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Welcome Back Thelma Hutchinson to the ‘Standard’ Staff

Thelma Hutchinson, Sales Representative with the “Standards”. Our advertisers, as well as several of our loyal readers, will remember Thelma Hutchinson from the many years when she worked as a Sales Representative for The Putnam Standard and The Cabell Standard (formerly The Putnam Democrat and The Cabell Record). You may recall that awhile back, she decided to retire and spend some quality time with her husband (Buzzy), two daughters, and two grandsons. And we cannot forget to mention her precious Mom “Florence”. Although she loved the time she got to spend with ALL of her famSEE STAFF ON PAGE 3

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Hurricane Middle School students help “Kick Butts” By Jack Bailey jackbailey@theputnamstandard.com

HURRICANE, WV – Wednesday, March 21, was officially declared “Kick Butts Day” in the city of Hurricane as students at Hurricane Middle School joined others around the country in taking a stand against smoking and tobacco use. Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards delivered the official proclamation to more than 100 cheering middle school students who are part of the school's RAZE anti-tobacco group. Edwards told the students he was impressed by their dedication to spread the word about the dangers of tobacco use, and relayed a personal story about how his father had asked him not to smoke. “When I was a young man growing up my father asked me not to smoke,” Edwards said. “He was a smoker and couldn't stop. He was addicted to it. I promised him I wouldn't and all through high school and college and beyond I have honored that promise and I haven't done it.” Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards is surrounded by students at Hurricane Middle School who are part of the school's RAZE anti-tobacco group. Photo by Jack Bailey. SEE SCHOOL ON PAGE 18 United States, killing more than 400,000 people a year and costing

Students get living history lesson at CivilWarWeekend By Jack Bailey jackbailey@theputnamstandard.com

TEAYS VALLEY – The 15th annual Civil War Weekend kicked off on Friday at Valley Park with more than 300 eighth grade students from Putnam County coming out for a series of living history lessons. Under blue sunny skies, the students were taken through a series of six learning stations located around Valley Park. At each station they would spend 30 minutes and learn a differ-

Mike Sheets and members of the Western Virginia Military Academy lead a group of Putnam County students through a military drill Friday at Valley Park as part of Civil War Weekend. The 15th annual Civil War Weekend brings re-enactors from a multi-state area to Hurricane for the weekend. Photo by Jack Bailey.

ent aspect of life during the Civil War era. One station, inside The Commons (formerly the Museum in the Community) showcased guns and weapons used by soldiers during the Civil War, as well as other items from the period, such as toys. Outside, 'sutlers row' showcased various shops that sold various replica civil war era items, in addition to a blacksmith who demonstrated his talents. SEE WAR ON PAGE 3

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Page 2 –Tuesday,March 27,2012 Church accepting donations for Flood Relief Mt. Vernon Baptist Church is accepting donations for the flood relief in Logan County. Bring cleaning supplies nonperishable food items, common household items. No clothing. Bring to the gym at 2150 Mt. Vernon Rd., Teays Valley. Gym open til 7 pm every day. Donations will be accepted through April 1st.

You’re invited to a ‘Once Upon A Time Princess Party’ Girls ages newborn to age 12 are invited to a “Once Upon A Time Princess Party” to be held April 21, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 12p.m. at Valley Park. Princesses Cinderella, Belle, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Tiana, Snow White, Tinkerbell and Jasmine will be available for pictures. You can also ride in a carriage with Princess Cinderella! There will be many activities; refreshments will be served. Come dressed as your favorite Princess. The event is free of charge and no reservations are needed. For more information call Karen Haynes at 757-7584 or Putnam Co. Parks 562-0518 ext 10.

Putnam County Schools Developmental Screening Putnam County Schools Developmental Screenings will be held on Friday, April 20, 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.

Pool Pass Discounts Purchase your season pass by April 1, 2012 and receive a 20% discount. If a season pass does not work for you, we offer a book of 20 tickets for (adults 12 yrs. and over) $160.00 (children 5 – 11 yrs. old) $120.00. County Pool $90.00. So hurry into the park office lo-

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cated at #1 Valley Park Dr. Hurricane or call (562-0518 ext. 10) before the time passes you by.

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

Election Workers Needed If you are registered to vote in Putnam County and would like to work as an election worker in the May 8, 2012, primary election, please contact the office of the Putnam County Clerk at 304586-0202, by March 30. Workers will be placed on a first come basis. Both evening and day training sessions will be available.

Pool & Program Manager Needed Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Pool and Program Manager. The position is a full time salaried position with benefits. The successful applicant must be CPO certified and have prior pool management experience. Experience in program and activity management is helpful. To obtain a job description and application form, visit our web site at www.putnamcountyparks.net or come to the Administrative Office located at #1 Valley Park Drive, Hurricane, WV 25526 or call 304-562-0518 ext. 10. The completed application, cover letter, resume and references are to be mailed or delivered to the park office by 3 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Town of Buffalo to host “All Horse Parade” The Town of Buffalo will be celebrating its 175th Anniversary this April 2012. There will be an “ALL HORSE PARADE” on Saturday April 14, 1 PM. Starting at Buffalo High School, traveling north on Rt. 62 to 18 Mile Creek Road, then back

through Town again, returning to the school. We are looking for participates of equine in any form – riding, buggy/carriages driving, leading – ponies, horses, mules. There is a bank account set up for donations of anyone who would like to support this event. Please contact Bill 304-2680269 for more information or the Town of Buffalo 304-937-2041.

Putnam County Voter Registration Deadline Putnam County Voter Registration deadline is April 17th, 2012. For more information contact the Putnam County Clerk’s office at 304-586-0202.

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

Huntington's Disease Support Group Formed A peer-led Huntington's Disease Support Group has been formed in Charleston for patients, families, caregivers and those at risk. The meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital. For more information, call 304549-3266 or debarm@suddenlink.net.

Community Outreach Gospel Series at Pumpkin Park Music Hall As We R Southern Gospel Ministries presents Community Outreach Gospel Series with special guest Squire Parsons on Saturday, April 28th at Pumpkin Park Music Hall, Milton, WV. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with singing beginning at 6:00 p.m. As We R will also be singing. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door – special Church group rates available. (Children 15 and under, free). Tickets are available at Guiding Light Bookstore or by phone at 304-549-0900 or 304-302-6441 or visit www.aswerministries.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Concessions will be available.

Polio Survivors Support Group Meetings

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

The WV Chapter of Polio Survivors Support Group meets at noon every second Saturday at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital. Meetings are held in the Conference Room, which is located next to the cafeteria. For more information please call 304-736-6325.

4th Annual Putnam County Rotary hosting Annual Charity Raffle Putnam Rotary is offering tickets for its annual charity raffle. "We're not selling tickets," said Chet Marshall. "We're offering an

opportunity to get something in return while supporting college scholarships and local community improvement projects." The club this year awarded two scholarships for Putnam high school students, an increase made possible by funding through the annual raffle. All income from ticket sales goes to charitable projects. The club will pay the cost of prizes. Three drawings for prizes were made. The first drawing for $500 was held on February 14th. The second drawing was held on March 13 and a final drawing will be made on April 10 for a grand prize of $1,000. All drawings will be at noon at the First State Bank Community Room. Holders of the winning tickets do not need to be present to win.

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

First Baptist Church, St. Albans, Preschool Enrollment First Baptist Church Weekday Preschool, 523 Second Street, St. Albans is enrolling children for Fall 2012. The 5-day program is for 4-year-olds. Tuition is $100 a month. There is also a 3-day program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for 3-year-olds. Tuition is $80 a month. Classes are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 am. With arrival as early as 7:30 a.m. We offer “at the door” delivery and pick-up of your child for parents with babies or disabilities. Our teachings focus on the “Readiness Skills” for reading, math, language arts and science. Your children will enjoy learning in a caring, Christian atmosphere. Please call 304-727-4661 for more information.

OH-KAN Coin Club Show What: OH-KAN Coin Club Show Where: Quality Inn (formerly Holiday Inn), Rt. 7 North, Gallipolis, OH 45631 When: Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free. For additional information please call 740-992-6040.

Nitro Senior Citizen Center The Nitro Senior Center, Second Avenue and 21st Street, is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. All seniors are invited to visit, have lunch, play pool or cards, use exercise machines and enjoy other activities. For those needing a ride, the senior van is available by calling 304-755-5502 before 9 a.m.

The Putnam Standard Notice Putnam Union PSD meetings for 2012 will be held the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Route 34 Fire Department.

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

First Baptist Church of St. Albans to present Annual Music Camp The First Baptist Church of St. Albans at Sixth Ave. and Second St. will offer its 22nd annual Music Camp, July 16-20, 9 am to 2:30 pm daily at the church. The camp is for children entering grades 2 through 7 in September 2012. Children attending the Camp participate in choral singing, handbells, Orff instruments, a basic music class, instruction to the orchestra and recreation Participants need not have prior formal music training. Other activities include a cookout and a swimming activity. Optional classes include Introduction to Guitar, Drums, Pipe Organ, and Interpretive Movement. Tuition for the camp is $37 per child with family rates available. For additional information and online registration, visit www.musiccampfbc.com. You may also register at the church Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm. The Music Camp is under the direction of Thomas Hollinger, Director of Music at the church. Questions? Call the church at 304-727-4661.

Kanawha Valley Coin Club The Kanawha Valley Coin Club meets the third Tuesday of each month (7 p.m.) at the Kanawha City Recreation Center located at 3511 Venable Avenue. For more info., call 727-4062 or 925-4852.

Caregiver Support Program The Family Caregiver Support Program offers support, training and relief to those providing fulltime caregiving for a loved one. Services include in-home respite and counseling. Putnam Aging, the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and the Metro Area Agency on Aging sponsors the program. For more information, contact Sally Halstead, 304-562-9451.

