www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 28, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT01/308289979 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT01/308289979 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:36 -0400 Bailes, Lola I. 1 p.m., Bartlett


Cobb, Thomas D. Sr. 1 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.


Duffield, Mary 1 p.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.


Edwards, Odbert E. 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.


Elliott, Mary E. 2 p.m., Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill.


Estep, Robert D. 1 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.


Fields, John 2 p.m., Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.


Hall, Emmelene 2 p.m., High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.


Halstead, John W. Jr. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro.


Holston, Ronald 11 a.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Jarvis, Damon L. 2 p.m., Stockert


Mahon, William T. 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.


McCallister, Jimmy Sr. 7:30 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.


Michelinie, Sheldon R. 3 p.m., Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg.


Robertson, Herbert W. 11 a.m., Bartlett


Shaffer, Harry L. Jr. 11 a.m., Cunningham


Strange, Earl 1 p.m., Stump Chapel Church, Tesla.


Wileman, Debra 2:30 p.m., Bartlett


Wyatt, Jeffery L. 7 p.m., Greene

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Chester C. Bailey http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289987 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289987 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:31 -0400 Chester Carlous Bailey, 83, of Coxs Mills, died Aug. 25, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the mortuary.

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Melodee Brewster http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289986 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289986 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:32 -0400 Melodee Brewster, 59, of Holden, died Aug. 26, 2014. Service will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma. Friends may gather from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Lee A. "Bucky" Brown http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289988 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289988 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Lee Albert "Bucky" Brown, 61, of Logan, died Aug. 26, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the funeral home.

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Carol Darlene Crist http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289980 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289980 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:36 -0400 Carol Darlene Gibson Crist, 79, of Pliny, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2014 after a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Robin; parents, Herman and Ora Gibson; brothers, Danny, Ricky and Gregory; and sisters, Sandra and Becky.

She is survived by her children, Tanya, Rod, Josie, Pete and Mike; sisters, Nancy Erwin, Corba Dunlap and Anna Simms, all of Hurricane, and Sue Reynolds of Michigan; brothers, John Gibson of Florida and Jeff Gibson of West Virginia; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed and loved by all.

A private service will be held.

Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

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Charles A. Crouse http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289981 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289981 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Charles Arthur Crouse, 49, of Alderson, died Aug. 21, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Lobban Funeral Home Chapel, Alderson, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.

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Jonathan N. Deitz http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289997 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289997 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Jonathan Nathaniel "Jon" Deitz, 30, of Kieffer Road, died Aug. 24, 2014. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Beaver Creek Baptist Church, Kieffer. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the church. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

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Larry Joe Dixon http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289984 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289984 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:33 -0400 Mr. Larry Joe "Joey" Dixon, 59, of Charleston, formerly of Nitro, where he grew up, went home to be with the Lord and his grandparents, Bessie and Luther Dixon, who raised him and whom he loved very much, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at 11:38 p.m. at CAMC General Hospital.

He is survived by his sons, Joshua Lee Dixon of St. Albans and Larry Dixon Jr.; daughter, Misty Garrett; brothers, Charles, Luther, Dannie, Tommy, James, Gary, Bobby, Terry, Davey, Woody and Steve; sisters, Debbie, Diane and Bonnie; grandchildren, Cody and Caleb Dixon, Ashley, Devon and Brianna Garrett; and great-grandchildren, Danny and Jayden.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Ridenour Lake Gazebo, Nitro. Friends and family can call his son, Josh, at 304-721-8408 for more information.

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

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

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Audry Erma Dodd http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289985 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289985 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:33 -0400 Audry Erma Dodd, 86, of Auburndale, Fla., also of Elkview, passed away Aug. 20, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of cardiac arrest.

She served the Lord for 69 years and was a member of Leatherwood Primitive Advent Christian Church. She loved going to yard sales, flea markets and selling her wares at International Market World in Auburndale. She was the matriarch of our family and will be missed more than words.

Preceding her in death were her parents, James and Beulah Painter, and brothers, Herb, Owen, Earl, Daymond and Okey.

Audry is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Daris Dodd; son, Tom Dodd and his wife, Linda, of Senecaville, Ohio; daughters, Kathy Morrison and husband, Glenn, of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Patsy Stafford and husband, Jim, of Elkview; son-in-law, Stephen Moles of Auburndale; sister, Lottie Jones, who lived with Audry; brother, Lawrence Painter of Kentucky; grandchildren, TD, Robert and Christopher Dodd, Heather Smith, Stephen Moles, Cindy Crumley, Jimmy Stafford and Maria Butterworth; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was also Aunt Audry to many nieces and nephews whom she loved. Special thanks to Stephen Moles, who tenderly cared for her daily.

