Gilmer Public Library: WE TOOK THE PLEDGE !!

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Be a Buddy not a Bully!

Gilmer Public Library took the pledge and so can you.

Come on down and pick up your “Break the cycle of Bullying!“ activity book
(appropriate for elementary ages).

Take your pledge, complete your book and return to our library for a PRIZE!

Weston: Third Annual Kids’ Safety Festival at SJMH - 10.25.14

For the third year in a row, the Marketing Department and Emergency Department at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) are coordinating a Kids’ Safety Festival at the Hospital from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Children and parents are invited to learn about a number of safety issues.

The first 100 children will receive a free bike helmet.  Each child can also enter into a drawing for a new bike.

Kristy Aldridge will provide face painting for the event and there will also be a clown entertaining the children.

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Lisa Murray of the SJMH ED - Co-chair of the third annual Kids’ Safety Festival

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department will have the department’s “Smoke House” to educate children on issue of fire safety.

The Lewis County Emergency Squad and Lewis County 911 Center will also be available with displays and educational materials.

The Lewis County Girl Scouts and 4-H groups will have activities for children.

Dr. Shafic Sraj will be talking to participants about sports safety with the national “Stop Sports Injury” safety program.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will also have games on proper hand washing Dental hygienist Tammy Thomason will be providing fun information on good dental care of children.

The Lewis County Family Resource Network will also be available with fun and safe children’s games.

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will have free refreshments for participants. 

Babcock State Park’s Glade Creek Grist Mill Featured on U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail® Stamp

The iconic Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park, a favorite of photographers from around the world, is now featured on a stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.

On September 29, 2014, in Danese, West Virginia, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Priority Mail® stamp, priced at $5.75, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps.

The stamp went on sale to the public that same day.

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Babcock State Park is located in Clifftop in Fayette County. The park’s most popular attraction is the grist mill. Cabins, campground, riding stables, hiking and fishing also are part of the park’s appeal.

The park is open mid-April through October. A live webcam focused on the mill and showing peak fall foliage is online at

The Glade Creek Grist Mill is a 1976 re-creation of an old mill that once stood nearby.

It was constructed of parts from three historic West Virginia mills.

The stamp art captures the beauty of the structure in its pristine setting along Glade Creek in Babcock State Park, in autumn.

Designed by art director Derry Noyes, this stamp features the work of illustrator Dan Cosgrove.

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About the Glade Creek Grist Mill Stamp


With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates one of West Virginia’s most photographed landmarks, the Glade Creek Grist Mill.

The stamp art captures the historic, aged beauty of the mill in its pristine setting along Glade Creek. The water flows by the mill and around boulders and rock formations along the creek bed. Surrounding the mill are trees in early autumn colors of greens, yellows and oranges.

Located in Babcock State Park in Fayette County, West Virginia, the mill looks as though it has existed on that site for hundreds of years. In reality, it is a modern re-creation, completed in 1976, of a mill that had once stood nearby on Glade Creek. The look is authentic, however, as the new mill was constructed from parts taken from three historic West Virginia mills.

The Stoney Creek Grist Mill provided much of the basic structure. The 1890s mill was moved to Babcock piece by piece from its location near Campbelltown in Pocahontas County. Other parts came from the Onego Grist Mill, located near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County. The water wheel was salvaged after a fire destroyed most of the Spring Run Grist Mill near Petersburg in Grant County.

Mills were once the center of local farming communities, offering the necessary service of grinding wheat, corn and other grains, a backbreaking task when done by hand. The mill stands as a monument to the more than 500 West Virginia gristmills that were in operation at the turn of the 20th century. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

The Glade Creek Grist Mill stamp is being issued at the Priority Mail® price.

G-FYI™: West Virginia Law Enables Real Property to Pass to Beneficiary Without Probate

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A West Virginia law now enables real property to pass simply and directly to a beneficiary, without going through probate.

The new law, called the West Virginia Transfer on Death Act, is in line with the Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act (URPTODA), which has been adopted by more than a dozen states across the country. The new law’s impact touches nearly all West Virginia residents seeking to leave their real property (possibly their major asset), such as a house, farm or oil and gas mineral rights, to their children or other beneficiaries. It is expected to become an important tool in estate planning, nursing home planning, Medicaid planning, and Elder Law.

The Transfer on Death Act builds upon existing state statutes, where an individual routinely passes personal property to a named beneficiary outside of probate. Common examples include a beneficiary designation in a life insurance policy or pension plan, registration of securities in a transfer on death (TOD) form, and a payable on death bank account.

The new law also details the operation and effect of the TOD deed and provides a standardized method for the straightforward non-probate transfer of real property.

During the owner’s lifetime, the owner may name a beneficiary of a TOD deed, although the beneficiary has no immediate interest in the property and the owner retains full power to transfer or encumber the property or to revoke the deed. On the owner’s death, the property passes to the beneficiary, much like the survivorship feature of joint tenancy and the personal property mentioned above.

The TOD deed presents several advantages over joint tenancy. Because the TOD deed does not convey an immediate interest to the beneficiary, the property is not subject to partition or to the beneficiary’s creditors. The deed remains revocable, enabling the owner to make a different disposition of the property. It does not trigger an acceleration clause in a mortgage or a property tax reassessment during the transferor’s life. In addition, it does not create adverse Medicaid consequences for either the owner or the beneficiary.

The TOD deed also may be preferable to an inter vivos trust (living trust) in many circumstances. If the decedent’s only significant asset is the family home, for example, the TOD deed provides a simple, inexpensive, understandable means for the decedent to pass the property directly to heirs without probate.


Prior to the law’s adoption, West Virginia law did not contain a straightforward mechanism to pass real property outside of probate, directly to a beneficiary at death.

Now, with the law enacted, West Virginia residents are afforded an uncomplicated, reliable and affordable means of passing real property, which may be the decedent’s major asset, directly to a beneficiary.

~~  Paul L. Hicks - Bowles Rice LLP - Parkersburg Office ~~

WV Fall 2014 Foliage Report: Coopers Rock, Cheat Lake and Panhandles Offer Best Fall Color This Week

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State foresters say Coopers Rock State Forest, Cheat Lake and West Virginia’s Northern and Eastern panhandles are the best bets for fall color this weekend.

oliage in Coopers Rock State Forest turned a bit late this year, and foresters recommend a drive along Interstate 68 this weekend through the forest to see the best color of the season.

While in the area, be sure to check out the leaves along Cheat Lake.

In the state’s Northern Panhandle, foliage in Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties is reported to be 100% peak and showing lots of yellows and reds.

Foresters say any drive along the Ohio River will be beautiful.

A drive along U.S. Highway 250 from Wetzel County through Marshall County also is recommended.

Foliage along that route is mostly past peak, but areas of bright color remain.

In the Eastern Panhandle, foliage in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties also is reported to be 100% peak.

Foresters recommend following WV Highway 9 along the Cacapon River with a stop at the Panorama Overlook.

Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area is another recommended point of interest this weekend in the Eastern Panhandle.

U.S. Highway 60 is colorful between Gauley Bridge and Charleston, as is a drive south along Interstates 64 and 77 from Charleston to Beckley.

WV Highway 5 is the recommended drive in Calhoun and Gilmer counties.

U.S. Highway 33 is recommended in Gilmer and Roane counties.

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting – 10.24.14 - Today


October 24, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse Annex – Glenville, WV





              09:15 DARLENE CRANE, Little Kanawha Transit Authority – RE:  Changes to Medicaid Paid Ridership of Bus

              09:30 FRANK JOHNSON – RE:  Oil & Gas Drilling Safety

              10:00 WILLIAM HAWKINS, “WV Your Way” – RE:  Online Directory


        Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

              3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                      a)  Board Seats remain open on the:

                              ** Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - Dekalb/Troy & Sand Fork Corporation

              3) Budget Revisions

              4) Budget Control Report

              5) Approve invoices for payment

              6) Approve County Commission Minutes for September 02, September 17, October 02, October 09

              7) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

                      a) Gilmer County Ambulance Authority 08.14.2014

                      b) Lewis-Gilmer Addressing Report September 2014

                      c) Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Advisory Board September


              1) Recreation Center Gas Bill From Hayden Harper-Update

              2) Right of Way on Kanawha Street, Camden Flats Subdivision as Inquired by Pat Golden-Update

              3) Review of Designated Smoking Location on Courthouse Property

              4) Presentation for Payment of North Central Regional Emergency Medical Services, Inc. for FY 2014 EMS Assessment in the Amount of $434.65

              5) NACO Membership Dues in the amount of $450

              6) Signed Agreement received from the USPS for placement of mailboxes at Tanner Community Building


        Discussion and/or action on:

              1) Consider the change of time of 11.05.214 Commission meeting to 10:30 AM due to post election duties of County Clerk’s Office

              2) Office of Emergency Management’s Request for Exchange of IRP Radios

              3) Set date for Canvas of Votes on Monday,  November 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM in the Commission Office


IX.    ADJOURNMENT - NEXT MEETING:  Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at _______ AM. 

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A group in Harrison County helping child victims of abuse will soon be expanding the scope of their operations.

The Child Advocacy Center in Clarksburg has been striving to assist in the defense of the defenseless throughout the entire county.

“We provide services to child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect and also support their protecting care givers,“ Jayne Landacre, Executive Director for the Child Advocacy Center said. “We help law enforcement investigate the cases and then we provide victim advocacy all the way to final disposition of the case.“

Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer said the services they provide have been in integral part of their ability to bring justice to those who harm children through their methods of providing a safe environment for children to speak with trained professionals about incidents of abuse without being intimidated by the presence of others.

“We have a state-of-the-art facility that is comfortable for children that is big enough to accommodate law enforcement officers that are investigating a case,“ he said. “An assistant prosecuting attorney can view the interviews from a one-way glass so that the child’s not intimidated.“

The current facility located in the Masonic Building on West Pike Street in Clarksburg can also allow for visitation for parents who may have temporarily lost custody of their children and create a more relaxed working environment than would be present without the center.

“It makes everyone’s job a lot easier,“ Shaffer said. “If you can bring down the tension of the law enforcement officer, the assisting prosecutor, the alleged victim, the parent or guardian of the alleged victim, if you can bring all of that tension down, it makes it a lot easier to get to the facts of the case.“

The center is now looking to expand and improve its services. On Thursday, the Harrison County Commission approved $10,000 in funding to assist in moving the center to the Chase Building on Main Street.

Beyond increasing the facility size from 900 square feet to one which is 3,100 square feet, allowing the housing of new services and agencies, it will allow them to coordinate with government agencies more quickly.

“It will make us in closer proximity to the courthouse, also City of Clarksburg Police Department and [after the construction of the new government building in Clarksburg] the West Virginia DHHR,“ Landacre said. “So we’ll be in the center of activity.“

The funding from the county commission will move the center into the new building, but it will not fully assist them in establishing their services to full capacity and further. Landacer said she will be searching for assistance from various municipalities in that regard.

Anyone seeking more information on the center can call 1.304.620.0375.


The West Virginia State Police has identified the three victims of a Tuesday night accident involving a fire engine in Barbour County.

Joseph Kuzinar, age 75, Linda Diane Kuzinar, age 65, and Jessica L. Paczek, age 38, all from Morgantown, were travelling in a 2010 Honda CR-V and attempted to pull out onto U.S. Highway 250 from 4-H Camp Road near Philippi.

According to witness statements provided to the State Police, at around 9:00 PM, the vehicle went into the path of a City of Philippi fire engine which was responding to a structure fire southbound on 250 with lights and siren activated.

The truck was unable to stop before colliding in a T-bone fashion with the Honda. The three passengers in the SUV died from injuries sustained during the crash.

Five members of the Philippi Fire Department were occupants of the involved fire engine and were taken to Broadus Hospital for evaluation and later released. 

The ongoing investigation into the accident is being conducted by Cpl C. B. Shrader of the State Police Philippi Detachment.


Lewisburg is getting some national attention.

The Greenbrier County city is in the top three on Travel + Leisure’s America’s Favorite Towns list. It’s ranked only behind #1 Beaufort, North Carolina and #2 Ogunquit, Maine.

The rankings are based on a survey from Travel + Leisure that asked people to rate towns across the U.S. in several categories that included friendly locals, barbecue, art scene, romance and affordability.

Here is the full Top 25 list:

1. Beaufort, North Carolina

2. Ogunquit, Maine

3. Lewisburg, West Virginia

4. Aspen, Colorado

5. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

6. Charlottesville, Virginia

7. Breckenridge, Colorado

8. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

9. Paso Robles, California

10. Tybee Island, Georgia

11. Bayfield, Wisconsin

12. Traverse City, Michigan

13. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

14. Pawleys Island, South Carolina

15. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

16. Lake Placid, New York

17. San Luis Obispo, California

18. Bar Harbor, Maine

19. Gulf Shores, Alabama

20. Sonoma, California

21. Hood River, Oregon

22. Estes Park, Colorado

23. Park City, Utah

24. La Jolla, California

25. St. Augustine, Florida


A federal inmate has been charged with witness tampering while incarcerated.

Tobias Lynn Bennett, age 41, of Buckhannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of aiding and abetting along with witness tampering.

An investigation conducted by the West Virginia State Police revealed Bennett discouraged two potential witnesses from testifying at a fellow inmate’s sentencing hearing, while serving time at Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Bennett faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each charge.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.


Members of the board of trustees of Charleston Area Medical Center took a tour of the still-under-construction CAMC Cancer Center Wednesday. The three-story building in Kanawha City will eventually house all the hospital’s cancer programs.

“We plan on opening in May of next year so we’re more than half way from when construction started,” said CAMC President and CEO David Ramsey.

The hospital system broke ground on the cancer center in the summer of 2012. The goal is to consolidate all the cancer programs into one building rather than scattered throughout the three hospitals. Ramsey said the cancer center will be state-of-the-art. It will also provide creature comforts to make patients feel more at home while they’re receiving treatment.

Work on the first floor of the building continues. During Wednesday’s tour board members got to see work on the elevator shaft, drywall going up and walls being moved into place. Some spots on the second floor are already getting their first coat of paint. It’s an exciting time for Ramsey.

“It’s such a treat to see it in this phase and to know what it will look like down the road when it’s totally done,” Ramsey said.

The front entrance will be a wall of glass. There’s also a stone fireplace that reaches the ceiling with plenty of room for seating. The breast cancer center will occupy the entire third floor.

Currently the project is on schedule. It’s located at the former home of Watt Powell Park just across MacCorkle Ave. from CAMC Memorial.

“(The builders) should turn it over to us about the end of March. It will take about a month to clean it and move all the equipment in,” said Ramsey.

The grand opening is for May. Ramsey said unfortunately there will be a lot of people coming and going from the building in the future.

“Regrettably, the incidence of cancer just continues to increase mostly because we’re living longer.”

Ramsey stressed the cancer center is a building that will serve the hospital system long into the future.


New West Virginia State School Superintendent Michael Martirano became passionate Wednesday when addressing state lawmakers for the first time since taking the job last month. The topic was student attendance.

Martirano said research shows the problems that result in dropouts begin in elementary school.

“The first factor to emerge that indicates that a child has a predictive rate of dropping out of school down the road is attendance. They stop showing up for school and they start falling behind,” he said.

Martirano spoke to a legislative interim committee meeting at the state capitol. He said the value in West Virginia must be that all students show up for school every day ready to learn.

“It’s non-compromising. It’s the law,” Martirano said. “We can’t drop back and say, ‘It’s okay because you have a headache today or you stayed up too late last night, it’s okay.’ No, when I grew up in the mountains of western Maryland (it was), ‘Get to school. It’s important. It’s your job.’”

Martirano told lawmakers about his plan to improve student achievement called “One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Together.” A big part of that plan is student attendance.

“I need every parent in this state to embrace that value because if we don’t have children in school we can’t do the work necessary,” he said. “And I’m convinced if we can turn that around we are going have a better shot improving the academic achievement for children who need it the most.”


Three West Virginia University students were expelled from campus Thursday (October 23) for various acts of misconduct following Saturday’s WVU-Baylor football game.

Other students may also face University sanctions as various law enforcement agencies complete their investigations and reports and provide that information to the University. These cases are independent of any state or local criminal penalties and fines the students may face.

“We have made it clear that this University will hold students accountable for their unlawful behavior,” President Gordon Gee said. “We will not allow individuals to remain enrolled who commit these crimes and damage the reputation and achievements of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community.”

The expelled students, who were among 14 charged earlier this week by various local law enforcement agencies, were immediately prohibited from accessing University property and activities pending further proceedings under the Student Conduct Code.

Nearly six hours after the Mountaineers upset the then-fourth-ranked Baylor Bears, disturbances began in Sunnyside, a neighborhood heavily populated by students, and then spilled into downtown Morgantown.

Anyone with further information that could help identify suspects should contact Lt. Laurie Burks at the University Police Department at or call 304.293.COPS (304.293.2677).


Parkersburg’s panhandling signs are drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia.

The signs discourage people from giving to panhandlers, saying it contributes to drug and alcohol abuse.

ACLU of West Virginia executive director Jennifer Meinig tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the signs are defamatory. She says they suggest that all panhandlers suffer from drug and alcohol issues.

Mayor Bob Newell had the signs placed in three areas of the city earlier this month. He tells the newspaper that the signs are an attempt to educate the public.

Newell says money given to panhandlers might not be used as donors believe it will be used.

He says he doesn’t believe anyone is defamed by the signs.


State leaders are gathering to discuss West Virginia’s energy future.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is holding a two-day energy summit at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke beginning Thursday.

Tomblin, Senator Joe Manchin and Representative Shelley Moore Capito are set to speak at the event.

The summit also will feature presentations from various businesses and groups in the energy sector, including the West Virginia Coal Association and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.


A West Virginia airport has stopping promoting a PeoplExpress flight and is looking for other airlines to provide the service.

The nonstop flight from Charleston’s Yeager Airport to Orlando, Fla., was scheduled to begin October 16. Newport News, Virginia-based PeoplExpress suspended flights in late September because of problems that included a shortage of crews and only one plane.

Yeager spent about $18,000 of a $400,000 federal grant to promote the flight. Media outlets say Yeager executive director Rick Atkinson told the airport’s governing board on Wednesday that he has rescinded using funds from the grant to promote the service.

