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County in need of poll workers for May 8 election By Jack Bailey jackbailey@theputnamstandard.com

WINFIELD – Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood said that he is in need of poll workers for the upcoming May 8 primary elections. Wood said that he needs both Republican and Democrat poll workers. “Anyone interested should please contact my office,” Wood said. “This being a presidential election we would like to have a stockpile of workers to draw from.” Wood said that he needs poll workers both to work the polls the day of the primary election and also to man information booths that he plans to set up in high traffic voting areas. Wood said that he thinks the information booths are necessary because of recent redistricting changes so that voters know the proper places to vote. “We can use all of the people we can get,” Wood said. In order to be eligible to be a poll worker, Wood said that you must be a resident of Putnam County, must be 18 years of age and registered to vote. A training session is provided for poll workers before the primary election, Wood said. In addition to performing a civic duty, Wood said that poll SEE ELECTION ON PAGE 3

HOW TO REACH US PHONE: (304) 743-6731 FAX: (304) 562-6214

Putnam players sign to play soccer at Marshall STAFF REPORT HUNTINGTON – A pair of Putnam County natives lead the signing class of the Marshall University men's soccer team announced this week. Tommy Trupo of Scott Depot and Trevor Starcher of Hurricane were among seven signees announced by the Thundering Herd men's soccer team this week. The class is head coach Bob Gray’s 18th since he became leader of the Thundering Herd prior to the 1995 season, and contains players from the West Virginia, national, and international soccer scenes. The class is headlined by Trupo, a two-time West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year that led the state in scoring this past season playing for Charleston Catholic. An NSCAA High School All-American and member of the ODP Regional squad, Trupo is described by Gray as a player with “tremendous upside and loads of speed.” Trupo is the son of Frank and Gail Trupo and plans to major in biology – pre-dentist when he enrolls at Marshall.

Starcher is described by Gray as a strong, physical player who possesses the versatility to play in multiple positions on the field. He is a two-time First-Team AllState midfielder and was named 2010 AAA Midfielder of the Year playing for Hurricane High School. He is the son of John and Dee Starcher. He plans to major in sports management at Marshall. The other player to sign with the Herd from West Virginia is Ian

Lovern. Lovern never played high school ball, instead opting to play club soccer with the Roanoke Star. Like Starcher, Lovern is a versatile player, and will be vying for time out on the wing. “Trevor is a big, strong, aggressive kid with an edge to his game that I like,” said Gray, “and Ian is a tremendously passionate player with a high level of fitness that will let him move up and down the field without tiring.”

“Overall, we’re thrilled to get three quality players from our own state,” said Gray. “It’s been awhile since we were able to snag West Virginia kids who can play at this level, but I strongly believe all three of these guys are more than capable.” The other two American signees are Jack Hopkins of Birmingham, Ala., and Bijan Gloston of Clarksville, Tenn. Hopkins, a SEE SOCCER ON PAGE 3

Putnam County’s unemployment rate up slightly to 6.7 percent By Jack Bailey jackbailey@theputnamstandard.com

CHARLESTON – Putnam County's unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.7 percent in January, but remained ahead of the overall state unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, according to data released last week by WorkForce West Virginia. Overall, 46 counties in West

Virginia reported increased unemployment rates in January, compared to six that reported declining unemployment rates. The five highest county unemployment rates in January were Calhoun (13.2 percent), Roane (12.9 percent), Wirt (12.4 percent), Wetzel (12.1 percent), and Mason (12.0 percent). The lowest county unemployment rate in January was

Monongalia (5.2 percent), followed closely by Jefferson (5.8 percent). In Putnam County, unemployment was up slightly from the 6.4 percent rate reported in December 2011. Year over year, Putnam County's unemployment rate improved more than a full percentage point as it stood at 8.3 percent in January 2011. Overall, Putnam County's total

nonfarm payroll was 19,570 people in January, compared to 19,050 in January 2011. Putnam County had 3,900 people working in the goods producing sector, while 15,670 worked in service industries, according to WorkForce West Virginia. Statewide, West Virginia’s unemployment rate climbed fourSEE JOBS ON PAGE 3

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Page 2 – March 12-16, 2012 Notice On March 5, 2012, council for the City of Hurricane approved changes to the water and sewer tariffs to adhere to the West Virginia Public Service Commission’s Rules and Regulations concerning the city’s water and sewer rates. The approved changes are to increase water and sewer rates by 19.8% for residential, commercial, industrial and other customers. Anyone wishing to review the tariff may contact the utility office at 562-5896.

