www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: August 19, 2014 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT01/308199976 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT01/308199976 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:50 -0400 Belletto, Marion L. 11 a.m., Simons


Bumgarner, Floyd 2 p.m., Freeman Funeral Home, Chapmanville.


Canterbury, Kenneth 2 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.


Harris, Ruby 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.


Hicks, Grady 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.


Kerns, Emzy L. 1 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.


Webb, Marshall K. 11 a.m., St. Anthony's Shrine Catholic Church, Boomer.

]]>
Debbie L. Bailey http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199987 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199987 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:36 -0400 Mrs. Debbie Lynn Bailey, 57, of Charleston, formerly of Ravenswood, passed away Aug. 14, 2014 at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her husband, Randy Bailey; parents, Teddy and Rachel Stover of Poca; daughter, Amanda and husband, Jeremy Sigley, of Summersville; brother, Bryan and wife, Lisa Stover, of Cross Lanes; grandchildren, Quincy and Corey; special aunt, Mary McCoy of Eleanor; and a host of other family and friends.

A gathering of family and friends will be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, 147 Main St., Poca, is serving the Bailey family.

]]>
Lessie F. Bourgeois http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199995 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199995 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:29 -0400 Lessie Faye Bourgeois of Ripley left this earth to be with the Lord on Aug. 16, 2014. Faye was born to Peter B. Hall and Retta Brannon Hall on June 9, 1928.

Surviving are a son, John Paul Bourgeois of Ripley; daughter, Kimberly (Timothy) Southall of Waverly, Ohio; grandson, John T. Southall of Waverly, Ohio; granddaughter, Sarah Casto of Ripley; five great-grandchildren; sister, Vay Mitchell of New Cumberland; and numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her great-niece and caregiver, Becky Sinclair and her husband, David, and their children, Katie and Josh, and her lifelong, faithful friends, Bill and Margaret Boyd, all of whom held special places in her heart. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Paul F. Bourgeois; daughter, Rita Sue Anderson; parents; brothers, Bert Hall and Bernard Hall; and sisters, Mae Hall, Ada Robinson and Nina Kaplun.

Faye was a homemaker, a dedicated wife and mother and co-owner of Farmer's Feed Store. She was a member of Independence United Methodist Church, where she attended most of her life and also was a sometime secretary, youth teacher and leader of the youth choir.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley, with Pastor Jarrod Caltrider and John Gunther officiating. Burial will follow at Independence Cemetery, Sandyville.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

The family extends special thanks to Jackson Home Health, Dr. James Gaal, the staff of Jackson General Hospital and the staff of Hubbard Hospice House.

Memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

]]>
Kenneth Canterbury http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199999 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199999 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:19 -0400 Lt. Col. Kenneth Edwin Canterbury, USAF retired, 47, of Elkview, passed away at home, Thursday, August 14, 2014, after a short illness.

He was retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service; and was a 1985 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and also graduated from West Virginia University.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his father, Danny "Virge" Canterbury; grandfather, Rev. Walter Lee Canterbury; grandmother, Virginia Canterbury; grandfather, Nim Workman; grandmother, Sadie Dillion Workman; step-grandmother, Lucille Workman; uncle, David Canterbury.

Surviving are his mother, Bobbie "Cookie" Canterbury of Elkview; brother, Steven Canterbury and wife Karen of Elkview; children, Brogan Daniel and Aiden Valentine of Wis.; nephew, Thomas Canterbury of Elkview; niece, Emily Canterbury of Elkview; aunts, Ann Tomblin of Dingess, Joan Houser of Jacksonville, Fla., Lilly Blaylock of Sissonville, Donna Carter of Huntington, Diane Engor of Pauling, Ohio, Patsy Woody of South Carolina; uncles, Richard Workman of Dingess, Douglas Workman of Harts, James Workman of Columbus, Ohio, and Tommy Canterbury of Milton.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at the Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Roger Petry officiating. Burial will be in the Canterbury Cemetery, Long Ridge with military graveside rites conducted by the U.S. Air Force and the American Legion Post 61, Clendenin.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 18, at the funeral home.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 North Pinch Road, Elkview is assisting the family.

]]>
Pansy Kay Casto http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199989 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199989 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:35 -0400 Pansy Kay Casto, 65, of Charleston, passed away Aug. 18, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House West after a long illness.

She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and a Christian by faith.

Preceding her in death were her father, Elmer Ivin Legg, and son, Denver Ray Casto.