Atkinson said the airport is looking for other airlines to provide the nonstop service.

He says Yeager could enter into a new agreement with PeoplExpress if the airline resumes flights.


A new program will allow Mercer County high school students to get college credit for pre-engineering courses.

Students can transfer credits to Bluefield State College for certain classes they complete in the Project Lead the Way program and in drafting concentrations.

Bluefield State will accept these students into its associate of science or bachelor of science engineering technology program.

Media outlets report that Bluefield State and Mercer County Schools officials signed a memorandum of agreement on Wednesday to offer the program.


West Virginia University is getting a major federal grant for stroke research.

The Morgantown school says it has been awarded a five-year, $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Officials say the funding will help bolster its faculty and scientific research to mitigate the effects of a stroke.

The American Heart Association ranks stroke as the fourth highest killer in the nation and one of the leading causes of long-term disability.

West Virginia University says the burden of stroke in West Virginia is particularly heavy, with the state having one of the highest incidence rates in the country.

Movie Review: ‘Felony’

There is a moment in the Australian film “Felony” when the main character, Malcolm, has to make a split-second decision whether to do the right thing. Played by Joel Edgerton (who also wrote the screenplay), the police officer sits in his stopped car, looking in the rearview mirror at a kid lying in the road. Edgerton manages to convey so much panic without making a sound as he ponders his situation: It’s late, he’s drunk and he’s just hit the kid, who was delivering newspapers on a bike.

It’s this kind of quiet, charged moment that makes “Felony” not just a straight­forward suspense film, but also a thought-provoking drama about how our moral failings can affect the people around us.

The movie starts with a surge as Malcolm runs through a warehouse on a drug raid; he ends up chasing a man while a shaky handheld camera captures the pursuit. When Malcolm jumps from a high ledge onto a pile of boxes, he inelegantly topples to the ground — Jason Bourne he is not.

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Malcolm gets shot during the chase, but he’s saved by his bulletproof vest and is immediately hailed as a hero. Of course, drinks at a bar follow, and it’s after this celebration that Malcolm ends up in his moral quandary. He decides to call in the accident, but claims he had nothing to do with it; he just found the kid in the road. Meanwhile, two detectives stumble upon the scene. One — an old-school type named Carl (Tom Wilkinson) who knows Malcolm — figures out what really happened and helps Malcolm lie. But Carl doesn’t clue in his new partner, Jim (Jai Courtney), which is just as well since Jim is a stickler for the rules.

The child ends up in a coma, and guilt begins to eat away at Malcolm. Meanwhile, Jim begins to piece together the true story, and Carl worries that Malcolm will come clean, jeopardizing the older detective’s career.

The three actors excel in their roles, and director Matthew Saville gives additional insight into the men through small yet informative details. Yes, Jim might be annoyingly by-the-book, but he’s morally in the right; he also compliments his mother on her cooking and clears the table after dinner, so how bad can he be? And as Malcolm, who is the strong silent type, begins to unravel, the camera zooms in on his subtle, pained expressions showing the cracks in his tough exterior.

Edgerton is a talented leading man, but “Felony” shows what a versatile artist he can be. The movie is the first feature he has written alone. (He has co-writing credits on “The Rover” and “The Square.”) Let’s hope he keeps at it. It’s a rare treat to see a suspenseful crime drama delivered with so much nuance and restraint.

★ ★ ★

Unrated. Contains strong language and some violence. 105 minutes.


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Sports News - 10.24.14

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►   Glenville State vs. Notre Dame College

The Pioneers went on the road and took care of business as they defeated UVa-Wise 35-9 this past Saturday. This week GSC returns home as Norte Dame College travels to Glenville with kickoff at 1:00pm.

Rahmann Lee rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown and Sean Steele threw for four touchdowns to lead Glenville State past UVa-Wise, 35-9, at Carl Smith Stadium.

Glenville State, winners of three of its last four, improved to 3-4 overall and 3-4 in the MEC. UVa-Wise dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-6 inside the league.

Lee carried the ball 22 times and averaged 7.1 yards per carry for the Pioneers. Steele was 14-of-28 for 244 yards and hit four different receivers for his touchdown passes.

Gary Henderson led the Glenville State defense with 10 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Jordan Kesson added eight solo stops and a tackle for a loss.

Jeremy Eubank was 17-of-27 for 102 yards for the Cavs. Von Purvis had 70 yards rushing on 17 carries and a touchdown. UVa-Wise struggled on third downs converting on just 5-of-19 attempts. Zack Blair led UVa-Wise with nine tackles, including a game-high three for a loss.

Rahmann Lee is also just 378 yards from becoming GSC All-Time Leading Rusher.

Notre Dame comes into the match-up after defeating #8 Shepherd this past Saturday, 35-34.

Notre Dame (5-2, 5-1) was led by quarterback Ray Russ who threw for 459 yards on 22-of-44 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions. The Falcons rushed for just 34 yards in the game.

Last year’s match-up between the Pioneers and Falcons was a good one. GSC walked away with a 20-16 road win. Lee rushed for 88 yards in the win and had two touchdowns while Notre Dame QB Ray Russ threw for 155 yards and a touchdown.

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►   Week 9 High School Games in the Area

Class A

Gilmer County (3-4)  at   #5 Notre Dame (5-2)

Calhoun County (2-6)  at   Wirt County (0-7)

#5 Doddridge County (6-1)  at   #15 Valley - Wetzel (5-2)

#1 St. Marys (7-0)  at   South Harrison (4-3)

#8 Tyler Consolidated (5-2)  at   Magnolia (2-5)

Parkersburg Catholic (2-5)  at   #11 Williamstown (5-2)

Class AA

Webster County (2-5)  at   Braxton County (2-6)

Ritchie County (3-5)      BYE WEEK

Herbert Hoover (4-3   at   Roane County (3-4)

#9 Ravenswood (6-1)  at   Clay County (4-3)

#11 Robert C. Byrd (5-2)  at   North Marion (0-7)

#1 Bridgeport (7-1)      BYE WEEK

Sissonville (4-3)  at   #15 Liberty - Harrison (5-3)

Lincoln (2-6)  at   Grafton (3-4)

#6 Nicholas County (6-1)  at   Midland Trail - A (0-7)

Philip Barbour (1-7)      BYE WEEK

Class AAA

#12 Lewis County (6-2)  at   Elkins (3-4)

#13 Fairmont Sr. - AA (5-2)  at   #14 Buckhannon-Upshur (5-2)

#10 Parkersburg South (5-2)  at   Greenbrier East (4-4)

Parkersburg (3-4)  at   George Washington (4-3)

►   Gilmer County (3-4) at Notre Dame (5-2)

Gilmer County is coming off a bye week. Last time out, the Titans lost 29-28 on the road at Doddridge County back on October 10.

Three of the Titans four losses have come on the road.

It is an extremely young Gilmer County team with just four seniors among the 21 players listed on the roster.

The Irish ran their winning streak to five with a 49-21 win over Madonna last week.

“After that 0-2 start we had a heart to heart talk with all of our seniors,” said Notre Dame coach Sam Alvaro. “We had a week off as well which was at the perfect time. After that, our seniors decided to play and everyone just followed right along and we’ve played very well since then.”

Notre Dame started the season with five consecutive road games. Alvaro made a plea to his team going into a week three game against Bishop Donhue.

“I told them this was the most important game of our season,” Alvaro recounted. “It was huge. 0-3 would have pinned our backs against the wall. The players raised up and played very well.”

The Irish haven’t lost since.

Notre Dame and Gilmer County are meeting for the first time since 2009.

The teams split the last two meetings in ’08 and ’09.

►   Lewis County (6-2) at Elkins (3-4)

The Lewis County defense continued to play well as the unit allowed just one touchdown in a 16-7 loss at University last week. The Minutemen finished that game without a couple of key players as linebacker/wingback Isaac Kemper and cornerback/receiver Ryan Watson were both injured in the UHS contest. Lewis County will try and lock down a playoff spot as it plays its final two games on the road at Elkins and Shady Spring.

Elkins has won two in a row following a four game losing streak. Mo Kelly had 239 yards rushing and four touchdowns during a 34-14 road win at Oak Hill last week. Kelly has nearly 13-hundred yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. Elkins has a deep offensive backfield as seven different backs say action in that game last week.

►   Doddridge County (6-1) at Valley (5-2)

Both teams head down the stretch harboring playoff hopes.

Doddridge County has won five in a row and it played well on both sides of the ball in a 20-0 win over Philip Barbour last week. The Bulldogs got a combined 277 yards rushing from Wyatt Ford and Brandon Stewart. The defense came up with three interceptions while holding the Colts to 35 yards of total offense.

The path for Valley figures to be a little more difficult as the Lumberjacks last three opponents have a combined record of 14-7. Valley, has, however, surpassed its win total for the past two years combined.

►   Herbert Hoover (4-3) at Roane County (3-4)

In a game they really needed to have, the Roane County Raiders fell one point short in a 7-6 loss to Tolsia on Friday. With a week one forfeit factored in, the Raiders are now 3-4 with games against Wirt County and Williamstown after this week’s meeting with the Huskies. Making the playoff isn’t an impossible task, but it would’ve been an easier one with a win against Tolsia.

So the Raiders go back to the drawing board this week to see what they can do against Herbert Hoover. After back-to-back losses, Herbert Hoover finds themselves needing to pile up as many wins as possible in an effort to reach the postseason themselves. Perhaps most impressively, Herbert Hoover stayed within 14 points of Wayne last week in a 28-14 loss to the Pioneers.

This game is another that could serve as an elimination game for the team that falls short this week. Homefield advantage may push the Raiders over the top in this one, but it won’t be easy.

►   Parkersburg South (5-2) at Greenbrier East (4-4)

After scoring 14 points total in their last two games – with one of them being a win – Parkersburg South’s offense had quite the breakout in a 45-13 win last Friday against Brooke. The Patriots racked up 536 total yards with quarterback Garrett Gilkeson throwing for 331 of those – just five yards fewer than the number of total yards Brooke finished with all night.

Gilkeson fired four touchdown passes – two each to Cole Day and Brendan Schwendeman. Schwendeman added a rushing touchdown as well. To be fair, Parkersburg South’s last two games came against Point Pleasant’s stifling defense and John Marshall, a team jockeying for position themselves.

Even so, head coach Mike Eddy and staff have to be pleased with the effort. This week, the Patriots make their longest trip of the season – and their only remaining game to be played outside Wood County – when they visit Greenbrier East.

The Spartans come in off a 42-19 win against Logan last week. It was the first time in over a month that Greenbrier East eclipsed the 40-point mark and just the second time all season. After a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season, the Spartans have back-to-back wins and are making a late-season surge.

If Greenbrier East wants any chance to make the postseason, Friday’s matchup with Parkersburg South is a must-win. Their biggest challenge will be to stop the Patriots’ passing attack, and if last week was any indication, that’s a passing attack that’s operating like a well-oiled machine at exactly the right time of the year to do so.

Parkersburg South has wins in four of their last five games and if they can survive the long road trip, they stand a good chance to pick up another.

►   Parkersburg (3-4) at George Washington (4-3)

Parkersburg fell behind 27-0 before reaching the end zone in an eventual 41-6 loss to the Huntington Highlanders. The Big Reds piled up rather anemic offensive numbers in the loss with just five first downs and 85 total yards of offense. Defensively, the Big Reds surrendered more than 400 yards. 257 of those came on 50 carries, showing that the Highlanders had no trouble with the idea of running the Parkersburg into submission.

For Parkersburg, if a winning season or a playoff berth is a possibility, answers must come quickly. So maybe this isn’t such a horrible time to pay George Washington a visit. The Patriots have dropped back-to-back contests and at 4-3, George Washington needs a win to stay in the postseason hunt with Capital looming in Week 11.

Last week, the Patriots fell 49-7 to a Cabell Midland squad that’s piled up some prolific offensive numbers this year. The Big Reds will need to bring one of their best defensive efforts of the season, because there’s no margin for error this week. George Washington must control the pace of game and find the same weaknesses in the Parkersburg defense that others have exploited this season.

This is a winnable game for both sides and it may be decided by the kick or punt return teams from one of these schools. Either way, it could serve as an elimination game for whichever school finds themselves on the short end of the stick.

►   Ravenswood (6-1) at Clay County (4-3)

Ravenswood played tough against one of the best Class AAA teams in the state before succumbing in the second half in a 37-20 loss to Point Pleasant. The Red Devils actually grabbed a lead in the middle of the second quarter on Rhys Jelich’s second touchdown run of the night. However, Point Pleasant’s Jon Peterson ran the ensuing kickoff to the house from 78 yards out to stem the tide of the visitors from Jackson County.

A two-point conversion tied things at 14 and Ravenswood would draw no closer. Point Pleasant outgained Ravenswood 447 to 254, but the 20 points Ravenswood scored are the most anyone has scored in a single game against the Big Blacks all year.

So with that as slight consolation, the Red Devils turn their focus to Clay County – a team with playoff hopes teetering on the brink after a 27-20 loss to Sissonville last week. The Panthers have struggled with consistency all season. With a Week One win coming as a result of a forfeit, Clay County has spent the rest of the year alternating wins and losses.

And those wins have come by the narrowest of margins in some cases. They include two shutouts by scores of 8-0 and 14-0 and a one-point victory against Fayetteville two weeks ago. Defensively, Clay County has slipped in the last three weeks, allowing 82 total points in a 1-2 stretch.

Ravenswood is a team that can score points aplenty and expect the Red Devils to do so as they get things readjusted heading down the stretch.

►   St. Marys (7-0) at South Harrison (4-3)

Addison O’Brien helped spark a St. Marys team that trailed at halftime for the first time all year in a win against Magnolia on Friday. O’Brien hauled in a pass that led to a 60-yard touchdown play to tie things early in the third quarter. Then, O’Brien’s 55-yard punt return on the final play of the third quarter gave St. Marys a lead they wouldn’t lose in a 27-7 win against the Blue Eagles – a win that all but sank Magnolia’s playoff hopes.

Corey Stewart would add a pair of fourth quarter rushing touchdowns to put things out of reach for the Blue Devils. It was a grind it out effort last week for St. Marys, picking up 184 rushing yards on 42 carries. But a win is what St. Marys needed in their toughest road test of the year, aside from Williamstown. And with that, the Blue Devils play what they hope is their final road game in a very long time, if not the rest of the season, with a trip to Lost Creek to face the South Harrison Hawks.

Brad Jett’s Hawks have won three of their last four and moved above .500 on the season with a 28-0 win over Webster County last Friday. Three of South Harrison’s four wins this year have been shutouts and two of their three losses have come by six points or fewer. So while this is an improved team from where things were a year ago, it’s still a South Harrison team on the cusp of so much more.

They’ll face what is without question their toughest test of the year this week. And for a team known for racking up some big numbers in the run game, St. Marys will be looking to top their 184 rushing yards from last week. And against a Blue Devil defense that’s allowed just 58 points through seven games, they’ll need a big night offensively and to slow the game to a crawl to get past St. Marys.

Expect St. Marys to take their peerless record back home for what will be a HUGE showdown on Halloween Night against the Ravenswood Red Devils.

►   Tyler Consolidated (5-2) at Magnolia (2-5)

In the middle of their second year under head coach Ryan Walton, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights are 10-7 since Walton became head coach of the Silver Knights. Off to their best start in years, there will be no greater measuring stick for this program than Friday’s game at Magnolia.

Though the Blue Eagles have five losses, the losses have been close – with the exception of last week’s 20-point setback to St. Marys – and they’ve come against very good teams. Tyler Consolidated had last week off after a 6-0 win against South Harrison and is poised to prove that they’ve arrived as a program on the Class A scene in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Playoff fever is in the air around Tyler County. If Tyler Consolidated’s two-headed offensive monster of Jordan Baker and Jace Reed can get things going against the Blue Eagles’ defense, then the Silver Knights could pull away with a victory. But remember, Magnolia held the dominant St. Marys running game scoreless in the first half last week.

The Blue Eagles stand a very solid chance to get a victory in a game that would only be a big upset on paper if Magnolia can pull off the win. If Tyler Consolidated plays like it’s record indicates they’re capable of, then the Silver Knights will show they’ve arrived – at least in some measure – as a legitimate contender in the area.

►   Parkersburg Catholic (2-5) at Williamstown (5-2)

It’s almost like Dakota Watson decided to make up for the offensive output he didn’t put forth during a bye week in Williamstown’s 72-8 win over Wirt County. After having the previous week off, Watson made up for lost time with a five-touchdown performance against the Tigers. He ran for two scores, threw for two more and even returned an interception 69 yards for a score late in the first quarter.

Mason Adkins ran for three second-half touchdowns for the Yellowjackets as well. All told, it was a Williamstown offensive effort that tallied 438 yards of total offense and spurred the Yellowjackets to a 50-0 halftime lead. With two losses coming before that bye week, Williamstown needed a big effort to drive a late-season push. That’s exactly what they got.

This week, the Yellowjackets face a talented, but overmatched Parkersburg Catholic squad in a battle of Wood County’s two Class A teams. The Crusaders are talented, but lack depth. On Saturday, they dropped a 33-14 decision to a Belpre, Ohio team that boasts one of the area’s best running games.

It’ll be a matchup of Williamstown’s defense versus the speed of Parkersburg Catholic on the perimeter. And when you factor in the lack of depth that Parkersburg Catholic has, that’ll swing the pendulum in favor of the Yellowjackets in what has always been an intensely-fought game.

►   Fairmont Senior (5-2) at Buckhannon-Upshur (5-2)

The Polar Bears came off a bye week to beat Braxton County 35-15 last week.  Joseph Toothman scored three touchdowns including one on a return of a blocked punt.

Buckhannon led Lincoln County 12-7 at the end of one quarter last week despite not running a single offensive play from scrimmage in the first quarter. Brandon Mallett had a 78 yard interception return for a touchdown and an 71-yard kickoff return for a score in that first quarter. Mallett finished with four touchdowns on five touches of the ball in the Bucs 46-21 victory. Defensive leader Marcus Lofton intercepted his sixth pass of the season in the win.

The Fairmont/Buckhannon series was resumed last year following a one year hiatus. Fairmont Senior won the game 49-7 at Buckhannon. The Polar Bears have won seven in a row in the series with Buckhannon’s last victory coming back in 2005.

