www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 01, 2015 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT01/302019965 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT01/302019965 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:43 -0500 Cartwright, Norma R. 2 p.m., Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House.

Cundiff, George C. 2:30 p.m., Poplar Ridge Cemetery, Bidwell, Ohio.

Dunlap, Gary R. 2 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Ellis, Clyde 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Harper, Carletta S. 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, Chesapeake.

Herold, Jaime 3:30 p.m., Walker Memorial Park, Summersville.

Kelly, Tari 9 a.m., Taylor

McClung, Travis 2 p.m., Andrew Chapel Methodist Church, Williamsburg.

Meads, Eloise 2 p.m., St. Johns United Methodist Church, Spencer.

Morris, Martha 3 p.m., First Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Rader, Gregory 4 p.m., High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill.

Mark Stuart Baldwin http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019999 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019999 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:19 -0500 Mark Stuart Baldwin, "Known Unto God" and living in Poca, passed away Jan. 21, 2015 at CAMC Memorial from gastric cancer.

Born in Clarksburg to Clarence Elwood Baldwin and Mary Lou Zais Baldwin (both deceased), he graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1973 and Potomac State College in 1975. He was married to Beth Murphy and worked at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Miss., until Hurricane Katrina, after which he returned alone to his home state.

He will be deeply missed by his sister, Pamela Baldwin Drew of Asheville, N.C., her husband, Bob, and their sons, Kevin and Bryan.

Cremation and family assistance provided by Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca.

Bruce Bennett http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019982 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019982 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:31 -0500 Bruce Bennett, 68, of Logan, died Jan. 30, 2015. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the funeral home.

Nellie "Mae" Brown http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019980 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019980 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:32 -0500 Nellie "Mae" Brown, 91, of Sutton, died Jan. 29, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home.

Norma R. Cartwright http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019967 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019967 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:42 -0500 Mrs. Norma Rose Cartwright of Poca, "Manilla Creek," passed away Jan. 31, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rennie Cartwright, and parents, Lawrence and Ruby Davis of Poca.

She had four grandchildren, Robbie, Jason, Matthew and Tracy; seven great-grandchildren; children, Jack Cartwright of Poca, Jerry and wife, Patricia Cartwright, of Red House, Chester and wife, Lorraine Davis, of Bancroft and Joette Cartwright Russell and special son-in-law, David Russell; and sisters, Connie Westfall and Fannie Craigo.

Mrs. Cartwright delivered newspapers for the Charleston Gazette in the 1960s. Her route was Red House Hill and some of the ridges in that area into Buffalo; as she quoted, "We didn't own a 4x4 back then neither."

Norma enjoyed the great outdoors, camping and liked to travel and loved to fish. She traveled to Quebec, Canada, and stayed on a remote island that was only accessible by boat. Her second fishing trip was to Gowanda, Canada. Both fishing trips were with her son, Jerry, and his wife, Pat, and two grandchildren. She also traveled to Myrtle Beach with her sisters and their families and fished 40 miles offshore, deep sea fishing. Her favorite place to travel in West Virginia was Pocahontas County.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Randall Peterson and staff and Dr. Yaser Haffar for the outstanding quality of care you gave to our mother. Also, thank you to the wonderful nurses and CNAs at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.

A tribute to the life of Mrs. Norma Cartwright will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Haven of Rest Memory Gardens, Red House, with the Rev. Jerry Ranson officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Cartwright family.

Beatrice Childers http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019986 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019986 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:29 -0500 Beatrice Irene Huffman Childers, 90, of Charleston, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015, in Marmet Healthcare.

She was preceded in death by husband, Benjamin A. "Buddy" Childers; daughters, Brenda I. Priddy and B. Marie Mozetti; great-grandson, Micah Burdette.

She is survived by daughters, Rosemary (Roger) Sias, Frances Pauley and adopted granddaughter, Robin (Steve) Hunter and Jessica (Paul) Testa. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Marmet Healthcare Center for the special care they gave mom.

Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 2, 2015, at the Wesleyan Bible Chapel, Davis Creek with Minister Robert Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Wesleyan Bible Chapel, Davis Creek.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch, Rd. Elkview is assisting the family.

Darrell F. Copen http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019979 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019979 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:33 -0500 Darrell Franklin Copen, 62, lost his battle with cancer on January 15, 2015 at home in Elizabeth, WV, surrounded by his loved ones. Left to cherish his memory are 3 daughters: Megan Copen, Meredith Copen and Michelle Keeling; his companion, Gail Gillenwater; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Darrell was known as "Papaw" to many.

George C. Cummings http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019997 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019997 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:21 -0500 George C. Cummings, 91, of Roane County, passed away Jan. 27, 2015 at Quarry Manor, Charleston.

He was born Dec. 22, 1923. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wisconsin in World War II from 1942 to 1946. He worked for Union Carbide as a blacksmith and attended Mars Hill Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mayford and Elizabeth (McCoy) Cummings; brothers, David T. Cummings and Clermont Cummings; and half-sister, Frances Moffatt.

George is survived by his daughters, Carol (John B.) Smith of Tennessee and Donna M. (Robert) Ferrell of Howard, Ohio; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio.

Online condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the Cummings family.

Jeannie Dillard http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019984 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019984 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:30 -0500 Jeannie Redden Dillard, 71, of Moulton, Ala., passed away Jan. 29, 2015 at Decatur General Hospital, Decatur, Ala.

Formerly from United on Cabin Creek. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Dillard; her parents, Larry and Mae Redden; sister, Juanita and her husband, Eddie LaFollette; and brother, Johnny Redden.

She is survived by children, Donald (Cassie) Powell of Charleston, Melinda Weddington of Ohio and Becky Baker of Alabama; sisters, Martha Stevens of Cross Lanes, Shirley (Charles) Russell of Dawes, Evelyn Hale of Moulton, Ala., and Joy (Howard) Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; brother, Michael Carrington of Decatur, Ala.; her precious granddaughter, Audi Poo, who she took care of for 17 years; granddaughters, Sabrina Workman and Jena Phillips; grandsons, L.J. Phillips, Ryan Powell, Jeffery Powell and Isaac Phillips; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor Rick Holstein officiating. Burial will follow the service at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is assisting the Dillard family.

Deborah V. Dillon http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019968 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/OBIT/302019968 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:02:40 -0500 Deborah V. Ganoe Dillon, 59, of Narrows, Va., died Jan. 30, 2015. Arrangements are incomplete with Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Bill would bar domestic abusers from public office http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209935 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209935 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:26:58 -0500 By Erin Beck Last January, Clarksburg City Coucilman Samuel "Zeke" Lopez was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault after hitting his wife with a rolling pin. Lopez still holds a seat on Clarksburg City Council.

Delegate Nancy Guthrie, D- Kanawha, introduced a bill two weeks ago that would bar people with domestic violence and fraud convictions from being elected to or appointed to public office in West Virginia. Currently, no one convicted of a felony, treason or bribery in an election can hold public office.

"I just think it's wrong," Guthrie said. "I think we need to put an end to it. It really has nothing to do with what party you're from. If you've got that kind of charge against you, and you've been convicted, you should have to surrender some rights. I think holding public office is one you should give up."

Guthrie said she thinks allowing an elected official with domestic violence charges to continue to serve demeans the office and sends the message that abusive behavior is acceptable.

She cited other examples of elected officials in West Virginia keeping their seats after being charged with domestic violence. In Harrison and Kanawha Counties, constituents have followed long, drawn-out legal battles because of disagreement about whether domestic violence is a violation of the terms of office.

