www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2016, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 27, 2016 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT01/308279979 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT01/308279979 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Arthur, Wanda M. — 2 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Berry, Danny R. — 1 p.m., Toneys Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Bloomingrose.

Beverly, Jason S. — 4 p.m., Sharon Church of God, Sharon.

Cowen, Richard L. — 1 p.m., Bible Center Church, Charleston.

Davis, Brian C. — 11 a.m., Heck Funeral Home, Milton.

Harless, James D. — 2 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Hershberger, Virginia — 11 a.m., Reamer Gospel Tabernacle, Ravenswood.

Holmes, Nina C. — Noon, Gatens

Jack, Shelby — 3 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Jones, Larry E. — 3 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Knight, Violet — 11:30 a.m., Nighbert Memorial United Methodist Church, Logan.

Linzy, Edna — 1 p.m., Charleston Moose Lodge, Charleston.

McClure, Scott H. — 11 a.m., East Lawn Cemetery, Canvas.

McDade, Linda L. — 11 a.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo.

McNeill, Carolyn L. — 11 a.m., Stockert

McPherson, Linsey — 3 p.m., Home of Eleanor and Leo Chapman, Hurricane.

Meadows, Caroline J. — 11 a.m., Beulah Ann Missionary Baptist Church, Ona.

Messer, Bobby D. — 1:30 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Metz, Nina — 1 p.m., Elk Funeral Home, Charleston.

Mosley, James H. Sr. — Noon, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Charleston.

Ours, Mary J. — 2 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Glenville.

Parsons, Nolan C. Jr. — 3 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans.

Policastro, Judith — 10 a.m., Blessed Sacrament, South Charleston.

Rakes, David J. — 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Schieb, Chessie — 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Spinks, Oscar W. — 11 a.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Taylor, John P. — 2 p.m., Mile Fork Community Church, Big Chimney.

Walker, David H. — 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Dunbar.

Wallen, Dellie E. — 11 a.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.

Woody, Katherine A. — 11 a.m., Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Wright, Peggy A. — 1 p.m., Arnett Chapel, Arnett.

Esther Adkins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279995 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Esther May Adkins, 99, of Duck, entered into rest Friday, August 26, 2016.

Born March 22, 1917, in Enoch, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Krantz) Kyle. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Everett Adkins; son, Donnie Adkins; sister, Ruth Russell; brothers, John Kyle and Ted Kyle.

She enjoyed flowers, walking, church and her friends.

Esther is survived by her daughters, Patsy Workman of Ocean City, Md. and Judy (Walter) Shafer of Birch River; sons, Jimmy (Melissa) Adkins of Duck, Chilton "Buzzy" (Linda) Adkins of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Albert (Jan) Adkins of Vermillion, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, August 29, at Walnut Grove Church, with Ministers Wilma and Don Dobbins officiating. Burial will be in Adkins Cemetery, Dog Run. Visitation with the family will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Walnut Grove Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com. Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Adkins family.

Ruth Lea Barrier http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279984 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Ruth Lea Barrier, 80, of Cowen, died August 21, 2016. Service will be 3 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Jennings Bryant http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279986 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Mr. Jennings R. Bryant, 68, of Henlawson, W.Va., died Thursday, August 25, 2016. A memorial service is planned for a later date by the family.Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville are assisting the Bryant family.

Tommie Butcher Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279991 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Tommie Lee Butcher Sr., 76, of Powellton, died August 26, 2016. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery is in charge of arrangements.

Wendy Edgell http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279982 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Wendy Lynn Jackson Edgell, 37, of Little Birch, died Thursday, August 25, 2016. Service will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton. Friends may call two hours before the service at the funeral home.

Mary Estep http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279990 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Mary L. Estep, of Elkview, passed away August 26, 2016, with family present. She was born March 26, 1929, in Hernshaw, to Oscar Griffith And Anna Mae Stewart Griffith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Estep; and 10 year old son, Bobby Joe Estep.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Estep (Violet), Bill Estep (Regina) Eddie (Joy) Dale Estep of Elkview, Mike (Karen) of Clemmons, N.C., Greg Estep (Debbie) of Liberty; daughters, Debbie Rhodes (Brett) of Goldvien, Va., Judy Morrison of Belleview, Fla.; grandchildren, Terri Jo Estep, Andrea Estep, Chris Estep, Laura Mansfield,

Candice Tackett, Cassie Turley, Warren and Jared Rhodes, Amanda Lane, Brittany Davis Scott and Brian Tincher; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Our mother lived for her children and grandkids.

In her younger life, she loved babysitting her grandkids and spoiling them. Later in life, she always loved them being around while cooking for and bragging on them. Her favorite verse was "You Reap What You Sew", and that she did. She and our father raised nine kids and all have prospered in life with the exception of Bobby, who passed at 10 in 1969. They worked hard and were great parents.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, August 28, at Hafer Funeral Home Chapel, Elkview with Pastor Jerry Bonnett officiating. Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday August 28, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Sand Run Cemetery, Youngs Bottom.

Online Condolences may be made at www.haferfuneralhome.net. Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N Pinch Road, is assisting the Estep family.

Iris Hager http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279997 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Iris Hager, 82, of Nellis, passed away August 25, 2016, at her home.

She was a member of Drawdy Freewill Baptist Church and was the daughter of the late Raymond B. and Opal Perdue Halstead. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fleetward Hager; sons, Ricky Hager and Nickie Hager; six grandchildren; and siblings, Jeanette Hager, Wanda Freed, and Jimmy Halstead.

She is survived by her children, Mickey Hager of Mammoth, W.Va., Kimmey Hager and Timmy Hager, both of Drawdy, Jimmy Hager of Nellis, Barbara Estep and Christine Young, both of Drawdy, Angela Wilkens of Ashford and Jennifer Hager of Drawdy; brothers, Hershel Halstead, David Halstead, Danny Halstead, Dicky Halstead, Bruce Halstead; sisters, Annie Cox, Mary Williams and Kathy Bowling; 43 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Sunday, August 28, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Stevie Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Harless Cemetery, Drawdy, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service. You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

Edgar Harrison http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279989 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Edgar L. Harrison, 78, of Poca, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 30, at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel. Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A full obituary will be published in Sunday's edition. Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor is in charge of arrangements.

Theodore Dobbs Hedrick http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/OBIT/308279999 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 Theodore Dobbs Hedrick, 54, of Charleston, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at CAMC General Hospital.

He was born Nov. 7, 1961 in Charleston to the late Charles Donald and Mildred Turner Hedrick.

Theodore was a retired Tsgt (R) from the U.S. Air Force with 20 years of service, serving during the Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom.

He is survived by his sons, Spc (R) Chad (Katie) Hedrick of St. Albans and Brady Allen Hedrick of Charleston; mother of his sons, Tammie Hedrick of Blount; two grandchildren, Wyatt Leon Ezra and Brianna Louise Hedrick; brother, Chuck Hedrick Jr. of Escondido, Calif.; and nephew, Charles Hedrick III of Chambersburg, Pa.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Pastor Mike Coleman officiating. The burial will follow the service at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home.

