www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 02, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT01/308029968 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT01/308029968 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Blankenship, Velma 2 p.m., Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

Clark, Otis Noon, Simons

Garretson, Kyle 2 p.m., McGhee Handley Funeral Home, West Hamlin.

Null, Edsel 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Pittman, Carl Jr. 2 p.m., Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Prosperity.

Quintrell, Eva 3 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Short, Vicky L. Noon, Bright Star Freewill Baptist Church, Ethel.

West, Barbara G. 1 p.m., Rock Branch Independent Church, Nitro.

Robert Blair Amick http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029992 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Robert "Bob" Blair Amick, 70, died Sunday July 26, 2015, with his immediate family by his side in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Bob was born on August 26, 1944 in Charleston, West Virginia to Kenneth and Edith Amick. He earned a BS in Math and Physics from the University of Charleston in 1970. Bob lived in West Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and ultimately Arizona. He travelled through many countries and was enriched by what they had to offer. He was a PADI SCUBA instructor and authored or co-authored several works of fiction and poetry, as well as professional publications and analytical tools.

His rich professional career in engineering began at the Union Carbide Technical Center and included positions ranging from Project Manager to Vice President to President as well as Professor at Keys Community College and Director of the Aerostat Site in Cudjoe Key, Florida.

Bob's love and knowledge of music was pervasive and brought him acclaim by all who loved him. He especially valued the lyrical talents of Bob Dylan as well as many others. His generous spirit was evidenced through his participation with noteworthy causes such as being instrumental in raising money for a young boy's heart transplant in Texas.

He was a one-of-a-kind man whose sense of humor brought laughter and joy to his close friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Trout Amick; mother, Edith Amick Massie; two sons and one daughter, Cameron Amick, Marc Amick and Heather Amick Lowe; two daughters-in-law, Sandy Campbell and Marsha Amick; two half-brothers, Michael Amick and Kenneth Amick; and seven grandchildren. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed by all.

A memorial service will be held in the Charleston region this fall. For information email heatherfish@comcast.net.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society in Bob's memory.

James "Jimmy" Atkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029984 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 James Wayne "Jimmy" Atkins, 73, of Drawdy, (Peytona), went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on July 30, 2015.

He was a faithful member in the Church of Christ and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Verna Atkins; sisters, Jean Madeline, Dema Mae Atkins and Bethelene Mahone; brothers, Charles and Billy Atkins.

Jim worked in the Madison area for over 52 years as a TV and Appliance repairman. He spent the last 35 years as the owner and operator of Jim Atkins Heating and Cooling. He retired in 2002. He was a kind and gentle man, a generous and helping friend to everyone. His presence on this earth will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patsy (Vickers) Atkins; three sons, Mark (Lecia) Atkins, Ronnie (Pam) Atkins and James Wayne "Jamie" Atkins II; a sister, Betty Lou Keffer; and precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral service will be noon Mon. Aug. 3, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Minister John Steele officiating. Burial will follow in Ball Cemetery, Drawdy, WV. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Lois Beane http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029987 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029987 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Lois Velleda Beane, 76, of Ronceverte, died Thurs. July 30, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at the Crimson Springs Church, Zenith. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Aug. 3, at the Groves Funeral Home, Union.

Leno "Bud" Boschian Jr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029997 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Leno Santo "Bud" Boschian Jr., 80, of Charleston, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, surrounded by the ones he loved.

He was a retired district manager for G.M. Chevrolet Division, and he was an avid sports lover, especially anything WVU. He was blessed to still be playing basketball in a senior league. His circle of friends was vast and he embraced those relationships with passion. Bud was a very compassionate person, always concerned about others, and could light up a room with his wistful smile. He was an Army veteran. Bud was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, having served as a deacon and trustee. If you knew Bud you knew he would always leave you with a wink and a smile to brighten your day.

