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Bush, Georgette 2 p.m., Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood.


Carter, Charles 1:30 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.


Fish, R.J. 2 p.m., Bartlett


Fleshman, Abigayle 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.


Hagerman, Paul 2 p.m., Wilson


Jones, Annabelle 3 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.


Justice, Timothy 2 p.m., James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma.


Townson, Joseph, Sr. 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

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Dorothy Baber http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319968 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319968 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:36 -0400 Dorothy Mae Burgess Baber, 88, of Summerlee, died Saturday, August 30, 2014. Service will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, at Tyree Funeral Home. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday.

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Lester Burnside, Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319977 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319977 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:33 -0400 Lester Wade "Cappy" Burnside, Jr., 80, died Saturday, August 30, 2014, after a period of failing health.

Burnside was the driving force in Harrison County's successful effort to attract the Federal Bureau of Investigation's CJIS division. He had just taken office as President of Harrison 2000 in January 1990 when Senator Robert C. Byrd asked West Virginia communities to prepare for FBI teams which would be looking for possible sites. Burnside quickly searched for appropriate locations with the result that Harrison County submitted four sites for consideration. Three other counties also submitted sites. At the same time, he established a rapport with FBI officials and, in the ensuing months, worked constantly to overcome numerous obstacles. In January 1991, Senator Byrd announced the FBI's decision to relocate to Harrison County, cheering news to this depressed area.

For most of his adult life, Cappy Burnside was involved in community concerns. He served a two-year term as President of the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce beginning in 1988. In 1985, he had initiated the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Chamber to unify economic development efforts. This grew into the Joint Committee for Economic Development, which eventually incorporated as Harrison 2000.

Burnside's interests and contributions to the community were varied and numerous: West Virginia Life Science Center, Board of Directors; Association of Industrial Development, Board of Directors; Clarksburg Industrial Development Corporation: President, 1989-1990; Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant: President, 1979; Builders' Supply Association of West Virginia: Board of Directors, 1965-1991; President, 1969; Boy Scouts of America, Central West Virginia Council: Board of Directors; North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation: Advisory Board; American Society of Highway Engineers, Central West Virginia Chapter: President, 1989; Mon Valley Tri-State Network; Mountaineer Country Travel Council: Board of Directors; Clarksburg Planning and Zoning Commission: Member, 1963-1978; The Oak Mound Bank: Board of Directors, 1976-1982; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Black Diamond Girl Scout Council: Board of Directors; Clarksburg Kiwanis Club: President 1969-1970.

From 1992 until 2006, Burnside was a board member of the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio, which he served as chair in 1995 and then as treasurer. He proudly displayed a mounted pipe labeled Peacemaker to commemorate his ability to solve a difficult situation.

The Route 279 bridge over I-79 will be dedicated in his honor on September 26, 2014, in recognition of his efforts to attract the FBI to Harrison County.

In October 2010, Governor Joe Manchin III named him a Distinguished Mountaineer. In 1996, the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce recognized Burnside's outstanding service to the community with special recognition of his FBI efforts. The Society of Highway Engineers selected him Man of the Year in 1988. When he retired from the Planning and Zoning Commission after fifteen years of service, the Commission published a proclamation expressing appreciation for his "dedicated, unselfish, and invaluable assistance."

Burnside was president and treasurer of Consolidated Supply Company, which he closed in 1992. In recent years, he was a consultant to building supply firms, specializing in materials for highways and bridges.

Born in Clarksburg on January 30, 1934, his parents were the late Lester W. Burnside and Louise Nowery Burnside. He graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg in 1951, where he developed leadership skills and and the code by which he lived: Truth Duty Honor. He was a 1955 graduate of West Virginia University, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Scabbard and Blade, military honorary. He was a Life Member of the WVU Alumni Foundation and was inducted into the Emeritus Club in 2005. He served in the United States Army for two years and retired as a captain in the United States Army Reserve.

He leaves his wife, Carolyn Reynolds Burnside, with whom he had celebrated fifty-eight years of marriage; two daughters, Kate Burnside, Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman; and Mary Wade Triplett and her husband, Arnold Sennett Triplett, Bridgeport; his grandson, Patrick William Sommerville Finley and his wife, Kristen and their son, Evan, Palmyra, N.J.; his sister, Barbara Burnside Wood, Montgomery Village, Md.; his stepsister, Mary Frances Gaylord Loy and her husband, John, Clinton, N.Y.; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Ann Burnside Browning; his parents; his stepmother, Helen Sayer Burnside; and his loving labradoodle, Bert. The Burnside family was among the earliest settlers of Good Hope, southern Harrison County, arriving in 1797.

A memorial service will take place at a later date, after which the family will receive friends at a luncheon. Although Cappy Burnside chose cremation, his spirit will be at the party.

Rather than flowers, please make memorial donations to the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio or to a charity of choice.

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Cheryl Burton http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319994 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319994 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Cheryl Yvette Burton, 50, of Rand, passed away early Thursday morning, August 28, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, after a short battle with kidney cancer.

Cheryl, a graduate of Charleston Catholic High School, she was also an avid reader and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and gardening in her spare time. She enjoyed spending time with her only grandchild, Aaliyah, and longtime companion, Russel Miller. Cheryl was a member of Farrar Memorial Baptist Church.

She was born January 14, 1964, in Charleston to William and Delores Burton. She is survived by her daughter, Melanie Burton, of Rand; sisters, Sherry Redfeam, of Monroe, N.C. and Sharon (Jon) Bailey of Elizabeth, W.Va.; one niece, Allie Bailey; two nephews, Lewis Hatfield of Monroe, N.C., and William Chris Hatfield of Wilmington, N.C.; and a great-niece, Zoie Hatfield of Monroe; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by siblings, Debbie Daniels and Michael Butler.

She was a longtime manager employed by Cokesbury Book and Church Supply, where she was an invaluable help to ministries throughout the area.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, at Preston Funeral Home in Charleston, followed by a prayer service and interment at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made to one of the following foundations: National Kidney Foundation, The Keziah-Jones Foundation, Inc., or American Cancer Society.

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Bobby Cooper http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319973 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319973 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Mr. Bobby Dean Cooper, 61, of Danville, died Monday, August 25, 2014. Services were Friday, August 29, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville.

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Mary Crouch http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319971 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319971 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Mary Ellen Crouch, 80, of Charleston, died Sunday, August 17, 2014. Mary donated her body to research to help others. Special thanks to her caregivers at Ravenswood Village, HospiceCare, and her daughter, Sandra Reed.

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Hibbert Cummings Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319996 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319996 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:21 -0400 Hibbert Daniel Cummings, Jr., 89, of Charleston, was escorted home by angels, Thursday, August 29, 2014, at CAMC Memorial Division, after a long illness. He was born July 16, 1925, to the late Hibbert Cummings, Sr. and Florence Ettie Willard Cummings. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Oral, Joe, Roy, Cecil and Blaine; sisters, Nellie Isabelle, Margaret, Genevieve; wife of 63 years, who was the love of his life, Erma Lee Harper Cummings, who passed away six years ago. They made their home on Chandler Drive, Charleston and was retired from Libby-Owens-Ford Glass Plant in 1977 with 33 years of service. He was a member of the Charleston Elk's, where he played golf and won several trophies, including silver at the National Elks Tournament at Southern Pines, N.C.

He also played on the L.O.F. Golf League for many years. He always took interest in his community and served as a member of the Mayor's Community Renewal Bd, a member of the Bd. Of Inter-City Council and the Chandler Dr. O.B.C.D. Community Club.

On May 7, 1987, he was saved, then baptized on May 24.

Surviving are son, Daniel Lee Cummings and wife, Mary; daughters, Trebbih L. Holstein and husband, Jack, Joy Hogan and husband, Fred; grandchildren, Dathum N. Cummings and wife, Lora, Angel Kincaid, Clark Daniel Holstein, Jessie Holstein Bowlin and husband, Luke, Randi Jo Hogan Jones and husband, Justin; great-grandchildren, Matthew Ryan and Jordan Thomas Holstein, Carter Thomas and Deacon Louis Jones, and Logan Alexander Bowlin; and a host of extended family and friends.

Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Rev. William Berry officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the nursing staff on 3 East at CAMC Memorial for the dignified and humble care during his last days. Also a special thank you to Dr. William Harris, Dr. Jacqueline Cole and Pulmonary Associates of Charleston.

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Jack Dent http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319989 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319989 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Jack Lee Dent, 78, of South Charleston, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House-West.

