www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 01, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT01/307019981 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT01/307019981 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Aleshire, Nessel 1 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Barber, Mary 1 p.m., St. Paul Baptist Temple, Beckley.

Bird, Elizabeth F. 11 a.m., Cunningham Memorial Park, Lower Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans.

Casdorph, Eldridge M. 11 a.m., Cunningham

Crookshanks, Donald 11 a.m., Richardson Cemetery, Smoot.

Dean, Mary H. 11 a.m., Greenbrier Memorial Gardens, Lewisburg.

Ferguson, Barbara A. 11 a.m., Hurricane First Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Frazier, Margaret E. 11 a.m., Broyles

Gunther, Marilyn L. 11 a.m., James Funeral Home Chapel, Aracoma.

Hackney, Kenneth J. 2 p.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Hartman, George W. 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans.

Lester, Joe James 2 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.

Lomax, James F. 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Mullenax, Keith G. 11 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Arbovale.

Portz, Bonnie J. 6 p.m., North Charleston Baptist Church, Charleston.

Reed, Joyce E. 2 p.m., Bancroft Church of God Mission, Bancroft.

Reich, Edward Noon, Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Mausoleum, St. Albans.

Stinespring, Peggy 1 p.m., Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane.

Webb, Kennith D. 2 p.m., Joe's Creek Baptist Church, Tango.

Wilkinson, John D. Jr. 7 p.m., City of Hope Fellowship, Belle.

Wood, Randall L. 11 a.m., Sharon Church of God, Cabin Creek.

Pauline E. Arthur http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019990 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019990 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:25 -0400 Pauline E. Perdue Arthur of Bloomingrose went home to be with Jesus on June 29, 2014. She was the most beautiful, loving mother a child could ever have. We loved her dearly, but one day we will be together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Clara Perdue; husband, Edward Arthur; daughter, Lottie Lucille; son, Ralph Thomas; three brothers; three sisters; and sister-in-law, Bertha Perdue.

She is survived by daughters, Delma (Robert) Dunlap of Comfort, Thelma (Buddy) Zornes of Toneys Branch, Carolyn (John) Estep of Putnam County, Merle (Larry) Boyce of Sissonville, Joyce Ramsey and Nancy Hager; sons, William Herschel (Kay) Thomas of Seth, Orville Issac (Regina) Thomas of Seth, Lloyd (Nancy) Arthur and John Arthur; sisters-in-law, Betty Perdue and Bonnie Perdue; favorite nephew, the Rev. Robert Junior Perdue; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many friends and family.

We will miss you so much but only for a short while and we will have a great homecoming forever.

A special thank you to Hospice and everyone who helped in any way.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville, with the Rev. Robert Junior Perdue and Troy Howerton officiating. Burial will follow in Danville Memorial Park, Danville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.handleyfh.com.

Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Theresa L. Fleming http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019983 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019983 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:29 -0400 Theresa Lynn Fleming, 50, of Ansted, died June 26, 2014. In keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated. Arrangements are with Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville.

John R. Fraser Jr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019986 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019986 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:28 -0400 John Robert Fraser Jr., "Johnny," 66, of South Charleston, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014. He was born in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 24, 1947, a son of the late J.R. "Bob" and Doris James Fraser.

He was also preceded in death by his younger brother, Eddie Fraser and Phil Brick, who was like a big brother.

He is survived by his "sister," Vicki Johnston (Archie); his aunt, Lola James; his nephew, Tyler Fraser; his very dear friend, Greg Bishop, who was like a brother to him; special cousins, Stanley and Dixie Fraser, Bud and Nancy Jean Turner and Judy Casto; two special children, Chase Patterson and Lily Boster, who John called nephew and niece; and many other loved ones and friends.

John was a great swimmer and loved Ridgewood Pool in Rock Lake Village, where he spent many a summer. He was also a CB radio operator and his handle was "Big John." John loved watching Billy Graham Crusades, John Wayne westerns, the Dukes of Hazzard and his hero "The Fonz."

Johnny knew that when Jesus called him home he would be going to Heaven to meet his loved ones. He is completely whole and happy now.

For approximately 10 years, John had resided at Life Start Group Home in Dunbar. The family would like to thank the staff at Life Start for lovingly caring for him.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor Mike Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Janice Lou Gwinn http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019992 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019992 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Janice Lou Gwinn, 79, of Craigsville, died June 29, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, at White Funeral Home, Craigsville, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

Ronald A. Holcomb http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019996 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019996 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Ronald Allen Holcomb, 55, of Point Pleasant, died June 29, 2014. At his request, there will be no visitation and burial will at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

Marie E. Hudnall http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019995 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019995 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Marie Elizabeth Casey Hudnall, 93, beloved by all who knew her, died June 27, 2014, in Simsbury, Conn.

