www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 22, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT01/302229974 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT01/302229974 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Burdett, Joe F. III Noon, Morris Memorial United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Carter, Billie 1 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Hornsby, Lee 10 a.m., Saint John's Catholic Church, Summersville.

Kessler, Phyllis Miller 1 p.m., Dodd

Martin, Shirley 1 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

McCourt, Wendell B. 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Naylor, Dennis "Jess" Willard 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Nelson, Scott 11 a.m., Witcher Baptist Church, Belle.

Paul, Edward 1 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Romeo, Alva 1 p.m., Chesapeake Family Worship Center, Charleston.

Sharp, Roger L. 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Simms, Charles D., Sr. 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Nitro.

Spencer, Evita Dawn Noon, Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church, Dunbar.

Thorn, David M., II 2 p.m., Blair Church of God, Danville.

Thornton, Regina (Ramey) 1 p.m., Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene, Hurricane.

Walker, Donald 1 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

White, Raymond, Sr. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Opal J. Bias http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229997 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Opal Bias, 83, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on February 8, 2017.

She was born in Garretts Bend, Lincoln County, WV, the oldest child of the late Lewis Erman Bird and Hazel Thompson Bird.

Opal was a graduate of St. Albans High School (St. Albans, WV), Class of 1951. While in attendance, she was proud to be a majorette and often said, "I am forever a Red Dragon!" Opal retired from the Kanawha County Board of Education (Kanawha County, WV) after many years of service. Upon retirement, she and her husband, Larry, moved to Melbourne, Florida, to enjoy "the next chapter of their life."

Opal was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed following the teams she supported including the St. Albans Red Dragons, Marshall University Thundering Herd and after retirement, the University of Florida Gators.

Opal is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Larry G. Bias. Surviving children are Craig Bias (Sheila) and Amy Shamblin (Guy). She had one granddaughter, Madison Shamblin, whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by two brothers, Robert E. Bird (Sue) and Jack R. Bird (Denise) and one sister, Mitzi A. Searls (Les). Opal had many nieces and nephews that she loved very much.

A private service will be held for immediate family.

In memory of Opal, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Online condolences may be directed to: www.burroughsfh.com.

Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.

Harold "Buddy" Clark http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229986 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Harold "Buddy" Lee Clark, 79, of Bramwell, W.Va., formerly of Rt. 1, Scarbro, W.Va., died Sunday, February 19, 2017. Service will be 11 a.m., Friday, February 24, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Shirley Jeanette Crouch http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229992 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Shirley Jeanette Crouch, 89, of Scott Depot, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. Services will be held at Heinz Funeral Home, Inverness, FL. Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, assisted with local arrangements.

Ray O. Darnall http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/OBIT/302229999 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Ray O. Darnall, 93, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017, after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Perdue Darnall; his son, Ray O. Darnall II; sisters, Dora Christian, Marjorie Fleshman and Ellen Miller; and an infant great-grandson, Clayton James Sowards.

Ray loved life, family and friends and was an avid golfer. He was a longtime employee of Heck's Department Stores, beginning in 1958 and working his way up through the ranks to become president of the company when he retired in 1988. Re-entering the workforce, he earned his real estate license and worked for West Teays Realty until 2016.

He is survived by his daughters, Clara Garber (Greg), Diana Sowards (Keith); sisters, Peggy Ratcliff and Velda (Sprout) Cline; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his longtime companion, Dixie Gillenwater; step-children, Scott Gillenwater (Brittney), Rachel Duncan and Adam Gillenwater (Katie); nine step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017, at River Ridge - Teays Valley, #1 Saturn Way, Hurricane, with Pastor Andy Tuel officiating. Visitation will begin at noon.

You may visit AffordableCremationsofWV.com to share memories with the family.

Ray requested to be cremated and have his ashes returned to his home near the New River Gorge Bridge.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to a charity of your choice.

Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV, 413 D Street, South Charleston.

Bill would allow more water pollution, House committee told http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0101/170229867 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0101/170229867 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:58:50 -0500 Ken Ward Jr. By Ken Ward Jr. A bill that appears to be moving in the House Judiciary Committee would allow more pollution to be discharged into West Virginia's rivers and streams, an environmental consultant told committee members this morning.

