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The Cardinal Conference, an athletic conference of AA High Schools in West Virginia, names its All-Conference Football, Volleyball, Soccer and Golf players for the 2012 season. Member schools of the AA Cardinal Conference are Mingo Central, Chapmanville, Herbert Hoover, Sissonville, Poca, Scott, Tolsia and Wayne High Schools. Poca High School All Conference players are as follows: Football 1st Team All-Conference: Hayden Bailey Football Honorable Mention Team: Cody Clendenin, Jacob Grant, Jacob Payne, Thomas Loudin Volleyball 1st Team & 2nd Team – All Conference: Rachel Skeens (1st team); Natalie Perkins (2nd team) Girls Soccer 1st Team & 2nd Team – All Conference: 1st Team: Harley Hutchins, Moriah Cook, Marissa Perkins, Keree Moles 2nd Team: Autumn Williams, Sarah Knight, Paige Reames, Sami Shamblin Golf 1st Team – All Conference: Steve Loudermilk, Alex Hamrick, Travis Covert.

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HURRICANE - It was truly a season of giving for newly opened Whirlwind Storage. Days before Christmas, workers collected toys, clothing and donations to benefit the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. When Whirlwind Storage opened last November, owner Tom Good told manager Carlie Beaman he wanted to run a local storage facility that gave back to community. The event last week put this mission into motion. "Tom said, 'no matter what, children come first,'" recalled Beaman. "It was then that we agreed to give back to the community." Whirlwind Storage got the word out to the city about the donation drive for Christmas. The city responded. Residents gave freely. Men,

Early into the day, toys, clothes and other donations fill the lobby of Whirlwind Storage. Proceeds from the drive, went toward the Children's Home Society of West Virginia. Courtesy Photo. women and teens delivered toys, clothes, hygiene products, money, and most of all, love for their neighbors. They filled a 14-foot truck with donations. "That day I saw what it feels like to be one of God's angels,"

Beaman said. "I wish I could have been a mouse in the corner to see the kids' eyes when they received the gifts." Since its opening, this storage facility has made its mark on Hurricane. "This is not about Whirlwind

Storage," Beaman explained. "Our business serves the public and we want to give back and help our community grow, and show we care about our neighbors." When someone loses everything, it changes the perspective he or she has on life. When Hurricane Katrina robbed her, Beaman did not quit. Through the help and comfort of those around her, she overcame. "I lost everything I owned after Katrina, and I know what it's like to have everything and then nothing in a matter of a moment," she said. "This is why I want to give back because, we received so much help from people across the states, and now I can help give back to those who are in need." Starting January 2, Whirlwind will be collecting non-perishable food items for local food banks. Beaman made a challenge to all SEE WHIRLWIND ON PAGE 3

Hurricane Show Choir to Light up 2013 Dinner Theater By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE – Inside the arts and cultural center of a local high school, underneath hundreds of gold trophies, students tune guitars, perfect vocals and try on costumes. Behind them the words: “Practice like a Champion Every Day” are painted on the wall. In days, this dedicated group of 55 young men and women will prove why their show choir reigns supreme in the state. From Jan. 4 to 6, the Red Hot Show Choir will host its annual Dinner Theater. Seven state championships

The Red Hot Show Choir will perform Jan. 4 to 6 during its 2013 dinner theater. Tickets are available now. Courtesy Photo. follow these students to a show that Director Kaitlin DeSpain says will be exciting and different.

“We’re going to have a little of the old, but with a fresh spin,” said DeSpain. Audience members will enjoy

a dinner, complete with roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, drink and dessert. From its beginnings in 1994, the Red Hot Show Choir name has been synonymous with success, and the events this group hosts consistently sell out of tickets. “The success comes from the hard work since the conception of the show choir in ’94,” said DeSpain. “We have a rigorous [practice] schedule.” Performers wrote down individual goals at the beginning of the school year. The word “win” was at the top of the list. SEE CHOIR ON PAGE 4


Page 2 –Tuesday, January 1,2013 Network Of Women (NOW) Monthly Meeting Date: January 17, 2013 Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM This committee is led by women in business in the community. Programs are designed to support women in the business community. Typical programs conducted throughout the year are a blood drive, the “Uniquely Me” Program, “Ladies Night Out” and “In the Know”. The group also participates in “Bell Ringing” for the Salvation Army and collected non-perishable food items throughout the year and distributed to the local food pantry to give back to the community. NOW is open to all women working for and with Putnam County Chamber member businesses interested in expanding their professional, personal and social relationships with other women.

Putnam Farmers' Market General Membership Meeting There will be a Putnam Farmers' Market general membership meeting on Sunday, January 20, at 2 p.m. at the Winfield Courthouse. Anyone interested in joining the market is invited to attend the meeting. The number of meat and produce vendors is unlimited at this time and newcomers are welcome. Vendors must have a garden or farm in West Virginia within a 50mile radius of the Putnam County courthouse in Winfield. Products must be grown/produced by the vendor, who is required to register with the Putnam County Health Department. Applications will be available at the meeting. Meat vendors must adhere to WVDA regulations. Items must be locally produced and must be juried for acceptance. Farmers' Market membership is $25 (individual) and $35 (family). The Putnam Farmers' Market also offers a "community" booth, available free of charge at each

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market, to any local organization that has information or products that relate to the market's agricultural mission. Each group must apply and be approved by the market committee.

Polio Survivors Support Group Meetings The WV Chapter of Polio Survivors Support Group meets at noon every second Saturday at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. Meetings are held in the Conference Room, which is located next to the cafeteria. For more information please call 304-7366325.

Putnam County Republican Club Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

Hurricane Civic Chorus The Hurricane Civic Chorus meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Avenue, Hurricane. No auditions required and membership is not restricted to Hurricane residents. Questions, call 304-562-6539.

Huntington's Disease Support Group Formed A peer-led Huntington's Disease Support Group has been formed in Charleston for patients, families, caregivers and those at risk. The meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital. For more information, call 304-549-3266 or

Curves of St. Albans to offer Free Fitness Assessments Join Curves of St. Albans, the second Tuesday of every month, for “Free Fitness Assessments’. These assessments will be offered to anyone who wants to know their BMI and Body Fat Percentage.

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.

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

Senior Fitness Classes Senior fitness classes are held at the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A certified fitness instructor leads the class. For more information, call 304-757-0016.

Scary Creek Paintball Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 - 6 p.m. Sunday, MondayFriday by appointment only (groups of 10 or more). Open year-round and in operation since 1992, Scary Creek Paintball offers more than 25 acres of paintball fields, including three acres of urban action. Call 800-870-5973 or go online at Scary Creek Paintball, 4345 Scary Creek Road, Scott Depot. Discount packages range from all-inclusive (all rental equipment and paintballs) from $20 (100 paintballs) to $30 (500 paintballs) per day.