Marie was born in Marmet, W.Va., on Feb. 16, 1921, the first child of John and Faye Selbe Casey. She lived the first 86 years of her life in a one-block area of Marmet and was devoted to the town and the state, leaving only when it became impossible for her to continue to live alone.

She is survived by her son, William R. (Mary Kay) Hudnall of Weatogue, Conn.; her daughter, Rebecca Lee (Samuel) Hudnall of San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren, Patricia (Ken) Valentine of Montpelier, Vt., Shannon (Daniel) Jost of Seattle, Wash., Michael (Sarah) Hudnall of New York City and Matthew (Marnie) Hudnall of Westborough, Mass.; and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her beloved sister-in-law, Bobbie Lee Shamblin Casey of Lewisburg, W.Va., and many, many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, William R. Hudnall of Marmet, and her brothers, C. Patrick Casey of Lewisburg and George Louis Casey of Georgia.

Marie embodied the West Virginia spirit and there was no place she loved more than West Virginia. She graduated from St. Agnes Grade School and Sacred Heart High School (now Charleston Catholic), attended Marshall University and married William Russell Hudnall on Nov. 24, 1941. When Bill entered the Army Air Corps in World War II, Marie went with him to bases all over the country before he shipped out to the South Pacific. When he returned from the war they went into the door-to-door laundry and dry cleaning business in Marmet, Chesapeake, Hernshaw and Belle, a business Marie operated for nearly 45 years.

Outgoing and gregarious, she served five terms as town recorder of Marmet and was named a Distinguished Mountaineer by the West Virginia Legislature in 2011. Never one to pass up an opportunity for conversation on the laundry truck or at home, Marie was devoted to her community in Marmet. She loved dogs and people and welcomed all comers at her home with a smile and something to eat. As West Virginians say, "She never met a stranger." She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, where there will be a Christian Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kanawha City, with Father Chris Turner officiating. Entombment will follow in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Charleston.

Condolences may be sent to the family at leonardjohnsonfuneralhome.com.

Thelma Mae Isaacs http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019988 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019988 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:26 -0400 Thelma Mae Watson Isaacs went home to be with her Lord on Monday, June 30, 2014, at CAMC Teays Valley Hospital.

Born Dec. 12, 1930, in Logan County, she was the sixth of 10 children born to the late Riley and Thelma Watson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin; brothers, Haskel, Bob, Wallace and Jimmy Allen; and sisters, Dorothy, Margaret, Catherine and Shirley.

Mae worked from an early age, delivering newspapers with her brother, Bob, and running errands to the grocery store for her elderly neighbors. She would fondly reminisce about charging them a nickel so she could buy ice cream for herself and her sister, Catherine. After high school, Mae held several secretarial positions, including one at a coal company, where she met her husband of 52 years, Calvin. Her later work reflected her devotion to the church, with several years as a pre-school teacher at Teays Valley Church of God and as a custodian with her sister, Shirley, at St. John United Methodist Church.

While Mae's work career was an important part of her life, it was caring for and spending time with her family that made her the happiest. Her door and home were always open, and her kitchen table was the family's favorite gathering place. Nobody could make a simple sandwich taste so good or fix biscuits that needed no butter or jelly to melt in your mouth like Granny could. Always quick-witted and never at a loss for words, Mae was a strong, brave and smart woman. Having grown up in the coal camps of Lundale and Dehue, she learned the values of perseverance and hard work. She selflessly considered it much more a blessing to give to others rather than to receive. Her greatest joys, or as she liked to say, "the best things that ever happened to me," were her children and her grandchildren. She loved them each dearly and both showed and told them so every day.

She leaves behind two children, Will (Melissa) and Sissy; three remarkable grandchildren, Josh, Taylor and Ryleigh; one brother, Roy.

The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Teays Valley Church of God, 6979 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot. Visitation with the family will begin one hour prior to the service.

You may visit www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com to share sympathies with the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to ask that donations be made to the Teays Valley Church of God, Building Fund, P.O. Box 270, Scott Depot, WV 25560. Along with her husband and children, Mae was a founding and faithful member.

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

Philip Scott Johnson http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019993 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019993 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Philip Scott Johnson, 59, of Cross Lanes, passed away peacefully following a long battle with cancer at Hubbard Hospice House West.

