www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: May 09, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT01/305099986 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT01/305099986 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Barton, Preston 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Beasley, Erma 2 p.m., Bartlett


Brown, William 11 a.m., Heck Funeral Home, Milton.


Coleman, Georgia 11 a.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.


Cooper, Ernestine 1 p.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.


Criss, Verdula 5 p.m., Kepner Funeral Home, Wheeling.


Davis, Ellen 11 a.m., Hunt Cemetery, Gandeeville.


Gardner, Lindsay E. 3 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston.


Gray, Marguerite 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Kemp, Lou 11 a.m., Stevens and Grass Funeral Home, Malden.


Rhodes, Roger 1 p.m., Greene


Scragg, Masil 1 p.m., Greenview Community Church, Madison.


Smith, Wesley Noon, Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.


Thomas, Rose 5 p.m., Deal Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.


Tyree, Gaynell 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.


Vandevender, Madonna 4 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

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Josephine Brock http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099989 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Josephine "Angie" Pearl Brock, 73, of New Haven, died May 7, 2016. Service will be 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at New Haven United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements by Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason.

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Beulah Hayes Crouch http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099993 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Today, May 7, 2016 our Mother Beulah "Bootsie" Hayes Crouch took her journey home after a long illness.

She was born, an identical twin, to Hazel and Henry Hayes on May 14, 1925 at home in Nitro, WV. She also was raised in Nitro. She married the love of her life, Harold M. Crouch, May 19, 1951 and they made their home in St. Albans.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years in 2002, her twin Eulah "Eutsie" Cook in 2006, sisters Myrtle Mace and Barbara Rexroad Wheeler. Bootsie and Eutsie were inseperable throughout their life.

First and foremost Bootsie was the best wife and mother that anyone could have. She devoted her life to those things every day. We always knew that we were loved.

She was a 1943 graduate of Nitro High School. She continued her education and graduated from McMillan Hospital School of Nursing as a U.S. Army Cadet Nurse in 1947 along with her twin.

She was also a graduate of WV State College in 1980.

She loved nursing and held positions as an Occupational Health Nurse at Carbide, a Float Nurse at Thomas Memorial Hospital and retired as a school nurse from the Kanawha County Board of Education. Her love for nursing influenced her children, Maxfield and Carmen, to follow in her footsteps.

She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church, St. Albans for 59 years and attended regularly until her decline in health made it impossible. She was a member of the Rebecca Class. She participated in an ensemble that played for the Sunday evening services and loved doing that. She played the saxophone. She had a gift of music and also played the hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer and her favorite, the harmonica.

She easily made friends wherever she went. Her sense of humor was one of the things that drew people to her, as well as her friendship and sincerity. She excelled at everything she ever attempted.

She is survived by her children, Maxfield of St. Albans and Carmen Palmer and her husband Jim of St. Albans. She is also survived by her three special nieces, Jeanine Cruey, Caroline Tucker and Mary Beth Smith. They are the daughters of her twin. They provided love and support to her. She also leaves behind her two granddogs Jill and Shelby Grace whom she adored.

Visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church, St. Albans on Tuesday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of St. Albans with the Reverend Joel M. Harpold officiating. Interment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Her family would like to thank the staff of the Candlelight Cottage in St. Albans, for their love and care of our mother. She loved you and felt your love for her. You were a gift beyond measure.

We would also like to thank the staff of PCU at Thomas hospital for their professional, thorough and supportive care of our mother. Hubbard Hospice House West made her final days comfortable and allowed her to pass with dignity.

You may share condolences or memories with the family at www.chapmanfuneralhomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, is honored to serve the Crouch family.

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Jeffrey Day http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099999 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Jeffrey Gale Day, was born April 30, 1953, and departed this life on May 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry A. Sr. and Jeannette K. Day; his maternal grandparents, George L. and Bernice A. Goolsby; and sister, Cheryl R. Day.

Jeffrey was a graduate of DuPont High School, where he participated in the band. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served two terms. He was employed by Union Carbide and later retired with more than 25 years of service.

He was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of London, had been ordained as a deacon, and was an active member of the Sunday School and music ministry. Jeffrey was faithful in his support and upkeep of the church and its activities. He was also a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. As a member of the community, he cared for elderly neighbors such as taking them to doctors' appointments and checking in on them regularly.