St. Francis School Open Enrollment St. Francis School, 525 Holley Street, St. Albans is accepting registrations for the 2012-2013 school year for grades preschool through fifth. St. Francis offers a high-quality academic program in a safe, Christian environment. Three-year old and four-year old preschool programs are licensed by DHHR and focus on socialization, language development, and fine and gross motor skills. Students in grades K-5 receive instruction in the core subjects as well as computer, music, art, physical education, Spanish, and character education. Extra curriculum programs include basketball, theater arts, choir, chess and 4th and 5th grade band. St. Francis offers before and after school care programs for children in all grades. Registration forms may be obtained on the school website www.sfswv.com, or by calling the school office at (304) 727-5690.

Order Your Easter Eggs NOW The United Methodist Women of Forrest Burdette United Methodist Women are taking orders for ½ pound Easter Eggs, available in vanilla, coconut, cherry nut, maple nut and the most favorite of all, peanut butter. Each egg is hand decorated. Cost $3.50. The eggs will be available for pick on Saturday, March 31st, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Forrest Burdette United

Community Calendar Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Avenue in Hurricane. Also, on that day, books, crafts, baked goodies and hot dogs will be on sale for the Spring Festival. To place an order, call Jan, 304562-2053 or email your order to jrowsey593@aol.com with the subject Eggs!

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.

Easter Eggs The women of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Nitro are making candy Easter eggs in the following flavors: peanut butter, cherry nut; maple nut, coconut and butter cream. All eggs are half-pound and cost $4.00 each. To place an order please call 304 755-3561. Orders must be placed by March 21st.

math, language arts and science. Your children will enjoy learning in a caring, Christian atmosphere. Please call 304-727-4661 for more information.

University of Charleston announces upcoming Speakers The University of Charleston Speaker Series announces the following schedule: Energy: Who’s Got the Power?? March 27 – “The Power of Coal” – with Kevin Crutchfield, CEO of Alpha Natural Resources April 12 – “Global Power Plays” – with Barry Worthington, Executive Director, U.S. Energy Association All events begin at 6:30 p.m. in Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall, and are free and open to the public. No tickets needed. Details, photos, and speaker bios are available on our website, www.ucwv.edu/speakerseries. For more information, please contact: University of Charleston Office of Communications, (304) 3574716; communications @ucwv.edu.

Putnam County Voter Registration Deadline

Rummage Sale at St. Paul's United Methodist Church

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

When: Saturday - March 17th Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: 20th St, Nitro The youth will be selling hotdogs.

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,

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.

SpeakEasy Singles announces March Events Saturday Morning Bike Rides: March 17th, 24th, and 31st - Bicycle Riders – Meet Jerry & Keith @ University of Charleston @ 10:00am for a casual bike ride through Kanawha City - stop along the way for yard sales...Maybe have lunch at Cracker Barrel and ride back down the back roads by the scenic Kanawha River. Keith @ 304395-0182 or Jerry @ 304-965-1458. Game Night: Tuesday, March 27th - 6:00pm8:00pm at Sandi Kay's Cottage in Kanawha City, WV. Fee: $1.00 (to cover cost of rental). Please RSVP Vicky @ 304-205-4329 or speakeasysingles@suddenlink.net. We will either have Trivia, Mexican Train Game or LCR on this night!! Check the web site www.speakeasysingles.com for more information. DIRECTIONS: Facility is located in Kanawha City in Charleston, behind the Kanawha Mall. Take 50th Street across railroad tracks to Chesterfield Avenue, turn left on Chesterfield, go approximately 1/2 mile. We are located at 5701 Chesterfield Avenue (beside South East Bible Missionary Church). Building is white with red trim. http://www.speakeasysingles.co

