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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Big 12 still has playoff hopes with Baylor, WVU undefeated http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0201/161029625 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0201/161029625 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:34:36 -0400 By Stephen Hawkins The Associated Press By By Stephen Hawkins The Associated Press With Baylor and West Virginia both undefeated halfway through the season, there could still be playoff hopes for the Big 12 Conference.

The eighth-ranked Bears and 10th-ranked Mountaineers have to keep winning.

While many wrote off the Big 12's chances for a return to the playoffs after Oklahoma's two nonconference losses in September, Baylor and West Virginia are among seven teams from Power Five leagues still without a loss before the first College Football Playoff rankings of this season are released next week.

When West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was asked about talking to his players about their 6-0 start, he initially answered, "I can assure you I am not going to respond to a College Football Playoff question."

Because there is a long way to go, with six more Saturdays of games before the four playoff teams will be determined with the final CFP rankings on Dec. 4.

Those final rankings will come a day after Baylor and West Virginia play in a regular-season finale that could become a de facto Big 12 championship game. It could also determine if one of them gets in the playoff, though there is no guaranteed spot for the winner.

The Big 12 is reinstating its actual title game next season, and that will at least provide league teams a "13th data point" for the playoff selection committee to consider like the other Power Five conferences already have.

When Ohio State won the Big Ten championship game 59-0 two years ago, the Buckeyes ended up the fourth playoff team ahead of Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU, and went on to win the national championship.

SOONER FACTOR: Oklahoma's quest for its 10th Big 12 title could impact the league's CFP chances, but it still remains unlikely that the two-loss Sooners can get back into playoff contention.

The 16th-ranked Sooners (5-2, 4-0 Big 12), coming off a wild 66-59 win and allowing a school-record 854 total yards at Texas Tech, play consecutive games in November against Baylor and West Virginia, and losses by either one of those teams will hurt their chances.

Oklahoma last year was 14th in the initial CFP rankings, and 13th at that point in the AP poll. While it is possible that the Sooners could be near those same positions next week, assuming they beat Kansas at home, there hasn't yet been a two-loss playoff team.

It also hurts the Sooners that Houston and Ohio State, the non-conference teams they lost to, have since lost.

The Cougars are even unranked after losing two of three. The sixth-ranked Buckeyes are coming off a loss to Penn State, though they still have a chance to bolster their playoff case with games left against No. 2 Michigan and No. 7 Nebraska.

n DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS, RIGHT? West Virginia has won its last two games by holding high-scoring Texas Tech and TCU to a combined 27 points.

A week after its 48-17 home loss to the Mountaineers, Texas Tech piled up 854 total yards in a 66-59 loss to Oklahoma.

The Mountaineers play Saturday at Oklahoma State, which is still in Big 12 title contention, and also have games against Kansas and Texas before the Sooners visit Morgantown on Nov. 19. WVU then goes to Iowa State before the finale against Baylor.

"We have goals ahead of us, and we are not anywhere close to being in a position to meet any of them," Holgorsen said, without being specific.

BAYLOR'S TOUGH STRETCH: The Bears are the only FBS team to be 6-0 for the fourth consecutive season, but they haven't really been tested yet.

Oklahoma State is the only team with a winning record that Baylor has played, and the Cowboys had a turnover late when it looked like they were able to take the lead.

The other five teams the Bears have played so far have a combined 7-28 record. That includes a 5-16 mark by their non-conference opponents, a very negative factor for the CFP committee. (Their remaining six opponents are a combined 25-16).

Baylor plays four of its last six games away from home, including the Nov. 12 trip to Oklahoma between home games against TCU and Kansas State. The Bears play Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' NFL stadium before going to Morgantown.

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Charleston secondary struggling to stop big plays http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0208/161029626 GZ0208 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0208/161029626 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:31:09 -0400 Michael Carvelli By Michael Carvelli It takes a certain type of mindset to successfully play defensive back at the college level.

A DB is out there on an island with the receiver he's covering, representing the final line of defense between that wideout and the end zone. The smallest error could result in six points or another big play.

That's the tough lesson that members of the University of Charleston's secondary had to learn in last week's loss to Urbana.

"To play that position, you have to bring the right mindset into the game and you have to have a tremendously high football IQ to understand what's going on around you," UC coach Pat Kirkland said. "You have to know in certain situations what you can and can't afford to do out there. It's not just about playing your guy and playing responsibly. You have to understand the situations."

The Golden Eagles allowed nine pass plays of 15 or more yards as the Blue Knights rallied to take a late win, sending UC to its third consecutive loss and sixth for the season.

Kirkland called it one of the most disappointing showings he had seen in his coaching career, as Charleston struggled to consistently slow down the Urbana offense.

The Golden Eagles (2-6, 2-6 Mountain East Conference) are moving forward from that, hoping to bounce back at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Virginia Wesleyan (2-6, 2-5). In order to do that, they must have a short memory and be ready to put the Urbana game behind them.

