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Bolen, Mitchell 2 p.m., Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley.


Byrd, Rose 2 p.m., Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.


Hutchinson, Helen 3 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.


Noble, V.C. 2 p.m., Monroe County Courthouse Gazebo, Union.


Rockwell, Jeffrey C. 2 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium, Charleston.


Taylor, Charles 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.


Walker Bird, Sabina


Wolfe, Ervene 2 p.m., Homestead Room, Red House Building, Eleanor.

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Darrell Adkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219988 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219988 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:08 -0400 Rev. Darrell Eugene Adkins, 78, of Clay, died Friday, September 19, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, September 22, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay. The staff at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to serve the Adkins family.

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Edna Atkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219996 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219996 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:02:42 -0400 Edna Lucille Atkins, 87, of St. Albans, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at the home of her sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar D. "Deck" Atkins. She was the daughter of the late Wattie C. and Madora Hartwell McDowell. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by great-niece, Shawna Ann Adkins.

Edna is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Donald Adkins of Hurricane, with whom she made her home; niece, Susan Neace and her husband, Tim of Culloden; nephew, Donald Adkins and his wife, Heather of Ridgeway, S.C.; great-nephew, Robert Adkins; great-nieces, Samantha Neace, Kayla Neace and Zoey Grace Adkins; granddaughter, Michelle Atkins Strojia; and great-grandsons, Michael Atkins and Christopher Trimble.

There will be a graveside service 11 a.m., Saturday, September 27, at Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans with Minister Eddie Cooper officiating.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Hospice for the great care they gave to Edna, especially Mark Withrow, Lori Carter, Tiffany Leslie and Lyn Halstead and the rest of the staff who are too numerous to name. We couldn't have done it without you.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25312-2536.

Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, 110 B Street, St. Albans is in charge of arrangements.

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Alexander Browning http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219984 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219984 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:14 -0400 Alexander Todd Browning, of Scott Depot, gave up his fight with multiple sclerosis on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Todd was born August 20, 1969, to Vernon "Skip" and Carrie Browning with whom he made his home.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dennie and Pearl Browning and Lee and Effie Wood; aunt, Jean Collins; and uncles, Bob and Bill Wood.

In addition to his parents; Todd is survived by his children, sons, Levi and Walker; and daughters, Haleigh, Tori, Brooklyn and her children and Mallory and her children, all of Chilhowie, Va.; sister, Verna Lee (Kevin) Coll of Tornado; brother, Vernon Browning Jr. (Cecelia) of Culloden; nieces, Sara, Jenny and Amanda; nephews, Matthew and Eric; great-nieces, Natalie and Edyn; great-nephews, Nate, Nolan and Owen; special uncles and aunties, Janie and Carl Estep, Larry and Ruth Wood and Laliah Wood; and a host of cousins and second cousins.

Todd loved his family, old cars, trucks and cycles. He began working for Teays Valley Hardware as a Junior at Winfield High School until he retired with M.S. Disability.

Funeral service will be held noon Tuesday September 23, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane with Pastor Steve Inman officiating. Burial will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society WV Office, 1700 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston, WV 25314.

Visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share memories or to express condolences.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Browning family.

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Robert Cantley, Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219977 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219977 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:23 -0400 Robert Cantley Jr., 80, of Alderson, formerly of Cocoa, Fla., died Thursday, September 18, 2014. Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, at the Haven of Rest Cemetery, Pence Springs. Friends may call Tuesday, September 23, from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

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Alan Cottrill http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219995 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219995 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:02:46 -0400 Mr. Alan Hersel Cottrill, 52, of Charleston, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House, after a short illness. He was born October 16, 1961, in Charleston, son of Ruth Hathaway Cottrill and the late Hersel L. Cottrill.

After graduating from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1979, he enrolled at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. During his time in Morgantown, he became a volunteer fireman with the Star City VFD in Star City, W.Va. After completing his first year at WVU, he decided to return to Charleston and pursue a career as a firefighter. He again volunteered with several volunteer departments in the Charleston area and in the summer of 1981 entered the WV Air National Guard and received training as a firefighter. Upon graduating basic training, he began a firefighting career that would span 20 plus years with the Air Guard and, beginning in the following year, with the City of Charleston Fire Department.

His tenured career of public service was accentuated with many milestones and achievements. During this career, he helped develop and staff the Kanawha County 911 center and in 1988 during a 911 call walked a young mother through CPR on her infant son which ultimately saved his life. For this, he was recognized as the "Outstanding Young Firefighter" in 1989.

In 2004, he retired as a Captain of the Charleston Fire Department and a Technical Sergeant in the West Virginia Air National Guard. After retiring as a firefighter, he went on to pursue a passion of working with aircraft and helicopters at Yeager Airport.

He is survived by his mother, Ruth Hathaway Cottrill of Charleston; his two sons, David A. (Devon) and Logan R. Cottrill (Jessica Hudson) of Charleston; their mother, Vickey L. Cottrill of South Charleston; and his companion Terry Dickson; two brothers, Gary L. Cottrill of Charleston, Mark (Kelsey) of Morgantown; the Godfather to his children, Rusty Harrison of Cross Lanes; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service to celebrate Alan's life will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at Christ Church United Methodist. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Kennawa Dr. Charleston, WV 25311.

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City is serving the Cottrill family.

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Gregory Foster http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219975 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219975 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:25 -0400 Gregory Scott Foster, 47, of Gilboa, Nicholas County, died Saturday, September 20, 2014. Greg will be cremated and memorial service will be held at a later date. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Foster family.

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Alhmermita Hairston http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219970 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219970 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:30 -0400 Mrs. Alhmermita "Granny" Hairston, 83, of Beckley, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Service will be noon, Monday, September 22, at Heart of God Ministries, Beckley. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Claude Hudson http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219974 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219974 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:26 -0400 Claude D. "Jim" Hudson, 59, of South Charleston, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at CAMC Memorial Division. Honoring Jim's wishes, he has been cremated and no service is scheduled at this time. Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Hudson family.

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Kermit Jordan http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219980 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/OBIT/309219980 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:03:19 -0400 Kermit Lee Jordan, 81, of Sissonville, passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father, Friday, September 19, 2014, at Hubbard Hospice House.

He was the son of the late Hoy and Effie Jordan, and the loving, devoted husband and caregiver of his late wife, Pansy Mae Thaxton Jordan, who passed away September 10, 2012.

He was also preceded in death by his youngest son, Gary Jordan (1998); and grandson, Travis Lee Jordan (1987); brother, John Howard Jordan; and sisters, Verdeen Halley, Fern Higginbotham, Helen Edens, Phyllis Bailey and Frances Landers.

He was a hardworking provider and an upstanding man who set a wonderful example for his family. He was retired from OK Trucking Company with 35 years of service and was a member of Teamsters Union Local #175.