He was born Sept. 2, 1954, in Huntington, a son of the late Hezza and Marceline Adkins Johnson. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. Philip was retired from United Parcel Service following 35 years of devoted service.

Philip is survived by his loving wife, Freda Rose Johnson; sons, Brandon Johnson of South Charleston, Josh Wood of Sparta, Tenn., and Luke Wood of Weaverville, N.C.; brother, Michael Johnson of Buford, Ga.; sisters, Debbie Davis of Griffin, Ga., and Suella Tecco of Brighton, Mich.; two grandchildren, Sophia Wood of Sparta, Tenn., and Nick Johnson of South Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be conducted at noon Wednesday, July 2, at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes, with the Rev. John Sword officiating. Burial will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

Friends will be received at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hubbard Hospice House West and three special friends, Traci Porter, Donna Tittle and Robin Saulton.

Memorials may be sent to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Anna Mae Kelly http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019987 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/OBIT/307019987 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:02:26 -0400 Anna Mae Kelly, 95, of Belle, peacefully flew away from this world on June 30, 2014, to be reunited with her beloved Lucian, who has been on the right hand of the Lord since 2007.

"She is clothed in Strength and Dignity, and she laughs without the fear of the future."

Anna Mae was preceded in death by her mom and dad, John Q. "Daddy Ken" and Myrtle V. "Myrtsie" Hancock of Belle. She was also predeceased by the sudden and tragic death of her daughter, Sharon, the love and light of her life, who along with her husband, Tommy Johnson, were violently taken from our midst. Mom's heart never recovered from this senseless loss of life.

Surviving are her sisters and brother-in-law, Juanita Hunt of Belle and Wanda and Grayden McCune of Iva, S.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Abby Hancock of Dupont City; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Chasity Kelly of Campbells Creek; daughters and sons-in-law, Yvonne "Bonnie" and Jim Gunnoe of Campbells Creek, Marilyn and Danny Daugherty of Witcher Creek and April and Roger Doss of Shrewsbury; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She will also be greatly missed by her pets, Tiger, Jewel, Sadie, Meg and JJ. A special thanks to Frances Armes of Simmons Creek for being a lifelong friend to Mom.

"By the Grace of God, I am what I am: and this Grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain."

Anna Mae was retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education, where she so proudly served as a bus aide to special children. Her fond memories of the children were carried with her all of her life. She never met a stranger. She turned neither man nor beast away from her door. She fed, clothed and comforted the hungry and weary.

"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."

Anne Mae is already being sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew and were touched by her.

We love you Mom.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with the Rev. Mike Long officiating. Interment will follow in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Visiation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at the funeral home.

Marshall officials get drenched for donations http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM01/140709980 DM01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM01/140709980 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:24:24 -0400 By Craig Cunningham Marshall head basketball coach Dan D'Antoni, athletic director Mike Hamrick, and assistant coach Chris Duhon are doused with ice cold water for charity outside the Henderson Center as they participate in the #Chillin4Charity cold water challenge. The school is working with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Doing the drenching from left are, head women's basketball coach Matt Daniel, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato and John Janovsky, director of basketball operations. The V Foundation created a separate link for this cause for people to donate on their own (Jimmyv.org/chillin4charity). Donors can type "Marshall University" to add to the school's collective effort.

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New recalls and questions about auto parts safety http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/ARTICLE/140709981 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/ARTICLE/140709981 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:20:13 -0400


AP Auto Writers

DETROIT (AP) - The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.

GM's safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles in North America to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches. GM has now issued five recalls for 17.1 million cars with defective switches, spanning every model year since 1997.

On the same day, Chrysler recalled almost 700,000 vehicles in North America because its ignition switches - like GM's - can slip from the "run" to the "accessory" position while driving. The Chrysler action expands an earlier recall of 2010 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans and Dodge Journey crossovers. Models from 2007 to 2009 are now included.

GM's debacle caused other manufacturers to investigate their own switches and other potential defects. A recent spate of air bag recalls is probably tied to those internal investigations, said Karl Brauer, a senior industry analyst with Kelley Blue Book.

The government is also reviewing the switches.

Brauer said he does not think the ignition switch recalls will expand across the industry. Manufacturers all have their own switch designs and use different suppliers.

But the possibility is there, and buyers should be aware of the potential for cars to slip into the wrong mode. If a car comes out of the "run" position, the power steering and brakes can stop working, which can cause drivers to lose control. The air bags also won't function. GM has urged drivers to remove excess items from their key chains that could weigh down the keys.