Jack was a graduate of the 1955 class of Winfield High School and an honorary member of SCHS Class of '55. He attended Morris Harvey College. He was a SCHS booster. Jack retired from the WV Dept. of Highways with 24 years of service. He was a member of South Charleston First Church of God, where he served as an elder and Sunday School teacher. Jack also coached Midget League Football and Little League Baseball. He loved all sports especially golf and always said "it never rains on a golf course." He loved the Lord, his family and gospel music. Jack was the first to testify and raise his hand to God.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mearl Dent; brothers, Ervin, Alonzo "Hoagy", Claude "Hopper", Earl Jr. "Chick", Virgil "Bones"; sisters, Kay Frances Dent, Dolly Lore, Betty Ramsey and Mary Jarrett.

Jack is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Taylor Dent; son, Donald Lee Dent and his wife, Sharon; granddaughter, Lauren; grandson, Logan, all of Blairstown, N.J.; sister, Maxine Crawford of South Charleston; brother-in-law, Bill Taylor of South Charleston; sister-in-law, Ruth Taylor of South Charleston; and several nieces and nephews, along with his special friend, Roy Mallory; and a host of friends.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. V. B. Lakhani, Dr. M. Kayi and their staff as well as the staff with Hospice for their care and compassion to Jack during his illness.

A service to honor the life of Jack Lee Dent will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the South Charleston First Church of God with Pastor Walter Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

A visitation will be held for family and friends between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Monday, September 1, at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV 25387-2536 or to the South Charleston First Church of God, 5303 Ohio St., South Charleston, WV 25309.

Family and friends may share condolences and memories of Jack Lee Dent by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is handling the arrangements.

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Thelma Elkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319975 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319975 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:34 -0400 Thelma Louise Elkins, 92, of Dunbar, died Friday, August 29, 2014. Arrangements are in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

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Margaret Ellebrecht http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319991 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/OBIT/308319991 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:02:23 -0400 Margaret Vivian Ellebrecht, 77, of Sutton passed away Saturday, May 30, 2014, at her residence, and was a longtime resident of Sutton.

She was born March 1, 1937, in Saint Louis, Mo., the daughter of the late Albert and Beulah Hall Ellebrecht. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Tracil Knight; and her sister, Mary Alice Ellebrecht Williams.

Margaret volunteered her time to the residence of Braxton Nursing and Rehab Center.

She is survived by her son, Rodney E. Steorts, II and wife, Judy of Sutton; daughter, Marilyn "Jaye" Michael and husband, James E. of Morgantown; grandchildren, Brandy and Mike Lockhard, Jessica and Greg Ice, Emma Steorts, Billie and Sam Murray, Jamie Michael, Jo Clair and Tim Morgan, Paul and Jacoba Michael; and her sister; Ruth Ann and Duffy Shamblin; 10 great-granchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday September 1, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating. Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery, Sutton. Friends may call after noon Monday, at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Ellebrecht family.

Online condolences may be sent to greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com

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W.Va. tourism looks ahead after chemical spill http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/ARTICLE/140839922 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/ARTICLE/140839922 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By JOHN RABY

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A roller coaster of rapids will await thrill-seekers for the start of the Gauley River whitewater season as southern West Virginia businesses anticipate an influx of visitors to finish out a tourism season that for a time simmered in the stigma of a chemical spill in Charleston.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens the valves from the Summersville Dam next Friday to begin a series of releases that will stretch the Gauley season through mid-October.

It was a different type of water - tainted tap water - that dominated talk earlier in the year in the state's tourism industry. A Jan. 9 chemical spill along the Elk River in Charleston prompted a restriction on water use for 300,000 residents in nine counties.

The restriction lasted for days. Businesses, especially in southern West Virginia, heard the discussion for months. The state spent extra money on a tourism campaign to bolster its image.

The spill's direct impact on tourism may never be known because money won't be spent to research it, said Dave Arnold, a member of the state Tourism Commission and a partner in whitewater outfitter Adventures on the Gorge.

What is known is that businesses - whether their numbers were up, flat or down - survived and have moved on.

The spill had no direct relation to the whitewater industry because the Elk River flows into the Kanawha River, which is downriver from the New and Gauley rivers.

"There's no question this had some effect," Arnold said. "I do know it didn't help us."

Arnold predicted that trips for his company on the New River alone will be down about 7 percent compared to last year.

"Most outfitters were down slightly this year despite being very aggressive," he said. "We spent a lot of money on marketing."

Despite some outfitters' efforts to reinvent themselves by adding tree zip-line tours and family oriented activities, the state industry has seen a steady decline since peaking at 257,446 visits in 1995. According to state Division of Natural Resources figures, there were 142,860 trips taken last year, about the same as 2012.

Two whitewater outfitters, Adventures on the Gorge and ACE Adventure Resort, comprised nearly two-thirds of those trips.

To bolster its image in the wake of the chemical spill, the state doubled the Division of Tourism's budget for the spring advertising campaign with a $1.2 million cash infusion in April. The extra funds helped expand the campaign into several Ohio markets, along with radio ads in select cities in Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

The spill initially forced Charleston-area restaurants and hotels to close, and business tax collections over the first five months of the year were down about 5 percent before rebounding in June, said Alisa Bailey, president of the Charleston Convention and Visitors bureau.

"I do believe that the people are assured" about the quality of the water, she said. "We're moving on."

In the tourism-driven community of Fayetteville near the New River, Secret Sandwich Society shop owner Lewis Rhinehart said there was some concern earlier in the year among businesses after the chemical spill, but that quickly faded.

"There were certainly some doom-and-gloom people saying it's going to end the whitewater industry," Rhinehart said. "Nothing like that happened."

Rhinehart said he saw an increase in business from customers who arrived from Charleston in the months after the chemical spill.

"We had an upsurge in the middle of winter," he said. "It opened people's eyes. People who live in Charleston could come to Fayetteville. It was a good ambassadorship for the town."

Rhinehart said very few customers at his shop mentioned the spill this summer. At a nearby campground operated by the nonprofit American Alpine Club, manager Paul Nelson said he received no inquiries from prospective campers concerned about the quality of the water.

Business at the campground so far this year has been better than a year ago. The peak climbing season is mid-September to November.

"It will be interesting to see how it goes," Nelson said.

At Water Stone Outdoors, a Fayetteville business that provides gear to rock climbers, business has been flat, and co-owner Kenny Parker said the dollars available to the traditional customer base for tourism in the region have "just dried up." He also said the lingering concerns over the chemical spill "definitely affected us."

"I have friends in the lodging business," Parker said. "When they're getting calls from people asking about (the spill), to me, that's bad. Those people who come for lodging, a certain percentage of those people are going to find my store. I might have had growth if it weren't for that."

But recreational visits to the New River Gorge National River are up about 4.2 percent this year compared to last year, according to the National Park Service. Although much smaller in numbers, visits to the Gauley River National Recreation Area are up 33 percent and visits to the Bluestone National Scenic River in southern West Virginia are up 6.5 percent.

Andrea Ness of Dimondale, Michigan, hadn't heard about the spill when she was among a group that went rock climbing and whitewater rafting on the New River in June. She enjoyed the experience so much that she plans to return with seven others in September for a trip on the Gauley.

"Once people are out there, they love it and they want to come back," she said.

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Science project earns students trip to India http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/ARTICLE/140839923 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/ARTICLE/140839923 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By LACIE PIERSON

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - It's no secret that a good education can take a student very far in the world.

