www.wvgazette.com http://www.wvgazette.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 27, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT01/308279970 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT01/308279970 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:36 -0400 Anderson, Charles E. 2 p.m., Cunningham

Ashworth, Arnold 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Austin, Margaret P. 7:30 p.m., Broyles

Bossie, Clarence E. Jr. 9:30 a.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Institute.

Brown, William E. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Burdette, Douglas B. 2 p.m., Cathedral of Prayer Southern Baptist Church, Charleston.

Dodson, Sylvia P. 11 a.m., Bartlett

Gallimore, Rev. Allen 2 p.m., Oak Hill Gospel Tabernacle, Oak Hill.

Holland, Robert L. 1 p.m., Simpson United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Lambert, Henry B. 2 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Legg, Austin K. Noon, Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

McMillan, Charlotte 7 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, White Sulphur Springs.

Mullins, Virginia 2 p.m., Cunningham Memorial Park Upper Mausoleum Chapel, St. Albans.

Underwood, Omie C. 11 a.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Lola I. Bailes http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279998 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279998 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:21 -0400 Lola I. Bailes, 103, fell asleep in the Lord on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Eastbrook Center, Charleston. A native of Roane County, she was born May 11, 1911 to the late John and Electa Vineyard. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wilbur H. Bailes; three sisters; four brothers; and her precious great-granddaughter, Kayla Roy.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Roy and husband, Charles, of Kanawha City; grandson, Kevin Roy and wife, Janice; two great-granddaughters, Kristyn and Kelsy Roy, all of Winchester, Va.; and her "adopted" granddaughter, Judy Summerfield of Charleston.

Lola was a member of Clendenin Advent Christian Church. She was previously a longtime member of the former Elmore Memorial Advent Christian Church in Charleston, where she was active in the ladies' Bible class, quilting circle and the Women's Mission Society. Lola's kind and gentle spirit blessed all with whom she came in contact.

Special thanks to Eastbrook's Cassie Cooper, who could always make Lola smile and who lavished her with such kindness and affection. Thanks also to Dr. Jarrell and the rest of Eastbrook's staff for being so attentive. Another special thank you goes to Pastor Michael Todorovich for his uplifting visits and prayers.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Michael Todorovich officiating. Burial will follow at Elk Hills Memorial Park.

The family will receive visitors from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clendenin Advent Christian Church, P.O. Box 482, Clendenin, WV 25045 or to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, 513 Tennessee Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Bailes family by visiting www.bartlettburdettecox.com.

Betty Irene Boggs http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279972 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279972 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Miss Betty Irene Boggs, 84, of Spencer, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

She was born July 14, 1930 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Howard R. and Grace Wilson Boggs. She was a 1948 Spencer High School graduate, attended Potomac State College and received her degree in English from Marshall University. She began her teaching career in 1952 and retired after 51 years of service to multiple generations of Roane County students. Miss Boggs was a beloved educator, an avid reader and an advocate of lifelong learning. She enjoyed and appreciated all things of beauty: the written word, treasured glassware and antiques and a love of family and friends.

She is survived by three brothers, Harvey, Clarence R. "Tink" and David Boggs, all of Spencer; five nieces and nephews, Douglas, Michael and Larry Boggs, Brenda Fisher and Brigitte Lowe; 11 great-nieces and -nephews, Jacob, Daniel and Laura Grace Boggs, Kayla White, Ashley and Alyssa Boggs, Benjamin Bailey, Grayson Fisher, J. Alex Lowe and Michael Jon and Cristopher Cole Boggs; and one great-great-nephew, Amos Lee White.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bruce Boggs.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Russell Stump officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery, near Spencer.

Visiting hours will 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Douglas B. Burdette http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279996 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279996 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:23 -0400 "To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die ... a time to weep, and a time to laugh: a time to mourn, and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4.

Douglas Brian Burdette, 56, of Charleston, formerly of Elkview, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital. Doug fought a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

Doug was born Jan. 15, 1958 to John Clarence Burdette and Tevan Faye Harper Burdette. He was a 1977 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and had a two-year medical assistant degree from Everest Institute.

He began his working career a Purity Baking Company. When Purity Baking Company closed its doors, Doug became an independent motor carrier with the Charleston Daily Mail for over 20 years. Later he was a security guard for Security America at Columbia Gas Transmission, where he met his wife, Margie Stutler Phillips. He was employed by the Kanawha County Board of Education as custodian/cook until he became too ill to work in 2013. Doug was also a 20-year member of the Nitro Moose.

Preceding him in Heaven are his beloved mother, Tevan Faye Harper Burdette; his paternal grandmother, Emma Price Burdette Medley; his maternal grandmother, Orvie Harper Hunt; and many cherished aunts and uncles.

Left behind to cherish his life are his beloved wife, Margie Stutler Phillips Burdette of Charleston; his loving father, John C. Burdette of Elkview; his sister, Sharon L. Burdette of Elkview; his special niece, Angie Tavon Gardner of Elkview; and his only remaining aunt, Oreda Burdette Harper of Lakeland, Fla.