Bud is survived by his wife, Anna "Annie" Boschian; stepdaughter, Diana; and a host of friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Calvary Baptist Church, 510 Maryland Ave., Charleston, with Rev. Dr. Archie Snedegar officiating. Honoring Bud's wishes, he has been cremated. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting the Boschian family. You may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

Moanna Bostic http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029988 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Moanna Sue Bostic, 68, of Big Chimney, passed away peacefully on Thursday July 30, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Troy Bostic; son, Allen Bostic, whom passed on July 30, 1983; parents, Arlie and Louise Bostic; and brother, Lawrence Jr. "Junebug" Bostic.

Moanna will be missed by her aunt, Gaye; brother-in-law, Ronald Bostic and his wife, Opal; cousin, Kay Bostic and Rex Bostic; a special male friend, Raymond Nichols; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday August 3, at Long & Fisher Funeral Home with Pastor Buddy Mairs officiating. Interment will be private.

Online condolences can be left at www.longfisherfuneralhome.com.

Helen Bunch http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029999 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Helen Bunch, 94, of Oak Hill, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Hidden Valley Center, Oak Hill.

Service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Pete Lokant officiating. Interment will follow at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thanks to all of the great, kind and considerate staff of Hidden Valley Center for making Helen's stay pleasant for her and for the family.

Online condolences, social media sharing of this obituary and concierge services are available by visiting www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Arrangements by High Lawn Funeral Home, 1435 E. Main St., Oak Hill.

Ella Carte http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029970 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029970 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Ella Louise Carte, 79, of Dille, died on July 31, 2015. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tues. Aug. 4, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Friends may call from noon until service time.

Otis Clark http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029969 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029969 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Otis James Clark, 72, passed away at his home on July 29, 2015, in Richwood. 

He was born April 29, 1943, in Charleston. He was of Christian faith, was a US Air Force veteran, and an avid Washington Redskins fan. 

Otis was preceded in death by his parents, Odis Edgar Clark and Ella Frances McClung; sisters, Patricia White and Eva Mae Collins. 

Surviving Otis are his five sons, James "Jimmy" (wife, Cindy) Clark of Charleston, Shannon (wife, Michelle) Clark of Clay, Otis (OJ) James Clark II of Petersburg, Justin Clark of Richwood and Brandon Clark of Richwood; sister, Sandra King of Richwood; brothers, Fred "Wigger" Dicks of Va., Lawerence "Jack" Dicks of Richwood; grandchildren, Mason, Jacob, Sydney, and Tanner Clark. 

Service will be Noon Sun. August 2, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV. with Pastor Timothy Skaggs officiating. Interment will be at High Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Oak Hill, WV. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sat. Aug. 1, at the funeral home. All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Richwood, WV.

Robert (Bobby) Clark http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/OBIT/308029985 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Bobby passed away in his home in Vienna, Virginia on July 12, 2015. He died from renal failure and cardiomyopathy. Bobby was a graduate from South Charleston High School Class of 1956. After school, he joined in the Marine Corps stationed primarily in Japan and attained rank of Sergeant. He was graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK and employed by Eastern Airlines, being stationed at Reagan Airport, Washington, DC. When Eastern Airlines went into bankruptcy, Bobby joined United Airlines where he worked until retirement. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Clark Rynex; his parents, Hersey and Evelyn Clark; brother Orville Junior. Bobby is survived by his wife, Carolyn Turley Clark; son Robert Clark, Jr.; three grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, and Michael; brothers Jim, Bill, and Jack; and sister Viola Ruth Burchett. Bobby's immediate family survivors all reside in Virginia. Being a member of the Great Falls Virginia Church of Christ, a memorial service was held on July 18, 2015 at the church building and it was a celebration of a life well lived. This honorable and much loved man will be greatly missed by his wife, family, and friends. His interment will be held at Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston, at a later date.

White House set to adopt sweeping curbs on carbon pollution http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809908 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809908 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:49:49 -0400 By Joby Warrick The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will formally adopt an ambitious regulation for cutting greenhouse-gas pollution on Monday, requiring every state to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants and putting the country on a course that could change the way millions of Americans get their electricity.

A retooled version of the administration's Clean Power Plan, first proposed a year ago, will seek to accelerate the shift to renewable energy while setting tougher goals for slashing carbon emissions blamed for global warming, according to administration officials briefed on the details.

