www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT01/308179980 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT01/308179980 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Banks, Frances E. 10 a.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Burdette, Edward 1 p.m., Cunningham

Clay Jr., Eustace 1 p.m., Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek.

Coffman, Terry 2 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Cutlip, Helen 3 p.m., Independence United Methodist Church, Sandyville.

Richards, Olive 1 p.m.,Stumps Funeral & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville.

Rutledge, Rosalie 7 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Seabolt, Norma 1 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ, Montgomery.

Strait II, Daniel 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Stutler, Sharon Rae 11 a.m., Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston.

Williamson, Tasha 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Bonnie Bell Bearss Burgan http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179997 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Bonnie Bell Bearss Burgan died peacefully in Brevard, North Carolina, on August 14, 2017. Bonnie was born March 25, 1924 in Ellsworth, Michigan to Hubert and Rose Bearss. Bonnie was raised in Michigan and married Grover Burgan in 1943. They later moved to Charleston, West Virginia, where they raised their family.

Bonnie was a graduate of Morris Harvey College and Marshall University. She taught business education classes at South Charleston High School for 20 years. Bonnie was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston. After retiring, Bonnie and Grover moved to Brevard, North Carolina in 1985.

In retirement, Bonnie was an active member of Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. She was an ordained Elder in both the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, W.Va., and the Brevard-Davidson Presbyterian Church. She also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and at the Transylvania Community Hospital.

A memorial service for Bonnie is scheduled at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on September 16, at 2 p.m. The Reverend Keith Thompson will officiate.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband, Grover, daughter, Sharon Satterfield, and son, Douglas Burgan. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Graham (Bruce), daughter, Linda Herbert, daughter in-law, Dawna Burgan, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Transylvania Habitat for Humanity, 692 Ecusta Road, Brevard, NC 28712 or CarePartners Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 21, Brevard, NC 28712.

The family would like to thank the staff of Tore's home in Brevard and CarePartners Home Care and Hospice in Brevard for their care and dedication. The family would also like to thank friend and accountant George Lee for his assistance in looking after Bonnie's affairs.

Jessica Erin Comer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179985 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Jessica Erin Comer age 35, of Deep Water, died August 15, 2017. She was born June 5, 1982, and is the daughter of Mary Jo Trowbridge of Smithers and the late Eddie Trowbridge. She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Joseph and Mary Ann Crist and paternal grandparents Cecelia and Charles Trowbridge.

She was a graduate of Valley High School in Smithers.

Surviving is her husband of 15 years Allen "Ace" Comer II; children Allen "A.J." Comer III and daughter Lily May Comer; mother Mary Jo Trowbridge of Smithers; brother Larry Trowbridge of Smithers: sisters Lori Black and husband Chad and Amanda Pancake and her husband Daniel; father and mother in-laws Allen and Karen Comer of Deep Water and Anjelik and George Farley of Charleston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law Maxwell and Katheryn Hill III of Mt. Carbon, David and Carol Querry of Wheeling, Seth and Marrissa Parker of St. Albans, Bryant and Talisha Comer of Charleston, Jerry and Brandy Fernatt of Charleston; sister-in-law Cassidy Farley of Charleston; nine nephews and seven nieces, and good friend Ricki Haire of Mt. Carbon.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, with Rev. Chris Wriston officiating. Burial will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Garden at Glasgow. Friends may call two hours prior to service at the funeral home on Saturday. Expressions of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

Jerri-Lee Connell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179989 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Jerri-Lee Mendonca Connell, 71, of Oak Hill, sister of Vicki Collida, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington. She was a Mary Kay sales person. Chapman's Mortuary is assisting the family and no services are scheduled.

Sam Eugene Daniels http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/OBIT/308179996 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Sam Eugene Daniels, 51, of Bomont, entered into rest Monday, August 14, 2017.

Born November 25, 1965, in Charleston, he was the son of Maven and Lucy (Burdette) Daniels.

