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Barbara Faye McCullough

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Barbara Faye McCullough

Age 73 of Kanawha Street, Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life Thursday Evening, July 24, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born January 13, 1941 in Gassaway, West Virginia, daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boggs Skidmore.

Barbara was a former employee of McDonalds of Glenville, having served the breakfast crowd for most of the 1990’s. She was also a former employee of Kenny Shoe and also worked around the Glenville area in the food service industry.

Barb was a member of the Camden Flats Baptist Church with special interest in the youth program “Awana”.

In her free time she enjoyed attending yard sales, playing cards, working puzzles, and reading.

On January 13, 1977, she was united in marriage to John Jacob McCullough who survives at their Kanawha Street home.

Surviving are 4 children, Mary Ellen McCullough and husband Woody of Glenville, West Virginia, Dewayne “Tiny” Arbogast and wife Kathy of Tennessee, Lonnie Darnell Arbogast of Tennessee, and Angela Dawn Carder and husband Tim of Linn, West Virginia, 5 grandchildren, Scott McCullough, Christopher Arbogast, Megan Arbogast, Taylor Carder, and Summer Carder, and 2 great-grandchildren, Leland and Camden McCullough.

There are 4 siblings surviving, Walter Skidmore Jr. and wife Irene of Elyria, Ohio, Jo Ann Skidmore of Tanner, West Virginia, Richard Skidmore and wife Karen of Nitro, West Virginia, and Kathy McCullough of Glenville, West Virginia, and several cousins, nieces and nephews also surviving.

Along with her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by 1 son, Walter Clayton Arbogast, 1 daughter, Rebecca McCullough, and 1 brother Robert Skidmore.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Camden Flats Baptist Church, 510 Kanawha Street, Glenville, WV., 26351 at 11:00 AM Monday, July 28, 2014, with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Sunday Evening at the Camden Flats Baptist Church.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is honored to serve the family of Barbara Faye McCullough.

Oleva Miller 100th Birthday Celebration - 07.20.14 - Sunday

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Mrs. Oleva Miller will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 20, 2014.

She was born in Cedarville, WV on July 20, 1914 and graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1932.

She attended Glenville State College and graduated with a degree in teaching.

She taught at many schools during her career in Gilmer, Harrison, and Calhoun Counties.

Her family will be hosting a celebration of her milestone birthday on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Gilmer County Senior Center from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM.

Cards are appreciated, but no gifts, please.

Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, The Sand Fork High School Alumni Scholarship Fund or Boys Town in her name.

Oklahoma Bound! Gilmer County FFA Land Judging Team Qualifies to Compete at Nationals

After two years of hard work and dedication, the Gilmer County FFA land judging team will get their chance to compete at the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma next May of 2015.

Land Judging has two separate components.

The first part is land judging, where students evaluate land for its agricultural use.

The second part is homesite judging, where students evaluate land based on how good it is for a home.

Both contests are done at the same time using the same field sites and soil judging pits.

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(L-R) Advisor/Teacher Nick Cox, Hunter Smith, Adrea Peggs,
Hunter Moore, and Lucas Steele


The Gilmer team started its year off in mid May at a practice contest in Roane County where the placed third in each of the two contest.

In a little over three weeks, they worked to improve for the regional contest which was held on a local farm in Gilmer County.

At the regional contest the team placed second in land judging and won the home-site contest which put them first overall to qualify for the state contest.

A month later, they headed to Ripley, WV to begin practicing with land and soil like they would see in the state contest.

On July 11, Gilmer County High school FFA had placed fifth in land judging and third in home-site judging out of thirteen of the best teams in the state.

One of the GCHS team’s members, Lucas Steele, was the second place individual in the home-site evaluation contest.

The GCHS team placed fifth overall which qualified the team for national competition, as the top five teams in each state are allowed to do.

West Virginia is one of the most competitive land judging states in the country and has a history of doing well at nationals.

In the past Gilmer County has had state and national winning teams.

Some of the skills that students had to master were erosion (judging how much top soil is present and how much has eroded), slope (judging how steep or flat the land is between two wooden stakes), and permeability (judging how quick water moves through the soil based on the soils components).

The team would like to thank everyone in the county who helped them achieve this great honor.

On the team was Hunter Smith (son of Roger and Tammy Smith of Cedarville) Hunter Moore (Son of Arch and Tammy Moore of Glenville) Lucas Steele (son of Jeff and Royce Steele of Stouts Mills) and Adrea Peggs (Daughter of Mike and Mellissa Peggs of Sand Fork).

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Congrats Mr. Cox and the land judging team you all deserve it, you have worked really hard and as a parent of the current FFA president I am proud.  I also would like to take this time to congradulate my son Kyle Collins for being the Central Region Star Farmer and earning his State Degree at Ripley this past weekend.  We are proud of all the kids who participated.

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Adler Scholars from Upshur, Gilmer and Lewis Counties

Healthcare Scholarships Given to Eleven Students;
More Than $160,000 Awarded Over the Past Decade

The late M. William Adler died in 2002, but his name is carried on through the annual Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital’s (SJMH) scholarship program. Eleven new recipients will be receiving help with their schooling as winners this year. The scholars include five students graduating from Gilmer County High School; four from Lewis County High School, and one from Buckhannon Upshur High School.

The M. William Adler Scholarship has provided close to $150,000 in funds for local students. At least 80 students have benefitted from the program.  Mr. Adler was a long-time board member of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and a great proponent of education. The Hospital decided that providing scholarships for local students going into a healthcare field would be a wonderful way to honor Mr. Adler. The scholarship is funded by an annual charity golf tournament held a Stonewall Resort. This year’s event will be Tuesday, Oct.ober14, 2014.

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Lewis County students who were awarded Adler Healthcare Scholarships included:
(L-R) Emily Hathaway, Micah Ford, Jacob Vankirk, and Melissa Seabolt.
Bruce Adler, far right, son of the late M. William Adler awarded the scholarships.


Each student and their educational and community involvement are as follows:


•  Taylor Bound of Weston, WV is pursuing a pharmacy degree at West Virginia University.

She currently has a 3.8 GPA at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she has won a special scholar award this year and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

She is extremely involved in her community.

She has taught children about science via “Benzene Ring”, taught swim lessons, participated in the March of Dimes, Relay for Life, and the Cinderella Project.


•  Sierra Butcher of Cox’s Mills, WV is a graduate of Gilmer County High School.

She was involved in cheerleading, basketball, softball, track, FFA, and membership with special needs children.

She plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan to become a nurse.

She has been involved in her community participating in 4-H, helping at an animal shelter, planting flowers at church and visiting the local rest home.


•  Sara Coombs of Cedarville, WV, graduated from Gilmer County High School with a 4.0 GPA.

She served a president of the Honor Society; attended WV Girls State, and was a Gilmer County 4-H Heart and Head.

She plans on attending the University of Charleston in pre-pharmacy.


•  Micah Ford, of Weston, WV graduated from Lewis County High School with a 4.0 GPA.