"I think the ignition switch thing is fairly specific to GM, but it will be interesting to see. Were other companies letting their standards fall?" Brauer said.

GM's latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring its total recalls in North America to 29 million this year, surpassing the 22 million recalled by all automakers last year.

The new GM recalls cover seven vehicles, including the Chevrolet Malibu from 1997 to 2005, the Pontiac Grand Prix from 2004 to 2008, and the 2003-2014 Cadillac CTS.

The company is aware of three deaths, eight injuries and seven crashes involving the vehicles, although it says there's no clear evidence that faulty switches caused the accidents. Air bags did not deploy in the three fatal accidents, which is a sign that the ignition was out of position. But air bags may not deploy for other reasons as well.

A GM spokesman could not say Monday if more recalls are imminent. But this may be the end of the recalls associated with a 60-day review of all of the company's ignition switches. At the company's annual meeting earlier in June, CEO Mary Barra said she hoped most recalls related to that review would be completed by the end of the month.

Brauer said the number of recalls - while huge - may be a good thing for the company in the long run.

"I think there's a new standard for what GM considers a potential safety defect, and Mary Barra has no tolerance or patience for potential safety defects that are unresolved," he said.

In a statement Monday, Barra said the company "will act appropriately and without hesitation" if any new issues come to light.

Lance Cooper, a Marietta, Georgia, attorney who is suing GM, said he expects even more recalls. A company funded investigation of the ignition switch problems by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas found that GM had a dysfunctional corporate culture in which people failed to take responsibility to fix the problems, Cooper said.

"Cars got made that were defective. The buck kept getting passed, and this is what happened as a result," Cooper said.

The announcement of more recalls extends a crisis for GM that began in February with small-car ignition switch problems. GM recalled 2.6 million older small cars worldwide because of the switches.

The problem has drawn the attention of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's road safety agency. On June 18, the agency opened two investigations into ignition switches in Chrysler minivans and SUVs, and acknowledged that it's looking at the whole industry.

The agency is looking into how long air bags remain active after the switches are moved out of the run position. In many cases, the answer is less than a second.

GM's recalls on Monday bring this year's total so far to more than 40 million for the U.S. industry, far surpassing the old full-year record of 30.8 million from 2004.

The latest recalls came the same day the company's compensation consultant, Kenneth Feinberg, announced plans to pay victims of crashes caused by the defective small-car switches. Attorneys and lawmakers say about 100 people have died and hundreds were injured in crashes, although Feinberg said he didn't have a total.

Feinberg said the company has placed no limit on how much he can spend in total to compensate victims. But victims of the new set of recalls announced Monday can't file claims to the fund, which deals only with the small cars.

In the original recall, the ignition switches did not meet GM's specifications but were used anyway, and they slipped too easily out of the "run" position.

The vehicles recalled Monday have switches that do conform to GM's specifications. In these cases, the keys can move the ignition out of position because of jarring, bumps from the driver's knee or the weight of a heavy key chain, GM says. The cars recalled Monday will get replacement keys. The small cars recalled in February are getting new ignitions.

The Detroit company said it plans to take a $1.2 billion charge in the second quarter for recall-related expenses. Added to a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter, that brings total recall expenses for the year to $2.5 billion.

GM also announced four other recalls Monday covering more than 200,000 additional vehicles. Most are to fix an electrical short in the driver's door that could disable the power locks and windows and even cause overheating.

GM has announced 54 separate recalls this year. The company's stock fell 32 cents, or just under 1 percent, to close Monday at $36.30.

POWER BASEBALL: Lakewood tops West Virginia in 15 innings http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709982 DM03 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709982 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 02:01:12 -0400 By Tom Bragg CHARLESTON, W.Va. - There was good news and bad news for the West Virginia Power on Monday.

The good news? The Power scored seven runs in the first three innings against Lakewood at Appalachian Power Park. The bad news? The BlueClaws kept the Power off the scoreboard for the next 12 innings.

West Virginia blew a six-run lead and Lakewood's Andrew Knapp hit a solo home run in the top of the 15th inning to provide the difference as the BlueClaws beat the Power 8-7.

West Virginia (8-4) starting pitcher Cody Dickson left the game after the fifth inning with a 7-1 lead thanks in large part to a six-run third inning for the Power. Dickson surrendered his lone run in the fifth, striking out three to go with six hits allowed.

"He was good," Power manager Michael Ryan said of Dickson. "He mixed his offspeed and his fastball and was good. That's what we want him to do. Pitch to contact and get his changeup in play so our defense can catch it. He got a little erratic at times but made the adjustment in-game and it's something he can build on for his next start."