Also left to cherish his memory are his stepsons, Eugene Kelly (Linda) Phillips, Walter Earl Phillips and Joseph Dale (Darlene) Phillips Floyd of Virginia; stepdaughter, Virginia Katherine (Garland) Conner; many step-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Richard) Jones of Sissonville, Shirley (David) Hughes, of Charleston and Geneva (Don) Lacy of Cabin Creek; and brother-in-law, Dallas Stutler and Barbara Smith of Clay. Doug had many cousins located all over the U.S. who were with him in prayer during this struggle: Nora Burdette Tanner, Michele Burdette Harper and Diana Harper Stricklen of Lakeland, Fla.; Omer Scott Burdette of Phoenix, Ariz.; Kathy Burdette Shirley of Houston, Texas; Teresa Burdette Gilley of Tulsa, Okla.; and Judy Burdette Thomas and Debbie Burdette Staats of Sissonville.

Doug never knew a stranger and had many lifelong friends. He loved working on automobiles and truly enjoyed cutting grass and weed eating and going to the beach and just being outside. He met every challenge in his life head on and was never a quitter.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital for their outstanding care and support during this difficult time. Doug appreciated the nurses and support staff who always entered his room with a smile and provided him with excellent loving care. He was fond of Carla, who took him under her wing, and to nurse Kitty Prowse, who was with him during his final days.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Cathedral of Prayer Southern Baptist Church, 2326 Pennsylvania Ave., Charleston, WV 25302, with Pastor Kevin Norvell officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Elk Hills Memorial Mausoleum, Big Chimney.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the church.

There will be refreshments following the graveside service at the Cathedral of Prayer Church, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hubbard Hospice House West at Thomas Memorial Hospital or to a private Charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, WV 25071, is in charge of arrangements.

Dianne Chappel http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279978 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279978 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:32 -0400 Dianne Lynn Dawson Chappel Wilson, 46, of Ansted, died Aug. 24, 2014. Private graveside service was held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Hendricks Cemetery, Turkey Creek Road, Ansted, where burial followed. Arrangements by Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville.

Thomas D. Cobb Sr. http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279980 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279980 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:31 -0400 Thomas D. Cobb Sr., 74, of Midway, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at CAMC Teays Valley. He was a 1958 graduate of Buffalo High School and a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1958 to 1962. He loved to talk about playing football at Buffalo H.S. and traveling around the world during his time in the Navy. He retired from Ravenswood Aluminum Corp.

Born Sept. 6, 1939 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late John Daniel Cobb and Maggie M. Harper Cobb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Barbara J. Neal Cobb; son, Thomas D. Cobb Jr.; granddaughter, Amber Cobb; two brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include his children, Jeffery (Karen) Cobb of Buffalo, William (Angela) Cobb of Buffalo and Missy (Marty) Rucker of Nitro; stepdaughter, Taresa Stanton of Nitro; sister, Mary Anna Blackshire of Midway; brother, Russell Cobb of Robertsburg; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Neal. Tom is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with the Rev. Randy Parsons officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cobb family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com. Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Mae Cox http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279973 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279973 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:34 -0400 Mildred Mae Cox, 94, of White Sulphur Springs, died Aug. 26, 2014. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29., at Elkins Memorial Gardens (formerly the IOOF Cemetery, Elkins. Per her request, there will be no visitation. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Loris Ellen Dalton http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279982 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279982 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Loris Ellen Dalton, 69, of Millsboro, Del., passed away at her home on Aug. 25, 2014 with the love and support of her husband and children. Loris is now in peace after a seven-year struggle with Alzheimer's.

Loris was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1945 to Erma Pauline and Victor Gail Simonton. Loris graduated from Pennsboro High in 1963. She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Deane Dalton, in 1963 and would have shared their 51st wedding anniversary next month.

Loris was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her priority in life was always family first. She enjoyed caring for her loved ones until the end. She loved to entertain her friends and family, long walks on the beach and taking care of others. Loris was a Realtor for nearly 30 years. Through her 50 years of marriage, she was fortunate enough to live in many beautiful places. In total, she called 33 different places their home. Loris received her 50-year pin from Eastern Star of Ellenboro, W.Va., last year.

She was predeceased by her parents; her stepfather, Corwin "Buck" Mowrey; and her brother, Robert Simonton.

Loris is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Don Dalton, along with two children, Eric Dalton and wife, Sandi, of Greenville, Del., and Michelle Warner and husband, Bobby, of Crested Butte, Colo., and her sister-in-law, Dorothy Dalton of Parkersburg, W.Va. She also adored her six grandchildren, Brady, Reid and Ryan Dalton and Jackson, Riley and Gage Warner.

A viewing will be held at Hockessin United Methodist Church, 7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707, on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service beginning at noon.

An additional viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 30, at Wince Chapel Methodist Church, Pike, W.Va., with a service beginning at noon. Burial will follow the Saturday service in the adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711 or the Alzheimer's Association, 240 N. James St., Suite 100 A, Newport, DE 19804.

For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory, chandlerfuneralhome.com; 302-478-7100.