Two Huntington High School students used their education to go halfway around the world earlier this year when their work on a school science project earned them a spot in the annual GLOBE Learning Expedition in New Delhi, India.
Elise Gooding, a senior at the school, and Sarah Cartwright, who graduated from there in May, spent Aug. 1 to 11 traveling to, and participating in, the conference, which is part of a worldwide school-based science and education program. Kalila Baker, another Huntington graduate, also worked in the study, but she was unable to attend the conference.
Five student-teams from North America were invited to attend the conference, and Huntington's team made the tight cut. A total of 114 countries participate in the program.
GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, and it works in close partnership with NASA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation Earth System Science Projects in study and research of the Earth's environment.
Likewise, the students' project was titled "The Effect of Aerosols on the Urban Heat Island Effect," and, for the layman, Gooding explained the project with ease.
"You know when you're in a big city, and you've got all of this concrete and tall buildings, and it's scorching hot? Then, you go out of the city, and it drops a few degrees. That's the urban heat island effect," she said. "The effect is the heat getting trapped in the city because darker colors tend to absorb more sunlight. It traps the energy in there making an urban heat island."
Keeping that in mind, the students sought to see how aerosols in the planet's atmosphere would impact the urban heat island effect.
"Aerosols are those tiny particles in the atmosphere that you can't see that block the sunlight," Gooding said. "They can make it hotter or cooler. It depends on where you are." Even though most people associate aerosols with hairspray, Gooding said they can come from coal fueled power plants and from volcanic ash, which is one of the most common sources of aerosols in the atmosphere.
The students kept track of weather patterns and aerosol levels for a few weeks during the 2013-14 school year, although a series of overcast days meant they had to rely on year-old data.
What they found was inconclusive, Gooding said.
"It was all across the ballpark based on what your surface was," Gooding said. "There was some high correlation for some aerosols that sky rocketed. There were some where it dropped. There were others where nothing happened. More research needed, I guess." Their teacher, Rich Sharpe, said he was proud of his students for taking on a project in a relatively new scientific niche.
"It helps to have good students," Sharpe said. "The idea behind it is to have students around the world make as many observations as they can, so years from now, we can know what climate change is caused by. This something they're doing for future generations." Before their trip, Cartwright said she was very excited for her first opportunity to leave the United States.
"For my first trip, I get to go halfway across the world," she said. "No matter how nerve wracking it is for us to get there, when we come back, we'll be able to say we went there and had that experience."
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Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com

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New owners, but same (haunted?) history for General Lewis Inn http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839930 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839930 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By David Gutman LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Take Sparrow and Aaron Huffman's ages, add them together, and they're still 18 years younger than the inn they just bought. And the married couple is a good 113 years younger than the building, originally a house, that became their "new" inn.

Sparrow, 35, and Aaron, 32, bought the General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg nine days ago. (The two were married at the Inn five years ago.) The Inn, which opened in 1929, had been owned and operated by three generations of the same family for the last 85 years.

"The first couple days were a little surreal," Sparrow Huffman said. "It's an amazing thing to be part of this iconic center of Lewisburg."

The Huffmans, originally from Pocahontas County, but longtime Lewisburg residents, said they're pretty much over the shock and novelty of running a 25-room hotel and a full service restaurant, but a few slips of the tongue show that might not quite be the case.

"When they do weddings, they set up a big tent back here," Aaron said as he showed off the Inn's gardens.

"They, as in us," his wife corrected him.

Yes, he agreed.

"We talk about how they have good fried chicken here," Aaron said.

"I know," Sparrow continued, "And then I say, no, we, we have good fried chicken."

Sparrow and her mother own the Stardust Café, about a quarter mile from the Inn in downtown Lewisburg. Aaron is a local contractor.

Last spring, the couple was looking for another project. They thought about buying a house to run as a bed and breakfast or as a wedding venue. They considered properties in both Lewisburg and in Puerto Rico.

"Nothing felt quite right," Sparrow said.

One day in April, Sparrow was going for a run near their house on Lafayette Street, two blocks from the General Lewis.

"I came home and I said to Aaron, 'You know I think the Inn is for sale.'"

The next day they emailed Nan Morgan, the Inn's owner. It was indeed for sale.

The day after that they spoke with former Charleston Mayor Jay Goldman, who was selling the property for Morgan.

With the help of a guarantee from the federal Small Business Administration, they secured a loan from Lewisburg's First National Bank and bought the property for $1 million.

Four months after that fateful run, just in time for Labor Day weekend, the Huffman's were inn owners.

They said they plan to make minor tweaks, but the character of the Inn won't change. They'll add a small bar, where guests can get drinks to enjoy in the living room or the garden. They'll host more weddings and will serve more local food - they're already getting liquor from Smooth Ambler Spirits in Maxwelton and eggs and poultry from Rainbow Farms in Sandstone.

But, the dining room, which serves breakfast and dinner seven days a week, is still the original house, which was built in 1834. The house was expanded to an inn in 1929, using beams salvaged from a backyard stable that was as old as the house.

There have been modernizations along the way - every room now has a bathroom and a television - but the inn still looks much as it always has.

Every room is furnished with antiques. Beds have new mattresses, but rest on wood and rope frames.

A hallway, "Memory hall," is festooned with tools and trinkets, some as old as the building itself.

The front desk is even older than the building. It dates to 1760, and both Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson registered at it at the Sweet Chalybeate Springs Hotel in Virginia, before the pine and walnut desk moved to the General Lewis.

"The quirkiness is what makes the Inn the Inn," Sparrow said. "It is unique, it's not like staying at a Days Inn or a Hampton Inn."

That quirkiness extends to legends that the General Lewis is haunted.

According to several entirely unconfirmed internet reports, there are at least three ghosts roaming the Inn - the "Lady in White," who haunts room 208; the ghost of a slave named Reuben and an unnamed little girl ghost who has been seen and heard on the second floor.

Sparrow Huffman is ambivalent. "I don't know what the right angle to take is," she said when asked about the ghosts.

"I haven't met the ghost," she said. "I live in harmony with the universe, so I'm not too afraid one way or another. Having them or not having them is fine with me."

Reach David Gutman

at david.gutman@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5119

or follow @davidlgutman on Twitter.

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Moments in Time: The El Rancho http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839939 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839939 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

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W.Va. colleges make cuts to deal with less taxpayer funding http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839940 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839940 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Mackenzie Mays Colleges across West Virginia are firing employees, eliminating and merging positions and making other cutbacks to compensate for a reduction of more than $42 million in state funding for higher education over the past two years.

At West Virginia University, about 13 employees have been fired as part of a Reduction in Force for this budget year, and more than 100 positions have been left vacant, according to WVU spokesman John Bolt. Departmental restructuring also occurred at the school to compensate for the reduction in funding, Bolt said.

"WVU responded to the state budget reductions in several ways, always keeping in mind the need to protect the core academic mission . . . ," Bolt said.

At Marshall University - where state funding cuts equal a reduction of about $900 per student - about 36 positions have been eliminated through attrition for the current budget year, resulting in savings of about $2 million, according to Marshall spokeswoman Ginny Painter.

Marshall did not lay off any employees, but an additional 17 positions were not filled. Also, some departments and colleges have been combined or restructured, Painter said.

"We continue to actively adjust our operations to accommodate the budget cuts," Painter said.

West Virginia State University has fired 10 employees, eliminated 15 already vacant positions and is considering other cost-saving measures, including renting out campus property for outside events.

WVU-Tech and Shepherd University officials have chosen to not fill some positions in recent years, as well, and continue to consolidate responsibilities on campus.

"These are the things we're doing to try to deal with these reductions in state budgets. All of us are facing this same issue," said Valerie Owens, a spokeswoman for Shepherd. "We're trying to be proactive and trying to preserve all of the things that we do here."

For the past two fiscal years, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has cut state agency spending by 7.5 percent.

In fiscal 2014, colleges assumed a greater cut of nearly 9 percent to safeguard financial aid, according to Higher Education Policy Commission spokeswoman Jessica Tice. That cut resulted in a total reduction in higher education funding of more than $33 million.

For fiscal 2015, higher education institutions had to cut their budgets by about 3 percent, totaling to a loss of about $9.6 million for the state's colleges.

West Virginia cut more in state funding for higher education than any other state besides Wyoming, according to a report released in May by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

After adjusting for inflation, West Virginia cut spending on higher education by about $330 per student, the report found.

Jim Nelson, a spokesman for Bluefield State College - where positions also have been frozen and merged - said that despite the hardships involved with the decrease in funding, crises like these force schools to re-examine the way they run things.

Since the budget cuts, Bluefield State has used grant money to install solar panels to light parking lots and has cut back on travel, with administrators often attending meetings via web cam.

"Formerly, we wouldn't have even thought about hopping into a car and driving to another part of the state. But we had to get leaner," Nelson said. "You have to say, 'Why do we do it this way?' I think we're all fighting a similar challenge . . . . It's made us take pretty hard looks at the way we usually do business. Colleges who survive and who thrive have to become more and more entrepreneurial and less isolated, ivy-covered institutions just because that's the way they've always done it. You have to be more adaptive."

Nelson said, if state legislators don't make funding for higher education a priority soon, he worries that the consequences could be significant.

"For a long time, we've been asked to do more and more with less and less," Nelson said. "At some point, that's got to stop, because, if you continue to do that, you may be asking us to do everything with nothing."

Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com, 304-348-4814 or follow @MackenzieMays on Twitter.

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Rick Wilson: W.Va. rages like it's 1984 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/ARTICLE/140839956 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/ARTICLE/140839956 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Get wilson sig These are difficult times for coal miners in Southern West Virginia and for those whose lives are linked to them. Layoffs and mine closings have become almost routine events in the face of competition as well as changes in regulation. This is a time when coal communities need and deserve serious leadership from the state's elected officials.