Survivors include his sons, Joey and wife, Joyce (Pratt) Jordan of Cross Lanes, Kenneth and wife, Debbie Jordan of Sissonville; and daughter, Charlene Ashley and husband Bill, also of Sissonville. Additional survivors include three sisters, Ardona Holmes and Judy Gibson of Charleston and Barbara Britton of Cross Lanes; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The family expresses sincere gratitude for the physical and spiritual comfort and loving care provided by Kanawha Hospice, both at home and at Hubbard Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations please be made to these gracious, much needed and most deserving facilities and staff.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, September 22, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Chad Lovejoy officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Jordan Family Home, located at 1923 Martins Branch Road, following the burial.

We thank Pastor Lovejoy and everyone at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home for their generous kindness, comfort and assistance.

The family will accept memorial online condolences at: cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Jordan Family.

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WVU FOOTBALL: Perine sets rushing mark as No. 4 Sooners win, 45-33 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/DM03/140929901 DM03 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/DM03/140929901 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:07:41 -0400 By Mike Casazza MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There will be questions and complaints after West Virginia's loss to No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday night about what another special teams blunder did to conspire against the Mountaineers. All that was really worth discussing following the Sooners' 45-33 win was something people were talking about before the game.

Freshman running back Samaje Perine ably replaced injured starter and leading rusher Keith Ford by running for more yards than any visiting WVU opponent ever has before. The 5-foot-11, 245-pound Perine carried 34 times for 242 yards and four touchdowns to tame a wild crowd of 61,908 at Mountaineer Field.

"Samaje was just outstanding," said Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, who won his 100th career Big 12 game. "You know about how powerful and strong he is, but he has great vision. He had a sensational night. I'm proud of the offensive line and the big blocks that they gave us."

WVU dropped to 2-5 in home night games under coach Dana Holgorsen and the audience was at first undone at a most inopportune time. After taking a 24-17 lead with 1:20 to go in the first half, the Mountaineers surrendered a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown.

The Mountaineers allowed a punt return touchdown to Maryland last week and also had a field goal blocked and fumbled a punt return.

"That's a bad deal," Holgorsen said.

Stoops, of course, disagreed.

"The kickoff return was huge to steal momentum going into halftime," he said.

The previous rushing record for a visiting opponent was 216 yards by Syracuse's Larry Csonka in 1965. Pitt's Kevan Barlow has the overall record for an opponent with 272 yards in a win at home in 2000.

The Sooners (4-0) finished with 301 yards rushing and nine plays of 12 yards or more. Perine had eight of those.

"He ran hard," WVU linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski said. "Tackling him was tough sometimes, but some of those runs were good plays by him, too."

Oklahoma has won 36 straight games and 64 of the last 65 when it runs for 200 yards or more. The Mountaineers, who are now 0-9 all-time when an individual opponent rushes for 200 yards or more, have lost seven straight when an opposing team reaches 200 yards.

Perine led the way for an offense that totaled 510 yards and scored touchdowns on all five red zone possessions. Quarterback Trevor Knight was 16-for-29 for 205 yards. Sterling Shepard caught six passes for 101 yards.

"Our goal early was to put the game in (Knight's) hands and see if he was able to beat us with his arm," WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said. "We weren't able to accomplish that because of the way they were running the ball."

The Mountaineers (2-2) finished with 513 yards of offense, but had three turnovers. Quarterback Clint Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble.

Kevin White caught 10 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown and Mario Alford had seven catches for 101 yards and a score. The Sooners, who sacked Trickett three times and pressured him throughout the game, spent most of the second half devoting a second defender to one or both receivers. WVU couldn't run the ball well enough to deter that and couldn't protect Trickett well enough to allow for more opportunities in the passing game.

"It was a struggle," Holgorsen said. "You didn't see many no-back sets, one-back sets, two-back sets where we were releasing people. They were too fast off the edge, and we knew if we did put Clint in those positions, he'd get beat up a lot. We had to protect the edges and max-protect a lot of stuff. We did OK, but that meant not a lot of receivers down the field to throw to."

With momentum on its sideline, Oklahoma started creating critical space in the third quarter with its brutish running backs and offensive linemen. After running 19 times for 121 yards in the first half, the Sooners ran 14 times for 98 yards and 9- and 5-yard touchdowns by Perine in the third quarter.

The first gave Oklahoma scores on four straight times it held the ball, but also put 31 points on the board. The Sooners have won 22 in a row when they score 30 or more points. The second Perine score followed a WVU field goal and made the score 38-27, which established WVU's largest deficit of the season.

The Mountaineers, meanwhile, only had 17 plays for 98 yards in the quarter.

They remained in the game, though, and trailed 31-27 when linebacker Wes Tonkery intercepted a pass at the Oklahoma 47. On second down, Trickett threw his second interception when he aimed at Jordan Thompson, but threw high and was picked off by leaping safety Quentin Hayes.

The Sooners ran eight times for 67 yards on the next drive and Perine punctuated the nine-play possession by strolling through a huge gap on the left side.

"It was 0-0 at halftime and we came out and got beat on all three sides of the ball," Holgorsen said. "We got outplayed, we got outcoached."

The game was tied at halftime, though the Mountaineers were right to feel they should have been in the lead, which they were with 80 seconds to go in the half.

The offense that had punted three times total in the first half of the first three games punted after its first three series against the Sooners. They awoke when White slipped by cornerback Zack Sanchez and hauled in a long throw for a 68-yard touchdown to go ahead 7-3.

Knight, meanwhile, sputtered and missed 8 of 10 passes after starting 4-for-5, and the Mountaineers went ahead 10-3 by surviving a bit of special teams misfortune.

Alford let a fade pass in the left corner of the end zone slip through his hands in tight coverage and the Mountaineers had to try a field goal. Josh Lambert was good from 44-yards out, but Russell Haughton-James was called for holding, and probably kept Sanchez from blocking the kick. Lambert shrugged it off and made a 54-yard kick, his second make in six career attempts from 50 yards or longer. His career-long matched the second-longest kick in school history.

A 31-yard pass and a 38-yard run moved the Sooners quickly into the red zone and trickery turned into a touchdown on third-and-goal. Receiver Duron Neal took a handoff on the left on a reverse and then threw right for a 4-yard touchdown pass to Knight.

WVU had an answer when Alford held onto the pass he dropped before and then deftly put one foot down to catch a 30-yard touchdown pass. It was ruled incomplete on the field, but was overturned on a replay review.

The Sooners needed four plays to get into the red zone on the next possession and scored again on third-and-goal as Perine barreled in from 2 yards away. Oklahoma tried another trick with an onside kick, but a player accidentally booted the ball just as the kicker was about to fall on it. WVU's Jewone Snow recovered at his 45.

Oklahoma committed pass interference on third down and then a personal foul on the next snap before Rushel Shell carried three times from the 26 and scored on a 5-yard run with 1:20 to go.

The Mountaineers were ahead 24-17, but the kickoff team that hadn't allowed a return longer than 38 yards gave up a 100-yard touchdown up the left side by Alex Ross.