The online guestbook for Theodore Dobbs Hedrick can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Fair helps Elkview community center get back on its feet http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ01/160829579 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ01/160829579 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:01:56 -0400 Jake Jarvis By Jake Jarvis There's a sign hanging in the quilting room at the Elk River Community Center. It's a small sign, colorful with happy dots of purple, yellow and blue.

"When life gives you scraps, make a quilt," the sign reads.

People walk in and out of the room without noticing it, but the message it carries radiates through the rest of the community center. After about 18 inches of water flooded the center toward the end of June, board members have been hard at work painting, replacing tile and clearing out damaged furniture.

They're taking the scraps left over from the flood and they're making the best of it. They hope at the end of it, the center shines a little brighter than it did before.

The center hosted a fair Saturday to bring the community together and to show them that the center is getting back on its feet. There was food, vendors and lots of smiles as some old friends finally made it back to the center and reunited.

People who attended the fair prepared to say goodbye to a long-standing pillar in the community -- the center's quilting room.

Years ago, there were several women who would spend hours in a small room tucked off to the side of the center crafting quilts together.

In the early morning hours of June 25, Laura Lee Jarrett died of brain cancer, her friends say. She was one of two women left who use the quilting room. The other woman is too sick to come to the room.

At the community fair, the center started selling off much of the equipment Jarrett used. Board members realized early Saturday morning that not all of it would sell, so they considered giving some of the supplies to a quilting room in Clendenin.

Buffy Thomas, a fairly new member of the community center's board, remembers Jarrett for all the laughs they shared together.

"You wouldn't believe the things that would come out of her mouth, an 80-year-old woman," Thomas said, laughing. "You couldn't even print them in the newspaper."

Thomas worries about the waning interest in the center. She comes back day in, day about because she likes to feel a part of something larger than herself. She likes to have a vision for a project and see it through.

"The young kids just aren't interested in it," Thomas said. "They're not joiners much any more. I think Laura Lee was here every day quilting, but then she got sick.

Thomas has been coming to the community center for years. She started because she caught the eye of a man who would come to the jam sessions at the center every Friday evening. Finally, she was asked to start helping with the center's thrift room.

The thrift room is Thomas' special project. When she first started to run the room, the first thing she remembers is the wall color "school board yellow," as she calls it. When the center bought the building from the Board of Education in the 90s the yellow paint stuck around.

"I have a vision, you know," Thomas said. "I think that's important. I think to do something like this, you've got to have a vision."

As Thomas walks through the center's hallways each day, she can imagine what it'll look like a year from now. She imagines happy faces, big crowds at the Friday night jam sessions and more people realizing what it means to be a part of a community.

Oh, and maybe she'll finally get rid of all that school board yellow.

Reach Jake Jarvis at jake.jarvis@wvgazettemail.com, Facebook.com/newsroomjake, 304-348-7939 or follow @NewsroomJake on Twitter.

EPA proposes plan for long-awaited Kanawha dioxin cleanup http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ03/160829580 GZ03 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ03/160829580 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:24:52 -0400 Ken Ward Jr. By Ken Ward Jr. More than a dozen years after they promised to more thoroughly investigate the problem, government regulators and Monsanto Co. are joining in a proposed plan to clean up dioxin contamination from the sediment in a 14-mile stretch of the Kanawha River west of Charleston.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed late last week that the parties all prefer an alternative that would install stone caps over certain contaminated spots in the river sediment, rather than conducting a broader and more expensive dredging project to remove material contaminated with toxic dioxin pollution from Monsanto's former chemical plant in Nitro and from the company's waste dumps in the area.

The EPA published a short public notice about the proposal in the Gazette-Mail Thursday, and it made available a nearly 1,500-page report that describes the study of the contamination and the consideration of various alternatives for cleaning it up.

"This was done over several years and much, much discussion," said Joseph Gabriel, environmental remediation manager for Monsanto. "All of the options were evaluated, and the overall opinion was this was the best alternative."

Jake McDougal, a program manager with the Department of Environmental Protection Office of Environmental Remediation, said Friday that the proposal is "a consensus agreement" between federal and state officials and Monsanto.

The cleanup - covering an area of the Kanawha to the Winfield Lock and Dam - would address toxic contamination of the river that dates back many decades, to when Monsanto began in the late 1940s to make a powerful herbicide ingredient called 2,4,5-T.

In its best-known use, the federal government bought 2,4,5-T to make Agent Orange, the defoliant deployed widely in the Vietnam War. Monsanto's 2,4,5-T was contaminated with a highly toxic dioxin compound known as 2,3,7,8-TCDD.

Dioxin has been linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, endometriosis, infertility and suppressed immune functions. The chemical builds up in tissue over time, meaning that even small exposures can accumulate to dangerous levels.

For years, Monsanto disposed of wastes containing dioxin in dumps at Heizer and Manila creeks, north of the company's Nitro plant. A class-action lawsuit, later settled, also alleged that Monsanto's operations had sent dioxin-contaminated dust over the area, contaminating homes and businesses.

Repeatedly, Monsanto entered into agreements with the EPA to clean up at least some of its dioxin contamination, but the river remains contaminated to the point that anglers are warned against eating fish from that part of the Kanawha.

In 2004, the EPA and the state DEP announced that they had reached a deal to further investigate the dioxin in the river and come up with a plan to clean it up.

Then-DEP Secretary Stephanie Timmermeyer said at the time that the assessment of the contamination was "a positive step toward addressing ... a problem that has persisted far too long."

The new cleanup report, prepared by a contractor hired by Monsanto, says that the effort aims to address cancer risks that "exceed the target range" for anglers who eat contaminated fish.

In a "streamlined risk evaluation," the report says that, while fish consumption advisories are in place, "it is unknown" whether those advisories "reflect local consumption patterns," making the "resultant risk estimates" unclear.

The report said that current risks to wildlife from the contamination were "likely acceptable, or at worst, slight," and that while there "was some uncertainty," the proposed cleanup would address the issue.

"The most significant human health risks are associated with fish consumption from the river," the report says. "A reduction in fish tissue concentrations of approximately 60 percent would reduce all risks to within U.S. EPA acceptable ranges for cancer and non-cancer risks."

Under the alternative proposed in the report, stone caps would be placed on a more than 9-acre area adjacent and immediately downstream of the former Monsanto plant. The report says that the cap placement is entirely outside of the navigational channel for the Kanawha, either horizontally or below the depth of the navigation within the channel.

"Capping of the area of elevated 2,3,7,8-TCDD concentrations in the area adjacent to the former facility would provide an immediate and permanent reduction in the mobility of underlying impacted sediments," the report says.

The capping project would cost an estimated $8 million, according to the report.

Other alternatives examined included two different proposals for dredging to remove contaminated materials from the river. One of the dredging proposals was estimated to cost $26 million and the other $41 million, the report said. Dredging could result in short-term risk increases - as material is churned up in the river - but dredging "accelerates long-term recovery," the report said.