What they've gotten instead is what I like to call a ruling class hissy fit, an art that state leaders have mastered over the last few years. It is basically an all-hands-on-deck command performance where everyone who's anyone, including those who know better, proceeds to blame all the ills of the state on the president of the United States and his "war on coal."

The assumption seems to be that everything was peachy here until 2009 and would be again with if the White House had a different occupant and/or the EPA went away.

And that narrative, despite the steady disappearance of coal jobs since the 1950s, seems to be working. The task is probably made just a little easier by the fact that the occupant of that office is a black man with a strange name. It doesn't take much to subtly invoke the demons that dwell below the surface of our "post-racial" society.

The scene, which has become fairly ritualized, reminds me of George Orwell's novel 1984, in which a regular feature of life in an authoritarian society was the "two minutes hate." During that time, images of enemies of the state were flashed on TV screens while everyone in the audience was obliged to scream their hatred of the despised villains.

In the words of Orwell's narrator Winston Smith, "The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic."

State Senate President Jeff Kessler summed it up pretty well in a Washington Post article: "As a state, we have dealt with [the coal downturn] more from a state of denial, that it's all caused by Obama and EPA, and if we just scream a little harder it will go back to where it was ... And I'm just not sure that is going to happen."

The thing is, while hissy fits and two minute hates might promote social bonding and make people feel a little bit better for a little while, they don't really do much to address the situation at hand or the facts we're eventually going to have to face.

One such fact is that while coal has been and is likely to continue to be a major part of our economy, the post-World War II days when it employed over 120,000 miners are long gone long and aren't coming back. Another is that coal's problems wouldn't go away even if Obama and the EPA did. Even if we grant that new regulations on emissions complicate coal's future, they aren't the biggest factors.

Central Appalachian coal faces competition from cheaper Western and imported coal and cheaper and abundant natural gas. The free market, which many idolize, is doing more to impact coal than any politician or agency or environmental group.

There is currently a glut of coal on the world market, even as demand for the product is declining in places like China, which is expected to close 2,000 of its own mines by 2015. According to one of many business analysts cited in a recent Bloomberg story in the Daily Mail, markets are "awash with coal in a time of soft demand." To add insult to injury, some of the coal U.S. energy suppliers are buying is being imported from places like Colombia. Because of competition for rail service, shipping coal from there can be cheaper than rolling it to domestic sources on trains.

Sorry, but I don't think you can pin all that on the black guy. Or, as Gazette political columnist Phil Kabler recently noted, "I think we can agree that decline in demand for coal in China has nothing to do with tough environmental regulations."

And while some folks here believe that science can and should be denied on the basis of where their money comes from, climate change is going to get harder and harder to ignore. And it could make some of the problems we're worried about now look pretty small.

At some point, we need to move beyond the hissy fit and two minute hate. One step forward would be having some serious conversations about West Virginia's economic future. Fortunately, that is starting to happen through efforts like What's Next, West Virginia?, which is supported by many groups that are holding conversations all over the state about how we can strengthen our local economy.

We also need political leaders who will advocate for the kinds of policies and transitional assistance to help coal miners and communities get through this rough patch. As my friend Ted Boettner put it in a recent Gazette article, we need something like a "GI bill for displaced coal miners."

Jason Bailey of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy argued recently that there is plenty of precedence for the federal government to provide such assistance for workers and communities undergoing major hardships and economic changes. The Appalachian Regional Commission itself was created in the early 1960s to promote development within the region. Other transitional programs include:

n The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which since 1962 has provided services and supports to workers impacted by U.S. trade policies.

n The Job Training Partnership Act Title III, also established in 1962, was intended to help workers impacted by automation.

n The Base Realignment and Closure Commission, which was intended to help communities impacted by the close of military bases.

n The Clean Air Employment Transition Assistance program, passed in 1990, was established to provide training and assistance to workers affected by the Clean Air Act.

n The Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973 was intended to help workers displaced by the failure of rail systems in the northwest and Midwest.

n The Redwood Employee Protection Plan and Northwest Economic Adjustment Initiative aimed to assist workers in the declining timber industry of the Pacific Northwest.

n The U.S. Community Adjustment and Investment Program grew out of the NAFTA trade agreement and was intended to help communities and workers by it.

It's one thing to posture, pose and pretend to care about coal miners and their families. It's something else to push for the policies they need and deserve. So far, alas, that hasn't been happening.

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

At a news conference in June, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin talks about the EPA's proposed legislation in relation to the coal industry. With the governor is (from left) Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Charles Patton, president and CEO of Appalachian Power.

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DOH equipment director got pay raise during investigation http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839957 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839957 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Eric Eyre The West Virginia Division of Highways' former equipment director got a pay raise and a promotion while federal agents were investigating his office.

In January, Bob Andrew received a $7,500 salary hike and was promoted to a new job as executive assistant to Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, according to records at the state budget office.

At the time, Mattox and other DOH officials knew the feds were investigating the division's equipment office in Buckhannon, which Andrew had supervised for years. Federal agents delivered search warrants at the DOH's equipment division in August 2013.

DOH spokeswoman Carrie Bly would not comment on Andrew's pay raise and promotion, saying it is a personnel matter.

Andrew, 76, abruptly resigned Aug. 22, a week after an FBI agent testified that Andrew directed two DOH employees to drive a surplus dump truck to the Port of Baltimore, then allegedly falsified paperwork about the trip's purpose. Andrew prepared and approved travel reimbursement forms that claimed the employees had traveled to Maryland and Virginia to inspect equipment sold by the U.S. General Services Administration, according to the federal agent's testimony.

At the same hearing, Edward "Matt" Tuttle, one of the employees who drove the truck to Baltimore, pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators. Tuttle worked under Andrew at the DOH equipment division in Buckhannon.

For more than a year, federal and state authorities have been investigating the equipment office over allegations of bid rigging, misuse of taxpayer funds and participating in political activities on state time.

Nonetheless, the DOH promoted Andrew to special assistant to Mattox and bumped his salary from $75,240 to $82,764 on Jan. 1, records show. In his new post, Andrew was eligible for unlimited overtime.

Before he quit, Andrew accumulated about $12,000 in extra pay this year, according to payroll records. DOH officials refused to say if the additional pay was for overtime. He's expected to receive an additional lump-sum payment, for unused annual leave and sick days, after the DOH approves his resignation forms.

In 2013, Andrew received $91,735 in total compensation, $16,500 more than his base salary that year. DOH officials wouldn't comment on the reason for the extra pay.

Andrew worked for the Division of Highways for 16 years. As Mattox's special assistant, he was assigned to look into converting the state vehicle fleet to natural gas.

The DOH equipment division supplies dump trucks, bulldozers, excavators, mowers, graders and spare parts to DOH garages throughout West Virginia. The division has about 90 employees.

In August 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office served search warrants on the same days at the DOH's equipment office and at MoTrim Inc., in Cambridge, Ohio.

MoTrim has a contract with West Virginia to supply parts for DOH mowers. The contract allows DOH equipment division employees to buy MoTrim parts with state purchasing cards, or "P-cards," government records show. MoTrim, which was awarded the parts contract in 2012, also distributes boom mowers.

So far, the federal investigation has snared two DOH employees, Tuttle and Barry D. Thompson, a former equipment division supervisor who's scheduled to go on trial next month in Elkins. Thompson also is charged with lying to a federal agent. Tuttle and Thompson resigned in April.

Andrew's lawyer, John Carr, would not comment last week for this report.

In 2006, West Virginia's Ethics Commission and Legislative Auditor's Office investigated truck and equipment purchases at the DOH equipment division. At the time, Andrew called the investigation a "bunch of malarkey." The investigation's findings weren't made public.

Reach Eric Eyre at ericeyre@wvgazette.com, 304-348-4869 or follow @Ericeyre on Twitter.

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On file: Aug, 31, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839959 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839959 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Marriages

The following people filed for marriage in Kanawha County between Aug. 21 and 28:

Justin Douglas Sharp, 32, and Sarah Elaine Cook, 29, both of Charleston.

Kevin Patrick Moles, 22, of Dunbar, and Samantha Nicole Kryzak, 20, of Charleston.

Aaron Matthew Lacy, 26, and Brittani Nicole Carter, 25, both of Cross Lanes.

William Jackson Javins, 31, and Heather Suzanne Fletcher, 23, both of South Charleston.

Loren Richard Briles, 34, and Rebecca Lee Rucker, 27, both of Elkview.

Chad Michael Fisher, 34, of Sissonville and Melissa Sue Jarrell, 35, of Charleston.