Sam is survived by his wife, Sandra Daniels of Bomont; sons, Samuel Daniels of Texas, Robert Daniels of Gauley Bridge, Jordan Daniels and Brandon Daniels both of Bomont; daughter, Danielle Boggess of Charleston; brothers, Avis Daniels of Weston and Maven Daniels of Charleston; sisters, Virginia Falls of Blue Creek and Sheryl Pittman of Charleston; two grandsons, Oliver Boggess and Cadeyrn Daniels; and granddaughter, Elysia Wolf.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 24, at Smith Cemetery, Bomont, with Minister Cecil Lee Officiating.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Daniels family.

Charleston Ballet holding auditions for 'The Nutcracker' today http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819664 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819664 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Auditions for Charleston Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" will be held today from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. at Charleston Ballet's studio at 100 Capitol St., on the mezzanine.

Male and female dancers with a classical ballet background, ages 9 years and older, are encouraged to apply, but must be willing to comply with Charleston Ballet's rehearsal and performance schedule.

"The Nutcracker" will be performed at the Clay Center December 8 and 9.

For more information, call 304-342-6541 or visit thecharlestonballet.com.

In Short: 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' Decades Rewind http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819667 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819667 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 The Kanawha Players will return to the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater for their two weekend performance of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." Show dates are Friday, Aug. 18, Saturday, Aug. 19, and Aug, 25 and 26th at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20th and Aug. 27. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 student/seniors and there is a 4 For $40 deal, as well.

The play follows the transfer of a rebellious inmate transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, overseen with an iron hand by Nurse Ratched, who keeps her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious inmate and the nurse soon affects all the ward's patients.

Decades Rewind, which comes to the Clay Center 7 p.m. Sunday, is a national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance, all wrapped up in a blockbuster show that celebrates the hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s, from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin. The styles of music featured include disco, funk, rock and Motown, with more than 60 songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. Children are admitted free with each adult ticket through the box office only. Tickets range from $42.50 to $50.50. For tickets, call 304-561-3570 or visit tickets.theclaycenter.org.

Crooked Letter Creative presents Astral Theatre Collective's "Carmilla" at the Alban Arts Center in St. Albans. Directed by John Johnson, assisted by Carrie McCracken, the play is adapted by Adam Stover and John Johnson from the Gothic horror classic by J. Sheridan LeFanu is the story of a young woman who becomes the prey of a vampire.

Tickets are $15 for all seats and can be purchased online at www.ticketpeak.com/res/albanarts or at the door. For more about the theater company, visit www.astraltheatrecollective.com.

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents "Shadowman: The Curious Redemption of Jeremiah Fleetwood" at the West Virginia State University Capitol Center, 123 Summers St., in shows 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19. Tickets are $15 adults and $8 students. Call 304-342-6522 or visit cyaccharleston.com.

SportsFEST hits Charleston http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819668 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819668 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 About 500 athletes will converge on Charleston Saturday and Sunday for SportsFEST. The event includes a national championship jet skiing competition, professional beach volleyball, skateboard slalom, disc golf, ultimate Frisbee and grappling events. Three new activities make their debut this year: Smashy Ball, paddleboarding, and a 2-mile swim. SportsFEST competitions are appropriate for all age groups, and all are free to spectators. The main venue is Magic Island and events also take place at nearby venues. Food trucks will also be on site. Athletes interested in competing in open events must register and pay any associated registration fees. For more information, visit charlestonwv.com/gameon.

Daily Mail cartoon: August 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/DM0408/170819669 DM0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/DM0408/170819669 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

South Charleston hosts Summerfest this weekend http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819670 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819670 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 The South Charleston Summerfest brings lots of family-friendly music and activities to the heart of South Charleston today through Saturday. Today's highlights include performances by The Esquires (6 to 7:45 p.m.) and The Van-Dells (8:30 to 10 p.m.). Friday, the Joseph Sisters take the stage at 6 p.m. and WQBE Country Night begins at 8:30. Saturday's schedule includes at car show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., performances by Rolling Stones tribute band US Stones (6 p.m.) and Rick K & The Allnighters (8:30 p.m.), and a fireworks show at 10 p.m. For more information, call 304-746-5552 or visit www.southcharleston.org.