The Exponent Telegram reported that a month after Lopez' conviction, Clarksburg City Council voted to consider the conviction an act of moral turpitude. The city charter requires council members convicted of a crime of moral turpitude to leave office.

Lopez sued, arguing the moral turpitude provision is unconstitutional, and that council exceeded its authority by challenging his qualifications.

Three council members filed a petition in an effort to force Lopez out of office. A three-judge panel denied the petition in December, so Lopez stayed in office. He also reached a settlement in his suit against council members.

In Kanawha County, former Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants faces two misdemeanor charges - domestic battery after striking his 11-year-old son with a leather belt, and violating a domestic violence protective order obtained by his ex-wife. Those charges led Kanawha County commissioners to ask for him to be removed from office.

He was removed as prosecuting attorney of Kanawha County in October after a three-judge panel ruled he committed malfeasance in office and neglect of duty.

He's been attending a 32-week batterer's intervention program in Putnam County, which, when completed, could result in the charges against him being dismissed.

In Cabell County, former Huntington City Councilman Pete Gillespie resigned in October, after being convicted in August of domestic battery and violation of a domestic violence protection order. Huntington City Attorney Scott McClure had said Gillespie's situation shouldn't be considered "moral turpitude."

Guthrie argues that clauses about "moral turpitude" and malfeasance in office leave too much room for interpretation.

"This a 'let's be clear' bill," she said.

House Bill 2040 was introduced on Jan. 14 and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Delegate Patrick Lane, R- Kanawha, is the vice chair of that committee. He said he hadn't seen the bill so he couldn't speak to the specifics.

"I can say the qualifications for most offices are set out in the Constitution," he said. "I'm not sure we can limit those statutorily."

Delegate Larry Rowe, D- Kanawha, pointed out the state Constitution says elected officials may be removed from office for official misconduct, incompetence, neglect of duty or gross immorality. He said he didn't know why the Legislature couldn't find that domestic violence convictions are equal to matters of gross immorality.

He also noted that state code already lists reasons for disqualification from office, and that list wasn't created through a constitutional amendment.

"Domestic violence is a very, very serious problem and it really is something we need to look at in a number of ways," he said. "This is perhaps one of them."

"You saw what a mess it was in Kanawha County," he added.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@ wvgazette.com, 304-348-5163 or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

'Right to work' fight coming to Capitol http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209936 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209936 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:25:40 -0500 By Paul J. Nyden Debates about "right to work" legislation are likely to heat up in West Virginia during coming weeks.

Last Tuesday, a bill called the "Creating Workplace Freedom Act" was introduced in the state Senate.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, would prohibit requiring workers to join unions in workplaces covered under union contracts.

Right to work legislation allows employees, working under a union contract, to choose not to pay union dues, but those employees would still enjoy pay raises and fringe benefits negotiated under those contracts.

Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, said that he understands that unions and those against right to work laws are nervous.

"I have been talking to some business people who say that, given our economic circumstances now in West Virginia, this is a policy that we need," he said.

Roberts said he has looked at what has happened in other states. "Indiana actually gained union membership after a right-to-work passed," he said. "Their economy is improving and people are getting back to work. It wasn't devastating to the labor movement in Indiana."

The national AFL-CIO criticized right to work legislation on its website.

"By making unions weaker, these laws lower wages and living standards for all workers," the AFL-CIO stated. "Workers in states with these laws earn an average of $5,971 less a year than workers in other states."

John Thompson, international representative for United Electrical Workers' Local 170, the West Virginia Public Workers Union, criticized a related piece of legislation introduced last Monday by Carmichael and Sen. Craig Blair, R-Berkeley.

Their "Paycheck Protection Act," Thompson said, "prohibits public school employers from collecting union dues. While it singles out public school employers, we can't assume that it won't apply to all West Virginia public employers. If this bill becomes law, it will mean that we won't be able to have the state deduct our members' dues."

Wendy McCuskey, state director for Americans for Prosperity, is backing the "Creating Workplace Freedom Act."

"Right to work legislation is vital to making West Virginia competitive and creating an environment of opportunity for all," McCuskey said in a press release.

"It's time to change how we approach economic growth, and if we don't adapt we will continue to see poverty rise, wages stagnate and our quality of life disappear," said McCuskey, whose group was founded with donations from the conservative donors Charles and David Koch.

Ken Hall, president of Teamsters Local 175 based in South Charleston, said, "This doesn't make any sense. It is a very divisive issue that is not going to create a single job. When companies are discussing whether to locate in West Virginia, the right to work issue is one of their lesser concerns. There are many, many issues they look at before that."

Hall, also the Teamsters' International secretary-treasurer, said, "This is nothing more than government intrusion into the employee-employer relationship. As much as we hear about it, there is no such thing as forced unionism.

"Employees vote whether to have a union represent them. Sometimes they want it and sometimes they don't," Hall said. "That is their right."

U.S. labor laws require that unions represent all workers within a bargaining unit and that those workers receive the same benefits from the union.

"Unions incur costs to represent workers who opt not to join a union," said Ted Boettner, executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. "In a right to work state, these workers would have the opportunity to benefit from union representation without paying for it. Right to work laws guarantee representation without taxation.

"Higher rates of unionization raise wages and benefits for union and non-union workers alike and increase workplace safety," Boettner said.

Chris Hamilton, chairman of the West Virginia Business and Industry Council, said that his organization endorsed the right to work legislation.

"We think it's time to give our modern-day work forces and individuals the right to make some professional decisions on whether they wish to belong to organized labor or not," Hamilton said. "We anxiously await the opportunity to debate and make that determination in the Legislature."

Late last month, the Economic Policy Institute published a report entitled "'Right to Work' Is the Wrong Answer for Wisconsin's Economy."

"What right to work laws do is to make it illegal for a group of unionized workers to negotiate a contract that requires each employee who enjoys the benefit of the contract to pay his or her share of the costs of negotiating and policing it," the author, Gordon Lafer, wrote. "By making it harder for workers' organizations to sustain themselves financially, right to work laws aim to restrict the share of employees who are able to represent themselves through collective bargaining, and to limit the effectiveness of unions in negotiating higher wages and benefits for their members."

The Service Employees International Union is planning a rally at the state Capitol against right to work legislation to take place on Feb. 20.

Roberts said, "I am very respectful about the people who are nervous about what the future holds. You can see it in the faces of those who work for labor unions at the Capitol. But I think the time has come to try something new.

"I have been thinking carefully and have a moderate and restrained point of view about this. But I've talked to enough business people associated with the Chamber to be pretty convinced there is a belief out there that this is a policy we ought to try."

Roberts said manufacturing employment dropped in West Virginia from about 130,000 workers in 1980 to only 48,000 today. "But states around us have seen a growth in manufacturing."

Today, 24 states have right-to-work laws.

Hall said that right to work laws reduce both wages and workplace safety.

"In states that have gone to right to work, workplace deaths have increased by 53 percent as a result of weaker unions and less oversight," he said. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports workers in right to work states earn an average about $5,900 less than people in non right to work states.

"Since the recession in 2007, West Virginia's job growth has been 16th highest in the country - at 1.6 percent, compared to the national rate of 1.2 percent," Hall said. "At a time when we are having increased growth, what is the goal to introduce something as divisive as this?"

Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjnyden@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.

