www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: November 22, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT01/311229971 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT01/311229971 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:51 -0500 Belcher, James 3 p.m., Lovers Leap Baptist Church, Ansted.

Bostic, Sandra K. 1 p.m., Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union.

Calhoun, Jamaal A. Noon, Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor Chapel, Beckley.

Crank, Ivan R. 10 a.m., Crow

Cunningham, George 1 p.m., Word of Life Church, Logan.

Dobbins, Ralph E. 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Eikler, Herbert L. Noon, Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Fetty, Daniel S. 1 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Gibeaut, Betty 1 p.m., Poca Baptist Church, Poca.

Gill, Linda K. 1 p.m., Walnut Grove Cemetery, Walnut Grove.

Hager, Renee C. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Harvey, Darrell Noon, Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Holton, John 1 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Jones, James D. Noon, Cunningham

Jones, Opal 10 a.m., Alderson Presbyterian Church, Alderson.

Laurent, Doris E. 3 p.m., Boone Memorial Park, Madison.

Mace, Charles R. Noon, Taylor

Mick, George W. 2 p.m., Green Cemetery, Lost Run.

Miller, Wade M. 1 p.m., Broyles

Moore, Kenneth Sr. Noon, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Chesapeake.

Perdue, Patricia A. 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Raynes, Vada V. 11 a.m., Emma Chapel United Methodist Church, Liberty.

Rhodes, Jerry D. 1 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Spaulding, Edward L. 1 p.m., Hughes Creek Community Church, Hugheston.

Terry, Margaret F. 2 p.m., Mount Vernon Cemetery, Fort Spring.

Truman, Larry 1 p.m., Jodie Baptist Church, Jodie.

Tyra, Steven 2 p.m., The Historic Fayette Theater, Fayetteville.

Wells, Richard A. 2 p.m., Cunningham

Beulah Adkins http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229990 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229990 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:30 -0500 Mrs. Beulah Virginia (Wheatley) Adkins, 81, of Chapmanville, died Nov. 20, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Mon., Nov. 24, at Evans Fuenral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sun. at the Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville.

E. Darrell Boggess http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229978 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229978 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:47 -0500 E. Darrell Boggess, of Ravenswood, peacefully departed this life November 20, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born February 9, 1927, in Goldtown, a son of the late Estel and Phoeba Bumgardner Boggess. Darrell was a US Army veteran and retired from the American Electric Power company with 42 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Flora Jean King Boggess; his daughter, Marsha Boggess and her husband, Charles Patterson; his son, Dr. Darrell Kevin Boggess and his wife, Dr. Kimberly Ewing and their daughters, Kayla, a student at Dennison University, and Kayce, a student at Charleston Catholic High School; his sister, Phyllis Boggess of Goldtown; and his nieces, Sharon Boggess and Lisa Kennedy; and brother-in-law Robert Lanham.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Clifton and his wife, Kamarhi; his sister, Magdalene and her husbands, Kemp Gerwig and Brooks Westfall; his sister, Dortha and her husband, Ronald Hedrick; infant sister; and his nephew, Kyle Boggess.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387.

Funeral service will be at noon Monday, November 24, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley with Pastor Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Monday, at the funeral home. Private interment will be at Jackson Memory Gardens.

Mildred Boggess http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229982 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229982 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:45 -0500 Mildred Jean Boggess, 85, of Charleston, died Nov. 19, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon., Nov. 24, at Floral Hills Garden of Memories Chapel, Pocatalico. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service also at the cemetery. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston is in charge of arrangements.

Kerry Allen Bohl http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229992 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229992 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:27 -0500 Kerry Allen Bohl, 33, of Harts, died Nov. 19, 2014. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville, is in charge of arrangements.

Lavern M. Bonhag http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229989 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229989 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:32 -0500 Beulah Lavern McCormick Bonhag, 86, of Huntington, passed Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

She was a contract specialist for the National Institute of Health.

