www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 10, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT01/310109985 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT01/310109985 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Bonnette, Constance 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Garden, Cross Lanes.

Buchanan, Scarlett 2 p.m., Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert.

Hammonds, Joan 2 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston.

Hill, Carole 1 p.m., Goldtown Community Church, Kenna.

Lawrence, Betty 6 p.m., The Tabernacle of Praise, Cross Lanes.

Leggett, Karen Noon, White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville.

McKinney, Hester 1 p.m., Wilson

Meadows, Boyd 1 p.m., Valley View Memorial Park, Hurricane.

Querry, Franklin 11 a.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Rollins, Ernest 1 p.m., Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Smith, Marvin Noon, Dunbar Mountain Mission Church, Dunbar.

Smith, Paul 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Sweeney, Vergie 1 p.m., McLung Family Cemetery, Canvas.

Arbie Bowen http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109988 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Arbie Lawrence Bowen, 81, of Elkview, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016, in Charleston.

He was born May 12, 1935, to the late Arbie and Georgia Bowen. Arbie was also a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving numerous years at Area 51. He was retired from Lockheed Martin and Boeing Manufacturing.

In addition to his parents, Arbie is preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Ouida Bowen; brother, Thomas Bowen; sister-in-law, Mary Bowen and brother-in-law, George Russell, Sr.

He is survived by nephew, Timothy Bowen (Tamara); sister, Opal Russell; nephews, George Russell, Jr., Richard Russell; and niece, Sharon Castilano.

Private family service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangements are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home.

Mary Jane Carpenter http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109998 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109998 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400

Mary Jane Carpenter, 78, of Sissonville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 7, 2016.

Mary was born May 12, 1938, to her beloved parents, Delmer and Thelma Burdette.

She was a member of Union Valley Gospel Tabernacle Church, and was a devout Christian, and devoted mother and grandmother. She prayed for family and friends that they would accept the Lord before it's too late.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Shaffer; and brothers, Lawrence, Jerry, and Leo Burdette.

Mary is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Thadis Carpenter; children, Randy and wife, Kelley, Roger and wife, Robin, Ricky and wife, Connie, Renee and husband, Mike, and Lynn and husband, Marvin; grandchildren, Randy, Mike, Summer, Roger, Mandy, Ricky, Anthony, Brandi, Luke, Hannah, and Alisha; great-grandchildren, Rhianna, Dylan, Valcon, Odin, Ronin, Braxton, Madison, Tanner, David, Michael, Brandon, Lilly, Jaxon, Braley, Brayden, Addilynn, Elijah and Benjamin; sisters, Rose Good, Janet Haynes, Loraine Newhouse; brothers, Dale, Junior and Arnold Burdette; and a host of nieces nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, at Union Valley Gospel Tabernacle Church, with Pastor Roy Moles and Pastor Robert Legg officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Tuppers Creek. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at: cpjfuneralhome.com. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Carpenter family.

J. Vann Carroll http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109990 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 J. Vann Carroll, 81, of Charleston, passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.

William "Bill" Davis http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109989 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 William "Bill" Davis, passed through Heaven's gates, October 8, 2016.

He was retired from DuPont after 36 years and was also a former member of Pinch Baptist Church. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He was a master craftsman and his favorite hobby was woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Davis; son, Stephen; daughter, Pamela; and granddaughter, Jennifer Davis.

Bill is survived by wife of 16 years, JoAnn Hughart Davis; children, Jean Andrews (Ed), Sharon Todd; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and extended family.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, in Elk Hills Memorial Park with Pastor Bobby Sizemore officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, at Hafer Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to Meadowbrook Acres Nursing Center for the excellent care they provided for Bill and his family.

Online condolences may be sent to haferfuneralhome.net.

Arrangement are in the care of Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview, WV 25071.

Frank Fulton, Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109994 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Frank Fulton, Jr., 89, of Morgantown, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Parkersburg, on June 30, 1927, a son of the late Frank and Mellie Buckalew Fulton.

Frank retired from Monongahela Power Company after 40 years of employment and also served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, and was an avid WVU and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. His infectious laugh and sense of humor will always be an endearing memory to his family.

He is survived by his five children, David Fulton and his wife, Cheryl of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Lynne Gianola and her husband, John of Charleston, Leanne Cravens of Panama City, Fla., Mary Lou Wellman and her husband, Stan of Richmond, Va., and John Fulton and his wife, Denise of Kensington, Md.; 13 grandchildren, Jeffrey and Joseph Fulton; John and Jason Gianola; Katie Yori, Cory and Chelsey Cravens; Matthew, Sarah, and Sam Wellman; and Anne, Catherine Louise, and Thomas Fulton; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Louise Fulton, who passed away on August 30, 2013.

In keeping with his wishes, cremation services have been entrusted to Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown. Friends and family will be received at The WVU Erickson Alumni Center, 1 Alumni Dr., Morgantown, on Wednesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date at East Oak Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Virginia University Foundation, 1 Waterfront Place, #7, Morgantown, WV 26501.

Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.

Dianna Harper http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109992 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Dianna Lynn Harper, 56, of Charleston, passed away October 6, 2016, following a short illness.

Dianna was the manager of Flowers Baking Company, former district manager of Rite Aid of Charleston, owner of Sam's Hotdogs on Capital Street and Hale Street, and lived most of her life in Kanawha County.

Preceding her in death was husband, David Walden.

Surviving is her companion and love of her life, James Goins of Big Chimney; father, Roger Pitzer of Pocahontas County; mother, Lorene Shinn of Charleston; brother, Richard Pitzer of Charleston; step-brother, Brian Shinn of Columbus, Ohio; step-sister, Megan Pitzer; nieces, Ricci Pitzer of Charleston, Chrystal Gunnoe of Bob White, Jessica Washington of Charleston; nephew, Jessie Gunnoe of Clarksburg.

Memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In keeping with Dianna's wishes her body has been cremated.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St., Charleston, WV 25311.

To send the family online condolences or sign the guest book, please visit our website at fidlerandframefuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Ann McComas http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109987 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Dorothy Ann McComas, 78, of South Charleston, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Hubbard Hospice West in South Charleston.

She was a server at Leonoro's Spaghetti House where she worked for 35 years. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed preparing meals for her family and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in South Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lyle Stanley McCormick; siblings, Dorsel and Frank Saddler, Sharon Sutphin and granddaughter, Loretta McCormick.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Phillip; children, Beverly Ann (Anthony) Meadows, Cheryl Sue (Jerry) Alford, Mary Jewel McCormick, Jonathan Lyle McCormick (Susan Freeman), Greg Scott McCormick and Jennifer Elaine McCormick; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Martha Holstein, Mary Rose McCormick and William Saddler.

Service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 12, at the Bethel Baptist Church, 5028 Kentucky Street, South Charleston with Pastor Randy Bratka officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.curryfuneralhome.org.

Curry Funeral Home, 2097 Childress Road, Alum Creek, WV has been family owned and operated since 1950.

Sandra "Sandy" Nichols http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109999 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Sandra "Sandy" Kay Nichols, 68, of Charleston, left this earth to be with the Lord on October 6, 2016.

She was born on August 26, 1948, in Charleston, to Rosa Constance "Connie" Stuck and William J. Stuck.

She was preceded in death mother, Rose Constance Stuck; and brother, Stephen Stuck.

Sandra is survived by her children, Angela McGinnis, Allison McGinnis, Ashlee Rosas and her husband, Amado Rosas; father, William Stuck; grandchildren, Victoria McGinnis, William "Chaz" Morgan, and Mason Morgan; her sister, Sharon Lee; many loved ones, friends; and her dog, Max.

Sandra was a member of the 5th Avenue Church of God and worked at Kanawha Valley Bank then PSI. Once retired, she became a caregiver to many. She was a big-hearted person who always stayed humble. Sandra was a strong, survivor of breast cancer. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was known for always having a smile on her face with her red lipstick.

The family suggests memorial donations to: 5th Avenue Church of God, 200 5th Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston, with Pastor Rod Campbell officiating. Entombment will follow in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, October 10, at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at cpjfuneralhome.com. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Nichols family.

Ethel Oliver http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/OBIT/310109991 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ethel Mae Cavendish Cox Oliver, 92 years of age, of Conroe, Texas, formerly of Summersville, passed away Friday morning, October 7, 2016, in the Summersville Extended Care Center, following an extended illness. She was the daughter of the late Burl S. and Alice Acord Cavendish and was born at Lockwood on August 17, 1924. She was a loving mother, a school aid, a member of the Eastern Star, a 1943 graduate of Nicholas County High School and a member of the Zoar Baptist Church at Keslers Cross Lanes.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by husbands, Irvin Cox and Robert Oliver; two brothers, Clayton and Robert Cavendish and one sister Ruby McCutcheon.

Surviving are 3 sons Irvin Blair Cox (Martha) The Villages, Fla., Carl D. Cox (Patricia), Summersville, Joey B. Cox (Deborah) Conroe, Texas; one daughter, Janet Rae Cox McNally (Leslie), Gettysburg, Pa.; one sister, Shirley Cavendish Johnson (Ray), Summersville; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, in the Zoar Baptist Church at Keslers Cross Lanes with Rev. Arnold Nicholas officiating. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to service time.

Waters Funeral Chapel in Summersville is in charge of arrangements. E-Condolences: watersfuneralchapel@frontier.com.

$1.1M in estimated damage to Clendenin library http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0114/161019953 GZ0114 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0114/161019953 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:51:46 -0400 Ryan Quinn By Ryan Quinn The Federal Emergency Management Agency has estimated that the late June floods that devastated parts of West Virginia caused $1.1 million in damages to the building and contents of the Clendenin branch of the Kanawha County Public Library system, the system's director said Monday.

