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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


100% Night to be held October 26th


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Corn Maze Draws Thousands to Buffalo By Justin Waybright

Lynne Fruth speaks with Jeremy Huff and Merryc Batt about their future goals. WINFIELD – On October 26th, during the Winfield vs. St. Albans game you can help two Winfield students! Two young men at Winfield High School are fighting a courageous battle. Merryc Batt and Jeremy Huff, both Seniors at Winfield High School, have recently been diagnosed with cancer. Fruth Pharmacy is helping to raise scholarship funds for the two young men, so they can pursue their dreams of higher education. In order to help provide for the educational expense, a scholarship fund has been established for both Merryc and Jeremy. Thanks to a generous donation from OhioPyle, Fruth Pharmacy will be contributing 100% of the proceeds from the athletic gear items sold during the October 26th Winfield football game to Merryc and Jeremy’s scholarship funds. SEE NIGHT ON PAGE 9

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BUFFALO – Smiles were ripe for the harvest Tuesday afternoon at Gritt’s Farm’s annual Corn Maze and Pick-a-Pumpkin patch. Happy students from Cabell, Putnam, Kanawha and Jackson counties experienced a fun-filled Autumn day. Children got lost, not only in a giant, 10-acre corn maze, but in a day designed just for them. Joyful girls and boys rode in a hay wagon, played on a custom playground, picked pumpkins and roamed through a sprawling corn maze. Parents all seemed happy to watch their children have fun outside. Charleston resident Stephanie Mullett enjoyed taking pictures of

Children from area counties have fun on a hayride. Photo by Justin Waybright. her two boys Brace and Daly while they played on a custom playground. “There’s way more to do here

than we expected,” Mullett said. “The kids are really excited, and this is definitely worth the trip from Charleston.”

Her friend Amy Isaac agreed, “This is really great, and they did SEE MAZE ON PAGE 9

Putnam Career and Technical Center Places Custom House up for Sale By Justin Waybright

ELEANOR – Clank! Clank! Clank! This was a familiar sound heard by students at Putnam Career and Technical Center while they hammered away on a house from blueprint to shingles. This project for the building classes started nearly four years ago as a dream that now sits on their lot as reality. From hardwood floors to a custom masonry fireplace – no creative expense was spared. The house stands as a 1,620square-foot testament to the hard work of local students and

This 1,620-square- foot house took students at Putnam Career and Technical Center nearly four years to complete. It is covered in vinyl siding and includes new windows and shingles. Photo Justin Waybright. teachers. “This is truly a team effort,”

said Putnam Career and Technical Center Principal Mike Erwin.

“The school is proud of these students.” Young men and women from all the building classes took part in this project. It began as a blueprint in the school’s Auto-Cad class. Students then started on the foundation, cut the floorboards, nailed and studded the walls, ran electric and plumbing, mounted the HVAC and smoothed out the custom masonry fireplace. Because of constantly changing state regulations, the house is 85% complete. The winning bidder will need to fix a few minor cosmetic issues on the house, such as a missing piece of siding and fascia, the remounting of SEE HOUSE ON PAGE 9


Page 2 –Tuesday, October 23,2012 Rotary Pancake Breakfast The Putnam County Rotary Club will have a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee's in Teays Valley. The cost is $5. All proceeds go to the Putnam Rotary Club to the End Polio Now campaign. To purchase tickets, see any Rotary Club member, or contact Rotary Club President Tina McComas at (304) 6383493.

Brighterside Quartet at Mt. Salem UM Church Brighterside Quartet will be singing Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. - ?? at Mt. Salem UM Church (4743 US 60 4 1/2 miles east of Hurricane across from covered bridge on the left). Singing starts at 1:30 P.M. EVERYONE WELCOME!!!!

Waves of Terror Putnam County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a haunting Halloween held at the Wave Pool in Hurricane on October 26 & 27, 2012. Come out if you dare where the unknown will happen. 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, please call the office at 562-0518 ext. 11. Come and have the scariest time of your life.

Art & Craft Sale Lakeview Christian Church at 108 Lakeview Drive will be participating in the Hurricane City Wide Art and Craft Sale on November 3, 2012, from 9 am to 3 pm. Tables are $15 for 8 ft. and $10 for 6 ft, electric is included. A few tables of each size remain. Contact Penny Casto at 304 757 6427 for information and reservations. Hot dogs and baked goods for sale by ladies of the church.

Charleston Coin Club Annual Coin Show The Charleston Coin Club would like to announce their annual Coin Show to be held November 3rd and 4th at the Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV. The show will be held between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and

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10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission fee. Dealers from WV, OH, and KY will be in attendance to buy, sell, and trade coins, paper money, gold jewelry, and coal mine scrip and West Virginia Tokens. The Charleston Coin Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Kanawha City Community Center. The meetings start at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend these meetings. For more information about the upcoming Coin Show or about club meetings, you can call 304-727-4062 or visit website for information about all the coin clubs that meet in the Kanawha Valley.

Times set for Trick-or-Treat Eleanor: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Hurricane: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Putnam County: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County Would you like to make a difference? Do you know someone who needs help with reading? Become a literacy volunteer and help adults improve their basic academic skills. We will teach you how to help others through our free 10 hour training session which will give you the skills you need. Call 304-7571550.

Clay Center presents Hello, Dolly! The Clay Center and The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Hello, Dolly! on Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27, 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 28, 2 pm. Follow meddlesome widow Dolly Levi as she strives to play matchmaker and bring romance to several couples, as well as herself, in this beloved international classic.

PCTC Adult Learning Center provides Academic Remediation Students prepare for various

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types of testing including ACT, GED, and LPN. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Friday. For more info. call 586-2411.

Adda Baptist Church Free Clothing Bank Adda Baptist Church has a free clothing bank for those with clothing needs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month.

Cub Scout Pack 586 Meetings Pack 586 Cub Scouts meet every week at the Eleanor First Baptist Church. For more information, please call Cub Master Rob Woods at 304-586-2685 or Glen Armstrong at 304-5861157.

Hometown Lions Club The Lions Club is the oldest service organizations in the world. We, Hometown Lions Club are a small part of this organization of which we are proud to be a part of. As a club in Putnam County and small in number, we are very active in our community. Every year we hold eye screenings at every middle school in the county for the 6th grade classes of which there were 719 of which 168 of those were referred to a doctor for further evaluation and we were asked to screen the 2nd graders this year of which we did 320. We hold an Easter Egg Hunt at Hometown Elementary School, an essay contest is held in May for the 5th grade students on what the flag means to me and the winner is given a $100.00 savings bond. We plant a tree or trees on Arbor Day at the school every year; we host the Putnam county homecoming in Winfield and have done so since 1988. We support the W.V. sight conservation Foundation where anyone who cannot afford surgeries and meet the requirements they are sent to Morgantown with no cost to them, we also participate in the Poca Heritage Day and Buffalo Octoberfest. We are small in number and are looking for some good members who want to help others and aren’t afraid to meet new people and hard work, the pay is the satisfaction of helping others.

If you would like to know more about us or another club in your area call 304-586-3614 and ask for George Woodrum.

2013 Pool Discounts (25% off Wave Pool and County Pool Passes) October 15 – December 21, 2012 This Holiday Season the Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is giving a 25% discount on 2013 Season Passes. A Great Stocking Stuffer! To purchase Season Passes contact the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Office by December 21 at 562-0518 Ext. 10.

Bingo Every Wednesday night (7:00 p.m.) VFW Post 9097, Teays Valley Road. Public invited.

Volunteers Needed Needed: Volunteers for various help at Hometown Senior Center – call 304-586-2745.

Schools Developmental Screening Putnam County Schools Developmental Screenings will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Teays Valley Road. We will screen children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years for speech/language, hearing, vision, motor skills, social skills, self-help and cognition Please call 586-0500 ext 1154, to schedule an appointment.

St. Francis Bingo St. Francis Church at 525 Holley Street, St. Albans holds Bingo every Monday evening beginning with Early Birds at 5pm. Concessions are available. Please call (304) 727-3033 for more information.

Call for Crafters!!! Come share your talents… Cross Lanes Methodist Church Craft Day and Bake Sale – Saturday, November 3rd, 9 am – 2 pm. Space - $20.00. Space with table - $25.00. Event also includes Annual Health Fair, sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Cross Lanes. For more information and table reservations, call church office 304-776-3081 or 304-7761362.

The Putnam Standard Eleanor Craft Show The annual Eleanor Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 9 AM – 3 PM at the Eleanor Fire Department building. Crafters will be set up on the second floor, handicap accessible. Lunch will be available on the first floor. Admission is free. If you are interested in a space to sell your items please contact Linda to reserve your table 304-937-3427. Sponsored by the Buffalo Nazarene Church Ladies Aide

AARP West Virginia applauds West Virginia PSC decision to decrease Natural Gas Rates CHARLESTON – AARP West Virginia is applauding last week’s action by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) that will result in a rate decrease for natural gas utility consumers across the state. Friday, the PSC entered an order lowering purchased natural gas rates beginning Nov. 1 for 13 natural gas utility providers doing business in the state. The PSC sets interim purchase gas rates every year at this time, based in large part on the price companies are paying for gas on the wholesale market. Reductions will vary by utility provider. Purchased gas adjustment (PGA) accounts for more than 60 percent of the residential gas customer’s bill, and is solely a pass-through of gas costs that does not include a profit for the utility, according to the Commission. The state's largest natural gas distribution company, Mountaineer Gas, will see the purchased gas portion of its rates decrease to $4.98 per mcf (1,000 cubic feet), an 18.5 percent decrease. Mountaineer Gas serves more than 219,000 customers across the state, and presently has a base rate case pending before the Commission. “The Public Service Commission and West Virginia’s natural gas utility providers have acted responsibly in taking advantage of favorable market conditions to provide economic relief to West Virginia ratepayers,” said Gaylene Miller, AARP West Virginia state director. “As we enter the winter season where increased utility costs are often incurred, this decision is welcome news for older West Virginians – many of whom do not have the financial resources readily available to sustain unpredictable seasonal increases in their utility costs.” The PSC is expected to formally adopt the interim decreased rates in early 2013.