"There is one impact of this bill and that's to allow dischargers to discharge greater levels of carcinogens and other toxics," said Evan Hansen of the Morgantown consulting firm Downstream Strategies, which is working with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition to try to rally opposition to the legislation.

Hansen answered questions for committee members during their initial discussion of House Bill 2056, a bill that would change the way the state Department of Environmental Protection calculates stream flow when writing water pollution discharge permits under the state's program to implement the federal Clean Water Act.

Judiciary Chariman John Shott, R-Mercer, scheduled a second meeting for this afternoon to consider amendments to the bill, which is being pushed by the West Virginia Manufacturers Association and has strong support from other business and industry groups. A companion bill is pending in the Senate.

The bill is similar to part of a broader set of a rule changes that then-DEP Secretary Randy Huffman proposed last year, but then pulled from the legislative agenda in late November. Huffman became concerned when industry lobbyists indicated they planned to use those changes as a vehicle for trying to eliminate DEP's longstanding statewide application of water quality standards for drinking water to all rivers and streams across West Virginia.

Over the years, the change in state water quality rules has been the subject of an off-and-on controversy, though it was rejected more than two decades ago after the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, a coalition of construction unions, opposed the measure with a campaign that dubbed it the "Cancer Creek" bill.

Essentially, the bill would instruct DEP to change the stream flows agency staffers use in pollution limit calculations from low-flow conditions to average flow. West Virginia currently uses a flow referred to as "7Q10," which is the lowest seven-day consecutive flow that occurs at least once every 10 years. The bill would mandate the use of an average flow called "harmonic mean."

While the bill does not change the numeric water quality standards for various pollutants, it would result in changes to the specific discharges allowed under the water pollution permits DEP approves for individual chemical plants, coal operations and other industrial operations.

Because the change would use larger stream flows, the result would be discharge permits that allow "significantly more carcinogens" and larger amounts of other water pollution, Hansen told the committee.

The Manufacturers Association has supported the legislation, and has historically complained that the state's use of low-flow numbers in water pollution permits buts businesses at a competitive disadvantage. During an appearance before the Judiciary Committee this morning, association lobbyist Dave Yaussy said he could not give lawmakers any estimates of the jobs the regulatory change would create or examples of manufacturing jobs lost because of the current rule.

Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kward@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1702 or follow @kenwardjr on Twitter.

Sassafras Farm workshops offer a taste of country living http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229868 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229868 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:42:39 -0500 Robert Saunders By Robert Saunders Visitors to Sassafras Farm quickly learn they are at a real, working farm.

After driving a few miles up a narrow Roane County road, one sees a white farmhouse overlooking a dell. Down the hill from the gravel driveway sits a red barn with various farm implements and animals lying about. The animals are the usual barnyard denizens: goats, cows, chickens, ducks, a couple of dogs. One of the implements is an odd-looking metal tub on legs.

"That's a chicken plucker," said a woman in jeans, chore boots and red flannel shirt, coming from the house to extend a greeting. Long, blonde hair frames her face and cascades over her shoulders as she points to the contraption. "It can pluck a chicken in under 30 seconds."

The woman is author and country-life entrepreneur Suzanne McMinn.

McMinn was a "suburban born-and-bred" divorced mother when she decided to return to rural West Virginia. Her father was from Roane County, and McMinn visited the state often as a child.

"My father worked his way through WVU by milking cows. He got a degree in agriculture, but never really used it once he got out. He became a Church of Christ preacher. I guess he was tired of milking cows," she said.

McMinn walks down the slope and crosses a small creek into the pasture. The creek looks innocent enough on a snowy January day, but during last year's June flood, the water rose dangerously fast and became, in her words, a "raging river." She's thankful the water didn't reach the barn. "The only animals we lost were some of the ducks. They got swept downstream and we never found them."

Up at the barn, McMinn opens a sliding gate to enter her milking parlor. The room features parallel milking stalls against opposite walls - one made for a cow, the other a goat-sized version. It's a convenient setup that lets her go back and forth easily between different-size animals. Because the species don't mix well, she only brings in one at a time.