Larry Joe Dixon http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279983 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279983 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Mr. Larry Joe Dixon, 59, of Charleston, formerly of Nitro, passed away Aug. 25, 2014. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Dixon family.

Lawrence D. Dixon http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279991 OBIT http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/OBIT/308279991 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:02:26 -0400 Lawrence Dale Dixon, 65, of Beckley, died Aug. 24, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Turkey Ridge Baptist Church, Oceana. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the church. Arrangements by Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829334 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829334 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:29:06 -0400

By Susan Maslowski

Four years ago, I purchased a packet of Italian tomato seeds at an Italian grocery store in Steubenville, Ohio. I'd forgotten about them until this year.

Since they were old, I decided to plant the entire packet. Nearly all of the seeds germinated, producing far more plants than needed. I sold some of the plants and gave some away. I planted tomato plants in my flower garden and every bare spot I could find in the landscape.

I decided to research the variety and found that Pantano Romanesco is considered a rare Roman heirloom tomato. It is said to have been grown in former marshes in Rome. The plants have strong, thick stems that yield large crops of brilliant red, slightly ribbed tomatoes with meaty interiors. They have a rich, complex tomato flavor.

The packet I purchased cost approximately $2 and contained nearly 200 seeds. I know that, because I counted them when I transplanted most of them to small cells before planting them in the garden and yard. One of the traits of Pantano Romanesco is they have an excellent germination rate, to which I can attest.

Now I am overwhelmed with a prolific crop of tomatoes. I've canned tomatoes, sauce and salsa. I've sold the unblemished ones at the farmers market.

Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup is a new way to enjoy the harvest now and later, because it freezes nicely since the mixture is pureed. On a busy winter's day, I will be content knowing I can prepare a quick, tasty and nutritious meal within minutes.

The soup can be garnished with Parmesan cheese, croutons, reserved white beans and/or herbs, but it isn't necessary, since the soup is delicious by itself. Some nice, crusty Italian bread, ciabatta or Roasted Garlic artisan rolls would be an ideal accompaniment. The soup can be paired with a full-bodied, red wine.

Though it looks smooth and creamy, Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup is not like the canned tomato soup of one's childhood, but it can easily be billed as a modern comfort food. This recipe combines several fresh ingredients from the garden and is a great way to celebrate the culinary traditions of the Tuscan region of Italy.

Tuscan Tomato Bean Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced


2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 pounds tomatoes, peeled & chopped

2 (15-ounce) cans Cannellini beans

4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1 cup water

1 large sprig of fresh rosemary

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Parmesan cheese, croutons, reserved beans and/or herbs, optional

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, garlic and pinch of salt. Cook until onion is softened. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, beans, broth, water, rosemary sprig and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.

Discard rosemary sprig. Transfer soup (in batches) to a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Put the pureed mixture back in the pot and cover to keep warm.

When ready to serve, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish as desired.

The quantities can be doubled for a larger batch. This soup freezes well.

Cupcake Festival coming to Hurricane http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829335 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829335 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:28:18 -0400 By Clint Thomas Tasty treats are coming to Hurricane on Saturday, Sept. 6, and the proceeds from the confection convention, going toward a worthy cause, are simply icing on the (cup)cake.

The first-ever Cupcake Festival is slated for Saturday, Sept. 6. It will be held at Valley Park in Hurricane.

"The event will consist of several, smaller events that will take place throughout the day," explained Cupcake Festival creator and organizer Rita G. Skeens. "We will be having the Cupcake Chase 5K Run/Walk that will begin at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m."

Cupcake Chase 5K Run/Walk registrations can be made online, Skeens said, at TriStateRacer.com or registration forms and waiver releases can be downloaded from the website and submitted by postal mail.

Prior to Tuesday, Sept. 2, the entry fee is $25 per walker/runner. The fee increases to $30 after that.

According to the TriStateRacer.com website, trophies will be awarded to the top overall male and female runners of the race. Medals will be awarded to top two males and females of each age group, which will be divided, essentially by decades of age, from ages 10 to 14 and 15 to 19 in youth categories and 20 to 60-plus in the adult sectors. The run/walk will include a stroller division.

"A car and motorcycle show will be another event," Skeens said. Registration for the show will start at 10 a.m., with the show occurring from 1 to 3 p.m.

Dash plaques will be given to the first 75 car/motorcycle show registrants, and a bevy of awards will be bestowed to top-rated entries.

As for the circular "stars" of the inaugural festival, "an amateur cupcake competition, with four different categories available to enter, is another of the events," Skeens said.

Cupcake categories to be judged are:

• Best Tasting Cupcake

• Best Decorated Cupcake

• Best Use of Multiple Cupcakes to Create Design

• Best Cake Pop.

Participants can enter more than one category, but they can have only one entry per category. The entry fee is $10 per category.

Entrants must submit their cupcake creations no later than 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 6. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

Afterward, the Cupcake Festival goes to the dogs, in a manner of speaking. The "Pupcake Pageant," a puppy and dog costume pageant, will get underway at 3 p.m., with awards given to the most beguiling and fashionable canines. The Hurricane Wal-Mart is sponsoring the event. Pre-registration costs $10 per pet or $15 on the day of the festival.