Survivors include her son, Matthew Casto of Sissonville; daughter, Tammy Lynn Duff and husband, Gary, of Kenna; mother, Oneda Legg of Pocatalico; brothers, Dale Legg and wife, Delores, of Winfield and Michael E. Legg and wife, Sandy, of Liberty; and grandchildren, Corey Duff of Kenna and Misty Rhodes and husband, James, of Ripley. Also surviving are several special nieces, nephews and friends who are also left to mourn her passing.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Floral Hills Garden of Memories, Pocatalico.

Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

The family will accept memorial online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Casto family.

]]>
Waldo Darrell Christian http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199985 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199985 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:37 -0400 Waldo Darrell Christian, 88, of Lewisburg, died Aug. 17, 2014. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

]]>
Charles R. Davidson http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199983 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199983 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:38 -0400 Charles Robert "Charlie" Davidson, 91, of South Charleston, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, peacefully passing at home; he never fully recovered from injuries received from a past fall.

He was born Jan. 31, 1923, the son of the late Antony Cosby and Mabel Bonham Davidson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by sisters, Alice D. Nunley, Betty J. Davidson and an infant sister, as well as his brother, Richard L. Davidson.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of nearly 66 years, Lucille; son, David L. Davidson and special friend, Catherine Mabe, of South Charleston and C. Douglas and Brenda Davidson of South Charleston; and grandchildren, Joslyn Beth Davidson of South Charleston and Bryan D. Davidson of Austin, Texas.

Charlie was a graduate of South Charleston High School. He was a World War II veteran, serving his country with foreign duties as a sergeant within the 2nd Army. He retired from Union Carbide as an inspector. He was proud of his past role for the construction of the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier. A millwright, he was a lifetime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America Local Union 1755. He was a Master Mason, Dunbar Lodge No. 159, Scottish Rites of Charleston and a proud Legion of Honor member within the Beni Kedem Shrine.

The family would like to thank his many caregivers, Hospice workers and medical personnel for their professional and compassionate care.

A service to honor the life of Charles will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Stephen J. White officiating. Entombment will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, with Masonic Rites by Dunbar Lodge 159.

Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the funeral home.

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

]]>
Brian D. Dickens http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199994 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199994 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:32 -0400 Brian Douglas Dickens, 55, of Pierpoint, formerly of Stickney, died Aug. 15, 2014. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Miller Cemetery, Rock Creek, with visitation beginning one hour prior. Arrangements by Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

]]>
Steve Grabosky http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199991 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199991 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:34 -0400 Steve Grabosky, 86, of Oak Hill, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at University Health System, Charlottesville, Va., after complications from surgery.

Steve was born Dec. 9, 1927 in Minden, one of many coal towns in southern West Virginia, to John and Mary Luszczewska Grabowski, Polish immigrants looking for a better life in America.

He graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1946. Steve was an athlete in high school having been a starter at guard in basketball and center in football for four years, as well as participating annually in track. After high school he played semi-professional football in southern West Virginia and maintained his interest in sports throughout his life. He passed his love of sports and his keen observations of athletics on to his family. He managed his sons' baseball team and was an avid supporter of Oak Hill athletics as well as anything related to his home town.

Steve was employed by the New River Coal Company, New River Supply Company and, since 1971, at Wallace & Wallace Vending and Derrick Music, Oak Hill, where he was still employed part-time. He led an active life up to his final days with work, tooling around the house and yard and socializing with family and his great cadre of friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann, and, as the youngest of six children, he was preceded by three sisters, Nellie, Minnie and Ann, and one brother, John.

Surviving are his daughter, Cathy Manis and husband, Joe, of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Steve, and daughter-in-law, Liz, of Charlotte, N.C., and Mike, and daughter-in-law, Mary Lou, of Oakland, Md.; six grandchildren, Daniel of Piney Point, Md., Jill of South Charleston, Michael of Raleigh, N.C., Laura and Sam of Oakland, Md., and Kathryn of Greenville, N.C.; one great-grandchild, Alex of South Charleston; a sister, Rose Kowalski of Michigan; nieces, Alicia Gomola of Marietta, Ohio, and Marilyn Sonsini of Blackwood, N.J.; and nephew, Frank Grabosky of New Orleans, La.

He will forever be known to his family as defining the meaning of generosity, loyalty, what it means to be a true friend and, of course, a great father.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with Father Carlos Melocoton officiating. Entombment was at High Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Oak Hill.

Visitation was held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family suggests any donations be made to the Oak Hill High/Collins High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 462, Oak Hill, WV 25901. This was one of Steve's favorite organizations.