"The goats don't really like the cows," she said.

She has three milking cows, including Glory Bee, a cow she raised from a calf. At one time, McMinn had horses, sheep and even donkeys. They're gone now. "I'm keeping the animals that contribute, and are easy to work with," she said. "Animals aren't robots. They are doing something crazy all the time. I mean, I love sheep, but as soon as sheep are born, they start looking for a way to die."

McMinn shares some of her sheep stories -- and other misadventures -- in her best-selling memoir, "Chickens in the Road: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor," published by HarperCollins in 2013. The book details her first attempt at Appalachian self-sufficiency, at a place she called Stringtown Rising Farm.

"It was a great adventure, but very tough to farm," she said.

After she moved to Sassafras Farm, she eventually sold the first place to an English couple, who aren't trying to farm it.

Before "Chickens in the Road," McMinn was already a successful writer with 26 published romance novels to her credit. But she had burned out on the romance genre. "It's a very competitive field," she said.

She is also known for her popular blog and website at chickensintheroad.com. When McMinn began blogging, she would post daily about her farm-life experiences, complete with photos, videos, recipes and cooking tips.

"At its peak, the blog was getting a million visitors a day," she said. "I don't intend to ever stop writing on the blog, but I don't do it everyday now. The Etsy shop keeps me busy mailing out orders, and I've gotten really busy with the workshops."

The online Etsy shop (linked on her blog) is where she sells old-fashioned sweet treats and baked goods, including biscuits, craft breads, preserves and goat's milk fudge. West Virginia's favorite snack is not overlooked -- McMinn makes her own pepperoni rolls.

"Biscuits and pepperoni rolls are the best sellers," she said.

She makes the food in a health department-certified commercial kitchen in a separate building behind the farmhouse. She remodeled the building to serve as a studio and classroom for her workshops.

"The idea for the workshops came out of my tutorials on my website. Readers kept wanting some 'face to face' time. It was a reader's idea."

McMinn conducts about 25 workshops a year. "I'm the teacher, chief cook and bottle washer," she said. She tries to keep each workshop to about 12 people. The cost of attending a workshop is $75 per person, which includes lunch, all supplies, instruction and take-homes.

Workshops on the schedule this year include several on cheese making (different ones for hard and soft cheeses), soap making, primitive candle making and something she calls the "Taste of Sassafras Farm Experience."

She describes the latter as a "really fun day." "People get to milk the cow, make cheese, bake bread and whip up a batch of soap. It's for people who want the farm experience, and who want to learn more about their food."

Workshop season begins in April. The workshops, her mail-order business and running the farm keep McMinn busy, but happy.

"I'll still be doing this as long as I'm kickin'," she said. "I couldn't live in the suburbs again - it would feel like being behind prison walls. The farm life is the best life there is."

For a complete schedule and more information about Sassafras Farm workshops, go to chickensintheroad.com, or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chickensintheroad.

Watch the video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzzdrT5wV2I

Pirates IF Kang attends trial for drunk driving http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0210/170229869 GZ0210 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0210/170229869 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:00:26 -0500 By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press By By Kim Tong-Hyung The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea - Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol.

A friend of Kang's also attended the hearing at Seoul Central District Court after being charged for falsely telling police that he, not Kang, was driving the vehicle.

The court said it will make a ruling on both men on March 3. It's not immediately clear when Kang will be able to join the Pirates for the new baseball season.

Prosecutors had sought to fine Kang 15 million won ($13,100) through a summary proceeding, but the court decided to hold a formal trial because it considered the charges against him to be serious, court spokesman Shin Jae-hwan said.

The Pirates have yet to decide whether to discipline Kang over the incident, which was the third time he faced drunk driving-related charges in South Korea. Kang was also left off South Korea's roster for the World Baseball Classic as the team avoided players with off-field issues.

The 29-year-old Kang is in the third year of a four-year contract he signed with Pittsburgh in 2015 after a stellar eight-year career in South Korean professional baseball.