He is survived by his father, Howell A. Day of Charleston; mother, Mattie A. Day of London; son, Billy Hartwell of Cross Lanes; sisters, Mona Dues (Theodore Jr.) of South Charleston; Christy Day Shavers (Gregory) of Charleston; former wife, Hazel Day; stepson, John Bennett; granddaughter, Tamika Bennett; half-sister, Delores Chapman; and a host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

Service will be held at the First Baptist Church of London, Reverend Garland Johnson, Pastor, on Tues. May 10, with visitation beginning at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of London, PO Box 91, London, WV 25126.

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Iwana Fern Deel http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099991 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Iwana Fern Deel, 88, of Parkersburg, formerly of Chloe, died May 6, 2016. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the funeral home.

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Golda Myrtle Fields http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099995 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Golda Myrtle Fields, 86, of Ripley, passed away May 5, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Florence, Ky., following a long illness.

She was born July 11, 1929 at Statts Mill, a daughter of the late Henry and Meda Parsons. She was a homemaker and Christian by faith, and a member of Florence Baptist Temple.

She is survived by her son, James Fields and his wife, Loretta, of Burlington, Ky.; grandchildren, Brian Fields, Adam Fields and Nathan Scott Fields and his wife, Rebecca; and one great-grandchild, Nathan James Fields.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Otho Fields.

Funeral service will be at noon Tuesday, May 10, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Burial will be in Siniaville Cemetery, Statts Mill.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

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Ruby M. Goutiere http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099996 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ruby M. Goutiere, 90, of Glasgow, formerly of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at MGEC Montgomery after a short illness. Ruby was born and grew up in the Charleston area. She was a Nazarene by faith.

She started to work at the O.I. Glass Plant in Charleston. Ruby was active in sports while working at the glass plant: she played softball, basketball and was a member of the all-plant bowling team. She received a Swiss clock for her service of over 25 years to the O.I. Company.

She is survived by June Tucker, Joe Tucker (Terry) and Caroline Sutphin (Steve); niece, Ann Hammack (Terry), and several other nieces and nephews in Florida; special caregiver, Joan Taylor; and a host of friends in Fredericktown, Ohio. June would like to thank the staff of MGEC of Montgomery for the special love and care of Ruby during her stay.

Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, WV 25039, with the Rev. Roy Lyons officiating. Burial will follow the service in Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Condolences may be sent to the family via www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

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Edith Johnson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099997 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Edith Leahona Boothe Johnson, "Boothe" as she was known by to her friends, 84, of Boomer, died Fri. May 6, 2016, at Montgomery General Hospital after a long illness.

Boothe was born on October 31, 1931, the daughter of Leonard "Penny" Boothe and Dice (Stowers) Boothe in Logan. She graduated from Oceana High School in the Class of 1950.

Boothe was preceded in death by her parents and older sister, Rebecca Boothe-Sydnor of Richmond, Va.

She is survived by her brother, Leonard Boothe of Richmond, Va.; and many close and or extended family members.

Boothe graduated from the Laird Memorial Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. After Nursing School she was employed by Union Carbide Corporation (later known as ELKEM Metals Company) in the plant at Alloy, W.Va. She retired from the plant as the Supervisor of the Medical Department.

Boothe was an active member of St. Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church in Boomer.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Loved Ones In Home Care, Peggy Harper, Father Mark Gallipeau and HOSPICE of WV for their caring and compassionate assistance

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Tues. May 10, at St. Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church with Fr. Mark Gallipeau as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Gardens at Victor. Friends may call on Tues. from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at the church.

Boothe's wishes were that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church, c/o Immaculate Conception Parish, 707 2d Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136.

O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements and expression of sympathy can be sent at www.odellfuneralhome.com.

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James Keith King http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099990 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 James Keith King, 75, of New Haven, died May 7, 2016. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Foglesong Funeral Home, Mason, with visitation beginning at noon.

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Col. John "Jack" Moon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/OBIT/305099992 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Colonel John William "Jack" Moon, 78, of Hurricane, passed away peacefully May 7, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane, with visitation one hour prior.

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Tomblin calls for special session on budget http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509529 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509529 Mon, 9 May 2016 12:55:57 -0400 Phil Kabler By Phil Kabler A special session to enact the 2016-17 state budget will begin next Monday, May 16, the governor's office announced Monday.

"The governor will call a special session to begin on May 16," spokesman Chris Stadelman said. "The governor will introduce a budget plan as he did in the regular session."

That will include tax increase proposals to close the budget deficit - proposals that were defeated by the Legislature during the regular session.

"I think it will be similar to what was proposed in January," Stadelman said.