Lavern was preceded in death by her husband, George Bonhag; son, Frankie Bonhag; brothers, Dorsel, Vondon, Bernie, and Rex McCormick; and sisters, Myrtle Banks and Revel Smith.

She is survived by brothers, Herbert (Sharyn) McCormick; sisters, Edna Baker, Glenna Anderson and Anna Lois Hodges; a multitude of nieces and nephews.

A very special thank you to her nephew, Gary Hodges and his wife, Brenda, for their special loving care for Lavern.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek with Pastor Oshel Bell officiating. Burial will follow at Midkiff Cemetery, Sumerco. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Anna Chandler http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229986 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229986 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:39 -0500 Anna Chandler, 66, of Foster, was at home surrounded by her loving family when she went home to be with her Lord and Savior for a Glorious Homecoming on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.

Born May 2, 1948, in Boone County, she was the daughter of the late J. R. "James" and Opal Smith. Also preceding her in death was her brother, Douglas Hayes Smith (Phyliss); and a sister, Sylvia Sue Napier (Dan).

She was a bus driver for Boone County Board of Education and was a member of Fountain of Life Worship Center, Foster.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Everett William "Bill" Chandler; her daughter, Billie Ann Chandler of Holly Hills in Madison; her son, Everett "Bo" Chandler (Lisa) of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Chayton Zane Chandler, Haley Marisa Chandler, Sydney Elizabeth Chandler and Jacob Avery Lee Chandler; brothers and sisters, Lovell Smith (Bonnie) of Alkol, Carol Bell (Gene) of Lake, W.Va., and Jack Smith (Vickie) of Foster. Anna loved all her nieces and nephews, Jimmy II (Drew) Smith, Drema (Charles) Miller, Jane Anderson, Gene Allen (Pam) Bell, Duane (Terri) Bell, Tara (Scott) Skeens, Scott (Connie) Napier, Danny (Vickie) Napier, Richard Napier, Jack Smith Jr. (Lisa) and Debra (Mike) Parson; many great nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Fountain of Life Worship Center, Foster with Stacy Dingess officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Danville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Arrangements are by Handley Funeral Home in Danville. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Raymond Chapman http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229996 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229996 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:22 -0500 Raymond Chapman, 77, of Craigsville, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at Bowers Hospice House, Beckley, after a long illness.

Raymond was born June 27, 1937 in Canvas to the late Harry Thurman and Ollie Nellie Jones Chapman. He was an excellent husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a member and a deacon of Temple Baptist Church, Craigsville. He worked 47-and-a-half years for the Richwood TV and Cable Company. He was a member and former president of the Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce. He was the president of the Richwood Ramp Festival. He loved hunting, biking and woodworking. He loved to spend time on the farm that was owned by him and his sister. He was the best man his family had ever seen.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Ray Chapman, and two sisters, Mary and Helen Chapman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Sonya Beth Chapman of Craigsville; five children, Beth Ann Chapman of Woodbridge, Va., D. Craig Chapman and wife, Lee, of Summersville, Col. Bryan K. Chapman and wife, Melissa, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Dewayne A. Chapman and wife, Jessica, of Canvas and Michelle Woods and husband, Jamie, of Craigsville; five siblings, Ruth Ann Kesner of Falls Church, Va., Carol Joyce and husband, Gilbert Sparks, of Westland, Mich., Elvin Chapman and wife, Connie, of Manassas, Va., David Chapman of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Hazel Clemens of Craigsville; eight grandchildren, Christopher Chapman, Elizabeth Chapman, Alyssa Chapman, Alex Woods, Josie Chapman, Aidan Chapman, Skylar Chapman and Zane Chapman; one great-granddaughter, Madeline Chapman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Temple Baptist Church, Craigsville, with Pastor Jim Meadows and Pastor Brent Seacrist officiating. Interment will follow in Craigsville Cemetery, Craigsville.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Bowers Hospice House, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801. Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, is in charge of all arrangements.

William Cohenour, Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229980 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229980 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:46 -0500 William 'Bill' Arthur Cohenour, Jr., 72, of Sissonville, formerly of Greenbrier and Boone Counties, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston.