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The ‘Standards’ welcome Justin Waybright

Faith Farley enrolls at Coastal Carolina University

We would like to welcome reporter Justin Waybright to our staff and readers. He will be writing and photographing stories for our Putnam and Cabell Standard newspapers. This 28-year-old West Virginia State University graduate has a degree in Professional Writing and English Literature. His photography has won eight national awards through Olan Mills and Lifetouch Inc. Waybright has been associated with Standard Newspapers since 2006 as a free-lance writer. Feel free to send upcoming events, story ideas and pictures to or

CONWAY, SC - Faith Farley, a resident of Scott Depot, WV, has enrolled in Coastal Carolina University. For four consecutive years, Coastal Carolina University has been recognized as one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" in the Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. annual survey of over 1,200 colleges and universities. CCU has a total enrollment of 9,000 students and offers more than 70 undergraduate programs of study and 7 graduate programs. For information, visit more

You may contact him at cell (304) 382-6561 or at our office (304) 743-6731.

First Lady Unveils 2012 Limited-Edition WV Governor’s Mansion Holiday Ornament CHARLESTON – First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin unveiled the 2012 limited-edition West Virginia Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament during a public reception Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the Culture Center, Capitol Complex. This year’s ornament, which was hand-painted by Logan native and Alum Creek resident Shelley Goodman, features the official state animal, the black bear, and the state insect, the honey bee, on a clear glass bulb. Each piece was painted freehand, so no two ornaments are exactly the same. The ornament is the third in a series of four ornaments created by Goodman, an award-winning, self-taught decorative painter who works in finely detailed enamels. Her 2010 ornament featured the state bird, the cardinal; her 2011 ornament, the state flower, the rhododendron. Only 750 ornaments were made this year. A limited number of last year’s ornaments will be available for sale as well on Oct. 17. “Whether you keep this ornament for yourself or share it as a gift, we hope it will hold special memories of the 2012 holiday season,” the first lady said. The ornaments, which sell for $24 apiece, are available at the West Virginia State Museum Gift Shop in Charleston (304-2057911) and TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia in Beckley (1-88 TAMARACK) as well as online at

the Tamarack website, A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Governor’s Mansion preservation fund. Goodman and the first lady will sign informational cards that accompany the ornaments during and after today’s event. For more information contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner, Division of Culture and History, at (304) 558-0220 or Tina Amburgey, Office of the First Lady, at (304) 558-3588. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency

within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

October Birthdays! Happy Birthday to ALL

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Velma’s View By Velma Kitchens

Ronnie I went to Hurricane High School grades nine through twelve. I remember a lot of my classmates and I feel we had a good group of kids from those years. I won’t say when I graduated. Those of you, who know my age, just hush. I am glad I am the age I am and wouldn’t want to go back. I went to school with a boy named Ronnie. He was so much fun to be around as he always laughed and had a smile on his face. We were in the same homeroom and I saw him every morning. Ronnie was a Christian and I could tell there was something different about him, I did not know the Lord at the time, but being around him was encouraging. His brother and several cousins also went to Hurricane High as well. When we are young we never know how precious life is and we don’t think about our mortality. Ronnie passed away our freshman year at Hurricane High. We all were in shook. We didn’t have grief counseling like the kids have today. We just dealt with his death in our own ways. Ronnie was hit by a falling tree near his family home and did not survive. We go to our places of school, and work and we take for granted those people we see every day will be there tomorrow. I miss Ronnie and always will. When I visit my Grandma’s place of burial, I always go to visit Ronnie’s place. Now that I am older, I look back and think we were just kids, and we were. Six years ago we lost a co-worker. I had never lost a co-worker before and was sad for days. She went home on a Friday and had a stroke. She passed away nine days later. Don’t take your family, church family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers for granted. We have no promise of tomorrow.

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WeeklyDevotional By Mary Jane “BAD NEWS DAY” Thought for the week: Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (KJV) Sitting here thinking, of the past, this same time of year, in October 1945, I was not old enough to attend school, and lived on the farm with my two brothers, my Mom and Dad. My two oldest brothers were in the navy. Many miles across the ocean, my three older sisters were working away from home, and I was the youngest. The big white two story farm house which we lived in was surrounded with old maple trees which were dressed in there fall colored leaf gowns this month, as the heaps and piles of leaves seemed never end falling, filling the large yard... The driveway was visible with plenty of time to see who came to the house, and on this day I so vividly remember my mom looking out the living room window, adjusting her apron, running a hand thru her hair, and a look of sudden shock, sadness, and wonder come upon her face, as if she was going to cry. Soon a Navel Chaplin and attendant were on the front porch with a low knock, as my mother greeted them you could see her eyes fill with tears, they were here to give her the bad news about her first born son that had suffered injuries in an airplane explosion and expired, while fighting for our country during World War II. I cannot remember what was said, but I shall never forget the many times during those following cold, winter months that I would see my mother sitting and wiping tears away with the corner of her apron, and seeing the sadness in her eyes as she gazed out over the dreary snow covered fields from her kitchen window. This scene was repeated many times during War World II, not only in our little town to neighbors we all knew, but across the entire United States. Every day our young men, fathers and brothers continue giving their life for this freedom. We sometimes take it for granted, the military loss of life, and it happens in a number of families each day. Our cemeteries - which sit high on the hills, down in the valleys and across the long scenic acres - are full of the same three foot high white government headstones with a name, rank, date of birth and death engraved upon them, men and women who gave their life for your freedom. Still today, the big white farmhouse stands, with those same glorious colored maple trees surrounding it, while new younger owners occupy its walls, those old trees in the yard could tell this story and recall the scene of a past bad news day. God has His reason and His season for everything that happens under His footstool; we endure and continue to keep the faith, because that is how we stay strong, so that we may help others thru trying times of grief and mourning. Prayer: Our Father in heaven who sees and knows all, in time of war and peace, let us be thankful everyday for our freedom, give to all Mothers strength to bear those bad news days when it comes to them…. Amen.

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“Boo”dles of Fun planned at many WV State Parks SOUTH CHARLESTON - State parks across West Virginia offer a variety of activities associated with Halloween and days leading up to October 31. From a zombiefest with proceeds supporting area food banks at Chief Logan State Park to afternoon Halloween parties at Blackwater Falls and North Bend state park , activities planned create a wholesome experience – some a little more scary than others. The big event of the season is the Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park on October 27. The 6 p.m. departure includes surprises along the way to Whittaker Station. “We encourage passengers to wear a costume to create a festive trip up Cheat Mountain,” said Monica Fleming at Cass Scenic Railroad. Park staff recommends that costumes worn should allow for good visibility. For Halloween Train reservations call 304-456-4300. Events and activities at state parks and forests throughout the year are posted on, Events Calendar. Halloween Activities at West Virginia State Parks NOW thru Oct. 31 - Little Beaver Haunted Trail - Little Beaver State Park Ten nights of ghosts and goblins lurk on the haunted trail. Fun for all ages. Walking trails, shelter mazes, staged areas for Halloween Fun. Activity 7 - 10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. and 7 - 11 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. Fee based. Adults: $8; Children 12 and younger, $6. Contact: 304-7632494 October 26-27 - Halloween Masquerade - Cacapon Resort State Park Join us for a weekend of spook-tacular activities. Dinner, masquerade movie, and Halloween fun! Package available for two nights lodging, entertainment and some meals. For more information or to make reservations call 304-258-1022. October 26-27 - Wagon Ride and Halloween Haunted Walk -

Tomlinson Run State Park Take a wagon ride to the Haunted Walk at the Group Camp. Activity cost is $3 per person. Hours are 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Activity cost is $3 per person Contact: Tomlinson Run State Park, 304-564-3651 October 27 - 35th annual Pipestem Pumpkin Run Pipestem Resort State Park Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Canyon Rim Center. 10,000 meter run, 5,000 meter run, 5,000 meter and a fun run scheduled. Race begins at 10 a.m. Contact: Shirley Martin or Nathan Hanshaw, 304-466-1800. A registration form is posted onat line October 27 - Halloween Party - North Bend State Park Celebrate Halloween at North Bend State Park with games, prizes, children costume contest, crafts, and much more. Event is 1-3 p.m. at Shelter #3. There is no cost to participate in this semi-outdoor fun. Contact: 304-643-2931 October 27 - Halloween Train - Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Haunted train ride goes to Whittaker Station with ghostly surprises for all. Train departs at 6 p.m. Includes a rare night descent back to Cass. Passengers are encouraged to wear costumes. The traditional Halloween script (crypt) will be broadcast. The Limestone Cut has surprises. The haunted Dining Car will be looking for customers – check to see if you’re on the menu? Glow sticks and Halloween tricks greet passengers upon arrival at Whittaker Station. If the sky is dark and clear, the stars will cast a spell; if the moon is high, could there be a witch sweeping by? Train ride and activities: Adult, $32; Children 5-12, $26; Children under age 5, $16. Reservations required. Contact: 304-456-4300 October 27 - Hay-Rides, Haunted Trail, and Fun by Firelight! - Cacapon State Park American Cancer Society:

Relay For Life is sponsoring a frightening fun haunted trail on the multipurpose trail at Cacapon State Park. Meet at the Nature Center to enjoy the spooky festivities. Activities will begin at 7:30 pm and end at 10 p.m. Fees apply. For more information contact: 304-258-1022 x5209 or October 27 - Logan Zombiefest - Chief Logan State Park Zombies and Zombie-lovers alike: Get ready! This is the first Logan ZombieFest! Registration is at noon with the lineup and walk at 2 p.m. Event tickets are $15 and include participation in Zombie Walk, Thriller the Dance Party, Costume Contest, Concert and Prize Drawings. Rules, concert information and ticket information are online at A zombie walk is an organized public gathering of people who dress up in zombie costumes. The LEAD Community Organization is the event sponsor and is a citizen group that works to encourage pride and involvement in our communities and towns. Proceeds from this event assist the Huntington Food Bank supporting area communities. October 27 - Laurel Lake Spooktacular - Laurel Lake WMA Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area Foundation sponsors a “Laurel Lake Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 27, starting at 1 p.m. and continuing throughout the day. Food: 1-2 p.m. Games: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Movie: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Bluegrass music jam session: 5:30-8 p.m. Litter free. No alcohol. The Foundation invites the community to come dressed in Halloween costumes and to be ready for a great time! Open to the public without charge. Contact: 304-4752823. For detailed information about specific Halloween activities call the park directly. For information about West Virginia State Parks and Forests, visit