In a rare move, the Legislature adjourned the 2016 regular session on March 15 without passing the state budget, as the House and Senate could not agree on ways to close shortfalls in the current budget and 2016-17 budget, which begins July 1.

In the regular session, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had proposed raising $130 million in new revenue with an increase in the state tobacco tax and the introduction of sales taxes on telecommunications services.

Neither house advanced the sales tax proposal, while the Senate passed a tobacco tax increase bill, a bill that was soundly defeated in the House Finance Committee.

Stadelman said Tomblin again propose a tobacco tax increase, and hopes legislators will give more thorough consideration to the telecommunications tax, currently collected in 41 states.

Also on the table will be a general sales tax increase, either on a temporary or permanent basis, Stadelman said.

"We're ready to go, and hopefully, we will continue to seek common ground," he said.

As for reaching consensus by the start of the special session, Stadelman said, "Obviously, lots of discussions are continuing. We still have a week before then."

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1220, or follow @PhilKabler on Twitter.

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Logan County man arrested in alleged attack of political candidate http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509530 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509530 Mon, 9 May 2016 12:30:37 -0400 Erin Beck By Erin Beck A Logan County man accused of attacking a state Senate candidate was arrested on Sunday evening.

Richard Ojeda, a Democrat running in District 7, said he was at a cook-out in the Whitman area of Logan County at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday when Jonathan Porter, whom he hadn't seen in years, attacked him.

Porter, 41, of the Whitman Creek area, turned himself in at about 6 p.m., according to Trooper Z.S. Holden. He is charged with malicious assault, attempt to commit a felony and destruction of property.

In an interview from his hospital room at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital this morning, Ojeda said Porter showed up at the cook-out and told the political candidate he wanted a bumper sticker.

"I've known him since I was like around 7," Ojeda said. "We grew up in the same holler."

Ojeda, who spent 24 years in the U.S. Army, said he stuck a bumper sticker on the back of Porter's truck, then Porter said he wanted a bumper sticker on the front of his truck, too.

"I didn't realize what he was doing was luring me around to the other side of the truck where he could be blocked (from) everyone at the picnic," Ojeda said. Ojeda said when he knelt over to place the bumper sticker on the truck, Porter repeatedly kicked him in the head, then got something of the truck. Other people at the cook-out told him they saw Porter hit him in the head with brass knuckles. Another person thought they saw Porter use a hammer.

"All I know is I woke up with my head on a tree stump covered in blood and I just kept going in and out of consciousness until I got to the hospital," Ojeda said.

People at the picnic also told Ojeda that Porter tried to run him over with his truck. They said Porter fled after striking two side-by-sides.

Ojeda believes the attack was politically motivated. Since he hadn't spoken to Porter in years, he believes someone else put Porter up to the attack.

"I can't accuse anybody directly," he said. "I don't have the facts. But I will tell you I don't see any other reason why this would happen other than it being political."

He said that he has been very vocal about his sentences for those involved in the Mountain Laurel Mining Complex kickback scheme, including that of Alvis Porter, Jonathan Porter's uncle.

In May of 2014, prosecutors charged 10 people in what they described as a widespread scheme that forced companies to pay kickbacks to obtain contracts at the mine. David Runyon, the general manager, was charged with one count each of extortion and tax evasion. Alvis Porter, of Holden, a former Logan County circuit clerk and the owner and operator of Southern Construction, was charged with failing to pay trust-fund taxes of his employees. He also admitted to paying about $400,000 in kickbacks to Runyon. In February of 2015, Porter was sentenced to three years probation for failing to pay employment taxes. He also agreed to forfeit $350,000 and pay the IRS nearly $27,000.

"It shows that we have a double standard," Ojeda said. "These people who are rich and powerful and politically connected are able to get away with anything."

Ojeda said he is known for being vocal about corruption in Logan County.

He said he has also sent Freedom of Information Act requests to the County Commission. On Sunday morning, he posted images he said were of the FOIA documents, and wrote "come Tuesday, remember how my opponent has been charging the Logan County commission a consulting fee for years to the tune of $2,500 a month."

"I speak out when I see something wrong," he said. "I was brought up to believe if you walk past something that's wrong and you don't comment, you've just created a lower standard."

Ojeda suffered eight fractures and three lacerations to his face. He said he will need cheekbone surgery later this week.

He's still sore, and dizzy when he stand up. But he says "I'm fine."

He will leave the hospital today, although doctors prefer he stay longer.