He was born on March 31, 1942, to the late William Arthur, Sr., and Virginia Jones Cohenour.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, James; and sister, Brenda Gail.

He is survived by his wife, Melva Wills Cohenour; sisters, Rose Marie (Leonard) Carter of Alderson, Wanda Cohenour of Dayton, Ohio and Mary (Avery) Bailey of Beckley; brothers, Frank (Linda) of Jacksonville, Fla. and Dale (Jeanne) of Danville; daughter, Teresa (Greg) Rhodes of Sissonville; sons, William "Art" III of Lexington, Ky. and Cass of Charleston; granddaughters, Cassandra and Mindi Cohenour Keyser, Abigail and Hannah Rhodes and Kennedy Cohenour; grandson, Travis Rhodes; uncle, Dale Cohenour of Wharncliff and aunt, Betty Johnson of Gilbert.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at the Cadle Farm at Grassy Meadows.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be sent to: Melva Cohenour, 1267 Lakewood Drive, Charleston, WV 25312.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Virginia K. Cowley http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229994 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/OBIT/311229994 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:02:24 -0500 Virginia K. Cowley (nee Knosky), 88, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at her daughter's home.

She was born in Eunice, W.Va., and had been a resident of North Ridgeville for the past six years, moving from Whitesville, W.Va., where she spent most of her life.

She was a member of the Church of God in Sylvester, W.Va., and enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking care of her pet dog, Peanut.

Survivors include her daughter, Gypsy (Paul) Doss of North Ridgeville; granddaughters, Tonya Doss and Tamyra (Jeff) Bailey; and great-grandchildren, Morgan Bailey and Seth Doss.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Cowley, in 2003; brothers, James and William Knosky; sister, Mable Williams; and parents, Ben and Effie (nee Cantley) Knosky.

A graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Pineview Cemetery, Orgas, W.Va. The Rev. Ricky Peters will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sylvester Church of God, 22814 Coal River Road, Sylvester, WV 25193.

Bogner Family Funeral Home in North Ridgeville, Ohio, handled the arrangements.

Ford's new F-150 to get 26 mpg, tops among pickups http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129728 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129728 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:35:50 -0500


AP Auto Writer

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Ford said Friday that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.

The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to 28 mpg with a diesel engine; Ford doesn't make a diesel version of the F-150.

Fuel economy is a key selling point for the new F-150, which is arriving at dealerships this month. Ford shaved 700 pounds off the weight of the truck by switching the body from steel to lightweight aluminum, a dramatic change for the best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

Some analysts thought the truck might even top 30 mpg after Ford's multi-billion dollar investment to develop and produce it. The final figure met Ford's expectations of a more modest improvement, and represents 13 percent greater fuel economy than the current F-150.

With gas now averaging $2.84 per gallon, the aluminum F-150 will save the average buyer only $100 to $200 a year in fuel costs over competing gasoline models from General Motors and Chrysler, said Larry Dominique, president of the ALG auto forecasting firm.

Doug Scott, Ford's truck marketing manager, said the majority of truck customers aren't solely focused on fuel economy. The new F-150 beats its rivals in both towing - of up to 12,200 pounds - and payload of up to 3,300 pounds.

Dominique agrees that buyers will focus on the total package. "The payload, the towing. Those aspects of it plus a little bit better fuel economy is definitely an increased value," he said.

Patrick Caraher, a relocation specialist at ALE Solutions in Phoenix, said he expected higher fuel economy. But he still plans to buy a new F-150 sometime in the next year.

"Losing 700 pounds on the truck is enough for me," said Caraher, 29. "Less brake, tire and shock and suspension wear is where I take my benefits."

The F-150 will get 26 mpg on the highway with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which Ford believes will account for 28 percent of sales of the new truck. The top highway fuel economy of the current truck is 23 mpg.

The company hopes the new truck's advantages outweigh customer doubts about the durability of aluminum or potential repair costs for the pricier metal.