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April Showers = Spring Flowers! Charleston WV Christian Women’s lunch will be held at the Columbia Gas Auditorium (1700 MacCorkle Ave., SE, Charleston, WV) on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. (Doors Open at 10:30 AM). $16.00 Inclusive. Bring A Friend to Lunch! Ladies, How does your garden grow? Join us as we find out from Lynne Schwartz-Barker, Co-owner and Garden Designer of Flowerscape, as she shares planting tips to create beautiful and bountiful gardens. Melissa Pratt, of Scott Depot, will fill the room with her musical talent! Carolyn Wilkins, from West Milton, OH, will be our guest speaker, with an intriguing topic, “Ending a Bad Beginning to Begin a Glad Ending.” Please Honor Your Reservation. Reservations: Call Tina at 304546-8215, email CWVCW@yahoo.com by Monday, April 16th. Open to the Public by Reservation.

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STAFF FROM PAGE 1 ily, Thelma has decided that this socalled retirement life is definitely for someone else! Her soap operas have been cancelled, the kids are growing up every day, and Buzzy just can’t take it anymore! So, we’re pleased to announce that Thelma is back, selling ads for the Putnam (and Cabell) Standard. Born and raised in Milton, Thelma will have no trouble meeting up with old ‘friends’. You may have already seen her out-andabout letting folks in the Putnam/Cabell areas know that she’s back to work.

Thelma always said that her advertisers were more than people who wanted ads in the paper, they had become her friends. When stopping by a business to discuss advertising, she often talked with them about their children, grandchildren, parents and spouses. For Thelma, this always made it more personal than just business. Thelma says, “I am happy to be back with the Standards… and even happier to be back with my advertisers. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to see all of them and I must say I’ve missed them. After many

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years in advertising, I have succeeded in building a personal relationship between myself and our advertisers. I know what they want in their ads, and in turn, I relate that to the person in graphics who will ‘build’ the ad. I have always felt that I’m the ‘go-between’. I’m the person who makes sure that the advertisers are happy. And since I feel so close to my ‘people’, I try hard to make sure they always get quality service.” From the selling of the ad, to the concept of the ad, to the finished product – our goal at the Putnam

Standard is for the advertiser to be happy. She went on to say, “I’m trying to contact each one, let them know that I’m back… and ready to help them with their advertising needs.” Thelma said that it may take her awhile to get in touch with everyone, but “give me time, and one day soon, I’ll be calling or better still you’ll see me at your door.” If you would like to contact Thelma you may call her at 304544-0526.

WAR FROM PAGE 1 One of the more interactive stations for the Putnam County eighth graders featured a demonstration by the cadets of the Western Virginia Military Academy – a group of middle school students from Cabell County who appear as re-enactors as if they were students at a military academy from the 1850s, just prior to the Civil War. Mike Sheets the sponsor of the Western Virginia Military Academy Cadets would have the visiting Putnam County students line up in military formation and marched them around the large field at Valley Park. Sheets would direct the students to march in military fashion, all the while giving them a history lesson of what soldiers going into the armies of the North and South to fight the Civil War would encounter in their basic training. Sheets said that Civil War Days was the third re-enactor event his cadets have participated in during this school year, He said that he and his students enjoy the opportunity to teach other students about that period of the nation's history. Another learning station that students stopped in on Friday morning was a presentation by President Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Fritz Klein of Springfield, Ill. Klein is a nationally known for his portrayal of Lincoln and

Mike Sheets (right) leads a group of Putnam County eighth grade students in a military drill Friday as part of Civil War Weekend at Valley Park. More than 300 students from throughout Putnam County came to Valley Park on Friday to learn more about the Civil War era of our nation's history throughout a series of interactive presentations put on by re-enactors participating in the weekend long event. Photo by Jack Bailey. delivered his comments to students in an eloquent speaking style reminiscent of the Civil War era president. Klein actually kicked off the Civil War weekend's activities on Thursday night with a special dinner and presentation. The Dinner with Abe Lincoln was one of many new features for this year's Civil War Weekend. “Every year we try and change what we are doing so people who are coming can get a different experience,” said Linda Bush, executive director of the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other new features this year

included a new site for the battlefield where Union and Confederate re-enactors recreated the skirmish of Hurricane Bridge and the Battle of Scary Creek. In prior years, the battles were recreated on the large soccer field at Valley Park, but this year were moved to the wooded creek area behind the shelters to give them a more authentic feel. The annual Civil War Weekend has grown into a nationally recognized event that draws both spectators and reenactors from near and far. Bush said that re-enactors from 17 states have partici-

pated in the Civil War Weekend events and spectators from as far away as Texas and California have come to Valley Park for the weekend of activities. “We try and put on a quality program and keep it interesting and educational for families year to year,” Bush said. The event has even grown to the point that it has its own website. Visit www.civilwardays wv.com to see photos and video from prior Civil War Weekends. For more information, contact the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (304) 562-0727.

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PutnamCounty honorsitsCivilWar historywithannual CivilWarWeekend By David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

The annual Civil War Weekend, slated for March 23 – 25 at Valley Park in Hurricane, will honor Putnam County's rich Civil War heritage. While the re-enactors commemorate the battles of Scary Creek in 1861 (one of the war's first battles, a few days before First Bull Run) and Hurricane Bridge in 1863, they will be bringing to life the county's Civil War history, which is far richer than those two minor battles alone would imply. During the war, Putnam County, like most of what was to become West Virginia was deeply divided between Union and Confederate loyalties. While the Union officially retained control of the county for most of the war, it was a loose hold at best. Throughout the county, there were numerous raids and several other minor battles - even another one at the Hurricane Creek Bridge in 1864.While the Confederates officially lost the county not long after their victory at Scary Creek, they nipped at the heels of the occupying Union forces throughout the conflict and tied down troops who would have otherwise been used to invade the Confederacy in a more important theater. One of the more daring operations of the entire war, even if minor in scope, was carried out at Red House in Feb. 1864, by a handful of Confederate troops under Major James Nounnan under the very nose of the Union garrison at Winfield. While about three dozen Con-

Gen. Albert Jenkins, a Cabell County native and Marshall alumnus, led the Confederates in Putnam County's two largest battles, Scary Creek and Hurricane Bridge federates kept the Winfield garrison occupied, 13 rebels slipped across the Kanawha River to Red House, capturing Union General E.P. Scammon as well as the steamboat B.C. Levi that served as Scammon's mobile headquarters. That was one of many Confederate forays into the county that illustrate just how weak the Union's hold on it was. The Wheeling Daily Register described the situation in 1864:“(the 13 Confederates) captured Gen. E. P. Scammon and some three of four other officers, and parolled [sic] all the private soldiers on the

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boat. They landed the boat on the other side of the river, gave the crew six minutes to get ashore, and then set fire to her and went on their way rejoicing with Scammon and the other officers, to rebeldom. “Winfield has been subject to raids ever since the war commenced except a few weeks that troops have been stationed there, we have always considered this town an important point. Hurricane Bridge is the right place for troops to protect Mason and Putnam counties, we hope our General who succeeds Scammon will go down and view the country and see the necessity of troops at Hurricane to prevent another raid soon. Troops at Winfield are no protection to the Union citizens of Putnam or Mason County.” At the beginning of the war, Putnam County was part of the Commonwealth of Virginia and defended by a Confederate Army of several thousand stationed at St. Albans. In the summer of 1861, Union General Jacob Cox invaded from Ohio down the Kanawha River. Around 1,300 Union soldiers crossed the Kanawha River from Poca and ran into a group of about 900 Confederates defending a line at Scary Creek, several miles from the main Confederate camp. A heated battle ensued and the Confederate commander, George S. Patton (grandfather of the celebratedWorld-War-II U.S. 3rd Army commander of the same name), was wounded. Captain Albert Jenkins took command and rallied

the beleaguered Confederates, who held firm and repulsed several Union attacks across a bridge near the mouth of the creek. From the mouth of a confederate victory ensued a comedy of errors of a type commonplace during the first months of the War. Capt. Jenkins, a Cabell County native and Marshall alumnus (Jenkins Hall at Marshall University is named for him), would later become one of the South's most daring raiders, tying up thousands of troops in Ohio and West Virginia that might have otherwise been used in invasions against Richmond itself. Yet, at Scary Creek, the inexperienced Confederates under Jenkins were not so polished. They followed up their victory with a retreat. As the Union Army retreated, the Confederates mistakenly believed that federal reinforcements had arrived. Eventually, the Confederates figured it out and returned victorious to the battlefield. While that Confederate retreat was an honest mistake and quickly corrected, the retreat that was to come was anything but. Typically, a victorious army follows up a smashing victory with an attack – Lee's two invasions of the North are such examples – or at the very least, stays where it is. Gen. Wise, who was more of a politician than soldier, did neither and squandered much of modern-day West Virginia in the process. In a highly controversial move, he withdrew to Fayette County, leaving the entire KanawhaValley to the Union Army. As with many battles early in the war, casualties were light considering the ferocity of the fighting. The Union suffered 14 killed and around three dozen wounded at Scary. The Confederates lost less than five killed and about as many wounded (including Capt. Patton). The March 28, 1863, battle at Hurricane Creek was much more typical of Putnam County's Civil War experience, with a Confederate raid – this time with Jenkins leading it - causing severe headaches for the Union occupiers. Since Scary, Jenkins had served a brief stint in the First Confederate Congress and returned to active duty as a brigadier general. He had been one of the first Confederates to set foot on Union soil as he took his cavalry for a brief invasion of Ohio during one of his daring raids. The Union Army was stockpiling supplies at Point Pleasant and Jenkins was selected to lead a small force to attack it, partially as a feint to draw Union attention away from