Online condolences may be sent at www.tyreefuneralhome.com.

Arrnagments by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

]]>
Richard Hammock http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199997 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/OBIT/308199997 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:02:24 -0400 Richard Allen Hammock, 84, of Charleston, was born Feb. 11, 1930 in Spring Hill to Walter and Jane (Thomas) Hammock. He died on Aug. 16, 2014 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, after a long illness.

He worked at Union Carbide South Charleston Plant and Technical Center, retiring as a master lab technician in 1993 with 40 years of loyal service. He was an amateur pilot, a proud Marine and a skilled and talented carpenter. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and Popsie, and an intelligent, kind person with a witty sense of humor and a love of classical music, nature, books and learning.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jim, Bill and Ralph; sisters, Kathryn Wratchford, Mary Harper, Evelyn Parsons and two infant sisters; grandson, Douglas; and great-granddaughter, Lillian.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou (Grishaber); his sons, Rick of Charleston and Greg (Donna) of Phoenix, Ariz.; his daughters, Elizabeth (Roger) VanSickle of Leon, Carol (Pete) Richards of Austin, Texas, Janet (Steve) Craddock of Alum Creek, Susan (Ted) Stoler of Glen Burnie, Md., and Meg Hammock of Charleston; his sister, Louise Severino of South Charleston; his brother, Frank of Dixon, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, South Charleston. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Graceland Memorial Park.

Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

Semper fi.

Memories and condolences of Richard may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary icon.

Snodgrass Funeral Home of South Charleston is handling the arrangements.

]]>
Sobriety/child safety seat checkpoint set for today http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819140 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819140 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:20:29 -0400 The Charleston Police Department will conduct a sobriety/child safety seat checkpoint from 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday in the 2400 block of Sissonville Drive.

]]>
Bistro Express opens in South Charleston http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/DM01/140819141 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/DM01/140819141 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:35 -0400 By Shawnee Moran Location, location, location - it isn't just a Realtor's mantra.

For Sherri Wong, owner of Bridge Road Bistro in South Hills, it is a key factor to having a successful business.

Wong, along with the bistro's General Manager Sandy Call, announced the grand opening of the Bistro Express Tuesday at Building 2000 in West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, members of the Bridge Road Bistro family and other community members were in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Wong is also a Democratic candidate for the 35th House of Delegates District.

Wong said she couldn't have been more excited with the turnout.

"I'm very excited. This vision has been in the works for over a year and a half. We've worked very hard with everyone up here. They've been very kind in welcoming us and enlisting in our business plan and what we want to do," she said. "We're very happy we have this opportunity."

The Bridge Road Bistro opened in 2004. It was such a success owners Sherri and the late Robert Wong decided to open the Bistro Express in Charleston's East End. However, she said the store didn't fare as well as she would have liked and shut it down in 2012.

"We had a small shop at the East End, worked it for all it was worth, but just didn't feel it was doing ... what we needed it to do, so we put it on the back burner for a while and now we're bringing it back up here," Wong said. "I'm fully confident it will be a complete success."

The Bistro Express will feature a variety of the best of their "farm to table business" food including fresh gourmet salads, sandwiches, soups and hot entrees that are made every day. For the grand opening, event staff prepared food available for purchase including their bistro burgers, fresh fruit, wraps and poppers.

Managers Scott Carpenter and John Parrish said they will not have a physical copy of the menu for the Bistro Express for a few weeks. They plan to see what food items are popular with the public and get a feel of what they want before they print a menu.

The Bistro Express will hold about 30 people in the cozy space, which includes colorful photographs and a cafe-like atmosphere. They also have an executive kitchen and dining room for small or private meetings that can hold up to 12 people.

Wong said she was glad to see everyone come out for the event and is happy the Bistro Express is back in business.

"This is just our greater vision of the Bistro family and we're very happy that it's come to pass," she said.

Call said the venue is a perfect place to reach a wide variety of people.

"It's definitely a venue that no one's tapped into yet. The cafeteria was built and bulldozed down 19 years ago, so there's been no eateries for people up here," she said, adding that it would cause a problem for people who work in the area or go to Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College.

She said while students and executives have close access to the Bistro Express, they aren't targeting any specific group of people.

"Our target is more so as a whole. Yes we're catering to the Valley students, yes we're catering to all the executives up here on the hill that work at the Tech Park, but we're open to the public," Call said.

She said Carpenter, Parrish, members of the Bistro family and the support of the community have helped the Bistro Express become a reality.