Pastilong, Tasker named to state Sports Hall of Fame http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ02/150209937 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ02/150209937 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:07:00 -0500 WHEELING - The longest-serving athletic director in West Virginia University history and a National High School Hall of Famer who retired as the winningest boys basketball coach in U.S. history are the 2015 inductees into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Ed Pastilong and the late Ralph Tasker will be honored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association at the 69th annual Victory Awards Dinner on May 17 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. Both are graduates of old Moundsville High School.

Pastilong earned a degree from WVU and Tasker from Alderson-Broaddus College.

"I'm humbled to share this honor with Coach Tasker and it's extra special to be inducted in my native Ohio Valley," Pastilong said.

Tasker's oldest daughter, Nancy Johnson, said "My father would have been very happy to be recognized in West Virginia. He was very proud of his roots."

Pastilong joined the WVU athletic department in 1976 to start a 35-year career, which included the final 21 years from 1989-2010 as athletic director, the longest tenure in WVU history. After retirement, he joined West Liberty University as the current Chair for the Athletic Campaign and Institutional Advancement.

During his tenure as WVU AD, he spearheaded the Mountaineers' growth into one of the nation's finest athletic departments on and off the playing fields in 17 sports. During those 21 years, he directed more than $65 million in facility renovations, witnessed the department's budget increase from $20 million to more than $40 million, steered WVU into the Big East football conference in 1991 and into full-fledged member status in 1995.

Under his direction, WVU made major improvements to Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium and the area surrounding it. Other facility improvements included renovations at the WVU Coliseum and Hawley Field and the construction of the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Cary Gym for Mountaineer gymnastics, a state-of-the-art wrestling facility and the new basketball practice facility was started under his watch.

Pastilong also initiated the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll where more than 4,000 student-athletes were recognized for outstanding classroom work, the Varsity Club and the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. Pastilong was inducted into the Hall in 2012.

On the playing fields during his final six years at WVU, the Mountaineers arguably were the most successful in the history of WVU athletics. The school's best-ever finish, No. 30, in the U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup was recorded in 2008.

Pastilong was selected by the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dans as "Man of the Decade" for the 1990s and for a special award, "Ohio Valley Ambassador," in 2010. The former record-setting all-state quarterback at Moundsville High School and Mountaineer QB started his WVU tenure on the football staff as recruiting coordinator before being named, in 1979 as assistant athletic director for facilities and operations. He was on the board for the planning and construction of the current Mountaineer Field. In 1987, he was promoted to associate athletic director.

Prior to WVU, he coached at Scott High in Madison and from 1969-75 at Salem College.

Tasker earned his national reputation in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he spent the last 49 years of a 53-year boys basketball coaching career at Hobbs High School. He retired in 1998 with a national record of 1,122 wins and 291 losses (79.4 winning percentage) and is now No. 3 on the all-time wins chart.

Thirty-six of his teams won over 20 games in the state's largest class and 39 teams qualified for the state tournament. His teams won 12 state titles over five different decades, including the 1970 team that set two national records which lasted 40 years. The Eagles averaged 114.6 points, including 14 straight 100-point games. The most prolific game in 1970 was a 170-104 win over Carlsbad. That mark was broken in 1978 with a 176-point game.

Tasker was selected National Coach of the Year by Student Sports for 1970 and won two other national coach of year awards.

Tasker's teams were noted for their full-court pressing defense the entire game, and over 100 of his players took their game to the college level. Eleven of his players were pro draftees, including Bill Bridges, who played on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team considered the best amateur squad ever assembled - the co-captains were Jerry West and Oscar Robertson.

In Hobbs, the 3,300-seat gymnasium is named Ralph Tasker Arena and a street is named in his honor. In 1988, he was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame and, in 2009, he became the third coach to by honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball.

Tasker started his coaching career in 1941 at Sulphur Springs, Ohio, before moving to New Mexico as coach of Lovington High for four seasons before taking over at Hobbs in 1949. He died in 1999, a year after stepping down as Eagles' coach.

The 83-year-old West Virginia Sports Writers Association sponsors and originated the Hall of Fame in 1950 with inductee plaques in the lobby of the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

Essays on Faith: Nature's Introit http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209938 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209938 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 By the Rev. Dr. Richard C. Lamb An introit is a musical piece at the beginning of worship, calling us to new beginnings and joyful praise of God.

Nature's resources and beauty have led people to sing down through the centuries. It ha stirred the human spirit and challenged our imaginations. God provides!

A great hymn of the church comes to mind:

"This is my Father's world,

"And to my listening ears

"All nature sings and round me rings

"The music of the spheres."

Nature is our common inheritance. Its practical provisions are astounding and continuous. Its changing seasons suggest, in part, the need for change, and that's vital. Nature is a continuing drama. It does not drift into "same old, same old."

The good earth has caused humankind to sing and to pause in thoughtful reflection. In its ongoing drama, creation encourages thought of one God and Father of us all. Nature is a gift, a legacy. It is the common wealth we all share.

A newborn child is a gift that changes family life. Parents spare nothing to see to that child's care. So it is with God and his amazing gift of His Son and of what we call "Mother Nature."

The Scriptures tell us in Psalm 19 that "The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge." God addresses us in creation. He means for us to take note of that! He wants us to have peace and joy.

Come to think of it, our kindness to others is an introit, as it were, which lifts their hearts. Surely all of us are greatly cherished by God our Father.

I bid you peace and joy.

The Rev. Dr. Lamb is parish associate at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston

Rick Wilson: West Virginians can measure time by industrial tragedies http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209941 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209941 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 I had a weird driving experience last January, one that still gives me the creeps. It was one of the worst travel days that winter. It takes four hours to get to Weirton on a good day. This wasn't one.

My car acted weird on the way up, but it saved the main event for the way back, which began as darkness, temperatures and snow fell.

Then the car went totally Stephen King on me. Starting on the narrow two-lane road between Weirton and Wheeling, which was shoulderless at the time, it would lose power - including lights - without warning at the worst possible times. Over and over, like it was controlled by some malevolent demon. It would limp on a bit. It was a wonder I didn't get slammed from all directions.

It was like being a vehicle that was consciously trying to kill me.

Eventually I made it to a safe spot, got a rental and recovered the car a few days later, although I can't say I've liked or trusted it much since.

A few days later the Freedom Industries chemical spill occurred. A friend commented that living in West Virginia is a bit like living in a state that is consciously trying to kill you.

It was dark humor, but she kind of had a point.

If you have lived in West Virginia for any significant length of time, disasters are the mileposts of life.

If the narrator of T.S. Eliot's poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock could say "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons," we can do it here by reciting those random but recurring tragedies that maim, kill, and poison the bodies of our state's workers and their families, not to mention the land, water and living things on which we depend.

Try it yourself. Here's my short list, all but three from memory, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some:

n 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill; 300,000 lose safe water. Long-term effects unknown.

n 2010 Upper Big Branch Disaster; 29 miners killed, many families and communities devastated.

n 2006 Sago Disaster in Upshur kills 12 miners.

n 2006 Two die in Massey's Aracoma mine fire shortly after Sago.

n 2000 Massey's Martin County, Kentucky, slurry spill dumps millions of gallons of toxic sludge into hundreds of miles of waterways in that state and West Virginia. The Big Sandy River ran black.

n 1992 Blacksville mine explosion kills four in Monongalia County.

n 1986 Collapse kills five in Fairview in Marion County.

n 1978 Fifty one construction workers killed in Pleasants County when the Willow Island scaffolding collapsed.

n 1972 Pittston Coal's Buffalo Creek "dam" collapses in Logan County, killing 125 people, leaving thousands homeless and wiping out several coalfield communities.

n 1972 Fire in the Blacksville mine kills nine miners.

n 1968 Farmington/Mannington Mine Disaster in Marion County kills 78 miners.