Alan Engelbert told library board members that he's still waiting to learn, likely later this week or next, what percentage the damage to the building alone represents of the property's appraised value. The branch got 9 feet of water in the floods.

Any time a building is more than 50 percent damaged in such a situation, it has to be brought into compliance with national flood insurance policy. For the Clendenin branch, Engelbert said that could mean having to elevate the building in the current location by 11 feet - a requirement that could increase costs beyond the $1.1 million estimate.

"So we'd have the tallest building in Clendenin," Engelbert said.

Under its Public Assistance Program, FEMA can fund 75 percent, and perhaps more, of the cost to fix damage to public facilities, including the cost to build new facilities and establish temporary facilities. Engelbert said the branch had $300,000 in insurance coverage on its contents and another $300,000 on the structure, so whatever amount FEMA provides will take that into account.

"FEMA has been very good to work with," Engelbert said. "They've been very responsive, and have been of great help in helping me through the process."

Board member Mickey Blackwell asked Engelbert if he had any thoughts on what the system would do in response to the damage to the Clendenin branch.

"I think that's probably premature," Engelbert said. "I think we need to figure out the extent to which we are damaged."

The system will have to consider FEMA funding offers and building requirements in determining whether to try to restore the current branch, build a new structure on the current site or at a nearby location, or not rebuild a Clendenin branch at all.

Blackwell also questioned Monday why the system had reduced the frequency of Mobile Library stops in Clendenin from four times a month to two. The Mobile Library is the "bookmobile bus" where patrons can check out items.

Engelbert cited staff scheduling constraints due to the fact the Mobile Library now has begun stopping at Bridge Elementary in the area, but said he'd review the possibilities in response to Blackwell's concerns.

The director also said he still hasn't heard an update on when the flood-destroyed bridge to Crossings Mall - where the nearby Elk Valley branch is located - will be repaired. On July 26, the library reopened on a space it used to occupy at 3636 Pennsylvania Ave., in Big Chimney, to serve both the Clendenin and Elkview areas until the bridge is replaced.

"There is still no sign of activity at the Crossings Mall," he said.

He did say Monday that FEMA has estimated the cost to set up that temporary branch location and eventually vacate will come to about $32,000, indicating FEMA could fund 75 percent of that expense and the state could fund the remaining 25 percent.

Also Monday, the board:

n Approved a policy change to, according to Engelbert, pay part-time workers seven and a half hours worth of pay for the four and a half hours worth of work they do on Sundays only in the main Charleston branch of the system.

Engelbert has said the change would cost about $5,600 annually in extra pay and benefits for the, on average, six workers who work each Sunday. He said full-time workers have received the benefit of being paid for extra hours each Sunday they work since 1974.

Of the dozen members in attendance out of the 18 system board members, only one, Kenneth Bailey, voted nay in the voice vote. Bailey declined comment after the meeting.

n Heard a report from board member Cheryl Crigger Morgan concerning the fact the ad hoc building projects committee still is reviewing four locations for a new main library branch location, and has delayed making a recommendation to the full board in order to seek more information on one of the options. She declined, as she has previously, to reveal the options publicly.

The main branch currently is located on the corner of Capitol and Quarrier streets in downtown Charleston.

n Heard a report on its new Hoopla service, which launched Monday. With a library card and an email address, library patrons can freely check out from the website hoopladigital.com or the Hoopla app 10 items per month, including movies, TV episodes, albums, graphic novels and ebooks.

Reach Ryan Quinn at ryan.quinn@wvgazettemail.com, facebook.com/ryanedwinquinn, 304-348-1254 or follow @RyanEQuinn on Twitter.

REVIEW: All the things about 'Stranger Things' - Taking a look at the popular Netflix series http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ10/161019954 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ10/161019954 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:39:11 -0400 By Lauren Pauley Winfield High School By By Lauren Pauley Winfield High School This summer, Netflix released a new original show that blew up around the world. It's a show consisting of mystery, nostalgia and Eggo waffles. It's a show that is absolutely terrifying, yet completely addictive. It's a show that will make you cry, laugh and even scream with horror.

It's called "Stranger Things," and, honestly, it's one of the greatest things I've ever watched.

And it's not just me. The Netflix original was released on July 15, and it quickly grew into one of the most popular shows of the summer, with millions of people watching and tweeting about it. In fact, the show had already confirmed a second season not even two months after the first season premiered, and its young cast has become wildly famous overnight.

But what is "Stranger Things?" Where did it even come from? And why is it so popular?

The creators of the show, Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, better known and credited simply as the Duffer Brothers, wrote and created the show, inspired by the works of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. Netflix ended up picking up the show, and the rest is history.

The show is set in 1983, in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and is full of references and homages to '80s culture, which is most likely what has prompted much of the show's cult following. Many episodes mention "Star Wars," for example, and one episode finds a group of young kids walking along a railroad track, reminiscent of "Stand By Me."

