www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: November 29, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT01/311299970 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT01/311299970 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Chapman, Velda L. 2 p.m., Waters Funeral Chapel, Summersville.

Dingess, Roger 2 p.m., Shining Light United Baptist Church, Chapmanville.

Ellis, Bobbie 2 p.m., James Funeral Home, Logan.

McCullough, James L. 2 p.m., Groves Funeral Home Chapel, Union.

Miller, Vernon 2 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Murray, Shelbie L. 2 p.m., Meadow Fork Freewill Baptist Church, Hewett.

Norman, Evelyn 3 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home

Oliver, Cecelia 4 p.m., Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston.

Sutphin, Catherine 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Tate, Beulah A. 2 p.m., Rose & Quesenberry Funeral Home Chapel, Shady Spring.

Thorne, Kristie 2 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Westfall, Evelena 11 a.m., Taylor

Williamson, Ransom 11 a.m., Bruno Church of God, Bruno.

Gene Alkire http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299982 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Gene Werner Alkire, 77, passed away peacefully on Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015, at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born March 30, 1938 in Parkersburg, a son of the late Harley Alkire and Valta (Haynes) Alkire.

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rachel Anne (Shamblin) Alkire of Charleston. Gene is lovingly remembered by sons, Michael (Sandy) Alkire of Butler, Pa., Todd (Meghan) Alkire of Canton, Ohio, and Sean (Alana) Alkire of Ellicott City, Md.; grandchildren; Zachary, Benjamin, Matthew, Anna, Trey, Austin, Leah, Caden, Jace; and sister, Joann Wagner of Lexington, N.C.

In addition to his parents, Gene is preceded in death by his sons, Boy Alkire and Doug Alkire; siblings, James Alkire, Eleanor Johnson, and Loretta Johnson.

Gene's legacy will live on not only through his family but also through the countless lives he has touched as an educator. His 36-year career as a teacher and coach would include stops at Gilmer County, Tyler County, Parkersburg Catholic, Washington Irving, and Robert C. Byrd High Schools. The majority of Gene's career would be spent as driver's education instructor, head football coach, and head wrestling coach at Washington Irving High School.

The family will receive friends at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301 on Mon. Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m.. Funeral service for Gene will be Tues. Dec. 1, at 11 a.m., at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home with Pastor Brian L. Seders presiding. A reception will take place immediately following at Duff Street United Methodist Church, 400 Duff Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CAMC Children's Cancer Center, 800 Pennsylvania Ave. Charleston, WV 26302. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.davisweaverfuneralhome.com. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is honored to serve the Alkire family during this time.

Phyllis Ashworth http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299981 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Phyllis Jo Lucas Ashworth of Hamlin born, October 31, 1944, passed away Nov. 27, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Watt and Mary Lucas.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin Ashworth; two sons, Todd Ashworth and Tim Ashworth; one brother, Butch Lucas; one sister, Shelia Stapleton; five grandchildren, Stephen McCloskey, Heather Anderson, Lucas Ashworth, Jacob Ashworth, Alex Mills; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV with Pastor Robert Fulton officiating. Interment will follow in Lincoln Memorial Park, Hamlin, WV. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sun. Nov. 29, 2015 at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV.

Judith Avampato http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299990 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Judith Emily Avampato, 73, died Nov. 26, 2015. Service is under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.

Donnie Barker III http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299971 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299971 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Donnie K. Barker III, 25, of Wharton, died Nov. 23, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Brian Benson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299977 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Brian Keith Benson, 47, of Nettie, died Tues. Nov. 24, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Mon. Dec. 1, at the funeral home. Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, WV, is in charge of all arrangements.

Buddie Bryant http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299973 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299973 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Mr. Buddie Bryant, 86, of Lake, W.Va., died Nov. 26, 2015. Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tues. Dec. 1, at Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at the funeral home. Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services at Chapmanville, WV are in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Ray Croson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299999 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Bobby Ray Croson, 89, formerly of St. Albans, passed away Tues. Nov. 17, 2015, at Majestic Memory Care in Hollywood, Fla. He fought a five year battle with Alzheimer's and eventually gave up his fight to go to his eternal home.

Born June 6, 1926, in Teays, W.Va., he was the son of the late Thomas and Minnie Croson. He attended the Green Valley Church of God. Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy in World War II, and will best be remembered for his love of music.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Violet Louise Croson, Helen Stone Croson, Frances Persinger Croson; his brother, James David Croson; and his sister, Opal (Sis) Samples.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Patricia Croson; grandsons, Aaron and Chad Strain; and great-grandchildren, Hailey Madison and Ethan David Strain, all of Davie, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Margaret Croson and Barbara Givens; and brothers-in-law, Didd Givens and Ray Spradling.

Bob was cremated in Fla. and there will be no service. He will be returned to his beloved St. Albans at a later date and his ashes will buried in Cunningham Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to the Croson family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneralhome.com.

Raynes Funeral Home, 20072 Charleston Road, Buffalo, is in charge of arrangements.

Kermit Dangerfield Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299989 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299989 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Kermit Darrell Dangerfield Sr., a most kind and selfless man passed away November 21, 2015.

Kermit was born to Robert and Mary Dangerfield of Ashford, but more recently resided in Glendale, Ariz.

His children, Shelly Dangerfield Erickson, Andrea Dangerfield, and Kermit Dangerfield will remember him for his relentless hard work, quiet gentleness, love for animals, and kind generosity. He had a long cherished career at Valley Bell Dairy in Charleston.

Kermit's loving siblings include Anna Chandler (Ashford), Lou Dangerfield (Phoenix, Ariz.), Helen Burgy (Hurricane), and Beverly Pauley (Saltville, Va.) and the late Reba Rzany, Kathryn Barker, Charles Dangerfield, Elma Abbott, Dean Dangerfield, Alice Zenizek, Nesbeth Harles, and Doug Dangerfield.

Kermit's remains will be taken to Needles, Calif., where he first served his country in the United States Army in 1966.

William Deardorff http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/OBIT/311299991 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 William Robert "Butch" Deardorff, 74, of Verona, Va., passed away at home, surrounded by family on Thurs. Nov. 26, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born on February 27, 1941, in St. Albans, a son of the late Harold William and Hester Rebecca Deardorff.

Mr. Deardorff is survived by his wife, Lu Crist Deardorff; two sons, Brad and his wife, Elizabeth, of Seattle, Wash., and Jeff and his wife, Lynn, of Belle; a stepson, Ben King, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; five grandchildren, Dana, Rebekah, Lauren, Kerrick, and Gareth; a sister, Carolyn Surbaugh and her husband, Ronnie; and a niece, Rhonda Surbaugh.

Mr. Deardorff received his undergraduate degree from Morris Harvey College and his Master's degree from Marshall University. After college, Mr. Deardorff coached and taught school for three years before becoming a high school principal at DuPont High School.

In 1987, Mr. Deardorff became the Principal of Buffalo Gap High School in Augusta County, Va., where he worked for twenty-seven years. After fifty years of meritorious service as an educator, he retired in 2013 due to health issues. In recognition of his service, Augusta County and Buffalo Gap High School dedicated the "William Robert Deardorff Auditorium" in his honor.