The report said the capping proposal would "have a faster anticipated recovery trend than the dredging alternatives" because it would not "result in sediment suspension." Also, the dredging would still leave some "residuals" that would require capping of some or all of the dredged areas, the report said.

The EPA public notice indicated that the agency is accepting public comments on its cleanup proposal through Sept. 24. A hard copy of the cleanup report is available at the Cross Lanes Library, and comments may be sent via email to EPA's Melissa Linden at linden.melissa@epa.gov or to U.S. EPA Region 3, 1650 Arch St., Mailcode 3HS32, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

No public hearings or public meetings have been scheduled on the proposal, but EPA officials said they would consider having such an event.

"It's always a possibility if it's requested," Linden said. "We want to address people's concerns and comments."

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Chemical leak forces evacuations in Northern Panhandle http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ01/160829581 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ01/160829581 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:28:07 -0400 Jake Jarvis Ken Ward Jr.Ken Ward Jr. By Jake Jarvis Ken Ward Jr.Ken Ward Jr. At least seven people were treated and several communities evacuated Saturday following an early morning leak of extremely toxic chlorine gas from a Northern Panhandle chemical plant with a recent history of significant safety problems.

An undetermined amount of chlorine leaked from a railcar at the Axiall Corp. plant at Natrium, along W.Va. 2 near the Marshall-Wetzel county line, according to local emergency officials, state authorities, and a company statement.

The nearby communities of Proctor and Kent in West Virginia were evacuated, as was at least part of the town of New Martinsville and part of the Ohio town of Hannibal as a cloud of gas moved south and then west. W.Va. 2 and Ohio Route 7 across the river were both closed, officials said.

Two plant workers were transported to the hospital and five other workers were treated at an on-site company health facility, Axiall said. Details of their injuries or conditions were not released. According to Wetzel County Hospital, while no one was admitted to the hospital in relation to the leak, two people who are not plant workers were treated and released.

Kelley Gillenwater, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the leak came from a railroad car, and that the chlorine, a liquid while in the car, became a gas upon its release.

"While we don't have official numbers from the company on how much chlorine was in the rail car, it is estimated that the car has a capacity of approximately 30,000 gallons," Gillenwater said in an email.

Axiall spokesman Chip Swearngan said the incident occurred at about 8:40 a.m. and, in a statement issued at about 1:30 p.m., said that the rail car "is no longer leaking."

"Hazmat crews are on site and are evaluating the railcar and area of the leak," the company statement said. "The Natrium plant was evacuated and is currently shut down."

Eight hours after the spill, the evacuation was lifted, the roads were reopened and residents were allowed to return to their homes. Tom Hart, director of Marshall County's Office of Emergency Management, said DEP had tested the air along W.Va. Route 2 from New Martinsville up north along the road a couple of miles past the plant and near the town of Hannibal, across the Ohio river to check for signs of any chlorine in the air. Hart said the tests showed the chlorine had dispersed and none was found in the air.

The plant is a chlorine and caustic soda manufacturing facility, operated by an Axiall subsidiary named Eagle Natrium, and was formerly owned by PPG Industries.

Chlorine is one of the most widely used industrial chemicals in the world, used in the manufacture of chlorinated organic chemicals, plastics and chlorinated lime. Chlorine gas is a greenish-yellowish color with a pungent odor. Even small exposures can cause a cough or choking, and can burn the skin, throat and eyes. Inhaling larger amounts constricts airways and inflames the lining of the lungs. At high exposures, breathing chlorine gas is lethal.

In December, 11 workers were injured at the Axiall plant when a tank on an industrial boiler released steam and ash into the air. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board declined to investigate that incident.

Also last year, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration settled a case with Axiall over citations issued to the company after the agency's investigation of a September 2014 incident in which one worker was killed and three others injured. In that incident, workers were replacing a valve in a process line used to transport caustic solution from storage tanks to a loading rack, according to an OSHA report. While they were removing the valve and a stopper plate that had been previously inserted into the line, the employees were sprayed with the caustic solution that had built up behind the stopper plate, the OSHA report said. Thomas Zahnow, 50, of Wheeling, was killed.

Axiall was initially fined $21,000 for four serious violations and one other violation. OSHA settled the case for $11,000 and dropped three of the serious violations.

Three years ago, there was what Axiall described as a "near-catastrophic blowout" during a natural gas drilling operation at the plant site. In December 2013, there was an explosion and fire at Axiall's chemical plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. More than 2,600 people have sued the company alleging personal injuries and property damage related to that incident.

Previous incidents around the country involving chlorine leaks have prompted serious safety concerns, and federal studies show they are far from unusual events.

"Chlorine releases in fixed-facility events resulted in victims and evacuations in more industry categories than any other substance," said one review, published in 2004 by researchers from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Previous chlorine incidents involving railcars have sometimes involved problems related to loading and unloading hoses or piping, in incidents that prompted recommendations -- rejected by the U.S. Department of Transportation and dropped by the Chemical Safety Board -- for better technology for shutting off chlorine transfer systems when leaks occur.

At the Axiall plant, though, company officials said that the railcar that leaked on Saturday morning had been loaded with chlorine on Friday evening, and was located out of the plant's loading area when the leak occurred.

"The leak didn't occur during transloading," said Gillenwater, the DEP spokeswoman. "The car was already away from the transloading area and on a nearby rail siding [spur] when the release occurred."

Gillenwater said that Axiall had installed a vacuum on the railcar to contain any fugitive gases, and that Axiall and a contractor would be evaluating how to remove the remaining liquid chlorine from the car.

Reach Jake Jarvis at jake.jarvis@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-7939 or follow @NewsroomJake on Twitter.

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Froma Harrop: Trump 'charm' offensive will not work with women http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0409/160829582 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0409/160829582 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:24:28 -0400 "You know, it really doesn't matter what (the media) write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass," Donald Trump philosophized during an interview with Esquire magazine.

The Republican presidential nominee has made many far less gentlemanly references to women's anatomy, all easily found online. This one ranks in the middle of the pack as measured by the vulgarity meter -- and quite low on the maturity scale.

Guess what. Women don't appreciate that sort of commentary. That would include many white Republican women who, in presidential elections past, could be counted on to vote for the Republican.

The Democrat usually wins the female vote as a whole, but Republican women have prevented such deficits from turning into a rout. That is not a given this time. One more consideration: In the 2012 presidential election, some 10 million more women voted than men. That's all women put together.

Trump's recent "charm" offensive -- which in his terms means talking about Latinos and blacks without racist smears attached -- will not make many educated women think, "Well, maybe he's not so appalling." That's in part because this group has been following the Trump trajectory and in part because the Clinton campaign will replay the tapes again and again.

More to the point, women will rehear the lava flow of Trump's narration on women's appearance and on genitals -- his own and others'. They will hear over and over about his "adult" lifetime of salivating over models and beauty queens and, on at least one unpleasant occasion, his daughter. This memory lane is longer than the Pacific Crest Trail.