Relief pitcher Felipe Gonzalez came on in place of Dickson in the sixth, allowing five runs (four earned) in 1 1/3 innings pitched to let the BlueClaws (3-9) creep back into the game. Yhonathan Barrios took over for Gonzalez and was in position to get the save in the top of the ninth inning. Lakewood's Larry Greene scored on a Barrios throwing error to tie the game and eventually send it to extra innings.

Pitchers Clario Perez and Isaac Sanchez combined to keep the BlueClaws at bay through the 14th inning, but when the top of the 15th inning came around it was Power infielder Adam Landecker on the mound.

"We almost threw him in (an extra inning game at) Delmarva," Ryan said. "We're not going to have a guy get injured that's an important piece in the bullpen just to try and win a game. That's not what we do in the organization, we never put someone's health (at risk) to win a game. I don't believe in that. This isn't the league to do that."

Landecker, who played at the University of Southern California, got Lakewood's Andrew Pullin the fly out to the warning track, but was not so fortunate when facing Knapp. Landecker hung one and Knapp hit it out of the stadium to put the BlueClaws ahead 8-7.

The Power couldn't equalize in its half of the 15th, sending the team to its second straight loss after a five-game win streak.

"We got behind 7-0 and it's a credit to our players," Lakewood manager Greg Legg said. "They kept coming back and our bullpen did a great job of giving us a chance to come back. West Virginia is playing great right now and they played a hell of a game tonight."

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SPEAKING OF streaks, Power outfielder Harold Ramirez joined some elite company Monday.

The 19-year-old Ramierz extended his hitting streak to 22 games, equaling the franchise record set by current Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte when he played in Charleston during the 2009 season.

During the streak prior to Monday, Ramirez raised his batting average from .269 to .301. The 22-game streak matches Asheville's Pat Valaika for longest hit streak in the South Atlantic League this season.

"He's doing fine," Ryan said. "When they're pitching him in, he's getting rid of it. Before he was jumping out. When you eliminate the pitch in it keeps you on balance. He's been doing a nice job."

Ramirez finished 3 for 7 with a double and a run batted in Monday.

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AUSTIN MEADOWS, a first-round selection by the Pirates in 2013, has been a fixture on the Power roster this season but has yet to play a game for West Virginia.

That could change soon as Meadows made his season debut with the Pirates' Gulf Coast League team on Monday. Meadows, who had missed the entire season to this point with a hamstring injury, went 2 for 2 with a pair of doubles, a walk and an RBI.

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PRIOR TO THE 15th inning, Ryan and Legg met with home plate umpire Takahito Matsuda to discuss the possibility of suspending the game, with the BlueClaws due back in Charleston for another series in August. Ryan said they were unsure of league rules for suspending a game, but with the BlueClaws scheduled to host Hagerstown on Tuesday in New Jersey the managers and umpire agreed to play one more inning before contacting the league office.

Legg said despite the long game and extended use of his bullpen, he'll take a win whenever he can get one.

"It's always good to win a game," Legg said. "We've played a little better than the record. West Virginia beat us at our place and they're real hot. Greensboro was real tough on us and Hickory beat us. We're running into good teams and playing good. We've lost some close ones so it was nice to win a close one."

Contact sportswriter Tom Bragg at tom.bragg@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports.

WORLD CUP: All eyes on United States ahead of match against Belgium http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709983 DM03 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709983 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:37:16 -0400


SALVADOR, Brazil - They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.

The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.

"For some of the guys, it's the last opportunity, so we have to make the most of it," U.S. captain Clint Dempsey said. "And I'm sure if we play to the best of our ability, we'll get a positive result."

There were two bits of news on the eve of the match. Jozy Altidore has recovered sufficiently from his left hamstring strain to be available, although it appears he is unlikely to start. The forward has not played since the Americans' June 16 opener, when he was taken off on a stretcher during the first half.

"Just having him with us tomorrow is huge," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Monday, adding Altidore's time on the field depends on "how much work is in his legs."

Klinsmann created a stir by saying he isn't happy with FIFA's choice of referee, Algeria's Djamel Haimoudi. His nation was eliminated by the U.S. in 2010, and Algeria played in the same first-round group as Belgium.

"Is it a good feeling? No," Klinsmann said at a news conference.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots dismissed Klinsmann's comments, saying: "If we start going into this, it is looking for excuses ahead of the match."

The United States and Belgium haven't played in the World Cup since the first tournament in 1930, a 3-0 win by the Americans.

