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Off-stage vocabulary test takes some drama out of Spelling Bee
Off-stage vocabulary test takes some drama out of Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON — For viewers of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.

Vanya Shivashankar was one of the stars of the show, heavily promoted in ESPN’s...

Off-stage vocabulary test takes some drama out of Spelling Bee
Off-stage vocabulary test takes some drama out of Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON — For viewers of last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the most surprising results came courtesy of a test nobody saw.

Vanya Shivashankar was one of the stars of the show, heavily promoted in ESPN’s...

Contemporaries recall W.Va. Nobel laureate’s brilliance, struggle
Contemporaries recall W.Va. Nobel laureate’s brilliance, struggle

TRENTON, N.J. — Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994, but...

Bluefield native, Nobel winner John Nash, along with wife, dies in car crash
Bluefield native, Nobel winner John Nash, along with wife, dies in car crash

John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician and Nobel laureate whose towering intellect and descent into paranoid schizophrenia formed the basis of the Academy Award-winning movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died. He was 86.

Nash ...

Funerals for: May 25, 2015

Hoover, Betty L. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Jarrell, Harry E. Jr. 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Jones, Vivian B. 11 a.m., Taylor

Lemon, David Q. 2 p.m.,...

Gracie Beasley

Mrs. Gracie Beasley, of Beckley, died May 23, 2015. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Ervin "Tim" Hager

Ervin Earl "Tim" Hager, 72, of Alkol, died May 23, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Alum Creek Church of Christ, Alum Creek. Arrangements by Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Lester Norris

Mr. Lester Norris, of Beckley, formerly of Greentown, died May 23, 2015. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Greenwood Memorial Park, Beckley. Arrangements entrusted to Ritchie & Johnson Funeral Parlor, Beckley.

Dale C. Drennen
Dale C. Drennen

Dale Crosier Drennen, 68, of South Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 21, 2015 after an extended hospital stay. Devoted and loving spouse, father and grandfather, Mr. Drennen was born April 21, 1947.

He was preceded in...

Ronald "Red" Wheeler
Ronald "Red" Wheeler

Ronald "Red" Stanton Wheeler, 86, of Alum Creek, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at home, with his children by his side.

He was a millwright worker, an appliance repairman for Speed Queen and a member of Alum Creek Independent ...

M. Berniece Neil

M. Berniece Rogers Neil, 80, of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of South Charleston, W.Va., died May 16, 2015, after a long illness. Born Jan. 7, 1935, to Thomas and Hazel Rogers, both of which predeceased her in death as well as a sister, Charlotte...

Mary Frances Windon

Mary Frances Windon, 66, of Lewisburg, died May 22, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the funeral home.

Madeline G. Harris

Madeline Grace Lively Harris, 92, of Rainelle, died May 23, 2015. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

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