Mr. Deardorff was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He received the prestigious Dawborn Award for contributions to education. He had a passion for training and mentoring prospective principals and administrators. His grace, extraordinary generosity, and wisdom will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the lives of countless students, teachers, staff, and administrators that he touched. He dearly loved his dedicated wife, his wonderful family, and his extraordinary network of friends.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Butch Deardorff will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mon. Nov. 30, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Staunton, Va. The Rev. John Peterson will officiate the service. Following the service, those attending are invited to a reception in the Great Hall of the church, where family will receive friends. A private, family interment will precede the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the William Robert Deardorff Scholarship Fund, c/o Buffalo Gap High School, 1800 Buffalo Gap Highway, Swoope, VA 24479.

Henry Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.

Live Life Fully: Recovery - it's not just for addicts anymore http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129520 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129520 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 "I feel trapped."

"I'm bored."

"We're growing in different directions."

"I hate my job."

"The kids are driving me crazy."

"I never have enough time for myself."

"What's the point? He's never going to change."

"I don't have enough money."

"I can't start a new career at this age."

It's been said we're all in recovery for something. If you caught a glimpse of yourself - or someone close to you - in the list above, it may be time for a wakeup call.

The all-too-common denominator in this list is that it projects internal venom onto external circumstances. And that's what keeps you stuck.

Even with material comforts, you may find yourself wondering why your life feels so empty - or why the things that used to satisfy you no longer provide the same thrill. A common question in therapy is, "Why am I feeling so blah?"

Let's break it down. We're all composed of four major parts - physical (our body), mental (our brain), emotional (our feelings), and spiritual (our center, core, soul or spirit).

In the Western world, we tend to place a disproportionate amount of attention on the physical and intellectual components. And those become highly developed, often leading to achievements and material possessions. At some point this is not enough, and those repetitive nagging feelings set in.

Common human behaviors shift the responsibility of the condition - and doing something about it - from the individual's shoulders onto others. The most likely candidates are those who are closest - husbands, wives, parents, children, bosses, subordinates or friends.

They are seen as the cause of your problems. Therefore, it's up to them to do something about it.

The truth is you can't change another person. Now hear this:

Until you realize - in one way or another - that it's your very attitude of holding others responsible for your own problems, you'll stay stuck. You can change yourself, though - over time - starting first by shifting your attitude, then those recurring thoughts that flow through your head and, ultimately, the situation you find yourself in.

Yeah, right. Easier said than done. And most people need help making these big life changes. Recurring behavioral patterns are deeply ingrained - many since childhood.

Help is available in many forms - therapy, clergy and support groups. Perhaps the most well-known support groups center around 12-step programs taught by Alcoholics Anonymous and other addiction-based groups.

I've never been through a formal 12-step program, although I attended sessions of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as part of my course work in graduate school. I've read "The Big Book," and I've also witnessed amazing transformations from friends who have participated in the programs.

No wonder this concept has stood the test of time. Where else could you find a group of people who have been in your shoes to support you - virtually anywhere in the world on any given day - for free?

But what if you don't have an addiction per se? You're just trying to recover from a lifetime of bad habits, choices and decisions.

There's actually a 12-step program that's not for addicts: "Twelve Steps for Everyone ... Who Really Wants Them."

As the author, Jerry Hirschfield, says, "We already have within ourselves all that is required to fill our emptiness, to solve our problems, to find significance." Hirschfield explains the methodology uses the basic principles of psychology and psychiatry ... and the willingness and patience to look within, to bring the answers into consciousness and to use them in your daily life.

And there's the rub. This pesky "living laboratory" we dwell in, day in and day out. It's great to dive into the theory and revel in it - until you come face-to-face with a real life example that compels you to put into practice what you've learned.

There are no silver bullets - as much as we'd like to believe the magazine covers. And it doesn't happen overnight. The only way to break a negative, life-sucking pattern is to replace it with a new routine. Consistency is the key, and that takes commitment. No matter what.

Take baby steps. Pick one thing you could do as a behavior replacement and practice that for an entire month. Expect backslides, and start again. And again. It does get easier.

A new book, "Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life," by Grammy-winning songwriter Paul Williams and Tracy Jackson, the screenplay author of "Confessions of a Shopaholic," echoes the recovery theme:

n Something needs to change, and it's probably me.

n I don't know how to do this, but something inside me does.

n I will learn from my mistakes and not defend them.

n I will make right the wrongs I've done whenever possible.

n I will continue to examine my behavior on a daily basis.

n I will live my life in love and service, gratitude and trust.

Emotional and spiritual growth is not a journey of a thousand days or a thousand years. It's a journey of now and forever... but only one now at a time.

You may find that the void, the apathy, the despair you're feeling has been caused by ignoring or rejecting your core, your center, your soul. On a physical plane, according to Hirschfield, this would be like trying to live your life after cutting out your heart.

Your recovery will have many small steps - one after another - traveling at your own pace and in your own way.

The joy is in the journey.

©2015, "Live Life Fully," all rights reserved.

Linda Arnold, M.A., M.B.A., is a syndicated columnist, psychological counselor and keynote speaker. She is also the founder and former CEO of a multistate marketing company. Reader comments are welcome at linda@lindaarnold.org.

On the Town: WVSSAC Volleyball Championship http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129521 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129521 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 WSSSAC State Volleyball Championship tournament was held at the Charleston Civic Center on Nov. 13 and 14.

On the Town: Marvel Heroes at the Town Center http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129522 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129522 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 On, Nov. 12, children with their parents and guardians stand in line at the Town Center Mall waiting for their turn to meet the Marvel Super Heroes.

On the Town: Ramsey Eye Care Party http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129523 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ05/151129523 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Ramsey Eye Care, of Charleston, hosted a party sponsored by the manufacturer of Chanel No. 5 at its Lee Street location Nov. 11.

Sen. Joe Manchin buys house on Kanawha River (photo) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129533 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129533 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Charleston CVB schedule of events http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129534 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129534 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 December

Marvel Universe Live

Dec. 3; 7 p.m.

Dec. 4; 7 p.m.

Dec. 5; 11 am, 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Dec. 6; 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

Charleston Civic Center Coliseum

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with an epic show unlike anything you've seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel super heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and sinister villains come to life in an action-packed arena performance.



Dec. 3; 8 p.m.

Dec. 4; 8 p.m.

Dec. 5; 8 p.m.

WVSU Capitol Center, 123 Summers Street

Scarpelli and Kehde's rock opera MARY follows the life of Mary, mother of Jesus, during the final nine months before the birth of Christ.


Downtown Abbey Sneak Preview

Dec. 4

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd.

Join WV Public Broadcasting for a sneak preview of the first episode of the final season of Downton Abbey.


Ugly Sweater Shuffle

Dec. 4

6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Participating Businesses downtown Charleston

Have some fun during the Generation Charleston's Ugly Sweater Shuffle. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new unopened toy to give to the Salvation Army, then shuffle their way in their ugliest sweater to participating local businesses for drink and food specials and door prizes.