That's a partial list. I apologize to survivors for those I left out. I know that most workers who die on the job do so one at a time with little fanfare, like my grandfather at Carbide in the 1950s. There were many more before my memory, including our worst mine disaster at Monongah in 1907, which killed at least 361 miners, and - so far - the worst industrial disaster at the construction of Carbide's Hawks Nest Tunnel in the 1930s, which may have killed nearly 800 workers, many of whom were African Americans desperate for work during the Depression.

The events I'm referring to, at least some of which most readers will remember, are not natural disasters but rather disasters of commerce and examples of the risks West Virginians often have to take to care for their families or just to live here. I left out weather-related disasters like storms or floods, although some of these may have been impacted by mining and other human activities. I'm also leaving out public health studies that suggest declining life expectancies and very bad health outcomes in the coalfields.

The point of all this is that there's really no way of denying that the industries that profit West Virginia's owners periodically partake of human sacrifice.

There are some ways of fighting that regrettable fact, which is something one would hope state elected officials would try to do. One is to make the loss of human life through industrial activity as rare as possible through strict regulations reinforced with tough sanctions.

Big money, however, has made regulation a dirty word. Almost five years after Upper Big Branch, Congress has still failed to pass mine safety legislation. West Virginia's own version of such legislation put more teeth into drug testing miners than enforcing best corporate safety practices, even though exactly none of the tragedies mentioned above were caused by drugged miners or workers. But even that weak 2012 legislation wouldn't stand a chance of passing today.

The other way to protect workers and citizens is to ensure access to the courts of justice for workers and their survivors when they are hurt or killed on the job or as a result of corporate activity. This at least would provide a measure of compensation for the losses of a lifetime to family members while also imposing a price on those who take risks with the lives of others.

Incredibly, some members of West Virginia's Republican controlled Legislature are contemplating legislation that would make it more difficult for survivors of those injured or killed on the job to sue employers for damages. Several of those who testified against House Bill 2011 at a public hearing on Jan. 21 were family members of workers killed at Upper Big Branch, who would have been financially devastated without access to the courts.

Given the rivers of crocodile tears shed in the 2014 election season by those who pretended to care for miners, one would think that a bill like this would have the proverbial snowball's chance in hell of passing.

Then again, maybe Dante was right. In his Inferno, hell's lowest place, reserved for those who betray, isn't hot at all. It's ice cold.

Cold as money.

Wilson, director of the American Friends Service Committee's West Virginia Economic Justice Project, is a Gazette contributing columnist.

Jeffrey L. McIntyre: A year later, what about a backup water supply? http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209942 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209942 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 By Jeffrey L. McIntyre West Virginia American Water has some of the best water in the country. We did before the Freedom Industries spill impacted our community's water supply, and we do again today. Keeping it that way is our commitment to our customers.

But we are doing much more than just producing high quality drinking water to fully move our community forward. I want to directly answer the most frequent questions that I continue to receive a year later.

Lessons at all levels have been learned from the incident, and other states are looking at what we endured and are preparing accordingly should a similar event hit their communities.

An after action review recently submitted to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin by those who led response efforts outlines many steps to better prepare for a crisis and to safeguard our infrastructure. West Virginia American Water contributed to these recommendations, including the call for improved crisis communication protocols, such as having a centralized command center to provide clear and timely updates, providing regular updates to the media so that they can accurately report on the emergency, and utilizing social media to quickly report information and correct misinformation. Likewise, as the review outlines, revising laws and regulations and ensuring that our state and local governments have the tools to function during an emergency are all important steps.

Initially, our team worked 24/7 for weeks on end to return our drinking water to its longstanding high quality. We conducted rigorous testing to ensure that no traces of the chemical existed in our system. Once we achieved full restoration of our water to its original exceptional quality, we began taking deliberate steps based on comprehensive evaluations and long-term planning to address other issues raised by this event, including supplementing our source water protection planning, exploring alternate water sources, researching and purchasing early warning monitoring systems, and making enhancements to our emergency customer notification system.

We have partnered with Corona Environmental Consulting and the Water Research Foundation on a pioneering project to change the way water utilities approach source water protection planning. This innovative method will result in an advanced contaminant information database that will regularly update available information on potential contaminant sources within the system's zone of critical concern.

Last summer, we constructed a $400,000 lab at the Kanawha Valley water treatment plant and installed advanced analytical equipment that tests for volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds. We are also investing in early detection technologies at a cost of approximately $30,000 per facility. These steps meet the intent of and even go beyond what is called for in new state legislation.

Contrary to recent editorials and op-eds, our company has taken significant steps to evaluate options for alternate sources of supply at all nine of our treatment facilities - not just Charleston. We have commissioned a detailed engineering report that will evaluate options for alternate sources of water supply, secondary intakes, reservoirs and interconnections with other water systems. When the report is complete, it will present the possible options for each system along with estimated costs. We look forward to discussing the alternatives with our customers and reviewing recommendations from our regulators.

In the late 1960s as we laid plans for a new regional water treatment plant in Charleston, our company proposed the Kanawha Valley water treatment plant as a dual-supply system with intakes on both the Elk River and the Kanawha River. The Kanawha River intake was not approved by our regulators, and the plant was built as it is today with a single intake on the Elk River. Late last year, we launched a one-year water quality study to evaluate whether the Kanawha River is a suitable public drinking water source. We are now working with the state Department of Environmental Protection to complete that study and will incorporate its findings into our overall evaluation of options and cost. This is a crucial step in our overall feasibility assessment, since constructing an intake on the Kanawha River upstream at our originally proposed Chelyan site versus in downtown Charleston is a difference of approximately $100 million.

As a highly regulated utility that delivers an essential service to 550,000 West Virginians, we take our responsibility very seriously. Our company has a long history of meeting the highest drinking water standards and achieving industry awards for providing high-quality water. We have operated in West Virginia for nearly 130 years, and our customers have enjoyed clean, safe, reliable water service from the Kanawha Valley treatment plant and its Elk River source for more than four decades.

As we carefully review the past year, we believe that it was not just our "job" to restore full water service following the spill incident. It was our promise and our commitment to do everything we could to provide for and protect our neighbors, friends and families. We have been through quite an ordeal together. A year later, I hope you will agree that the entire community is better positioned to respond to a crisis and, more importantly, to prevent one from happening again.

Jeffrey L. McIntyre is the president of West Virginia American Water.

Statehouse Beat: More about organization's expensive fundraiser dinner http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209944 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/ARTICLE/150209944 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 One of the mysteries of the 2014 elections was how a little-known organization called Go West Virginia, headed by Elkins insurance agent Mark Scott, was able to contribute $355,000 to Grow West Virginia, a super-PAC also based in Elkins, that spent more than $1.43 million last fall in the cause of electing Republican legislators.

An intercepted invitation for a reception and private dinner last week at Edgewood County Club may have provided some insight.

According to the invite, tickets to the reception were $1,000, while tickets for the dinner went for $25,000. Figures provided to the Gazette's David Gutman listed 60 attendees for the reception, and 18 for dinner, which works out to a cool $510,000, if everyone paid full fare.

