www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: June 24, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT01/306249981 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT01/306249981 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Asbury, Wayne 1 p.m., Gatens

Bess, Callie 4 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Bostic Sr., Ira C. 1 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, Charleston.

Campbell, Kevin 12:30 p.m., Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.

Dotson, Darrell Noon, White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Endicott, Sharon 7 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Floyd Sr., Charlie C. Noon, First Baptist Church, Kimberly.

Gwinn, Bobby 1 p.m., Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Hancock Jr., Patrick 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Hutchinson, Barbara 2 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood.

King, Robert Lee 1 p.m., Weirwood Community Church, Pax.

Lively, James 11 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rupert.

Luikart, Leo 2 p.m., Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason

Martindale, John Jr. 1 p.m., Redeemer Episcopal Church, Ansted.

McClure, Carolyn 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

McPherson, Joe "Jody" 1 p.m., Davis Presbyterian Church, Gassaway.

Moss, Brenda 2 p.m., Cunningham

Myers, Betsy 10:30 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church, Lewisburg.

Mynes Jr., Donald 10 a.m.., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Pharr, David 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Powell, Betty 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Powell, Betty 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Rodriguez, Louise 1 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Rogers, Mary 2 p.m., Simons

Starcher, Paul 1 p.m., Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Workman, Betty 11 a.m., Charleston Baptist Temple.

Denise Adkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249991 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Denise Renee Adkins, of Alkol, born November 10, 1967, passed away tragically at her residence on June 19, 2017, at the age of 49 years, seven months and nine days. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Adkins, and her grandparents.

She is survived by her mother, Patty (James) Harris of Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Billy David (Mona) Adkins of Alkol and Donald (Ella Lovejoy) Adkins of Alkol; one sister; Darlene (Allen) Smith of Alkol; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends, and her dogs, Josy and Freddie, who she loved very much.

A memorial service will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Dog Bone Community Church, Alkol, with Rev. K.D. Bragg officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va., to help the family with funeral expenses.

Willie Barnes Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249987 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Willie Barnes Jr., 59, of Saint Albans, passed away June 20, 2017. A memorial service will be held at Power House of Deliverance Church in Dunbar, at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Preston Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Bowen http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249998 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Brenda Gail Bowen, 64, passed into the presence of her Lord on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, while peacefully holding her husband's hand, at Hubbard Hospice Care in South Charleston, after a long illness.

Brenda was born on March 5, 1953, to her loving parents, Jimmy and Ann Richmond, in Hinton. She was a daddy's girl from the moment he saw her after returning home from the Korean War. Growing up in Boomer, Brenda was the oldest of three siblings and a source of joy and encouragement to all who knew her. Naturally, she was a spirit-filled cheerleader from grade school to her alma-mater, Gauley Bridge High School. It was there she met her high-school sweetheart, Dan Bowen. He couldn't resist the charm of his "Cutie" and they married February 24, 1973.

Brenda and Dan were soon raising their four children in Elkview, with Dan serving as Associate Pastor for 18 years at Elkview Baptist Church, where they made many of their lifelong friends. As Brenda had a successful career as a beautician, she divided her time between her loyal clients and friends who adored her, while being a true servant to her church family. She loved cooking and entertaining, and never turned away a stranger. She was always available as a shoulder to cry on, friend to laugh with, to deliver home-cooked meals or drive you where you needed to go.

Brenda was a devoted mother and loved to be the fun mom that everyone wanted to visit. Like her mother, her vibrant personality was reflected in her home: always neat, clean, fresh and inviting. Visitors could expect to see the furniture rearranged, bright decorations and their gracious hostess receiving them with open arms. Her fun-loving spirit never failed to bring you back for more. She was always put together with a coordinating outfit, shoes and jewelry along with perfect hair and nails. Brenda was just the kind of person you wanted to be around to brighten your day.

