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Putnam County Board of Education to void Uncashed Checks By David Payne Sr.

The Putnam County Board of Education voted at its June 18 meeting to void more than 60 checks, many of which had gone uncashed for nearly two years. The county issued the checks either as payroll checks or from accounts payable, but they have never been cashed, said Chris Campbell, treasurer. These checks date from the 2010-2011 fiscal year and will be voided on June 30. They range in value from $3 to $1,302. Board President Craig Spicer said that as each fiscal year draws to close, the board voids the uncashed checks from the previous fiscal year. A listing of those checks follow: Uncashed checks, payroll: James Clendenin, $202.97. Brian Sigman, $444.35. Stephen Reedy, $312.21. Kelly Sowards, $66.82. Dale Wright, $308.92. Stephen J. Biron, $379.47. Deborah Jones, $42.05. Brenda Burke, $40.97. SEE CHECKS ON PAGE 3

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Commission opens bids to build new Animal Shelter By Jack Bailey

WINFIELD – The Putnam County Commission opened bids to construct a new Putnam County Animal Shelter at a special meeting on Thursday, June 21. A total of six bids were received for construction of the project, which the county budgeted a total of $2.3 million for. BBL Carlton of Charleston submitted the lowest base bid at $2,053,967. MIRC Construction of Hurricane submitted the next lowest bid at $2,090,000. Other bids received included: • Hayslett Construction of Hurricane with a bid of $2,169,000; • E.P. Leach and Sons of Huntington with a bid of $2,261,000; • Lombardi Development of Follansbee with a bid of $2,315,600; and

This piece of land on the Eleanor side of the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge in Winfield is the future home of the Putnam County Animal Shelter. Putnam County Commissioners opened bids for construction of the animal shelter at a special meeting, Thursday, June 21. Photo by Jack Bailey • Hager Construction of Huntington with a bid of $2,400,000.

In addition to the base bids for construction of the new animal

shelter, contractors bidding on SEE SHELTER ON PAGE 16

Fireworks Safety Information Summer celebrations are underway and West Virginians are busy with cookouts, family reunions and community parades. Unfortunately, celebrations can quickly turn to tragedy for families, especially when children and teenagers are killed or permanently injured by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks. “ANY fireworks-type materials are dangerous,” states State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr. “Even sparklers can burn hot enough to melt gold and cause third-degree burns. Basically, there is no such

thing as safe fireworks.” Facts from NFPA: According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks consistently cause more damage to property than all other outdoor fire causes combined for the Fourth of July (day) in the United States. · According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 92% of the fireworks injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involved fireworks that Federal regulations permit consumers to use. SEE SAFETY ON PAGE 3


Page 2 –Tuesday,June 26,2012 Notice The July 4th Putnam Union PSD water meeting has been changed to July 11, 2012 because of the holiday.

Alcoholics Anonymous Can Help If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. Call Alcoholics Anonymous at 1.800.333.5051 or find meeting locations at

Childbirth Education Classes FamilyCare offers ongoing childbirth education classes in the Teays Valley area. These classes discuss birth options, the labor process, medications and more. This class series meets for four Mondays each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required, and Medicaid patients are welcome. To register, contact Debi Ellis at 304-757-6999, ext 80, or

SC Public Library Closed July 4th The South Charleston Public Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2012 for the holiday. They will reopen on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 9 a.m.

SpeakEasy Singles: Bicycle Riding with Keith and Jerry When: Saturday, June 30. Where: University of Charleston, 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE. Charleston. More info. call 304-357-4750.

Attention Putnam County Seniors Farmers Market Vouchers will be given out Monday, July 2nd from 9 am – 1 pm at all Putnam Senior Centers. All seniors must bring identification! Buffalo Senior Center, #48 Wrights Lane in Buffalo, phone 304-937-3352 Hometown Senior Center, 100 -1st Ave in Hometown, phone 304-937-3352

Community Calendar John Henson Senior Center, 2800 Putnam Avenue in Hurricane, phone 304-562-9451 Nitro (Putnam), 302 21st Street in Nitro, phone 304-7557592.

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

Buffalo Church of God Vacation Bible School NOW thru Friday June 29 from 6:30 – 8:45 PM Theme: Sonrise National Park Classes: Nursery – Teen Pastor Jake Eldridge welcomes you

Buffalo July 4th Celebration! Buffalo’s July 4th celebration will be held Wednesday, July 4th, starting at 1 p.m. with a parade. All day musical groups, inflatable’s and games plus fireworks at 10 p.m. For more information or to rent a booth space, call Barbara 304-937-2452.

New Hope Animal Rescue looking for new Members New Hope Animal Rescue (formerly the Putnam County Humane Society) meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at its thrift store, Paws and Shop, 2806 Putnam Ave. in Hurricane. NHAR is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue. The group is seeking new members, volunteers, foster homes or anyone who would like to help. Call 304-562-0300 for more information.

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.

Network Of Women (NOW ) Monthly Meeting Date: July 19, 2012 Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM at the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Office. About NOW: 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.

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 304757-0016.

Why not volunteer to Walk Dogs at the Animal Shelter? Putnam Animal Relief Center, Winfield, WV, could use your help any time from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. To volunteer or for more information, call 304-444-0060.

Bob Thompson to perform at FireSide Grille Bob Thompson is scheduled to perform at the FireSide Grille, 4170 W.Va. 34, Teays Valley, on Thursday, July 19.

Riverfest – St. Albans Join in the fun, June 28th – July 1st, 2012 at St. Albans Roadside Park. Mark your calendar NOW for the following upcoming events: Riverfest Pageant – May 19th Children’s Pageant – May 20th Golf Tournament – June 3rd Idol Preliminary Audition –

June 23rd Headliners for this year include: Thursday, June 28th – Darryl Worley Friday, June 29th – The Reflections Saturday, June 30th – Lyndsey Highlander Sunday, July 1st – Rick K. and the Allnighters. For more information, visit or go to

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.

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 1-800-8949540 or 304-523-9540. In the Logan, Boone, and Mingo area, please call 1-304-752-3932.

Car & Bike Show! Mark your calendar now for the 4th Annual Point Pleasant River Museum Car and Bike Show, to be held Saturday July 14, 2012 at 28 Main Street, Point Pleasant, WV (across from Tu-Endie-Wei State Park). Registration time will begin at 9:00 am with the Show being held from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This Benefit for the Point Pleasant River Museum, will offer food and drinks, music & awards, great door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Classes are: 1985 & newer; 1984 & older; Motorcycle and Motorized bikes. There is a $10.00 entry fee.

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Let’s Decorate for the 4th of July! The Buffalo Citizens Action Committee encourages the residents of Buffalo to decorate the street signs for the 4th of July celebration. If you are interested or need additional information contact Linda 304-937-3427

Nitro Antique Car Club Cruise-in When: July 6 Where: Putnam County Bank, 300 Hurricane Creek Road, Hurricane, WV Time: From 5 p.m. to dusk. There is no entry fee for cruise-in events. For more information, call Paul Lett at 304-755-4187, Earl Taylor at 304-776-2117 or Jeary Mullins at 304-9651594.

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

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 304-586-2745 for more information.

2012 WV Pumpkin Festival Children’s Pageant 2012 WV Pumpkin Festival Children's Pageant will be held on Saturday, August 25th, 12:00 p.m. at the WV Pumpkin Park, Milton, WV in the Air Conditioned Entertainment Building. The pageant is open to girls, ages 0-12 years and boys, ages 0-5 years. For an application call 304-638-8115.

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CHECKS FROM PAGE 1 Melissa Thorner, $34.50. Lauren Blair, $31.82. Melissa Harvery, $65.84. Barbara Raczok, $81.06. Heather Marcum, $127.38. Glenda Younger, $190.02. Renee Bird, $47.34. Debora Allen, $404.81. Adam Feazell, $17.11. Kelly Allen, $17.67. Sherry Ricks, $24.68. Barbara Raczok, $85.53. Sara Welch, $239.69. Aaron Billups, $104.18. Mary Jackson, $41.74. Debra Smith, $362.68. Aaron Billups, $104.18. Shauna Heil, $85.93. Stephen Reedy, $441.43. Uncashed checks accounts payable: Denise Johnson, $1,302.80. Opal Landers, $94.50. Brady Paxton, $105. Elaine Frazier, $105. Elizabeth Lewis, $101.50. Raymond Ortega, $49. Bruce Faulkner, $77. Doris Thornton, $35. Jane Harless, $250. Nicole Dunkle, $112. Leah McKinney, $21. Armina Fore, $98. Jennie Hall, $77. John Boothroyd, $135.75. Justin Harrison, $54.75. Scott Grant, $30.75. Fadi Haikal, $57.75. Josh Halstead, $119.25.

Stacy Jacques, $110.25. Melin Moses, $56.25. Anette Morris, $3. Evelyn Craigo, $77. Jennie Hall, five checks for $77. Delores Tredway, $73.50 Tredway. Meadows Salvage and Rebuilders, $350 Getnet Ayenachew, $35. Andy Francisco, $70. Jack Javins, $54.75. Annette Morris, $24.75. Steve Nathanson, $194.25. Josh Halstead, $138.75. Stacy Jacques, $143.25. Melin Moses, $72. Richard Crout, $176.25. Tammy St. Claire, $61.50. In other business, the board approved a $76,100 proposal from D&D Coatings to provide a protective floor coating – and protective covers for furniture feet - for Buffalo High School. Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said the county has used this covering at other schools and has been well-pleased with the results. “That coating has been at Mountain View for four years and still looks brand new,” he said. Contact David Payne Sr. at

2012 WV Pumpkin Festival Queen & Teen's Pageant 2012 WV Pumpkin Festival Queen & Teen's Pageant will be held on Sunday, August 26th, 2:00 p.m. at the WV Pumpkin Park, Milton, WV, in the Air Conditioned Entertainment Building. Queen contestants, ages 16-21, and Teen contestants, ages 13-15, must be a resident of West Virginia. The 2012 WV Pumpkin Festival Queen will not only reign over

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the WV Pumpkin Festival but will also receive $500 Cash Scholarship, $500 Clothing Allowance, Crown, Trophy, Banner and represent the WV Pumpkin Festival at the 2013 WV Association of Fairs & Festivals Pageant. For an application go to or call 304-638-5722 or 304-7431766..