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Sooners overpower WVU in second half and win 45-33 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ02/140929902 GZ02 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ02/140929902 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:51:55 -0400 By Dave Hickman MORGANTOWN -- West Virginia proved again Saturday night that its offense can play with just about anyone in the country.

The defense and the special teams? Well, they just aren't quite there yet.

Three weeks after doing essentially the same with No. 2 Alabama, West Virginia played No. 4 Oklahoma on even terms for much of the game before the Sooners escaped with a 45-33 win.

The game was played in front of a crowd of 61,908, the largest at Mountaineer Field since 62,056 saw WVU play LSU in 2011.

The Mountaineers led Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) most of the first half, finally settling for a 24-all tie at the break. The Sooners took control in the third quarter, jumping ahead 38-27, before putting it away in the fourth.

It was his team's performance in the second half that bothered coach Dana Holgorsen most.

"We came out and got beat on all three sides of the ball,'' Holgorsen said of the second half. "We got outplayed and outcoached.

"[Oklahoma] blocked well, they tackled well, they covered well and they played hard. They played with more effort than we did in the second half.''

West Virginia once again moved the ball well. Clint Trickett completed 25 of 41 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Kevin White caught 10 passes for 173 yards and Mario Alford seven for 101. The Mountaineers had 513 yards of total offense.

But they also gave up 510. And just as Alabama and Maryland had done, much of the damage was on the ground.

"We knew what they were going to do,'' defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said. "We just couldn't stop it.''

That was especially true in the case of freshman tailback Samaje Perine. A 5-foot-11, 243-pound bulldozer, Perine ran 34 times for 242 yards and scored four times. Quarterback Trevor Knight completed 16 of 29 passes for 205 yards and Sterling Shepard caught six passes for 101 yards. But the running game was the most damaging to West Virginia, accounting for 301 of OU's 510 total yards.

West Virginia (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) also gave up a special teams touchdown for the second week in a row. Last week it was a punt return and this week it was Alex Ross on a 100-yard kickoff return. That was the reason WVU didn't have a halftime lead after going up by a touchdown with just 80 seconds to go in the second quarter.

"That was a bad deal,'' said Holgorsen of the momentum shift that occurred when Ross ran back the kickoff after WVU looked to have secured a halftime lead. "I thought we played well enough in the second quarter to be able to seize the momentum. But every time we had some success, they came right back.

"That's the sign of a good team.''

Trailing 38-27 going to the fourth quarter, West Virginia mounted what would be its last, best threat early in the quarter. The Mountaineers marched from their own 14 to the Sooner 35 in 12 plays. A sack of Trickett put them in a hole, though, and eventually they failed on a fourth-and-four play with just under nine minutes to go.

Oklahoma then put the finishing touches on its win by driving for a Perine touchdown, his fourth of the game, with 4:30 remaining to make it 45-27. The Mountaineers added a touchdown by Dreamius Smith, but it was too little and too late.

As much as Oklahoma's offensive performance in the second half changed things, so did the Sooner defense. After giving up some big plays in the first half, OU all but eliminated them in the second.

"We didn't let them get deep balls in the second half and that was the difference,'' Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "That was really the biggest part of the first half.''

Indeed, after Oklahoma had scored first on a field goal to start the game, WVU began victimizing the Sooners with big plays. The first was a 68-yard pass from Trickett to White on which White fooled sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez and was open by 15 yards when Trickett got him the ball for the touchdown 39 seconds before the end of the first quarter.

Oklahoma's offense struggled, going three straight series without a first down, and WVU eventually capitalized again. A three-and-out from inside the OU 20-yard line gave West Virginia the ball near midfield and led to a 54-yard Josh Lambert field goal to make it 10-3 with 11 minutes to go in the half. Lambert had first made the kick from 44 yards, but a hold forced him to do it again and he made just the second 50-plus field goal of his career, one tied for the second-longest in school history with Brad Cooper's 54-yarder against Central Florida 10 years ago. Paul Woodside holds the record of 55 yards, set 30 years ago.

West Virginia's defense, though, wasn't going to continue to force OU into three-and-outs and on the series after the Lambert field goal the Sooners came back to life. Knight, who had misfired on eight of his previous 10 passes, hit Sterling Shepard for 31 yards and a 38-yard run by Perine put the ball on the WVU 6. Three plays later Knight tied the score at 10 when he caught a trick-play reverse pass from wide receiver Durron Neal.

West Virginia countered with its own big-play drive that included passes of 17 yards to White and 25 to Jordan Thompson before Alford caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Trickett in the end zone. The play was initially ruled out of bounds, but replay turned it into a touchdown, giving West Virginia a 17-10 lead.

But Oklahoma came right back with another similar drive, relying on big plays to get down the field and then needing three chances to punch it in from close range. This time the Sooners did it in a more conventional fashion with Perine running in from the 2 on third down to tie the score at 17-all with 3:09 to play.

Oklahoma tried an onside after that touchdown that failed and gave WVU the ball near midfield. The gamble might have paid off had the Sooner defense not committed back-to-back pass interference and personal foul penalties, contributing mightily to a 55-yard WVU touchdown drive capped by Rushel Shell's 5-yard run to give the Mountaineers a 24-17 lead with just 80 seconds to play in the half.

But Ross returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards and the score was again tied at 24 heading into halftime.

Oklahoma took immediate charge in the third quarter. The Sooners drove 75 yards on the first possession of the half and scored on a 9-yard run by Perine, then went 74 yards again on their fourth possession and got a 5-yard scoring run from Perine.

In between, the Mountaineers got a 31-yard field goal from Lambert, but also blew an opportunity when Wes Tonkery intercepted a Knight pass near midfield and two plays later Trickett threw his own pick to give it back. That left the OU lead at 38-27 going to the fourth quarter.

West Virginia now gets a week off before resuming Big 12 play with a home game against Kansas in two weeks.

Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickman1@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1

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Correction http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929918 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929918 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 A headline in the Saturday Gazette-Mail incorrectly identified the political party of John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and the keynote speaker at a Republican fundraiser in Charleston Friday night. Bolton is a Republican.

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Of deer and the aroma of politics http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929924 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929924 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Roadkill connoisseurs take note: A bumper crop of tire-tenderized, locally grown, antibiotic-free, locally harvested venison will be available soon at a road shoulder near you.

According to State Farm Insurance's annual "List of States Where Deer-Vehicle Confrontations Are Most Likely," West Virginia drivers have a better chance than drivers in any other state of having a damaging run-in with a deer. In fact, West Virginia has ranked first in the nation in per capita car-deer "confrontations," as State Farm words it, for each of the past eight years.

I'm not sure the word "confrontation" fully captures the adrenalin-pumping, horror-producing experience of a car-deer collision -- and that's just from the driver's perspective. To me, a driver-deer 'confrontation' conjures up a non-lethal image of a man and a deer shaking fists/hooves at each other in front of a roadside "Deer Crossing" sign, each refusing to budge.

