www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 28, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT01/307289967 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT01/307289967 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Beach, Margaret M. 6:30 p.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Bell, Evelyn E. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Bennett, Merle L. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Blankenship, Merry 1 p.m., James Funeral Home, Logan.

Boyle, Gay M. 11 a.m., United Methodist Temple, Beckley.

Byrnside, Hobert H. 2 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Cunningham, Emmett 1 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Flint, David L. 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Hanson, Gordon L. 3 p.m., Steele Memoriall United Methodist Church, Barboursville.

Hart, Toni L. 11 a.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

Ingwerson, Michael 1 p.m., Wallace Funeral Home, Milton.

Lovejoy, Bentley 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Luther, Brenda K. 6 p.m., Mount Welcome Church, Walton.

Mahan, Herbert 1 p.m., Old Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant.

McIntyre, Delores J. 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Phillips, Leslie L. Jr. 2 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Asbury.

Russell, Robert C. Jr. 6 p.m., Taylor

Smith, Opal L. 11 a.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Stepp, Gene P. 7 p.m., Weaver Mortuary, West Williamson.

Vickers, Garnett 11 a.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Wagoner, Grace L. 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

Merry Blankenship http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289987 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Merry Blankenship, 55, of Rossmore, departed this life at her home due to a fall. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at James Funeral Home, Logan, with visitation one hour prior.

Jeffrey A. Boggs http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289970 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289970 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Jeffrey A. Boggs, 41, of Nitro, passed away July 24, 2016 of a heart attack.

He graduated from Nitro High School. Jeffrey loved the Wildcats, Notre Dame and WVU.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Dorothy Miller, and Elijah Cox.

Jeffrey is survived by his children, Alexandrea Boggs Cox Brown (Michael) of San Antonio, Texas, and Makala Boggs of Norton, Ohio; mother, Cheryl Cox (Fred) of Nitro; father, Larry Boggs (Bonnie) of Cannelton; brothers, Larry Boggs (Becky) of High Point, N.C., and James Cox (Debbie) of Cross Lanes; and grandmother, Evelyn Cox of Glasgow. He was loved by all of his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, special friend, Kathy, and his dog, Buggs.

Jeff had a lot of friends, too many to list.

There will be no service at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Keller Funeral Home, P.O. Box 268, Dunbar, WV 25064, to help with the cost of arrangements.

Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Gay Melissa Boyle http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289983 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289983 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Gay Melissa Dew Dillon Boyle, 93, of Beckley, died July 26, 2016. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at United Methodist Temple, Beckley, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

Dorothy May Purdy Brown http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289998 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 She loved seeing young people learn and have fun! In her career as Putnam County 4-H Agent she said, "I had the best job on the face of the earth." She loved living and teaching the 4-H verse, Luke 2:52, "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man." Dot loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. She loved singing and really loved dancing. Though it has been awhile since she's been able to do either—she's doing them both now! Dot went to be with Jesus late Monday night, July 25, 2016.

Dorothy May Purdy Brown, daughter of the late Phillip James and Trana Jean Bailey Purdy was born on May 22, 1923 in McComas, WV. She attended public schools in Mercer County followed by earning her bachelor's degree from Concord (College) University in 1945 with majors in English, PE, and Home Economics. At age 14 she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and has been committed to the church, community ministries, and Bible studies for nearly 80 years. Following college graduation, Dot returned to teach at McComas High School for 1 year and then trained to become the 1st Putnam County 4-H Agent, where she served for four years. During that time she met and married Winston C. Brown, Sr. Dot and Winston have four children (Jim, Judy, Winston, and Cindy).

Dot taught English and PE at Poca High School for 5 years prior to the family moving from Nitro to Pliny in 1964. In 1970 she became the Putnam County 4-H Agent again and served 21 years until her retirement in March, 1991. After her retirement, Dot (Granny Dot) remained active serving on several Putnam County Committees and Boards as well as participating in Bible studies, Church, and community service projects (Better Schools in Putnam County, 4-H Leaders Association, and S.T.A.R.S. Family Organization). She was inducted into the WV 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003 as one of the state's influential professionals in WV Extension work. "I had the best job on the face of the earth and felt like what I did made a difference in the lives of children and their families." Dot has been lovingly cared for by Bruce and Cindy (Brown) Noffsinger (Midway, WV) since 2010.