Teays Valley Fire Department Computer Lab Hours Teays Valley Fire Department, Scott Depot Road, offers a Com-

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Velma’s View By Velma Kitchens New Year’s Resolutions When the calendar turns to December, most of us think of how we could change things in the coming year. I recall seeing a survey and the number one thing to do in the New Year is lose weight. I don’t make New Year's resolutions; instead I try to improve on the things in my life where I could do better. There are a lot of ways in my life I could do better. I wish I was more organized. I have been working on that part of my life this year, and I can say I am doing better. I am working on seeing the good in people and not be so quick to judge others. When we judge others we really are trying to make ourselves look better, and that is not the right thing to do. I have also worked on exercise. Walking is one of the best ways to exercise and it also clears the mind. (I need a lot of walking). Instead of making resolutions we probably won’t keep, some of us, need to look ahead to the coming year with optimism and keep our goals within reach. We don’t have to wait until a new year to start, just start today. Each day is a new one and we can do good or we can do bad. We can move forward to a new day and a new year with faith in our hearts that we will do better and we will reach our goals we have set. We should not fear the future because we know that God holds our future in His Hands. I do have a challenge for all those who may read this. I challenge each one of you to read your Bible through this year. You don’t have to wait for the beginning of the New Year. Start today. Read from Genesis to Revelation and you will discover treasures. Make that one of your goals for the days ahead. The Bible will comfort and guide you and keep you from falling by the wayside. The King James Bible is the Word of God. If you don’t have a King James Bible, get one and start reading. God will bless you for your daily reading. The future lies before you like paths of pure white snow Be careful how you treat it, for every step will show. puter Lab for public use on Mondays from 3 – 9 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 – 10 p.m.

Putnam County Animal Shelter Hours Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The shelter is located behind Winfield Middle School.

Putnam County Schools Developmental Screening Putnam County Schools Developmental Screenings will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Teays Valley Road. We will screen children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years for speech/language,

hearing, vision, motor skills, social skills, self-help and cognition Please call 586-0500 ext 1154, to schedule an appointment.

T.O.P.S. No. 599 Weekly meetings of TOPS "Take Off Pounds Sensibly," are held at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at St. Patrick Church, 207 Jefferson Street, Bancroft. Questions, call Sharon, 304-523-4618.

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Christin’s Corner By Christin Daugherty Dear Christin, My brother and I have a mother in her late 60’s who is not in the best of health. I live in the next town from her and my brother lives about two hours away but in the same state. I’m always doing things for our mom. I know I live the closest but it just doesn’t seem fair knowing he can make it in to visit with her and do the things for her that my husband and I are constantly doing. My brother’s excuse is he’s too busy on the weekends with his job or chores around his house or visiting his grown kids. I have kids, myself, who are still home. I know he loves our mom but I think he has a problem with her getting older; he still sees her as a young, vibrant woman. How can I get him to understand that’s not the case and get him to help out more? Sincerely, Sad Sister Dear Sad Sister, Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now, Sister! First things first, make sure you are taking care of yourself in addi-

tion to everyone else. I talked with several caregivers during my internship at the Alzheimer’s Association who wore themselves down caring after their elderly parents, totally neglecting themselves. Trust me; you won’t be much help to anyone else if you don’t take some time for yourself. Just breathe. Okay, now on to your brother. Communication is the most important element of a relationship, aside from trust. And it is, in my opinion, also the most neglected. Does he know all the things that you and your husband are doing to take care of Mom? If not, make a list and share it with him. If he says he doesn’t have time to come visit, go visit him. Do whatever it takes to bridge that gap between the two of you. It always feels better to say what’s on your mind instead of keeping it bottled in. Next, ask him to share some of these responsibilities with you. The two of you can split the list or he can only take a few. Tell him it’s whatever’s easiest for him. People will be more apt to share

responsibility if they think they’re doing you a favor. Third, tell him how you feel. Maybe he doesn’t realize the stress you are under with your children and everyday life. People, and yes, even family can easily get caught up in their own lives and not realize what’s going on around them, or how much they are needed. I know I’ve been guilty of this many, many times myself. And lastly, maybe he does have a hard time with his mother getting older. Don’t we all? And if you’re upset about something, denial can be a powerful ally. So just talk to him often and be kind. Tell him the absolute truth about everything that’s going on in your life and what’s going on in Mom’s. Communication, honesty, and kindness can go further than you think! “Many times in life I've regretted the things I've said without thinking. But I've never regretted the things I said nearly as much as the words I left unspoken.” Lisa Kleypas, Sugar Daddy 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. **

WVSBDC Offers Small Business Workshop In Putnam County Register for Jan. 8 session on business fundamentals WINFIELD - A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Winfield. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34 in Winfield. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304957-2083 or email Registration is required at least two days in advance. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia ac-

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celerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee per workshop. After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs

or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services. The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The Lincoln County Commission, joined by area legislators, receives a $1 million Small Cities Block Grant from Gov. Tomblin. The grant is for the $6.2 million project to provide water service to approximately 240 households in the Big Harts area of Lincoln County. Photo Courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

The Lincoln County Commission, joined by area legislators, receives a $200,000 Small Cities Block Grant from Gov. Tomblin. The grant is for the $2.8 million project to extend water service to approximately 84 households in the Frances Creek, Copley Trace Branch and Jim’s Branch areas of Lincoln County. Photo Courtesy of the Governor’s Office.

WHIRLWIND FROM PAGE 1 local storage facilities: "Let's see who can bring in the most food." "My dream is to fill up a 10' x 20' unit," she said. "Everyone wants to help children overseas, but we got it right here...We need to feed our children in our own backyard, because they are our future." Beaman, Good and the Whirlwind staff is proud of the com-

munity for their support and donations. "I am new to Hurricane, and it feels really good to know that this is a community that helps one another," said Beaman. "I'm proud to say I live in Hurricane." For more information on the food drive or services of the business, call Whirlwind Storage at (304) 397-5445.

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Peppermint Brittle Ingredients 2 pounds white chocolate 30 small peppermint candy canes

Art by Natalie Larson

Directions Line a large jellyroll pan with heavy-duty foil. Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Place candy canes in a plastic bag, or between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a mallet or rolling pin, break the candy canes into chunks. Stir peppermint into melted white chocolate. Spread evenly in pan, and chill until set, about 1 hour. Break into pieces by slamming pan on counter. Original recipe makes 2 1/4 pounds.

CHOIR FROM PAGE 1 This is DeSpain’s first year leading the group. She said it was tough at first for everyone to adapt. But they did so successfully. “They never lost focus of their goals,” she said. Because of high expectations, an unwavering drive and a formidable determination from the performers, this year’s event will be one to see, DeSpain said. Tickets for the dinner and show are in high demand. The school urges reservations to ensure an open seat. To make a reservation, call (304) 743-0950

or visit The show choir will host the event at 6:30 p.m., Friday. At 1 p.m., Saturday there will be a matinee. The show choir will also perform 6:30 p.m., Saturday and 1 p.m., Sunday. Adult tickets are $15 and children 10 and under are $10. Saturday matinee prices are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Proceeds from the weekendlong event will fund the Red Hot Show Choir’s upcoming competition season.