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“Safe and sane” fireworks are neither. Fireworks and sparklers are designed to explode or throw off showers of hot sparks. Temperatures may exceed 1200°F— hot enough to melt some metals. · An estimated 8,600 people were treated for injuries caused by fireworks in 2010, and 73 percent of the injuries occurred between June 18 – July 18. · Also in 2010, there were 1,200 injuries associated with sparklers and 900 injuries from firecrackers. · Although careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths nationally, the chance of someone dying in a fire caused by fireworks is three times greater than the corresponding risk than when a cigarette is in use. · Burns are the leading cause of injury from fireworks, followed by lacerations and contusions, all primarily involving the fingers, hands, eyes, and facial area. How Can You Prevent Fireworks Injuries? By far, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend an outdoor public display put on by specially trained pyrotechnic professionals. · If you’re going to use sparklers and novelties (the ONLY items permitted by WV law) USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION. Older children should be closely supervised and younger children should not be allowed to play with fireworks at all. · BEFORE USING ANY LEGAL

FIREWORKS, read and follow all warning instructions printed on the label. · LIGHT ALL ITEMS OUTSIDE in a clear area away from houses, away from yard debris such as grass, brush, leaves, etc., and away from flammable materials (gasoline cans, newspapers, etc.). · ALWAYS KEEP A BUCKET OF WATER nearby for emergencies and for pouring on items that fail to ignite. · NEVER TRY TO RELIGHT or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water, then properly dispose of them. · ALWAYS make sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Also be aware that pets have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to reduce the risk of injury. · KEEP unused fireworks away from firing areas. · NEVER IGNITE FIREWORKS IN A CONTAINER, especially in a glass or metal container. Fireworks are more hazardous when confined. · STORE fireworks in a cool, dry, secure place. Check instructions for special storage directions. · NEVER TOUCH UNEXPLODED FIREWORKS, and make sure children understand never to touch them. Follow The Law! · Permissible under West Virginia law are items called “Novelties and Sparklers”: “snakes” and

“glow worms”, smoke devices that produce white or colored smoke, trick noisemakers which include “party poppers”, “string poppers”, and “snappers” or “drop pops”, and wire sparklers, as well as other sparkling devices which emit showers of sparks and sometimes a whistling or crackling effect when burning. · BY STATE LAW, NONE OF THESE NOVELTIES, SPARKLERS AND SPARKLER DEVICES ARE TO BE SOLD TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 16. · In West Virginia, the most dangerous types of fireworks prohibited by law include large reloadable shells, festival balls or shots, cherry bombs, aerial bombs (skyrockets, Roman candles), daygo bombs, M-80 salutes and firecrackers. Also banned are the mail-order kits designed to build fireworks. · VIOLATION OF THE FIREWORKS LAW IS A CITABLE OFFENSE. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office wishes everyone a safe, happy summer season. But remember: it’s everyone’s special responsibility to protect our young children and teenagers by ensuring their safety, especially when exposing them to amateur use of fireworks. For more information on consumer fireworks safety, visit the following websites:, www.usfa.fema. gov,

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Woman faces Federal Charges for Nursing Home Robbery

Habitat for Humanity to break ground on home Thursday By Jack Bailey

STAFF REPORT HURRICANE -- United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Monday, June 18, that a federal grand jury sitting in Charleston has returned a six-count indictment charging a Lincoln County woman with federal armed robbery. The indictment charges Morgan Marie Mullins, 26, of West Hamlin, with the May 2, 2012, federal armed robbery of the Teays Valley Center nursing home located in Hurricane. The indictment alleges that Mullins robbed the nursing home of numerous controlled substances including prescription painkillers. The indictment also charges Mullins with one count of federal armed bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on May 22, 2012, Mullins robbed the City National Bank in West Hamlin, of $3,000 cash. Mullins allegedly used a 9-millimeter pistol during the bank robbery. The indictment also charges Mullins with two counts of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. It is alleged that on May 2 and May 22, 2012, Mullins did knowingly possess a 9-millimeter pistol and at the time was an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance. Mullins faces a mandatory minimum of 32 years (7 years on Count Two and 25 years on Count Five as listed in the indictment) and up to life in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted on all charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Steven I. Loew is in charge of the prosecution. This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by working with existing local programs that target gun crime. The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

HURRICANE – Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties will hold a groundbreaking on Thursday, June 28, at 1 p.m. in Hurricane for construction of its first home to be built in Putnam County since 2004. The groundbreaking will take place at 2950 Montana Ave. in Hurricane and local Habitat for Humanity officials are encouraging the community to turn out and celebrate the milestone with them. The new homeowner has lived in the Teays Valley area for the past eight years with her two adolescent sons, works full time locally and will have put in over 250 hours of sweat equity and homeowner education classes prior to her move- in. The home will be the 149th built by the local organiza-

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Happy Birthday to ALL Margo Rutledge (June 26) Virginia Valentine Myrtle Villars William Villars Janet Wallace Rhonda Wallace Rita Wallace David Weant Renda Weekley Pauletta Wilson Rebecca Wiley If you - or someone you know - will be celebratrating a birthday in the coming months... Call 304-743-6731 and give us their name - OR just email the information to

tion since its inception in 1988. “The creation of Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam began in Putnam County in 1988, with our 25th anniversary upcoming we are excited that we will return to Putnam County to build home number 149,” said Ken Adams, Development Director, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam. “We realized early on that Putnam was being underserved and thanks to the strong efforts from our Putnam County Advisory Committee we’re here serving partner families once again.” Earlier this year, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Shawn Means pledged that the group wants to build 10 homes in Putnam County by 2016. The organization is currently accepting applications from Putnam County residents who fit the profile of a

Habitat for Humanity homeowner. To be approved for a Habitat for Humanity home, a family must have income between 30 percent and 70 percent of the area median, be living in substandard conditions and willing to partner by helping to build their own home. Interested applicants should contact Lori Wyatt at 304-720-0141, ext. 12 for more information and to find out if they qualify. It takes about six months for a family to work through the application process and be qualified. In addition to homeowners, Habitat for Humanity is also seeking donations of land, money, and volunteers to help build the homes. Anyone interested in helping in Putnam County may contact Habitat for Humanity at 304-720-0141. More information is also available online at http://

Commission advertising for bids to expand Valley Park By Jack Bailey

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WINFIELD – The Putnam County Commission has begun advertising for bids for contractors to perform the work to expand Valley Park in Hurricane. The expansion project involves construction of additional park amenities including a play area, walking trails, new access road, shelter, restroom, and a pre-manufactured metal storage building. Bids will be opened on July 10 at 10 a.m. in the Putnam County Commission Chambers on the second floor of the courthouse in Winfield.

A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on June 26 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission located at No. 1 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane. All bidders must attend the pre-bid meeting to familiarize themselves with the project location, site conditions, and other relevant information. Attendance at the pre-bid meeting is mandatory for bid qualification. This project is a Prevailing Wage project and requires certified payrolls to be submitted according to the invitation to bid that was published in local newspapers last week. Earlier this year, the county

acquired 5.6 acres of land adjacent to Valley Park with plans to add an additional ball field, soccer field, and even a new entrance to the park. Terradon Corp. will oversee the project. If all goes as planned, the expansion project could be done by fall. Once completed, the expansion will add an additional ball field and full size soccer field, which can be divided into two youth fields, to the park. Some additional parking will also be added. The most visible component of the expansion will be a new, more visible entrance to Valley Park off of Teays Valley Road (Route 34). The new entrance will also alter the flow of traffic through the park. Cars will enter through the newly constructed entrance, and then loop through the park to exit through the current entrance. During high traffic events, such as the July 4 celebration, both roads could also be used as exits to improve traffic flow leaving the park.

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Debbie’s Poetry Corner Putnam County By Debra J. Harmes-Kurth

Send your poetry to Debra Harmes-Kurth 1042 Pike Street • Milton,WV 25541 “Why do you write poetry?” This is a question I have been asked numerous times over the years, and my answer never changes. I write because I enjoy doing so. I do not write because I think I am going to become rich and famous, very few poets ever become either. (I may have an active imagination, but I am not delusional.) Most people who write poetry do so as a hobby, or because they love seeing their thoughts and dreams take on a new life. Poetry is a good way to express your feelings, or social and political views. When you write a poem you are creating a picture with words. All it takes is a little time to sit and think. Pick a topic, jot down notes that come to mind and then put them into lines. A poem can be a gift to a family member, a remembrance, and most importantly a poem is a reflection of who you are. Don’t limit yourself by thinking, ‘I can’t do that’, because the only thing you cannot do is something you have not tried. I would like to welcome our new poets this week; it is a pleasure to read your poems. Anyone wishing to submit their poetry can do so either by mailing it to the above address or emailing it to me in the body of an email Until next time keep writing. Debra *** Dash On A Headstone There is a time of birth

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And a time of death With a dash in between It represents the whole of your life To show that you have been Whether your dash be long or short It’s just a length of time It’s what you do with your dash That will make your life sublime When your dash on earth has ended And your soul has fled away Will you cease to be or exist forever Thru birth, death and infinity Trudy Sargent *** Baby’s Cry When a baby cries do angels flutter by? Kiss their little cheeks take away their tears? Whisper in their little ears Little One don’t cry. Mary Ellen Davis, Buffalo,WV *** Black Shiny Hillbilly Gold This poem was written out of respect for the twenty-nine Who perished at The Upper Big Branch mine in the Spring of 2010. God Bless the Families. On a Spring day in 2010 in the mountains of West Virginia. The sun was shining, birds were singing, and wild flowers

were blooming. Twenty-nine men were working in the Upper Big Branch mine. Danger was lurking everywhere in the darkness of the mine. The clock of life was ticking, with each tick of the clock, time was slipping away. Eternity was just a breath away on that spring day. Methane and coal dust was waiting for a spark taking lives and breaking hearts. A spark of death in the dark creating an explosion of destruction. A violent force shook the mine for twenty-nine men time stood still. Like so many others in the past twenty-nine men would never come home. News of the mine explosion traveled like wild fire through the mountains. The mountains wept and the people cried. Families gathered near the mine with tears of fear in their eyes. Their hearts were broken and despair filled the mountain air. Their Hopes and dreams shattered as hours turned into days. Precious memories is all that remain of the men who perished on that spring day. Pray for the men working in the mines day after day. Men living and dying digging for that Black Shiny Hillbilly Gold. Brenda Kay Hershey, Red House,WV

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The Putnam County 4-H Leaders Association announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this Institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call, toll free, (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 8456136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If a child is a member of a food stamp household or an AFDC assistance unit, the child is automatically eligible to receive free program meal benefits, subject to completion of the free/reduced application form. Eligibility for free and reduced price meal reimbursement is based on the following income scales: GUIDELINES TO DETERMINE STUDENT ELIGIBILITY 2012 SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM Annual Family Income before Deductions Federal Income Chart for School Year July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 (Household size, Yearly income, Monthly income) 1 – 20,147 – 1,679 2 – 27,214 – 2,268 3 – 34,281 – 2,857 4 - 41,348 - 3,446 5 – 48,415 – 4,035 6 – 55,482 – 4,624 7 – 62,549 – 5,213 8 – 69,616 – 5,802 Each additional – 7,067 – 589.

