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Articles from February 17, 2016

About the Lighthouse of Learning Academy
The Lighthouse of Learning Academy is a private school, registered with the West Virginia State Board of Education, for middle school and high school students in Charleston. The focus is on student-directed learning, and the school's philosophy is evident in...
Absurdity ; Tainting West Virginia
Delegate Tom Fast, R-Fayette, thinks President Obama is a covert Muslim and Fast once declared that Obama gives secret hand signals to fellow Muslims during public appearances. Goofy notions like this are enough to spawn a thousand jokes about West...
A Little Something for Everyone ; Simple Life Consignments and Estate Sales Services in Culloden Expands to Offer More
bcooper@cnpapers.com 304-348-4806Simple Life is not so simple.Not as simple as it used to be, anyhow.Over the past couple of years, the consignment shop as become much more, now offering estate sales, clothing and even renting out rooms for those wishing...
ALL FIRED UP ; Huntington Restaurants Bounce Back from Blaze
Drew and Megan Hetzer were running errands when they got a most unwanted call on the Sunday morning of July 27, 2014. The historic Morris Building, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street in downtown Huntington, was on fire. This was especially...
Area Students Named to Fall '15 MU Dean's List
The following residents of the Metro East circulation area were named to the fall 2015 dean's list at Marshall University in Huntington: Belle: Alex Daugherty, Ethan Higginbotham, Lucas Jennings, John Painter, Ian Perry, Lourdes Valdespino, Savannah...
AROUND THE STATE ; Is It Time to Rethink Government Holidays? Notables Deserve Recognition, but Must It Come at Taxpayer Expense?
Everyone who didnt have to work on Presidents Day or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, raise your hands. Chances are, you probably work for the federal or state government or a bank if you did.Otherwise, like the rest of us, you were probably hard at it...
As Kurds Advance, Turkish Push for Ground Operations
BEIRUT - Turkey said Tuesday it is pressing for ground operations in Syria, hoping for the involvement of the U.S. and other allies as a force dominated by Kurdish fighters pushed through rebel lines and captured more territory near the Turkish border....
AUTO RACING ; Gibbs Racing Looks to Stay Hot, End Daytona Drought
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Joe Gibbs has made it perfectly clear to his drivers: Even if they win every exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway, it's the Daytona 500 that matters most. Gibbs won the Daytona 500 in 1993 with Dale Jarrett, but has...
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, First African UN Head, Dies
CAIRO - Boutros Boutros-Ghali, a veteran Egyptian diplomat who helped negotiate his country's landmark peace deal with Israel but then clashed with the United States when he served a single term as U.N. secretary-general, died Tuesday. He was 93. Boutros-Ghali,...
BOYS BASKETBALL - HUNTINGTON PREP 83, TEAYS VALLEY CHRISTIAN 53 ; TVC Caps Rewarding Season with Loss to Huntington Prep
SCOTT DEPOT - The regular season finished with a loss, but as a whole the Teays Valley Christian School boys basketball team found great success in year one of its effort to expand to a regional and national presence. Huntington Prep, perhaps the model...
BOYS BASKETBALL ; MSAC Finalists Remain Up for Grabs
Many years, it seems that nothing's for certain as the Mountain State Athletic Conference boys championship game approaches. This year is no exception.The lineup of boys teams competing in the Night of Champions on Saturday at the South Charleston Community...
BOYS BASKETBALL - POCA 61, HURRICANE 49 ; Dots Quell Redskins' Comeback Bid
POCA - Maybe it was the county rivalry, or maybe Poca was just due for a bad shooting night. Either way, it was certainly closer than the last time. Luke Frampton netted 19 points and reserves J.P. Phillips and Shawn Arthur scored the final seven points...
Bulletin Board
Yard Sale: Fairlawn Baptist Church, 20th Street and Fletcher Avenue, Dunbar, is having an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Family Life Center (former Mound Elementary School). Tables can be rented for $10 each. To rent...