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Upcoming January Events at The Clay Center Performances Woody Hawley Concert Series - Michael Johnson Saturday, January 5, 7:30 pm With a style steeped heavily in pop, country and folk, this singer-songwriter is known for popular hits such as “Bluer Than Blue” and “Give Me Wings.” His smooth, baritone voice balances perfectly with his intricate guitar playing to create a captivating performance. In the Art Gallery WV Contemporary Quilt Invitational - View a selection of award winning creations from some of West Virginia’s finest quilters. American Quilts in the Modern Age, 1870 – 1940 Featuring examples of pieced block, crazy style, Colonial Revival and one-of-a-kind innovations, these traditional and modern quilt designs stitch together the changes of the era. Opening January 11 Celebrate American Printmaking Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at Fifty View an extravagant sample of the creative interchange between artist and printer as a centuries old medium comes to life in this Golden anniversary exhibition. FREE Public Reception - Friday, January 11, 6 – 8 pm Exhibit Walkthrough with Marjorie Devon, Tamarind Institute Director - Thursday, January 17, 6 pm In the ElectricSky™ Theater Giant Screen Films: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure - Experience heroism and human endurance with this legendary tale of survival in the frigid Antarctic. Shows Wednesday – Saturday, noon, 1 and 4 pm; Sunday, 1 and 4 pm. Opening January 5 - Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia This is one intense journey you

won’t want to miss. Awaken your imagination as you relive the life of the largest living animals to have ever walked the Earth. Shows Wednesday – Sunday, 3 pm Planetarium Shows: Through January 6 - Reason for the Season Explore the origins of the world’s holiday celebrations and traditions, many of which have their roots in the stars and stories of the nighttime sky. Shows Wednesday – Saturday at 11 am & 2 pm; Sundays at noon and 2 pm Opening January 9 - The Planets From the heat of tiny Mercury to the rings of giant Saturn, take a journey of exploration and discovery as we reveal the latest scientific information about our solar system. Shows Wednesday – Saturday at 11 am & 2 pm; Sundays at noon and 2 pm Programs & Events Milton's Marvels of Science Experience extraordinary LIVE science shows with Milton's Marvels of Science! These demos cover a variety of topics ranging from physics and chemistry to earth science and biology. All activities are included in gallery admission, which is FREE for Museum members or just $7.50 for adults and $6 for children. Shows Wednesday – Sunday at 1, 2 & 3 pm January: Listen Up! – Ring in the New Year and rock out with our newest demonstration that explores the science of sound. Wee Wednesdays Join us for Wee Wednesdays, a day when your preschooler can enjoy story time and art activities designed with their interests and abilities in mind. Wee Wednesdays are every Wednesday at 11 am and 1 pm and are included in Museum gallery admission, which is free for members or just $7.50 for adults and $6 for children.

Fun Lab Join us in the classrooms on the second Saturday of each month from 12 – 4 pm for a series of fun-filled, hands-on art and science experiences. Fun lab is included in Museum gallery admission, which is free for members or just $7.50 for adults and $6 for children. January 12 – Torn Paper Art – No scissors allowed! Use torn paper to create your own unique artwork. FREE! Lunchtime Lecture Film Screening Four Stones for Kanemitsu with an introduction by Arif Khan, Curator of Art Wednesday, January 16, 12:15 pm Never before has the making of a four-color lithograph been so vividly and effectively captured. An Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, this film shows the collaboration between artist and Master Printer. Carnaval New Orleans Saturday, January 19, 6:30 pm A fundraising masquerade to benefit the Clay Center and The Charleston Ballet. Discover the mystery of the swamp and the magic of the French Quarter with Cajun cuisine, cocktails, live music and more on a bewitching night in the Big Easy. Tickets on sale now. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Opening January 26 in the MYLAN EXPLORE-ATORY Little Builders Build, imagine and be creative in this hands-on construction exhibit. Put on your hard hat and construction vest and explore the concepts of design, motion and simple machines. Hand operate a pulley, discover physics at work, experiment with aerodynamics and so much more!

New Machining Technology at RCBI Charleston CHARLESTON - In a continuing effort to provide ready access to the latest manufacturing technology, RCBI has installed a new ad-

vanced machining capability at the RCBI Charleston Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center. An Okuma MU-500-VA-L Machining Center is now available for both leased use and technical training. It delivers processintensive machining and high-speed, high-accuracy cutting through the combination of 5-axis multitask machining with a turning function. The

fast and powerful trunnion mounting table allows simultaneous 5-axis machining and one-chuck multi-sided machining of complex shapes. The technology is ideal for mold and die shops as well as the production of highly complex aerospace components. For more information or to schedule leased use, phone 304.720.7738 or 800.469.RCBI (7224).

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New Year, New Schools By Justin Waybright

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WINFIELD - Facelifts, new buildings and upgrades wrap up a prosperous year for Putnam County schools. After countless national and state awards, students are rewarded with bigger class rooms, better buildings and new academic and athletic additions. The Putnam County School board is aware of the consistent success of its students. Board members want to further that success by providing the best learning environments possible. "For us to continue to provide a first-class education for our students, it's obvious that our facilities must be first-rate as well," said Putnam Superintendent Chuck Hatfield. This goal to provide top-notch facilities was birthed more than three years ago when the $56.75 million bond was passed. Since then, the School Building Authority (SBA) has chipped in millions on several school projects. From the completion of the new $20 million Buffalo High School to the renovation at Poca Middle and Elementary, schools across the county drive the new year forward. It has been a fruitful year for students and teachers alike. Winfield Elementary received a new gym and Winfield High School a new gym, concession stand and restrooms. Hurricane and Poca High Schools received new gyms, locker rooms and concession stands. These projects cost more than $10 million, covered by the bond. Students at Buffalo High and Confidence Elementary received new schools. Hatfield said he owes the gifts of new buildings, classrooms and athletic facilities to the residents of Putnam County. "It's a commitment from the citizens, and they recognize the need to provide the best schools for our children," said Hatfield. "The passing of the bond was a huge statement for the community, and because of their commitment, the SBA agreed to give us $22 million to build." Putnam County Facilities Director Brad Hodges agreed.