It's a big risk. So far this year, one out of every three vehicles Ford sold in the U.S. was an F-Series pickup. It's been America's best-selling vehicle for 32 years.

Ram's diesel-powered pickup gets even better fuel economy, at 28 mpg, but starts at $30,215. Also, the price of diesel is currently 76 cents per gallon higher than gas. The F-150 starts at $25,420 with $495 premium for the EcoBoost engine, a popular option.

To further improve fuel economy, product development chief Raj Nair says Ford is developing a 10-speed transmission to replace its current 6-speed. It's also working on smaller but more powerful engines. He said a diesel engine doesn't make sense for the F-150 right now.

Ford also provided the fuel-economy breakdown for other engine types:

- The base F-150 with 3.5-liter V6 engine gets 25 mpg on the highway, or 20 mpg in combined city/highway driving. This version is expected to be 16 percent of sales of the new truck.

- The 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 gets 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 city/highway combined. Ford expects this version to make up 28 percent of sales.

- The 5-liter V8 gets should get 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg city/highway combined.


AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed from Detroit.

Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129729 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129729 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:33:54 -0500


AP National Writer

Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

But if it happened now, she says, she'd be a lot bolder - not just because she's older, but because she feels there's less of a stigma connected to being a victim of sexual assault.

And this, say advocates for sexual assault victims, may be one reason why the allegations against Bill Cosby have exploded into public consciousness now so much more than they did when they emerged a decade ago: an evolving cultural understanding of the crime of sexual assault, and increased empathy toward those claiming to be victims.

"I think our society really has changed," says Wade, a data analyst who now mentors young assault victims. "Ten years ago, it was much harder for a victim to get an audience listening to her. Now there's less of a stigma, and that gives people more confidence to come forward."

A key element in the cultural shift, say some advocates, have been a series of high-profile cases like the Penn State molestation scandal, stories of abuse in the military or the Catholic Church, and cases of date rape at university campuses. Particularly when a number of people come forward, it's harder for the public to ignore, they say.

"People may have an easy time rationalizing away only one victim, but not when there are a number of them," says Scott Berkowitz, president of Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network in Washington, D.C.

In recent weeks, at least seven women have publicly accused the 77-year-old Cosby of sexual assault years ago. Cosby has not been charged in connection with any of the allegations. Only one woman has filed suit - Andrea Constand, who sued in 2005 and settled for an undisclosed amount before the case went to trial.

Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, has discredited some of the allegations and denied others. He suggested in a Friday statement that Cosby's accusers may have another agenda.

"There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted."

Berkowitz, of RAINN, recalls when his organization, back in 1994, approached TV networks to air public service announcements for its sex assault hotline; they resisted, he says, fearing the mere word "rape" would lead to complaints. Finally NBC agreed, and there were no complaints, Berkowitz says - in fact, there were thank-yous. Other networks followed suit.

"In the last decade, we've all been developing a greater awareness of just how common these crimes are," says Berkowitz.

Recent media coverage of the widening allegations against Cosby led to what RAINN said was a "significant increase" in calls to its National Sexual Assault Hotline - something that also happened after the Penn State case. But there's been a measurable increase underway for several years, says Jen Marsh, who oversees the hotline, which includes a phone and online version.

"Our online hotline has seen a 25 percent increase every year," says Marsh, vice president of Victims Services at RAINN. "I think it has a lot to do with the dialogue happening around this issue." She, too, cites high-profile cases - like the 2012 rape scandal involving high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio - and the fact that students on college campuses have been more vocal about their experiences. "There is definitely a sea change of sorts with these activists being very open," she says, also citing attention to the issue from Congress and from the White House, which recently launched "It's On Us," a public awareness campaign about campus sexual assault.

"The focus has been unprecedented," says Marsh. "We're seeing some overwhelming support." But at the same time, she notes, it remains exceedingly difficult to report a sexual assault, "particularly if the perpetrator is well-known, or powerful, or well-liked, whether it's a principal in a local community or a famous football coach." Marsh adds that often - as has been the case with some of the Cosby accusers - people delay reporting assaults: "They try to get on with their lives, and sometimes it's not until later that they realize they need to do something."