"I think we have a lot of friends, family (and) coworkers in the community to support us and to get us where we're at," she said. "To see all those people out today is a true blessing."

The Bistro Express is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information visit the Bridge Road Bistro restaurant's website at http://www.thebridgeroadbistro.com/ or call 304-720-3500.

Contact writer Shawnee Moran at 304-348-4872 or shawnee.moran@dailymailwv.com. Follow her on Twitter @shawneemoran22.

]]>
Humanities council seeking major grant proposals http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819142 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819142 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:48:49 -0400 A variety of matching grants are offered by the West Virginia Humanities Council to nonprofit organizations in West Virginia that support educational programming. The Council announces its upcoming Sept. 1 grant deadline for four grant categories: Major, Media, and Publication grants, awarded annually for projects requesting over $1,500 and up to $20,000, and Teacher Institute grants, which are awarded annually for summer teaching seminars up to $25,000. Applications must be postmarked by Aug. 30.

This category supports public programs including, but not limited to, lectures, school projects, symposia, panel discussions, reading and discussion series, exhibits, reenactments, and conferences. Major grant proposals should request more than $1,500 and up to $20,000. Applicants should allow twelve weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

This category supports the planning, scripting, and production of audio or video materials, websites, or a newspaper series. Media grant proposals should request more than $1,500 and up to $20,000. Applicants should allow twelve weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

This category supports the production phase of completed manuscripts on West Virginia topics in the humanities and by West Virginia authors on any subject in the humanities. Only recognized academic and established nonprofit presses are eligible to apply. Publication grant proposals should request more than $1,500 and up to $20,000. Applicants should allow 12 weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

This category is available to college and university faculty to develop summer seminars on humanities topics suited to the teaching needs of elementary or secondary teachers. Applicants may request up to $25,000 and should allow twelve weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

For information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program, contact Amy Saunders Postalwait at 304-346-8500 or postalwait@wvhumanities.org. Grant guidelines and applications are available online at www.wvhumanities.org.

]]>
McKinley, Gainer quietly compete in first district http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/DM0104/140819143 DM0104 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/DM0104/140819143 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:42:19 -0400 By Whitney Burdette While much of West Virginia pays attention to high-profile U.S. House races in the 2nd and 3rd districts, Rep. David McKinley and Democratic challenger Glen Gainer are making waves up north.

The race pits a sitting congressman, McKinley, against one of West Virginia's elected constitutional officers, state Auditor Gainer.

So it should be high-profile as well, but the race has been slipping below some political radars.

Spokesmen for both campaigns said their candidates are busy connecting with voters and making sure constituents know where they stand on the issues.

"We've decided from the very beginning we would always organize and run the very best campaign we can," said Thomas Madinek, McKinley's campaign manager. "We've done that. We've spent time talking with voters, opening offices in Wheeling, Parkersburg and Morgantown. We have no intention of slowing down."

That eagerness is despite McKinley having a fundraising advantage. According to filings with the Federal Elections Commission, McKinley has nearly $1.5 million cash-on-hand compared to Gainer's $187,000. Michael Edwards, Gainer's campaign manager, said he knows that campaign will not match McKinley's fundraising prowess, but the vast majority of money the campaign has raised is from West Virginia donors.

"We've been focused on really raising money here in West Virginia," Edwards said. "We're never going to have the same amount of money as Congressman McKinley. That's been a given from day one.

"He's made loans to himself from the previous election. David McKinley is a very wealthy individual. Glen Gainer is not a millionaire and doesn't have the resources McKinley has personally to dump into his campaign."

Madinek said most of the funds McKinley has raised in the most recent cycle came from in-state donors. That, he said, reflects voter support.

"We're definitely happy with that," he said. "It shows that grassroots support, grassroots element of people wanting to support the congressman."

Both spokesmen said voters have a connection to the candidates. McKinley was first elected to Congress in 2010, and Gainer has served as state auditor since 1992. As the campaigns travel the district, voters are coming out in strong support.

"I say that's the one thing that comes through consistently is that people feel like they know the congressman and have that connection and personal relationship," Madinek said. "Certainly they're fed up with Washington, D.C., and they feel like Obama and liberal Democrats don't understand the issues. They have an advocate in David McKinley. That's overwhelmingly what we've been seeing.'

Edwards said many voters know who Gainer is, thanks to his position in state government, but the don't know much about him personally or what they can expect from him if he's elected to Congress. The campaign is working to change that.

"Once he gets the opportunity to talk about his vision in terms of creating jobs, improving education in the state, easing the burden on working families, people respond very favorably," Edwards said. "One thing we hear repeatedly is people are upset with current leadership in Washington. David McKinley has been part of that problem and people want change."