Beau Michael Shouldis, 37, and Jennifer Nicole Harless, 33, both of Cross Lanes.

Bill Cooper, 34, and Melissa Dawn LeMaster, 25, both of St. Albans.

Michael Joseph Mullins, 44, and Jennifer Adelle White, 30, both of Charleston.

Alexander Nelson Almond, 21, and Gwendalyn Rachelle Walker, 20, both of Nitro.

Marty Dale Kinder, 51, and Tammy Ray Ashworth, 52, both of Charleston.

Corey Samuel Plotkin, 30, and Misty Sue McComas, 31, both of Charleston.

Ross Clinton Kirk III, 29, and Lanee Anmarie Bailey, 27, both of St. Albans.

Matthew Ray Loudermilk, 32, and Maria Christina Aiello, 25, both of Charleston.

Charles David Norton, 37, and Andrea Nicole Skeens, 31, both of Dunbar.

Nicholas Lee Bradley, 36, and Aylin Side Kumcu, 30, both of Charleston.

Mark Lee Arnold, 39, and Elisha Ann VanHorn, 41, both of St. Albans.

Gaurav Rathi, 29, of Des Moines, Iowa and Neha Rana, 25, of Charleston.

Robert Michael Layne, 23, and Kayla Nicole Legg, 23, both of Charleston.

Claude Wayne Turner, 51, and Rhonda Jo Skeens, 46, both of Charleston.

Samuel Kelvy Clayton Justice, 67, and Glenna June Short, 50, both of Charleston.

Jason Paul Schuerger, 35, of Charleston and Jamie Lynn DeCoster, 32, of Wilsonville, Oregon.

Brandon Lee Hudnall, 28, and Brook Nicole Johnson, 23, both of South Charleston.

Nathanial Hoffman Pauley, 20, and Kendra Brooke Proctor, 20, both of Belle.

Divorces

The following people filed for divorce in Kanawha County between Aug. 21 and 28:

Brittany Carol Elkins from Jeremy Andrew Elswick

William D. Collins from Shelly L. Collins

Tara Lipscomb from Aaron Lipscomb

Emily Kathryn Legg from Christopher D. Legg

April Michelle Meredith from Scottie Dale Meredith

Christine Pensule from Frank Pensule

Jillian Lee Wilford from Aaron Neil Wilford

Kayla Hartwell from Matthew Hartwell

Michelle O'Bryan from Larry O'Bryan

Regina G. Hancock from Joseph D. Hancock

Deborah L. Smith from S. Lee Smith

Carvel Vance from Heather Vance

Zachary Bays from Heather Bays

Ashley McCallister from Eric McCallister

Susan D. Ritz from Donald R. Ritz

Christopher M. Slater Jr. from Arika T. Slater

Property transfers

The following property transfers of $50,000 or more were recorded in Kanawha County between Aug. 22 and 29:

C.H.F. Properties Limited Liability company to Patton Development WV LLC. Lots, Malden District, $196,500.

Darrell A. Smith to Steven Scott and Kelly A. Richards. Lot, Union District, $168,000.

Cathy Lynn Foster to Timothy D. and Bethany M. Hively. Lot, Cabin Creek District, $63,000.

Jennifer R. Griggs to Joshua L. Derrick. Lot, Dunbar, $65,000.

Nicholas Patrick Dion Burdette to Cynthia Burdette. Lot, Poca District, $70,000.

M.A. Ghannam and Hanan Ghannam to Patrick A. Bond. Lot, Charleston, $650,000.

Timothy E. and Terry L. Skiles to Christopher M. Campbell. Lot, Cabin Creek District, $191,000.

Allison and Allison LLC to Decota Holdings LLC. Lot, Union District, $180,000.

Kirk and Callie Buchanan to Pauline Bishop. Lot, Charleston, $127,000.

Richard D. and Barbara Johnson to Karla Reece. Lots, Charleston, $89,000.

Wendle D. Cook to Ryan Brown. Lot, South Charleston, $128,000.

Donald D. II and Pamela E. Parsons to Nicholas R. and Ashley A. Oldaker. Lot, Union District, $160,000.

Keith Alan Shaffer to Keith A. and Justin Michael Shaffer. Lots, Malden District, $105,000.

Adnan Alhayek to Prizm Properties LLC. Lot, Jeffers Tax District, $79,000.

Anne Lee Trimmer and Cathy Marie Wilson to Matthew Kordusky and Amanda Burke. Lot, Union District, $79,300.

Joseph M. Jr. and Rebecca L. Bonham to Angel K. and James L. Leavitt. Lot, Loudon District, $79,000.

Terry Lew and Jerri Ann Carnefix to Dustin Carnefix and Jessica L. Armstead. Lot, Elk District, $52,900.

Prema Monica Saminidi Irudayaraj and Kinsley Pudota to Tiffany R. and Vance Vanderkolk. Lot, Charleston, $241,000.

Newport III LLC to Thomas E. Koontz. Lot, Charleston, $220,616.

Carolyn F. Hooper to Cynthia Lynn Payne. Lot, Union District, $85,000.

Howard E. Jr. and Pamela A. Reynolds to Benjamin R. and Sara D. Mann. Lot, Dunbar, $127,000.

Thomas H. Peyton and Timothy J. LaFon to Robert E. Tinsley. Lot, Union District, $51,000.

Robert L. Person to John and Robin Perdue. Lot, Charleston, $75,000.

AK Development LLC to Rickey L. and Penny S. Whitlock. Lot, Union District, $150,000.

Brian S. and Amy Barnette to Benjamin and Jessica Shannon. Lot, Elk District, $119,000.

Eastern Associates Limited Partnership to Baer Place LLC. Lots, Charleston, $375,000.

Chris E. and Tina A. Holley to Angela R. Harvey. Lot, Spring Hill District, $50,000.

Swarthmore Capital LLC to Brice T. Weber. Lot, Union District, $144,000.

Mildred M. Gibson to John D. Slater. Lot, Union District, $115,000.

James . and Becky L. Sisk to Eli J. and Rebbeka Lawson. Lots, Nitro District, $127,000.

Thomas M. Young to Joel R. Metz. Lot, Glasgow, $73,500.

The Jedi Group LLC to Barbara A. Smith. Lot, South Charleston, $129,000.

Patricia L. Pulliam to Claire A. Pulliam. Lot, Spring Hill, $82,000.

Jeremy Tomblin to Craig and Katherine K. Heinaman. Lots, Elk District, $212,500.

Johnnie Lee Young to Michael A. Hickman. Lot, Malden District, $73,000.

Thomas P. Smith to Bullitt Street LLC. Lot, Loudon District, $622,500.

Hereford and Riccardi PLLC to The Huntington National Bank. Lot, Nitro, $56,250.

Jennifer A. and Craig A. Robinson to Roy G. Jones and Pamela McLaughlin. Lot, Charleston, $237,500.

Shane and Amanda Branham to Steven W. and Sherry J. Simpson. Lot, Charleston, $112,500.

Bankruptcies

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 nonexempt property; Chapter 11 calls for business reorganization; Chapter 13 establishes a schedule of payments to creditors. The bankruptcies listed below are limited to those filed by residents or companies in the Gazette's circulation area. The following bankruptcies were filed between Aug. 22 and 29:

Penelope Lee Higgins, Elkview, Chapter 7. Assets: $35,416, Liabilities: $78,195.

James Franklin Chappelle, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $66,613, Liabilities: $15,313.

Shirley Jean Campbell, Elkview, Chapter 7. Assets: $48,150, Liabilities: $26,959.

Charles Raymond Jr. and Jessi Lee, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $1,300, Liabilities: $88,828.

Jackie Lee Fore, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $16,585, Liabilities: $32,761.

Silas Whitney and Mary Etta Starcher, Ivydale, Chapter 7. Assets: $27,356, Liabilities: $50,740.

Michael Lee and Carla Sue Romine, Chapter 7. Assets: $165,622, Liabilities: $179,689.

Robert Ray and Tammy Lynn Cranfield, Ripley, Chapter 7. Assets: $16,069, Liabilities: $79,933.

Lionel Forest Jarrell Jr., Winifrede, Chapter 7. Assets: $117,153, Liabilities: $182,496.

Debra Faye Bailey, Mount Hope, Chapter 7. Assets: $7,345, Liabilities: $28,999.

Lloyd and Vanessa Jean Adkins, Ranger, Chapter 7. Assets: $27,279, Liabilities: $46,139.

Melanie Kanish Murray-Taylor, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $28,456, Liabilities: $65,542.