Here's another sampling, provided by Tucker Carlson: After Carlson made fun of Trump's hair on CNN, Trump left him a message. "But I get more pussy than you do."

Trump's problem with many Republican women is not political incorrectness. It's not some largely harmless bit of ribaldry. It's that any woman who's been around the block once or twice can see the guy's got a screw loose.

Note that in Trump world, women are not necessarily bad. They're just not players. The women are there to be seduced and discarded as a way to score points against other wannabe alpha males.

As for the so-called security moms, one can't see those women wanting Big Hands anywhere near the nuclear button. That's in addition to his obvious ignorance of foreign and domestic issues, something that would disqualify even a totally nice fellow from the presidency.

Trumpsters, please spare us the comparisons to Bill Clinton. Clinton strayed from his marital vows in conventional ways. No one is pinning a medal on his chest for these liaisons, but they were intended to be private matters. Clinton did not publicly brag about his escapades.

Back to Trump's demographic problem: Mitt Romney won 93 percent of Republican women's votes four years ago -- and lost. After the recent Republican convention, only 72 percent of Republican women polled said they'd vote for Trump. And since then, Trump's lead over Hillary Clinton among Republican women has actually shrunk by 13 percentage points.

This is understandably of great concern to Trump's new campaign manager. The new toxic-lite Trump is intended to settle the stomachs of more Republican and independent women, especially in places like the Philadelphia suburbs in the swing state of Pennsylvania.

Thing is, Clinton is all over places like Philadelphia ready to refresh women's memories of the pre-charm-offensive Trump -- assuming the erratic Trump does not do it for her.

In any case, Trump never did charm very well. The offense part is down pat. And as they say, the bell cannot be unrung.

Froma Harrop is a columnist for the Providence Journal.

Prep football roundup: Point Pleasant, Ripley pick up wins http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829586 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829586 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:19:15 -0400 Point Pleasant rolled up 418 yards on the ground as it opened its season with a 44-6 road win over Lincoln County Friday night in high school football.

Grant Safford led the Big Blacks (1-0) with 167 yards and two scores on 24 carries, while quarterback Cason Payne (111 yards and one TD on 12 carries) and Sheb Harris (104 yards on six totes) also broke the century mark rushing.

Payne tacked on another 73 yards through the air, completing 5 of 14 passes, including a 21-yard scoring-strike to Jason Wamsley.

Jake Ashley led the Panthers (0-1), hitting on 6 of 18 passes for 128 yards and one TD against just one interception, while Nate Spencer hauled in two passes for 86 yards, including a 75-yard TD pass from Ashley in the first quarter.

Chance Morgan found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter as Ripley started its year with a road victory.

Morgan plunged into the end zone from 3 yards out with just over seven minutes remaining to break a scoreless tie, but South answered three minutes later when Brandon Hall scored on a 15-yard run.

Ripley responded as Morgan scored on a 2-yard run with two minutes left and Anthony Jarvis scored on a 2-point conversion to seal the victory for the Vikings (1-0).

Robert Evans ran for 91 yards on 16 totes, while Ty Eshenaur gained another 75 yards on seven carries for Ripley, which picked up 348 total yards. Morgan finsihed with 57 yards on 12 rushes.

Hall led the Patriots (0-1), completing 4 of 13 passes for 63 yards, and rushed for another 32 yards and a touchdown on three carries.

Tate Mays accounted for 201 yards and a touchdown as Nicholas County won on the road.

Mays picked up 75 yards on 11 carries while connecting on 8 of 18 passes for another 126 yards and a score against just one interception to lead the Grizzlies (1-0). Jacob O'Dell ran for 44 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and Carter Sebert Sweeney caught three passes for 43 yards and a TD for Nicholas.

Dakota Feanster led the Cavaliers (0-1) with 109 yards on 19 carries.

Tyler May acccounted for 362 total yards and five touchdowns as Roane County cruised to a home win.

May rushed for 272 yards and three scores on 27 carries and completed 4 of 8 passes for 90 yards and two more TDs for the Raiders (1-0).

Pocahontas County racked up 232 yards of total offense and used a second-quarter touchdown by Wyatt Workman to pick up a road win.

Workman completed 7 of 19 passes for 72 yards against two picks and rushed for another 74 yards and a score on 20 carries to lead the Warriors (1-0).

Trenton Tallman rushed for 134 yards and two scores and threw for another touchdown to lead Williamstown to the home win.

Donathon Taylor gained 114 yards on 18 carries and hauled in a 16-yard TD pass from Tallman to help lead the Yellow Jackets (1-0).

Tyler Anderson caught four passes for 30 yards and returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score, and Jace Reed carried the ball 16 times for 35 yards and a TD for the Knights (0-1).

Heath Cottrill connected on 18 of 30 passes for 251 yards and two TDs as Braxton County won at home.

Tayton Stout hauled in five passes for 185 yards and a score for the Flying Eagles (1-0). Kobie Carpenter paced Lincoln (0-1), completing 22 of 41 passes for 285 yards and two TDs.

Prep football scores, schedules, box scores - Week 1 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829587 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829587 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:09:35 -0400 All games 7:30 p.m. unless noted


Thursday's statewide results

Bridgeport 44, Lewis County 20

Hedgesville 33, Washington 14

Logan 48, Man 13

South Charleston 13, George Washington 6

Wheeling Cental 33, Steubenville Central (Ohio) 6

Friday's statewide results

Braxton County 36, Lincoln 27

Buffalo 45, Parkersburg Catholic 18

Cameron 54, Hundred 0

Clay-Battelle 36, Valley Fayette 7

East Fairmont 38, Liberty Harrison 26

East Hardy 42, Page County, Va. 6

Fairmont Senior 49, Robert C. Byrd 12

Fayetteville 28, Clay County 0

Gilmer County 55, Beallsville, Ohio 0

Grafton 23, Philip Barbour 0

Graham, Va. 59, Bluefield 54

Herbert Hoover 14, Scott 7

Huntington 49, Brooke 6

Hurricane 28, Winfield 15

Independence 49, Midland Trail 7

James Monroe 34, Greenbrier East 6

Johnson Central, Ky. 23, Capital 6

Keyser 67, Petersburg 15

Martinsburg 56, Eastern, D.C. 14

Millbrook, Va. 42, Jefferson 20

Mingo Central 58, Wyoming East 13

Montcalm 20, Hannan 14

Moorefield 25, Frankfort 14

Morgantown 59, Anacostia, D.C. 0

Mount View 42, River View 6

Musselman 54, Spring Mills 7

Nicholas County 22, Greenbrier West 0

Nitro 9, Poca 6

North Marion 42, Elkins 21

Parkersburg 24, St. Albans 7

Pendleton County 48, Notre Dame 20

Pocahontas County 7, Tucker County 0

Point Pleasant 44, Lincoln County 6

Preston 26, Hampshire 21

Princeton 46, Shady Spring 21

Ripley 14, Parkersburg South 7

Riverside 19, Woodrow Wilson 14

Roane County 42, S. Point, Ohio 22

Shadyside, Ohio 41, Magnolia 14

Sherman 25, Tug Valley 20

Sissonville 22, Chapmanville 15

South Harrison 42, Doddridge County 0

Spring Valley 55, Cabell Midland 26

St. Marys 42, Ritchie County 8

Summers County 47, PikeView 6

Tolsia 26, Wayne 8

University 41, John Marshall 14

Valley Wetzel 44, Tygarts Valley 34

Van 20, Meadow Bridge 6

Wahama 26, Ravenswood 14

Webster County 12, Richwood 6

Weir 41, Oak Glen 0

Westside 44, Liberty Raleigh 0

Wheeling Park 41, Perry Traditional Academy, Pa. 20

Williamstown 25, Tyler Consolidated 14

Willow Wood Symmes Valley, Ohio 32, Paden City 0

Wirt County 33, Calhoun County 6

Saturday's game

Madonna at Bishop Donahue, 7 p.m.