the soon-to-be-launched JonesImboden raid on the crucial B&O railroad farther north. The horses, however, had been sent to North Carolina for winter forage and Jenkin's Cavalry would have to make this raid on foot. For the mission, Jenkins selected men from Putnam, Cabell, Mason andWayne Counties, because they would be familiar with the territory. They left their camp at Hamlin the night of the 27th and arrived at Hurricane Bridge around daybreak the following day. Jenkins dispatched a major under a flag of truce requesting surrender of the Union detachment. He hoped to surprise, shock and awe the Hurricane Creek garrison into surrender so he wouldn't have to worry about them on his way back from Point Pleasant. “I now have an overwhelming force,” Jenkins' note said, “so disposed as to completely surround you and cut off your retreat. A humane desire to avert the loss of life induces me to demand your surrender.” Union commander Capt. Johnson refused and the Confederates fired on the Union troops for about five hours to change his mind. He didn't surrender, so Jenkins' raiders finally slipped around the Union outpost and made their way to the Kanawha River via Hurricane Creek Road. When they reached the river, the Confederates tried unsuccessfully to capture a couple of troop-transport boats but did manage to capture some flatboats. On these craft, they made their way down the Kanawha River to attack Point Pleasant, which was defended only by about 60 men who holed up in the Mason County courthouse. The remainder of the Union Army at Point Pleasant had been sent to reinforce Hurricane Creek, which Jenkins had just attacked and sneaked around. Soon after, however, Jenkins' cavalry was sent to Virginia as part of the massing of troops in preparation for Robert E. Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania. Jenkins was wounded at Gettysburg and didn't recover until that autumn. When he next took to the battlefield the following spring, he was wounded and captured at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain in Virginia. Union surgeons amputated his arm in an attempt to save his life, but were unsuccessful and he died a prisoner of war. Contact David Payne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.


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Conner Street Elementary Project to eliminate Portable Classrooms By David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

Putnam County Schools is getting closer to getting rid of its portable classrooms and having all of its students in brick-and-mortar classrooms. Conner Street Elementary in Hurricane is the latest to receive a planned construction project to build additional classrooms, with a $1 million award from the West Virginia School Building Authority in December. The county will be funding the remainder of the estimated $2.5 million project for the school's much-needed facelift. School officials expect to award bids for the project in April or May. Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said a major goal for the county has been to eliminate portable classrooms, which, over the last few decades, were built outside the main buildings of many schools to provide adequate classroom space. Besides the fact that many students must walk outside in the elements whenever leaving or returning to their classrooms, many of the aging portables required regular, expensive repairs, Hatfield said. “The problem with the portables is most of them are old and outdated. As with any old

Conner Street Elementary is latest to receive planned construction project to build additional classrooms. Photo courtesy of Putnam County Board of Education. building, you have to replace the HVAC, roofs, etc. They are getting to the point where they are starting to wear out,” he said. Hatfield said that when he became superintendent of Putnam County Schools in 2004, there were around 100 portable classrooms in the county. “Completing this project will allow us to fulfill our pledge to eliminate student-instruction portables in Putnam County,” he said. The Conner Street project is similar to other already-completed projects at Lakeside and Hurricane Town schools, with an addition of 7 classrooms and restroom facilities, said Brad Hodges, assistant superintendent. “We'll probably start con-

struction over the summer and hope to start as soon as school lets out. We think it will take probably six or seven months to complete. When this is done, we'll be down to very few portables left in the county,” he said. There will still be portables at Poca High School and Winfield Elementary, but those too will be on the way out. The portables at those schools will be housing students temporarily as the larger bond-funded projects are completed at those schools. While the county has to submit an exceptional plan, demonstration of need and show a sound fiscal record to

be awarded SBA funds (there are many competing projects around the state), school officials say a major part of their successes with obtaining SBA funding has been to do the willingness of Putnam County voters to support school improvements with school-construction bond issues. Putnam County voters approved a $56.7 in 2009 for construction at numerous schools in the county. That amount is

coupled with $21.7 million in matching funds from the West Virginia School Building Authority. The bond is building three other new schools – Winfield Middle, Poca Middle and Buffalo High, as well as constructing auxiliary gyms and renovations for Winfield Elementary, Hurricane High, Poca High and Winfield High schools and the complete renovation of Poca Elementary School. School officials say all of those projects have either been completed or are on target for completion by project deadlines. Conner Street was not part of that bond and represents an additional investment from the SBA. “With the funding for this project,” Hatfield said, “there should be no need to go before the SBA in the foreseeable future.” Contact David Payne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.

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IL DD HAFEHL WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in Putnam County as well as six other counties in West Virginia as a result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred on Nov. 21- 23, 2011. These loans are available in the following counties: Jackson, Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia. "When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to assist eligible entities affected by the same disaster," said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA's Field Operations Center East. Under this declaration, the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that

without water this weekend as utility workers worked aroundthe-clock for two days to repair a major valve in Nitro, ultimately interrupting water service along a 20-mile swath of the county in the process. The situation began Thursday afternoon with a West Virginia American Water workers repairing a broken valve near Locust Street in Nitro that was gushing large amounts of water. The valve led to one of two main river crossings that supply St. Albans with water. “We appreciate everyone's patience,” said Laura Jordan, external affairs manager for West Virginia American. “Unfortunately, mobilizing millions of gallons of water to thousands of customers at all different elevations through a complex network of water mains, booster stations and water-storage tanks is a complicated and lengthy process.” She said the leak was discovered Thursday evening, but crews had difficulty accessing the broken valve because of the sheer volume of leaking water

and the fact the valve was located 10 feet underground. Initial attempts to isolate the problem by shutting off valves in Nitro and opening fire hydrants

to drain water into storm sewers were unsuccessful to relieve water pressure at the broken valve, she said. “The repair itself was never a

problem,” Jordan said. “The issue was trying to isolate it and affect the least amount of peoSEE WATER ON PAGE 3

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Putnam County resident Debbie Shamblin fills several containers with water from a potable water truck at Winfield High School Saturday. Several hundred residents took advantage of the tanker during this weekend's extensive water outage in Putnam County. Another truck was deployed at the Moose Lodge in Nitro.

HURRICANE – The 15th annual Civil War Weekend at Valley Park in Hurricane will take place March 23-25 with a host of new activities for the public to enjoy. “This has become one of our

biggest events of the year,” said Putnam County Parks Director Scott Williamson. “And it is the first event of the re-enactors season. We are trying some different things this year and it should be a lot of fun.” The Civil War Weekend will actually begin on Thursday night

with a dinner and presentation with Abe Lincoln at the Commons of Putnam County (formerly the Museum in the Community). President Lincoln will be portrayed by Fritz Klein from Springfield, Ill., who is nationally known for his portrayal of Lincoln.

Klein has appeared at the Civil War Weekend previously, but Williamson said that the dinner format will give him a chance to better showcase his re-enactment of the Civil War era president. SEE WAR ON PAGE 12

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New signs commemorate Bridge's Historic Status By Jack Bailey jackbailey@theputnamstandard.com

WINFIELD, WV – Drivers crossing the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge at Winfield during the past week may have noticed a new sign that recently went up recognizing the bridge's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Workers from the state Department of Highways put the new signs up on March 13 to recognize the bridge's inclusion on the list of the nation's most historic places. The Ross Booth Memorial Bridge was added to the National Register in December. “I'm very happy about it,” said Oran “Pooch” Booth, who worked to see the former Winfield Toll Bridge renamed in honor of his late father, Ross Booth. Ross Booth was a carpenter who worked on the bridge's con-

New signs were placed under the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge's name on March 13 to recognize the bridge's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge was added to the National Register in December. Photo by Jack Bailey

struction in the 1950s before it opened to traffic in 1957. Pooch Booth began advocating to have the bridge renamed several years ago, and found a welcome ear in Putnam County Del. Brady Paxton. In 2006 the bridge was officially named the Ross Booth Memorial Bridge. With the change in the name, Booth began advocating to have the bridge included on the National Register of Historic Places. He said that he began that process more than two years ago, and was delighted when it was added to the Register in December. Now with the new signage going up letting motorists know about the bridge's inclusion on the National Register, Booth said that he was pleased. “I think it's important,” he said. “I think Putnam County citizens

need to know that this is an historic site.” The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. In Putnam County, five other properties also appear on the National Register of Historic Places. They are the Asbury House in Hurricane, the Hoge House in Winfield, the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield, the Buffalo Town Square and the Buffalo Indian Village site.

