Gilmer County PSD Boil Advisory Has Been Lifted


The boil water advisory issued by the Gilmer County PSD for Dusk Camp, Industrial Park, Barkers Drive and Starlins Drive has been lifted.

The “People’s Fed” and the Oracles of Jackson Hole

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When William Greider wrote his 1989 book about the Federal Reserve, it’s not hard to understand why he called it “Secrets of the Temple.” The Fed’s proclamations can make it seem as mysterious as the Oracle of Delphi. (To be fair, nobody has speculated that hallucinogens are involved, as seems to have been the case in Delphi.)

The Fed’s oracular sages gathered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week for the central bank’s annual retreat. But this year’s meeting was different: For perhaps the first time in history, some of the Fed’s leaders met with activists who are fighting to change it.

Actually, the Fed’s not as mysterious as it seems. Some of the its behavior can be explained by its hybrid nature as a publicly created, but partly private, entity. (It’s reportedly the only central bank in the world that is not fully public.) As a result, the Fed’s leaders must struggle to accomplish their goals within a complex set of accountabilities, with multiple boards of directors that include many of the same bankers they are supposed to regulate.

What’s more, even casual utterances by the Fed chair can roil global markets, so some of her proclamations must remain at least mildly cryptic out of necessity. The chair, Janet Yellen, gave a lengthy speech last week that covered a number of topics, but this was the phrase heard around the world:

“I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months.”

That comment, while noncommittal, provoked a great deal of commentary. Interest rate hikes are a tool for cooling down the economy when it’s “overheating.” That hardly seems to be the case right now. The “case for an increase” may be stronger than it was, but it’s still weaker than the case for waiting. (Economists Dean Baker and L. Josh Bivens have more.)

It’s worth noting that Janet Yellen is the Fed’s chair, not its CEO, and that the Fed’s monetary policy is set by committee. Yellen must satisfy both its public and private constituencies, which means navigating between public demands for accountability and a private-sector penchant for secrecy. She has a tough job.

The Fed has a governance problem. What’s the solution? Some right-wingers want to abolish it altogether, but that’s a terrible idea. Its current design is flawed, but abolishing it would mean surrendering our financial destiny to the bankers whose unchecked greed inevitably leads to fraud and collapse.

As the Oracle at Delphi reportedly once said: “Love of money and nothing else will ruin Sparta.”

Fortunately, there’s another option. The Fed could become a fully public entity, accountable only to the polity that created it. Economists have long fought to insulate the Fed from political influence. But, despite what some of its practitioners seem to believe, economics is neither a priesthood nor a physical science. Economics uses quantitative measurements but is rived with ideological divisions, theoretical arguments and subjective differences in perception.

The Fed can’t be managed by coolly objective technocrats, because such creatures don’t exist in the real world.

Public accountability is the goal of a “People’s Fed” proposal from Fed Up, the group that organized last week’s meeting between officials and activists. (Here are our own “People’s Fed” thoughts, from 2014.) Fed Up and its allies want the Fed to avoid taking steps that could harm the economy for working people, like a premature rate hike, and appoint leadership that more closely resembles our diverse population.

They also want the Fed to come up with better responses to the interrelated emergencies now plaguing the American majority – including racial and economic inequality, a weak job market and declining wages. Ultimately, they want the Fed to be publicly governed.

These are not unreasonable requests. The Fed showed remarkable creativity when it responded to Wall Street’s existential crisis in 2008. It invented new fiscal tools, retroactively reclassified non-banking institutions like Goldman Sachs and GE Capital as banks so that they could be rescued and, as we learned through Bernie Sanders’ Government Accountability Office audit, made enormous sums of money available for the bailout.

Today the middle class faces an existential crisis. Many communities of color are in danger. So are the young people who struggle with unemployment, underemployment, and closed doors of opportunity. The Fed should act as forcefully and imaginatively in the face of their crises as it did for Wall Street’s.

Many of the officials who met with Fed Up’s activists expressed support, at least in principle, for the group’s goals. That’s commendable. But they are hamstrung by, among other things, their own institution’s structure.

As long as the Fed’s organizational culture is dominated by the financial sector, it cannot reflect the American people’s needs, hopes and values. And as long as its ownership and accountability remain hazy, even an oracle won’t be able to tell us who it’s really here to serve.

~~  Richard Eskow ~~

WVDEP Accepting Photo Entries for Roadsides in Bloom Calendar

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is accepting photo entries to appear in the 2017 edition of the Operation Wildflower “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar. The deadline to enter photos in the contest is October 01, 2016. The contest is a joint project of the WVDEP and West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT).

There are several requirements that must be met for the entry to be accepted. 

        - Photographs must be taken in West Virginia. 

        - Entries must be submitted as 8"x10” color prints and must be landscape orientation (portrait orientation will not be accepted). Each entry must also include a digital copy on a CD, DVD or flash drive submitted with the color print. 

        - Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. The flowers may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the WVDOT’s Division of Highways staff. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc., do not qualify. 

        - Name, address, phone number and e-mail address (if applicable) of entrant and a short description of the photo, including location and county where photo was taken, must appear in the upper left hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos become property of the WVDEP and will not be returned. 

        - No more than three entries per person will be accepted. However, only one winning photo will be selected from any photographer’s entries. 
        - 12 winners will be selected to represent the months of the year. A grand prize winner will be chosen to appear on the calendar cover.

To see the 2016 Roadsides in Bloom calendar, click here:

Entries for the 2017 calendar contest should be mailed to:

WV Operation Wildflower
Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection/REAP
601 57th Street, S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

For more DEP news and information, go to Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.

G-ICYMI™: Two New Oak Hill Schools The First Phase Of ‘Aggressive’ Facilities Plan

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Fayette County will begin its “aggressive” facilities overhaul by seeking a estimated $22.6 million from the School Building Authority this winter to construction a new PreK-2 and new Collins Middle schools at the Oak Hill High complex.