"I want people to see my face," he said. "I want people to see me. I want people to see me and know that I'm still in this."

State Police are investigating the incident.

Holden, the lead investigator, said he believed Porter turned himself in because he knew there were witnesses. Holden said he doesn't know if the attack was politically-motivated. He said Porter chose not to give any statements while in custody.

He said he hopes to know more by getting in touch with Porter's lawyer and arranging an interview.

"The investigation is still pending at this time," he said. "I don't have any leads though."

Ojeda is running against Democratic incumbent Art Kirkendoll in District 7, which covers Logan, Boone and Lincoln counties, as well as part of Mingo and Wayne counties. Reached Sunday, Kirkendoll said he does not condone violence, and that his thoughts and prayers were with Ojeda.

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

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30 at West Virginia University are global award recipients http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509531 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509531 Mon, 9 May 2016 11:25:34 -0400 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University says its students have set a record with 30 global scholarships and fellowships this year.

The number is up from last year's total of 17 and the previous record of 21 in 2013.

Two additional students were named as finalists for the awards.

The awards include three students who received Fulbright Scholarships.

The school says the awards will allow the recipients to research and make contributions to science, learning new languages, teaching abroad, studying different cultures and forming solutions to critical world issues.

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Renewable energy conference set at Marshall University http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509532 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509532 Mon, 9 May 2016 11:25:18 -0400 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University is holding a renewable energy conference this week.

The conference will take place Thursday at the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall in Huntington.

The university says in a news release that the conference is being hosted by the state Division of Energy and Marshall's Center for Business and Economic Research. It will bring together people and groups who have implemented and managed renewable energy projects.

Presentations are planned from West Virginia-based business, research and project development leaders in areas such as solar, hydropower and biomass.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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Maple Syrup Producers Association meeting, judging this week http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509533 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509533 Mon, 9 May 2016 11:25:08 -0400 WESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says new maple syrup producers have been tapping trees and expanding markets in the state and around the U.S.

The West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association is holding its annual meeting and competition on Saturday in Weston, and anyone is welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Agriculture Department's Weston Field Office with the competition at 1 p.m.

The competition is open to maple products from syrup and cream to candy and sugar, with judges looking for flavor, color and appearance.

The state held its first Maple Open House in March, and more than a dozen producers and related businesses gave the public a look at what goes into making and marketing maple syrup.

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West Virginia man arrested in explosives case http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509534 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509534 Mon, 9 May 2016 11:24:52 -0400 FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a Fayette County man has been arrested on charges of making an explosive device.

Sheriff Steve Kessler says in a news release that deputies with a search warrant seized multiple firearms and a substantial amount of explosive materials Friday night from a home in Hilltop.

Kessler says 66-year-old Denver Clifford Julious was taken to the Southern Regional Jail pending arraignment. He faces multiple charges, including possession of a destructive device or explosive materials and being a felon in possession of a firearm,

Kessler says Julious has a violent criminal history and had made threats to others.

Jail records didn't indicate whether Julious has an attorney.

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Review: Liz Vice, 'Mountain Stage' newcomers invigorate audience http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509535 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509535 Mon, 9 May 2016 09:28:26 -0400 Bill Lynch By Bill Lynch A good night at "Mountain Stage" is when you get what you paid to see a band whose records you already have and then you get to hear something fantastic from someone you've never heard of.

"Mountain Stage" likes to pride itself on music discovery, on sharing new songs and artists their audience they might not find anywhere else.

It's a good thing to be proud of.

Sunday night's sold-out performance at the Culture Center people got what they paid to see - most likely singer/songwriter Brett Dennen and Colorado-based folk outfit Elephant Revival.

Both were returning favorites.

They also got Liz Vice, a film student turned soulful singer/songwriter, the Lords of Lichtenstein, a pair of brothers from New Jersey who looked like they stepped out of the pages of mid-1980s Sears catalog, and Cracker, a '90s alt-rock band led by David Lowry, whose musical compass seems to be set to free-spin.

Vice was the first surprise of the evening. A newcomer who said she'd only been performing for the last two years, the Portland singer and her trio opened the show with a jazzy take on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and then moved onto Gospel-infused soul.

For someone with only a year or year and a half of touring under her belt, Vice knew how to play with a crowd. She did much more than get the audience up on their feet or get them singing along. Vice got strangers to wrap their arms around their neighbors and sway together as they sang along with her.

That doesn't happen at every "Mountain Stage."

Next up: The Lords of Lichtenstein.

