www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 26, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT01/310269979 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT01/310269979 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Bledsoe, Kenneth Noon, Crow

Burns, Betty Lee 4 p.m., Dunbar First Baptist Church, Dunbar.

Egnor, Donald 5 p.m., Chapman Mortuary, Huntington.

Gooden, Alvin 1 p.m., Old Kanawha Baptist Church, Pratt.

Haynes, Neuell Noon, Union Valley Gospel Tabernacle, Tuppers Creek.

Hendricks, Billy Noon, Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Hodges, Daniel 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Kirk, Joan 1 p.m., Akers

Morris, Gary Lee Noon, Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Perry, Meredith 1 p.m., McGhee

Stump, Lennard 11 a.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Drema Carpenter http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269990 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Drema Mae Carpenter, 74, of Sissonville, died October 25, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, October 29, at Union Valley Gospel Tabernacle Church in Sissonville. Visitation will be from noon until service time. Tyler Mountain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Al Davidson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269982 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Coach Al Davidson, 91, of St. Albans, died October 25, 2016. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, and one hour prior to service on Friday at First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans. Service to be held at 2 p.m., Friday, at First Presbyterian Church, St. Albans. Full obituary notice will appear in the next day edition. (ChapmanFuneralHomes.com.)

Terry Dunlap http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269996 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Terry Lee Dunlap, 62, of Alum Creek, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at home.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Herschel C. Dunlap; and sister, April.

He was a Christian and a retired printing supervisor for S.O.S. Terry also served in the US Army.

He is survived by his mother, Erma; daughters, Sara (Mark) Adkins and Jessi (Deano) Lucas; siblings, Mark H., Tom (Dee), Jim, Karen (Gordon) Eskew, Bob (Brenda), Bill (Trish) and Mike (Lisa); grandchildren, Caleb, Stormy, Shawn, Daniel, April; and many nieces, nephews and lots of friends.

Funeral service with military honors will be 2 p.m., Thursday, October 27, at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek with Pastor Jason Quintrell officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Lively Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions toward the funeral service.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Lowell Fisher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269987 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Lowell David Fisher, 89, of Rocky Fork, passed away October 25, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice House West. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, October 28, at Baber Agee United Methodist Church on Rocky Fork, Charleston with the Rev. Paul E. Bailey officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 27, also at the church. Burial will follow in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilma Hall http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269983 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Wilma Houchins Hall, 90, of St. Albans, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, October 29, at the St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the church. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek is caring for the family. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Daniel Hudson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269989 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Daniel Eugene Hudson, 80, of South Charleston, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m., Friday, October 28, at the Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene, 102 Nazarene Drive, South Charleston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Curry Funeral Home in Alum Creek is caring for the family. Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Connie Hunt http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269993 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Connie Jean Hunt, 64, of Chesapeake, gave up her struggle with pulmonary hypertension and other complications to enter a place where there is no more pain.

She fought a good fight to the very end. She left this earth on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Connies' favorite pastime was chatting on Facebook with her many friends and playing games that she was very good at winning. She cared for and loved her friends and we thank you for standing by her on this long journey.

Connie had given her heart to the Lord and attended Miami Church of the Nazarene before her illness prevented it.

Those that went before her were her parents, Wilson and Mayme Hunt; brothers, Allen (Bub) Hunt and Stanley (Punkin) Hunt; sister-in-law, Jean Hunt; also Carl and Evie Moles that loved her as a daughter.

Left behind to remember her was her much loved son, David Keith of Charleston; her brother-in-law and sister, Ed and Patricia (Patty Kay) Eick of N.J.; and half brother, Larry Thompson of Fla.; sister-in-law, Delores Hunt of Chesapeake; special sister/cousin, Viva Wentz; and many other nieces, nephews and cousins that will miss her advice and love.

Connie had many friends from her years at DMV in Charleston and still communicated with them.

Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, October 28, at Miami Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Daniel Gaylor to honor the life and friendship of Connie who will be remembered fondly and missed greatly.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove is assisting the Hunt family.

Frederick "Fred" King http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269994 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Fredrick "Fred" Dale King, 53, of Gandeeville, formally of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at home. He was born November 10, 1962, son of Darlene and the late Jerrold King. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Victor "Vic" King.