m/photos/sandikaycottage Even if you do not want to sponsor an event for the club, please come out and support the person that does sponsor an event. That person spends a lot of time, money and puts a lot effort into making their event a success and it's a disappointment to that person if nobody shows up after all their hard work :-). Meet People, Make Friends, and Have Fun! Find out more about SpeakEasy Singles by visiting their Website: http://www.speakeasysingles.co m, by Voice mail 304-345-7810 for information on activities or you can email speakeasysingles @suddenlink.net. SpeakEasy Singles is also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grou ps/SpeakEasySingles/.

Civil War Weekend Held at Valley (Wave Pool) Park, Hurricane March 23, 24 & 25, 2012 This is going to be the biggest event of the year. You don’t want to miss it. There will be Storytelling, Night firing, Parade Drills, Ladies Tea, Historical Lantern Tour, a Military Ball, Sutlers and Re-enactors who will commemorate the skirmish of Hurricane Bridge and the Battle of Scary Creek. These are just a few of the activities going on. For more information call Putnam County Parks (304)562-0518 ext. 10 or Visitors Bureau at (304) 562-0727.

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.

Ladies Tea - Civil War Weekend March 24, 2012 You are cordially invited to be our guest at a Ladies Tea. All ladies eight years of age and above are welcome to attend. You may bring your favorite tea cup. Three o’clock in the afternoon held in the Valley Park Community Center. Tickets on sale at the Putnam County CVB office (304-562-0727).

The Putnam Standard Sobriety Checkpoint set for Saturday, March 17th There will be a Sobriety Checkpoint conducted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at approximately 2000 hours on West Virginia Route 34 near the Chapman Funeral Home in Teays Valley, WV. The purpose of the checkpoint will be the detection and apprehension of suspected drunken drivers, as well as the enforcement of the traffic laws of the State of WV. The checkpoint will be operated from 2000 hours until 0200 hours for a total of 6 hours.

Civil War Weekend 2012 Dinner & presentation with Abe Lincoln - March 22, 2012 - at the Commons of Putnam County at 6:30pm. Tickets on sale at the Putnam County CVB Office - $20 adults; $10 children 10 & under - or call 304-562-0727.

"Colesmouth" presents St Paddy's Day concert on Saturday, March 17 The Bayer CropScience Colesmouth Concert Series, popularly known as "Colesmouth" presents a St Paddy's Day concert on Saturday, March 17, featuring a "Wee bit of the Celtic Isles in the hills of West Virginia" with the premiere Irish and Celtic super group, the Appalachian Celtic Consort. The Appalachian Celtic Consort performs traditional Scottish and Irish music in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Their music catches the energy of the Celtic ceili, where musicians would gather just for the craic (Craic – pronounced “crack” but meaning “great fun”). Coming to Colesmouth Saturday, May 16, an evening of rockin' hot Blues with Chaz Humley & The Effects Tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $7 for students. Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7.30. Colesmouth is supported by Bayer CropScience, sunvalleymusicgroup, the St. Albans Monthly, the Colesmouth volunteers and the arts enthusiasts that attend the shows. For more info on the Appalachian Celtic Consort, go to: http://acelticconsort.com. For more info on the Colesmouth Concert Series, find us on Facebook.

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.


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Putnam Tech Center hosts Early voting set to begin April 25 in Putnam Career Day on March 29 SUBMITTED ARTICLE ELEANOR -- The Putnam Career & Technical Center is sponsoring a Career Day for high school students, adult students and community members on Thursday, March 29, at the PCTC in Eleanor. Area employers, labor unions and post-secondary school representatives will be in attendance to discuss career opportunities with all participants.

All community members who are seeking employment and/or post-secondary training are encouraged to attend. Times will be 8:50 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. It is suggested that participants dress appropriately and bring resumes with them for potential employers. There are no fees for this service which is a School-to-Work activity.