The new plan sets a goal of cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by the year 2030, compared with 2005 levels - a 9 percent jump from the previous target of 30 percent - while rewarding states and utility companies that move quickly to expand their investment in solar and wind power.

Many states will face tougher requirements for lowering greenhouse gas emissions under the revised plan. But state governments also will be given more time to meet their targets and considerably more flexibility in how they achieve their pollution-cutting goals, according to two senior officials knowledgeable about the rule. For the first time, the officials said, the plan also includes a "reliability safety valve" that can buy states additional time if needed to avoid disruptions in the power supply.

The rule - the first to regulate carbon emissions as a pollutant - is certain to face legal challenges as well as fierce opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress. Opponents blasted last year's proposed regulation as a possibly illegal federal overreach that would impose costly burdens on utility companies and their customers.

All sides agree that the rule, if it stands, could substantially alter the U.S. energy landscape, driving the expanded use of "clean" energy while further diminishing coal's long dominance as a source of power for homes and businesses. White House officials say Americans will see major gains in improving air quality and fighting climate change as a result.

"This is the most significant action any U.S. president has taken to curb greenhouse gases," said one of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the revised plan had not yet been made public. "It will form the foundation of the country's efforts to take on climate change for decades to come."

The formal unveiling of the plan on Monday will kick off a major White House initiative on climate. The campaign starts with a series of policy addresses and includes a visit to the Alaskan Arctic by President Obama to call attention to the effects of global warming. In September, Obama will entertain Pope Francis, an equally ardent apostle for battling climate change. The effort is expected to culminate in December with talks on a proposed international treaty curbing global carbon emissions.

In a recorded video message released early Sunday, Obama describes the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to rein in coal-burning as "the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change."

"Power plants are the single biggest source of the harmful carbon pollution that contributes to the climate change," Obama said, according to a transcript of the video provided to The Washington Post. "But until now, there have been no federal limits to the amount of that pollution those plants can dump into the air. Think about that."

Years in the making, the Clean Power Plan is a cornerstone of the administration's efforts to reduce emissions that scientists say are driving a rapid and potentially destructive warming of the planet. The White House has already promulgated regulations to dramatically improve energy efficiency in passenger cars and heavy trucks while also reducing emissions of heat-trapping methane from oil and gas production.

Coal-burning produces about 40 percent of the electricity used by Americans, but reliance on coal has been slowly falling for several reasons, including government pollution controls, lower prices for solar and wind energy, and a resurgence of cheap natural gas. In the spring, natural gas surpassed coal as the biggest single source of electricity generation.

The Clean Power Plan seeks to capitalize on the recent market trends by encouraging states to accelerate the shift to cleaner sources of energy. The rule requires each state to cut carbon emissions from its energy sector over the next 15 years - the exact amount of reductions vary, depending on each state's energy mix - while allowing governments to choose from a menu of options, including closing older coal-burning power plants and increasing reliance on solar and wind energy. In many states, the energy transformation is already well underway as utility companies replace outdated coal-fired power plants with new ones that use natural gas or renewable energy.

A White House fact sheet said the intention was to encourage states to speed up the transition.

"The rule drives early reductions from renewable energy and energy efficiency, which will drive a more aggressive transformation in the domestic energy industry," the document states.

The version of the plan introduced in June 2014 drew skepticism from many states and furious opposition from congressional Republicans, particularly lawmakers from coal-producing states. Opponents warned that the regulation would devastate the coal industry and force utility companies to raise electricity rates, slowing the economic recovery and hurting consumers, especially the poor. Independent studies produced wildly different estimates of the regulation's potential cost, ranging from onerous to negligible.

"This proposed plan is already on shaky legal grounds, will be extremely burdensome and costly, and will not seriously address the global environmental concerns that are frequently raised to justify it," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wrote in a March letter to all 50 governors, urging them to simply ignore the EPA rule.

The revised plan includes significant changes intended to soften political opposition and deflect future legal challenges, according to the officials briefed on the measure. As described by these officials, the altered version includes:

Extended compliance timelines and greater flexibility to make it easier for states to meet their targets. States will have two additional years - until 2022 - to begin phasing in pollution cuts, and state governments can form regional pacts to facilitate emissions-cutting projects across state lines.