►   Robert C. Byrd (5-2) at North Marion (0-7)

RCB has outscored its last three opponents 155-7 following a September 19 loss to Bridgeport. The Eagles defense has posted back to back shutouts. RCB rolled up seven sacks as it held Lincoln to under 100 yards of total offense last week.

The Huskies have three opportunities remaining to try and get that first win. This one will be a tough matchup as the Huskies offense has struggled. North Marion has scored seven points or fewer in five of their seven games so far.

►   MSAC commissioner: “The blame goes on me. I messed up.“

Mountain State Athletic Conference Commissioner Fred Aldridge took responsibility on Wednesday’s MetroNews High School Sportsline for the unscheduled officials last week in Beckley for Woodrow Wilson-Capital, a game that has since been cancelled.

“The buck stops with me, I messed up. I missed the game. I did not assign the officials,” Aldridge said. “It bothers me deeply that the situation occurred because there were so many people involved. Apologies need to go out to Capital High School and to Woodrow Wilson, the student athletes, the bands and what have you.”

Ultimately, a system of checks and balances fell through after Aldridge initially failed to schedule the game back in the winter.

“When I meet with the principals and athletic directors, I always give them the schedule and assignments, I ask them to check all the games on the list so I can make the adjustments so we don’t have a situation like we had this weekend,” he said. “But it would have never happened and this game would have been played if I would have scheduled (the officials) back in February when I do those things.”

Aldridge said his office worked to reschedule the game on either Saturday afternoon, Saturday night or on Monday night with the MSAC covering the expenses. Saturday was thrown out because both schools had athletes visiting colleges.

“For some reason, it couldn’t be worked out,” Aldridge said. “No reasons were given to me (for playing the game on Monday). I said that we must play this game, but the two principals talked with their coaches and decided to cancel the game completely. I did not want the game to be cancelled and I still don’t understand why the game was cancelled.

“But again, the person at fault and the person to blame is me, because when I was assigning officials, I missed that game,” he continued. “It slipped through our check and balances. A lot of people were affected. Woodrow Wilson lost that gate and it was homecoming. I did everything in my power to still get that game to be played.”

Capital was No. 1 in the Class AAA WVSSAC rankings released this week and the missed game likely won’t have an impact on the Cougars’ seeding if they win out. A loss for Woodrow Wilson, however, would have put the Flying Eagles in a difficult spot to make the playoffs.

Beckley is at No. 18 this week with a 3-3 record and games remaining against Princeton, Oak Hill and Hedgesville. The Flying Eagles would likely make it into the playoff field if they win out – something that could have an impact on several other teams vying for the final few playoff slots.

One of those teams is Musselman. The Applemen enter this week at No. 16 in Class AAA with a 5-3 record and have games remaining against Washington and then at Martinsburg.

“It’s kind of frustrating in a way,” Musselman coach Brian Thomas said. “I put myself in those shoes and I know if something happened with us and Martinsburg like that, I’m doing everything in my power to play on a Saturday. If we can’t play on a Saturday, I’m going to play on a Monday. We’ll try to play wherever we can.

“I would try to play a game at all costs,” he continued. “I would think at the same time that our kids would want to know why we weren’t playing. I just know if I was in that situation, I would do everything under my power to play a game and anything to help our kids out.”

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►   Holgorsen insists ‘We’re not satisfied’

Dana Holgorsen sees value in his team returning to the top 25 rankings for the first time in 23 months. He just doesn’t want players accepting the additional exposure as a milestone.

West Virginia entered the AP poll at No. 22 this week, buoyed by a 41-27 win over then-No. 4 Baylor. In the coaches poll, the Mountaineers debuted at No. 25.

“It’s positive for the program, it’s good for national recognition. All that is good, and I’m not going to deny that,” Holgorsen said Tuesday. “It probably gets us talked about more … but it doesn’t adjust anything that we do.

“We’re not satisfied with where we’re at. We’re not interested with people telling us that we’re good or any of that. We’ve got to just keep doing our job.”

The job, and West Virginia’s road to a potential Big 12 championship, remains thorny starting with Saturday’s trip to Stillwater, where Boone Pickens Stadium now encompasses one of the nation’s biggest home-field advantages. Oklahoma State has gone 22-2 there during the past four seasons, with both losses decided in the final 27 seconds.

Holgorsen has lived the Stillwater experience from both sides. He made four trips there as a Texas Tech assistant before serving one year as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator—a stint he leveraged into the West Virginia job in 2010.

During the 2012 season, Holgorsen led West Virginia back into Boone Pickens and lost 55-34, dropping his record as a visiting coach to 1-4.

This time around the Cowboys and Mountaineers own identical 5-2 overall records and 3-1 conference marks, but OSU is trying to rebound from a spotty two-game stretch that sent it tumbling out of the top 25. First came a 27-20 scare at Kansas before last weekend’s 42-9 humiliation at TCU.

Having watched Mike Gundy average nearly 10 wins during the past six seasons, Holgorsen expects a strong bounce-back effort from Oklahoma State.

“They’re going to be ready to play,” he said. “It’s homecoming. It’s going to be sold-out. It’s going to be loud.”

After beating a top-five opponent for the first time since 2003, West Virginia could be hardpressed to match last week’s enthusiasm. Holgorsen understands the psychological pitfall and senses his team is equipped to guard against it.

“I think if we had a very young and immature team, then that would be a huge challenge,” he said. “But we have a very experienced, older team that likes each other, plays hard for each other and understands what we’re trying to accomplish. Really, what we’re trying to accomplish is to win the next game.

“I basically asked the guys if they were satisfied with the (Baylor) win, and it was a unanimous ‘not satisfied.’”

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►   Marshall ready for athletic Owls

Doc Holliday has long had the reputation of plucking athletes from Florida and building around them, see Rakeem Cato, Tommy Shuler and about two dozen other players on Marshall’s roster. He better understands how deep the talent pool in Florida is than most and that’s the reason he expecting a very athletic FAU football team in Huntington on Saturday.

“They have athletes everywhere,” said Holliday. “They won six games a year ago and were bowl-eligible and most of those guys are back.  I have said many times, anytime you’re located in Boca or Miami and all the players around them, they are going to have really good players. They are athletic and can run. We are going to have our hands full.”

Marshall pulled out a 24-23 win over the Owls last year in Boca Raton. Justin Haig booted a 41-yard field goal as time expired to keep Marshall in contention for the C-USA East Division title.

“I was on the sideline with my head backward and not looking,” recalled center Chris Jasperse.

Marshall produced a season-low 355 yards of total offense and Rakeem Cato was limited to 216 yards passing, 70 of which came on the final game winning drive. FAU held on to the ball for 35:11and outgained Marshall 395-355.

“That was a great game and something that we weren’t expecting to go down to the wire like that,” admitted tight end Eric Frohnapfel. “We made the plays when we needed to. It was a rollercoaster of emotions type game.”

And while the FAU program has gone through numerous changes, including a new head coach, since last year’s game, many of the same players are back with a year of development under their belt. That includes quarterback Jaquez Johnson who is the first FAU quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000. Johnson rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Herd last year.

“Their quarterback, Jaquez Johnson, he is a pain in the neck. He can run it, he can throw it,” said Holliday. “Not only can he run it but he does a good job at keeping his eyes down the field on the open receivers. We have to make sure our guys do a great job of, number one, containing him and, number two, when you tackle him you better wrap him up. He is bigger now than he was a year ago, to be honest. He ran through us a year ago when we were trying to get him on the ground. I’ve seen him running through people this year. He hasn’t changed.”

Johnson accounted for 420 yards of total offense in a comeback win last week against Western Kentucky. Johnson threw for 325 yards and ran for 95 more.

Johnson’s top target is senior receiver Lucky Whitehead. He leads Conference USA in receptions per game and all-purpose yards. He’s also No. 1 in the country in combined return yards.

“They make an effort to get the ball in his hands and, after seeing him play, I can see why,” said Holliday.  “They just try to find ways to make sure that he gets touches throughout the game. They do a good job of giving him the ball. We have to make sure we do a great job of getting him on the ground when he gets the ball in his hands.”

Much like FIU last week, FAU has speed and talented athletes but matching up play for play with Marshall is another story.

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►   Manning leads Broncos past Chargers

Peyton Manning didn’t have much time to savor his latest NFL record for career touchdown passes, but he added to that record on Thursday night.

Manning threw three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

The reigning and five-time NFL MVP broke Brett Favre’s record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. On Thursday, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career TD total to 513.

Manning was not happy with the scoreboard operator late in the fourth quarter.

“I have no problem with our fans. Our fans are great. I’ve got a problem with our scoreboard operator,“ Manning said. “I’m gonna have a little talk with him. I’m not sure what he’s doing.

“He was playing music, showing people—showing players dancing, getting the crowd fired up while we had the ball. I don’t think we should be doing that. I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought that was kind of disrespectful. Our fans are great, our fans are loud, so the scoreboard operators ... it wasn’t his best night.“

Sanders caught nine passes for 120 yards for the Broncos (6-1), who have won four in a row. Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 105 yards.

“Every week we don’t know where the ball is going to go,“ Sanders said. “The defense really dictates that and what Peyton is seeing. And tonight was just my night.“

Ronnie Hillman carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards and Juwan Thompson rushed for 24 yards and two scores on seven carries.

Philip Rivers connected on 30-of-41 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Chargers (5-3), who have lost two straight since a five-game winning streak.

Keenan Allen caught nine passes for 73 yards and a score for San Diego. Antonio Gates became the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving yards after catching five passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

Last season in week 15, San Diego came away with a 27-20 win in Denver. However, the Broncos eliminated the Chargers from the playoffs a month later.

After each team punted twice to start the game, the Broncos started from their own 31-yard line. Sanders and Thomas caught passes of 38 and 16 yards to move the ball to the San Diego 2-yard line. On 3rd-and-goal, Manning rolled to his right and found Sanders in the back of the end zone with 13:35 remaining in the second quarter.

The Chargers answered with a touchdown of their own following a punt from each team. A defensive pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-6 allowed San Diego to pick up a first down. Allen caught two passes to account for 23 yards before Eddie Royal made a 15-yard catch. Gates moved the chains with a 31-yard grab on 3rd-and-20, and Allen capped the 13-play series with a 2-yard TD catch.

San Diego almost got the ball right back when Andre Caldwell lost control of the football on the ensuing kickoff. Replay showed Caldwell’s elbow hit the ground first and the initial call of a fumble was reversed. Denver found the end zone eight plays later, as Manning hooked up with Sanders for a 31-yard score.

Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. picked off Rivers on the opening possession of the second half. The Broncos quickly moved the ball to the San Diego 30- yard line thanks to linebacker Donald Butler being called for unnecessary roughness. Hillman’s 16-yard catch ended with him stepping out at the 3-yard line. Sanders followed with his third touchdown catch of the game to make it 21-7 with 10:53 left in the third stanza.

“We can’t give a good football team like the Denver Broncos the opportunities we gave them,“ Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. “That span there of a big touchdown at the end of the half, turnover to start the second half and then points for them. Once we settled down we got back in rhythm a little bit. But that’s a good football team and we gave them too many opportunities.“

The home team scored another touchdown on its next possession to essentially seal the game. After Hillman had a 33-yard TD run called back due to offensive holding, the Chargers were called for defensive pass interference. Thompson rumbled into the end zone from two yards out with 7:34 to go in the third.

San Diego responded with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that Gates capped with a 4- yard score. After a defensive holding call nullified Eric Weddle’s interception of Manning, Thompson scored from one yard out to make it 35-14 with 13:29 to play.

Gates kept the Chargers alive with a 10-yard TD catch. After Denver kicker Brandon McManus missed a 53-yard field goal, Rahim Moore picked off Rivers to secure the victory for the Broncos.

Game Notes

Denver leads the all-time series by a 59-49-1 margin ... Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers (concussion) missed the game ... Broncos linebacker Von Miller extended his NFL-best sack streak to six games ... Branden Oliver carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards for San Diego, with 23 yards coming on the final play of the game.

►   NFL Game Result - Week 8


Final Score: Denver 35, San Diego 21

Peyton Manning didn’t have much time to savor his latest NFL record for career touchdown passes, but he added to that record on Thursday night. Manning threw three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The reigning and five-time NFL MVP broke Brett Favre’s record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 rout of the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. On Thursday, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career TD total to 513. Sanders caught nine passes for 120 yards for the Broncos (6-1), who have won four in a row. Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 105 yards. Ronnie Hillman carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards and Juwan Thompson rushed for 24 yards and two scores on seven carries. Philip Rivers connected on 30-of-41 passes for 252 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Chargers (5-3), who have lost two straight since a five-game winning streak.

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►   Nothin’ but Net: Season Preview Part II

On Tuesday, I documented the 14 teams destined to miss the postseason (, although I believe three teams - Pelicans, Nuggets and Rockets - are better than some Eastern Conference playoff-bound squads.

Part II - it’ll be as good as “Back to the Future II,“ but not quite “The Godfather: Part II.“


One season ago, I bought big time on the Nets. My bad.

The team actually advanced to the second round of the playoffs as Jason Kidd improved as a coach. Then, he lost his mind, tried to outflank general manager Billy King, ended up as head man of the Milwaukee Bucks. That move, like his failed coup de tat in Brooklyn, was shady and duplicitous because Larry Drew was already the coach.

The Nets shed themselves of a potential headache in the form of Kidd. However, Paul Pierce also bolted Brooklyn for a better deal with the Washington Wizards.

That doesn’t leave the cupboard bare for the Nets. Brook Lopez is back after his second major foot surgery in a few years, but, stop traffic, he already sprained his foot in the preseason. Lopez was playing at an All-Star level until the injury and he’ll be needed.

Speaking of lower appendages, Deron Williams’ ankles are apparently in working shape. Joe Johnson is still wildly overpaid, but still contributes. It’s very hard for shooting guards to stop someone as strong as Johnson.

Then there’s Kevin Garnett. Most (me, actually) assumed he’d retire when Pierce left town, but he’s still around. There’s actually a strong group of veterans in Brooklyn.

And I like Lionel Hollins a lot. He left Memphis after guiding the Grizz to the Western Conference Finals mostly because of his dispute with management over analytics. He’s a strong coach with great defensive principles.

Problem in Brooklyn is this group hasn’t fit well in one season. Lopez should be the man here, but Williams and Johnson make obscene money and have the ball in their hands. It should be better with a second camp under their collective belt and a better leader in Hollins, but this group makes the postseason because a.) eight do in the East, and b.) there’s enough offensive talent.


If people forgot about Lopez, Al Horford is like that wonderful ‘80s song you hear during a random trip to the grocery store.

Horford missed 53 games last season and 55 three seasons ago, both because of torn pectoral muscles. What you forgot is that a healthy Horford is a wonderful two-way big man. He can score inside, has a decent mid-range game, plus he’s a strong interior defender and decent rim protector. Getting him back is a gigantic improvement.

And Atlanta could use some good news. The Hawks’ summer was dominated by racism from the owner (“too many blacks on the kiss cam”) and general manager Danny Ferry, who inexplicably read a scouting report of Luol Deng which claimed he had some “African in him.“ Ferry is still away from the team, so there’s disarray.

On the court, the Hawks have been mired in the eternal purgatory known as a subpar, but good enough to make the playoffs, Eastern Conference team. That’s never good.

The Hawks have Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll in the starting lineup. There bench consists of solid pieces like Thabo Sefalosha, Elton Brand, Pero Antic and Mike Scott, a personal favorite of mine. I loved Adreian Payne, their first-round pick.

Horford will help, but the Hawks are still stuck in no man’s land out East. They are postseason-worthy, but have little chance of advancement unless they get a fifth or sixth seed, which seems high.


Last season, I ranked them 29th, ahead of only the 76ers. What a doofus.

The Suns narrowly missed a playoff berth in the loaded Western Conference, but they will get over that hump this season. Isaiah Thomas was their big free- agent move, which made sense to hedge their bet if Eric Bledsoe didn’t return. He did, so Phoenix has the best backcourt depth in the league.

They also ooze athleticism, but in a good way. They ranked in the top 10 in scoring, field-goal percentage and 3-point percentage. Offensively, the Suns are very good.

Defensively, Phoenix was 21st in opponents’ scoring, but 14th in opponents’ field-goal percentage and second in opponents’ 3-point percentage. That’s sort of a weird balance.

So, the Suns can play defense. What makes them different than say a Mike D’Antoni team that would run up and down the floor is, this Suns squad does it because no one can match up with their athletes.

Thomas, Goran Dragic, Bledsoe, the Morris twins, P.J. Tucker, Gerald Green, Zoran Dragic, T.J. Warren, Tyler Ennis, even Miles Plumlee is a decent enough athlete. This team is put together to compete and run and defend.

Their style will win some ball games, but isn’t built to compete in the postseason. Jeff Hornacek was great last season at maximizing his roster’s talents and it should be more of the same. They have some interesting pieces to possibly move if a star became available because that’s the only thing separating Phoenix from being a fringe contender.

This team may not lead the league in opponents’ scoring, but they’ll lead in the league in most times getting an opponent to vomit on the bench due to sheer exhaustion.


They have a gritty defensive team, anchored offensively by a great low-post scorer, a throwback in a sense, named Al Jefferson. They feature a woefully underrated point guard in Kemba Walker, then some other pieces.

Until Lance Stephenson came to town.

Stephenson is a stat sheet marvel, who is also a defensive presence and a big- game performer. He played on winning teams with the Indiana Pacers and can teach these Hornets how to take a step forward.

Also, worth mentioning, he is, as Liz Lemon from “30 Rock” once said, “staunchly in favor of Coco-Puffs.“

That on-going internal battle for Stephenson’s mind and soul determines the Hornets’ fate this season. Good crazy is fine. That’s intensity and passion. Bad crazy is not. Stephenson has been bad crazy at times, including last season’s East Finals against the Miami Heat. Remember when he blew on LeBron’s face? You do. But you don’t remember his pressure defense that turned games in Indiana’s favor.

Stephenson can be the next piece in the Hornets’ puzzle. A nucleus of Jefferson/Stephenson/Walker/Gerald Henderson/Noah Vonleh/Cody Zeller/Michael Kidd-Gilchrist/Marvin Williams/Gary Neal/P.J. Hairston is very good. It’s not a championship contender, but it’s good enough to contend for a home playoff series.