Several food and craft vendors have enlisted for the festival, including Sugar Pie Bakery and A Lil' Bit of Heaven Cupcakes. The registration deadline to secure vendor space is Tuesday, Sept. 2.

"West Virginia Kids On First, a group of kids that sing and perform at community events throughout the area, will be performing at the event, as well," said Skeens.

More information, including vendor applications, and updates are available on the event's Facebook page at facebook.com/HurricaneCupcakeFestival.

Information is also available by contacting Skeens at rgskeens@hotmail.com

Skeens has spent several years developing fundraisers in the area, and she explained how she "cooked up" the notion of a Cupcake Festival.

"I decided on the event a few months ago. I organize several events throughout the year to help raise money for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals/WVU Children's Hospital: a bowling tournament, a golf tournament, fishing tournament, a softball tournament, just to name a few.

"A friend and I were brainstorming," the Hurricane resident said, "and I thought the Cupcake Festival would be a great way to include a large part of the community in helping raise money for such a great organization and to help people understand what the organization does.

"This will be the first year for the Cupcake Festival, and we are hoping for a great turnout, as well as hoping the event will grow from year to year," said Skeens.

Capital City Vapors opens in Kanawha City http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829336 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829336 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:28:03 -0400 By Clint Thomas "Vaping" is a new and increasingly common part of the American lexicon, derived from the growing popularity of "e-cigarettes," the modern counterpart to tobacco products.

On May 1, Capital City Vapors opened its doors as a "vape" merchant in Kanawha City, located next to the Penn Station sub shop. Husband-and-wife owners/operators Deborah and Andrew Hilts, of Pinch, both smokers, saw the business as one that could provide health benefits for themselves and many others mired in the tobacco-smoking habit.

"They had heard about the Blu e-cigarettes and vaping," said Capital City Vapors employee David Hastings last week. "The vaping got big over in England, with the tank and a battery and everything like that. They decided there is a market for it, because everybody's wanting to quit smoking, you see all the non-smoking commercials -- ultimately, this is giving people an alternative to smoking and come over to this side of it."

While vaping isn't touted as a harmless or completely risk-free alternative to tobacco smoking and debates about its safety level continue in the medical and general communities, Hastings said it is a healthier option.

"There are studies from the World Health Organization, as far as the health side of this," the Kanawha City resident said. "I do know the ingredients in the liquids and one of them does sound really bad: propylene glycol. That's the main ingredient of antifreeze."

But, he noted, propylene glycol is also used in certain brands of toothpaste and ingested as an ingredient in candy and other food products.

"That was the big thing, people thinking that it was bad for you," Hastings said. "Through the studies, it's in the flavored oils that you use to make candy. My girlfriend works in a bakery and she sees it all the time in the frostings they use. The propylene glycol is the flavor carrier.

"We're giving people the alternative of instead of smoking [cigarettes] and getting 4,000 carcinogens and stuff like that, we're giving them an e-liquid with their nicotine. We do offer zero-milligram nicotine so you can wean yourself off of it."

A smoker for 10 years himself, Hastings has used e-cigarettes since May 10 and says he has reduced his daily nicotine intake from 18 mg (about that of one cigarette, he said) to 3 mg. "And I feel 100 percent better. I'm the prime example of someone who thought it would never work, but the day I bought my first e-cigarette was the day I quit smoking. Within eight hours of vaping, I didn't want a cigarette anymore."

Capital City Vapors (so named because it is currently the only vape shop within the Charleston city limits) carries 97 assorted flavors of liquid (or "juices") to heat within e-cigarettes. Flavors include strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake and dozens of others ("Unicorn Milk," anyone?) to suit each palate.

"Professor Ploom's is a juice company. They make a juice called 'Hot for Teacher.' It's actually an angel food cake, spiced rum and strawberries flavor. They can get really intricate.

"Space Jam is another flavor company. They do a lot of the changing flavors -- where you'll inhale strawberry and exhale champagne," said Hastings.

Potential customers can also sample flavors at the store before purchasing, he said.

"We have germ protectors we can put over the tips; we don't want everybody passing around the tanks," he said, "You can pick a flavor out. Ultimately, the flavor is the way to go. If you pick something you're not going to like two hours later, you're not going to commit to it. We're wanting someone to have a flavor they will like continuously, something they can do all day, every day. That way, they can achieve their goal, which is to quit smoking."

A starter kit, with a heating element -- or coil -- and a spinner battery that allows for adjustment of nicotine intake per inhalation, plus a case and a charger, costs $47.99 at Capital City Vapors, Hastings said. Coils must be replaced every week or two, for a nominal fee, and bottles of flavorings range from $6.50 to $22, depending on bottle sizes.

"The entry-level juice we have is called the Vapor Route," said Hastings. "It's got a higher PG, which is the propylene side, so you get a little bit more of a 'throat hit,' which is what you get from a cigarette, and a lot of people are craving the throat hit when they're trying to quit smoking, because it makes it feel more like a cigarette."