She was very, very involved in school and her community.

She was vice-president of the National honor Society; a member of student council; Team Green president and vice president; yearbook editor; sports editor, Read Aloud participant; belonged to Chemistry Club, Pep Club and Read Aloud.

She was the 2014 vice president; on homecoming court, prom committee; Powder puff captain; 2013 homecoming queen; 4-year volleyball varsity letterman and captain; second team Bit 10 All Conference volleyball; basketball letterman, 3-year track letterman, and student of the month.

She plans on attending Pierpont Community and Technical College to attain a degree in radiology technology.


•  Emily Hathaway, of Weston, WV gradated from Lewis County High School with a 4.04.

She plans on attending West Virginia University in pharmacy.

Emily was very involved in high school participating in National Honor Society; Interact Club, School Improvement Council, Pep Club, Future Business Leaders of America; Future Farmers of America, Team Green, Foreign Language Club; Chem Club, varsity cheerleader captain, cheerleading squad, and cheerleading competition squad.

She also won a variety of special honors included the DAR Good Citizen Winner; Sophomore of the Year; Junior of the Year; student of the month in her sophomore and junior years; cheerleading honors; Goldenseal Photography winner; class princes freshman and senior years; honor roll for seven semesters; and more.


•  Kayla Heater, of Orlando, WV graduated from Gilmer County High School and plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan in the nursing program.

Kayla has always indicated a desire to become a nurse throughout her academic career.

She was also named one of the Magic Scholar 106.5 candidates.


•  Nicole Rader of Linn, WV plans on attending Glenville State College with the goal of going into radiology.

She was a member of the softball team, FFA, Rocketry Club, class princess; 2013 homecoming queen.

She enjoyed on the job training at Minnie Hamilton and volunteers in the radiology department there.


•  Hannah Roberts, of Cox’s Mills, WV graduated from Gilmer County High School with a 4.0 GPA.

She plans on attending Glenvile State College.

She was very active in high school serving on student council, vice president of her junior class; president of her senior year; National Honor Society; HOBY representative; Girls State; EQT Student of Excellence; Metro/News AARP Scholar Athlete; and Glenville State College Honors program.


•  Melissa Seabolt, of Weston, WV graduated from Lewis County High School with 3.8 GPA and plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in nursing.

She has been very active in high school career.

She participated in Friends of Rachel Club, Spanish Club, Read Aloud, Track and Field, and Youth Alive.

She was English 9 student of the year; attended Girls State.

She has participated in a number of charitable undertakings traveling to Cuba to help people there.

She is also very involved in the St. Matthew Church Youth Group.


•  Emily Taylor of Buckhannon, WV graduated from Buckhannon Upshur High School and plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan in nursing.

She was a member of Health Occupation’s Student Association (HOSA).

She earned a certification in phlebotomy.

Her mother Becky is a nurse in the Special Delivery Birthing unit at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.


•  Jacob Vankirk, of Weston, WV graduated from Lewis County High School and plans to attend West Virginia University in pharmacy.

During high school he participated in FFA, the Spanish Club and worked on a variety of other projects.

His mother Aimee is a longtime employee as the secretary in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital secretary.


The Adler Scholarship is administered by Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital employees.

All of the donations go directly to students.

The only prerequisites are that a student must be a Gilmer or Lewis County resident; will be attending a school in West Virginia; are pursuing a healthcare degree; and children or grandchildren of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital employees.

Oleva Miller 100th Birthday Celebration - 07.20.14

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Mrs. Oleva Miller will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 20, 2014.

She was born in Cedarville, WV on July 20, 1914 and graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1932.

She attended Glenville State College and graduated with a degree in teaching.

She taught at many schools during her career in Gilmer, Harrison, and Calhoun Counties.

Her family will be hosting a celebration of her milestone birthday on July 20 at the Gilmer County Senior Center from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM.

Cards are appreciated, but no gifts, please.

Donations can be made to The First Baptist Church Cancer Fund, The Sand Fork High School Alumni Scholarship Fund or Boys Town in her name.

Fred J. Burke

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Fred J. Burke

Age 91 of Bethlehem, North Carolina, formerly of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life at the Catawba Regional Hospice House in the early morning hours of Saturday July 05, 2014, following a long illness.

Born June 04, 1923 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Fred L. and Elva O. Jamison Burke.

Fred was an Army Veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific theatre. He was a retired Clerk/Foreman for Columbia Gas with 37 years experience.

He was a member of the Brawley Methodist Church.

On January 01, 1947 he was united in marriage to Rachel Nutter Burke, who survives in Bethlehem, North Carolina, and whom Fred spent 67 loving years of marriage.

Surviving are 2 Daughters, Jean Jackson and husband Ted of Bethlehem, North Carolina, and Ann Moyers and Husband Joe of Cedarville, West Virginia, and 5 Grandchildren, Michelle Hartshorn and husband Everett, Teresa Case and husband J.D., Julie Conrad and husband Johnny, Sarah Hill and husband David and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe.

There are also 9 Great-grandchildren surviving, Courtney and Chloe Case, Chelsey Piles, Jacob Conrad, Isabellia and Christina Moyers-Chavez, Josie and Emma Hartshorn, and Alexandria Moyers-Chavez.

The family also wishes to give special thanks to Diane Mingus, Andrea Adkins and Louise Bumgarner.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351, at 1:00 PM Thursday, July 10, 2014 with Rev. Gary Chaplin officiating.

Friends may call Thursday morning from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Mortuary.

Burial with Full Military Honors provided by The Lewis County Honor Guard will be in the Fredrick-Gerwig Cemetery on Toms Run Road, near Cedarville, West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice,3975 Robinson Rd. Newton, NC 28658.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Fred J. Burke with arrangements.

Cedarville: Fireworks Show – Saturday, July 05, 2014

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The fireworks show at the Cedarville Fire House is set for Saturday, July 05, 2014.

Concessions will be provided by the Glenville Volunteer Fire Department.

Fireworks begin at dusk.

Come early for concessions.

Cedarville: LARGE YARD SALE - JULY 03-05, 2014

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY—JULY 03-05, 2014

8:00 AM UNTIL DARK EACH DAY

4 MILES ABOVE CEDAR CREEK STATE PARK AND 1 MILE BELOW CEDARVILLE

MANY ITEMS ARE BRAND NEW

KIDS CLOTHES, TOYS, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, NEW ASSEMBLED CHARCOAL GRILL

LINEOLEUM, LINEOLEUM SQUARES,  CONVECTION OVEN (CALLED BIG BOSS)

CUISANART ICE CREAM MAKER

COLD SODA AND WATER WILL BE AVAILABLE

RAIN OR SHINE

Cedarville: LARGE YARD SALE - JULY 03-05, 2014

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THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY—JULY 03-05, 2014

8:00 AM UNTIL DARK EACH DAY

4 MILES ABOVE CEDAR CREEK STATE PARK AND 1 MILE BELOW CEDARVILLE

MANY ITEMS ARE BRAND NEW

KIDS CLOTHES, TOYS, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, NEW ASSEMBLED CHARCOAL GRILL

LINEOLEUM, LINEOLEUM SQUARES,  CONVECTION OVEN (CALLED BIG BOSS)

CUISANART ICE CREAM MAKER

COLD SODA AND WATER WILL BE AVAILABLE

RAIN OR SHINE

GCVFD: Chinese Raffle Winners

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The winners of the GCVFD Chinese Raffle:

•  Fire Department Basket ~ Jeff Campbell

•  TV ~ Ryan Sims

•  Rada ~ Nancy Aviles

•  Kitchen Basket ~ Rose Harper

•  Men/Women Basket ~ Izetta Brannon

•  Picnic Basket ~ Heidi Love

•  Fishing Basket ~ Ashley Moore


We would like to congratulate all of our winners and thank everyone who supported our fundraiser.