Electronic music fest comes to Fayetteville http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819671 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819671 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Electronic music is huge nationwide and West Virginia will get its own big dollop of national and statewide electronic music acts with the debut of the CLUSTXR music fest at ACE Adventure Resort in Fayetteville today through Sunday. The event is open to those ages 18 and older, plays out over three stages and features headliners Downlink, Virtual Riot, Barely Alive, Dirt Monkey, ill.Gates, JVST SAY YES and a host of other national and West Virginia-based performers, including Lancelott and Fletcher's Grove. The campground opens at 10 a.m. today and closes at 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $120 for three days; $100 for two days; $40 for a day pass today, and $60 for Friday and Saturday passes. Carside camping is included and requires a parking pass which is $20 for three days, $15 for two days and $10 for a single day. There is also a special additional $20 Saturday pass available for entry to the 5-acre water park. For the full lineup, visit clustxr.com and www.facebook.com/events/ 310409255985309.

Film clips: Aug. 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819673 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819673 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Theater key: M = Marquee Cinemas in South Charleston; N = Nitro Stadium 12; PP = Park Place Stadium Cinemas in downtown Charleston; TV = Teays Valley Stadium 10 in Scott Depot.

The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"ANNABELLE: CREATION": HHH Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. Rated R. M, N, TV.

"THE GLASS CASTLE": HHHH A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Rated PG-13. M.

"THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE": HHH Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City's mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

"THE DARK TOWER": HHH1/2 The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"KIDNAP": HHH A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"DETROIT": HHH1/2 Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African-American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"THE EMOJI MOVIE": HHH Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

"DUNKIRK": HHHH1/2 Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"GIRLS TRIP": HHH When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Rated R. M, N, PP, TV.

"WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES": HHHH After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP.

"SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING": HHHH Several months after the events of "Captain America: Civil War," Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges. Rated PG-13. M, N, PP, TV.

"DESPICABLE ME 3": HHH Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother, Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. Rated PG. M, N, PP, TV.

OPENING FRIDAY: "The Hitman's Bodyguard" (M, N, PP, TV); "Logan Lucky" (M, N, PP, TV).

CLOSING TODAY: "Detroit" (M, N, PP); "Atomic Blonde" (M, N, PP, TV); "Valerian" (M, N, PP); "War For Planet Of The Apes" (M); "Despicable Me 3" (PP); "Girls Trip" (TV).

Star Parker: Trump right about bigotry, violence on many sides (Daily Mail) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/DM0405/170819674 DM0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/DM0405/170819674 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, "It is hatred that unites people - while love is always individual."

The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness.

It exploits the unwillingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own lives, to courageously confront life's ambiguities and inconsistencies, and still move forward constructively. It's so much easier to blame someone else.

This is what racism is about.

Speaking to the horrible incident in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump condemned the "egregious display of bigotry and violence" on "many sides" that's "been going on for a long time in our country." The president appealed for the "hate and violence" to stop and that we "come together as Americans."

For these remarks, the president is being attacked.

Immediately, former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted out "only one side." Congressional Black Caucus member Maxine Waters followed suit with the same.

But Trump is right. The use of hate to blame others, the refusal to take personal responsibility for one's life, is going on and has been going on in our nation "for a long time" on "many sides."

Being honest about this does not justify the vile white supremacist violence and murder in Charlottesville. But to claim that these distorted individuals are the exclusive locus of bigotry in America does not help our cause.

The Black Lives Matter Movement, for example, has been going on for a number of years, with rallies laced with threats, blame and violent language.

Eight police officers were murdered by young black men in Dallas and Baton Rouge last year. According to then-Dallas police chief David Brown, during the standoff in Dallas, the young black assailant "said he was upset at white people. The suspect said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers."

We can't solve our problems if we refuse to be honest about them and if, in trying to solve them, we demonstrate the same behavior that caused them - suppression of the truth, blame, absence of personal responsibility.

I am astounded when those on the black left speak out self-righteously about white bigotry.

If not bigotry of the black left, how do we explain the absence of any mention of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.?

Or the absence of any mention of America's first black secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, from the Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham?

As the black left moves to whitewash all evidence of the Confederacy and the Civil War from our history, they also want to whitewash the present and pretend the only blacks in America are liberals. And while they do it, they claim a monopoly on tolerance.

The Charlottesville incident began with a movement from the left to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

In an interview several months ago, Condoleezza Rice was asked about removing statues of individuals who represent history that repels us. She said, "When you start wiping out your history, sanitizing your history to make you feel better, it's a bad thing."