The "safety valve" feature, added to prevent any possibility of disruptions to the power supply as older power plants are phased out or upgraded. While administration officials say supply disruptions are highly unlikely, states will be able to appeal for extensions and other relief if problems arise.

New incentives for utilities to construct renewable-energy projects in poorer neighborhoods, reducing pollution-related illness and eventually lowering electricity rates.

The elimination of one of the rule's four original "building blocks" that states could use in designing their own carbon-reduction plans. Gone from the regulation is a feature that would have allowed states to claim credit for reducing emissions by adding programs that improve energy efficiency for electricity consumers. While the revised rule still encourages energy efficiency, the provision was dropped over concerns about future legal challenges, administration officials said.

The new version also includes an expanded Clean Energy Incentive Program that offers extensive credits to states for acting quickly to invest in renewable energy, the administration officials said. The program is structured specifically to reward investment in solar and wind power, essentially ensuring greater reliance on renewables in the future, they said.

Because of these inducements, the percentage of U.S. electricity coming from renewables is expected to rise to 28 percent by the year 2030, compared with 22 percent under the previous version of the rule, the officials said. The White House predicts that electricity bills will drop for U.S. consumers by an average of $85 a year by 2030.

"The impact will not just be in this decade, but far into the future," the officials said.

Kanawha County Schools 2015-2016 calendar http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809912 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809912 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:10:50 -0400 Aug. 10 - First day for students

Sept. 7 - Labor Day holiday

Sept. 11 - Early Out

Oct. 9 - Early Out

Oct. 12 - Teacher-Pupil-Parent Conference/no students

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day holiday

Nov. 13 - Early Out

Nov. 23-25 - Out-of-Calendar Days

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day holiday

Nov. 27 - Outside School Environment Day

Dec. 18 - Faculty Senate/Early Out

Dec. 21 - Outside School Environment Day

Dec. 22-24 - Out-of-Calendar Days

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day holiday

Dec. 28-31 - Out-of-Calendar Days

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day holiday

Jan. 15 - Early Out

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Feb. 12 - Early Out

Feb. 15 - Continuing Education Day

March 7 - Faculty Senate/Early Out

March 25 - Outside School Environment Day

March 28-31 - Out-of-Calendar Days, Spring Break

April 1 - Out-of-Calendar Day, Spring Break

April 15 - Early Out

May 10 - Primary Election, no school

May 13 - Faculty Senate/Early Out

May 24 - Last day for students

Putnam County Schools 2015-2016 calendar http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809913 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809913 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:10:39 -0400 Aug. 20 - First day for students

Sept. 7 - Labor Day holiday

Oct. 23 - Continuing Professional Development

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day holiday

Nov. 23-25 - Out-of-Calendar Days

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day holiday

Nov. 27 - Out-of-Calendar Day

Dec. 23-24 - Out-of-Calendar Days

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day holiday

Dec. 28-31 - Out-of-Calendar Days

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day holiday

Jan. 15 - Continuing Professional Development

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

March 22 - Continuing Professional Development

March 28-31 - Out-of-Calendar Days/Spring Break

April 1 - Out-of-Calendar Day/Spring Break

May 10 - Primary Election, no school

May 30 - Memorial Day holiday

June 2 - Last day for students

Fayette County Schools 2015-2016 calendar http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809914 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809914 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:10:30 -0400 Aug. 13 - First day for students