Another huge feature of the show that has so many people enraptured is the soundtrack. Man, is it good. The original score for the show is made up of mainly synthesizers, a nod toward similar sounding '80s tunes, and was written by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. The "Stranger Things" soundtrack was released in two volumes, both of which are available anywhere like on Spotify or iTunes, and both feature more than 30 songs.

The music is eerie with heavy synths, and yet, at the same time, calming in a way. It will also send a chill directly down your spine.

But anyway, what is "Stranger Things" even about?

Good question.

The series follows the events that occur after the disappearance of a young boy named Will Byars, who is played by Noah Schnapp. Will's disappearance suddenly becomes the biggest event to ever occur in the extremely small town of Hawkins, and his frantic mother Joyce (Winona Ryder), his loner, older brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), the local police chief Hopper (David Harbour), his close friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) and Mike's older sister Nancy (Natalia Dyer) all get themselves deep into the investigation.

Not to mention, there's the mysterious girl who goes only by Eleven, and the eerie government lab on the edge of town.

But as the search for Will continues, more and more secrets are uncovered and more truths about their seemingly quiet town are unearthed. Nothing is as it seems in this small town, and the more each party discovers, the more they realize everything is somehow connected.

The series is structured so well. And it follows such a well-organized story that you're easily and completely drawn into each episode. Each episode carefully spans between the different characters, allowing the viewer to see as the characters develop down their separate yet connected paths. You'll watch Mike, Lucas and Dustin follow a lead on Will, then have the show perfectly transition to Joyce worrying about her son, or Hopper investigating Will's case.

The show is completely addicting; there's just no other word for it.

The darker tone of the show brings out a horrific edge, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats, and yet has so much heart that you can't help but get completely attached to each character.

It really is one of the greatest shows I've ever watched, possibly the best one, and not just because I'm partial to '80s movies.

And, once you watch, you'll finally be able to understand what everyone else is buzzing about.

Voter registration, campaign laws hot topics for WV secretary of state candidates http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0117/161019955 GZ0117 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0117/161019955 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:25:08 -0400 Phil Kabler By Phil Kabler As major party secretary of state candidates Natalie Tennant and Mac Warner bickered over everything from automatic voter registration to ethics complaints to supervision of clean elections, Libertarian candidate John Buckley said Monday he was tempted to wear a referee's jersey and throw penalty flags.

"I think there's an awful lot of the voters out there who are sick and tired of the partisan bickering, and I think this job is tailor-made for someone from a different perspective than Republican or Democrat," Buckley, a retired Hardy County lawyer, told Gazette-Mail editors and reporters.

Among the issues that incumbent Secretary of State Tennant and Republican challenger Warner disagreed on was open voter registration, which Warner denounced as an effort by billionaire George Soros to register as many people as possible, including "citizens, non-citizens, felons."

"His intent is to have more voters for the Democratic Party," Warner said.

Tennant was taken aback by Warner's comments, stating, "You have a secretary of state candidate sitting up here trying to make excuses for why he doesn't want to register people to vote."

She said there are safeguards in place for on-line voter registration and automatic voter registration at Division of Motor Vehicles offices, including state law that makes it a crime of perjury to knowing provide false information on voter registration forms.

Buckley concurred, noting, "I think it is part of the function of the secretary of state to be a cheerleader for voter registration and voter turnout."

Warner added, "I'm not against the online voter registration. I simply want them to do it properly."

Warner also objected to the secretary of state's office recently mailing postcards to residents who show up on the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nonprofit database operating in 21 states, as being eligible to vote but unregistered.

"That's nothing but a pure attempt to draw people to a website that's covered with Natalie Tennant's name," he said, contending that county clerks were not apprised of the mailing.

He also said he has heard complaints from people who received cards addressed to deceased family members.

"What is wrong with getting people registered to vote?" Tennant said of the postcards.

She said the process is part of the automatic registration legislation passed by the Legislature in March, and conceded there have been instances where postcards were mailed to people who have died.

Tennant also was critical of Warner for campaigning on a "trinkets law" ethics complaint filed against her by Delegate Michel Moffatt, R-Putnam, for distribution of a pencil featuring her name at a local elementary school.

Warner said in media interviews that the Ethics Commission had found probable cause of a violation when in fact the commission's Probable Cause Review Board dismissed the complaint Aug. 17, finding there was no intent to violate the new law barring public officials from using state-funded materials for self-promotion.

"I felt that this was a 'gotcha' type of complaint, when the delegate files a complaint and then runs to the media," Tennant said. "I'm just thankful that we were given due process, and able to get the facts."

Asked about possible changes in state election law, Warner said he would like to see stricter state disclosure requirements for "dark money" contributions to political action committees and independent expenditure groups. He said he also would favor raising the current $1,000 maximum contribution to candidates under state law, which he said makes it, "very difficult for challengers."

Tennant said she would like to see legislation clarifying filing requirements and deadlines for independent and third party candidates, after the state Supreme Court declared several independent candidates - including her husband, Erik Wells - ineligible for the 2016 general election, a decision that was subsequently partially overturned in federal court.