Brenda leaves behind many who love her dearly and will miss the radiant light she brought to their lives: Husband, Dan Bowen of Cross Lanes; Parents, Jimmy and Ann Richmond of Shady Spring; brother, Kevin Richmond of Friendswood, Texas, (Mary Sue, niece Emily); sister, Karen Ruden of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., (Cliff, nephew Blake, niece Erica); daughters, Heather Ghareeb (Dr. Mitri Ghareeb) and Andrea Garrison (Rev. Matthew Garrison); sons, Matthew (Heather Petrutz) and Daniel (Christina Tinnel). Her grandchildren were the light of her life and will miss their "Nanny" so much: Kalila, Samira and Aleeya Ghareeb; Sydney, Sierra, Tyler and Troy Garrison; Brooklyn Bowen; Madison and Ethan Bowen. Brenda loved her Bowen family like her own, leaving her father-in-law, Bill Bowen, and his children, Gary (LouAnn), Patti (Greg), Tommy, Billy, and 12 nieces and nephews on Dan's side of their family wishing they could welcome her to another big Bowen family gathering again.

While her time here on earth will be missed, it is comforting to know that she will see her loved ones again soon in heaven with the Lord Jesus. She will be preparing her house to greet the ones she loves.

Hafer's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Cross Lanes Baptist Church. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, with one hour of visitation prior, at Cross Lanes Baptist Church. Entombment will be at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Flowers may be sent to Cross Lanes Baptist Church, or donations made to Hubbard Hospice Care, Elkview Baptist Church, or Cross Lanes Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Rd., Elkview.

Alfred Boyd Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249989 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Rev. Alfred B. "Al" Boyd Jr. entered into rest with his Lord and Saviour on June 22, 2017. Alfred was originally from Burnwell and was preceded in eternal rest by his parents, Alfred Sr. and Nellie Boyd of Burnwell.

He was the Pastor of Handley Baptist Church and a Army veteran who proudly served in Vietnam. He retired from the DHHR in 2011.

Alfred was a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Terrie Boyd of Handley; daughter, Stacie Warner and husband Jerry of East Bank; son, Aaron Boyd and his wife Stephanie of Handley; brothers, Freddie "Joe" Boyd and his wife Toni of Standard, Larry Boyd and his wife Earla of Richmond, Ind.; sister, Susan Saylor and husband Daniel of Standard; grandchildren, Isaac Mills and wife Hunter, Rachel Mills, Samantha Warner, Katelyn Boyd, Elijah Boyd, Jacob Boyd, Asher Boyd; great-grandchildren, Skyla Mills and Max Mills.

Service will be 2 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Max Hill, and Rev. James Baldwin officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

In cowboy action shooting, clothes make the gunfighter http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ07/170629804 GZ07 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ07/170629804 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:45:00 -0400 John McCoy By John McCoy ELEANOR - On Main Street of Buffalo Flats, the Wild West comes to life.

In the town's saloon, jail, livery stable and stockade, gunfights break out every few minutes. Storefront sidewalks teem with ranch hands, saloon girls and professional gamblers.

The gunfights, of course, are simulated. In cowboy action shooting, contestants take on steel silhouette targets instead of rustlers, stagecoach robbers and dry-gulching owlhoots.

The costumes and shootin' irons, on the other hand, are as real as it gets. And for members of the Kanawha Valley Regulators, they're a stagecoach load of fun.

"To some people, the costuming and the play-acting are most of the appeal," said "Eddie Rebel" Clark, the Regulators' match director. "A lot of our shooters are baby boomers born in the 1950s and 1960s, and they grew up watching movie westerns and westerns on TV. They enjoy playing the roles they saw on those shows."

The Single Action Shooting Society, the governing body for cowboy action shooters, requires all shooters to dress in costumes appropriate for the late 19th century American west, and to use firearms from that era. Each member takes on an alias, and often develops a costume that represents a character he or she chooses to play.

"Shanghi Mike" Randolph, for example, chose to be a riverboat gambler. His attire includes a collarless dress shirt complete with arm garters, a brocade vest, period-accurate trousers and, of course, cowboy boots.

"You've gotta dress well if you're going to be on a riverboat, right?" he said.

Randolph's cowboy action wardrobe includes 20 vests, 10 pairs of pants and 15 to 20 shirts. He said his wife told him he couldn't quit the pastime now because he has so much money tied up in it.

Fortunately for Randolph and his fellow competitors, there are companies that specialize in producing modern-day replicas of 19th-century firearms and attire. So, for a couple thousand bucks, a prospective cowboy action shooter can pick up the required firearms - a pair of single-action revolvers, a lever-action rifle and a pump-action or double-barreled shotgun. Gun belts, holsters and reloading accessories can easily soak up a few hundred more dollars. And then there's the clothing, and on that front the sky appears to be the limit.