Madinek said in a society where everyone is busy, it's hard to reach voters. The McKinley campaign has employed a couple of ways to connect with voters and help them understand the candidate's platform.

"We've done a lot of online petitions just to engage people online," he said. "Obviously, one of the things we're focused on is it's harder and harder to reach people. We have to be where the people are. Part of that is focusing our efforts online. One way we do that is through online petitions."

One petition in particular, Stop Obama's War on Coal, garnered 2,400 signatures, Madinek said.

Meanwhile, Gainer has taken his campaign on the road throughout the first district, which includes West Virginia's northern counties and spreads east to Mineral County. One stop took him to the Homer Laughlin China Factory, which Edwards said was hit by the economic downturn. Gainer also learned how companies moving overseas to avoid taxes hurt small businesses like Homer Laughlin.

"Last week we went up to the Northern Panhandle and spent the morning touring the Homer Laughlin China Factory and talking to folks there and the head of that company about what's needed in regard to helping family businesses in the first district grow and expand," Edwards said. "They've struggled with layoffs over the past year or so. It's hard for them to continue to compete in the global market. We're seeing similar problems arise with the Mylan Pharmaceuticals which is going through a merger which enables them to take their entire operation out of the country to avoid paying U.S. taxes. What happens when that takes place, we're losing jobs in the first district and the tax burden has to end up somewhere."

Most of the time, Edwards said, small businesses end up carrying that burden.

The McKinley campaign also is concerned about jobs, particularly in the energy sector. In his four years in Congress, McKinley has introduced or supported numerous pieces of legislation aimed at curtailing the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Standing up to Obama's EPA, fighting the war on coal, excessive regulations obviously are very important to West Virginia and very important to the congressman," Madinek said. "He's always been outspoken on that issue. Obviously fighting Obamacare, understanding that it doesn't always necessarily mean we need to get rid of the law but we certainly need to repeal and replace. Jobs are a major issue for West Virginia. We have to create a climate where our children and grandchildren aren't forced to leave the state to find work."

McKinley and Gainer will face off in the Nov. 4 general election.

Contact writer Whitney Burdette at 304-348-7939 or whitney.burdette@ dailymailwv.com. Follow her at www. Twitter.com/wburdette_DM.

]]>
Most opposed abortion clinic probe, activists say http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819144 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819144 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:34:53 -0400 By Lydia Nuzum CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An analysis of public comments made during Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's review of West Virginia abortion clinics has found that most in-state respondents opposed the probe, according to WV FREE, the state's largest reproductive rights advocacy group.

The Attorney General's Office collected more than 10,000 pages of comments about abortion regulations during an approximately one-month period last summer. Redacted versions of the comments - placed in 21 three-ring binders - were made available for inspection to the Gazette in April, five months after the Gazette requested them under the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

WV FREE also issued a FOIA request for the comments, and paid $2,500 for copies, according to Margaret Chapman Pomponio, executive director of WV FREE. The group analyzed the documents over the course of the summer and determined that 55 percent of those who commented opposed Morrisey's investigation, while the other 45 percent were either confused by the information given by the office or supportive of the review.

"I felt we had no other choice than to pay for them because we wanted to substantiate the truth," Chapman Pomponio said. "His attack led people to believe that women's health providers were not regulated like other health providers, and you could see that reflected in some comments. For example, you may see something like, 'We can't believe women's health providers aren't regulated; we support your call for regulation.' It's based on a false, confused premise."

Morrisey's office did not answer the Gazette's questions in April about how the office intended to use the information gathered during the public-comment period, or whether officials knew the breakdown of comments that favored or opposed the office's actions.

According to WV FREE, a total of 8,652 respondents opposed Morrisey's targeted review; of those, 610 were from West Virginia. There were 752 in favor of Morrisey's review, 500 of which were from West Virginia. Chapman Pomponio said that many of the comments in the 10,000-page document were so heavily redacted that it was impossible to understand their position.

"While there was a predominance of out-of-state comments that showed opposition to Morrisey, the majority from within the state were opposed as well," Chapman Pomponio said.

Morrisey's office solicited the comments beginning in July 2013 and ending about a month later, on Aug. 16. The attorney general sought comments relating to, among other things, "regulations and standards for health care facilities generally and abortion clinics specifically, compliance and auditing of facilities and providers," according to the Attorney General's Office website.

Morrisey started his review of abortion regulations in June last year, following a lawsuit filed by a Charleston woman against Dr. Rodney Stephens and the Women's Health Center of West Virginia.