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Kids get a week of fun and learning in Clay Center Summer Camps CHARLESTON, WV – Children of all ages can explore nature, filmmaking, space and more with the Clay Center’s popular Summer Discovery Camps. Each camp provides a unique, interactive educational experience with hands-on activities encouraging learning and creativity. The schedule includes: • Filmmaking: The Sequel, Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20, 9 .am. – noon, grades 3 – 7, $65 for members and $75 for non-members, registration deadline: July 9. Learn about filmmaking, makeup and special effects by scripting, costuming and creating a zombie film to premiere the last day of camp. • Set the Stage, Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27, 1 - 4 p.m., grades 3 – 7, $65 for members and $75 for non-members, registration deadline: July 16. Learn improvisation, playwriting, directing and acting from professional actress Leah Turley. Camp ends with an original performance. • Seeds and Sprouts, Tuesday, July 24 – Friday, July 27, 9 – 11 a.m., grades 1 – 4, $45 for members and $55 for non-members, registration deadline: July 17. Play interactive games, investigate soil critters and raise fresh veggies in the Clay Center garden. • Performance Prep for Teens, Friday, July 27 – Saturday, July 28, 6 – 9 p.m., grades 8 – 12, $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers, registration deadline: July 20. Learn about stage presence and audition techniques from professional actress Leah Turley. • Artful Endeavors I & II, Tuesday, July 31 – Friday, August 3, 10 a.m. – noon for grades K – 2, 1 – 3 p.m. for grades 3 – 6, $45 for members or $55 non-members, registration deadline: July 24. Create works in the style of artists like Van Gogh, Michelangelo and Jackson Pollock. • Space Camp, Tuesday, August 7 – Friday, August 10, 10 a.m. – noon, Grades 2 – 6, $45 for members and $55 for non-members, registration deadline: July 31. Launch rockets, make craters, design a space suit and visit the Starlab portable planetarium. Pre-registration for each camp is required, and space is limited. Grades for children indicate the grade they will be entering in the fall of 2012. Camps are filling quickly, so call 304-561-3570 or visit now to register.

Unemployment rises to 5.8 percent in Putnam County in May By Jack Bailey

WINFIELD – Putnam County's unemployment rate rose to 5.8 percent in May, but remained well below the state average of 6.9 percent, according to data released last week by WorkForce West Virginia. Putnam County's unemployment rate rose threetenths of a percentage point from the 5.5 percent rate reported in April. The unemployment rate climbed in 43 other counties as well, as the overall state unemployment rate rose from 6.7 percent in April to 6.9 percent in May. Even with the rising unemployment rate, Putnam remained one of only three counties in West Virginia where the unemployment rate was below 6 percent. The other two counties were Jefferson at 5.3 percent and Monongalia at 5 percent. The counties with the highest unemployment rate in May were Pocahontas at 14.4

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percent, Boone at 12.5 percent, Webster at 12 percent and Mason at 11.1 percent. Overall, West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in May. The number of unemployed state residents rose 1,900 to 55,600. Total unemployment was down 7,500 over the year. The national unemployment rate inched upward one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.2 percent. Total nonfarm payroll employment declined 2,000, evenly divided between the goods-producing sector (1,000) and the service-providing sector (-1,000). Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines of 1,400 in mining and logging and 400 in manufacturing offset a gain of 800 in construction. Within the service-providing sector, employment declines included 700 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 400 in professional and business services,

300 in leisure and hospitality, 200 in educational and health services, and 200 in other services. gains inEmployment cluded 400 in financial activities and 100 in government. Since May 2011, total nonfarm payroll employment has risen 5,700, where a gain of 5,800 in the service-providing sector overpowered a minor decline of 100 in the goods-producing sector. Employment gains included 3,700 in educational and health services, 3,100 in construction, 2,000 in government, 1,600 in leisure and hospitality, and 700 in professional and business services. Employment declines included 2,300 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 2,100 in mining and logging, 1,100 in manufacturing, and 200 in other services. Employment in financial activities was unchanged over the year.

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Outdoor News

Tuesday,June 26,2012 – Page 7

Putnam County an Alligator Haven?

David Payne Sr. Column by David Payne Sr.

It would seem that Putnam County is apparently a haven for alligators. Last June, a man spotted an alligator on Teays Valley Road and last week, there was an alligator sighting in Poca River backwater along West Virginia 25 near Poca. When you are a journalist, you get used to seeing and hearing about these sorts of things. Peo-

ple see weird stuff all the time and when you see something weird, you generally call the newspaper or television station to let them know about it. At the daily newspaper where I used to work, I had a saying for anytime we got such a report: “remember the octopus” - don't get too excited until it's confirmed. Several years ago at that newspaper, we got a call reporting that an octopus had been sighted in the Ohio River and it had actually been caught by an angler. I immediately declared it bogus, but called the people anyway. When I asked to see the octopus, he nervously told me to call back later and it naturally amounted to absolutely nothing. Of course it did. The octopus lives in saltwater only. If you put an octopus in freshwater, it would be just like putting salt on a slug – only in reverse – and it would die. They certainly wouldn't be infesting the river and taking fishing lures or minnows or whatever. As I remember the octopus here, the most plausible explanation that comes to mind is a regu-

lar old gar. They have jaws that look more like a crocodile than an alligator, but they could be mistaken for one anyway. They also like to laze around at the surface – looking like a log – which alligators also do. They actually, like alligators, can breathe air. However, unlike alligators they also have fish gills, but they do spend a lot of time at the surface and do look a lot like alligators when they do so. But as I remember the octopus, I have to also remember some other animals as well, like the Russian deer road-kill in Belpre, Ohio, about 10 years ago. I got a call about a weird deer that someone had struck with a car and killed. It turned out to be a Sitka deer, which are native to Russia. Another extremely relevant memory is the attic alligator. A few years ago, there was a house fire in Parkersburg and as the firefighters fought the blaze inside, there in the smoke and flames was a five-foot alligator, which ran out of a window and into the yard. The fire chief actually wrestled the alligator to keep it from

Public areas offer Local River Access By David Payne Sr.

If you have a boat, there are plenty of places in the area to launch it for a day on the water. A rundown of public-access points in Cabell and Putnam counties follows: Putnam County: Buffalo, Kanawha River. The site is located off West Virginia 62 in Buffalo. It has a concrete ramp for launching all boats and parking for 50 vehicles. Raymond City, Kanawha River, located off West Virginia 62 a halfmile downriver of Poca. It has a concrete, two-lane boat ramp – though typically boats only launch one lane at a time there – with an asphalt parking lot. It has courtesy docks as well as handicap fishing areas. Hurricane Reservoir – it's a 12acre impoundment lake in Hurricane Community Park 1.5 miles east of Hurricane and accessible by West Virginia 34. The lake was built in 1947, has a maximum depth of 11 feet and an average depth of five feet. Boating is prohibited. Trout are stocked in January and March. No camping, but night fishing is allowed. Plymouth-Amherst Wildlife Management Area, near Bancroft. The public-hunting area has access to an embayment of the Kanawha River, although the water area is largely undeveloped and

accessible at only a few points. It would be possible to launch a canoe or small johnboat there – however, the nearby Raymond City ramp is far more convenient. Cabell County: Farmdale Bridge at Barboursville, Guyandotte River, small-boat slide launch area, concrete ramp. Salt Rock, Guyandotte River, on Cabell County 49 at the mouth of Madison Creek. It's a carry-down access point for small boats, an undeveloped path that boaters can use to launch small johnboats and canoes. Howell's Mill Bridge, Mud River, underneath the Cabell County 1 bridge at Howell's Mill. The launch site is a path boaters can use to carry down canoes and small johnboats. Milton, Mud River, at the U.S. 60 bridge in Milton. It's a carry-down path for small boats. It's very steep. Ona, Mud River, it's on Cabell County 1 near Ona under the I-64 bridge. It's a carry-down path for small boats. South Milton, Mud River, one mile south of Milton on Cabell County 25 near the intersection of Cabell County 25/1. It's a carrydown path for small boats. Greenbottom, Ohio River, located off U.S. 2 at the Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area. It's a 1-lane concrete ramp with parking for 20 vehicles and fit to launch all riverine boats.