Service will be noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Leatherwood Primitive Advent Christian Church, Elkview, with Pastor Danny Beckner and Pastor Roger Hammonds officiating. Burial will follow in Dodd Cemetery, Elkview.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leatherwood Primitive Advent Christian Church.

Gathering of family and friends was also held Sunday, Aug. 24, at Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale.

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

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Kenneth Ell Dunn http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289990 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/OBIT/308289990 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:02:29 -0400 Kenneth Ell Dunn, 68, of Union, died Aug. 24, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

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Challenges await Black Eagles, Patriots in season opener http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/WH01/140829263 WH01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/WH01/140829263 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:13:53 -0400 By Derek Taylor Thursday's 2014 high school football season opener offers its opposing coaches a case study in "the devil you know."

George Washington travels to South Charleston for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff to a game that will see a far more experienced Black Eagles team - ranked No. 3 in the Daily Mail Class AAA preseason poll - play host to a Patriots squad lacking for experience in most of its positions on both sides of the ball.

So, what is easier to prepare for, a team you know little about or a team that overwhelms your own because of its experience? GW coach Steve Edwards Jr. and his South Charleston counterpart Donnie Mays aren't up to comparing plights, but acknowledged that the challenges aren't simple to overcome.

"It doesn't matter how many times you've played on Friday night or how many games you haven't played, it doesn't matter how fast you are or how big you are," Edwards said. "If I can get maximium effort with good, quality assigment, man, that makes up for a lot. But they have to understand that sense of urgency."

Edwards focused heavily on getting his team ready for the opener by making sure the Patriots know who they are, in other words. The fact that junior quarterback Kaleb Mackey has never seen meaningful time at the varsity level is not his concern. Edwards said he believes in Mackey's abilities.

The fact that senior receiver Druw Bowen transferred in from Valley in the summer and has never played a Class AAA opponent doesn't concern Edwards. The coach has seen his toughness and agility and deems it ready for prime time. Besides, George Washington has been through this Class A-to-Class AAA jump from a transfer before, last year when running back Draven Riffe moved in from Van and bowled over opponents all season.

For Mays, however, preparing for the opener has been like playing pin the tail on the donkey.

"It's a challenge not knowing what they're going to do or who they're going to put where, it really is," said Mays, who enters his second season as the Black Eagles' coach after leading the team to a 7-4 record in his rookie season.

SC has five returning starters back on its offensive line, and has second-team All-State quarterback Kentre Grier and second-team All-State pick A.D. Cunningham back at running back. A junior and a senior, resepctively, the duo is joined by junior slot receiver Fred Crozier as players who rejoin the Black Eagles after being among the state's leaders in passing, rushing and receiving in 2013.

Grier completed 154 of 257 passes for 2,244 yards, 29 touchdowns and six interceptions last season while carrying the ball 114 times for 524 yards and six scores. Cunningham, who has committed to Charlotte where he will likely play as an outside linebacker, ran 159 times for 1,042 yards and 11 scores.

Crozier, in what was largely a support role for graduated All-State receiver Kevin Forrest, caught 45 passes for 543 yards and six touchdowns.

But while Mays is confident in his team's ability to move the football and put points on the board, he is unsure about how to go about stopping his first opponent.

"It's one thing if you know what's coming," Mays said. "Like, in 2012, even when (Ryan) Switzer got knocked out of the game we still knew that they had (Dustin) Crouser, and that's who they went to. Not that we stopped it, but..."

Mays paused.

"Geez, I'm sick of losing to them," he said in conclusion.

Mays' frustration is not suprpising. Though South Charleston won state championships in 2008 and '09, the Black Eagles have lost four straight to GW and the Patriots lead the series 27-19. The current winning streak includes the most lopsided victory by either team in the history of the series, a 61-0 win by the Patriots that opened the 2011 season at Steve Edwards Sr. Field.

Edwards mananged to work that score into his assessment of the match-up, albeit with a twist.

"I like my club," he said, opening with a phrase that has been common for the 19th-year coach this preseason.

"I think if we limit our mistakes and play sound football we'll go out and compete Thursday. Now, if it ends up a 61-0 game I'll know we might be in a little trouble," he said.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

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Arts and Culture briefs for Thursday, Aug. 28 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM07/140829270 DM07 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM07/140829270 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Kanawha Players is hosting auditions for its upcoming performance of "Evil Dead: The Musical."

Auditions will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kanawha Players Theater.

The show will be directed by Ginger Basham. To audition, prepare a song of your choosing and be prepared to sing acappella or bring an instrumental CD for accompaniment.