Friday's summaries

Riverside 7 0 6 6 -19

Woodrow Wilson 7 0 0 7 -14

First quarter

R - Easterling 1 run (Powell kick), 3:05

W - Cook 58 pass from Radford (Young kick), 2:03

Third quarter

R - Scites 1 run (kick failed),5:57

Fourth quarter

W - Norman 6 run (Sisk kick), 11:27

R - Easterling 34 run (pass failed),5:36

Team statistics

Riv WW

First down 9 7

Rushes-yards 33-147 39-123

Passing yards 100 106

Passes 7-10-0 5-9-0

Total yards 247 229

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 7-60 3-22

Punts-avg 7-39.0 5-41.2


RUSHING - Riverside: Easterling 21-129, Fleming 5 (-6), Wentz 2-4, Scites 5-20; Woodrow: Harris 11-60, M. Hancock 9-43, Cook 4-31, Radford 4 (-24), Swafford 2-1, Norman 6-15, Leopardi 3 (-3).

PASSING - Riverside: Scites 7-10-0-100; Wodorow: Radford 4-9-0-94, Leopardi 1-2-0-12

RECEIVING - Riverside: Wentz 4-76, Reed 2-18, Clark 1-06; Woodrow: Cook 2-66,Burnett 1-8, Hancock 1-20, Walton 1-12.

Capital 0 0 6 0 -6

Johnson Central, Ky. 7 0 8 8 -23

First quarter

JC - Slone 4 run (Headley kick), 5:53

Third quarter

C - Nazario 28 pass from Martin (run failed), 5:26

JC - Gamble 7 run (Slone run), 1:20

Fourth quarter

JC - Gamble 38 run (Gamble run), 8:05

Team statistics

Cap JC

First downs 7 21

Rushes-yards 19-24 61-323

Passing yards 82 0

Passes 8-18-3 0-1-1

Total yards 106 323

Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 10-100 9-82

Punts-average 5-45.4 2-48.5


RUSHING - Capital: James 7-17, Martin 9-11; Johnson Central: Gamble 11-97, May 11-77, Slone 15-73, Jackson 14-53

PASSING - Capital: Martin 8-18-3-82; Johnson Central: Blanton 0-1-1-0

RECEIVING - Capital: Nazario 4-17, Pittman 2-42; Johnson Central: None

Poca 6 0 0 0 -6

Nitro 0 7 0 2 -9

First quarter

Poca - Gibson 11 pass from McClanahan (kick failed), :51

Second quarter

Nitro - Rogers 87 pass from Buckalew (Hoybach kick), 9:46

Fourth quarter

Nitro - Safety, intentional grounding in end zone, 6:45

Team statistics

Nitro Poca

First downs 6 5

Rushes-yards 30-44 30-(-6)

Passing yards 130 117

Total yards 174 111

Passing 4-20-1 8-26-0

Fumbles-lost 5-3 2-1

Penalties-yards 7-50 11-73

Punts-avg. 8-38.6 9-33.7


RUSHING - Poca: Eastwood 8-13, Cottrill 9-11, Hartley 4-7, Meadows 2-2, McClanahan 7-(-39); Nitro: Douglas 15-31, Garbin 5-21, Clendenin 5-5, Rogers 1-(-5), Buckalew 4-(-8);

PASSING - Poca: McClanahan 8-26-0-117; Nitro: Buckalew 4-20-1-130.

RECEIVING - Poca: Skeens 4-66, Gibson 2-26-1, Spradling 1-17, Hartley 1-8; Nitro: Rogers 1-87-1, Douglas 1-16, Poindexter 1-14, Caruthers 1-13.

Parkersburg 14 10 21 12 -57

St. Albans 0 7 0 7 -14

First quarter

P - Snyder 23 pass from Airhart (Axman kick), 6:35

P - Hamilton 1 run (Axman kick), 2:59

Second quarter

P - FG Axman 27, 1:42

SA - Barrett 11 run (Deleonardis kick), 1:07

P - Strange 25 pass from Airhart (Axman kick) 0:00

Third quarter

P - Craig 1 run (Axman kick), 9:25

P - Snyder 16 run (Axman kick), 8:21

P - Strange 19 pass from Airhart (Axman kick), 3:46

Fourth quarter

P - Hamilton 4 run (run failed), 9:57

SA - Thompson 15 pass from Miller (Deleonardis kick), 3:47

P - Hanshaw 65 kickoff return (pass failed), 3:22

Team statistics

Park SA

First downs 16 6

Rushes-yards 37-228 18-55

Passing yards 154 41

Total yards 382 96

Passing 11-14-0 9-18-2

Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 8-79 8-75

Punts-avg. 2-42.0 5-35.6


RUSHING - P: Craig 4-15, Martin 5-39, Airhart 6-63, Snyder 5-70, Hamilton 7-41; SA: Driggs 7-42, Barrett 8-26, Miller 3-(-13) .

PASSING - P: Airhart 11-14-0-154; SA: Miller 7-12-0-27, Roy 2-4-14-1, Barrett 0-1-1-0, Patterson 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING - P: Strange 5-74, Snyder 3-58. Martin 2-17, Hamilton 1-3; SA: Thompson 3-23, Patterson 1-17, Robertson 1-5, Wright 2-(-1), Doub 2-(-3).

Hurricane 0 14 14 0 -28

Winfield 0 8 7 0 -15

Second quarter

H - Cooper 12 fumble return (Bumgarner kick), 11:48

W - Huff 1 run (Bratton run), 9:55

H - Kerns 24 pass from Plumley (Bumgarner kick), 4:34

Third quarter

H - Plumley 69 run (Bumgarner kick), 9:32

W - Huff 1 run (McVey kick), 6:55

H - N. Williams 7 run (Bumgarner kick), 0:24.1

Team statistics

Hurr Winf

First downs 7 14

Rushes-yards 23-88 38-93

Passing yards 102 155

Total yards 190 244

Passing 10-18-1 10-30-1

Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-2

Penalties-yards 11-90 9-60

Punts-avg. 7-39.7 5-20.6


RUSHING - Hurricane: N. Williams 14-44, Plumley 11-28, McDougale 7-12, Lunsford 1-4. Winfield: Bratton 15-40, Huff 11-16, Willard 8-37, Vance 3-6, Team 1-(-4).