Kang hit 21 home runs and 62 RBIs in 103 games in 2016, but his second season in the majors also included an incident in Chicago in June when a 23-year-old woman said she was assaulted by Kang at a hotel. The woman's name has not been released and Kang has not been charged.

According to police in the latest incident, Kang did not stop after driving a rented BMW into a guardrail at about 3 a.m. while returning to his Seoul hotel in December. The crash damaged the guardrail and the car, and Kang's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash would have been 0.084 percent, beyond the country's 0.05 percent legal limit, police said.

Lawyers representing Kang did not return calls for comment.

'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0115/170229870 GZ0115 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0115/170229870 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:15:00 -0500 By ADAM BEAM and CARLA K. JOHNSON The Associated Press By By ADAM BEAM and CARLA K. JOHNSON The Associated Press CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis.

In Kentucky, which has been ravaged worse than almost any other state by fentanyl, heroin and other drugs, Tyler Witten went into rehab at Medicaid's expense after the state expanded the program under a provision of the act. Until then, he had been addicted to painkillers for more than a decade.

"It saved my life," he said.

Addicts and mentally ill people who gained access to treatment programs for the first time are worried about how that might change as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress try to make good on their promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare."

Repeal could end coverage for 1.8 million people who have undergone addiction or mental health treatment and could cut $5.5 billion in spending on such services, said Richard Frank, a health economist at Harvard Medical School.

Some GOP governors insist addicts have nothing to fear from repeal because, they say, Medicaid will continue to pay for treatment. But Democrats and others are dubious.

Currently the federal government covers a certain percentage of each state's Medicaid costs, however high they might go. As part of the plan to junk Obamacare, the Trump administration has expressed support instead for giving states a fixed amount of money for Medicaid and letting them design their own programs.

But Raymond Castro, senior policy analyst for New Jersey Policy Perspective, a left-leaning think tank, said these block grants are likely to come with less money. And that could force states to cut benefits.

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has made the opioid crisis his top priority in his final year in office, said he would support a shift to block grants because of the flexibility they give states. But he said the people receiving treatment through the Medicaid expansion now shouldn't be forgotten.

"Whatever changes are made to the ACA should be made with those people in mind, because we don't help ourselves by kicking those people off coverage," Christie said.

In areas overwhelmed by the opioid crisis, the uncertainty is worrisome to people receiving treatment.

In Pennsylvania, nearly 63,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees received drug and alcohol treatment in 2015, the first year of the state's expansion.

One of them was 44-year-old Pittsburgh restaurant hostess Erika Lindgren, who credits the health care law with quickly getting her into a 26-day rehab program in 2015 and covering the daily medications she takes to fight opioid cravings.

When she was uninsured, getting into rehab involved waiting lists and daily phone calls to see if a publicly funded bed had opened up. With coverage under the Affordable Care Act, "I was able to pack my bag at that moment," she said. "I was in an in-patient rehab within an hour and a half of making that call."

"I am scared to death to lose my coverage," she added. "It saves my life every day."

In Wildwood, New Jersey, Ashley Grant, a 30-year-old recovering heroin addict who has been sober since June, is hoping to regain custody of her three children. She has signed up for Medicaid under the health law expansion and is waiting to be approved so she can afford weekly counseling. A county program helps pay for a monthly anti-relapse shot.

"They should make it easier for people with addiction to get insurance," she said.

Care for mental illness, too, expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

Marquitta Nelson, a 60-year-old homeless Chicagoan with severe depression, is getting psychiatric care and treatment for asthma, arthritis and other conditions since she obtained Medicaid coverage under the health law expansion. She is waiting to be assigned to a shelter and staying with a friend.

"Am I expected not to take my medications and wig out and be walking up and down the street, not coherent?" Nelson said.

While the law expanded coverage, it did not always translate into more treatment.

For those buying insurance in the marketplace, many plans still exclude or limit residential treatment and clinics that dispense methadone, which is used to treat addictions to heroin and painkillers. Deductibles for some plans are so high that people still cannot afford help.

Despite those hurdles, the health care law was beginning to shift the system and giving hope to many, said Samuel Ball, chief executive of the nonprofit National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse in New York.

