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Backus, Homer L. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.


Beard, Jabez T. 1 p.m., Crow


Bsharah, Rosemary L. Noon, St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston.


Hagley, Beatrice 1 p.m., River Cities Community Church, Huntington.


Halstead, Freda 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.


Pettry, Montina L. 6 p.m., Cross Creek Community Church, Buffalo.


Stephens, Eva M. 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Tawney, Dwight I. 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

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Doris Adkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059989 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Doris Kathleene Gilliland Adkins, 89, of Scott Depot, formerly of Dawes on Cabin Creek, departed this life for her heavenly home in the early morning hours of May 3, 2016 at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, following a short illness.

Doris was born March 18, 1927 in Cabin Creek, where she grew up. She married the love of her life, Earl, and they made their home in Dawes. In 1992, she moved to Scott Depot to be closer to her children who reside there.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Earl Adkins; parents, Edward and Vaughnie Gilliland; brothers, Paul and Charles Gilliland; and sisters, Dorothy Eloise Hancock and Peggy Joyce Henderson.

Doris was a homemaker and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a faithful longtime member of Dawes United Methodist Church, where she served in many areas, including singing in the choir, where in her healthier years she could be heard leading with her strong soprano voice. She was a teacher for vacation Bible school and served with the United Methodist Women as a member and officer. The most important task she undertook was to raise her children in the church. She taught them from a very early age the importance of attending church faithfully, learning to trust Jesus as their Savior and to give their lives in service to the Lord. All three of her children are faithful servants of the Lord in the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, with whom she made her home, Robert Wayne Adkins of Scott Depot; daughters and son-in-law, Janet Elaine Moore and Debra Lynn and Jeffrey Hamrick, all of Scott Depot; grandchildren and their spouses, Michael Alan and Alisha Moore of Huntington, Megan Michelle Moore of Scott Depot and Laura Elisabeth and Mark Dyer, currently of Scott Depot; great-grandchildren, Aubree and Baylee Moore, Dakota Phillips and Asher Knott; sister, Kay Worley of Cabin Creek; brother, David Gilliland of Paris, Ky.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and her loving church family at Dawes United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle, with Pastor Carl "Bo" Terrell officiating. Interment will follow in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts in memory of Doris be sent to Dawes United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 130, Attn: Mary Willis, Dawes, WV 25054.

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

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Gary Wayne Adkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059996 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Gary Wayne Adkins, 52, of Clay, entered into rest Sunday, May 1, 2016. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with visitation one hour prior.

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Olive Alberta Ashley http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059991 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Olive Alberta Cook Ashley, 85, of Clendenin, formerly of Ovapa, went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

She was the daughter of the late Burl and Icie Cook. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Leo Cook, Lawrence Cook and Lewis Cook, and sister, Opal Burns.

Alberta is survived by her husband of 64 years, Roosevelt Ashley Jr. of Clendenin; sons, Perry Ashley and his wife, Laura, of Charleston, Tim Ashley and his wife, Judy, of Purcellville, Va., and Sam Ashley; grandson, Ryan Ashley of Charleston; grandson, Brett Ashley and his wife, Laura, of South Charleston; grandson, Brooks Ashley of Morgantown; granddaughter, Lindsay Ashley of Purcellville, Va.; grandson, Collin Ashley of Purcellville, Va.; granddaughter, Jordan Ashley of Greensboro, N.C.; great-grandson, Mason Ashley of South Charleston; sisters, Oleta Aieker of St. Albans, Ann Monroe of Lady Lake, Fla., and Ondra Wilson of Elizabeth; her only surviving brother, Lowell Cook of Pinch; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Alberta was born June 24, 1930 in Ovapa, Clay County, and graduated from Clay High School in 1949. She married Roosevelt Ashley Jr. on April 26, 1952 in Charleston. Alberta called Clendenin home for the past 52 years and retired from State Farm Insurance office in 1995 with nearly 20 years of service with Dale Melton. She was a member of Clendenin Advent Christian Church for many years. She was a longtime member of Thelma Chapter No. 24 of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Grand Page, Grand Electra and Grand Representative of Kentucky in West Virginia during the 1980s. Alberta joined Beta Sigma Phi sorority during 1967 and was a life member. Alberta always enjoyed her family, gardening and cooking a good meal.