Barbershop quartet delights local Rotary Meeting TEAYS VALLEY -- The first day of spring arrived in Teays Valley on Tuesday March 20 with a special performance of barbershop music by "Uncle Ernie's Boys," for the Putnam Rotary Club. Steve Patrick led the group which is a part of The ThunderTones, a group that meets weekly at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Barboursville. "Most of you have heard music like singing in church," Patrick said. "Typically, the melody is in the top voice. Sopranos always get the melody. Barbershop has the melody in the middle, and all the other parts go around it. "The melody singer is the lead singer and below that is the bass -- almost always. Above the melody is the tenor -- almost always," he said. "And

"Uncle Ernie's Boys" entertain with Barbershop Harmony during a recent meeting of the Putnam Rotary Club. (From left) Ken Stevens, Steve Patrick, Jeep Dille and Raymond Byrd make up the group. The singers are part of the ThunderTones Chorus, which meets weekly in Barboursville.

then the baritone has the sparkle, the tough job, really. When the lead goes

down, he goes up; when the lead goes up, he goes down. The baritone goes

in and out filling up the chords." Other members of Uncle Ernie's Boys are tenor Ken Stevens from Cross Lanes, Raymond Byrd from Barboursville singing bass, and baritone Jeep Dille from Chesapeake, Ohio. "Uncle Ernie's Boys" get together with others of The ThunderTones Chorus for harmony and good times at Fellowship Baptist Church in Barboursville on Thursday evenings. Additional voices are always welcome. The group is part of the Huntington Tri-State Chapter of the Johnny Appleseed District of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Barbershop is a capella in style, and performance numbers are generally taken from arrangements written especially for men's quartet, Patrick said. The Barbershop Harmony Society's Old Songs Library holds over 100,000 songs, the largest sheet music collection in the world outside the Library of Congress. Barbershop harmony began in the 1800s, Patrick said. "I think it was called 'barbershop' because around the barbershops -where the men could hang around without the women -- they could harmonize and have a good time. It was really popular up until the 1920s," Patrick said. “When radio appeared,

the barbershop style didn't translate well over the microphones and receiver sets of the time, and listener tastes turned to instrumental music.” But in 1938, two Tulsa businessmen, O. C. Cash and Rupert Hall, invited their friends to a barbershop songfest. The event created a traffic jam in the city, and it marked the beginning of the "Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc." In 2004, the name was changed to the Barbershop Harmony Society. The organization's headquarters moved to Nashville in 2007. Not to be left out, the wives of the original Tulsa harmonizers formed a women's barbershop group in 1945 which quickly became the Sweet Adelines International. Local chapters of Sweet Adelines are active in both Charleston and Huntington. The ThunderTones chorus has members from the greater Huntington area, Chesapeake, Proctorville, Ashland, Milton, Teays Valley, Cross Lanes, and Charleston. Any man who likes to sing is invited to join the ThunderTones, which meets Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Barboursville. For further information about the Chorus, call (304)302-NOTE.

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Embattled Hurricane High SchoolTeacher Resigns By David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

Despite an outcry of support, Hurricane High School teacher Christian St. John has apparently decided to gracefully bow out and resign after reaching an agreement with school officials to avoid outright termination. “What this says,” said Victoria Sewell, mother of two of St. John's former students, “is that giving children a good education is not as important as sticking to the administrations rules, even when they don't make sense.” At the March 19 meeting, the Putnam County Board of Education accepted the resignation of St. John, who earlier this month said he had reached an agreement with school officials to allow him to keep his benefits and retirement, although he would not be able to teach in the county. However, after a public outcry in his support, he said that he would fight to keep his job and withdrew his initial resignation. It appears that the final agreement was reached just a short while before the meeting, which was attended by around 60 people, many of whom were

Christian St. John (right), shown here at a Putnam County Board of Education meeting earlier this month, resigned in an apparent agreement to avoid outright termination. St. John did not attend the March 19 meeting, where his resignation was formally accepted. St. John's students, former students or parents. The original agenda, posted on the county's Web site, w w w. p u t n a m s c h o o l s . c o m , called for an executive session and a vote on a termination action for insubordination, but was revised so soon before the meeting that copies of the new agenda were delayed. It wasn't available until just before the meeting was called to order

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and had been updated to include St. John's resignation. During the meeting, Board president Craig Spicer struck the executive session and

changed the suspension/termination clause to read: "To ratify the 10-day suspension imposed by the superintendent and accept the settlement agreement recommended by the superintendent and executed by Christian St. John and the superintendent." Three addressed the board at the meeting, including Marsha Bradbury, who said “we all hope he is given a second chance to remain an educator in Putnam County Schools” and Theresa Catanzarite, who credited St. John with helping her daughter through a difficult time. “What kind of choice is it,” Bradbury said after the meeting, “to resign or be fired and lose the thing you love most in life.” Students and former students, angry and bewildered about the end of St. John's decades-long career, spoke of him as an approachable educator. Many had stories about

friends suffering extreme depression – even on the brink of suicide – who’s confiding in St. John literally saved their lives. “He could inspire anyone,” said former student Mark Shaffer, “to do anything.” Lucas Willis, a 2009 graduate of Hurricane, said St. John convinced him to give college a try. “He motivated you,” Willis said. “He would stick up for you. He works with whatever teaching style fits you. If something didn't work, he kept trying until he reached you. He made me believe I could do anything. He helped me in other classes. He even helped me with college classes. How many teachers do you keep up with years after you graduate? How many teachers will help you after you graduate?” Contact David Payne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.


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Manchin BillWould Create National Concealed-Carry Reciprocity

David Payne Sr. Column by David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.) recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would create a national reciprocity for concealed-carry permits. Under the legislation, anyone with a valid ID and concealed-carry permit could carry a concealed handgun in any state that also allows residents

to carry and would replace a complicated patchwork of state reciprocal agreements. “This commonsense legislation,” Manchin said, “would cut down on the layers of regulations facing lawabiding Americans who have the right to own guns and use them responsibly. If we can streamline and simplify some of our rules governing gun ownership, everybody wins – especially the 65,000 West Virginians who hold concealed-carry permits.” The legislation would, however, exclude people from obtaining an out-of-state permit with less restrictive eligibility requirements and use that permit to carry in his or her own state. For West Virginia permit holders, it would increase the number of reciprocal states from 39 to 49. It would not apply in the People's Republic of Illinois and the People's District of Columbia, which honor only what sections of the Bill of Rights that please the elitist lawmakers. Citizens there enjoy only Soviet-

style gun rights and are not allowed to carry firearms. While concealed-carry is technically legal in the vast majority of states, I would expect some opposition from quite a few lawmakers in places like Massachusetts, New Jersey and Hawaii where concealed carry is supposedly legal, but virtually all permit requests are denied and in California, where you pretty much have to be a movie star or music mogul to get a permit in many areas. By the way, only Vermont and Alaska have actually gotten it right by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms without a permit – those states recognizing that it is the Bill of Rights, not state law that gives citizens these rights. Sen. Mark Begich, (D-Alaska), incidentally, is cosponsor of this bill. • The DNR is filling seven conservation-officer positions statewide. Minimum qualifications are graduation from an accredited four-year college (preference given to

natural-sciences or law-enforcement degrees) or previous law-enforcement experience may be substituted. To be considered for a position, you must pass a physical test, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. April 13th and 14th at the South Charleston Community Center, 601 Jefferson Street. The physical test consists of three parts, a 37.5 yard swim (fully clothed), 18 push-ups in one minute, 27 sit-ups in one minute and a 1.5mile run in 15 minutes, 20 seconds or less. About 10 years ago, I took that physical test. I grew up on the banks of the Elk River, so I've always been able to swim well. The hardest part for me initially was the 1.5-mile run. However, after a couple of months of some intense training, I could run 1.5 miles in the time allotted, I could do the push-ups and sit-ups in the time allotted and I could swim well. Yet, I failed the run portion of the test because I was exhausted from the swim. What I wasn't ready for was doing

all three in a row and if you are training for this test, keep in mind that you are going to have to do all these pushups, sit-ups and this run very soon AFTER you've done this exhausting swim. Trust me, it is exhausting, because you have to do it fully clothed (but no jeans or sweatpants). My mistake during the swim was wearing a pair of polyester-blend slacks that were loose-fitting and the pant legs created a great amount of drag in the water. I would suggest trying out different slacks in the water before you take your test. I also strongly suggest that as you train, try doing all three in a row. Swim 40 yards fully clothed, change into some shorts and a t-shirt, do the push-ups and sit-ups, then time yourself in a 1.5-mile run. For more details – and an application – visit www.wvdnr.gov/lenforce/employment.shtm, or contact the DNR Law Enforcement Section at (304) 5582784. Contact David Payne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.

Fish Consumption Advisories Updated By David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

Officials have updated West Virginia's sport-fish consumption advisory, with a small change thanks to improving contaminant levels on the Kanawha River upstream of Dunbar and a coordinated multi-state effort to provide consistent advisories this year for the Ohio River. The fish consumption advisories are based on a cooperative effort of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Bureau of Public Health and the Division of Environmental Protection. Brett Preston, West Virginia DNR wildlife resources chief, said the advisories are intended primarily for high-risk groups – children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, or women who plan to become pregnant. “If I'm not in any of those groups, I might eat three meals a month (in a two-meal-a-month advisory), trying to balance the health benefits of eating fish versus something else that may be higher in fat and cholesterol. That's why you have to develop risk management, people make decisions based on risk, whether driving a car or eating meals. We try to give general guidelines and be specific for waters where we have information, so people can make an informed decision,” Preston said. The most stringent advisories are

This Ohio River smallmouth bass would fall under the ORSANCO consumption advisory for black bass, two meals a month. brought on by dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination, a legacy left over from historical pollution. The contaminants remain in the environment for many years. Dioxins are stored in body fat and can remain in the system for a decade, but eating wild fish isn't the only source – trace amounts can be found in other foods - and virtually everyone has some level of it in their system. PCBs were commonly used

in as dielectric and in coolant fluids in electrical components, such as transformers, motors and capacitors. Production was outlawed in the United States in 1979. Mercury pollution, however, is ongoing. The largest source of mercury pollution is coal-fired power plants. Test results have indicated lower levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) in the Kanawha River upstream of the I-64 bridge in Dunbar.