Dot was preceded in death by her husband, Winston C. Brown, Sr. (1974), her parents, Phillip and Trana Purdy, three brothers, Bill, Ed, and Frank, and sister, Ruth Speake.

She is survived by her brother Tom and wife Norma Purdy of Pittsfield, MA, her four children and their spouses (Jim & Sue Brown of Winchester, VA; Mike & Judy Stewart of Hickory, NC; Winston & Marsha Brown of Fraziers Bottom, WV; and Bruce & Cindy Noffsinger of Midway, WV), along with 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren (Robbie & Christi (Noffsinger) Gordon and children, Jenna, Ryne, & Avery; Dustin Noffsinger; Brandon Brown and children, Belle and Oliver; Josh & Rachael Brown and daughter, Gaeligh; Grace Stewart; Meredith (Brown) & Tony Craigo, and children, Luke and Levi; Gabe & Tiffany Brown and children Meleah, Kao, Archer, and Theona; Beth Noffsinger; Anna Stewart; Jake & Hannah Brown and children, Ryan, Samuel, & Ava ; Jared Brown; Michael & Lynette Stewart and son, Elijah; Hannah (Brown) & Shannon Barbe; Isaac Brown, and Simon Brown.

Granny Dot will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Her children and grandchildren are eternally grateful to God for having been influenced and loved by such an incredible woman, Mother and Grandmother (Granny)! Proverbs 31:28: "Her children rise up and call her blessed."

A service to celebrate Dot Brown's life will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, WV with son, James M. Brown and son-in-law, Michael R. Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Pliny Presbyterian Cemetery, Pliny, WV.

Visit the tribute page of Dot Brown at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share your fondest memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in memory of Dorothy Brown to the S.T.A.R.S. Family Organization, 14513 Charleston Road, Red House, WV 25168.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane, is honored to serve the Brown family.

Brent S. Carper http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289988 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Brent Stephen Carper, 23, of Sinks Grove, died July 23, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the funeral home.

Dennis Chrisman, Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289984 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Dennis Edward Chrisman, Sr., 67, of Troutman, N.C., formerly of Rupert, died July 25, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Ruper Church of God, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace of Rainelle.

Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289982 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Dorothy Wehrle Guest Dixon, 90, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 23, 2016. She was born in Philadelphia, PA, on April 17, 1926, to Paul K. Gotwald and Gladys Watson Gotwald.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Louis Wehrle Jr.; her second husband, Howard R. Guest; her third husband, Robert M. Dixon, and her daughter, Mary Wehrle Adair.

"Doss" graduated from Swarthmore College (PA) with a B.A. in political science. She married Army Captain Henry Louis ("Lou") Wehrle Jr. in 1951 and moved with him to his home in Charleston, WV. After Lou's death in 1967, she took his desk at the Peoples Building, eventually rising to the positions of President of Kanawha Investment Co. and President of Edgewood Realty Co.

During her business career, she became the first woman to serve on the board of the Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce and on the Charleston Renaissance Executive Committee. She also served the League of Women Voters as local president, state board member and as a lobbyist at the West Virginia Legislature. She was on the board of the Community Council, spent four years as 5th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, participated in Read Aloud and performed in a recorder trio and church bell choir.

In 1974, she married Howard Guest. They were both active in AARP—they lobbied and taught the "55-Alive" driving course, of which he became State Director, and were members of the State Legislative Committee, which she chaired. They both served in the Silver Haired Legislature and were members of the Kanawha Trail Club.

After Howard's death in 1999, Dorothy moved to Edgewood Summit, where in 2001 she met and married Bob Dixon.

Dorothy is survived by her son, John Wehrle; grandsons Robert Louis Wehrle and Jesse Louis Adair; great-grandson, Henry Louis Wehrle III; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous in-laws, and numerous step-children and step-grandchildren—all of whom she considered to be a permanent part of her vast extended family.