The family would like to thank caregivers, Joyce Shafer and her staff at Shafer's Assisted Living in Clendenin for their caring and dedicated service to Mom during the past five years. In addition, the family would like to thank Vickie, Mary and Jessica of Hospice for their committed and loving care during her final weeks.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Shafer's Assisted Living or Hospice.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Clendenin Advent Christian Church with Pastor Mike Todorovich and Pastor Nahum Balser officiating. Burial will be in Clendenin Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Online condolences may be expressed at maticsfuneralhome.com.

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Paul R. Bailey http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059997 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 On May 2nd, Paul R. Bailey, CMSGT Retired from the United States Air Force passed away suddenly and painlessly at his home in Clayton, North Carolina surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Patricia "Karen" Bailey of the home; daughters, Kathleen "Kathy" Bailey of the home and Pauline "Angie" Bailey of Wake Forest, North Carolina; the son he never had, Trampas Williams of Raleigh, North Carolina; and granddaughter, Savannah Bailey Patterson, of Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is also survived by Uncle Thomas Bailey and wife Glenna Bailey of Dunbar, West Virginia; Aunt Wanda Jean Oldham of Cross Lanes, West Virginia; Mother-in-law, Patricia Little of Cleveland, Ohio; Brother-in-law, Robert Little of Oakland, California; Brother-in-law, Michael Little of Cleveland, Ohio; and numerous cousins in West Virginia, nieces and nephews in Ohio, West Virginia, Louisiana, and California.

Paul met his wife, Karen while visiting Cleveland, Ohio. He was smitten with her and they soon wed at the very young age of 18. Shortly thereafter, Paul entered military service. Paul served his country honorably for over 27 years. He and his wife moved his family to various hamlets in the United States, as well as out of the country. Paul and Karen always looked at their moves as a new adventure and something to learn. His two daughters will miss the man who showed them the world and invited them to constantly be looking for the next horizon and hill to climb. After his retirement from the U.S.A.F., Paul began working for the City of Henderson, Nevada in the Parks and Recreation Department. Upon his retirement in 2010, from the City of Henderson, Nevada, he moved to North Carolina to be closer to his precious granddaughter.

The light of Paul's life was his granddaughter, Savannah. Every Friday, while in Nevada, he would take his granddaughter to lunch. He called it lunching with "PawPaw" and no one was going to deny him his time with his precious little girl. While living here in North Carolina, he made sure to attend every concert, softball game, and award ceremony she had.

Paul Bailey lived a life of integrity, honor, and with a sarcastic wit that could reduce most Generals and Congressmen to quivering masses of Jell-O. Paul loved his wife, his girls, and his dogs. He was loved deeply and he will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

A celebration of life will be planned by the family at a later date at the home in Clayton and in West Virginia.

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Jabez Thomas Beard http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059981 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Jabez Thomas Beard, 95, of Southside, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family and friends, on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Jabez was born in Southside on Feb. 7, 1921, son to the late Jabez Clarence and Maggie (Dalton) Beard. He was a lifelong resident of Southside and a faithful member of Harmony Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Jabez was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Beard; son, Nicholas Grogan Beard; brothers, Gilbert and Justin Beard; and sisters, Elizabeth Yauger and Dorthey Beard Seberell. Surviving are one sister, Irene Beard Brand, and a grandson, Adam.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Crow-Hussell Funeral Home, Point Pleasant. Service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior, starting at noon.

Friends and family may express condolences online at crowhussellfh.com.

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Clifton L. Chisler http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059986 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Clifton L. Chisler, 93, of South Charleston, joined his loving wife of 65 years, Betty Jo, in heaven on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Clifton was retired from Union Carbide. He was a member of the United Disciples of Christ Church in South Charleston. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in South Charleston and the Charleston Elks Club. He was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Ida Dell Chisler; two brothers, Kenneth and Ralph Chisler; and three sisters, Artrolia Moore, Sarah Moore and Ochel Eddy.