Reality is what it is. Not what those with a political agenda choose it to be.

And in this sense, Trump spoke the truth. Bigotry and violence is coming from "many sides" and it has been for a "long time."

How do we ultimately solve the problem? Here are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from a speech he gave when he was 14 years old:

"We cannot have an enlightened democracy with one great group living in ignorance. ... We cannot be truly Christian people so long as we flout the central teachings of Jesus: brotherly love and the Golden Rule."

Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education. Contact her at urbancure.org.

Letter: Liberals leading downfall of Western civilization (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0406/170819689 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0406/170819689 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Liberals leading downfall of Western civilization


Many millions of Americans worked, fought, sacrificed and died to build this country and protect our freedom, customs and traditions for their kids and grandkids.

Liberal leaders in Europe are welcoming and inviting other cultures to transform their countries into something very different, at the risk and disagreement of most of their citizens, many times putting their women, girls and citizens, in general, at great risk. Now, many liberal mayors, governors and Washington, D.C., politicians want to do the same in the USA, in the name of political correctness and compassion. They want no commonsense delays in immigration from radical countries, to look into their background, history and motivation to locate here.

Millions of our citizens blindly support them because they are Democrats and they hate the GOP and President Donald Trump - because he is not Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, who, in their minds, was already coronated president long before the election.

Of course, Hollywood, the liberal news media and college campuses are pushing as hard as possible for change. Why do you want to change something if you truly love it?

God help us, if we are so gullible - and even stupid - as to ignore what is happening in Europe and gathering steam here in the USA, and we become ready and willing to give away the gift that was given to us.

Carl Pettry

West Columbia

Readers' Vent: Aug. 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0407/170819690 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0407/170819690 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Why have a health department if they cannot tell people how to live and they cannot go inside of their houses. I don't understand why they have no control over people's houses and then neighbors have to pay an exterminator to get rid of roaches because of the way their neighbors live.

To the people ragging on President Trump about these white supremacist groups. It would not matter what he said it would not be enough. We are still waiting on former president Obama to condemn the Islamic attacks during his term.

If individuals believe that our Stonewall Jackson statues should be removed due to his association with the Civil War then we will also need to remove all signs with the late Sen. Robert Byrd's name on them. Let's not forget his association with all of this.

What the world needs now is love sweet love, no not just for some, but for everyone.

I am a West Virginia American Water customer and I would like to know why it is taking so long to get our refund back. It is time for you to get working and give our refund back. We are still buying bottled water. Somebody needs to do something quick.

You democrats need to get over it. Donald Trump is our president so get over it. We put up with former president Obama for eight years and he set on his hind end and did nothing.

Wednesday is the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Many of us remember that he was scheduled to perform at the new Huntington civic center. Of course Elvis died rather than play in Huntington, West Virginia.

Sen. Joe Manchin will never have to resort to selling furniture in Farmington. I promise you that. He has enough money to just sit and twiddle his thumbs until he dies.

I cannot believe that it is the year 2017 and we are still talking about the KKK. I cannot believe it.

Chesapeake: If you would clean the garbage up out of your yards we would not have rats and cats running everywhere.

To the venter who said solar and wind energy are a waste of money because they do not work at night. They store energy during the day and work at night. They are clean pure energy. Get a clue please.

Since they put the coal miners back to work why not put a statue of Trump up on the Capitol grounds.

Here is wishing that the city would fix the hole in the street at 4th Avenue and Patrick Street. Yes, the one at Kmart that everyone dodges. A city street. It has a fire hydrant on it and the water company does not put hydrants on private property.

People will pull over in front of you and when you honk the horn at them they give you the finger!! What a world we live in!

Economy started going up towards the end of former president Obama's term because investors knew he was finally leaving.

This country hasn't been in this much turmoil in a very long time! Not a quiet day since day one with President Trump in office. He's causing more uproar than one cat in a room full of dogs!

Wake up fellow West Virginians! Studies show that legalizing marijuana reduces opioid overdoses. Let's vote out these antiquated politicians who can't even pass a budget. Let's elect a new generation of lawmakers who realize the value of a new industry that can carry us out of this economic crisis and put West Virginians back to work. Legalize Marijuana!