Since I started my tour of duty here in the 1970s, the state's deer population has exploded. Deer sightings back then were limited mainly to Canaan Valley and the pastures of Pocahontas County. These days, I see deer nearly every night as I navigate the long and winding road back to the Steelhammer Compound on the heights overlooking the Cross Lanes McDonald's sign. Sometimes you'll see them grazing next to deer-shaped archery targets. They're as common as dogs, if dogs had antlers.

According to State Farm, the odds of a West Virginia driver striking a deer during the next year now stand at one in 40, with the two busiest months for such collisions, October and November, just ahead of us. Not coincidentally, October and November are the peak months of the whitetail's rutting season -- the autumnal equivalent of a "Does Gone Wild" production.

Raging hormones are blamed for many whitetail-car "confrontations," since deer apparently dispense with all their highway safety know-how while pursuing a rutting season hookup. But the mating season happens in all states, some of them with higher deer and human populations than ours. So, why are per capita car-deer accidents more prevalent here than anywhere else?

Beats me.

I'm just glad we don't have to "confront" moose.

nnn

According to an article that appeared in the Washington Post last week, a study by a group of political scientists from Harvard, Brown and Penn State universities indicates that people are attracted to the smell of those who share their political beliefs.

While people can't sniff out a stranger's political affiliations just by the way he or she smells, we do tend to consider the smell of those who share our political beliefs more pleasant than the aromas of those at the other end of the political spectrum, the study concluded.

Now that Congress has resumed a three-month vacation to raise re-election funds after putting in eight backbreaking days of work, I think Americans of all political persuasions are smelling the same aroma in the air wafting out of Washington -- and it's not pleasant.

Maybe it's time Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives shared the same deodorant and started working together.

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Women's health conference promises to be 'fabulous' http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929927 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929927 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Lydia Nuzum Zonya Foco, the registered dietitian, author and speaker didn't always have the best relationship with food and exercise.

"I know what it's like to not be able to fit into any of my clothes. I know what it's like to wear sweats all summer long because I don't want to be seen in shorts. I know how to crash diet, lose weight, and gain it all back plus some," Foco said. "I became a dietitian so I could 'fix' myself. When I graduated from college with that degree but at my heaviest weight yet, I soon realized, knowing and doing are not the same thing."

It took Foco five years of working as a dietitian to figure out her strategy, but it's one that has served her well during her 25-year career. She has a public television show "Zonya's Health Bites" and a new book, "Water with Lemon," a "health novel" that incorporates motivational narratives to promote healthy lifestyle choices. It's an approach she hopes to share with women from the Charleston area during Highmark West Virginia's third-annual Fun, Fit & Fabulous Women's Health Conference at the Charleston Marriott Town Center Saturday.

Foco, who will serve as the keynote speaker for the conference, has pioneered a "diet free" approach to wellness that focuses instead on progressive habit changes designed to result in long-term lifestyle changes, she said.

"No diets, no counting, no kidding," she said. "Whether your goal is to drop your cholesterol, your blood pressure, your weight or simply to have better energy, I use a simple one habit at a time approach - eight habits in all. Once you master one habit, you move on the next. And the cool thing is, once you master a habit, you never want to go back."

Foco recommends changes like drinking more water, exercising daily, eating smaller portions more frequently, and replacing processed foods. Foco said she tries to engage audiences in a way that is fun while focusing on what is important - their health.

"I begin by having them laugh at their lifestyle faux pas," she said. "They can have these foods if they want them, but the beauty is, when I'm done with them, they'd prefer to have a healthier choice. Whether it's 0 or 250 pounds that you have to lose, a healthy lifestyle is still the answer."

Stacy Deel, public relations analyst for Highmark WV, said this year's Fun, Fit and Fabulous conference will offer something for every attendee. The conference, which will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, costs $10 to attend, and includes breakfast and lunch, as well as a guided fitness warm-up, chair massages, mini-makeovers by Sephora and health screenings from Thomas Memorial Hospital. One of the breakout sessions will feature a talk by Holly Hatcher-Frazier, one of the stars of the Lifetime reality series "Dance Moms," about maintaining healthy habits while traveling.

"We want women to be able to take away nuggets of wisdom - tidbits such as how to plan and cook a healthy meal on the go, how to fit exercise into your day without having a gym membership, and little things you can do throughout the day to help your stress level," Deel said. "This day is all about giving them really useful tools; I've actually attended the last two years before becoming a Highmark employee, and I left with such good information."

More than 200 women are pre-registered for this year's conference, Deel said, and women can still register online at www.funfitfabulous.com or pay upfront the morning of the conference. Those traveling from the Parkersburg area can also claim a seat on a free chartered bus destined for the conference by calling 1-888-234-4255.

"Women tend to take care of everyone except themselves, so this is a day dedicated to these women to help them just focus on themselves," Deel said. "They leave with such a good energy; it's just a good day."

Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nuzum@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @lydianuzum on Twitter.

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Surveyors trace path of centuries-long border beef http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929950 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929950 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Rick Steelhammer THOMAS - From the North Fork of the Potomac River in the south to the Pennsylvania border in the north, Maryland's westernmost border with West Virginia stretches 35 miles through a peaceful tableau of rugged mountains, the 1,000-acre Cranesville Swamp, and thousands of acres of hayfields, pastures and forests.

But the line separating Preston County, West Virginia, from Garrett County, Maryland, at the tip of Maryland's Western Panhandle was once a major bone of contention between the two states, involving multiple surveys, counter-surveys and legal challenges until the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to settle the matter once and for all in 1910 - 18 years after agreeing to hear the case.

Members of the West Virginia Surveyors Historical Society, a group of modern-day surveyors interested in how their profession operated in generations past, are re-tracing the route of a 1910 survey authorized by the Supreme Court to chart the final alignment of the border and to leave no doubt as to its location by marking it "with suitable monuments," which turned out to be 34 four-foot-tall concrete pyramids, along with 27 smaller concrete markers and five copper bolts.

"We're trying to find all the monuments along the north-south line," said Don Teter of Monterville, a member of the West Virginia Surveyors Historical Society. After spending two summer weekends re-tracing the route of the 1910 survey, "So far, we've recovered 26 of them," Teter said.

"I don't know how they managed to haul in all those tons of concrete and the metal concrete molds used to make the monuments through this rugged country," said David Ingram, a professional surveyor based in Mount Crawford, Virginia, and a member of the West Virginia Surveyors Historical Society.

Ingram and Teter were among eight WVSHS members hacking their way through late-summer foliage on a recent weekend to find and photograph the 104-year-old monuments and record their positions with GPS units. Back at their campsite in Blackwater Falls State Park, Ingram and fellow surveyors dispensed smoky helpings of pulled pork and bratwurst along with an oral history of the border confusion that plagued Maryland, Virginia, and later, West Virginia, for three centuries.

