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Students recognized for their art SUBMITTED ARTICLE TEAYS VALLEY -- Putnam County students displayed their winning artwork at The Commons in Hurricane as a culmination of Putnam County’s Youth Art Month activities. Students from all elementary, middle and high schools participated in fairs at the school level before competing countywide at the art show in March. Superintendent of Schools Chuck Hatfield believes the arts are a vital part of the student experience. “We know there’s a correlation between the arts and academic achievement, but besides that, students who participate [in the arts] are more engaged in their schooling, more satisfied with their learning, and more likely to complete high school,” he stated. “Maybe more importantly, the arts give kids an opportunity to develop their unique talents,” he said. The following teams and students were winners in the county art competition: Pre-K to First Grade Best of Show-Kaya TolerEastbrook Elementary 2nd Place-Brooks IsaacsonEastbrook Elementary 3rd Place-Trasean SpiveyGeorge Washington Elementary

Students provide living history lesson at Civil War Weekend By Jack Bailey

TEAYS VALLEY – Cadets of the Western Virginia Military Academy spent this past weekend providing visitors to the 15th annual Civil War Weekend at Valley Park in Hurricane a living history lesson in what life was like during that era in our nation's history. The Cadets are a group of middle students from throughout Cabell County that have a real interest in learning more about our nation's history, said the group's sponsor Mike Sheets, a sixthgrade social studies teacher at Huntington Middle School. While most Cabell County school students enjoyed a week of leisure last week during their spring break, the Cadets spent Friday helping to teach eighth graders from Putnam County military academy drills as part of the annual Civil War Weekend at Valley Park. “This is the third event we have done this school year,” Sheets said. “We are helping with the educational program here, teaching military school drills.” About 15 Cadets came to the Civil War Weekend at Valley Park, and Sheets said that overall there are about 40 students who par-

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ticipate in the activities of the Western Virginia Military Academy. While the Cadets are for boys who are interested in history, there is also a companion girl's group known as Lizzie Cabell's Finishing School for Young Ladies. Several young ladies who are part of the group dressed in period dresses were also at Valley

Park on Friday. The girl's group is relatively new, Sheets said, while the boys group began five years ago. “We started with absolutely nothing,” Sheets said, “But we still had 10 to 13 guys show up.” From those humble beginnings, the Academy Cadets have grown into a full-blown re-enactor unit.

At the Civil War Weekend, Cadets wore period clothing consisting of dress caps, dark jackets and brown paints. The Cadets carried replica muskets as well as water canteens and other gear. Both the Cadets and the Finishing School are based at HuntSEE CADETS ON PAGE 10

State mortgage victims may receive up to $2,000



Mike Sheets leads the Cadets of the Western Virginia Military Academy in a series of drills Friday at Valley Park in Hurricane. The Cadets are middle school students from throughout Cabell County that re-enact a period in American history just prior to the Civil War. Photo by Jack Bailey.

CHARLESTON - Chief Deputy Attorney General Fran Hughes said West Virginia residents who were affected by the recent multistate mortgage settlement might see more than $2,000.

State attorneys general, federal officials and the country's five largest mortgage servicers reached a $25 billion settlement. West Virginia is set to receive about $33 million of that money. Of that, an immediate estimated payment of $2,000 will go to each state homeowner who lost his or

her home to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011. Also, more than $18 million will go to loan modifications and benefits to state homeowners currently in default or foreclosure. And more than $5 million will go to free refinancing for "underwater" homeowners -- that is, those

who are still current on their payments but are struggling. Another $6 million will go to foreclosure and mortgage assistance and prevention programs in the state. On Tuesday, Hughes said $1 million of the money will go for SEE MORTGAGE ON PAGE 3


Page 2 – March 19-23, 2012 Song & Praise Service On Sunday, March 25, 2012 The Whisnants will be at Rock Branch Independent Church located at 133 Cross Lanes Drive Nitro, WV at 7:00pm for a FREE Song & Praise service. A love offering will be taken. For more information contact the church at 304-755-1364.