A lot more people are following now. The U.S. averaged more than 18 million viewers on ESPN and Spanish-language Univision for its three first-round games, and viewing parties are scheduled for Tuesday ranging from Solider Field in Chicago to Veteran's Park in Redondo Beach, California.

"The country is paying attention in a way that it's never done before, and we have a chance to make some history," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said.

President Barack Obama even watched last week from Air Force One.

A victory against Belgium would put the U.S. in a Saturday quarterfinal against Argentina or Switzerland. With kickoff at 4 p.m. EDT, people are expected to leave work early, take extended lunch breaks and sneak looks at online streams from their mobile phones and office desktops.

"It means a lot to us, the energy that comes from the United States," said Klinsmann, the former German star striker who moved to California in 1998. "You see where the game is going in the United States. You can't stop it anymore. It's breaking through."

The 13th-ranked Americans are in the knockout rounds of consecutive World Cups for the first time. Belgium, ranked 11th after missing the last two World Cups, has won three straight games at soccer's showcase for the first time.

But the Red Devils are banged up. Central defender Vincent Kompany (strained left groin) is questionable and left back Thomas Vermaelen (right hamstring) is out. Midfielders Moussa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini - known for his mop of bushy dark hair - have been slowed by calf injuries.

Fellaini is a former Everton teammate of American goalkeeper Tim Howard, who played with Belgian forwards Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas last season. Howard is also familiar with Eden Hazard, who was criticized for his play during the first round despite setting up go-ahead goals against Russia and Algeria.

"Probably one of the best players in the Premier League," Howard said. "He's shifty. He's crafty. He's everything you want in a winner."

Dempsey, 31, and 32-year-old defender DaMarcus Beasley are unlikely to be on the 2018 roster. Howard, 35, hasn't committed to another four-year cycle.

"I'm not at all sure it's his last World Cup," Gulati said.

Belgium is quite familiar with Klinsmann: He scored in Germany's 3-2 win over Belgium at Chicago's Soldier Field in the second round of the 1994 World Cup.

Klinsmann and Wilmots are friends, too. They had scheduled a training session between the teams June 12, but Wilmots called it off because he didn't want to get caught in Sao Paulo's traffic jams.

Last year, Belgium overwhelmed the U.S. 4-2 in an exhibition at Cleveland. But friendlies are different.

The Americans know they have to boost their offense, which was next to last in attacks during the first round.

"It's all about who wants it more," Beasley said. "You can't leave anything on the field for these type of games."

COLLEGE ATHLETICS: O'Bannon trial highlights NCAA changes http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709984 DM03 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709984 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:21:10 -0400


Sonny Vaccaro already feels like a winner, no matter how a federal judge rules in the antitrust lawsuit he helped bring against the NCAA.

He believes college athletes are winners, too, now that universities are moving toward reforms that were barely being discussed before the joint pressures of lawsuits and union possibilities started to be felt in the highest level of college athletics.

"In a sense we've won already," said Vaccaro, who recruited former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and others to bring the court case. "The Big 10 is now going to give four-year scholarships, Indiana has a bill of rights for athletes, and schools are expanding medical care. None of this would have happened without O'Bannon."

A push by the five biggest college conferences to offer expanded benefits and pay to athletes may not have happened, either. But the biggest change in college sports may still be to come, following a three-week trial that ended Friday in a federal courtroom in Oakland, California.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken may not know much about sports, as she frequently acknowledged during the trial. But she knows a lot about federal antitrust laws, and those are at the core of the 5-year-old lawsuit that could for the first time open the door for Division I college football and basketball players to get paid.

Wilken is expected to issue a ruling in the next few months on a request for an injunction that would prohibit the NCAA from enforcing rules against paying players for their names, images and likenesses (NILs).

Plaintiffs led by O'Bannon argued during the trial that the NCAA's rules on so-called amateurism are anti-competitive and allow the organization to operate as an illegal cartel. NCAA witnesses and attorneys responded by claiming amateurism is the only real model for college sports and that those sports would suffer if players were allowed to profit.

"Forcing changes through litigation to benefit only a select few would have far-reaching, detrimental effects on college sports as a whole, potentially reducing the opportunities for future generations of student-athletes to enjoy the benefits that make college sports special to its participants and fans," NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement.

The trial centered at times on issues so complex and arcane that lawyers on both sides struggled at times when arguing them. Plaintiffs presented experts who testified that the NCAA unfairly and illegally blocks athletes from selling their own NILs, while the NCAA's own experts painted a bleak picture of college sports should a tradition of amateurism that dates back more than a century be overturned.