Thank you,

Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department

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Little Kanawha Bus Your Public Transportation Service

LITTLE KANAWHA BUS YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
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Little Kanawha Bus, your public transportation system that has expanded into Gilmer County is offering a one-time chance to ride free of charge. Little Kanawha bus is for everyone. There are no age limit or income guideline restrictions.

Little Kanawha Bus would like to help the citizens of Gilmer County get acquainted with riding the bus so we are offering free rides to any area that is listed below during the service dates of May 5th, 7th and 9th only.

This means that you can ride free of charge from your home in the Linn, Troy, Coxs Mills and Tanner area into Glenville on Monday, May 5th. From your home in The Stouts Mills, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown area into Glenville Wednesday, May 7th. From your home in any area of Gilmer County to Weston, Friday May 9th.

The only thing you need to do is call 866.354.5522 and get on the schedule to ride with Little Kanawha Bus. This will be a onetime chance to ride with Little Kanawha Bus free of charge.

Little Kanawha Bus may lose the service in Gilmer County if ridership does not increase. If you would like to keep public transportation in Gilmer County, please help us increase ridership.

Little Kanawha Bus Your Public Transportation Service

LITTLE KANAWHA BUS YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
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Little Kanawha Bus, your public transportation system that has expanded into Gilmer County is offering a one-time chance to ride free of charge. Little Kanawha bus is for everyone. There are no age limit or income guideline restrictions.

Little Kanawha Bus would like to help the citizens of Gilmer County get acquainted with riding the bus so we are offering free rides to any area that is listed below during the service dates of May 5th, 7th and 9th only.

This means that you can ride free of charge from your home in the Linn, Troy, Coxs Mills and Tanner area into Glenville on Monday, May 5th. From your home in The Stouts Mills, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown area into Glenville Wednesday, May 7th. From your home in any area of Gilmer County to Weston, Friday May 9th.

The only thing you need to do is call 866.354.5522 and get on the schedule to ride with Little Kanawha Bus. This will be a onetime chance to ride with Little Kanawha Bus free of charge.

Little Kanawha Bus may lose the service in Gilmer County if ridership does not increase. If you would like to keep public transportation in Gilmer County, please help us increase ridership.

2014 Primary Gilmer County Candidate Listing by Office

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2014 Primary Gilmer County Candidate Listing by Office
Name Party County City.State Mailing Address Filing Date
FOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - Female
WILDA PORTER JONES
DemocratGilmerLinn, WV 01.24.2014
HEATHER MINNEY
DemocratGilmerCedarville, WV378 LOWER LEVEL RUN RD
CEDARVILLE WV 26611
01.24.2014
SANDRA MOYERS PETTIT
DemocratGilmerSand Fork, WV5038 DUSK CAMP RUN RD
SAND FORK WV 26430
01.24.2014
ANNA JEAN ROGUCKI
DemocratGilmerGlenville, WV
01.23.2014
FOR COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - Male
CONNER FERGUSON
DemocratGilmerGlenville, WV2929 WV HWY 5W
GLENVILLE WV 26351
01.24.2014
ROBERT L. “BOB” RADABAUGH
Committed to DEMOCRAT
DemocratGilmerLinn, WVPO BOX 143
SAND FORK WV 26430
01.23.2014
FOR COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - Male
WILLARD WRIGHT JR
RepublicanGilmerGlenville, WVPO BOX 89
GLENVILLE WV 26351
01.24.2014
County Commission.County Council
BRIAN KENNEDY
Committed to DEMOCRAT
DemocratGilmerNormantown, WV50 ELIZA RUN RD
NORMANTOWN WV 25267
01.23.2014
RETA KIGHT
DemocratGilmerGlenville, WV
01.24.2014
Board Of Education
CARL L. ARMOUR
IndependentGilmerGlenville, WV215 COLLEGE STREET
GLENVILLE WV 26351
01.24.2014
NORMA HURLEY
DemocratGilmerNormantown, WVP O BOX 55
NORMANTOWN WV 25267
01.23.2014
THOMAS “TOM” RATLIFF
DemocratGilmerGlenville, WV95 LEADING CREEK RD
GLENVILLE WV 26351
01.24.2014
Conservation District Supervisor
LARRY “BUD” SPONAUGLE
IndependentGilmerCedarville, WV
01.23.2014

Little Kanawha Bus Your Public Transportation Service

LITTLE KANAWHA BUS YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
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Little Kanawha Bus, your public transportation system that has expanded into Gilmer County is offering a one-time chance to ride free of charge. Little Kanawha bus is for everyone. There are no age limit or income guideline restrictions.

Little Kanawha Bus would like to help the citizens of Gilmer County get acquainted with riding the bus so we are offering free rides to any area that is listed below during the service dates of May 5th, 7th and 9th only.

This means that you can ride free of charge from your home in the Linn, Troy, Coxs Mills and Tanner area into Glenville on Monday, May 5th. From your home in The Stouts Mills, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown area into Glenville Wednesday, May 7th. From your home in any area of Gilmer County to Weston, Friday May 9th.

The only thing you need to do is call 866.354.5522 and get on the schedule to ride with Little Kanawha Bus. This will be a onetime chance to ride with Little Kanawha Bus free of charge.

Little Kanawha Bus may lose the service in Gilmer County if ridership does not increase. If you would like to keep public transportation in Gilmer County, please help us increase ridership.

Little Kanawha Bus Your Public Transportation Service

LITTLE KANAWHA BUS YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
The Gilmer Free Press

Little Kanawha Bus, your public transportation system that has expanded into Gilmer County is offering a one-time chance to ride free of charge. Little Kanawha bus is for everyone. There are no age limit or income guideline restrictions.

Little Kanawha Bus would like to help the citizens of Gilmer County get acquainted with riding the bus so we are offering free rides to any area that is listed below during the service dates of May 5th, 7th and 9th only.

This means that you can ride free of charge from your home in the Linn, Troy, Coxs Mills and Tanner area into Glenville on Monday, May 5th. From your home in The Stouts Mills, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown area into Glenville Wednesday, May 7th. From your home in any area of Gilmer County to Weston, Friday May 9th.