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Ten Putnam schools recognized as Exemplary STAFF REPORT WINFIELD -- Ten Putnam County schools have been named 2012-13 Exemplary Schools by the West Virginia Office of Education Performance Audits. Confidence, Eastbrook, Hurricane Town, Mountain View, Poca, Scott Teays, and West Teays are the elementary schools in Putnam County to earn this distinction. Poca Middle, Hurricane High, and Winfield High are the district’s secondary schools to earn the honor. Exemplary status means that a school has met a series of rig-

orous standards as monitored by the Office of Education Performance Audits. Those standards include being among the top schools in the state in the areas of assessment (WESTEST2) and graduation rate, among other measures. Only 58 West Virginia schools obtained exemplary status this year because of strict federal guidelines from the No Child Left Behind Act. Putnam County and Kanawha County were tied for having the most schools recognized at 10 each. Putnam County Schools Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said he is pleased that Putnam

schools did so well on academic and other measures and believes that the district’s emphasis on work ethic and communication skills will cause students to achieve even better in the future. “It is gratifying to know that our students continue to be among the best in the state and are recognized for their hard work,” he said. “With BASES and The Leader In Me, we believe we can help all schools and students achieve to those same level of excellence.” For more information about the Exemplary Schools program, visit

Natural Gas Rates Lowered Across West Virginia The Public Service Commission of West Virginia today ordered natural gas utilities to lower the purchased gas portion of their rates for the upcoming heating season. The lower interim rates will go into effect on November 1, 2012. Final rates will be set in early 2013. Hope Gas customers will see their purchased gas rates decrease 12.35% from $6.25 to $5.48 per Mcf, and the Equitable Gas rate is being reduced 33.88% from $4.90 to $3.24 per Mcf. Consumers Gas, Bluefield Gas, Blacksville Oil & Gas, Canaan Valley Gas, LumberportShinnston Gas, Southern Gas, Standard Gas, A.V. Company,

Tawney Gas Services and Union Oil & Gas will all be decreasing their purchased gas rates. Mountaineer Gas will see the purchased gas portion of its rates go from $6.11 to $4.98 per Mcf, a decrease of 18.5%. Mountaineer has a base rate case pending before the Commission so the total rates have not yet been determined. Purchased gas adjustment (PGA) proceedings provide for annual rate adjustments based on an estimate of future costs utilities will pay for gas from their suppliers for the period of November 1 through October 30 of the following year and a trueup of actual costs for the previ-

ous year. Customers’ gas rates are adjusted annually to account for differences in the cost of gas in PGA cases. The PGA accounts for approximately two thirds (2/3) of the residential gas customer’s bill. The Commission does not regulate the supplier price which is determined by competitive markets, but does examine the gas purchasing practices of gas utilities and reviews the reasonableness of those practices. The PGA is solely a pass-through of gas costs and does not include a profit for the utility. More information is available on the PSC website:

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OliveWraps Ingredients 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ½ cup all purpose flour ½ cup butter (softened) Dash of Worcestershire Sauce Olives (Submitted by Eloise McDonie) Art by Natalie Larson

Directions Mix all ingredients together. Form into small balls and flatten. Wrap around olives. Bake on cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Upper Vandalia Historical Society to Meet The Upper Vandalia Historical Society invites you to their next meeting on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Putnam County Board of Education office in Winfield located behind the old Court House. Come join in for “Show & Tell”. If you have an item, story, or pic-

tures of interest to local history and would like to share it with others, please plan to attend. Bring a friend or prospective member, and plan to stay for refreshments after the meeting. If you have any questions, please call 304-760-2121, Cheryl Wintz Withrow.

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Political Candidates talk issues at Chamber Forum By Jack Bailey

HURRICANE – Sixteen candidates for local office turned out for a candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. The forum was sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, The Putnam Standard and Generation Putnam and gave candidates a chance to talk about themselves as well as take questions from the audience during the three-hour event. “The Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates, but does encourage its members and the public to acquaint themselves with the candidates in order to become better informed voters,” said Marty Chapman, Chamber of Commerce President, of the candidate forum. Mike Herron served as the moderator of the forum and kept the pace moving, while also enforcing a strict two-minute time limit on comments by candidates. While the 16 candidates in attendance were seeking different offices, a few common themes emerged in their responses to questions from the audience. On the subject of economic development, most of the candidates spoke of the need to create more jobs in West Virginia while protecting jobs that are already in the state. “Jobs are the number one issue in West Virginia,” said Patrick Lane, the Republican candidate for the House of Delegates 38th District seat. “We have to fight back against the attack on the coal industry. We have to do more

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Putnam County Chamber of Commerce President Marty Chapman shows off a copy of The Putnam Standard at a candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. The Putnam Chamber of Commerce, The Putnam Standard and Generation Putnam sponsored the forum. Photo by Jack Bailey. to protect coal in West Virginia.” Republican Jim Butler who is running for the House of Delegates in the 14th District said that the state needs to overhaul its tax code to make it more attractive to do business here. He also said that the state needs to finish U.S. 35, which would improve business opportunities in Putnam and Mason counties. “(And) finish it without tolls,” he said. Republican Brian Scott, who is running for the House of Delegates in the 13th District, said that more needs to be done at both the federal and state level to process permits quicker for the coal industry to mine coal. He also said that the state should look at downsizing state government. The candidates were also asked about problems facing Putnam County, and many talked about the issue of drug abuse and specifically prescription drug abuse. “I would say the biggest issue is the drug problem in Putnam County,” said Bud Lett, the Democratic candidate for Sheriff. “Prescription drug abuse is a real

problem. Ninety percent of crimes in the county stem from the drug problem.” Steve Deweese, the Republican candidate for sheriff, agreed that drug abuse is the biggest problem facing the county. He said that if elected he would like to increase the size of the county's drug task force. Joe Reeder, the Republican candidate for Putnam Circuit Court Judge, said that even crimes like child abuse and neglect can be tied back to the county's drug abuse problem. He said that if elected he would like to work to implement an adult drug court in the county. Bob Leslie, the Democrat running for Circuit Court Judge, said that the drug problem cuts across all socio-economic classes in the county and that the cycle of addiction must be broken. He said that he, too, supported the idea of a drug court. The forum also featured Putnam County Commission candidates Lee Casto and Andy Skidmore. Casto, a Democrat, said that he supported the recently enacted

Lee Casto, a Democrat running for the Putnam County Commission, answers a question during a forum for political candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club. Photo by Jack Bailey.

Mitch Carmichael, a Republican running for the State Senate, speaks at a candidate forum at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Photo by Jack Bailey. fire fee increase, and that if elected, he wants to do more to market Putnam County to the state and region. “We live in the best kept secret in West Virginia,” he said. Skidmore, a Republican, said that he, too, supports the fire fee increase. He also said that his experience working in the private sector would be important in setting the county's annual budget.

The 2012 general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Putnam County. All early voting will take place on the second floor of the courthouse in Winfield. For more information, contact the Putnam County Clerk's Office at (304) 586-0202 or visit

Call for Professor of the Year Nominations CHARLESTON - The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia announces that nomination forms for the 2012 Professor of the Year Award have been distributed throughout West Virginia. All public and private colleges and universities received the forms and nomination information. Professor of the Year nomination forms are also available online at Nomi-

nations must be postmarked no later than November 2, 2012, to be eligible for consideration. The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to recognize and reward outstanding innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia’s public and private institutions of higher education. Through the Professor of the Year program, the achievements of these individuals are

brought to the attention of the entire state. The primary step in the selection process is the request for nominations, which must include comprehensive and specific information about each nominee. The Foundation board selects Professor of the Year finalists based on the written information presented and on interviews with candidates. The Professor of the Year and four

runners-up will be honored at a banquet in Charleston early in 2013. The Professor of the Year receives a $10,000 cash award, sponsored by United Bank, and a special handmade trophy designed specifically for this program. Smaller cash awards are given to the other finalists. For more information contact Ken Sullivan, 304-346-8500.

Election 2012

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Election 2012: 22nd House of Delegates District The race for the House of Delegates 22nd District features Republicans Gary Johngrass of West Hamlin and Michel Moffatt of Hurricane as well as Democrats Josh Stowers of Alum Creek and Jeff Eldridge of Alum Creek. The four are running for two seats. Moffat’s answers to questions appeared in the Oct. 16 edition of The Putnam Standard. Johngrass and Eldridge did not resond to questions sent to them. Following are Stowers’ responses. What do you think is the number one problem facing the State

of West Virginia? JOSH STOWERS: While there exists many problems that face the state of West Virginia; prescription drug abuse negatively impacts many facets of our every day life. Prescription drug abuse is a driving factor in the student drop-out rate, domestic issues, crime, lack of a prepared or motivated workforce and so forth. It is not only a social issue, but an economic one as well. If we cannot provide a quality, prepared workforce for businesses to hire they simply will not locate in West Virginia. We must face this problem head on with stronger

enforcement and treatment programs in order for change to occur. What does West Virginia need to do to increase economic development? More importantly, how do you plan to increase the job market in the area? JOSH STOWERS: We must continue with the positive tax reforms that have been enacted in years past. I have proudly voted for the reduction and eventual elimination of the business franchise tax and also the reduction corporate income tax. We must also begin to better align our vo-

cational and community/technical schools with the job market of today with a vision for the jobs of tomorrow. Providing a well-prepared workforce to prospective employers is vital if we are going to attract businesses that will help our West Virginia to prosper. With an uncertain economy and Presidential Administration that does not support coal based energy, how does West Virginia remain fiscally solvent? JOSH STOWERS: It is extremely unfortunate that we have a federal EPA that is out-of-touch

and over-reaching with their regulations on the coal industry. However, we must continue to stand up to them by challenging them in court when we know them to be acting unlawfully. While we fight an out-of-touch federal EPA, we must also look to the potential bonanza that is the Marcellus Shale. This natural gas play offers the economic opportunity of a generation if we make certain as a state that we support this developing area of the industry. We must also continue to look for efficiencies and streamline opportunities with our state budget moving forward.

Election 2012: Putnam County Assessor The race for Putnam County Assessor features Republican Sherry Troyer Hayes and Democrat D.W. “Peachie” Arthur. Hayes is a graduate of Hurricane High School and the Ben Franklin Career Center, certified as a medical assistant. She is currently serving as county Assessor. Arthur is a high school graduate who is retired. He previously served as Putnam County Assessor. Hayes’ responses to questions appeared in the Oct. 16 edition of The Putnam Standard. Following are Arthur’s responses. Do you feel that the state mandated reappraisal is fair and just? PEACHIE ARTHUR: I believe the reappraisal can be fair and just. The state tax department has utilized additional monitoring of the assessor’s appraisals by outside companies to make sure the assessor is reappraising all the property, instead of the properties that have recently transferred (sold). I think this method will result in more uniform appraisals than just having the val-

ues checked by a state tax department employee whom in the past have monitored the same counties every year. Do you feel the new guidelines for board of equalization and review process are justified? Will they make the process better? PEACHIE ARTHUR: Yes. I believe the taxpayers will have more time to prepare their case to the county commission to dispute the values of the assessor or the state tax department. But, my major concern is the impact it may have on the county, city, state, or school budgets, if there are large exoneration's in October after the budgets are passed. How can the office of assessor be a help to the taxpayer? PEACHIE ARTHUR: The assessor’s office may assist the taxpayer in many ways, such as helping the taxpayer look up various items about their propertydeed book and page, date, and amount of purchase price on their property as well as others they have a question about. The maps of the property can show

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how their property is shaped and located. New technology such as the GIS mapping can assist the economic development officials in identifying and presenting the attributes of the property (topography, drainage, infrastructure available, etc.) to prospective companies. The assessor can provide figures needed in preparing the necessary paperwork associated in administering the estate of a family member. What improvements would you bring to the office? PEACHIE ARTHUR: I would be more accessible to the taxpayers.