PASSING - Hurricane: Plumley 10-18-1-102. Winfield: Huff 10-30-1-155.

RECEIVING - Hurricane: Kerns 4-46, D. Williams 2-23, McCallister 2-12, McDougale 1-17, N. Williams 1-4. Winfield: Farha 5-47, Schubert 2-6, Vance 1-60, VanScoy 1-24, Willard 1-18.

Herbert Hoover 0 0 7 7 -14

Scott 7 0 0 0 -7

First quarter

Scott - Halstead 56 fumble return (Mitchell kick), 2:35

Third quarter

Hoover - Rollyson 1 run (Campbell kick), 9:27

Fourth quarter

Hoover - Stover 37 run (Campbell kick), 2:14

Team statistics

HH Scott

First downs 11 6

Rushes-yards 36-156 28-112

Passing yards 57 23

Passes 3-11 5-12

Total yards 213 135

Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-3

Penalties-yards 7-53 9-61

Punts-average 5-43.4 3-35.1


RUSHING - Hoover: Thomas 13-57, Stover 11-54, Rollyson 12-45; Scott: Roberts 8-65, Mitchell 9-31, Walker 4-21, White 1-3, Wright 6-(-8).

PASSING - Hoover: Stover 3-11-0, 57; Scott: Wright 4-10-0, 19; Wright 1-2-0, 4

RECEIVING - Hoover: Harding 1-32, Beane 2-25; Scott: Roberts 1-10, Ramsey 2-8, Johnson 2-5

Chapmanville 7 0 0 8 -15 Sissonville 0 0 8 14 -22

First quarter

C - Smith 17 pass from Vance (Renninger kick), 1:25

Third quarter

S - Miller 25 pass from Brown (Smith pass from Brown ), 0:27

Fourth quarter

S - Taylor 18 pass from Brown (pass failed), 10:45

S - Smith 8 pass from Brown (Cook pass from Brown), 2:41

C - Butcher 8 pass from Vance (Butcher pass from Vance), 1:22

Team statistics

Chap Siss

First downs    11    21

Rushes-yards    32-126    49-182

Passing yards    130    146

Passes    12-21-0    12-25-0

Total yards    256    328

Fumbles-lost    6-3    3-2

Penalties-yards    9-89    11-95

Punts-average    5-41.2    5-33.0


RUSHING - Chapmanville: Smith 13-71, Browning 15-56, Vance 4-(-1); Sissonville: Cook 29-120, Brown 20-62

PASSING - Chapmanville: Vance 12-21-2-130; Sissonville: Brown 12-25-3-146

RECEIVING - Chapmanville: Smith 5-65, Butcher 4-42, Shepard 3-23; Sissonville: Miller 3-54, Faber 3-35, Taylor 3-30, Smith 3-27

Tyler Consolidated 8 6 0 0 -14

Williamstown 6 13 0 6 -25

First quarter

TC - Anderson 95 kickoff return (Reed pass from Griffin), 11:45

W - Tallman 60 run (run failed), 11:31

Second quarter

W - Tallman 6 run (kick failed), 6:15

TC - Reed 6 run (run failed), 2:39

W - Haynes 2 run (Dietz kick), 0:07

Fourth quarter

W - Taylor 16 pass from Tallman (kick failed), 9:27

Parkersburg Catholic 0 0 6 12 -18

Buffalo 7 20 18 0 -45

First quarter

Buff - Lucas 2 run (Fertig kick), 4:43

Second quarter

Buff - Lucas 15 pass from Burgess (kick failed), 9:22

Buff - Lucas 33 run (run failed), 7:51

Buff - Burgess 7 run (Burgess pass to Lucas), 4:03

Third quarter

PC - Sturm 25 pass from Boice (run failed), 7:26

Buff - Lucas 70 run (run failed), 7:08

Buff - Hanshaw 36 run (pass failed), 4:10

Buff - Lucas 24 fumble return (kick failed), 3:41

Fourth quarter

PC - Tallman 7 pass from Boice (run failed), 11:35

PC - Roedersheimer 10 run (run failed), 2:29

Team statistics

PC Buffalo

First downs 10 16

Rushes-yards 36-185 32-370

Passing yards 76 56

Total yards 261 426

Passing 9-17-2 2-6-1

Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2

Penalties-yards 3-20 7-65

Punts-avg. 3-32.0 1-34.0


RUSHING - PC: Roedersheimer 20-145, Hinton 11-36, Hickman 2-15, Boice 3-(-8); Buff: Lucas 15-230, Hanshaw 8-100, Burgess 7-36, Fertig 2-13

PASSING - PC: Hinton 4-9-2-26, Boice 5-8-0-76; Buff: Burgess 2-6-1-56

RECEIVING - PC: Sturm 3-40, Tallman 3-14, Swisher 1-28; Buff: Tillis 1-41, Lucas 1-15

Ripley 0 0 0 14 -14

Parkersburg South 0 0 0 7 -7

Fourth quarter

Ripley - Morgan 3 run (kick failed), 7:13

PS - Hall 15 run (Yoho kick), 3:53

Ripley - Morgan 2 run (Jarvis run), 2:01

Pocahontas County 0 7 0 0 -7

Tucker County 0 0 0 0 -0

Second quarter

PC - Workman 1 run (Dilley kick), 7:49

Nicholas County 7 9 0 6 -22

Greenbrier West 0 0 0 0 -0

First quarter

NC - O'Dell 3 run (Mays kick)

Second quarter

NC - Sebert-Sweeney 10 pass from Mays (Mays kick)

NC - Safety; snap recovered in end zone

Fourth quarter

NC - O'Dell 5 run (kick failed)

Point Pleasant 14 10 7 13 -44

Lincoln County 6 0 0 0 -6

First quarter

PP - Ja. Wamsley 21 pass from Payne (Schultz kick)

LC - Spencer 75 pass from Ashley (kick failed)

PP - Jo. Wamsley 3 run (Schultz kick)

Second quarter

PP - Schultz 27 FG

PP - Safford 9 run (Schultz kick)

Third quarter

PP - Safford 5 run (Schultz kick)

Fourth quarter

PP - Payne 10 run (Schultz kick)

PP - Brumfield 1 run (kick failed)

