www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: July 28, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT01/307289970 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT01/307289970 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Austin, Karen R. 2 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.


Barnett, Everett F. 2 p.m., Sewell Valley Baptist Church, Rainelle.


Campion, Mildred M. 2 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.


Chapman, Romie J. 11 a.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.


Circle, Goldie M. 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.


Harshbarger, Janice 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.


McCumbers, Barbara L. 11 a.m., Adams


Plumley, Hal W. 1 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.


Ross, Harold F. 7 p.m., Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.


Sill, Elgine J. 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.


Truitt, Richard S. 2 p.m., Faith Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.


White, Margaret 11 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church, Charleston.


Williams, Florine 2 p.m., Lobban Funeral Home, Alderson.

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Richard C. Baker http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289986 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Rev. Richard C. Baker, 77, of Charleston, passed away July 25, 2015 at CAMC Memorial Hospital. For service information, go to www.stevensandgrass.com. A full obituary will appear in Wednesday and Thursday's editions.

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William J. Charnock http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289993 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William Joseph Charnock, 46, of Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Charleston, died Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Mr. Charnock, a former prosecuting attorney for Kanawha County, was a lawyer with Heyl Royster in Peoria, Ill., and proud father to his son, Will.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John N. Charnock Jr. and Patricia Caldwell Charnock, as well as his aunt, Isabelle Charnock.

He is survived by his son, William Joseph Jr.; sisters, Anne Charnock, Jane Charnock and Mary Lynn Harless; and brother, John (Carolyn) Charnock. He is also survived by his four nephews, Jonathan and Robert Harless and John Patrick Jr. and Ryan Charnock, all of Charleston.

Mr. Charnock was a graduate from West Virginia University, where he also earned his law degree. He was a Mason. He was a former member of both the Charleston Lions Club and Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Elizabeth Memorial United Methodist Church, 108 Oakwood Road, Charleston, with Dr. Frank Shomo officiating. Visitation will start at 10 a.m. at the church.

Wilson Funeral Home, Charleston, is serving the Charnock family.

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Delmas Ray Conard http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289997 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Delmas Ray Conard, 67, of Camden-on-Gauley, died July 24, 2015. Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the funeral home.

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Mary Alice Dye http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289996 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Mary Alice Wyatt Dye, 59, of Spencer, died July 18, 2015. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Spencer, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

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Kathryn Susan Fink http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289994 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Kathryn Susan Fink, 63, of Charleston, died July 25, 2015 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

Susan was a member and elder of United Disciples of Christ Church, South Charleston. She was retired from the Charleston Police Department with 24 years of service. She could be found in the kitchen cooking for others and baking cookies. Susan loved to read, travel and care for animals.

She was preceded in death by her father, William A. Fink.

Susan is survived by her husband, Chuck Martin; mother, Janice Fink of Charleston; brother, William H. Fink (Kathy) of South Charleston; sister, Alisa Cummings of Charleston; stepchildren, Rick Martin (Tammy) of Dunbar and Kelly Hyre (Charles) of Winchester, Va.; and step-grandchildren, Sara and Abigail Hyre. She is also survived by several nephews and a niece.

A service to honor the life of Kathryn Susan Fink will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Steven Smith officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting snodgrassfuneral.com.

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Patsy M. Fisher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289977 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Patsy M. Fisher, 80, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 in Medina, Ohio. Patsy was born May 25, 1935 in Marmet, W.Va., to the late Nile and Mary Annabelle (Kersey) Dunlap. She was a former switchboard operator in Charleston, W.Va., and Medina. Patsy was an avid reader, loved doing puzzles and enjoyed going to the VFW in Vermilion.

Patsy is survived by her children, Jeffrey (Beate) Fisher and Dawn (George) Green; grandchildren, Mark Scott Fisher, Heidi Fisher, Lana Fisher, Doyle Greener and George (Heather) Green IV; great-grandchildren, Arista Fisher and Keegan Green; brother, James (Brenda) Dunlap and Scott (Swim) Dunlap; sisters, Barbara (Mike) Spangler, Mary Ann Dunlap, Becky Nichols, Connie Pernell and Shawnee (Dave) Wright; and former daughter-in-law, Colleen Greener.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, to whom she was married 40 years; son, Kevin; and brother, Tom Dunlap.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Wanda J. Folden http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289971 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289971 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Wanda Jewell Howery Folden, 66, of Montgomery, died July 25, 2015. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

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William Foster http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289984 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William Foster, 86, of Peytona, died July 24, 2015. Memorial service will be 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with visitation beginning at 5 p.m.