He survived by his four children, John (Shirlee) of Seabrook, Texas, Bob (Anna) of Chesapeake, Ohio, Valarie Hart (Steven) of Charleston and Lisa Breeden (Jeff) of Winfield; grandchildren, Tim Hoff (Terra), Jason Chisler (Erin), Christopher Chisler, Grant Breeden and Bryce Breeden; step-grandson, Christopher Hart; great-grandchildren, Breece and Bailey Hoff; and step-great-grandchildren, Olivia and Amaris Hart.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Steven Smith officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to United Disciples of Christ Church, Hospice, or the humane society or animal rescue of your choice.

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Joseph K. Clendenin http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059982 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Joseph Kyle Clendenin, 27, of Sissonville, went home to serve in the Lord's Army on May 2, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Radford Clendenin; maternal grandparents, Roy and Jo Thomas; uncle, Ray Johnson; and cousin, Thomas Christopher Young. He is survived by his loving parents, Todd and Jo Clendenin, and his adoring brother, Jeremy Clendenin of Sissonville, along with many other close family and friends.

Joey attended Sissonville High School, where he played soccer, and Marshall University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was a member of North Hills Baptist Church in Sissonville. He was proudly serving our country in the West Virginia Army National Guard as a combat engineer with the 119th Engineer Company (Sapper).

Joey was a kind and gentle soul who was extremely loyal. He was proud to witness to anyone about how much God had blessed his life. He was an avid supporter of the NRA, he enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

His mother and father are very proud of their son and all that he accomplished in his short time here on Earth. They loved him very much, and know that he will be waiting for them by Heaven's gate.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at North Hills Baptist Church, Sissonville, with the memorial service beginnning immediately after at noon. The church will be providing a lunch for the family and friends immediately after in their activity building to celebrate Joey's life.

The family has asked that anyone who would like to make a donation do so in Joey's name to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Ernestine Cooper http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059984 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ernestine Cooper, 79, of Dunbar, died May 4, 2016. Preston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Ruth E. Ferrell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/OBIT/305059980 Thu, 5 May 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ruth Ellen Ferrell, 84, of Nitro, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at home after a short illness.

She liked quilting, fishing and tasting different wines.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Searls; brothers and sisters, Charles Cavender, Helen Myers, Jack Cavender and Wilford Cavender; her parents, Della Fay and Nathaniel Dewey Cavender.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 45 years, John "Ace" Ferrell; daughters, Dianna Sigman, Sandra Mattox and husband, Bruce, and Kim Edgell and husband, Bud; son, Greg Searls and wife, Ilene; sister, Vada Searls; brother, Butch Cavender; sister, Mill Saunders and husband, Charlie; grandchildren, Misse Medley and husband, Chuck, Neil Ball and wife, Rita, Jason Sigman and wife, Kaori, Sheila Brisendine and husband, T.J., Linda Oyler, Brenda Casto, Cherry Cobb, Travis Edgell, John Edgell and wife, Sarah, Cody Edgell and wife, Amanda, Chad Totten, Jeff Totten and Andrea Huff and husband, Vince; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Drema Allen, Johnny Miller and Sharon Starcher for their friendship and care of Ruth.

Honoring Ruth's wishes, she will be cremated and no services are scheduled.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the Ferrell family, and you may express online condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

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Justice leads close primary; all 3 Dems lead Cole in general, new poll finds http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ01/160509739 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ01/160509739 Thu, 5 May 2016 13:31:39 -0400 David Gutman By David Gutman Businessman Jim Justice leads the Democratic field in the race for governor, but all three Democratic candidates lead Republican Senate President Bill Cole in general election matchups according to a new poll, released Thursday.

The MetroNews West Virginia Poll shows Justice leading the Democratic primary with 32 percent of the vote, to 27 percent for former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and 23 percent for state Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, with 18 percent of voters still undecided.