If that's not chilling enough for Democrats considering running for the Legislature in 2016, the invitations were clear that there are no limits on contributions and that the organization goes out of its way to assure that the identity of donors will be kept secret:

"Contributions of $5,000 or more will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service on the IRS Form 990, as required by law. However, the IRS does not make this information public. Go West Virginia Inc.'s policy is not to disclose its donors to the general public."

(The part about the IRS not disclosing 990s is not exactly true. The forms are public records, and are accessible on a variety of search engines. The only 990 available for Go West Virginia was for 2013, filed last Sept. 25. It lists zero contributions or expenditures.)

According to Federal Elections Commission filings, Go West Virginia's $355,000 contribution was the second largest in 2014 to Grow West Virginia PAC, which is also based in Elkins, and which lists Mark Scott as its treasurer.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform was the largest contributor, at $450,000, while the Republican State Leadership Fund of Washington made three contributions totaling $220,000.


Meanwhile, particulars on Mark Scott - who has declined to talk to the media -- are about as nebulous as the organizations themselves.

We know he's an insurance salesman in Elkins and dabbles in real estate on the side. He's a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and apparently was a youth pastor in South Carolina before coming to West Virginia.

He apparently got his first taste of politics by getting elected to the (nonpartisan) Elkins City Council, and subsequently lost a 2013 race for mayor.

He's also a member of the state Republican Executive Committee (and still was as of Friday) - which raises issues, since state and federal election law prohibit independent expenditure PACs from having any coordination or communication with candidates or political party committees.

Scott's political activity stepped up the last couple of election cycles, as he worked with former state party chairman Kris Warner to recruit Republican candidates for legislative races around the state.

As one GOP veteran said, "He's been quietly working for the party for a long time."

Still, the leap into a position as officer of two organizations capable of raising and dispersing hundreds of thousands of dollars of dark money leads Capitol regulars to speculate that he's primarily the local face of a national effort.

That the RSVPs for Tuesday's event were to go to Washington political consultant Allison Meyers (perhaps best known for getting fired by the Republican National Committee in 2010 for approving expenses for a party at a bondage-themed nightclub in Los Angeles), and that the area code for the number to RSVP is for St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida, supports that theory.


Some of us were naïve enough to believe the dark money would not reach down to the level of state legislative races, but not Ken Auvil, who as a young legislator in the 1960s fought corruption in the Wally Barron administration.

"The corruption now is far worse than the old-fashioned corruption," Auvil said. "Wally Barron had to work at it; now, the money just flows in."

Last May, Auvil lost the 47th Delegate District Democratic primary election to Tammy Stemple by three votes. He then watched Grow West Virginia spend tens of thousands of dollars in the rural, single-member district to defeat Stemple, and on behalf of now-Delegate Danny Wagner, R-Barbour.

In the final two weeks of the campaign, Grow West Virginia sent 10 mailers to voters in the district, with a series of themes attacking the then-Democratic leadership, attacking Obama, opposing cap-and-trade, etc., with the final two fliers extolling Wagner and trashing Stemple.

Stemple, who raised and spent about $7,655 in the General Election, simply was helpless to counter the onslaught, Auvil said, and was soundly defeated.

The fliers were part of more than $945,890 that Grow West Virginia paid Red Maverick Media of Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania, for direct mail campaigns.

(One of the initial fliers Red Maverick put out, themed "West Virginia is Headed the Wrong Way," just won a Campaign and Elections magazine award for one of the best mail pieces of 2014.)


Finally, a correction from last week: Of the 10 lawsuits filed since 2007 in which Cole automotive dealerships were defendants, two were against Cole Chevrolet-Cadillac, which is owned by Senate President Bill Cole's brother.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1220, or follow @PhilKabler on Twitter.

Medicaid expansion means funding cuts for free clinics http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209946 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209946 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 By David Gutman As the federal Affordable Care Act expands access to health insurance, it is also reworking how the state pays for medical care for low-income West Virginians.

About one-third of West Virginians, 610,000 people, got health insurance from Medicaid at some point last year. Because people cycle in and out of the program, there are currently about 495,000 enrollees.

More than 150,000 of those people are newly enrolled through the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which, so far, is entirely funded by the federal government.

Because so many more people have health insurance, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's budget for the next fiscal year makes significant cuts to programs that previously provided free care for people without insurance.

The budget would cut funding for West Virginia's 10 free health clinics by more than 52 percent, $2.1 million. That's on top of two straight years of 7.5 percent cuts that have already been enacted.

The budget cuts, while huge for the clinics, are minuscule in terms of overall health spending in the state. West Virginia will spend nearly $4 billion on Medicaid next year, with the great majority of funding - 76 percent - coming from the federal government. Free clinics receive no federal funding.

Nine of the 10 free clinics have said they will now accept Medicaid, something that none of them did before the expansion.

"When you have more people that are on the Medicaid rolls, if they bill and collect for Medicaid, we believe the free clinics would receive additional funding that would make up for the charity care cut," Secretary Karen Bowling, of the state Department of Health and Human Resources, explained.

Bowling was presenting her agency's budget to the House of Delegates Finance Committee on Friday morning. As she spoke about the cuts one audience member frowned as she repeatedly shook her head no.

Angie Settle, a nurse for 18 years, now runs West Virginia Health Right, on Charleston's East End, the state's largest free clinic.

Settle emphasized that she fully supported the Medicaid expansion, which gives insurance to anyone below 138 percent of the federal poverty level and, by some estimates, has reduced West Virginia's uninsured rate more than any state in the country. But even with the expansion more than a year old, Settle said, half of the 15,000 patients her clinic saw last year were still uninsured and the clinic still relies on its state funding to provide care for those people.

In theory, the Medicaid expansion would drive newly insured people away from free clinics and toward hospitals and other facilities that serve the insured. But Settle said that hasn't totally happened, in part because Medicaid's low reimbursement rates limit how many patients doctors will accept and also because patients still come to free clinics for care without co-pays. And people with private insurance through the new health care exchanges often have only catastrophic coverage with high deductibles, so they still come to free clinics, Settle said.

West Virginia Health Right was the first of the state's free clinics to begin billing Medicaid in January of last year.

That brought in $188,000 last year, Settle said.

The proposed budget cuts state funding for her clinic by more than double that amount, $415,000.

"To use the argument that now that we're building Medicaid, that we can make that up," Settle said, "it's not happening."

Settle's Charleston clinic, however, is far ahead of the state's other clinics. Although nine of the 10 have said they will begin accepting Medicaid, only four of them have billed Medicaid for any significant amount, DHHR Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samples said.

Samples said he wasn't sure why the others had not been billing Medicaid, saying that the DHHR has offered technical assistance to help with the transition.

"They have not been maximizing that federal funding and that's a problem," he said. "We're very much impressing upon them that they should."

Free clinics function primarily through donations and volunteer work provided by health workers.

By using those donations, the state's free clinics provided $28 in health care services for every dollar they received in state funding last year, according to the West Virginia Association of Free Clinics.

"No free clinic has a paid physician, no free clinic has a paid dentist, they come out of the woodwork to help us because they believe in our cause," Settle said. "That is great bang for the buck, $1 for $28. If we were a slot machine in Vegas, everybody would be lined up."

To make up for the loss in state funding, Samples said his agency is encouraging free clinics to look for other sources of funding, in addition to Medicaid.

He has encouraged them to consider accepting private insurance, to become federally qualified health centers (a complicated process that would bring federal money and higher Medicaid reimbursement rates) and to begin charging patients on a sliding scale.