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Roxie R. Hamrick http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/OBIT/307289979 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Roxie Rhodora Martin Hamrick, 75, of Webster Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 25, 2015 at Charleston Area Medical Center. She was born July 20, 1940 in Curtin, the daughter of the late Clara Mitchell and Martha Debbie Hendren Martin.

Roxie was a Christian by faith. She made many friends and took much pride in her work at every job she had. Roxie enjoyed working at J.D. Cutlip's, Webster County Memorial Hospital, Montie VanNostrand's Law Office, Kenney Hamrick's, and she and her husband, John, owned and operated John's Exxon. However, above and beyond all, Roxie's love and devotion was to her husband, children, grandchildren and her dogs, Barney and Sadie.

Roxie is survived by her husband of 50 years, John F. Hamrick; daughter, Dianne Hamrick Sparks; son, Jeffrey J. (Stephanie) Hamrick; grandchildren, Hannah Sparks, Dylan Sparks, Garrett Hamrick, Colbie Cogar and Isaac Hamrick; brother, Charles "Chip" (Agatha) Martin; two nieces; and two great-nephews. Roxie was also blessed with many dear friends.

Friends may join the family for visitation from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Funeral service to celebrate Roxie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in West Virginia Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be made at www.doddreedfh.com.

Dodd & Reed Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hamrick family.

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WVU Tech, Beckley annouce new provost http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729529 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729529 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:27:46 -0400 By Megan Kennedy MONTGOMERY - Continuing his three-decade stretch serving West Virginia University in various capacities, Nigel Clark has been named provost of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley effective Monday.

Clark was named interim provost of the universities in May, he said. Before then, he was very familiar among the staff at WVU Tech and was involved in the school's engineering department, said Carolyn Long, campus president of WVU Tech and WVU Beckley.

Before Clark was named to the permanent position, Long said she was determined to keep him on campus for good because of his positive influence on the school and the wealth of knowledge he brings.

Clark expressed a deep respect for Long and said he "sincerely believe(s) that Tech has raised a notch under her oversight.

"I think that there is an opportunity for great achievements for students at Tech."

Clark is heavily involved in the engineering and sustainable energy field at WVU, serving as the George B. Berry Chair of Engineering and professor at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Sciences.

There is a deep connection between WVU and Tech in their engineering departments, Clark said.

"I have always appreciated that Tech has had great potential," he said. In working with the schools, he said he has appreciated their small size, where students can be very hands-on in their learning and have more contact with faculty, making them "elite."

He said hopes to be able to provide a "sound education" for students and when they graduate into the community and out into industry that they will "hit the ground running."

The new provost served on the WVU Board of Governors from 2009-2011 and spent five years as the director of the WVU Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines and Emissions, according to a statement from the university. Clark chaired the University's strategic planning council in 2010.

"At WVU Tech and WVU Beckley, Clark will oversee the maintenance and development of residential and online academic programs. He will also work with faculty on teaching methodologies, faculty development and institutional accreditation. Clark will collaborate with the main WVU campus in Morgantown on system-wide academic initiatives as well," the statement read.

"We feel very pleased and are so happy that he's accepted this position," Long said.

Contact writer Megan Kennedy at 304-348-4886 or

megan.kennedy@dailymailwv.com

or follow @wvschools on Twitter.

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Drums Across the Tri-State highlight of band season http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729530 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729530 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:59:41 -0400 By Andrea Lannom A sea of bright blue and white uniforms flooded Laidley Field.

The crowd was silent, watching as the Cascades, a marching band group from Seattle, pushed a giant spinning Earth into the center of the field. The steady drumbeat escalated along with the crowd's cheers as many people gazed at the band's cosmic-themed field show.

The Cascades were just one of the bands that performed in Monday night's Drums Across the Tri-State competition. Others included Mandarins, from Sacramento, California; Oregon Crusaders, from Portland, Oregon; Boston Crusaders; the Blue Knights from Denver; and the Phantom Regiment, from Rockford, Illinois.

For Rick Valenzuela, executive director of the Phantom Regiment, his group has 150 performers from six different countries - the United States, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Germany. The average age is 18 to 19 years old.