Guyandotte, Ohio River, offWest Virginia 2 on Bridge Street in the Guyandotte area of Huntington. It has a concrete ramp and parking for 60 vehicles. Harris Riverfront Park, Ohio River, at the Park off West Virginia 60 at the end of 10th Street in Huntington. It has a concrete ramp for launching all boats and parking for 100 vehicles. Barboursville Lake, Barboursville. It's a 17-acre impoundment at Barboursville's Community Park. The lake turns 20 years old this year and has an average depth of five feet, with a maximum depth of 10 feet. Camping, boating, night fishing and live minnows are prohibited. All bass under 12 inches long must be released. There is handicapped access. The lake receives a trout stocking in January and March. Boating is not allowed. Underwood Lake, near Huntington. It's a one-acre impoundment at the YMCA's Kennedy Center Recreation Area five miles north of Huntington on West Virginia 2. The lake is 12 years old with a maximum depth of six feet and average depth of 2.5 feet. Camping, boating, night fishing and use of live minnows is prohibited. All bass must be released. Boating is not allowed. Contact David Payne Sr. at

escaping and secured its jaws with duct tape. I also remember a hunter spotting an African lion in the woods in Greenbrier County a few years ago and who could forget the Ohio man who turned loose dozens of animals, including lions, cougars, tigers and camels before committing suicide last year. In Ohio, such weirdness is commonplace. Ohio's laws have historically been extremely lax on keeping exotic animals and even if Ohio were to allow every pet save dogs, cats and ferrets, the weirdness would continue. That Sitka deer in Belpre, for instance, was thought to have been descended from some deer that escaped a wildlife facility that had been gone for so long, not many people could remember it. The alligator-wrestling fire chief told me that drug dealers sometimes use alligators to protect their drug inventory or labs. I would assume that would be from other drug dealers or users – not the authorities, who wouldn't just leave an alligator wandering around.

Regardless of the intentions, people have some weird animals. I remember once I did a story on a rattlesnake found in Wood County during the U.S. 50 construction – it was newsworthy because the county was pretty far out of the rattlesnake's natural range. The DNR surmised that some rattlesnakes had hitched a ride on a coal train and then fallen off nearby and established a little population. The worker who found that snake took it home to keep as a pet. Why anyone would keep a rattlesnake for a pet is beyond me, but people do keep weirder pets and pets sometimes get loose. Sometimes, people also turn their pets loose when they can't or don't want to care for them anymore. It happens. If the alligator is real, somebody else is going to see it and it'll eventually get found and captured. If not, it will just become a part of local lore. A five-foot gator will be pretty hard to miss. Contact David Payne Sr. at

Fishing Report Compiled by David Payne Sr. Stephens Lake: The Lake is very clear. WVDNR personnel recently stocked channel catfish fingerlings into the lake, which helps maintain a year-round catfish fishery available to the public. Sutton Lake: The Lake is two feet above summer pool and clear. Fishing is good. Bass have moved deeper because of warm water temperatures and most are being caught in and around cover. The tailwaters are low and clear. A few reports of walleye being caught in the tailwater over the past few weeks. For more information, call (304) 765-2705. Tygart Lake: Nine fish were tagged in Tygart Lake for the Cabela’s million dollar fishing contest. Get details at The lake is now six feet below the summer pool level and falling slowly. The heads of coves will warm faster than the main lake and are good areas for bass and sunfish. White bass schools can be seen breaking water throughout the lake. Cast crank baits, plastic grubs, or spoons to the schools as they surface and move around. Bass tournament success continues to be good. There are lots of walleye and trout in the tailwater. Flows are low. Walleye fishing is best during higher flows (1,500 to 5,000 cubic feet per second) and trout fishing is best at low flows (less than 1,000

cubic feet per second). For more information, call (304) 265-5953. Lower Ohio and Kanawha rivers: As the water in the tailwaters begins to clear the fishing for sauger, walleye, white bass and hybrid striped bass will start to pick up. Jigs with minnows could provide some excellent catches; if artificial baits are your preference white and chartreuse are good colors to try. Blue, flathead and channel catfish activity is picking up as the water continues to warm. Beech Fork: The reservoir water level is at summer pool. Bass fishing is hot right now with many hungry bass coming out of the yearly spawning period. Channel catfish may be slower right now as these fish begin to enter the nesting season. Hybrid striped bass and white bass can be caught using white lures. For more information, call the Beech Fork Corps of Engineers office at (304) 5254831. East Lynn: The reservoir water level is at summer pool. Bass will be holding near logs, stumps and fish attracting brush piles. Musky will be found near bush piles and fallen trees. Channel catfish and flatheads are beginning to spawn so fishing may be slower than usual. Try crappie fishing around standing timber or trees that have fallen into the water. A few walleye have been caught in the lake and tailwater. For more information, call (304) 849-9861.

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Nitro attorney Harvey Peyton makes art donation to WVU SUBMITTED ARTICLE NITRO — West Virginia University alumnus and Nitro attorney Harvey Peyton’s love of art has resulted in many generous gifts to the University art collection over the years. His most recent gift is the 30th work of art he has presented to the University, followed by a financial commitment for the new Art Museum of WVU. Peyton’s generosity will be recognized with a patio space named for him at the Museum Education Center. Peyton and his wife, Jennifer, recently donated a 1939 lithographic print by Russian-born artist Louis Lozowick (1892-1973) titled “Derricks and Men (Riding the Girder).” His contributions over the years have included mostly paintings, but also prints, drawings and mixed-media works by artists such as George Ames Aldrich, Wayman Adams, Pauline Palmer, Emil Bisttram, William Robinson Leigh, Werner Drewes, Grant Wood, Carl Holty, Philip Evergood, Harry Sternberg, Riva Helfond and Bernarda BrysonShahn, among others. His gifts of works by West Virginia artist Blanche Lazzell have helped make the Art Museum of WVU the holder of the largest public collection of Lazzell’s art. "We are grateful for Harvey Peyton's generous gifts over the years that have expanded and strengthened the art collection immensely,” said Joyce Ice, direc-

Jennifer and Harvey Peyton recently donated Louis Lozowick’s print Derricks and Men (Riding the Girder), 1939, lithograph on paper to West Virginia University. Courtesy photos tor of the Art Museum of WVU. “He has great enthusiasm and appreciation for art, and enjoys learning about, collecting, and sharing it. Harvey also has a good


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eye for museum-quality pieces. We are thrilled that he has now chosen to support the Art Museum's capital project with a financial contribution as well." Peyton graduated from WVU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in English and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the WVU College of Law in 1974, where he was lead articles editor of the West Virginia Law Review and was honored with the Order of the Coif. He has been practicing law for 35 years at Peyton Law Firm, which he founded, with offices in Nitro, Putnam County. "Everything that I have gained professionally and much of what I have experienced personally came to me as a result of my experience at West Virginia University,” Peyton said. “I deeply love this institution and if I can do some small thing to help this school obtain a greater level of excellence, I consider it a privilege. “The construction of a freestanding art museum will present a venue allowing all of us to experience the greatness of the WVU art collection, while giving our

students the opportunity to enrich themselves and develop career paths in the arts. For that we will all be better off. That is the reason I make this gift." Peyton has served on the Board of Directors of The Avampato Discovery Museum at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Museum in the Community, and the Board of Directors of the Sunrise Museum in Charleston. He is a member of the Collections Committee of the Huntington Museum of Art and a former president of The Juliet Museum of Art Collectors Club. Peyton is a past president of the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, a Dean’s Partner with the West Virginia University College of Law and a member of the Board of Governors of the West Virginia Association for Justice. In 2004 he was the recipient of the Kathie C. Peyton Volunteerism Award for outstanding non-profit volunteer work in the Kanawha Valley.

Peyton’s art collection of nearly 200 pieces is mostly 20th-century American art. Many of the works hang either in the Nitro offices of the Peyton Law Firm or are available for personal viewing or loan to academic, civic and culturalinterest groups. His collection, primarily nonobjective works with an emphasis on the artists of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, also features outstanding examples of contemporary work by West Virginia artists. Peyton has donated a considerable array of artwork to publicaccess sites such as WVU, the Sunrise Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and others. See the Peyton Law Firm Online Art Gallery: Peyton’s contribution was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.

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Community News

Tuesday,June 26,2012 – Page 9

Glen Gibbs named Rotarian-of-the-Year TEAYS VALLEY – Glen Gibbs has been named Rotarian-of-theYear by Putnam Rotary Club president Bob Keely. The award came as a surprise to Gibbs, but to no one else in the club. Gibbs received the award at the Tuesday, June 19, meeting of the Putnam Rotary Club. Retired and living in Nitro, Gibbs became active in club projects weeks before he officially took the Rotary service pledge nearly three years ago. Gibbs set up a woodworking shop as a retirement activity, and a week after his formal induction he presented to the club a speakers' podium. Fashioned from oak panels and complete with electrical connections and a special platform for the traditional Rotary bell, the stand has followed the club as it changed meeting sites. Six months later, Gibbs was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his support of the Rotary International Foundation. The luncheon meeting Tuesday was a valedictory for Keely, who will step down from his presidential responsibilities at the end of the month. He noted the members which

Fellows for giving to the Rotary Foundation. This represents the second Paul Harris Fellow recognition for Casto, the third for Mary Keely and the sixth for Marshall. Presidential citations and gifts were presented to several members: • Elaine Rader for arranging programs through monthly coordinators; • Christina McComas for coordination of special community projects; • Bonnie Prisk, for work on scholarship grants; • Chet Marshall, for fund-raising projects and planning; • Chuck Nuckles, for the corporate membership program and new member orientation;

Glen Gibbs (left) is presented the Rotarian-of-the-Year award by Putnam Rotary Club president Bob Keely.

• Denise Springer, for service as Sergeant-at-Arms; • Dianna Casto, for support of the Rotary Foundation; • Jack Bailey, as recording secretary and president-nominee; • Marilyn Pemberton, for the "most hours of service"; • Sam Sentelle, for public relations; • Mike Herron, as past club president; • Leslee Shaffer, for best new member; • Tom Midkiff, for oversight of the Poca Interact Club; and • Don Broyles, the "Always There" award for being "always there -- except when he's on the golf course".

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had been added to the membership rolls in the past year, and the new corporate member project. "The club president has two duties," Keely told the group. "One is to preside at meetings, and the other is to resolve any complaints.

"Other than that," he said, "it's really the board of directors and the committee chairs that make the club work." Keely recognized individual Rotarians for their contributions: Dianna Casto, Mary Keely and Chet Marshall were Paul Harris

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MICHAEL R. BOGGESS Michael R. Boggess, 48, of Scott Depot passed away Friday, June 15, 2012, at CAMC-Teays Valley. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Frances Byrnside; and his aunt, Jenny Douglas. Michael is survived by his parents, Joan and Steve Rogers of Scott Depot; brothers, John (Lori) Boggess of Kenna, and Scott E. (Kizmet) Rogers of St. Albans; grandfather, Calvert McNeely of St. Albans; uncles, James V. McNeely of Crystal River, Fla., and Zane (Francis) Bell of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting m. The family suggests memorial contributions are made to the Spina Bifida Association, 4590 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20007. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.