"The kids saw the things they did wrong and they know they are going to be held accountable for those mistakes," Kirkland said. "They responded this week. Everyone understands what needs to be done moving forward and they're ready to prove they can get it done."

UC has allowed 288 passing yards per game during its current three-game slide, with opposing quarterbacks eclipsing 300 yards in two of those games.

The Golden Eagles sit at No. 7 in the MEC in pass defense and are ninth in scoring defense, allowing more than 30 points per game.

The coaching staff has preached this week about the importance of limiting those big plays, several of which kept drives going and forced UC's defense to stay on the field.

"It's been something we've done on the back end the whole year, it feels like, and we have to make some changes if we want to get better," Kirkland said. "We have to correct it because we aren't giving ourselves much of a chance by allowing big plays and things like that. In the meantime we just have to keep working to get better."

The most important thing Kirkland has seen from his team as it responds to this tough stretch of adversity has been the way the defensive unit has continued coming together during the tough times.

As the secondary has struggled, other players from different positions have encouraged those players, pushing them to remain focused on their goals.

"This week we've seen everyone step up. Our defense has some leaders who have been vocal with the guys," Kirkland said. "With that being said, those guys who have done that are doing it because they've earned the respect of their teammates and have prepared the right way and have done the right things. Now the goal is getting everyone to follow that lead and move in the right direction with them."

Contact Michael Carvelli at 304-348-4810 or michael.carvelli@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @carvelli3.

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George Washington boys, girls, Hurricane boys seek AAA state soccer tournament berths http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0203/161029627 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0203/161029627 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:29:42 -0400 Ryan Pritt By Ryan Pritt The George Washington boys soccer team has put together quite a season, entering Thursday's Class AAA Region 3 championship game against Woodrow Wilson still unbeaten at 20-0-1.

The Patriots have made the state tournament in each of the past two seasons, but have fallen to eventual champion Morgantown both times. The team's last championship was in 2013.

But getting GW coach Kevin Cushing or any of the team's players to talk about such things as a state title right now is nearly impossible.

"It goes back to one play at a time," Cushing said. "If you focus on one play at a time, you don't think about what could happen or what's happened in the past. The boys have been in the semis the last two years and two years ago to the final, so they know what it takes."

What it will take starts with clearing the Flying Eagles in a game scheduled for approximately 7 p.m. Thursday at Trace Fork.

GW has already handled Woodrow (11-9-1) once this season in a 3-1 win, but that means little now with the winner earning a state tournament spot and the loser going home.

Cushing and his team are very familiar with the Flying Eagles, and they're used to dealing with them at this time of year.

"I don't know how many times off the top of my head that we've played each other in the regional final over the last six or seven years, but it's been quite a few," Cushing said. "There's a tradition there of us meeting and it's always a battle. Last year it went 0-0 into double overtime and then into penalty kicks, so when the two teams get together it's always going to be a challenging game no matter what."

GW won't be the only boys team in the Kanawha Valley seeking a state tournament spot. Hurricane (13-5-3) will travel to Parkersburg to take on the host Big Reds in a Region 4 clash also scheduled for around 7 p.m.

Parkersburg (15-3-3) and Hurricane battled to a 2-2 draw in the regular season and the Redskins have shown a penchant for rising up to competition, holding a 2-0 second-half lead on GW before succumbing 3-2.

Hurricane coach Jim Dagostine said dealing with Parkersburg's speed will be the first priority.

"They're good, they're very good," Dagostine said of the Big Reds. "They start six or seven seniors, those guys have been to the state tournament and expect to go back, but the thing about them that makes them so difficult to deal with is their team speed. They're fast. We did a decent job on them up there, we played as hard as we could play, but it'll be difficult for us. But one game, anybody can win it and we've already seen it in some other games, so we'll put our guys on the bus and we'll go up there. We certainly aren't going on a field trip."

Like the GW boys team, the George Washington girls will also be in a rematch of last year's regional final, though the Patriots are looking for better, less heartbreaking results than last time.

GW fell 1-0 when Greenbrier East sneaked in a goal with just 35 seconds remaining in double overtime last year, ending the game less than a minute before penalty kicks would have decided the outcome.

After almost 80 minutes of defensive dominance, one breakdown turned out to be the Patriots' demise, but this GW team (14-3-5) features several new faces after losing seven starters off the 2015 squad.

The Patriots and Spartans (12-4-4) played once in the regular season, resulting in a 2-2 tie. Thursday's game is set to start at 5 p.m. at Trace Fork.

"Hopefully we can play a good match and get a good result," GW coach Ali Sadeghian said. "We start eight sophomores, but they're really not sophomores anymore. They've had a full season under their belt now, so really they are more like juniors."

Contact Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948 or ryan.pritt@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @rpritt.