Rocking argyle sweater vests, the brothers were an interesting cross-pollination of Simon and Garfunkel and They Might Be Giants, perhaps with a dash of The Smothers Brothers.

They sang songs ranging from the introspective to the amusingly weird - a song about social issues in America, as seen from the eyes of movie monsters like "King Kong" and "Jaws."

Both Vice and Lords of Lichtenstein made their "Mountain Stage" debuts Sunday night, while Lowry with Cracker (or one of its closely related musical outfits) has probably been on the show a dozen times since the early 1990s.

The last time Lowry came in with Camper Van Beethoven, I thought the set was kind of grating.

I never warmed up to "La Costa Perdida," the record Lowry and the band were playing from at the time, but I loved what they played Sunday night from off of "Berkley to Bakersfield," an album with a West Coast country flavor.

The songs here could be described as thoughtful country folk, not at all what I expected from a '90s rock band whose best known hits were during the golden age of grunge. The songs were a pleasant surprise, and, for me, the best of the night.

Cracker even threw in their 1993 hit, "Low," at the end of their set, as a kind of a bonus.

The second hour of "Mountain Stage" belonged to Brett Dennen and Elephant Revival.

I like Elephant Revival and have been listening to their latest record, "Petals," for a couple of weeks now. They turned in a good performance, navigated the ritual swapping on instruments between songs, and were just about as good as their debut on the show two years ago.

Dennen isn't for me.

Others loved him, and even shouted it out to the stage, but I just didn't connect with his particular brand of folk pop.

Still, even with a good "Mountain Stage," you can't expect to like everything. It happens, but not every night.

Reach Bill Lynch at lynch@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5195, follow @LostHwys on Twitter or visit Bill's blog: blogs.wvgazettemail.com/onemonth.

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Around WV: May 9, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509536 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509536 Mon, 9 May 2016 08:48:09 -0400 Erin Beck By Erin Beck In Around West Virginia: a man who saved 60,000 Jews has ties to West Virginia, a mother remembers her deceased infant on Mother's Day, Marshall University addresses concerns over the handling of a sexual assault case, and more.

n The great-uncle of a Beckley woman's late husband saved 60,000 Jews during the Holocaust, according to The Register-Herald. Dr. Felix Kersten helped heal the stomach pains of a high-ranking Nazi official, Heinrich Himmler. In exchange, Kersten was able to save the lives of Jews. The Beckley woman, Kathy McGaha, said the family has never tried to find any of the survivors.

n Mother's Day was more difficult for Erica Jones, according to The Register-Herald. Her daughter, Harmony, was born premature and died because her trachea was not developed. Jones started a support group in Lewisburg for mothers of deceased infants called N.O.A.H., Now Our Angel's In Heaven.

She and her husband decided together to hold a funeral when Harmony died. "It was important to me that she had a burial because she did exist," she said. "A lot of people think they didn't exist if they're premature. For some people, it's easier to put it away, but it's not always easier to the parent. It was important to me that her life be honored."

n A Berkeley County man is charged with death of a child by a parent or guardian, according to The Journal. Michael Patrick McGinley, 29, of Hedgesville, was initially charged with gross child neglect with bodily injury, then the child succumbed to his injuries and died over the weekend. McGinley was allegedly drunk when he gave the child a scalding hot bath, burning 95 percent of his body.

n Students at Marshall University have expressed concern on social media that the school reinstated a student, Joseph Hardin, accused of sexual assault, with the criminal case still pending. The Herald-Dispatch reports University President Jerome Gilbert released a statement noting the school does not wait until the criminal case is complete before holding a student conduct hearing.

n Charges have been dismissed against all West Virginia Wesleyan students accused of beating up an alumnus in December, The Exponent-Telegram reports. The prosecutor gave no reason for the dismissals in the motion requesting them. But the attorney for the alleged victim previously had said the case didn't add up, because none of the victim's blood was found on the hammer allegedly used in the beating.

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

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New efforts underway to end human trafficking in West Virginia http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509539 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160509/GZ01/160509539 Mon, 9 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Erin Beck By Erin Beck HUNTINGTON - Last week, in a student center at Marshall University, students took turns walking on stage and facing an audience while standing in a hot pink box, several feet tall, with a "For Sale" sign in the corner.

They were trying to raise awareness of others, often young people like them, who are victims of modern slavery in West Virginia.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Project received 48 calls referencing West Virginia in 2015, and 10 cases of human trafficking in West Virginia were reported to the organization. Of those, eight involved sex trafficking.