It all began back in 1635, when King Charles I of England granted George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, a charter to establish the Province of Maryland, a colony of Catholic and Protestant settlers that Calvert hoped would manage to live and prosper together in a vast tract of New World as they had not in their homeland. Lord Baltimore's province encompassed hundreds of square miles, extending inland from the north shore of Chesapeake Bay as far west as the yet-to-be-discovered source of the Potomac River.

The fact that no one knew just where the source of the Potomac could be found was of little consequence until the mid-1700s, when settlers began pushing westward from the coastal plains into the Alleghenies. There, it became increasingly difficult to know just where Maryland ended and the neighboring colony of Virginia began.

As the 18th Century approached its midpoint, Thomas Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, decided the time was right to fix the boundary between Lord Baltimore's Maryland holdings and the colony of Virginia, where Fairfax had inherited a land grant encompassing millions of acres awarded by King Charles II during the previous century. The Fairfax land grant stretched from the south shore of Chesapeake Bay westward to the source of the Conway River, a tributary of the Rappahannock River, and from there, northward to the source of the Potomac. As it would turn out, the establishment of a boundary separating the Baltimore and Fairfax tracts helped shape the Maryland-Virginia, and later West Virginia, borders.

In 1746, Fairfax commissioned a survey party led by Thomas Jefferson's father, Peter Jefferson, to chart a north-south line linking the two headwater springs. After locating the headwater spring of the Conway River, the party turned north and proceeded up the Potomac past Harpers Ferry to the point where the waters of the Potomac's South Branch and North Branch merge near present-day Green Spring in Hampshire County. There, the survey party decided that the North Branch, situated in a wide valley, appeared to be the dominant fork, and followed it to find the Potomac's source. Had they followed the longer South Branch, which drains a larger watershed and extends many miles to the south, Virginia and West Virginia would have ceded millions of acres to Maryland.

On Oct. 22, Jefferson's survey team located what its members determined to be the headwater spring of the North Branch on a slope of Backbone Mountain, now the site of an extensive wind turbine farm. There, they chiseled 'FX'for Fairfax on a stone monument, and celebrated their discovery with a dinner of fire-roasted venison loin.

In the 1750s, Frederick Calvert, the 6th Lord Baltimore, came to believe that the source of the South Branch of the Potomac should have been the starting point for Maryland's western border, and commissioned a survey to identify its source spring, found near present-day Highland, Virginia. The Revolutionary War put the border dispute on hold until Maryland began granting land to military veterans along its western boundary in the 1780s. To make sure the veterans' land grants were in Maryland by anyone's definition, the state commissioned surveyor Francis Deakins to run a line from the Fairfax Stone straight north to Pennsylvania's southern border, which was done in 1787-88.

"The problem was, Deakins didn't follow a true meridian," and by using magnetic compass readings, allowed the line to meander slightly en route to the Pennsylvania border, Teter said.

In the decades that followed Deakins' survey, boundary commissions were established by the two states to reach an agreement on just where the western end of Maryland's western panhandle should be. In 1824, Teter said, Maryland agreed to drop the claim that the headwaters of the South Branch should be a starting point for a western border line, but insisted that a headwater spring to the west of the Fairfax stone be used to mark the line. Virginia wouldn't budge from its position that the Fairfax Stone marked the true western limit.

In 1858, Maryland accepted the Fairfax Stone as the state's western endpoint, but got Virginia to agree to a new survey from the Fairfax Stone to the Pennsylvania line to set a true north-south meridian, which Deakins failed to do. Lt. Nathaniel Michler of the U.S. Army Topographical Engineers was assigned to that task, and completed the survey in December of 1859, striking Pennsylvania's southern border 1,462 feet west of the point where the Deakins' survey intersected the line. Since Michler's reconfiguration of the border would have ceded about 5 square miles of Virginia to Maryland, Virginia balked at accepting the new line.

In 1887, the West Virginia Legislature voted to accept the Michler Line, provided Maryland recognized all of the Virginia-West Virginia land grants and land patents between the Michler and Deakins lines. Maryland declined, and 1891, filed suit in U.S. District Court to have the Michler line recognized as the official boundary between the two states. In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Course agreed to take up the case.

Meanwhile, as Maryland v. West Virginia languished in Supreme Court files, Maryland hired surveyors W. McCulloh Brown and D. L. Bauer in 1897 and 1898 to find the "true" source of the Potomac, believed to lie west of the Fairfax Stone, and survey a straight line from it northward to the Pennsylvania border. Brown and Bauer followed a headwater creek not explored by the Fairfax party to its source, a spring located about 1.7 miles northwest of the Fairfax Stone. After chiseling "Potomac 1898" on a flat slab of limestone and leaving it at the spring, they surveyed a meridian line north to the Pennsylvania border, intersecting it 1.1 miles west of the Michler line and about 1.8 miles west of the Deakins line. If the Potomac Stone had been recognized as Maryland's westernmost limit, West Virginia would have lost about 40,000 acres, Teter said.

During their 2012 September outing, members of the WVSHS, armed with copies of Brown and Bauer's survey notes that Ingram had located Maryland's state archives, found the Potomac Stone, its inscription still legible, in the soggy muck of the spring's outflow not far from the top of Backbone Mountain.

"When they started rubbing the stone with water and the letters started to appear, it was really something to see," said WVSHS member John Greene of Charleston, who was on hand for the discovery. "When they started to read the letters, it got real quiet. We were the first people to see them in more than 100 years."

As it turned out, Brown and Bauer's work in behalf of Maryland was for nothing.

The 1910 Supreme Court opinion on the matter concurred with West Virginia's contention that even if the Michler Line was more astronomically correct and precisely drawn than the Deakins line, the people of Maryland and West Virginia have "for many years accepted as the boundary between Maryland and West Virginia the line known as the Deakins line, and have consistently adhered to the Fairfax Stone as the starting point of such line .... Where possession of territory has been undisturbed for many years, a prescriptive right arises which is equally binding under the principles of justice on states and individuals."

"Maryland wanted the Potomac Stone and it got the Fairfax Stone," Teter said. "It wanted a border that was a straight line on a true meridian and it got the Deakins line - a series of magnetic lines with offsets." In other words, as Teter put it, "West Virginia put a whuppin' on Maryland."

The WVSHS is trying to help facilitate the donation of the Potomac Stone, located on property owned by Western Pocahontas Land Co., to the State Museum in Charleston.

Monument #1 from the Supreme Court-authorized Deakins Line re-survey in 1910 marks the south end of the Maryland-West Virginia border at the western tip of Maryland's western panhandle. It is located at the spot where the Deakins Line, run on a magnetic north bearing from the Fairfax Stone, crosses the low water mark on the south shore of the North Fork of the Potomac River, which was five feet wide and one foot deep at the monument site when visited on a recent Saturday.

The weathered, but still legible monument is located in a field behind the home of Ilene Evans, making her the only West Virginia resident of Kempton, Maryland.