Fayette County would provide about a $17 million match, which includes $6 million in cash and lease-purchase agreements.

Scott Raines, Director of School Planning and Construction for the School Building Authority (SBA), presented a prioritized project list, cost estimates and proposed funding sources to the 54-member capital planning committee Monday.
His timeline estimates the entire plan, including curriculum-based upgrades and existing schools to be implemented by 2030, but with the majority of the major projects under way by 2020.

“This is rather aggressive. The timelines are pretty tight, but from the SBA staff standpoint, we feel very comfortable with,” Raines said. “If (Fayette Superintendent) Terry (George) brought a project to us in October to fund both these schools, we would feel comfortable.”

He said seeking money for a multi-year project was problematic during the last funding cycle, but this time Fayette would be looking for a two-year commitment instead of three.

Fayette County Schools is expected to submit a funding application by Oct. 1 that includes the $18.3 million new PreK-2 and a $21.3 million Collins Middle School. Raines said the staff would anticipate the package being funded over two years.

Allocations are made in December.

Also during the next three years, he anticipates reconfiguring New River Elementary to house grades 3-5, which won’t require state funding.

This summer, Fayette County received a MIP Grant (for projects less than $1 million) from the SBA to add classrooms to Midland Trail High and move Ansted Middle students to the Hico campus.

He anticipates Fayette seeking other $1 million MIP Grants in June 2017 and June 2018 to renovate Oak Hill High and reconfigure Fayetteville High School into a PreK-8 school.

Also within this phase one, three-year period, Raines said students in Valley and Meadow Bridge high schools are slated to be redistricted to Kanawha and Greenbrier/Summers counties, respectively.

He then foresees Fayette pursuing another large capital improvement allocation in December 2019 to construct a new PreK-8 in Meadow Bridge and a new Ansted/Divide Elementary. Each of those projects would require a $5 million local match. Total cost of the Meadow Bridge School is $12 million. The Ansted/Divide would cost around $14.3 million.

“In order to make all of this work, we have to take big strides over the next three years and begin to realize the savings,” Raines said.

“Ultimately it is up to our authority members (11 voting members) to fund these projects, but I think if our staff feels comfortable recommending it, they will feel comfortable with it as well,” he explained.

Matt Wender, representing Oak Hill area schools, asked if, as the projects move forward, the district would generate enough internal savings to have a $5 million cash match for the Meadow Bridge and Ansted/Divide area schools.

George said the district would be able to generate that much, and savings would come from taking schools offline — cutting down on staffing, savings from utilities, less insurance costs, etc.

The school board already has $6 million cash on hand for the initial application.

Carolyn Arrit, representing Meadow Bridge area schools, asked if the $6 million in on-hand cash was meant to be used for past maintenance.

George told her no, it came from a budget surplus.

Arritt also asked how much state aid the county receives per student, and how much money the county would lose with students attending schools in other counties.

George said the complex formula is set by the state, and he did not know how much the county receives per student or how many students would be redistricted under the plan.

For the same reason, he could not answer Arritt’s next question about the cost of transporting students out of county.

Arritt also asked how much the county saves by building a new PreK-8 instead of a new PreK-12.

Raines told her the difference was about $16 million.

In reference to students attending schools outside Fayette County, Meadow Bridge representative Andrea Wickline said they are “giving away our most valuable resources.

She said kids are not going to want to come back to Fayette County after being sent away.

“Just because kids are going across a county line to a school next door does not mean they aren’t going to come back here,” said Raines. “Kids won’t come back to this state as a whole if we don’t make improvements to the state.”
Dr. William White, a member of both the State Board of Education and the School Building Authority, has attended all capital planning meetings.

“It is painful for me when communities feel like they are losing their schools, but we want to make sure all the kids in Fayette County are getting quality education. I’m comfortable that the direction we are going is to provide quality education for the kids in our county,” White said.

He charged the group, even if some don’t believe in the plan, to deal in facts, not rumors or lies.

“I cannot say everyone on the (authority) board will support the plan, but I can say the people on the board really believe in and trust our staff,” he added.

“This is about providing the kids the curriculum they need — what it takes to offer the kids what they deserve and what other kids across the state are getting. We can talk about the domino effect of that, cost savings and new facilities, but the real goal is offering curriculum,” Raines said.

Jennifer Campbell, representative from Hico area schools, asked when her community could expect to see movement on the addition at Midland Trail.

Raines said the project would go out for bid next spring and construction will begin 9 to 12 months after the bid process.

The addition was delayed because the SBA grant contract was written as if the local school district was not under state control, and it had to be vetted by the Department of Education’s legal team.

Raines noted that the proposed timeline puts more than $70 million into Fayette County Schools and “addresses $216 million worth of need,” the cost of bringing every school in the county up to par.

It also calls for the construction of four new schools without buying land, he said.

The State School Board will consider approving Fayette County’s Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan amendment at its Sept. 7 board meeting.

Superintendents present their projects to the SBA in November, which then meets to allocate funds in December.

~~  Sarah Plummer Register-Herald Reporter ~~

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Redistricting students will cause families untold travel and hardships for generations to come.

Children will be split apart.  Counties will have different start-stop schedules.

Inclement weather days will vary between counties.  Schedules for career centers will not agree amongst it all.  Early dismissals will be terribly unhandy.

No winners in Fayette’s future.  Just ask Gilmer.

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Where To Go When FEMA Cannot Help

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The deadline to register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Wednesday, September 7, but already the agency has approved nearly $40 million in grants to survivors to help them through their recovery. Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and disaster-related needs.

However, not all survivors qualify for FEMA assistance; others qualify for some aid, but for less than they need. Where can these survivors turn for help? Whom can they call? Where can they go?

It may surprise you to know that FEMA is not the only government agency that can assist you in a disaster. Many other state and federal agencies offer services that may be of help to you.
The good news is that finding and getting help from a federal or state government agency is easier than you might think.