HHS Band Boosters to host Longaberger Basket Bingo The Hurricane High School Band Boosters will host a Longaberger Basket Bingo on March 24th in the HHS Commons. Doors will open at 5pm and bingo will start at 6pm. All baskets will be filled. Cost is $20 to play 20 regular bingo games, with 5 special games at $1 per card. Concessions will be available. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used for routine band expenses (such as band camp, instrument repair and replacement, care of uniforms) for our 2012 season.

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

Literacy Volunteers of Putnam County Would you like to make a difference? Do you know someone who needs help with reading? Become a literacy volunteer and help adults improve their basic academic skills. We will teach you how to help others through our free 10 hour training session which will give you the skills you need. Call 304-757-1550.

South Charleston Public Library to hold Monthly Meeting The South Charleston Public Library Board will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The agenda is available at the library. The public is welcome to attend.

Community Calendar 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.

Spring Bazaar The Buffalo Nazarene Church will have a Spring Bazaar on Saturday, March 24, 10 AM – 3 PM. Homemade candy and desserts, hot dogs, baked beans, potato or macaroni salad. Eat in or carry out. Everyone Welcome.

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.

Maintenance Position Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking a qualified individual to fill the position of Maintenance Worker. The position is full time, hourly with benefits. The successful applicant must be willing to perform a variety of maintenance tasks on an individual and collective basis. Experience in construction, plumbing and electrical work is helpful. To obtain a job description and application form, visit our web site at 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 23, 2012.

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.

National Medal of Honor Day The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. This is the only award presented by the President in the name of Congress. As a Patriotic American there are things that you can do to commemorate this day: Fly your flag and remember our heroes.

Instructors Needed Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is looking for instructors to teach classes. If anyone has a trade and would like to teach a class please contact the park office at (304)5620518 ext. 10.

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

PCTC Career Day Putnam Career & Technical Center is sponsoring a Career Day for high school students, adult students and community members on Thursday, March 29th, 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 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-toWork activity.

Free Scrapbooking Classes Free Scrapbooking classes “On a Budget” are held at Hometown Senior Center every Monday & Thursday at 10 a.m. For more information, call 304-586-2745.

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

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.

PCTC Adult Learning Center provides Academic Remediation Students prepare for various types of testing including ACT, GED, and LPN. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Friday. For more info. call 5862411.

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, For more information, please contact: University of Charleston Office of Communications, (304) 3574716; communications

Photography Class – (Tuesday’s) May 10 – June 14, 2012 Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting a photography class instructed by Dusty Hurley starting May 10 thru June 14, 2012. Class will be on Tuesday’s from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. Located in the Commons of

The Putnam Standard Putnam County. For more information or to register please contact Dusty at 586-0201. You may also register on her link at

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 Burdette United Forrest 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 with the subject Eggs!

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

Marita Sodaro named to Dean's List at Grove City College Marita Sodaro, a junior Early Childhood Education major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean's List with Distinction for the fall 2011 semester. Marita is a 2008 graduate of Teays Valley Christian School and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Sodaro from Scott Depot, WV. Students eligible for the Dean's List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the Dean's List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Dean's List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0. Founded in 1876, Grove City College stands on its founding ideals of faith and freedom, made possible by an unwavering commitment to Christian principles and rigorous academics at a price within the reach of families with modest means. The College, located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, Pa., has an enrollment of 2,500 students and teaches the liberal arts, sciences and engineering. It is an advocate of the free market economic system and accepts no federal funding. Tuition is about half the national average for private colleges.

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MORTGAGE FROM PAGE 1 Legal Aid West Virginia to do home mortgage modifications. "We have what we call a SWAT team of people going directly into the communities for this," she said. "We're going into community centers, bringing equipment and helping you do a modification there on the spot. We're going to help people get all of this stuff ready to try to expedite a response to the modification request." Hughes said that, depending on circumstances, the AGs office hopes to give affected homeowners a little bonus in addition to the $2,000 promised in the settlement. "We hope to give the rest back to people who have lost their homes, to supplement the $2,000," Hughes said. "As of right now, we haven't been given the final tally of exactly how much money the state will get. But we're planning to supplement the homeowners. We're hoping to, anyway." Hughes said the efforts on this project right now are focusing on Kanawha, Putnam and other large counties as well as the eastern Panhandle. "That's where most of the mortgage problems are," she said, adding that the AGs office soon will set up a satellite office in the eastern Panhandle. "We'll have a lawyer from legal services in the office," she said. "We're using some of the mortgage settlement money for that because there are so many mortgage issues over there, and they need a satellite office. "We're hoping by April 1 to have the office up and running. Mortgage money is paying for this. We haven't configured the whole office yet, but we plan on rotating staff there. We'll have paralegals, a secretary, a lawyer or two. One person working with us from Legal Aid will be operating out of that office. We'll have different lawyers there from our Consumer Protection Division. We're not going to hire one person and leave