SOCCER FROM PAGE 1 three-year starter for Vestavia Hills High School, has tallied 59 goals and 31 assists in his tenure there, and was named to the Alabama All-State team in 2011. Gloston is the Herd’s lone goalkeeper signee for the upcoming year, and hails from Clarksville High School where he was AllDistrict and All-County from 2008-11. A member of FC Alliance – one of the top club teams in Tennessee – Gloston is a threetime state and premier league JOBS FROM PAGE 1 tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 percent in January, WorkForce West Virginia reported. The number of unemployed state residents rose 2,400 to 61,600. Statewide, total nonfarm payroll employment declined 16,100, with losses of 3,400 in the goodsproducing sector and 12,700 in the service-providing sector. Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines were led by a seasonal loss of 2,700 in construction. Manufacturing employment dropped 700, while employment in mining and logging was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, declines included 4,100 in government, 3,800 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,900 in educational and health services, 900 in leisure and hos-

ELECTION FROM PAGE 1 workers are also paid for their services. Workers receive $50 for attending the training session and then $150 for working on elec-

champion as the team’s starting goalkeeper. The final two incoming freshmen are Jesus Mafouta and Brandyn Murray of Beaumont, France, and the Caiman Islands, respectively. The sevenfold class will arrive at Marshall this August with hopes of improving the team’s 88-1 record from a season ago. Until their arrival, the Herd will play in seven spring matches this semester.

WINFIELD – Early voting for the May primary election will begin in Putnam County on April 25, according to a schedule released last week by Putnam County Clerk Brian Wood. The voter registration deadline for the May 8 primary is Tuesday, April 17, Wood said. Early voting will begin on Wednesday, April 25, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Early voting will continue as follows: • Thursday, April 26,

from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; • Friday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; • Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 30, from • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; • Tuesday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; • Wednesday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, May 3, from • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; • Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and • Saturday, May 5, from

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, will be the last day for early voting, Wood said. All early voting will take place on the second floor of the Putnam County courthouse in Winfield. On Election Day, May 8, voting will take place at individual precincts throughout the county from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wood said that anyone with any questions should contact his office at (304) 586-0202.

Business Before Business event set for April 5 SUBMITTED ARTICLE SCOTT DEPOT -- The next Business Before Business hosted by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at Husson’s Pizza sponsored by Employers’ Innovative Network, LLC from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 5. Husson’s Pizza is located at 4040 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot.

Business Before Business provides an early morning social, but professional venue for business people to make new contacts and expand their presence in the business community. Participation is open to all Chamber members and their guests. This event is FREE to Chamber members, RSVPs are required. There will be a drawing for a free e-Billboard. Breakfast

pitality, 900 in professional and business services, 500 in other services, 400 in financial activities, and 200 in information. Since January 2011, total nonfarm payroll employment statewide has risen 19,200, with gains of 5,800 in the goods-producing sector and 13,400 in the service-providing sector. Employment gains included 5,300 in government, 3,600 in leisure and hospitality, 3,400 in educational and health services, 3,200 in mining and logging, 2,900 in construction, 1,700 in professional and business services, 300 in other services, and 300 in trade, transportation, and utilities. Employment declines included 1,200 in financial activities and 300 in manufacturing. Information employment was unchanged over the year.

tion day. Wood said that anyone who is interested in becoming a poll worker should contact his office as soon as possible at (304) 5860202.

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will also be included. RSVPs are required by Wednesday, April 4. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, please conthe Chamber at tact 304.757.6510 or chamber@putnamcounty.org. You can also visit the Chamber website at www.putnamcounty.org for up-to-date information on the Chamber events.