Itai Gravely, 26, is represented by the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, a conservative evangelical group that opposes abortion. Gravely alleges that Stephens botched her abortion and left the head of the fetus in her uterus.

Chapman Pomponio said Morrisey's public framing of the review relied heavily on misinformation - women's health clinics are held to the same standards as other health clinics throughout the state. Morrisey also claims that West Virginians have access to "abortions until birth," despite the fact that federal law applies to West Virginia and bans abortions at 24 weeks of gestation unless the health of the mother is threatened or the fetus is not viable outside the womb. There are no late-term abortion providers in the state.

"What I found to be most interesting during my analysis was that further efforts to inform the public about pre-existing regulations within abortion care facilities would likely tip the balance even further against Morrisey's campaign," said Katelyn Campbell, an intern for WV FREE and a 2013 graduate of George Washington High School who spoke out against an abstinence-only sex education assembly held during her senior year.

Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nuzum@wvgazette.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @lydianuzum on Twitter.

]]>
Report: W.Va. has one of best reserve funds in nation http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819145 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819145 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:34:43 -0400 By Phil Kabler Although legislators had to raid $100 million from the state's Rainy Day fund to balance the 2014-15 budget, a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows West Virginia has one of the healthiest reserve fund balances in the country.

Part of Pew's "Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis" updates released Tuesday, the report shows West Virginia is one of four states in the U.S. with sufficient cash reserves to operate for 100 days or more with no incoming revenue.

The Pew report estimates that West Virginia's $1.4 billion in reserve funds - counting cash balances and reappropriated funds in various state accounts in addition to the $871 million currently set aside in state Rainy Day funds - would allow state government to operate for 119 days.

That's the fourth-longest, behind Alaska (642 days), Wyoming (189 days), and North Dakota (154 days).

Mark Muchow, West Virginia's deputy revenue secretary, said it's not surprising that the four states with the best reserve fund outlooks are all energy-producing states.

Given the volatile nature of energy sector markets, Muchow said legislatures in the four states set up reserve funds, setting aside revenue from peak production periods in anticipation of downturns in the oil, natural gas and coal markets.

"Right now, we're experiencing a high in natural gas and a low in coal," he said. Muchow noted that Alaska is suffering a downturn in oil prices and demand, while North Dakota is experiencing a boom in natural gas and shale oil production.

When the Legislature created the state's Rainy Day reserve fund in 1994, Muchow said it looked to set aside funds from two industries that were booming at the time, but did not have favorable long-term outlooks: Coal and racetrack video lottery.

"At the time, we had a monopoly in terms of gaming revenues," he said. "That monopoly was going to be a short-lived monopoly."

Some two decades later, coal is experiencing a downturn in prices and demand, while state Lottery revenues have been declining because of competition from new casinos in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, but in the meantime, the state was able to grow the Rainy Day fund from $20.5 million to its current amount, he noted.

Currently, the $871.7 million balance in the Rainy Day funds is up $38.5 million from July 31, 2013.

Muchow said that growth is attributable to interest earnings on Rainy Day funds invested by the state Investment Management Board, and because the $100 million appropriated out of the Rainy Day fund in the 2014-15 state budget has not yet been transferred to general revenue.

At the other extreme, the Pew study found, four states have less than five days' operating costs in their reserve funds: Arkansas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. However, it noted that is an improvement from the peak of the Great Recession, when seven states, including Pennsylvania, emptied their reserve funds in order to fund state budgets.

Another report from Pew Charitable Trusts found that West Virginia's tax collections are recovering from the Great Recession, if just barely.

Revenue collections in the fourth quarter of the 2012-13 budget year exceeded collections from the third quarter of 2008-the last quarter before the recession hit - by 0.1 percent.

That trails the national average growth of 2.2 percent, but is better than 26 states whose tax collections have not rebounded to 2008 levels.

The recovery has varied dramatically, the analysis, with five states - Alaska, Wyoming, Florida, New Mexico and Louisiana - seeing revenue collections down 15 percent or more from 2008.

Muchow said that while West Virginia's revenue growth has been flat, neighboring states in the Mid-Atlantic region have fared worse. The Pew study bears that out, showing all neighboring states except Maryland experienced revenue declines from 2008 to 2013, including declines of 7.9 percent in Ohio and 9 percent in Virginia.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.