You can get online access to scores of free programs, grants and services available to West Virginia survivors and their families. (No login or personal information required.) Working both independently and in cooperation with FEMA, nearly two dozen cabinet departments and agencies – in state and federal government – offer assistance.

Visit , where you will be asked to answer nine simple questions about your living situation and the kind of help you need. One more click and you will be taken to a personalized list of agencies and programs specific to your needs.

Among the government entities that may be of help to you, if FEMA cannot meet all your needs, are these:

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
One of FEMA’s federal partners in disaster recovery, the SBA, offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners and renters, as well as businesses of all sizes. SBA disaster loans may cover repairs, rebuilding and the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property.
You must first register with FEMA (before the September 07 deadline) to receive an SBA disaster loan application. If you do not qualify for an SBA loan, as a homeowner or renter, you still may be eligible for assistance from FEMA. Yyou may register with FEMA by phone (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800.621.3362 (TTY users call 800.462.7585) or online at .

If your SBA loan application is approved, you may be eligible to borrow additional funds to cover the cost of improvements that will protect your property against future damage. Examples include elevating utilities, water heaters and furnaces, and installing retaining walls and sump pumps.  Applicants may be eligible for an SBA loan increase, for mitigation purposes, of up to 20 percent of their physical damages.

For more information about SBA loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, email , or visit  TTY users may call 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at The deadline to file a physical disaster loan application with the SBA is Wednesday, September 07.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Low-income survivors living in rural areas of West Virginia may be eligible for one of these USDA programs:  rural housing loans, rural housing repair loans and grants, or rural rental housing.
Rural housing loans offer a subsidy to help reduce your mortgage payments for a short time to get you through your recovery. Your family income determines the amount of the subsidy. You may use the loan to help buy, build, repair, improve, or relocate your primary home. You may also use funds to buy and prepare sites, including water and sewer.
Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants may be used to repair, improve, or modernize your home, or remove health and safety hazards. The program’s loans are available only to individuals over 62 years of age.

Rural rental housing and cooperative housing assistance is available in nearly every county in West Virginia. You can get listings of participating housing projects in the state by visiting .

To qualify for any of these programs, you must live in a rural area and be considered low-income or very low income. For more information about these and other USDA programs, visit .

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Section 203(h) Mortgage Insurance for Disaster Victims helps survivors get a mortgage to buy a new home or rebuild their damaged one. Section 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance gives homebuyers and owners two options:

•    Buy or refinance a house and its rehabilitation costs with a single mortgage, or
•    Finance the rehabilitation of their existing home.

Money may be used for rehabilitation work ranging from minor repairs to total reconstruction.

To qualify for Section 203(h) Mortgage Insurance for Disaster Victims, you must:

•    Own a one-family home damaged or destroyed during the June 22-29 storms, and
•    Live in one of the counties qualified in the presidential declaration of June 25.

Section 203(k)-insured loans can finance:

•    Residential section rehabilitation of a property that also has non-residential uses.
•    Conversion of any size property to a one- to four-unit structure.

To qualify for Section 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance, you must:

•    Be able to make monthly mortgage payments, and
•    Be rehabilitating a home at least one year old.

To learn more, visit . To apply, view to find an approved lender near you.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Do not let a disaster come between you and your money.
If you get federal benefit payments by paper check, you can switch to direct deposit so your money is directly deposited into a checking or savings account on payment day each month. Direct deposit removes the risk of a delayed payment due to a disaster event. You may choose from two electronic payment options:
•    Direct Deposit - Your monthly payments are deposited into your checking or savings account. Learn more about direct deposit online at http://www.godirect.Governor
•    Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® - A prepaid debit card you can use to make retail purchases, pay bills, and get cash back. Your government payments are loaded onto you card each month. It is a no- or low-cost alternative to paper checks. For more information on Direct Express, visit .

Disaster deductions, faster refunds and additional time to file your tax return are among special tax law provisions that may be available to you to help you recover financially from the June 22-29 storms and flooding. Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes.

Both individuals and businesses in the 12 designated counties can get a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return. To find out if you qualify for this program and to learn how to use it, visit and type “i4684” in the search box.

Redeem savings bonds early – before the end of the 12-month holding period. If you live in one of the 12 designated counties in West Virginia, you may be able to do this. You may also be able to get faster replacement of any paper bonds lost or destroyed in a disaster. For more about this program, visit .

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA)
The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline that offers year-round disaster crisis counseling. If you feel distressed because of the June storms and flooding, you can use this free service. It is toll-free, multilingual, crisis support, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Helpline staff provides counseling and support, and can help you learn how to cope with common stress reactions. They can also provide information and referrals to local resources for follow-up care.
If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with the disaster, you are not alone; you can call the helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
To learn more, visit the SAMHSA website.

WorkForce West Virginia
Did the storms and flooding put you out of work? Are you looking for a job? Are you eligible for unemployment compensation? You may want to visit .
WorkForce West Virginia is a state agency that oversees the state unemployment compensation
program and is a one-stop center for work force resources, including job opportunities and training. All its services are free and available at 13 comprehensive career centers throughout the state. In addition, WorkForce West Virginia has the state’s largest online database of job openings.

RISE West Virginia
WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin created RISE West Virginia in response to economic needs in the small business community resulting from the June storms and floods. RISE West Virginia is a state-operated, public-private mini-grant program providing assistance to small businesses that were operational before the flooding and are working to reopen while struggling with existing debt and limited capital. For more information about RISE West Virginia, visit

More resources available to West Virginians who need help:
•    West Virginians seeking information about disaster-related services and unmet needs, as well as volunteering and donating, should visit the state’s Help for West Virginia Disaster website West Virginians who wish to help with flood response and recovery may sign up with West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) at or

Contact West Virginia 211 (dial 211 on any phone) for help finding food, childcare, crisis counseling, and many other resources available in your community. If you or someone you know is struggling with post-disaster stress, you are not alone. Help is as near as your phone. Call the Help for West Virginia Helpline at 844-435-7498. Also, you can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
•    Survivors with questions regarding FEMA registration or who have not yet registered for assistance should call the FEMA Helpline (voice, 711 or relay service) at 800-621-3362. (TTY users should call 800-462-7585) or visit . The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
•    West Virginia homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch.” If survivors change their address or phone numbers they should update that information with FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays getting a home inspection or in receiving assistance.