A script will be provided for a cold read. You must be at least 18 years of age to audition. All characters except the Fake Shemp must be able to follow dance and varying degrees of fight choreography.

There are four roles available for men, five for women and another four for any gender.

Roles available are: Scott (tenor range), Ed (bass range), Jake (baritone range), Fake Shemp (ensemble, flexible range), Ash (baritone), Cheryl (alto), Shelly (alto), Annie (alto), Linda (soprano) and Evil Trees.

Shows will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. at the Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St.

For more information, call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.

Rock opera "Emote" will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans.

The rock opera is written and directed by Harry Beall. It stars Racquel Sims as Love and Brandon Tiller as Hate.

It covers the classic story of good versus evil with all characters playing emotions: Love, Hate, Sorrow, Fear, Guilt, Excitement, Doubt and Greed. The story covers the expanse of time and examines the role of emotions and their relationships with one another. Some follow Love, while others follow Hate, inciting an eternal war.

Tickets are $10. The show lasts approximately two hours and is appropriate for all ages.

For more information, call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.

The Charleston Distance Run takes place Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

The event includes various races: a 15-mile race, a three-person 15-mile relay, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a 10K walk.

All races start on Kanawha Boulevard at the Capitol and continue through downtown, along the hills and beside the river.

To register, the 15-mile race is $60, the 5K race and the 15-mile three-person relay are $45 (per person) and the 5K and 10K walks are $30. Races are $20 for military members.

Register online at www.charlestondistancerun.com, mail a form or register in person from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. Online registration must be completed by noon Friday.

There will also be a Children's Fun Run at 6:25 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. This run is free for children ages 4 to 12.

Children ages 4 to 9 will run 400 meters and ages 10 to 12 will run 800 meters. Registration for the Fun Run will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center.

The Distance Run will host a pasta party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center. Participants will receive a dinner ticket and there is a $5 charge for guests.

For more information, visit www.charlestondistancerun.com or call 304-345-5433.

Gospel group The Browns will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Milton Performing Arts Center.

The family group performs spiritual music for all ages.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton, at www.miltonpac.com or by calling 304-654-1339.

Spots in the Artist Circle are available for $20. Church and group rates are also available. Doors open at 6 p.m.

FOOTMAD presents Sara Grey with a Wandering Minstrel Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., at 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

Grey is a folksinger and plays a five-string banjo, specializing in the clawhammer style. She is also known for her storytelling. She was part of "The Golden Ring" with Ed Trickett and Gordon Bok.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. Students under 13, VISTA workers and community volunteers are free.

For more information, call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.

Local guest chef April Hamilton will be cooking at 11 a.m. today at the Capitol Market, 800 Smith St.

There will be cooking demonstrations using fresh ingredients from the market, and the chef will share recipes and advice about cooking at home.

Samples will be available. The event is free to the public.

Classes will continue weekly at the same time through September.

The class on Sept. 4 also will feature Chef April Hamilton. Sept. 11 will be Millie Synder, author of the Lean & Lucious cookbook. Sept. 18 will be Chef Paco Aceves of the Berry Hills Country Club. Sept. 25 will have Chef Andrew Quesenberry, the winner of this year's Taste of ALL.

For more information, visit www.capitolmarket.net or call 304-344-1905.

Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton.

The band plays classic bluegrass and clawhammer banjo.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Concessions will be available. For more information, call Larry and Mary Stephens at 304-743-5749 or visit www.mountaineeropry.com.

"The Happiest 5K on the Planet" will start at 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.

The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants ­­- or "Color Runners" - are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.

The race ends with a party including music, dancing and massive color throws.

Race registration is available online at thecolorrun.com/huntington.

The Marmet Recreation Center hosts live bands and dancing Saturdays in August.

Mixx Band will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission for this show is $10.

For more information, contact Barry Pauley at 304-949-9692 or visit Marmet Recreation Center on Facebook.

Local restaurant Bluegrass Kitchen hosts live music from 7 to 9 p.m. in August.

Tonight, The Dread Pirate, Roberts will play jazzgrass music.

On Saturday, Beth & Alasha will play classical music and gypsy jazz.

Bluegrass Kitchen is located at 1600 Washington St. E. There is no cover for entertainment.

For more information, call 304-346-2871.

The Tamarack Artisan Foundation presents Arts-a-Palooza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at two venues.

The East End Bazaar, 1428 Washington St. E., and the Capitol Market, 800 Smith St., will host the second annual event.

The Foundation is a nonprofit that supports West Virginia artists. The event will showcase more than 30 local artists demonstrating and selling their work.

Each venue will also feature live music starting at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit www.capitolmarket.net or call 304-344-1905.