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him or her there." Earlier this month, Attorney General Darrell McGraw and Assistant AG Heather Connolly talked about the mortgage settlement on "The Law Works" on West Virginia PBS. "We reviewed the claims and the investigations, and found out that the banks were wrong and that they were going to pay," Connolly said. "But it's not a perfect settlement." Connolly said she found that in most, if not all, cases, it was not that homeowners bought too much home. "The value simply went down, or they experienced some sort of financial hardship," she said. "That's the beauty of this settlement. As long as you can show the ability to pay, you don't have to pay for a refinance and banks can't consider that negative equity against you when refinancing." McGraw said the multistate settlement -- which only covers those mortgages held by the five banks, not Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac -- is not a "get out of jail free" card for the banks. The agreement institutes new protections for homeowners and nationwide reforms to mortgage servicing standards. "The banks treated those customers who needed modification very badly," Connolly said. She explained that when the banks received bailout money from the federal government in 2008, they were required to consider applicants for loan modification. "Quite frankly, it was a horrendous mess," she said. "There was no borrower's bill of rights, documents were lost and you never talked to the same person twice." Basically, the government bailed out the banks, but the banks refused to bail out borrowers, she said. "Some people were helped, but not many. Maybe less than half," Connolly said.

McGraw noted that of the 5 million homeowners who qualified for modification, only about 1 million actually received some type of relief. Both Connolly and McGraw said they can't figure out why the banks, who are in the business of selling money and not selling real estate, wouldn't have made more of an effort to modify borrowers' loans. "It just didn't make good business sense," Connolly said. "It's something we're all still scratching our heads as to why." However, the settlement still leaves the door open for tough legal remedies for mortgage-related misconduct. "It's not addressing everything and every wrong that happened with the housing financial crisis," McGraw said. "If there are other mistakes or misdirection in the loan process, you're not giving up your rights." Typically, when an individual receives money in a settlement he or she would have to release all claims against that company. "No personal causes of action are released, period," McGraw said. Individuals still have the right, in this case, to hire an attorney and take action against one of the banks, he said. "With the housing crisis precipitating three or four years ago, now, the attorneys general were frustrated and angry because of all the fragmentation that existed," McGraw said. "So we decided to ban together to do a national program." The attorney general said it was necessary to recruit the federal government, including the Department of Justice and Department of Housing and Urban Development, because four of the five banks are considered nationally chartered banks. "And state attorneys general have no jurisdiction over nationally chartered banks," he explained.

The probe began in October 2010 with inquiries into so-called "robosigning" practices. Later, it broadened into identifying and addressing additional alleged improper foreclosure practices. Connolly explained that foreclosure documents, which required notarized affidavits, were instead being falsified by the banks. "The number of foreclosures was so great, the banks couldn't keep up," she said. Some were simply stamping signatures, she said. WEST VIRGINIA FORECLOSURES Though most states -- called judicial foreclosure states -- require such documents before foreclosing, West Virginia is not one of them, Connolly noted. West Virginia is a deed of trust state. "You're not entering into a mortgage but a deed of trust," she said. "Basically, if you default on your loan, the bank can auction it off on the courthouse steps." Ringer explained that a deed of trust means that the bank holds the title in trust so long as the homeowner pays his or her bill. "They own your property and hold it for you as long as you pay your debt. If you stop doing that, there are some notice requirements, but then they can auction it off," Connolly said. "It's a pretty easy process for them. There are some protections, of course, but it's still a pretty easy process." For more information on the settlement or to obtain forms to make a claim, contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-3688808 or visit the office's website,

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Red House woman files asbestos suit By Kyla Asbury