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Young lineup a factor in Marshall football's troubles http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0202/161029628 GZ0202 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0202/161029628 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:27:37 -0400 Doug Smock By Doug Smock HUNTINGTON - Not only does Doc Holliday not use his team's youth as an excuse, he and his Marshall coaching staff have been known to embrace it. One example: true freshman Omari Cobb starting at linebacker.

Holliday prefers the "reload, not rebuild" motto, but he did discuss the tribulations of fielding a younger team during his Tuesday press conference.

It was no revelation this Thundering Herd team was going to be younger than the previous two editions - but almost nobody expected the Herd to stagger to a 2-5 start, complete with losses to Conference USA's 2015 division doormats.

As the Herd prepares to travel to Southern Mississippi for a 7 p.m. Saturday game, the maturation process has to speed up.

"We're asking some guys to be leaders out there who haven't played a whole lot of football," Holliday said. "If you look at last year's defense, with the Evan McKelveys, the D.J. Hunters, the Corey Tindals, the Jarquez Samuels, all those guys had played an awful lot of football."

A scan of MU's all-time career starts tells that story. Last fall, safety Taj Letman ended his three-year career with 40 starts, with linebacker Hunter and cornerback Tindal 39 each - and bear in mind that Tindal left a season early.

Other 30-plus-game starters were offensive lineman Sebastian Johansson (38) and defensive tackle Samuel (30). Cornerback Keith Baxter (26) and linebacker McKelvey (25) were held under 30 by persistent injuries over their careers.

This year, only linemen Michael Selby (33) and Clint Van Horn (32) will top 30. Next closest are tight end Ryan Yurachek and defensive end Gary Thompson (both 20).

The departures of Baxter and Tindal, plus the early "parting ways" of Antavis Rowe, ensured the cornerback position would be very green. And when junior Rodney Allen and graduate transfer Terry Richardson missed the Herd's loss to Charlotte, the starters were true freshmen Chris Jackson and Jaylon McClain-Sapp, with redshirt freshman George Davis the nickel back.

So how did Marshall get to this point? There are stories behind every position - routine graduation and early departures are the usual reasons, with a dash of coaching decisions thrown in.

A look, by position:

Quarterback: Every QB wants the ball and not the clipboard, and that cost MU the services of two veteran backups over the summer and thrust Garet Morrell into a starting role against Louisville. Starter Chase Litton has 17 starts, but he's still a sophomore.

Injuries: Litton (one game).

Early departures (whatever reason): Cole Garvin, Gunnar Holcombe, Michael Birdsong.

Coaching decision (good, bad or indifferent): Starting Litton for final 10 games in 2015.

Running back: Keion Davis, Hyleck Foster and Tony Pittman have a combined 11 starts, with Davis the most career carries (175). Foster is the lone junior.

Injuries: Anthony Anderson, who played special teams last week.

Early departures: Brandon Byrd.

Coaching decision: Pick a week, any week during the seven-year Holliday era.

Tight ends: With Yurachek and senior Emanuel Byrd, an experienced outfit.

Coaching decision: Week-to-week dilemma over who gets what portion of snaps.

Wide receivers: Deon-Tay McManus has 11 starts since his conversion from tight end in 2014; Justin Hunt has nine starts. Josh Knight is a senior but a first-year starter, and Michael Clark is playing his first football season in years.

Clark's most painful moment came in the Charlotte game, when he dropped a sure third-down pass late in the game.

"Mike Clark hasn't had to make a third-down play in five years," Holliday said. "We've got some young guys out there you put in a situation, have never been put in that situation. But you have to make that play. You practice it and you do it, you go over it and over it."

Injuries: Freshman Willie Johnson, the team's fastest man.

Early departures: Angelo Jean-Louis, Emanuel Beal, Reese Wooten (a two-time signee).

Coaching decision: Lifting Brandon Rodgers' redshirt (three games, zero catches).

Offensive line: The same five have started all season, except for Nate Devers subbing for Selby last week.

Early departures: Tyler Combs.

Injuries: Selby, and Van Horn is probably playing well below 100 percent.

Coaching decisions: Elevating Fred Binot over Sandley Jean-Felix at left tackle; starting Brown at center and moving Selby back to right guard.

Defensive end: Thompson anchors the unit; Ryan Bee, Blake Keller have a year and a half experience. Ty Tyler is a promising greenhorn.

Early departure: Jerome Dews.

Coaching decision: Moving Damien Dozier to linebacker.

Defensive tackle: Joe Massaquoi is the veteran, but has just three of the unit's 16 career starts. This unit remains young, and the rush defense stats show it.

Linebacker: Devontre'a Tyler has the experience, but is behind backup Davon Durant (33-32) in tackles. In early August, few would have guessed true freshman Omari Cobb would be the man on the strong side by now.

Early departures: Stefan Houston, Kent Turene, Raheim Huskey.

Injuries: Shawn Petty missed camp and then some, has played special teams the last two games; Frankie Hernandez has played just three games.