But all three Democrats lead Cole in hypothetical general election matchups, undercutting a major argument of Justice's campaign -- that he is the only Democrat who can win in the fall.

"What I'm telling you is just this, and I want you to hear me, Booth cannot beat Bill Cole," Justice said at a campaign event last weekend. "Neither can Jeff Kessler. I can."

The new poll belies that notion.

Justice leads Cole in a hypothetical general election matchup by 52 to 34 percent.

But Goodwin and Kessler also lead the Republican.

Goodwin by 47 percent to 39 and Kessler by 45 to 39.

The primary election polling is little changed from the last MetroNews West Virginia poll, released in February, which showed Justice with 32 percent, Goodwin with 25 percent and Kessler with 23 percent.

But in that poll, Cole held narrow leads over both Goodwin and Kessler.

That poll was done in the midst of a contentious legislative session, led by Cole, which saw the passage of a divisive legislation like a right-to-work law and a repeal of the state's prevailing wage, but did not include the passage of a state budget.

A poll from Public Policy Polling, a national pollster, released earlier this week, showed Justice with a bigger lead in the Democratic primary -- 37 percent to Goodwin's 23 percent and Kessler's 19 percent. That poll showed Justice as the only Democrat leading Cole in a fall matchup.

The MetroNews poll was conducted between April 22 and May 2, and polled 315 likely voters for the Democratic primary numbers and 596 likely voters for the general election matchups. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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

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Songs for summer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509740 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509740 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:59:06 -0400 By Lauren Campbell George Washington High School By By Lauren Campbell George Washington High School Summer is just around the corner. The best way to start looking forward to a break from school and warmer days is by listening to some great tunes. Here are four songs that will get you through the summer.

This song is really about letting loose and not caring what others think. It's a motto that goes great with summer. This song tells you it's OK if others disagree with you or if you fail. It tells you that it's OK because everyone is their own unique and wild person. This song leaves you feeling great about yourself and your quirks.

"Overnight" tells you nothing has to be perfect, and you don't need to have everything you want to be happy. It's a reminder to not be materialistic. This song preaches that by letting go of your thoughts, you will be happier and able to live life more fully. It sends a great message for summer.

The all-female vocal group Bahari is known for their beachy hits. Even their name means "ocean" in Swahili. One of their latest songs "Dancing On The Sun" will get you in the mood for summer. It's a song perfect to dance to and ensures listeners that they can do anything by getting along with others and dancing.

This pop-country song is about reflecting on past summer memories while creating new ones. The upbeat sound and lyrics send the message that the time you spend with your friends and family is not wasted time at all, but something to be cherished. "Wasted Time" is a good song to play when you are with a group of people you love.

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How to make your dorm room feel like home http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509741 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509741 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:47:02 -0400 By Rachel Gouhin Charleston Catholic High School By By Rachel Gouhin Charleston Catholic High School For graduating seniors, preparing for college may seem overwhelming. Take it one thing at a time. You can start by tackling your dorm room. Figuring out what you'll want and need in your dorm room can be a great first step in reducing college anxiety.

And as you begin to plan, remember that your dorm is your own personal space. Pack things that you love, things that show off your personality. And have fun in making it your own.

1. Include things from your home state.

Depending on how far away from home you'll be, you might want to include things that remind you of your roots. Pinterest has really amazing ideas as to how you can make West Virginia-themed crafts. Nonetheless, if you've spent hours hot gluing and following instructions from Pinterest only to make something that looks like the work of a kindergarten student, try stopping in Kin Ship Goods on the West Side, at 613 Tennessee Ave. Kin Ship has a lot of apparel and accessories that are West Virginia focused and has a lot of unique choices if you can't make your own Pinterest crafts, like me.

2. Go for comfort.

Above all, think about comfort. Look for options, like a big fluffy comforter, that you'd be happy napping with and won't be a headache to maintain. A month into school, you won't want something that takes a lot of upkeep or that looks nice but doesn't feel like home.