•    Additional information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery can be found by visiting,,,, and the flood information pages at

Did You Know?

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If confirmed, the death of chief strategist Abu Muhammed al-Adnani would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq.


The move dramatically escalates the fight over whether America’s biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world.


If his wife wins the White House, Bill Clinton says he will have no choice but to step aside from the foundation that has shaped so much of his post-presidential legacy.


The senator earns the support of Florida’s Republican voters to seek a second term. He got into the race at the last minute after his failed presidential bid.


A tropical weather system threatens to bring strong winds and heavy rains to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, while a powerful hurricane could pass “dangerously close” to Hawaii.


Western officials had expressed alarm that the fighting between Turkey’s military and Kurdish-backed fighters has diverted their attention from the battle against the Islamic State group.


Google is set to expand a San Francisco carpooling program that could morph into a showdown with popular ride-hailing service Uber.


A woman alleges that the singer pointed a gun at her face in his home.


Shamed Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is among celebs named for the new season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.“


Teddy Bridgewater’s torn ACL leaves a team that entered the season with designs on a Super Bowl run shaken to the core.

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►   Twenty Democratic Senators Blast Steep Price Hike for EpiPens

Twenty Democratic senators are demanding answers about steep price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen injector device.

The senators said in a letter to the CEO of pharmaceutical company that makes the devices, Mylan N.V., that price hikes of more than 500 percent have jeopardized access to emergency allergy shots for many Americans. The letter was addressed to Heather Bresch, daughter of Democratic SEnator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Manchin did not sign the letter.

Mylan has responded to the public outcry by expanding programs to make EpiPens more affordable and promising a cheaper, generic version.

But the senators who signed the letter say the generic device still costs three times more than the branded EpiPen did in 2007. They are asking Mylan to answer detailed questions by September 12.

►   Telephone Company: Competitor Seeks Revenge With Lawsuit

A West Virginia telephone company says a competitor that filed a lawsuit against it is seeking revenge over a high-speed internet project.

Frontier Communications has asked a judge to dismiss the federal lawsuit that Citynet filed against it last month. Frontier says Citynet is seeking revenge because the federal government awarded funds to Frontier’s proposed broadband project instead of Citynet’s proposal.

In the lawsuit, Citynet alleges that Frontier misused $40.5 million in federal funds and built a fiber broadband network designed to shut out competitors in the state. It also accused Frontier of double-billing, falsifying records and charging excess fees.

Frontier has called the lawsuit baseless. Company spokesman Andy Malinoski called Citynet “a disgruntled competitor.“

►   Environmental Group Names New Director

A West Virginia-based environmental group is naming a new leader to replace its executive director, who is retiring.

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition announced the departure of Janet Keating and the new role for Natalie Thompson on Monday.

Keating worked with the group for 24 years, including nine as executive director.

Thompson will assume the executive director role starting October 1. The Beckley native has lived in Huntington for 13 years. For two years, she has been a project coordinator for the coalition’s promotion of public financing of elections and energy efficiency policy.

The coalition has fought a variety of projects due to environmental impacts, including filing lawsuits over the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining sites on adjacent waterways.

►   Chlorine Leak at West Virginia Chemical Plant Investigated

Officials are investigating the cause of a chlorine leak at a chemical plant near Proctor, West Virginia.

33,000 gallons of liquid chlorine leaked Saturday from a railcar inside Axiall Corp.‘s Natrium chemical plant. The resulting cloud forced hundreds of people from homes in the area.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater says local, state and federal officials are working to analyze the cause of the leak. She says the chlorine gas has since dissipated and that the risk to the environment from the leak is expected to be minimal.

Operations at the chemical plant continued normally Monday.

►   Energy Secretary to Visit State with Senator Manchin

SEnator Joe Manchin says U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is accepting his offer to visit his coal-dependent home state of West Virginia.

The West Virginia Democrat says Moniz agreed to visit the Mountain State in September. Additional details for the trip have not been released yet.

Manchin says Moniz will see firsthand West Virginia’s ongoing work to develop clean coal technology.

President Barack Obama’s administration has faced scrutiny in Appalachia for policies that affect coal. In particular, the coalfields have opposed the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. The regulations aim to combat climate change.

►   One west virginia USDA office to open, other closed Wednesday following threats

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say some USDA facilities will remain closed, Wednesday, following threats; however, some will reopen.

One that will remain closed is the office in Leetown. The Kearneysville office will open at normal time.

According to a press release, the USDA continues to work with local and federal law enforcement, including the FBI, to assess the seriousness of the email threats. They have determined that most facilities will reopen with additional security enhancements, including law enforcement or security on scene.

As for when the closed offices, such as the one in Leetown, will reopen, a release said “... a bit more time is needed either to get additional security enhancements in place for a safe and secure opening or to make official notifications to union representatives. We hope to resolve the outstanding issues to ensure these offices will be ready to reopen, safely and securely, as soon as possible.“

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►   Albuquerque Throws Birthday Party for Brutally Slain Girl

Victoria Martens was brutally murdered in Albuquerque Wednesday—her 10th birthday. On Sunday, mourning residents of the city came together at a park the little girl loved to throw a birthday party for her, the AP reports. Thousands of people picnicked and ate donated pizza and birthday cake, children played and danced to music queued up by one of two DJs, and boxes collected donated stuffed animals, the Albuquerque Journal reports. “Sometimes really bad things happen and evil puts its head up and the way we squash that is with light, and love is light. And this is love. Today is love,“ Mayor Richard Berry told the group. Toward the end of the celebration of Victoria’s life, the crowd blew bubbles, released balloons, and held a candlelight vigil.