"They come to try out from all over the world," he said. "There were 750 kids trying out for 150 spots."

The group left Illinois for its national tour on June 15. Charleston marked the group's 23rd show in the last month. The groups have two more weeks before they head to the national championship in Indianapolis.

Valenzuela explained that scores from Monday night's event won't affect standing in the national championship. Instead, the scores are good guidelines to show where the bands rank and what they can improve.

For some attendees, this is the highlight of the marching band season. Madalene Blackwood, her sister Molly Blackwood and their cousin Ellen Blackwood, all of Charleston, all were excited about the performance.

The Blackwoods, who are band members at Capital High School, said it's an inspiration to see what the groups can do.

"It's the major league of marching band," Molly said.

Madalene said her band director encouraged her to be there. All three said it's one of the highlights of the year. This is the second time they've seen the event, saying usually, these performances take place while they are away at band camp.

"It's like extreme marching band," Molly said. "It's the top. It's something even a person not musically inclined would enjoy."

All three also are looking forward to the Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette & Band Festival. The festival is the only annual competition that brings together the marching bands from all of Kanawha County's public high schools.

"Capital has won for 11 years in a row and we are hoping that maybe we will win again," Ellen said. "It's one of the competitions we are all hoping to win."

Charlie Keown, of Huntington, is a regular to these performances. She said she has seen more than a dozen of them and she tries to make it every year.

"We love it because we are band geeks," she said. "It's addicting. It's just amazing. These kids have traveled and spent months getting out there and giving their all."

Show attendee Donna Kincaid, of Parkersburg, is in Parkersburg South High School's marching band. Every year, her band director encourages her and her classmates to be there. She has been coming to this event for four years, the same amount of time that she has been in marching band.

"It gives us great appreciation of what we strive to be," she said. "It's the highlight of the marching year."

Her favorite part is the atmosphere.

"Everyone is here because they love it," she said. "Everyone is here for the band instead of the game. That's something you don't find a lot."

Pinto Wintz of Spring Valley High School and Seaver Stanley of Marshall University also enjoyed the event. Wintz said he loves to listen to the music and watch the bands.

"I love the different shows and the feelings you get when you listen to them," he said. "Two years ago, the Cavaliers did Secret Society," he recalled as Stanley concurred. "It was the best ever."

This is Wintz's third time seeing the performance and Stanley's fourth one.

"You just get goosebumps when you listen to them," Seaver said.

Contact writer Andrea Lannom at Andrea.Lannom@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/AndreaLannom.

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Century Aluminum closes Ravenswood plant http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729531 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729531 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:07:29 -0400 By Andrea Lannom Century Aluminum will permanently shut down its Ravenswood plant effectively immediately, officials announced Monday night.

The Ravenswood smelter was built in 1957 and had a full operating capacity of 170,000 metric tons per year. It has been idle since February 2009, causing more than 650 people to lose their jobs.

In a Monday night news release, Century officials said the company was unable to secure a competitive power contract. The news release also cited challenging aluminum market conditions, which the company said is driven by increased exports of aluminum from China.

For those reasons, officials said economics for restarting the facility are "unfavorable."

"We have worked diligently with local, state and federal officials, along with the power company, to reopen the smelter but we have been unable to secure a long-term, competitive power contract," Michael Bless, Century's CEO, said in the news release. "We are convinced that all of these parties did everything within their ability to support our efforts to restart the Ravenswood smelter, and we are grateful for their commitment.

"We deeply regret the impact of this action on our employees and on the local community, and share in the profound disappointment. We will now turn our attention to the efficient disposition of the facility; we are committed to working with state leadership and the other relevant constituencies in this endeavor."

Shortly after the announcement, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement expressing his disappointment and asking company officials to reconsider.

"We have worked diligently with the company as well as local, state and federal officials to find a solution that works for all parties, and we remain willing to offer assistance moving forward," Tomblin said in an emailed statement.

"If this decision remains final, I encourage Century Aluminum to work cooperatively with its retirees to address their benefit needs, and the West Virginia Development Office will assist in marketing the site to a new user."

Republican Delegate Michael Ihle, who also is mayor of Ravenswood, said although he was disappointed, he wasn't surprised.

"We are all disappointed that Century has closed the door on being part of the Ravenswood community," Ihle said in an emailed statement.

