www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: September 26, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT01/309269973 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT01/309269973 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Baker, Eliza M. 11 a.m., Fidler and Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Barnette, Annette 2 p.m., 5th Ave. Church of God, South Charleston.

Bradley, Maynard R. 11 a.m., Broyles

Burns, William 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Cooke, Steve 2 p.m., Broyles

Cummings, Nina F. 11 a.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Dobbins, Chester M. 11 a.m., Rose & Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley.

Edwards, Joyce E. 1 p.m., Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.

Galloway, Steven A. 1 p.m., Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Carbondale.

Harrison, Charles 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Johnson, Alice 2 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove.

Kinder, Alma F. 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Knight, Donna S. 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, South Charleston.

McCoy, Chester T. 11 a.m., Upper Holly Union Mission Church, Jumbo.

Neal, James W. 11 a.m., Zion Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

Reichard, Ed Noon, Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Sheets, Mary L. 2 p.m., Winfield Cemetery, Winfield.

Shettler, Ernest A. 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans.

Smith, Dennie Dr. 2 p.m., Newton Baptist Church, Newton.

Stone, Forest E. 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Tabor, Willa M. 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Thaxton, Barbara J. 11 a.m., Cunningham

Turner, Carolee 2 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Vance, Lilia J. 11 a.m., McGhee

West, Cecil B. 2 p.m., Wilson

Woolums, Anna B. 2 p.m., Elkins First Church of the Nazarene, Gilman.

Ethel Barker http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269980 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Ethel Marie Barker, 67, of Sod, died Mon. Sept. 21, 2015. Cremation services are being provided by Affordable Cremations of WV.

Annette Barnette http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269996 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Annette Bell Barnette, 95, of South Charleston, passed away on Thurs. Sept. 24, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House - West.

She was born in Summersville. She was the oldest child of the late Bennett and Mary Hereford Bell. After graduating from Nicholas County High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Ewell Barnette, on July 8, 1937, and they came to South Charleston to live where Ewell had been employed by Union Carbide and where she had been a resident for more than 70 years.

She attended Charleston School of Commerce and began working at American Fork and Hoe Company (Kelly Axe Works) as a payroll clerk. She worked there until the birth of her first child, John. After her youngest child, Kathy started to school, she began working at Charleston Newspapers in order to help with college expenses for her children. She retired in 1982 after 22 years of service.

Annette's husband preceded her in death, on October 26, 1975. Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, John; grandson, Justin, sister, Eileen Bell Peters; three brothers, Claude, Jack and Ben Bell; and four nephews, Joe, Rex, and Tom Bell and John Jarrell.

She is survived by her son, William Joseph Barnette of Amelia, Ohio; daughter, Katherine B. Moses of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Will (Anne) Barnette of Atlanta, Ga., Joshua (Christine) Barnette of Austin, Texas, and Emily Moses Pendola of Chesapeake, Va.; great-grandchildren, Mac Barnette, Preston Barnette, Sawyer Barnette, Skyler Pendola and Noelle Barnette; sister, Mary Lou (John) Jarrell of Summersville; nephews, Mick, Jim, Steve and Sid Bell, Mike Peters, Gary Jarrell and Andy Pickens; and nieces, Linda Peters Racer and Tammy Bell Koerner.

Next to her Lord and her family, her church, Fifth Avenue Church of God, was the other great love of her life. She had been a member for over 70 years. She served as assistant treasurer and financial secretary, member of the church council and other boards, was teacher of the Inspirators Class for many years. She was a lifetime member of the Women of the Church of God and had served as president, treasurer, and for many years was the membership chairperson. She had served as organist at the church for 65 years. She had been a member of the Quota Club of South Charleston for more than 30 years, AARP, and the Kanawha County Democratic Women's Club.

A service to honor the life of Annette Barnette will be held at 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 26, at 5th Ave. Church of God with Pastor Rodney Campbell officiating. Family and friends may visit two hours prior to the service at the church.

Entombment will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens at 10 a.m. Mon. Sept. 28.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to 5th Ave. Church of God, 200 5th Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303.

Memories of Annette may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.

Wilma Bobb http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269979 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Wilma Kay Bobb, 75, of West Columbia, W.Va., died Sept. 24, 2015. Celebration of life dinner/service will be held Oct. 4, in The Caudill Family building, Dundas, Ohio. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. with the service starting at 6 p.m. Foglesong Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kyle Breedlove http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269986 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269986 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Kyle David "Stinky" Breedlove, of Julian, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Fri. Sept. 25, 2015. He was born November 3, 1946, to the late James "Buck" Breedlove and Eunice (Stickler) Breedlove. In addition to his parents, Stinky was also proceeded in death by his good friend, Jackie McClure.