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Throughout December, crews prepared the land at Winfield Elementary for an 11-classroom addition with a media center. City National Bank donated land for a new parking lot at the school. Construction is slated for completion by December 2014 and will cost $10.5 million with $6.5 million funded by the SBA. Photo by Justin Waybright. Hodges reviewed a list of all the past and current projects for area schools. "This wouldn't be possible without the vote for the bond," he said. "I take a lot of pride in the county, and this wouldn't have happened without the people of the county." Hatfield explained, "This [the bond] allowed us to expand far beyond what we could imagine." Crews across the county are building and expanding schools now. After Christmas break, Winfield Middle and Conner Street Elementary students received a late present when they returned to new classrooms. The days of sitting through class in portables will be a thing of the past. The school board used about $25 million toward these projects. Students moved into the new addition at Conner Street Elementary after returning to school. Aside from receiving six new classrooms, teachers will enjoy new storage areas and workspaces. Work will cost about $3.5 million, with $2.5 million coming from the SBA. Winfield students continue to see changes at their school. The old section between the new three-story section and gymnasium will be demolished and rebuilt. It will cost about $22 million to complete.

Hodges hopes to have this complete by the summer of 2014. Like Hatfield, Hodges feels the schools in the county are among the best in the state. "We're extremely proud of our facilities," he said. "I'd put them up against any other facilities in the state." As the new year rolls forward, work at Poca Elementary continues. Students will soon enjoy six new classrooms and an overhaul of the interior of their facility. This renovation is scheduled for completion by February 2013. "By spring, we hope to move everyone in," Hodges said. Throughout December, crews prepared the land at Winfield Elementary for an 11-classroom addition with a media center. Workers improved water lines to upgrade the water system. City National Bank donated land for a new parking lot at the school. Construction is slated for completion by December 2014 and will cost $10.5 million with $6.5 million funded by the SBA. "Once everything is said and done, we will have touched every school in the county with some sort of improvement," Hatfield said. "I feel very blessed that we not only can provide a good academic setting for the students, but we are able to provide the best facilities as well."

Thought for the week: The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (KJV) I am sure the above verse is a bit hard for some parents and loved ones to accept during the recent CT. School shootings. You send your child to school with the thought it was as when you went, safe and secure from harm. We must remember Satan walks to and fro desiring our young people to do wrong every minute of the day. `Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ – Proverbs 22:6. In the past years of shootings in schools, malls and various places, have we heard the news media say anything about, well - the parents were God fearing people. No we took prayer out of school and we only want to sheepishly admit we are Christians and believe in God when it is time to release Him from a bottle like a genie, when we need him, then we say let’s pray about it. Like I heard when the atheist was dying his last words were “OH GOD”! The people of this nation need to take a stand and do what our forefathers intended when our money was printed” IN GOD WE TRUST”. Little by little we are eroding our future generation by not teaching them about God our creator. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; - Luke 11:21. How much clearer can you get, sure God protects us, but doesn’t He expect us to try and defend ourselves when in danger, a gun may be used for protection from a various view. One time my brother was bitten by a rabid dog enduring much painful shots over time, my Dad shot the dog - he owned a gun; a large poison snake crawled into the canning cellar - he shot it. My brothers have always hunted for game, for meat on the table. Are we ALL supposed to give up our guns because a few misused them? NO we should not! After Jesus ate the Passover with his disciples he knew, Luke 22; 3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. Luke 22:31 And the Lord said Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. As they ate and talked of his coming death he also instructed them. Luke 22: 34 - Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his script, and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. The days of elementary schools for each area are over. The ringing school bell meant standing with your hand over your heart with pledge to our flag, followed with the Lord’s Prayer. These are over, but we can still teach our children and grandchildren there is a GOD, and Satan is still around. Bottled water came out; we all started buying it, why can’t we all start trusting GOD more and standing together for what we believe in. Prayer: GOD, we still need your guidance each day, help us and our country to stay strong. Amen.

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David Payne Sr. Column by David Payne Sr.

I have two wonderful, still young children. I've worked in the educational system and have become very attached to those children. And when something happens like what happened in Connecticut, I would like the opportunity to grieve along with everyone else. But I never get that chance. Every time and I mean every

time something so terrible and cruel happens, the dogs of war are unleashed upon me, millions of honest American gun owners and the Constitution itself. Gun owners are as torn apart by this as anyone else. There's no time for any of us to grieve, because whenever something like this happens, our back is to the corner and we're staring at the 8 ball. It's not only that, but we are so focused on the tool, we never have the discussions we really need to have about the dysfunction of the mental-health system that allows the homicidal insane to wield terror. This week, I was set to write about Joe Manchin and his betrayal of the West Virginia gun owners who voted for him. That has been postponed because something incredible happened. David Gregory, of MSNBC, recently grilled Wayne LaPierre of the NRA about gun control – spinning gun-control propaganda and telling people it's supposed to be news as is standard procedure there. However, Gregory did something very interesting. As he grilled LaPierre, he

showed him a 30-shot clip and advocated that it should be banned, thus creating a no-win situation for Pravda, I mean MSNBC. Gregory did something millions of gun owners have never done – he violated a government gun ban. That clip, regardless of whether it is in a rifle or not, is already banned in the District of Columbia, where the show is taped. The law allows no magazine that is capable of accepting – or even being modified to accept – more than 10 rounds of ammunition. This is a godsend for those who believe in the Constitution. It's a perfect illustration of so many key points that we have been trying to make for years. Gregory could actually go to jail for this. This points out just how pointless and bizarre gun laws can be. He only had it to illustrate a point and he could go to jail. But so could we, regardless of why we had it in the first place. If no charges are filed, the District of Columbia government is an institution of hypocrites. If Gregory does not go to jail, or

Outdoors Roundup Mountaineer cited for not wearing orange while hunting West Virginia University mascot, Justin Kimble, who used his WVU mountaineer mascot rifle to shoot a bear during the 2012 West Virginia bear season, has been cited for not wearing blaze orange while bear hunting. Kimble's harvesting of this bear was recorded on video, which was posted online. There was considerable fallout from the anti-hunting community and a slap on the wrist from WVU – which sparked my column in the last edition “Are Mountaineers Really Always Free?” As the video of Kimble circulated, conservation officers were also watching and charged Kimble, who was obviously not wearing the required 400 square inches of blaze orange in the video. This is a very important lesson that all young hunters should learn. When you post video of yourself doing something, if you are doing something that's not in strict accordance of the law, you've just posted evidence of

yourself doing it for law enforcement to see – and they do see these things. This isn't the first time – and certainly will not be the last that such a thing has happened. I remember several years ago on the forum, someone posted, in writing, a description of his hunt in which he shot two deer in one day. He also posted pictures of the deer. The man's family was quite upset that someone from that forum had turned him in, but I doubt that anyone did. Conservation officers are people just like the rest of us. They aren't necessarily spying on people online, they have Facebook accounts, they frequent hunting and fishing forums, just like any of us who are interested in the outdoors and see the same things we see. They take their job very seriously, however. I know one retired officer who arrested his own brother at Thanksgiving. They swore to uphold the law and that's precisely what they do.