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Endowment established at Marshall for local students HUNTINGTON – LivingShield, a home service company based in Bluefield, W.Va., has established an endowment through the Marshall University Foundation that will assist students living in Putnam and surrounding counties. Jeff Livingston of Bluefield, a businessman, contractor, entrepreneur and owner of LivingShield, initiated the fund. “I want to be able to help young students afford college,” Livingston said. “And, I wanted to give back to the people that gave to us.” The first LivingShield scholar-

ships will be awarded in time for the fall 2012 semester. Recipients will be full-time students with financial need, with first preference going to students in the College of Business. “With 73 percent of our undergraduates applying for financial assistance, the Marshall University Foundation is grateful when businesses see the importance of giving back to the areas in which they operate and work,” said Kristi Arrowood, director of foundation development and strategic programs. “Marshall is educating the next generation of employees, employers and entre-

preneurs. We are thrilled that LivingShield recognizes that by educating students today, they are ensuring a strong and capable work force for the future.” To qualify to receive the scholarship, students must have graduated from a high school in Cabell, Kanawha, McDowell, Mercer, Putnam, Raleigh or Summers counties in West Virginia; Lawrence County in Ohio; or Boyd County in Kentucky. LivingShield owner Jeff Livingston, second from right, and Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, right, sign the guidelines for the LivingShield Endowment.

Local students earn scholarships from University of Charleston SUBMITTED ARTICLE CHARLESTON -- The University of Charleston has offered the Welch Colleague scholarship to 33 high school students, including several from Putnam County. Welch Colleagues are students who explore individual leadership styles, working toward a

goal of designing and implementing community change projects. Fifteen of these students will be chosen, gaining the opportunity to work with peers who have similar concerns as well as leaders in nonprofit organizations. The students who have been

offered the scholarship are: • Laura Dent, senior at Hurricane High School in Hurricane; • Gregory Rooper, senior at Hurricane High School in Hurricane; • Angela Burt, senior at Teays Valley Christian School in Scott Depot; • Makenzie Hamrick, senior at

Winfield High School in Winfield; • Andrea Hart, senior at Winfield High School in Winfield. The University of Charleston is an independent, coeducational, comprehensive university located in the heart of West Virginia, serving approximately 1,400 students from 37 states

and 22 countries. The University offers 22 academic undergraduate majors, three master's degrees, and a doctorate in pharmacy. The University's mission is to educate each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement.

Putnam County breakfast, lunch menus for March PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS – CHILD NUTRITION BREAKFAST/LUNCH MENU Monday, March 19: Yogurt & Granola LUNCH: Beef-a-Roni, Caesar Salad, Fresh Melon Cup, Wheat Roll/Milk

Tuesday, March 20: Potato Rounds/Toast LUNCH: Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla, Lettuce/Tomato, Mandarin Oranges, Spanish rice/Refried Beans/ Milk

Sticks LUNCH: Salisbury steak w/Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Honey Carrot Coins, Kiwi Slices/Fruit Cocktail, Wheat Breadstick/Milk

Wednesday, March 21: Waffle

Thursday, March 22: Egg & Cheese Burrito LUNCH: Turkey & Cheese on a Bun, Romaine Lettuce/Tomato, Quick Baked Potato, Strawberries & Bananas, Royal Brownie/Milk

March Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to ALL Happy Belated 2nd Birthday Chelsea Grace Setliff Thelma Hutchinson Arron Chapman Sharon Morrison Austin Morrison Andy “A.J.” Jones Ed Adkins Sheila Rolfe Walter Meadows Mary Adkins Shirley Rolfe Dewey Lewis Clyde Bess Jr. Corinthia Cunningham – Joyce Bostic (March 9th) Janit Bowen Judy Hicks (March 12th) Alvie Clark Kim Zimmerman (March 12th) Chad Clark Marissa Sargent Rebecca Copley Dennis Bowen Cookie Easter Arron Chapman Mona Evans

If you - or someone you know - will be celebratrating a birthday in the coming months... Call 304-743-6731 and give us their name - OR just email the information to trudyblack@theputnamstandard.com

Friday, March 23: Sausage Biscuit

LUNCH: Pizza, Spinach Salad, Pineapple Tidbits, Sugar Cookie/Milk

rito, Lettuce/Tomato, Corn, Fresh Grapes, Tortilla Chips & Salsa/Milk

Monday, March 26: Breakfast Pizza LUNCH: Hamburger on a Bun, R o m a i n e Lettuce/Tomato/Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Baked Beans, Carrot Cake/Milk