Robert Kevin Williams, Dunbar, Chapter 7. Assets: $76,800, Liabilities: $79,632.

Jerri Lynn Sigmon, Chapmanville, Chapter 7. Assets: $126,673, Liabilities: $140,827.

Royal Home Improvement Inc., South Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $3,823, Liabilities: $24,149.

Gregory Paul Hackney, Ripley, Chapter 7. Assets: $1,404, Liabilities: $18,255.

Gary Dale and Daisy Marie Morgan, Oceana, Chapter 7. Assets: $82,878, Liabilities: $70,551.

Christopher Stephen Edwards, Stanaford, Chapter 7. Assets: $925, Liabilities: $45,574.

James Darrell and Wanda Gay Sears, Hinton, Chapter 7. Assets: $107,790, Liabilities: $79,268.

Janet Lynn Sheppard, Keiffer, Chapter 7. Assets: $52,520, Liabilities: $60,118.

Russell Zane and Caroline Peyton Lefler, White Sulphur Springs, Chapter 7. Assets: $63,817, Liabilities: $85,539.

Kevin Patrick Tue, Chauncey, Chapter 13. Assets: $1,300, Liabilities: $27,352.

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:

Asian Buffet, 50 Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes: 8 critical violations. Inspector's comments: The Person in Charge is unable to demonstrate knowledge; lots of food in walk in coolers is improperly date marked; operator has no plan for using time as a public health control. Sushi not time marked; ice machine is dirty; soda ice chute is dirty; dirty knife stored on clean knife rack; food scoop is very dirty; can opener blade is visibly soiled.

Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center/Twin Cities Center, 100 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 7 critical violations. Inspector's comments: Observed cross contamination. Raw eggs stored over ready to eat food; cooked meatballs in large bowls being cold held at 72-degrees since at least 7:30 this morning; gravy exceeds use-by date; bagged lettuce exceeds use-by date; the refrigerator crisper was found not being properly cleaned. Raw chicken juice; Sanitizer for 3-bowl sink must be used in the food establishment, must be approved. Using Clearon bleach tablets that is to be used to remove mildew stains from porcelain; insulin stored in refrigerator above food.

Hunt Brothers Pizza, 4097 Indian Creek Road, Elkview: 6

Foodland, 15065 MacCorkle Ave., Cabin Creek: 5

Domino's, 2308 Cleveland Ave., St. Albans: 5

Yen's Sandwiches, 606 D St., South Charleston: 4

Mojo's 312 7th Ave., South Charleston: 4

Donut Connection, 3509 MacCorkle Ave.: 4

Little General, 4097 Indian Creek Road, Elkview: 4

Dairy Queen, Charleston Town Center: 3

Chili's Bar and Grill, Charleston Town Center: 3

Walmart, Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes: 3

7-Eleven, 3815 MacCorkle Ave.: 3

Rio Bravo II, 4845 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston: 3

Tudor's Biscuit World, 2503 MacCorkle Ave., St Albans: 3

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2501 Mountaineer Blvd.: 3

Bridge Mart and Deli, 1040 Bridge Road: 2

Rita's Diner, 7971 Cabin Creek Road, Cabin Creek: 2

TNT Carryout, Cabin Creek Road, Dawes: 2

Baskin-Robbins, 4120 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Bob Evans, 4001 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston: 2

Wendy's, 3515 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Wendy's, 1 Jackson Plaza, St. Albans: 2