"At a point where we feel we're turning a corner, to have the whole rug pulled out from under us is very concerning," he said.


Johnson reported from Chicago. Associated Press writer Josh Cornfield in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this story.

WV Supreme Court to hear 3 cases in Morgantown http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0118/170229871 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0118/170229871 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:56:07 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia's Supreme Court justices will hear cases next week at West Virginia University's College of Law.

Justices are scheduled to hear arguments in three cases on Feb. 28 in the law school's Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom.

Among the cases include a certified question from Ohio County circuit court about parental abuse and neglect involving an unborn child.

The justices travel to Morgantown each year to hear an argument docket at the law school.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be shown live on the West Virginia Judiciary website.

Here's what a recent WVU survey shows about safety on campus http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0114/170229872 GZ0114 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/GZ0114/170229872 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:53:27 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Most West Virginia University students surveyed last year say they feel physically safe on campus, though 18 percent say they experienced some unwanted sexual contact and 10 percent said someone tried to have oral, anal or vaginal sex without their consent.

Among 5,718 main campus students in Morgantown, male and female, who responded to the survey, more than 5 percent said they'd been vaginally penetrated and 3.5 percent anally penetrated without their consent and 5 percent said they'd been coerced or forced into nonconsensual oral sex.

Provost Joyce McConnell says university officials are pleased most students feel safe, and they're committed to lowering the number of incidents.

On hate- or bias-motivated incidents, 17 percent of students say they were unwillingly exposed to racist, sexist or other offensive online images.

WV Chaos soccer team to hold tryouts in Charleston http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229873 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229873 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:33:26 -0500 The West Virginia Chaos, the state's first Premier Development League soccer team, will be holding open tryouts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4 and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at Schoenbaum Stadium at Coonskin Park in Charleston. The cost to try out is $40 per prospective player

The Chaos has also announced its 2017 schedule:

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.: at Derby City Rovers

Thursday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.: K-W United FC, Schoenbaum Stadium

Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m.: at Cincinnati Dutch Lions

Saturday, May 27, noon: at Michigan Bucks

Sunday, May 28, 4 p.m.: at K-W United FC

Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.: Dayton Dutch Lions, Schoenbaum Stadium

Saturday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.: Tri-Cities Otters, Schoenbaum Stadium

Thursday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.: Dayton Dutch Lions, Schoenbaum Stadium

Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.: Michigan Bucks, Schoenbaum Stadium

Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m.: at K-W United FC

Thursday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.: Derby City Rovers, Schoenbaum Stadium

Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m.: at Tri-Cities Otters

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.: Cincinnati Dutch Lions, Schoenbaum Stadium

Sunday, July 16, 7 p.m.: at Dayton Dutch Lions

For additional information, visit www.westvirginiachaossoccer.com

St. Albans Ministerial Association announces 2017 Lenten Series http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229874 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229874 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:32:54 -0500 The St. Albans Ministerial Association is planning its 2017 Lenten Series, which starts on March 8. All services will begin at 12:05 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

• March 8

Host: Gateway Christian Church

Speaker: The Rev. Shelly Bausley (Pilgrim Home Missionary Baptist Church)

• March 15

Host: First Presbyterian Church

Speaker: The Rev. Joel Harpold (First Baptist Church)

• March 22

Host: St. Francis Catholic Church

Speaker: The Rev. Barry Moll (St. Peter's United Methodist Church)

• March 29

Host: St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Speaker: The Rev. Mayford Witt (Jericho House)

• April 5

Host: Maranatha Fellowship Church

Speaker: The Rev. Nancy Didway (Highlawn Presbyterian Church).

Wholesale distributor to open Milton facility http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229875 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229875 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:31:43 -0500 The West Virginia Department of Commerce has announced that one of the largest wholesale distributors in the United States, H.T. Hackney Company, will open a warehouse and distribution facility in the city of Milton.

The Cabell County facility will be the company's first in West Virginia.

The warehouse and distribution center is expected to create an estimated 70 jobs. The Knoxville, Tennessee-headquartered company began accepting job applications on Feb. 16 at Milton City Hall. Positions to be filled include Class A CDL drivers, office workers, building and equipment maintenance personnel, diesel mechanics, warehouse workers and sales staff.