Thursday, March 29: Banana Muffin/Yogurt LUNCH: Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Fresh Orange Wedges, Sliced Pears, Wheat Roll/Milk

Tuesday, March 27: Bagel w/Cream Cheese LUNCH: Chicken Teriyaki Nuggets, Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Kale, Fresh Strawberries, Cornbread Muffin/Milk Wednesday, March 28: Scrambled Eggs, Canadian Bacon/Toast LUNCH: Beef & Cheese Bur-

Friday, March 30: French Toast Sticks LUNCH: Ham & Cheese on a Bun, Potato Wedges, Carrots & Celery w/Dip, Warm sliced Apples/Milk DAILY BREAKFAST CHOICES ASSORTED CEREAL/JUICE/FRESH FRUIT/YOGURT/WW TOAST/MILK DAILY LUNCH CHOICES – ASSORTED FRESH FRUITS/VEGETABLES ON THE SALAD BAR MENU ITEMS ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.


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Cross Lanes woman seeks relief from judge’s order that left her homeless By Lawrence Smith www.wvrecord.com

CHARLESTON -- A Cross Lanes woman is alleging a family law judge abused his authority by ordering her eviction from her home, and custody of her children reverted to her ex-husband after she sought medical treatment for her daughter. Angela Basham on Feb. 27 filed a writ of prohibition against Family Law Judge Robert Montgomery in Kanawha Circuit Court. In her writ, Basham, asked that Judge James C. Stucky prohibit enforcement of Montgomery's Feb. 23 ex parte order granting temporary occupancy of her home, and custody of her three children to their father, George Basham, after she kept her daughter home from school for medical reasons. According to the writ,

Basham's daughter, Emily, was brought before Kanawha Magistrate Ward Harshbarger for a preemptive truancy hearing at Nitro High School on Feb. 9 "due to [her] absences during the 201112 school year." The hearing was held three days after Chief Circuit Judge Louis H. "Duke" Bloom announced Harshbarger would be replaced as the juvenile referee for comments he made about sexting on Jan. 27 to an assembly at nearby St. Albans High School. A juvenile referee is one magistrate in each county designed to hear juvenile matters including truancy. Traci Caper-Strickland replaced Harshbarger in that role. During the hearing, Harshbarger ordered Emily not miss another day of school "excused or unexcused, for the remainder of the year." Additionally, he instructed Genel Austin, the

Kanawha County Board of Education's attendance supervisor, to notify the court if Emily was absent again, and informed Emily she would be removed from Basham's home if she was. According to the writ, Basham kept Emily from school Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 22 due to an unspecified "recurrent medical condition." On Thursday, Feb. 23, Rena Seidler, the court-appointed guardian ad litem, moved for an emergency change of custody fearing Angela's violation of Harshbarger's order would make Emily a ward of the state. In her motion, Seidler reported Emily was absent from school not only on Feb. 21 and 22, but also Monday, Feb. 20. No classes were held that day in observance of President's Day, a federal holiday. Though Angela was able to provide a note from Emily's doc-

tor as to the reason for the absences, Montgomery on Feb. 23 granted Seidler's motion, and ordered her to vacate her home on Brier Road so that George, who lived on Brannon Street in East Bank, could move in, and assume custody of Emily and their two other children. According to the writ, Angela was forced to move out on only 30 minutes notice. On Friday, Feb. 24, Angela's cocounsel, Brian R. Swiger, attempted to reach Montgomery, unsuccessfully, as his office. The following Monday, Swiger attempted to schedule a motion for reconsideration. Because of his "extraordinarily docket, Montcongested" gomery's secretary informed Swiger a ruling on his motion might not be available for up to 20 days. Nevertheless, the writ states a hearing was scheduled for March 12.