River Arts Show and Sale

Dec. 4-5

6:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, 520 Kanawha Blvd.

Come out for the artist reception with wine, and/or Saturday that features a gourmet lunch. Childcare will be offered

for children under 7 years.


Fright Before Christmas Art Show & Pictures with Krampus

Dec. 6

6 p.m.

Mike Winland Studios, 5306 Maccorkle Ave.

Local art, wine and cheese, live music by Adam Dittebrand, live painting and pictures with Krampus.


Christmas Parade

Dec. 5

10 am

Downtown Charleston

The City of Charleston's annual Christmas parade.


Santa at the Capitol Market

Dec. 5

11 am - 2 p.m.

Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

Santa arrives every Saturday before Christmas at the Capitol Market.


Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Dec. 5

8 am - 11 am

Columbia Pipeline Group Building, 1700 MacCorkle Ave.

Jingle Bell run/walk is a fun, festive event for the whole family. Put on your reindeer antlers and running shoes, and

join the holiday fun.

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Charleston Gay Men's Chorale presents: Reflections of Winter

Dec. 5

7:30 p.m.

Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia Street

Join in for an evening of music guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. A wine reception will follow the performance. Admission is free, but your donation in support of the mission is greatly appreciated.


Home for the Holidays

Dec. 5

8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents part of the ZMM Architects and Engineers Pop Series.

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Winter Concert

Dec. 6

3 p.m.

Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris Street

The Chorus will perform John Rutter's "Magnificent", Carl Schalk's "Before the Marvel of this Night", André Thomas's

"African Noel" and other selections.

Blind Claret Tasting

Dec. 6

2 p.m.

Wine Shop at Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

There will be a blind tasting of seven cabernet based wines. Taste all seven and choose your favorite.


Appalachian Children's Chorus: "An Old Fashioned Christmas"

Dec. 6

3 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

ACC presents its annual holiday concert, the Ione Guthrie Holiday Concert: An Old Fashioned Christmas. ACC returns to a festive and lively celebration of the season with an old fashioned twist. A warm feeling of family, friends and fun will surround this concert. All of ACC choirs will be on hand for the concert, joining voices to bring many Christmas favorites to life. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Male Chorus will also be on hand to share in the festivities.


Mountain Stage

Dec. 6

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Culture Center Theater, 1900 Kanawha Blvd.

Enjoy a live recording at Mountain Stage with performance by Josh Ritter, Amy Helm, Noah Gundersen, Lindsay Lou and more.


Joy to the World

Dec. 10

7:30 p.m.

Culture Center Theater, West Virginia State Capitol Grounds Charleston

Now in its 23rd year, Joy to the World is an annual live performance holiday jazz program hosted by pianist, Bob Thompson,

and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


WVCAN Happy Hour

Dec. 10

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Black Sheep Burrito and Brews at the Brewery, 702 Quarrier Street

This event benefits the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network, who works hard every day to promote healing for victims of

child abuse throughout West Virginia.


2015 Business Expo & Holiday Business After Hours

Dec. 10

4:30 p.m.

Holiday Inn and Suites, 400 2nd Ave., South Charleston

The South Charleston Chamber of Commerce and the Monarch Family of Hotels invite you to explore their showcase of

area businesses while enjoying an evening of networking, delicious food, and door prizes.

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Children's Theatre of Charleston Presents Babes in Toyland

Dec. 11; 7 p.m.

Dec. 12; 2 p.m. / 7 p.m.

Dec. 13; 2 p.m.

Charleston Civic Center Little Theater

Children's Theatre of Charleston presents: Babes in Toyland. This musical is a wonderful Holiday tradition.


The Nutcracker

Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Dec. 12; 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

The Charleston Ballet performs Tchaikovsky's classic ballet with the West Virginia Symphony.

http://wvsymphony.org/event/ nutcracker-2015/?instance_id=428

It's a Wonderful Life

Dec. 11; 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Dec. 12; 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Dec. 13; 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Dec. 18; 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Dec. 19; 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Dec. 20; 2 p.m. -5 p.m.

Albans Art Center, 65 Olde Main St., St Albans

A live production based upon the holiday movie.


Santa at the Capitol Market

Dec. 12

11 am - 2 p.m.

Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

Santa arrives every Saturday before Christmas at the Capitol Market.


South Charleston Christmas Parade

Dec. 12

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Oaks Field to 4th Ave. to D St., South Charleston

Santa arrives in Oakes Field and the Christmas parade continues around the mound.


West Virginia vs Marshall Women's Basketball

Dec. 13

Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic - West Virginia vs Marshall Women's Basketball at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.


Winter Series Run/Walk

Dec. 13

2 p.m.

University of Charleston

The 9th annual run/walk welcomes ages 14 and up to participate in a 5K run or a 1.8 mile walk.


Christmas with the Annie Moses Band

Dec. 13

7:30 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

Listen to the inspiring message of the season as told through the universal language of music. Hear holiday classics and



West Virginia vs Marshall Men's Basketball

Dec. 17

Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic - West Virginia vs Marshall Men's Basketball at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.


B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert

Dec. 17

7:30 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

B.E. Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will leave you in the holiday


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Downtown Charleston Artwalk

Dec. 17

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Participating organizations of downtown Charleston.

Take a self-guided walking tour of Charleston's shops, galleries and businesses featuring regional art and performances.


Jim Brickman Comfort and Joy

Dec. 18

7:30 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

Jim Brickman will showcase new music, along with holiday favorites and the hits that made him the most charted adult

contemporary artists.


A Christmas Story: The Musical

Dec. 18, 19 and 26; 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 19, 20 and 27; 2 p.m.

Charleston Light Opera Guild, 411 Tennessee Ave.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild will produce the musical version of the holiday favorite film, A Christmas Story.


Toy Ride for CAMC Woman & C hildren's Hospital

Dec. 19

Daniel Boone Park

2901 Kanawha Blvd., E.

All that is required to participate in the ride is a new unwrapped toy, and is open is open to anyone who rides within the community. Toys will be delivered to the hospital beginning with a short ride with bikes leaving Daniel Boone Park.


Santa at the Capitol Market

Dec. 19

11 am - 2 p.m.

Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

Santa arrives every Saturday before Christmas at the Capitol Market.


Sparkling Wine Tasting

Dec. 20

2 p.m.

Wine Shop, Capital Market 800 Smith Street

Join the Wine Shop in a toast to the New Year with a selection of 7 sparkling wines from around the world.



Winter Jam 2016 Tour Spectacular

January 2

5 p.m.

Charleston Civic Center Coliseum

Continuing an unprecedented reign as one of the world's largest tours and Christian music's biggest annual tour, the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.


2016 Charleston Wedding Expo

January 3

12 p.m.

Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive

The Charleston Wedding Expo is the region's ultimate one-stop shop for wedding planning. Over 80 vendors will be on hand to help you plan your big day. This event allows guests the opportunity to talk to the experts no matter how big or small your dream wedding may be. We will be giving out fabulous door prizes throughout the entire show.