3. Bring high school memories with you.

Although seniors have different opinions on high school, you could include things to remind you of all the good memories you've had. Collage boards of pictures with high school friends or decorations from sports you've played will help to make your home feel close. However, if high school was not kind to you or you don't want to be reminded of it, then goodbye and good riddance. It's time to move on!

4. Make the most out of your storage options.

Since dorm rooms are excruciatingly small and they have to be shared between several people, storage management is essential. Storage bins underneath a lofted bed or in closets can go a long way and make your room look a lot more organized.

5. Embrace your new home.

Often, decorations will be available around your campus to embrace your new school pride. Crafting with new friends can be an easy way to start using school colors and make friends. But if all else fails, picking something up from the campus bookstore will brighten your dorm room and get you in the swing of school spirit.

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Gift ideas for graduates http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509742 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509742 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:23:43 -0400 By Ava Reed John Adams Middle School By By Ava Reed John Adams Middle School With graduation getting closer, most high school seniors have already sent announcements to family members and friends. These announcements can be traditional invitations to graduation ceremonies, or they can be informal cards that invite guests to an open house or after-party. No matter which type of invitation is received, rules of etiquette state that a gift should be sent to the graduate.

The following gift ideas may make shopping easier:

Giving money may seem impersonal or generic, but it helps the student buy what he or she really needs for a trip or for school.

It's a good idea to give students gift cards to restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores close to where their college or university is located. Since money is tight in college, the new college student will surely love you when they remember their gift card and head to Panera for a big, free meal.

Give your college student a fun piece of clothing to show spirit for their new school. You could match the university's colors in an outfit or find a cute T-shirt with the university's logo or a bow tie in the university's colors.

Survival kits filled with items such as pain reliever, cold and allergy medicine, a thermometer, Band Aids and cough drops are helpful when students are away from home.

Initialed towels, robes, sheets and stationery are a useful gift.

New students aren't always allowed to bring a car on campus. A bike is a great way to get from one place to another and a great way to stay in shape.

If students are moving away, reminders of home are comforting. Framed pictures of friends, prints or maps of their hometowns are nice things to hang in a dorm room.

Laptop computers, iPads, noise-blocking headphones, and new cell phones are expensive, but very helpful for homework and student life. Again, gift cards can prevent you from buying something a student already has.

And remember graduates: Every gift you receive deserves a thank you card. This would be the proper time to send a handwritten message on your new, monogrammed stationary.

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Happy summer wandering: Easy day-trips through the state http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509743 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509743 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:23:08 -0400 By Liam Thistlethwaite John Adams Middle School By By Liam Thistlethwaite John Adams Middle School For some, West Virginia may come across as a rather simple location - There are trees, mountains and a good amount of spiders. But if you know where to look, West Virginia can easily become infinitely more interesting. From outdoor adventuring to indoor relaxation, the Mountain State conceals many hidden gems as well as popular attractions that only a fool couldn't enjoy, and here is a list of some of the best.

Built in 1858, this gorgeous and giant hotel known as the Greenbrier has not only housed presidents, millionaires, and people from all around the U.S., but is also home to the now-famous Greenbrier fallout shelter/bunker. The large underground structure, located close to Lewisburg, began construction during the Cold War with the intention of housing the members of congress if an atomic war began. It was never used, and eventually it's existence was leaked. So now it is open for tours. Touring this bunker would be a fun, educational experience for any history buff without much to do over the summer.

Believe it or not, even though The Mystery Hole is a widely, well-known attraction, not everyone has heard of it. This attraction is located near the New River Gorge in Fayette County. It's a house of optical illusions. Guests are led on a guided tour through a small series of rooms. The rooms contain some trick related to gravity. The Mystery Hole, without a doubt, is filled to the brim with mystery and fun for all ages.

If you've ever enjoyed climbing, swinging or playing outdoors, this one's for you. Timber Trek is an "outdoor adventure course" that allows patrons to climb ropes, zipline from trees, and do any and everything in between. The attraction offers multiple courses that vary in toughness and complexity. The courses lead people through the trees by means of ladders and shaky bridges. Timber Trek is offered by Adventures on the Gorge located in Lansing.