Sept. 7 - Labor Day holiday

Oct. 15 - Faculty Senate, 2 hour delay

Oct. 22 - Parent-Teacher Conference, 2 hour delay

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day holiday

Nov. 23-25 - Out-of-Calendar Days/Thanksgiving break

Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Day holiday

Nov. 27 - Out-of-Calendar Day/Thanksgiving break

Dec. 23 - Continuing Education

Dec. 24 - Out-of-Calendar Day/Christmas break

Dec. 25 - Christmas Day holiday

Dec. 28-31 - Out-of-Calendar days/Christmas break

Jan. 1 - New Year's Day holiday

Jan. 6 - Faculty Senate, 2-hour delay

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

March 10 - Faculty Senate, 2 hour delay

March 17 - Parent-Teacher Conference, 2 hour delay

March 25 - Continuing Education

March 28-31 - Out-of-Calendar Days/Easter break

April 1 - Out-of-Calendar Day/Easter break

May 10 - Primary Election, no school

May 23 - Final day for students

Doodle Studios sparks creative energy in students of all ages http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809915 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809915 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:09:49 -0400 By Megan Kennedy With blank pages before them, children watched as artist Jeff Pierson made his way around the art studio.

Each student was asked which type of art material they wanted to use for that day's warm up activity.

"You're having a party. Now, what you have to decide when you're creating your party is a couple of things. Who is going to be at your party? What kind of theme is your party and what are you going to do at your party?" Pierson asked the children.

"Think about shapes, think about color, and I'll let you guys use whatever (material) you want to use today," he said, quickly stopping his instruction to correct a student's seating posture. The warm up exercise is to get their attention on track before class.

Art games are meant to spark creative energy, a self-described "mix between improv comedy and Pictionary," he said. In each story, there's an antagonist and then a protagonist at the end.

Pierson and his wife, Shannon, opened Doodle Studios this year to foster an environment where students, young and old, can come together to exercise their right brain - their artistic-selves.

Posters the students have created in past classes line the walls. Some are clearly drawn by Pierson. Some of young artists' work are tougher to decipher - a pig who made friends with Rapunzel where they both work together to fend off a witch, or something else dreamed up by an imaginative child.

This is Pierson's dream: to teach students of all ages, and to give them confidence in their work, bouncing ideas off one another - as silly as they seem.

"What's the point of creating art if no one is going to see it?" Pierson recalls from a quote he once heard.

Pierson also is well-versed in your typical office - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - job, as he's held positions in art administration in various entities throughout the area.

He has been commissioned to paint murals throughout Charleston and different places in West Virginia and across the U.S.

"I try to tell stories and I love history. I try to tell stories through people's faces," Jeff said as he shows his portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the infamous pirate Blackbeard, which is showcased on Oracoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina.

Pierson offers a creative, yet structured hourlong class, allowing people to express themselves in a way that may be suppressed throughout their daily lives.

For Pierson and his wife, this is the path for their dream jobs. Jeff prefers painting, whereas Shannon works more with textures.

"I've been asked for years to teach. Friends have asked if I could teach their kids art, and I never had time. We asked the question, 'what if we made time for that?'" he said.

"I approach things by breaking things down into basic shapes," he said, citing his uncle Roger Cain as a mentor when he was young. Cain, from Charleston, died of AIDS and was active in the community to raise awareness for the disease.

"The idea is that if this all goes well, we'll continue to grow," Jeff said. For those interested in signing up for a class, email doodlestudioswv@gmail.com. The studio is located at 615 Tennessee Ave. on Charleston's West Side.

Reach Megan Kennedy at 304-348-4886 or megan.kennedy@dailymailwv.com. Follow her @wvschools on Twitter.

Catching a ride and sun on the Kanawha River http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809917 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809917 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 20:07:21 -0400

Lots of concerns on Iran deal at Mooney town hall http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809918 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809918 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:28:31 -0400 By David Gutman U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney heard from dozens of Charleston-area residents Sunday, most of whom shared his concerns about the proposed deal to contain Iran's nuclear weapons program.

The deal, struck between Iran, the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, gives Iran relief from economic sanctions in return for limits and inspections on its nuclear facilities.

Congress has until mid-September to accept or reject the deal, although it would take a two-thirds vote to override a presidential veto and keep the deal from going into effect.

Mooney, R-W.Va., likely will vote against the agreement like most Republicans.

"We do not appear to be getting what we want out of this deal, and the more I learn, it gets worse," he said on Sunday. "I currently plan to vote not to have a deal."

David Abramowitz, a Charleston physician, organized Sunday's town hall in downtown Charleston in concert with Mooney's office.