Until then, Basham asked Stucky to grant her writ so she could return to her home as Montgomery's order left her temporarily homeless. Also, she asked that the writ also prohibit Austin from taking any more actions related to Harshbarger's order. Records show, Stucky held a hearing on the writ on Feb. 29. Earlier that day, Montgomery filed a response in which he said, among other things, Swiger, and other attorneys, Basham's Jonathan P. Floyd and Julia Shalhoup, filed the writ prematurely as he instructed his office to give them the options of for a motion for reconsideration in the form of "an evidentiary hearing, a telephonic hearing or a ruling without the necessity of a hearing." As of presstime, Stucky had yet to issue a ruling. Kanawha Circuit Court case number 11-MISC-124

Google to host workshop in Charleston to help small businesses CHARLESTON -- U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has announced that Google, at his invitation, will hold a one-day workshop in Charleston next week to provide access to a free website and other tools designed to help small businesses in West Virginia establish an online presence. This Google-led program, called "West Virginia Get Your Business Online," is dedicated to driving economic growth by providing West Virginia businesses with the tools and resources to get online and grow. It will give businesses access to a free and

easy-to-build professional website from Intuit; a free customized domain name and hosting service for one year; a local business listing; and free tools, resources, and trainings. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, March 19 at the Clay Center in Charleston. The event is the latest in a series of small business events Rockefeller has hosted this year, part of a renewed emphasis on helping West Virginia's business owners expand their markets, find new opportunities, and create jobs. "This is an exciting opportu-

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Speaker tells Putnam Rotary about visiting Cuba TEAYS VALLEY -- "You can't just go to Cuba because you want to go on a tourist trip," says Charleston entrepreneur Matt Coleman. "You have to have a reason." This largest Caribbean island, 100 miles from Key West, Florida, and some 200 miles from Miami, has few tourists from the United States. A blockade against Cuba has been in place since 1960 when its government "nationalized" American properties in the country. "There are no electronic transactions," Coleman told the Putnam County Rotary Club at a recent meeting. "No credit card use. Cell phones don't work. You can't get e-mail through the hotel's internet service." Coleman recently joined seventeen fellow members of the Young Presidents Organization for a three-day visit to Havana,

Charleston entrepreneur Matt Coleman recently spoke to the Putnam Rotary Club about his experiences visiting Cuba. Cuba's largest city and its capital. "Our reason for going would have to be educational, artistic. In our case, it was 'medical.' "We took over-the-counter medications to Cuba, and we took a couple of hundred pounds

worth. "We had them shipped to Miami and then we had a bag that we put in each piece of luggage. You could take seven pounds each -- or eight -- however it worked out. "Cuba has a great need for meds that they just can't get. They might produce pharmaceuticals for export, but they don't usually have access to Tums. "Why did I go? It seemed like a chance to go and see what was there and what this embargo is about. "Cuba is inching toward free enterprise," Coleman said. "Small private enterprises are starting to grow. "And the people we met, the people on the street -- very, very pleasant. "The governments may not know how to communicate, but the people do.

"English starts in the third grade there as a primary language. They have Spanish and English throughout the educational process. They spend a lot of time and effort on education," he said. "They export physicians. They export athletes. They export pharmaceuticals." In a roundabout way, according to Coleman, Cuba does billions of dollars worth of business with the United States. "We sell them food products -grains and wheat." But it has to be hard currency, cash up front. "You've got to come get it with somebody else's boat because a Cuban boat can't come to the United States anymore than a US shipping flag vessel can deliver to Cuba. It's a weird relationship. "They control the exchange rate. You give them a hundred US dollars, they give you back $87.

There is a 13 percent charge. And if you want your money back when you leave, it's three percent more. "Everyone you talk to who has been [to Cuba] has gone through Canada or Mexico or from European countries. We took a direct flight from Miami on a 737. "We went with a planeload of Cuban-Americans who have much more freedom now to go back and forth, and to transfer funds. "They need the embargo lifted," said Coleman, "because, in my opinion, they're missing out on tons of opportunities. "If the embargo were lifted tomorrow, they couldn't handle the amount of tourist dollars that would flow from the United States. "Things are steadily changing, but very slowly. They have so much opportunity."