Located in Hurricane, this water park is definitely a great choice for someone wanting to cool off. Featuring a ginormous wave pool as well as several slides, Waves Of Fun offers, quite literally, what the title implies.

Digging around in your yard may be fun, but venturing into a real mine where people worked for years is probably a bit more interesting. The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is a tourist attraction that offers real tours throughout the Phillips-Sprague Mine. This attraction is not only incredible for those interested in mining, but is an incredibly intriguing experience for kids and adults alike.

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REVIEW: Disney's new 'Jungle Book' is worth getting lost in http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509744 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509744 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:20:11 -0400 By Lauren Pauley Winfield High School By By Lauren Pauley Winfield High School I think there comes a point in all of our lives when we wish we could be young and carefree again. Where we could just play outside all day and watch our favorite animated Disney movie over and over and over again. During my childhood, Disney movies were a large part of my world. My personal favorite was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," but I loved all of them.

When it comes to "The Jungle Book," however, I hadn't watched the original 1967 film until last month. When I was a kid, I watched "The Jungle Book 2" all the time, but never the original. When I finally sat down to watch it, I found myself enraptured by the strange story and the lovable characters. The story is like some sort of cool dream. In any other setting, it would be kind of strange for a boy to be raised in the jungle. But in this story, it just makes sense.

I found myself really loving the movie when it was over and eagerly anticipating the new adaptation. Thankfully, I only had to wait a month for it to come out on April 15.

And man, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.

The new adaptation of "The Jungle Book" is perfectly thrilling and captivating. There's old nostalgia that will bring you back to the original film, but also plenty of new surprises and twists to please today's audience. It leaves you guessing until the very end, almost like you've never even seen this classic story before.

The well-known story follows a human boy, Mowgli, who was raised in the jungle for 10 years by wolves. After a menacing tiger, Sher Khan, discovers the boy's presence, he decides to hunt Mowgli. Mowgli has no choice but to find his way back to where he's supposed to belong: a man-village. He ends up on a wondrous journey full of suspense, adventure, and self-discovery.

From the moment the movie starts, you get pulled into this exciting, almost magical jungle world. And it never really lets you go. You get to follow Mowgli's adventure as if you were right beside him.

Some of his adventures range from a spine-tingling run-in with the giant snake Kaa to his heartwarming friendship that he forms with the sloth bear Baloo. And since the film is live action, it's such a cool experience to see some classic scenes from the animated film brought to life on a big screen.

There are a few noticeable differences from the original animated movie. There's a lot more exposition and explanation to the story, which is really interesting. It helps the audience get to know the characters a lot better before the adventure really picks up. There's also a lot of added scenes and some scenes from the classic film that were left out.

And then there's the jungle itself. It's absolutely beautiful. The scenery surrounding Mowgli at every twist and turn is so wonderful. The animals are beautiful as well. It's very hard to believe that every animal was completely computer generated. You're sure to recognize at least one of the animal's voices, which includes actors Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kingsley.

I think the thing that made this movie so magical, though, is just the feel of it. There's something about it that makes you feel like you're in the jungle, like you're experiencing this world with Mowgli. It's really freeing. It's like you're a young kid again.

There's a song from the film score on the soundtrack, and it's called "Mowgli Wins the Race." I promise you, if you listen to that song, you will feel so empowered - like you could just stand up and fly away.

I recommend "The Jungle Book" to anyone. Go run away to the jungle for a while, and see where it takes you.

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The road to the show: Players travel to play for Power http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509745 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509745 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:19:41 -0400 By Kendyl Bostic South Charleston High School By By Kendyl Bostic South Charleston High School Players come from all over the world to play baseball for the West Virginia Power.