At her request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Union Mission, 700 South Park Rd., Charleston, WV 25304. A celebration of life will be held at Edgewood Summit on a date to be announced later.

The family is being served by Bollinger Funeral Home. E-mail condolences to TerryBollinger1@aol.com.

Norman Fisher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289993 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Norman Fisher, 83, of Dunbar, departed this life after a long illness and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, July 25, 2016.

He was retired from Lucent Technologies and was a member of Roxalana Gospel Tabernacle. Norman leaves behind a wonderful testimony of worshiping his Lord, cherishing his family and serving his country, having fought in the Korean conflict as a U.S. Marine.

He was preceded in death by his beloved nephew, Rick Huff; parents, Mott and Mildred Fisher; and half-brother, James Fisher.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Betty Ann (Walker) Fisher; sister, Jeanne (Al) Whalen of Utah; sons, Brad (Marilyn), David (Jeannean) and Mark (Angie); eight grandsons; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and a very special niece, Robin, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of Norman's life will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with his Pastor and good friend Tom Price officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Gardens of Memories, Pocatalico, with military graveside rites performed by the St. Albans American Legion and VFW Post No. 6418.

Friends and family may gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Roxalana Gospel Tabernacle Building Fund, 1850 Roxalana Road, Dunbar, WV 25064, or to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Douglas and staff, Dr. Clinton Mills (CAMC), the many caregivers from CAMC, along with HospiceCare, for the care and compassion that was given to Norman and his family during this past month.

William Lee Foster http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289974 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/OBIT/307289974 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:01:00 -0400 William Lee Foster, 40, of Zela, died July 26, 2016. Graveside service will be noon Friday, July 29, at Zoar Church Cemetery, Kessler's Cross Lanes. Interment will follow under the direction of White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Prep Football Podcast: So long, Derek Taylor http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0203/160729550 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0203/160729550 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:54:18 -0400 Tom Bragg By Tom Bragg Charleston Gazette-Mail sports web editor Tom Bragg sits down with outgoing assistant sports editor Derek Taylor to chat about his career covering prep football. Also on the show, prep sports reporter Rick Ryan visits to talk about Derrek Pitts commitment to Penn State and the reclassification shuffle teams will be dealing with this fall.

Boil-water advisories http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0112/160729551 GZ0112 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0112/160729551 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:58:41 -0400 n West Virginia American Water has issued a boil-water advisory for the following areas of the company's New River system: U.S. 60 -- from Midland Trail High School to Lookout, Spyrock, Lookout, Winona and Edmond. The advisory follows a water main break, which drained area water storage tanks and caused low water pressure and water outages for some customers.

n The town of Oceana has issued a boil-water advisory for customers on McDonald Mill Creek Road to Clear Fork Golf Course. The advisory follows the emptying of a water tank because of an electrical problem at the pump station.

Customers in these areas should boil their water for at least one full minute prior to use until further notice.

Beckley mayor wants city to be bike, pedestrian friendly http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ07/160729552 GZ07 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ07/160729552 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:44:53 -0400 The Associated Press By The Associated Press BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Beckley leaders are trying to make the city friendlier to foot traffic and bicyclists.

WVVA-TV reports the move by Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold comes as students at WVU Tech get ready for the upcoming semester.

A major part of the plan involves making better use of the Lewis McManus Trail that circles the city. Rappold says in order to make the trail more accessible to foot and bike traffic between Uptown and Harper Road, the city will be working to direct traffic toward the tunnel under Robert C. Byrd Drive.

Over the last year, several pedestrians have been hit trying to cross Byrd Drive to reach businesses on Harper Road. Rappold says a ramp may be built on the other side of the tunnel that would allow easier access to the businesses.

Around WV: July 28, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ01/160729553 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ01/160729553 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:44:47 -0400 Erin Beck By Erin Beck In Around West Virginia: an event planned to get kids' minds off the flood, delegates' views on a "bathroom bill," a Morgantown teacher wins a national award, and more.

n The West Virginia National Guard and the Summit Bechtel Reserve are planning a free, one-day event for kids ages 6-18 from areas affected by the flooding, The Register-Herald reports. Depending on their age, children can participate in a range of activities, including BMX, skating, static archery, air rifle, tomahawk throwing, climbing, rapelling and more. Pre-registration is available at www.jointservicesupport.org/Reg/57G899. For more information, call 304-382-9126.

n The Register-Herald spoke to local delegates about a potential "bathroom bill," which would ban transgender West Virginians from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Delegate Tom Fast, R-Fayette, and Senator Sue Cline, R-Wyoming, supported the idea, although Cline did not respond to some questions. Fast also implied that transgender people are not "normal" people.