"Miss Hope" Carroll of Ripley and her husband, Clayton "O.D. Cleaver" Haynes, spend their weekends shooting with the Regulators and two other Ohio-based cowboy-action clubs.

For the most part, Haynes chooses standard cowboy attire, but on occasion he likes to dress as a gambler "in a nice dress hat, a brocade vest and a long frock coat." His wife, however, takes costuming much more seriously.

"I play a number of different characters," Carroll said. "Today I'm dressed as a saloon girl. Next time I might be a prairie girl in a plain dress, a socialite in a fancy dress with a bustle and ruffles, or a madam of a house of ill repute."

"Every time she comes out, someone different," Haynes said with a grin. "Needless to say, we have a lot invested in wardrobe - at least as much as we have in our guns."

"Mad Dog Max" and C.J. "Maverick" Landers of Elkview take a similar approach. The father-son team has been cowboy action shooting for 7 years now, and they're into it heavily.

"On my end, the shooting's more important," said Mad Dog Max. "He likes the costuming. He got into it watching old western movies."

"Most of the time, who I play depends on the movie I watched the day before," Maverick said. "One day I might be one of John Wayne's characters. The next day I might be Tom Selleck [from 'Quigley Down Under']."

When the two travel to shoots where clothing vendors are present, they often return with new duds or accessories.

"If nothing else, we usually come back with a new hat," Mad Dog Max said, with a glance over at Maverick.

"I have 42 hats," Maverick explained.

He might be just 19 years old, but in the Wild West world of cowboy action haberdashery, Maverick fits right in.

Reach John McCoy at johnmccoy@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1231, or follow @GazMailOutdoors on Twitter.

Outdoors Calendar, June 25, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ07/170629805 GZ07 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ07/170629805 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:00:00 -0400 Today

The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a USPSA pistol match, 10 a.m., at the club's range near Eleanor. Call 304-757-6061.

July 4

Independence Day! Show your independence by getting outdoors!

July 8

The Kanawha Valley Regulators will hold a cowboy action shooting match, 9:30 a.m., at the Putnam County Gun Club range near Eleanor. Call 304-397-6188.

The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a multi-gun match, 10:30 a.m., at the club's range near Eleanor. Call 304-755-5588.

July 10

The Almost Heaven Archers will hold their monthly meeting, 7 p.m., at the Cabela's store in Southridge Centre. Call 304-744-2455.

July 16

The Putnam County Gun Club will hold a high-power rifle match, 9 a.m., at the club's range near Eleanor. Call 304-344-0423.

John McCoy: WV DNR's federal funding doesn't come from politicians http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ07/170629806 GZ07 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ07/170629806 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:30:00 -0400 John McCoy By John McCoy An eye-rolling item popped up on my Facebook feed last weekend.

It was a link to a story that credited U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for bringing $11.6 million in federal aid to West Virginia for use in the Division of Natural Resources' fish and wildlife programs.

A few people had commented on the Facebook post, and they reasoned that it was about darned time that West Virginia got something from the feds.

I rarely comment on Facebook posts, but I had to respond to this one.

I urged the folks who had commented to stop hyperventilating; the story was simply an effort by two opportunistic politicians to imply they had something to do with a federal allocation the state would have received anyway.

Every year, manufacturers of hunting and fishing gear pay a federal excise tax on every gun, bow, bullet, arrow, scope, rod, reel and pair of binoculars they make. They also pay a smaller excise tax for every gallon of motorboat fuel sold.

All that money goes into a big nationwide kitty overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Fish and Wildlife Service then allocates the money based on each state's number of licensed hunters and anglers, as well as each state's total area of lakes and rivers. To use the money they receive, state fish and wildlife agencies must match every 75 cents they receive with 25 cents of their own.

So yes, West Virginia is indeed going to receive $11.6 million this year - $8.1 million for wildlife-restoration projects and $3.5 million for fish-restoration projects. DNR officials will receive that money in exactly the same manner as they have since 1937, when the first excise-tax program was put into place. They'll get it direct from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not through the influence of federal or state politicians.