JOHN ROGER CARTWRIGHT On March 5, 1941, as a "little skip" of snow fell, John and Glenna Cartwright were blessed with the birth of their first child, John Roger Cartwright. On Monday, June 18, 2012, he began his heavenly journey home, surrounded by the love of his life, wife Peggy and his family. John was preceded in death by his parents John and Glenna Cartwright, his mother-in-law Lois Taylor Matthews and sisterin-law Dama Steele. John is survived by his loving wife Peggy of Culloden, W.Va.; brothers David, Daniel "Blacky" and wife Evelyn Cartwright; sisters Barbara (Gene) Couch, Bev-

erly (Jimmy) Brown, Belinda (Elbert) Cooper, Kimberly (Bill) Wilson, "Kimbo" his baby sister was like their own daughter; several nephews and nieces that adored him, his co-workers and a host of friends; his pets Buddy, Princess and Tiny. John was an avid Civil War buff. He also rescued and cared for many animals, especially the stray cats at Special Metals. While stationed in Korea, he volunteered at an orphanage, he cherished those memories. John was actively employed at Special Metals in Huntington. He was there for 42 years as a pipe fitter. John was a dedicated and loyal employee. He loved his job and co-workers, was a mentor and father figure to many. While serving in the U.S. Army in Arkansas, John met the love of his life, Peggy Taylor. After returning from a tour of duty in Korea, John and Peggy were wed in Arkansas; they rode a train to Huntington. They resided in this area for the entire forty six and half years of their marriage. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Scot Depot, W.Va., with Rev. Kenny Stidham, brothers-in-law Rev. Jerry Taylor and Rev. Jimmie Taylor officiating. Burial with full military honors followed at Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane, W.Va. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, assisted the family. Contributions may be sent to the local Humane Society in John and Peggy Cartwright's name in honor of their love of all animals. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

MAYLON JOHN ERLANDSON Maylon John Erlandson, 72, of St. Albans passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, surrounded by his family. Born June 26, 1939 in Viroqua, Wis., John was a son of the late Stephen and Carla Erlandson. John proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, 145 Platoon, 1st Battalion, Company B. Throughout his 9 ½ years with the Corps, John formed lifelong friendships with his fellow Marines. Although a humble man, John excelled with the Corps and was awarded the Outstanding Drill Instructor Recruit Trainer and was recognized by several highranking officials for his excellent years of honorable service to his country. He will always be our hero. John is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Loretta; his children, Robbin Thompson of St. Albans, Carla and husband, Clayton Bishop, of Winfield, Johnny Erlandson of St. Albans, and James Erlandson and wife, Amanda, of Sissonville; grandchildren, Cassidy, Noah, Lindsy,

Chase, Josee, Corrie, Kendra, Jayna, Samantha, Christian, John, Patricia, and Madelyn; great-grandchildren, Christopher and Chloe; siblings, Marian Stanek, Dode Erlandson, and Winnie Kanadle, all of Wisconsin; as well as other family members and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, 2012, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Stan Smith officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visit to share memories of John or to express condolences.

DONALD D. GILLESPIE JR. Donald D. Gillespie Jr., 83, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., went home to be with his Lord and loving wife, Monday, June 18, 2012, at Pleasant Valley Hospital. He was born August 2, 1928, in Point Marion, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Donald D. Gillespie Sr. and Jeannette (Lilley) Gillespie. Don was a member of New Hope Bible Baptist Church in Point Pleasant. He had served his country in the U.S. Army, was retired from Kaiser Aluminum, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 23 of Point Pleasant, Stewart-Johnson VFW Post No. 9926 of Mason, and the USWA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Emma Marie "Wimpy" Gillespie; step-mother Eurlace Gillespie; and several brothers and sisters. Don is survived by a daughter Dawn Gillespie of Point Pleasant; three sons, Steve (Jeanie) Gillespie of Florida, Jeff (Debby) Gillespie of Leon, W.Va., and Aaron (Leigha) Gillespie of Lexington, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Derrick (Jessica) Gillespie, Jeffrey Gillespie II, Lindsay Huddleston and Jaxson Gillespie; two greatgrandchildren; two brothers, Sherman Gillespie and Larry Gillespie; five sisters, Lea Smith, Joyce Riffle, Terry Carpenter, Deanna Facemire and Drema Hines; and special friend Ray Pickens. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 21, 2012, at New Hope Bible Baptist Church in Point Pleasant with Rev. Charlie Moses and Pastor Steven Sanderson officiating. Burial followed at Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant. Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests donations are made to: New Hope Bible Baptist Church, 3 Robinson Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550. Online condolences may be made at

Tuesday,June 26,2012 – Page 11 NEVA MAE HAER Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15 On Friday, June 15, 2012, Heaven gained another precious angel, when Neva Mae Haer, 94, of Buffalo, formerly of Nitro, departed this life following an extended illness. She was a Christian and founding member of the Landmark Baptist Church in St. Albans, and attended the Buffalo Church of God. Born July 19, 1917, in Robertsburg, she was the daughter of the late John C. Haer and Samaria Badgley Haer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Vada Haer, Margaret Dunn, Gracie Dunn, Elva Bane, and Hazel Kimberling; and by a brother, Oliver Haer. She is survived by her daughters, Sandra K. (Tom) Brown of Cross Lanes, and Judith L. (Nyle) Whittington of Eleanor; granddaughter, Noel Whittington; and grandson, Nicholas Whittington, both of whom were her pride and joy and the light of her life; along with several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend special thanks to Heartland of Charleston for the love and compassion shown to their mother. Special thanks to Nettie "Mary," whom she considered to be her third daughter; to her daily care nurse, Annette, who faithfully and lovingly attended to her needs; to Jane and Karen who went above and beyond; to HospiceCare for their professional and dignified service; to all the church members and musicians who volunteer their time to visit the residents of nursing care facilities - you are truly a blessing; and to the Hometown Independent Church for their love, prayers and support. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with Pastor Darren Persinger officiating. Burial followed in the Walker Chapel Church Cemetery, Robertsburg. Online condolences may be sent to the Haer family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

PHYLLIS M. SALMON HALL Phyllis M. Salmon Hall went to be with the Lord at the age of 89. She had been a lifelong resident of Milton until the past five years,

when she resided at Broadmore Senior Living in Teays Valley. She was born March 12, 1923, at Dry Creek in Milton, W.Va. She was preceded in death by her first husband Homer Salmon; second husband Montrose Hall; parents Everett and Violet Glenn Jacks; and two brothers, Glenn and Elmer "Bub" Jacks. She was a homemaker and a member of Milton United Methodist Church for many years. She is survived by sister-in-law Lula Bradford of Atlanta, Ga.; brother-in-law Leonard Salmon of Grove City, Ohio; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Broadmore Senior Living staff and residents for making Phyllis' last years very enjoyable. Also, we wish to thank CAMC Teays Valley Hospital for the excellent care she received. A celebration of Phyllis' life was held Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Milton United Methodist Church with Pastor Lynn Cartwright and the Rev. Craig Gobel officiating. She was laid to rest beside her husband Homer in Ridgelawn Memorial Park, Huntington, W.Va. Memorial contributions may be made to Milton United Methodist Church, PO Box 597; Milton, WV 25541 or to your favorite charity. Heck Funeral Home, Milton was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

LARRY JOE HARMON Mr. Larry Joe Harmon, 57, with calloused hands and a plentiful heart, passed away on the family farm on June 12, 2012. He was a 35-year employee of Leslie Equipment and a member of the American Angus Association for 25 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Pearl Harmon. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa Harmon; children, Larry Joe Harmon Jr. and wife, Katrina, and their son, Nathaniel Joe; Jessica Hively and husband, Todd, and their children, Katelyn and Cortney; Daniel Harmon; Amber Harrison and her children, Gregory, Kayla and Jack; Jason Hanshaw and wife, Heather; Nicholas Hanshaw; Rachel Hanshaw and her son, Jeremiah; and Ashley

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Page 12 –Tuesday,June 26,2012 Bowman; sisters, Betty Casto, Barbara Stone, Judith Grady and Colleen Stone; and brother, Gary Harmon. A tribute to the life of Larry Joe Harmon was held Saturday, June 16, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darren Persinger officiating. Burial followed in Mount Zion Cemetery. The family suggests donations are made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Harmon family.

DOROTHY JUANITA HEATHERLY Dorothy Juanita Heatherly, 86, of St. Albans passed away peacefully on June 12, 2012, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Muscle Shoals, Ala., with her family at her side. She was born on March 24, 1926, in Silush,W.Va., the daughter of the late Jess Howard and Ruby Mullins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by her husband, Robert "Doc" Heatherly; and her brothers, Clell Mullins and Lowell Mullins. She is survived by son, James H. Heatherly of Georgia; daughter, Donna Cox and her husband, Harold, of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; sister, Barbara Elkins and her husband, Carl, of Hamlin, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth, James II, and Stacy; five great-grandchildren; three nieces; and one nephew. Juanita graduated from Duval High School and attended Capitol City Business School. She was a member of St. Peters United Methodist Church and the St. Albans Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a wonderful wife, mother and mamaw who touched many lives with her loving soul and generous heart. Following Doc's death, she spent her time in Alabama with Donna and Harold, enjoying her granddaughter, Stacy, and her family, and her special friend, Harold's mother, Sara Way. The family would like to thank Hospice of Tennessee Valley and her caregivers from Elder Care for their loving care, kindness and compassion during her illness. A celebration of Juanita's life was held Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at St. Peters United Methodist Church, St. Albans, with the Rev Steve Rhodes officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family suggests memorial contributions are made to St. Peters United Methodist Church building fund or the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

EDITH IRENE HOLT Edith Irene Holt, 87, of St. Albans, passed away June 12, 2012, at home.