There are a few things that need to happen for Charlotte.

Stephenson has to be smart about his craziness. Kidd-Gilchrist needs to develop a jump shot, or possibly lose rotation minutes. Jefferson needs to stay healthy. Same for Walker. The bench needs to produce. Zeller and Vonleh, who will miss time at the start of the season and could be in danger of never getting his spot back, need to help out.

Enough should happen to make Charlotte a tough team every night.


Losing LeBron James is like getting punched in the solar plexus by an elephant. Then it’s like getting stomped in the nether region by same elephant.

But Pat Riley did a nice job in rebuilding the roster with James gone.

Luol Deng is LeBron-lite. He scores in a variety of ways, rebounds and defends. He just doesn’t do them at the same level James does, nor is a quarter of the playmaker James is.

Josh McRoberts has a niche and can shoot.

After that, Riley brought most of the same players back.

Chris Bosh is overpaid. We can all agree on that, although I defend him more than most because I think he completely changed his game to benefit the Heat. Do I think Bosh wants to bang on the blocks with bigger guys every night? Heck no. Do I think he can still be a No. 1 scorer on a good team? Yes, a good team, not a great one.

And that’s what Miami is now in the absence of LeBron. They’ll be good. They’ll make the playoffs and I see a little of the Boston Celtics when the Big Three was dying in this Heat incarnation. They’ll be the team no one really wants to face in the postseason with their experience and pedigree.

It all hinges on Dwyane Wade.

He missed 28 games during the regular season in 2013-14 and still didn’t look great in the postseason with all of that down time. Wade can’t miss that kind of time this go-around or Miami will sink. James isn’t there to bail the franchise out and, without any knowledge, I believe that wore on James. If I could inject James with truth serum, or Jagermeister, I think he’d say that not only playing every game, but having to carry the entire load, was enough.

Wade won’t play a full season, so if he misses 12-15 games, the Heat should be fine.


The Toronto Raptors are a very good team. They play defense, score in various ways and have a top three backcourt in the league with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. They have underrated parts like Amir Johnson and Lou Williams.

They are good and could advance in the postseason. Also, they have a lot of expiring contracts at their disposal, so they could be players at the deadline.

It’s a star league. DeRozan was an All-Star last season and is blossoming into a bona fide leader and star. Lowry should’ve made the All-Star team, but didn’t. He stayed on a reasonable contract, however, the old Lowry could have reverted back into a mild headache once he became happy.

Jonas Valanciunas is the biggest key to Toronto’s improvement. He can score on the low post and is a very underrated athlete and strong man. His defense will need to improve, but his career arc is trending upward. Valanciunas will become the third star and that’s a necessary component for serious success.

The Atlantic Division is the weakest in basketball. Toronto should cruise to a second consecutive title, but the Raptors need to guard against that feeling that the division will be their’s no matter what. They aren’t quite that good.


Bradley Beal’s wrist injury hurts this team early. When healthy and complete, the Wizards could be really strong.

Beal made the claim he and Wall are the best backcourt in the league. It’s debatable and I for one don’t agree. Golden State and Toronto have a better claim, but this pair of guards are dynamic. Wall is the fastest player in the league and Beal might become the best shooter in the NBA.

The rest of the roster is built for the long haul.

Paul Pierce was a magnificent signing. He can still score, especially in crunch time and he can teach this group a thing or 12 about winning. That’s his main role.

Nene and Marcin Gortat are fantastic big men with swagger and skill. The bench has been bolstered with the signing of Kris Humphries (who is hurt) and the acquisition of DeJuan Blair. Couple those two with Martell Webster and Andre Miller and that’s a very solid bench.

Washington is going to have a very good season. Randy Wittman isn’t exactly John Wooden, but this roster is built for a season-long trek. It’s a very good team, but not one that’s better than the Cleveland Cavaliers or Chicago Bulls.


I admit, I can’t be objective about the Grizzlies. I love them.

I love Marc Gasol. He changes games defensively, is one of the two best passing big men in the sport and his basketball IQ is astronomical. To me, Gasol is the best center in the league when healthy. His game is complete.

I love Zach Randolph. He can score inside and out, rebounds ferociously and has come to grips, to an extent, with things he can’t control.

I love Mike Conley. He’s a top defensive point guard, good facilitator, improved long-range shooter, a wonderful gamer and emerging big-stage performer.

I love Vince Carter. He’s been robbed in NBA Sixth Man Award voting in recent seasons as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, but he can still score and shoot from deep.

I love Tony Allen. Who couldn’t love the best defensive wing player in the league?

I love Quincy Pondexter. He got hurt early last season right when he was on the precipice of breaking out a bit. He’s a shooter. Memphis needs them.

I semi-love Dave Joerger. His public dustup with the organization, then public flirting with the Minnesota Timberwolves job, was unnecessary, but he stayed. He won 50 games his first season with the Grizz and that came with Gasol missing a huge chunk of the schedule. In the Western Conference, that’s impressive.

It’s not all glorious in Memphis. Courtney Lee needs to prove he’s a starting shooting guard in the league and Tayshaun Prince is done. All in all, this is once again a strong group built on reliable means to win games.


This was a last-second audible. Originally, my crush, the Grizzlies were ahead of the Warriors. Talent is key and Golden State is loaded with talent.

Steph Curry is elite. He’s the league’s best shooter and his assist number rocketed up to 8.5 per game last season, a full 1.5 per game higher than his previous best season.

Klay Thompson is the key. The Warriors wouldn’t part with him in a prospective deal for Kevin Love. That’s high praise and it may bit them in the fanny. Love and Curry running pick and pops would be diabolical.

But Thompson, along with Denver’s Kenneth Faried, really emerged as pleasant surprises on the grand scale of this summer’s World Cup. Thompson was largely regarded as a shooter with decent playmaking skills. His defense is top-notch and that should be used by new head coach Steve Kerr.

He, too, is something of a wild card. Kerr has no previous head coaching experience. He did play significant periods of his career under Phil Jackson, who he jilted very publicly when he turned down his offer to coach the New York Knicks, and Gregg Popovich, who he probably didn’t jilt at all.

Kerr inherited a strong, but incomplete roster. The first five - Curry, Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and David Lee - is talented. Thompson, Iguodala and Bogut are great defenders and the Warriors were one of the league’s best defensive squads. Lee and Curry can score easily.

Depth is a little bit of an issue, but the Shaun Livingston signing was smart. He can provide much-needed relief at either backcourt spot. Livingston is tough and with Draymond Green (a top-five agitator in the league), Marreese Speights (a top-five chucker in the league) and Festus Ezeli, the group is not horrid.

The other big bench piece is Harrison Barnes. Former coach Mark Jackson dropped him from the starting lineup when the team signed Iguodala before last season. Kerr needs to keep Barnes engaged.

If Kerr is great immediately, the Warriors will be tough. They still seem to miss something come playoff time. It might be intensity or toughness, but Golden State is still loaded and its sneaky-good defense, assuming Kerr emphasizes it, should be enough to flirt with a top-four seed out west.


The Blazers seemingly came out of nowhere last season. They advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs and have two big-time studs, a great start for any team.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are both All-Stars. They’re also not afraid of the stage. A contending team can be built around this pair.

Wesley Matthews is very good. Niclas Batum might be better than very good and Robin Lopez is a serviceable big.

Problem for Portland is, this starting unit is excellent, but the bench stinks. Aldridge, Lillard and Batum finished in the top 20 in minutes played last season. The Blazers’ bench finished dead last in points per game and minutes per game.

Add here’s why Portland can’t be ranked any higher - the Blazers didn’t significantly improve the unit. Chris Kaman and Steve Blake are pros, but not enough of an upgrade to matter.

At some point, the Blazers’ second unit is going to kill them, or one of the starting five will collapse from exhaustion.


This team had the best offseason short of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Acquiring Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons will help this team tremendously in different ways.

Chandler will be the defensive anchor, like he was on the Dallas title team of 2011. He still can protect the rim and run the defense from inside the lane.

Parsons will get a lot of looks from the perimeter. He was a underrated playmaker in Houston and he’ll get a chance to be great under a great coach like Rick Carlisle.

Dirk Nowitzki is still a stud. Last season, he averaged 21.7 points per game, and he’s indicated he was working on quickening his release, which is terrifying considering he’s a 7-footer who shoots the ball from so high up already.

Carlisle is a genius. He got so much more out of Monta Ellis last season than other coaches ever did. Can Carlisle get as much out of Jameer Nelson, who looked decent last season in Orlando? Tough call, but Raymond Felton is also with the Mavericks and Devin Harris can still play some point. He might be the one who’s out there in the fourth quarter.

Depth might be an issue for Dallas. Harris, Brandan Wright, Felton, Jae Crowder and Al-Farouq Aminu is not exactly the best second unit in the sport, but in Dirk and Rick we trust.


Kevin Durant’s injury is potentially crippling in several ways.

Long story short, if the Thunder struggle badly in Durant’s absence, they could slip to sixth or seventh in the Western Conference. Yeah, the conference is that good.

That’s not to say OKC can’t win in that slot in the postseason, but it’ll be much harder.

I’m firmly in the camp that believes Oklahoma City will be in trouble without Durant. If you can get past the obvious nature of that statement, I’ll elaborate.

Russell Westbrook will be the primary scorer, a role he’ll have no qualms about embracing. He’s going to shoot the ball a lot. A whole lot. That’s going to be tough to get out of his system once Durant returns.

Once Durant does come back, OKC should be just fine. The Thunder will win a lot of games because Durant is just that good. He’s not as complete as James, but he’s the league’s best scorer and his overall game improved during his MVP campaign of last season.

The real problem for the Thunder this season might be that they didn’t improve much from last season. Oklahoma City lost out on the Pau Gasol sweepstakes and their big move in the offseason was the signing of Anthony Morrow. He’s most likely the starting shooting guard because Sefolosha left for Atlanta.

Reggie Jackson is still going to be the primary two when a game matters, but Kendrick Perkins is on the decline. He’s still the starting center. Andre Roberson, Perry Jones or Lance Thomas will replace Durant in the starting lineup.

The Thunder weren’t good enough last season and didn’t improve. Durant’s injury makes them slightly worse this season.


A healthy Derrick Rose makes the Bulls a title contender. The Derrick Rose of the last two seasons makes the Bulls the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

He looks good on the court. If that is the case, the Bulls are going to be tough every night. Head coach Tom Thibodeau is the best defensive mind in the sport, so you’re always going to get a tough draw against Chicago.

There’s a reason why I like the Bulls more this season, again, assuming Rose is healthy. They improved.

The Bulls were a mess offensively, especially late in games. Rose will help that, but Chicago also desperately needed more skill on that side of the court and, if a shooter came along, that would be great.

Enter Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic.

Gasol will replace Carlos Boozer and that’s a win for the Bulls. Gasol may be oldish, but he put up some decent numbers last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Plus, he’s probably over the moon to not have to deal with D’Antoni’s system which did not maximize his talents a little bit.

McDermott was acquired in a draft-night trade. He has incredible range. Will he play a lot in the rotation? That remains to be seen, but I hope he does. Great shooters should have a role no matter how bad he is defensively.

Mirotic came from overseas and is a highly skilled big man with handle. Again, does Thibs trust him out of the gate? Hopefully, because if both these men play, the Bulls are legit 10 deep.

Joakim Noah is one of the best defensive players in the league, an incredibly gifted passer and the possessor of the worst-looking jump shot outside my two- year-old.

The Bulls have the correct mix for a championship run. Again, if Rose stays healthy.


The Clippers have to be excited about this upcoming season. Not only are they loaded, they don’t have the burden of the Donald Sterling nonsense to deal with DURING THE PLAYOFFS, like last season.

Steve Ballmer is the owner and he’d get me excited to eat sushi. The team loves him and, most of all, the fan base is going to love him. They’re also going to love this team, but the roster is packed to the gills with talent.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are MVP candidates in a LeBron-less world. They might cancel each other out in voting, but both are deserving.

Paul is the best point guard in the world, an underrated defensive force and angry about how the postseason ended (his mistake).

Griffin is a freak tornado that comes through town. He’s improved his range, which was long my problem with his game, and vows to handle things better when other teams push him around to get a rise out of him.

The other biggest problem the Clippers faced last season was a lack of depth behind Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who is in a contract year. Spencer Hawes was signed and he’s going to be really effective. He’s a great passer and shooter for a big man and he’ll back up both players and see a lot of playing time.

Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis, Matt Barnes, Reggie Bullock and Jordan Farmar round out the roster. They’re a little thin at small forward, but Crawford will play at the end of games.

Doc Rivers is a top-two coach in the league and now that everything is good in Clipper-ville, this team has a very real chance of winning the NBA title.


LeBron James decided to put the city of Cleveland on his shoulders. He indicated it would take longer than in Miami to win a title, but that was before Kevin Love came to town.

James, Love and Kyrie Irving make the best trio in the league. Defending this team will be a nightmare. Any combination of the three in a pick-and-pop scenario will be impossible to stop.

Imagine Love throwing those amazing outlet passes to a streaking LeBron. Oof.

The Cavs aren’t perfect. Love and Irving have never been in the spotlight, nor have they ever been in the playoffs. Those are both reasonable concerns. Thank goodness LeBron is there to lead them.

Also, depth is an issue in Cleveland. Anderson Varejao is the starting center, but hasn’t played near a full season since 2009-10. Dion Waiters has been a combustible element for his whole career. Mike Miller is so-so.

I loved the Shawn Marion signing and maybe he could play in a small lineup with Love and James.

There’s also the fact that David Blatt has never been a head coach in the NBA. His first gig is with the traveling circus and expectations are staggering in Cleveland.

But the Cavs have earned the preseason adulation. They are extremely potent on offense. They will have issues on defense because James, Marion and maybe Tristan Thompson are good defensively.

It all won’t matter since James is so clearly at the top of his game. No matter what team he signed with would have become a contender, except for Philadelphia. The team bolstered the roster with the Love trade and should be the best team in the East.

For a team with so many mild question marks, having James as the leader means the world. He makes everything better. He’s handled everything in his career, from mild adversity, inexperienced head coach and suffocating expectations.


Take the defending champions, who embarrassed the Big Three in stunning fashion, add very little, take away nothing, and you have the best team in the sport.

The Spurs’ biggest summer move was Tim Duncan staying active. Tony Parker signed a contract extension. Manu Ginobili skipped the World Cup to heal a stress fracture in his leg.

Kawhi Leonard is fresh off a Finals MVP and ready for a max deal. Boris Diaw, the revelation of the Finals with his passing skills, re-upped.

The only bad thing is that Patty Mills, the electrifying guard off the bench, will miss a few months with a shoulder injury. Other than that, nothing hideous happened to the defending champs.

Admittedly, motivation might be hard for a group that won five titles in 16 years. The spark for last season’s title came from the heart-wrenching loss in the previous Finals.

The motivation comes from Gregg Popovich - the master and commander.

Pop is the best in the world. He’s the best professional coach in sports. He tweaked the starting lineup in the Finals and pummeled the Heat. He gave Leonard a pep talk and he won MVP. If motivating this self-starting group was ever to be an issue, Pop would make sure it wasn’t.

When you don’t mess with greatness, you stay great. The Spurs are greatness.  ~~  Jim Brighters ~~

The Gilmer Free Press

►   Rounding Third: Royals follow familiar script to even series

The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are in the World Series because of their bullpens.

In Game 2 on Wednesday one of those units delivered, the other did not and now the best-of-seven set will head to the Bay Area tied at a game apiece.

Kansas City’s bullpen was once again phenomenal, while San Francisco’s relief corps imploded, as the Royals scored five times in a wild sixth inning en route to a 7-2 win.

Ladies and gentlemen ... we have a series.

The Royals’ historic triumvirate of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland came into this matchup having pitched to a 0.61 ERA this postseason. It was more of the same in Game 2 for the group some are saying might be the best of all-time.

They certainly looked the part on Wednesday, tossing 3 2/3 more masterful innings, recording six of the 11 outs via strikeout.

With the score tied at 2-2, Herrera came on in relief of young Yordano Ventura with one out and two on in the sixth. He quickly got out of the jam and had to work out of another one in the seventh, as he walked a pair of batters. But Davis struck out two of the three batters he faced in the eighth and Holland closed it out by striking out three in the ninth.

As good as Kansas City’s bullpen was, San Francisco’s was just as bad, particularly flamethrower Hunter Strickland, who served up a postseason record-tying fifth home run. He then embarrassed himself even further by yelling at Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who had scored on Omar Infante’s two-run homer.

San Francisco tied a World Series record by using five pitchers in the sixth.

Statistically, the Giants’ pen entered the Series with better numbers than the Royals’ group. Numbers don’t always tell the whole story, though, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’d argue they were the better unit.

Maybe the bigger story was the fact that the Royals were able to find some offense after managing just five runs in their previous three games and looking absolutely lost against Madison Bumgarner in Game 1.

On Wednesday, though, they stuck to the script that got them here. They got timely hits, Lorenzo Cain was involved, they used their speed to their advantage, and, of course, hit a home run.

They even flashed a little leather.

It was the type of win we’ve become accustomed to this postseason from the Royals.

As much momentum as the Giants had after Bumgarner’s marvelous effort, you almost get the feeling that they might not win again until the next time he takes the hill.

By that time they could be facing elimination.


The bullpens played such a big role in Game 2 because neither starter was able to get out of the sixth inning.

Ventura gave up a leadoff home run to Gregor Blanco, but settled down until that sixth frame. He came into the series with questions surrounding his shoulder, but he hit 100 mph on the radar gun in the first inning.

Something worth noting going forward, the 23-year-old rookie has now thrown over 200 innings this season.

As for San Francisco starter Jake Peavy, well, he looked as if he wouldn’t last two innings, but the former NL Cy Young winner managed to gut his way through five-plus innings and was charged with four runs and six hits

Peavy’s numbers in eight postseason starts: 29 ER, 47 hits, 37 innings, 7.05 ERA.

You have to wonder if he gets another shot in this series.


This marks the 57th time that the Fall Classic has been knotted at one game apiece.