But Settle said doing those things would upset the clinics' reason for existing. After all, why would a doctor or a nurse who is paid to work at a hospital, accepting fees and billing private insurance, then go volunteer at a free clinic that also accepts fees and bills private insurance?

"Handing money across the free clinic desk or taking private insurance totally dismantles the whole concept of the volunteer base that we have," she said.

Reach David Gutman at david.gutman@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5519 or follow @davidlgutman on Twitter.

On file: Feb. 1, 2015 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209948 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209948 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Marriages

The following people applied for marriage licenses in Kanawha County between Jan. 23 and 30:

Walter Lee McManamay Jr., 45, and Matthew Elliott Fink, 36, both of Charleston.

Matthew Allen Castle, 30, and Jennifer Arvada White, 29, both of St. Albans.

James Travis Wall, 33, of Cross Lanes and Melissa Lynn Shannon, 37, of St. Albans.

Charles Edward Evans II, 39, and Elizabeth Hatcher Smith, 47, both of Charleston.

Andrew Denver Francis, 78, of Marietta, Ohio, and Helen Joyce Miller, 75, of Charleston.

Neil Patrick Rodgers, 63, of Procious and Carolyn Jean Hawks, 69, of Charleston.

Richard Michael Dolin, 28, and Nora Angelica Reza, 23, both of St. Albans.

James Lewis Pitrolo Jr., 69, and Karen Ann Shirey, 60, both of Charleston.

Larry Lee Kimble, 53, and Susan Elizabeth Osborne, 44, both of Tornado.

William James Ballew, 26, and Brittany Nicole Mallory, 25, both of South Charleston.

David Tyler Wilkinson, 20, and Emily Kierstin Jones, 18, both of Nitro.

Christopher Lee Simmons, 32, and Christina Leigh Ashley, 33, both of Charleston.

Jeremiah Mitchell Casto, 29, and Alicia Dawn Miller, 29, both of Charleston.

Timothy Ray Zeller, 51, and Crystal Sharon Grebb, 51, both of St. Albans.

Khaled Mahmoud Jamal Alkhraisha, 45, of South Charleston and Jeston Elaine Self, 40, of Lexington, Kentucky.

Jeremy Jay Still, 60, and Ruth Anne Cannon, 50, both of Cross Lanes.


The following people filed for divorce in Kanawha County between Jan. 22 and 30:

Nicole Ann LeMasters from Joshua Lee LeMasters

Roy L. Honaker Jr. from Stephanie Honaker

Jamie Nicole Walls from Brandon Staats

Helen N. Kitchen from Shaun M. Kitchen

Barbara Ann Stapleton from Jason Eric Stapleton

Chasidy D. Hill from Brent J. Lucas

Sarah N. Williams from Larry E. Williams

Frank A. Reynolds from Alicia J. Reynolds

Charissa Nicole Morris from Ra'Keen Lionell Edwards

Samantha R. Burford from Patrick W. Burford

Michael Parsons from Reba J. Parsons

Trista Faye Jones from Austin Q. Jones

Property transfers

The following properties of $50,000 or more were recorded in Kanawha County between Jan. 23 and 30:

Rebecca J. Harper to James G. and Etta G. Anderson. Lot, Elk District, $178,000.

Larry E. and Coleen L. Davis to Travis R. Scragg. Lot, Washington District, $244,500.

Seth C. Davis to Donella J. Grubb. Lot, Union District, $140,000.

Larry D. and Pamela S. Ford to Janet E. and Joseph C. Hovious. Lot, Charleston, $136,000.

Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. to James D. and Lorene G. Hathaway. Lot, Elk District, $60,020.

Jonathan and Lori L. Sapp to RonaldaE. and Naomi F. Day. Lot, South Charleston, $102,000.

BBL Carlton Charleston House LLC to Bradley M. Rowe. Unit, Charleston, $495,545.

REC Holdings LLC to Finn Investment Properties LLC. Lot, St. Albans, $170,000.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam County Inc. to Heather N. Balladares. Lot, Charleston, $114,500.

Eleanor L. Barnett to Salt Properties LLC. Lot, Charleston, $58,000.

U.S. Bank National Association to Michael and Lisa Kidd. Lot, Jefferson District, $51,000.

BBL Carlton Charleston House LLC to Thomas D. and Carol A. Hamilton. Unit, Charleston, $780,887.19.

Elizabeth S. Bridgeman to Nicholas I. Jones. Lot, Charleston, $252,000.

City National Bank of West Virginia to Alexandra and Robert Baber. Lot, Charleston, $90,500.

Christopher Burgess to Jonathan D. Fortney and Sara N. Price-Fortney. Lot, South Charleston, $81,000.

Teays Construction LLC to Timothy M. Isaacs. Condominium, Nitro, $68,900.

Alexander Chase Estep to Robin C. Bell. Lot, Nitro, $54,000.

Paul Wayne and Jo Lynn Blankenship to Andy L. and Rebecca E. Harrison. Lot, Union District, $123,000.

Brandy M. Doty to Jama L. Jarrett. Lots, South Charleston, $165,000.

James S. and Margorie C. Butler to Jerry Cline. Lot, St. Albans, $76,500.

David A. and Crystal D. Weaver Smarr to Michael L. and Jaime D. Burke. Lot, Union District, $347,000.

Kent Murray and Michelle Yvonne Thomas to Robert E. Simmons. Lot, Dunbar, $65,000.

Joy Hayes to TMM Properties LLC. Lot, Dunbar, $52,500.

Starvaggi Industries Incorporated to Kelmark and Associates Inc. Lots, Poca District, $54,315.

Dana Wesley Moses to Matthew R. Moneypenny. Lot, Union District, $159,500.

Sheila Deslich to Evan Garrett and Jill S. Dale. Lot, Charleston South Annex District, $166,000.

Mikeal Withrow to Vicki Lynn Hildreth. Lot, St. Albans, $125,000.

Charles E. and Pamela J. Smith, and Jessica S. Chambers to Brian S. and Jessica S. Chambers. Lot, Jefferson District, $65,000.

Wells Fargo Financial West Virginia Inc. to Christopher and Amber Samples. Lot, Elk District, $150,000.

Stephanie Jean Poleway Stanley A. Poleway II and Christopher A. Poleway to Swarthmore Capital LLC. Lot, Loudon District, $124,500.

Kanawha Commercial Properties LLC to Envision Real Estate Investments LLC. Lots, Charleston, $1,400,000.

Phyllis Jean Cox to Pete H. and Julie A. Schleider. Lot, Charleston, $150,000.

Frances R. Fruth, Don G. Pullin and Connie A. Pullin to Fruth Inc. Lots, Nitro, $238,000.


The bankruptcies listed below are limited to those filed by residents or companies in the Gazette's circulation area. Chapter 7 designates the liquidation of non-exempt property; Chapter 11 calls for business reorganization; Chapter 13 establishes a schedule of payments to creditors. The following bankruptcies were filed between Jan. 23 and 30:

Victoria Louise Wills, Ragland, Chapter 7. Assets: $58,841, Liabilities: $96,138.

Earl Junior and Caroline Sue Matheny, Duck, Chapter 7. Assets: $190,574, Liabilities: $177,660.

Susan Denise Litton, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $5,762, Liabilities: $51,901.

Willeta Ann and Leon Allen Davis, South Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $170,309, Liabilities: $113,768.

Rexal Gaylord Jr. and Rebecca Kaye Rhodes, Danville, Chapter 7. Assets: $159,762, Liabilities: $174,294.

Kimberly Dawn Crum, Summersville, Chapter 7. Assets: $69,200, Liabilities: $168,555.