CHARLESTON -- A Red House woman is suing 52 companies she claims are responsible for her husband's lung cancer and death. On Jan. 5, 2010, Wilber E. Wysong was diagnosed with lung cancer, from which he died on Feb. 28, 2010, according to a complaint filed Feb. 27 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Janet Mae Wysong claims her husband was exposed to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing products during his employment as a laborer and operator from 1951 until 1990. The defendants are being sued based on theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, intentional tort, conspiracy, misrepresentations and post-sale duty to warn, according to the suit. Janet Wysong claims the de-

fendants failed to warn her husband of the dangers of exposure to asbestos. Janet Wysong is seeking a jury trial to resolve all issues involved. She is being represented by Bronwyn I. Rinehart, Victoria L. Antion and Scott A. McGee. The case has been assigned to a visiting judge. The 52 companies named as defendants in the suit are 3M Company; A.W. Chesterton Company; Bechtel Corporation; Borg-Warner Corporation; Catalytic Construction Company; Caterpillar, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Columbus McKinnon Corporation; Crane Co.; Dravo Corporation; Eaton Corporation; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; FMC Corporation; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; General Electric Company; Genuine Parts Company; Goulds Pumps; Grinnell LLC; Hercules, Inc.; Honeywell International, Inc.; I.U.

North America, Inc.; IMO Industries Inc.; Industrial Holdings Ingersoll-Rand Corporation; Company; ITT Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Morgan Engineering Systems, Inc.; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; P&H Mining Equipment, Inc.; Rapid American Corporation; Reading Crane and Engineering Company; Riley Power, Inc.; Rust Constructors, Inc; Rust Engineering & Construction, Inc.; Rust International, Inc.; Schneider Electric; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; The Alliance Machine Company; The Gage Company; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Uniroyal, Inc.; United Conveyer Corporation; United Engineers & Constructors and Washington Group International; Vimasco Corporation; Yarway Corporation; and Zurn Industries, LLC.

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Emergency loans available to Putnam County farmers Alfred J. Lewis, West Virginia Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, has announced the designation of Jackson County in West Virginia for FSA Emergency (EM) Loans. “Jackson County was designated for Emergency Loans by the Secretary of Agriculture because of damages caused by excessive rain and flooding beginning Nov. 21, 2011, and November 23, ending 2011,”stated Lewis. “This designation was made to enable FSA to provide assistance to those farm families who suffered severe losses as a result of the excessive rain and flooding,” he added. “Public Law 98-258 provides for counties that are contiguous to another county that has been designated as a disaster area, to also be eligible for EM Loans,” stated Lewis. Kanawha, Mason,

Putnam, Roane, Wirt, and Wood Counties are contiguous to one or more of the designated counties and are therefore eligible for assistance,” Lewis explained. To be eligible for an Emergency Loan, the farmer must have suffered at least a 30 percent production loss or a physical loss, be able to evidence adequate repayment ability and be unable to obtain adequate credit from other sources. Loans to one operation are limited to $500,000 outstanding principal balance at any one time or the amount of the calculated loss, whichever is less. Loans are also limited to owners and/or operators of not larger than family-sized farming operation. Farmers in the eligible counties may apply for EM Loans through Nov. 6, 2012.

State foresters issue guidelines for burning outdoors CHARLESTON – A windy March day is great for flying a kite, but not for burning brush. That’s why state foresters are asking residents to be extremely cautious this month with outdoor fires. “One spark can easily start a forest fire,” said Assistant State Forester Walt Jackson. “Help us keep the woods safe by using common sense and not burning

debris on windy days.” Since Jan. 1, foresters have recorded 148 forest fires throughout West Virginia. Half of those fires, 74, were caused by sparks from debris fires or the escape of the fires themselves. The second leading cause of forest fires in 2012 is equipment use that has led to 32 fires. Arson or incendiary fires account for 26 fires so far this year.

March Birthdays!