Stinky is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Carolyn "Cindy" Breedlove; son, Kyle David Breedlove Jr. (wife, Jamie); his pride and joys, two grandsons, Kyle David "Trey" Breedlove III and Tucker Owen Breedlove, all of Julian; brothers, Enoch and Mark Breedlove, both of Julian; sister, Brenda Holestin of Morrisvale; and a host of family and friends.

Stinky was a retired Boone County Schools bus operator with 33-years-service. He was also the second generation owner and operator of Breedlove's Wrecker Service, Service Station, and Used Cars.

Service for "Stinky" will be held 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 27, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville with Charles Gillispie and James Lawrence officiating. Family will receive guests from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Danville Memorial Park immediately following the service.

You may express your condolences to the family at www.handleyfh.com.

William Burns http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269982 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269982 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William C. Burns, 66, of Twilight, died Sept. 22, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Sat. Sept. 26, at Handley Funeral Home, Danville. Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Donald Call http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269993 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Donald Ray Call, 91, beloved husband of Marian F. Call, passed away peacefully at their home Fri. Sept. 25, 2015, with his wife and daughters at his side.

Don was a character bigger than life and was well known for his memory. From Rote, he could recite pages of poetry.

He brought to his family and friends his love of statuary, poems, and most of all reading. He loved to learn and study. He was a bible scholar and was proud of having been a Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church and a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge. He was most proud to have served his Country in WWII and regaled his children and grandchildren with his tales of the war. Left to carry on his gifts of Reading and learning are his wife; two daughters; one son; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

The family wants to thank all of Daddy's very special caregivers who gave so much of themselves to make both his and mothers life easier and happier.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Mon. Sept. 28, at Hurricane First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Losh officiating. Burial will follow in Valley View Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Please visit allenfuneralhomewv.com to share memories and condolences.

Marie A. Cassis http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269988 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269988 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Marie A. Cassis, of Charleston, fell asleep in the Lord on Fri. Sept. 25, 2015, at home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Bakey Corey Cassis; sisters, Josephine, Roseline, and Libby; and brothers, Cleo, Mike, Lee (Olga), and Mose.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother-in-law, Simon Ofiesh; nieces, Diana (John) Shdeed, Dede Cassis, Becky, Terry, and Susan (FISH) Ofiesh; nephews, David (Margie) Cassis and Daniel Cassis; great-nieces, Danielle Cassis, Lauren Cassis, Meredith Shdeed, and Lisa (John) Haddy; great-great-niece, Samantha Nasr; great-nephews, David Lee Cassis II, Daniel Lee Cassis II, and Mark Rankin; and great-great-nephews, Jack, Adam, and Liam Rankin. A graduate of Charleston High School, Marie served in State government for 41 years as supervisor in the West Virginia Department of Welfare, Division of Audits and Accounts. Upon retirement, Marie worked with her brother, Mose and sister, Josephine in The Strand restaurant. She enjoyed traveling, swimming, golfing, bowling, following her favorite sports teams (the New York Yankees and WVU) and "a-shopping we will go" for her nieces and nephews. Marie was a faithful member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, the Ladies Guild, and the Phoenician Auxiliary. Marie's life was centered around her family and her church, serving both with all her heart.

Special thanks to her wonderful physician, Dr. Nicholas Cassis Jr.; a host of loving caregivers including Kathy Husson Eid, Mary Sigmon, Mary Johnson, Kiyanna Lewis, Julie Miller, and Latasshia Davenport; dear friends, Karen (Bean) Pauley, Ditty and Gary Markham, Shari Riley, Anita Pridemore, and Ginny and Jennabeth Doss. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 8 p.m., Sun. Sept. 27, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Lee and Court Streets, Charleston, with Trisagion prayers at 7:15 p.m. Funeral service to honor Marie's life will be held at 11 a.m. Mon. September 28, at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston, with the Rev. Fr. Christopher Eid, Fr. Stephen DeYoung, and V.Rev. Fr. Olof Scott officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston WV 25327, Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston WV 25387, or Manna Meal, St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Darlene Cone http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269978 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269978 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Darlene Cone, 56, of Danese, died Wed. Sept. 23, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Mon. Sept. 28, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Ansted is in charge of arrangements.

Clara Naomi Davis http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269999 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/OBIT/309269999 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Clara Naomi Davis, 86, of Charleston, went home to be with Jesus, whom she loved, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Arrangements are in the care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Archeology survey looks for traces of West Side estate's past http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929573 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929573 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:37:48 -0400 Rick Steelhammer By Rick Steelhammer Charleston's West Side hills, a blend of compact residential neighborhoods and steep, forested terrain, may seem an unlikely place to conduct an archaeological survey to learn more about 19th-century plantation life.