University of Charleston Basketball

January 4

5 p.m.; 730 p.m.

Charleston Civic Coliseum, Civic Center Drive

UC vs Wheeling women's basketball and UC vs Wheeling Men's Basketball. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.


University of Charleston Basketball

January 6

4:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.

Charleston Civic Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

UC vs West Liberty women's basketball and UC vs West Liberty men's basketball. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.


Rough and Rowdy Brawl

January 8-9

Time: TBA

Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

The Rough & Rowdy Brawl will be at the Charleston Civic Center on January 8-9, 2016.


Woody Hawley - Hank Williams Tribute

January 9

7:30 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

From the classics such as "Jambalaya," "Lovesick Blues" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" to hidden gems like "Pictures from Life's Other Side," the Hank Williams Tribute Band features singers John Lilly & Rob McNurlin; fiddler Buddy Griffin; Hall of Fame steel guitarist, Kayton Roberts; Grand Ole Opry regular bassist, Roger Carroll; and lead guitarists, Ritchie Collins and Robert Shafer.


University of Charleston Basketball

January 10

2 p.m.; 4pm

Charleston Civic Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

UC vs Fairmont women's basketball and UC vs Fairmont men's basketball. General sdmission tickets will be sold at the door.


Winter Series Run/Walk

January 10

2 p.m.

University of Charleston

The 9th annual run/walk welcomes ages 14 and up to participate in a 5K run or a 1.8 mile walk.


University of Charleston Basketball

January 12

5:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.

Charleston Civic Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

UC vs Shepherd women's basketball and UC vs Shepherd men's basketball. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.


WV Hunting & Fishing Show

January 15-17

Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive

Show schedule: Friday, January 15, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; January 16, 9 am to 9pm Sunday; January 17, 9 am to 5 p.m.

Admission: Adults - $8, Children - 6 to 12 - $1, Children under 6 - Free


The Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast

January 18

8 am

Moose Lodge #1444, 2805 Kanawha Blvd.

Dreams Community Development Corporation 3rd annual fundraising event.


MSQ 2 - Good Company

January 17

3 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

Montclaire String Quartet Alexander Glazunov: Prelude and Fugue in d minor from Les Vendredis

Philip Glass: String Quartet No.2 "Company" Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor, Op.108 Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in c minor, Op.51 No.1


WV FREE 2016 Annual Benefit

January 21

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St.

15th annual benefit gala to raise funds to support reproductive health education and advocacy efforts in West Virginia. Funds directly support programs that help promote the health of West Virginia women and families.


Ron White

January 21

8 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

Come experience the hilarity of comedian Ron White. VIP packages are available at the Clay Center.


WV International Auto Show

January 22-24

10 am

Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive

Receive a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend magazine with each online ticket order or box office purchase, sponsored by West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association.


Shirley Schweizer Winter Walk

January 23

3 p.m.

Enjoy a free winter walk through Kanawha State Park. For more information, contact the forest office at 304-558-3500.

Charleston Restaurant Week

January 25- 30

Participating Charleston restaurants

A celebration of Charleston and its local restaurants! Enjoy three-course meals for $30 at a variety of Charleston's local restaurants during this week long celebration of regional cuisine.


Carnaval: Pick your Poison

January 30

7:30 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

A mystical wonderland of deliciously intriguing temptations awaits you at this year's Carnaval. Lean into the whimsically wicked journey ... Fantasy or fright? Tangible or abstract? Modern or classic? You decide.



West Virginia Cast Iron Cook Off

February 5-6

9 am - 9 p.m.

West Virginia Department of Agriculture, 1900 Kanawha Blvd.

The Cast Iron Cook-Off® helps all of us reconnect with, maintain and celebrate traditions. Reimagine recipes, folklore, cooking utensils, and ingredients and adapt them creatively to fit our current lifestyles while keeping in mind recent findings about nutrition and health.


Woody Hawley - Bob Malone

February 6

7:30 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

If you like Dr. John, Leon Russell and the Neville Brothers then you are going to love Bob Malone. A little bit of blues, a little bit of rock 'n roll, a little bit New Orleans R&B and a whole lot of fun.


John Williams: All the Blockbusters!

February 6

8 p.m.

Clay Center, 1 Clay Center Square

As your favorite movie scores come alive, be prepared for John William' greatest hits including Star Wars, Jurassic Park Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more!


Rising Stars

February 6

8 p.m.

Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd.

The WVU Bluegrass ensemble is the University's exclusive Appalachian music group, playing both traditional and contemporary bluegrass styles.


Winter Series Run/Walk

February 7

2 p.m.

University of Charleston

The 9th annual run/walk welcomes ages 14 and up to participate in a 5K run or 1.8 mile walk.


Snowbunny Run for Kids

February 7

1:45 p.m.

University of Charleston

Snowbunny Run for Kids takes place in conjunction with the Winter Series.


47th Annual WV Outdoor Sports Show

February 12-14

Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive

The 47th snnual West Virginia Outdoor Sports Show is the biggest and best in the region! Come see the newest inventory

in RV's, Boats, & ATV's! Explore the new outdoor adventure zones for travel destinations, camping, golfing, fly fishing,

kayaking, biking, outdoor extreme adventure and much more! Still the biggest and now Even Better!


Kanawha Senior Services Cookie Decorating Contest

February 13

Time: TBA

Capitol Market, 800 Smith Street

Kanawha Senior Services Cookie Decorating Contest just in time for Valentine's Day.

http://www.capitolmarket.net/ market-happenings

University of Charleston Basketball

February 25

5 p.m.

Charleston Civic Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

UC vs Concord women's basketball and UC vs Concord men's basketball. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.


University of Charleston Basketball

February 27

1 p.m.

Charleston Civic Coliseum, 200 Civic Center Drive

UC vs WV State Women's Basketball at 2 P.M. UC vs WV State Men's Basketball at 4 P.M. General Admission tickets will be sold at the door.


FeastivALL Fundraiser

February 27

6 p.m.

Berry Hills Country Club, 1 Berry Hills Dr.

A festive evening that includes a feast of delectable dishes, craft brew & wine pairings, a twist of competition, live entertainment and a silent auction. This event will help FestivALL turn Charleston into a work of art in June 2016.


Mysterious rock walls more likely farming-related than prehistoric (video) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129554 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129554 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Rick Steelhammer By Rick Steelhammer

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Although he left West Virginia in 1969 for 34 years to serve in the Navy and then pursue a career in the oil and gas business, Mike Miller never forgot the mysterious, moss-covered rock walls he and his friends explored and played around in the woods behind his Knollwood area home, a mile or two north of Charleston city limits.

After returning to West Virginia, Miller said, he was anxious to absorb as much of his state's heritage and history as soon as possible, to make up for lost time in reconnecting with his home state. To help scratch that intellectual itch, he enrolled in Marshall University's Appalachian Archaeology and Time and Place in Appalachia classes, both taught by Dr. Robert Maslowski, a retired archaeologist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Huntington District, at MU's South Charleston campus. When it came time to do an independent studies research paper, Miller opted to try to identify the source of the walls that had intrigued him in his childhood.