Hastings said Capital City Vapors has already attracted a large customer base from throughout the area, a few who have smoked for 30 years or longer.

"We're here to help the community stop smoking. We're not a 'here's what you need, see you later' type. We offer business cards, so if you have any trouble, give us a call during business hours or you can message us on Facebook after hours and we'll get back to you. We're here to take care of the customer, not to just to make money."

Located at 4002 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City, Capital City Vapors is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. The telephone number, for more information, is 304-926-8273.

Capital City Vapors also maintains a fan page on Facebook.

South Charleston Interpretive Center honors late donor of Indian artifacts http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829337 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829337 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:26:50 -0400 By Ben Calwell As an enthusiastic amateur archaeologist, Carl H. Wills never left home without a desire to discover something from the past.

Always prepared for a "dig," Wills kept an old pair of shoes in his car and a "sifter," a screen-like device he would use to sift through dirt and rocks in search of ancient artifacts.

Wills, who died in June at age 87, was a member of several organizations, including the West Virginia Archaeological Society. He was a man who tirelessly searched area construction sites and other places for Indian artifacts, such as arrowheads, pipes and clay shards.

His labors benefited many people and organizations, including the South Charleston Interpretive Center, which, since it was established six years ago, received a trove of important Indian artifacts from Wills.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, South Charleston Interpretive Center officials unveiled a plaque in memory of Wills. His daughter, Treisa Anderson, and son, Carl Wills Jr., were on hand for the ceremony.

"We're very proud that our father was able to contribute these artifacts for the City of South Charleston, the state and other people who will be traveling through this museum," Anderson said.

Anderson said her father, a Beckley native, was a president of the West Virginia and the Kanawha Valley archaeological societies. He resided in Kanawha City at the time of his death.

"He was involved in a lot of organizations and helped a lot of people," she said.

Wills would often explore sites where construction projects were due to take place. Once dirt was broken, he would start searching for Indian arrowheads, tools and other items. For example, when ground was broken for the Charleston Town Center Mall, Wills was there, often with his friend Hillis Youse, sifting through the dirt to find artifacts.

And he found plenty of them. The interpretive center has a framed collection of arrowheads and other items from Wills' town center dig on display. There are other collections from Wills' explorations on display, including one from a dig at Marmet and another from a dig where the Kanawha Mall was built. He also explored the site where the Riverwalk Kroger store was built.

"Some (of the artifacts) have been carbon dated to 6,000 years old. He was a great fellow; he really enhanced our collection. When we first opened, we didn't have anything," said South Charleston Interpretive Center Co-Coordinator Gloria Shirkey.

One of the missions of the South Charleston Interpretive Center is to inform visitors about the history of the Adena Indians, who built the Mound in South Charleston.

Carl Wills Jr. said his father worked as a surveyor, a job that would often take him to construction sites. The sites were fertile ground for finding Indian artifacts.

"That was when he first got interested in it," Wills said.

Interpretive Center Co-Coordinator Joe Mayes said Wills was instrumental in building the center's collection of Indian artifacts. He remembers Wills visiting the center dressed in suit and hat, but with pockets often laden with artifacts he had dug up.

"He came in one day, had his suit on and his hat, as per usual, but his pockets were bulging. He said he'd been on Route 25 somewhere where someone had hauled some dirt," Mayes said.

Ever the archaeologist, Wills had gone through and pulled out some artifacts.

"He started emptying his pockets -- that's the kind of guy he was," Mayes said.

The South Charleston Interpretive Center is at 313 D St., South Charleston, next door to the historic LaBelle Theater. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 304-720-9847, or visit www.cityofsouthcharleston.com/interpretive-center.

Scott Depot Christ Fellowship serves God, community as 'The Depot' http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829339 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829339 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:24:21 -0400 By Clint Thomas Under the leadership of a self-confessed, former atheist, Scott Depot Christ Fellowship has grown into one of Putnam County's largest churches, in physical and spiritual size.

The Teays Valley Road church originated in the aftermath of a revival that took place in 1936 in a Big Scary Creek schoolhouse. Inspired from the messages of the revival, a group organized the Scott Depot Church of God, purchasing property on Teays Valley Road in 1938 and constructing the first church building there. The church moved across Teays Valley Road to its current location in 1951.

To expand its outreach, the church became nondenominational in the late 1970s and changed its name to Scott Depot Christ Fellowship.

Pastor Rodney W. Taylor has served in various ministerial roles at Scott Depot Christ Fellowship for 42 years, the past 19 of them as the senior pastor. He and his wife of 41 years, Marlene, founded Teays Valley Christian School, adjacent to the church, in 1979, and she continues to work in a part-time capacity at the church.

Taylor said he owes his longtime career -- and life path -- to the church he serves.

A Winfield High School graduate, the senior pastor attended Marshall University in the 1960s as a physics and mathematics major.

"I was involved in the radical campus politics of the late Sixties and was an atheist," said Taylor. "But I had a major transformation in my life, and I discovered there is a God who is real and I could know Him. It began an adventure that I'm still on to this day.