Buckley, meanwhile, said he supports legislation that would make it easier for third parties to become recognized political parties in the state. He proposed expanding the current requirement of having a candidate for governor receive at least 1 percent of the general election vote to include all six statewide elective offices.

He said the current law "artificially drives" would-be political party organizations to place a candidate in the governor's race when they might have better opportunities in the other statewide races.

"They lose the opportunity for four years to have the advantage of being a recognized political party," he said.

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

Nitro church to end clothing closet after 20 years http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0120/161019956 GZ0120 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0120/161019956 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:14:28 -0400 Laura Haight By Laura Haight After nearly 20 years of outfitting the community, the Nitro Church of Christ will be holding its last clothing giveaway Saturday.

Becky Bailey, who helped run the church's clothing closet for seven years, said the church has decided to go a different route to help the community.

Bailey, who said she's not big on titles, except for "grandma," ran the clothing closet for seven years and had to take a three year break. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 and again in 2013.

The church is aiming to get more children involved with the church and away from drugs, Bailey said.

"The clothing was good, but I would love to try to raise a drug-free generation," Bailey said.

The room where the clothing closet was will be converted into a space that will better help the church's new mission.

The clothing closet began in 1997, started by ladies at the church, Bailey said. At that time it was one room with some clothes in it. After another church member, Dixie Davis, took over, the closet grew to include multiple rooms and a general store.

At one point, the church received 60 tons of donations in one year, and gave away everything from housewares to downhill skis.

Oftentimes people would try to show her forms to prove that they needed the assistance, which Bailey said was never necessary.

"I don't care if you had a job and made $100,000 a year, if you wanted to come to the giveaway that was fine with me," Bailey said.

Some of it was a balancing act. Though it was obvious that some people may have been taking clothing to sell at a yard sale, the profits from the yard sale might be the only thing paying their gas bill, Bailey said.

Bailey said it was important not to judge, because you never know what kind of situation the person might be in.

She saw incidents of where a mother and children would leave an abusive father with only the clothes on their back.

"I knew there were people who didn't need clothes, but children were coming in and they had to leave the house in the middle of the night because daddy had been beating on them, and they forgot their shoes," Bailey said. "And they would leave with two pairs of shoes. They were barefoot before."

The clothing closet was also helpful for grandparents who had recently become guardians for their grandchildren. She recalled one time where the closet was able to clothe five children under the age of seven, whose grandparents had just been granted full custody.

"That's a tremendous responsibility and expense for someone that old," Bailey said.

Bailey and the other church members took great care in organizing the closet to set it up like a store, which allowed people to come in and pick out what they wanted in a normal setting.

"We had (the clothes) folded on the shelves where they could pick out what they wanted," Bailey said. "I tried to make them feel as good about themselves as possible, so they could understand they're not there because they're poor, they're there because they need clothes.

"The ladies who worked with me were invaluable, because these clothes had to be sorted."

The church was also one of the first to start backpack programs. Bailey said the church provided backpacks with clean socks and underwear to children before school started in August, and did around eight giveaways a year.

The last clothing giveaway will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Nitro Church of Christ at 20 Main Ave. in Nitro.

Reach Laura Haight at 304-348-4843, laura.haight@wvgazettemail.com or follow @laurahaight_ on Twitter.

Readers' Vent: Oct. 10, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0407/161019958 GZ0407 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0407/161019958 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:11:43 -0400 Once again many are reading the slanted reporting in the liberal media and not hearing the truth. Trump paid taxes. Like every other taxpayer he took advantage of legal loopholes in the law. Even the Clintons do that.

Electing Donald Trump to president would be liking hiring a 6-year-old to pilot a 747. The temperament and intelligence are about the same.

We could have completed an update of WV's entire infrastructure for the amount of taxes that Trump should have paid since 1986.

This country is in no way perfect. But each and everyone of us is lucky to live here and we should be proud of our country, what it stands for, and respect those that have defended us. If you can't do that, then I have no use for you, and you are free to leave at anytime.

I work for a new car dealership who bragged about that I, as his salesman, paid more tax than he did. That was in the 90s. That is the truth and I will swear to it.

The local news says WV is $300 million in debt. Could you think about the words legalizing marijuana? Look at Colorado. Either medical or legalizing. In 20 years our state would have no problems economically. It's as simple as that.

To the politicians that are running: Come and talk to the coal miners of southern WV. You don't have the nerve. I have not seen the first politician in the coal fields. You hide. There is a word for people like you.

Yes, Sunday hunting would be an important addition for families. There is nothing that can enhance the serenity and beauty of an autumn Sunday morning more than a father saying to his son, "Wake up boy, and let's go kill something."

State agencies are controlled by Democrats. I think we've had enough Democrats due to the fact that our roads look like garbage. Pot holes everywhere. They had their chance. I say we vote Republican for governor, maybe we can get people to fix our roads.

For those who are paying a substantial amount for their insurance. Take heart. I do also. For that I get two things. I get more choices and a better quality. Something you will not get with a government run plan.