South Point, Ohio 8 0 0 14 -22

Roane County 13 8 7 14 -42

First quarter

RC - May 36 run (Kinder kick), 8:13

SP - Adams 56 blocked punt return (Adams run), 3:44

RC - Kinder 27 pass from May (kick failed), 0:49

Second quarter

RC - Kinder 42 pass from May (Myers pass from Kinder), 8:56

Third quarter

RC - May 12 run (Kinder kick), 10:33

Fourth quarter

SP - Whitt 5 run (run failed), 11:55

RC - May 1 run (Kinder kick), 3:56

SP - Chafin 67 run (Cox run), 3:38

RC - Ricker 24 run (Kinder kick), 0:42

Lincoln 7 0 20 0 -27

Braxton County 0 14 15 7 -36

First quarter

L - Moore 4 run (Hawkins kick), 3:04

Second quarter

B - Cottrill 3 run (Skidmore kick), 11:27

B - Stout 13 pass from Cottrill (Skidmore kick), 4:28

Third quarter

L - Carpenter 18 run (kick failed), 11:30

B - Bonnet 1 run (Drake pass from Stout), 3:34

L - Marks 26 pass from Carpenter (kick failed), 2:28

B - Bonnet 9 run (Skidmore kick), 1:50

L - Riley 28 pass from Carpenter (Carpenter run), :06

Fourth quarter

B - Stout 90 pass from Cottrill (Skidmore kick), 9:06

Buffalo thumps undermanned Parkersburg Catholic http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829588 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829588 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 By Joey Johnson For the Gazette-Mail By By Joey Johnson For the Gazette-Mail BUFFALO - The highly anticipated opening night for the Buffalo High football team went as expected as it showcased its many offensive weapons and defensive strengths, overwhelming an out-manned Parkersburg Catholic team 45-18 at a packed Bison Stadium Friday night.

Buffalo, coming off a 10-0 regular season in 2015, revealed why they begin the 2016 campaign so highly regarded. Senior tailback Dylan Lucas led a powerful running game to the tune of 230 yards and five touchdowns, while senior teammate Jacob Hanshaw contributed another 100 yards rushing.

"We struggled a little at first but we finally got our feet under us and we need to get a little more healthy and get in a little better shape," said Bison coach Mike Sawyer. "We have a few really good running backs that help a lot. We need a little more continuity in the line though."

The Crusaders, coming into the game with only 16 players, worked hard to overcome a lack of depth, but struggled defensively throughout the game to match up against a larger, experienced Bison front wall.

"Our kids hung in there. Obviously Buffalo is strong up front both offensively and defensively, but we played well," said Crusader coach Curt Shriver. "At halftime we talked about leadership. We had some kids step up tonight. We worked in the offseason on getting stronger and getting faster because we knew we wouldn't be big."

After a sluggish start, the Bison began to heat up offensively as junior quarterback Ethan Burgess found junior receiver Owen Tillis down the sideline for a 41-yard catch and run to the 2-yard line. Lucas scored the first of his three first-half touchdowns on the ensuing play to stake Buffalo to a 7-0 lead.

The Catholic offense showed signs of life in the first half as it used the tandem of senior quarterback Alec Hinton and senior tailback Ryan Roedersheimer to rush the ball down to the red zone, only to have their drives stopped on two key Ethan Burgess interceptions.

The Crusaders began the third quarter with a drive that was led by freshman quarterback Jeb Boice, filling in for the injured Hinton. He found sophomore tight end Ty Sturm for a 26-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the Bison defense to pull his team within three scores at 27-6.

However, the rally was short-lived. On Buffalo's next possession, Lucas broke off another dazzling 70-yard run for a score putting the game out of reach.

"Our offensive line did pretty well tonight but we still have some stuff to work on," said Lucas.

For Buffalo, Lucas finished the night with 230 yards on 15 carries while Hanshaw added another 100 on 8 carries.

For the Crusaders, Roedersheimer provided most of the offensive power with 145 yards on 20 carries.

Nitro tops Poca, claims 'Barrel' http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829589 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0203/160829589 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 -0400 By Nick Brockman For The Gazette-Mail By By Nick Brockman For The Gazette-Mail POCA — The Battle for the Barrel featured turnovers, slow-moving offense and a slew of penalties, not the formula Nitro football coach Bryce Casto envisioned for victory.

The Wildcats overcame an ugly performance, producing just one offensive score to defeat rival Poca 9-6 at O.O. White Stadium on Friday. The victory marked a welcome sight for the Wildcats, who have recorded just four wins across the previous three seasons.

“It wasn’t exactly Bill Shakespeare’s masterpiece tonight, but it’s a win, and again we’ve been a program that’s struggled for wins, so we’ll take it and enjoy it,” Casto said.


Nitro quarterback Jamie Buckalew completed just four of 20 pass attempts on the night, but the Wildcats needed just one for the win.

“It’s rough,” Buckalew said of his night. “Sometimes you have to face adversity. Coach said it wasn’t a pretty win, but it was a win. Whenever you look back at it, nobody sees the score. They just see the ‘W’ or the ‘L.’”

A minute into the second quarter, Buckalew hit wide receiver Corey Rogers on a slant route across the middle for first-down yardage. With Rogers well ahead of the Dots defenders, Rogers raced untouched for an 87-yard touchdown. With the ensuing successful extra-point, Nitro (1-0) took a 7-6 lead, one it would not relinquish.

“We let them get an inside release, a slant route, and of course the kid can run,” Dots coach Seth Ramsey said. “He took it to the house on us.”

One play proved the difference on an otherwise stellar Poca defensive effort.

“On defense, we flew a around,” Ramsey said. “They made plays, they caused turnovers. They were on the field way too much.”

For the Dots (0-1), the loss marked the program’s 28th consecutive defeat dating to the 2013 season. Still, Ramsey, in his second year at the helm, thinks Poca is going down the right path.

“The effort was there, the intensity was there, the enthusiasm was there, and that’s encouraging,” he said. “That’s a step in the right direction.”

Nitro tallied two fourth-quarter points on a safety when Poca quarterback Jacob McClanahan was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. The Dots had further chances to move the ball but each time stalled in comeback efforts.

In the first half, after the teams traded a pair of three-and-out possessions, the Dots mounted the game’s first scoring drive. Poca manufactured a nine-play, 54-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from McClanahan to Matt Gibson. The kick failed, but gave the Dots a 6-0 advantage with 51.7 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Poca’s defense stymied Nitro throughout the first half, limiting the Wildcats to minus-4 yards on 11 attempts and forced three fumbles, including two turnovers.

“They gave us a heavy box, they had an eight-man box and essentially they’re betting they can rattle us before we can get the ball off and it was fairly effective,” Casto said.

However, it took just one second-quarter pass play for Nitro to tie and the ensuing extra-point attempt to take the lead.

That play capped the first-half offensive highlights, as Nitro held a 7-6 lead at halftime.

Nitro continues its season-opening rivalry games by hosting St. Albans in the Battle for the Bridge at 7 p.m. Friday. Poca visits Logan at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

One Month at a Time: Practicing fermentation and a pickle taste test http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0507/160829602 GZ0507 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20160827/GZ0507/160829602 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:45:00 -0400 Bill Lynch By Bill Lynch I met Sally Miller at Mission Savvy Café and Juice Bar in Charleston in January, not long after I started One Month at a Time, and was still trying to get a handle on what being a vegan meant.

I went looking for some ideas of what to eat for lunch downtown besides a slice of stuffed meat pizza from Graziano's or a Bootlegger's Club sub from Jimmie John's.