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month. One workshop is designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses and the other for existing and mature businesses. The workshops are: • 9 a.m. to noon: “Business Fundamentals” is designed specifically for people who are thinking of starting a business, or have had a business for one year or less. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35 per person fee per workshop. • 1 to 4 p.m.: “Sustainable Growth” is designed for existing and mature businesses in operation for a year or more. The workshop provides essential information for what a business owner needs to know to build, expand or refresh a business. There is a $35 per person fee per workshop. Both workshops will be held in the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Route 34, Winfield. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at (304) 957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov. Registration is required at least two days in advance. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


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Community News

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New book tells the history of Putnam County in pictures By Jack Bailey jackbailey@theputnamstandard.com

SCOTT DEPOT – The Upper Vandalia Historical Society has published a new pictorial history of Putnam County. Called “We Love to Tell the Stories – A Pictorial History of Putnam County” the book came out in late February and has already sold several hundred copies. “We started talking about this over a year ago,” said Cheryl Wintz Withrow, president of the Upper Vandalia Historical Society. “And the more we talked about it we decided, 'We can do this. We have to do this.'” The Upper Vandalia Historical Society was co-founded by Withrow's father, and 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the society. The book began as part of the society's 50th anniversary celebration. In all, the 150 page book features 275 black and white photographs from all around Putnam County. Pamela Pierce-Simms edited the book and performed the legwork necessary to bring it all to-

(From left) Pamela Pierce-Simms and Cheryl Wintz Withrow display a copy of the new book “We Love to Tell the Stories – A Pictorial History of Putnam County.” The new book was published by the Upper Vandalia Historical Society and retails for $15. Photo by Jack Bailey gether. She said that she started with approximately 1,500 photographs and worked through them all to make sure that a good cross section of the county and its history were represented. “The book starts at the courthouse, and then goes alphabetically by town through Putnam County,” Pierce-Simms said. “I

started by bringing a scanner to the Society's quarterly meetings and scanning photographs that members brought in.” From there, Pierce-Simms began taking road-trips throughout the county. “I have met lots of interesting people in putting this together,” Pierce-Simms said. “There are lots of interesting people in Put-

nam County with such good stories to tell, and people are just so willing to talk if you just ask.” Pierce-Simms said that she collected so many interesting stories that she is already planning on putting together a second book. “I've learned so much about Putnam County. It has just been so interesting,” she said. From the start at the courthouse, the book features photographs from Bancroft, Black Betsy, Buffalo, Confidence, Eggleton, Eleanor, Frazier's Bottom, Hurricane, Liberty, Midway, Morgan's Landing, Nitro, Paradise, Pliny, Plymouth, Poca, Raymond City, Red House, Robertsburg, Rock Branch, Scott Depot and Winfield. The Society worked with The Printing Press in Charleston who did the printing work for the book. Working with a local printer gave them the flexibility to print shorter runs of the book on an as needed basis. A first run of 200 copies of the book sold out quickly, and a second order of 200 additional copies was picked up last week. The book sells for

$15. “We Love to Tell the Stories” is available at several locations around Putnam County including the Buffalo Diner in Buffalo, the gift shop at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, Hurricane City Hall, Charleston Blueprint, Beth's Massage in Hurricane, Nitro City Hall, Town & County Feed and Seed in Rock Branch, Gatens Harding Funeral Home, Cut 'N Curl in Poca, Mr. Holeshots in Poca, Teays Valley Hardware, Crede Lawn and Tractor, Kitchens Unlimited in Scott Depot, Gunters Logoworks in Winfield, Roy Kuhl Sports in Winfield and First Hair Care in Winfield. The book is also available directly from Withrow. She can be reached at (304) 760-2121. The Upper Vandalia Historical Society meets quarterly (January, April, July and October) at the Putnam County Board of Education office in Winfield. The meetings are held the last Sunday of the month and begin at 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://freepages.history.rootswe b.ancestry.com/~vandalia/.


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