But on Saturday, a team of 20 college students and volunteers led by two professional archaeologists and the head of West Virginia State University's history department began a two-day dig on a two-acre remnant of Glenwood, one of five plantations that flourished, thanks to the labor of more than 70 slaves, on the then-unsettled west side of the Elk River in the two decades leading up to the Civil War.

In 1850, Parkersburg native James Madison Laidley, a lawyer, newspaper publisher, and recently retired member of the Virginia General Assembly, bought 366 acres of land one mile west of the mouth of the Elk, and hired English-born stonemason William Preston to begin building a two-story brick residence for his estate.

"His land stretched from river to ridgetop," said Billy Joe Peyton, chairman of WVSU's history department and a member of the Historic Glenwood Foundation's board of directors.

A brick building housing the estate's kitchen and domestic slave quarters was completed first, and in 1852, Glenwood's gable-roofed, Greek revival-style estate residence was completed and occupied.

Laidley sold Glenwood to George W. Summers Jr, in 1857, and Summers continued to develop the property into a plantation, making use of the 14 slaves he reported owning in the 1860 census. While Summers, a four-term member of the Virginia Assembly and a two-term congressman, was a slave owner, he opposed secession and spoke in favor of the gradual emancipation of slaves, although he kept those he owned until the end of the war.

Construction of a suspension bridge across the Elk River in 1850 "made it possible for gentlemen farmers like Laidley, Summers and the other plantation owners to commute from the West Side back into Charleston, where their offices were," said Bob Maslowski, a retired Army Corps of Engineers archaeologist, who teaches an Appalachian archeology course at Marshall University's South Charleston campus.

While only two acres surrounding the estate house are all that remain of the Glenwood plantation, more than 400 photos collected by the Historic Glenwood Foundation from the late 19th and early 20th century indicate that a number of outbuildings, including a smokehouse, carriage house, wine cellar and small wooden dwelling once occupied the grounds. If their subterranean remnants can be located, excavated and analyzed, they could shed new light on how the plantation was operated and what life was like for the owners and slaves who lived and worked there.

"Through archeology, a lot has been learned and written about plantation life in Virginia, but in West Virginia, only one plantation -- the Jenkins Plantation at Green Bottom in Mason County -- and a slave cabin at the Reynolds home near the Marmet Locks, have had an archaeological excavation until now," Maslowski said.

By digging basketball-sized test holes every 10 meters along a grid line, "We're trying to see if we can detect any of the outbuildings," said Stephen McBride, director of interpretation and archeology at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in Kentucky, who co-teaches Marshall's Appalachian archeology class with Maslowski. McBride and his archaeologist wife, Kim, have conducted numerous surveys of 18th Century frontier forts across West Virgina.

In areas where numerous artifacts like dinnerware, crockery, window glass and nails that correspond to 19th-century manufacture are found, larger excavation sites will be established.

"We would like to find the slave cabins where the field hands lived, but with only two acres of the plantation left, that may not be likely," Peyton said.

"You can find a lot of artifacts in refuse dumps and outhouse pits, so we'll be looking for those, too," said Maslowski.

Saturday's dig was the first exposure to hands-on archeology for Lynn Shannon of St. Albans, a student in the Appalachian archeology class.

"I like it," she said, as she sifted material from the test holes through a wire screen box. "It's fun to play in the dirt and find things."

"After teaching school all week in Greenbrier County, and driving back and forth to South Charleston for classes, digging holes on weekends is fun," added classmate Beth Carroll.

Among the day's volunteer diggers was 15-year-old Alex Anderson, a George Washington High School student, who was plucking shards of glass, slivers of pottery, pieces of brick, nails, and chunks of coal from the top of a screen box.

"I love West Virginia history, and I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up," said the Golden Horseshoe winner. "When I found out this was happening just two blocks from my house, I had to come and try to help out."

By early Saturday afternoon, artifacts recovered from the back lawn at Glenwood included such 19th Century relics as a button fashioned from cow bone, shards of redware, whiteware and salt-glazed stoneware pottery, cut nails and pieces of window glass.

"Most people who live on the West Side have no idea of the history their neighborhood," Maslowski said. "But who knows? Some day we may be giving plantation tours of the West Side."

The public is inivited to watch or take part in the survey, scheduled to continue on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glenwood Estate, at the corner of Park Avenue and Orchard Street near Stonewall Jackson Middle School. The event is sponsored by the Historic Glenwood Foundation and the Glenwood Center for Scholarship in the Humanities, through a grant from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office of the state Division of Culture and History.