"Growing up in the '50s, we'd heard that the walls had been built by slaves," Miller said.

In more recent years, he learned that the creation of many stone walls and piles of carefully stacked rock known as cairns found in relatively undisturbed sites throughout Appalachia and the East had been attributed by a number of archaeologists and historians to American Indians, possibly for ceremonial purposes.

"I had hopes that they would turn out to be prehistoric," Miller said, during a recent visit to the walls. But after completing his research on the site, he said, he came to another conclusion.

Miller's study of tax, census and property records made the local theory that the walls were constructed by slave labor unlikely, since there was no evidence of slave ownership or large farming operations in that section of Kanawha County. But the research did establish a chain of ownership for the area, first settled by Michael Newhouse in 1783. A still-standing log house associated with the property encompassing the largest of the stone walls - located in a wooded area off Velma Drive - was built in 1856. In 1898, the land was sold to Karl Wiersteiner, who operated a dairy farm on the tract, which remains in family hands today, with Dan and Phyllis Wiersteiner Dean the current owners. After the farming operation closed sometime in the early first half of the 20th century, the tract reverted to woodland.

With assistance from Maslowski, retired Department of Highways archaeologist Roger Wise and Division of Culture and History archaeologists Kristin Scarr and Emily Dale, Miller measured the walls' length and dimensions, examined their content and took soil samples.

The 1,220-foot-long Velma Drive wall, which follows a meandering path from a natural terrace to a rock outcropping near the top of a hill, averages about 4 feet in height. It is built of two parallel stacked stone walls joined by a central fill area of smaller rocks, as is a 172-foot-long wall located off the end of nearby Brynwood Drive.

Miller's research showed that the walls' design matches dry stone wall masonry methods practiced in Ireland, Wales and other parts of Europe, "significantly impeding the hypothesis that the walls are prehistoric," he concluded in his paper. The presence of a hand-dug, rock-lined water well adjacent to the Velma Drive wall added weight to the theory that the wall built during historic times.

While the walls may have been begun with the intention of connecting to future walls to provide livestock enclosures, "they also may have been built just for rock-clearing purposes," Maslowski said.

In a presentation to the West Virginia Archaeological Society in Charleston earlier this month, Maslowski used Miller's research on the Knollwood walls to help make the case that many stone cairns and stone wall segments found across the eastern U.S. were likely the work of 19th and 20th century farmers, rather than American Indians.

"Stone walls, stone cairns and stacked stones on bedrock and boulders are very common in Appalachia," Maslowski said. In the era that preceded feedlots, pastures alone were used to raise cattle to market size. With 100 acres of pasture being enough to produce 25,000 pounds of beef, "it would have been worth the extra effort to make as much pasture space available for grazing as possible," he said.

Many rock cairns found in Appalachia have been stacked atop large boulders or sections of exposed bedrock. While some believe such structures were built by American Indians for spiritual purposes, Maslowski said in many cases, it is more likely the stones were placed atop immovable boulders and bedrock by farmers to maximize grazing acreage on their generally small tracts.

"Most of these pastures have been abandoned for decades," he said. "That's why you find them in what are now wooded areas today."

While written or oral history documentation of stone wall and stone cairn construction by farmers is rare, it is not unheard of. Maslowski said the previous owner of a Lincoln County farm containing numerous stone walls and mounds told him structures were built by an ancestor for field clearing purposes.

Since stone walls and cairns lack the organic elements needed for carbon dating to determine their age, it can't be scientifically proven whether they were built during historic or prehistoric times.

"That's led to a lot of speculation," Maslowski said. "Some people really want them to be prehistoric."

Maslowski said a number of rock structures found in West Virginia are believed to have been created by Native Americans. A series of rock walls on the ridge between lower Loop and Armstrong creeks in Fayette County, now virtually obliterated by surface mining, is believed to have predated European settlement, and a number of stone mounds and stone-lined graves associated with American Indians have been identified at locations across the state.

"Not all stone mounds are historic," he said. "Each needs to be evaluated on its own merits."

"Even if these walls aren't prehistoric," Miller said, "they're old and interesting and have a story to tell."

Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelhammer@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5169, or follow @rsteelhammer on Twitter.

Bill Cole and Tim Armstead: Streamlined interims reap savings for taxpayers http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/ARTICLE/151129564 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/ARTICLE/151129564 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 By Sen. Bill Cole and Delegate Tim Armstead By By Sen. Bill Cole and Delegate Tim Armstead

Republican legislators are committed to being good stewards of the taxpayers' money.

Since the people elected us to lead the Legislature as the majority during the last election, we have championed proposals that will make government more efficient, eliminate waste and provide taxpayers the most bang for their buck.

In March, facing a tight budget, we cut $1 million from the Legislature's budget this fiscal year - roughly $500,000 from each house.

In addition to these cuts, when Gov. Tomblin asked state agencies to reduce an additional 4 percent from their budgets, we volunteered to do the same, even though his request didn't apply to the legislative branch. The Legislature's willingness to join in these cuts will result in an additional savings of roughly $938,000.

Meanwhile, we enacted other reforms to make the Legislature more efficient. One way was to streamline the Legislature's interim committee process.

In previous years, interim committees met once a month, with most lawmakers meeting in Charleston, at taxpayer expense, for three days in a row. This often led to long periods of down time between meetings and an inefficient use both of taxpayers' funds and legislators' time.

To improve the process and make it more cost-effective, we decided to condense these interim meetings into two days instead of three and cut down on the number of meetings during the year.

Lawmakers and full-time staff continue to explore many topics and craft potential legislation in between meetings, but without the added expense of having to pay for legislators to spend three days each month in Charleston.

As a result, our committees have been able to cover roughly the same number of topics as in prior years, now delving into them in even more depth and detail, while saving taxpayers about $500,000 - a significant savings in a year of tight budgets.

The success of these meetings has been due to the dedication and efficient work of our legislative staff, committee leadership and members, who put in countless hours of work in between meetings to ensure our interim sessions were focused and productive.

One shining example of this streamlined process has been the work of our Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee. This committee doesn't attract a great deal of attention, but it serves a vital role.

After the Legislature passes laws, state agencies are often required to draft new administrative rules to help citizens, businesses, organizations and other agencies comply with those laws.

These draft rules then come back to the Rule-Making Review Committee, which reviews and modifies them if needed to ensure they follow the Legislature's intent and provide the clarity citizens, businesses and agencies need to comply with the law. These modified rules will then be presented to the full Legislature in the following session for approval.

In past years, this Rule-Making Review Committee has often had to meet all the way up until the start of a session in January to finalize these proposed rules.

However, this year, due to the efficient and tireless work of our staff and committee members, the committee was able to finish its work during November interims. According to long-serving staff members, some who have worked for the Legislature since the 1980s, this is the earliest this committee has ever wrapped up its work.