"This news surprises no one who has been paying attention. If the heart demonstrated by former employees and retirees had anything to do with it, Century would have come back years ago. Unfortunately, political and economic factors were far bigger than our small town."

"Century is missing out on one of West Virginia's best cities," Ihle continued. "Our town was recently named West Virginia's second safest city and home of the state's eighth best high school. Ravenswood's business growth rate was 12.4 percent during fiscal year 2013-14. This is the highest rate among West Virginia cities large enough to contain at least 100 businesses"

Ihle said the Ravenswood community has already "absorbed the blow from losing Century."

"Its closure is a mere formality at this point," he said. "Our river city is filled with tough, beautiful people who are already turning our community around. If you are thinking of doing business in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Ravenswood is still the best place for you."

Century Aluminum executives had been trying to hash out a power plan for years to help revive the Jackson County plant.

Since the plant was idled in 2009, state lawmakers have passed bills providing tax breaks and alternate power rate structures in order to help create a viable power contract for the plant, but those proposals, combined with aluminum prices and high costs of running the facility, didn't give the company confidence in restarting the plant in a profitable manner.

In 2012, the company asked the state Public Service Commission to approve a rate structure in which its power rates would rise and fall with aluminum prices. To offset those fluctuations, Century proposed shifting costs onto other Appalachian Power ratepayers to make up some costs when prices were low.

But commissioners did not buy into that idea. While they essentially gave Century the rates they wanted in their decision, they said the company would be on the hook for any short payments to the power company. At the time, the company balked at that idea.

Contact writer Andrea Lannom at Andrea.Lannom@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5148. Follow her at www.twitter.com/AndreaLannom.

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Vent Line for July 28, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729543 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729543 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Prevailing wage should be stopped forever. It is a scam. It is stealing from the taxpayers. A lot of the extra money given to people in their paycheck goes to support Democrat candidates.

Donald Trump is a millionaire. The Clintons are millionaires, too. Donald Trump used American workers to make his money. Hilary used foreign governments to make her money. Who do you think would be the best president to represent American workers? ABC - anybody but Clinton.

The recent article on the Charleston user fee states it was voted on two years after it was improperly enacted. When the fee was doubled it was never voted on again. The reasons for the user fee were not to substantiate the police budget, but for additional officers. It isn't being used for what it was originally voted on to begin with.

My wife of 65 years is 85 years old and a beautiful woman. She does all of her own housework and cooking. I love her very much.

Joe Manchin has voted with Obama on every deal that Obama has wanted, good or bad. He has forgotten the people elected him. The next election the voters need to remember that.

Will somebody please pave Kanawha Turnpike from Valley Drive to the old Tech Center? Driving on it is like driving on a moonscape.

The sharks are all swimming in crazy patterns and coming close to the shore because of drugs in the oceans.

In Nitro we are getting a new chief of police. The old one was of no more use to Dave Casebolt. Sorry, but he is not the first one that has learned this.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are urging the administration to go to Congress first in this Iranian deal. Congress has 60 days to review the deal before voting. The United Nations has already gotten rid of certain sanctions. This is a dangerous situation for the United States.

A white man is beaten to death and the assailant gets probation. Do our lives matter? I don't know.

For more than a week folks on Koontz Drive, where we have fenced yards for our dogs, have another dog with tags roaming and killing. We cannot put up with this. The owner needs to prevent this before the dog is caught and turned in.

I see where Mr. Bojangles is coming to town. And Tom T. Hall does a dance and sings Mr. Bojangles in his shows. So I think they should invite Mr. Tom T. Hall back to Charleston with a warm reception. I vote for him any time.

The people who live in Brooks Manor, located on Brooks Street, need help. They are breaking their lease and the management knows this. They are living in filthy and dangerous conditions. Wouldn't this be a form of abuse when the management doesn't do anything about this?

The town of Belle has two of the nicest girls working for them. Wanda McAfee and Becky Gibson are hard workers, personable and nice to be around. They do a great job. We are lucky to have them.

I see where WVU is playing powerhouses Georgia Southern, Liberty and Maryland in three home games where they should be three and zero before going out to play Oklahoma. Once again they started off their season guaranteeing wins.