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

Herd trails Kent State 13-7 at half http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ02/150929574 GZ02 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ02/150929574 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:05:04 -0400 Doug Smock By Doug Smock KENT, Ohio - A 47-yard reverse and a short touchdown run put Marshall behind Kent State 13-7 at the half.

The Thundering Herd suffered two turnovers, including an interception on its first play from scrimmage. Chase Litton's pass to Deandre Reaves was on the money, but Reaves bobbled the ball into the hands of Kent's Jordan Italiano.

With that, the Golden Flashes got on the board 3 1/2 minutes into the game when receiver Antwan Dixon scored on the reverse. MU's defense had just one end stay home, and he was easily outnumbered by blockers. Downfield, two defenders missed Dixon.

KSU tried a "swinging gate" play on the extra point, but it failed.

The Herd gained field position in a four-possession trade of punts, and had just 45 yards to drive for the go-ahead touchdown. After Ryan Yurachek's acrobatic catch of a 22-yard pass, Tony Pittman ran it in from the 9.

Pittman became the lead runner when Devon Johnson bowed out. Johnson had both ankles heavily taped.

The Flashes shook off their offensive funk when Colin Reardon found Raekwon James for 39 yards to the Marshall 33. Four plays later, Trayion Durham ran it from the 2 to set the 13-7 halftime score.

Litton had a rough half, completing just 5 of 16 for 64 yards. Kent enjoyed a 209-162 edge in total yardage.

Lawyers for Mingo officials want lawsuit dismissed http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929578 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929578 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 16:16:34 -0400 Kate White By Kate White Attorneys for some of the former Mingo County officials being sued by a private investigator say there isn't any evidence against their clients and have asked a judge to dismiss the claims.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey heard arguments last week about why the lawsuit filed by private investigator Donald Stevens should be dismissed against former Mingo prosecuting attorney Michael Sparks and former Williamson police chief Dave Rockel.

In the same complaint, filed in October 2014, Stevens also sued former Mingo circuit judge Michael Thornsbury, the city of Williamson and the Mingo County Commission over claims that the officials cooked up charges against Stevens because they thought he was investigating then-Judge Thornsbury.

A trial is set for Nov. 16. But attorneys for the defendants want the case thrown out before then.

Sparks' attorney, Gary Pullin, told Bailey during a hearing Thursday that his client should be protected from being sued because he was acting in his official capacity as a prosecutor at the time of the allegations.

The attorney also argued that Stevens' lawsuit was filed as a ploy to tack on more allegations to the federal charges Sparks and Thornsbury pleaded guilty to in federal court last year. Those allegations don't involve Stevens.

Pullin also asked the judge to disregard a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice stating Stevens had been the victim of a crime, deprivation of civil rights, by Sparks. Stevens attached the letter to his lawsuit.

The judge last week seemed to agree with Pullin's questions about the relevance of the letter since Sparks was never charged with allegations against Stevens.

"I don't really know what you expect me to do with this," Bailey said to attorney Dave Barney, who represents Stevens along with attorney Kevin Thompson.

Sparks and Thornsbury were sentenced to prison last year after admitting to allegations involving another man, George White.

Thornsbury pleaded guilty to conspiring to deprive White of his constitutional rights, a felony, while Sparks pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of actually violating White's rights. As part of a deal with prosecutors, Thornsbury and Sparks agreed to step down as judge and prosecutor, respectively, and never run for office again.

Thornsbury is still serving a 50-month prison sentence. Sparks was released from prison last month after serving a year.

Stevens' lawsuit claims that at Thornsbury's behest, Mingo officials had him arrested and gave him the choice of going to jail or signing an agreement saying he would move his investigation business out of Mingo County.

He is suing for, among other things, lost business opportunities, moving costs and damage to his reputation. He also wants punitive damages.

Stevens' lawsuit alleges that because Thornsbury believed Stevens was investigating him, he ordered former Mingo sheriff Eugene Crum, who was a special investigator for the county at the time of the alleged events, to frame him for the possession of an illegal wiretap.

Crum and Rockel used information they allegedly knew was false, according to the lawsuit, to charge Stevens with wiretapping and conspiracy and attempt to possess an illegal wiretap.

After Stevens was arrested, he and Sparks signed a pretrial sentencing agreement - even though Sparks knew Stevens wasn't guilty of any crime, the lawsuit alleges. The agreement says the charges would be dropped if Stevens "ceased to operate a private investigation business principally in Mingo County."

Stevens agreed because, he said, he knew he wouldn't get a fair trial.

On Thursday, Thornsbury's attorney, Philip Sword, said he was waiting to file his motion for summary judgment asking Bailey to dismiss the claims against his client until he interviews Jane Moran, the Williamson attorney who represented Stevens when he signed the agreement.