No doubt about it Jim Justice is a sell out, he went to the highest bidder, and he is proving it daily. He did not just switch parties, he sold this state. Just watch and see what he does and everyone needs to get ready to protest any action not favorable to our citizens. A harm to one is a harm to all.

Does anybody know where to find the solar eclipse glasses?

Bulletin Board: Aug. 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0120/170819692 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0120/170819692 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the West Virginia Cultural Center. The event is the season's biggest party with a purpose: women helping women through power, passion and raising funds and awareness to eliminate domestic violence through the YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program. Local restaurants prepare their tastiest bites and male volunteers wait on guests with signature drinks, beer or wine from the open bar. Photo opportunities abound. This year's theme: Be Boho Chic, Live Violence Free. Inside the event, guests can shop silent auction of over 100 items and dance the night away to live DJ entertainment. Tickets are $150. For tickets visit www.gnowv.com, tickets will also be available for purchase at event.

Housing authority meeting

The Housing Authority of the City of South Charleston Board of Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the administrative offices located at 520 Goshorn St., in South Charleston.

Business fundamentals workshop

A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 at the Charleston Area Alliance Building, 1116 Smith St., Room 310. Business Coach Terry Cyfers will lead the session. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start. The course covers what entrepreneurs need to know to start a business in West Virginia. The program helps small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The fee is $35 per person. Attendees paying online should bring a copy of the online receipt to the training session. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.com and click "Training Calendar" or contact Business Coach Terry Cyfers, 304-957-2084, email terry.l.cyfers@wv.gov.

Items for Bulletin Board may be submitted by mail to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, 1001 Virginia St. E., Charleston, WV 25301; faxed to 304-348-1233; or emailed to gazette@wvgazettemail.com. Notices will be run one time free. Please include a contact person's name and a daytime phone number.

WV State Fair schedule: Aug. 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819695 GZ06 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ06/170819695 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 The West Virginia State Fair takes place at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. Gate admission is $11 for adults. Children ages 12 and below receive free admission each day. For information, visit www.statefairofwv.com.

9 a.m. - Gates open

9 a.m. - Draft Horse Farm Show

10 a.m. - WV High School Rodeo

10 a.m. - Moo U Livestock Tour begins at rabbit barn and happens every hour.

11 a.m. - Carnival rides open

11 a.m., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. - The Spanglers

11:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. - Danny Grant Variety Show

Noon, 2 and 5 p.m. - Bengal Tigers Experience

12:30, 3:30 and 7 p.m. - Catherine Hickland

12:30, 2:30, 4, 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. - Rowdy Rooster strolling the grounds

1 p.m. - Harness Racing

1, 3 and 7 p.m. - Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean

2, 4 and 6:30 p.m. - Extreme Raptors Show

6 p.m. - Draft Horse Farm Show

8 p.m. - Old Crow Medicine Show

Eugene Robinson: Trump's empathy for white racial grievance is nothing new http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0409/170819696 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0409/170819696 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 WASHINGTON - No one should have been surprised to see President Donald Trump playing footsie with racists. He's been doing it for years.

On Saturday, when Trump could not bring himself to condemn white supremacists for the Charlottesville tragedy, he was just being consistent: He often has shown empathy for white racial grievance.

After all, who was the most prominent voice of birtherism, the unfounded and blatantly racist challenge to President Barack Obama's legitimacy? Who exclaimed on Twitter in 2014 that "you won't see another black president for generations" because of Obama's performance? Who has disseminated false, racially charged "statistics" about black crime?

Trump made a rare climb-down on Monday, specifically condemning violence by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan. But his initial reaction on Saturday - after a car, allegedly driven by a young Nazi sympathizer, plowed into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring many others - was to denounce "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides."

In fact, there were just two sides in Charlottesville: militant white nationalists, including former Klan leader David Duke and neo-Nazis, who had descended in large numbers; and counter-protesters who came out to tell the assembled racist horde to get lost. Trump's first statement seemed to make no moral distinction.