So far this year, the organization has received 19 calls referencing West Virginia, and five cases of human trafficking have been reported to the organization.

According to advocates for survivors of sex trafficking, the number is likely higher, and even police and victim services workers may not know they have worked with victims of trafficking.

The Marshall University students were at "Not for Sale: Sex Trafficking in the U.S.," a panel discussion on Tuesday evening hosted by Marshall's Women Connect and the Marshall University Students Against Sexual Slavery.

As the students stood silently on stage in front of the crowd, Maggie Stone, an assistant professor of sociology who researches sexualization and commodification of the body, explained why sexual slavery isn't always easy to recognize.

In the world of human trafficking, there are no hot pink Barbie boxes.

And because it isn't recognized, that's part of why we don't have an accurate count of how often it happens, according to Stone.

"We think about trafficking and we think about media-sensationalized images like the movie 'Taken,'" she said. "Somebody's chained to a bed or they're on an auction floor in Russia and that's trafficking to us, but the truth is trafficking can look a whole lot like street prostitution. It can look a whole lot like what's on Craiglist and Backpage.com. It can look like children being sold on the street. It can happen in families and in ways that we don't conceive of as being trafficking."

If a pimp forces a woman to sell her body, but she doesn't tell anyone because she's scared of him, that's still trafficking. If a woman works as a prostitute for a pimp because she believes she has to because she owes him a debt, that's trafficking. If a child is working as a prostitute, because children cannot legally consent, that's trafficking. If fraud or coercion are used, that's trafficking.

Victims may not even identify themselves as victims of "trafficking," according to Stone. Trafficking often occurs within families. Stone said victims may only recognize the treatment as "abuse" instead.

"Sex trafficking is assumed to be an 'other' problem," she said. "It's something that happens over there, out there, to other people in other countries. It's a foreign matter. It's an international problem, but that is not the reality of situation. The truth of the matter is that it happens in the United States and it happens in our state."

Emily Chittenden-Laird, executive director of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network, is one of the people working on the issue in West Virginia. She said they've seen a few trafficking victims served by child advocacy centers.

"It's not a huge number, but we're starting to see them and identify them," she said. "We just have so much work left to do."

West Virginia State Police Lt. Danny Swiger, director of the agency's Crimes Against Children Unit, knows of a couple of ongoing cases. He also acknowledged many victims are likely not being detected or coming forward.

"That's the thing," he said. "We don't know what the problem is in West Virginia."

Efforts are underway, though, to hold traffickers accountable and help survivors of human trafficking in the state.

Swiger said the State Police now make more of an effort to follow up with repeat runaways, since learning runaways are vulnerable to trafficking. He says they want to know "what they're running from."

Last week, the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center held three days of training on human trafficking. The Fusion Center is an organization that aims to improve public safety by allowing for resource and information sharing between law enforcement, public safety agencies and private entities.

"I think we are all still trying to become educated in this state and learn the signs," said Scott Pauley, deputy director of the center.

And last legislative session, an informal workgroup also worked on legislation to improve human trafficking laws in West Virginia.

House Bill 4489, sponsored by Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, would have provided for increased penalties for the trafficking of adults and children, immunity from prosecution for minors, and made victims eligible for the state's Crime Victims Compensation Fund and restitution. It would also have eliminated the provision of current law that says a trafficker must have two or more victims to be prosecuted for trafficking.

The state Senate and House both passed a version of the bill. But the House didn't pass a compromise version of the legislation until 11:59 p.m. on the final night of the legislative session, leaving no time for the Senate to concur.

"It's the saddest thing," said Nikki Tennis, director of the state Division of Children's Services and head of the workgroup. "It passed unanimously each House."

Last month, advocates planned a Twitter storm in an effort to get the bill passed. They tweeted #EndHumanTrafficking at Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and asked him to put the agenda on the agenda for the upcoming special session to pass a budget. The governor is likely to call the special session later this month.

And on April 27, the Sisters of St. Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, also agreed to fund a statewide task force on human trafficking, according to Sister Helen Skormisely. The group plans to inventory current services for victims, create a services plan, develop training and plan a public awareness campaign.

During the panel at Marshall, Fleischauer said the original version of the bill included plans for a similar commission, but it was eliminated based on fiscal concerns. She said as a result, the bill became less victim-focused. She hopes the task force will be a step toward better serving victims in the state.

"We don't really know in this state what services are available," she said. "We don't know where the gaps are."

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

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