Crum was shot to death in April 2013 in downtown Williamson. James Smith was appointed to take his place as sheriff, after Crum's widow, Rosie, stepped down as interim sheriff.

Rockel left his position as chief of the Williamson police department and joined the sheriff's department after Eugene Crum's death while his widow was sheriff. He was fired by Smith, but has not been charged by federal prosecutors.

In addition to the argument made by Rockel's attorney, Billie Jo Strayle, on Thursday that Stevens doesn't have any proof to back up the allegations contained in his complaint, Strayle called for the judge to let Rockel out of the lawsuit because Stevens' attorneys never bothered to interview her client.

The time limit on the discovery process in the case expired last month, Strayle said, after Barney asked the judge for more time to depose Rockel.

Although she didn't rule on any motions Thursday, it was clear the judge agreed with Strayle that Barney had missed his chance to meet with Rockel. However, the judge said, if Barney could present proof to contradict Strayle's claim that he never even tried to set a date to take Rockel's deposition, she would allow it to be held.

The judge said she's allowing Thornsbury's attorney to continue his efforts to depose Moran, because it's clear that all of the defendants' attorneys have been trying for months to meet with her.

Reach Kate White at kate.white@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1723 or follow @KateLWhite on Twitter.

Alderson Broaddus University receives business grant http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929580 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929580 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 16:10:16 -0400 PHILIPPI, W.Va. - Alderson Broaddus University will receive a $773,000 grant to spur rural entrepreneurship.

The grant is being awarded by the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.

The university will use the money to create a business incubator facility. Officials estimate that the project will create 180 jobs and generate more than $14 million in private investment over the next nine years.

EDA's investment will help fund the construction of a business incubator facility on the first floor of the former Broaddus Hospital on the campus of Alderson Broaddus University. The new Center for Rural Entrepreneurship will serve the seven rural counties of Barbour, Braxton, Randolph, Upshur, Lewis, Gilmer and Tucker.

- The Associated Press

WVU board approves new master's degree program http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929581 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929581 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 16:07:23 -0400 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University's Board of Governors has approved a new master's degree in business data analysis.

The new degree is a one-year, full-time online program with two three-day residencies.

Provost says the degree is at filling a void in the emerging new field of big data.

The board approved the new degree on Friday. The next regular meeting of the university's board of governors is scheduled for Nov. 6.

- The Associated Press

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New Virginia Tech research aviary is not just for the birds http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929586 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929586 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:57:34 -0400 By Tonia Moxley The Roanoke Times By By Tonia Moxley The Roanoke Times BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech celebrated the opening of its new research aviary on Sept. 21 by inviting the public to see the facility and ask questions of those who work there.

"We're really excited it's finally here," said Bill Hopkins, fish and wildlife professor and director of Tech's Global Change Center, which specializes in study of issues related to climate change, pollution and disease.

About five years in the making, the research aviary was built with $700,000 in internal funding from the College of Natural Resources and Environment and Tech's Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, according to college Dean Paul Winistorfer.

The aviary is located west of the main Blacksburg campus, less than 2 miles from the Drillfield, on university-owned agricultural field station land. The site was selected because of its proximity to campus, yet its relative isolation, which should be a benefit to researchers and students.

Most universities with robust ornithology programs have research aviaries, said Dana Hawley, a disease ecologist and ornithology professor who is currently conducting an experiment at the aviary.

Tech's lack of such a facility was "a big missing piece" in its wildlife research program, Hawley said.

But now, the university has jumped ahead with a new, state-of-the-art aviary that will allow experiments that are not possible either in the laboratory or the field, the researchers said. It is also expected to help the college achieve a number of goals.

"Facilities help us attract and retain the best scientists, who in return recruit and retain the best graduate students," Winistorfer wrote in an email.

"Facilities often enable a competitive grant or enable linkages to other institutions and researchers who may not have such a facility at their home institution," he wrote.

It's just one improvement Winistorfer hopes to make.

"Our college facilities are outdated, old and inadequate in quantity and quality of space, and we are taking steps one at a time do what we can for self-improvement," he wrote.

The aviary has 16 enclosures, each of which can hold a small flock of about 24 songbirds, or family groups of medium-sized species, such as ducks or screech owls, Hopkins said.

It exposes the birds to natural light and temperature changes, but protects them from predators and extreme weather. The facility also allows birds to flock as in the wild, creating normal social structures, Hawley said.

This allows researchers enough control over conditions to conduct a range of experiments that aren't possible either in highly variable natural environments or perfectly controlled labs, she said.