Happy Birthday to ALL

Donna Gibson Josh Linville Joan Adkins Samantha Neese Shannae Ratliff Cameron Shinn Patrick Rolfe Carolyn Meadows Judie Allen Sara Bailey Beverley Ball Brenda Bassett Olin Bird Charlette Chester David Clark Richie Dailey

Ronnie Davis Thomas Dawson Martha Fletcher Trena Flora Larry Foster Illya Harrell Gary Sargent Annette Chapman Jason Drown Taylor Adkins Marilyn Harris Tommy Harbour Arbutus Higginbotham Mary Hight Mary Hudnall Derek Hutchinson

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

Jackson offered several tips to keep down fire danger when burning outdoors. •Burn only after 5 p.m. — it’s the law — and put your fire out completely by 7 a.m. •Put debris in several small piles instead of one large one •Never burn on dry, windy days •Select a safe place away from overhead power lines, phone

lines or other obstructions and where the fire cannot spread into the woods or weedy or brushy areas •Clear at least a 10-foot area around the fire and make sure the area is clear of all burnable material •Have water and tools on hand to extinguish anything that may escape the burn area •Be conscientious of neighbors

and don’t burn debris that produces a lot of smoke at times when smoke does not rise. If the smoke spreads out near the ground instead of rising, put out the fire and burn another time. •Stay with the fire at all times until it is completely out. Leaving a fire unattended for any length of time is illegal. •Call 911 immediately if a fire does escape.

Special Easter Bunny to visit Huntington Mall SUBMITTED ARTICLE BARBOURSVILLE – JeffersonWhitney, a Hurricane based insurance, investment and financial planning firm that

Small Fruits Workshops Join us for a FREE 5-part workshop series to learn how to grow your own fresh fruit, even in your own backyard. The information is pertinent to any grower looking to grow his or her own small fruits. Workshops are made possible by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the West Department of Agriculture. Schedule March 27 - Grapes April 3 -Fruit Trees

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places an increased focus on those with special needs, is sponsoring Special Easter Bunny at The Huntington Mall in Barboursville. This event will be held in the Community room Saturdays March 24 and 31 from 9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Special Easter Bunny is geared towards families with children with special needs.

Eliminating the busy mall environment and providing a more calm experience will help families continue the tradition of visiting the Easter Bunny.] Photos and a special gift will be provided to participants. JeffersonWhitney is located at 3466 Teays Valley Rd. and serves clients throughout the tri-state area. For more information, please v i s i t or call Stacie Thomas at (304) 3976517.

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Barbershop quartet entertains Putnam Rotary Club 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 meet's 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 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 Thun-

"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. derTones 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 'barber-

shop' 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.

Business Before Business event Putnam Tech Center hosts set for April 5 at Husson’s Pizza Career Day on March 29 SUBMITTED ARTICLE SCOTT DEPOT -- The next Business Before Business event hosted by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at Husson’s Pizza sponsored by Employers’ Innovative Network, LLC from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 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

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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 will also be included. RSVPs are required by Wednesday, April 4. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, please con-

tact the Chamber at 304.757.6510 or You can also visit the Chamber website at for up-to-date information on the Chamber events.

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. All community members who are seeking employment and/or post-secondary training are en-

couraged 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.

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April 3 lecture to focus on presidential stops in West Virginia SUBMITTED ARTICLE CHARLESTON – “Presidential Whistle Stops in West Virginia” will be the topic of discussion for a lecture at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Retired newspaperman Bob Withers of Huntington will deliver the free talk and the public is invited to participate in the presentation. In 1996, Withers was aboard the train that President Bill Clin-

ton rode from Huntington, W.Va., to Indiana during the president’s whistle-stop trip to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. As a young boy, Withers watched as presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower passed through Huntington by train in 1952. These are just two of the many memories Withers will relate. Withers retired from the Huntington Herald-Dispatch in 2007 after a 38-year career as a re-

porter and copy editor. He has written and edited several books, dozens of freelance magazine articles, and hundreds of newspaper articles about railroads, steamboats, and historical subjects. His first book, The President Travels by Train, was published in 1996 and he has kept it up to date with a supplement that can be inserted into the book. A charter member of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, Withers has

served as recording secretary, president and chapter chaplain. He was active with the restoration of the passenger car “Emerald Waters” and regularly volunteers at the chapter’s outdoor museum in Huntington. Withers also co-chaired the chapter’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009 and compiled its 50-year history. In 2011, Withers was the recipient of a History Hero award from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

On April 3, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the workshop, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail at or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