Hospitals in West Virginia have too many staff and not enough of them are competent.

n The person who put up the Confederate flag on July 4 dishonored his state of West Virginia, which was born out of the Civil War - and condones treason as well as slavery.

n To the reader who thinks Putin made a good deal with the Clintons for uranium: I just found out Chelsea got a scholarship to Moscow to study trade.

n Would someone please pave Kanawha Turnpike in both directions between Valley Drive and the Tech Center? It is a moonscape that is tearing my car apart.

n Are the sheep of Charleston going to stand by and let Danny Jones and city council spend $24 million on a bike path and turn the Boulevard into three lanes? It is time to speak up.

n Morons at Yeager Airport - did they think all of that dirt they stuck on a hillside was going to stay forever?

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Editorial: America's gun lunacy http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ04/150729550 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ04/150729550 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 In Louisiana, a mentally ill man in a movie theater fired 13 shots, killing two young women and wounding nine others before he killed himself.

In Tennessee, a young man of Arabic descent who once talked of "becoming a martyr" killed five service members with an assault gun at a military facility before police shot him down.

In Georgia, a man charged with domestic violence shot his wife and two small sons to death, then killed himself.

All this happened in the same week that a psychotic man was found guilty of killing 12 and wounding 70 in a Colorado movie theater massacre.

And it happened soon after a deluded racist killed nine worshippers at a black South Carolina church.

Gun massacres are so common in America that they hardly seem unusual. They're just part of daily life in a nation where the "right to bear arms" seems sacred, like a religious belief.

President Obama told BBC News that the greatest frustration of his presidency has been failure to pass "commonsense gun safety laws" to protect Americans - "even in the face of repeated mass killings."

"If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it's less than 100," he said. "If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it's in the tens of thousands."

Actually, it's in hundreds of thousands. More than 10,000 gun murders happen in America every year - and the historic suicide terror attack was 14 years ago.

No other modern democracy allows the dangerous gun-carrying that occurs in America - and no other modern democracy has even one-tenth as many gun murders.

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said: "Yes, people pull the trigger - but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror."

But as long as the powerful right-to-bear-arms lobby rules Congress and state legislatures on behalf of those who make and sell guns and ammunition, more death and horror are all that Americans can expect.

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Douglas Terry: Here's a better name for a school http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ04/150729551 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ04/150729551 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 By Douglas Terry "Who's that?" my son asked as we walked around the track at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

Ben, who was 4, pointed at the mural of the Confederate general on the side of the gymnasium. The mural shows Jackson imagined as Yosemite Sam. He's squat legged and barrel-chested with a bulbous nose, and an outlandish beard. He clutches a sword nearly the size of his absurdly disproportionate body.

Was the Civil War à la Looney Tunes to be my 4-year-old's introduction to slavery?

I could have said: "That's a funny picture of a man named Stonewall Jackson. This school, where I went as a kid, is named after him."

But I didn't. We talked about slavery and Jackson's role in it - about how the mural caricatures something not at all funny.

The Kanawha County school board's response to the recent petition to rename Stonewall reminded me of that mural. Its members who call changing the name "ridiculous" create an image of Jackson no less absurd. Like the cartoonish mural, they provide a fanciful view of Jackson that woefully misrepresents slavery.

Jackson's apologists on the school board suggest that he didn't advocate slavery despite fighting for the Confederacy and owning slaves. They imply that he was a compassionate slaveholder (an oxymoron if ever there was one). As proof, they note he oversaw a Sunday school for African-American children. Though so-called Christian slaveowners commonly preached that slavery was divine, the board members insinuate that Jackson's teachings were somehow an exception.

As they attempt to flee from Jackson's involvement in slavery, they're bound to its reality.

Jackson was no rebel. He fought to the death to conserve the draconian racial order that empowered him. He benefited from slavery's physical and psychological violence waged on millions of human beings, the pain of which lingers today.

Slavery's violence, unlike Jackson's innermost feelings on it, isn't speculation. It's documented in the hundreds of accounts by its survivors, like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs and Solomon Northup, the 19th century's true rebels.

To borrow from Douglass, "must I argue that a system, thus marked with blood and stained with pollution, is wrong?"

Clearly, a man so deeply entrenched in slavery as Jackson shouldn't represent the educational values of a 21st century school or the residents of its surrounding community.

Of the many West Virginians worthy of the honor, I propose J.R. Clifford.

Like Jackson, Clifford was an educator and a Civil War veteran, serving as an artilleryman and at a hospital for the Union Army. Clifford was also a lawyer, a newspaper editor, a civil rights defender, and an inspiring embodiment of the American Dream.