The only thing you need to do is call 866.354.5522 and get on the schedule to ride with Little Kanawha Bus. This will be a onetime chance to ride with Little Kanawha Bus free of charge.

Little Kanawha Bus may lose the service in Gilmer County if ridership does not increase. If you would like to keep public transportation in Gilmer County, please help us increase ridership.

Edward Jackson “Jack” Lynch

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Edward Jackson “Jack” Lynch

Age 81, of Anmoore, WV formerly of Chapel, Braxton County, WV met our Lord after a long illness Monday, April 14, 2014 at his home.

A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, April 17 at Christ United Methodist Church in Sutton, WV.

Pastor Doug Smailes will be officiating.

Friends and loved ones may call from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM for visitation and the funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM.

Burial will follow at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Heaters, WV.

Jack was a retired B&O Railroad employee for over 30 years. He was a longtime member of the HAM Radio Association and proudly had his call identity as his license plate, K8WTJ.

Jack attended Sugar Creek Baptist Church for many years then joined Christ United Methodist Church in 2001. However, his presence was seen in many local churches as he loved to share his musical talents and sing gospel music.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Norval and Grace (Childers) Lynch of Cedarville, WV; his brothers, Ralph Griffith of Clarksburg, WV and Norville (Fuzz) Lynch of Elyria, OH. He is survived by his sister Vivian Rose (Lynch) Beall of Cedarville, WV; a brother, Charles Lynch of Medina, OH; Jack is also survived by Nova Jean (White) Lynch, his wife of 61 years; by his four daughters, Vivian Jean Carr of Gassaway, WV, Vicky Lynn Golden of Anmoore, WV, Judith Rose Carson of Heaters, WV and Jacqueline Lea Morris of Berea, KY; eleven grandchildren, and twenty-one great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in honor of his love and dedication to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Donations can be mailed to: St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

You can also donate online at www.stjude.org.

Bernice Mae Moyers

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Bernice Mae Moyers

Age 84 of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:30 PM; Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born August 03, 1929 in Normantown, West Virginia, daughter of the late Charles Victor and Josie Alice Miller Childers.

Bernice was a homemaker and graduate of Normantown High School, Class of 1949.

She was a long time member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

She was bookkeeper for Moyers Well Service and a big supporter of her children’s school and sports activities. She was a great cook, active mother with her children, caregiver to family when needed, and an important part in the family farm, along with being a good farm wife.

On March 18, 1949 Bernice was united in marriage to Charles J. Moyers who preceded her in death on September 12, 1997.

Surviving are 3 children, Katherine Moyers Hark and husband David of Shepherdstown, WV;  Kevin Joseph Moyers and wife Virginia Ann of Cedarville, and Charles Victor Moyers and wife Roberta of Cedarville, and 1 sister Lavonne Minigh and husband Robert of Cedarville.

There are 7 grandchildren, Shaun Moyers of Morgantown,  Keith Moyers and wife Nicole of Tanner,  Chris Moyers and wife Sarah of Glenville, Douglas Moyers and wife Chasity of Burnsville,  Teresa Case and husband JD of Gassaway, Julie Conrad and husband Johnny of Stouts Mills, and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe of Canton, Ohio, and 11 great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Bernice was preceded in death by 1 sister, Peggy Reed, and one infant great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Moyers.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Dawson Baptist Church, WV Highway 33 West of Glenville at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 01, 2014 with Elder Richard Westfall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM, Monday Evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is humbled to assist the family of Bernice Moyers with arrangements.

Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association: Thank You

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Richard Dewight Minigh

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Richard Dewight Minigh

Age 71 of Sunset Dr. Clarksburg, WV passed away at 5:20 AM on Thursday February 20, 2014 in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.

He was born in Cederville, WV on January 25, 1943 a son of the late Wilbur Helton Minigh and Shirley Maude Burke Minigh, who survives in Clarksburg.

He is also survived by three sons: Mark Minigh of Clarksburg, Alan Minigh and wife Cindy of Jane Lew, and Travis Minigh of Stonewood; granddaughter Megan Minigh; two brothers: Steve Minigh and wife Mary D. of Clarksburg and Mark Minigh and wife Kim of Bridgeport; one sister, Janet Gray and husband Chuck of Shreveport LA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Sam Minigh.

Richard was a retired bus driver from the Central West Virginia Transit Authority in Clarksburg, with more than 20 years of service and a honored veteran of U.S. Navy. He was a Nascar fan who followed Dale Earnhardt Jr. and WVU Mountaineer football. He enjoyed sitting on his porch swing, feeding the squirrels that frequented his yard and maintaining his yard and vehicles.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4-8 PM on Sunday February 23, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Wease Day officiating.

Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Navy and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Richard Minigh.

Linda Lou Sumpter

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Linda Lou Sumpter

Age 58, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

She was born in Cedarville, WV on September 17, 1952: daughter of the late John T. Fisher and Garie V. (Moore) Fisher.

Linda is survived by one sister: Mary Mehlbaum of Davisville, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by two brothers: Andrew J. and Mitchell E. Fisher and two sisters: Carolyn V. Cottrell and Patricia A. TenEyck.

Linda was a hairdresser and was a graduate of Clarksburg Beauty Academy in 1976.

At Mrs. Sumpter’s request, a private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be in the Collins’ Community Cemetery of Stumptown, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Linda Lou Sumpter.

Gilmer County Students Named to GSC Honor Rolls

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The names of Gilmer County students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Provost’s Honor Rolls for the Fall 2013 semester have been announced:

•  Mary C. Butcher of Glenville

•  Debra K. Huffman of Linn

•  Adrian D. Patterson of Glenville

•  Casey D. Pritt of Glenville

•  Valeri M. Sprouse of Glenville

•  Jenny N. Wolfe of Glenville

•  Ashley D. Woodford of Cox’s Mills

These students were named to the GSC President’s Honor Roll.

To be named to the GSC President’s Honor Roll, students must have 4.0 grade point averages.


•  Dianna Allegretti of Glenville

•  Autumn D. Bloom of Glenville

•  Ezekial G. Bonnett of Cox’s Mills

•  Elisabeth A. Coombs of Cedarville

•  Conner T. Ferguson of Glenville

•  David A. Finley of Glenville

•  Larisa D. Gordon of Cox’s Mills

•  Caitlyn B. Greynolds of Sand Fork

•  Landon P. Gumm of Glenville

•  Jacqueline K. Hashman of Glenville

•  Marciea L. Jenkins of Glenville

•  Athena V. Morris of Glenville

•  Sarah M. Normant of Glenville

•  Jodie L. Parsons of Normantown

•  Adam W. Ramsey of Rosedale

•  Brett Rinehart of Glenville

•  Elora D. Shock of Glenville

•  Annetta L. Snyder of Burnsville

•  Abigail L. Stalnaker of Glenville

•  Gregory T. Steele of Burnsville

•  Deandre L. Williams of Glenville

•  Asa C. Witte of Cox’s Mills

These Students were named to the GSC Provost’s Honor.