Coaching decisions: Cobb over Dozier, Chase Hancock over Durant on the weak side, Tyler in the middle.

Cornerback/nickel: This really young unit (see above) has looked better the last two games, but how much it really has improved will be tested severely by Southern Miss quarterback Nick Mullens, receivers Allenzae Staggers and D.J. Thompson, among others.

Early departures: Donaldven Manning, Antonio Howard, Rowe, Tindal.

Injuries: Both Allen and veteran nickel Terry Richardson missed the Charlotte game. They may return for Southern Miss.

Also notable: D'Andre "Chocolate" Wilson, Michael Johnson are non-factors; Dontrell Johnson is on the two-deep but is rarely used.

Coaching decisions: Nothing that stands out. Much like the 2012 season, coaches' hands are tied until they can sign some reinforcements.

Safeties: Kendall Gant started four games last year, against Akron and the last four this fall. C.J. Reavis, the former Virginia Tech player, is a mainstay, and the tandem is third and second in tackles, respectively, behind linebacker Hancock.

Early departures: Tiquan Lang, A.J. Leggett.

Coaching decision: Corey Neely going from starter to cameo role.

Special teams: Amareto Curraj is an old hand at kickoffs, but is struggling (4 of 8) on field goals. Nick Smith would have been a veteran FG man, but lost out to Curraj. Kaare Vedvik is a first-year punter and holder, and Matt Beardall was thrust into snapping in MU's fourth game, at Pittsburgh.

Early departures: snapper Zach Wood.

Coaching decision: Curraj over Smith and Grayson Pontius, who is redshirting.

Perhaps this Marshall program is better set up for success in 2017 and 2018, as pundits have suggested. But this is 2016, and the Herd's postseason hopes are on life support.

"We've got some guys, they're going to be really good players," Holliday said. "Omari Cobb right now, he's going to be a really good player; he's trying to figure out where to line up right now. Not to figure out where to line up - he knows where to line up, but he's just trying to get his job done.

"They'll continue to work hard, and they'll get better."

Contact Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsmock@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @dougsmock and read his blog at http://blogs.wvgazettemail.com/dougsmock/.

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Mike Casazza: Rest of Big 12 hoops still looking up at Kansas http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ020407/161029629 GZ020407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ020407/161029629 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:26:10 -0400 Mike Casazza By Mike Casazza KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Last year, it happened on a bus ride from Ames, Iowa, back to campus in Lawrence, Kansas, and Landen Lucas remembers it vividly because it's an event as annual and as inevitable as Kansas winning the Big 12's regular-season basketball championship.

"Every year there's some point when you think, 'Oh, crap, this might be the time,' " the senior forward said.

And every year, Kansas denies its demise and goes on to raise another banner. The Jayhawks have won 12 straight regular-season conference titles and often seem teetering on the end of the streak.

"And it sucks," Lucas said. "You're thinking, 'What did I get myself into? We've got to get this corrected.' "

No one wants to be on the team that sees the string of titles snap. Everyone else in the conference wants to be on the team that interrupts the row of championships. Last week, the Big 12 coaches unanimously named Kansas the preseason favorite, though for just the fifth straight season.

Still, there are already whispers this might be another year when no one can replace the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self on the top of the standings.

"This is my 14th year," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Coach Self and I came in together, and I can't remember a year more competitive Nos. 2-10. I think Kansas is a clear favorite, but other than that, it's a crapshoot."

Kansas lost its top two scorers from last season, and there's a similar situation around the league. The entire first-team All-Big 12 team from last season is gone, as are three players from the second and third teams. The 2016 player of the year, defensive player of the year, coach of the year and sixth man of the year are all gone, too.

"With our teams in the league, you lost a lot of valuable members of teams, some of the greatest players in the history of Big 12 basketball, from Buddy Hield to Georges Niang to Perry Ellis, and I think if you look at teams, they seem to have parts back, but you're not sure about all the other people," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "So I think you could make a case for a lot of teams."

That conversation must begin the Jayhawks. Back from last season's team, which won the conference regular-season and tournament titles and lost to eventual national champion Villanova in the Elite Eight, are three starters, four of the top six scorers and seven lettermen.

Kansas boasts first-team preseason all-conference guards Devonte' Graham and Frank Mason and also welcomes 6-foot-8 freshman Josh Jackson, regarded as the nation's top recruit and already named the Big 12's preseason newcomer of the year.

"I really do like our guys," Self said. "I like the players that obviously returned from last year off a pretty good team. Certainly we have some newcomers that I think have a chance to impact our program in a very positive way.

"So I feel excited and still anxious and a little nervous going into the season, because we don't know how things are going to progress and how pieces are going to fit. But certainly we're very optimistic."

Leading the pack of contenders is West Virginia, which was the No. 2 team in the preseason poll, as well as in the Big 12 tournament and regular-season standings last season.

"It means a little bit, because we were picked No. 2, but it's a bittersweet thing," senior guard Tarik Phillip said.