Born in 1848, he persevered against adversity to acquire the education to become West Virginia's first-African American attorney. Thereafter, he spent his legal career fighting for equality, successfully challenging aspects of the state's segregated school law. Outside the courts, Clifford pursued justice through the Pioneer Press, the newspaper he edited for 60 years.

By his leadership in national organizations like the Niagara Movement, the NAACP's forerunner, J.R. Clifford, who supported education and helped dismantle the racist culture that Stonewall Jackson defended, illustrates the best of West Virginia. We should name the school after him.

Douglas Terry is a doctoral student at WVU and a resident of Charleston's West Side.

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East End restaurant/bar Little India changing ownership http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729554 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729554 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 By Andrew Brown CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The biggest accomplishment for Harish and Meena Anada has been succeeding where others have failed.

Over the past five years, the couple created and managed Little India, now one of the East End's most well-known restaurants. In doing so, they've have shown that hard work and an attention to detail can accomplish a lot.

When they were planning to open the restaurant, people asked if they were crazy. It was only after the lease was signed that people told them the location - near the intersection of Washington and Elizabeth streets - was known as the "graveyard of restaurants" because of the string of businesses that failed in that location in previous years.

But Meena was not to be deterred. She had wanted to open a restaurant for many years, and this was her chance to prove that she had what it took to operate a successful eatery.

"I told them, 'I'll be the first one to last,'" she said as she sat in the restaurant's rear dining room Sunday afternoon.

Now, nearly five years after the restaurant first opened its doors to hungry customers, the couple is announcing the sale of the restaurant to new owners.

While the restaurant will keep its name and the existing staff will continue to produce the authentic Indian cuisine that Charleston residents have come to expect, the Anadas have chosen to bow out, opting to run their Kanawha City grocery store - International Groceries and Spices - until they move to New Orleans with their son.

The Anadas say they are sad to sell their restaurant, but with Harish recovering from back surgery and both of them eager to see their family more often, they said it was an easy decision to sell when another family from Michigan offered to buy the business.

Since the Little India opened in 2010, the couple has worked tirelessly to make sure that the business succeeded. Meena said she has rarely spent a day outside of her beloved restaurant.

"I have a passion for really good food," she said. "It was my dream for many years to have a restaurant."

While Meena has largely handled the day-to-day management of Little India, the success of the restaurant is a testament to the couple's teamwork.

Harish offered a helping hand wherever he was needed at the restaurant, while also managing their grocery store. Meena worked 14 hours a day, seven days a week, showing up at the restaurant around 9 a.m. and often turning out the lights and locking the doors around 11 p.m.

"This place would have gone flat without her," Harish said.

To hear them explain it, both owners have been going almost nonstop since the first customers dug into Little India's buffet, and the couple has not gone on a vacation together since then.

If one member of the enterprising duo took off, the other would stay to oversee the business and to ensure that their customers received the hospitality and quality of service they expected.

The only days both of them closed up shop were Thanksgiving, Christmas and several days for their daughter's wedding.

"If you let go of even one aspect of the thing, it all falls apart," Meena said, in between running to the cash register to ring up customers' orders. "It's a very demanding job."

The fact that a family that owns Indian restaurants in Michigan approached the Anadas about purchasing the business is proof enough for Meena that she has succeeded in her effort to build a successful restaurant.

"Nobody wants to buy a sinking ship," Meena said. "They liked what they saw."

While the restaurant has consistently turned a profit, even as the Anadas have expanded seating and added an upstairs bar, the process has not been without its challenges.

In fact, the first three months of operation were almost enough to put the restaurant under. The couple had planned to open in August 2010, but when they found out that more renovations had to be done on the kitchen and other parts of the restaurant prior to opening, they were forced to delay the operation for three months. In the meantime, they were paying the staff and the monthly lease on the building.

"We had a rough beginning, but we did it," Meena said.

But even harder than the long hours spent at the restaurant - where the couple has taken more than a few naps - has been the separation from their children and grandchildren.

With modern technology, the Anadas have been able to stay in touch with their son in New Orleans and their daughter and her children in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but Meena said she longs for the chance to visit her family more often.

She said video messaging her grandson with a phone in one hand while she serves food to customers with the other just isn't enough anymore.