I was a big supporter of WVU joining the Big 12. Now I'm thinking I was wrong. Every WVU and Marshall game should be televised in the state of West Virginia. There Legislature, pass a law on that.

Oh great. Like wall to wall deer eating our landscape aren't bad enough. Next we'll have elk beside them munching away.

Everyone needs to watch Frontline's "The Choice" on PBS and WVPBS channels. This excellent and impartial documentary details the past of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with interviews from primary source relationships which reveals their real character and motivations as candidates. It's an eye opener!

Kudos to Moxxee cafe for participating in Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival event. The crowd was huge and the employees remained cheerful all through the morning while giving away free drinks to every customer!

My husband works for an out of state company from our home in Fort Hill and is at risk of losing his job due to the weekly hours-long power/internet outages in our area. It is an embarrassment to our state and threatening our livelihood.

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Gee: WVU to cut spending $45M by 2020 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0114/161019959 GZ0114 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0114/161019959 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:08:12 -0400 Laura Haight By Laura Haight West Virginia University must reduce spending by $45 million by 2020 to survive and thrive in the state's economy, university President E. Gordon Gee announced Monday in his State of the University address.

"This is not a problem, this is an opportunity," Gee said.

WVU lost $30 million of its base budget in recent years, with only 14 percent of the budget coming from state funds now. During Gee's first WVU presidency, from 1981-85, the state funding for the university was between 60 percent and 70 percent, he said.

"Even if we had all of the money we needed, I would insist we still be re-allocating our resources," Gee said. "I have tried the strategy 'woe is me,' and let me tell you, it does not work. What does work is accepting only one goal - to improve quality."

The university will look at strategic budget constraints and assess the its strengths and weaknesses among programs. Specifically, Gee said, WVU will continue improving the areas of education, health care and prosperity for West Virginia.

"I do not want to see a single bright, young West Virginian leave our state to attend college," he said. "And as One WVU, we must leverage all of our statewide resources - from Morgantown, Keyser, Martinsburg, Charleston and Beckley - to recruit and retain the best and brightest."

To be a world-class institution, Gee said, the university needs strong English and math departments. It also must figure out what it shouldn't be doing and how to prioritize that, the president said.

"Higher education is going through a massive transformation. Some institutions will survive, some will not," Gee said. "And we have a choice: We can be at the forefront leading the change, we can be the architects of our own success, or we can be left behind."

The WVU Foundation's United Way campaign exceeded its goal of $1 billion a year before the campaign ends, but Gee said the university will not use that money to aid with budget issues. He said those funds will be used for specific projects and causes.

Gee also wants re-evaluation in the way WVU recruits and recognizes faculty and staff. This would be accomplished by re-recruiting the existing staff and changing 10-year reward structures, he said.

"We have wonderful faculty who are teaching faculty, and they're given that designation, yet we only pay them 80 percent of what we pay other faculty," Gee said. "There should be no differentiation."

Gee also said he hopes to improve the state's economy by leveraging the university's expertise for new avenues of economic development.

"Now, I realize that may sound daunting," he said, "but I assure you, it's an area where we can be a good partner."

The fall freshmen class is the largest in the university's history, at 6,000-plus students, and it also has the highest grade point average - 3.7, on average.

The university received 70 percent more applications from underrepresented students, and it increased the number of admitted underrepresented freshmen by 27 percent.

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Paul Ryan won't defend or campaign for Trump ahead of election http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ01/161019960 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ01/161019960 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:56:13 -0400 By Kelsey Snell and Juliet Eilperin The Washington Post By By Kelsey Snell and Juliet Eilperin The Washington Post WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will not campaign with or defend Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump through the November election, according to multiple lawmakers who participated in a conference call with House GOP members Monday morning.

Ryan's move - and the blunt assessment of the race he and other congressional leaders delivered during the call - underscored the perilous choice Republican officials now face in the wake of Friday's release of a 2005 videotape in which Trump made lewd comments about women.

They can remain in line with their nominee, which will please their base but could alienate swing voters critical to maintaining their hold on Congress. Or they could renounce him and offend Republicans eager for a direct confrontation with Hillary Clinton and her husband.

For his part, the speaker - who cancelled an appearance with Trump after the videotape surfaced Friday - did neither. He won't publicly campaign with Trump, but he also did not rescind his endorsement of his party's controversial nominee or back away from his pledge to vote for him.

Trump lashed out at Ryan Monday, saying he "should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee." Within a matter of minutes, more than 6,300 people had favorited the tweet.

The growing rift between GOP establishment leaders and Trump, who is now emboldened after his assertive debate performance Sunday night, has moved the party into uncharted territory in the final weeks of an already-volatile and unpredictable presidential contest.

Both Trump's vice presidential running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, took to the airwaves Monday to make it clear that Trump intends to remain on the offensive for the duration of the campaign.