Teter said he and other members of the West Virginia Surveyors Historical Society "feel an affinity with all the previous surveyors involved" in the border issue. "The surveyors who ran the Fairfax line in the 1740s did a remarkable job without sophisticated instruments. We also feel respect for Francis Deakins, who surveyed for Maryland in 1788, through what was mostly a wilderness at the time, and for the work done by Brown and Bauer in the 1890s.Their level of technical competence, involving advanced mathematics and astronomic observations, earned our respect."

By tracing the footsteps of surveyors who came before them, "We feel a cosmic connection to all of them," Teter said.

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

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Frontier fiber route maps under dispute http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929951 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929951 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Eric Eyre Frontier Communications won't give up detailed records of its fiber-optic cable routes in West Virginia to competitor Citynet, according to documents filed with the state Public Service Commission last week.

Frontier asserts that the records include propriety information, showing where the company has installed terminals, equipment and high-speed Internet service. Only a small number of Frontier employees have access to the information on a "need-to-know basis," the company said. Instead, Frontier has offered to create new route maps that don't disclose business secrets.

Citynet wants detailed fiber route records as part of a plan to expand high-speed Internet service into areas where Frontier is now the sole Internet provider. Citynet predicts that competition will lead to better service for customers.

"It comes as no surprise that Frontier continues to try to protect their monopoly status throughout rural West Virginia by disregarding their legally binding interconnection agreements with competitive carriers," Citynet CEO Jim Martin said Friday.

Earlier this month, the PSC's legal staff started a preliminary investigation into allegations that Frontier is trying to stifle competition for high-speed Internet in West Virginia. Frontier is West Virginia's largest Internet provider.

In July, Bridgeport-based Citynet filed a complaint against Frontier. Citynet alleges that Frontier won't honor a 2003 agreement - approved by the PSC - that allows Citynet to lease unused fiber-optic cable from Frontier. Frontier has said City's complaint is "without merit."

In the complaint, Citynet said Frontier has rejected Citynet's requests to lease fiber, in violation of the 2003 agreement. Frontier said it didn't have any fiber available for lease to Citynet, which primarily serves businesses.

In February, Citynet asked to lease Frontier's fiber cable between Clarksburg and Elkins, and between Clarksburg and Philippi.

Citynet requested to see maps of Frontier's fiber network in those areas.

Frontier has acknowledged having fiber "route and plate" records," but the company said Citynet doesn't have a right to review them.

PSC staff asked whether Frontier would be willing to release the records after blacking out confidential and proprietary business information.

"It theoretically would be possible," Frontier lawyer Joe Starsick responded last week, "but it would not be practicable."

Instead, Frontier offered to create maps and charge Citynet $1,764 for the documents. Frontier said Citynet never agreed to pay for the maps. Citynet said the company did offer to pay.

PSC lawyers asked Citynet to prove its assertion.

In a subsequent filing, Citynet released a series of emails purporting to show the company agreed to pay Frontier for the maps. After Frontier disclosed the $1,764 price tag, a Citynet executive wrote back in March, "...We would like to move forward here. If you could let me know the next steps in moving this forward that would be appreciated." It's unclear whether Frontier responded.

In a filing last week, Frontier also offered to show Citynet "illustrative" fiber route maps between its central office switching facilities. Those maps, however, don't reveal the exact location of the company's fiber cable.

After completing its preliminary review, PSC lawyers will decide whether to send the dispute to an administrative law judge and hold a hearing.

Frontier spokesman Dan Page said the company wouldn't comment beyond the responses it filed with the PSC last week.

"We respect the authority of the Public Service Commission and the procedures it follows," Page said.

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

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Things to do today: Sept. 21, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929954 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929954 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Music

MARSHALL PETTY AND THE GROOVE: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Fifth Quarter, 201 Clendenin St. Call 304-345-3933.

RENEGADE MARY and FRIENDS: 2 to 8 p.m. Free. Roni's, 109 Crede's Landing, Elkview. Call 304-965-2592.

SPURGIE AND FRIENDS: 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Roots, rock and soul. Tricky Fish, 1611 Washington St. E. Call 304-344-FISH.

Fairs/festivals

DUNBAR FALL FESTIVAL/ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: Noon to 5 p.m., Dunbar Landing, 10th Street, Dunbar Shopping Center, Dunbar.

THE 13TH ANNUAL MOTHMAN FESTIVAL: Point Pleasant. Activities include presentations by 16 guest speakers, a movie night, tram rides, karaoke and face painting. The festival is mostly free, though tickets must be purchased for the Mothman landmark tour and TNT area hayride. Call 304-812-5211 or visit www.mothmanfestival.com.

Etc

KANAWHA TRAIL CLUB HIKE: Noon in Babcock State Park - Lakeview/Triple Creek/Wildnerness trails. Carpool from the parking lot at the corner of Ohio and Randolph streets across from the post office. The hike is approximately 4 1/2-5 miles with some easy and moderate sections. A shorter version: 2 miles around the lake with an optional spur will be available. It could be muddy going around the lake depending on the water level.

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On file: Sept. 21, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929956 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929956 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Marriages

The following people filed for marriage licenses in Kanawha County between Sept. 12 and 19:

David Lynn Rose, 59, and Donna Lynn Hager, 48, both of Marmet.

Trent Jordan Mullins, 21, and Jessy Mariah Ratcliff, 20, both of Charleston.

Eric Michael Briles, 42, and Diana Michelle Tinney, 22, both of St. Albans.

James Randall May, 43, and Kathy Lynn Tyler, 42, both of Charleston.

Jason Edward Davis Jr., 23, of Nitro and Chastadie Nychole Hudson, 23, of St. Albans.

Timothy Edward Fields, 48, and Monica Renee Fields, 33, both of South Charleston.

James Randall Griffith, 35, of Daniels and Mitzi Dawn Adkins, 33, of Charleston.

Nester Kenneth Gibson, 50, and Kimberly Ellen Gibson, 45, both of St. Albans.

Hunter Langdon Douglas, 21, and Alyssa Nicole Menas, 19, both of Charleston.

Roger Scott Hight Jr., 38, and Shelly Anne Ballard, 44, both of Charleston.

Terence Maurice Johnson, 39, and Kimeca Latanya Pratt, 36 both of South Charleston.

Christopher David Swann, 30, and Megan Renee Moore, 26, both of St. Albans.

Patrick Allen Brown, 42, and Dawn Rene Parsons, 43, both of St. Albans.

David Aaron Querry, 32, and Carol Marie Strickland, 27, both of Cross Lanes.

Matthew Todd Parsons, 34, and Cyrena Brooke McCallister, 27, both of Charleston.

Lewis Clay Duncan III, 42, and Linda Sue Slater, 43, both of St. Albans.

Frank Engle McCallum, 65, and Deborah Jane Sonis, 61, both of Charleston.