The effects, however, will be more clear cut. Should the plaintiffs win - and win again and again on appeals the NCAA has vowed to take all the way to the Supreme Court - they envision a system where athletes at top football and basketball programs will not only get a college education, but a parting check when they leave their university. The money - which would come from the billions of dollars now flowing into new television deals - would be doled out equally among team members, and those who stay the entire four years will get the most.

Much like Vaccaro contends, though, things will continue to change in college athletes even if the NCAA prevails. The biggest conferences have already begun plans to add several thousand dollars in stipends to 65 member schools, along with guaranteed four-year scholarships and improved medical care for athletes.

Indiana last week said it will immediately begin guaranteeing four-year scholarships as part of a new athlete bill of rights that also covers the full cost of education and includes a personal iPad and university blazer for formal occasions.

"Do you think any of this is a coincidence?" asked Vaccaro, who spent most of his career peddling athletic equipment to colleges before becoming convinced reform was needed. "They took away the four-year scholarship in 1971 and suddenly they're now giving them back?"

Legal analyst Marc Edelman, an associate professor of law at City University of New York who specializes in sports and antitrust issues, said he believes the plaintiffs will prevail on the antitrust issue.

"The NCAA didn't have the law or facts on their side in this trial," Edelman said. "Armed with bad law and facts, even the greatest collection of lawyers and economists can't ultimately change the outcome."

COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Big 12 updates conference logo http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709985 DM03 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM03/140709985 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:12:59 -0400


IRVING, Texas - The Big 12 is redesigning its logo, sticking with the same roman numerals for the 10-team conference.

The second rebranding since the league formed in 1996 features a rounded, modern-looking "XII" to replace a more traditional block design. The new look was unveiled Monday, a day before the July 1 start of the athletic year for colleges.

The league said earlier this year there were still no plans to change the name despite realignment that resulted in a net loss of two schools.

Conference officials have said they aren't considering expansion but haven't ruled it out.

Local Mexican eatery expands http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/GZ01/140709986 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/GZ01/140709986 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 By Ryan Quinn The former home of a local restaurant shuttered in part by the water crisis is now filled by an eatery that survived and thrived despite it.

The second location of Mi Cocina de Amor, Spanish for "My Kitchen of Love," held a ribbon cutting and open house Monday to kick off its first week of operation. The Mexican establishment, which has a West Side location at 711 Bigley Ave., has expanded to the 1219 E. Washington St. location across from Charleston Area Medical Center General Hospital that housed Thelma Fay's Deli before its March closure.

The deli is among the businesses that have sued Freedom Industries over economic damages from the Jan. 9 leak, which fouled the water of roughly 300,000 West Virginians.

Frank Gonzales, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Julia, said the new location will offer delivery in addition to the takeout and sit-down service at the West Side location. He said that, other than pizza and Chinese food, delivery options for the Capitol, hospital and the larger East End were slim.

"I think that the Charleston market is wide open for another option for delivery," Gonzales said. He said the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lunch and take-out only for the first week to feel things out. Delivery will likely start next week and, in the future, hours may be extended and breakfast and dinner added.

Mi Cocina de Amor is adding new items that Gonzales said align with the new "quick-service thought process:" Enchilada Wings, tortas, which are Mexican grilled sandwiches, and Sonoran Dogs, which are grilled Nathan's all-beef hot dogs wrapped in bacon, topped with pinto beans, salsas, mustard and crema mexicana and served on buns from the local Dutchess Bakery.

Amid a crush of visitors and media Monday, Gonzales dealt with common opening problems before Mayor Danny Jones arrived to cut the ribbon. The restaurant was fixing an air conditioner problem and workers were saying there wasn't sugar for the lemonade.

Gonzales said he planned to add about four employees for the East End location, and said the workload will be shared with the 14 workers already on the West Side.

Gonzales said his West Side location, which opened in December 2012, is just now phasing out using bottled water for cooking, and said the new East End location will be using filtered water. He said the Freedom leak closed Mi Cocina de Amor for five days, but the West Side community rallied around the restaurant.

"The West Side has embraced us, I mean we've seen a lot of turnaround on the West Side, it's been fabulous," he said. "... And there's just fabulous people on the East End."

The restaurant spent about $1,000 on its new sign, and Charleston East End Main Street helped procure $500 of that from the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority.

Ric Cavender, executive director of Charleston East End Main Street, said his group will continue to help advertise the restaurant.