Meena may be talking about the prospects of vacationing, visiting her grandchildren in San Juan and moving to New Orleans with her son, but she is already considering opening another restaurant in the future.

When she went to visit New Orleans, she envied the success of the restaurants downtown. She couldn't believe the number of customers the restaurants had even on a weekday.

That envy has her considering a small takeout restaurant with three to four tables once she gets settled in Louisiana.

"I have learned a great deal here," Meena said. "I know exactly what makes it go."

Still, the Anadas aren't quite done in Charleston yet. On Sunday, the couple is planning a farewell buffet for all of their devoted customers. The restaurant will have more than 40 dishes on the menu, and they expect a full house of people who are eager to buy one last chicken tikka masala or lamb curry.

"I am looking forward to a lot of hugs and tears," Meena said.

Reach Andrew Brown at andrew.brown@wvgazette.com, 304-348-4814 or follow @Andy_Ed_Brown on Twitter.

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Readers' Voice: July 28, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729555 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ01/150729555 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Express your opinion on any subject you wish. Not all comments are published. Call 304-357-4451 or email readersvoice@wvgazette.com.

The state will not help people who work and try to make it, yet they will keep them if they don't work. Does this make sense? Why not help the working people? Why would you even work if someone would keep you and everything was free?

I will continue to shop at Macy's because of what they did. What they did was right.

We like the combined newspaper very much, but I do have a complaint and that is the paper that it's printed on. It's gone back to the old curling days. You can't hold it comfortably.

Why don't West Virginians stop blaming and vow to clean up their homes, take care of themselves, get jobs and put a smile on their faces?

Just wanted to say hats off and thank you to our newspaper carrier in Rand. I get a newspaper on my porch every day for the first time in many years. Thanks again.

Donald Trump is definitely out there. I don't know if I could bring myself to vote for him or not. The one question is can he or anyone undo the damage Obama has done to this country? That's the person who will get my vote.

I know that cell phones are a great convenience, especially for the young, but as far as this older person is concerned, they are far more trouble than they are worth.

Millions has been wasted by the Republican Party investigating Democrats that could have been used to build schools, fix roads and, bridges, and etc.

Equal time is needed for Democrat leadership on the Republican propaganda Channel 13's program Decision Makers. Labor and Union leadership do not receive equal time.

The Confederate flag started flying at South Carolina's Capitol in 1961 during the Civil Rights Movement. Just because it was taken down there doesn't mean you people can't still fly it in your own yards.

Between our highways going back to dirt, dilapidated buildings and trash everywhere, unreliable and unavailable utilities for so many, a major airport sliding off the hillside, industry and jobs leaving, and the ambitious and innovative among us leaving in droves, the people of this state are being failed on every level by a contemptuous government and corporations on the take who have little or no interest in anything improving.

The Republicans in and out of Congress are crumbling from within and making fools of themselves in the process. How can anyone in his/her right mind vote for them in the 2016 elections?

I see propaganda about giving super rich energy industries a free pass to pollute. We need precious godly waters for life on earth and to keep us safe from cancerous pollutants. State coal and gas industry has been breaking pollution laws forever.

This is why I like the Readers' Voice, now i know the definition of bloviating, and I agree with the comparison.

So Marmet is going to ban ATVs from city streets. What part of it is against state law to operate them on the road do they not understand?

Another week, another gun massacre in the gun-ridden USA. When will we learn that we must keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and the fanatics?

I firmly believe Mike Huckabee's comments on the Iran nuclear "deal" are spot-on! I thought it was national policy that the United States would never negotiate with terrorists, yet, we struck this "deal" with the main sponsor of world-wide terror. On top of that, we're also going to give them a bunch of money...What?!!

Idiot editorial: no one argues that the U.S. Constitution mandates capital punishment, but it explicitly allows states the choice. Therefore capital punishment inherently cannot be unconstitutional.

When I read that Alex Mooney said he traveled around his district talking to his constituents, I almost choked on my coffee. He doesn't have any idea where his district is!

To the "insider:" You may be right about the lack of money for road repairs, but there is no shortage of manpower or equipment preventing repairs. There has been a road grader parked across the street from my house for nearly a week with no work being performed.

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Tuesday cartoon http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ04/150729556 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/GZ04/150729556 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:48:00 -0400

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Editorial cartoon for July 28, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/DM04/150729557 DM04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150728/DM04/150729557 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Editorial cartoon for July 28, 2015

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