armstrong. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Mann Peyton. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Morrison (Philip) of Winfield. She is also survived by her sister, Suzy Ross (Jon) of Brentwood, Tenn., as well as brother, Joe Armstrong (Debbie) of South Charleston; nieces, Carrie Ross Wilson, Brentwood, Tenn., Amy Ross Weber (Doug), Franklin, Tenn., Kelly Armstrong, South Charleston, and nephew, Chris Armstrong of South Charleston; two great-nephews; and one great-niece. In addition, Juliet, Betty's four-legged Scottish terrier granddaughter whom she loved dearly and cared for at "Camp Grandsby's" on a regular basis. A memorial service was held Saturday, December 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans, with Pastor Paul Romine officiating. In keeping with Betty Jean's wishes, memorial contributions should be made, to the charity of the giver's choice.

EMILY IRENE PHELPS Emily Irene Fletcher Phelps, 84, of Hurricane went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2012. She was the daughter of Homer L. Fletcher and Eliza Ann Paul Fletcher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert J. Phelps; sons, Randy, Glendall, Denzil, and Stanley Phelps; daughter, Phyllis Grant; brother, Hubert


Page 14 – December 16-17, 2012 Fletcher; sisters, Thelma McGhee and Wanda Fletcher. She is survived by her sons, Herbert H. and his wife, Linda Phelps and Milton Phelps, both of Hurricane; daughters, Linda and her husband, Brian Legg of St. Albans; Connie and her husband Jeff Bowman of Scott Depot; sister, Katherine Sowards of Culloden; 8 grandchildren, great-grandchildren; several many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Emily was a very loving and nurturing mother. The family would like to express gratitude to Genesis Teays Valley Center and Hospice. Donations may be made to Hospice. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at Allen Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mount Vernon Cemetery.

LARRY J. RACER Larry J. Racer, 59, of St. Albans, passed away November 22, 2012, at home. He was born February 4, 1953, in South Charleston, a son of Dana and Mary Agnes Racer. Larry was retired from Pipefitters Local Union 625. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He loved to cook, listen to music and was a jokester. He was a private person with many friends. He is survived by his son, Jonathan Racer of Gainesville, Fla.; daughter, Jeanette Arbaugh and her husband, Shane, of St. Albans; brothers, Danny Racer of St. Albans and Greg Rubin of North Carolina; and grandchildren, Ciarrah Lucas, Brendon Blake, Kaylee Taylor, Bryson Taylor and Brenden Arbaugh. A celebration of Larry's life was held Friday, November 30, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with H.R. Whittington as celebrant. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

WILLIAM ROHAN William Rohan, 58, of St. Albans, passed away November 19, 2012, after a long illness, at CAMC Memorial Division, Charleston. He is survived by his mother, Theresa Childers of St. Albans; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret (William) Crouch of Hurricane; nephew, Erik Crouch of Huntington; sister and brotherin-law, Maria and George Perdew, and niece, Natalie, all of Summersville; and aunt, Peggy Soos, and brother, David Soos, both of Louisville, Ky. Please send any contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was Billy's favorite charity. No services were held. Information was provided by Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans.

SHELIA LYNN SARGENT Shelia Lynn Sargent, age 74, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. She was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Cabell County, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy Cooper of Milton, W.Va. She worked at the Bank of Milton until retiring in 1997 and was a lifelong member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughter, Peggy Sanchez; brother, Stiles Cooper; and brother-in-law, Jim Perry. Survivors include her husband, Gary Sargent; daughter and sonin-law, Shay and Barry Eli of Delaware; son and daughter-inlaw, Todd and Dee Sargent; two granddaughters, Madison and Taylor Sargent; sister, Rosemary Perry; brother-in-law, Don Sargent; sister-in-law, Christine Cooper; niece, Christa Maddox; and nephews, Jamar Perry and Ryan Cooper. Wallace Funeral Home, Milton, was in charge of arrangements. Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 3, at Chestnut

Grove Baptist Church. Contributions may be made to Hospice Care.

BEATRICE M. SIMMONS Beatrice M. Simmons, 90, of St. Albans, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012, at Dunbar Care & Rehabilitation Center, following a long illness. Born March 23, 1922, in Whitesville, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Maggie P. Christian Harvey. Beatrice had worked as a retail sales associate for Macy's Department Store for 26 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard C. Bragg Sr.; three sons, Howard C. Bragg Jr., Zane Foster Bragg and Dennis Layne Bragg; and one sister, Margaret M. Pitsenbarger. Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Madge Reese (Harvey) of St. Albans; two sons, Andrew Bragg (Donna) of Salisbury, N.C., and Phillip G. "Butch" Bragg (Maureen) of St. Albans; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Services were held Thursday, November 29, at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum Chapel, Clintonville, with eulogy by family members. Burial followed in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. The family would like to thank the staff at Dunbar Care & Rehab Center, especially the staff on Dogwood Lane, for their special care of their mother. Also, special thanks to Hospice for all their exceptional care and concern. Arrangements were by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