Putnam County breakfast, lunch menus for March PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS – CHILD NUTRITION BREAKFAST/LUNCH MENU 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 Tuesday, March 27: Bagel w/Cream Cheese LUNCH: Chicken Teriyaki Nuggets, Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Kale, Fresh Strawberries, Cornbread Muffin/Milk Wednesday, March 28: Scram-

Eggs, Canadian bled Bacon/Toast LUNCH: Beef & Cheese Burrito, Lettuce/Tomato, Corn, Fresh Grapes, Tortilla Chips & Salsa/Milk Thursday, March 29: Banana Muffin/Yogurt LUNCH: Lasagna, Caesar

Salad, Fresh Orange Wedges, Sliced Pears, Wheat Roll/Milk Friday, March 30: French Toast Sticks LUNCH: Ham & Cheese on a Bun, Potato Wedges, Carrots & Celery w/Dip, Warm sliced Apples/Milk


Local host families need for foreign exchange students SUBMITTED ARTICLE Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester program

homestays, and the sponsoring organization, Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E), needs a few more local hosts.

LOCAL DIRECTORY Main Office • 2761 Main Street, Hurricane 304-562-9931 • 304-562-2642 (fax)

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Americans mentor international teenagers and provide a caring environment, a room and daily meals. P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests

and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student information to select the perfect match. There is no such thing as a typical host family. One can be mar-

ried, single, retired, with children or no children. The international teenagers are ages 15-18 years old, have their own spending money, are academically strong, speak English well enough to attend a public high school, and are waiting to hear from a friendly American. The international students have accident and health insurance and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E. currently has programs to match almost every family's needs, ranging in length from a semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local high schools. Families who host for P.I.E. are also eligible to claim a $50.00 per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student. For the upcoming school year, P.I.E. has students from Germany, Hong Kong, Venezuela, Belgium, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, China, Denmark, Thailand and other countries. People interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-888-743-

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Outdoor News

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Largemouth Bass Virus discovered in four West Virginia Lakes

David Payne Sr. By David Payne Sr.

The presence of Largemouth bass virus has been discovered in four West Virginia lakes, officials say. Recent fish health surveys conducted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources revealed the presence of large-

mouth bass virus in four West Virginia lakes, East Lynn (Wayne County), North Bend (Ritchie County), Stonewall Jackson (Lewis County), and Sutton (Braxton County) lakes. Fish health surveys also were conducted at Mount Storm (Grant County) and Moncove (Monroe County) lakes and Little (Wood County), Kanawha Monongahela (Monongalia County), Tygart (Barbour County), and New (Summers County) rivers. No virus was found in those fish. “Largemouth bass virus is a common pathogen found primarily in southern United States largemouth bass populations, but has been expanding throughout North America,” said Chris O’Bara, DNR fisheries research biologist. “LMBV has not been linked to any human health concerns but, as always, fish should be properly prepared prior to eating.”

Bret Preston, DNR wildlife resources assistant chief, said that just because the fish had been exposed to the virus, doesn't mean they were ill with it. “We've documented largemouth-bass virus is some fish – that doesn't mean they were sick and we haven't seen any that were sick. That just means that the virus is present. It's not uncommon to have viruses in animals that are present, but not active. We've had no die-offs or kills that can be attributed to this virus,” Preston said. Biologists say the virus poses no threat to humans and has been found in at least 20 states. However, they are concerned that if there are other stresses present in a fish's environment, such as improper handling by anglers before release, it could become vulnerable to the virus. Preston said anglers should handle fish that are to be released as little as possible to pre-

serve the fish's health. Besides the stress of being out of water too long, a mucus membrane that covers fish and protects them from infection can be damaged when fish are handled with dry hands. Always wet your hands before handling a fish. “The virus can hit hard,” he said. “There have been fish kills elsewhere attributed to it. It tends to be larger fish that are vulnerable during the warmer months. The best thing you can do is minimize handling of fish and minimize that stress to the fish, especially during warmer temperatures. Fish are not unlike us, if our immune system is stressed, we might be more susceptible to a cold virus, for example. Other times, if you are in good shape and don't have stress factors, you can fight it (virus) off and it doesn't become an issue. The same is true for fish.” Surveys performed during the summer and early fall of 2011 were

focused on monitoring overall fish health in water bodies where WVDNR staff collects broodstock for hatchery production. Several species of fish were collected from 10 water bodies and samples were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Lamar Fish Health Laboratory for analysis. The DNR is asking anglers to help curtail the virus' spread by keeping their boats and livewells clean to make sure that the virus isn't accidentally transported. “Don't move fish from one body of water to another and be careful about live wells and boat trailers where (possibly infected) water, plants, or even mud could be transported. Clean your boat and trailer,” he said. The DNR will be expanding this survey into other bodies of water later this year. Contact David Payne Sr. at

The ancient art of Flyfishing By David Payne Sr.