To be named to the GSC Provost’s Honor Roll, students must have grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.9.

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Election 2014: Gilmer County, WV Senate and House Candidate Filling

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Candidate Filing for 2014 Primary Election


COUNTY COMMISSIONER - (Only One Candidate Can Be Elected in May Primary)

•  Brian Kennedy - Democrat - Center District - Normantown

•  Reta Kight - Democrat - City District - Glenville

Explanation for County Commission Race: In Gilmer County, there are 4 districts:  Center, City, Glenville and Dekalb-Troy.
At any time, we cannot have more than one commissioner from a district, but since there are only 3 commissioners, always a district is “unrepresented”.
In this race since Commissioner Larry Chapman lives in Dekalb-Troy District and Commissioner Darrell Ramsey lives in Glenville District, only persons residing in Center or City could file for this race.
Candidate Reta Kight lives in City district and Candidate Brian Kennedy lives in Center.
One of them will win the democratic nominee in May and be on the November ballot representing the democratic party.
Needless to say, they will be on everyone’s ballot in the county as it is a county-wide race.



BOARD OF EDUCATION - (Only 3 Candidates - 1 Each from Center, City, Dekalb-Troy Districts)

•  Norma Hurley - Non-Partisan - Center District - Normantown

•  Carl L. Armour - Non-Partisan - City District - Glenville

•  Larry Butcher - Non-Partisan - DeKalb-Troy District - Cox’s Mills

•  Thomas “Tom” Ratliff - Non-Partisan - DeKalb-Troy District - Glenville (Leading Creek)

Explanation for Board of Education Race:  Gilmer County Board of Education has 5 members.
There cannot be more than 2 members from one district (Center, City, Glenville or DeKalb-Troy) once they are all seated.
Current members not up for re-election are Dr. Bill Simmons who lives in DeKalb-Troy and Misty Pritt who lives in Center District.
3 seats are up for election.
The following persons filed:
Norma Hurley – Center District
Carl Armour – City District
Tom Radcliff – DeKalb-Troy District
Larry Butcher – DeKalb-Troy District
To keep the board in proper form, the top 3 candidates will win with the exception of Tom Radcliff and Larry Butcher.
Even if they are in the top 3, only the one with the highest votes will be seated as they are both from DeKalb Troy District and Dr. Bill Simmons already is seated from that district.
Therefore, Norma Hurley and Dr. Carl Armour will automatically win and then one of the other two (Tom Radcliff or Larry Butcher) that receives the highest votes.



CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

•  Larry “Bud” Sponaugle



Gilmer County Executive Committee-Democrat - Male - (1 from Each District)

•  Robert L. “Bob” Radabaugh (Linn) - Glenville District -  Unopposed

•  Conner Ferguson (Glenville) - DeKalb-Troy District -  Unopposed


Gilmer County Executive Committee-Democrat - Female - (1 from Each District)

•  Sandra Moyers Pettit (Sand Fork) – Glenville District - Unopposed

•  Wilda Porter Jones (Linn) – DeKalb Troy District -  Unopposed

•  Heather Minney (Cedarville) – Center District -  Unopposed

•  Anna Jean Rogucki (Glenville) – City District -  Unopposed

Explanation for Executive Committees Race:
Both the republican and democrat party elect Executive Committees every 4 years.
There can be one male and one female from each district:  Center, City, Dekalb-Troy and Glenville.
So there can be 8 elected members of the committee.
When the candidates file, they must indicate which district they are from.
One male and one female will be elected from each district.
In this race, Sandra Moyers Pettit and Robert L. “Bob” Radabaugh will only appear on the ballots in district of Glenville.
Voters in Center district will only see Heather Minney’s name on their ballot.


Gilmer County Executive Committee - Republican - Male

•  Willard Wright Jr. (Glenville) - Unopposed



WV Senate - District 12 - Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Clay Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Samuel Cann - Democrat - Bridgeport, WV

•  Micheal Queen - Republican - Clarksburg, WV

•  Mike Romano - Democrat - Clarksburg, WV



WV Senate - District 2 - Marshall, Monongalia, Wetzel, Marion, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun and Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Larry John Edgell - Democrat - New Martinsville, WV

•  Kent Leonhardt - Republican - Fairview, WV



WV House of Delegates - District 33 - Clay, Calhoun, Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  David A. Walker - Democrat - Precious, Clay County

Roger Hanshaw - Republican - Wallback, Clay County



WV House of Delegates - District 34 - Braxton, Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Brent Boggs - Democrat - Gassaway, Braxton County

•  Brian K. Griffith - Republican - Glenville, Gilmer County

•  June Turner - Republican - Glenville, Gilmer County



U.S. Senate (Only 1 Candidate from Each Party)

•  DENNIS RAY MELTON - Democrat - LEWIS

•  NATALIE ETHEL TENNANT - Democrat - KANAWHA

•  DAVID BROWN WAMSLEY - Democrat - WOOD

•  LARRY EUGENE BUTCHER - Republican - WOOD

•  SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO - Republican - KANAWHA

•  MATTHEW STEPHEN DODRILL - Republican - WOOD



U.S. House of Representatives (Only 1 Candidate from Each Party)

•  GLEN B GAINER III - Democrat - WOOD

•  G. NICHOLAS CASEY JR. - Democrat - KANAWHA

•  MESHEA LA’SHAWN POORE - Democrat - KANAWHA

•  RICHARD NEECE OJEDA II - Democrat - LOGAN

•  NICK J. RAHALL - Democrat - RALEIGH

•  DAVID B MCKINLEY - Republican - OHIO

•  ROBERT LAWRENCE FLUHARTY - Republican - JEFFERSON

•  STEPHEN JOHN HARRISON - Republican - KANAWHA

•  CHARLOTTE R. LANE - Republican - KANAWHA

•  ALEXANDER XAVIER MOONEY - Republican - JEFFERSON

•  JAMES ALAN MOSS - Republican - PUTNAM

•  KENNETH RAY REED - Republican - MORGAN

•  RON WALTERS JR. - Republican - KANAWHA

•  EVAN H. JENKINS - Republican - CABELL

Election 2014: Gilmer County, WV Senate and House Candidate Filling

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Candidate Filing for 2014 Primary Election


COUNTY COMMISSIONER - (Only One Candidate Can Be Elected in May Primary)

•  Brian Kennedy - Democrat - Center District - Normantown

•  Reta Kight - Democrat - City District - Glenville


BOARD OF EDUCATION - (Only 3 Candidates - 1 Each from Center, City, Dekalb-Troy Districts)

•  Norma Hurley - Non-Partisan - Center District - Normantown

•  Carl L. Armour - Non-Partisan - City District - Glenville

•  Larry Butcher - Non-Partisan - DeKalb-Troy District - Cox’s Mills

•  Thomas “Tom” Ratliff - Non-Partisan - DeKalb-Troy District - Glenville (Leading Creek)


CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

•  Larry “Bud” Sponaugle


Gilmer County Executive Committee-Democrat - Male - (1 from Each District)

•  Robert L. “Bob” Radabaugh (Linn) - Glenville District -  Unopposed

•  Conner Ferguson (Glenville) - DeKalb-Troy District -  Unopposed


Gilmer County Executive Committee-Democrat - Female - (1 from Each District)

•  Sandra Moyers Pettit (Sand Fork) – Glenville District - Unopposed

•  Wilda Porter Jones (Linn) – DeKalb Troy District -  Unopposed

•  Heather Minney (Cedarville) – Center District -  Unopposed

•  Anna Jean Rogucki (Glenville) – City District -  Unopposed


Gilmer County Executive Committee - Republican - Male

•  Willard Wright Jr. (Glenville) - Unopposed


WV Senate - District 12 - Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Clay Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Samuel Cann - Democrat - Bridgeport, WV

•  Micheal Queen - Republican - Clarksburg, WV

•  Mike Romano - Democrat - Clarksburg, WV


WV Senate - District 2 - Marshall, Monongalia, Wetzel, Marion, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun and Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Larry John Edgell - Democrat - New Martinsville, WV

•  Kent Leonhardt - Republican - Fairview, WV


WV House of Delegates - District 33 - Clay, Calhoun, Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  David A. Walker - Democrat - Precious, Clay County

Roger Hanshaw - Republican - Wallback, Clay County


WV House of Delegates - District 34 - Braxton, Gilmer Counties - (1 Democrat, 1 Republican in Primary)

•  Brent Boggs - Democrat - Gassaway, Braxton County

•  Brian K. Griffith - Republican - Glenville, Gilmer County

•  June Turner - Republican - Glenville, Gilmer County

Howard Mowery

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Howard Mowery

Age 82 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Sunday, January 05, 2014 in the Genesis Health Care Center following an extended illness.

Born April 10, 1931 in Gilmer County, WV son of the late Jacob and Mamie Clevenger Mowery.

For most of his life Howard worked odd jobs and farming for the local people of Cedarville, WV.

He was also a Christian by faith.

Surviving are2 sisters, Mary Jenkins of Perkins and Gertrude Jenkins of Gassaway, WV; 2 brothers, Burnie Mowery of Weston, WV and Clayton Mowery of Big Bend, WV. There are several nieces and nephews also surviving.

Along with his parents, Howard was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Edward, Sammy, and Robert Mowery, and 1 sister, Maggie Parker.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351, at 1:00 PM Friday January 10, 2014 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Howard Mowery with arrangements.

Baby Girl Phares of Glenville Arrives New Year in Lewis County

The first baby of 2014 in Lewis County, WV was born on January 02, 2014, at 8:15 PM, delivered by emergency room physician Jeffrey Cook, M.D. at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The little girl came just a few minutes after her mother and father, Jessica and David Charles Phares, II, arrived at the Weston facility from Glenville, WV.

“Jessica got home from work about 6:30 said father David and said she thought it was time to come to the Hospital. We were in the middle of a bad snowstorm; her contractions were every two minutes; we could only go thirty miles an hour; and after doing the math in my head I didn’t think we would make it,” he explained. His wife agreed that when they got to the county line separating Lewis and Gilmer County that she was not going to make it here.

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The 2014 New Year’s Baby arrived on January 02, 2014 in Lewis County
to proud parents Jessica and David Charles Phares, II.
They are pictured above with the new baby, Avery Ann,
and daughter Kathrine. Photo courtesy of SJMH.


But the couple arrived just in time to have Jessica rushed to the Special Delivery Department at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Staff told Jessica not to push until they arrived in the unit and then it only took two to bring the beautiful baby girl into the world.

Avery Ann Phares weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

She was due on January 12 but arrived 10 days early.

The baby’s maternal grandparents are Gary and Brenda Wolfe, of Glenville, WV.

Paternal grandparents are David Charles and Barbra Phares, of Glenville, WV.

Maternal great-grand parents are Dessie Wolfe, of Glenville, WV and Noel and Jo Ann Roberts, of Glenville, WV.

Paternal great-grandparents are Delphia Phares, of Cedarville, WV and Emyl Lee Shields, of Cedarville, WV.

Avery has three siblings – Kathrine, and Harlie Phares and Josh Butcher.  There are two new uncles on the father’s side – Alex and Jeremiah Phares. The new baby has two uncles and an aunt on her mother’s side of the family – Jeremy, Jacob, and Jenny Wolfe of Glenville.

Jessica is employed by M&R Insurance, of Glenville and the new father works for W Scharp Well Service, of Glenville.

As her dad said, “She her arrival was unexpected and she came with the storm!”

As the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital New Year’s Baby, little Avery received a number of gifts from local businesses. These included: a gift card from The Citizens Bank; flower arrangements from Minnich Florists; baby announcements from Lewis County Printing; a $50 gift certificate from the Theresa Snaith Hospital Auxiliary; a baby silverware set from Caplan’s Jewelry store; and car seat, baby formula and diapers from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Norville J. “Fuzzy” Lynch

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Norville J. “Fuzzy” Lynch

Age 78, of Grafton, OH, went to his Heavenly home on Monday, December 16, 2013.

He was born June 17, 1935 in Cedarville, West Virginia.

Fuzzy was a well-known musician and has played with many different country bluegrass bands in the area for the last 53 years. A U.S. Army veteran, he was retired from General Plug Mfg. in Grafton.

Fuzzy leaves behind his loving wife, Barbara (nee Bryant) Lynch; brothers, Jack (Nova Jean) Lynch of Clarksburg, West Virginia, Charles (Donna) Lynch of Medina; sister, Rose (Wendel) Beall of Cedarville, West Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norval and Grace Lynch; and brother and sister-in-law, Ralph (Virginia) Lynch.

Friends and family may call in the Blackburn-Duke Funeral Home, 1021 Main St., Grafton, Saturday, December 28, 2013 from 11 AM until the time of a memorial service at 12 Noon.

Rev. Delaine McGhee, Pastor of the Grafton United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in the Lynch Cemetery, Cedarville, West Virginia at a later date.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Sharon Jean Eakle

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Sharon Jean Eakle

Age 66 of 111 Fairground Road, Glenville, WV; departed this life on November 12, 2013 at the Genesis Health Center following an extended illness.

Born September 04, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV, daughter of the late Virgil B. and Marguerite Jones Queen.

Sharon was a homemaker. She enjoyed singing, spending time with family and friends.

She attended the First Baptist Church of Glenville.

Surviving is 1 sister, Dorothy Hamrick of Glenville, 2 nieces, Janet Coombs of Cedarville ,WV and Joyce Hamrick of Glenville, and 1 nephew, Robert Eugene Wilson of Lost Creek, WV.

Along with her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by 1 sister, Jacqueline Justis.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday November 15, 2013 with Pastor George Robert Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner, WV.