"I was a physics and math major, I switched to a philosophy major -- I was one of those seekers. I was looking for answers. When I realized that God was there and I could know him, it was the greatest discovery of my life.

"This was the church that witnessed to me. I met a group of people who were genuine and showed me their love, and that's what opened my heart to the possibility of God. And I did and now I'm the pastor of that church that touched me," he said.

The Taylors opened a day-care center at the church in 1974, with six children enrolled. Today, he said, the child enrichment center serves 415 children, representing 300 families.

"We started our Christian school in 1979," the pastor said. "I was the principal before I moved to administrative pastor. We had 60-some students in grades K through eight. Now we have about 350 students, representing more than 40 churches. I believe we are now the largest Christian school in the state."

Scott Depot Christ Fellowship's physical growth includes a nearly 18,000-square-foot expansion of its facilities last year.

"It wasn't just for the bricks. It was because we wanted to touch this community in a greater way ... through our day care, through our ministries. We were growing so quickly that we wanted to be ready for that larger impact we could have," Taylor said.

That's part of the reason Scott Depot Christ Fellowship has fashioned a brand in recent years that is known around the community as "The Depot."

"Our legal name is Scott Depot Christ Fellowship, but we call ourselves The Depot. Of course, we're in Scott Depot, but a depot implies a lot of things that you can do spiritually," Taylor explained. "A depot is a place where you have supplies that you send out. You send out food supplies, fuel supplies. A depot is a place where you send out people, a transportation hub -- a bus depot, a train depot. A military depot is also a place where you train recruits and send them out to battle, an Army depot for troop training. So we use that as a spiritual depot, and the people like that.

"We've had a great team, supportive of the changes we've made. Part of the key is to have a great staff and a host of dedicated volunteers that make it all possible," he said. "At last count, in our volunteer ministries -- we have somewhere around 20 or 25 active ministries -- we have over 150 in our church who are involved in volunteering in some way.

"We believe that every member is a minister, and I'm just called to equip them in that ministry."

The church adopts an annual theme for its congregation, which totals between 600 and 700 of various denominations, Taylor said, with an average weekly attendance numbering between 300 and 400. This year's theme is "Christ with us, Christ in us and Christ to the world."

He added that he is grateful that the church is made up of individuals from different denominational backgrounds.

"It's one thing we're thankful for. We have people from all backgrounds -- anywhere from Presbyterian to Pentecostal -- and yet we're Bible believing. We believe we can focus on what's central and not on those issues that divide us. We're conservative, Bible believing, evangelical. God's held the door. I can preach pretty straight, I can preach pretty hard and yet it lets us have a church where God's true people can come together and be a community of faith."

Taylor said The Depot features a vibrant worship team that plays contemporary music, most often in the renovated sanctuary that seats approximately 600 people.

"They're dedicated to glorifying God, not performing," he said. "Our music worship is exciting."

Taylor said $100,000 was invested last year in creating and improving the playground on their church property, equipped with a coded security system for children's added safety and caregivers' peace of mind.

The church also offers a clothes closet and food pantry, open one day a month, and members support a dozen missionaries around the world as part of their multiple outreach efforts.

The Scott Depot Christ Fellowship is located at 4345 Teays Valley Road in Scott Depot, off Interstate 64 Exit 40. Sunday service times are 9 a.m. for Christian development classes, 10 a.m. for morning worship and FaithKids/children's church and 6:30 p.m. for evening worship. Youth worship is held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, and a prayer service gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

The church's telephone number is 304-757-9166. The website address is www.thedepotlive.com

George Castelle: Are some defendants more equal than others? http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829340 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/ARTICLE/140829340 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:23:02 -0400 By George Castelle Three prominent citizens - an elected prosecutor, a family court judge, and the son of a state Supreme Court justice - have recently been charged with a variety of crimes of violence. The charges include domestic battery while disciplining a child (resulting in a large bruise), simple battery for grabbing a person by the arm (resulting in no injury at all), and malicious wounding (resulting in a head injury that required hospitalization).

In all three instances, questions have been raised about whether the three accused, because of their prominence in the community, have been afforded preferential treatment. In all three instances, the allegations of favoritism have been widely debated and vigorously denied. Yet in reviewing the three cases, and in comparing the treatment of the prominent defendants to the treatment of ordinary citizens under similar circumstances, one aspect is undeniably clear: in contrast to ordinary citizens charged with similar crimes, upon being charged, not one of the politically connected defendants has spent a single minute in jail.

It may be wholly appropriate that none of the well-connected defendants has spent a moment in jail. One of them has already been acquitted. Another has had the charges dropped. In the end, all three may be found to be innocent.

Although the favoritism in these cases, at least in regard to pretrial custody, seems to be undeniable, the lenient treatment of the well-connected may be appropriate. What is not appropriate is the excessively harsh treatment for almost everyone else.

Upon arrest, every person should, in fact, be treated with the presumption of innocence that exists in law. At each initial appearance, bail hearing, and arraignment, perhaps the key question that should be asked is "Would an elected prosecutor, a family judge, or the son of a state Supreme Court justice be locked up, pretrial, under similar circumstances?" If the answer is "No," then upon arrest under similar circumstances, almost everybody else should be released too.