Imagine yourself on a brown trout stream in ancient Macedonia. You've done well fishing with live worms or bugs on a hook all year, but then a large hatch ensues, with millions of tiny flies casting off their cases and using the water's surface tension to dry their wings in the mountain air. The trout are in a frenzy, nipping these flies from the surface and ignoring any type of bait at your disposal. You try to bait your hook with one of these flies, but it crumbles and falls to the ground. But then, you have an idea. You gather up some wool and feathers and tie them to your hook with a piece of horsehair that looks like the insect the trout want. Soon, your buddies are all plucking hairs from their horses' tails and pulling bits of wool from their clothes for their own flies. While that precise moment of the birth of flyfishing wasn't recorded, it may have happened something like that. Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Roman Claudius Aelianus described Macedonians fishing for brown trout with artificial flies they used to represent what he described as a bee-like insect that the trout were feeding

on. The earliest recipes for fishing flies are found in “Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth an Angle” from the 1400s. It's usually attributed to Dame Juliana Berners, although it may have been written by someone else – an authorship can of worms best opened in its own column. The author has the reader using live baits and some homemade oven-baked stink baits, made with bread and blood to be used except for when “the trout leapeth.” When the trouth “leapeth,” that was time for tied flies “according to the month,” followed by as far as I know with the oldest known hatch chart. These patterns and a few other

Dame Juliana flies are collectively known as the Treatise Flies. People still tie similar flies today, though the designs have evolved with modern materials. For April, there is the Dun Fly: “the body of black wool. The wings of the blackest drake (male duck) and the lay under the wings and under the tail.” For May, there is the Stonefly: “the body of black wool, yellow under the wing and under the tail and the wings of the drake. In the beginning of May, a good fly.” Also for the month is the Yellow Fly: “the body of yellow wool, the wings of the red cock hackle and of the drake yellow.” In June, it was time for the Black Louper: “the body of black wool and lapped about with the

herle of the peacock tail and the wings of the red capon with blue heed.” The Manure Fly was the fly of choice for July: “the body of dark wool, the wings of the blackest male of the wild drake.” The Drake Fly was the fly of choice for August: “the body of black wool and lapped about with black silk: wings of the Blake drake with a black heed.” The Treatise author doesn't mention the flies floating under their own buoyancy and I doubt they did, but that doesn't mean they weren't fished as dry flies. He or she does go at length to describe the medieval tackle used and how to make it, so we know that fishing of that time was up close and personal with a short section of line attached to the rod. The author used various colors of dyed horse hair for camouflaging line in different water conditions, cork for bobbers and even wire leaders for pike. It was more like fish hunting than any common modern-day fishing technique. Yet, there was no need for the fly itself to float because you simply dangled it on the surface of the water. The need for the flies to float by themselves came with the appearance of the fishing reel. While the reel is referenced in

Chinese art in the 12th Century, it doesn't seem to appear in Europe until the 1600s. The first reference to a fishing reel is in Thomas Barker's “The Art of Angling” from 1651. It was probably a simple spool that you wound excess line onto, but the ability to have excess line gave the angler the power to cast much farther out. Now, his flies need to float. So it's no coincidence that Barker also mentions floating flies. As far as I know, his book is the earliest known discussion of which materials float best. “I work much of hog's wool,” he writes, “for I find it floateth best.” Those early fishing books boast an extraordinary understanding of fish behavior and reading water. Much of the advice still applies. You'll also find some ideas in them that seem remarkably modern, such as this from the Treatise: “When ye have sufficient mess,” the author writes, “ye should covet no more (fish) at that time. Also, ye shall help yourself to nourish the game in all that ye may.” That's as good advice today as it was a half millennium ago. Contact David Payne Sr. at