Compiled by Samantha Ricketts, who can be reached at samantha.ricketts@dailymailwv.com.

n ERIC CHURCH: The country music star will perform "The Outsiders World Tour" at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Civic Center. Tickets range from $25 to $69.50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


n THREE DOG NIGHT: The American rock band known for its unmistakable mix of pop rock and soul will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Clay Center. Sing along to well-loved hits like "One," "Mama Told Me" and "Joy To The World" in a night that will appeal to generations of audiences. Tickets range from $25 to $59. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

n UNDER THE STREETLAMP: The pop quartet, with special guest Gentleman's Rule, will bring music of the '50s, '60s and '70s to the Clay Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 3. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

n B.B. KING: The "King of Blues" will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Clay Center. Enjoy an electric night of classics including "Sweet Sixteen" and "The Thrill is Gone." Tickets range from $35 to $75. For more information, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

n FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: The rock heavyweights along with Volbeat, Hellyeah and Nothing More will play at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Tickets are $39.75 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.bigsandyarena.com.

n ZZ TOP: The classic rockers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Tickets are $47.50 to $67.50 and are available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.bigsandyarena.com.

n JAY LENO: The comedian and award-winning former late-night television host will kick off The Marshall Artist Series Oct. 16 at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington. Season tickets and tickets to individual events are available. For more information, call the Marshall Artists Series at 304-696-3326.

n BRIDGE DAY: This year marks the 35th anniversary of Bridge Day. BASE jumpers and onlookers are encouraged to attend the annual festival on the New River Gorge Bridge on Oct. 18. For more information, visit www.officialbridgeday.com.

n O'REILLY, MILLER: Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller will bring their "Bolder and Fresher Tour" to the Charleston Municipal Auditorium at 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.charlestonciviccenter.com.

n FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: The Charleston Light Opera Guild will present the Broadway classic at the Clay Center Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2 and 9. For more information or for tickets, visit www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570.

n PHILLIP PHILLIPS: The American Idol winner will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington. Tickets range from $60 to $78 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

n DIERKS BENTLEY: The country singer, most recently known for his hit "Drunk on a Plane," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Bentley will be accompanied by special guests Randy Houser and Eric Paslay. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and are available at www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the arena box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, visit www.bigsandyarena.com.

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Tomblin says administrative action 'preferable' to special session http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM01/140829281 DM01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM01/140829281 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Dave Boucher Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants to avoid a special session to change the bill crafted after the massive chemical leak and water contamination this year, despite calls from state House and Senate leadership for the session.

"The governor agrees a special session is a valid option, but if appropriate steps can be taken administratively, that would be preferable," said Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman Wednesday evening.

By "appropriate steps," Stadelman said he meant actions the state Department of Environmental Protection could take in drafting rules or implementing the bill that could make a special session moot. He didn't elaborate.

Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon asking Tomblin to call a special session in order to change Senate Bill 373. The bill dominated discussion during this year's legislative session after a coal-processing chemical leaked from storage tanks into the Elk River and contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginia residents.

"While we are extremely proud of the comprehensive regulatory legislation produced earlier this year to protect drinking water for our state citizens, it has become apparent that the Jan. 1, 2015 deadline for these inspections is unattainable," Kessler and Miley said in the joint statement.

"Extending that deadline will allow the state Department of Environmental Protection to put in place, with public input, agency rules to fairly and effectively govern the inspection and certification process."

Tuesday Tomblin also said a special session is an option, but wouldn't commit to calling one.

DEP Secretary Randy Huffman agrees the law as it stands now creates a "real short window" for businesses to meet inspection deadlines, but he doesn't think the governor wants to make any changes through a special session.

"I'm not necessarily an advocate of a special session. That's the governor's call, and I think he would like to avoid a special session if he could. But sometimes the reality of it is, you've got to do what you've got to do," Huffman said, speaking from the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's business summit at The Greenbrier.

Noting the lack of regulation for tanks like those that leaked at the Freedom Industries site, state lawmakers established a new regulatory program for certain aboveground storage tanks. That regulatory framework creates several deadlines for tank registration, providing the DEP with a spill prevention plan and proof that tanks were inspected.

Industry advocates - namely from the oil, natural gas and coal industry as well as the state manufacturers association - argue the new law creates confusion and allows little time for tank owners to meet new standards.

In particular they've raised issues with the Jan. 1 deadline for submitting certification that tanks were inspected properly. Although the new law says the tanks must be inspected annually by a registered professional engineer, it says the DEP must establish the criteria for those inspections through legislative rules.

The DEP is working on creating those rules, but Huffman said the agency would be "pushing it" to get the rule out by November. The short amount of time - plus arguments from oil and gas well owners that inspectors are scarce and expensive - are the impetus for the calls that a delay in the deadline is needed.