And Trump's senior communications adviser, Jason Miller, tweeted "nothing's changed" after the congressional call because his candidate has always been a Washington outsider.

In an email Monday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said, "there is no update in his position at this time," when it came to endorsing Trump. But she added, "The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities."

In withdrawing his public support from Trump, Ryan is essentially giving other Republican lawmakers license to do the same, if they oppose Trump's statements and are concerned about their own reelection chances. The Wisconsin Republican canceled an appearance with Trump after the Post reported the 2005 tape. Ryan said he was "disgusted" by the comments.

"You all need to do what's best for you and your district," Ryan said, according to two participants, who asked not to be named because of the private nature the call.

With this move, Ryan at least partially joined a growing group of high-profile Republican lawmakers who have renounced their support of Trump after the disclosure Friday of the 11-year-old videotape of the businessman talking casually about kissing and groping women. That group includes Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and John McCain of Arizona, both in tough re-election races.

Republicans who participated in the conference call Monday morning are becoming increasingly worried about their chances of holding onto their 30-seat House majority as Trump lags dangerously behind Hillary Clinton in the polls. One described the tone of the call as "nervous."

An NBC News-Wall Street Journal survey released Monday showed Trump taking a big dip after the release of the videotape, with Clinton leading Trump by double digits among likely voters, 46 percent to 35 percent, in a four-way contest. Democrats had a seven-point lead on the question of which party voters would like to see control Congress.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House GOP campaign arm, briefed lawmakers on the House battlegrounds, warning that the "ground is shifting," according to a lawmaker on the call. Walden said Republicans should continue to poll their races and that winning their races is equivalent to "landing an airplane in a hurricane: 'You have to trust the instruments.' "

Ryan plans to spend the next month, he told lawmakers on the conference call, "only campaigning for House seats and not going to promote or defend Trump," according to a GOP lawmaker. Ryan will campaign in 17 states and 42 cities in October, to help preserve his majority.

The House GOP call was an opportunity for members to check in after a chaotic weekend, where lawmakers spent the weekend fielding a barrage of questions about their support for Trump without any formal guidance from party leaders.

Ryan typically holds weekly sessions for his members, referring to the confabs as "family meetings," where members are invited to speak their minds. The meetings have become a mainstay for a House GOP that has been plagued by infighting and crisis for more than a year.

Mylan tries to put EpiPen troubles in the past http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ01/161019961 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ01/161019961 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:55:39 -0400 By Drew Armstrong Bloomberg By By Drew Armstrong Bloomberg The worst appears to be over for Mylan and its EpiPen controversy, and it took a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and a grilling from Congress for its chief executive officer to get there.

The drugmaker's shares rallied Monday following Friday's settlement with the Justice Department, resolving claims by Medicaid that Mylan overcharged the government health program for the allergy shot. That helped erase some of the stock's 26 percent slide since August, when lawmakers began asking why Mylan had raised the EpiPen's price sixfold since 2007, and whether it ripped off the government along the way.

Meanwhile, the cost of the shots hasn't changed.

If investors are happy, some lawmakers are not.

"This settlement is a shadow of what it should be - lacking real accountability for Mylan's apparent lawbreaking," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who called for an investigation of Mylan. "The deal short-circuits investigation and fact finding necessary to determine the scope of illegality, culpability of individuals and proof of criminal wrongdoing."

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had to weather a brutal hearing from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last month, where lawmakers questioned her honesty and ethics.

The Justice Department settlement specifies that there's no admission of wrongdoing by Mylan or its employees, according to the company, which said it will "continue to work with the government to finalize the settlement."

Details of the agreement haven't been filed in court. Nicole Navas, a Justice Department spokeswoman, didn't respond to an email message seeking comment Monday, when federal government offices were closed for Columbus Day.

"EpiPen can now fade off into the sunset, removing a major headache for management," said Jason Gerberry, an analyst with Leerink Partners, calling the settlement and a subsequent guidance cut a small price to pay. "The settlement likely gets the U.S. government out of Mylan's hair."

Mylan stock was up 9.1 percent, to $39.20, at 11:35 a.m. Monday, the biggest intraday gain in almost a year.

The focus now might turn to the federal agency that oversees Medicaid, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency said last week that Mylan and previous makers of EpiPen hadn't been giving the government required discounts since at least 1997. Medicaid, which covers the poor, gets a 23.1 percent discount on brand-name drugs, and a 13 percent discount on generic drugs. EpiPen had been incorrectly classified by Mylan as a generic, according to the agency.

It's unclear, though, how recently CMS realized that error, and what it did about it. Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican who also called for an investigation of Mylan, demanded to know what the agency knew, and when.

"CMS still needs to answer my questions on whether it exerts enough oversight of the Medicaid drug rebate program and when it first notified Mylan that the EpiPen was misclassified," Grassley said in a statement Friday. "Is CMS doing enough to look out for the taxpayers?"

Aaron Albright, a spokesman for CMS, would not comment on when the agency knew that Mylan wasn't giving the discounts it should have on EpiPen. Nina Devlin, a Mylan spokeswoman, also would not comment for this report.