This occurred as the committee considered several weighty and complicated issues, including aboveground storage tank regulations, rules related to implementation of the increase in minimum wage and precise definitions of public official self-promotion under our new elected official "trinket" ban.

Their work, like the efforts of all interim committees this year, shows that government can work in a more efficient, focused manner to serve our citizens well while also being careful stewards of their tax dollars.

Republican leadership and legislators remain committed to ensuring that our government functions in the most effective and cost-efficient manner, always keeping in mind that every dollar spent by our government is one that was earned and contributed by our hard-working taxpayers.

Bill Cole, R-Mercer, is president of the West Virginia Senate, and Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, is speaker of the House of Delegates. They wrote this commentary in response to Phil Kabler's Nov. 22 column.

Crime Report: Nov. 29, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129568 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129568 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 The following crimes were reported to the Charleston Police Department between Nov. 19 and 24:

East District:

Quarrier Street 100 block, breaking and entering, Nov. 19, 4:49 a.m.

Charleston Town Center, petit larceny, Nov. 19, 3:15 p.m.

Charleston Town Center, shoplifting, Nov. 19, 7:07 p.m.

Washington Street East 1600 block, robbery, Nov. 19, 7:59 p.m.

Lee Street East 1400 block, robbery, Nov. 20, 1:25 a.m.

Quarrier Street 1000 block, grand larceny, Nov. 20, 9:40 a.m.

Lee Street East 400 block, shoplifting, Nov. 20, 12:25 p.m.

Lee Street East 1300 block, grand larceny, Nov. 21, 5 p.m.

Washington Street East 1300 block, petit larceny, Nov. 21, 6:17 p.m.

Quarrier Street 200 block, robbery, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.

Washington Street East 1600 block, petit larceny, Nov. 22, 1:08 a.m.

Capitol Street 400 block, petit larceny, Nov. 22, 3 a.m.

Renaissance Circle 1300 block, burglary, Nov. 22, noon.

Virginia Street East 1400 block, petit larceny, Nov. 22, 8 p.m.

MacCorkle Avenue 3800 block, breaking and entering auto, Nov. 22, 9:30 p.m.

Lee Street East 400 block, shoplifting, Nov. 23, 2:10 p.m.

Lee Street East 200 block, shoplifting, Nov. 23, 3:34 p.m.

Morris Street 700 block, grand larceny auto, Nov. 23, 5 p.m.

Lee Street East 400 block, shoplifting, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.

South District:

Ravina Road 1400 block, petit larceny, Nov. 19, 5:40 a.m.

Lancaster Avenue 5400 block, grand larceny auto, Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m.

Wayside Drive 600 block, burglary, Nov. 19, 8:45 a.m.

MacCorkle Avenue 5700 block, shoplifting, Nov. 19, 9:15 a.m.

Lancaster Avenue 4400 block, petit larceny, Nov. 19, 3:50 p.m.

Circle Road 1000 block, burglary, Nov. 20, 3 a.m.

MacCorkle Avenue 3800 block, shoplifting, Nov. 20, 5:29 p.m.

MacCorkle Avenue 2300 block, burglary, Nov. 21, 4 p.m.

Ravina Road 1500 block, burglary, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.

Mountaineer Boulevard 2800 block, child neglect, Nov. 23, 3:23 p.m.

MacCorkle Avenue Southeast 6500 block, shoplifting, Nov. 23, 7:50 p.m.

MacCorkle Avenue Southeast 6500 block, shoplifting, 10 p.m.

Ridgemont Road 900 block, burglary, Nov. 24, 6:20 a.m.

Ridgemont Road 900 block, grand larceny auto, Nov. 24, 6:20 a.m.

Oakwood Road 200 block, shoplifting, Nov. 24, 2 p.m.

MacCorkle Avenue Southeast 5700 block, shoplifting, Nov. 24, 5:40 p.m.

MacCorkle Avenue Southeast 6500 block, shoplifting, Nov. 24, 8 p.m.

West District:

Daisy Drive 1600 block, joyriding, Nov. 19, 4 p.m.

Washington Street West 400 block, shoplifting, Nov. 19, 8:27 p.m.

Upper Vine 1200 block, burglary, Nov. 21, 9:28 a.m.

Hanna Drive 800 block, burglary, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.

Spring Street first lock, petit larceny, Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Edgewood Drive 1600 block, breaking and entering auto, Nov. 21, 11:30 p.m.

2nd Avenue 1000 block, petit larceny, Nov. 22, 11:50 a.m.

Chandler Drive 1400 block, wanton endangerment, Nov. 22, 2:20 p.m.

Washington Street West 1600 block, shoplifting, Nov. 22, 4 p.m.

6th Avenue 2100 block, grand larceny auto, Nov. 22, 11 p.m.

York Avenue 700 block, malicious wounding, Nov. 22, 11:10 p.m.

Delaware Avenue 500 block, shoplifting, Nov. 23, 1:45 p.m.

Stuart Street 1400 block, burglary, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m.

Lippert Street 2100 block, wanton endangerment, Nov. 24, 5:25 p.m.

On file: Nov. 29, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129569 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151129/GZ01/151129569 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Marriages

The following people applied for marriage licenses in Kanawha County between Nov. 19 and 25:

Keith Christopher Waters, 25, and Emily Morgan Sprouse, 22, both of Miami.

Steven Michael Hicks II, 20, and Tiffany Jo Goode, 19, both of East Bank.

Justin Andrew Messinger, 23, and Kristen Leigh Medford, 27, both of Charleston.

Ronald Albert Wills, 58, and Vera Raye Kees, 52, both of East Bank.

Dakota Brent Jarrell, 22, and Briana Morgan Poe, 18, both of Sissonville.

Michael Anthony Correal, 45, of Charleston and Riki Lynn Butcher, 45, of Wallback.

Justin William Hanna, 35, of St. Albans and Naomi Lynn Wertz, 31, of Cross Lanes.

Jonathan Marco Toriz Escalante, 28, and Chrystal Loraine Scholta, 24, both of Dunbar.

Sefus Ellis, 57, of Institute and Laura Jane Stanley, 54, of South Charleston.

Allen Mitchell Young, 29, and Tatiana Siouxsie Hamilton, 19, both of Charleston.

Kendra Raye Whitmore, 18, and Alexis Mariah Satterfield, 18, both of Cross Lanes.

Stephen Eugene Stoffel Jr., 43, and Mary Louise Akers, 42, both of St. Albans.


The following people filed for divorce in Kanawha County between Nov. 19 and 25:

Justin Ryan Larch from Ashley Dawn Larch

Kristin LeAnn Burdette from Adam Rockford Cody Thornton

Brenda Tyler from Paul Tyler

Pamela Sue Runnels from Ronald Earl Runnels II

Elvis Wayne Grose from Amy Nichole Grose

Angela Susan Patton from Stephen Michael Patton

Ami R. Gibson King from Forest Franklin King

April Lee Hilt from Iran Ian Hilt

Lottie L. Tubbs from Mitchell Lane Tubbs

David Clifford McCallister from Sierra Dawn McCallister

Kassandra D. Fridley from John S. Fridley

Jessica M. Bourne from Shawn Mitchell-Lee Bourne

Amanda Lee Childers from Jeremy William Childers

Property Transfers

The following property transfers of $50,000 or more were recorded in Kanawha County between Nov. 19 and 25:

Swarthmore Capital LLC to Michael J. Delisi. Lot, St. Albans, $162,000.