If everyone received the same consideration as the politically connected, our problems with jail overcrowding would be substantially reduced. The excessive harshness of the criminal justice system would be alleviated, at least with regard to pretrial confinement. And our system of justice would be more fairly administered for everyone, without regard to wealth, influence and political connections.

George Castelle is Kanawha County's chief public defender. Assistant public defenders Allen Barry, Justin Criner and Iram Hasan also contributed to this commentary.

DuPont, EPA reach settlement http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/DM05/140829341 DM05 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/DM05/140829341 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:22:28 -0400 By Whitney Burdette DuPont will pay a $1.275 million penalty stemming from releases of harmful substances over a four year period at its Belle facility.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice announced the settlement Wednesday. They allege the plant released "harmful levels of hazardous substances" eight separate times between May 2006 and January 2010. Several of those releases, according to the EPA posed risks to people in the surrounding area and the Kanawha River. A worker died in a January 2010 incident after he was exposed to phosgene, a toxic gas "released due to DuPont's failure to comply with industry accident prevention procedures," according to a news release from the EPA.

In addition to the fine, DuPont will take corrective action to prevent future releases of toxic chemicals and resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and other federal policies.

"Producing toxic and hazardous substances can be dangerous and requires complying with environmental and safety laws," said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "Today's settlement with DuPont will ensure that the proper practices are in place to protect communities and nearby water bodies."

In January 2010, an employee died after being exposed to phosgene. Workers had discovered more than 2,000 pounds of methyl chloride had leaded into the atmosphere, but failed to respond to alarms triggered by the release. The next morning, they discovered a leak in a pipe containing oleum, a toxic gas. Later that day, a hose containing phosgene ruptured, killing the employee.

Later that year, in September, more than 160,000 pounds of methanol liquid was dumped into the Kanawha River over a 24-hour period. Officials initially reported the spill took place over several weeks, and media outlets reported only 5,000 pounds had leaked. However, that 5,000 pound figure reflected only the minimum regulatory requirement for reporting a leak.

In March 2010, the EPA had issued an administrative order to DuPont to implement corrective measures related to the release of chemicals. DuPont estimates it spent nearly $7 million to comply with the order.

"Failing to follow laws meant to prevent accidents can have fatal consequences, as was tragically the case here," said Sam Hirsch, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division. "Today's settlement holds DuPont accountable for its failure to prevent hazardous releases and requires improvements to its risk management operations and emergency response systems that could prevent future tragedies and damage to the environment."

Under the settlement, DuPont will have to implement enhanced risk management operating procedures to improve how it responds to alarms triggered by the release of hazardous chemicals; improve its management of change process, a best practice used to ensure safety, health and environmental risks are controlled when a company makes changes to its process; and improve procedures so federal, state and local responders are notified of emergency situations and will conduct training exercises to prepare employees to make those notifications.

DuPont estimates it will spend $2.2 million to make those improvements.

EPA inspections also identified five additional incidents that do not comply with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. The EPA alleges DuPont released harmful quantities of dangerous material and did not report the releases to the National Response Center, State Emergency Response Commission and Local Planning Committee in a timely manner. The largest of the releases was the September 2010 release of methanol into the Kanawha River.

Contact writer Whitney Burdette at 304-348-7939 or whitney.burdette@dailymailwv.com. Follow her at www.Twitter.com/wburdette_DM.

WVU's Eberly dean headed to Clemson http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/GZ01/140829342 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/GZ01/140829342 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:19:47 -0400 By Mackenzie Mays Almasy, who has served as interim dean of Eberly three times before, will replace outgoing dean Bob Jones on Sept. 16.

Jones, a biology professor who served as dean of the Eberly College for four years, is headed to the South Carolina-based Clemson University to takeover as the school's provost and executive vice president of academic affairs.

"It's been perhaps the most fantastic experience in higher education I've ever had," Jones said Wednesday of his experience at WVU. "I've had so many opportunities to work on new and innovative projects with people who are excited about doing things differently and thinking outside the box."

"When I stepped into Eberly College, it was already a well-oiled machine working really well, and instead of having to work on crises and fix problems, I was able to immediately think about the future and what we need to do next, and people were willing to help," he said.

Jones, a Clemson alumnus, will be welcomed by a familiar face at Clemson.

Former WVU president Jim Clements left last year to lead Clemson as president.

"What I found with Jim was we share a lot of the same values, but we have complimentary skill sets, and that makes us a good team," Jones said.

Jones will be Clemson's first-ever provost, and was chosen from a pool of about 400 candidates.

He said he is confident Almasy can handle taking over Eberly from here.

When Jones was hired in 2010, Almasy showed him the ropes, and now it's his turn to do the same, he said.

"He gave me a lot of advice about this college. He was a wonderful mentor. He didn't tell me what to do, he just told me what was going on," Jones said. "It's ironic. It's a flip. Here I am, walking out and he's walking back in. I'm trying to be as good to him as he was to me. I have faith he's going to be very good. He's proven himself multiple times."