On the 2016 team, for example, there's Daniel Arribas from the Netherlands, Alfredo Reyes who grew up in the Dominican Republic and Ricky Eusebio who moved from New York to the Dominican Republic to have a better chance at being drafted. These players know well the difficulties and also the joys that come with playing for the class-A minor league team of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Daniel Arribas, a third baseman for the Power, said he can't remember a time he didn't want to play baseball. The first gift he remembers receiving was a baseball set. "I just kept playing," he said.

Arribas moved to the Netherlands from Miami, Florida when he was 10. He played baseball through school and joined the junior national team when he was 18.

When he played for the national team, he traveled to Canada for some games. Major League Baseball scouts were there. They watched him play and offered him a chance to play for the Pirates.

"I was invited to go to a try-out in the Dominican Republic for one day, and I did really well," Arribas said.

Due to his father's Spanish heritage, Arribas was first put on a Spanish-speaking team in the Dominican for two years. From there, he went up a level every year from the Gulf Coast league to the Rookie Advanced team in Virginia, to the Morgantown Black Bears and now to the Power.

Arribas met Alfredo Reyes, his first year in the Dominican league when Reyes played for the Mets. He signed with the team when he was only 16. Reyes grew up in the Domincan and after being signed, he spent the next three years playing in the summer league there.

Reyes moved up to the Gulf Coast league in 2014, and last year he played his last year for the Mets in the New York-Penn League. After he was drafted by the Pirates, Reyes was placed on the Power roster. He plays shortstop. Reyes keeps in contact with his family through Facetime, but he said there is still some culture shock to adjust to. And he admitted that there's always a level of worry that you'll mess up and risk being cut.

Reyes said he plays "to become the best, and for our families. To give them a better future. Quitting is not an option."

Out of the three players, Ricky Eusebio, a pitcher, has been playing for the least amount of time. In fact, until three years ago, playing professional baseball seemed like a dream that would never happen. Born in New York, Eusebio attended high school and college before being drafted. When he was 21, he moved to the Dominican Republic to pursue a professional baseball career. That's where his family is from. He said he practiced every day for a year.

Just before Christmas in 2013 when he was preparing to move home, he got a phone call from the Pirates.

"People think it's easy. You get signed, and 'Oh, you're a baseball player,' but they don't see what we go through," Eusebio said.

He started out in Jamestown before winning the championship in Morgantown last year and moving up to the Power this April.

When asked what it's like to play here in Charleston, Arribas noted the involvement of the fans and how it benefits the players.

"In other leagues, the fans would just come and watch. Here, you've got fans who want to help and see us do well, not only on the field, but off."

While it may not seem like a big deal to the fans themselves, the players say that this encouragement - from the Toast section to the host families - is very rewarding and makes them excited to keep playing even on challenging days. Reyes phrased it best when summing up what he has learned in his six years of playing baseball.

"There are going to be setbacks in life and your career that will have you question if everything you are doing is worth it ... You have to give it your all, so that you can look back and say, 'I have no regrets.'"

You can see the West Virginia Power playing at Appalachian Power Park throughout the summer. View the schedule at wvpower.com.

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Ways to avoid boredom over the summer months http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509746 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509746 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:15:45 -0400 By Matthew Ayoob Charleston Catholic Middle School By By Matthew Ayoob Charleston Catholic Middle School During the summer, some of us may be stuck at home with a lot of time on our hands, while others may be traveling the world. But either way, there's sure to be some down time.

When you're at a loss for what to do, here are some ways to stay productive and make every second count during your summer break:

Whether its voice, piano or violin, learning how to play an instrument is a great summer activity. This will help to keep your mind sharp away from the classroom. And unlike the stress associated with school (think tests and deadlines) music can be a creative outlet that you pursue at your own pace. If you want to take it to the next level, you can even sign up for music lessons. Or head to the Internet for lessons and tips. And remember, there are no rules or deadlines. You can pursue what you are feeling at your own pace.

The summer is a great time to try those sports you never have tried or work on the ones that you are already trying to improve. Gather some friends and join a summer league. You could even join a travel team and carpool with your friends. Or you could sign up for lessons. It will keep you active and teach you something new, like tennis or lacrosse.