J. Patrick Jones to Brach Banking and Trust Company. Lot, Jefferson District, $50,150.

Jared B. Hodge to Stephen N. Smith and Sara N. Whitaker. Lot, Charleston, $139,900.

Kathryn M. Schulberg to John M. Deanthony Jr. and Kimberly A. Shirkey. Lot, Charleston, $350,000.

Golden & Amos PLLC to Fifth Third Mortgage Company. Lot, St. Albans, $51,850.

Golden & Amos PLLC to Federal National Mortgage Association. Lot, South Charleston, $64,255.62.

Patricia K. Miller to Joseph III and Gayle C. Manchin. Lot, Charleston, $765,000.

Sally L. Clark to Parke J. Wolfe II. Lot, Charleston, $266,000.

Darrell Baker, Howard Preast and Michael V. Minnick, Trustees of the Bible Baptist Church of Belva to Johnny L. and Tammy K. Peck. Lot, Elk District, $200,000.

Robert G. and Peggy W. Wolpert to Misha Swanepoel. Lot, Charleston, $52,500.

Linda Sue Conner to Richard S. Young. Lot, Charleston, $71,000.

Tammy R. Morganroth and Brandi N. Girard to Letina Carter. Lots, Charleston, $65,000.

Rebecca V. Truman to David L. Jr. and Julia Statler. Parcels, Elk District, $172,000.

Joe F. Ballard to Tara L. Casto. Lot, Loudon District, $146,500.

Joshua Daniel and Cecilia Leigh Hawks to Jess A. and Debbie S. Smith. Lot, St. Albans, $63,000.

Genevieve Smith to Jake W. Jr. and Betty Rae Boggs. Lot, Elk District, $56,500.

Seneca Trustees Inc. to U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. Lot, Union District, $79,297.76.

PEI Partners LLC to AEP West Virginia Transmission Company Inc. Lot, Charleston, $975,000.

Grant Street LLC to Housing Innovations Corporation. Lot, Charleston, $105,000.

Cobblestone Rentals LLC to East End Real Estate Rentals LLC. Lot, Charleston, $108,500.

Dorothy Holden to Richard B. and Ann S. Waller. Lot, Charleston, $174,000.

Sharon A. Nicols to Charles Shaffer. Lot, Elk District, $107,900.

Rebecca Anne Hagan to Bradford and Leslie E. Deel. Lot, Loudon District, $165,000.

Brian K. and Kara K. Stevens to Jennifer L. Price. Lot, South Charleston, $169,000.

Juan M. D'Brot IV and Carla A. Howe to Stacy L. and Andrew B. Wright Lot, Loudon District, $230,000.

Pamela Jean Martin to John Swain II. Lot, Union District, $129,900.

Steven R. White to Franki Parsons. Lot, Charleston, $210,000.

James Patrick Mace II to Donald W. Kinder. Lot, Union District, $108,500.

James W. Lane Jr. and Bradford P. Bury to City National Bank of West Virginia. Lot, Dunbar, $60,000.

James W. Lane Jr. and Bradford P. Bury to United Bank Inc. Lot, Dunbar, $75,288.

Mohammad Ali Dastgheib to Christina D. Robertson. Lot, Jefferson District, $88,000.

Judi Burns Cook, Donna Burns Turner, Bryan Scott Burns, et al to Kevin A. and Krysta R. Wolfe. Lot, Loudon District, $135,000.

Andrew C. Stevens and Ashlie Michelle Noble to Rebecca Crowder. Lot, St. Albans, $114,900.

David R. and Patricia M. Lytle to Anduwyn F. and Clifford J. Williams. Lot, Charleston, $180,000.

Khristopher Ryan Cleek to Mary Carol Cleek. Lot, St. Albans, $73,500.

Jack C. and Mary K. Mallory to Gregory A. and Tricia A. Humphreys. Lot, St. Albans, $320,000.

Keith E. Zamiela to Tricia L. Poe. Lot, Charleston, $120,000.

Ridges Rental LLC to William A. and Laura A. Ross. Lot, Washington District, $475,000.

James J. and Martha C. Pettit to Rhonda L. Blackburn. Lot, Charleston, $169,900.

Bret Nida to Kristina K. Whiting. Lot, Loudon District, $159,000.

Dustin O'Dell to Gary L. O'Dell. Lot, Charleston, $50,000.

Seneca Trustees Inc. to Bank of America N.A. Lot, Poca District, $68,000.

Ryan J. and Beth Aaron to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Lot, Union District, $169,250.

Jack D. II and Jolene C. Carrier to James B. Carrier. Lot, Nitro, $50,000.

Marcia Lane Mullins and Rosetta M. Ballard to Colleena L. Mounts. Lot, Union District, $92,000.

Robert E. Jr. and Madeline D. Barrett to James Baldwin. Lot, Union District, $95,500.

Tami L. Sauvageot to Christopher R. Sauvageot. Lot, Jefferson District, $98,750.

Claudette E. Saunders to Howard R. II and Jessica Blake. Lot, Jefferson District, $187,000.

Pixie E. Bays to Bruce T. and Gretchen L. Simpkins. Lot, St. Albans, $86,900.

Charles Foster to Monica C. Whitt. Lot, Dunbar, $55,000.

Kathryn L. Kutil to Bobby and L. Jane Hogue and David Hogue. Lot, Charleston, $67,000.

David K. and Hailey B. Quick to Gina Moore. Lot, Washington District, $254,000.

Diana L. Taylor, Stephen E. Perry, John Phillip Perry, et al to Carolyn Grace and Daniel G. Ball. Lot, Jefferson District, $160,000.

John A. and Andrea K. Nelson to Jason P. and Robin L. Baldwin. Lot, Belle, $117,500.

William H. III and Christy L. Robinson to Nathan R. Good. Lot, South Charleston, $195,000.

Robert Donald Smith to Kimberly Knight. Lot, St. Albans, $71,000.

David H. Stalnaker to Angela S. Davis and Rick J. Hendricks. Tracts, Charleston, $295,000.

Stricklen Realty Inc. to Vijay S. Patel and Meenu Choudhary. Lot, Charleston, $442,230.

Gilbert Randall Fisher to Mary Perdue Jones. Lot, Dunbar, $54,000.

Jennifer Graley to Renee L. Graley. Parcels, Loudon District, $60,000.

Sharon A. Lewis to Ronald S. Jones. Parcel, Charleston, $135,000.

Patricia Anne Payne to Seth C. and Agina K. Atkisson. Lot, St. Albans, $110,000.