Kristie Lynn Kirsch, Chapmanville, Chapter 7. Assets: $58,093, Liabilities: $34,663.

Vester Wayne and Genevieve Manns, Harts, Chapter 7. Assets: $33,300, Liabilities: $10,017.

Tiffany Nicole Erwin, Nitro, Chapter 7. Assets: $7,329, Liabilities: $35,605.

Jesse Ray and Lauren Ellen Dolinar, Crab Orchard, Chapter 7. Assets: $1,501, Liabilities: $117,895.

Danny Earl Winders, Shady Spring, Chapter 7. Assets: $97,475, Liabilities: $134,792.

Jeremy Alan and Tina Renee Shawver, Harper, Chapter 7. Assets: $287,665, Liabilities: $240,411.

Teresa Ann Weidensall, Bradley, Chapter 7. Assets: $58,815, Liabilities: $87,529.

Daniel Nathan Baggett, Beckley, Chapter 7. Assets: $14,000, Liabilities: $41,596.

Samuel James Fox II, Sophia, Chapter 7. Assets: $375, Liabilities: $25,101.

Alex Christian and Amanda Mae Diaczenko, Chapter 7. Assets: $186,915, Liabilities: $611,452.

Rodney Dean and Amanda Kaye Allen, Mount Hope, Chapter 7. Assets: $165,300, Liabilities: $303,743.

Kenneth Ray Daniels, Beckley, Chapter 7. Assets: $200, Liabilities: $26,683.

Ronald Ashley Chambers, White Sulphur Springs, Chapter 7. Assets: $177,100, Liabilities: $429,434.

Adam Joseph and Melissa Rose Compton, Bradley, Chapter 7. Assets: $68,200, Liabilities: $67,286.

Charles Scott Vaught, Beckley, Chapter 7. Assets: $3,500, Liabilities: $40,184.

Roger Dale Holstein Sr., Clear Creek, Chapter 7. Assets: $90,100, Liabilities: $111,077.

Aaron Matthew and Camelia Mary Flowers, Whitesville, Chapter 7. Assets: $94,500, Liabilities: $142,710.

Robert Darrell and Twana Chyvonne Cobbs, Beckley, Chapter 7. Assets: $148,516, Liabilities: $172,689.

Thomas Samuel and Brittany Latisha Wiseman, Charleston, Chapter 13. Assets: Unknown, Liabilities: Unknown.

Restaurant scores

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department issues non-critical and critical violations. Critical violations are given to incidences that relate directly to the protection of the public from food-borne illness. The incidences are not negotiable and must be corrected immediately. Repetitions of critical violations may lead to enforcement actions or permit suspension. The following restaurants were rated, and the number of critical violations issued are included:

Sakura, Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes: 13 critical violations: Inspector's comments: Person in charge is unable to demonstrate knowledge; employee observed not washing hands before donning gloves; employee did not wash hands after touching dirty dishes and touching clean dishes at dishwasher; employee did not wash hands after putting fingers inside dirty glass and handling food; drinking cup without cover was observed in food preparation area; employee observed handling lettuce with bare hands; observed cross-contamination: raw meats stored above vegetables in walk in; raw eggs stored at 64-degrees F, thrown away; portion cups of salad dressing area improperly date marked; ice scoop handle touching ice that will be used for drinks; food blender is visibly soiled; utensils in manual warewashing operation are not exposed to the sanitizer for the required amount of time. Pot washed with soap but not sanitized in dishwasher; a direct connection exists between the sewage system and a drain from the sink used as food prep sink. Approved food prep sink is in kitchen.

New Dragon Garden, 1453 MacCorkle Ave., St.. Albans: 8 critical violations. Inspector's comments: Person in charge is unable to demonstrate knowledge of proper food safety practices; bananas being stored under raw chicken cutting station; observed cross-contamination (raw chicken, beef stored over ice cream) in the freezer chest; operator has no plan for using time as a public health control while cutting raw beef and chicken; soft drink nozzles visibly soiled; inside of utensil bucket is visibly soiled; iced cream scoops not cleaned at least once every 4 hours; chlorine in wiping cloth bucket exceeds 200 ppm.

Bistro Express, 2001 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston: 7 critical violations. Inspector's comments: Person in charge is unable to demonstrate knowledge; drinking cup without cover was observed in food preparation area; Sandwich meat held at 47-degrees F, thrown away; sandwiches and fruit salad are improperly date marked; utensils in manual warewashing operation are not exposed to the sanitizer for required amount of time; Hot water generation shall be sufficient to meet peak demands. Hot water in 3 bowl sanitize sink was 47-degrees F. Hot water to janitor's sink was 122-degrees F. Hot water to hand sink was 72-degrees F; Chemical is not being used according to manufacturer's use directions. Bottle of degreaser hooked up to sanitizer dispenser to 3 bowl sink. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 27, the restaurant received no critical violations.

Roni's, 109 Credes Landing, Elkview: 6

Hunt Brothers Pizza, 4097 Indian Creek Road, Elkview: 5

Wendy's, 121 Virginia St. E.: 4

Golden Corral, 412 New Goff Mountain Road, Cross Lanes: 4

Charleston Civic Center Catering Kitchen, 200 Civic Center Drive: 4

Burger King, 1203 Frame Road, Elkview: 3

Quarrier Diner, 1022 Quarrier St.: 3

Charleston Civic Center Catering Kitchen, 200 Civic Center Drive: 3

Civic Center Commissary, 200 Civic Center Drive: 3

Panera Bread, Charleston Town Center: 3

Gino's Pizza, 113 W Main St., St. Albans: 3

Chick-fil-A, Charleston Town Center: 3

Kentucky Fried Chicken, 3415 Staunton Ave.: 3

7-Eleven, 2517 Spencer Road, Clendenin: 3

Captain D's, 521 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 3

Dwight's Restaurant, 513 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 3

Chesapeake Volunteer Fire Department, 12408 MacCorkle Ave., Chesapeake: 3

Dem 2 Brothers and A Grill II, 9941 East Dupont Ave., London: 3

Lifestart ICF, 124 Academy Drive, Dunbar: 2

Center Dairy Queen, Charleston Town Center: 2

Drug Emporium, 5101 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Go-Mart, 6708 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 2

Wheelbarrows Country Cookin', 5109 Big Tyler Road: 2

Kroger, 5717 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Mario's Pizza, 1917 Bigley Ave.: 2

Wendy's, Patrick Street Plaza: 2

Little General, 4097 Indian Creek Road, Elkview: 2

Captain Jim's BBQ and More, 2515 MacCorkle Ave., St Albans: 2

Tudor's Biscuit World, 113 W Main St., St. Albans: 2

Video Village, 5524 East Dupont Ave., Cedar Grove: 2

Rhododendron Cottage, 4017 Salinas Drive, Malden: 2

La Loma, 5843 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston: 2

Taco Bell, 5709 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Family Dollar, 23D MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 2

Subway, 133 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 2

Dollar General, 6400 MacCorkle Ave., St Albans: 2

Dollar General, 106 Maywood Ave., Clendenin: 1

Speedway, 10 South Ave., Clendenin: 1

Sub Express/Pizza Primo Restaurant, 6414 MacCorkle Ave.: 1

Ivy's, 5616 MacCorkle Ave.: 1

Little Caesar's/Kmart, Crossings Mall, Elkview: 1

Rite Aid, 406 W Washington St.: 1

Family Dollar, 1536 Washington St.: 1

Captain D's, 114 Kanawha Blvd.: 1

PI East, 1716 7th Ave.: 1

Rose Wing Of Rhododendron Cottage, 4017 Salinas Drive, Malden: 1

Dollar General, 222 Washington St.: 1

Custom Catering, 3137 Washington St. W.: 1

Fuji's Sushi and Teriyaki, 1113A Jefferson Road, South Charleston: 1

Dollar General, 302 B St., St. Albans: 1

Little Caesars Pizza, 104 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 1