Aaron Matthew Blount, 28, and Jordan Lea Duncan, 23, both of Charleston.

Julian Leon Irving, 28, and Jade Janell McKibben, 23, both of South Charleston.

Richard Calvin Basford II, 32, and Ashley Danielle Atkinson, 26, both of Charleston.

Donald Lee Adkins, 27, and Katherine Michelle Clark, 22, both of Charleston.

Willie James Coleman, 49, and Tamara Ulonda Nelson, 31, both of Charleston.

Layne Matthew Henry, 21, and Amber Gail Ritchie, 18, both of South Charleston.

Joshua Clay Brown, 31, and Ashley Michele Dailey, 28, both of Nitro.

Gregory Tyler Haynes, 26, and Jillian Leigh Greuber, 26, both of Charleston.

Richard Eugene Boone, 57, and Darlene Kay Burns, 55, both of Elkview.

Ryan Joshua Baisden, 22, of Cross Lanes and Caitlin Jeanelle Wallace, 23, of Dunbar.

James Douglas Boyce, 45, and Susan Marie Fultineer, 50, both of Belle.

Ernest Ray Lawson Jr., 32, and Carlie Christina Thomas, 33, both of Charleston.

Divorces

The following people filed for divorce in Kanawha County between Sept. 11 and 18:

Talia R. Brown from Ronald F. Brown

Amanda Brooke Skeens McIntyre from Lucas Tyler McIntyre

Barry D. Eplin from Renea A. Eplin

Christopher R. Perdue from Jessica M. Perdue

Thomas E. Perkins from Elaine F. Perkins

Alicia Renee Tucker from Jewett Eugene Tucker

Kately D. Poore from Gregory M. Poore

Demetria Shafi from Ahmad Shafi Jr.

Kimberly Lynn Whitlow from William Shane Whitlow

Jamie Michelle Pell from Timothy Curtis Pell

Nina Marie Shell from Neil Edward Shell

Samar Tabbar Poindexter from Miranda Sue Poindexter

Brenda Tanner from Mike Tanner

David VanBibber Jr. from Kathy S. VanBibber

Robert Dewayne Burton from Natausha Rene Burton

Robert Daniel Mullins from Heather Michele Mullins

Kelly D. Barnett from Estil Leo Barnett Jr.

Brandie D. Ingram from William E. Ingram

Jeanie Marie Young from David Albert Young III

Crystal Lynn Dickens from Toney Lee Dickens

Ian R. Scott from Nancy McClellan

Louise Alberta Craig from Edward Omar Craig Sr.

Paul David Reese II from Amy Dawn Reese

Thomas Franklin Pomeroy from Amber Michelle Pomeroy

Property transfers

The following property transfers of $50,000 or more were recorded in Kanawha County between Sept. 12 and 19:

BBL Carlton Charleston House LLC to Steven F. and Catherine H. White. Lot, Charleston, $777,580.

Frank David and Phyllis Jean Price to David Thomas and Sherry Lynn Buckalew. Lot, Charleston, $100,000.

Frank David and Phyllis Jean Price to David Thomas and Sherry Lynn Buckalew. Lots, Charleston, $650,000.

Michael B. Cochran II and Stacie Dawn Naylor to Zackary D. and Jessica Marie Green. Lot, Jefferson District, $103,000.

Harold L. Utterback to Murray Galen Booth. Lot, South Charleston, $64,000.

Janice F. Lawrence to Rita Woodall. Lot, Jefferson District, $90,000.

M&M Holdings of Charleston LLC to Forse Properties LLC. Lots, Jefferson District, $650,000.

Matthew P. Kingery and Curtis A. Capehart to FAP Properties XXXVIII LLC. Lots, Charleston, $288,900.

Charles Jason Miller to Derek M. Barker. Lot, Union District, $135,000.

Jaime Sturm to Daniel T. and Jaime E. Halcomb. Lot, Charleston, $60,000.

Stephen D. Snead to Alberto Torres Jr. Lot, Union District, $325,000.

Wallace F. Suttle and David Stalnaker to Thomas Nicola, Vincent Venturino and George Wittman. Parcels, Charleston, $650,000.

CEL Holdings LLC to Danny L. and Shirley A. James. Lot, Elk District, $61,000.

Steven F. and Catherine H. White to Maria W. and James M. Fox. Condominium, Charleston, $167,000.

Edward A. Holsclaw Jr., Christina L. Hunter, Benjamin Shane Holsclaw and Loan Renee Fuson to Joshua Loudermilk. Lot, Loudon District, $55,000.

Geraldine D. Bryant to Swarthmore Capital LLC. Lot, St. Albans, $60,000. James L. and William E. Samuels to Caleb C. Wilkinson. Lot, Poca District, $56,000.

Shirley A. Black to Swarthmore Capital LLC. Lot, St. Albans, $75,000.

Camille C. Stewart to Charleston Area Medical Center Inc. Lot, Charleston, $158,000.

Jane Ann Riley to Michael E. and Bridget Kelley. Lot, Charleston, $135,400.

Sanders Steven and Rose Ellen Satterfield to Christopher D. Sharpe. Lot, St. Albans, $119,900.

Propertymark LLC to Lori A. and Daniel E. Phipps. Lot, Charleston, $140,000.

Lew R. and Joyce L. Burdette to Sharon L. Paxton. Lot, Elk District, $78,500.

Harold Jr. and Vicki L. Pendell to Cindy K. Bullard. Lot, Jefferson District, $158,000.

Mark Richard and Nikole Paterno Kurten to Michael and Lora Finlayson. Lot, South Charleston, $305,000.

Newport III LLC to Larry D. and Patricia Williams. Lot, Charleston, $312,027.50.

Benjamin E. Niebel to Emma Abbott. Lot, Charleston, $130,000.

James D. and Jennifer K. Lanier to Robert D. and Susan M. Lovejoy. Lot, Jefferson District, $228,000.

David L. Sr. and Yon N. Ballard to James D. and Malinda L. Stone. Lot, Charleston, $455,000.

Donald T. and Ginger Lee McAllister to Barbara J. Hudnall. Lot, Nitro, $219,500.

William Russell Bee Jr. to Jan A. Byrd. Lot, Nitro, $124,000.

Crystal R. Goode to Donald Z. Light. Lot, Big Sandy District, $75,000.

Robert T. Miller to Michael Todd Bradley. Lot, Rand, $55,000.

Brian A. and Christina A. Ward to William Burns. Lots, Loudon District, $59,900.

Barbara Brown, Rebecca Rucker, Deborah Abel, David Kennedy, Gordon G. Kennedy and Nancy E. Kennedy to Amanda Shamblin. Lot, Clendenin, $69,000.

Allison D. Thaxton to Jerry A. and Theresa Forren. Lot, Union District, $52,500.

Mark A. Grimmett to David J. and Catherine A. Bauer. Lot, Charleston South District, $310,000.

Dorsey Properties LLC to Roy and Deborah Proffitt and Brittany Munson. Lots, Chesapeake, $68,000.