This year, the one-meal-a-month consumption advisory for channel catfish less than 17-inches long has been dropped on that stretch of river. The statewide advisory is one meal a week. On Kanawha River downstream of the I-64 bridge in Dunbar: there is a “do not eat” advisory for Flathead catfish, channel catfish, carp, hybrid striped bass, suckers, do not eat, because of dioxin and PCBs. All other fish one meal a week. These advisories include all backwaters, including Armour Creek, Heizer Creek, Manila Creek and the lower two miles of the Pocatalico River. West Virginia DNR fish biologist Zack Brown said that while the advisories are simply a means to help people calculate risk, people should pay close attention to the “do-noteat” advisories. “We base our lives on weighing risk factors. Every day you take risks, people get in their cars and drive, some smoke or drink alcohol and it's to let people know that certain factors increase health risks. We do have a couple of do-not-eat advisories – I would be very respectful of those,” he said. This year the fish advisories are a bit less confusing for the Ohio River. In the past, each state did its own sampling, leading to slightly different advisories for the same stretches of water on the Ohio River (of which

West Virginia claims to the historic low-water mark on the Ohio side, but a small strip of the river is in Ohio). This year's Ohio River advisories were coordinated by the Ohio River Sanitation Commission, resulting in one set of advisories for certain stretches of river. On the Ohio River, from Belleville (Wood County) to the Kentucky border, the advisory is two meals a year for channel catfish greater than 18 inches. Channel catfish less than 18 inches, carp, flathead catfish, freshwater drum larger than 14 inches, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, suckers, and white bass are one meal a month on that section of the Ohio. The statewide advisory for hybrid striped bass and white bass is one meal a month due to mercury and PCBs. The Black bass, channel catfish greater than 17 inches, flathead catfish, rock bass, walleye, saugeye and suckers advisory is two meals a month, also because of mercury and PCB. Channel catfish less than 17 inches and all other fish (except rainbow trout) to one meal per week. There is no advisory for rainbow trout. The complete list of advisories for the state’s waters is available in the current Fishing Regulations publication. Contact David Payne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.


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ThisWinter one of the warmest on Record By David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

Now that the season is officially over, the 2011 – 2012 Winter didn't have much cold or snow to offer. While not record breaking locally, this winter has been one of the warmest on record. For government entities treating roads, that's been good news representing a substantial savings in fuel, salt, labor and other costs associated with treating icy roads and streets. “We sure didn't use nearly as much salt this year,” said Nitro Mayor Rusty Casto. Winfield Mayor Randy Barrett said his city also saved quite a bit on those costs thanks to a mild winter. Winfield has only had to treat its streets a couple of times this winter. “Besides salt, labor has been the biggest savings. That's money we can maybe use someplace else,” he said. Carrie Bly, West Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson, said that in Putnam County, the state applied 1,200 tons of salt compared to around 4,000 the year before. In Cabell County, the state applied 842 tons of salt, compared to 3,100 last year. The figures for Putnam and Cabell counties do not include interstates. Statewide, only 125,000 tons of salt have been applied to state roads this year, compared with

These daffodils near Hometown in Putnam County bloom during a shower. Photo by David Payne Sr. 312,000 tons the year before, she said. Joe Merchant, a Charleston-based NationalWeather Service meteorologist, said much of the unusual weather this winter has been the result of La Nina, a cooling of Pacific Ocean water that can change weather patterns around the world. “The La Nina has definitely been a contributing factor, we've been in that climate pattern for 18 months,” he said. As the Jet Stream has shifted farther north, warm winter temperatures have been the norm. “It's not just here, the whole country is

affected by this. When you reposition the jet stream to the north, it has a huge effect on the day-to-day weather,” he said. Merchant said no high-temperature records have been set in Putnam or Cabell counties this winter, but the statewide average has been 4.5 degrees above normal. “But this was the fourth-warmest winter since 1895 for the 48 contiguous states. Here in West Virginia, it was the sixth warmest since 1895. The last time we had a winter slightly warmer was 2001-2002. The warmest winter on record was the 1931 – 1932 winter, from the Dust Bowl

As flowers bloom with the coming of spring, one of the warmest winters on record draws to a close. Photo by David Payne Sr. period,” Merchant said. While there is always a chance of an early-spring winter storm, Merchant said climatologists expect normal or abovenormal temperatures from April to June, with a return to closer-to-average temperatures for the beginning of summer.Awinter storm late in the season, however, can't be ruled out. “Keep in mind, though, we can still have changing patterns inside a larger pattern,” he said. West Virginia University Extension Agent John David Johnson said gardeners

however, shouldn't be lured into a false sense of security by the warmer temperatures. “It doesn't mean you can plant earlier. You want to make sure you still plant at the recommended times. It can easily turn cold again. Make sure you keep it consistent with your planting and seeding. Don't get into a hurry. If you plant now, you're taking a gamble. Late April and early May is always a good time to start planting” he said. Contact David Payne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.

Create a Healthier Living SpaceThis Spring With winter coming to an end, it’s time to open your windows, air out the house and get started on some spring cleaning. While most people dread cleaning their house and getting rid of things, it’s a great time to take inventory of what you truly need and can live without. Cleaning out your home can also help improve your health when you get rid of dust piles and clutter. Check out these tips from USA.gov to help you get started: • Mold can grow easily in places you use every day, such as the sink, bath tub, heater or AC unit. It’s important to stay on top of cleaning these areas as soon as you notice the mold. Left untreated, mold can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home, and lead to health problems. • Household products such as disinfectant, cleaning supplies and polishes can help make your cleaning duties much easier, but it’s important to remember they can be hazardous to your family and home too. The EPA offers guidelines on being smart when storing, using and disposing of your household products. • Dust can pile up during the winter months when your windows

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your home for a more simplified life: Go Paperless If your paperwork is a mess, consider transferring your documents to an electronic filing system. Not only will the system be implicitly organized for you, you will also be eliminating those stacks of paper that threaten to clutter every room of the house. Organizing your financial statements, bills, and health care documents will help you remember appointments, payments, and other deadlines. Automate Electronics These days you can run your home’s electronic devices from the comfort of just about anywhere. New

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whether you left the iron on for the day. Now you can ensure everything is switched off the moment a worry strikes. Such technologies also have motion sensor abilities too, which make turning lights and stereos on and off as easy as entering or exiting a room. Modernize Appliances Take an inventory of your home’s appliances and eliminate the avoidable headache caused by out-of-date appliances no longer performing optimally. If you’ve ever taken your dishes out of the dishwasher only to discover you still needed to wash certain items by hand, it’s time to invest in a new one that will get it right the first time. You may also be doing certain tasks more slowly than necessary. Induction stovetops, electric pressure cookers and hand blenders are all examples of modern kitchen tools designed to save you time on cooking, so you have more time to eat. It’s easy to bring order to your home with modern technology. The future is now.

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Make Your Spring Cleaning Last Longer (StatePoint) Maintaining a clean home can seem like an exercise in futility, especially for parents and pet owners. If the constant struggle has you down, it’s time to explore ways to save time and effort in your cleaning routines. Combat Clutter Clutter can spread faster than wildfire. Avoid the details of your life from taking over every surface by giving everything a proper place. Make clean-up time easy on your kids with big sortable toy bins, and shelves for board games and books. If they “forget” to put something away, it will be easy for you to pick up after them. Create a mail center and deal with mail as soon as you get home. A nearby recycling bin will encourage immediate disposal of junk mail. Consider reducing your pile by receiving bills and bank statements electronically, and requesting a stop to catalogs. Don’t be a hoarder. Periodically assess your closet. If you have clothing that doesn’t fit, is fraying, or out of date, get rid of it. You don’t need to take up valuable closet space with unusable garments. No More Stains Art projects gone awry, muddy dog

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No More Mold Mold is not only an eyesore; it poses a number of health risks. And cleaning it is a big job that can be expensive. Avoid mold build-up by following some simple steps. Test the humidity level of each room, including closets. If your Relative Humidity (RH) is 55 percent or higher, invest in a dehumidifier. Fix leaky faucets immediately, and use a fan or open a window when taking a shower. Inspect your roof twice yearly, keep your chimney free of cracks and clean your gutters regularly. The key to cleanliness is prevention. Take steps this spring to eliminate extra work in the future.

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Page 14 –Tuesday,March 27,2012 WENDELL SCOTT "SCOTTIE" ALFORD DEANNA S. BOWLES BRYAN KEITH BUCKLE JULIA "JUDY" DARE CASTO ELDA MAE (TAYLOR) CHATTIN PHYLLIS NOTTINGHAM DAWSON MABEL LOUISE SIZEMORE FINNEY ANDY N. FRANCISCO SANDRA KAY GILLESPIE EZZLE MAE HARDMAN GARY E. HENSLEY RUTH ALICE HULL GARNETT RUTH JEFFRIES PETE IRA LARES VIRGIL L. MYERS RODDRICK A. "Roddy" RICHARDSON JAMES DELANE SAMPLES JOHN RUSSELL STULL MICHELLE DAWN STURGEON MARY ANN HUDNALL TAYLOR

WENDELL SCOTT "SCOTTIE" ALFORD Wendell Scott "Scottie" Alford, 43, of Fraziers Bottom passed away March 17, 2012, at his home on 5 & 20 Mile Road. He was employed by Frontier Communications, and was an Air Force veteran, having served eight years as a fireman. He is survived by his son, Dillon Scott Alford of Witcher Creek, who he loved with all his heart. He is also survived by his parents, Wendell Wayne and Linda Lee (Grant) Alford of Fraziers Bottom; his sister, Tamara Lee Toney and her husband, Bryan; a very special nephew, Charles "Chad" Withers IV; and two special nieces, Olivia Elaine Toney and Brooklyn Lee Toney, all of Milton. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a very special friend, Crystal Howsare of Chesterfield, Mich. Funeral services were held Friday, March 23, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Pastor Ronnie Brown and Pastor Junior Gilbert Smith officiating. Burial followed in Lunsford Cemetery, Milton. Military honors were provided at the cemetery by James Marshall American Legion Post #187, Winfield. Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence or memory may do so at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was honored to handle

Scottie's arrangements.