For Mylan, while the worst might be done, there are still likely headaches to come. The company has received an inquiry from the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the House Oversight Committee is collecting internal documents from the company.

"Investors will like the settlement, as many will think this puts the issue largely behind the company - we disagree," said David Maris, an analyst with Wells Fargo & Co. "It does nothing to answer the original issue - EpiPen pricing and consumers."

FTC joins Morrisey to block release of hospital merger documents http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ03/161019967 GZ03 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ03/161019967 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:41:11 -0400 Eric Eyre By Eric Eyre The Federal Trade Commission is siding with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's effort to block the release of documents related to the merger of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's Medical Center.

An FTC lawyer wrote to Kanawha Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman last week, saying that documents provided to Morrisey's office by the federal agency are "protected from disclosure" under U.S. and West Virginia laws.

A lawyer for the company seeking the records argues the federal government shouldn't be dictating how Morrisey's office handles requests for public records.

"Our attorney general, as a vigilant watchdog against federal overreach, has lamented on previous occasions those instances where states are left with no option but to acquiesce to federal demand," Carte Goodwin, a lawyer for Steel of West Virginia, told Kaufman at a hearing Friday. "That's precisely what the Federal Trade Commission is asking the state attorney general to do here: dictating to the sovereign state of West Virginia how it should apply its public records laws to its public. They shouldn't be allowed to do it."

Kaufman is reviewing in private 349 documents that Morrisey has refused to release for more than a year. The judge expects to decide this week whether Morrisey must release all or any of the records.

The Attorney General's Office delivered three banker's boxes containing the documents to Kaufman's courtroom on Friday. Kaufman scheduled an emergency court hearing the same day to discuss the FTC's objections to releasing some of the records.

The Federal Trade Commission and Morrisey's office investigated the proposed hospital merger. Morrisey signed off on the deal last year

In the FTC's letter, the agency's acting general counsel, David Shonka, told Kaufman that Morrisey's office "certified that the material would be maintained in confidence and used only for official law enforcement purposes."

Morrisey's office assured the FTC it would not disclose the "highly confidential" documents without the federal agency's OK, according to Shonka and Morrisey aides.

"Those documents were only obtained because they were provided either directly to our office or to the Federal Trade Commission for use in the investigation," said Assistant Attorney General Steven Travis. "They were not documents just sent to us willy-nilly. They were documents prepared and designed to aid in the investigation."

Steel of West Virginia requested documents about the hospital merger under the state Freedom of Information Act in September 2015. The company sued Morrisey's office after he refused to release them.

"This is a public records case regarding a public agency, a public custodian's obligations to turnover public documents when asked to do so," Goodwin said.

Morrisey's lawyers said the office could withhold the documents about the merger because the correspondence was sent while Morrisey was leading an antitrust investigation.

"The facts gathered as part of any antitrust investigation are not public," Travis said at Friday's hearing. "The documents that have been withheld from production were documents either generated or provided to our office by one or various sources for use explicitly for the investigation of the proposed merger of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary's."

Kaufman previously ordered Morrisey's office to provide an index of the 349 records - along with a brief description of each document. The index was filed under seal.

On Friday, Kaufman instructed Travis to identify each document in the index that the FTC doesn't want the state to release. The FTC said some of the documents include "trade secrets."

Goodwin said Morrisey's office could redact, or black out, such confidential information and still release the documents.

"He can't hold one 50-page document because there's one trade secret on page 47," Goodwin said.

Steel of West Virginia opposes Cabell Huntington Hospital's acquisition of St. Mary's, asserting the merger will drive up health care costs and reduce the quality of patient care.

St. Mary's Medical Center and insurer Highmark West Virginia also sent letters to Kaufman last week, asking him not to order Morrisey's office to release the merger documents. Highmark has filed a motion to intervene in the public records dispute. St. Mary's has said it plans to do the same.

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Charleston families to have access to free legal aid http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0118/161019968 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20161010/GZ0118/161019968 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:22:26 -0400 The Associated Press By The Associated Press Families in Charleston soon will have access to free legal assistance.

The State Journal reports that a new service seeks to provide free aid to west side residents who need legal advice on civil issues including eviction, custody issues and rental conditions.

The program will be provided through a new partnership between Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School and Legal Aid of West Virginia, which currently is soliciting attorneys to provide the services.

Legal Aid spokeswoman Kate White said the service will fill a need identified by the Handle With Care initiative, a program that alerts school staffers when a child has been exposed to a traumatic event. The initiative is a collaboration among the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, school staff and the community.

"We are very, very excited," said Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School nurse Janet Allio. "We often have times when grandparents or other family members are actually raising children and do not have legal guardianship. That can cause problems getting medical and psychological care."

The program is being funded through a two-year $279,000 grant from the Legal Services Corporation.

White said the grant will provide the staff capacity and time needed to recruit attorneys who will meet with West Side residents in person to assist them with forms and documentation.