Some of Victoria’s grieving family members, including grandparents, were in attendance, and made their first public comments. They wept, thanked Albuquerque residents for the outpouring of support, and promised to push for stronger laws to protect children. Police say Victoria’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, watched as her boyfriend of one month, 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales, drugged, raped, and murdered Victoria along with his 31-year-old cousin, Jessica Kelley. All three are charged in the girl’s death. Tragically, KRQE reports that Gonzales was supposed to be on supervised probation at the time of Victoria’s murder, due to a previous violent crime, but he was not. It’s not clear how Gonzales slipped through the cracks of the system.

►   Outrage Over Video of Man Tossing Boy, 4, From Bridge

A horrified stranger recorded a man throwing a 4-year-old off a railroad bridge into Washington state’s Wynoochee River last week, then posted the video to Facebook, where outrage was swift. “This is a woman me and all my friends witnessed letting a ‘stranger’ throw her 4 1/2 year old son of the bridge yesterday into the water for fun!!“ wrote Kaylub Fawley. “He landed straight on his upper back so the The police were called.“ Since the video was posted Thursday, it’s been shared more than 2,800 times and includes comments like, “You can hear how hard he hit the water. Doesn’t matter if the kid said yes he didn’t know it would hurt. I would’ve said yes too at that age.“

But another witness tells KSDK the boy didn’t seem to have agreed to the stunt: “He was screaming and crying, it was terrible.“ KOMO reports that, per witnesses, the man eventually jumped into the water himself after the child. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department says the child’s mother and the man who threw him from the bridge were cited for reckless endangerment, and the man was also cited for trespassing since the bridge is private property. KING 5 reports that the boy was not hurt, but that Child Protective Services is involved in the investigation.

►   North Carolina beaches thin out ahead of tropical weather

Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas.

Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass “dangerously close” to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida’s Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.

On North Carolina’s Hatteras Island, a slow stream of dozens of cars from places including Maryland, New York and Ohio headed north toward a bridge to the mainland — but other vacationers stayed and some surfers dove in for taller waves. Several Outer Banks businesses reported cancellations and slower foot traffic.

Some beaches were all but empty. Near Rodanthe, a couple and their 11-year-old son had the shore to themselves for a morning stroll. Joe and Kelley Walker of Markham, Virginia, said their family plans to wait out the rain with movies or card games.

“We’re not worried about the storm so much unless they say there’s something to worry about,“ Joe Walker said.

In nearby Frisco, whipped-up waves attracted out-of-town surfers. A break in the rain before more showers were expected also brought families out at midday.

Steven Kavika, a 58-year-old surf instructor, said he relished the opportunity.

“I saw it coming in last week and kind of made a prediction of what day would be best to come down,“ said Kavika, who drove down with a friend from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The weather system was expected to pass near the Outer Banks by late Tuesday before eventually curving out to sea, likely reaching tropical storm status overnight with sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Heavy rains of up to 5 inches were expected in some areas.

With the storm centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) south of Cape Hatteras as of 5 p.m., a tropical storm warning was in effect for much of the Outer Banks. Forecasters have said it’s not expected to surpass tropical-storm strength.

Coastal Carteret County emergency officials issued an advisory on Tuesday saying that wind problems were likely to be “mostly minor,“ but advised residents in case trees topple or lightweight objects are blown around.

At the same time, a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue a hurricane watch for areas of Florida’s Gulf coast stretching from the Anclote River northwest of Tampa to Indian Pass on the Panhandle. An area west of Indian Pass was under a tropical storm watch.

Forecasters say they expect that system to turn to the northeast toward Florida and become a tropical storm by sometime Wednesday. That depression was about 345 miles (555 kilometers) west of Key West, Florida.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Lonka said the center of the storm approaching North Carolina should stay offshore, but the Outer Banks will be lashed with rain and wind through Wednesday.

“There’ll be rain showers coming on shore, rain bands and gusty winds,“ he said by phone Tuesday.

Lonka also said the storm in the Gulf was forecast to move across northern Florida later this week toward the Atlantic, but likely to stay south of North Carolina. Still, he cautioned its path was difficult to predict days in advance.

At Ride The Wind Surf Shop on Ocracoke Island, owner Bob Chestnut said he canceled all of his kayak tours and other rentals for Tuesday because he was concerned about the wind. Foot traffic was sparse.

“The amount of day-trippers has been pretty minimal because I think people were worried they’d get down here and not be able to get back,“ he said by phone, referring to people who take a ferry to the island on the southern stretch of the Outer Banks.

Byron Miller, manager of The Ocracoke Harbor Inn, said one person cancelled because of the forecast, and business is a little slower than usual.

Thousands of miles away, residents of Hawaii’s Big Island are bracing for what could be the first Pacific hurricane to make landfall in that state in decades.

Meteorologist Chevy Chevalier said Tuesday that Pacific hurricane Madeline, now a major Category 3 storm, is expected to weaken but likely will remain a hurricane as it passes Hawaii. The forecaster said any shift in the storm’s forecast track could mean it would hit land.

Chevalier says the last hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which hit Kauai Island.

A second Pacific hurricane called Lester is still far from Hawaii.

►   Kids: Clowns Are Trying to Lure Us Into SC Woods

Residents of Greenville, South Carolina, say a person (or people) dressed as a clown has been trying to lure children into the woods near an apartment complex, WSPA reports. On August 21, a woman called authorities to report that her son had seen “clowns in the woods.“ Another person reported seeing someone dressed as a clown, who waved at them, near a dumpster. And children have reported that “several clowns” live in a home near the apartment complex and have been seen in the woods trying to lure children over to them with “large amounts of money,“ per WSPA.