DEANNA S. BOWLES Deanna S. Bowles, 69, of St. Albans passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Born September 12, 1942, in Charleston, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Irene Morton Sheets. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Deanna "Dede" Bowles Vaughan; and son, John W. Bowles. Deanna was a nursing assistant and patient service clerk with CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital. She was also a Christian. She is survived by her daughter, Claudia Ann Dangerfield and her fiance, Scott Wolfe, of St. Albans; brother and sister-in-law, Carl E. "Pete" and Nancy Sheets of Westerville, Ohio; grandson, C.J. Bowles of Sissonville; nephews, Jamie, Kerry and Steven; and niece, Laura; as well as many loving cousins. She is also survived by her former husband, Claude W. Bowles and his wife, Mickie, of Charleston; and Heather Sneed. Graveside services were held Thursday, March 22, at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston with Brother Roger Wolfe officiating. You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.bartlettchapmanfuneralhome.com. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, was in charge of arrangements.

BRYAN KEITH BUCKLE Bryan Keith Buckle, 26, of Apple Grove, WV, died Friday, March 16, 2012 in Lesage, WV. He was born August 12, 1985, in Gallipolis, Ohio, a son of Mike and Beverly (Shank) Buckle of Apple Grove. Bryan was a 2003 graduate of Point Pleasant High School, a member of Mount Union United Methodist Church in Pliny, WV, and was employed by American Electric Power at the Central Machine Shop in South Charleston, WV as a turbine machinist. He was preceded in death by, paternal grandparents, Lester and Beulah Buckle; maternal grandmother, Betty Jo Finley Shank; and a cousin, Chad Brodsky. Surviving in addition to his parents are, the Love of His Life, daughter "Princess" Anna Grace

Buckle; brother, Brandon (Ashley) Buckle of Apple Grove; maternal grandfather, Glenn (Nell) Shank of Gallipolis, Ohio; a special nephew and niece, Connor Lee Buckle and Mya Dawn Buckle of Apple Grove; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends. Bryan was loved by everyone that knew him, and always smiling. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Mount Union United Methodist Church in Pliny, WV with Evangelist John Smith and Pastor Rick Waller officiating. Burial followed in the Beale Chapel Cemetery in Apple Grove, WV. Wilcoxen Funeral Home in Point Pleasant assisted the family. Online condolences may be made at www.wilcoxenfuneralhome.com.

JULIA "JUDY" DARE CASTO Julia "Judy" Dare Casto, 73, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving husband of 54 years, Marshall W. Casto, and her family, on March 14, 2012. Julia had two sons, Donald and Cindy Casto of London, Ohio, and Danny and Robin Casto of Hendersonville, N.C. She had seven grandchildren, Erin, Toni, Austin, Craig, Adam, Ryan and Chris. She was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are many nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. Julia left behind two brothers, Okey Barnett of Nashville, Tenn., and Lee and Phyllis Barnett of Poca; and brother-in-law, Earl Taylor of Poca. She was preceded in death by her sister, Maryann Taylor of Poca; her brother, Dorsal Barnett of Poca; and Okey's wife, Eva Barnett, also of Nashville. Julia enjoyed quilting, cooking, gardening, the National Wild Foods Association, helping others every chance she had and many church activities. She was a member of Walker Chapel Bible Church. A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church, West Jefferson, Ohio, on Friday March 16. Her final resting place was at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Rock Castle. Donations may be made to your local hospice.

ELDA MAE (TAYLOR) CHATTIN Elda Mae (Taylor) Chattin, 88, of Leon, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her home. She was a homemaker and had attended Eddy Chapel Church. Elda was born on September 1, 1923, in Ambrosia, a daughter to the late Elwin Davy and Hazel (Lawson) Taylor. In addition to her parents, she

The Putnam Standard was also preceded in death by her brothers, Walter, Elwin, Mortimer, Leonard and Dwight; and her sister, Linda Riffle. Married to William Leroy Chattin for almost 59 years, he preceded her in death in 2000. To this union, seven children were born and survive her; Charles Douglas, of Indianapolis, IN, Ray Eugene (Jane), of Leon, Paul Lee, of Columbus, Ohio, Lewis Wayne (Karen), of Point Pleasant, Mary Louise (Bill) Greer, of Mason, Deborah Ann, of Mt. Alto, and Mark Allan (Janet), of Flatrock; two sisters, Irene Neilson, of Bell Gardens, CA and Stella Mash, of Ambrosia; fifteen grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews have Grandma to thank for being involved in their upbringing. Elda’s life was remembered Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, with Rev. Joe Hammack officiating. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery. Elda’s care was entrusted to Crow-Hussell Funeral Home. An online registry is available at www.crowhussellfh.com.

PHYLLIS NOTTINGHAM DAWSON Phyllis Nottingham Dawson, 82, of Nitro completed her earthly journey on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House. She has gone to be with our Lord God in Heaven to suffer no longer on this earth. Born May 13, 1929 in Swandale, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Coleman D. and Victoria Mae Nottingham. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Dennis E. "Tom" Dawson. She was retired from General Electric Credit Corporation, Heck's Inc. and the Poca River Hunting and Fishing Club. She was a 1946 graduate of Clay County High School, often riding to school in the steam engine of a logging train from Swandale to Clay. Phyllis' greatest pleasure in life was her family. Always sacrificing her needs and wants to take care of and provide for them through the good times and those that were sometimes difficult. She thoroughly enjoyed and loved cooking for her immediate family, as well as her extended family, which consisted of many, many people who she loved and cared for greatly. A complete master at culinary improvisation, she would cook any time you were hungry. It was well known by all who had the pleasure of experiencing her home cooking, if you ever left PD's house hungry, it certainly wasn't her fault. She was the consummate big meal specialist, always ready to feed the masses with a come one, come all attitude. Her love for cooking shall live on forever, as she spent many hours putting together and printing PD's Country Cooking Cookbook for her family

and friends to enjoy. In her cookbook, one can find most of the ingredients for her top "secret" recipes. She leaves to cherish her memory her three children, Melanie and her husband, Allen Rader, of Eleanor, Dennis E. Jr., "Denny," and his companion, Mara Pauley, of Nitro and Larry and his wife, Debbie, of St. Albans. She also cherished and dearly loved her grandchildren, Carina Ferrell and husband, Thomas, Matt Dawson and wife, Angie, Elizabeth Morgan and husband, Scottie, Michael Dawson, Krysta Dawson and Mauro Medina, Eric Rader and wife, Stephanie, Rebecca and husband, Yonne McHenry, Jason Rader and Travis and Tony Stone. Just as special to her were her great-grandchildren, Cailey, Arika and Bubba Ferrell, Stephen and Norah Rader, Brandon and Jake Dawson and Maurito and Javier Medina. In keeping with her wishes, there was a celebration of her life for her family and friends on Saturday, March 17, at Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, with Pastor Mike Jarrett officiating. She requested that donations be made in her memory to the Dawson Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Clay County Bank, Clay, WV 25043; and/or Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr., Charleston, WV 25311. Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro was entrusted with the arrangements.

MABEL LOUISE SIZEMORE FINNEY Mabel Louise Sizemore Finney, 87, of Nitro passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. Mabel was a 70-year resident of Nitro, and a former employee of Frankenberger's, Valley Bell and Nitro Church of God. She was a member of Nitro Church of God, the CWC and Friendship Sunday School Class. Mabel was also a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Nitro Post of the VFW. She was the daughter of the late William and Caroline Riser Sizemore, and was also preceded in death by her sisters and brothers, Margaret Buckley, Virginia Akers, Mattie Jeffers, Owen, Guy, Eli, John, Danny and Bill Sizemore; and granddaughter, Tracy Ann Meadows. Mabel is survived by her daughter, Karen Hartney and husband, Joe, of Scott Depot; son, Ivan Meadows and wife, Sally, of Nitro; grandchildren, Dean Meadows, Doug Meadows, Joe Hartney and Mary Beth Browning; and great-grandchildren, Zach Meadows, Bradley Meadows, Bryson Meadows, Ethan Hartney and Emma Hartney. A service to celebrate Mabel's life was held Saturday, March 17, at the Nitro Church of God with


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The Putnam Standard Pastor Rob VanFossen and Pastor Dave McCormick officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro was in charge of arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions are made to either Nitro Church of God, 15th St. and 2nd Ave., Nitro, WV 25143; or Hubbard Hospice House West, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387. You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

ANDY N. FRANCISCO Andy N. Francisco, 83, of Eleanor passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at Country Villa Care Home, Buffalo following a long illness. He was a retired building construction instructor at the Putnam County Vocational and Technical Center. He attended Midway United Methodist Church. Andy enjoyed his travels west, and loved to fish and spend time at his camp in Pocahontas county. Born March 13, 1929, he was the youngest son of the late Arthur and Blanche Francisco. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosalee Gibson Francisco; his second wife, Maxine Stover Francisco; four brothers; and one sister. Survivors include his loving son, Gary (Yvonne) Francisco of Buffalo; son-in-law, Roy D. Vine; sisters-in-law, Millie Francisco, Tete Withrow and Dorothy Landers; brother-in-law, Brackston (Pearl) Gibson; grandchildren, Michael (Kasi) Francisco, Michelle (Ron) Blankenship and Ryan D. Vine; great-grandchildren, Hattie and Brodie Fisher and Teaghan, Rowyn and Zander Francisco; step-greatgrandchild, Samantha Blankenship; as well as several nieces and nephews. The family would also like to thank the special caregivers at Country Villa Care Home and the new friends he made while there, and the hospice caregivers. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 22, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo with Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor. Online condolences may be sent to the Francisco family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

SANDRA KAY GILLESPIE Sandra Kay Gillespie, 59, of Huntington, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 22 at the Reger Funeral Chapel by her brother-in-law Garen Maynard.