]]>
The Greenbrier resort's Justice to pay $1.5M fine for Kentucky mines http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819146 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819146 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:29:59 -0400 By Dylan Lovan The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. - West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice has reached a $1.5 million settlement with Kentucky officials over dozens of violations at several of his coal mines in Eastern Kentucky.

The agreement between Justice and the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources is a reduction from the $4.5 million in outstanding penalties he owed for the violations, according to the settlement. Kentucky officials said the violations came from not doing post-mining reclamation work required by law at Justice mines in eight counties.

Kentucky Energy and Environment Secretary Len Peters said in a news release Tuesday that the violations at Justice-owned mines "were among the most egregious we have seen in nearly a decade."

"The fact that the operators ignored the many attempts by the state to have them correct the violations made the final agreement even more important," Peters said.

Reclamation work at surface mines typically includes reshaping the land to its original pre-mining contours, along with planting trees and other vegetation to prevent soil erosion.

Justice, who is worth about $1.6 billion, according to Forbes.com, has idled several mines in Eastern Kentucky and said his Appalachian mines are struggling to stay open because of poor market conditions. He also has idled all his mines in Tennessee. Along with owning coal mines in five states, Justice owns the historic Greenbrier resort, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Justice said in a statement Tuesday that the settlement is fair and that his companies will work immediately to satisfy the terms of the agreement.

"We all fully recognize how devastated the coal market is today, however, the Kentucky settlement reaffirms what I have said many times, that we will never walk away from any liability or obligation," he said.

The agreement, signed Friday, also requires Justice to bond more than $10 million that would be returned to the company once the work is completed. The agreement says the final due date for the last of the reclamation work is Sept. 1, 2015.

In June, Kentucky National Resources Commissioner Steve Hohmann sent a letter to the Roanoke, Virginia-based Justice company, saying he was suspending some mining permits, because the company's mines had allowed the environmental problems to "languish and multiply."

Peters said the order included personal assurances from Justice and his son, Jay, that the agreement will be followed.

The settlement requires Justice to pay the penalty in 30 monthly installments of $50,000, with an initial payment of $250,000.

]]>
W.Va. sees nearly 20-cent decrease at the pumps http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819147 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819147 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:28:38 -0400 By Anna Patrick Staff writer From July to August, West Virginia drivers saw the second-highest drop in gas prices of any state, according to a report from AAA this week.

West Virginia's fuel prices decreased by 19 cents from $3.69 a gallon in mid-July to $3.50 a gallon for regular, unleaded gas in mid-August, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge report.

New Jersey gas prices dropped 20 cents per gallon, and Pennsylvania had the same 19-cent drop as West Virginia.

"We're ending the summer travel period [and] that's when gas prices are higher ... . We typically see a decline [in price] this time every year because demand falls," said AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker. "It is great news for West Virginia motorists,"

Jan Vineyard, president of the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association, agreed.

"People aren't driving quite as much and miles per gallon have improved on vehicles. We know that cars are more efficient now and getting more to the gallon."

Vineyard said she was very happy to see AAA's recent report.

"For a gasoline retailer, the lower the price the happier we are, because when the prices are lower, people have more available funds to go inside [the convenient stores] and spend money ... . When the customers are happy with the low gas price, we are happy to."

Parker acknowledged that many uncontrollable factors affect fuel prices on a daily basis, including geopolitical tensions in fuel-producing countries like Russia, Ukraine and Iraq.

She warned that although the news is positive for West Virginia today, consumers should not take the current low prices for granted as significant price shifts have been known to occur at a rapid pace.

And although West Virginia motorists have felt an ease in gas prices, overall fuel prices in West Virginia remain 6 cents higher than the national average, which stands at $3.44 a gallon.

Over the past twelve months West Virginia's fuel prices have never dipped below the national average. In November 2013, fuel prices in West Virginia were more than 20 cents above the national average cost.

"Our tax is higher than the national average. The state tax on fuel in West Virginia is 35.7 cents [per gallon]." Vineyard said because West Virginia is a border state, it experiences stiff competition from states with lower fuel taxes.

She noted the state fuel tax in Virginia is 11.1 cents a gallon and 28 cents in Ohio. Other neighboring states' taxes are Pennsylvania, 40.7 cents a gallon; Kentucky, 30.8 cents a gallon; and Maryland, 27 cents a gallon.

West Virginia's gas tax funds repairs to state highways and roads. West Virginia officials have said the state Road Fund would have to nearly double, from $1.1 billion to more than $2 billion, to fund all of the repairs and maintenance needed in the state.