The aviary will benefit a range of graduate and undergraduate students, as well, Hopkins said. It will create more opportunities for interdisciplinary research and hands-on learning.

Hawley's experiment includes 106 house finches, a common songbird that suffers from an infectious disease called mycoplasmal conjunctivitis - a disease specific to birds that resembles pink eye in humans.

The bacteria that causes the disease is easily spread, particularly at bird feeders. When it emerged in the mid-1990s, it killed about half the house finch population, Hawley said. The disease can blind the birds, making it harder for them to forage and evade predators, she said.

Finch numbers have since stabilized at the lower levels, Hawley said. But researchers are looking at a perplexing issue that has emerged with this disease. Rather than reducing in virulence over time as most disease do, mycoplasmal conjunctivitis seems to be increasing in virulence, Hawley said.

The current study tracks feeding and social behaviors and how those factors affect transmission of different strains of the disease, she said.

Understanding why this is happening may boost bird conservation efforts, and could also produce insights that help humans better manage their own infectious disease outbreaks, Hawley said.

In fact, many of the experiments done at the aviary are expected to shed light on problems that transcend the bird populations studied there, Hopkins said.

"We're using birds as a model to understand some of the most important environmental issues in the world today," he said.

Research at the aviary could help in decoding how climate change, pollution, invasive species and disease affect whole ecosystems, he said, including people.

Mike Casazza: WVU focuses on itself, not others, when it comes to penalties http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/UNKNOWN/150929587 UNKNOWN http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/UNKNOWN/150929587 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:08:38 -0400 Mike Casazza By Mike Casazza MORGANTOWN - Penalties are something of a taboo in college football. They're not open to discussion, not in a game and apparently not outside of the games either.

That's probably to be expected. The rules allow for reviews only on unique infractions and even more specific occasions. The same set of standards doesn't allow for much debating, and if some does occur and then goes too far, there's a flag for that.

The state of officiating is on display now more than ever because of replays, camera angles and former officials in the studio who have the liberty of the replays and camera angles the game crew does not. The attention is such that conferences are particularly particular about anyone saying anything about the men in stripes.

Players and coaches have to live with it, which means they have to learn to live with it, no matter how awkward that may be.

"I've always taken the approach with referees to just ignore them," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said. "That's always been my approach. If you obsess over them, you're costing yourself time. You're costing yourself work. You can probably lose your mind out there, certainly more than I intend to. I try to ignore all that and play the next play."

Mind you, this is the same coach who did just about lose that mind of his in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl. A referee from the Pac-12, the annual leader in outraged fans and participants, made a mess of the game and, to compound matters, simply wouldn't talk to Holgorsen in spite of frequent requests. Holgorsen finally called a timeout to say his peace.

But he's better now, and that's a sign of something, perhaps a suggestion as simple as saying you can learn things from penalties.

Let's take as an example WVU's opponent in Saturday's 3 p.m. Fox Sports 1 game. Maryland (2-1) commits a lot of penalties. The Terrapins come to Mountaineer Field ranking No. 94 in penalties per game (7.7) and No. 104 in penalty yards per game (72).

"I think sometimes you get a higher rate early in the year, so you don't get overly concerned about that just yet," said WVU defensive line coach Bruce Tall.

Tall's opinion is interesting because Maryland's offensive line, which hasn't allowed a sack, has committed six penalties, including four in last week's win against USF. That was the first game with Caleb Rowe starting at quarterback. Each of last week's offensive line penalties were for false starts or illegal procedure.

"They had a false start on a third down when I think he went to change the play, and the offensive line, I don't know what count they were going off of, but maybe he said something that made them jump," WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said. "I don't know if they weren't used to it with him having not taken a lot of reps with the [first team], but I'm sure it's something they'll get fixed."

This is a small sample, and it's almost out of character. Randy Edsall, a noted disciplinarian if nothing else, was hired in 2011. His first three teams ranked Nos. 5, 9 and 24 in penalties per game and Nos. 11, 15 and 16 in yards per game. Those are all upticks, but that's being picky. Then again, Maryland finished last season ranked No. 60 in penalties per game (5.9) and No. 63 in yards per game (52.1).

And this year, it's been bad. The offense has nine penalties - including one for targeting during an interception return - the defense has six, the special teams have five and extracurriculars after a play have been flagged three times. Twice the opponent got Maryland's defense to jump offsides on third downs, only to see the offense convert and decline the penalty. Six other times, a penalty has given the opponent a first down.

In the opener against Richmond, an illegal block around the goal line backed up the offense and made it settle for a field goal. In a loss to Bowling Green, two pass interferences extended drives that could have ended with an incomplete pass on that third-down play. One of those two drives ended with at touchdown. On another, the Falcons gambled on fourth and 3 at Maryland's 7-yard line, and the Terrapins jumped offsides. A score on the next play tied the score 20-20, and Bowling Green rolled to a 48-27 win.