I would have alcohol and drug testing of all employees in the office. I would have cross-training of all employees in the office. I would work diligently with other assessors and the legislature to increase the amount of the homestead exemption. I am a firm believer in assisting elderly or disabled taxpayers in this manner as the assessed values rise over time. I would work with the members of our legislature to allow Class II on taxpayer’s properties which their parents or children (immediate family members) live on. This would reduce their tax liability, because by

doing this it could possibly save the government money (nursing home costs, public housing costs, etc.). If you could change anything about the office or the process what would it be? And Do you believe in term limits? PEACHIE ARTHUR: I would eliminate the personal property taxes on vehicles. If this is not feasible, I would look for ways to change the way the vehicles are appraised. Yes, I would like to see two six-year terms, and an election held every six years for all government offices.

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Spring Valley Offense Runs Past Hurricane By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE- From opening Kickoff to the final seconds of the last quarter, the No. 7 ranked Redskins fought to combat No. 12 Spring Valley's blistering running game Friday night. But it wasn't enough. Into the first two minutes of the contest, the Timberwolves scored quickly with a 6-play, 80-yard drive. This early gain of momentum for SpringValley only grew throughout the first half of the game. Although the Redskins' offense suffered a fumble on its first possession, the team didn't give up. But as rain fell, more bad luck followed the boys in red and white. Junior Quarterback Austin Hensley threw a seemingly perfect pass that was intercepted, just feet from what should have been a Hurricane touchdown. This forced the defense back onto the field to try to stifle theWildcats formidable offense. West Virginia University recruit Elijah Wellman led Spring Valley through the Redskins' defense to snatch two more TDs. The scoreboard showed Spring Valley up 21 points by halftime. About half-way through the third quarter things looked up for Hurricane as Hensley ran one in to put some much needed points on the board. The Redskins now had some hope. During the second half of the game, Junior Running Back Zach

(Austin Hensley): Hurricane Quarterback Austin Hensley takes matters into his own hands as he shakes off the defense. The junior passed for 14 completions in his fight against Spring Valley's defense.

Spring Valley's strong running game beats Hurricane's defense Friday night. The Timberwolves rushed for 654 yards. Pate ran for 90 yards for Hurricanes' Special Teams on a kickoff return, making the statement that he and his Redskins weren't going down without a fight. Hurricane coaches did all they could to keep Spring Valleys' defense guessing, as offense mixed up its running and passing game. The redskins were able to put a couple more touchdowns on the scoreboard in the third and fourth quarters. However, the defense still could not fend off the speed of Wellman and the resiliency of SpringValley's down-and-dirty running game. No

matter how many changes to defensive strategy, Hurricane just could not slow their opponents drive Friday night.

Spring Valley ran for more than 650 rushing yards against Hurricane. The Timberwolves' running game was capitalized by seniors Wellman and Ryan George. Both collectively ran for more than 400 yards. The final score: Spring Valley 55, Hurricane 27. Although Hurricane lost this

game, they didn't lose their pride. From start to finish they fought, gaining respect in the process. Hensley completed 14 passes for 142 yards and Pate racked up more than 120 all-purpose yards for the boys in Red and White. Hurricane will shake off this upset before facing Logan on Friday.

2012 Region IV Cross Country Championships SUBMITTED ARTICLE By Jim Parsons Last Thursday, Hurricane girls captured 1st place at the 2012 WV AAA Region IV Cross Country Championships held on George Washington High School's course at Tornado, WV. Hurricane's Tori Dent captured 1st place honors over runner-up challenger, Brittney McMillion of Winfield. Hurricane placed 4 runners in the top 10 and Winfield, 2 earning All Regional honors. Top 10 were: 1. Tori Dent, Hurricane (18:47.90); 2. Brittney McMillion, Winfield (19:11.30); 3. Jorden Thornton, Cabell Midland (19:22.20; 4. Emily Schwendiman, Hurricane (19:23.90); 5. Rachael Englund, Winfield (19:29.50); 6. Joie Johnston, Hurricane (19:45); 7. Andrea Porter, Point Pleasant (20:08.60); 8. Kelsey Dillon, Cabell Midland (20:14.50); 9. Baylee Summers, Hurricane (20:15); 10. Hannah Morgan, Cabell Midland (20:22.10). A total of 45 runners ran the course. Team scoring: 1. Hurricane (29 points); 2. Cabell Midland (48 points); 3. Winfield (56 points); 4. St.Albans (136 points); 5. Huntington (137 points); 6. Nitro (148 points) (lowest score wins).

Hurricane's Tori Dent has a slight lead over Winfield's Brittney McMillion during the 1st mile of the 3.1 mile race. Tori increased the lead and captured 1st place honors followed by runner up, Brittney. Great effort by both girls! Next up for Hurricane, Cabell Midland, and Winfield is the WV State Cross Country Champi-

onships at Cabell Midland High School on Saturday, October 27.


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Charleston brothers Brace and Daly Mullett enjoy a day off school at a custom playground on Gritt’s Farm, Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Justin Waybright. such a nice job on this.” This farm is now a hub for children and families, but it was not always so. In 1928, the property began as a small farm, where Tony Gritt Sr. and Nally Gritt worked to support eight children. It evolved over the years from a poultry farm, to greenhouseraised produce in the 1970s, to what it is today. Four generations of the Gritt Family have worked the farm since its opening. The grandson of the original owners, Bob Gritt, now owns this land that has been attracting folks to Buffalo for nearly a century. “This is a place for kids to run,

scream, play and be free in the outdoors,” Gritt said. “It’s great to have people come out and enjoy the farm.” “He’s the mastermind behind this,” Bob’s sister Lois McCray said, while she directed some school groups to the wagon rides. “It all started with the “Pick-YourOwn-Pumpkin Patch” and then just blossomed from there.” Many people go to the grocery store to pick out pumpkins for Halloween time, she explained. “The Pick-Your-own-Pumpkin patch is just better.” The Gritt family and its staff loves seeing families come together to spend a day having some ol’ fashioned fun in the out-

doors. The Gritts strive to keep their farm fresh with new events and attractions to keep smiling faces coming back year after year. “Our goal is to add something new and different every year,” McCray said. This is a goal the Gritts have accomplished. After the pumpkin patch, a playground and a four –acre corn maze were added. Last year the corn maze drew in families from all around and was a hit with the children, McCray said. “Kids just have a ball,” she said. “This is a place where kids can go and just be kids.” Because of the great success of last year’s corn maze, the farm added an even bigger one this year. It is ten acres. Although the reasons that bring people here have changed over the years, the popularity of Gritt’s farm has remained a constant for this town. Minutes from Winfield, Gritt’s farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekly. The corn mazes and hay rides are closed on Monday and Wednesdays. Admission for children nine and older is $7; for those who are eight and younger, admission is $5. Prices include all the fun the farm has to offer. Fire pits and picnic areas can be reserved by calling (304) 937-2565.

HOUSE FROM PAGE 1 some kitchen cabinets and the smoothing out of some small areas of drywall. It is exceptionally live-able and move-in ready, Erwin said. The new homeowner will enjoy the comfort of a fully insulated attic, a large master bedroom with on-suite, a functional kitchen and an artfully constructed living room area. “The house has a brand new Carrier HVAC system and new carpet that is bought, but not installed,” Erwin said. “The Electric Class students did a communication system in the house as well.” This three-bedroom home is complete with a mud-room, new windows, a walk-in-closet and jetted tub in the master bedroom on-suite. “Students come here to work, with the intention of experiencing career opportunities with real-life examples,” the principal said. “Here they got a hands-on indication of what this career opportunity has in store for them. We are creating an environment for students to learn skills for the rest of their life, and some may not enter this career, but all will live in a house someday, and this may help them.”

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The living room, dining room and kitchen areas. Hardwood covers the dining and living rooms, while stone laminate stretches across the kitchen floor. The kitchen features new cabinetry and overhead lighting. Photo Justin Waybright. Erwin thanks the students and teachers of the entire building department for their hard work and a job well done. According to the Putnam County Board of Education Bid Invitation, “Open bids on the custom home will start at $65,000, and will require a 10 percent non-refundable deposit at bid opening, with balance due no later than 30 days. The house

must be removed from its lot at Putnam Career and Technical Center by December 6, 2012.” A verification of sufficient funds or credit for the amount of the bid is required at the bid opening. Sealed bids will be received until 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at the county’s Board of Education Office in Winfield. To see the house, call Mike Erwin at (304) 586-3494.

Left to Right, Mary Huff, Jeremy Huff, Lynne Fruth, Merryc Batt, and Kevin Batt. Lynne Fruth presents Jeremy and Merryc with the start of their scholarship funds.

Pictured Left to Right: Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Inc. and Amy Nelson, Category Manager, are pictured with the Winfield Athletic Gear donation. Amy Nelson worked with supplier OhioPyle to get a generous donation of items to be sold for the Scholarship Fund. These items will be sold at the October 26th Winfield vs. St. Albans game. 100% of the sales of these items will go toward Merryc Batt and Jeremy Huff’s scholarship fund. Fruth Pharmacy has pledged $2,000 to start the fund. Fruth Pharmacy also continues to sell Winfield school athletic gear at the Winfield Fruth Pharmacy in order to raise more monies for the scholarships. 10% of all sales of Winfield athletic gear sold from October 1st through November 11th will be donated to the scholarship funds. Please help Fruth Pharmacy in its efforts to assist Merryc and Jeremy. If you would like to contribute directly to the scholarship fund you can send funds to the following: Merryc R Batt Scholarship Fund, First State Bank, 3754

Teays Valley Road, Hurricane WV 25526. Jeremy Huff, C/O Mary Huff, Putnam County Bank. You can also send funds payable to Merryc Batt-Jeremy Huff Scholarship, Attn: Lynne Fruth at 4016 Ohio River Road, Point Pleasant, WV 25550. Funds received by Fruth Pharmacy will be divided equally between Merryc and Jeremy. If you would like to know more about contributing to this scholarship fund, please contact Fruth Pharmacy’s corporate office at 304-675-1612. Additional information is also posted on Fruth Pharmacy’s Facebook page.