"They're business owners who I categorize as 'getting it,'" Cavender said. "They know what it takes to operate a successful business and be part of the community in which they operate."

He said helping the restaurant was part of the organization's mission to revitalize the area, "building by building, brick by brick."

Reach Ryan Quinn at ryan.quinn@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1254.

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Editorial cartoon, Tuesday, July 1 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM04/140709987 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM04/140709987 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Editorial cartoon, Tuesday, July 1

Editorial: West Virginia can't be complacent in tax structure http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM04/140709988 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM04/140709988 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Today is July 1, the start of a new fiscal year for many states, including ours. And it's a reminder that West Virginia cannot be complacent when it comes to making itself an attractive place in which to do business.

As Daily Mail Capitol Bureau Chief Dave Boucher reports today, there are no significant tax changes to the state's structure. But some other states are changing their tax structures and tax rates today.

It goes to show that the competition among states to create an environment that brings quality jobs from outside and encourages growth from within is never ending.

"Indiana and Rhode Island businesses will see a drop in their corporate tax rates on July 1," wrote the Pew Charitable Trusts. "Maryland is beefing up tax credits related to cybersecurity, biotechnology and research and development to encourage companies to relocate to the state."

While a few fees and certain taxes will go up, the trend has been to use corporate tax cuts to get the economy moving, said Brian Sigritz of the National Association of State Budget Officers, in the Pew report.

Sigritz said 2010 saw a lot of states increasing fees and taxes to bring revenues in after the recession hit in 2008. That trend has now reversed. "We've definitely seen a movement to try to reduce taxes and fees and encourage job growth."

West Virginia has seen improvements in its business image of late. The 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index compiled by the conservative Tax Foundation ranked West Virginia No. 23. Still, non-competitive taxes remain on the books, such as the business and inventory tax.

West Virginia still has plenty of room for improvement. "The tax code is one of the few things businesses care about when they're looking for new places to invest," Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard told Pew.

Said Raymond E. Gallison, Jr., chairman of the Rhode Island House Committee on Finance, "The economy's only going to get better if we have businesses creating jobs."

True. West Virginia policymakers must remain ever vigilant to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition for the state to be consistently attractive to job creators.

Editorial: Government shall not compel religious beliefs http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM04/140709989 DM04 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140701/DM04/140709989 Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Editorial

On Aug. 3, 1972, David Green opened a small -- 300 square feet -- store in Oklahoma City to sell arts and crafts supplies. He called it Hobby Lobby. Through hard work, he built a chain of 561 stores with 21,000 employees and annual sales of $2.2 billion -- or nearly a million times his first-year sales.

Green and his three children own the company. They are devout Christians who close their stores on Sunday. Hobby Lobby does not use barcodes because of the Green's beliefs.

The family objected to being compelled under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to subsidize the purchase through the company's health insurance plan morning-after pills and three other abortifacients, which may cause miscarriages.

Other companies also objected, including Conestoga Wood Specialties of Pennsylvania, which Norman Hahn founded 50 years ago. He's a devout Mennonite who also objects to abortion and abortifacients.

On Monday, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the right of companies to not be penalized for not including coverage of abortifacients in its health insurance.

The court cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and the First Amendment as protecting the rights of the owners of privately held companies to adhere to the beliefs of their owners.

"As we have noted, the Hahns and Greens have a sincere religious belief that life begins at conception," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority. "They therefore object on religious grounds to providing health insurance that covers methods of birth control that, as HHS acknowledges, may result in the destruction of an embryo.

"By requiring the Hahns and Greens and their companies to arrange for such coverage, the HHS mandate demands that they engage in conduct that seriously violates their religious beliefs."

Alito pointed out that Hobby Lobby faces $475 million in fines annually if it does not cover the morning-after pill -- but only $33 million if it offers no health insurance at all.

"As an initial matter, it entirely ignores the fact that the Hahns and Greens and their companies have religious reasons for providing health-insurance coverage for their employees," Alito wrote.

"Before the advent of ACA, they were not legally compelled to provide insurance, but they nevertheless did so -- in part, no doubt, for conventional business reasons, but also in part because their religious beliefs govern their relations with their employees."

Hobby Lobby's employees are free to purchase these items using the money they receive in their paychecks from Hobby Lobby.

But the Green family is free to run their company in a Christian manner. Or Jewish manner. Or Muslim manner. Or atheist manner.

The government cannot compel corporations to forward the religious beliefs of the people who work in government, be they Congress or bureaucrats. The Founding Fathers meant things to be that way.