Survivors include his mother, Darlene; sisters, Brenda King and Dianne Bartley and husband, Chuck; nephews, Richard Adams, Anthony and Nicholas Bartley; and his love, Joann Pauley.

Fred would also want us to thank all our extended family and friends for all their love and support during his short illness.

His final wish for medical research donation was honored through WVU.

No service is planned at this time.

If you wish to honor Fred, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

The family will accept online condolences at: cpjfuneralhome.com. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the King family.

Betty Martin http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/OBIT/310269991 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Betty S. Martin, 78, of Henlawson, died Monday, October 24, 2016. Graveside service will be held at noon, Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Akers-James Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Residents turn out for 1st day of early voting http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0117/161029662 GZ0117 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0117/161029662 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:18:49 -0400 Elaina Sauber By Elaina Sauber

A steady current of people made their way to Kanawha County's voter registration office on Wednesday for the first day of early voting in West Virginia.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick said at least 500 people voted as of late Wednesday morning - and there were no signs of slowing down.

"I think it's going to stay this way for the rest of the day," McCormick said. "I believe the public is interested. This election has been going on for 15 months."

Nearly 1,300 people voted on the first day of early voting for the 2012 election. More than 13,300 people voted early during that election, McCormick said.

She predicts at least 10,000 people will turn out for early voting this year.

Many of the folks who voted early on Wednesday do so for every election.

Among them was Charleston resident John Bell, who said he votes early because he volunteers at the polls on Election Day.

"I've been working [the polls] since I got out of the military in 1968," he said.

Bell takes voting seriously, due in part to his family members who died while serving in the military.

"My brother gave up his life...for the right to vote. So when I hear someone tell me 'I'm not gonna vote,' I get really upset," he said.

This is the first year West Virginians can't vote a straight ticket, meaning they can no longer check one box to vote party-line down the ballot.

Bell, a Republican, said he likes it better than way.

While he mostly voted his party ticket, "there's one guy that's a friend of mine [who's] a Democrat, and I voted for him," Bell said.

Resident Eli Rouse said he votes early because it's "a lot easier" than dealing with potentially long lines on Election Day.

Rouse, a Democrat, doesn't like that voting the straight ticket is no longer an option.

"If we can get control of the House and Senate, I think that's one of the first things they're going to put back in," he said.

"We need to get rid of the carpetbaggers," Rouse added, flashing a button from under his jacket with the words "Vote, Dammit!"

As of Sept. 30, there were 139,653 registered voters in Kanawha County.

Democrats made up 66,043 of voters, while Republications comprised 40,642.

More than 30,200 voters have no party affiliation, while 219 are registered with the Mountain Party. Another 2,059 voters fall under "other."

More than 150,000 of West Virginia's roughly 1.2 million voters cast early ballots in the 2012 election. More than 97,000 voted early in the 2014 election.

There weren't any reported issues or complications in Kanawha County or the Secretary of State's office on Wednesday.

Early voting will be open at the Kanawha County voter registration office, 415 Quarrier St., from Wednesday until Nov. 5.

Weekday voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting is closed on Sundays.

Reach Elaina Sauber at elaina.sauber@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-3051 or follow @ElainaSauber on Twitter.

WV Water agency's purchasing card transactions under review http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ01/161029663 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ01/161029663 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:58:14 -0400 Eric Eyre By Eric Eyre State investigators are reviewing the West Virginia Water Development Authority's use of a state-issued purchasing card dating back to 2012.

The water authority turned over the monthly "P-card" statements Friday to the state Legislature's Commission on Special Investigations. Investigators sent a letter to the water board Oct. 11, requesting six monthly statements that the water agency omitted in its previous response to a July records request from the commission.

"The materials were hand-delivered Friday," said Chris Jarrett, executive director of the water authority.

The agency's board of directors received a brief update on the investigation during a meeting Wednesday in Charleston.

The purchasing card review is part of a larger investigation into spending and hiring practices at the water authority, which issues bonds that fund water and sewer projects across West Virginia.

Last summer, investigators sent a two-page letter to the water authority, requesting numerous documents about temporary workers, board members, current employees and miscellaneous purchases.

The Gazette-Mail has reported that the water authority has hired temporary workers and provided them with perks such as paid holidays, sick-leave and the use of state-owned vehicles.