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Wildlife Tax must go where it Belongs

David Payne Sr.

Column by David Payne Sr.

I was supposed to discuss the mast report this week, but something far more significant has arisen. I thank Chris Lawrence of Metro News for bringing this tyranny against outdoorsmen to my attention. I have been writing an outdoors column for 13 years now. Never have I discussed politics. I've made it a point not to, with the exception of what I deem to be violations of Second-Amendment rights in West Virginia. But I have always spoken in general terms, never criticizing specific politicians. I can refrain no longer – the offenses are far too

egregious. First, there was President Obama's executive order giving him power to shut down fisheries. I had to speak out against that. And now there is this – coming on the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Act, which has raised billions for wildlife using sportsman's tax dollars. We were very, very, very clear about that when we fought to get that legislation passed. Money from this tax – and keep in mind we ourselves created it 75 years ago – is to be used only to support wildlife. But that's not the plan from the White House. Not at all. Obama's Office of Management and Budget itemizes $31 million in PittmanRobertson funds and $34 million of Dingell-Johnson funds (a similar sportsman's tax to support fisheries) to be “sequestered” from the U.S. budget. In case you don't know what “sequestered” means, it means the same thing as “seized.” Our modern system of wildlife management is built upon this funding. In addition to restoring game from scarcity, it has saved the bald eagle from possible extinction. However, that long legacy may soon come to an end. It is an incredible legacy. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, we became aware that nearly all our game resources were being or had

been destroyed. Some game animals, such as the eastern bison and elk, were extinct. White-tailed deer and turkey numbers were so decimated; it seemed those species weren't far behind. Something needed to be done, but doing things costs a lot of money. In West Virginia, there were numerous experiments to raise money, such as high license fees. The first non-resident license, for instance, was created in 1899, which I believe was also the time we hired our first game warden.When you adjust for inflation, the cost of that license in today's dollars is a whopping $650. In 1909, West Virginia passed its first significant regulations – and gave the game and fish warden the teeth to enforce it by hiring fulltime deputy wardens. It was now illegal to ship game out-of-state, which shut down most commercial hunting. This state legislation of that year was basically a mirror of the federal Lacey Act of 1900, but now it could be enforced and bring to a close commercial market hunting that had decimated so many of the state's game species. Also that year, lawmakers created the state's first statewide hunting license for residents. It cost $1 ($23 when adjusted for inflation, about the same as todays). More than 24,000 licenses were sold. Fish and Game Warden J.H. Marcum had

been pushing hard for it as a vital game-management tool and wrote in his report to the legislature at the time that such fees worked very well and no state “after adopting the license system has ever repealed the law.” Naturally, Marcum jinxed himself by saying that and West Virginia did repeal the very next year, but it eventually – and gradually restored the license fees. Restoration of our wildlife resources was of extreme concern to outdoorsmen. The situation was dire and they rose to meet it. They said something few groups have ever said in the world's political history - “please, tax us.” Those calls for a tax to support restoration of game were realized in the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, which created a tax on rifles, shotguns, bows, etc. Every time you buy a new rifle, there is an 11 percent tax built into its cost. Since then, hunters and anglers have raised nearly $7 billion that directly helps wildlife. Anglers support fisheries with tax revenue from a similar act, the DingellJohnson Act. So you're asking yourself, why is the White House taking it? The seizure of our money, which we asked to be taken for the specific purpose of nurturing our forests and streams, is part of a huge package of across-the-board

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Outdoors Roundup Shortened Wild Boar firearms season to open West Virginia's wild boar season is scheduled for Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. The season is open to residents only. Boar hunting is restricted to Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties. Pigs of either sex may be taken, but hunters can only harvest one boar per year. Each animal harvested must be checked in at an official big-game checking station in the county of

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kill within 24 hours. There is usually a second season in December, but not this year. The number of boar harvested has steadily decreased since the record of 158 in 1995. The December season is typically the most productive season for hunters. Hawk's Nest tram closed for repairs The Hawk's Nest State Park aerial tram will be closed until further notice, park officials said. The tram carries passengers down into the New River Gorge. It became inoperable on Oct. 13 due to a power surge. Park managers and maintenance employees have been working since then to make

repairs and reopen it. Parts for the 40-year old system are not readily available and generally require special purchases and manufacturing. A company specializing in tram repair is currently involved. Officials are hopeful the tram will reopen by the weekend, but they are contacting groups that have tram trips planned for the remainder of the season with ideas for alternative activity ideas just in case. For more information, call (304) 658-5212. New West Virginia Wildlife Calendar Available The 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available for sale in stores, online and at DNR district offices.

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government budget reductions planned to take effect January 2, 2013, unless Congress can develop a plan to cut $1.2 trillion over the next decade. It's one of many things scheduled to kick in after the election. So what happens when the funds are seized?We'll explore that next week, but Curtis Taylor, West Virginia DNR Wildlife Resources chief, said that within nine years, the DNR wouldn't be able to even keep the lights on and the first thing you'll notice is a drop of at least a couple of inches in the size of stocked trout, whose food at the hatcheries will be cut to save money (trout pellets are expensive). I say this seizure is tyranny and I think back to the list of grievances against King George III listed in the Declaration of Independence. One of them is “... For imposing taxes on us without our Consent,” which is precisely what this seizure does. Mind you, there are exemptions to this tyranny. The president's salary is one. Caring for our forests and streams, however, is not. Stop and think about that and it's obvious where the White House's priorities are. Contact David Payne Sr. at

The calendar features paintings of West Virginia wildlife. For more information, visit or by writing: West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241. A list of vendors selling the calendars is available online at the Web site mentioned above. If purchasing by mail, make checks payable to WVDNR – total is $16.10 for each calendar, which includes shipping and handling. Organizations, clubs and civic groups can profit by selling the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar as part of their fund-raising activities. Interested organizations should contact the DNR at the above address for more information. The 2012 calendar won a Gold Award in an annual contest sponsored by the Calendar Marketing Association. The award was for the most informative wall calendar, retail division.

The following waters were stocked with trout last week: Buckhannon River, North Fork South Branch, Coopers Rock Lake, Elk River, Teter Creek Lake, Tygart Headwaters, Tygart Tailwaters, Anthony Creek, Buffalo Fork Lake, Cranberry River, Glade Creek of New River, Knapps Creek, Lost River, Pinnacle Creek (lower section), Pond Fork, Rock Cliff Lake, Seneca Lake, Summersville Tailwaters, Sutton Tailwaters, West Fork Greenbrier River, Big Clear Creek, Blackwater River, Brandywine Lake, Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (C&R), Evitts Run, Opequon Creek, R.D. Bailey Tailwaters, South Branch (Franklin), South Branch (Smoke Hole), Spruce Knob Lake, Summit Lake, Elk River, Spruce Knob Lake. Tygart Headwaters, Williams River (from upper end of C&R area upstream to Day Run Campground).


The Putnam Standard Across 1. Causing death 7. One assuming a false identity 15. Iris part 16. Nautical 17. Savage 18. Altar boys 19. Very brief bathing suit 20. Beauty 21. Cork’s country 22. Absorbed, as a cost 23. Kosher ___ 25. Grammar topic 26. Dalai ___ 28. Buckle 31. “20,000 Leagues” harpooner ___ Land 32. Inclined 34. Ethically indifferent 36. Filled to overflowing 38. Import taxes 42. Ace place? 44. Excellence 45. Come together 48. Emotionally upset (2 wds) 50. Chief magistrate of Venice 51. Beth’s preceder 53. “Beowulf,” e.g. 55. Formerly known as 56. Earned 57. Amniotic ___ 59. Kind of control 61. Speak softly and carry

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54. Headlike protuberance 57. Toyota car 58. Bad marks 60. Carnival attraction 62. “For shame!”

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FREDDIE BRYAN Freddie Bryan, 57, of Huntington, W.Va., passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, surrounded by his loving family members. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at Chapman's Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Michael S. Chapman officiating. Burial followed in Woodmere Memorial Park. Freddie was born Dec. 6, 1954, in Huntington, W.Va., a son of Emma Floyd Bryan of Huntington, and the late Rudolph W. Bryan. He was Christian by faith and a member of the former Southside United Methodist Church. He was an avid Marshall University athletic supporter. Additional survivors include his sister, Linda Dillon and Roy Belville of Huntington; a brother, Lawrence Bryan and wife Vanessa of St. Albans, W.Va.; three nephews, David Bryan of Longview, Texas, Jimmy and Shawn McCallister; two nieces, Heatherly Bryan of Poca, W.Va., and Jessica Pennington and husband Keith of Rehoboth Beach, Dela.; a great-niece, Yesinia Silva; a great-nephew, Brayden Pennington; and many other loving family members. The family would like to thank Wanda Maynard and Donna Hall and the staffs of Pro Nursing and the Autism Center for all their loving care. Chapman's Mortuary assisted the Bryan family. Online condolences may be sent to

GARY CURTIS CULLIFER Mr. Gary Curtis Cullifer, 67, of Winfield, passed away October 12, 2012, at home. Gary is a 1963 graduate of Poca High School; retired car salesman with over 25 years experience; former assistant manager at Sportmart and former coach for youth sports in the North Putnam League. He is preceded in death by his wife Janice Kay Cullifer. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Josephine King; sons, Gig Cullifer and Cary and wife Terri Cullifer; sister, Patricia Jacobs; brother, Bob Cullifer and three grandchildren, Hannah Cullifer, Nick Frampton and Bailey Grigsby. A tribute to the life of Gary was held Tuesday October 16, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Delbert Hawley officiating. Entombment followed in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens and Crematorium, Red House. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca assisted the Cullifer family.