Of the previous 56 times it has happened, the winner of Game 2 has gone on to capture the Series on 29 occasions. However, that has been the case on just two of nine occasions since 1993, those being Anaheim in 2002 and the New York Yankees in 2009. The 1993 Phillies, 1997 Indians, 2003 Yankees, 2006 Tigers, 2008 Rays, 2011 Rangers and 2013 Cardinals all won Game 2 to square the Fall Classic but went on to lose the Series.

The team winning Game 3 in a 1-1 series, though, has gone on to win the title in four of the last five and 11 of the last 13 instances.


With his double in the fourth inning, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has now reached base safely in a franchise-record 25 consecutive playoff games dating back to Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.

The only players with longer postseason on-base streaks are Miguel Cabrera (31) and Chase Utley (27).

The Gilmer Free Press

►   Diagnosing the need for a blockbuster trade

To decide whether or not to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade might be one of the hardest decisions in fantasy football.

As great as some waiver wire acquisitions are, they often only help keep the status quo. Making a splash with the right trade will give many teams that missing championship piece.

Before even thinking about trades, owners have to do heavy analysis of their team. There are four major ways I evaluate my teams: overall record, points scored, the median score, and position-by-position.

No explanation is needed for the importance of record, but it often does not tell the whole story.

Points is probably the best indication of how well a team is really performing. Even if a team is sitting at 4-3 or 3-4 going into Week 8, there is no need to worry if that team is ranked in the top half of the league in scoring. As long as the team can maintain that pace for points scored, the record should begin to reflect the points.

Points, though, also does not tell the whole story. Some teams may be 5-2, have the second most points scored, thus giving that team also the second best mean average. But perhaps two monster point totals the first two weeks of the season is keeping that average high.

That’s why the median score is also important. The median average, or three middle scores out of seven, will give owners an even better idea of their team’s expected production every week.

But when it comes down to it, when diagnosing trades, an owner has to go with his gut. Even though there are no locker rooms in fantasy football, an owner needs to have the pulse of his team and react on instinct.

My instinct told me my 4-3 team, even ranked second in points and not far behind in median score, needed a lift.

I have a plethora of running back depth with Le’Veon Bell, Andre Ellington, Branden Oliver, Ben Tate, Joique Bell and Ronnie Hillman. Before you send compliments my way, it’s an eight-team league. Philip Rivers has been my everyday quarterback, but with Tony Romo joining the squad this week, I expect to run the classic Jim Leyland platoon at quarterback.

Demaryius Thomas, Kelvin Benjamin, Michael Floyd, Keenan Allen, and Kendall Wright are my wideouts. Dwayne Allen is my replacement at tight end until Jimmy Graham is healthy again.

The depth of this team is its strength, but my instincts told me it needed something to put it over the top. Trading for Arian Foster took me to the summit in 2010, and acquiring Antonio Brown did the same last season. Sitting at 4-3 but with the second most points scored, I felt like my team needed a jolt.

Dez Bryant is the type of player that will give your team a jolt.

I had to give up some depth in Oliver and Floyd, and normally I like to wait a few more weeks to make sure my team is not hit with the injury bug before shedding depth. Running Thomas and Bryant out on the fantasy field as my two wide receivers, however, was too tough to pass up.

There is one other form of evaluation I mentioned above: position-by-position. WR2 has been the weakness position on my team.

Bryant averages 11.9 points per game and has an even higher median. My WR2 in seven games, a combination of Cordarrelle Patterson, who has since been dropped, Allen, and Benjamin, averaged 5.01 points. Bryant’s lowest score of the year is higher than that.

Two of my three losses this season were by eight or fewer points. Bryant would have likely won me those games.

As great as the Chargers offense has been, the move also allows my team to not be so San Diego centric. It is hard for me to part ways with Oliver. He has averaged 18.8 points in the last three games, which is excellent production for a FLEX, but he is not going to win me a championship.

Ryan Mathews plans to return Week 11, so Oliver may see a reduction in carries. Even if Oliver maintains his production, our league’s playoffs are Weeks 15 and 16. San Diego takes on Denver and San Francisco those Sundays. With a championship on the line, I want no part of those running defenses.

As for Floyd, he is a viable WR2 option even in a eight-team league, but with his quarterback issues this year, he hasn’t been able to crack my starting lineup. Meanwhile, Bryant gives me the best wide receiver tandem in the league.

Final analysis, Bryant is a huge upgrade at WR2 while Bell and Tate should fill in sufficiently at the FLEX and provide enough depth in case of injury. With a championship or bust mind set, it is the best move.

After careful evaluation of the statistics and pulse of my team, my football intellect and gut told me to go for the big splash trade.

►   Week 8 player fantasy rankings - quarterbacks

It doesn’t take a lot of inside information or studying to select Peyton Manning as your top quarterback most weekends.

It’s even easier when he’s playing as well as he has been over the past year and a half. Add in that his opponent, San Diego, is likely missing two pieces of their secondary (Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett) and you can’t select anyone other than Manning as the top choice in Week 8.

Manning and his Broncos will start the week off on Thursday night hosting the Chargers.

The Green Bay Packers will face off in New Orleans on Sunday for a battle between two elite quarterbacks and fantasy owners need to be involved in this one.

Smart fantasy owners will have one of the two quarterbacks in their lineup, or failing that, a top receiver as this game figures to light up the scoreboard (O/U is 56) and fill up the box score.

Aaron Rodgers has thrown 17 touchdown passes in his last six games without a single interception. He’s thrown for at least three scores in his last four contests. The only thing fantasy owners can complain about is that Rodgers has earned the 300-yard passing bonus just two times this season. He’s our No. 2 choice in Week 8.

On the other sideline from Rodgers will be Drew Brees, who has thrown for 340 yards or more in three consecutive games. He’s also thrown two touchdowns passes in five straight games. In five career games versus the Packers, Brees is averaging 380.8 ypg with 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He’ll come in at No. 4.

Andrew Luck has been the best fantasy quarterback in the league over the first seven weeks, cracking the 300-yard mark in six of seven games. With the Pittsburgh Steelers defense not up to it’s usual standards and a short work week off the Monday night game in Week 7, Luck should continue to roll.

This might not be the week to start Jay Cutler. The Bears locker room doesn’t appear to be a happy place after a Brandon Marshall blowup following a 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 7. Rumors have angry words between Marshall and his favorite quarterback. Marshall will in all likelihood be lined up against Darrelle Revis and after his tongue lashing, Cutler figures to try harder than usual to get him the ball. Challenging Revis is rarely a good idea. That’s why Cutler is ranked all the way down at No. 13 this weekend.

Top-25 Quarterback Rankings


1) Peyton Manning, Denver

2) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

3) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

4) Drew Brees, New Orleans

5) Tom Brady, New England

6) Tony Romo, Dallas

7) Russell Wilson, Seattle

8) Nick Foles, Philadelphia

9) Philip Rivers, San Diego

10) Joe Flacco, Baltimore

11) Matt Ryan, Atlanta

12) Matt Stafford, Detroit

13) Jay Cutler, Chicago

14) Cam Newton, Carolina

15) Ryan Tannehill, Miami

16) Carson Palmer, Arizona

17) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

18) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

19) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland

20) Alex Smith, Kansas City

21) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay

22) Colt McCoy, Washington

23) Derek Carr, Oakland

24) Austin Davis, St. Louis

25) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota

►   Week 8 player fantasy rankings - wide receivers

Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the hottest player in fantasy football. Not the hottest receiver. The hottest of anyone, anywhere, including his well-publicized, record-setting quarterback.

Thomas has put together three monster games in a row, beginning with a 226- yard, two-touchdown performance against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals. He then caught 10 balls for 124 yards and a score in New York against the Jets. Finally, last Sunday night he toasted the 49ers secondary for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

That’s a total of 521 yards and five touchdown in three games worth 105.1 fantasy points (35 ppg).

He’ll be facing a San Diego secondary minus two pieces, Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett and on a short work week, which makes them particularly vulnerable to a Peyton Manning air assault.

Green Bay’s top receiver this season is Jordy Nelson and the Packers’ receiver should put up big number down in New Orleans Sunday night. His quarterback, Aaron Rodgers has been spectacular of late with four consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes. Nelson has caught at least one of those scores and cracked the 100-yard mark in every “even-numbered week.“ In what should be the highest scoring game of Week 8, Nelson should be it’s top receiver.

What can’t Antonio Brown do. So far this season he’s proven to the best fantasy receiver, he’s also a top punt returner and last Monday night he threw a touchdown pass to Lance Moore. Sunday his Steelers with have to put up a big point total if they want to stay with the Indianapolis Colts and their fantasy star Andrew Luck.

The Week 8 ranking does not include Calvin Johnson, who is in London with his Detroit Lions teammates, but still questionable and likely a game-time decision. At least the good news is that you will know whether he is playing or sitting before any other Sunday game due to the 9:30 AM ET start and can adjust your lineup accordingly. As of Thursday, we do not expect him to start as Detroit (5-2 and leading the NFC North) has a bye in Week 9 and can afford to wait until he is completely healed when the Lions return to the field for a Week 10 matchup against Miami.

With Johnson expected to sit again, Golden Tate will continue to be a top-10 fantasy wideout. He has posted three 100-yard plus receiving totals in the last four games.

Two guys who were expected to produce in a big way in 2014, Keenan Allen and Percy Harvin, continue their downward slide.

Allen was a pleasant surprise last season as a rookie, posting 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns. Unfortunately, defenses have adapted to him by using press coverage and he’s struggled over the first seven games. He probably won’t come out of it Thursday either, as the Broncos huge pass rush is likely to force Philip Rivers into a short-passing game.

The Jets’ newly-acquired Harvin will play his first game for his third team in two seasons. He has as much talent as anyone, but hasn’t been able to turn that into points for fantasy owners on a consistent basis. Given the short time to learn the Jets offense, he’ll likely be limited to just a few plays this weekend. You will find Harvin at No. 44 for Week 8.

Top-50 Wide Receiver Rankings


1) Demaryius Thomas, Denver

2) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

3) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

4) Julio Jones, Atlanta

5) Brandon Marshall, Chicago

6) Dez Bryant, Dallas

7) Randall Cobb, Green Bay

8) T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis

9) Golden Tate, Detroit

10) A.J.Green, Cincinnati

11) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia

12) Mike Wallace, Miami

13) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago

14) Steve Smith Sr., Baltimore

15) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

16) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina

17) Michael Floyd, Arizona

18) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo

19) Doug Baldwin, Seattle

20) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay

21) Pierre Garcon, Washington

22) Julian Edelman, New England

23) Andre Johnson, Houston

24) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

25) Terrance Williams, Dallas

26) DeSean Jackson, Washington

27) Roddy White, Atlanta

28) Wes Welker, Denver

29) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

30) Marques Colston, New Orleans

31) Keenan Allen, San Diego

32) Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati

33) Eric Decker, New York Jets

34) Malcolm Floyd, San Diego

35) Kendall Wright, Tennessee

36) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans

37) Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland

38) Andre Holmes, Oakland

39) Torrey Smith, Baltimore

40) Brian Quick, St. Louis

41) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay

42) Davante Adams, Green Bay

43) Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville

44) Percy Harvin, New York Jets

45) Justin Hunter, Tennessee

46) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

47) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City

48) James Jones, Oakland

49) Eddie Royal, San Diego

50) Miles Austin, Cleveland

►   Week 8 player fantasy rankings - running backs

It really is not a tough decision in deciding who our No. 1 running back for Week 8 is, yet again.

After rushing for at least 100 yards in each game, through the first seven weeks of the NFL season, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray finds himself not only in the league MVP chatter, but also atop our running back rankings.

Owners do need to be aware that Dallas’ opponent, the Washington Redskins are fifth best in points against running backs (12.68 fantasy points per game), according to Yahoo. However, with the way the Cowboys’ offensive line is playing, we have confidence that Murray will be able to put up another big total.

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte continues to be as steady as they come, and as a result, he comes in as our second-ranked tailback of the week. Believe it or not, Forte has rushed for over 100 yards just once this season, yet he still has compiled the second-most fantasy points amongst halfbacks, with 116.4, behind only Murray.

The reason why Forte is able to produce at such a high level is because he excels in the passing game, having compiled 52 receptions for 436 yards and two scores. That ranks 21st in the NFL in receiving yards, among all players, while no other running back is in the top-45.

Boy, oh boy, do we love Marshawn Lynch heading into Week 8. He has a juicy matchup against the Carolina Panthers, who give up the second-most fantasy points to running backs (24 points per game), and with the Seahawks on a two- game losing streak, we feel it is time for the team to get back to what has made them so successful over the past few years. That’s pounding the ball on the ground with Lynch. He has not rushed for a 100 yards since Week 1, and owners should expect that trend to come to an end this week in Carolina.

There are a few high-risk, high-reward players ranked in the area from No 10 through No. 20 in our rankings this week.

The first guy to take note of is Denver running back Ronnie Hillman. He has started the past two games for the Broncos, and has produced admirably, with a total of 174 rushing yards and two touchdowns. To go along with his success on the ground, Hillman has also contributed in the passing game, catching seven balls for 45 yards, during that span. As long as he is able to hang onto the football, he’s had fumbling problems in the past, we feel that Hillman will continue to climb up the chart, while Montee Ball is sidelined. And even when Ball returns, we are not convinced that he will regain the starting job. As a result, owners should continue to start Hillman with confidence.

The New England Patriots continue to frustrate fantasy owners. Coming into Week 7, almost everybody felt that Brandon Bolden and Shane Vereen would be the benefactors of the unfortunate injury to Stevan Ridley.

While Vereen produced his best game of the season with 23.4 fantasy points, Bolden barely even saw the field. Rookie Jonas Gray took on the role that Bolden was expected the receive, but nevertheless the Patriots’ backfield continues to be a mystery, as Gray still only saw three total carries. So, even after a breakout performance by Vereen, and while we feel he will continue to put up numbers for the duration of the season, we cannot put him in our top-15 until we see more of what New England’s plan of attack is. Coach Bill Belichick is as unpredictable as they come, making it necessary for owners to keep one eye on New England’s rushing strategy every Sunday.

Top-50 Running Back Rankings


1) DeMarco Murray, Dallas

2) Matt Forte, Chicago

3) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle

4) Arian Foster, Houston

5) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh

6) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City

7) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia

8) Andre Ellington, Arizona

9) Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati

10) Ben Tate, Cleveland

11) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay

12) Lamar Miller, Miami

13) Branden Oliver, San Diego

14) Ronnie Hillman, Denver

15) Alfred Morris, Washington

16) Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota

17) Shane Vereen, New England

18) Justin Forsett, Baltimore

19) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis

20) Joique Bell, Detroit

21) Denard Robinson, Jacksonville

22) Reggie Bush, Detroit

23) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis

24) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay

25) Darren McFadden, Oakland

26) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

27) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee

28) Mark Ingram, New Orleans

29) Jonathan Stewart, Carolina

30) Bryce Brown, Buffalo

31) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans

32) Tre Mason, St. Louis

33) Jonas Gray, New England

34) Antone Smith, Atlanta

35) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati

36) Steven Jackson, Atlanta

37) Anthony Dixon, Buffalo

38) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia

39) Benny Cunningham, St. Louis

40) Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland

41) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

42) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore

43) Zac Stacy, St. Louis

44) James Starks, Green Bay

45) LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh

46) Matt Asiata, Minnesota

47) Storm Johnson, Jacksonville

48) Alfred Blue, Houston

49) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay

50) Darrin Reaves, Carolina

►   Week 8 player fantasy rankings - tight ends

It is hard not to like any member of the Denver Broncos’ offense, and the guy who starts at tight end for this team, is no exception.

Julius Thomas comes in as our top-ranked tight end, which should come as no surprise, since he leads the NFL with nine touchdown receptions. He is clearly one of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets in the red zone, and with how dynamic the offense really is, Thomas continues to see favorable matchups throughout each game. Thursday night against the San Diego Chargers should be no different, as we expect Thomas to find the end zone at least one more time.

Greg Olsen has quietly put together an impressive season, thus far, and according to Yahoo, he is second in fantasy points among tight ends, with 79.3 points, trailing only Thomas (84.4). He leads all tight ends with 493 receiving yards on 41 receptions (tied with Martellus Bennett), and combined with scoring five touchdowns, Olsen is an easy choice for us to rank in our top-two. With Carolina facing off against Seattle at home, Olsen has an enticing matchup, as the Seahawks have given up the third most fantasy points, to opposing tight ends, allowing 12.68 points per game. Owners have no reason to keep Olsen out of their lineups, not only for Week 8, but also for the rest of the season.

One of the only sure things on the New England Patriots’ offense, is Rob Gronkowski. While he is not on pace for a 20-touchdown season, Gronkowski has been solid in 2014. He is fifth among tight ends with 64.9 fantasy points, and is fourth in receiving yards (409). Owners would like to see Gronk’s touchdown total go up, as he has only four. However, we feel that those numbers could be coming at any moment because he seems to be fully healthy, and with Tom Brady finding his groove, New England’s quarterback trusts nobody more in the red zone, than Gronkowski.

One player that is trending down is Titans’ tight end Delanie Walker. He has not scored a touchdown since Week 4, and has also failed to produce more than 5.7 fantasy points in a game since that week as well. With the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position in Tennessee, all of the playmakers have been clearly affected, and Walker is simply part of the crew. The Titans face off against the Houston Texans, who let up only 6.52 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, and while we still have Walker ranked in our top-10, if owners have other options, it may be time to consider them.

A guy who could be a potential sleeper this week is Miami tight end Charles Clay. He is coming off his best game of the season, as he had four receptions for 58 yards and his first touchdown. While those numbers are nothing to write home about, Clay is coming off a 2013 season where he had a solid 69 catches for 759 yards and six scores. Those numbers prove Clay can produce in the NFL and with a plus matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who give up the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (12.12 points per game), we feel that Clay is clearly on the rise.

Top-25 Tight End Rankings


1) Julius Thomas, Denver

2) Greg Olsen, Carolina

3) Rob Gronkowski, New England

4) Martellus Bennett, Chicago

5) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia

6) Jordan Reed, Washington

7) Antonio Gates, San Diego

8) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland

9) Delanie Walker, Tennessee

10) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans

11) Jason Witten, Dallas

12) Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis

13) Owen Daniels, Baltimore

14) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh

15) Coby Fleener, Indianapolis

16) Charles Clay, Miami

17) Travis Kelce, Kansas City

18) Jared Cook, St. Louis

19) Clay Harbor, Jacksonville

20) Jace Amaro, New York Jets

21) Ben Watson, New Orleans

22) Andrew Quarless, Green Bay

23) Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati

24) Eric Ebron, Detroit

25) Tim Wright, New England

►   Week 8 player fantasy rankings - kickers

Round up all the usual suspects at place-kicker for Week 8.