Sheriff’s deputies have been investigating but have found nothing suspicious so far. They note that, officially, only one incident report related to clowns has been filed, WYFF reports. Management at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments sent a letter to residents about the matter, warning them to make sure children are supervised and to report any suspicious incidents to police. “At first, I thought he was telling a fib,“ says one woman whose son reported being frightened by clowns. “Then the next day, there was like 30 kids that came up to me and said, ‘Ms. Donna, Ms. Donna, there’s clowns in the woods.‘ ... There was more than one kid that seen them, so I feel confident that he was telling the truth.“

►   Crafty Goat Pulls Off Escape for Buddy Clydesdale

A dwarf billy goat gave new meaning to the word “scapegoat” when he busted out a surprisingly slippery Clydesdale that went on the lam in California for several days, reports the AP. The nearly 1-ton horse named Budweiser, who goes by “Buddy,“ was safely wrangled back into his pen Sunday in the Santa Cruz Mountains on California’s Central Coast. The goat named Lancelot knows how to butt open the stable gate, and did just that Wednesday, letting his best friend escape, owner Tamara Schmitz told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Another Clydesdale, Harry, also fled and was nabbed in a meadow the next day. But Buddy is more wary and wily, Schmitz said.

“Buddy’s very elusive,“ she said. “He’s not like other horses. He’s not attracted by meadows and other horses. He can stay hidden.“ That made him very hard to find. He eluded volunteers from around the Santa Cruz area for five days, with evidence like tracks and loud snorts suggesting he was as far as 3 miles away. The owners even trotted out Lancelot and Harry to try to lure back Buddy, but he didn’t fall for it. They just hoped the horse would stay away from Highway 17, a busy and dangerous road running through the area. A pair of searchers on horseback finally found Buddy hiding amid manzanita shrubs Sunday. “When we got him back in the pen, he was particularly frisky and playful and happy,“ Schmitz said. “I think he was glad to be back.“

►   ‘Stanford Rapist’ Out Friday After Serving Half of Sentence

Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer whose sexual assault conviction and subsequent sentencing to six months in jail made headlines, is scheduled to be released Friday after serving just three months behind bars. The San Jose Mercury News confirmed the release date via jail records and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, and the newspaper notes that the early release was “widely expected” since Turner did not have a prior criminal history. He must still complete a sex offender management program.

►   Prediction: 600K Commercial Drones in U.S. by End of Year

Federal aviation officials estimate there will be 600,000 commercial drone aircraft operating in the US within the year as the result of new safety rules that opened the skies to them on Monday, the AP reports. Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, said at a news conference that the rules governing the operation of small commercial drones are designed to protect safety without stifling innovation. Commercial operators initially complained that the new rules would be too rigid. The agency responded by creating a system to grant exemptions to the rules for companies that show they can operate safely. Huerta said the FAA had already granted 76 exemptions, most of them to companies that want to fly drones at night.

►   Truck Carrying Airbag Parts Explodes, Incinerates Home

More trouble for Takata: A truck carrying Takata airbag parts and explosives crashed in Texas last week, exploding and killing a woman and injuring four others. Authorities say the truck left a highway in Quemado before dawn on August 22, caught fire outside Lucila Robles’ home, then violently exploded after the two drivers were able to escape. Both drivers were injured, along with a couple in a nearby car. The force of the explosion was such that officers searched for the 69-year-old Robles for two days before finding her bones and teeth in the rubble of her destroyed house, a Maverick County sheriff tells the New York Times. Ten other homes were damaged, while debris was found a mile away, per Conexion Del Rio.

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Takata says the truck contained ammonium nitrate and inflaters—which, combined, allow an airbag to expand. The products were believed to be headed to Takata’s distribution center in Eagle Pass, Texas. A Takata rep tells Jalopnik that “the accident caused a fire, which led to an explosion,“ noting the company “has strict safety procedures relating to the transportation of its products that meet or exceed all regulatory requirements.“ The Department of Transportation says it is investigating “the safety compliance of the motor carrier, the handling of the cargo by the shipper, its packaging, how the truck was placarded, as well as the truck’s routing.“

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►   Peru’s president says local people do not get his ‘English humor’

After upsetting lawmakers and a senior church leader with comments that have triggered chuckles and raised eyebrows, Peru’s new president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has observed that Peruvians do not get his “English humor”.

Kuczynski, a 77-year-old former investment banker who studied in Britain in the 1950s, took office in Peru in July.

The most recent example of his unusual style occurred last week when a judge issued an order that said public health centers could distribute the emergency contraceptive pill, a matter of contention in the Catholic country.

When his minister for health, Patricia Garcia, said the decision would be challenged by the government, he said straight-faced, “First you better ask the Cardinal”.

And in Puno near the Bolivian border, a place known for large markets selling black market goods, he said he “wasn’t worried about a bit of smuggling”.

While the comments may seem fairly innocuous, they have generated controversy in the conservative Andean country.

“I was educated in England and it’s English humor,“ he said when asked about it during an interview on Sunday that was broadcast by America Television. “It’s a bit ironic, and I’m going to have to quickly adapt.“

Kuczynski, whose parents were of Swiss and Polish descent, has also caused amusement with his idiosyncratic style, ordering his ministers to do a weekly workout before their cabinet meeting.

The president, who has pledged to cut taxes and invest in infrastructure, has begun with approval ratings around 70 percent, according to a poll earlier this month.