HELEN POWERS EGGLESTON Helen Powers Eggleston, 84, of Scott Depot passed away Friday, October 12, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, W.Va. Born September 23, 1928, in Ashland, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Landon Peter and Ruby Virtresse O'Brien Powers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Peyton Eggleston; sisters, Lillian Welch and Renie Byrnside; and one brother, Landon Powers, Jr. Soon after her birth in Ashland, the Powers family moved to Teays Valley, W.Va. It was here that she spent most of her life. She graduated from Hurricane High School where she was a majorette. She and her husband, Vernon, were married in 1947, just after Vernon returned from World War II, where he served in the Navy. As a young lady, Helen used to take the train from Scott Depot to St. Albans everyday where she worked at the Bank of St. Albans and then later at St. Albans City Hall. She retired from Monsanto Corporation in Nitro, where she worked as a secretary

in the personnel department. Helen was a strong Christian. She attended Mount Vernon Baptist Church most of her life, where she served the Lord in many capacities, including Church Clerk and on two pulpit committees. Most importantly, she shared her faith with her family. Both her son, Tim and daughter, Terri are believers and were impacted by her faith. By sharing her love of the Lord with her family, it has created a Christian heritage that is being passed down now from generation to generation. She and Vernon left Teays Valley for a brief period of her life. They moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C. in 1984. During that time of their life they hosted many friends. They especially loved having their grandchildren. Helen succeeded in creating many great memories for the five grandchildren and their families. After Vernon died in 1991, Helen soon moved back to the valley to be near her daughter Terri. Surviving are her children; Tim Eggleston (Marsha) of Hedgesville, W.Va, Terri Eggleston of Scott Depot; sister, Wanda Johnson of Hurricane; and brother, John Powers (Mary) of Conyers, Ga. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Kara Brooks (Jason) of Richmond, Va., Jessica Scalf (Harley) of Gassaway, W.Va., Nathan Nisbet of Dunbar, Brad Eggleston of Black Mountain, N.C., Jonathan Nisbet of Scott Depot, as well as great-grandchildren, Carter Nisbet, Cohl Brooks and Madison Scalf. Funeral services were held Monday, October 15, in the Historic Sanctuary of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Hurricane, with Pastor Ron McClung, Rev. Lee White and Rev. Harley D. Scalf officiating. Burial followed in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Hurricane, W.Va. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made the Mount Vernon Baptist Church Building Fund, 2150 Mount Vernon Road, Hurricane, W.Va. 25526

AUDRA "CLEOTA" FINLEY Audra "Cleota" Finley, of Hurricane, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Rose Terrace Health and Rehab Center. She was born January 7, 1928, in Huntington, to the late George and Thelma Holley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Delmar F. "Buddy" Finley; son, Forrest Brent Finley; one great-grandchild; and brother, George Holley. She is survived by her daughter, Joan Halstead (John) of Morgantown; son, George Curtis Finley of Hurricane; five grand-

The Putnam Standard children, Kim, Christy, Anthony, Donald and John Curtis; five great-grandchildren; brother, David Holley; and her friends at First Baptist Church. "To help as many people as possible to live at their highest potential by persuading them to become believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, positive thinkers and people of Faith. This Rev. Norman Vincent Peale's goal and mine too." - Audra Cleota Finley. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 17, at First Baptist Church, Hurricane, with the Rev. Dr. James Lutz and Mr. James McGehee officiating. Burial followed in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Barboursville. Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.

REID FIZER Reid Fizer, 83, of Hurricane, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Hubbard House West, South Charleston, W.Va. Born June 18, 1929, in Hurricane, he was a son of the late Era Cecil and Gladys Bridgeman Fizer. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Felitsky; his brothers, Jim and Danny Paul Fizer as well as sisters, Gail Hibbs and Jackie Hall. Reid was retired from RhonePoulanc, formerly Union Carbide, Institute. He also worked with Wakenhut Security at John Amos Power Plant. Reid served his country with the United States Army during the Korean Era and was a lifetime member of VFW Post # 9097, Hurricane. Surviving are his wife, Inez Harris Fizer; his daughters, Mary Fizer of St. Albans, Vicky Tolley of Hurricane; his son, Bill Fizer of Hurricane; his sisters, Carolyn Davis and Bonnie Garrett both of Hurricane, Brenda Kay Simms of Windham, Ohio; his brothers, Joe Fizer of Ravenswood and John Fizer of St. Albans; his grandchildren, Cari Gregor, Ashley Fizer and Frank Felitsky; and his greatgrandchildren, Katie and Genny Felitsky. Funeral services were Monday, October 15 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Pastor Joseph Jarrett officiating. Burial followed in Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to the Hubbard House, West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave., SE, South Charleston, WV 25309.

BRENDAN C. GEORGE Brendan C. George, 15, of St. Albans, went to be with the Lord on October 14, 2012. He was born October 14, 1997, in Charleston, a son of Timothy A. George and Kelly S. George, both of St. Albans. Brendan was a freshman at St. Albans High School where he served in the Marine ROTC. He

was a kind, caring, gentle person. A loving son, grandson and nephew. He will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandmother, Brenda S. "Mop" Poole of St. Albans; uncles, David Perry and his wife, Cheryl, of Cross Lanes, Steven George of San Diego, Calif., and R.L. George of South Charleston; aunt, Diane Richardson and her husband, Mike, of St. Albans; nephews, Zachary and Matthew; and his beloved dogs, Sophia and Butter. A gathering of family and friends was held Wednesday, October 17 at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home. There was a private family burial. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

JAMES F. HART James F. Hart, 74, of St. Albans, went to be with the Lord Friday, October 12, 2012, after a long illness. He was a former Marine and UMWA employee. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Casey. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hart; daughters, Anna Pifer, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Char Fox, Hurricane; son, Mark Dillon, South Point, Ohio, sister; Mabel Ervin; brother, Arthur Hart; seven grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Celebration of James's life was held Sunday, October 14, at Tabernacle of Praise Church, Culloden. Burial was held Tuesday, October 16, at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

IRIS HOPE COOK HESLEP Iris Hope Cook Heslep died October 2, 2012, at Teays Valley Center. Hope was 89 years old. She was the oldest child of Jordan and Iva "Cookie" Cook, both deceased. She was also predeceased by her brother, Thomas J. Cook, and sister, Patricia Cook Stalnaker. Hope graduated from SAHS in 1940. Other than a brief time in Alexandria, Va., Hope was a lifetime resident of St. Albans. Hope was married to William A. Heslep for 31 years. They owned and operated Bodie's Jewelry Store on Main Street in St. Albans. Hope was active in the Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed horseback riding, calligraphy, family and friends. Hope was very active in different ministries at Highlawn Baptist Church. She served as superintendent of the Primary Department, taught a Sunday school class for the deaf, interpreted services for the deaf and played handbells.


The Putnam Standard Hope is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Heslep Cacopardo, and son-in-law, Greg, and their children, Todd, Joshua and Abbie; and her daughter, Sarah Heslep Biser and son-in-law, Dan, and their children, Dan, Abby, and Dale. Memorial services were held Saturday, October 13, at Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans, with the Rev. Mark Stauffer officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family welcomes donations, in the name of Hope C. Heslep, to be made to Highlawn Baptist Church. You may also share memories or condolences the family at with Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, was in charge of arrangements.

VIRGINIA L. HESS Virginia L. Hess, 81, of Leon, died Oct. 9, 2012. Services were held Friday, Oct. 12, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

BONNIE HOLLEY Bonnie Holley, 96, of Ashton, died Oct. 8, 2012. Services were held Friday, Oct. 12, at Moore's Chapel Church, Ashton. Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant, was in charge of arrangements.

CORDIE O. HUDKINS JR. Cordie O. Hudkins Jr., 74, of Scott Depot, died Sunday, October 14, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, following a lengthy illness. He was born March 23, 1938, in South Charleston, and raised in St. Albans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cordie O. and Opal Gay Hudkins. Left to cherish his memory are his brother, Jerome (Linda) of Ashville, Pa.; his wife, Lenora Legg Hudkins; son, Gary Hudkins (Jennifer) of Howell, Mich.; and daughters, Lisa Hudkins Myers (JoDean) and Elizabeth Hudkins Rice (Michael) of Statesville, N.C. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren, Aaron, Nathaniel and Christina Myers, Caleb and Elijah Rice and Madeline "Maddie" Hudkins; along with a host of friends. As a young boy, his family took at least a one-week vacation at a state park in West Virginia. One year, when he was in the fifth or sixth grade, a park superintendent and his wife taught him to fly fish, and all through high school he thought what a wonderful thing it would be to someday be a park superintendent. He had a desire to know why things in nature worked the way they did. The study of physical and natural science, he knew, would enable him to better understand the world we

all live in. Because the study of chemistry would likely lead to a career indoors, he chose to major in biology, with the idea at the back of his mind that he would someday be employed by a state or national park. When he graduated from high school, he knew he wanted to attend college but felt he lacked the maturity and focus necessary to apply himself to that purpose. Consequently, he spent four years working his way around many of the western states, enjoying the beautiful scenery and developing the motivation to study for a college degree, which he hoped would lead to a career in the out-of-doors. He attended Morris Harvey College (subsequently the University of Charleston) in West Virginia and graduated in 1965 with a degree in biology. Immediately after graduation, he took the civil service examination for park superintendent and was hired shortly thereafter by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources State Park System. He began his career with this department as an assistant superintendent of the 6,000-acre Babcock State Park. From there, he worked as superintendent of Cedar Creek State Park, North Bend State Park and Pipestem State Park, often referred to as the "crown jewel" of the State Park System. In 1977 he was transferred from Pipestem to the central office in Charleston as a district administrator for the southern part of the state. In the same year, he was promoted to assistant chief in charge of the planning section. When several projects were completed under his direction, he was appointed chief in charge of the operations section. In 1989 he returned to the planning section, which at that time had expanded to embrace planning, engineering and maintenance to again deal with a backlog of projects. Finally, in 1990, he was appointed chief of the West Virginia State Park System, and remained in this position until his retirement in 2000. During his career, Mr. Hudkins rallied citizens and employees of the park system in order to defeat two attempts at privatizing state park facilities. Upon his retirement, the Charleston Daily Mail wrote, "West Virginia's park system will be in someone else's hands today. No, that's not quite right. For the past 10 years, outgoing park's chief, Cordie Hudkins, has managed the system with his heart, not his hands. By all accounts, Hudkins' passion has transformed a neglected, antiquated system into one of the nation's finest. 'Cordie's contributions are among the primary reasons our parks rank among the best in the nation,' says John Rader, director of the state Division of Natural Resources. 'He will be greatly missed.'" A celebration of his life was held at the Cordie Hudkins Conference Room at Pipestem State Park's

McKeever Lodge on Wednesday, October 17. The family requests donations in his memory are made to the West Virginia State Parks Foundation, Bldg. 3, Room 712, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305-0662. Online condolences may be shared by visiting