Hunters Helping the Hungry receives $70,000 The DNR recently presented a check for $70,000 raised during the sixth-annual Governor's One Shot Deer Hunt, which will go to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. The program pays for hunter-donated venison to be butchered and distributed to needy families. There is no shortage of venison for the program. In fact, hunters have been so generous with their game that the program has had to limit the number of participating processors to a handful around the state to avoid receiving more venison than it can pay to process. In addition to those funds from the governor's event, another $25,000 was donated by Dominion energy. The event has grown – as have donations (no tax money can be legally used for the program), but the program still needs more and is far from reaching its full potential. More information about the HHH program is available at

fights this legally, he is a hypocrite. He says we should go to jail for this. Why not him? He says that we have no need for these clips. Neither did he. It proves how pointless and useless such bans are. If David Gregory can find a banned clip, what's to stop a criminal? It proves the point that only the people a ban prevents from having something are those who respect the law. He has made the point that nobody needs 30-shot clips and I've heard the point often made that you don't need them for hunting. Well, no, you don't. But the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting. There is always something you can do to circumvent anything, for example, my grandfather and his 60-shot clips. He and virtually everybody else during the Korean war who carried the M1carbine taped their clips end to end, so the 30-shot clip effectively became a 60-shot clip – but I really don't want to spend much time on that argument. I probably wouldn't have responded to it had it not been a

chance to plug my late grandfather's heroic service – he was a survivor of the Battle of Outpost Harry in 1953. The government has no right to determine what we need or do not need. I hear often in political discussion about people having more than they need. It is no fair, they say, that these people have more than they need, while others have less than they need. Thus, stuff should be taken from those who have more than they need and given to people who have less than they need. This is the primary principle of communism and it is the same with guns. Communism makes sense to a lot of people these days when you spell out the basic tenants of it – provided you don't actually call it what it is. A government that has the power to determine what people need, and not allow them to have things the government deems they do not need, whether it be guns or money, is not the government of a free society. Contact David Payne Sr. at

Hawks Nest State Park Winter Dinner Parties announced for 2013 ANSTED, WV - From the New River/Central Appalachian music styles of Doug and Shelley Harper to “Lady D’s” first-person performance of legendary Bessie Smith, Hawks Nest State Park has scheduled six Saturdays of evening entertainment and dinner for early 2013. Hawks Nest State Park is located in Ansted and features a 31room lodge, restaurant, meeting space, gift shop, and views of the New River Gorge area. To learn more about this tourist destination, visit Hawks Nest Dinner Theater packages include one night’s lodging for two in any available room or suite, a full-course dinner and express breakfast for two, evening program and 20 percent coupon for the Lodge Gift Shop, taxes and service gratuities. The full package is $165.02. A dinner and show only price is available. For reservations call 304-6585212. Mick Souter, “Celebrate WV” –

January 5, 2013 Traveling musician and storyteller Mick Souter teaches the history of West Virginia through song with his evening entertainment, "Celebrate West Virginia." His touring one-man musical theatre productions demonstrate his versatility as an actor, musician, storyteller and educator. Souter engages audiences with songs like "The Roads and Rails" and music of American folk icon Woody Guthrie like “This Land is Your Land.” Doug and Shelley Harper – January 12, 2013 Doug and Shelley Harper are performing songwriters from Beckley, WV. They have performed throughout central Appalachia, including NPR's Mountain Stage, Tamarack, Theatre West Virginia's Music in the Mountains in Grandview National Park, and The Clay Center in Charleston, WV. Their music reflects New River/Central Appalachian culture and is relaxed and inspiring.


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Power Up Opens in Hurricane By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE – Clank, Clank, Clank. These are familiar sounds inside the new Power Up Sports and Wellness facility. The Power Up staff celebrated the grand opening of its new 17,000 square-foot fitness center at 3538 Teays Valley Road. On Dec. 19, members of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce helped the crew cut a ribbon at the new state-of-the-art exercise center. Co-owner Taylor Stillpass was pleased to welcome his business to the area. “We needed more space, and this building was perfect for what we needed,” said Stillpass. “We wanted to provide a place for exercise that was familyfriendly.” From an indoor walking track to a nursery, this workout center has it all. Inside the doors of Power Up, people can enjoy a plethora of machine and free weights, infrared saunas, a spa,

Zumba, spinning classes, Yoga, personal training, the Slimline Weight Loss Pod, facials, nutrition information, massage therapy, Dermosonic and skin treatments. With all the gyms and fitness centers across the state, this one in Hurricane stands alone. From the vast array of exercising options and knowledge from trainers, the experience at Power Up is promised to be unique and addicting. “I believe we have the best weight room in West Virginia,” Stillpass said. “We are passionate about what we do, and it shows through on the product.” This business has residents talking. It’s becoming the buzz of the town and social media, alike. “Thank you Power Up for your new facilities and classes,” one resident wrote. “This is a real treasure for the Valley.” Another woman agreed. “So excited to see the new facilities and all it has to offer,” she wrote. “I’m proud to be a member of the best gym around.” Stillpass described the benefits of exercise, and how they ex-

Power Up Sports and Wellness opens its new facility in Hurricane. The staff celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting Dec. 19. tend beyond the physical. “The feeling you get after is the best drug…It gives you more confidence, tighter fitting clothes and better self-esteem,” he said.

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Stillpass explained the depression that can often surface when one does not live healthy. He believes the staff and equipment at Power Up can help people be proud of what they see in the

mirror. “This can weigh heavy on you when you let yourself go,” he said. “But, here you can take control of your physical health…You can come here and get results.” Power Up also offers something that many franchises across the state do not: personal service. “Here, people can talk directly to the owner and get that personal touch,” he said. “We will help them with their form, supplements and fitness goals.” The staff at Power Up is dedicated to helping men, women, children and families improve their inner and outer selves. “The exercise will give them health benefits, improve their quality of life, increase their life span and fight obesity,” Stillpass said. To gain a healthier mind and body, call Power Up today at (304) 397-6514. Learn more about this business and discounts on memberships and classes by visiting

W.Va. Humanities Council Announces Grant Deadline CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. The Humanities Council budgets more than $600,000 for grants and programs each year. A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. The Humanities Council minigrant deadlines occur every 60 days for projects requesting $1,500 or less, with upcoming deadlines of February 1 and April 1, 2013.

The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded a minigrant to: Rivers to Ridges Heritage Trail, “Human Adaptation of the Kanawha River,” (Putnam County) For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program contact Humanities Council grants administrator Amy Saunders at (304) 346-8500 or via email at Grant guidelines and applications are available on the Humanities Council website,

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Brothers in Blue Spread Christmas Joy By Justin Waybright

CHARLESTON – Fires, wrecks and arrests. For EMS responders, firefighters and police officers, it’s just another day. The name of the game is help, and these brave men and women do this by putting their lives on the line, daily. They place themselves second and place the well-being of others first. At the end of the week, a group of them jump on motorcycles to better the lives of residents throughout the community. The Brothers in Blue Motorcycle Club (BIB) hits the road, spreading hope and love to area residents. “Our group is public servants, but we felt like we should do a little more,” said Brothers in Blue Vice President and Putnam deputy Tyson Mitchell. They did a little more on Sat., Dec. 15. These first responders gathered at the Charleston Walmart to host a “Shop with a Cop” event.