The facility will be located at the former SuperValu distribution center at 1 James River Turnpike, vacant since closing in April 2014.

According to Milton Mayor Tom Canterbury, the facility will open within the next three to four months.

"I'm proud H.T. Hackney chose our state for its warehouse and distribution center. I know from my own experience in business that a company has to make smart decisions to last, and this company has been around since 1891. This announcement shows confidence in West Virginia, our work force and our future. I look forward to working with them to bring more jobs and opportunities to the people of West Virginia," Gov. Jim Justice said.

H.T. Hackney stocks more than 30,000 different products and serves more than 20,000 retail locations in 22 states. The company's warehouse and distribution center will be a 246,000-square-foot facility situated on eight acres in Milton.

"The H.T. Hackney Company is excited to announce the purchase of a warehouse facility in Milton, West Virginia," said H.T. Hackney CEO William "Bill" Sansom in a media release. "We are looking forward to moving into the Milton community, where we will be better positioned to serve and supply area retailers, including Clark's Pump N Shop, City Fuel & Ice and Fruth Pharmacy. Brian Waugh, who is COO of one of our key customers, Par Mar Stores, is from the Milton area and has been very helpful and encouraging in our move to this location. Others who have been instrumental in assisting with our expansion into the area include Mayor Tom Canterbury and Sheriff Chuck Zirkle. I also want to thank Gov. Justice and others at the state level for their help and support. I appreciate the tremendous backing of the customers and leaders welcoming us into the community."

"The successful effort to bring H.T. Hackney to West Virginia can be credited in part to the teamwork of the West Virginia Development Office, the Huntington Area Development Council and the City of Milton," said West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher in the media release. "I look forward to seeing their future success and my team at the Department of Commerce stands ready to assist in any way."

-- From Staff Reports

Faith In Action volunteer orientation sessions scheduled http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229876 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229876 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:31:05 -0500 Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley has announced several new volunteer orientation training dates through March.

FIAGKV is a private nonprofit dedicated to helping senior citizens in Kanawha and Putnam counties sustain their independence and remain in their own homes as long as possible. They do this by providing free services such as transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, running errands, making telephone reassurance calls or friendly visits, and more, neighbor to neighbor.

As an all-volunteer service organization, FIAGKV is always striving to grow its base of people willing to reach out to help, neighbor to neighbor. FIAGKV volunteers have the flexibility to select assignments that fit their schedules and interests. Whether they have two hours a week or two hours a month to offer, volunteers have the opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of others every time they participate.

All FIAGKV volunteers are required to attend one orientation session prior to serving.

The remaining dates are:

• Tuesday, March 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, Kanawha City.

• Saturday, March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Putnam County Public Library, Hurricane.

These sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 304-881-7253, email info@faithinactiongkv.com or visit www.faithinactiongkv.com.

Winfield police chief shares Life-Saving Award http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229877 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229877 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:29:55 -0500 Winfield Police Department's chief and four other local first responders were honored with the Life-Saving Award for their actions in saving a heart attack victim's life at the Huntington Mall last year, at a January meeting of the Barboursville City Council.

Winfield Police Chief Bobby Eggleton, along with Barboursville Police Department Officer Bradley Simmons and Cabell EMS members Lindsay Harmon, Randi Tawney and Chad Ward, were recognized with the award, presented by Cabell County EMS and St. Mary's Medical Center.

The award was given for a November call at the mall, where a 45-year-old driver had collapsed outside his vehicle. The Cabell EMS first responders reported to the scene of the cardiac arrest call. Eggleton, who was off duty at the time, and Simmons were performing CPR on the man when the EMS first responders arrived.

The man was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of St. Mary's Medical Center and was discharged after a hospital stay of several weeks.

CAMC doctor to be honored at Charleston Heart Ball http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229878 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229878 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:28:05 -0500 Dr. Donald R. Lilly, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Fellow, American College of Cardiology at CAMC Memorial Hospital in Kanawha City, will be the Heart of Gold Award recipient at the 2017 Charleston Heart Ball Saturday, Feb. 25.