Par Mar Store, 2328 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans: 1

Dogs on the Run, 10009 East Dupont Ave., London: 1

Quantum Sports, 419 58th St.: 1

Domino's, 5468 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes: 1

Wellington's Cafe and Catering, 2153 Greenbrier St.: 1

Subway, Crossings Mall, Elkview: 1

Speedway, 400 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston: 1

Wendy's, 313 6th Ave., St. Albans: 1

Los Amigos Inc., 2911 7th Ave.: 1

Subway, Charleston Town Center: 1

Charleston Civic Center Concession #1, 200 Civic Center Drive: 1

Upton's Food Mart, 3024 E DuPont Ave., Shrewsbury: 1

Su Tei Asian Cuisine, 5711 MacCorkle Ave.: 1

Gun Permits

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has issued concealed weapons permits for the following Kanawha County residents:

Jonathan Warner Adkins, Charleston

Timothy Ray Ashley, St. Albans

Kelli Lynn Ashworth, Elkview

David Lee Atkinson, Winifrede

Johnnie Monroe Baldwin, Sissonville

Philip Andrew Beckner, Sissonville

Philip Michael Browne, Charleston

Nicholas Scott Broyles, Elkview

Roger Lee Bryant, Charleston

Tanya Renee Burdette, St. Albans

Jason Edward Canterbury, Charleston

Kimberly Katherine Corbin, Cross Lanes

David Eugene Casto, Sissonville

Jerad Dane Casto, Charleston

Okey Lester Cottrill, St. Albans

Paul Daniel Cottrell, Charleston

Sue Pearl Cottrell, Charleston

Michael Branden Criner, Elkview

Charles Cunningham, Elkview

Kevin Lee Curnutte, South Charleston

Michael Clarence Davis, Charleston

Quentin LeMarr Davis, Charleston

Bernard William Dunlap II, South Charleston

Patrick Scott Dunlap, St. Albans

Mary Donna Eads, Dunbar

Harold David Fields, Clendenin

Courtney Jane Fraser, Charleston

John Roy Fraser, Charleston

Andrea Lea Gibson, Sissonville

Kimberly Jean Gibson, Sissonville

Blake Douglas Goodall, Nitro

Gary Thomas Gunnoe, Charleston

Raenel Richner Hansen, Charleston

Donna Lolita Harding, Sissonville

Brittany Alyss Harris, Charleston

Marvin Eugene Harris III, South Charleston

Matthew Wayne Hastings, Charleston

Vanessa Lynn Hawkins, St. Albans

Daniel Frazier Hayne, Cross Lanes

Kevin Michael Henson, Dunbar

Jerry Wayne Hicks, Sissonville

Christopher Lee Hill, South Charleston

John Anthony Hoyer, Charleston

Claude Swanson Hylton, Charleston

Renvel Dean Johnson, Cabin Creek

Steven Paul Johnson, Chesapeake

Melvin R. Kerr, Clendenin

Janie Marie Kilburn, Sissonville

Donald Lee Lambert, Charleston

Thomas Frederick Lee, Tornado

Pamela Jane Lewis, Nitro

Barry Joe Lowery, Charleston

Bridget Nicole May, Charleston

Clifton Carter McFarland, Tornado

James Brian McKnight, Chesapeake

Betsy Meadows, Cross Lanes

Rocky Allen Miller II, South Charleston

Michael David Moore, St. Albans

Jason Craig Morris, Elkivew

Virgil Lee Nelson, Tad

Bennie Harlan Newhouse, Elkview

Marshall Wayne Null, Charleston

Mark Steven Painter, Cross Lanes

James Ervin Pauley, South Charleston

Darla May Raynes, Charleston

Stephen Allen Rhodes, Charleston

Forrest Alden Richey Jr., Charleston
Leroy Curtis Royer, St. Albans

Terrence Eugene Rusin, Charleston

Mary Bede Sanney, St. Albans

Charles Edward Shafer, Clendenin

Lindsey Nicole Shaffer, St. Albans

Brenda Sue Smith, St. Albans

Craig Alan Spradling, South Charleston

Linda Jean Strait, Charleston

Daniel Lee Strait, Charleston

Lowell William Thomas Jr., Charleston

Christian Blaze Toney, Charleston

Hal Lawrence Turley, St. Albans

Deborah Lynn Walker, Clendenin

Mark Allen Walker, St. Albans

Michael Waseleski, Clendenin

William Shane Wilson, Charleston

Michael Anthony Withrow, Charleston

Barbara Alice Young, Charleston

Daires Bud Young, Elkview

David Frank Zimmerman, South Charleston

National Youth Science Foundation turns to crowdsourcing to raise funds for CVI building http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209949 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150201/GZ01/150209949 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0500 By Rick Steelhammer With a Feb. 9 deadline looming, the National Youth Science Foundation has turned to crowdsourcing to raise $150,000 needed to show that it has the wherewithal to maintain and operate the $8 million Canaan Valley Institute building near Davis it hopes to acquire from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew its plans to occupy the building and use it for a new headquarters and visitor center for Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, following a spirited public meeting in Davis in which little support for the refuge plan was voiced. The move cleared the way for the NYSF to apply for a transfer of ownership and submit a financial plan demonstrating to NOAA officials its ability to run the state-of-the-art "green" building as a regional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education hub. The proposed STEM Education Center would be the centerpiece of the planned National Center for Youth Science Education, and would become the permanent home of the National Youth Science Camp.

"To this end, we are soliciting pledges from both individuals and corporations," said NYSF Director Andrew N. Blackwood. "We've created a crowdsourcing website, similar to Kickstarter, to help with this challenge."

According to the NYSF site, http://pledge.nysf.com, donors are encouraged to make pledges ranging from $25 now and $25 more over each of the next four years, to $250,000, which includes naming rights for the 25,000 square foot building.

NOAA funded the construction of the building, which was completed in 2009, to serve as the headquarters for the Canaan Valley Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides technical aid and planning resources on stream restoration, conservation and mitigation projects, and hosts numerous conferences and seminars. After U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., a long-time booster of the Institute, failed to win reelection in 2010, federal grants to CVI began to dry up and private business opportunities for the institute began to fade away. Last year, CVI asked NOAA to be relieved of its obligation to pay for the care and upkeep of the building, but sought permission to remain a secondary tenant.

The main CVI building and a smaller support structure are located on a 37-acre tract of land just north of Davis. The main building houses a 3,500-square-foot conference center with seating for 120, a 1,000-square-foot research lab, a 39-station computer lab and a 1,000-square-foot teaching lab. It was built with locally sourced, recycled and sustainable materials and uses a self-contained sewage system with a wetland and a greenhouse to filter and re-use waste water.

In 2009, the NYSF bought 111 acres across the Blackwater River from the CVI building to serve as the campus for its planned $50 million National Center for Youth Science Education.

As of Friday, the NYSF's Empower fundraising site had recorded more than $20,000 in donations and pledges.

Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelhammer@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5169 or follow @rsteelhammer on Twitter.