It is politicians' nature to try to take credit every bit of governmental largesse their constituents receive. Here's how the senators' joint news release was worded:

"Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced more than $11.6 million in funding for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program from the U.S. Department of Interior."

The senators didn't specifically claim credit for bringing $11.6 million to the Mountain State, but neither did they bother to note that the money was an annual, ongoing allocation from a federal agency. The staff people who drafted the news release worded it cleverly to imply that the senators had a hand in the allocation without actually claiming credit for it.


Speaking of news releases, one that came out early this week from the DNR made me wince and chuckle at the same time.

It warned folks to be wary when encountering river otters; apparently two people recently were bitten by an otter while boating on Dunkard Creek in northern Monongalia County.

"River otters have large home ranges in and along many of the streams and rivers in the state," the release cautioned. "Otters are territorial and may aggressively protect their young, so people should be extra careful not to disturb their habitat."

Sound advice. But should it really be necessary?

George F. Will: Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/DM0405/170629809 DM0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/DM0405/170629809 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 WASHINGTON - In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island's southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched.

It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy Store, a semi-modern grocery store.

By 1920, there were 4,500 such stores; by 1930, 15,000. In 1936, in Braddock, Pennsylvania, A&P opened a "supermarket."

By the 1950s, A&P was, briefly, what Walmart now is, the nation's largest retailer, with a 75 percent share of America's grocery business. A&P was, however, about to learn that Karl Marx was right.

In "The Communist Manifesto," Marx testified to capitalism's transformative power: "All that is solid melts into air." Sixty-eight years after he wrote that, in 1916, in Memphis, just as Henry Ford's Model T was making personal mobility a universal aspiration, and that aspiration was making suburbs practical and alluring, the first Piggly Wiggly opened.

This was the beginning of self-service grocery chains. Hitherto, shoppers handed their grocery lists to clerks, who plucked the goods from shelves. Soon shoppers were pushing carts along aisles lined with goods enticingly packaged to prompt impulse purchases.

A&P flourished when people went downtown to shop. As new suburbs spread, A&P's stores were old and distant. A&P filed for bankruptcy in 2015. By Nov. 25, 2016, its last stores had closed.

Last week, Kroger grocery chain's lowered earnings forecast caused a 19 percent drop in share prices, which had already declined 12 percent in 2017.

This was before Amazon announced that it is buying the Whole Foods grocery chain - more than 460 stores in 42 states, Canada and Britain - for $13.7 billion, which is approximately how much Amazon's market capitalization increased after the Whole Foods announcement.

Whole Foods, like Kroger, had been experiencing difficulties from competitors and expanding consumer options. The Wall Street Journal reports: "Consumers are buying more of their groceries outside of traditional supermarkets. Online merchants, discounters and meal-kit delivery services are all grabbing market share."

Daniel Patrick Moynihan's Iron Law of Emulation - competitive branches of government adopt their rivals' techniques - applies to the private sector, too. Neil Irwin of The New York Times wrote of Amazon: "The online retailer is on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy. Each one is trying to become more like the other - Walmart by investing heavily in technology, Amazon by opening physical bookstores and now buying physical supermarkets."

Something similar, said Irwin, is happening in "nearly every major industry," benefiting "the biggest and best-run organizations, to the detriment of upstarts and second-fiddle players."

In the accelerated churning of today's capitalism, changing tastes and expanding choices destroy some jobs and create others, with net gains in price and quality.

But disruption is never restful, and America now faces a decision unique in its history: Is it tired - tired of the turmoil of creative destruction? If so, it had better be ready to do without creativity. And ready to stop being what it has always been: restless.

Americans just now are being plied with promises that the political class can, and is eager to, protect them from the need to make strenuous exertions to provide for themselves in an increasingly competitive world. If the nation really is ready to sag into a rocking chair, it can while away its days and ward off ennui by reading the poet Philip Larkin.

"It seems, just now,

To be happening so very fast."

Those lines are from Larkin's 1972 poem "Going, Going," his melancholy, elegiac lament about the pace of what he considered despoiling change that was, he thought, erasing all that was familiar in his England. The first line of Larkin's final stanza is: "Most things are never meant."