A fundraiser for the American Heart Association, the Charleston Heart Ball will take place from 6 until 11 p.m. at the Charleston Town Center Marriott on Lee Street, E., in downtown Charleston.

Registration, a silent auction and a cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. At 7 p.m., dinner will be served and a live auction, Open Your Heart Appeal and the award ceremony will start.

The Bob Thompson Unit will perform, for listening and dancing entertainment, at 8:30 p.m.

The Charleston Heart Ball is a black tie-optional event, open ages 21 and older. A cash bar will be available.

The 2016 Heart Ball campaign raised more than $71 million nationwide fund research and prevention programs in the community and across the United States.

To learn more or check ticket availability, contact Sarah Bolyard at 304-720-7842 or sarah.bolyard@heart.org or Nicki Lightner at 304-720-7841 or nicki.lightner@heart.org

Hurricane grapplers: Gibson advances, Talbott out with injury http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229879 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229879 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:26:59 -0500

By Nick Brockman

Putnam Review


By Nick Brockman

Putnam Review

One season ended abruptly and prematurely, and another continues, but for two Hurricane wrestling captains, this year has been one to remember.

Chase Gibson and Josh Talbott, both Redskins seniors, ranked this season among the state's top 10 in their respective weight classes, according to www.wvmat.com. Both entered the regional championships on Feb. 19 familiar with the roar of the crowd and intensity of postseason matches.

"They're definitely not strangers to it," Redskins coach Duane Talley said. "Each of them crossed over 100 wins this season. In fact, Chase, right now, is probably the winningest Hurricane high school wrestler in history."

Gibson and Talbott looked to advance to the state championship, to be held this week in Huntington, for the third consecutive year. Gibson succeeded in his quest; however, after winning his first match, Talbott suffered a concussion, which, unfortunately, ended his state bid, in his second regional match.

"He is obviously disappointed, as he was the first wrestler to place for Hurricane in the last eight years," Talley said of Talbott's injury. "It's a tough way to end your high school career, but he is a resilient young man and he will accomplish his next goals."

While Talbott watches from the sidelines this year, his teammates, like Gibson, will carry the torch and honor him with their effort.

After wrestling at 126 pounds as a freshman, then 152 his sophomore year, Gibson now wrestles at the 145-pound weight class.

"My freshman year, at 126 pounds, I was smaller than all of the other guys," Gibson said. "I was wrestling juniors and seniors, so I was getting overpowered. Then, when I jumped up to 152 and 145, it kind of changed. I grew older and became more level with them.

"I'm very confident in myself. This year's been amazing."

Likewise, Talbott, who wrestles at the 113-pound weight class, reflected positively on his season prior to his injury at regional.

"I'm pretty pleased with how things are going," Talbott said. "I couldn't ask for a better senior season."

While Talbott and Gibson wrestle in different classes, Talley said the duo share similar characteristics.

"They're both extremely tough on their feet, extremely tough on getting out of bottom [position]," Talley said. "They're workers in the room. They're the leaders on the team and they're the ones that are working out all summer."

Both wrestlers dedicated themselves to adhering to Talley's advice this season, Talbott said.

"Coach has been very adamant about us being good on our feet," he said. "Our dedication, working through holidays and on break, has definitely been our strong suit - our conditioning."

As captains, both wrestlers also demonstrate leadership qualities at practice to the team's up-and-comers.

"You wrestle how you practice, and when the intensity gets picked up in the practice room, that's when the younger underclassmen start learning," Talley said.

That intensity in practice and regular-season matches prepares the wrestlers for the ultimate goal, Gibson said.

"When you get to states, you know everybody there has worked really hard and everybody there knows what they're doing," he said.

County gets recognition for floodplain management http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229880 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229880 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:21:08 -0500 Ali Schmitz By Ali Schmitz Putnam County's planning department has received a national distinction for floodplain management.

The distinction, from the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, is for preventing major floods throughout the county by placing stricter standards of development in their floodplain ordinance. Putnam County's Senior Planner Melissa Sargent and floodplain manager Tim Keaton accepted a plaque in honor of the distinction last week.