One-by-one, 35 children walked in the store emptyhanded. Moments later, the same boys and girls exited the front doors with a pile of toys, thanks to donations from around the area, and the big hearts of local firefighters, police and EMS crews. “A lot of kids don’t get Christmases, and we felt this would be a great, beneficial thing for the children in the community,” said BIB member and Putnam Medic Wes Holstein. Mitchell, Holstein and others serve residents every day. But events like this offer a different type of help and a different feeling inside their hearts. “It’s a good feeling to give to a child,” Holstein said. “We are trying to reach out, give and do something good.” The non-profit motorcycle club in Putnam County has only been open for a year, but already has made a difference in local communities. Last summer, the group held a fundraiser called “Paws to the Wall Poker Run” for the Putnam County Animal Shelter. Also the bikers have aided food pantries and raised money for

This group of EMS responders, firefighters and police officers are the Brothers in Blue Motorcycle Club of W. Va. They ride to raise money to impact the quality of lives throughout the state. These men share a love for helping others and the open road. On Dec. 15, they held a "Shop with a Cop" event in Charleston to give area children a Christmas. Courtesy photo. Muscular Dystrophy. The unique aspects of their jobs and the love for the open road, draws a bond stronger than glue. “The guys here are more like family than friends,” said Mitchell. “It’s a brotherhood of all three groups: police, EMS and fire,” Holstein said. “I joined

this group…and I wouldn’t trade what I have now for anything.” Last November, Holstein rode to Ohio with his motorcycle club to raise money to help pay medical bills for a girl, suffering from cancer. It was 38 degrees. “That’s when I first joined the club,” he said. “Getting to go to

that sank into me.” The love of riding and giving is strong with this non-profit organization. It goes deep. “It gives you a oneness with everything out in the open,” Holstein said. “…Two wheels move the soul.” The Brothers in Blue Motorcycle Club was established in 2005, in Chicago, IL. Since then, the club has expanded. It opened a chapter in Putnam County in 2011. “The W. Va. chapter was born in March 2011. After looking into several clubs the decision was made to start a chapter of a club that shared their interests in motorcycles, the open road and the belief that family and friends come first,” states the club’s website. “The group is made up of active and retired police officers, firefighters and EMS workers, and they do charity work throughout the state.” To donate to Brothers in Blue or to join, call Tyson Mitchell at (304) 550-1093 or mail to: Brothers in Blue, P.O. Box 864, Hurricane, WV 25526. For more information about the club, visit

Area Residents Make the Dean's List at Marietta College MARIETTA, OHIO - The following local residents made the Fall 2012 Dean's List at Marietta (Ohio) College. Evan Oyler '15, a Petroleum Engineering major and a resident of Hurricane, WV

Morgan Spradling '16, a Petroleum Engineering major and a resident of Hurricane, WV Any full-time Marietta College student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.749 in a given

semester is recognized as a Dean's List student for that semester. Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college.

Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy begun in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,430 full-time students. The College offers more than 40 majors and has

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WILLIAM LEE ADKINS William Lee Adkins, 75, of St. Albans, passed away December 11, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington. He was born May 13, 1937, in Kanawha County, and was a son of Claude and Marie Byrd Adkins, both of whom preceded him in death. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Hubert, Calvin and Claudi Adkins and Barbara Lacy. William was a tree cutter for many years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margaret Adkins; daughters, Penny Kitchen and Angel Evans, both of St. Albans, Terry Salyers of Ohio and Brenda Gray of Virginia; sons, Steve and Ricky Clark of St. Albans; brother, James Adkins of Petersburg, Va.; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. A celebration of William's life was held Saturday, December 15, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

MILDRED LOUISE BAYS Mildred Louise Bays, 85, of Hurricane, died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Teays Valley Center, Hurricane. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Charleston, and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Bays; and parents, Albert and Ella Mae Shouldis. Surviving are her son, Larry and his wife, Ellen Bays, of Culloden; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, December 15 at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Pastor Randy Lanham officiating. Burial was in Fox Hill Cemetery, South Charleston. The family asks that donations are made to the family to defray expenses.

CATHERINE R. BENNETT Catherine R. Bennett, 70, of Culloden, died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at CAMC Teays Valley. She was former sales rep for Butler Pharmaceuticals and a former employee of Shoney's. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Bennett; son, Harold Edward Russell Jr.; and parents, Romie and Ersie Reynolds. Surviving are her daughter and her husband, Tamela and Roger Jenkins of Culloden; brothers, Charles P. Reynolds of Point Pleasant and Garland Buzzie Reynolds of Nitro; and sisters, Brenda Ewers, Wanda Sue Reynolds and Sharon Crowder, all of Charleston. Services were held Friday, December 14 at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston. Burial followed in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

ERVAN “SKIP” COINER III Ervan “Skip” Coiner III, 64, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 16, 2012. Skip served proudly as a Marine in the Vietnam War and loved his country. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Skip worked over thirty years as a Welder for the Iron Workers Union 3 01 out of Charleston, WV. Skip was a kind man that was most proud of his daughters and grandchildren. He loved fishing, camping, horseback riding and volunteering his time at the Veterans Hospital. Skip is survived by his brother James Coiner of Hurricane, Former Spouse Phyllis Coiner of Culloden, WV, daughters April Lafforthun (Tom), Beth Mussari (Jeremiah), grandchildren, Mackenzie Lynn (9 months), Brandon Lafforthun (13) and Kirsten Lafforthun (10) all of Apex, NC. To celebrate his life and how he touched each and everyone one of us, services were held at Allen Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Burial followed in White Chapel Memorial Park Barboursville, WV. Skip asks you please take a moment and salute your soldiers.

MARY SUE CROUCH Mary Sue Crouch, 69, of St. Albans, W.Va., died Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, W.Va. Born April 16, 1943, in Catlettsburg, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Jerry and Anna Lou Wechsler Buskirk. She was a member of First Baptist Church, St. Albans and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was devoted to her family and friends. She was a beautician for 49 years, retiring in June from Our Gang Hair Care in Dunbar. Surviving are her husband, J. C.

Crouch, Jr.; her children, Scott Crouch of St. Albans, Amy Wray of Trinity, N.C.; her sister, Jerry Lou Slack of St. Albans; her brother, Larry Buskirk of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; her grandchildren, Nathan Crouch, Tyler Wray, Britney Wray and Heather Wray and her beloved pet, Mindy. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Rev. Joel Harpold officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to the American Cancer Society, 1700 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25314.