►   As Prez Cries ‘Coup,‘ ‘Usurper,‘ Brazil Weighs Impeachment

Fighting to save her job, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told senators on Monday that the allegations against her have no merit and that history would judge the country if she is removed from office. “I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not commit a crime,“ Rousseff told senators at her impeachment trial. Rousseff reminded senators that she was re-elected in 2014 by more than 54 million voters. She said that at every moment she has followed the constitution and done what was best for the country. “I can’t help but taste the bitterness of injustice” of this process, she said. Brazil’s first female president is accused of breaking fiscal rules to hide problems in the federal budget, reports the AP; she denies wrongdoing and says her enemies are carrying out a “coup d’état.“

Rousseff argued that in early 2015 the opposition in Congress began creating instability by refusing to negotiate and throwing “fiscal bombs” in the face of declining revenues. Rousseff blasted interim President Michel Temer as a “usurper.“ Rousseff said Brazilians would never have voted for a man who picked a Cabinet of all white men in a country that is more than 50% non-white. Three of his ministers were also forced to step down within a month because of corruption allegations. Rousseff said that her impeachment process was launched by the former speaker of the lower house of Congress, who is facing numerous charges of corruption. Rousseff said it was “an irony of history” that she would be judged for crimes she did not commit by people who were accused of serious crimes. “I ask that you be just with an honest president,“ she said, her voice cracking with emotion. The trial has seen name-calling, shouting, and a declaration by the Senate president that “stupidity is limitless.“

►   Colombia Ushers in Ceasefire That Was 52 Years in Coming

The stroke of 12:01am on Monday brought a nascent peace to Colombia that was more than a half-century in the making. A bloody war between Bogota and the FARC rebels claimed more than 220,000 lives, reports the AP, but “never again will parents be burying their sons and daughters killed in the war,“ said FARC leader Rodrigo Londono. He announced the ceasefire on Sunday from Havana, where the peace agreement was hammered out over the course of four years. “All rivalries and grudges will remain in the past.“

FARC leaders are expected to ratify the deal next month; a national referendum will come on October 2 and is expected to pass. FARC then has six months from the deal’s signing to disarm; in return it will hold at least five seats in each of the two houses of congress for the next decade.

►   Europe Just Gave Apple an Unprecedented Tax Bill

Apple got some bad news out of Europe on Tuesday in the form of a massive tax bill. The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to $14.5 billion to the company and must now recover the money, plus interest. The penalty is unprecedented—Reuters reports that it’s 40 times bigger than any other such fine levied by the European Commission. “Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies—this is illegal under EU state aid rules,“ said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, per the AP.

She said a three-year investigation found Ireland granted such lavish tax breaks to Apple over many years that the company’s effective corporate tax rate on its European profits dropped from 1% in 2003 to practically nothing—a mere 0.0005% in 2014. Both Apple and Ireland say they will appeal. CEO Tim Cook has previously called the tax inquiry “political crap,“ notes the Guardian, while Ireland says it threatens to torpedo its successful strategy of using low taxes to woo international business. “Apple follows the law and pays all of the taxes we owe wherever we operate,“ said the company in a statement, per the BBC. “We ... are confident the decision will be overturned.“

►   Report: Kim Has Man Executed for Nodding Off

Kim Jong Un has allegedly had two men put to death using a method he’s been said to have used before: by anti-aircraft gun. South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reports by way of an unnamed source that two men were publicly executed earlier this month. It identifies the men as Ri Yong Jin, a high-ranking official in the education ministry, and Hwang Min, the former agriculture minister. The men’s alleged offenses: Ri fell asleep while in a meeting with Kim and was “arrested on site and intensively questioned”; corruption charges followed. In Hwang’s case, unspecified “policy proposals he had pushed for were seen as a direct challenge to the Kim Jong Un leadership,“ says the source.

While Kim is thought to have ordered at least 70 executions since taking power in 2011, Bloomberg highlights one difference with the current case: If Ri and Hwang were in fact put to death, they are the first from outside the Workers’ Party or the military to have met that fate on Kim’s orders. The Guardian notes the news has not been independently verified, nor has it been announced by the KCNA. The South Korean newspaper suggests the executions were in part prompted by a high-profile defection and carried out as a way of reasserting control over the country’s elite.

►   Tourism Minister to Women: Avoid Short Skirts While Visiting India

Visiting India? According to the country’s tourism minister, foreign women shouldn’t wear short dresses or skirts while there. They also shouldn’t walk alone at night. Both of those tips are included in the safety advice given to women in a welcome kit tourists receive when they enter the country, Mahesh Sharma said recently, explaining that “Indian culture is different from the western” when it comes to things like clothing.

The comments come amid a slew of sexual assaults and attacks on both locals and female tourists in India, and caused a bit of an outcry, per the Guardian: The “irresponsible” remarks illustrate “the syndrome of blaming women” for assaults, says one gender equality advocate. On Sunday, Sharma clarified that there is no dress code for tourists, and that his office is just trying to get women to “take precaution while going out at night.“

►   This ‘Super Court’ Lets Execs ‘Bend Countries to Their Will’

If you’ve never heard of investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, don’t feel chagrined—but prepare to be gobsmacked. BuzzFeed on Sunday published the first in a four-part series on the “private, global super court,“ a 10,000-word piece by Chris Hamby that represents a year-and-a-half of reporting. On its face, ISDS sounds fairly sensible: It’s a kind of global binding arbitration, what should be “a fair, neutral forum” where foreign corporations can take their grievances against a country where it does business—say, if a developing nation with a shaky legal system improperly seized a company’s assets. And ISDS is pervasive, written into treaties like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) President Obama is pushing for. The reality as painted by Hamby is the opposite to the extreme.

He describes a court where the arbitrators “are largely elite Western corporate attorneys who have a vested interest in expanding the court’s authority,“ where the operations are often secret, where there’s no public oversight, and where the decisions are as binding as if they came from the country’s own top court. In effect, ISDS “empowers corporations to bend countries to their will” and some countries are so wary of its power they are willing to quickly settle cases rather than face it. What was for decades a “last resort” has become a “powerful tool” that, in one of the three cases Hamby spotlights, was used to erase a prison sentence handed to a UAE billionaire convicted in Egypt of corruption-relation charges. And when Congress votes on TPP, “it will be deciding on a massive expansion of ISDS,“ writes Hamby. Read Part I HERE .

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The Gilmer County PSD is issuing a boil water advisory for the following areas:  Dusk Camp, Industrial Park, Barker Drive and Starlins Drive.

We will let you know when it has been lifted.

Do Glenville Mayor and Glenville City Council have Negative Folk Festival Agenda?