Abramowitz listed a half-dozen reasons why he thinks the deal struck by the Obama administration is a bad one. He thinks the deal contains insufficient inspections, covers too short a time span, gives too much economic relief to Iran and will spur a nuclear arms race. He criticized the deal for not entirely dismantling Iran's nuclear program.

The deal calls for Iran to give up about two-thirds of its centrifuges, including all of its more advanced ones, and it allows Iran to enrich uranium to about 3.7 percent, a level far short of the 90 percent necessary to build a bomb. Iran also will have to give up about 97 percent of its current stockpile of enriched uranium.

Several people at the town hall were very concerned that nuclear inspectors will not be given "anytime, anywhere" access to Iranian military facilities.

Iran may have as much as 24 days notice before inspectors can reach some areas of the country.

"Why do they not want anytime, anywhere if they're not hiding something?" Mooney asked.

Alex Canfield echoed the arguments of the U.S. Energy Department, which helped negotiate the deal, in saying that 24 days is not too long a time to wait.

"We're talking about radioactivity, it's not going to go away in 24 days, no matter how much Iran is scrubbing the floors," he said.

Canfield, 17, used an age-appropriate metaphor to make his point. "If we're the parent and Iran is the kid, it's the difference between walking in on a kid smoking pot and smelling the pot in the basement," he said, to laughs.

It was the lone lighthearted moment of a discussion which featured grave concerns and, often, raised voices.

"This is not a deal, this is a sellout," said Margot Jogwick, of Charleston. "It reminds me of 1938 when Neville Chamberlain was very much impressed by Hitler.

"America has offered an olive branch to a terrorist country who is still chanting, to this day, 'death to Israel.'"

Several national Republican politicians have used extreme analogies in condemning the proposed agreement.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is running for president, compared the deal to the Holocuast, while Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., compared Secretary of State John Kerry, the lead negotiator, to Pontius Pilate.

Mooney, while reiterating his concerns, declined to do that.

"I'm not going to make any Holocaust comparisons," he said. "I think you just look at the deal for what it is and what it would do."

Many in attendance accused the Obama administration of being too eager to strike a deal, despite the president's repeated assertions that he would rather have no deal than a bad one.

"If you want to avoid war, you have to be willing to go to war," said Allan Snider, of Charleston. "By taking that off the table this administration has exposed the soft underbelly of America."

Wesley Walker, of St. Albans, had more faith in the administration.

"The people who negotiated this have spent several years," he said. "This may be the best they hoped for. We have to avoid war under any circumstances."

Those who opposed the agreement said that the United States should continue with its economic sanctions and try for a better deal. But while the U.S. can do that, most analysts believe that the other parties to the deal - Europe, Russia and China - are eager to drop the sanctions and do business with Iran.

"They don't always necessarily decide what they do based on what we do," Max Gottlieb, a law student from Charleston, said of our international partners. "How would we address that?"

Mooney called concerns about other countries eager to do business with Iran a "hypothetical" and mostly declined to address them. He said we should continue with our sanctions and go back to discussions.

"I just think we should show leadership and do what's right," he said.

Reach David Gutman at david.gutman@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5119 or follow @davidlgutman on Twitter.

Readers' Voice http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809919 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809919 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:13:25 -0400 Express your opinion on any subject you wish. Not all comments are published. Call 304-357-4451 or email readersvoice@wvgazette.com.

I think that President Obama is doing a good job, especially considering the lack of cooperation he has gotten.

Anyone in their right mind who votes for Trump gets what they deserve.

Dog owners on Kanawha Avenue in Kanawha City have invisible electric fences. Therefore, as long as they're on their owner's property, it is legal. If an animal is wearing no tags, how do you know whether it has had shots?

Teachers do not get to bid for the job that they wish to work in and are most qualified for due to seniority. Now thanks to Gayle Manchin, the principal who is appointed tells the teachers where they will work.

I'm a Kanawha County citizen. I want to know why the people in Jackson County are so much nicer and friendlier.

I'm 70 years old and from Boone County. I've been a Democrat since I was 21 years old. I hope that Trump is the nominee. I am voting for him because he tells the truth, both Democrat and Republican. I am sick of lying politicians. If he is not the nominee, I will stay home.