Bittersweet because WVU is again behind the Jayhawks. The Mountaineers have beaten the Jayhawks at the Coliseum each of the past three seasons but have lost the other four games either at Kansas or here in the conference tournament.

Kansas has won 40 straight games at Allen Fieldhouse and sold out the past 243 home games.

WVU led by 18 at Kansas in 2015 and lost in overtime. The road game last year was tight, and a win would have given the Mountaineers a two-game lead in the standings over the Jayhawks, who started 3-3 in the Big 12 after jeopardizing their streak with a 13-point loss at Iowa State.

They won their final 10 Big 12 games in the regular season and then ended Iowa State's two-year run as the tournament champion by beating the Mountaineers in another close game.

"We've got to beat them at home," Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said of the rest of the Big 12. "People have to go into Allen Fieldhouse and win once in a while, because the rest of us all lose at home, and I think if you look at it, that's without question the difference."

If they win it again this season, the Jayhawks will match John Wooden's UCLA teams for the longest streak in college basketball history. What that means for the image of the Big 12 remains to be determined, never mind its standing as the No. 1 RPI conference for three straight seasons.

"I don't know why that would taint anything, because they've been one of the top three or four teams in the country for how many years, and that's not going to change," Huggins said. "They can be in whatever league you want to put them in and they're still going to be."

Contact Mike Casazza at 304-319-1142 or mikec@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikecasazza and read his blog at http://blogs.wvgazettemail.com/wvu/.

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WVU's control of tempo a key to its success http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0201/161029630 GZ0201 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0201/161029630 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:24:11 -0400 Derek Redd By Derek Redd MORGANTOWN - For the first six games of West Virginia University's football season, the clock has been under the Mountaineers' control.

Does a drive need to last seconds? WVU can do that. Minutes? The Mountaineers can do that, too.

That ability to command tempo has been as much a reason for No. 10 West Virginia's undefeated start, and the Mountaineers (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) will try to keep that rolling when they visit Oklahoma State on Saturday (noon, Fox).

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen offered a succinct evaluation of the value that command holds.

"It's huge," he said. "We can do whatever we want on offense, tempo-wise. I'd like production to go up and points to go up. Tempo-wise, we can do what we want."

That was on full display in West Virginia's 34-10 win over TCU. The Mountaineers' first two touchdown drives were three plays each, the first lasting 56 seconds and the second lasting 57 seconds. WVU's third touchdown drive went a whopping 1 minute, 45 seconds.

Yet the Mountaineers ground the game to a halt in the third quarter. The team's first two second-half scoring drives gobbled up nearly 13 minutes of game clock. A drive culminating in a field goal knocked out the first 7:36 of the quarter in 15 plays. WVU followed that up with a touchdown drive that took 11 plays and 5:17 off the clock.

WVU offensive coordinator Joe Wickline remembers when the spread and fast-tempo crazes took hold in college football. Offenses eschewed the huddle and, while that led to more points, it also put defenses in a bind. They spent more time on the field, which drained more energy.

"As time has gone on, you've seen units, teams, organizations that may not have blended well together," he said. "They're strong on one side, strong on tempo. They don't play hand in hand."

That is not the case in Morgantown, Wickline said.

"I think Coach Holgorsen is a smart guy," he said. "I think he understands and has understood for a long time - and that's what makes him special - the fact that he and Coach Gibson and the special-teams guys are all tied in together. It's all one game plan. It's all one attack."

Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson appreciates that strategy. If his unit needs a breather, the offense has the ability to oblige. It is not always left to jog off, then jog right back on to the field whether it's due to a touchdown or a punt.

He also endorses that plan because he knows what can flummox a defense - an offense that can vary speeds and keep defenses off-balance and always guessing.

"What we talk about as a defense all the time, if an offense goes really fast all the time, it doesn't really bother you," Gibson said. "What bothers us is teams that huddle, that tempo you a little bit, that run up to the line and check to see what you're in, and try to figure you out. If you can change that tempo, that's what screws with defenses."

Gibson said that cohesion began on the practice field. WVU's offense would give its defense multiple formations and speeds, allowing the defense to become accustomed to a varying tempo. That synergy was born from the respect each of the players have for their teammates.

"Our kids like each other," Gibson said. "They have each other's backs. It's been fun for them. The ultimate goal at the end of every week is to win, and we're riding a wave right now. Hopefully, we can continue to do that."

Wickline said the offense is more than happy to help out its defensive brethren, especially when the results - the Mountaineers' first top 10 ranking since 2012 - have been so positive.

"It's all one team," Wickline said, "and the one thing we have in mind is that we have one more point than the other guy."

Contact Derek Redd at 304-348-1712 or derek.redd@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

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AP Poll: Clinton appears on cusp of victory http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0117/161029633 GZ0117 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0117/161029633 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:19:56 -0400 By Julie Pace and Emily Swanson The Associated Press By By Julie Pace and Emily Swanson The Associated Press NEW YORK - Hillary Clinton appears on the cusp of a potentially commanding victory over Donald Trump, fueled by solid Democratic turnout in early voting, massive operational advantages and increasing enthusiasm among her supporters.