She was born September 17, 1924, in Scott Depot, and was a daughter of John and Myrtle Taylor Wymer, who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank William Holt; sister, MabelWiseman; and brothers, Carl, Edward and James Wymer. Edith was a Christian. She was a 50-year member of the St. Albans Moose, and she was an avid CB'er who was known by the handle of "Morning Glory." She loved flowers, and taking care of her beautiful lawn. She was a loving mother to her children, and was also known as the "neighborhood mother" to all. Edith is survived by three sons, Frank Holt Jr., Roger Holt and his wife, Debbie, and Clinton Holt, all of St. Albans; sister, Evelyn Collier of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Jodi Pete, Kathy Snyder, William "Billy" Holt, Eric Holt, Daniel Holt, Brittany Holt, April Wooten, Andy Wooten and Tommy Wooten; great-grandchildren, Adam, Santanah, Rachael, Elexa, McKenzie, Isaiah and Haley; and close family friend, Debbie Hale. A celebration of Edith's life was held Friday, June 15, at Casdorph and Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with James "Jammer" Marcum and Carl Justice officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

WILLIAM BURTON JARRETT William Burton Jarrett, 82, of Barboursville, W.Va., passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was born September 21, 1929, in St. Albans, W.Va., a son of the late Burton Eli and Gaye B. Good Jarrett. He was also preceded in death by one daughter Alice Ann Jarrett. He was retired from C&P Telephone after thirty-seven years of service and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife Betty Lou Samples Jarrett; children Joseph Ray (Terri) Jarrett of Milton, Gay Marie "Gigi" Ward of Barboursville, and Robert Alan Jarrett of Nella's Nursing Home, Elkins, W.Va.; brothers and sisters, Eugene (Norma) Jarrett of Nitro, Martha (Ron) Hillard of St. Albans, Hugh (Katie) Jarrett of St. Albans, David (Shirley) Jarrett of St. Albans, Betty (Rev. Larry) McCallister of St. Albans, and James Jarrett of St. Albans; three grandchildren, Danielle (Scott) Wilson, Brett Jarrett and Krista Ward; and four great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Jadon, Emmaleigh and Tasha Wilson. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, June 20 at the Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel by the Rev. Larry McCallister. Burial followed in White Chapel Memorial Gardens with military

graveside rites conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

WILLIAM K. LEWIS JR. William K. Lewis Jr., 84, of St. Albans, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012, at Teays Valley Center, Hurricane. Born October 3, 1927, in Crossville, Tenn., he was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by his parents, William K. Sr. and Josie Edmonds Lewis; and his wife, Daune Rita Acree Lewis. William was a manager for Kroger for 43 years and a member of The Crossing, St. Albans. He is survived by sons, Bill Lewis and wife, Sheila, and Greg Lewis and wife, Bobbi, both of St. Albans; daughter, Joan and husband, Ernest Smith of St. Albans; grandchildren, William Lewis IV, Brandi Edens, Jessica Daune Lewis and Evan Lewis; great-grandchildren, William Lewis V, Abigail Lewis and Allen Edens; and step-grandchildren, Becky Davis, Mary Rizk and Ernest P. Smith. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 20, at BartlettChapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Victor Keathly officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Visit to share a memory or express condolences.

IRENE JOSEPHINE RUTAN LYONS Irene Josephine Rutan Lyons, 87, of Eleanor passed away on June 15, 2012, and is now resting peacefully in her heavenly home. No more doctors, no more hospitals, no more oxygen masks, no more struggling for her next breath. She is happy and free. Irene was a faithful member of Shiloah Independent Church and a lifelong homemaker. One of her greatest pleasures was quilting for her family and friends. Born May 7, 1925, in Red House, she was the daughter of the late Henry Rutan and Austie Rine Rutan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Lyons; a daughter, Bernice Casto; sisters, Eva Knapp, Mary Kessel Cochran, Gertrude Cochran, Virginia Beller, Maxine Sutphin, and Dorothy Wiggins; brothers, Otis Rutan and Thomas Rutan; granddaughter, Anita Lyons; and great-grandsons, Matthew Lyons, Jonathan and Joseph Reedy. She is survived by her husband of sixty-eight years, Ernest Lyons; a daughter, Edna (Raymond) Reedy of Buffalo; a son, Bobby (Pam) Lyons of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Jeff, Jonathan, Tim, Tod, Troy, Misty, Karen, and Amanda; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, 2012, at Shiloah Inde-

The Putnam Standard pendent Church, Red House, with Pastor Paul Browning and Pastor Larry Mobley officiating. Burial followed in the Shiloah Church Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the Lyons family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel, Eleanor, was in charge of arrangements.

BILLY CARL McCALLISTER Billy Carl McCallister, 72, of Hurricane, passed away at his home, with his wife at his side, on June 12, 2012. He was born the only son to the late Thomas and Anna Elizabeth Smith McCallister on May 18, 1940, in St. Albans. Billy was retired from the West Virginia Department of Public Safety (West Virginia State Police) with their radio communications program. He was the first one to install and operate modern radio communications in Putnam County, where he also founded Electronic Services Inc., Winfield, which his son currently operates. Billy was very active in amateur radio, especially the Virginia Ham Net, with his call sign WB8OEC. Billy was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church and Putnam Masonic Lodge No. 139 AF&AM. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Alice Faye Johnson McCallister; and son, Aaron and his wife, Brandi McCallister, and their son, Noah, of Winfield. Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with Pastor Ron McClung and Pastor David White officiating. Burial followed in Culloden Community Cemetery. Anyone wishing to leave online condolences or memories may do so at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was honored to handle Billy's arrangements.

NELLIE CHRISTINE JOHNSON McCALLISTER Nellie Christine Johnson McCallister, 93, of Winfield, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. Nellie was a 72-year resident of Winfield and a member of Judson Baptist Church. Nellie, who will be greatly missed by her children and friends, was a talented lady who excelled in many creative ways. She understood the meaning of style in her own life as well as in her ability to create beautiful garments for herself, her children and grandchildren. Her interests included crocheting, gardening, baking and treating others with kindness. She was a selfless person and those who knew her considered her outstanding in many ways. Her kindness to others and her positive outlook on life exemplified her Christian life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucy and Fulton Johnson; her husband, Estil McCallister; her son, Keith McCallister; sister, Mary Wilson; and brothers, Joe and Jess Johnson. Nellie is survived by her daughter, Hope Coleman and husband, James, of Winfield; son, C. Brent McCallister and wife, Diana, of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; brother, Jim Johnson of West Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Jason (Sandy) McCallister, Jeremy (Tara) McCallister, Todd Coleman, Leslie Shreve (Don), Christina Salisbury (Jerry) and Stacie Webb (Brandon); and nine great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate Nellie's life was held Thursday, June 21, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with Pastor Fred McCallister officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Nellie's family wants to thank North Central WV Aging Services for the many services they provided. They especially want to thank Sabine Vent and the late Debbie Rosiek, who were truly loving and caring and provided much comfort and concern for Nellie. You may express online condolences at

KENNETH C. McNEELY AFOSI Kenneth C. McNeely AFOSI, 60, of Fraziers Bottom passed away on May 29, 2012, following a sudden illness. He was a retired Air Force veteran with 21 years of service. He was a former employee of the Pinkerton Agency with several years of service. Born January 10, 1952, in Madison, he was the son of the late Elizabeth Webb. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry R. McNeely. Survivors include daughter, Shannon (Eric) Berthiaume of Nashua, N.H.; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Zachary, Madison and Travis Berthiaume, all of Nashua, N.H.; sisters, Georgia Cook and Judy Ashley, both of West Virginia, and JoAnn Baldwin of North Carolina; and brothers, Jackie L. McNeeley of Madison, and DeWayne Webb of Iowa. Services will be held at a later date in New Hampshire with military honors. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the online guestbook signed by visiting Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

GORDON WAYNE MEADOWS Gordon Wayne Meadows, 78, of Winfield passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Born July 21, 1933, in Winfield, he was a son of the late William Adison and Vennie M. Ball Meadows. He was also preceded in death by infant son, Steven Dale. Gordon was retired from


The Putnam Standard Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Apple Grove, and was a member of Nitro Moose Lodge No. 565 and VFW Post No. 9097. He served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was also an avid golfer. Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Janet Meadows; his son, Stanley Meadows of Hurricane; his daughter, Rebecca Adkins of Poca; his sister, Jean Terry of Hurricane; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Chapman Funeral Home,Winfield, with Pastor Paul Boggess officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605-A MacCorkle Ave. S.W., South Charleston, WV 25309.

FREDERICK V. "FRED" MESSENGER Frederick V. "Fred" Messenger, 54, of St. Albans passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Jackson General Hospital. Fred was born on September 8, 1957, in South Charleston. He was a graduate of St. Albans High School. He then worked for Mountaineer Gas as a safety coordinator. Fred loved boating on the river and watching his children play sports. He was a true friend to many and a very proud father. Fred was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow V. Messenger. He is survived by his daughter, Rachel M. Shannon (Jason) of Culloden; sons, Zachary J. Messenger (Danielle) of South Charleston and Patrick A. Messenger of Charleston; mother, Marguerite Messenger of St. Albans; brother, Edward K. Messenger (Elizabeth)

of Nitro; sisters, Susan E. Tolbert (Harold) of Teays Valley and Judith K. Suytak (Michael) of Beckley; grandchildren, Anna, Aidan and Austin Shannon of Culloden. Funeral services to honor the life of Frederick V. Messenger were held Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Snodgrass Funeral Home. Burial followed at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary icon. Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston was in charge of arrangements.