Huffman doesn't think pushing back the deadline will change much.

"If they do change the deadline, it's not going to change much. It might make it a little bit easier, by giving us some time so that we're not so jammed up in December to process spill plans and certifications," Huffman said.

Environmental advocates argue no change in the law is needed. Instead, they think the governor should move to establish the Public Water System Supply Study Commission created by the law, so the commission can examine the effectiveness of the implementation of the law.

Kessler and Miley want Tomblin to call the special session during the same time lawmakers will be in Charleston for their September interim meetings. Although a special session can cost up to $30,000 a day, they argue having one when lawmakers are in town already would defray many of the costs.

The interim meetings are slated for Sept. 8 to 10.

Business editor Jared Hunt contributed to this report.

Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.boucher@dailymailwv.com. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.

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Megan McArdle: Have it your way, eh, at Burger King http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829285 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829285 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 WASHINGTON -- Jacob Levy, an American professor living in Montreal, made a point on Twitter this week that I wish more journalists would take to heart.

If you're writing about inversions, and you don't prominently mention global taxation in the first few paragraphs, then your article is not serious and anyone with even a smidgen of actual interest in the issue should stop reading.

Let me explain. Or actually, in the case of Burger King's planned acquisition of Tim Hortons, let my colleague Matt Levine explain, because he is smarter and funnier and a better writer than I am, and has already nicely summed things up:

"The purpose of an inversion has never been, and never could be, and never will be, 'ooh, Canada has a 15 percent tax rate, and the U.S. has a 35 percent tax rate, so we can save 20 points of taxes on all our income by moving.'

"Instead the main purpose is always: 'If we're incorporated in the U.S., we'll pay 35 percent taxes on our income in the U.S. and Canada and Mexico and Ireland and Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, but if we're incorporated in Canada, we'll pay 35 percent on our income in the U.S. but 15 percent in Canada and 30 percent in Mexico and 12.5 percent in Ireland and zero percent in Bermuda and zero percent in the Cayman Islands."

What is he talking about? The United States, unlike most developed-world governments, insists on taxing the global income of its citizens and corporations that have U.S. headquarters.

And because the U.S. has some of the highest tax rates in the world, especially on corporate income, this amounts to demanding that everyone who got their start here owes us taxes, forever, on anything they earn abroad.

This is a great deal for the U.S. government, which gets to collect income tax even though it's not providing the companies sewers or roads or courts or no-knock raids on their abodes.

On the other hand, it's not a very good deal for said citizens and corporations, especially because our government has made increasingly obnoxious demands on foreign institutions to help them collect that tax.

Both private citizens and corporations who have a lot of income abroad are deciding that they'd rather renounce their ties to the U.S. than deal with the expense and hassle of letting it tap into income that they have earned using some other country's roads and sewers and police protection.

Practically speaking, global taxation is hard to enforce and loaded with bad incentives, which is why our fellow members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have moved away from global taxation of corporate income, and abandoned global taxation of personal income.

If anything, the U.S. has gone in the other direction -- by insisting, for instance, that foreign companies report various financial transactions with U.S. citizens to the Internal Revenue Service, and taxing foreign cost of living allowances.

This makes it more expensive for companies to employ expats.

On the corporate side, the Obama administration has repeatedly suggested tightening up on tax deferral of foreign income and other credits, which would make it even more expensive to be a corporation based in the U.S.

Logically, there's also not much of an argument for global taxation.

OK, yes, most people born and raised here were educated and provided various services by the government to get them to adulthood.

But we're overwhelmingly the largest net recipient of immigrants, and most of those people were educated and provided various services by their governments to get them to adulthood; we don't seem to think there's a problem with us free-riding on all those other nations.

And surely there's a statute of limitation on what you owe the government that raised you; 40 years later, should those expats still have to file insanely complicated returns to the IRS? Because that's what we currently demand.

The argument is even weaker for corporate taxation; it boils down to "the police kept people from sacking your first headquarters, so therefore you owe us 35 percent of everything you make, forever."

Loan sharks and protection rackets offer more reasonable terms than this.

As my colleague Matt points out, most Americans -- including a lot of journalists who write about this -- seem to be under the misimpression that companies that invert, or people who renounce their citizenship, are doing so to get a lower tax rate on income they earn here.

And in a few intellectual-property-based businesses, which can make aggressive use of transfer pricing strategies to declare most of their income in low- or no-tax countries, these complaints have some basis.

In most cases, however, including Burger King, they're doing it because the U.S. inexplicably insists on taking a big chunk off the top of all their foreign income, and making their lives miserable in the process.