Stephen Gostkowski, Dan Bailey, Adam Vinatieri, Caleb Sturgis and Blair Walsh all face teams that rank in the top 10 most fantasy points allowed to kickers. Each one should have big weeks.

Cody Parkey, Chandler Catanzaro and Justin Tucker also find themselves in the top 10 this week due to recent hot streaks. Parkey had a bye last week, but had back-to-back double-digit fantasy totals in Weeks 5 and 6.

Tucker has posted at least nine fantasy points the last three weeks and Catanzaro, the Cardinals rookie, has not scored lower than seven fantasy points in any game this season.

Catanzaro is 15-for-15 kicking field goals with a long of 51 yards to start his career.

Nick Folk lands just outside the top 10 for Week 8 only because of his team. The New York Jets offense averages just 17.3 points per game, which is tied for fifth lowest in the league.

If there are owners that believe Folk can continue to have fantasy success, like he did in New England, despite the Jets offense, Folk is definitely a top-10 kicker. We, however, do not have faith in Geno Smith.

Folk was 4-for-5 with an extra point against the Patriots in Week 7. His only miss was blocked on a 58-yard desperation try in the final seconds to win the game.

Brandon McManus, Nick Novak and Matt Bryant all average seven fantasy points per game, but they each have tough matchups this Sunday. It would be wise to stay away from them in standard 12-team leagues.

Top-25 Kicker Rankings


1) Stephen Gostkowski, New England

2) Dan Bailey, Dallas

3) Cody Parkey, Philadelphia

4) Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

5) Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona

6) Justin Tucker, Baltimore

7) Steven Hauschka, Seattle

8) Caleb Sturgis, Miami

9) Mason Crosby, Green Bay

10) Blair Walsh, Minnesota

11) Matt Prater, Detroit

12) Billy Cundiff, Cleveland

13) Nick Folk, New York Jets

14) Shayne Graham, New Orleans

15) Brandon McManus, Denver

16) Nick Novak, San Diego

17) Matt Bryant, Atlanta

18) Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis

19) Randy Bullock, Houston

20) Cairo Santos, Kansas City

21) Graham Gano, Carolina

22) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh

23) Dan Carpenter, Buffalo

24) Robbie Gould, Chicago

25) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati

►   Week 8 player fantasy rankings - defense

The top defense for Week 8 is only owned in about half of all Yahoo leagues and that is after a 37 percent increase on Tuesday.

The Miami Dolphins will head up I-95 to visit Jacksonville on Sunday. Even in the Jaguars victory last week, Jacksonville allowed eight fantasy points against Cleveland. In the previous six games, all losses, Jacksonville allowed double-digit points.

Miami had double-digit points on the road versus the Bears last Sunday, so stick with the Dolphins another week.

Detroit has been the second-best fantasy defense this season. Keep in mind, the Lions are playing in London in an unprecedented 9:30 AM ET start, but that should not prevent Detroit from putting pressure on Matt Ryan. The Falcons will be starting an undrafted rookie center, a beat up left tackle, a veteran left guard coming off a back injury and a struggling right tackle.

Actual real-life Lions at The London Zoo do not have easier feeding times.

Seattle falls out of the top-10 even against the average Carolina offense due to the lack of big plays for the Seattle defense this season. The Seahawks have just five turnovers this season and are in the bottom 10 in fantasy points. They haven’t scored double-digit points since Week 1 and have two games with negative points.

The Buccaneers, Jets and Redskins defenses all have favorable matchups, but we would still rather start the Cardinals, Broncos and Chargers defenses in bad matchups. Don’t overanalyze the matchup, start the better defense.

Top-25 Defense/Special Teams Rankings


1) Miami Dolphins

2) Detroit Lions

3) Houston Texans

4) Buffalo Bills

5) New England Patriots

6) Philadelphia Eagles

7) Indianapolis Colts

8) Dallas Cowboys

9) Kansas City Chiefs

10) Green Bay Packers

11) Cleveland Browns

12) Seattle Seahawks

13) Baltimore Ravens

14) Minnesota Vikings

15) Tennessee Titans

16) Arizona Cardinals

17) San Diego Chargers

18) Denver Broncos

19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20) New York Jets

21) Washington Redskins

22) Jacksonville Jaguars

23) Cincinnati Bengals

24) Atlanta Falcons

25) Pittsburgh Steelers

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WVSSAC Football
Class A
Gilmer County (3-4)  at   #5 Notre Dame (5-2)
Calhoun County (2-6)  at   Wirt County (0-7)
#5 Doddridge County (6-1)  at   #15 Valley - Wetzel (5-2)
#1 St. Marys (7-0)  at   South Harrison (4-3)
#8 Tyler Consolidated (5-2)  at   Magnolia (2-5)
Parkersburg Catholic (2-5)  at   #11 Williamstown (5-2)
Class AA
Webster County (2-5)  at   Braxton County (2-6)
Ritchie County (3-5)      BYE WEEK
Herbert Hoover (4-3   at   Roane County (3-4)
#9 Ravenswood (6-1)  at   Clay County (4-3)
#11 Robert C. Byrd (5-2)  at   North Marion (0-7)
#1 Bridgeport (7-1)      BYE WEEK
Sissonville (4-3)  at   #15 Liberty - Harrison (5-3)
Lincoln (2-6)  at   Grafton (3-4)
#6 Nicholas County (6-1)  at   Midland Trail - A (0-7)
Philip Barbour (1-7)      BYE WEEK
Class AAA
#12 Lewis County (6-2)  at   Elkins (3-4)
#13 Fairmont Sr. - AA (5-2)  at   #14 Buckhannon-Upshur (5-2)
#10 Parkersburg South (5-2)  at   Greenbrier East (4-4)

Major League Baseball - World Series
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:07 PM - FOX

National Basketball Association - Preseason
New York at Toronto, 7:30 PM - MSG, TSN2
Minnesota at Chicago, 8:00 PM - CSN-Chicago
San Antonio at Houston, 8:00 PM - CSN-Houston, NBA TV
Miami at Memphis, 8:00 PM - SunSports
Sacramento at LA Lakers, 10:00 PM - Time Warner Cable
Portland at LA Clippers, 10:30 PM - FS-Prime Ticket, NBA TV

National Hockey League
Dallas at New Jersey, 7:00 PM - FS-Southwest, MSG+, DSS
Tampa Bay at Winnipeg, 8:00 PM - SunSports, TSN3, DSS
Vancouver at Colorado, 9:00 PM - SNET, Altitude, DSS
Carolina at Edmonton, 9:30 PM - SportSouth, SNET-West, DSS
Columbus at Anaheim, 10:00 PM - FS-Ohio, Prime Ticket, DSS

Canadian Football League
Montreal at Ottawa, 6:30 PM - TSN, RDS,
Saskatchewan at Calgary, 9:30 PM - TSN,

College Football
So Florida at Cincinnati, 7:00 PM - ESPN 2
Troy at South Alabama, 7:30 PM - ESPN U
BYU at Boise State, 9:00 PM - ESPN
Oregon at California, 10:00 PM - FS1

College Hockey
Michigan at Massachusetts-Lowell, 7:15 PM - NESN
Bemidji State at Minnesota, 9:00 PM - Big Ten Network

Major League Soccer
Houston at Chicago, 8:00 PM - NBCSN

International Soccer
Fulham FC vs. Charlton Athletic FC, 2:40 PM - beIN Sport
CONCACAF Semifinal (Women’s), 7:30 PM - FS1

PGA - McGladrey Classic, 2:00 PM - Golf Channel
CHAMPIONS - AT&T Championship, 5:00 PM - Golf Channel
LPGA - Blue Bay LPGA, 11:30 PM - Golf Channel

Auto Racing
SPRINT CUP - Goody’s Headache Relief 500 practice, 12:00 PM - FS1
CAMPING WORLD - Kroger 200 practice, 1:30 PM - FS1
CAMPING WORLD - Kroger 200 practice, 3:00 PM - FS1
SPRINT CUP - Goody’s Headache Relief 500 qualifying, 4:30 PM - FS1

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House for Sale

Logan Gage Bennett

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Bradley Bennett and Laura Smith of Weston, WV announce the birth of their son, Logan Gage Bennett.

He was born Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little boy weighed 6-pounds, 6-ounces.

He is the couple’s first child.

The mother is a homemaker and the father is employed by Aero Communication, Inc.

The maternal grandparents are Deborah and George Smith of Weston, WV.

Paternal grandparents are Douglas Bennett, Becky Haney of French Creek, WV and Charlotte Hall of Buckhannon, WV.

G-OB™: Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver

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Little Kanawha Bus Is Now Hiring One Full Time or Part Time Driver to Work in Gilmer County

Minimum Qualifications:

Individual must be 23 years of age or older. Individual must be able to pass a physical examination and be certified medically acceptable for work by the examining physician. Individual must be able to pass a back ground check and have no serious accidents in the past five years. Individual must be able to pass a Pre-Hire Drug test and enter a Random Drug and Alcohol Pool with other LKB employees upon their employment. Individual must be willing to take training in CPR, First Aide, PASS and other trainings requested. This position could be an asset for a retired individual that would like to supplement their income. Starting salary will be $8.00 an hour. Full time driver would receive vacation and sick leave. Insurance also available. Part time drivers do not receive benefits.

This position will be to transport in Gilmer County area and transport to Clarksburg, Flatwoods, and Weston on specific days and drive in Calhoun if needed on other days if hired for a part time position. If hired for a full time position individual would work in the office helping answer phones on days not driving.

Please call toll free at 1.866.354.5522 with any questions. Little Kanawha Bus is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


Darlene Crane/Manager
PO Box 387
Grantsville, WV 26147

Can also email: or fax to 304.354.6225

Bon Appétit: Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken

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Recipe makes 6 servings

  1 bunch fresh tarragon sprigs, leaves only
  1/2 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  1/4 cup harissa sauce
  2 garlic cloves, peeled
  2 tablespoons vinegar or citrus juice
  1 tablespoon ground cumin
  2 teaspoons kosher salt
  4 large chicken breast halves
  1/4 cup harissa sauce, for garnish
  4 sprigs tarragon, for garnish


Combine tarragon, Greek yogurt, harissa sauce, garlic, vinegar, cumin, and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Pour marinade over chicken breasts in a shallow dish, thoroughly coating both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Remove chicken breasts from the marinade and place on the pre-heated grill. Cook over medium-high heat until dark grill marks appear, about 7 minutes per side.

Garnish with harissa sauce and a sprig of tarragon.

Harissa Sauce:


Recipe makes 6 servings

  2 red bell peppers, halved and seeded
  6 Fresno chile peppers
  1 habanero pepper
  2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, or more to taste
  1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds, or more to taste
  1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  4 garlic cloves, peeled
  1 lemon, juiced
  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat oven’s broiler and set the oven rack at about 6 inches from the heat source. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place red bell peppers with cut sides down onto the prepared baking sheet. Cook under the preheated broiler until the skin of the peppers has blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place the blackened peppers into a bowl and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard skins.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add Fresno and habanero chiles and cook uncovered over medium heat until vegetables start to soften, about 3 minutes; drain and set aside to cool. Remove seeds and membranes from chiles (wear gloves); set aside.

Shake coriander and caraway seeds in a skillet over medium heat until you start to smell the spice, about 2 minutes. Use a mortar and pestle to crush toasted seeds; add cumin, mint, and salt, and crush until finely ground. Transfer spices to a blender and add roasted bell peppers, chiles, garlic, lemon juice, and vegetable oil; puree until smooth. Drizzle in extra-virgin olive oil at the end, blending for only a few seconds.

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G-MM™: Meditation Moment


The Lord grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord;
The maker of heaven and earth.

Let us confess our sins to God.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father: We have sinned against you, through our own fault, in thought, and word, and deed, and in what we have left undone. For the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, forgive us all our offenses; and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

May the Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 4
1   Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *
you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2   You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *
how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?
3   Know that the LORD does wonders for the faithful; *
when I call upon the LORD, he will hear me.
4   Tremble, then, and do not sin; *
speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.
5   Offer the appointed sacrifices *
and put your trust in the LORD.
6   Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!“ *
Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O LORD.
7   You have put gladness in my heart, *
more than when grain and wine and oil increase.
8   I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *
for only you, LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm 134
1   Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, *
you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
2   Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; *
the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Lord, you are in the midst of us, and we are called by your Name: Do not forsake us, O Lord our God. Jeremiah 14:9,22

Thanks be to God.
The Prayers

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit
For you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye;
Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.

Lord, hear our prayer;
And let our cry come to you.
Let us pray.

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Lord, you now have set your servant free *
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, *
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations, *
and the glory of your people Israel.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us. Amen.

Vaughn Luther Rose

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Vaughn Luther Rose

passed away at home Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

He was born and raised at Rosedale, WV, and graduated from Normantown High School in 1959.

He went to Ohio to find work and met Carol Costilow at Leavittsburg, OH. They married June 02, 1961. They later moved to Pennsboro, WV, where Vaughn farmed, cut timber, and recycled junk cars.

He enjoyed deer and ‘coon hunting. While there they were blessed to adopt Stacie in 1972.

Vaughn served in the Army 1966 to 1968 at Ft. Jackson, SC; Ft. Bragg, NC; and had medical training at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX.

Looking for a warmer climate, they moved to McKenzie, TN, in 1977. After a year of farming and raising feeder pigs there, Vaughn knew he needed a dry climate. They researched locations from Texas to Arizona and settled in Deming in 1979. Vaughn worked on a ranch at Akela until 1984 where he worked cattle roundups, repaired and operated equipment, ran a one-man-sawmill, made adobes, and helped build the owner’s house. He obtained a business license as Rose’s Enterprises and did mechanic work, backhoe work and metal recycling.

The family enjoyed traveling when they could to visit family and friends back east, as well as sight seeing in New Mexico and Arizona. They enjoyed taking family sightseeing when they visited. Several of Carol’s family relocated to Deming.

In 2007 Vaughn was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to work as long as he was able while getting treatment.

Vaughn is survived by Carol and Stacie; brothers, George (Sandra) and Clarence (Dreama) Rose; sisters, Virginia (Edwin) Ulderich, Laura (John) Gribble, Nancy (John) Welch, Mary (Roger) Foutty, Louise (Leary) VanHorn; brothers-in-law, Gary Nichols and Lane Costilow; sisters-in-law, Karen Colley, Mary (Randy) Pulley, Rosalie Bennett, Lucille (Danny)Younger, Kathy Karr, and Genia (Tom) Allison; Aunt Ruth Mullins Zimora; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harvey Gordon and Stella Mullins Rose; infant brother, Charles; sisters, Genevra Call and husband Clarence, Emma Nichols, and Nina Conrad and husband Glenn; sister-in-law Emolene Dobbins Rose.

Vaughn was a member of the Church of Christ.

He loved his family, friends, church family as well as people he “adopted” as family, Wendy, Olida, Yadira, Ilda, Maria, and Thomas and their families.

The family wish to thank Rosalie who stayed in the home to help care for Vaughn; nurses Dan, Yvonne and Diane and Carol and Lisa of AmberCare Hospice who were of such comfort the last weeks.

Thank all of you who sent cards, called, visited and prayed with and for us.

Cremation has taken place with Terrazas Funeral Chapel.

A memorial service will be held at Ninth Church of Christ, 500 S. 9th St., on Friday, October 24 , 2014, at 1:00 PM.

James “Sonny” Thomas Facemire

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James “Sonny” Thomas Facemire

Age 83, went home on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.

He was born in Webster County, West Virginia on August 05, 1931 to the late Andrew and Dora (Skidmore) Facemire.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lula (Clifton) Facemire. They married February 26, 1955 in Sutton, West Virginia.

Sonny and Lula resided in Fairfax, Virginia for 58 years, but always enjoyed returning to Braxton County to visit.

He is also survived by his daughter, Vickie Bolton and husband Greg Bolton of Alexandria, Virginia; son, Mike Facemire and wife Brenda Facemire of Manassas, Virginia; and daughter, Martha Babendreier and husband Justin Babendreier of Athens, Georgia. He has seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Sonny enjoyed vegetable gardening, building, hunting, fishing, and being in the woods with friends, family and especially his grandchildren. He passed a legacy of love for the outdoors to many. He will be sorely missed by all of those whose lives he touched.

A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2015 at Braxton County Cemetery.

Danny Ray Varney

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Danny Ray Varney

passed away on October, 21 2014 at his residence in Gassaway, WV after a short illness.

Danny was born in Cabin Creek, WV on June 21, 1949 to the late Demmy I. Varney & Bayon (Butcher) Varney.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Susan (Richardson) Varney, 2 daughters Dawn Whitesel (JD) of Gassaway and Schannon Dennison (Tom) of Chapel; three granddaughters, Tomi Dennison, Lexi & Braydan Whitesel; one grandson Dylan (Digger) Dennison, and 1 Baby Whitesel on the way; brother Billy James Varney (Darlene) of Chapel; many nieces and nephews.

Danny graduated in 1967 from Gassaway High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Gassaway.

He was a retired rural letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service; lifetime hunter and sportsman, member of the Braxton County Executive Committee Eastern District. He was a great and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Danny always put GOD first, and then his family. Danny always liked helping his community where he belonged to several organizations throughout Braxton County.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Friday, October 24, 2014 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Ministers Danny Lambey and Gene Miller officiating.

Burial with military rites will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Gassaway.

Friends called from 6 to 9 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Roy Clayton Godfrey

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Roy Clayton Godfrey

Age ge 91 of Randolph, OH passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, at his home.

He was born March 07, 1923, in Burnsville, WV, to parents Walter David and Clara Belle (Ocheltree) Godfrey.

Roy proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a 32° member of Willoughby Lodge 0302 and also a Shriner. Roy enjoyed bowling, fishing, and playing cards, especially euchre.