Prominent Republicans quickly took the president to task for his disgraceful equivocation. "Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said on Twitter. "I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism," tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. "We should call evil by its name. My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home," wrote Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Those are stirring words, gentlemen, but where have you been hiding all this righteousness? Were you not paying attention when then-candidate Trump attacked a federal judge for his Mexican-American heritage and demeaned a Gold Star mother and father for their Muslim faith? Did you not hear the screech of white grievance at his campaign rallies, often not so much a dog whistle as a blaring siren?

I might take all the GOP breast-beating more seriously if the party would abandon its state-by-state campaign to impose restrictive election laws that disproportionately disenfranchise black and Hispanic voters.

In contrast to the Republican reaction, the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website was quite pleased with Trump's initial comment. "He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together," wrote the racist, anti-Semitic site's founder. "No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

One prominent black American who gave the Trump administration a chance - Kenneth Frazier, chief executive of the giant Merck pharmaceutical company - decided Monday morning that he'd had enough, resigning in protest from Trump's advisory American Manufacturing Council. Trump shot back on Twitter that now Frazier "will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

Note that a personal slight provoked a sharp, speedy, all-caps response. Yet even in the Monday statement, Trump did not call Saturday's horror an act of domestic terrorism.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Charlottesville incident was, indeed, an act of terrorism, and that the Justice Department has opened a hate crime investigation to ascertain whether others may have been involved. Reflect for a moment on how Trump's "many sides" comment made Sessions, of all people, look like some kind of civil rights hero.

There are those who see Trump's initial reluctance to denounce white-power groups as nothing but politics - an appeal to white voters who are anxious about growing diversity. Yet the president's Monday reversal was clearly a political calculation. I believe what we heard Saturday was simply a genuine first reaction.

In 1973, Trump and his father were sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black Americans. He said in a 1989 interview that "a well-educated black" has an advantage in the job market - a victimhood claim refuted by academic studies and his own record of not having minorities in key posts at the Trump Organization. He maintained as recently as last October that the "Central Park Five" - four black men and one Latino - were guilty of a brutal 1989 rape, despite definitive DNA evidence that exonerated them years ago.

Trump has called himself the "least racist person on earth." There is no end to the man's lies.

Eugene Robinson is a columnist for The Washington Post.

Gazette editorial: Are there real jobs behind the flashy announcements? http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0404/170819698 GZ0404 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0404/170819698 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400 During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to make American companies move their factories back to the United States and promised to offer incentives to Apple to make iPhones in America. Last month, Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that assembles iPhones and other devices, announced plans to build $10 billion LCD panel plant in Wisconsin - 3,000 jobs at first, with a potential for 13,000.

But will the plant really appear?

"Not all Foxconn investments announced have resulted in new jobs," Fortune magazine reports. In 2013, Foxconn announced a $30 million investment and plan to hire 500 workers in Pennsylvania. The plant was never completed, although there is a small operation in that state.

In 2014, Foxconn signed a letter of intent to invest up to $1 billion in Indonesia, which has not happened, The Washington Post reported. Also, a 2014 announcement promised $5 billion over five years in India with 50,000 jobs, but only a fraction of that project has materialized. Other plans, for $5 billion in Vietnam and $10 billion in Brazil, have not met expectations.

In Wisconsin, people are promising $3 billion in economic incentives over 15 years if, and only if, Foxconn invests $10 billion and creates 13,000 jobs with an average pay of almost $54,000 a year, the AP reported. That's about $15,385 per job per year.

(The other six states competing for that plant were Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Given the public price per job, perhaps it is good West Virginia was not in that contest.)

Some of these job announcements look more like political theater, and even distractions, than actual news. Remember the mysterious bullet plant coming to Eastern Kanawha County, announced by Republicans at the beginning of the last campaign season?

Then there was the president's announcement that the Carrier plant in Indiana would not move to Mexico. The company agreed to keep most of its gas furnace plant in Indiana - 800 jobs, a big deal. But that was only after Indiana promised $7 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years.

Back in Wisconsin, lawmakers are deciding whether to approve this tax deal. One estimate said tax revenue for the state would begin to outweigh tax costs somewhere around 2042. Do electronics plants - and their jobs - even last that long?

Gazette cartoon: August 17, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0408/170819716 GZ0408 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170817/GZ0408/170819716 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400