Delegate Mick Bates, D-Raleigh, suggested the Legislature should focus on flood recovery during an upcoming special session.

"I don't think we should be talking about a bathroom bill while there are people still using Port-a-Potties," he said.

The NBA announced last week it would pull its All-Star Game out of Charlotte, due to a similar piece of legislation in North Carolina.

n A Martinsburg man who allegedly carried weapons into the Department of Homeland Security pleaded not guilty to all charges during an initial appearance, The Journal reports. Jonathan Wienke, who worked as an analyst, allegedly carried a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs into the facility. Authorities are investigating whether he was planning to attack. He has been released on bond and may be awaiting court proceedings.

n A Morgantown teacher has received a national award. The State Journal reports that Phil Caskey, a social studies teacher at University High School and graduate of West Virginia University, is the 2016 Civil War Trust National Teacher of the Year. He says studying the Civil War has always been a personal passion.

n A WVU defensive lineman was kicked off the team for alleged drug possession, MetroNews reports. Larry Jefferson Jr., 23, was arrested in Morgantown Tuesday morning. He allegedly had small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5163, Facebook.com/erinbeckwv, or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.

Grave Creek Mound offers programs, exhibits in August http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0602/160729554 GZ0602 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0602/160729554 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:44:54 -0400 The Associated Press By The Associated Press MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville is presenting several programs next month, all free and open to the public.

Grave Creek also has two new permanent exhibits. Prehistoric West Virginia features casts of some large Ice Age animals that were once in West Virginia, including skulls of the saber-tooth cat and dire wolf. The dire wolf serves as a pet and protector to many of the characters on the television series "Game of Thrones."

The Buried Past: Artifacts from West Virginia's Wild, Wonderful History showcases archaeological sites and a wide range of people, places and time.

Grave Creek ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world.




Flash flood watch issued for much of West Virginia http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0112/160729555 GZ0112 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0112/160729555 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:10:25 -0400 Staff reports By Staff reports A flash flood watch is in effect through Friday morning for much of West Virginia.

The watch area includes Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Putnam, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wirt and Wood counties.

The National Weather Service says that because ground in the watch area is wet from heavy rain the past few days, additional rainfall could lead to flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas. The weather service predicts thunderstorms with one to two inches of rain, with additional rain possible.

Search for drowning victim underway in Mingo County http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ01/160729556 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ01/160729556 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:55:07 -0400 Staff reports By Staff reports Crews in Mingo County are searching for a man who may have drowned in Beech Creek, according to a dispatcher.

The dispatcher said a possible drowning was reported Wednesday evening in Beech Creek, in the Gilbert area.

He said divers were on their way this morning.

Firefighters from Kermit, Beech Creek, Gilbert and Logan responded Wednesday. They were on their way again this morning.

Patriots report, prepare for life without Brady http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0210/160729557 GZ0210 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0210/160729557 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:49:29 -0400 By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press By By Jimmy Golen The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick acknowledged on Wednesday that Jimmy Garoppolo will have to start the first four games of the season at quarterback and said the top priority of training camp would be to get the former backup ready.

"We have finally some definition with Tom's situation," Belichick said of Tom Brady before declining to comment further on the "Deflategate" scandal that engulfed the NFL and one of its most successful franchises for 18 months.

"Tom will return as the starting quarterback when he comes back, but in the meantime we have to prioritize the first part of our schedule and that'll be to get Jimmy ready to go."

Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks for what the league said was a scheme to illegally deflate the footballs used in the 2015 AFC championship game.

The four-time Super Bowl champion was supposed to sit out the first four games last season, but appeals dragged it out through this summer.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Brady this month, and the quarterback said he would not pursue an unlikely appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. Belichick said he didn't change what he was doing to track the ups and downs of the saga.