In addition to the purchasing card statements, investigators also directed the water authority to turn over a receipt for a $300 purchase at Best Buy in 2012. The purchased item wasn't disclosed.

Investigators also requested federal tax forms for three temporary workers at the water agency.

Those documents also were provided to investigators on Friday, agency officials said.

Jarrett told board members Wednesday that the agency would have only three temp workers by next week. One temp worker left last week, while another departs Friday.

Earlier this year, Jarrett ordered a wiretapping sweep of the Water Development Authority office amid allegations of secret recordings. Charleston police conducted the search for hidden listening devices at the agency's building near Fazio's Italian Restaurant. No wiretaps were found, according to agency employees.

Reach Eric Eyre at ericeyre@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4869 or follow @ericeyre on Twitter.

Running Dead 5K to be held in Barboursville Friday http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029664 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029664 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:05:30 -0400 Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc., will host the third annual Running Dead 5K, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at Barboursville Park.

Registration is $20 through 6 a.m. Oct. 28; it will increase to $25 after that through race day. Registration was due by Monday, Oct. 24 to be guaranteed a Zombie-tastic race T-shirt.

Proceeds from this year's 5k event will benefit Hire Attire, a division of Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc., where Goodwill not only dresses men for business success, but also places hundreds into jobs and careers within the local community.

The Running Dead 5K will have designated Zombie Zones throughout the race course for participants to run, walk or crawl through. The course starts by the lake at Barboursville Park and runs out to the bridge, past the soccer fields and then ends back by the lake.

Packet pick-up and race-day registration will take place at Picnic Shelter #9, by the parking lot, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to dress in costume and glow apparel, as the course will be dark (and scary).

Also starting at 5:30 p.m. on race day, the Brickhouse Cardio Club will be doing a "zombie warm-up", including the "Thriller Dance," "The Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and other Halloween favorites.

The TSR Timing Group will time the 5K. Medals will be awarded to the overall male and female finishers and the top two male and female finishers in each age group.

There will also be a prize for the best-dressed zombie and human.

For more information and to register, visit The Running Dead info page on TriStateRacer.com.

Registration underway for WVU/4-H Basketball Day http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029665 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029665 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:04:55 -0400 The Putnam County West Virginia University Extension Service has announced that registration for 2016 WVU/4-H Basketball Day is open.

Participants will travel to Morgantown on Saturday, Dec. 10 to watch the WVU Mountaineers take on VMI at the Coliseum. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.

Ticket orders are being accepted through Friday, Nov. 11. Tickets are $15 each and can be ordered online only at epay.wvsto.com

WVU/4-H Basketball Day T-shirts are an optional purchase at $10 each for attendees this year, with orders being accepted only on the website through Nov. 11.

Partial refunds will be honored if requested prior to Nov. 11. Due to the purchase of tickets and T-shirts, no refunds will be accepted after Nov. 11.

For more information, contact Micalyn Stump at micalyn.stump@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-5871.

Hurricane Police Department seeks donations for 'Shop with a Cop' holiday program http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029666 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029666 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:59:43 -0400 The Hurricane Police Department is on the lookout for citizen help to brighten children's December holiday season.

The HPD has launched its inaugural "Shop with a Cop" program, to provide Christmas and other holiday gifts to youngsters in need.

With the assistance of family members and community volunteers, HPD officers will spend time with children on a holiday shopping trip. Along with selecting gifts, the children will get to spend some quality time with the officers and other temporary Santa's helpers.

Financial aid is being requested for "Shop with a Cop," through Nov. 10. Money donations, in $25, $50, $100, $250 and $500 -- or other -- increments are sought, although other, tangible items -- such as gift cards and goods for gift baskets -- and more are also welcome.

For donors desiring tax deductions, checks should be made payable to the Hurricane Development Authority. Upon receipt of the donation, the HPD will mail a 501(c)3 donation letter to the donor for tax-filing purposes.

Contributions can be mailed to: Hurricane Police Department, Attn: Shop with a Cop, 3245 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, W.Va. 25526.

More information about the first-time "Shop with a Cop" is available by visiting the Hurricane Police Department at 3245 Teays Valley Road in Hurricane, emailing shopwithacop@hurricanewv.com or calling 304-562-9911.