This is a profound truth: The interacting processes that propel the world produce outcomes that no one intends. The fatal conceit - fatal to the fecundity of spontaneous order - is the belief that anyone, or any group of savants, is clever and farsighted enough to forecast the outcomes of complex systems.

Who really wants to live in a society where outcomes are "meant," meaning planned and unsurprising?

In his poem, Larkin explained why he wrote it: He was feeling "age, simply." He was 49.

Soon America will be 241. It is too young to flinch from the frictions - and the more than compensating blessings - of a fast-unfolding future.

Bulletin Board: June 24, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0120/170629811 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0120/170629811 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Elk Valley Public Service District Commissioners will have a board meeting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at 100 Bream Drive, Elkview.

The Board of Commissioners of the Dunbar Housing Authority will hold their regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Dutch Hollow Office, 900 Dutch Hollow Road, Dunbar. For more information, call 304-768-8006.

As part of the 2017 Summer Library Club, Kanawha County Public Library will offer Escape the Library at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Main Library, 123 Capitol St. Escape the Library allows participants to use their wit, creativity, and determination to get away from a horde of hungry zombies who are after the last pizza. Teens must solve the clues and find a way out of the library with the pizza in 60 minutes or less. This event is free and open to patrons 12 to 18 years old. Registration is required. Escape the Library is also offered at other branches. For more information, visit www.kanawhalibrary.org.

Mayor Carolyn Rader and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education welcome the community to the opening of a traveling exhibit celebrating the life and career of Senator Robert C. Byrd at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Interstate-77 Auto Group Chevrolet Showroom. The exhibit will on display until July 10. The exhibit is touring the state of West Virginia to culminate with a celebration of Senator Byrd's 100th birthday in November at the state capitol. The exhibit is based on documents and photographs from Senator Byrd's extensive archive of 60 years of public. Area schools are also invited to view the display. For more information, visit http://www.byrdcenter.org/traveling-exhibit.html.

Dear Abby: Family communication gap is sparked by dad's disapproval http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ05/170629812 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ05/170629812 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Dear Abby: We are from the Middle East. My younger brother married an American woman and moved to Arizona, where her family lives. Because our dad didn't approve, my brother made the plans behind our back and told Dad in an email. He also didn't mention that they were moving until a week before the wedding.

We have just found out from a friend that they're having a baby. They'll probably tell us after the baby is born. I have tried to get through to my brother that these secrets are not good for the relationship, but talking to him is frustrating. If they do give us the news after the baby is born, I no longer wish to speak to him. Is this OK? What should I do? - Frustrated In Southern California

Dear Frustrated: Your brother and sister-in-law's silence likely has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the way he and his wife felt about your father's disapproval of their marriage. They may have moved to Arizona because Arizona felt more welcoming than being close to your father did.

If possible, avoid the temptation to personalize the breach that has occurred. Try to keep the lines of communication open with your brother, because in the future it may be important. A card congratulating them on the birth of their baby would be a place to start.

Dear Abby: How does one tactfully deal with a super-sized guest? My husband can't travel anymore due to health issues. His brother and wife want to visit us. She weighs well over 400 pounds. My furniture probably won't hold her. To put it nicely, she is not "graceful.''

We can rent a larger vehicle while they're here because she won't be able to fit in ours. I will have to pay someone to reinforce the bed in the guest room. We live in a rural area and there are no hotels nearby.

This is my husband's only living sibling, so at our age, who knows when we may ever see them again. Any suggestions? - Only Sibling

Dear Only Sibling: I do have one. Invest in a large, sturdy, comfortable chair that can accommodate your houseguest and guide her to it when she arrives.

Dear Abby: My 8-year-old daughter, "Rapunzel,'' is due for a haircut and always wanted to keep her hair long, which my husband and I have encouraged. That was until my mother moved in. Mother now says things to her like, "Don't you want short hair like mine?'' and, "It's so much easier to take care of when it's short.''

Now Rapunzel wants a short haircut, and my husband and I are irate. We let her dress however she wants, but this is where we draw the line. I know hair grows back, but we feel my mother has stepped out of line. Who is in the wrong? - Rapunzel's Mom

Dear Mom: Did you discuss your displeasure with your mother the first time she started trying to persuade your daughter to cut her hair? If you did and she persisted, then SHE is in the wrong.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Readers' Vent: June 24, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0407/170629815 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0407/170629815 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Robbing Peter to pay Paul in my opinion is poor government.