"Really I never dealt with it until I would say the decision has been made that looks like, 'This is what it's going to be,"' he said.

"It's been in some version of litigation, appeal, appeal depending on how the litigation goes. It's been in the same place for a year and a half, basically. There's definition to it now. We'll move forward based on that definition."

Moving forward means that Garoppolo will need to start against Arizona on Sept. 11, and then again against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills. Belichick refused to say how he would split up the reps in practice so that both Brady and Garoppolo can get the needed work in.

"We'll find out," he said.

Brady is allowed to practice with the team during training camp and play in any preseason games. During the suspension, he will not be allowed any contact with team officials or to work out with teammates.

Special teams captain Matthew Slater said having Brady around during camp will be helpful.

"We're definitely thankful that he's around now, and I think he brings so much to the table," he said. "There's so much that we can learn from having him around."

Safety Devin McCourty said Brady's absence won't change how the team plays defense.

"Even when you play with the greatest quarterback, we don't go out there saying, 'We only have to play OK because Tom is here,"' McCourty said.

"As a defense, we want to be a dominating defense no matter what the situation is and no matter who is out there on offense. We always kind of take the mentality and attitude that we have to go out there and play defense no matter if the offense is scoring touchdowns."

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Review: In 'Jason Bourne,' a digital dragnet tightens http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0606/160729558 GZ0606 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0606/160729558 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:30:00 -0400 By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press By By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Jason Bourne, as played by Matt Damon across four movies, is forever disappearing off the grid only to reluctantly resurface years later and again menace the CIA. He's the spy who came in from the cold only to return to the cold, come in again, and, yet again, head back to the cold.

In the chilly and bleak "Jason Bourne," the amnesia-ed assassin has been resurrected again, along with director Paul Greengrass, with whom Damon returns to the franchise after a nine year break. Bourne is still brooding. Greengrass' hand-held camera is still frenetic. And the saga's lethal precision is still sharp.

The spy game, already far from a martini-sipping affair in previous installments, is resolutely grim in "Jason Bourne." The superspy, now a hulking mass of bullet-scarred muscle, is spending his days torturing himself in bare-knuckle brawls, haunted by his past. In shattering set-pieces and terse emotion-less dialogue, any remaining sunlight has been drained away. The amount of people brazenly killed by Vincent Casell, the "asset" in Bourne's pursuit, may well outnumber the words spoken by Bourne in the entire film.

Though first conceived in 1980 by Robert Ludlum, Bourne is perhaps the ultimate post-9/11 hero. Especially in the hands of Greengrass (who also employed his gritty realism in the Sept. 11 drama "Flight 93"), Bourne is a wrecking ball of accountability for America's clandestine past. He's part fantasy (his preternatural control of out-of-control events is reassuring) and part reality (American disillusionment made visceral).

In "Jason Bourne," the digital dragnet is tightening around Bourne. The film is self-consciously set in a post-Snowden world; the CIA is hacked by Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles, whose smarts have given all of these films a kick), who's threatening to reveal the covert Treadstone operation.

The film, penned by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse (editor of previous "Bourne" films, and also this one), introduces a tech magnate (Riz Ahmed) whose celebrated social networking platform is secretly feeding information to CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones, whose wonderful sad face at this point has everything good and bad about America written all over it).

In a way, Bourne is himself a leak. He's a rogue weapon who can't remember his own encryption code. Here, the mystery he's trying to solve revolves around his father's role in his initial recruitment.

But aside from updating to today's surveillance state, "Jason Bourne" largely sticks to the franchise's familiar moves, and they often don't have the same kinetic finesse they used to. Here again are scenes of digging through old CIA documents, breathless stretches of crowded escapes and public rendezvous where Bourne fools lurking agents.

The film is essentially sandwiched between two mammoth, extended set pieces: First, a fiery riot in Athens where Bourne comes out of hiding to meet Parsons; and later, a showdown in Las Vegas that brings him back to U.S. soil. Both outstay their welcome (a vehicle plowing through traffic in Vegas has unfortunate shades of the tragedy in Nice) and the franchise's propulsion gives way to a pummeling blunt force.