South Charleston Library hosts pumpkin decorating party http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029667 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029667 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:48:22 -0400 They came, they glued, they glittered and smiled during a pumpkin decorating party Oct. 11 at the South Charleston Public Library.

Toddlers visited the library with their parents, grandparents and other caregivers to decorate pumpkins for the Halloween season.

Dressed in costumes, the children brought their own pumpkins, while the library provided the decorations. Additionally, there were pumpkin stories, games and snacks.

HHS students win national game design competition http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029668 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029668 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:25 -0400 Clint Thomas By Clint Thomas Three Hurricane High School students were among nearly 50 youths nationwide who garnered wins in the 2016 Globey Game Design Competition.

HHS also achieved the distinction of having the most winners from a single school in this year's competition.

Globaloria, a leading provider of computer science education, announced the national winners at an awards ceremony in Austin in late September.

The trio of HHS students and 44 others from around the country were named national finalists in eight different design categories.

The HHS honorees were Austin Burke, winner of Best Team Game; Cole Newman, winner of Best Action Game; and Tiffany Burke, winner of Best Hidden Object Game. (The Burkes are brother and sister.)

All three received laptops as prizes for their work.

Their award-winning games were conceived and created in Catherine Grim's Game Design 1 and 2 classes at HHS.

"I only do three different categories in the Game Design 1 and 2 classes: hidden object, action game and team game," Grim said last week. "They create the game and have to meet certain criteria. They fill out an online project page and have to meet certain milestones and have all of their ducks in a row. It's a lot of work to get to that point.

"These kids are phenomenal, the stuff they produce. I give them the tools, point them in the right direction and they take off," she said.

Literally, in fact, on Sept. 23 to the Lone Star State and the Globey Game Design Competition.

"They were flown to Texas. All they had to do was go to the airport. Their flights and rooms were paid for."

Grim said she has taught the Game Design classes at HHS since 2010. Prior to this year's trio of Globey winners, "we've had three big winners in the past, each in different years."

Globaloria's mission is to train teachers how to integrate computer science education courses into kindergarten-through-12th-grade curriculum and enhance students' skills through standard-aligned game design and coding courses, Globaloria created the Globeys to recognize outstanding achievement in computational fluency, engineering, coding, teamwork and design thinking.

"We are so proud to announce three national winners from Hurricane in the 2016 Globeys -- out of 10,000 game projects submitted and 274 regional finalists," Globaloria CEO and founder Idit Harel said.

"An outstanding Globaloria educator, Catherine Grim, and her Hurricane High School students, earned the recognition of being the school with the highest amount of Globey winners," Harel added. "Congratulations!"

Hurricane girl claims world title in racking horse competition http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029669 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029669 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:42:42 -0400 Ben Calwell By Ben Calwell At Pleasant View Stables in Hurricane, a 10-year-old girl is loaded down with ribbons and trophies and awash in love and admiration from her parents and grandparents.

Lexy Beaver, a fifth-grader at Hurricane Town Elementary School, recently won a world championship in the fall Racking Horse World Celebration in Decatur, Alabama.

Racking horses are trained to walk in a smooth, "four-beat gait," said Lexy's grandfather, Denny Parsons, who has raised racking horses for more than 40 years.

Lexy, whose first ride on a horse came at 8 months of age, won the world championship in the Trail-Pleasure Racking classes for competitors 17 and under. She also won a number of blue ribbons and trophies in other classes during the fall version of the World Celebration in Alabama.

"We go to the fall World Celebration in September every year, and we also go the spring celebration," said Lexy's mother, Tonya Parsons, who is herself an accomplished rider.

Competitors from across the United States bring their horses to Alabama for the Racking Horse World Celebrations.

"This is a very big honor for her; a thousand horses compete," Tonya said.

Denny Parsons, who, with his wife, Alice, owns Pleasant View Stables, said horses are trained to do the four-beat gait, but the rider, too, has a lot of input during competition shows.

"I started riding by myself when I was 5 years old," Lexy said. "I started riding a taller horse when I was 7."

When competing in racking horse shows, Lexy rides a mare whose show name is Stylin'-n-Profiln'.

The horse's barn name, though, is Maddie.