A new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday finds the Democratic nominee has grabbed significant advantages over her Republican rival with just 12 days left before Election Day. Among them: consolidating the support of her party and even winning some Republicans.

"I'm going to pick Hillary at the top and pick Republican straight down the line," said poll respondent William Goldstein, a 71-year-old from Long Island, New York, who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. "I can't vote for Trump."

Overall, the poll shows Clinton leading Trump nationally by a staggering 14 percentage points among likely voters, 51-37. While that is one of her largest margins among recent national surveys, most show the former secretary of state with a substantial national lead over the billionaire businessman.

The AP-GfK poll finds that Clinton has secured the support of 90 percent of likely Democratic voters, and also has the backing of 15 percent of more moderate Republicans. Just 79 percent of all Republicans surveyed say they are voting for their party's nominee.

With voting already underway in 37 states, Trump's opportunities to overtake Clinton are quickly evaporating - and voters appear to know it. The AP-GfK poll found that 74 percent of likely voters believe Clinton will win, up from 63 percent in September.

Troubles with President Barack Obama's signature health care law have given Trump a late opening. But even Republicans question whether the rising cost of insurance premiums is enough to overcome the damage the businessman has done to his standing with women and minorities.

"Donald Trump has spent his entire campaign running against the groups he needs to expand his coalition," said Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster who advised Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's failed presidential campaign. Ayres called Trump's campaign "strategically mindless."

Even if Clinton's support plummets in the contest's closing days, or she's unable to motivate strong turnout in her favor, it's not clear that Trump could marshal the resources to take advantage and collect enough states to win the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the White House.

Clinton's team has overwhelmed Trump's campaign in its effort to turn out voters.

An Associated Press review of campaign finance filings finds that her campaign, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic parties in 12 states have more than three times as many paid employees as Trump's campaign and the main Republican organizations supporting him.

The strength of the Democratic turnout effort appears to be paying dividends in states where voting is underway.

In North Carolina, a must-win state for Trump, Democrats lead Republicans in early ballots, 47 percent to 29 percent. The Democrats hold an advantage even though turnout among blacks, a crucial voting bloc for Clinton in the state, is down compared to this point in 2012.

In Florida, a perennial battleground, Democrats have drawn even with Republicans in votes cast. Clinton also appears to hold an edge in Nevada and Colorado based on early returns. David Flaherty, a Republican pollster based in Colorado, said the data signal "a Democrat wave in the making."

Buoyed by support from white voters, Trump looks strong in Ohio, Iowa and Georgia, a Republican state where Clinton is trying to make inroads. But wins in those states would still leave him well short of the required 270 Electoral College votes.

Trump's advisers point to his large rallies and enthusiastic supporters as an indication he could be poised for an upset. Clinton draws smaller crowds to her events and has been perceived by some voters the lesser of two evils.

Although voters are still more likely to have an unfavorable than a favorable view of Clinton, her ratings have improved slightly in the past month. Forty-six percent of likely voters now say they have a favorable view of the former secretary of state, up from 42 percent in September. Just 34 percent have a favorable view of Trump.

Trump's unpopularity has opened surprising opportunities for Clinton as the White House race barrels toward its finish. Her campaign is actively competing for Arizona, a state that has voted for the Democrat in only one presidential race since 1952, and she is also spending money in Georgia, a reliably Republican state over the past two decades.

The AP-GfK Poll of 1,546 adults, including 1,212 likely voters, was conducted online Oct. 20-24, using a sample drawn from GfK's probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 2.75 percentage points, and for likely voters is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Respondents were first selected randomly using telephone or mail survey methods and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn't have access to the internet were provided access for free.

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Trump: I'll run America like my business; Clinton: Let's not http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0117/161029634 GZ0117 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0117/161029634 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:17:28 -0400 By Lisa Lerer and Jill Colvin The Associated Press By By Lisa Lerer and Jill Colvin The Associated Press WASHINGTON - His presidential dreams increasingly in question, Donald Trump pushed his business empire to the center of his political campaign Wednesday. Taking a break from battleground states, he made the case at his newest hotel that all Americans should look to his corporate record for evidence of how well he'd run the country.

Hillary Clinton agreed, but not the way he meant it. She used campaign events in Florida to attack the GOP nominee for having "stiffed American workers," saying he built his empire with Chinese-manufactured steel, overseas products and labor from immigrants in the country illegally.

"Donald Trump is the poster boy for everything wrong with our economy," she told several thousand supporters in Tampa, Florida. "He refuses to pay workers and contractors."