According to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, only four other counties in the state have received this distinction - Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan. Four cities have received the distinction.

Megan McConihay, emergency services associate for the state division, said the process isn't simple. Communities have to have significant standards for their floodplain ordinances, and provide community outreach.

"It's not as simple as signing up for the program and receiving an award," McConihay said. "That's why so few communities around the state have received it."

McConihay said Keaton and Sargent have spent significant time and energy to improve the floodplain.

"It's a long process. It's very involved to get this extra protection and service," McConihay said.

Putnam residents can now receive a 10% on flood insurance if they live in a special flood hazard area, or a 5% discount if they live in any other area of the county. There are 348 people who have flood insurance policies, according WVDHSEM.

"That really seems like it is the top benefit for citizens," McConihay said.

McConihay said many of the other benefits make the larger impact.

"Being recognized and receiving this distinction says your community is performing floodplain management," McConihay said. "They're improving public safety, reducing property damages and protecting the environment."

Putnam has experienced fairly minor flooding recently. Last year a mobile home park near the Putnam County/Cabell County line was destroyed. In 2015 Hurricane Creek flooding affected homes along Hurricane Creek Road. That year's heavy rain also affected the Putnam County Fair. Hundreds of animals were evacuated from the flooded fairgrounds.

'Atelier Inge' antiques, art and gift shop moves to Buffalo from Hurricane http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229881 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170222/ARTICLE/170229881 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:20:23 -0500 Ben Calwell By Ben Calwell After seven years in Hurricane, the Atelier Inge antiques, art and gift shop has moved to Buffalo, where shop owner Inge Klein lives.

Klein, who is nearing age 90, said the daily drive from Buffalo to Hurricane was getting to be too much for her, even though, for several years, the drive was made more exciting in her blue, 1994 Corvette.

The high-powered Corvette is gone, but in its place is a blue, two-seat Mercedes-Benz sports car. It's parked near her new shop, which she had built behind her house, at 221 Walnut St. in Buffalo.

A native of Germany, Klein can now walk out her back door and be at her shop, which is filled with her original artworks as well as antiques and gift items. It is a combination art gallery and antiques shop. (The name "Atelier" is French for "studio.") As they did when Atelier Inge was in Hurricane, longtime friends and fellow artists often stop in to visit at her new shop. Klein doesn't keep regular business hours and prefers that customers call first for an appointment if they want to shop in her store. The number is 304-542-1212.

Her shop also has a presence on Facebook.

Eleven years ago, Klein moved from Charleston to Buffalo, where she renovated an old house.

"I've been here 11 years, but I just built this (her shop) last year," Klein said, as she led a visitor inside the newly constructed, brick building.

"I'd always wanted to build something that was suitable to me, and this is suitable to me," she said.

Given the realities of advancing age, Klein decided she needed to run her business closer to home, and that's why she left Hurricane.

"I would drive seven days a week in all kinds of weather, and I'm 90 years old and thought I'd not do that anymore. I'll be 90 in September," she said.

At Atelier Inge, visitors can see Klein's original artwork, which mostly focuses on birds and flowers. She also does abstract paintings in bright colors. She uses acrylic paints.

"Every now and then, I'll buy someone else's (artwork), but mostly, it's all mine."

She avoids painting portraits.

"The way I look at somebody, if they don't like the way I see them, they're going to be disappointed," she said.

Klein has been an artist for most of her life and does most of her paintings a night. She is a member of Allied Artists of West Virginia, and her work has also been juried into Tamarack.

"My father was an artist, and my mother could sew, so I can do both. I could sew a doll's dress at 5 years old."

Klein is a veteran antiques dealer and has a large selection of antique furniture and other items.

"If somebody wants something special, I try to get it to them."

The Atelier Inge shop also has some gift items, glassware and many "leaded glass lamps," she said.

Klein came to the United States from Germany in 1948. Her first stop in America was New York City, and it made an impression on her.

"I wish I had stayed there -- it has a pulse and is alive," she said.

For more information about Atelier Inge, call 304-542-1212, or visit the business' page on Facebook.