JOHN LEWIS HUNT John Lewis Hunt, 47, of Huntington, gave up his courageous fight with cancer, at home with his family, on Friday, October 12, 2012, to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his father, James H. Hunt Sr.; and brother, Edward D. Ronk. He is survived by his loving lifemate, Donna L. Fortner of Huntington; his mother, Anna G. Workman of Huntington; two daughters, Crystal Brumfield and grandson, Ayden Brumfield, of Huntington and Mary Catherine Grace Hunt of Burlington, Ohio; six brothers, Larry L. Ronk of Huntington, Donald L. Ronk of Charleston, Melvin A. Ronk, Raymond F. Ronk, James H. Hunt Jr. and Billy R. Hunt of Huntington; three sisters, Virginia A. Simmons of Iowa, Shelia C. Tomblin and Kelly D. Bryan of Huntington; his special family, Trace E. Fortner, Randi L. Childers, Abigale L. Childers and Riley A. Loudermilk of Huntington; sisters-in-law; brothers-inlaw; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. His family would like to thank Hospice of Huntington for the extraordinary care they provided John during his time at home. A memorial service was Wednesday, October 17, at Hall Funeral Home, Proctorville, Ohio, conducted by the Rev. E.S. Harper. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

BETTY J. JONES Betty J. Jones, 84, of South Charleston, went home on October 12, 2012, to be with our heavenly Father and all of her previously deceased loved ones. She was born October 1, 1928, to Virginia R. Anderson and Earl E. Grinstead Sr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by former husbands, Enos Parsons, Harold "Jack" Rader and James O. Jones: her son, Ralph E. Parsons Sr.; two sisters, Freda Mae Cobb and Janet Jones; and grandson, Ralph E. Parsons Jr. Betty will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Linda L. Dexter of St. Albans; her granddaughter, Tricia Anne Dexter of St. Albans; her brother, Earl E. Grinstead and wife, Vesta, of Charleston; grandson, Joseph Parsons of Virginia; and greatgrandchildren, Corey and Jacob Lovejoy, Tiffany Caldwell of St. Albans and Joshua and Joey Parsons of Huntington. She is also survived by niece, Sandra Williams and husband, Joe, of

Tuesday,October 23,2012 – Page 13 Cleveland, Ohio, and several cousins and great-nieces and nephews. Betty was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, devoted to her family, friends and Trinity Independent Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 17 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home with Pastor Gene Pauley officiating. Burial followed in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to www.tylermountainfuneral

NANCY BRITTS KEISTER Nancy Britts Keister, 92, died on October 8, 2012, at her home, Broadmore Assisted Living, Hurricane. Her memorial service was held at the Scott Depot Christ Fellowship on Saturday, October 20, 2012. A private burial followed later that evening. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, was in charge of arrangements.

GARY WAIN KELLEY JR. Gary Wain Kelley Jr., 51, of Cross Lanes, passed away October 14, 2012, at home. He was a security officer with G4S Security Company and a U.S. Air Force veteran. Wain was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Dian Kelley. Survivors include his father, Gary Wain Kelley Sr. and his companion, Linda Cooper; and brother, Jeff Kelley of Poca. Funeral services and burial, with military graveside rites provided by American Legion Post 61, Clendenin, was held Thursday, October 18, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. William K. Berry officiating. The family will accept memorial online condolences at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home assisted the Kelley family.

DOROTHY BEATRICE LEWIS Dorothy Beatrice Lewis, 69, of St. Albans, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Born January 1, 1943, in St. Al-

bans, Dorothy was the daughter of the late James and Esther Lawson Little. She was a homemaker and former manager of the men's department at Value City Department Store. She was a member of Pilgrim Home Missionary Baptist Church, where she was active in the women's ministry and a member of the choir. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Lewis Sr.; son, Thomas Little Lewis Jr. of St. Albans; brother, James Little of Charleston; grandchildren, Cierra Chantel Lewis, Jordan La'Shay Lewis, Thomas James Lewis and Chanc Robert Lewis, all of St. Albans; and also a host of friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 18, at Pilgrim Home Missionary Baptist Church, 7015 Kanawha St. E., St. Albans, with the Rev. Shelly Bausley officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, was in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES ALBERT QUALLS Charles Albert Qualls went to his heavenly home October 12, 2012. Charlie was born September 26, 1942, in Putnam County. He was a brick mason and a member of Valley View Freewill Baptist Church. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Charlotte Qualls. He is survived by his wife Anna, (Skeeter); his children, Claudia (Robert) Allen of Louisa, Ky. Claude (Eloise) Ratliff of Milton, Fla. Koleene (Neil) Slaughter of Scott Depot, Barbara Rectenwald of Scott Depot, Kim McDaniel of Hurricane, and Sandy (Bobby) Payne of Hurricane; brother, Clinton (Loraine) Qualls of Sumterville, Fla.; sisters, Carol Jean (Olan) Topping of Teays Hollow, W.Va. and Reba "Bun" Barnes of Hurricane; and 12 grandchildren and 29 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 16, at Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Truman Davis and Rev. Ray Sovine officiating. Burial followed in Forest Memorial Park Milton, W.Va.

Page 14 –Tuesday,October 23,2012 Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane was in charge of arrangements. The family would like to thank Dr. Fichter and the staff of CAMC Teays Valley for the loving care they provided and to his special grandson, Jeremy "Sam" McDaniel R.N. Please visit to share memories and condolences.

A. RUTH SMITH A. Ruth Smith, 93, of St. Albans, joined her family in Heaven, surrounded by her family on earth, on Friday, October 12, 2012, at the home she shared with her granddaughter, Stacy, and her family. Born February 24, 1919, in Boone County, she was a daughter of the late Cecil Dexter and Esther Sutphin Sullivan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred E. Smith; her daughter, Carolyn Clark; her

brothers, Ed and Burford Sullivan; and her sister, Elaine Sullivan. She was a former beautician and had attended Twin City Bible Church, Nitro, and Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Hurricane. A loving homemaker, she was quite talented with crocheting and knitting as well as tending to her flower garden. Surviving are her children: Nancy (James) Woodard of Enon, Ohio, and their children, Freddy, Joe, Jon and Tressa; Fredda (Howard) Brashear of Clayton, N.C., and their children, Sean, Amy and Wendy; Linda (Tim) Cox of St. Albans and their children, Alisha, Stacy and Josh; Carolyn's children, Steve, Greg, Brad and Julie; as well as 28 greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Marion Call of Hurricane, Marceline Call of Hurricane, Shirley Schmidt of Texas, Eweual Sullivan of Florida and John Sullivan of Texas.

Obituaries Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 16, at BartlettChapman Funeral Home with Pastor David Jones officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Online condolences may also be made by visiting The family suggests memorial contributions are made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1601 Second Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

VERA LOUISE SMITH Vera Louise Smith, 88, of Poca, passed away October 14, 2012, at her home. She was a homemaker and spent her life caring for and giving to anyone in need. Louise will be sadly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, George Garnet Smith. She is survived by her sons, Terry Lee Smith and wife, Sandy,

The Putnam Standard of Dresden, Ohio, and Danny Ray Smith and wife, Dawn, of Poca; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held Wednesday, October 17, at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, with the Rev. Mayford Whitt officiating. Arrangements were in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

DONNA FAYE WITT Donna Faye Witt, 76, of Hurricane, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 10, 2012. Donna was a retired custodian from Nitro Elementary School, a Christian and attended Kings Way Christian Church in Nitro. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Lena Sizemore; daughter, Dora Witt; sisters, Peggy and Bonnie; and brothers, Danny and John. Left behind to cherish her memory are her sons, Richard (Denise) Witt of Charleston, Jeff

(Betty) Witt of Buffalo and Charlie (Angie) Witt of Red House; sister, Debra Vance of Hurricane, with whom she lived and who was also her caregiver; brothers, Doug, Ronnie and Jimmie Sizemore, all of Nitro; grandchildren, Chrissy, Bryan, Neal (Katie), Wendy, Mindy (Bobby), Tony, CJ, Tiffany, Cody and Hannah; and great-grandchildren, Aubrey, McKenna, Haden, Gaven and one more expected in March. A celebration of Donna's life was held Saturday, October 13, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with Pastor Paul Boggess officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Memorial Park, Dunbar. The family suggests memorial donations are made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387. The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to all the staff and caregivers from Hospice.

‘Scratch ‘em and Sue ‘em: Post Civil War Legal Issues’ to be Topic of Discussion at West Virginia Independence Hall on Oct. 27 WHEELING, WV – Kenneth Bailey will give a talk titled “Scratch ‘em and Sue ‘em: Post Civil War Legal Issues” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at West Virginia Independence Hall in downtown Wheeling. The lecture is being presented in conjunction with the West Virginia Humanities Council (WVHC) and is one of five Sesquicentennial

Speakers Bureau’s programs made available by the WVHC. Bailey’s talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program. For many years following the war much of West Virginia’s court system was consumed by warrelated legal issues. Former Confederates were “scratched” from the voting rolls and sued for al-

leged wrongs on civilians during the war. Bailey will discuss legal cases dealing with the reconstructionera questions of voting, false arrest, belligerent rights, property disputes, acts of Confederate county officers and the value of Confederate money, from the end of the war until the “let up” restored rights to former rebels. He will have images of individuals and documents available to enhance the lecture.

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the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the exception of major holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market streets in Wheeling. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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MountOliveMissionaryBaptist 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. RedeemerPresbyterianChurch, 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 TeaysValley 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 milesEastofHurricaneonRt.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: 7:00p.m.Mid-weekService.Pas-



Legal Notices 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.