Dunbar Middle School, 27th Street, Dunbar: 1

Teavana, Charleston Town Center: 1

Taco Bell, Charleston Town Center: 1

Taco Bell, 301 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 1

Penn Station East Coast Subs, 612 3rd Ave., St. Albans: 1

Arby's, Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes: 1

Rite Aid, 3801 MacCorkle Ave.: 1

Sugar Pie Bakery, 3624 MacCorkle Ave.: 1

Nitro Elementary School, 1921 19th St., Nitro: 1

King's Way Christian Educare, 302 21st St., Nitro: 1

Wheelhouse, 1007 Bridge Road: 1

7-Eleven, 1300 Bigley Ave.: 1

Panera Bread, Charleston Town Center: 1

Soho's, 800 Smith St.: 1

Gun permits

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

Arnold Eugene Anderson, Handley

Stephen Michael Arnett, St. Albans

Darrell Wayne Baisden, Charleston

Kenneth Harold Balser, Pond Gap

Kevin Gantz Barnett, Dunbar

Marlin Guy Barnett, Dunbar

Eugene Monroe Blackshire, Charleston

Jennifer Erin Bolen, St. Albans

Timothy G. Bollinger, Charleston

Edward Keith Botkin, Nitro

Matthew David Brenner, Dunbar

Robert Lee Bumgardner Jr., Sissonville

Jeremy Andrew Calderwood, Cross Lanes

John Woodville Carper II, Charleston

Harold Edward Casto, Cross Lanes

Ashley Brianne Christian, South Charleston

Brian Craig Christian, South Charleston

Jared S. Clonch, St. Albans

Preston Eugene Crouch, Charleston

Barry Lester Davis, Tornado

Cody Ryan Downey, Shrewsbury

Robert Morris Downs, South Charleston

Jessica Ann Duernberger, Charleston

Paula Frances Duncan, Elkview

Anthony Dean Dunigan, Elkview

William Wayne Dunlap, St. Albans

Jeffrey Dean Estep, Charleston

David Lee Estep, St. Albans

Carl Edward Farmer, Charleston

Dimple Jean Farmer, Charleston

Doris Marie Feagans, St. Albans

Michael Wayne Ferrell, Charleston

Daren Lee Fielder, Clendenin

Misty Dawn Fielder, Clendenin

Robert Owen Fisher, Sissonville

Kelly Denise Frye, Charleston

David Nile Gardner, Dunbar

Clarence Gates Jr., Gallagher

George Marion Givens III, Belle

Patricia Ann Givens, Belle

Steve Eugene Givens, Blue Creek

Eric Christopher Groves, Charleston

James Michael Grubbs, Charleston

Pamela Jean Gunnoe, Charleston

Mark Anthony Hager, Kenna

Justine Arin Hardy, Charleston

Harley Duane Harrah, Charleston

Benjamin Thomas Harris, St. Albans

Christopher Scott Harvey, St. Albans

Michelle Renee Hastings, Marmet

Thomas Morton Hayes, Charleston

Kenneth Clifton Hays, Elkview

Aaron Stultz Heishman, Charleston

Daisey Russell Holley, Charleston

Michael Keith Holley, Charleston

Douglas Wayne Holstein, Charleston

Elborn Holstein, London

Martin Dale Holstein, Hernshaw

William Stephen Humphreys, Dunbar

Norma Louise Hundley, St. Albans

Richard Dawson Hundley, St. Albans

Johnny P. Jackson, Elkview

James Lewis Johnson, Charleston

Louise Elizabeth Johnson, Dunbar

Dusty Michael Jones, Elkview

James David Jones, Elkview

Kenneth Justin Jordan, Charleston

Kenneth Ray Jordan, Charleston

Anwar Murad Keaton, Dunbar

Matthew Allen Kemper, St. Albans

Margaret Hoskins Knorr, Charleston

Stephen Wesley Kolar, Cross Lanes

Caleb Robert Korth, Charleston

Tiffany Lynn Korth, Charleston

Virginia Lambert, Charleston

John David Laverty, Nitro

Paul David Leftwich, Charleston

David Carroll Lewia, Charleston

Karen Joyce Lewia, Charleston

Stephanie Christine Lewis, South Charleston

Eric Douglas Lilly, St. Albans

Bethany Dawn Lovejoy, St. Albans

Richard Lee Lutz, South Charleston

Robert Joseph MacDonald, Charleston

Dakota Allan McNeely, Charleston

Michael William McNulty, Charleston

Teddy Stuart Melton, Elkview

David Alan Mills, Charleston

Velma Jean Mitchell, Sissonville

Joseph Alan Moore, St. Albans

Kenneth Rainelle Mosley, Dunbar

Micah Sponaugle Mullenax, Charleston

Edward Lee Mullins, Chesapeake

Eugene Michael Murphy, Charleston

Marsha Marie Naylor, Clendenin

Angus Lee Newman Jr., Charleston

Pamela Tice Newman, Charleston

Janice Elaine Pack, St. Albans

Geneva Ann Parsons, Cross Lanes

Raymond Lee Parsons, Charleston

James Edward Pauley, Charleston

Jonathan Michael Pauley, Charleston

Glenn Drew Payne, Charleston

Patricia Gail Payne, Charleston

Herbert Hershel Persinger, South Charleston

David Wayne Peterson, Charleston

Lona Belle Peterson, Charleston

Benjamin Joel Petry, Charleston

Christina Danielle Pettry, Charleston

Katy Jo Petry, Charleston

Roger Allan Pettit, East Bank

Robert Lee Pettry III, Charleston

Thomas Eugene Piggott, Sissonville

James Alvin Polk, Charleston

Christopher Michael Postalwait, St. Albans

Wally Quinton Preston, South Charleston

Franklin Lee Proctor, London

James Ezra Proctor, London

Stephanie Nichole Rawlings, Charleston

Tony Lee Richard, Clendenin

Bobbie Lee Richards, Cedar Grove

Edward Ernest Rider, Cross Lanes

Jack Marvin Rife, Charleston

Joshua Edward Rose, Charleston

Janet Lea Runion, Charleston

Terry Edward Runion, Charleston

James Wilburn Runyon, Charleston

Paul Daniel Rusnak, St. Albans

Kenneth Bryan Rutherford Jr., Nitro

Michael Eugene Rutherford, Dunbar

Wilson Dale Samples, Nitro

Kolten Tyler Saunders, Nitro

Blaine Lee Shafer, Elkview

Robert Sterling Shannon, Charleston

Juliette Dawn Sharp, Charleston

Stacy Dawn Slaughter, South Charleston

Robert Alan Sloan II, Charleston

Larry F. Smithson, Charleston

Joseph Alan Snyder, Clendenin

Charles William Spann, Charleston

Brian David Spencer, Winifrede

Michael James Starcher, Clendenin

Timothy Dale Stephens, Tornado

Barry Eugene Swiney, Charleston

Harold Donald Tallie, Nitro

Buddy Lee Taylor, South Charleston

Glenda Faye Taylor, South Charleston

Ronald Wayne Taylor, Charleston

Thomas Delmer Taylor, St. Albans

Martha Ann Teel, Big Chimney

Dennis Gene Thaxton, Charleston

Richard Allen Thaxton, Tornado

Anthony David Thomas, Charleston

Dennis Eugene Thomas, Elkview

Samuel Elvin Thomas III, Charleston

Jordan Daniel Thompson, Charleston

Oren Lee Thornhill, South Charleston

Gerald Walter Townson, Charleston

Jesse Allen Truman, Charleston

Joey Ray Turner, St. Albans

Myna Alegra Tyler, St. Albans

Jonathan Neely Tyler, Charleston

Shelley LeaAnn Ullman, South Charleston

Brad Christopher Ullman, South Charleston

Jeannetta Dawn VanBibber, Charleston

Sharon Jeannette Vance, Nitro

Austen Ray Vickers, Charleston

Patty Sue Wanner, Clendenin

Chance William Whaley, Charleston

Patricia Ann White, Elkview

Rebecca Alene White, St. Albans

Mary Kay White, Dunbar

James Edward White Jr., St. Albans

Herman Eugene White, Elkview

Ernest Eugene Whittington, St. Albans

Donald O'Dell Williams, Charleston

Jess Franklin Williams, Tornado

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Beulah Elizabeth Withrow, Charleston

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Howard Eugene Withrow, Dunbar

Randy Lind Withrow, Charleston

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Large or small, Capito tends to side with banks http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839960 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839960 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By David Gutman At the One Stop on the East End of Charleston a 20-ounce orange Gatorade costs $1.49. If you buy one with a standard Chase-issued Visa debit card, about 12 cents of that transaction (11.87, to be exact), nearly 10 percent of the price, goes to Visa and Chase as a fee for processing the swipe of the debit card, One Stop President Michael Graney said.

"Swipe fees are sort of our worst enemy," said Graney, who oversees 44 One Stops in West Virginia. "First of all, we have cost of goods sold, then labor as our second-biggest cost, the credit and debit fees are our third-biggest cost. So it dramatically affects my profitability."

The fight over swipe fees is very complex and for very high stakes. Visa alone lists 264 separate rates of payment for swipe fees, depending on things like the type of card and what kind of purchase it is used for. It pits the nation's largest financial institutions - like Visa and Chase - against the nation's largest retailers - companies like Wal-Mart and Target - with both sides employing hundreds of lobbyists in a fight over billions of dollars a year in fees.

Smaller banks often partner with larger ones to issue credit cards, so they get a little money from swipe fees, but it's not nearly as important to them as it is to the larger banks, said Joe Ellison, president of the West Virginia Bankers Association.

"Community banks that don't have their own credit card system, they provide it mainly as a service to their customers because they don't make very much money on it," Ellison said.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform act was passed after the financial crisis in an attempt to regulate and rein in the financial industry and forestall another crisis. Among many other things, it imposed limits on how much big banks - those with more than $10 billion in assets - can charge for debit card swipe fees. Soon after, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., sponsored a bill to delay the rules on swipe fees.

"Experts worry that small financial institutions will have to resort to increasing fees on checking accounts and other services, which will hurt consumers," Capito's office wrote in proposing the delay.

The bipartisan bill didn't pass, but the limit on swipe fees ended up higher than had been written in Dodd-Frank and the fight continues in the courts.

It's a familiar theme. Capito's political opponents accuse her of cozying up to Wall Street's biggest banks, while she counters that she's looking out for community banks that support local economies.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, Capito's main opponent in the race for U.S. Senate, began a recent speech to the state Chamber of Commerce with an anecdote about swipe fees, and an attack on Capito.

"Everywhere I go, West Virginia small-business owners, from Tucker County to Beckley, tell me these fees are killing them," Tennant said last week at The Greenbrier resort. "This race offers a clear choice between my record of working for West Virginia and my opponent's record of working for Wall Street."

Tennant's campaign also pointed to the fact that Capito's husband, Charles, was hired as an executive by Wells Fargo in 2011, two weeks after Capito introduced her bill delaying swipe fees. Wells Fargo spent nearly $6 million lobbying the House and Senate on financial issues, including swipe fees, in 2011.

Capito declined an interview request for this article.

"West Virginia's community lenders are struggling to handle the growing regulatory burden imposed by Obama and his allies following the financial crisis," Amy Graham, Capito's spokeswoman said. "Shelley is fighting back and has been a huge advocate for local lenders."

The swipe fee issue is emblematic: Whether it's banks versus retailers or banks versus regulators, Capito tends to side with the banks.

"To say that she's a friend of bankers, absolutely she is, because she's looking out for bankers because she knows what banks are going through," Ellison said. "But when you say banks, that's all banks, and to label her as a Wall Street banker is absolutely false. That is not true. What she does benefits every bank."

In the most recent session of Congress, Capito has been the lead sponsor on six financial industry bills. Five of the six would either ease regulations on banks or place more restrictions on bank regulators.

None of those five bills have passed, but two achieved at least part of their goals through rule-making or similar processes.

"When you look at not only the bills she's sponsored but how she votes and what she advocates for, she has been a staunch, down-the-line ally for Wall Street's biggest banks," said Dennis Kelleher, the president of Better Markets, a nonprofit that advocates for financial reform. "This constant refrain of Wall Street's allies that they only care about community banks is just grossly misleading."

Capito's office, in explaining the bills, argues that they aim to ease regulations on local and regional banks and credit unions, not the largest ones.

Regardless, it does seem like bankers of all stripes appreciate her work.

For at least the past four years, Capito has been a featured speaker at the West Virginia Bankers Association annual convention.

Out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, Capito has collected the third most money from commercial banks this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (The top 10 recipients of banking money are all Republicans, and all, except Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, sit on the House's Financial Services Committee. Six of the top 10 also serve on the financial institutions subcommittee that Capito chairs.) In her most recent election, Capito collected the fourth most money from the banking industry. The list of her top donors is peppered with big financial institutions: $47,350 from Citigroup, $23,800 from Wells Fargo, $23,000 from Bank of New York and $21,999 from Goldman Sachs, among others.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created by Dodd-Frank to try to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive financial products. Republicans have consistently argued that the new agency is too powerful, too burdensome and unaccountable. The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, which Capito chairs, has held several hearings on the agency.

The agency polices and, if necessary, fines a broad array of financial actors, from banks to mortgage lenders to car dealers. With the money it collects, it compensates consumers who were harmed, or funds financial literacy and education programs.

Last May, Capito's committee held a hearing on 11 bills or bill drafts, all introduced by Republicans and all of which would alter or hinder the CFPB in some way.

Capito's bill, which passed out of committee in June on a party-line vote, would eliminate the agency's ability to repay consumers from the penalty money it collects.