LELAND T. SLOAN, ESQ. Leland T. Sloan, Esq. of St. Albans, passed away Friday, November 30th, at Hubbard Hospice West. He was born July 15, 1925, in Long Branch, Pa. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Debby; and his wife of 42 years, Dorothy. He is survived by four children, Leland T. II (Rebecca) of St. Albans, Brian of St. Albans, Carole (Mike) of Superior, Colo., Lisa (Scott) of Oak Hill, Va.; brother, Dwight of Deltona, Fla; five grandchildren, Monica Sloan, Nicholas Mead, Andrew Mead, Josh Sloan, Matthew Bennett; 2 great-grandchildren, Madison and McKenzie Ryder. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the Army from 1943-1946. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Law. He was a dairy farmer in Pa., an insurance adjuster in Cleveland, Ohio, and served as the assistant WV State Fire Marshall under then Governor Arch Moore before starting his law practice in St. Albans, during which he argued a case before the WV state supreme court causing the court to adopt a discovery rule in cases where injured parties were unaware of their injury until after the statute of limitations had passed.

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He enjoyed the outdoors including surf-fishing, running, cycling, camping and enjoying time with family. Celebration of Leland's life was held Monday, December 3, 2012 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home with HR Whittington presiding as celebrant. Concluding service there was a Military graveside tribute. Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

MICHAEL PAUL "SMITTY" SMITH Michael Paul "Smitty" Smith, 53, of Grandview Ridge, Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at CAMC General, following an extended illness. He was a 1977 graduate of Buffalo High School. Mike enjoyed the great outdoors and all that it had to offer. His love for hunting, fishing and camping lives on through his two sons who have acquired that same love. Born December 23, 1958, he was the first son of Paul A. and Alice Mae Smith. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jasper N. Smith; grandparents, Robert and Cleo Smith; and brother, Daniel "Chico" Smith. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two sons, Ryan (Kristina) Grandbouche of Buffalo and Shawn (Amanda) Smith of Eleanor; granddaughter, Alyssa, and one granddaughter due to arrive in March, who he loved dearly, Caroline; grandmother, Wanda Smith of Grandview Ridge; sister, Debbie "Sis" (Johnny Ray) Casto of Grandview Ridge; aunts, Connie (Gary) Deweese, Mona (David) Pickens, Louise Lewis and Wanda Haynes; uncle, David (Brenda) Smith; nieces, Shonna Randolph, Nicole (Ryan) Alt and Heather (Greg) Bowles; greatnephews, Evan and Noah Randolph; and cousins, Alan (Peggy) Deweese and Chris (Lori) Deweese and their daughter, Bailey. He is also survived by a host of friends and family. The family would like to extend special thanks to CAMC General MICU staff, CAMC Heart and Vascular Center at Memorial Hospital and to the numerous others who provided him with care in the past few months. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1, at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel, Eleanor, with Pastor Woody Willard officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Cemetery, Grandview Ridge. Online condolences may be sent to the Smith family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel, Eleanor, was in charge of arrangements.

OSCAR M. STEELE Mr. Oscar M. Steele, Jr., 84, of Liberty, passed away December 1, 2012 at home.

Oscar was retired from Avtex Fibers with 35 years of service; Army Air Corp Veteran; Member of Hometown Senior Citizens and a Minster for the Church of God Mission. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mrs. Arettia Steele. He is survived by his wife Kathlee Steele; children, Bennie M. Steele, Roger Dale Steele, Audrey I. Amos, Terrie L. Burdette and Robin G. Rhodes; sister, Mitzi Sue Welch; brother, Mike Wayne Steele; nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A tribute to the life of Mr. Oscar Steele was held Tuesday December 4, 2012 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment followed in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Steele family.

SYLVIA ELLA PARKHURST WALKER Sylvia Ella Parkhurst Walker, 88, formerly of Scott Depot, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012, in Louisville, Ky., where she made her home the past two years. Born October 31, 1924, in Salem, Mass., she was the only child of the late Reginald and Miriam Flanders Parkhurst. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence H. "Larry" Walker, in 2008. She was a member of the Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane, was a Red Cross volunteer for over 40 years and had been employed as a secretary with the United Mine Workers Association. Sylvia's kind and generous spirit was obvious to all who knew her, from her career at the UMWA, her many hours of service to the Red Cross to her love of her church family. She had about her a gracious strength that came through in all her life's work. As an only child, and given the fact she and Larry had no children, Sylvia's dedication was focused toward her husband and her church. An active parishioner, she shared her faith with many and considered them her family. Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, December 7, at the Catholic Church of the Ascension, Hurricane, celebrated by Father Harry N. Cramer. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Online condolences may be made by visiting Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to the Catholic Church of the Ascension or to Hosparus of Louisville, Ky., 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY 40205. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.


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