Reading is an imaginative form of entertainment. You don't get the same form of stimulation with television or video games. Rather than having to read a book because your teacher tells you to, pick a book because you want to. Head to the library and wander around the aisles. Finding a good book that you cannot put down is half the battle. Look for books that really speak to you, the ones that intrigue you. Take them home. Get to know them. Then, go back for more.

Don't just stay inside. That's boring. Outside there is a different world full of new journeys and adventures. Go on a hike with some friends or family. Take your dog for a long, playful walk. Starting a garden will definitely keep you outdoors. A garden takes effort, but you're later rewarded with fresh produce or flowers to enjoy. And enjoy some vitamin D. You'll feel better.

And remember, you are the only one responsible for your own boredom.

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FlipSide Favorite: What's on your summer bucket list? http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509747 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509747 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:15:07 -0400 "I've always wanted to wear a bikini to the beach or pool. But I never had the nerve. So this summer, I'm going to do it!"

- Ava Reed John Adams Middle School

"I want to learn a new language to keep my mind sharp. And who know when it may come in handy?"

- Kaitlyn Hickman

Herbert Hoover High School

"Something on my summer bucket list is that I want to learn sign language. I think that learning sign language would be a wonderful experience."

- Melanie Pickens

South Charleston High School

"Being more spontaneous is on my summer bucket list because I feel it is a better way to experience life."

- Lauren Campbell

George Washington High School

"My summer bucket list consists of finding new music, traveling, reading good books and finding new places around Charleston."

- PJ Mullins

Charleston Catholic High School

"The only things on my summer bucket list are relax and play unhealthily amounts of video games."

- Liam Thistlethwaite

John Adams Middle School

"My favorite thing to do in the summer is swim but I don't get to go very often. If I had the chance, I would go every day. The only thing I really do in the summer is band. I would consider it a part of my bucket list because I have so much fun doing it!"

- Lilly Nichols

Herbert Hoover High School

"This summer, I would love to go to an outdoor rock concert with my friend Emily. I am really into '90s rock. If only I could go to a Nirvana concert!"

- Briana Haas

Herbert Hoover High School

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We're talking to you, juniors - use the summer to get ahead http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509748 GZ10 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160505/GZ10/160509748 Thu, 5 May 2016 11:13:50 -0400 By Georgia Payne Charleston Catholic High School By By Georgia Payne Charleston Catholic High School Although all of the focus seems to be on the graduating seniors this spring, current juniors have a heavy task in front of them. You have to conquer the last year of high school without losing motivation, while completing a ton of college applications.

Senior year may sound daunting, but it doesn't have to be. With the proper preparation and a positive attitude, juniors can make their college process an easy transition.

The first semester of senior year is incredibly stressful. Not only are you taking the toughest courses in high school (looking at you, calc), but you are also filling out dozens of college applications and writing entry essays. To avoid feeling overwhelmed in October, prepare over the summer by finding out when applications are released. Get a head start on personal essays. You can head to the Internet for essay prompt clues. This will help to minimize your workload later in the year.

Create a list of all the tasks and forms you need to fill out and their due dates. Jot those down and add them to your agenda so you don't forget them. Every time you cross off an item, think about how much closer you are to your goal.

As refreshing as summer is, we all grow somewhat weary of sitting by the pool day after day. Read books, participate in service activities or reorganize your bedroom. Improve yourself!

If you don't know what you want in a college, now is the time to figure it out. Are you looking for a big or small college? Rural or urban? Private or public? Once you know your criteria, you can find colleges that suit your needs.

Reading statistics and looking at pictures only goes so far. The only way to truly know what a college is like is to visit the campus. Try to plan a trip where you can visit multiple schools in the same area.

This tip is possibly the most important - stay calm. You will accomplish more in your college journey if you don't over analyze every single part of your resume and application. Colleges want to see real people, not perfect robots. Focus on honing your talents and being positive instead of nitpicking your weaknesses, and you will already be off to a great start.

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