If we're worried about inversion, then the U.S. government should follow the lead of other developed countries, and move to territorial taxation.

Otherwise, we should stop complaining when people and corporations decide that they'd rather be a citizen of some more sane system somewhere else.

Megan McArdle is a Bloomberg View columnist who writes on economics, business and public policy.

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Ramesh Ponnuru: Lowering tax rates, keeping credits http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829286 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829286 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By Ramesh Ponnuru

A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about tax policy.

His words carry weight among Republicans: They almost universally respect his judgment on economic policy, and partly as a result have decided to make him chairman of the tax-writing committee of the House should they keep control of it in November's elections.

Some Republicans, notably Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, have argued that the party's perennial focus on cutting marginal tax rates should be complemented by a revival of its occasional interest in tax relief for parents. Lee has proposed a plan that reduces the top tax rate to 35 percent and also expands the tax credit for children.

Ryan has repeatedly said that the goal should be a top rate of 25 percent. And last week, he told the Weekly Standard that he still thinks getting tax rates down should be the priority for tax reformers.

Lower rates would improve incentives to work, save and invest, he argued, and thus increase economic growth.

Higher growth would benefit households with and without children.

This is a friendly disagreement among Republicans about what to emphasize. And Ryan's remarks point to a way it can be overcome.

Some conservatives have argued that although cutting rates would be desirable, the economic effect of doing so is bound to be smaller the lower the rate is.

Cutting the top rate to 50 percent from 70 percent, as in President Ronald Reagan's first term, meant increasing the after-tax return on a dollar earned to 50 cents from 30 cents. That was an increase of 67 percent.

Reducing today's top rate of roughly 40 percent to 25 percent -- assuming that was politically feasible -- would, on the other hand, improve incentives by only 25 percent.

Ryan countered in his interview that cutting rates is actually more important than ever.

That's because the United States is less dominant than it was in Reagan's day, capital has become more mobile, and many businesses pay under the individual income tax.

These are better arguments for reducing taxes on investment, including business investment, than for cutting income-tax rates.

Rep. Devin Nunes of California has advocated allowing businesses to write off the full cost of their investments immediately, and making up for the lost revenue by ending tax breaks for business borrowing.

That would make the U.S. a more attractive destination for investment in a world of mobile capital, and thus promote economic growth.

You can't draw up a realistic budget with a top tax rate of 25 percent and a large child credit.

You probably can, however, draw up one with a lower top rate than we have today and better treatment for investment -- including parents' investment in the next generation.

Because that mix of policies would leave many millions of middle-class families ahead, it may well be easier to enact than a plan that concentrates solely on reducing the top rate.

Supply-siders might achieve more of the rate reduction they seek if they embrace the credit.

Combining these ideas, as Sens. Lee and Marco Rubio of Florida are now trying to do, seems like the obvious sweet spot for Republicans. It would allow them to be both pro-business and pro-middle class, pro-growth and pro-family.

And if Chairman Ryan came on board, the party would find itself in a new friendly agreement.

Ponnuru, a Bloomberg View columnist, is a senior editor for National Review.

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Community briefs for Thursday, Aug. 28 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM01/140829287 DM01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM01/140829287 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 The third program of the Block Speakers Series lectures titled "African American Life in Charleston: A Personal Perspective, Part III," will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Archives and History Library. Speaker will be Barbara Hicks Lacy, a native of Charleston, who spent the first six years of her life at her mother's Shrewsbury Street boarding house, which was in the middle of "The Block." She worked at her father's restaurant, the Block Cafe, which was on Washington Street across from the post office and later on the ground floor of the Ferguson Hotel.

Kanawha Trail Club will sponsor a hike Sunday in Beech Fork State Park. Meet at 1:30 p.m. to carpool from Ohio and Randolph streets. Regroup at the park headquarters. The hike is about 4 miles on a loop trail with moderate elevation gains.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will host a free Labor Day concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Woodrow Wilson High School in BeckleyThe annual event is sponsored by the Beckley Area Foundation. The concert will feature "Country Roads," as well as works by Respighi, Tchaikovsky, and John Williams. The New River Youth Symphony students will join the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a finale, performing John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

For more information, visit http://wvsymphony.org/.

The Huntington VA Medical Center will host a town hall meeting for veterans, their family members and other stakeholders at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 in its Recreation Hall (Building 4).

The meeting will be a listening and sharing forum to allow veterans to be heard, as well as an opportunity for VA leadership to reaffirm its commitment of providing Veterans with timely, quality health care services. The town hall meeting is open to veterans, veterans service organizations, congressional offices and local media.

Reserved parking will be available in Parking Lot 10, located across the street from the Recreation Hall.