The Putnam Standard Across 1. Site of 1956 Summer Games 10. Sorcerers 15. Once more (2 wds) 16. Related maternally 17. Suspends in the air 18. Full range 19. “-zoic” things 20. Cutlet? 21. Litmus reddeners 22. Renal calculus (2 wds) 25. “Gimme ___!” (start of an Iowa State cheer) (2 wds) 28. Dust remover 29. Clickable image 30. Present 32. Intermittently (3 wds) 36. Computer info 37. Despot’s duration 39. Length x width, for a rectangle 40. Female employee (2 wds) 42. Academy Award 43. Dressing ingredient 44. Juliet, to Romeo 46. Absorbed, as a cost 47. Unrestrained 51. Kiss 52. Charged particles 53. Alternative to acrylics 57. Express 58. Italian restaurant

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60. Change, as a clock 61. Having high regard 62. Amount of hair 63. Female clairvoyants

Down 1. Blemish 2. “... happily ___ after” 3. Bulgarian units of money 4. Lively 5. ___ grass 6. Land on Lake Victoria 7. Popularity of TV program based on audience poll 8. Bridget Fonda, to Jane 9. Lifting to heaven with praise 10. Measure of explosive power 11. Tropical constrictors 12. Street urchin 13. Short composition for a solo instrument 14. Adjusts, as a clock 23. Anger 24. Computer picture 25. “No ifs, ___ ...” 26. Wyle of “ER” 27. “What’s gotten ___ you?” 31. Crowning achievements


32. Black gold 33. Boat in “Jaws” 34. Accomplishment 35. Charge 37. Baltic capital 38. Religious recluses 41. Dark red gemstones

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News Noise None Oath Ocean Once Pinch Plait Pump Rare Rent Safe Sails Salt Ship Significance Slid Sofa Soul Suffered Swan Task Thin Though Ties Tiny Tool Tour Unit Vague Wash Yell Zinc

50. Sentences 51. Breed 54. Western blue flag, e.g. 55. Ancestry 56. Declines 59. Athletic supporter? (golf )



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Civil War Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 26, 2011 6:30am – 1:00pm Registration (The Commons) 7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast for Troops Commander Meeting 8:30am - 9:30am 9:00am Colors (Raising Flags) 9:00am - 5:00pm Camp/Sutlers open to Public 9:30am Dress Parade/Company Drills 11:00am Memorial Service by United Daughters of the Confederacy 150 (The Commons) Horse Drawn Wagon Rides 12:30pm – 3:30pm 1:00pm Presentation by Abe Lincoln & Robert E. Lee (The Commons) 2:00pm Battle & Tactical Demonstrations Calvary Skirmish Ladies Tea (limited tickets) 3:00pm – 4:00pm 5:00pm Camp Closes to Public 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner for Troops 7:00pm – 10:30pm Military Ball All quiet in camp 10:00pm Cadets of the Western Virginia Military Academy perform drills on Friday for a group of Putnam County eighth grade students as part of Civil War Weekend at Valley Park in Hurricane. Photo by Jack Bailey CADETS FROM PAGE 1 ington Middle School, but include students from throughout Cabell County. Sheets said that the club has been able to grow thanks to financial assistance from private donors, school auxiliaries, grants and the State Legislature.

Students meet weekly during the school year and watch films, recreate military drills and participate in local activities such as the Civil War Weekend. Last fall they participated in the Civil War re-enactments in Guyandotte. While set near the time period of the American Civil War, stu-

dents in the Academy and Finishing School do not take sides. Their activities are set in the time period of the late 1850s, before the start of the Civil War. In addition to learning about history, participation in the clubs also teaches leadership skills and responsibility, Sheets said.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast for Troops 9:00am Colors (Raising Flags) Camp/Sutlers open to public 9:30am Dress Parade/Company Drills 10:30am - 11:30am 1800ʼs Church Service 12:30pm - 3:30pm Horse Drawn Wagon Rides 1:00pm Officers Call 2:00pm Battle & Tactical Demonstrations Calvary Skirmish 4:00pm Break Camp/Closed to Public NOTE: Schedule subject to change.

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