Why would West Virginia Water increase their rate when we still have to buy water?

To all you pedestrians on the West Side you better start doing your sprints to get your speed built up. You will have to cross all four lanes without a median and then you have to run into the hordes of bikers on the bike path so you have five lanes to deal with. You better be quick or you might not make it.

After watching the voting results of the Georgia and South Carolina special election Donald Trump was right. He could commit murder and the Republicans would still vote for him. This special election says it all about our country.

If these people don't straighten their lives up and stop carrying on the way they are about the president. That includes the rRepublicans. What do they want? A king in this country. That is stupid.

The sun causes the climate to change. What part of that can you not understand? The ignorance is shocking.

Democrats seem to have forgotten what Nancy Pelosi said about Obamacare. We have to pass the bill to see what is in it. What hypocrites.

I am a coal miner with 38 years of experience retired. I cannot ever remember seeing a pepperoni roll in a coal mine.

There is something always in the paper about people addicted to drugs. They funnel money into those people and want to give them free health care. Let's talk about the senior citizens. Let's give them free health care if they make under $1,500 a month. Then we can talk about the drug addicts.

These drug wholesalers that ruined people's lives and communities and caused people's destruction. When are they going to get jail time? This is murder. Wholesale murder for profit.

I wouldn't deny climate change or global warming. I am skeptical that the government knows what caused it. A few years ago they drove the price of coolants and refrigerants up to near $100 pound and apparently that has not fixed it.

Why is it that the people that make the laws in Charleston tried to pull the wool over people's eyes? They do the writing. All the governor does is either veto or sign. Admit it. You wrote and designed it. You should take the blame.

There is a scam going around in which they claim that it is a Federal government grant for a certain amount of money by someone who claims to be an attorney from North Carolina. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Never pay money to get money.

West Virginia wanna be bourgeoisie are a pitiful mess. Imagine the off spring of Scotch Irish immigrants claiming that the state West Virginia food is a pepperoni roll. Twenty years ago they had neither tasted nor seen a pepperoni roll. Accept your place in life and embrace biscuits, gravy and fried potatoes.

More than 21 states have had their election systems infiltrated by the Russians. This administration will not release this information to the country.

Did you notice Sen. Mitch McConnell did not reveal the Republican health care bill before the elections in Georgia and South Carolina? The Republicans may have lost if the voters had known its content.

I have lived here in Charleston all my life. The pothole at 4th Avenue and Patrick Street - that street has always ran down in front of Kmart and Bert Wolfe. That is a city street.

Trump is such a liar. He said last night he created 33,000 coal jobs. There are only 54,000 in the whole country. The number created since Trump was inaugurated is 1,300. What a liar.

On the Nicholas County of Board of Education, I think Nicholas County and the people of Richwood need to get rid of these people. They have destroyed your county. Consolidation does not work. Vote them out.

Who in their right mind wants to take Riverfest out of St. Albans after 20 years and put it in Nitro? Crazy.

Just when I thought humanity could sink no lower I read in the paper that there are women who want to walk the streets half naked. Could you not find a better way to have your concerns heard than show a complete lack of morals?

I am going to say this plain and simple so you can understand this. Liberals stand for the poor. Conservatives take care of the rich. Do you understand?

Your paper is good. Keep the facts and figures coming.

Things to do today: June 24, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0120/170629827 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0120/170629827 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Music

JIM MULLINS AND PAUL GARTNER: 7 p.m. Free. Bluegrass Kitchen, 1600 Washington St., E. Call 304-346-2871.

WINE & ALL THAT JAZZ WITH DELFEAYO MARSALIS: 2 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets $30, at the gate $35. Lawn of University of Charleston. With High and Mighty Brass Band, the Bob Thompson Band and more. Call 304-345-0775.

DANIELLE CONARD AND STEVE HIMES: 7:30 p.m. Free. Bridge Road Bistro, 915 Bridge Road. Call 304-720-3500.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE BAND: 7 p.m. Adults $5, Kids 12 and under $3. Jerry Run Summer Theater, Route 20, Cleveland, Near Holly River State Park. Call 304-493-6574.