Narconon can help provide assistance for those struggling with drug addiction.

Call 800-431-1754 for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com for more information. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals.

The Greenbrier Historical Society will host its annual banquet and membership meeting on Sept. 11 at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church beginning at 6 p.m. The speaker will be author Michael P. Rucker, discussing his book "Bridge Burner: The Full and Factual Story of Dr. William Parks Rucker, Slave Owning Union Partisan."

The annual banquet and member meeting is open to everyone. Tickets are $16 per person and can be purchased at the North House, located at 301 W. Washington St. in Lewisburg, or by calling 304-645-3398. Tickets must be purchased before Sept. 3.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College has an upcoming class to train people to become nationally certified personal fitness trainers.

This course is scheduled on Saturdays beginning Sept. 20 and continuing through Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 304-205-6690 for more details or to register and pay for the training ($799) to be held at BridgeValley CTC's South Charleston campus, 2001 Union Carbide Drive.

Learn what it takes to become a personal trainer in a free online webinar at 4 p.m. Sept. 4. Register at http://bit.ly/1cu7uou.

The course is offered in partnership with World Instructor Training Schools, a national certifying organization that trains people to become Personal Fitness Trainers. For details call 888-330-9487 or visit www.witseducation.com.

To submit an item, send it by email to yournews@dailymailwv.com, fax it to 304-348-4847 or mail it to Community Briefs, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

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Editorial: Fix the storage tank law somehow http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829288 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829288 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 "It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all those others that have been tried," Sir Winston Churchill said to the British House of Commons in 1947 after he had served as prime minister of Great Britain.

Perhaps that summation can also be applied to the legislative process in West Virginia, where lawmakers in the 2014 session passed a storage tank law to prevent West Virginians from ever having to deal again with water contamination of the type that occurred Jan. 9.

In that situation, tap water for 300,000 people became unusable due to contamination by a little-known chemical that crept into the water supply from a leaky Freedom Industries' storage tank just one-half mile upstream.

So legislators passed Senate Bill 373. The bill sailed through the Senate, but was revised in its complicated journey through the House of Delegates' Health and Human Resources, Judiciary, and Finance committees before passage in the session's final days.

The bill is well intended, and by many accounts, is generally a good law to protect the public from a similar recurrence of large water supply contamination. But like many other laws, it appears to have some unintended consequences.

Among them is the potential for large new expenses for small oil and gas operators who have oil and brine storage tanks near their wells, tanks not nearly of the size and scope of the storage tanks that caused the Freedom spill.

House Speaker Tim Miley has said the law may require some operators, many with marginal operations and profits, pay thousands of dollars for inspections that he believes may be unnecessary.

But the biggest issue is the uncertainty facing storage tank operators as the Department of Environmental Protection, the agency charged with enforcing the law, has yet to define the inspection parameters for storage tanks. Once it does, operators of the estimated 40,000 storage tanks affected by the law are unlikely to have time to complete their inspections by the Jan. 1 deadline.

It is important to know what that law is in order to comply, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association president Rebecca Randolph said.

"From a regulator's standpoint, it's not a practical deadline," the DEP's director, Randy Huffman, said in the Gazette. "The politics of it aside, it's a logistical issue."

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is said to be considering a special session, possibly to coincide with the September interim sessions in Charleston.

A special session or other appropriate -- and legal -- administrative action is needed to correct the law so that it provides adequate water supply protection without setting tank operators and the DEP up for failure.

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Editorial: Special prosecutor needed in Gardner case http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829290 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829290 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400 On the night of Aug. 5, Metro 911 dispatched Charleston police to the home of Justice Margaret Workman. Her daughter, Lindsay Gardner, 29, was in a ditch injured after an altercation with the justice's son, Edward Gardner, 27. The daughter wound up in the hospital for four days with head injuries.

Police initially charged the son with malicious wounding, a felony.

Last week, the Kanawha County prosecuting attorney's office dropped the case. She recanted her original story of being kicked in the head three times and threatened with murder.

Now she says she fell during an argument and injured herself.

As with many domestic cases, this case is murky. Further complicating the matter is that Prosecutor Plants himself faces a charge of domestic violence for whipping his son with a belt.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones called for a special prosecutor to re-examine the Gardner/Workman case.

"I just think it needs to be looked at again to make sure that justice was dealt," Jones said. "I'm not (trying to question anyone's integrity) and if anybody says I am, they're incorrect.

"I'm not even questioning judgment, I just think a miscalculation has been made here. I think we need to recalculate and look at it again."

Mayor Jones is correct. Equality before the law is the foundation of the public's faith in the criminal justice system.

Special Prosecutor Don Morris is handling most of the domestic violence charges pending the outcome of the Plants case. He should re-examine this one, if only to reassure the public that justice applies to everyone equally.