As of Tuesday, consumers in Hawaii were paying the highest price per gallon at $4.30 a gallon. Alaska comes in second at $4.08. In the continental United Stateds, Oregon and Washington state were the most expensive, at $3.89 a gallon.

Divers in South Carolina enjoyed the lowest average cost for fuel at $3.15 a gallon, 29 cents lower than the national average.

Reach Anna Patrick at anna.patrick@wvgazette,com or 304-348-5100.

]]>
Nurse sues Thomas Memorial over vaccine policy http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819148 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819148 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:01:17 -0400 By Kate White A nurse is suing a South Charleston hospital claiming she was forced to get a flu shot or risk losing her job, even though she says she is severely allergic to the vaccine.

Susan Dean says in a lawsuit filed last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court that she is now disabled because Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital, her employer of more than 30 years, required her to prove she is allergic to the flu vaccine -- when staff there should have known.

Dean's lawsuit asks that in addition to her being awarded damages, medical professionals be required to undergo training to deal with employees' allergic to the vaccine. Paige Johnson, spokeswoman for Thomas, said Tuesday the hospital's policy is one used by most medical facilities and was set by The Joint Commission, an independent national organization that certifies thousands of health care organizations.

According to the lawsuit, Dean had an immediate allergic reaction after being administered the flu shot by a Thomas nurse 15 years ago. The nurse witnessed the reaction, the suit alleges, in which Dean experienced shortness of breath, which was exacerbated by her asthma.

Dean was out of work for a month after that episode and prescribed various medications to recover, the complaint written by attorney Lonnie Simmons states.

Because of her reaction around 1999, Dean wasn't asked to take the flu vaccine again until 2012, according to the complaint. Dean provided a letter from Dr. Leo B. Gibson stating she shouldn't have the vaccine because of severe allergies and the matter was resolved.

Last September, the hospital implemented a new policy about vaccines, according to the lawsuit, and a nurse came to Dean to tell her "she had bad news for her."

The new policy meant hospital officials would no longer take an employee's word for it that they are allergic to the vaccine.

According to the policy, "All healthcare workers including contract staff, students, volunteers and chaplains at the Thomas Health System are mandated to receive yearly influenza vaccinations."

Exemptions would be granted only if an employee had a statement from a doctor saying the employee was allergic to eggs, to be verified through allergy testing at the employee's expense; a previous episode of Gullian-Barre, a rare disorder where the body's immune system attacks its nervous system, or upon recommendation from an OB/GYN for a pregnant employee.

Johnson said the policy also allows exemptions for religious reasons. The policy is still in effect at the hospital, Johnson said. She wouldn't comment about the pending litigation, but said the hospital carefully considers exemption cases.

"We have an entire team of infection control nurses and they are very aware of individual situations and we make provisions for those," Johnson said.

If an employee refused to have the vaccination and wasn't found to be exempt based on the hospital's criteria, they would first be suspended without pay for 30 days and be allowed during that time to become compliant. If the employee remained noncompliant they would be fired at the end of the suspension period.

Dean's lawsuit says that she is not allergic to eggs and that she told nurses at the hospital that the doctor who treated her 15 years prior had told her if she had another flu vaccine "it may kill her."

During that conversation, according to the lawsuit, the nurse handed Dean the new policy.

Because she had so many years invested in her job, Dean went forward with allergy testing on Oct. 7, 2013. Medical personnel in the allergist's office were advised of her history with the vaccine, according to the complaint.

Shortly after the test was administered, Dean's arm became swollen and red. She was itching, her throat became scratchy, she began sneezing and suffered significant shortness of breath and tightness in her chest and produced yellow sputum.

She was hospitalized for two days after undergoing the allergy test and diagnosed as suffering from acute exacerbation of asthma and reaction to flu vaccine and treated with intravenous steroids and other medications, according to the complaint.

Her symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized on and off again until February, when she was able to return to work.

By April, though, her symptoms flared up again and she was hospitalized for a week, the lawsuit states. Since then, her doctor has ordered her not to go back to work and she continues to, the lawsuit states, a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.

Dean says she has also been told to avoid crowds because her lungs aren't strong enough to handle infection, flu or cold.

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

]]>
Car-train collision kills one near Buffalo http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819149 GZ01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140819/GZ01/140819149 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:47:14 -0400 Staff reports BUFFALO, W.Va. -- A person was killed Tuesday when a train hit his or her vehicle near the Buffalo Bridge, according to a Putnam County dispatcher.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. at a crossing on W.Va. 62 just outside town limits, the dispatcher said. He didn't immediately have any other information about the victim's identity or the circumstances surrounding the collision.

]]>