"She is a racking horse and is over 25 years old. This mare is no stranger to the winner's circle -- she is a 20-time world champion," Tonya said.

When riding, Lexy dresses in a special riding suit and uses reins with knots in them.

The knotted reins help her, "because my horse gets a little fast sometimes, and it helps me control her more," Lexy said.

In the trail-pleasure racking class, there's "a trail-pleasure walk, and then there's a trail-pleasure rack," she said.

Asked about her reaction to winning a world championship, Lexy said, "I was so surprised when I got it, because I've never won one before."

Tonya said, "The whole family was in tears. We never thought that we would be lucky to bring it (the world championship) home, because she was showing in a class of 17 other juvenile riders," most of whom were older than Lexy.

In fact, Lexy is undefeated in other classes this year.

"She's ridden every class this year and she has won," Tonya said.

Lexy's first trip to the Racking Horse World Celebration came at age 8 months, when she was part of the celebration's "lead-line" event.

At 8 months old, Lexy sat on a horse with assistance, while someone led the horse.

"She was the youngest rider in all the years of the celebration, and the celebration has been going on for 45 years," Tonya said.

The world championship "is a very big title for us," she said.

At Pleasant View Stables, Lexy rides year round. The barn is a shrine to Lexy's participation in horse shows. There are photographs of her numerous shows on the wall, and there's a also a separate room filled with Lexy's trophies and also trophies that her mother has won in shows.

"We have six horses in the barn, and we ride up and down the barn in winter, snow, sleet -- whatever. It's a lot of dedication and hard work," Tonya said.

Lexy said she starts getting more serious about practicing closer to competitions.

"I mainly start practicing a lot more when the show season comes, but, every now and then, I'll practice in the barn to make sure everything is fine," Lexy said.

At the Racking Horse World Celebrations and at other shows and events, Lexy enjoys the competition and making new friends.

"I have a bunch of friends in Alabama," she said.

"Lexy has friends from states all around," said her grandmother, Alice Parsons.

While competing in the World Celebration shows in Alabama, Lexy attends school there so that she doesn't fall behind in her assignments.

"She is also involved in the Juvenile Auxiliary. This is a group of kids that stick together all week and do games and even compete in riding against each other. These kids are family. No matter what each kid places in the classes, they all congratulate each other," Tonya said.

Jun Shin Do Martial Arts School to present 'Taekyon Self-Defense' class http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029670 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029670 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:40:27 -0400 Martial arts instructor Doug Day of the Jun Shin Do Martial Arts School will begin a four-week introductory "Taekyon Self-Defense" class on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 342 MacCorkle Ave., S.E., South Charleston.

The class is $50 and is designed for men and women 13 and older.

Taekyon is a Korean system that is designed for personal defense, not sport. There are no forms (Kata), no board or brick breaking, and students do not train barefoot.

The system incorporates techniques for all ranges of defense. It will give you the tools necessary to survive while under duress of any threat, whether high, moderate or low.

According to Day, Taekyon dates back hundreds of years to the fighting art of Subak and the legendary Hwarang warriors of the Silla kingdom.

"Taekyon evolved out of Subak and the the order of the Hwarang warrior. The system is unique in the fact that both Taekyon and the Hwarang warrior pre-date the Japanese Samurai and the code of bushido," Day said.

Day trained and studied at the Jajaeam Buddhist temple on Mount Soyasan, in Tong Du Chon Kyonggi-province in South Korea under Master Pak, T.K. He has returned to Korea several times to continue his study of the martial discipline and culture.

To register, call 304-410-9621 or email junshindoxrt@gmail.comc

Tyler Mountain VFD annual craft show Nov. 5 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029671 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/ARTICLE/161029671 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:39:02 -0400 Crafts, baked goods and a drawing for gift cards from Cabela's Sporting Goods are among the attractions at this year's Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department craft show.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Tyler Mountain Community Building adjacent to the fire department, 5380 Big Tyler Road, Cross Lanes.

Numerous artisans will have their homemade crafts for sale. Additionally, the concession stand will be open selling a variety of baked goods.

Immediately following the craft show, there will be a drawing for a $400 Cabela's gift card and a $100 Cabela's gift card.

Tickets can be purchased from members of the Tyler Mountain VFD or during the craft show. Ticket purchasers do not need to be present at the craft show to win.