Burial followed in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington. She was born March 28, 1952, in Huntington, W.Va., a daughter of Jack E. and Mary Regina Hager Curtis, both of Huntington. Sandra was a former Putnam County schoolteacher. Additional survivors include her husband of 17 years John E. Gillespie; a son Derrick M. Hatfield of Hurricane, W.Va.; brother Michael Curtis of South Point, Ohio; two sisters, Pamela Baker of Akron, Ohio and Deborah Maynard of Richmond, Ky., and numerous nieces and nephews. Reger Funeral Home assisted the family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.regerfh.com.

EZZLE MAE HARDMAN Ezzle Mae Ferrell Hardman, 100, of Red House, formerly of Roane County, passed away Friday, March 16, 2012, at Eldercare of Ripley. Ezzle was a Christian and a member of Shiloah Independent Church, Red House. Born June 27, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Lillie Belle Hawkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Walter Ferrell and Radar Hardman; a daughter, Ruth Ferrell; three infant sons; a brother, Roy Hawkins; and sisters, Ruby Guthrie and Cora Grant. Survivors include her caregivers, nephew Don (Linda) Hawkins; great-nephews, David, Mark, and Greg Hawkins and their families; as well as many other nephews, nieces, greatnephews and great-nieces. Many thanks to the staff at Eldercare of Ripley for the excellent care and loving devotion provided to her during her last days. Graveside funeral services were held Monday, March 19, 2012, at Ferrell Cemetery, Vicars Ridge in Roane County, with Pastor Larry Covert officiating. Online condolences may be sent to the Hardman family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

GARY E. HENSLEY Gary E. Hensley, 48, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Conway Medical Center, Conway, S.C. Gary was born in Charleston, a son of Mary Ella McCormick Hensley and the late Charles T. Hensley. He was a member of Beach Church, and was also a member of the N.R.A. Gary was truly a virtuous man. He was honorable and courageous every day of his life. To him, words meant something, and he was always true to his own. He was ingrained with kindness, and took pride in being a great neighbor. He was a man of strong faith who loved the Lord dearly, and the only other love he possessed that

ever compared was the love he had for his family, the family he started with his high school sweetheart, his wife of 25 years. He never let her go a day without feeling loved and beautiful, and taught his children to strive to find a love like the one they shared. He was a compassionate father, always wanting the best for his children. Gary was so many things to those around him. He was a handyman, a comedian, a friend, a caretaker, a father, a husband, a son, a brother and, most importantly, a man of God. He will truly be missed. Surviving, in addition to his mother of Myrtle Beach, are his wife of 25 years, Mary E. Hensley of Myrtle Beach; one daughter, Kayla Elizabeth Hensley of Myrtle Beach; one son, Logan Garrett Hensley of Myrtle Beach; maternal grandmother, Mae McCormick of St. Albans; one brother, Todd A. Hensley of Fayetteville, N.C.; five nieces; two nephews; and two canine companions, Butter and Charlotte. A memorial service was held Sunday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, Conway, S.C., with Pastor Craig Cheney officiating. Memorials may be made to Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. Sign a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

RUTH ALICE HULL Ruth Alice Hull, 82, of Eleanor passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Putnam Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hurricane following a long illness. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eleanor, and formerly worked as a nurse's aide at Thomas Memorial Hospital, caring for the newborn babies in the Obstetrics Unit. Ruth always enjoyed spending time sewing and quilting. Born May 4, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William Smith and Mary Hughes Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, Paul Hull; sons, Paul R. (Gwen) Hull of Dunedin, Fla., and Jim (Regina) Hull of Eleanor; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Eleanor with Pastor David Panaro Sr. and Pastor David Panaro Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Beech Grove Cemetery, Eleanor. Online condolences may be sent to the Hull family and the online guestbook signed by visiti n g www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo,

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GARNETT RUTH JEFFRIES Garnett Ruth Jeffries, 66, of Buffalo passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at her home following a brief illness. She was a lifelong homemaker who loved to knit and loved to cook. Born January 3, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Joe Moore and Juanita Tinney Moore. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Survivors include her loving husband, Steven Jeffries of Buffalo; daughters, Teresa (Timothy) Brown of Millwood and Carla (Arthur) Chapman of South Point, Ohio; son, Michael Deren Berger of Florida; sisters, Ann Chandler and Macil Rider; brother, Harrison "Buddy" Rapp; and grandchildren, Brittney Massile, Derek Massile, Tessa Chapman and Chloe Chapman. In accordance with her wishes, her body was cremated. A gathering of family and friends was held Tuesday, March 20, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo. Online condolences may be sent to the Jeffries family, and the online guestbook signed, by visi t i n g www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

PETE IRA LARES Pete Ira Lares, 65, of St. Albans passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington. Born February 15, 1947, in Hernshaw, he was a son of the late Elbert E. and Oral Meadows Lares. He was an electrician with the Union Carbide Corporation. He was a member of FOPA #5, St. Albans and the NRA. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jan Marino-Lares; daughter, Nancy Beth Lares-Estep, M.D., of Hurricane; son, Todd A. Lares, M.D., of Charleston; sisters, Bonnie Colagross of Florida and Billie Brown of Kanawha City; and four grandchildren, Austin Ira Estep, James Grant Lares, Clarissa Lares and Anastasia Lares. Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 21, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with the Rev. Herman Jones officiating. The family requests donations

are made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 W. Evergreen Ave., Suite 204, Chicago, IL 60642. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at www.bartlettchapmanfuneralhomes.com.

VIRGIL L. MYERS Virgil L. Myers, 64, of St. Albans passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House following a short illness. He was born on January 9, 1948, in Charleston to the late Clemeth and Juanita Jones Myers. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald Myers. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School and enjoyed spending time doing crafts and loved old time country music. He is survived by wife of 39 years, Patricia "Patty" Marlene Myers; his sister, Linda Mallet of Poca; two nieces; two nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, assisted the family. You may share memories or condolences with the family at www.bartlettchapmanfuneralhome.com.

RODDRICK A. "Roddy" RICHARDSON Roddrick A. "Roddy" Richardson, 56, of Milton passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, near his residence. He was born December 15, 1955, in Huntington, a son of the late Charles Richardson and Jane Ann Grass. Roddy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the USS Sierra during the Vietnam Era with his home port in Charleston, S.C. He was also retired from the John Amos Power Plant and an avid fan of Marshall University sports and San Francisco 49ers football. He is survived by his wife Delores "Dee" Watts Richardson; two sons, Eric Allen Richardson of Hurricane and his fiancée, Leigh Ann Hannas, and Montana Reed Richardson of Milton and special friend D.J. Black.’ Heck Funeral Home, Milton assisted the family with the services, which were private. Online condolences may be

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JAMES DELANE SAMPLES James Delane Samples, 79, of St. Albans passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Hubbard Hospice House West after a long illness. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of the Moose Lodge in Nitro. James had been a resident of St. Albans for 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Edgar and Ida Ocie Samples; brothers, Jack W. Samples and Charles "Chuck" Samples; and sisters, Maxine Carney, Margaret Clendenin, Irene Middleton, Maxine Sayre, Corda Shady and Marilyn Stamper. Surviving are his brother, Darrell Samples of St. Albans; and sister, Lura Kelly of St. Albans. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 22 at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar with the Rev. Dr. Larry McCallister officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Memorial Park Mausoleum.

JOHN RUSSELL STULL John Russell Stull, 64, of Hurricane passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at CAMC-Teays Valley. Born August 23, 1947, in Man-

nington, he was a son of the late Carney Ray Sr. and Lola B. Kern Stull. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Lois Stull and Shirley Robinson; as well as a brother, Carney Ray Stull Jr. John was a retired supervisor from the Division of Rehabilitation Services of the State of West Virginia, where his compassionate nature allowed him to help those with special needs. He was instrumental with the beginning of the clothing room for clients at the Rehab Center. He was a member and usher at Dunbar Mountain Mission, and was active with the Christmas basket program and the food program of the church. He was a graduate of Fairmont State College with a degree in education, and taught in the public school system and the industrial arts department of Spencer State Hospital. He was also an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Surviving are his wife, Darla M. Stull; his brothers, William "Bill" Stull of Cortland, Ohio, and James L. Stull of Fairmont; and his dachshund, Ivanna, who he loved greatly. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 22, at Dunbar Mountain Mission, Dunbar, with Pastor Jim Phillips officiating. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may also be made

Obituaries to the Little Victories Animal Rescue, 3589 County Rd. 60/11, Ona, WV 25545. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, was in charge of arrangements.

MICHELLE DAWN STURGEON Michelle Dawn Sturgeon, 32, of Apple Grove, WV, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at home. She was born September 11, 1979, in Point Pleasant, a daughter of David Leland Sturgeon and Bonnie Lou (Hill) Sturgeon of Apple Grove. She attended the College Hill Church and was a homemaker. Michelle was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Sturgeon; maternal grandparents, Christopher and Louella Hill; and paternal grandparents, Lewis and Maxine Sturgeon. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, David Foster, Taylor Sturgeon, Dakota Bryan, Issac Chandler, Jacob Ogier, Chloe Sturgeon, and Staci Foster; two brothers, Mike (Kimberly) Sturgeon and Chris Sturgeon; four nieces, Natasha Sturgeon, Kaleigh Sturgeon, Nevaeh Sturgeon, and Lilly Sturgeon; and a special aunt, Sonya Eshelman. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home in Point Pleasant with Pastor Darrell

The Putnam Standard Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the Apple Grove Memorial Gardens at Apple Grove. Online condolences may be made at www.wilcoxenfuneralhome.com.