Sometimes it's too late. When Wade, now 44 and living in Phoenix, went to police 10 years later, she was told that the type of contact she alleged would constitute sexual assault - she hadn't known that, she says - but the statute of limitations had passed. (Such statutes vary greatly from state to state.)

Out of every 100 rapes, only 40 get reported to police, RAINN says, citing Justice Department figures. Eight of those get prosecuted, and four lead to a felony conviction. The silver lining is that over the last 15 years or so, reporting rates have risen by a third. Some states have also lengthened or abolished statutes of limitations on prosecuting rape, especially when DNA evidence exists.

Christa Hayburn waited two years to report her alleged assault. It was complicated by the fact that she was a police officer and the man she was accusing of sexual assault was her superior - someone she looked up to and viewed as a friend. She describes an evening celebration with colleagues that led to the man allegedly forcing her into sexual activity in his car in the parking lot.

Hayburn, who was married with two children, complained to her superiors, and when the case got to the district attorney, the decision was made not to prosecute. "I was told that I didn't say 'No' enough," says Hayburn. The experience left her with the feeling that "It was already pre-conceived that I was a liar." After six years she was fired from the force; she now is a life coach.

Both Hayburn and Wade say they felt paralyzed, at the time, by the fact that the men they accuse of assault were mentor figures. "Even while it was happening, I was trying to fathom that it was happening with someone I respected and trusted," Wade says, seeing the parallels with some of Cosby's accusers who have said they were young, impressionable, ambitious and cowed by the entertainer's power and star status.

Though she says that in 10 years, she's seen "great improvement," Wade adds: "The reality is we have a long, long way to go before victims will feel comfortable telling and getting help."

As for Hayburn, she acknowledges that she sees "more awareness out there now, and the victim blaming isn't possibly what it was." But she too adds that it's so difficult to come forward, she's not sure she would have any more courage now than she did then.

But she also feels it's crucial to speak out. "If nobody is out there sharing their story, how are we going to help the next one?" she says. "That's why I'm speaking to you."

MARSHALL FOOTBALL: No. 18 Herd survives scare from UAB, wins 23-18 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/DM03/141129730 DM03 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/DM03/141129730 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:25:15 -0500 By Derek Redd BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was the 17th play of the University of Alabama at Birmingham football team's final drive. On fourth and 1 at Marshall's 10 with less than a minute to go, the Blazers had a chance to extend that drive and possibly do something no other team as done against the Thundering Herd - add a blemish to its heretofore pristine record.

UAB went back to a play that had worked for it so many times Saturday afternoon, a direct snap to running back Jordan Howard. On that snap, though, Marshall linebacker Jermaine Holmes was there to greet him. For Howard, it wasn't a pleasant meeting.

Holmes knocked Howard back for a loss, Marshall took over on downs and the No. 18 Herd escaped Legion Field with a 23-18 record.

"Sometimes, throughout the year, you gotta grind one out, man," Marshall coach Doc Holliday said. "And that's the definition right there of grinding one out. You don't like them that way, but at the end of the day, I'm proud of the way the football team found a way to win, and that's all that matters."

All that's left between Marshall (11-0, 7-0 Conference USA) and an undefeated regular season is Friday's home finale against Western Kentucky. The Herd already has clinched the East Division crown, but still doesn't know who it will face in the conference title game. West Division leader Louisiana Tech lost to Old Dominion in overtime Saturday, 30-27, setting up a winner-takes-the-West game next weekend between the Bulldogs and Rice. That also likely puts the conference title game in Huntington, no matter the outcome of that game.

The Blazers (5-6, 3-4 C-USA) came closer than anyone this season to knocking off the Herd. They sent Marshall to its first fourth-quarter deficit of the year when Howard scored on a 10-yard run with 11:22 remaining. UAB's 2-point conversion attempt failed, but the Blazers led 18-17.