Farris David Sayer and David Farris Sayer Jr. to Kanawha Roxalana Company. Lots, Loudon District, $490,000.

Seneca Trustees Inc. to U.S. Bank Trust N.A. Lot, Poca District, $88,229.27.

Timothy R. Holcomb to Jonathan C. and Jessica Shaffer. Lot, Big Sandy District, $72,500.

Technology Partners LLC to Robert L. Herrick. Lot, Charleston, $59,000.

Shady Pines Properties to Cross Lanes Partners LLC. Lots, Union District, $6,522,325.19.

Highland Way Properties to Cross Lanes Partners II LLC. Lots, Union District, $2,309,186.87.

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 Sept. 12 and 19:

Marissa Dawn and Michael Aaron King, Nitro, Chapter 7.

Judith Annie Zinn, Sissonville, Chapter 7. Assets: Unknown, Liabilities: Unknown.

Debra Jean Fields, Elkview, Chapter 7. Assets: $187,213, Liabilities: $175,483.

James Michael and Sandra Jean Hart, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $8,949, Liabilities: $184,580.

Jeremy Edward Eren, Dunbar, Chapter 7. Assets: $5,035, Liabilities: $61,375.

Amanda Lee Barnett, Belle, Chapter 7. Assets: $241,900, Liabilities: $256,907.

Gary Pat Skidmore, East Bank, Chapter 7. Assets: $97,932, Liabilities: $108,461.

Heather Rose Butcher, Chapmanville, Chapter 7. Assets: $12,250, Liabilities: $35,582.

Dean Shannon and Kandi Sue Hall, Ronceverte, Chapter 7. Assets: $11,837, Liabilities: $214,819.

Martha Carol Williams, Dorothy, Chapter 7. Assets: $34,100, Liabilities: $36,238.

Roger Dale and Carol Sue Gibson, Maben, Chapter 7. Assets: $176,175, Liabilities: $146,295.

Matthew Edward Harvey, Beaver, Chapter 7. Assets: $164,986, Liabilities: $244,436.

Roy Okey Meadows, Shady Spring, Chapter 7. Assets: $23,431, Liabilities: $45,681.

Christina Denise Helmandollar, Mullens, Chapter 7. Assets: $2,495, Liabilities: $139,109.

Lewis Marcum, Logan, Chapter 13. Assets: $88,460, Liabilities: $75,179.

Helen Teresa Colegrove, Pratt, Chapter 13. Assets: Unknown, Liabilities: Unknown.

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Flying high: Cancer survivor organizes event to honor veterans http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929960 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140921/GZ01/140929960 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Rusty Marks Betsy Murphy loves history, loves airplanes and loves dressing up.

So the two-time cancer survivor decided to organize a living history event to combine all three.

On Oct. 25, Murphy and her charitable organization, Classic Beauties, are hosting A Hero's Salute, a day-long event featuring World War II vintage aircraft, living history displays and a dinner and dance at Charleston's Executive Air terminal near Yeager Airport.

"Nobody else was doing it," explained Murphy. "I have the connections, so I'll do it."

Born in Milton, Murphy spent 26 years as a nurse before two bouts of breast cancer put her temporarily out of circulation. In April, she opened Bosom Buddies in Kanawha City, a boutique and home health provider that caters to the needs of fellow cancer survivors.

But the shop also serves as at least a temporary staging area for Murphy's passions for photography and history.

In the back, racks of vintage clothing share space with a makeshift studio with an original 48-star American flag that serves as a backdrop for some of Murphy's classic pinup style photographs. Photographs of young women posing with classic cars are arranged tastefully on a black shelving unit, showcasing some of her work.

"I've always liked pinup stuff," Murphy said. "I've always liked history. The whole idea of [A Hero's Salute] was to have a living history thing."

The Oct. 25 event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Executive Air. Murphy said the event will feature nine classic World War II-era warbirds, nearly two dozen military vehicles, historic re-enactors, living history displays, performances of 1940s era music, children's activities, vendors, silent auctions and other fundraising events.

"There will be something for everyone," Murphy said.

Murphy said the hangar will be made up like a World War II officers club. At 5 p.m., there will be a dinner, followed by a dance at 6 p.m. Period attire is encouraged, but not required, she said. Prior to the event, Murphy said she will host workshops on vintage makeup and hairstyles at Bosom Buddies, 3716 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City.

Admission to the main event is $15 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 6 and 16. Children under 6 and veterans will be admitted free.

Tickets for the dinner and dance are $50 per person. Murphy said some tickets will be available the day of the event, but participants are encouraged to get tickets in advance at Bosom Buddies or online at the event website, www.aherossalute.com.

Murphy said she began taking photographs in 2008, and quickly developed a knack for pinup style photographs. An avid air show fan, she started taking pictures at air shows, which put her in touch with pilots and allowed her to make the connections to get the classic warbirds to Charleston.

Aircraft taking part in the event include B-25 and A-26 twin-engined bombers, a 1943 Stearman training aircraft, a C-46 cargo plane, P-40 fighter plane, an F4U Corsair, Britain's classic Spitfire fighter plane, a German Focke-Wulfe 190 fighter and the famous P-51 Mustang, which is still considered the best piston-engined fighter aircraft ever built.

Murphy said safety regulations won't permit an all-out air show at Executive air, but all the aircraft will make fly-bys during the day.

"I think what Betsy's doing is a great cause," said Scott Yoak, owner and pilot of the Quick Silver P-51, based in Lewisburg.

Scott, 30, and his father, Billy, spent 15 years painstakingly restoring Quick Silver. Billy Yoak died last year of cancer, but Scott Yoak still flies the aircraft at exhibitions and air shows around the country. He said he usually flies in about 15 events a year, but this year is flying 22.

Yoak said Quick Silver was restored using parts from more than 200 original Mustangs, and now serves as a flying memorial to all branches of the United States military. "Our aircraft is a celebration of our nation's military service," he said.

"This airplane is literally a national monument," Yoak said, adding the P-51 Mustang helped turn the tide of the war in Europe. He said there was a special significance in seeing the airplanes fly.

"You can see these airplanes in a museum all you want," Yoak said. But he said being able to smell the oil and exhaust, hear the rumble of the P-51's 12-cylinder Merlin engine and watch the Mustang flash by at 300 mph brings the history of the aircraft alive.

Yoak said Charleston has not had an air show in years, and the Oct. 25 event will give local residents a chance to see the P-51 in the air.

"I never get to display the aircraft that put West Virginia on the aviation map," Yoak said. A Hero's Salute will give him that opportunity.

Murphy said part of the proceeds of the event will go to her charitable organization. She said the group wants to give money to organizations that directly serve veterans, like the state veterans' home in Barboursville.

She hopes A Hero's Salute becomes an annual event to recognize the state's veterans.

"There's nothing here to honor them," she said.

For more information, visit www.aherossalute.com.

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