Trump's political aspirations have long been deeply intertwined with promoting his corporate goals. He announced his campaign in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan and has held dozens of campaign events at his own properties. His remarks at his new Washington hotel, which has struggled to fill rooms amid the controversy surrounding his presidential bid, followed a visit Tuesday to his Doral golf course outside Miami.

"Under budget and ahead of schedule. So important. We don't hear those words so often, but you will," said Trump, linking the hotel redevelopment - just blocks from the White House - to his promised performance as president. "Today is a metaphor for what we can accomplish for this country."

Though the GOP nominee focused his remarks on his political message, the event was heavy with marketing, too. Standing under glittering chandeliers, top company executives, including his daughter, touted the hotel. And after his brief speech, Trump and his family headed to the hotel's grand lobby where they cut a wide red ribbon with golden scissors before he flew to North Carolina for what his campaign billed as an urban policy speech.

In Charlotte, Trump unveiled what he billed a "New Deal for black America" in front of a mostly white crowd. Trump, who has struggled to earn the support of minority voters, bemoaned that "too many African-Americans have been left behind and unveiled a handful of new proposals aimed at revitalizing impoverished urban areas.

They included new tax incentives for inner cities, new micro-loans for African Americans to start companies and hire workers and reinvesting money from suspended refugee programs in inner cities.

He also wants cities to be able to seek federal disaster designations to help them rebuild infrastructure, demolish abandoned buildings and invest in law enforcement.

As Trump cut the ribbon, Clinton was slamming his business practices in Florida, a state he must win to have any chance on Nov. 8. In Tampa, she was introduced by restaurateur Jose Andres, a naturalized U.S. citizen who pulled out of the Washington hotel to protest Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric. Trump and Andres are currently locked in litigation over the deal.

Trump's unusual travel schedule, coming amid signs that the controversy surrounding his campaign has hurt his corporate brand, raises questions about whether the GOP nominee has begun to turn some of his focus to postelection plans.

Rooms at the overhauled $212 million hotel that bears his name at Washington's Old Post Office Pavilion have been heavily discounted and smartphone data suggest fewer people are visiting his properties compared to rival venues nearby. A new Facebook live show produced by his campaign has heightened speculation that he may try and offset any losses with advertising revenue from a new a media network - a plan he denies.

Trump supporters defended his strategy, blasting critics for not making as big a deal of Clinton's decision to attend an Adele concert on Tuesday night. Trump took a break from campaigning to see the singer perform during the GOP primaries.

"I can't take one hour off to cut a ribbon at one of the great hotels of the world? I mean, I think I'm entitled to it," he said, in an interview with ABC News. He was more defensive in a CNN interview in which he called questions about his time away from swing state campaigning "insulting" and "rude."

In Charlotte, Trump said that he'd wanted "to be there for my children who worked so hard."

Clinton, too, has turned some of her focus to what happens after Nov. 8, though her efforts assume she wins. Deep in transition planning, she's also begun expanding the scope of her campaign to help down-ballot Democrats - her party sees an opportunity to win control of the Senate and reduce its deficit in the House - and retool her campaign message to emphasize unifying the country after a divisive race.

"What Trump has done is to make it possible for people who had racist, sexist and all kinds of prejudices and bigotry to put them right out there," Clinton said on "The Breakfast Club," a syndicated radio show based in New York City. "I'm not going to be able to wave a magic wand and change everybody's thoughts."

Wednesday was the candidate's 69th birthday, a milestone she started celebrating a day early on Univision's entertainment news show "El Gordo y La Flaca," where she was feted with a bottle of tequila and a large cake featuring her face. In her appearance on "The Breakfast Club," popular with African-American voters, singer Stevie Wonder serenaded the woman he called "Madam President Clinton."

Trump, meanwhile, dispatched his running mate, Mike Pence, to play political defense in Utah - a state that hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 52 years.

Besides Utah, Pence also was stopping in the swing states of Nevada and Colorado before heading Thursday to solidly Republican Nebraska, a state that awards some of its electoral votes by congressional district. His rally in Omaha seemed aimed at shoring up support in the one district that Clinton could potentially win.

Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire in Washington and Ken Thomas in Tampa, Florida, contributed.

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HallowEast brings the tricks and treats this weekend http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0602/161029635 GZ0602 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0602/161029635 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:13:45 -0400 CLOSING OUT one of the busiest months in Charleston, HallowEast from Charleston Main Streets returns with another helping of spooky-related fun.

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Friday night, Contemporary Galleries at 1210 Smith St., hosts ArtMares, a horror and pop-culture-themed art exhibit featuring works from local artists.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. but the exhibit is open for display through Saturday during business hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

At 9:30 p.m., HallowEast brings back the Free Friday Night Freak Show to University of Charleston Stadium (Laidley Field), which will again show the midnight movie classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Dress up as your favorite Transylvanian, do the "Time Warp" (again), and act along or act up with the film Newsweek once called "tasteless, plotless and pointless."

Others are pretty sure it's an American movie classic. Electric 102.7 will have prop bags for sale for people interested in joining in.