Last week, a bad block negated a productive punt return by Will Likely, and a Likely punt return is one of Maryland's best plays. A hold wiped out a good run and preceded a punt. A false start necessitated a pass that was intercepted, and a running back was ejected for targeting as he made the tackle. Roughing the passer took away an interception.

On one fourth down, Maryland needed 2 yards for the first down and didn't hesitate to go for it. An offensive lineman jumped and the Terrapins had to punt. That wasn't clean, though, and Maryland was flagged for a kick catch interference. USF took exception to that, and both teams were called for personal fouls.

So what's it say about the Terrapins? Well, no one's going to say. Of all the things the Mountaineers look at when they spend six 16-hour days preparing for an opponent, penalties, they say, is not one of them.

Is Maryland going to block from improper angles on returns? Might defensive linemen jump in short-yardage situations, and can the offense look for big plays on those free downs? Could the defense line up and stab at the line of scrimmage to cause a lineman to flinch or the quarterback to rethink his decision and look to the sideline as he and the coaches dare the play clock to expire?


"We coach our guys, and we pay attention to our guys," Holgorsen said. "We talk about technique and that they have to play smart. We tell them not to put the team in a bad situation. We do that with our team a lot, but I've never done that for an opponent." 

The Mountaineers have been only a little better about their penalties, ranking No. 40 in penalties per game (5.5) and No. 38 in yards per game (47.5). A year ago, they were Nos. 89 and 88. In the three years before that, they ranked Nos. 51 and 71, Nos. 46 and 57 and Nos. 70 and 77.

The crimes this season have been mostly minimal, if not notable. Safety K.J. Dillon earned the season's first flag on the first play, and his personal foul on the opening kickoff against Georgia Southern came when there wasn't a return. Defensive lineman Christian Brown has a personal foul in both games, one for grabbing the Georgia Southern quarterback's facemask when Brown lowered his head and lost sight of the helmet he grabbed, the other when he made a tackle against Liberty a touch after the whistle.

Cornerback Daryl Worley, maybe the player coaches worry about the least, had pass interference and holding penalties against Liberty. Skyler Howard was guilty of intentional grounding against Georgia Southern and hasn't made many other mistakes. There have been three false starts, one by a running back, one by a receiver and only one by an offensive lineman.

That flag against redshirt freshman Yodny Cajuste is the only one all season against the offensive line, the one with Cajuste and two other new starters and an increasing array of reserves.

"We always focus on technique and how that helps us eliminate penalties," WVU offensive line coach Ron Crook said. "If you get your hands in tight, the official is never going to see your hands. We talk about having your hands on the nearest point of the defender so they're never out where the official can see them.

"It's all part of the practice process. We practice varying our cadence. If you jump in practice, you're going to hear about it, if not from me then the head coach. Somebody's going to let you know it's unacceptable. If you get out on the field and you can't play without penalties, you're not going to stay out there. "

Fort Gay crocheter wins top state prize http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929589 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929589 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:24:30 -0400 By Taylor Stuck The Herald-Dispatch By By Taylor Stuck The Herald-Dispatch FORT GAY, W.Va. - When lifelong Fort Gay resident Dorothy Stewart isn't teaching people how to can vegetables or grow the perfect tomato, working in her garden or at the Wayne County Farmer's Market, she's crocheting.

In fact, you can call her the best crocheter in the state.

Stewart took home the top prizes at the West Virginia State Fair for two years in a row for her crochet tablecloths, winning first place, best in show and best of the best.

With her 2015 creation, Stewart was able to support a cause dear to her heart after it sold at auction for $1,100, which created two agricultural scholarships from the West Virginia Conservation Agency Guyan District, of which Stewart is a member.

"We live on a farm, and I was always a farm girl myself," Stewart said of why agricultural education was important to her. "My husband and I are just really concerned about food supply and changing things that are happening like global warming. Then survival. These kids don't know how to garden, they don't know anything ..."

She said she entered in 2014 for the first time after winning at the Wayne County Fair. She said she figured she could win again, so she entered this year.

"When I went to the fair to check it out, they had a first-place ribbon on there and I thought 'Well, somebody beat me out. I wonder who,'" she said. "I was looking all around for the big ribbons, and I couldn't find it. So I went and asked the girl who won best of show and best of the best. She said 'I'll just have to show you. We ran out of ribbons to put on everything this year.' And she took me over to my tablecloth. And I went 'Yes!' It's always fun to win."

Stewart's mother taught her how to crochet when she was five.