Roy is survived by his three daughters: Patricia McGrath, Joyce Collins, and Ginny (Terry Miesle) Godfrey. His memory will also be cherished by his grandchildren: Carmen (Jodie) Scalfaro, Daniel (Jenny) Scalfaro, Bill (Gwen) Collins, Lisa Scalfaro, Michelle (John) Gill, and Joseph (Melinda) Scalfaro, as well as his 11 great-grandchildren, and his brother Ronald (Sharon) Godfrey.

Roy was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth (Wagner) Godfrey and son-in-law Jack McGrath.

Friends were received Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main Street, Ravenna, OH.

Graveside services will be officiated by Reverend Wayne Enders at 11:00 AM on Friday at the Hillside Cemetery Chapel in Randolph, OH.

Larry Lee Allman

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Larry Lee Allman

Age 62, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness.

He was born January 09, 1952 and was a life-long resident of Jane Lew, WV.

He is survived by four brothers: Kenneth Allman and wife Marsha of Buckhannon, Robert Allman and wife Shelley of Lost Creek, John David Allman and Paul Allman of Jane Lew. He is also survived by two nieces; Rachana Hebb and Erica Allman and three nephews; Joseph Dean, Brandon Allman and Dustin Allman.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother Betty Jean (Freeman) Allman; and father Archie Lee Allman.

Larry was a long time employee of Mountain State Waste of Weston, WV.

Larry was known to all as a kind, loving and compassionate man. He took pride in the family farm and was very meticulous in all his endeavors. His love for the outdoors was immense as he enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding and cruising across the fields of the family farm on either his tractor or all-terrain vehicle. Larry was also an avid gun collector. During his time of relaxation, Larry would always take time to call family and friends just to say hello and express his love and caring spirit toward us. He was especially fond of his nephew Dustin and sister-in-law Shelley who often accompanied him to his yearly Christmas party at work. Larry also loved to watch western shows on television as there was not an episode of either Bonanza or Gunsmoke that Larry was not familiar with. His expression of love for his family and friends, enjoying the simple things in life and not wanting for anything will always be remembered. He touched many of our lives and his memory will forever live in our hearts. Thank you, Larry, for being there for all of us.

In addition, the family would like to extend a special thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who cared for Larry during his courageous battle and extended illness: Ruby Memorial Hospital and Maddison Center of Morgantown, WV and St Francis Hospital, Charleston, WV.

A Celebration of Larry’s Life will occur on Sunday afternoon, October 26 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM at Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Ave Weston, WV where funeral services will be held on Monday morning October 27 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.

Burial will be in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Larry Lee Allman.

Regina (Jeanie) Richardson

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Regina (Jeanie) Richardson

passed away October 09, 2014.

She was born January 29, 1938, in Weston, WV: daughter of James J. Gillooly and Regina G.Gillooly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Richardson; brothers, James J. Gillooly, Jr. and John Patrick Gillooly; and sister Mary Agnes Cooper.

She loved everything in nature especially watching and feeding her beautiful birds. Everyone commented on her flower garden and she really loved her gardenia in particular. She was really big on sunsets and could spend hours gazing at the full moon. She loved the little things in life. She took great pride in her knowledge of birds and great pleasure in passing that knowledge along to her grandchildren.

She loved good music and was a huge fan of the steel guitar. Although she never mastered an instrument herself, her admiration for and friendship with a long list of musicians is well known. Richardson will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Left to cherish her memory are children, sons, James P. (Micki) Richardson, Shawn A. (Julie) Richardson and Kathy (Robert) White; one sister, Joan Paisant of Louisiana; grandchildren, Jayne (White) Brooks of Memphis, Tenn, Britney Richardson and Jonathon, Katie and Colt Richardson; one great-grandchild, Jadelyn Staunton as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

Cooke Funeral Home Nitro, is serving the Richardson Family.

Philip Ward Stokes

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Philip Ward Stokes

Age 87, of Harrisville, WV, passed away October 21, 2014 at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

He was born May 04, 1927 in Manhattan, NY the son of the late Hiram and Laura Fleicher Stokes.

Philip was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in Germany during WW II. He worked as an electrician for 38 years for Central Hudson Gas and Electric in Poughkeepsie, NY.

He was a member of Christ Our Hope Catholic Church in Harrisville, WV.

He was a life member of Rifton, NY Volunteer Fire Dept. where he had served as chief and commissioner for several years, also a member of Ellenboro, WV Volunteer Fire Dept. where he had also been chief. He volunteered for the Red Cross and the Pennsboro, WV Emergency Squad as a driver. He was a member of Salem, WV VFW, Pennsboro, WV American Legion, Berea, WV South Fork Grange and a lifetime member of National Rifle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Marie McGuire Stokes; son, Gerald L. Stokes of Rifton, NY; daughters, Elaine G. Jansen of New Paltz, NY, Peggy E. Cahill of Rifton, NY, and Donna M. Stokes of Harrisville, WV; sister, Therdora Stokes of High Falls, NY; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sons, Philip J. Stokes and Kevin M. Stokes; and sister, Ardeth Echart.

Christian Mass will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-3 PM Saturday.

Burial will be in St. Peters Catholic Church Cemetery, Rosendale, NY.

In Lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to: Alzheimer’s Association, Christ Our Hope Catholic Church or the American Heart Association.

G-otcha™: Area Individuals Put in Jail - 10.23.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Gary Wayne Gillespie
Height:5   7"
Weight:180 lbs.
Birth Date:07.15.1961
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Braxton County - Bail: $15,000.00 NIGHTIME BURGLARY

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Billy Jo Dillon
Height:5   8"
Weight:221 lbs.
Birth Date:03.19.1971
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Braxton County - Bail: $0.00 UTTERING

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Deanna Louise Nelson
Height:5   2"
Weight:137 lbs.
Birth Date:07.12.1984
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Mark Allen Saltz
Height:5   9"
Weight:175 lbs.
Birth Date:10.06.1973
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:James Donals Robinson
Height:6   0"
Weight:300 lbs.
Birth Date:03.26.1985
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 SEXUAL ASSAULT 3RD DEGREE

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Benjamin Lloyd Phillips
Height:6   0"
Weight:185 lbs.
Birth Date:08.11.1965
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 CAPIAS

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:William Cody Skinner
Height:6   1"
Weight:160 lbs.
Birth Date:05.28.1985
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Jason Arnold Jordan
Height:5   7"
Weight:145 lbs.
Birth Date:07.04.1982
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Lewis County - Bail: $20,000.00 VIOLATE HOME CONFINEMENT

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Amber Lee James
Height:5   6"
Weight:150 lbs.
Birth Date:07.17.1986
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Eliza Danielle Taylor
Height:5   4"
Weight:112 lbs.
Birth Date:05.14.1993
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Lewis County - Bail: $0.00 BOND REVOCATION

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Jessica Nicole Lilly
Height:5   4"
Weight:136 lbs.
Birth Date:09.17.1988
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Barbara Jane Miller
Height:5   0"
Weight:125 lbs.
Birth Date:05.04.1968
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Webster County - Bail: $40,000.00 SHOPLIFTING 3RD OFFENSE

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Tressi Tennille Gray-Bartlett
Height:5   4"
Weight:125 lbs.
Birth Date:03.06.1977
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Heather Dawn Ware
Height:5   7"
Weight:130 lbs.
Birth Date:07.09.1985
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:Tygarts Valley Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Kaitlyn Pearl Mcdaniel
Height:5   11"
Weight:175 lbs.
Birth Date:05.05.1992
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Tygarts Valley Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Upshur County - Bail: $0.00 PETIT LARCENY

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:David Glenn Post
Height:5   11"
Weight:180 lbs.
Birth Date:01.21.1984
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Tygarts Valley Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Chad Mitchell Hess
Height:5   11"
Weight:155 lbs.
Birth Date:08.12.1970
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Tyler County - Bail: $0.00 RESISTING ARRESTDUI (1ST OFFENSE)

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Matthew Lee Bennett
Height:6   3"
Weight:200 lbs.
Birth Date:10.15.1974
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Pleasants County - Bail: $3,500.00 DESTRUCTION/INJURY PROPERTY

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Morgan Marie Francis
Height:5   11"
Weight:145 lbs.
Birth Date:01.06.1985
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Pleasants County - Bail: $0.00 BOND REVOCATION

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Sam Workman
Height:5   9"
Weight:174 lbs.
Birth Date:04.29.1971
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:Tygarts Valley Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

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Barbour County - Bail: $75,000.00 SEXUAL ABUSE BY PARENT GUARDIAN

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Bryan Lee Wright
Height:5   7"
Weight:200 lbs.
Birth Date:06.09.1969
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 OBSTRUCTING

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Brandon Joe Borski
Height:5   10"
Weight:170 lbs.
Birth Date:02.20.1981
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

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Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 DRIVERS LICENSE REVOKED FOR DUI

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Reginald Maurice Teasley
Height:5   9"
Weight:160 lbs.
Birth Date:10.30.1976
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:John Mark Altman
Height:6   1"
Weight:150 lbs.
Birth Date:06.27.1982
Booking Date:10.23.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 DUI (1ST OFFENSE)

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Mark Allen Craig
Height:5   10"
Weight:185 lbs.
Birth Date:11.05.1989
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 DOMESTIC BATTERY 2ND

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:John Edward Long
Height:5   9"
Weight:155 lbs.
Birth Date:04.18.1962
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 AGGRAVATED DUI

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:David James Weekley
Height:6   3"
Weight:270 lbs.
Birth Date:12.11.1985
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Migeah Dennisedward Smith
Height:5   4"
Weight:160 lbs.
Birth Date:04.29.1989
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Gerald Lee Pass
Height:5   4"
Weight:145 lbs.
Birth Date:06.01.1986
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Terrance Ray Hilliard
Height:6   2"
Weight:170 lbs.
Birth Date:02.09.1992
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info NumberIssuing Agency LocationCharge(s)
Harrison County - Bail: $0.00 OBSTRUCTING

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Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name:Ralph Gordon Gaston
Height:5   11"
Weight:190 lbs.
Birth Date:01.07.1991
Booking Date:10.22.2014
Facility:North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

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G-Eye™: Cedar Creek Elementary Land Sale: Going Once, Going Twice, Sold to I.L. Morris

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This part of the farce is over. Citizens should be told who was monitoring the project originally to let all the money be spent before sounding the alarm that there was not enough money left to build the school, the total amount of money spent before the alarm was sounded, how much more billing occurred after the alarm went off,  how much of the 400K will be used to offset the loss and what the net loss will be, who will be held personally accountable for that net loss, and who will be responsible for monitoring the project for the new school from this point on to guarantee that we won’t have a repeat of what happened? It would be informative if we had a list of all those who received money, amounts they were paid, and what the money was spent on from early in the CEFPs planning phase to today. Ted Shriver was standing there. His firm cashed in big time!

By Rosedale Citizen  on  10.23.2014

Probably hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted not counting lost time for getting children out of trailers and leaking schools. Compare this to what would happen to a desperate mother who stole a loaf of bread at Go Mart to feed a hungry child. She would be mug shot, forced to pay money,  and fined while the person(s) responsible for this heist will probably get pay raises and nothing will ever be reported in the press. Shame is the only word that fits the occasion.

By Crime and Punishment  on  10.23.2014

To “Crime and Punishment”
You are so correct. of course more power to the person who bought the land and still paid a high price.
Criminals are those who made the original purchase and approved it. They are the thieves who stole from this county in bright daylight. Where are those who are to enforce the laws? Can you and I use the county money to buy something and profit from it and then sell it cheaper? We will be arrested. Ted Shriver in the video and his company are the ones who aided the crime. The state boe members who approved the purchase are the criminals as well. We don’t see anyone arresting them! They are going to keep stealing and more likely get away with it. It is obvious that a good number of these decision makers are making money under the table. It is really a shame.
You know what happens to poor person swho does not pay their taxes? They get arrested! Can you imagine how many of these people’s taxes will take to makeup the loss?
We are not created equal. Are we?

By We do not have the same rights, do we?  on  10.23.2014

news paper headline will read:
Gayle Manchin’s failed WVBOE bailed out by GC Zillionaire.

By whoop whoop  on  10.24.2014

Why none of local school board members present?
Not even the board president?

By why?  on  10.24.2014

Speaking of the board president: All of Gilmer’s problems started with his hiring as superintendent by the board years back.  Then, a sudden audit by OEPA. Takeover of schools for invalid reasons. Firing of previous superintendent, and voiding of the current president’s hiring as superintendent. No progress in academics. No improvement in facilities. Waste of a lot of money. Poor decisions. Dis-functioning schools. Poor maintenance. And I can go on. Could our problems end if he was not in the picture? I betcha!

By Looking Back  on  10.24.2014

When will the public get a full report on what happened to the money at the Leading Creek School project where the space of the school was cut drastically? Why was the cut necessary and who made the decision? Why was the information kept secret from Gilmer County while the decision had to be known back as far as this spring when the foundation was laid, how will the space cut affect riffing which will happen, and what happened to the money resulting form cutting the space? Another question is how will the reduction in size impact our County’s school system including where our children will go? With the State’s strict secrecy lid including withholding of information how can it expect citizens to have confidence in its officials and what it claims is best for our children? Mr. Gabriel Devono why do you choose not to keep the people informed? It seems that with that large staff of yours, including a new high paid central office position you added, you could see to it that informational pieces could be written for posting on the County’s School Board web site similar to routine PR work done in other WV Counties.

By State Rips Us Off Again  on  10.24.2014

I think it is time to appoint a Czar for this project. Don’t you think it is time to waste more money so it can help us to waste even more? Why not, they forced Obama and GW do it.

By waste not want not  on  10.24.2014

Let’s look at this positively. The money that was wasted here from taxpayers funds was equal to price of one bomb dropped killing innocent men, women, and children. But I guess I have to take this back as long as China keeps lending to US.

By Citizens against war  on  10.24.2014

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Combined Innovation Conferences to Connect Cultures and Drive Innovation - October 26-28, 2014

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Create West Virginia, the statewide grass-roots initiative stimulating Innovation Economy growth in West Virginia, and The Building Conference, West Virginia’s placemaking conference, will hold their first-ever joint conference in partnership Glenville State College in Glenville, WV, October 26-28, 2014.

“This year’s conference will break barriers in how our state thinks about growth and prosperity,” said conference creative director Rebecca Kimmons. “We want entrepreneurs, engineers, contractors, business and community leaders and educators to think about how connecting cultures through social and technology networks can generate new opportunities for our citizens.”

This year’s joint conferences are also unique with their unprecedented participation by young people, especially college students. Glenville State College is serving as host venue and planning partner with Create West Virginia and The Building Conference to stimulate feedback and ideas from the next generation of West Virginia leaders.

“As a participant in past Create West Virginia Conferences, I’ve seen first-hand how ideas and connections are sparked at this very unique conference,” said Dr. Peter Barr, Glenville State College president. “It became obvious to me that holding this statewide training and networking conference at GSC would add new opportunities to generate an even more exciting level of innovative thinking.”

The Building Conference portion of the agenda, organized by WV GreenWorks with support from West Virginia State University’s Economic Development Center, WVU College of Creative Arts, and the U.S. Green Building Council WV focuses on the design and retrofitting of West Virginia’s buildings, communities and public places to attract and retain innovative, entrepreneurial people. “Partnering with Create WV makes it easier to bring everyone together who can and is making a difference across this state. We’re providing an expansion of Create WV’s Quality of Place track this year because so much more public discussion and cross pollination is needed on the subjects of making our building stock, public places and communities not only more attractive, but more efficient, healthier and supportive of the creativity of the people who use them,” said Sarah Halstead, WVSU Extension’s Community and Economic Development Specialist.

The Building Conference agenda at Create West Virginia offers Local Economic Development credits and points for development professionals working for the state, and with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

With support from the City of Glenville and Gilmer County, the conference will integrate nationally-recognized
keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and cultural experiences into the conference.
Speaker highlights include:

- Dr. Mark Bates is the son and grandson of Mingo County coal miners and has been involved in medical device innovation for 20 years. He holds over 60 U.S. issued and pending patents in the areas of stents, embolic protection, gene therapy, stem cell implantation, regenerative therapy, nanotechnology, spinal cord injury, catheter design and drug delivery. The founder of several medical start-up companies, he is CEO and founder of Nexeon MedSystems, Inc., a translational research company. He attended Marshall
University, and graduated from WV State University and WVU Medical School.

- Carla Diana is a “hybrid designer” focused on realizing new visions for smart objects and the Internet of Things. She is a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design Program and an advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices. She is also a Fellow at Smart Design, where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab.

- Majora Carter, founder and CEO of the Majora Carter Group, is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship winner and a community revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous greeninfrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems and one of the first and most watched TED Talk speakers.

- Paul Garnett is a Director in Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, where he focuses on promoting higher-bandwidth, more efficient and ubiquitous spectrum-based broadband connectivity. He has been instrumental in the development of TV White Space technology, which has been used to bring broadband Internet to rural areas of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania. Paul’s team, in partnership with WVNet, will bring this cutting-edge technology to Glenville for a special demonstration during the conference.

- Ed O’Malley is the CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center, an initiative from the Kansas Health Foundation that equips people with skills to make positive change for the common good.

- Tom Welch of Tom Welch Consulting is an education consultant, thought leader and former “Director of Seeding Innovation” in Kentucky’s Department of Education.

Create West Virginia will continue its tradition of infusing diverse cultural and learning experiences throughout the conference. Showcasing Glenville’s legacy as a folk music and history center, renowned bluegrass and folk musicians will share music throughout the conference. Mike Curtin, CEO of DC Central Kitchen will join Karyn Calabrese and Kate Long in a session focused on using food to stimulate economic development, create jobs, and address health and wellness issues. DC Central Kitchen leads the nation in reducing hunger with recycled food, training adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

The 2014 Placemakers Awards will also be conferred on Monday evening, October 27, celebrating high performance buildings, communities and people. The U.S. Green Building Council will offer an overview of the new LEED Version 4 accreditation program, while statewide water quality, energy and building code experts share trends in innovation, legislation, and accountability.

Sunday afternoon’s pre-conference program will offer free sessions for community members and any visitor to Glenville. Sessions on October 26 including training workshops on using YouTube and digital content to promote your cause or business, digital communication etiquette, and developing a unique value proposition for your organization.