HAROLD WILLIAM OURS Harold William Ours, 82, of Milton passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Heck Funeral Home, Milton, with Pastor Windell Shull officiating. Burial followed in Milton Cemetery. He was born September 29, 1929, in Huntington, a son of the late Charles and Margaret Ours. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Ours. Mr. Ours was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served during the Korean War in which he fought in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, where later the survivors were referred to as the "Chosin Few." He was a retired construction worker with the Local 132 Operating Engineers. During his employment, he helped build the New River Gorge Bridge. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jane Johnson Ours; two daughters, Sharon Atkinson and Connie Callopi, both of Milton; special son-in-law, Larry Atkinson of Milton; four grandchildren,

Harold "Wilkie" (Kelly) Shull of Milton, Jason Holley (Bethany) of Milton, Greg Callopi (Anna) of Huntington and special granddaughter, Alisha Callopi of Huntington; two brothers, Travis Ours and John Ours; one sister, Eloise Ours Davis; two great-grandchildren, Whitney and Mya; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Marshall, Kyra, Dustin, Camron and Kale; and his Marine brother and friend, Carl Lamb. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

VIRGINIA "GINNY" ANN WARDER-REYNOLDS Virginia "Ginny" Ann WarderReynolds, 86, of St. Albans passed away on Friday, June 15, 2012. Born July 18, 1925, in Fairmont, Va., she was a daughter of the late Earl B. and Blanche Smith. In addition to her parents, Ginny was also preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Beth WarderJones. Ginny was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, St. Albans. She participated in various activities within the church. She was the former choir director and organist and volunteered with Christ's Kitchen. She was also involved with many community groups, the St. Albans Women's Club and the D.A.R. Virginia received her Master's degree in education and retired after 29 years of service as a teacher with Kanawha County Schools, specializing in elementary education. She is survived by her sons, Paul Stephen Warder and wife, Barbara, of Charleston, and John Marshall Warder of St. Albans; and grandson, Jonathan Seth Warder of Denver, Colo. A memorial service in honor of Virginia Ann Warder-Reynolds will be held at a later date. The family requests donations to be made to the Alzheimer's As-

Tuesday,June 26,2012 – Page 13 sociation, 1601 Second Ave., Charleston, WV 25387. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, was in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPH WAYNE STONE Joseph Wayne Stone, 30, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, after a long illness. He was born February 18, 1982, one of two sons of the late Jeffrey A. Stone and Diana L. Prue and stepfather, William A. Prue. He is survived by wife, Shelly Cummings; stepdaughter, Akalya Cummings; brother, Michael A. Stone of Charleston; stepbrother, Franklin G. Prue; grandson of Bobby and Louise Snodgrass of Charleston, and Joann and the late Robert Stone of Hurricane; three nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 21, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Mike Long officiating. Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park, Charleston. The online guestbook for Joseph Wayne Stone may be accessed at

DOROTHY WILLIAMS WIGINGTON Dorothy Williams Wigington, 93, of Broadmore Assisted Living, formerly of Valentine Circle, passed away on June 16, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born February 24, 1919, in Acme, a daughter of Jess and Laura Farley Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl R. Williams; and her second husband, Leo Wigington; and sisters, Zelpha Boggess, and Jessie Jarrell. She was an active member of Abney Street Church of God and loved singing in the choir as her health permitted her.

She will be sadly missed by her three daughters, Doris Campbell of Charleston, Norma St. Clair and her husband, Herman, of Princeton, and Sandra Cottrell and her husband, Richard, of Winfield; sisters, Louise Baker of Ripley and Freda Clark of Cottageville; five grandchildren, Vicki Monk and husband, Jeff, Sherri Snuffer and husband, Mike, all of Charleston, Jeff St. Clair of Phoenixville, Pa., Tim Cottrell and wife, Barbara, of Hurricane, and Terri Workman and husband, Jim, of Hurricane; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Dorothy's life was held June 19, 2012, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home with the Rev. A.C. Jack Lawrence and the Rev. Arley Cravens officiating. Burial followed in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

GORDON F.WORTH Mr. Gordon F.Worth, 80, of Poca, passed away June 13, 2012. Gordon was a lifelong resident of Heizer Creek; a former coal miner; and a Christian. Gordon attended Heizer Creek Community Church and Lett Creek Community Church. He is survived by his daughter, Debra Mortazavi of Buffalo; and four grandchildren. A tribute to the life Gordon was held Friday, June 15, at GatensHarding Funeral Home Chapel with pastors Kevin Starcher and Willard Beller officiating. Burial followed in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Worth family.

Putnam County Schools Personnel Changes By David Payne Sr.

The Putnam County Board of Education approved the following personnel changes at its June 18 meeting: Resignations: Sondra Corsaro, Mountain View Elementary, referral officer. Linda Hoffman, Buffalo High School, SAP Coordinator. Teresa Matney, Hurricane Town Elementary, after-school critical-skills tutor. Kiley Reed, Winfield Middle, assistant soccer. Christina Rinick, Buffalo Elementary, temporary extendedday critical-skills tutor. Cheryll Roberts, Poca High, AP Coordinator. Franklin D. Searls, Hurricane

High, freshman football coach. Judith Grady county, substitute cook. Diana McCallister, central office, buyer. Stephen Panell, Hurricane Middle, custodian. Roland Roberts, Poca Elementary, aide. Stephen Rhodes II, bus operator. Employment: Tammy Chapman, central office, coordinator information services. Angela Gatens, West Teays Annex (Alternative School), half day counselor. Substitute teachers: Cathy Bailey, Shannon Burton, Frazier Itson and Ramona Lockwood, Jana Posey, Sara High, Tina Myers and Patrick Stewart.

Timothy Allison George Washington Middle, Homebound Site Coordinator. Timothy Bailey Poca Middle, football. Amy Barber, Hurricane High, assistant. girls’ soccer. Melinda Bender, George Washington Middle, afterschool detention teacher alternate. Barbara Black, West Teays Elementary, SafeatSchool Program. Susan Brewer, Buffalo Elementary, extended day criticalskills instructor. Steve Briscoe, Winfield Middle, assistant football. Tonya Casto, Mountain View Elementary, systems operator. Tara Chapman, George Washington Middle, assistant softball. Robert Downing, Hurricane

High, assistant girls’ soccer. Joseph Henson, Hurricane High, assistant boys’ varsity basketball. Patricia Igo, Poca High, Business Department Head. Deidra Kelley, West Teays Elementary, SafeatSchool Program. B. Lynne Kibler, Poca Middle, after-school detention alternate. Joseph Kincaid, Poca High, related arts department head. Daniel McKinney, Hurricane High, golf. Rex Nelson, Poca High, athletic director. Cathy Newsom, Poca High, EDGE site coordinator and Saturday school teacher. Larry Perkins, Poca High, assistant girls’ soccer. Mary Robinette, West Teays Elementary, SafeatSchool Pro-

gram. P. Lynette Simms, West Teays Elementary, SafeatSchool Program. Ashley Skeens, Poca High, assistant volleyball. Paul Sowards, Hurricane High, student council sponsor. Donald Campbell, county, substitute maintenance. James Cremeans county, substitute maintenance. James Gooch. county, substitute custodian. Judith Grady, Winfield High, half day cook. Robert Liptrap, county, temporary summer bus/garage cleaning and degreasing. Contact David Payne Sr. at

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Time For Service

Time For Service ~ Area Church Services ~

Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church ~ Buff Creek Rd. Hurricane, WV. "Helping the hurt get out of the dirt" Service TimesSunday morning 10:00 a.m.; Sunday eve. 6:00 p.m.; Wed. Eve Bible study 7:00 p.m. Special meeting 4th Saturday each month at 7:00 p.m. All area Churches welcome. Heaven is obtainable, Hell is avoidable. We still preach The Book, The Blood and, The Blessed Hope. Pastor Ernie Spence – 304-617-2752. Redeemer Presbyterian Church, PCA, welcomes the community to learn of God's love and grace. They meet at Teays Valley Cinema for worship service at 10 a.m. The church's pastor is Barrett Jordan. For more information, call the church office, 304-757-1197, or check the church's website at Teays Valley Church of God ~ 4430 Teays Valley Road, PO Box 270, Scott Depot, WV 25526 - (304)757-9222. Service times: Sunday’s - 9:15 a.m. Sunday School, 10:15 a.m. Morning Worship, 6:00 p.m. Evening Discipleship. Wednesday’s: 6:45 p.m. Evening Discipleship. Pastor Melissa Pratt. Winfield Community Church~ 144 Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, WV, 25560. (304) 5861146. Sunday School 9:45 a.m.; Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Prayer 6:30 p.m. Pastor: Michael Hurlbert. Mt. Salem UM Church ~ 4-1/2 miles East of Hurricane on Rt. 60 across from covered bridge, on left. Sunday: Morning worship 9:30; Sunday School 10:30. Wednesday Bible study 7:00 P.M.; Family night first Wednesday of each month @ 7:00 P.M. Pastor: Ralph Kernen (304) 7578446. Presbyterian Church of the Covenant ~ Living the Love of Jesus Christ. 2438 US Route 60, Hurricane, WV 25526. 304-5622012, Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Buffalo Church of God ~ Corner of Rt 62 & Church Street, Buffalo (Putnam Co.). Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School; 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship; 7:00 p.m. Evening Worship. Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Mid-week Service. Pas-

tor Wayne Burch. 304-937-3447.

~ 4345 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot, WV. 757-9166.

Winfield United Methodist Church ~ Looking for a church family? Join us at Winfield United Methodist Church, 20 Radwin Drive (Behind McDonald’s) Winfield. Two services 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pastor: Tom Hill.

Pastor Dr. Rod Taylor. Sunday School 9 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Mid Week Service 7 p.m.