"She had the patience of a saint," she said. "When I was so frustrated and my thread was tangled, she would calm me down and set me straight, and I'd be back at it again. You make a lot of mistakes when you are learning stuff like that."

She said she still makes mistakes today, sometimes having to unravel 20 hours worth of work.

"My husband says 'I'd throw that thing away! I wouldn't miss my time,"' she said. "I just pretend I never got that far. Because each round fits in another round, and if it's wrong it just won't fit together. It has to be done right. If you keep plugging at it, you'll get it done."

Her creations take her all year to finish, but it's what she loves to do in her spare time. She calls it her therapy.

"It keeps your mind active because you have to concentrate on it because you have to count every stitch in it," Stewart said. "That's what gets your design. You do so many stitches, then add it together to make a little pattern. So you have to count every one."

Stewart is working on a king-size bedspread for next year's fair. She also said she's thinking about entering in some of her canned foods.

Marketing funds cuts pose challenge to businesses, community http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929590 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20150926/GZ01/150929590 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:22:29 -0400 By Sarah Plummer The Register-Herald By By Sarah Plummer The Register-Herald FAYETTEVILLE - Local cuts to marketing budgets like those made by Fayetteville Town Council earlier this month could pose a "significant challenge" for any community, especially one so intertwined with the outdoor tourism industry.

"Any time marketing funds are cut, it poses a significant challenge," said State Division of Tourism Commissioner Amy Goodwin. "The entire City of Fayetteville has exactly what the rest of the state has - folks that have a true passion for travel and tourism."

There is no question that research shows a significant return on investments in strategic marketing, she said.

Council voted to cut $8,000 of supplemental marketing funds to the Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau at a Sept. 14 meeting. In the past, the town has approved additional funds for more rigorous advertising opportunities.

In 2014, the CVB spent $26,497 for marketing.

"Our lodging tax meets our basic needs for marketing, but we have an ambitious plan where we go beyond that and market to areas with larger audiences," said CVB director Sally Kiner. "I can still advertise, but I'm not going to be able to make us more competitive than previous years or give us some of those supplemental campaigns."

She said she had hoped to capitalize on the Create West Virginia conference this month with additional marketing efforts, but advertising is not cheap.

A full page ad in the 2016 State Travel Guide costs $8,199, a half-page ad is $3,299, and one-sixth page ad is $1,749.

She said she appreciates council's willingness to sponsor the Bridge Day Chili Cook-Off, which draws Bridge Day attendees into the downtown Fayetteville, but also hopes they will research the benefits of investing in tourism - including a benefit to the town's overall budget.

Lodging tax made up nearly $93,000 of Fayetteville's 2015 budget, half of which supports Fayetteville Town Park and half to the CVB.

The local CVB uses these local lodging funds to market the Town of Fayetteville. Without the local CVB, those tax dollars would go to the New River Gorge CVB and would be shared across the entire region and neighboring municipalities.

According to the 2012 Division of Tourism Study, $80.4 million was spent directly by tourists in Fayette County and $933,000 was generated in local taxes.

Tourism supports 790 jobs in Fayette, according to the survey.

In a joint written statement, Lafayette Flats co-owners Amy McLaughlin and Shawn Means said they were disappointed by the town's decision to cut marketing support.

"Sometimes it seems that the council doesn't have an awareness of how many businesses in town are tourism-based or tourism-enhanced; Even Wal-Mart's decision to locate in a town of 3,000 was no doubt influenced by the promise of the additional tourist population," they said. "The council doesn't seem to understand how much we all depend on each other to market the area to potential visitors."

The owners explained that individual businesses don't have the power to attract visitors, but jointly, they become a place for activities, dining, culture and history.

"The CVB is uniquely situated to market on behalf of these diverse interests and to have an impact on the entire community. The timing of this decision is particularly frustrating because the Create West Virginia conference has presented us with a great opportunity to reach a wider audience and increase interest in tourism for our area. The message that the town council is sending is that it doesn't value visitors and the businesses that serve them," they said.

Water Stone Outdoors co-owner Maura Kistler said, as a small business, they don't have advertising funds to market themselves regionally.

"We rely on our town, county and state to help us reach a larger market," she explained. "I don't see that as us propping up or subsidizing tourism because it yields so much for our town. Once we get a tourist here, we take it from there, and we show them a great time. We win their hearts, but having that system to help get them here is crucial."

Until the county is better able to diversity its economy, and with the decline in coal severance tax, Kistler said tourism in the key to staying afloat.

"Tourism is currently the best way we can drive our economy in light of our current economic condition, and marketing is, pure and simple, the best way to do that," she added. "I believe our leadership is misguided, and I hope we can continue to have conversations about it."