Jones knows this firsthand. Last year, when police arrested his son, Zachary, for possession of cocaine and marijuana, the mayor acknowledged his son's drug problems and supported the police.

But equality before the law includes the presumption of innocence for Edward Gardner.

Given his lengthy prosecutorial experience and reputation for fairness, Morris would be the perfect choice to re-examine the case.

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Editorial Cartoon for August 28 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829291 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829291 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

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Petula Dvorak: Leaving kids alone isn't child abuse http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829292 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140828/DM04/140829292 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By Petula Dvorak

Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer -- swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle's commercial salmon fishing boat, endless popsicles -- the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own Washington, D.C., neighborhood.

They got to walk to the corner store on Capitol Hill by themselves.

Clutch your pearls, America. The boys are 7 and 10. Apparently, I could be arrested for this.

In another disturbing national trend, we've sanctioned the criminalization of childhood independence.

This summer we heard about a mom arrested for letting her 7-year-old walk to the local park in Florida and another mother locked up because her 9-year-old was playing at their neighborhood park in South Carolina.

A recent poll conducted by Reason/Rupe said that 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law prohibiting children age 9 and younger from ever playing in a park unsupervised, and 43 percent felt the same about allowing 12-year-olds that kind of freedom.

What has happened to us?

My generation grew up, after all, with scratchy yarn and a house key around our necks.

We walked home, let ourselves in and played until our parents got home from work.

I rode nearly a mile on my bike to get groceries for my mom when I was 8. I walked down one street and around the corner to the bus stop when I was in kindergarten.

My dad left me and another kid in the car when we were 4 while he visited my mom at the coffee shop where she was a waitress.

We ate his cigarettes.

But no one abducted us.

If the current judgment upon parents was in place, my folks would've spent my entire childhood in the lockup.

Yes. There are scary people out there. It is always a risk to let your children out of your sight.

But truthfully, the most dangerous thing you do every day is drive anywhere with a child.

About 300 kids are hurt in car accidents every day; an average of three are killed that way daily.

Yet I don't see police pulling parents over and locking them up whenever they see someone in a car seat.

But playing on the monkey bars without mommy nearby? Book 'em!

"But it's a different world out there today. It's not like when I was growing up, and we'd all play in an apple orchard and we were safe.

"Today, you just don't know who's out there," said a lovely, well-meaning grandmother who was keeping an eagle-eye lookout on her grandchildren at a water park this summer while I let my kids do the water slides by themselves.

Yes, it is a different world. It's a safer world. It just doesn't feel like it because we know too much.

Back in the apple orchard and latchkey days, there were plenty of child molesters, killers and pervs lurking around.

We simply didn't talk about them and didn't hear about what they did. News about a tragedy in Tallahassee didn't accompany your Wheaties in Portland seven days in a row.

It wouldn't sound like it listening to the news, but crimes against children committed by strangers are rare and declining.

Since 1993, the number of children age 14 and younger who were murdered is down by 36 percent.

For children 14 to 17, it's down 60 percent.

Only one-hundreth of 1 percent of missing children are abducted by strangers or even slight acquaintances, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

I'll never forget the days I spent with hundreds of files from the Boy Scouts of America documenting decades of molesters, pedophiles and predators using their uniform as a way to get access.

Back in those days when we thought everything was safe and shiny, not only did some of the men we trusted molest our kids, but our kids were afraid to tell anyone about it. And if they did tell, the adults in their world usually buried the incidents deep.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice analyzed by the organization Free Range Kids, between 1976 and 2005, only 3 percent of children murdered during those years were killed by strangers.

Lenore Skenazy started the Free Range Kids movement after she was called "America's Worst Mom" for allowing her 9-year-old to take the subway alone in Manhattan.

Statistically, our children's biggest enemies are the people we know, she says. But instead of focusing on ways to address child abuse, poverty and the mental illness that is at the root of most of the horrible things that happen to children, we've chosen to criminalize parents in a massive, cultural shift that damages the normal, natural development of our children.

The demands on parents -- moms in particular, if you notice the arrest stories -- are greater than ever to hover and supervise 24/7. That kind of parenting hurts everyone.

Okay, I'll admit I wasn't as cool as Skenazy when I let my kids' leashes go this summer.

The boys went to the corner store -- a trip they'd walked a thousand times with me -- with one of our cellphones and the dog. And I was a wreck the whole 20 minutes that I gave them on the phone stopwatch.

But it was a 20 minutes they talk about nearly every day. And those 495 feet were probably some of the most important steps they took in their short lives.

Dvorak writes local columns for the Washington Post.

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