Springdale Free Will Baptist Church ~ Cow Creek Road, Hurricane (Directions: Off Rt 34, 21/2 miles on Cow Creek Road, stay on left fork of Cow Creek. Church is on the right). Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship 6 p.m.; Wednesday Midweek Service 7 p.m. Pastor Larry Cooper. 5625389. Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene~ 3937 Teays Valley Road, Teays, WV 25569 (Mail: PO Box 259) Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday School; 10:45 a.m. Morning worship; 6:00 p.m. Sunday Evening Worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m. Prayer Gathering, Children & Teen Programs. Last Saturday of each month; Clothing Closet from 9 a.m. until noon. Free clothes for everyone! Pastor: Rev. Charles V. Williams. Phone: 304-757-8400. First Baptist Church~ “Connecting People to Jesus Christ” 2635 Main Street, Hurricane, WV, 25526 – 304-562-9281. Dr. James E. Lutz, Senior Pastor. Sunday services: 8:50 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Sunday School – 10 a.m.; Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Good Hope Baptist Church ~ Turkey Creek Road, Hurricane. Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m. Ascension Catholic Church 905 Hickory Mill Rd., Hurricane, WV, 25526. 304-562-5816. Services: Saturday evening 5:30 p.m. Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Rev. Neil R. Buchlein, Pastor. Cross of Grace Lutheran Church ~ 30 Grace Drive, Hurricane, WV, 25526. 304-562-0616. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday - 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Pastor Jerry Kliner, STS. “Where people discover Jesus and grow in Faith”. Scott Depot Christ Fellowship

Teays Valley Baptist Church ~ Dr. John D. Smith, Pastor. 3926 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, WV, 25526. 304-757-9306. Services: SUNDAY - Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship & Children’s Church 10:30 a.m.; Evening worship 6:00 p.m.; Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m. WEDNESDAY – Bible Study and Prayer 7 p.m.; Awana 7:00 p.m. All services are interpreted for the deaf. TV Service on Suddenlink Channel 2, Wed. 8:30 – 9 p.m. Radio Program WEMM 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Buffalo Presbyterian Church ~ 2125 Buffalo Road, Buffalo, WV, 25033. Sunday School Service 10 a.m.; Worship Sunday Service 11 a.m. Wednesday Service – Bible Study, 7 p.m. Pastor – Denver Tucker. Buffalo Nazarene Church ~ Rt. 62, Buffalo, WV, 25033. Sunday School Service 10 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.; Sunday night Worship Service 6 p.m. Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Pastor Sherry Kinsey 937-3258. Otter Branch Church ~ Box 213, 18 Mile Road, Buffalo, WV, 25033 Sunday School Service 10 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m. Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Pastor Mike Tucker. Manilla Chapel ~ Manilla Ridge Road, Robertsburg, WV. SUNDAY: Morning service 10 a.m.; Evening service 6:00 p.m. TUESDAY: Bible Study at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Way of Truth Tabernacle ~ 900 Roosevelt Dr., Eleanor, WV. Services: Sunday morning 10:00 a.m.; Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Pastor Nathan Morris (304)543-8053. A new beginning on the old path. Bethel Baptist – Upper Mud River Road, Sias, WV. Services: Sunday morning 10 a.m.; Sunday night 6 p.m.; Wednesday night 7:00 p.m. Glad Tidings Assembly of God ~ 121 Mill Road, Hurricane, WV,

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25526. Adult & Children’s Service Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Midweek Service 7:00 p.m. Church Phone 304-562-3074. Pastor: Rebekah Jarrell. Asst. Pastor: Aaron Hil. Winfield Presbyterian Church ~ Winfield Presbyterian Church, 4th and Ferry Streets. “A praying community where friendship counts.” Cherrie Sizemore, Minister. Sunday School - 10:00 a.m.; Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m. Looking for a church to call “home”? We would like to be that place. Pine Grove Church of Christ ~ 4504 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot. 304-757-8543 (o); 304757-2866 (h). Sunday morning Bible Classes 9:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship Service 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Studies 7:00 p.m. Tm Jorgensen, Minister. Grandview Baptist Church, Red House. Sunday school – 10 am; Sunday evening 7 pm; Wednesday 7 pm. Pastor: Woody Willard. Winfield Church of the Nazarene ~ 2986 Winfield Rd., Winfield, WV 25213. Sunday School 9:45 am; Sunday Worship Service 10:45 am; Sunday Praise Service at 6:00pm; Wednesday Kidz & Teens 7:00 pm; Wednesday Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm. Pastor Robert Fulton, 304-5862180. Laywell Church of Christ ~ Sycamore Road, Hurricane, WV. Services: Sunday Morning Worship 9:45 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m. Phone number for more information, 304-562-6135. Kanawha Valley Baptist Church ~ 949 Roosevelt Ave., (U.S. Rt. 62), Eleanor, WV 25070. Pastors: John Hage and Art Hage. Phone

304-437-3513 and 304-437-2740. Services: 3:00 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church ~ Rt. 3 Box 97 (6242 Trace Fork Rd.), Hurricane, WV 25526. Phone 304-562-5880. Sunday School: 10 a.m.; Morning Worship 11 a.m.; Evening Worship 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service 7 p.m.; Children’s Emmy Club, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor: Robert Adkins. Everyone welcome. Providence Baptist Church ~ Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, WV. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Sunday morning Worship 11 a.m.; Sunday night 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. Bob Kelly. Phone 304-586-2832. Gateway Christian Church ~ Weekly Sunday Evening Service at 6 p.m. Valley Park, Hurricane, WV. Adult & Children’s Ministry available. For more information please call 304-727-8919 or visit Senior Minister: Dave Stauffer. LOVE GOD – LOVE PEOPLE – SERVE. Lakeview Christian Church ~ 108 Lakeview Drive, Hurricane, WV, 25526. Services: Sunday – 11 am and 6:30 pm; Wednesday – 7 pm. Pastor: Jeff Maynard. Phone 304-562-9265. Faith Independent Church ~ Sunday School 10am, Sunday Morning Worship 11am, Sunday Choir Practice 6 p.m., Sunday Evening Service 7 p.m.; Wednesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study 7 p.m. A little country church set on the side of Rt. 62 in the big town of Black Betsy, WV. Pastoral Team: Michael Landers and Randy Browning Sousanah FWB Church ~ Charley Creek Road, Culloden. Sunday School 10:00 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.; Sunday Night Service 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service 7:00 p.m.

List Your Church As a service to our community we will list your church in our “Time For Service” free of charge as space provides. Just send us • The Name of Your Church • Where Your Church Is Located • The Days And Times of Church Services • Pastor’s Name • Phone Number Simply fax or mail this information to us or give us a call at (304) 743-6731.

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FOR RENT: 2 BEDROOM HOME, ONA – Reduced rent for retired female to care for 3-year-old next door, 6-8 days/month. 304-412-1926. (2tc 2-21)


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EMPLOYMENT: CCCSO IS GROWING – We are looking for CNAʼs and Home Care Aide that would like to grow with us. Starting wage: CNAʼs $8.75; Home Care Aid $8.00. For more information please contact Mrs. Perry at 304-529-4952. (2tc 2-21)

COMMERCIAL CLEANERS IMMEDIATE OPENINGS - Buffalo, full-time, Day & Evenings. Benefits and Vacation. Must pass background check. 304-768-6309. (4tc 2-7 occ)

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS - @ Sarah's Heart Childcare, serious inquiries only 304-757-7701. (4tc 1-24 shc)

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Community News

SHELTER FROM PAGE 1 the project were also asked to provide alternate bids for four additional projects that could be built in conjunction with the animal shelter. The four alternate bid projects were for additional windows in the back of the building; asphalt paving of the parking lot; a monument type road sign to be placed by the road advertising the shelter; and a monument type sign next to the building. Following presentation of the bids, County Manager Brian Donat said that while the county asked for the additional alternate bids, he did not anticipate there being funds available for any of them, however, the final decision would be up to county commissioners. After opening the bids, commissioners asked the architect on the project, Silling Associates, to review all of the bids and make a final recommendation on what company is awarded the bid at the Commission's meeting on Tuesday, June 26. The Commission voted in February to proceed with construction of a new animal shelter to replace the existing 27-year-old facility in Winfield. The site of the new shelter is on the Eleanor side of the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge at Winfield. As envisioned by the architectural firm Silling Associates, the new animal shelter will feature 46 kennels for dogs, nearly dou-

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Nitro Couple plead guilty to defrauding AEP

Thomas Potts of the architectural firm Silling Associates opens bids for construction of the new Putnam County Animal Shelter during a special meeting of the Putnam County Commission on Thursday, June 21. Photo by Jack Bailey ble the capacity of the current shelter, and will also feature a system that will keep the kennels easier to clean. The new facility will also feature inside and outdoor “bonding areas” where those looking to adopt a dog or cat will have time to play with the animal. The facility will also have two entrances, one for the public looking to adopt an animal, and a separate entrance where animals are brought into the building. The new shelter will also have space on sight for veterinarians to come in and perform simple

procedures on the animals. Currently, dogs and cats have to be sent to Barboursville for spaying and neutering and other procedures. For puppies and kittens, the new shelter will also feature “pet store” type displays near the front of the building allowing them a greater chance of being adopted. In addition, the new animal shelter will feature a larger parking area than the existing facility. Once construction begins, it has been estimated it could take 10-12 months for the new animal shelter to be completed.

STAFF REPORT CHARLESTON -- U.S. Attorney BoothGoodwinrecentlyannounced that two more individuals pleaded guilty in federal court in a scheme to submit fraudulent claims for power surge damage to American Electric Power Service Corp. Mark Ingram, 42, and Crystal Ingram, 32 both of Nitro pleaded guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Thedefendantsadmittedthatthey colluded with former AEP property damage claims adjuster Deborah Farmer to unlawfully obtain money from AEP by submitting fraudulent claims for power surge damage. Farmer, 47, formerly of Winfield, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Farmeradmittedshearrangedthe schemeandconspiredwithotherindividualstounlawfullyobtainmoney fromthepowercompanybysubmitting the fraudulent claims. Seven otherco-defendantshavealsopreviously pleaded guilty to their role in the scheme and likewise await sentencing. A two-year investigation revealed that false claims were filed with AEP related to power surge damage to homes. Mr. Ingram and Mrs. Ingram each admitted that they joined the conspiracy to commit mail fraud when they filed fraudulent claims and receivedthefraudulentchecksthrough

the mail. The defendants then cashed the checks, took a portion of the payoff and gave the remaining proceedsbacktoMs.Farmerorother defendants. Mr.andMrs.Ingramadmittedthat they claimed a total of four fraudulent checks for a total of $53,000. Ms.Ingramalsoadmittedtointroducing three other people to Ms. Farmersothattheycouldfilefraudulent checks with AEP. Other co-defendants involved in the conspiracy admittedtoreceivingchecksranging from $4,000 to as much as $19,000 perfraudulentclaimatvarioustimes between March 2009 and March 2010. Atotalof57fraudulentclaimswere filed resulting in a loss to AEP of approximately $598,485. Mr. and Mrs. Ingram each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced on Sept. 18, 2012 by United States District Judge JohnT. Copenhaver, Jr. All defendants agreed to restitution based on the total number of claims checks they cashed. The Court will fix the final amount of restitution owed by each defendant at sentencing. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Postal Inspection Service and West Virginia State Police are handling the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution.

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