"My issue is not that the bureau is collecting these fines, my issue is that the taxpayers would be better served if these fines were remitted to the Treasury to pay down the historic national debt," Capito said at the hearing, noting that other regulatory agencies send the fines they collect to the Treasury.

Speaking immediately after, Rep. Gregory Meeks, the ranking Democrat on the committee, expressed his party's concern.

"I just hope that we're not trying in certain ways to undermine or weaken or cripple the CFPB," Meeks said.

Capito also has sponsored bills during this Congress to delay new requirements on how much capital smaller banks must hold to reduce risk, and to exempt smaller banks from having to sell a certain type of collateralized debt obligation (CDOs), a complex financial instrument that failed during the financial crisis.

Neither bill has passed, but the ends for both were mainly achieved through different means. The capital requirements addressed by Capito's bill have been delayed on all banks, not just small ones, until at least 2019. Capito's bill calls for a further delay for small banks until a study is done.

Less than a week after Capito proposed her bill on CDOs, regulators revised a rule in Dodd-Frank, letting smaller banks keep those securities.

Another bill - which Capito has twice proposed with Democratic co-sponsors - would make it easier for banks to appeal regulatory decisions that they do not like and to make those appeals to a different agency than the one that issued the initial decision.

After her recent speech at The Greenbrier, Capito responded to the attacks by pointing out that, in fall 2008 - during the peak of the financial crisis - she voted against the bailout of the financial industry.

"[You] Don't really hear about that," she told a group of reporters. "So I think my record speaks for itself."

Reach David Gutman at david.gutman@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5119 or follow @davidlgutman on Twitter.

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Learning what it takes to be an adult: Canaan Valley programs teach life skills http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839961 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140831/GZ01/140839961 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Anna Patrick Staff writer CANAAN VALLEY -- When Brianna Clements graduated from high school, the 17-year-old packed up her belongings and moved out of her parents' home. But instead of leaving for a job or to start college, she made a conscious choice to leave her support system and become homeless.

"It was kind of my own deal. I felt like I was departing from family. I just kind of left ... . I lived in my car for about seven months in Wisconsin [Clements' home state]," she said.

Now 20, Clements is preparing to finish Applewood Transitions, a program in Canaan Valley designed to teach young women real-life skills to help them transition to adulthood.

Clements said by the time she returned home, she was facing a heap of legal trouble for shoplifting, and that's when her parents informed her that she would be moving to West Virginia.

Since she started the program, "it's been an up-and-down road for me. There are some days I wake up here and I don't want to be here. [But] I feel confident about what I can do. They've helped me a lot. They really have."

Applewood Transitions is one of three coaching-model programs operated by Q&A Associates, Inc., founded in October 2010 by Angie Shockley, whose experience includes serving as the executive director of the former Alldredge Academy from 2003-06.

"I really had no intentions of doing this at all. None. This has been a very organic process," Shockley said. "From the relationships that I had built through the many years of working in the therapeutic industry ... I started getting these calls saying 'Hey can you work with this client?' And it just sort of turned into my business."

After gaining years of therapy experience - ranging from teaching English at the Elkins Mountain Schools in Randolph County to developing programs for Eckerd, one of the largest youth and family service organizations in the U.S. - Shockley developed a life skills curriculum to help young people struggling to transition from adolescence to adulthood. The current client population ranges in age from 17-30, and together the programs average 20 clients at a time.

Applewood Transitions helps young women, The Journey WV assists young men and Cabin Mountain Living Center aids young men and women who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder to achieve the highest level of self sufficiency based on individual needs.

The Applewood clients are housed in the Applewood Inn. Together the Applewood clients and staff operate a breakfast restaurant open seven days a week, The Breakfast Nook, on the second floor of the inn. Clements is now the manager of the Nook and oversees her fellow clients who cook, clean and wait tables. She also counts inventory, monitors money and orders food.

"We help them, but they do everything," Shockley said. "It's about them learning these things in a real life environment, which is why we have businesses that they work in, which is why we immerse them in the community, which is why they go to the bank. We don't have a fake bank. They actually go to the bank and they have to talk to somebody and open an account and they have to manage their account."

Clients of Journey WV live on an active farm on Cortland Road in Canaan Valley. Again under guidance of Q&A staff, the clients are responsible to tending to the farm's daily needs, which includes raising pigs, chickens and horses. Both programs have large gardens that clients learn how to tend.

Shockley said four clients are enrolled in Cabin Mountain Living. Clients share a two-bedroom condominium located across from Applewood Inn at the entrance of Land of Canaan, a timeshare condominium resort in Canaan Valley. Cabin Mountain clients do not live with a mentor, but a staff member is always in the condominium next door to check on them and administer their medications.

Besides working at The Breakfast Nook, where Journey and Cabin Mountain clients are also able to work, clients can work at Q's Corner, a thrift store in Davis, which Shockley and her husband, Matt, own. Matt's company, Valley Productions, purchased Deerfield Restaurant and Pub and Deerfield Mini Golf in Canaan Valley, and many clients are employees there as well.

Journey client Jake Bello, 17, said he wants to go to culinary school after he completes the program. After he received his food handler's certification, Bello began cooking at the Nook and Deerfield. He is also working to earn his TASC [ formerly known as GED].

Before beginning the Journey program, Bello participated in two clinical substance abuse treatment facilities. Growing up in Miami, Florida, Bello said he started using a variety of hard drugs by the time he was 14, and by 16 he had entered his first treatment program.

"If you are motivated and want to work, they [Q&A mentors] will get you a job, but you have to be motivated," Bellow said.

"It's a big step for me because I came from lock-down places. I'm in the real world now. I could go run and find drugs if I wanted to. This is a good step ... . It will help me get a little stronger."

Shockley, who has a master's in educational leadership, said she only accepts clients who want to be in the program. "I still do a lot of assessing before I accept a client .... I ask them, 'Why should I let you come?' So I know what their level of buy-in is.

"All of these kids have been in multiple therapeutic environments before they get here. They've had more therapy than most people have in a lifetime. They have to build resiliency. They have to learn how to fail and succeed from that failure. They have to learn to make decisions on their own and employ their critical thinking skills."

Shockley said all clients learn responsibility to maintain a full-time job or multiple part-time jobs and are encouraged to apply for jobs outside of the four businesses that she and her husband operate. All clients learn how to build a resume, establish a checking account, buy groceries and cook healthy meals for him or herself.

Clients complete a weekly life skills class with head life coach Sandy Schmiedeknecht, who holds a master's degree in marriage and family counseling and who helped Shockley develop the programs' curriculum.

Q&A Associates has a full-time staff of 19 and all are considered "mentors" to the programs' clients. At all times a mentor lives with and oversees clients in the Applewood and Journey programs.

Shockley said they do not have any psychologists or psychiatrists on staff. "We're not a diagnostic facility."

But because young adult brains can change between the ages of 18-25, Q&A recommends all clients undergo a new psychological evaluation. For psychological treatment, staff members transport clients to a psychiatrist in Winchester, Virginia, that bills clients' families directly.

She said the for-profit, privately-owned business is not regulated by the Department of Health and Human Resources because of its size and form of treatment. Because the program is for legal adults and because of its small size, it is not considered a group home. Shockley said this is a benefit as it allows clients to receive individualized treatment.

According to Shockley, 49 people have successfully completed one of the three programs operated by Q&A Associates. Only three clients have failed to complete. Shockley said two of the clients left for more assessment and evaluations in a clinical setting.

"We realized that they were not appropriate for our setting. This is something that will happen at times because not every client has an accurate diagnosis," Shockley said.

Shockley did not identify the third client, but said that he was removed from the program immediately after stealing a four wheeler when a group of clients was on a camping trip in Randolph County. That individual is currently serving jail time for his crime.

"If they were perfect, they wouldn't be there," Shockley said. She ensured that all clients, "are not criminals. They have no history of violence, no criminal histories and no sexual misconduct."

"Ninety percent of clients in Applewood and Journey are going to move out on their own and live their own lives. They are going to be fine. They have some challenges. They have to learn some coping mechanisms, but they are going to be OK," Shockley said.

Many of the Cabin Mountain clients have a dual diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder with an additional condition. For those clients, Shockley said, "They are never going to be able to be 100 percent independent, [but] they don't need to be institutionalized. They can work part-time jobs. They can have a high quality of life."

She added, "The world is not going to stop turning when someone hits 18 or 21 or 25. The world is going to keep turning and what are you going to do? Are you going to continue to live in it as an adolescent or are you going to actually be an adult? My whole goal here is to help them live the highest quality of life that they can achieve."

To learn more about Q&A Associates, visit qa-associates.com.

Reach Anna Patrick at anna.patrick@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.

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