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We are reading that Glenville Mayor wants to collect a fee from the ALL VOLUNTEER Folk Festival for the use of the Park.  This has been in the local paper a couple of times now.

Most people in our community understand the Folk Festival Committee-Volunteers struggle financially every year.  So now we see Glenville City Council attempting to add to the Festival’s woes?  The Park was handed to the Town of Glenville on a platter.  Surely the Town Council members can be creative enough to cover what little the expenses amount too?

Or are new vehicles, raises for employees from the Mayor on down more important than the rest of our community.

That Park is without question the best thing that has happened in and to the town of Glenville in over fifty years.  Our Folk Festival is without question also the best, long running annual “business” in Gilmer County.

If this is the path the Mayor and Council chose to travel, all activities within the Town need charged accordingly.  The extra duty of officers for the Lions Club Carnival, extra expense of High School Home Coming gets a bill, Glenville State College gets billed for traffic assistance at games and home coming too.  The list goes on, but by now you have the idea.

Mayor and Council Members,  please rethink your plan to strong arm the Folk Festival.  Be creative, raise funds, cut costs elsewhere.  You can do better.

~~~ In keeping the record clear, this author is not connected with the Folk Festival in any manner other than an occasional attendee.

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The paper reported the city didn’t have a carry over this year.  Maybe that’s what the grab for money is about.  Hard enough to get the vendors to come, now we have to worry about pushing away the volunteers? Should be any charges to use a public park.

By Can't Imagine What They Are Thinking  on  08.30.2016

Why doesn’t the city of Glenville start a traffic court for violations. South Charleston has one and charges people $150.00 each to attend. This is for violations such as running stop signs/red lights, speeding, talking on cell phones, etc.

By Dana Kulp  on  08.30.2016

Is this a revenue enhancement scheme to pay 1/2 for the hew hire police officer in the schools?

The street talk is that the other half of salary and benefits for the new hire would be from the County’s school funds GD wants to use.

We hear that the total compensation package for the new officer would be $50,000-$60,000 a year.

Then, there would be a new police car to purchase and annual expenses for operating it.

Bad deal for Glenville’s citizens who pay the City’s bills and we hope that Mr. Fitzpatrick and the City Council will see it that way!!!!!!!!!

It would be far better for children to spend school money to shore up those F test scores at the GCHS than on a police officer to patrol halls at our schools.

By No More Reckless School Spending  on  08.30.2016

First of all, the city doesn’t wish to collect a fee from the volunteers but the vendors. Secondly how bout you invite them to your place, use your water and your electricity?  How long would that last?  Not long I’m sure.
Third, the Mayor hasn’t received a raise and is paid the same amount the last Mayor was paid.  Check out their records I’m sure it can be easily verified.
Last but not least city officers can’t protect and serve you without a vehicle that runs properly. Isn’t their safety a concern? I’m happy to see our city officer’s getting new equipment. 
One final one on council wants to hinder the Folk Festival.  It’s been a huge part of the community for many years and hopefully always will be.  Not everything you read in the paper is fact!  I suggest you come to the City Council Meeting and express your concerns.

By Get the facts straight  on  08.30.2016

What ever happened to following the city charter? Never hear a word about it no matter what gets done in town these days.

By Pine Street  on  08.30.2016

Anyone who has lived in this community for a while, understands how the back room deals are cut by the local elected and appointed.

You just can smell this ‘cop in a school’ deal.  When something smells rotten is usually is. 

Glenville had a 2 year mayoral term until the past election and now its for SIX years.  Now just exactly who benefited from that?  jn

That might not count as a raise, but it certainly counts as **job security**.  lmao Cuts campaigning, cuts advertising. lol

By W.E.S.  on  08.30.2016

Is it any wonder our nation is in the shape its in when people in a “small” community have absolutely no idea of the terms of their council members and mayor? Well I’ve received my first full fledged laugh of the day!
The Cop In the School Deal?  Really?  Well thank you..that’s two good laughs to start my day.
I encourage you or anyone else to attend a council meeting so you can get your facts straight.

By Thank you for the laughs  on  08.31.2016

New vehicles for the City’s police force? If true which dealership sold them and was there competitive bidding to save money?

The controversial police in schools program is something which could justify a vote to remove the City’s elected officials if it goes through.

The sheriff department, fire department, city police, GSC police, and the WV State police have a coordinated, rapid deployment plan already in place for the schools if emergencies occur.

Why is it necessary to hire an officer to be in our schools in addition to those highly competent law enforcement resources already available?

Something smells.

By Another Fast One Glenville?  on  08.31.2016

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Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 a criminal trial was held in Gilmer County Circuit Court.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Keith Arbogast

The trial began on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday with a GUILTY verdict on all 6 counts.

The jury was sworn at 10:30 AM and the state and defense made their opening statements after the Court instructed the jury.

At 10:45 AM the prosecutor called its first witness and at 11:43 AM the Court excused the jury for lunch while it took up other matters on the docket.

At 1:00 PM the prosecutor continued calling witnesses (8 in total) and at 2:10 PM the state rested its case.

After motions were made by defense counsel, Daniel Grindo of Gassaway, and a brief recess the defendant began calling witnesses at 2:38 PM and at approximately 3:00 PM due to the unavailability of a defense witness, the Court excused the jury to return to the Court room at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 to continue the trial.

On Wednesday Mr. Grindo called his last witness and rested his case at 9:48 AM.

Then the Court read the charge to the jury and at 10:17 AM the state and defense made their closing argument.

The jury went to their room at 10:41 AM to deliberate upon their verdict and after returning to the Court room twice to ask questions the jury returned to the Court Room at 11:56 AM and found him guilty of all 6 counts of the indictment.

Sentencing will be 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 and the probation officer is to prepare a presentence investigation.

•  On Tuesday, Judge Alsop also granted 2 guardianship petitions and heard a juvenile matter.

•  On Wednesday, another juvenile matter was also heard by the Court.

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