CRIMSON CONSPIRACY: 7 to 10 p.m. Admission $10. Marmet Recreation Center, 8500 MacCorkle Ave. Call 304-949-9692.

"RUNNING WITH WHISKEY: WORDS AND MUSIC FROM APPALACHIA": 7:30 p.m. Free. Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Call 342-1464 or visit www.taylorbooks.com.

FRED COOPER AND MOUNTAIN GOLD: 6:30 p.m. Cover $6. West Side Jamboree, corner of Tennessee Ave. and Randolph St. Call 304-419-1902.


"AMERICAN NERO": 8 p.m. Adults $15. Students and seniors $8. Musical about the ascension of a rock star to the highest office in the country. CYAC production Capitol Theatre, 123 Summers St. Call 304-342-6522.

"THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY": 5 p.m. Tickets $20. Musical based on the Robert Waller novel and the film by Clint Eastwood. Charleston Light Opera Guild Theatre, 411 Tennessee Ave. Call 304-342-9312.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON'S "CHARACTER BUILDING": 2 p.m. Free. One-man musical adapted for the stage by Martin Blank, African Zion Baptist Church, 4104 Malden Drive, Malden. Call 304-415-5566.

PAUL STRICKLAND AND DAVID BECK: 7 and 9 p.m. Admission $10. The Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston. Call 304-414-2386 or visit www.comedyzonecharleston.com


EMERGENCY FIELD COMMUNICATIONS: on the air operations will be continuous after 2 p.m. Covered dish meal served at 6 p.m. Bring a dish. Coonskin Park Area 73. Entrance to the park will be open after 10 a.m. Call Paul R. Ostand at 304-984-2889.

Gazette cartoon: June 24, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0408/170629829 GZ0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0408/170629829 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Daily Mail cartoon: June 24, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/DM0408/170629839 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/DM0408/170629839 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400

Irish woman visits WV to view 1924 painting of her grandmother http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0604/170629905 GZ0604 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/GZ0604/170629905 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:00:00 -0400 Anna Taylor By Anna Taylor Sarah Lavelle had tears in her eyes when she finally caught a glimpse of the painting of her grandmother.

Never having seen the original, just prints of the artwork, the vivid colors and major resemblance of her late grandmother gave her tears of joy.

"It's beautiful," she managed to say.

Lavelle traveled from England to Cleveland this month for a family wedding. The Huntington Museum of Art invited her to visit the museum and see the painting, titled "Kathleen," by Robert Henri, while she was in the states.

"Every house in the family has [a print of the painting]," she said. "I lived in Australia and did my master's there, and she was up on the wall and on the fridge."

Lavelle and her family are from Keel, Achill Island, in Ireland. Her grandmother, Kathleen Gallagher Lavelle, was painted by Henri in 1924 as he visited their village in Achill.

The oil painting is a portrait of Kathleen Gallagher Lavelle as a young girl, about 11 years old. In the painting, she is blonde with a green ribbon in her hair. She wears a blue dress with an orange scarf. The dark background is a common characterization of Henri's artwork.

"She remembered that she had to sit very, very still and could not move," Sarah Lavelle said.

Henri is said to have had a fascination with children, calling them ideal subjects because of their wisdom and kindness expressed with ease.

Sarah Lavelle said since the majority of Kathleen Gallagher Lavelle's friends and cousins also sat for Henri, it wasn't anything out of the ordinary for her to do it. He visited Achill Island many times, and each year during the summers of 1924 to 1928.

"She was very blase about it," Sarah Lavelle said. "But that was because the whole of her peer group did it. She comes from one particular village, and if you walked through the village now, you could pick out Henri children from the grandchildren and the great grandchildren and still see the genetic resemblance."

Kathleen Gallagher Lavelle's sister, Mary Gallagher, also was painted by Henri during the same visit. That painting resides in the Newark Museum in New Jersey.

"They were paid to sit for Henri, who came to Achill, which was very poor. Henri sold them off, and I think the painting was sold to America in 1925," Sarah Lavelle said.

Kathleen Gallagher Lavelle, who died in 2013 at 99 years old, only ever saw reproductions of the painting.