MARY ANN HUDNALL TAYLOR Mary Ann Hudnall Taylor was born January 3, 1948, in Charleston. She passed away unexpectedly at home on March 3, 2012. She was a lifelong resident of West Virginia, graduating from Charleston High School in 1966. Mary Ann recently retired from Jackson Kelly Law offices, where she worked as a legal secretary for almost 33 years. She loved her job and the people she worked with, especially her boss, Gary Hart. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Lea Ferrell Hudnall; father, William Daten Hudnall Sr.; one brother, William "Billy" Daten Hudnall Jr.; sister, Sue Wolfe Hubert; sister, Martha Rowena "Rennie" Hudnall Stone (Lloyd D. Stone Sr.); one nephew, William E. "Bo" Stone; three dogs, Budweiser "Bud" Taylor, Booger Troy and Butch Troy; and three cats, Bill Troy, Sierra Troy and Bandit Troy Taylor. Survivors include one daughter, Malibu Taylor Troy of Charleston; granddaughter, Nicole Troy Myers (Brandon);

and great-granddaughter, Brandi Nicole Myers, whose recent birth made her extremely happy; nephews, Lloyd "Smokey," Martin "Jubie" and Forrest "Cleve" Stone; one niece, Marylee (Pinky/Stone) Wallace; several grand- and great-grand-nieces and nephews; and seven grieving dogs, Blacky Ann Taylor, Smokey Dale Taylor, Sabien Taylor, Hooch Budweiser Booger Troy, Sandi Sara "PeePee" Troy, Jasmine Jasper Troy and Bandi Lou "Cujo" Troy. Mary Ann had various dogs who she loved throughout the years. Her favorite was Bud, whose ashes will be buried with her. Throughout her life, she would put family first above all else. She was known to be a very hard and dedicated worker who took pride in her work. Mary Ann was honest to a fault, sometimes brutally so. Her passing has created a void which cannot ever be filled. Our only consolation is that she was happy, finally able to stay home doing what she enjoyed. Most importantly, Mary Ann knew we loved her deeply and will ever hold her in our hearts. Online condolences may be sent to www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com. She will be deeply loved and missed every day.

Putnam County Schools ranks No.4 inW.Va.SBA Funding By David Payne Sr. davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com

With th e Wes t Vi rgin ia Schoo l B ui l d in g A u th or it y' s December award of $1 million for Con ne r S tr ee t El e men ta r y renov at i o n s, P u t na m C ou n ty sc hool o ffi ci als w i ll h av e a temporary reprieve from SBA grant filing. Meanwhile, construction on numerous county projects continues. “Wit h th e f u n d i n g f o r t his (Conner Street) project,” said Sup eri nt e nd en t C h uc k H a tfield, “there should be no need to go b e fo re t he S B A in th e foreseeable future.” It ha s be en a n ex tr e me ly successful run of applications for the co u n ty. T h a nk s to th e county' s rec en t b l itz o f s u ccessf u l Wes t Vi rg in ia S ch o o l Building A u th o ri ty a pp l ic ations, P u tn am ra n k s N o . 4 amo ng Wes t Vi rg inia ' s 5 5 counties in money drawn from the pro gr am s i n c e it w a s c r eated a little more than 20 years ago.

I n th e S B A ' s h istory, on ly t hr e e c ou nties h ave drawn more money from it: Berkeley ( $ 8 8 mi lli on ) , K anaw ha ($ 72 million) and McDowell ($66.9 million). Of McDowell's fundi ng , $ 3 . 6 million w as fo r e me rg en cy f u n d ing, w hich covers “acts of God,” such as f lo o d- d a mag e d s chools. Putn a m h as h ad n o emergency funding. Kanawha has had $2 million. The SBA was created by the s tate l eg is la tu r e in 19 8 9 to a w ar d s ta te m oney s et aside e a ch y e a r to v a rious s cho ol p ro jec ts th r o u gh o ut the s tate. Since then, Putnam County has s e cu r e d $ 58 mil lion in SB A f un d in g. K an a w ha Cou nty, which has three times as many s tu d e nt s as P u t nam, obtained $72 million in SBA grants during the same time period. B o ard p re s ident C raig S p ic e r s a id th e community played a major role. In 2009, Putnam County vote rs ap p r ov e d a $ 5 6.7 million bond in 2009 for construction a t n ume ro u s s c hoo ls in the county, which is building four

new s cho ols – Winfield M iddle, Poca Middle, Confidence Elementary and Buffalo High, as w ell as con s tructing au x iliary gyms and renovations for Winf ield Elementary, H ur ricane H igh , P o ca Hig h and Winf ield H igh s cho ols. Plan s also include a complete renovatio n f or P oca Elemen tary School. Sin ce 2 00 7 , th e coun ty h as been awarded nearly $33 million in SBA funding, $21 million of that awa rd ed con ting en t o n Pu tnam v oter s passing the bond measure. The county also had considerable success in the preceding fo ur y ear s , w ith $ 3. 9 million in 2003, $9.1 million in 2004, $3 .8 million in 2 00 5 an d $1 million for 2006 – nearly $18 million fo r th at fo u r-y ear period. Spicer said that not only was a gr eat deal of that SB A money tied to passing the 2009 bo n d , the co mmun ity s up po rt sh ow n by su cces sfu l b on d measures helps with other applications as well. “It's just incredible the sup-

po r t th e citizens have s h o wn fo r o u r s cho ols . J us t look at the number of bonds that have failed in o ther counties jus t th is year. This has been very much a community project and we ar e than kf ul for the o v erwh elming s u pport from the citizens of Putnam County,” he said. The new Win f ield M iddle School is funded entirely with SB A f u nding , s aid Chris Campb ell, tr eas ur er. The county was originally awarded more than $21 million for the middle school. “The middle school came in un d er b u dg et, so they ( the SBA) let us use the remainder ($1.7 million) on the auxiliary gym at Winfield Elementary,” Campbell said. Boar d member D ebor ah Phillips said the county applying its o wn money to fu n d co nstr u ction p r ojects as w ell as so un d fis cal management has also made the county's applications more attractive. Spicer agrees. “A large percentage of SBA money has gone to school sys-

tems that h ave p ut s ome s kin in the game,” he s aid. “(The SBA) recognized that our commu nity vo ted to su p por t o ur schools, we invested our own money and had a lot of need.” Brad H odges, as s is tant s u perintendent, said that numero us aging f acilities had been in dire need of updating or rep lacement. Po ca M iddle Scho o l - wh ich is b eing r eplaced - is nearly a century old and expensive to maintain, as were other older schools in the county. The county also had a need for additional classroom sp ace as many stu dents we re in por table clas s ro o ms installed outside the main school b uildin gs . Those ag ing po r tab les were also expensi ve to maintain and are being phased out with the new construction. “This is an exciting time for u s ,” S picer said. “We are going from 86 portable classrooms (in the county) to zero.” Con tact D avid P ayne Sr. at davidpayne@theputnamstandard.com.


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$96 billion in health care bills annually. Nationally, 19.5 percent of high school students smoke, and another 1,000 kids become regular smokers every day. In West Virginia, tobacco use claims 3,800 lives and costs $690 million in health care bills each year. Currently, 21.8 percent of the state’s high school students smoke. Those statistics led RAZE sponsor Bobbi Muto to help students organize the Hurricane Middle School RAZE group in January. While only in existence for a few months, the club has already had an impact with 165 students from the school signed up to be members. “We are one of the largest clubs in the state,” Muto said. “And we are excited to be doing this (Kick Butts) today.” Following the mayor's proclamation Wednesday morning, throughout the day at Hurricane Middle School, other anti-tobacco activities were planned including a graffiti wall that students could write messages on, and a display of posters students made showing the dangers of tobacco use. “We are only one of five schools in the state to do something for today,” said Muto, noting that March 21 was the 17th annual national Kick Butts Day. Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation, Kick Butts Day is an annual celebration of youth

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards (center) talks to students at Hurricane Middle School that are members of the school's RAZE anti-tobacco group. Edwards was at the school on Wednesday, March 21, to declare the day “Kick Butts Day” in the city of Hurricane. Photo by Jack Bailey.

leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco use. At Hurricane Middle School, students involved in the RAZE program take their responsibilities very seriously. Many of the students in the group are involved because they have family members who smoke and they want to help them to stop. Gabriel Sexton, a seventh grader at the school, said that her parents both smoke, although her dad had recently tried to quit. She said that she shared information about the dangers of smoking

with her parents in trying to encourage them to stop. Jaea Masey, also a seventh grader, said that she joined RAZE to help spread the word about the dangers of tobacco use. “I joined RAZE to help spread the word about tobacco and to help prevent people from dying from it,” she said. Eighth grade RAZE crew leader Lee Slate said that the fight against tobacco is also a personal one for him having lost an uncle to smoking related illness. “I want to help keep people from

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards and students listen to RAZE Sponsor Bobbi Muto talk about the group's work in promoting the dangers of using tobacco. While the group has only been in existence at the school for a few months it already has 165 members. Photo by Jack Bailey. smoking,” Slate said. In February, Slate and other Hurricane Middle School RAZE crew members took their fight against tobacco use to the West Virginia Legislature. On Feb. 24, 118 students from Hurricane Middle School participated in Tobacco Free Day activities at the Legislature. As part of the day, Slate and other students met with State Sen. Ron Stollings, who is chair of the Senate Health committee. Another RAZE crew leader, Michael Watson, said that the meeting lasted 30 minutes and was a

positive one. “Sen. Stollings is also a doctor and he told us he supports taxing tobacco,” Watson said. While Wednesday, March 21, was declared “Kick Butts Day” in Hurricane, the members of the RAZE group are set to receive further recognition from the city. Muto said that at the Hurricane City Council Meeting on April 2, the mayor and City Council are to honor RAZE and its members. All of the students and their parents have been invited to attend the council meeting, she said.


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