Sally co-owned the plant-based cafe with her daughter, Jennifer Miller, where the pair sold fruit smoothies, teas and light, low-calorie, veggie-filled organic meals.

While not as cheap as a $6 sandwich from Subway, Mission Savvy offered flavorful choices that were more interesting than the average salad crammed into 12 inches of bread.

Mission Savvy closed in April after Jennifer relocated to South Carolina with plans to open a rescue parrot sanctuary.

Among vegans, vegetarians and raw food fans in the downtown Charleston area, the cafe's loss is still keenly felt.

Jennifer moved on, but Sally remained, where she's continued to teach about nutrition through her Eats of Eden workshops.

Sally got into whole foods, raw foods and fermentation largely for health reasons. She had cancer and credits changing her diet with helping her beat the disease.

Conquering cancer led to her returning to school to become a Certified Nutritional Educator, where she learned about using healthy foods to help prevent and alleviate illness.

Among the things Sally teaches is how to ferment foods, which some believe can help improve digestive health, increase energy and flush out toxins.

Fermenting has been around a long time, about 6,000 years. Some of it, like cheese and kimchee, have been used as a way to preserve foods that normally don't have much of a shelf life.

But what do fermented foods have to do with this month's study of canning, drying, pickling and otherwise preserving food?

Not much, really.

Sally doesn't teach fermenting food as a method of food preservation. The foods she prepares are meant to be consumed in a relatively timely fashion. None of it should be made in the summer and kept in a pantry to be consumed in January, unless that pantry is also refrigerated.

However, some of them, like her recipe for sauerkraut, could be kept in the refrigerator for up to a year.

Why anyone would want to keep a jar of sauerkraut in the refrigerator for a year seemed kind of a mystery to me, but then Sally explained that I wasn't seeing the actual benefits of eating properly fermented food.

"A lot happens in the gut," she said. "It's preventative health care."

The processed food we eat is loaded with chemical additives, preservatives and antibiotics, which can kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut, which slows or stops the flushing of some toxins from the system.

The fermented food returns some of those beneficial bacteria, which, among other things, Sally said can help you go to the bathroom.

Elimination, removing waste from your body, is a cornerstone of good health.

"And you don't have to have a lot of fermented food," Sally said. "A little sauerkraut or something like it on the side with the rest of your meal can do a lot."

We worked through a couple of recipes. Her friend Kay Smith showed me how to make milk and water kefir.

Kefir is a kind of bacterial culture that lives on sugar and helps fermentation.

A culture is placed in water or milk with some minerals, sugar is added and the culture grows, creating grains, which further populate the culture.

When it's time to use the kefir, the grains and whatever other things have been added for flavor (like a slice of lemon or a fig) are strained out and used for the next batch.

The milk kefir (using coconut milk for me) uses a similar process, but produces a gleaming white, yogurt-like substance that had a mild and not unpleasant sour flavor (sort of like unsweetened yogurt).

It tasted pretty good with blueberries.

The water kefir was something else. It was sort of clear, except for the chunks floating around in the glass. It smelled almost like a watered-down wine cooler, and just getting it close to my mouth, I expected it to taste like a chilled glass of oil and vinegar salad dressing, but it didn't.

The water kefir was refreshingly sweet with a hint of lemon.

"It's better than a sports drink," Kay said.

With Sally, I helped make a sweet potato salad and sauerkraut, which was mostly me just mashing down sliced or shredded vegetables into a jar. Then I watched her make a kind of cheese from raw, lightly fermented cashews.

The cheese, particularly, was very good. It had the consistency of cream cheese and tasted amazing on crackers.

Sally said you could add garlic or spices or, to make it taste more like cheese, nutritional yeast.

"We use it to make cheese balls," Sally said.

Sally sent me home with samples of the sauerkraut, sweet potato salad and cashew cheese.

Kay gave me a starter of kefir water.

"You can just put it on your kitchen counter and leave it," she said. "But you should drink it in about two days."

To help keep track of the fermentation process, the jar was tagged with the date it was poured.

"What happens if I forget?" I asked. "What happens if I let it sit for a while?"

Kay sighed and said, "If you let it go for another day, it will probably be fine. The longer you leave it, the more sugar it will eat, and the stronger the taste. If it gets too strong or starts to smell rancid, don't drink it. Throw it out."

That was one of the ways to tell if anything I'd been shown had gone too far. If it smelled bad, don't eat it, and get rid of it.

Over the next couple of days, I ate everything given to me, but I forgot about the kefir water. I didn't strain it out until well over two days past when I'd been told to. By then, the water looked like very strong tea, but it didn't smell that bad.

I'd ordered things in bars that smelled worse.

So I drank it anyway.

Where the batch Kay let me sample at Sally's house had been light and refreshing, the batch I'd fermented was sharp and bitter.

I swallowed half a glass and then decided that maybe this could be a bad thing I'd done, but nothing happened immediately. I didn't suddenly keel over clutching my belly or begin hallucinating wildly.

While I have my doubts that you get all the benefits from this stuff immediately, I can say that the morning after I drank the kefir water, I think I might have received one of those benefits Sally mentioned.

For anyone interested in finding out more, Sally plans to have a workshop in October at St. Christopher Episcopal Church on Somerset Drive in Edgewood. Visit eatsofeden.com for details.


So, how did the canning and drying turn out? There was really only way to find out. So I brought in samples of my labors and inflicted them on the people at work.

Here's what some of them thought:

Reporter Erin Beck said, "I didn't know you were asking for feedback. I thought you just brought them in to share."

After a moment, she added, "The spears were too tart or too sour. The other might have been too sweet. I think it's cool you did this. Your first time, huh?"

Features Editor Maria Young, agreed with her about the dill pickles.

"If I liked dill pickles, I'd probably like these," she said. "They were tart."

But she liked the sweet pickles.

"Not super sweet," Maria said.

Rob Byers, editor for the Gazette-Mail, wasn't really a fan of either batch, but he didn't want to come off as being mean.

He said, "I thought the flavor of the dill was nice, and it had a nice, bright finish, which you want. It had a good flavor, and the lemon cucumber pickles, I didn't think that was too bad, but they were mushy.

"You don't want a soft pickle. So, overall, flavor good; consistency bad."

City Editor Greg Moore liked both, though he agreed with Rob that the pickles were a little mushy.

He said he thought the garlic dill was a little salty and mouth drying, "But I really like that sort of thing."

The sweet pickle was less distinct. Charitably, he said, "I should have cleansed the palate between the two."

Under different circumstances, like if the pickles were chilled, Greg said he might take them again.

Basically, I agreed with most everyone. They weren't fantastic. The dill pickles were a little too sharp for my taste, and while the sweet pickles weren't horrible, they lacked a defining characteristic - maybe the bite of a hint of citrus - and I could have used a cucumber more attuned to pickling.

Still, as far as first attempt goes, I was modestly pleased with the results. The jars held their seal, and the food inside, while not delicious, was clearly edible.

I felt like I'd learned something.

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