Almasy, an English professor at WVU, severed as interim dean at Eberly for a total of four years over the span of the past two decades. He also served as interim dean for WVU's Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

"With a new president and a new provost, this is an exciting time for me to assume these responsibilities," Almasy said in a press release Wednesday. "I am grateful for this opportunity to be part of the team that is moving WVU forward."

A national search for a more permanent dean for Eberly will begin later this year.

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

DuPont agrees to $1.3 million in chemical leak fines http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/GZ01/140829343 GZ01 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/GZ01/140829343 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:13:25 -0400 By Ken Ward Jr. DuPont Co. has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million in fines to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve violations EPA cited following a string of 2010 chemical leaks, including one that killed a worker at the company's plant in Belle, EPA officials announced Wednesday.

The proposed deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Charleston, settles EPA allegations that DuPont violated provisions of federal air pollution, chemical management, and public right-to-know laws and requires the Wilmington, Delaware-based chemical giant to implement a variety of environmental and workplace safety reforms.

Among other things, EPA officials alleged that DuPont officials allowed one leak to go on for five days without taking action, ignored internal safety recommendations that could have prevented a second incident, and did not timely replace a worn-out hose used to transfer toxic phosgene gas in a fatal January 2010 incident.

"Failing to follow laws meant to prevent accidents can have fatal consequences -- as was tragically the case here," said Sam Hirsch, acting assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department's Environmental and Natural Resources Division.

In Short: Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/GZ0601/140829344 GZ0601 http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20140827/GZ0601/140829344 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:50:26 -0400 Tickets for an Oct. 26 concert by rising hip-hop star Chance the Rapper at the West Virginia University Coliseum go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. They are $28 and $38. Call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Kanawha Players will hold auditions for "Evil Dead: The Musical" from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the KP Theater, 309 Beauregard St. Actors must be at least 18 years old.

Those auditioning should prepare a song to sing a cappella or with recorded accompaniment. A script will be provided for readings.

The campy musical requires actors to learn dance and fight choreography, but previous experience is not required. Performance dates are Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.

The Point Pleasant River Museum hosts its 2014 Tribute to the River Celebration Friday and Saturday at Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. The free event includes towboat tours, exhibits, children's games and entertainment and more.

Live music comes from J.C. Hall & Band at 8 p.m. Friday, Mason Dixon and the Backwood Brothers at 2 p.m. Saturday and The Band Wagon at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Friday and run 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 304-674-0144 or visit www.pprivermuseum.com.

The Alban Arts Center will stage West Virginia singer/songwriter Harry Beall's rock opera, "Emote," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the theater, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. The two-hour production is a good vs. evil story, except all the characters are emotions.

The cast is Racquel Sims, Brandon Tiller, Kristyn Conley, Kurt Shultis, Kami Shultis, Josh Runyon, Chelsea Renae Hicks, Janice Beane, Heather Martin, Justin Laxton, Jane Carpenter, Laurie Shultis, Madison Graceann Parker and Gavin Hicks.

Tickets are $10. Call 304-721-8896 or visit www.albanartscenter.com.

Meet former WVU Mountaineer Julian Miller during a Collectibles Etc.-hosted watch party of the WVU-Alabama game Saturday at Quaker Steak & Lube, 2931 Mountaineer Blvd. He will sign autographs from noon to 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. until the end of the game.

Collectibles Etc. will have WVU merchandise available for purchase or fans may bring their own items to be autographed for a $10 fee each. A portion of the proceeds will go to Chiari Malformation research. Call 304-776-0020.

The 10th annual Aunt Jennie Music Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at Chief Logan State Park. The free event, honoring West Virginia folk legend Virginia Myrtle "Aunt Jennie" Wilson, is hosted by her grandson, Roger Bryant, who will also perform both days.

Other Saturday performers are The Earl of Elkview, Elaine Purkey, The Barefoot Hillbilly Music Revue with the Allegheny Ramblers, The Dick Taylor Band, Sasha Colette and The Magnolias and the Coal Fired Band. Other Sunday musicians are Glen Simpson, Cora and Fred Hairston, Robert Shafer and The Pour House Band, The Samples Brothers, The Full Moon Boys and the Stewarts.

Saturday's music runs 4 to 11 p.m., and Sunday's is 1 to 7 p.m. at Chief Logan's Pickin' in the Park theater. Call 304-792-7229.

The Historic Fayette Theater will hold auditions for Nora and Delia Ephron's monologue show "Love, Loss and What I Wore" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Roles are available for five women ages 20 and older.

Auditions are at the theater, 115 South Court St., Fayetteville. Performances are Oct. 17-19 and 24-26.

Call 304-574-4655 or visit www.historicfayettetheatre.com.

"Screen Love," a new docu-series from the Emmy and Academy Award-winning producers of "Searching for Sugar Man" and "Man On Wire," is currently accepting applications. The show will chronicle the online relationships of people - lovers, family or friends - who are apart but determined to stay together. Apply at www.screenlovecasting.com.