RAY ODELL HARRISON Ray Odell Harrison, 71, of Eleanor, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at CAMC Memorial, following a sudden illness. He was a retiree of American Electric Power Company with 28 years of service and attended the First Baptist Church of Eleanor. Born May 11, 1941, he was the son of the late Emmons Harrison and Geniva E. Jeffries Harrison. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Janet Riffle Harrison; son, Eric (Bonnie) Harrison of Eleanor; daughter, Melissa (Mike) McMillion of Winfield; sister, Nadine Parsons of Eleanor; brother, John (Melissa) Harrison of Eleanor; grandchildren, Gabrielle Browning, Cherish McMillion, Hayden Harrison and Braxton McMillion; and great-grandchildren, Ace Browning and Tori Browning. The family would like to extend special thanks to the Open Heart Recovery Unit at CAMC Memorial for their kindness and care during this difficult time. The family suggests donations are made to First Baptist Church of Eleanor, P.O. Box 252, Eleanor, WV 25070. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 15, at First Baptist Church of Eleanor with Pastor David Panaro Sr. and Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating. Entombment followed in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House. Online condolences may be sent to the Harrison family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, was in charge of arrangements.

R. EARL "SLICK" JOHNSON R. Earl Johnson, 88, of St. Albans, passed away December 16, 2012, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital following a short illness. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. Earl helped build Highlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Albans

The Putnam Standard where he was also a member. He was a retired master electrician and a member of IBEW Local 466. He was a member of the Washington Lodge #58 AF & AM. He was an avid hunter who loved to hunt turkey, deer and pheasant. His hunting buddies gave him the nickname "Slick." Earl loved to play golf and he loved to square dance in his younger years. Earl and Betty traveled extensively. They have been in every state including Hawaii and Alaska and also Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, England and Austria. They also traveled with their friends to go square dancing and to go to the beach. He was also a great painter. He was preceded in death by his mother, Macel Kennedy. Earl is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty Johnson; son, Jerry Johnson & his wife, Donna of Hurricane; daughter, Diana Boggs & her husband, Chuck of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Steven & Karen Johnson, Krista Johnson & Chuck Boggs III; great-grandchildren, Timothy, Courtney & Justin Johnson and Alicyn & Madison Flora; brother, James Johnson; sisters, Evelyn Humphreys & Edith Garcia; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. A celebration of Earl's life was held Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans with Rev. Nancy Didway officiating. The family requests donations are made to Highlawn Presbyterian Church, 2501 Washington Avenue, St. Albans, WV 25177. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

BETTY G. KITTS Betty G. Kitts, 74, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at her home. Born August 11, 1938, in St. Albans, she was the daughter of Clarence and Hazel Ruby, and married to her husband, Ronald Paul Kitts, for over 55 years. She was a loving wife, companion, mother and grandmother. Betty was a graduate of St. Albans High School. She was a homemaker, raising five children, caring for six grandchildren and was lovingly known as "Nannie." She enjoyed cross-stitching, cooking and baking. Favorites to all were her hot rolls, potato salad and "hot milk cake," like no other! Her presence and "the aroma of homebaked goods in her home will be missed." She was preceded in death by her brothers, Lowell Ruby and Leo Ruby; and her sisters, Donna Simmons and Wanda McKenzie. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Kitts; her brother, William Ruby of Maryland; five children, Ronnie Ken Kitts of North Carolina, Deborah Ingram of Texas, Stacey Sweet, Michael Kitts and Vicki Dean of West Virginia; and six grandchildren, Kelly Hood, Duane Jr. and Amy Ingram, Krista Peyton and Katie and Hunter Kitts.

Betty was interred at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans following a private family memorial. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association, in lieu of flowers. Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, assisted the family with arrangements.

BEULAH VIRGINIA LAMM Beulah Virginia Lamm, 85, of Leon, died Dec. 16, 2012. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

KAREN LOU MCCRACKEN Karen Lou McCracken Grimm, of Winfield, formerly of St. Albans, passed on to be with her Lord on Sunday December 16, 2012. She was born April 6, 1959, in Charleston, to her dearest mother and father, the late, Paul "Jack" and Louana Derrick McCracken. She excelled in athletics in Junior high school and at St. Albans High school, where she graduated in 1977. She was a member of Highlawn Baptist Church, where she displayed her musical talents by playing the piano and singing with the voice of an angel. Karen worked hard all of her life by waitressing and dental hygiene and for 14 years she was a paralegal with the Calwell Practice in Charleston. She was also a housewife and a good mother. Karen was known by many by her warm smile and kind words. Karen not only talked love but was a true example of God's love in action. Her heart reached out to anybody in need and would always help without question if it were in her power. She was a natural at cheering people up even if she was weighed down with her own problems. Many people also learned from her by example the true meaning of God's forgiveness. Karen will be extremely missed by everyone whose life she touched especially by her husband, children and stepdaughter. You are at true peace now Lou Lou and we will join up with you in Heaven when Christ returns. Your body may be gone but your warm heart, smile and love we were shown will live forever. God bless your soul. Karen is survived by her husband, Andy Grimm; sons, Chris Campbell of Winfield and Michael Campbell of Point Pleasant; daughter, Wendi Matthews of St. Albans; stepdaughter, Amber Grimm of Winfield; brother, Robert McCracken (Debbie) of St. Albans; nieces, Kristen Shockey (Steve) of Winfield and Allie Gessel (Jeremy) of St. Albans; and countless friends who loved and cherished her more than words can express. A memorial service was held Saturday December 22, 2012 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home,


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GERALDINE PARSONS Geraldine Parsons, 82, of St. Albans, died Friday, December 14, 2012, due to injuries received in a house fire. Born October 12, 1930, in Queen Shoals, she was a daughter of the late Cecil and Vera Roberts. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; children, Ralph Edward Parsons and Debbie McKinnie; siblings, Maurice Roberts and Lois Taylor. Geraldine was a former cashier at Parkway Supermarket and was a member of the St. Albans Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a former High-Priestess of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Oriental Shrine. Survivors include her children, Margaret Lynn Parsons of St. Albans, Lena Glover of Poca; her brother, Darrell Roberts of Calhoun, Tenn. and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Pastor Paul Bailey officiating. Private burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans, W.Va. Online condolences may be made by visiting

JAMES RAY PRIDDY, SR. Mr. James Ray Priddy, Sr., 68, of Scott Depot, passed away December 15, 2012, in CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. Mr. Priddy loved spending time with his family and is retired from the Laborers Local #1353. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Myrtle Priddy of Hometown; children, Lisa and husband, Jerry Comer of Scott Depot, Dawna and husband, Kevin Koder of Fla., Cindy and husband Morgan Sexton, III of St. Albans, James and wife Vickie Priddy of Charleston and Jason and wife Missy Priddy of Hurricane; brothers Rufus, Frank, Jerry and Larry Priddy; best friend and cousin, Corky Persinger; eight grandchildren, Jessica Testa, Mitchell and Annie Koder, Zack and Jeremy Sexton, Allison, Jason and Jacob Priddy; and three great-grandchildren, Kayla, Anthony and Kiersten Testa. A tribute to the life of Mr. James Priddy was held Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the French Cemetery. The family suggests donations are made to the James Priddy Burial Fund, C/O Gatens-Harding Funeral Home PO Box 2 Poca, WV 25159. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