Marc B. Lazenby to Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance Inc. Lot, Poca District, $81,000.

Dennis D. Harmison II to First Bank of Charleston Inc. Lot, Elk District, $200,000.

Charles P. Hartwell to Gary and Mary Brightwell. Lot, St. Albans, $200,000.

Jason J. Watkins to Brian L. and Melissa S. Holstine. Lot, Loudon District, $145,000.

Juliana Kay Kuyk to Angela Crowder. Lot, Elk District, $170,000.

Lucas A. Harper to Chad J. and Tammy L. Bramlett. Lot, Jefferson District, $169,000.

Evans Lumber Company to Walter D. Jr. and Mary Lynn Evans. Lot, South Charleston, $120,000.

Brian D. Hilmon to Clarence D. and Charlotte F. Bradley. Parcels, Malden District, $97,000.


The bankruptcies listed below are limited to those filed by residents or companies in the Gazette-Mail's circulation area. Chapter 7 designates the liquidation of non-exempt property; Chapter 11 calls for business reorganization; Chapter 13 establishes a schedule of payments to creditors. The following bankruptcies were filed between Nov. 18 and 27:

Timothy and Andreana Darlene Dotson, North Matewan, Chapter 7. Assets: $183,150, Liabilities: $187,411.

Clarissa Kristina Sims, St. Albans, Chapter 7. Assets: $25,241, Liabilities: $105,976.

Joseph Wayne and Sabrina Rene Walker, St. Albans, Chapter 7. Assets: $215,233, Liabilities: $216,248.

Thaddeus Calvin and Iris Jane Settle, Dunbar, Chapter 7. Assets: $112,353, Liabilities: $190,718.

Brandon Matthew Fox, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $9,917, Liabilities: $15,646.

Tony Ray and Dina Louise Strickland, Clendenin, Chapter 7. Assets: $169,387, Liabilities: $129,323.

Frank Anthony and Florentina Ciordia, Charleston, Chapter 7. Assets: $109,172, Liabilities: $137,367.

Samuel Eugene and Sandra Susan Daniels, Bomont, Chapter 7. Assets: $61,985, Liabilities: $89,848.

Audrey Jean Daniels, Bradley, Chapter 7. Assets: $20,370, Liabilities: $35,888.

Chauncy Wayne Freeman, Beckley, Chapter 7. Assets: $102,600, Liabilities: $113,294.

Charles Edward Adkins, Rainelle, Chapter 7. Assets: $41,735, Liabilities: $114,246.

Tian Reclamation & Contracting Inc., Gauley Bridge, Chapter 11. Assets: $2,973,000, Liabilities: $3,230,520.

Joseph Lee Dixon, Victor, Chapter 13. Assets: $46,650, Liabilities: $92,859.

Tony Michael Keesee, Meadow Creek, Chapter 13. Assets: $77,200, Liabilities: $30,762.

Restaurant Scores

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department issues non-critical and critical violations. Critical violations are given to incidences that relate directly to the protection of the public from food-borne illness. The incidences are not negotiable and must be corrected immediately. Repetitions of critical violations may lead to enforcement actions or permit suspension. The following restaurants were rated, and the number of critical violations issued are included:

Old Main Café, 212 Main St., St. Albans: 6

Go-Mart, 6754 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 5

Grumpy's Grill, 5930 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 4

Grumpy's Grill, 5930 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 4

McDonald's, 2700 E DuPont Ave., Belle: 4

Kroger, 1439 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 4

Maria's, 1000 1/2 Grosscup Ave., Dunbar: 4

Diehl's Restaurant, 152 Main Ave., Nitro: 4

Qdoba Mexican Grill, Charleston Town Center: 3

B & E Pastime Inc., 205 Tennessee Ave.: 3

Elk River Bar & Grill, 2476 Pennsylvania Ave.: 3

Kid City Child Enrichment Center, 111 Dutch Road: 3

China Star, 2 Fletcher Square, Dunbar: 3

Not Frank's Pizza, 3338 Dupont Ave., Belle: 3

Dragon Garden, 1453 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 3

Harding's Family Restaurant, 2772 Pennsylvania Ave.: 3

Tidewater Grill, Charleston Town Center: 3

Joe's Fish Market, 1121 Quarrier St.: 3

Spring Hill Pastry, 600 Chestnut St., South Charleston: 3

Bible Center Church RAM Center, 1111 Oakhurst Drive: 2

The Cookie Store, Charleston Town Center: 2

Sarku Japan, Charleston Town Center: 2

Sbarro, Charleston Town Center: 2

Sakura, Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes: 2

Embassy Suites, One Clay Square: 2

Nitro Moose Lodge, 101 First Ave., Nitro: 2

Bible Center Preschool, 1111 Oakhurst Drive: 2

Taco Bell, 4200 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston: 2

Soho's, 800 Smith St.: 2

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Kanawha Mall: 2

One Stop, 289 Oakwood Road: 2

Christ's Kitchen, 405 B St., St Albans: 2

Fujiyama Japanese Steak House, 5780 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 3 Dudley Farms Lane: 2

Suzanne's Daycare, 2036 Adams Ave., St. Albans: 2

Bob Burdette Center, 1401 Washington St.: 2

Sinbad's Pizza, 5006 MacCorkle Ave.: 2

Save-A-Lot, 822 6th Ave., St. Albans: 1

Gateway Christian Ed Center, 422 B St., St. Albans: 1

Pro-Kids Inc., 209 Morris St.: 1

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Charleston, 301 Tennessee Ave.: 1

King's Way Christian Educare, 302 21st St., Nitro: 1

Bammy's Chili Dogs, 300 West Main St., St. Albans: 1

Nitro Senior Center, 21st Street and 2nd Avenue, Nitro: 1

Discovery Kingdom, 1400 Quarrier St.: 1

John XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Road: 1

Asian Buffet, 50 Nitro Market Place, Cross Lanes: 1

Buffalo Wild Wings, 2501 Mountaineer Blvd.: 1

CAMC General Nursing, 501 Morris St.: 1

Mission Savvy, 202 Hale St.: 1

CAMC General Outtakes Coffee Shop, 501 Morris St.: 1

CAMC General Cafeteria, 501 Morris St.: 1

Logan's Roadhouse, 201 RHL Blvd.: 1

Corridor G Tiger Mart, 278 Sand Plant Road, South Charleston: 1

Su Tei Asian Cuisine, 5711 MacCorkle Ave.: 1

Sushi Garden, 800 Smith St.: 1

Panera Bread, 2830 Mountaineer Blvd.: 1

Tudor's Biscuit World, 1305 Fairlawn Ave., Dunbar: 1

Gino's Pizza of St. Albans, 113 W Main St., St. Albans: 1

Cold Spot, 4005 West Washington St.: 1

Topspot, 7139 Sissonville Drive, Sissonville: 1

Par Mar, 459 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 1

Captain D's, 521 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans: 1

Riverside, 7004 Kanawha St., St. Albans: 1

The Pretzel Twister, Charleston Town Center: 1

Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Charleston Town Center: 1