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Sharon Jean Eakle with arrangements.

Wilma Jean Green Shields

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Wilma Jean Green Shields

Age 58, of Cedarville, WV passed away October 17, 2013.

She was born August 08, 1955 in Sutton, WV.

Wilma was a home caregiver and a homemaker.

She is survived by mother, Alice Marie Green Scott of Cedarville; children, Tammy Conner, Billy Scott and Brandy Lockard; grandchildren, Whitney Scott, Daniel Conner and Alissa Conner Isenhart; brothers, Burl Eugene Green and Russell D. Green and wife, Melissa; sister, Charlotte Sands and husband, Rick.

She was preceded in death by sister, Brenda Sue Green.

Service will be 3:00 PM Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Pastor Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Burial will be in the Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Tishia Frances King Pritt

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Tishia Frances King Pritt

Age 88, of Troy, West Virginia, departed this life at 11:00 PM, Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at her residence, surrounded by family and friends, following an extended illness.

Born April 27, 1925 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Merch and Flossie McHenry King.

Tishia was a homemaker, worked in the local coal mines, and worked on a saw mill with her husband for several years. She enjoyed any kind of word puzzles, gardening, and spending time with her kids and grandkids.

On June 14, 1952 she was united in marriage to Coy Pritt, who preceded her in death on November 17, 1993.

Tishia is survived by 1 daughter, Patricia Self and husband Auttie of Cox’s Mills, WV; 2 sons, Coy Pritt Jr. of Troy, WV; Gary Lynn Pritt of Auburn, WV;  3 step children, Jack Pritt and wife Lois of Grasonville, MD; Alice Pratt and husband Bill of West Union, WV; and Ann George of Norristown, PA. Tishia was also survived by numerous grandchildren,  great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, Tishia was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Carolyn Lou Pritt, 1 son, Charles Lee Shackleford   , 1 step-son, Ray Pritt, 1 granddaughter, Cynthia Shackleford,  1 great-great-grandson, Hogan Short, 6 brother, and 4 sisters.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351 at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Saturday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Tishia F. Pritt with arrangements.

Derrick Matthew Fisher

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Matther and Tracey Fisher of Cedarville, WV announce the birth of their son, Derrick Matthew.

He was born Thursday, September 05, 2013 at the Stonwall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little boy weighed 8-pounds, 3-ounces and is the couple’s third child.

The mother is the former Tracey Thompson.

The father is employed by Waco Oil.

Maternal grandparents are Kevin Thompson Sr., of Paden City and Kimberly Mulligan of Procter.

Paternal grandparents are Dale Fisher of Cowan and Cynthia Cambell of Sharlett.

Kenneth H. Brannon

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Kenneth H. Brannon

Age 64 of Cedar Creek Road, Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life on Tuesday evening, September 03, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.

Born February 13, 1949 in Cedarville, WV., son of the late Harry and Irene Lynch Brannon.

Kenny was a drilling supervisor in the oil and gas industry. He retired from Ashland Exploration with 12 years of service. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, enjoyed hunting, farming.

He was a Baptist by faith.

On March 17, 1973, he was united in marriage to Sharon Faye Phares, who survives at their Cedar Creek home.

Surviving is 1 daughter: Marsha Tompkins and husband Timothy of Glenville, West Virginia; 3 grandchildren, MacKenzee Alice Huff, Andrew Wade Tompkins, and Audrey Nicole Tompkins all of Glenville, WV.

3 sisters and 2 brothers survive: Dora Jean Bumgarner and husband Robert of Marietta, Ohio; Delores Williams and husband Roger of South Point, Ohio;  Mary Greenlief and husband Larry of Weston, West Virginia;  John Brannon and wife Linda of Glenville, WV;  and Marvin Joe Brannon and wife Izetta of Cedarville, WV.

Kenny is also survived by 1 uncle: Robert Lynch and wife Sara of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and several nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.

Along with his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by 1 sister-in-law, Donna Talkington Brannon.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, West Virginia, 26351, on Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville, WV.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Friday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Kenneth H. Brannon with arrangements.

Kesslie Benton Minney

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Kesslie Benton Minney

Age 80 of Sand Fork, West Virginia, departed this life at 12:57 PM, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at his residence following an extended illness.

Born January 20, 1933 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Sylvester and Mollie Reed Minney.

Kesslie was a retired maintence worker for the Gilmer County Board of Education with 22 years service. He was an Army Veteran in the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of the Glenville Christian Chapel.

Kesslie was loved by all who knew him, he enjoyed helping family and friends and he especially loved being a grandpa.

He is survived by his very loving wife of 56 years Hallie Parsons Minney, they were united in marriage on November 03, 1956.

Surviving are 6 children, Darlene Meadows and husband Virgil of Normantown, West Virginia, Ellen Minney of Sand Fork, West Virginia,  Kesslie “Buddy” Minney of Cedarville, West Virginia, David Minney of Sand Fork, West Virginia,  Debra L. Huffman and husband Denzil of Glenville, West Virginia, and Sylvester Minney of Fort Gay, West Virginia. Also surviving are 1 brother, Sylvester Minney and wife Joy of Manassas, Virginia, 1 sister, Patty Pryor of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 20 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents Kesslie was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Clark, Leonard, Frank, and Edmund Minney and 2 sisters, Ruby Cox and Irene Payne.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV., 26351 at 2:00 PM Sunday August 04, 2013 with Pastor Jim Huff and Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown, West Virginia, with Full Military Honors.

Friends may call from 4-8 PM Saturday August 03, 2013 at the Mortuary. 

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Kesslie Minney with arrangements. 

YARD SALE - Cedarville - July 05-06, 2013 - Friday and Saturday

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YARD SALE

Friday and Saturday

July 05 & 06 2013

Brannons 1 mile below Cedarville, WV

Lots Of Kids Clothes—Girls 2T—4T—Boys 4-6;

Many Brand New Toys; Kitchen Items; Household Items;

Brand New Bathroom Vanity.

Rain or shine.

YARD SALE - Cedarville - July 05-06, 2013

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YARD SALE

Friday and Saturday

July 05 & 06 2013

Brannons 1 mile below Cedarville, WV

Lots Of Kids Clothes—Girls 2T—4T—Boys 4-6;

Many Brand New Toys; Kitchen Items; Household Items;

Brand New Bathroom Vanity.

Rain or shine.

West Virginia Youth Environment Day Awards Total More Than $15,000

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Youth groups and individuals from around the state received awards totaling more than $15,000 during the recent West Virginia Youth Environmental Day at North Bend State Park in Cairo, Ritchie County, WV.

Housed under the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Youth Environmental Program is celebrating its 50th year of existence in 2013, and has sponsored Youth Environmental Day every year since its inception. This spring’s event drew close to 1,000 young people and their families to North Bend.

Awards were presented based on participation in community environmental projects such as litter cleanups, recycling drives, school beautification projects, tree planting, backyard composting, wildlife management, watershed protection and much more.