I was just wondering why the city of Hurricane can annex all the way to Teays Valley when Winfield can't annex more than a mile of property. It just doesn't make sense to me.

I hope the newspaper keeps on that story about the airport. If he did any wrong he didn't do it without help and cooperation.

What's this about so many trees dying off in West Virginia? Is there some disease going around that the public hasn't been notified about? Someone should report about this. Trees are important.

In regards to the man who assassinated Cecil the lion - he can't call himself a hunter, he's an assassin.

I too have been a Manchin supporter, but him leaning to support the Iran agreement turns me off. He says its that or war. Well there's been no war since the sanctions were put in place.

To the person who said John Kerry is not a Vietnam War hero, you just have words. John Kerry was awarded a Silver Star, and they don't give that out for talk. If they did, maybe you would have one. You're probably one of the people who think George W. Bush was fit for command. Bush can't even produce a pay voucher for 1972, proving he served, while John McCain and other pilots rotted in the Hanoi Hilton, and pilots were needed.

For the people that complain and fret over gay couples gaining the right to marry, think about this: They will not be producing children of their own, but they may adopt children that have nowhere to go. Some of the same people that complain about gay marriage are also the same people complaining about sharing with others that are not so fortunate.

Junk Car Bill wants to be governor. Last year West Virginia was lucky enough to have a leader who knew the constitution and vetoed lots of bills poorly written and passed with the leadership of Mr Cole. If Cole would have been the governor, all those would have passed. And for the next two years, West Virginia would have been losing battles at the Supreme Court, costing millions, and as usual the judges would have laughed them right out off.

I recently saw where a study was done that proves that meanness is contagious. If that is really true then America is in the middle of an epidemic. Try being nicer to each other; it's contagious too and the results are far more healthy.

Coal River Bridge gets upgrades http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809920 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809920 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:11:08 -0400 By Megan Kennedy The nearly 40-year-old Coal River Bridge is getting some upgrades that will make it safer for students and the community.

The bridge largely carries students who attend Hayes Middle School, which sits just outside of St. Albans on the Coal River, said Charles Wilson, the executive director of facilities planning with the Kanawha County Schools.

Construction workers are working to replace the 260 concrete planks that lay across the approximately 400-foot-long bridge in order to have the bridge ready when school starts Aug. 10.

Though not all concrete planks will be replaced by the start of school, Wilson assured the bridge would be safe for students to use for their first day back and onward.

The need for updates on the bridge follows an inspection done on the bridge about a year ago, Wilson said. Construction started in late July.

Crews will continue to work on the bridge after school hours and on the weekends until the planks are fully replaced. Wilson said cables holding the bridge also will need some adjustment down the road, however there are no immediate plans to update them.

"Kids will have a safe way to school," Wilson said.

"We wouldn't even let them get near it if it wasn't safe."

The school board did allocate money for the project, to keep it up to code, said Hayes Principal Scott Monty.

The updates to the bridge will come in stages, said Alan Cummings, the Kanawha County Board of Education's purchasing manager. So far, the first stage has required $123,440 for the updates.

The dollar amount for the next stages will be decided as they are presented, he said.

Reach Megan Kennedy at 304-348-4886 or megan.kennedy@dailymailwv.com. Follow her @wvschools on Twitter.

Rear patio origin of fire in Harpers Ferry commercial area http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809923 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150802/GZ01/150809923 Sun, 2 Aug 2015 13:03:54 -0400 HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. (AP) - A state agency spokesman says a fire in Harpers Ferry's commercial area began on the rear patio of a business.

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina tells The Herald-Mail that the cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

The July 23 fire damaged four buildings housing eight businesses and several apartments in the lower town business district.

The State Fire Marshal's Office estimates the fire caused $2 million in damage. Messina says some of the buildings cannot be rebuilt. The others must be evaluated by structural engineers.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito visited the scene of the fire on Thursday and met with local officials. The West Virginia Republican says she plans to try and obtain some federal assistance to help the business district recover.