"The colors aren't as vivid as seeing the painting," Sarah Lavelle said. "It's very overwhelming. It's so sharp, and bigger. It's very strange to see something that someone looked at and got to do for Granny over 100 years ago. It's hard to put into words."

Sarah Lavelle said she had a close relationship with her grandmother.

"We grew up maybe four or five houses away from her, so her house was an extension of ours, and we were always running in and out," she said. "She was very wise. She was the one we all wanted to be with, always."

Sarah Lavelle recalled some of the memories her grandmother had shared with her about the day she was painted.

"She remembered being in what they referred to as a big house and sitting in the drawing room and having to sit very still," Sarah Lavelle said. "Henri's wife dressed her and put a ribbon around her hair and a scarf around her neck. They would sit for a while, and then have lunch and then sit again. She would have been around 11 at the time, so probably not too fidgety."

Bryan Burvis, Sarah Lavelle's cousin, visited the museum with her. When they saw the museum sign, knowing they were getting closer, Burvis said Sarah Lavelle started to tear up.

"This was on her bucket list," he said. "She was very close to her grandmother."

The painting is part of the Huntington Museum of Art's Daywood Collection. The collection was gifted to the museum in 1966 by Ruth Woods Dayton and Arthur Dayton, of Charleston. The painting is one of more than 15,000 objects in the museum's permanent collection. The portrait will be on public display in August.

Reach Anna Taylor at anna.taylor@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4881 or follow @byannataylor on Twitter.

Sharry Cobb http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249988 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Sharry Cobb, 53, of Charleston, passed away June 22, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 26, at Gatens- Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Gatens-Harding Funeral Home is serving the Cobb family.

Edward Cochran http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249984 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Edward Ray Cochran, 85, of Beckley, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. Funeral service will be at noon Monday, June 26, at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, W.Va.

Mary Pearl Compton http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249995 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Mary Pearl Compton, 86, of Union, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea following a long illness.

She was born at Renick, September 24, 1930, a daughter of the late Russell K. and Susie Shisler Geyer.

Mary Pearl was a retired educator in Monroe and Greenbrier Counties, a member of the Union Presbyterian Church, the Monroe and Greenbrier County Historical Societies. She also served as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1988 to 2002.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Delmar R. Compton on September 7, 2008; a sister, June S. Geyer Hill, and two half-brothers, Russell Hill Geyer and Thomas Hill Geyer.

Surviving are two sisters, Betty Penrod and Pat Tomlinson, both of Lewisburg; a brother, George Shisler Geyer and wife Shirley of Grand Blanc, Mich. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service will be held 11 am. Tuesday, June 27, at the Union Presbyterian Church with Nancy Bulla, Pastor, and Rev. Ron Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery at Union. Friends may call at the Groves Funeral Home in Union from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 26.

The family requests that you consider memorial donations to the scholarship fund in Mary Pearl's memory at The Monroe County Education Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 90, Union, WV 24983, and marked "Mary Pearl Compton" Memorial Fund; the Monroe County Historical Society, P.O. Box 465, Union, WV 24983 or Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Those wishing to send online condolences to the Compton family may do so by visiting www. grovesfuneralhome.com.

Groves Funeral Home in Union is in charge of arrangements.

Darrell Dotson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170624/OBIT/306249994 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Darrell Wayne Dotson Sr., 64, of Summersville, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley. Born August 3, 1952, he was a son of the late Maxwell Dotson Sr. and Blanche Haynes Dotson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Diana Marie Cameron Dotson, and by one daughter, Denise Marie Dotson; one brother and one sister.

He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Fosson; one son, Darrell Dotson Jr. and his wife, Lejla of Charlotte, NC; one daughter, Dawn and her husband, Scott Parsons of Senoia, GA; two stepchildren, Steven Scott Fossen of Ashland, KY, and Heather and her husband, Stephen Kesner of Philadelphia, PA; three sisters and one brother; one grandson that he raised, Owen Devine; two additional grandchildren, Adam and Aiden, and four step-grandchildren, Noah and Maya, Jonathon and Stephen.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 24, the White Funeral Home at Summersville with Rev. Lonnie Strickland and Pastor Butch Collins officiating. Interment will follow in the Cutlip-Dotson Cemetery at Summersville. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitefuneralhomewv.com.