The public is also invited to join building owners, designers, architects, engineers, energy efficiency experts and planners for a free community design session focused on a portion of downtown Glenville. Facilitated by West Virginia chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects, this event will offer valuable information to all community leaders, planners and building owners on best practices for revitalization of buildings and public spaces for efficiency, lower operational costs and beautification.

A variety of attendance options are available, ranging from one-day passes to full-conference participation in both Create West Virginia and The Building Conference. A full conference early bird rate of $249 is available until September 30, 2014, and a special $49 rate for high school and college students is offered. All registration offers and pricing, along with the full conference agenda and speaker lineup can be found at Questions or sponsorship inquiries can be forwarded to “”.

Charleston Daily Mail on WV Education

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Don Surber: Inside Building 6, The Chokepoint of Education

My boss Kelly Merritt and I drove top down to the Capitol to interview the new state school superintendent. It was a little chilly. That’s why they put heaters in convertibles.

We were headed to Building 6, an ode to the box-style architecture of the 1960s. It is the chokepoint of education in West Virginia.

Building 6 is where appointed officials promulgate the rules that tie the strings to the arms and legs of teachers. Those rules turn highly educated and trained professionals into education puppets.

There is no accountability.

The state school board cannot fire its superintendent—an at-will employee—without a prolonged battle in court.

Naturally, the place is figuratively surrounded by a moat.

To get inside, one must go through a checkpoint in Building 5 and walk through Building 7 (government math).

Once inside, Building 6 seems so sterile.

The lobby in Building 6 has no map. A visitor must know which floor is which. Once on the third floor, good luck figuring out where the superintendent’s office is.

The message is clear. The public is not wanted. The building belongs to its staff, as it does education in this state.

More than 32 years after the Recht decision, West Virginia has an expensive, centralized school system that is not getting the job done.

The money is there.

West Virginia is 49th in income, according to the Census Bureau.

But National Education Association ranks the state No. 4 in percentage of its income that goes to public education.

West Virginians spend $55 of every $1,000 they earn on schools, well above a national average of $44.

Never, ever try to tell me the taxpayers are not doing their job.

Schools cost $3.3 billion a year in this state. Spending all that money on education leaves less for other state agencies.

That can be deadly.

We rank second-to-last in spending per mile on roads, Reason magazine reported.

We suffer the nation’s highest traffic fatality rate.

But West Virginia beats the national average on spending per student, according to the National Education Association.

The results do not reflect that.

That is the background. Our meeting with Mike Martirano, the new superintendent, was pleasant.

He looks like he could be Jon Stewart’s better-looking brother.

Martirano spoke in English, not educrat. He showed the optimism of a new teacher on the first day of school.

I asked about mandates. He said how they are implemented is still up to the local schools.

He also said there are many opportunities to return control to the 55 counties.

I hope he uses those opportunities.

Martirano also likes to spend money. He ran up a $6 million deficit on a $195 million budget. He had to lay off personnel.

But Anne Laughlin, president of the county’s branch of the NEA, told the Gazette the budget shortfall was not his fault.

That’s understandable. For example, health costs were higher than anticipated.

However, she added a caveat. 

“He has a tendency to have big ideas before the money’s there, and so, every time a budget comes out, here’s all these wonderful things we want to add for kids, but there’s no money for us,” Laughlin said.

West Virginia does not need another new program.

The state needs to get rid of those programs it already has that are not working.

Martirano might.

The only way to save our schools is to de-centralize an expensive system that stifles teachers.

Some politicians talk of blowing up Building 6. After evacuating the building first.

The problem is not the personnel. It is the power they have.

The best thing Martirano can do for the 280,000 or so students in the state is to return much of that power to their teachers.

Every teacher may not be up to the task, but when they make a mistake it affects one classroom.

When the bureaucracy makes a mistake, it affects every class.

To be sure, we need a state Department of Education.

We just don’t need one this big.

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We hear a new sign went up by the front door that reads ABANDON HOPE ALL YE WHO ENTER HERE and Have a nice day.  Gayle Manchin

By Stop Playing Politics  on  10.23.2014

West Virginia Board of Education President Gayle Manchin said she was not aware of the recent controversy in St. Mary’s public schools and “can’t speak intelligently” about the situation, but said things like this happen all the time.

“Things can happen. Certainly, we’ve had counties here in West Virginia that struggle financially and it’s not anyone’s wrongdoing; it’s a combination of factors,” Manchin said. “I just think anytime you get into financial issues with a county — with education — there are so many factors. I think that you can probably find in any profession that no one’s perfect. There are always going to be issues out there — it’s about how people respond to them. And always, of course, there are going to be naysayers.”

What President Manchin told the Gazette about Martirano leaving his own county with a deficit. Of course that only applies to the beautiful people she likes to surround herself with not the average dirt under her feet WV tax payer whose money greases the wheels of her WVBOE political machine. You are here to take the blame when the wheels come off Martirano. Notice she doesn’t speak kind words to intervention counties in her own state. 

By Wake Up Fresh Fish  on  10.23.2014

The Maryland superintendent will make no change.  He is just window dressing.  He knows where his $4,600.dollar week paycheck comes from. LOL Wonder how much Earl Ray gets?

By Mark [18]  on  10.23.2014

The WV State Board of Education thumbs its nose at our population, laughs at the Governor, disregards the Legislature, not to mention failing our children.

You say, “how do you know?“  The answer is simple.  The $750,000.00 study the Governor put into motion, it took the State Board of Education a year to respond.  And…..that response was basically… response.

By Governor & Legislature are being laughed at  on  10.23.2014

The Daily Mail article author has a better understanding of what needs to change in the WV education system than the state itself does.
He says “the only way to save our schools is to de-centralize an expensive systems that stifles teachers.“
There it is, the cure for the problem in one short sentence.
But education has built a wall of protection that cannot be penetrated.

By thank you Charleston Daily Mail  on  10.23.2014

The new super needs to get a handle on his plight by obtaining GFP information about the State’s takeover of the Gilmer County School system because of raw politics, how the State handled its role with building the Leading Creek School, the selection of the Auction Barn site in Gilmer County, the Cedar Creek site that followed, and finally the new Ike site in Glenville for a new grade school. He needs to look at the CEFPs roles in all this and how Williamson and Shriver fitted in. This information will make him start a new job search so he can bail out soon as possible with realization that he took a job beyond fixing.

By No Wonder WV Is Last  on  10.23.2014

Today is the day the West Virginia Department of Ed has the auction in Gilmer County, to sell the 80 acres purchased for over $5000.00 per acre, they, and only they, bought for an elementary school.
Bad access, no natural gas available, poorly chosen sight.
Yep, they badly bungled site number 2 now.  Ran Gilmer County in the hole.  They muffed up the Lewis County site purchase as well.  Build a school on top of coal mines and wonder why they are having land slip problems.
What a bunch.

By they want to run all 55 counties? lmbo  on  10.23.2014

TO-wake up.  Manchin “can’t speak intelligently”.  Golly gee.  She said a mouth full.  What an admission.
Sure knew how to slam down GC Super Benett when they ripped control of GC.
Had to save that one person job you know.
Duck taped our school board and shafted residents and children.

By did rid of Simonns was good though  on  10.23.2014

“chokepoint”.  Very interesting choice of a word to describe WV state education.
Guess you can say Kanawha County has a real “chokehold” on Gilmer county for sure.
We never even see an agenda published for our school board meetings now.
We never even see a notification of school board meetings anymore.
Everyone thought Blankenship was bad.  This new dude has a better “chokehold”
on us than his predecessor did.

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Shentel Partners with Create West Virginia Providing Free Wi-Fi in Glenville

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In support of the 2014 Create West Virginia Conference, Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) announced the launch of an exciting two-week effort providing the town of Glenville with free public Internet access through the end of October.

As part of an ongoing partnership with Create West Virginia, Shentel has set up mobile Wi-Fi hot spots near a number of favorite restaurants in historic downtown Glenville, where visitors will have access to complimentary wireless Internet services with download speeds up to 101 Mbps. Locations include Court Street outside Pickens Hall and the City Council building; the Main Street region around and including Audrey’s Restaurant; Lewis Street around and including Pizza Hut/Wing Street, and Lewis Street around and including Smokey’s BBQ.

“During that 17-day period at the end of October, it’s safe to say that those downtown Glenville hotspots will have the fastest free service of any place in the entire state of West Virginia,“ said Jeff James, president of the Create West Virginia board of directors, and a Glenville native. “One of the most important components of an innovation economy is the availability of technology,“ James added.  “Many people dream of the day when high speed Internet is readily available in communities all over the state to gain access to advanced online learning, healthcare and ecommerce opportunities. During that last two weeks of October, with the generous help of Shentel, we’ll make that happen in Glenville.“

In addition to this month’s Wi-Fi hot spots, Shentel also recently installed a 500MB Internet service at Glenville State College, providing the school with the fastest and greatest Internet capabilities of any college or university in the state.  The package includes a 68-channel TV lineup, a cable channel dedicated exclusively for Glenville State College use and connected services in the school’s new Waco Center and Morris Stadium to allow real-time television coverage of sports and events.

“We’re delighted to be working with Create West Virginia and Glenville State College to offer these advanced technology services in the Glenville community,“ said Tom Whitaker, Shentel Vice President of Cable. “Shentel is committed to providing superior broadband services in the rural communities we serve. Small towns and cities like Glenville deserve the same high speed internet services that are common in larger towns and cities in America.  Shentel offers these services in our rural West Virginia communities today.“

2014 marks the second year in a row Shentel has provided free Wi-Fi service at the Create West Virginia Conference. Shentel turned Richwood’s Main Street into an Internet hub during Create West Virginia’s annual gathering in Nicholas County last October, offering conference attendees the ability to power up laptops and other devices at “pop-up shops” around town.

People can stop by any of the mentioned restaurants now through October 31 to take advantage of Shentel’s free Wi-Fi service.

To access the Wi-Fi, search for the wireless network connection called createwv. When presented with the login screen enter username createwv and password createwv.

Magistrate Court Report - 10.22.14

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Civil Case(s):

Plaintiff Defendant Filed Served Amount
Smith Land Company, LLC Roy Wiant 10.14.14 $1,386.20
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital John Robert Carder 10.15.14 $1,982.10
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Glen Richard Grove 10.15.14 $3,641.28
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Jazzmin Lee Langman 10.15.14 $577.14
Glenville Auto Repair Brittany Bell 10.06.14 10.07.14 $944.66
10.07.14 Plea of Guilty. Fine $25.00   Court Cost  $160.25  WCF  $25.00    WCP  $969.66    Total  $1179.91 - 6 Months Payment Scheduled
Glenville Auto Repair Brittany Bell 10.06.14 10.07.14 $350.00
10.07.14 Plea of Guilty. Fine $25.00   Court Cost  $160.25  WCF  $25.00    WCP  $375.00   Total  $585.25 - 6 Months Payment Scheduled
Glenville Auto Repair Brittany Bell 10.06.14 10.07.14 $200.00
10.07.14 Plea of Guilty. Fine $25.00   Court Cost  $160.25  WCF  $25.00    WCP  $225.00   Total  $435.25 - 6 Months Payment Scheduled

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Misdemeanor - Criminal Case(s):

Complainant Defendant Offense Date Warrant
State of West Virginia Brittani Dawn Bell Obtaining Goods by False Pretense (6) 10.07.14 10.07.14
Bond $2,500.00
State of West Virginia Sharyce Lynna Warren Obstructing An Officer 10.07.14 10.07.14
Bond $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Sharyce Lynna Warren Disorderly Conduct 10.07.14 10.07.14
Bond $1,000.00
State of West Virginia Derrick Allen Abeare Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 09.09.14 10.07.14
10.07.14  Plea of Guilty Entered. Placed on 6-Month Probation Total Fine $190.25 - 6 Months to Pay
State of West Virginia Kenton Andrew Nicholas Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 09.24.14 10.09.14
10.09.14  Plea of Guilty Entered. Placed on 2 years unsupervised Probation 6-Month Jail Suspension Total Fine $222.25
State of West Virginia Kenton Andrew Nicholas Conspiracy 09.24.14 10.09.14
10.09.14  Plea of Guilty Entered. Placed on 2 years unsupervised Probation 6-Month Jail Suspension Total Fine $297.25
State of West Virginia Harrison James Jenkins Reckless Driving 10.09.14 10.09.14
10.09.14 Plea of Guilty Entered. (0 Days Jail Suspended. 1 Year Probation.  Total Fine  $422.25
State of West Virginia Nathan A. Hardy Driving Under Influence 10.17.14 10.17.14
Bond $3,500.00
State of West Virginia Nathan A. Hardy Underage Consumption 10.17.14 10.17.14
Bond $3,500.00
State of West Virginia Nathan A. Hardy Possession of Controlled Substance Less Than 15 Grams 10.17.14 10.17.14
Bond $3,500.00
Somerville Exxon Mathew J. Ellis Worthless Check Complaint 10.20.14 10.21.14
$45.43    Paid $265.68  6-Month  Payment
China 1 Sheila Ann Marks Worthless Check Complaint 10.20.14 10.25.14
State of West Virginia Yumus Clinton Roberson III Reckless Driving 10.17.14 10.20.14
Bond $500.00   
State of West Virginia Kelsey Nicholas Possession of Controlled Substance (Marijuana) 09.24.14 10.20.14
State of West Virginia Kelsey Nicholas Conspire to Possess A Controlled Substance 09.24.14 10.20.14
State of West Virginia Jeffrey Alan Mihelich Obstructing an Officer 05.11.14 10.20.14
Plea of Guilty Entered. 6 Month Jail Suspended. 1 Year Unsupervised Probation  Total Fine  $440.25
State of West Virginia Yumus Roberson Obstructing An Officer 05.11.14 10.20.14
Plea of Guilty Entered. 6 Month Jail Suspended. 1 Year Unsupervised Probation  Total Fine  $440.25 6 Month to Pay
State of West Virginia John Wesley Jordan Fail to Register as Sex Offender 10.20.14 10.20.14
Bond $5,000.00

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WV State Police Citation(s):

Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Patrick Wayne Gower 10.04.14 Trespassing
Jacob Tyler Kennelly 10.10.14 Speeding
Hamric Samantha Lynn 10.07.14 Failure to Maintain Control
Freddie Perry II 10.03.14 Left of Center
Ryan Michael Sims 10.07.14 Driving Suspended/Revoked Non-DUI
Failure to Drive with Due Care
Katelyn Dawn Weese 10.11.14 Operator’s
Jayson Bradley White 10.03.14 Driving Under The Influence - 2nd Offense
Kenneth Ray Young 10.04.14 Driving Under The Influence

Gilmer County Sheriff Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Heather Ann Black 10.21.14 Aiding Adult in Custody (Give Tobacco)
Dakota C. Burkhammer 10.17.14 Left of Center
Nathan Andrew Hardy 10.17.14 Underage Consumption

City of Glenville Citation(s):
Defendant Issued Charge(s)
Michael Kevin Miles 10.14.14 Wrong Way - One Way
Yumus C. Roberson 10.17.14 Reckless Driving
Earon Brandy Settles 10.07.14 Shoplifting
Casey Lee Small 10.17.14 Color of Lights
Reckless Driving

G-Eye™: In Memory of…

In Memory of
Howard Frymier
Donald and Mary Jean Barker
Gilmer County Senior Center
Glenville, WV

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Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
~~  Zora Neale Hurston ~~

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As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
~~  Hermann Hesse ~~

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All love that has not friendship for its base,
is like a mansion built upon the sand.
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Sallie, this is “Beautiful”!  They would be proud of the finished project and how you put it all together.  Great Job!

By Jackie Broome  on  10.23.2014

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West Virginia’s 2014 Wild Boar Firearms Season Opens October 25, 2014

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Wild boar firearms season in West Virginia is scheduled to open October 25 and run through November 01, 2014.

The season is open to West Virginia residents only.

To hunt wild boar, hunters must possess one of the following licenses: Class X, XJ, XS, AB-L, A-L or Class A+BG+CS or be exempt from purchasing a license.

Hunting is restricted to Boone, Logan, Raleigh and Wyoming counties.

Boar of either sex may be taken, but only one boar may be taken per year.

Each animal that is harvested must be checked at an official game checking station in the county of kill within 24 hours.

Concurrent hunting of deer and bear, where legal, is permitted.

The boar harvest has seen a slight increase in the past three years with an average of 49 boars being harvested during the firearm and archery seasons combined.

Even though boar hunting is open to four counties, only Logan and Boone counties reported harvests in the past three years.

In 2013, hunters took advantage of the spotty mast crop to locate the elusive boar and harvested 49.

This year’s mast crop is abundant in the four boar counties, which could make boar hunting more challenging than the past two years.

Preseason scouting will be crucial to finding an area where the boars are feeding.

October 23, 2014 Exercise

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October 23, 2014 Exercise Planned to Improve Responses to Environmental Emergencies and Disasters

Increasing Community Readiness

West Virginia’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) Region 4, in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will participate in Appalachian Drought, a full-scale exercise that will test responses to a water emergency on October 23, 2014.

The exercise will involve nine central West Virginia counties: Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster.

The exercise aims to assess existing plans and identify areas where planning can be improved, with a goal of serving communities better during disasters and other emergencies.

The exercise follows the water crises earlier this year in Charleston, W.V and Toledo, Ohio. Residents of all nine counties may see water tanker trucks and other equipment at each county’s designated water distribution locations during the exercise.

Other participating agencies will include:

-    Emergency Management Offices for all nine counties involves;

-    County Health Departments;

-    Public Service Districts;

-    Local Water Utilities;

-    Agricultural Extension Centers;

-    National Weather Service (NWS)

The exercise scenario, developed by U.S. EPA, is based on widespread drought conditions that have affected counties in central WV.  For the past two years, the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and U.S. EPA have planned and participated in region-wide exercises.

FCI Gilmer Inmates Sentenced After Getting Caught in Possession of Heroin

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Two inmates at FCI Gilmer were convicted and sentenced after they were discovered in possession of heroin.

Antonio Whitehead, age 27, of Macon, Georgia, and Brian Carnegie, age 29, of Cleveland, Ohio, each enter guilty pleas on Wednesday to one count of possession of a prohibited object.

Whitehead and Carnegie, who are both currently incarcerated on drug trafficking charges, were each sentenced to an additional six months in prison.

The investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Special Investigative Services Unit at FCI Gilmer. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

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