Marshall's ensuing drive stalled at the Blazers 35, but Tyler Williams was able to land a punt that the Herd downed inside the UAB 1 and set the stage for the Herd's go-ahead score.

On third and 10 from the 1, Marshall defensive end Arnold Blackmon sprinted around the right end and stripped UAB quarterback Cody Clements in the end zone. The ball bounced right into the hands of fellow defensive end Ra'Shawde Myers for a touchdown and a 23-18 lead.

"That was all Arnold, man," Myers said. "He had a great pass rush, got around the corner and it was more of a look-what-I-found-type play."

UAB still had a chance to respond, and looked like it might on that final marathon drive. The Herd was no stranger to long drives by the Blazers. UAB went on a pair that spanned 11 plays and covered at least 80 yards the last time the two met at Legion Field, a 38-31 UAB win in 2012. The ball went to Howard - who finished with 168 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries - on 11 plays of that drive. He rushed for three first downs in that possession, converting two fourth downs. Holmes wouldn't let him convert the third.

"It was for the (defensive) line," Holmes said. "They got great knock-back. I had just seen the hole and I just hit it and squared him up."

Marshall's defense rescued its offense from an unusually quiet scoring day. The Herd entered Saturday averaging 47.1 points per game, second-best in the Football Bowl Subdivision, but scored just two offensive touchdowns against the Blazers. Both came on Rakeem Cato touchdown passes. One went to Tommy Shuler from 28 yards out. The other went to Angelo Jean-Louis after Cato escaped a sack, scrambled, threw downfield and the pass was tipped by a UAB defender into Jean-Louis' hands for a 43-yard score.

Shuler finished with a game-high 10 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. It was his first game with double-digit catches since catching 10 against Southern Mississippi on Nov. 2, 2013.

Running back Devon Johnson recorded his 10th game with at least 100 yards, gaining 171 on 20 carries, but his fumble kept the score close late. With less than 8 minutes left in the third quarter, Johnson, who had broken a 75-yard run on the drive, fumbled on third and goal at the UAB 1. The ball bounced through the back of the end zone for a touchback.

Despite the nail-biting finish, Cato, who completed 20 of 38 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, knew Marshall's defense could seal the win.

"I have so much faith and loyalty in my defense," Cato said. "Those guys got it done."

Clements finished the game with 141yards on 15-of-26 passing. Tight end Kennard Backman led UAB with 70 yards on seven catches.

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

W.Va. man sentenced in slaying http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129731 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129731 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:16:55 -0500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Raleigh County man has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the death of a Charleston man.

Media outlets report 26-year-old Deveron Patterson of Mabscott was sentenced Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court for first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Kareem Hunter. Patterson was given mercy, meaning he could be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Patterson had testified he helped assault Hunter, carried him and put him in the trunk of a car. Hunter's body was discovered in a shallow grave near an abandoned house near Beckley in October 2013.

Co-defendant Miguel Quinones of Charleston is set for trial in February.

Kelsey Marie Legg of Marmet previously was sentenced to up to eight years in prison for her role in the case.

W.Va. joins multistate online course agreement http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129732 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129732 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:16:44 -0500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is joining a movement that makes it easier for students to take online college courses offered by campuses in other states.

The state Higher Education Policy Commission announced the reciprocity agreement Saturday. It becomes effective on Dec. 1.

The agreement establishes lets accredited institutions operate in other participating states without seeking independent authorization, making it easier for them to expand access to online courses.

At least 16 other states, including Virginia, are part of the agreement.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements oversees the program.




West Virginia environmental officials plan seminar http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129733 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129733 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:15:37 -0500

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia environmental officials are planning a seminar for businesses and organizations about state and federal regulations.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says the informative meeting will take place in Wheeling on Dec. 18.

Department of Environmental Protection ombudsman Terry Polen will conduct the seminar with the West Virginia University Industrial Extension Service.

Polen will discuss permits; spill pollution control and countermeasures; used oil, hazardous and solid waste regulations; oil and gas permits; toxic release inventories; aboveground storage tank rules; stormwater prevention plans and groundwater protection plans.