304-437-3513and304-437-2740. 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.

torWayne Burch. 304-937-3447. ~ 4345 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot,WV. 757-9166. WinfieldPresbyterianChurch ~ Winfield United Methodist Pastor Dr. RodTaylor. Winfield Presbyterian Church, Church ~ Looking for a church Sunday School 9 a.m.; Sunday 4th and Ferry Streets. “A praying family? Join us at Winfield Morning Worship 10 a.m.; Sun- community where friendship United Methodist Church, 20 day EveningWorship 6:30 p.m. counts.” Cherrie Sizemore, MinRadwin Drive (Behind McDon- Wednesday Mid Week Service 7 ister.SundaySchool-10:00a.m.; MorningWorship - 11:00 a.m. ald’s)Winfield.Twoservices8:30 p.m. Looking for a church to call Providence Baptist Church ~ a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Pastor: Tom Hill. Teays Valley Baptist Church ~ “home”?Wewouldliketobethat Rocky Step Road, Scott Depot, place. Dr. John D. Smith, Pastor. WV.SundaySchool10a.m.;SunSpringdale Free Will Baptist 3926 Teays Valley Road, Hurriday morning Worship 11 a.m.; Church ~ Cow Creek Road, Hur- cane, WV, 25526. 304-757-9306. Pine Grove Church of Christ ~ Sunday night 7 p.m. Pastor: Rev. ricane (Directions: Off Rt 34, 2- 4504 Teays Valley Road, Scott Bob Kelly. Phone 304-586-2832. 1/2 miles on Cow Creek Road, Services: SUNDAY - Sunday Depot. 304-757-8543 (o); 304stay on left fork of Cow Creek. school 9:30 a.m.; Morning Wor- 757-2866 (h). prediger1@veri- Gateway Christian Church ~ Church is on the right). Sunday ship & Children’s Church 10:30 Sunday morning Bible Weekly Sunday Evening Service School10a.m.;SundayMorning a.m.;Eveningworship6:00p.m.; Classes 9:45 a.m. Sunday Morn- at 6 p.m.Valley Park, Hurricane, Worship 11:00 a.m.; Sunday Choir Rehearsal 5 p.m. ingWorship Service 10:45 a.m. WV. Adult & Children’s Ministry Evening Worship 6 p.m.; WEDNESDAY – Bible Study and SundayEveningWorshipService available. For more information Wednesday Midweek Service 7 Prayer 7 p.m.; Awana 7:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening please call 304-727-8919 or visit p.m. Pastor Larry Cooper. 562- All services are interpreted for Bible Studies 7:00 p.m. the deaf. TV Service on Sudden- Tm Jorgensen, Minister. 5389. Minister: Dave Stauffer. LOVE link Channel 2, Wed. 8:30 – 9 GOD – LOVE PEOPLE – SERVE. Teays Valley Church of the p.m.RadioProgramWEMM8:30 Grandview Baptist Church, Red Nazarene~ 3937 Teays Valley p.m.Thursday. House. Sunday school – 10 am; Lakeview Christian Church ~ Sunday evening 7 pm; Wednes- 108 Lakeview Drive, Hurricane, Road,Teays,WV25569(Mail:PO Box 259) Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sun- Buffalo Presbyterian Church ~ day7pm.Pastor:WoodyWillard. WV,25526.Services:Sunday–11 day School; 10:45 a.m. Morning 2125 Buffalo Road, Buffalo, WV, am and 6:30 pm;Wednesday – 7 worship; 6:00 p.m. Sunday 25033.SundaySchoolService10 Winfield Church of the pm. Pastor: Jeff Maynard. Phone Evening Worship. Wednesdays: a.m.;Worship SundayService 11 Nazarene ~ 2986 Winfield Rd., 304-562-9265. 6:30p.m.PrayerGathering,Chil- a.m. Wednesday Service – Bible Winfield, WV 25213. Sunday dren & Teen Programs. Last Sat- Study, 7 p.m. Pastor – Denver School9:45am;SundayWorship Faith Independent Church ~ urday of each month; Clothing Tucker. Service 10:45 am; Sunday Praise Sunday School 10am, Sunday Closet from 9 a.m. until noon. Service at 6:00pm; Wednesday MorningWorship 11am, Sunday Free clothes for everyone! Kidz & Teens 7:00 pm; Wednes- Choir Practice 6 p.m., Sunday Buffalo Nazarene Church ~ Pastor: Rev. Charles V. Williams. Rt. 62, Buffalo,WV, 25033. day Adult Bible Study 7:00 pm. Evening Service 7 p.m.;WednesPhone: 304-757-8400. Sunday School Service 10 a.m.; Pastor Robert Fulton, 304-586- day Prayer Meeting & Bible SundayWorship Service 11a.m.; 2180. Study 7 p.m. A little country FirstBaptistChurch~ “Connect- Sunday night Worship Service 6 churchsetonthesideofRt.62in ing People to Jesus Christ” 2635 p.m.Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Laywell Church of Christ ~ the big town of Black Betsy,WV. Main Street, Hurricane, WV, Pastor Sherry Kinsey 937-3258. Sycamore Road, Hurricane, WV. PastoralTeam: Michael Landers Services: Sunday Morning Wor- and Randy Browning 25526 – 304-562-9281. Dr. James E. Lutz, Senior Pastor. Sunday Otter Branch Church ~ Box 213, ship 9:45 a.m.; EveningWorship services: 8:50 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 18 Mile Road, Buffalo,WV, 25033 6 p.m. Phone number for more Sousanah FWB Church ~ 6:30 p.m. Sunday School – 10 Sunday School Service 10 a.m.; information, 304-562-6135. Charley Creek Road, Culloden. a.m.; Wednesday 6:30 p.m. SundayWorship Service 11 a.m. Sunday School 10:00 a.m.; KanawhaValley Baptist Church day Morning Worship 11:00 Wednesday Service 7 p.m. Pastor MikeTucker. ~ 949 Roosevelt Ave., (U.S. Rt. a.m.; Sunday Night Service 7:00 Good Hope Baptist Church ~ 62), Eleanor, WV 25070. Pastors: p.m. Wednesday Prayer Service Turkey Creek Road, Hurricane. Manilla Chapel ~ Manilla Ridge John Hage and Art Hage. Phone 7:00 p.m. SundayWorship Service 10 a.m. Road, Robertsburg,WV. SUNDAY: Morning service 10 Ascension Catholic Church a.m.; Evening service 6:00 p.m. 905 Hickory Mill Rd., Hurricane, TUESDAY: Bible Study at 7 p.m. As a service to our community we will list your church in our WV, 25526. 304-562-5816. Everyone welcome. “Time For Service” free of charge as space provides. Services: Saturday evening 5:30 p.m. Sunday morning 8:30 a.m. Way ofTruthTabernacle ~ Just send us & 11:00 a.m. 900 Roosevelt Dr., Eleanor, WV. •The Name ofYour Church Rev. Neil R. Buchlein, Pastor. Services: Sunday morning 10:00 •WhereYour Church Is Located a.m.; Sunday Evening 6:00 p.m.; •The Days AndTimes of Church Services Wednesday 7:00 p.m. Pastor • Pastor’s Name • Phone Number CrossofGraceLutheranChurch Nathan Morris (304)543-8053. A ~ 30GraceDrive,Hurricane,WV, new beginning on the old path. Simply fax or mail this information to us or give us a call at (304) 25526. 304-562-0616. 743-6731. Bethel Baptist – Upper Mud Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday - 10:45 a.m. Morning River Road, Sias, WV. Services: WorshipPastorJerryKliner,STS. Sunday morning 10 a.m.; SunP.O. Box 186 “Where people discover Jesus day night 6 p.m.; Wednesday Culloden, WV 25510 and grow in Faith”. www.cog- night 7:00 p.m. Phone: 304-743-6731 Fax: 304-562-6214 GladTidings Assembly of God ~ Scott Depot Christ Fellowship 121 Mill Road, Hurricane, WV,

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Community News

The Putnam Standard

Putnam Rotary Club learns about relief work in Haiti TEAYS VALLEY -- Most of the time, Shelly Hodges labors diligently for Fruth Pharmacy in Nitro. But one week each year, Hodges packs up medicines generously provided by Fruth and donates a week to the Friends of Fort Liberte, a non-profit West Virginia mission to Haiti. Fort Liberte is a town of about 8,000 people on the north coast of Haiti. Nearly 40 years ago Dr. Robert Weaver, of the First Baptist Church of St. Albans, hosted Pastor Andre Jean, a recent seminary graduate ministering in Fort Liberte. Pastor Andre had a growing congregation in need of a building. J. D. King, an architect in the St. Albans church, heard about Pastor Andre's work, and he sent work crews to build the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fort Liberte. Word spread about the mission to Haiti, and other groups from West Virginia began work on a new building for Pastor Andre's Eben-Ezer School The school which had its start in the 1960s with a kindergarten pro-

gram now serves 1,200 children at all grade levels. Teacher pay is about $40 a month. Through a teacher-buddy program operated by Friends, EbenEzer teachers are paired with various groups in West Virginia - individuals, Sunday school classes, civic groups -- for supplies and assistance. The lunch program at EbenEzer is supported by the "Feed My Lambs" project. Any donations marked "food" go into this program to feed hungry children. A farm on land donated to the church is beginning to produce food for the community. Several families raise gardens and keep animals on the land, assisted by a resident farmer with a college degree in agricultural science. Friends also replaced an orphanage building, the King Center, which now houses 50 children. A medical clinic is staffed all year by a few nurses, and a doctor visits one weekend each month. As interest and involvement grew in the work in Haiti, the Friends of Fort Liberte formally incorporated in Elkins, W.Va., in 1993.

The mission is trans-denominational, Hodges told the Putnam Rotary Club at the group's Oct. 9 meeting. The chairman of the organization since 1993 is Annette Crislip of Clarksburg, a member of the first work group to Haiti from St. Albans back in 1975. All work for the organization is donated and all labor is volunteer, Hodges said. None of the directors are paid. Trips to Fort Liberte are funded by the workers themselves. "Every penny given goes to Pastor Andre Jean's children in the Eben-Ezer School and the King Orphanage,� she said. Hodges, herself, felt the mission call five years ago. She will make another trip in February for a volunteer week at Fort Liberte. Four medical students, with several nurses and helpers will join the Nitro pharmacist for a mission trip from the First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston. The website calendar for Friends through June shows mission trips scheduled from Clarksburg and Huntington and also from other states -- Virginia,

Shelly Hodges Ohio, Tennessee and New Jersey. The Putnam Rotary Club joined the Fort Liberte relief mission earlier this year with donations to the food program and the King Center orphanage construction fund. The Putnam Rotary Club also sponsors Walnise St. Julien, a student at the EbenEzer School, with food and school supplies. Eight-year-old Walnise is in the second grade. The impact of the Friends mission is evident, Hodges said. Building construction is under way. Residents are taught to raise modular sections so the work

continues when mission teams are not on site. The church farm is beginning to produce food, and most children now receive at least one meal every day. Trash and litter was once a big problem, but now Fort Liberte has its own garbage truck. Hodges is looking forward to her next trip to Haiti in February. "The children are so appreciative and orderly," she said. "We served 1,627 patients during our last team visit. They were lined up on the porch of the medical center when we arrived in the mornings." The team is restricted in its luggage allowance, and most of what it carries is medicines and medical supplies. Gift packages are usually mailed to Pastor Andre. "The packages are waiting for us when we arrive," said Hodges. A graduate of the WVU School of Pharmacy, Shelly Hodges has 23 years of professional experience as a pharmacist. She is a counselor at the Southern District 4-H Horse Camp in the summers, again as a volunteer. She and husband, Jim, make their home in Cross Lanes.

The Putnam Standard  

Oct. 23, 2012, edition of The Putnam Standard

The Putnam Standard  

Oct. 23, 2012, edition of The Putnam Standard