BARBARA J. REECE Barbara J. Reece, 68, of Fraziers Bottom, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was born January 1, 1944, in Charleston, to the late John Henry and Josephine Pearl Huffman Greene. Barbara was retired from Pepsi as a demonstrator. Surviving are her loving husband of 50 years, Larry A. Reece; daughter, Pamela K. Kindrick (Sam) of St. Albans; granddaughter, Courtney Gibson of St. Albans; and sisters, Joann Hines (Jim) of Poca, Freda Harrison of Charleston and Kay Wazelle of South Charleston. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 19, at Chapman Funeral Home, Winfield. Burial was in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. The family suggests donations are made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Drive, Charleston, WV 25311; or Putnam County Animal Relief Center, 1 Sabre Road, Winfield, WV 25213. Online condolences may be made at

SILAS RAY SAMPSON Silas Ray Sampson, 79, of St. Albans, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012. Silas was retired and enjoyed spending his time listening to music and playing guitar. He was a very caring person who would do anything he could to help someone. He was loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, William P. and Christine Sampson; and brother, David Sampson. Silas is survived by his nieces and nephews, who he claimed as his children, Shelia Fields of St. Albans and Keith Sampson, James Sampson and Jack Sampson, all of Rhome, Texas; brothers, Donald Sampson of South Charleston and Bill Sampson of California; and niece and nephews, Freda, Robert, Ricky, Ronnie and Anna. He is also survived by several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Friday, December 14, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with the Rev. James Abner officiating. Burial followed at Shultz Cemetery, South Charleston.

LENA MAE SMITH Lena Mae Smith Pratt, 79, of St. Albans, died on December 13, 2012. Born in Sawyerville, Ala., to Martha Brown and Henry Smith, who preceded her in death. Lena was also preceded in death by her brother, Charles Pet Ellis; and a son, Robert "Junie" Pratt Jr. Left to mourn her death are her daughters, Bobbie Lynn Robinson of St. Albans and Marcia (Jimmie) Chandler and Teresa Terri, both of Dunbar; sons, Wavey "Ugh" (Dreama) Pratt and

Randy Gene Pratt, both of Charleston, and Van (Diana) of South Charleston; special nephew, Mikie Ellis; a host of nieces; 26 very dear grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren, and two due at any time; and a host of other family members and friends. Services were held Wednesday, December 19, at Metropolitan Baptist Church with the Rev. Lloyd Allan Hill officiating. Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, was in charge of arrangements.

KIMBERLY A. MCCRACKEN SNYDER Kimberly A. McCracken Snyder, 45, of St. Albans, passed away unexpectedly on December 16, 2012, after a long battle with depression. She was born December 26, 1966, in South Charleston, a daughter of John McCracken and the late Audra Fae Kessel McCracken. She was a 1985 graduate of St. Albans High School and a 1987 graduate of the University of Charleston, where she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing. For over 25 years Kim followed her passion as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse. She was a thoughtful and caring person who loved children. She was also an avid baker who delighted friends, family and the community with special desserts and amazing cupcakes. In addition to her father, she is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Jason Snyder; daughters, Erin Snyder, and Bailey Snyder, both of St. Albans; sons, Airman First Class Jason Snyder II, of Minot AFB, ND, and Jaylen Snyder, of St. Albans; sister, Susan McCracken, of St. Albans and a host of close friends and relatives. She also loved her yorkies, Brady and Bella Fae. Celebration of Kim's life was held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or Kanawha County Animal Shelter. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

NELSON EVERETT STOVER Nelson Everett Stover, 69, of Red House, passed away Monday, December 17, 2012. Born February 28, 1943, he was the son of the late Lloyd Earl Stover and Minnie Belle Garrison Stover. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death, by sisters, Louella Stover and Joyce Parsons; and brothers, Herbert Stover, Kenny Stover, and Kelly Stover. Survivors include his wife, Sue Heairld Stover; children, Tammy Stover (Matthew) Marshall of Wytheville, Va., Gregory (Gayle K.) Stover of Wytheville, Va., and Kandi Stover (Jesse McCullough) of Red House; brothers, Gary

Tuesday,January 1,2013 – Page 11 Stover of Eleanor, Sammy Stover of Shady Spring and Mike Stover of Red House; sisters, Karen Robinson of Winfield, Sharon (Mick) Bailes of Leon, Margaret (James) Davis of Richwood, OH, and Freda Higginbotham of Eleanor; six grandchildren and one special nephew. Funeral Services were held Friday, December 21, 2012 at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor Carl "Mick" Bailes officiating. Burial followed at Buffalo Memorial Park, Buffalo. Online condolences may be sent to the Stover family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo was in charge of arrangements.

BLANCHE CHRISTINA ADKINS WOMACK Blanche Christina AdkinsWomack, 90, of St. Albans, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012. Born April 8, 1922, in St. Albans, Blanche was a daughter of the late Richard Lee and Olive E. Meeks Adkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, W.L. "Bill" Womack; and daughter and sonin-law, Trena and Wayne Green. She was a born-again Christian and a member of Robinson United Methodist Church. She owned and operated a grocery store for 30 years but her large garden was where she was happiest. She told all of her grandchildren, "When you get to Heaven you will find me in the garden." She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Bill Samples, Judy and Foster Goodwin, Patsy and Steve Samples and Shelly and Daniel Clark; sister-inlaw, Clela "Pickie" Womack; 22 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and six great-greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, December 17, at Robinson United Methodist Church,

Browns Creek Road, St. Albans, with the Rev. Stephen Inman officiating. Burial followed in AdkinsTorman Cemetery, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at Funeral Bartlett-Chapman Home, St. Albans, was in charge of arrangements.

GLORIA F. WORKMAN Gloria F. Workman, 85, of Buffalo, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012, at CAMC Teays Valley, following a short illness. She was a member of Otter Branch Church and loved to crochet. Born July 14, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Milo Clark and Ora Cobb Clark. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Ben Workman; brothers, Allen Clark and Emory Clark; and one sister, Glenvie Hanson. Survivors include sons, David Lee (Karen) Workman of Eleanor and Tom (Janie) Workman of Winfield; daughter, Linda (Walter) Henson of Kenna; grandchildren, Darin Neal Workman, Lisa K. Gorsky, Travis Lee Workman, Jeremy Saunders, Erica Higginbotham and Christopher Wilson; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin PaulWorkman, Rachael McCraig, Brent Cloud, Michael Saunders, Sierra Van Gundy, Hailey Van Gundy and Stephanie Smith. Funeral services were held Monday, December 17, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Mike Tucker officiating. Burial followed at Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg. Online condolences may be sent to the Workman family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.


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