Registration ends Dec. 12.




Alpha Natural Resources to lay off 60 in Ky., WVa http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129734 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129734 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:14:03 -0500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources has announced 60 layoffs at mining operations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

In West Virginia, the company says it will close part of a Wayne County mine and lay off 25 workers. It will also close part of the Ruby Energy mine in Mingo County and lay off 22 miners. One Delbarton Prep Plant worker will also be laid off.

In Kentucky, Alpha will idle its Taylor Fork mine in Pike County. Twelve workers will be laid off. Another 26 will stay on the job for an undetermined amount of time to remove equipment and close the mine.

In a statement, the Bristol, Virginia-based company cited an oversupply of thermal coal.

The mines weren't in Alpha's July notice warning that 1,100 layoffs could occur in West Virginia.

Martinsburg exotic dancer sues to get minimum wage http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129735 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129735 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:12:16 -0500

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - An exotic dancer has sued a Martinsburg gentleman's club for wages not paid and fees withheld.

Christina A. Robinson filed a lawsuit against Taboo Gentlemen's Club and its owners in the circuit court of Berkeley County, West Virginia, on Nov. 1. The lawsuit was transferred to federal court Friday.

Robinson alleges that she was forced to pay unfair fees for shifts and table dances she performed. She also says she should have been paid minimum wage. She argues that not being paid minimum wage violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Robinson is represented by Gregg C. Greenberg out of Silver Spring, Maryland, who has helped to bring similar cases against gentlemen's clubs elsewhere, including the Blue Parrot in Morgantown.

Robinson is asking for back pay and damages.

Wildlife land fracking could yield $6M, royalties in WV county http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129736 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129736 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:03:03 -0500


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A company has bid $6.2 million plus royalties to drill for natural gas and oil under state wildlife conservation land in Tyler County.

Denver-based Antero Resources is offering to pay more than $12,000 an acre for fracking rights under Conaway Run Wildlife Management Area, state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette said. The bid includes a 20-percent royalty on what's extracted, and the lease would likely last three years.

The bid on the 518-acre wildlife area's oil and natural gas rights was unveiled Friday in Charleston. The land is used for hunting, fishing and camping, and includes a 100-yard rifle range.

Houston-based Noble Energy submitted a bid for about half the upfront money with the same royalty rate.

"One of those two bids is probably a record," Burdette said.

It's the second time West Virginia has offered to let companies drill horizontally under its land. Leasing the land for the technique called hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, is a new venture for West Virginia, and officials think it could produce plenty of money during uncertain budget times.

In West Virginia's first try at fracking leases, officials opened bids for 22 miles of state land under the Ohio River in September. Six miles are under contract negotiations and another 11 miles are out for bid or will be shortly. Seven additional miles are being considered for bid openings.

Environmental groups cautioned Gov. Early Ray Tomblin to reconsider the Ohio River leases, since they would allow drilling beneath a river that provides drinking water to millions of people.

Burdette said the drilling would occur about a mile under the river. State environmental regulators would still have to approve permits for the operations.

All drilling equipment would need to be off-site of the state lands, Burdette added.

Other properties the state is thinking about leasing rights for include: 131 acres under Fish Creek in Marshall County; Jug Wildlife Management Area in Tyler County; and 24 acres in Doddridge County.

No fracking contracts have yet been finalized, however. All the money from the state's fracking leases would go back into Division of Natural Resources needs, like upgrades at state parks.

US prosecutors in southern W.Va. collect $7.8M http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129738 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141122/ARTICLE/141129738 Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:01:20 -0500

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in the southern district of West Virginia collected $7.8 million in criminal and civil fines and penalties in the last fiscal year.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday the southern district's collections included nearly $2.9 million from criminal actions, $2.4 million in civil actions and $1.9 million in asset forfeiture.

Goodwin says the total represents more than 1.5 times the total annual operating budget for his office.

In the northern district, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld has said collections totaled more than $13 million in criminal and civil fines.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion nationally in the 2014 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.