The exception is Alicia Vikander, who enters the franchise as the CIA's cyber ops head and has her own motives of tossing aside the agency's old guard. Whenever she's on screen, her steely but agile presence brightens the film's dour gaze.

Yet even when "Jason Bourne" doesn't click with the same rhythm as its predecessors, it has a weight that outclasses nearly every other big action movie around. National identity is investigated and violence has repercussions: both astonishing things in a summer blockbuster.

But if Bourne re-emerges again, hopefully Greengrass and company can at least give him someone to talk to.

Moss can be a versatile and beautiful addition to any garden http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0503/160729559 GZ0503 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160728/GZ0503/160729559 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:37:36 -0400 By LINDA LOMBARDI The Associated Press By By LINDA LOMBARDI The Associated Press J. Paul Moore, who owned a garden center in Tennessee for over 30 years, can't count the number of times people asked him how to kill moss.

He and other experts, however, say moss deserves more respect, as a versatile and beautiful addition to any garden.

"It's stunning in the winter when everything else is dormant and dull. It's like a little emerald island," says Moore, who's got an entire moss lawn. "It changes with atmospheric conditions - it's ever-changing."

And it looks better than his grass lawn did in Nashville's hot dry summers, he says.

Moss provides a variety of shapes and textures, and can work in everything from a container to a whole lawn, like Moore's.

"Mosses offer year-round green," says Annie Martin, author of "The Magical World of Moss Gardening" (Timber Press, 2016). It thrives in a surprising range of climates; she once harvested some moss off a hot tin roof in June and found it to be a species that also grows in Antarctica.

Some lessons on how to garden with moss can be found in Japan, where it is more valued. Dale Sievert has created Japanese-style gardens at his home in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and for public gardens in Wisconsin and Chicago.

But this type of formal garden with great expanses of moss wasn't actually what he found most interesting when he visited Japan. Rather, it was how often moss was used in private gardens along city streets, in front of businesses and homes - just a couple square feet in a planter, or the space between a sidewalk and a building.

"That's how they garden with moss, in these little tiny spots," he says.

So, he says, start small. One possibility: Instead of using mulch, plant moss to cover the ground under a perennial that's bare at the bottom and bigger on top. Or start even smaller: in a flowerpot. Sievert has about 300 containers planted with moss, where they thrive even in the Wisconsin winter.

Another way to start is to encourage moss where it's already growing in your yard. That's what Moore did when he decided to give up trying to grow grass in an area where it refused to thrive. Within two or three years, the moss had covered about 5,000 square feet.

"The first thing people ask is, can you walk on it? What does it feel like on your bare feet?" he says. "I say, 'Take your shoes off!"'

Although heavy traffic will wear it down, and you wouldn't want kids or dogs roughhousing on it, moss actually likes to be walked on.

If you want to encourage moss to spread, remove weeds and grass, provide moisture and keep it clear of debris; don't let leaves and sticks pile up. You can also move it around to where you want it: Mosses don't grow from seed, but they do spread from any part of the plant.

"They can grow from a leaf or a stem or rhizoid," says Martin. "Just cut them up or tear them up."

You can also buy moss to plant. Martin sells many species online from her moss nursery.

"I have mats that roll out like a green carpet," she says. "They're great for people who don't have patience."

Moss will go dormant if it's not watered, but uses less water than most other garden plants. Unlike them, it has no roots. The root-like structures you see when you pull up a clump of moss are called rhizoids. "Their only purpose is to hold it to the surface," says Martin.

Since moss takes in water and nutrients through its leaves instead of through roots, several light waterings are better than a long drench.

This also means that planting is easy: You don't need to dig holes or improve soil.

"You can use nutrient-poor soil where nothing else will grow and do nothing to prep it in advance except clear the debris away," Martin says.

Another advantage: Moss doesn't need fertilizer or pesticides. The same substances that keep moss from freezing in winter also taste bad to insects.

But to its fans, moss' best feature is its unique charm.

"When you talk about moss to anybody, they smile. It's like the plant equivalent of a teddy bear," says Moore. "It conjures up elves in the forest."