Admission to the film is free, but it is rated R, due to language, brief nudity and adult situations. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Gates open at 8:30 p.m. HallowEast recommends you bring your own chair or blanket.

Concessions, including beer, will be available.

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Saturday, get the blood flowing with the "Scared Sprintless Zombie 5K Run/Walk."

Runners face not only the eerie streets of Charleston, but also a horde of (probably) hungry zombies.

Race time is 5 p.m. The starting line is on the corner of Elizabeth and McClung streets near the University of Charleston Stadium. On site, day of registration begins at 3:30 p.m. at Starlings Coffee and Provisions.

The cost is $40 and the event is a benefit for the Charleston Parkinson's Support Group, a local nonprofit organization that supports those in the Kanawha Valley living with Parkinson's Disease.

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Saturday night, HallowEast closes out the week with their costume crawls.

First, from 5 to 8 p.m. bring the kids out for face painting and fun on Elizabeth Street.

Then at 7 p.m., for the grownups, it's the annual HallowEast Costume Pub Crawl, which features eight participating locations.

The pub crawl includes drink specials, live music by the Horse Traders, The Company Stores and Qiet and their first ever Zombie Pageant with prizes.

Trolley transportation will be once again offered between venues.

Cost for the pub crawl is $20. Registration is open from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 304-767-9800 or visit halloweast.com.

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Sound Check Sessions: Stop Light Observations just say go http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0607/161029636 GZ0607 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161026/GZ0607/161029636 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:13:30 -0400 Bill Lynch By Bill Lynch COASTAL SOUTH Carolina-based indie rock band Stop Light Observations didn't start out with such an ominous name.

Guitarist Louis Duffie said the band, which performs Friday night for this month's Sound Check Sessions at the Clay Center, worked their way through a couple of cringe-worthy names before finally becoming what they are now.

"We started off as a group called 'The Chums' and then eventually became 'Tru Colors,'" Duffie said.

Both were kind of lame, but they were just kids, really, and not really even officially a band for a long time.

Duffie said the seed of the band formed after John Keith "Cubby" Culbreth moved to Mount Pleasant, where they all lived.

None of them was older than 12.

"We became friends and after he started taking guitar lessons, I did, too," Duffie said.

Eventually, other friends joined in, learned to play drums or took on duties singing.

"We were just a bunch of kids hanging out upstairs in our parents' houses, banging away on things," he said. "It just sort of evolved over years."

They weren't exactly a band - just some kids who played music in between shooting basketball outside by the garage.

"We did normal stuff, but we practiced religiously," Duffie said. "We'd go at three hours every single day."

They didn't think of it as rehearsals or preparation for something.

"We just did it because we liked it," he said.

A few people came and went, but the core of the band - Duffie, Culbreth, singer Will Blackburn and drummer Luke Withers - remained.

The group played here and there, but nothing serious until they were in their late teens and played a show on King Street in Charleston.

"A bunch of people came out," he said. "So, we started doing it more and more. We picked up a large enough following that we were able to get a booking agent."

They also have some connections to the Grammy Award-winning pop band, Hootie and the Blowfish. Duffie said his family has known the band's drummer, Jim Sonefeld for years.

"He's a family friend," he said.

Mark Bryan, guitarist for Hootie and the Blowfish, is the manager for Stop Light Observations.

Duffie said as Stop Light Observations have grown from a local Charleston band to a touring act, Bryan has given them a lot of good advice based on experiences.

Duffie said Bryan told them, "The show must go on. You don't skip a show. Even if there are only five people in the audience, you play. If you do a good job, maybe the next time you come back, there are 25 people, and then 200. It takes time to build an audience."

He also told them to ditch their name.

Even before Bryan became their manager, he told them he liked their music, but added, "Guys, Tru Colors is one lame a-- name."

The name Stop Light Observations came from Culbreth, after he'd left rehearsal one afternoon.

"He was thinking the band was about done," Duffie said.

Culbreth was driving and pulled up to an intersection in Mount Pleasant where an old newspaper seller was doing what he'd done every day at that same spot for the last 30 years.

While waiting for the light to turn from red to green, Culbreth had a moment where he was aware that regardless of how busy you are and wherever you're going, you have to stop at the stop light.

He imagined the guy standing at the intersection selling newspapers had become a master of Stop Light Observations - and the band's name was coined.

The group has released two recordings. Their latest, "Toogoodoo," was released in September, which Duffie said they're glad to share wherever they can, but he said they're already thinking about getting back to work on another record.

"I think we'd like to tour and maybe get to Europe in the next year," he said. "But we recorded 'Toogoodoo' a year ago. We just want to keep moving forward."

Reach Bill Lynch at

lynch@wvgazettemail.com,

304-348-5195 or follow

@LostHwys on Twitter.

Follow Bill's One Month at a Time progress on his blog at

blogs.wvgazettemail.com/onemonth/.

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