Following is the list of winners who were recognized during the May 18 ceremony:


Rick Vecellio Memorial Scholarship – Sequoya Bua-Iam, Winfield High School. This scholarship is presented to an active Youth Environmental Program member with exemplary conduct throughout his/her school years. Recipient receives $2,500 per year for four years.


West Virginia Forestlands & Wood Products Art Awards – Izabelle King, Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County (grade school winner); Travis Jones, Greenwood Wildcats 4-H Club, Doddridge County (middle school winner); Kamille Bonecutter, Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County (high school winner). Three $150 awards are presented for art creations that promote West Virginia’s forest resources or wood products created from these forests.


Sustainable Forestry Art Poster Award – Melissa Ashman, Girl Scout Troop No. 4988, Roane County. This $150 award is presented for the poster that expresses ideas on Sustainable Forestry, which involves the management of hardwood forests through natural regeneration.


Maple Award (tree planting) – Sharp Shooter 4-H Club, Wood County. This $150 award is presented to the youth group completing the best tree planting project.


Go-Mart Corporation Energy Essay Award – Leah Casarano, Sandy Pals 4-H Club, Preston County. This $125 award is presented for a winning essay titled, “Energy Options and Ways to Conserve Energy.”


Bear Category Environmental Award – Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group completing projects that answer an environmental need, whose members are ages 12-14 years.


Litter Control Award – Morristown Mountaineers 4-H Club, Wirt County. This $300 award is presented to a youth group that has completed the most successful litter clean-up projects.


Mountain Laural Category Environmental Award—Busy 4’s 4-H Club, Mason County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group that has completed projects addressing an environmental need, whose members are ages 6-11.


Cardinal Art Poster Awards – Kaylene Marie Snyder, Cedarville Centurions 4-H Club, Gilmer County; Luke Sturgeon, Roadrunners 4-H Club, Mason County. Posters must depict an environmental theme and are judged on originality, quality, and choice of theme. Winners receive either a scholarship to Junior Conservation Camp or State Conservation Camp.


Rick Vecellio Memorial Art Poster Awards – Levi Riley, Greenwood Wildcats 4-H Club, Doddridge County; Kaden Smith, Greenwood Wildcats 4-H Club, Doddridge County; McKinzey Haverty, Jim Ridge Challengers 4-H Club, Putnam County; Brooke Welch, Winfield Scotts 4-H Club, Putnam County; Keilee Smith, Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County. Each winner presented with $100 for poster that depicts an environmental theme and is judged on originality, quality, and choice of theme.


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Beautification Award – Comet Cardinal 4-H Club, Jackson County. This $500 award is presented to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of community litter prevention, clean-up and beautification.


Keep West Virginia Beautiful Award – Horner Busy Bees 4-H Club, Lewis County. This $300 award is presented for the most outstanding litter prevention project conducted for a school.


Mountain State Award of Excellence Environmental Project – Highland School Hawks Conservation Club, Ritchie County. This $500 award is for clubs with projects answering an environmental need, that have also won first place in the past two years in the Mountain Laurel, Bear and Rhododendron categories.


DEP Cabinet Secretary Randy C. Huffman Brook Trout Kindergarten Award – Belleville 4-H Cloverbuds, Wood County. This $200 award is presented to the kindergarten group that completes the most outstanding environmental projects.


Youth Environmental Hall of Fame Awards – Elizabeth Blankenship, Mountaineers 4-H Club, Mason County; Rachel Casteel, Greenwood Wildcats 4-H Club, Doddridge County. These $200 awards presented to two outstanding girls who are nominated based on their extensive involvement in their club’s community environmental activities.


Streams and Trails Award – Mount Clare Mountaineers 4-H Club, Harrison County. This $300 award goes to the youth group that has shown the most effort in cleaning a stream and/or building or maintaining a trail.


District Coordinators’ Awards – Wilsonburg New Horizon 4-H Club, Harrison County; Boy Scout Troop 32 and Crew 32, Hampshire County; Free Star 4-H Club, Upshur County; Hinton Helping Hands 4-H Club, Summers County; Winfield Scotts 4-H Club, Putnam County; Hamilton Middle Citizens in Action, Wood County. These $200 awards are given to youth groups in each of the six districts in recognition of their overall community environmental efforts.


Environmental Achievement Award – American Heritage Girls WV 1816, Putnam County. This $300 award is presented to a newly enrolled youth group that has shown the most progress through participation in community environmental projects.


Rhododendron Category Environmental Award – Fairview 4-H Club, Wood County. This $500 award is presented to a youth group completing projects that answer an environmental need, whose members are ages 15 years and older.


Recycling Award – Belleville 4-H Club, Wood County. This $300 award is presented to a youth group with the best overall recycling projects. The projects are judged not only on the total pounds recycled, but also on the diversity of recyclables and community involvement.


Wildlife Management Award – Go Getters 4-H Club, Mason County. This $300 award is presented to a youth group completing a wildlife management project that encompass food, water and cover for West Virginia’s wildlife, especially during the winter months.


Recycling Education and Awareness Award – Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High Environmental Buddies, Mason County. This $300 award is given to the youth group with the best community recycling education and awareness project based on club and community involvement.


Save Our Streams Award – Winfield High School Environmental Action Club, Putnam County. This $300 award is given to the youth group whose project(s) meets the goals of the Save Our Streams Program, which are increasing West Virginia’s ability to monitor the quality of state rivers and streams and enhancing public awareness of the need for their protection.


DuPont Washington Works Plastic Recycling Award – Valley Mills Northern Lights 4-H Club, Wood County. This $300 award is presented to the youth group that has completed the most exceptional project(s) that integrate recycling a variety of plastics.


Environmental Education Award – Ashton Elementary Second Grade Class, Mason County. This award is presented to the youth group that has completed the most outstanding work in environmental education by creating public awareness on environmental issues such as recycling, litter laws, hunter safety, hazardous waste, nongame wildlife, etc.


Watershed Protection Award – Lucky Leaf 4-H Rhododendron Club, Randolph County. This $300 award is presented to the youth group that shows the most effort in watershed protection, education and community awareness.


REAP Adopt-A-Spot Award – Schultz Ridge Runners 4-H Club, Mason County. This award is presented to the youth group with an Adopt-A-Spot that has maintained the spot with three reported cleanups and that has planted and maintained flowers on the spot for each blooming season.


REAP Recycling Power Point Presentation Award – Haer Bears 4-H Club, Mason County. This award was created for those youth groups wishing to step up their involvement in environmental activities by creating a Recycling Power Point Presentation.


North Bend Clean & Green Award – Cub Scout Pack 47, Wood County. This $200 award is presented to the youth group that completes the most outstanding job of helping keep North Bend State Park clean and green especially during Youth Environmental Day.


West Virginia State Parks Superintendents Association Award – Cedarville Centurions 4-H Club, Gilmer County. This $300 award was established by the late Steve Boler, superintendent of Pipestem Resort State Park, to foster relationships between local youth groups and state parks, forests and wildlife management areas.

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