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Community meetingA West Side Community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Stonewall Jackson Middle School auditorium. The event is being organized by the Charleston Police Department. Public safety concerns and police/community partnerships...
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UC Builders' Luncheon: Chef and Charleston Gazette-Mail columnist April Hamilton will discuss her column and new cookbook, "Counter Intelligence: The Best of April's Kitchen, at a noon luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Emma Byrd Art Gallery of Riggleman...
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NOW Blood Drive: The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Network of Women will sponsor a blood drive from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at the City of Hurricane Municipal Building. To donate blood or volunteer to help, register online at www.redcrossblood.org...
Butter It Up, Touting Locally Sourced Foods, Opens in Hurricane ; Coffee Shop Offers Gluten-Free Food Options
bcalwell@cnpapers.com 304-348-5188A new eatery, devoted to locally sourced ingredients and that offers 100 percent gluten-free food selections, has opened in Hurricane. Andrew and Ashley Stewart opened Butter It Up a few months ago at 2940 Putnam Ave.,...
Calendar
Business After Hours: Bellaire at Devonshire will host the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce's February Business After Hours networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. Open to Chamber members and their guests, the cost is $20 per person. RSVPs are required and...
Clean Power Plan's Future Uncertain ; When and How Scalia Is Replaced Could Affect Court's Recently Issued Stay
Last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay blocking the implementation of President Obamas Clean Power Plan curtailing carbon emissions from utility power plants. The 5-4 vote for the stay was praised by leaders of West Virginia and 24 other...
COLLEGE BASKETBALL - WVU TECH 96, INDIANA-KOKOMO 85 ; Gordon Sparks WVU Tech to Victory over Kokomo
MONTGOMERY - West Virginia University Tech senior Eddie Gordon received a lot of attention Tuesday night. Gordon, a former South Charleston standout, is the lone senior on the Golden Bear roster and was honored before the game, and gave a speech to...
Debunking the Script for Primary Care ; Deregulating Nurse Practitioners Would Save Money and Provide Needed Care
The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering legislation to increase consumer access to health care services by changing regulations that deny patients access to nurse practitioners who have the education, training and skills to provide primary...
Dunbar City Council OKs Changes to City's Recycling
Dunbar citizens wishing to recycle will have to travel a bit farther than the edge of their driveways starting March 1. Dunbar City Council approved changes to the city's recycling procedures at its meeting Tuesday night. The city is eliminating its...
Eagles of Death Metal Performs in Paris for Attack Survivors
PARIS - California rock band Eagles of Death Metal performed Tuesday at a highly charged Paris concert filled with fans who survived a terrifying massacre and siege at their last Paris show - and filled with memories of those who didn't. "Bonsoir Paris,...
EDITORIAL ; Hurricane Saluted for Project SAFE Program
Life-saving deeds don't always just happen in adventure novels or big-screen blockbusters. Take, for instance, the Project SAFE program happening in Hurricane."SAFE is an acronym for "Smoke Alarms for Everyone, and that means everyone who calls Hurricane...
Former Pendleton Navy Base Goes on the Online Auction Block
Online bidding has opened for the former Naval Information Operations Center support base at Sugar Grove, which was decommissioned on Sept. 30, ending a 60-year Navy presence in Pendleton County and shuttering West Virginia's sole active-duty military...
FROM THE KITCHEN ; Eggplant and Lasagna - Now Available in One Amazing Dish
Today's Mexican eggplant casserole is a combination take-off on the Italian eggplant dish that we all know and love. It's halfway eggplant Parmesan, at the same time reminiscent of the lasagna where vegetable slices take the place of pasta noodles.It's...
FUNDRAISING FROM THE OUTDOORS ; Food Bank Receives $50K Donation from Governor's One Shot Deer Hunt
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, members of the Governor's One Shot Committee and several state senators and delegates presented a check recently to the Mountaineer Food Bank, representing $50,000 raised during the ninth annual Governor's One Shot Deer Hunt. ...
GIRLS BASKETBALL - HUNTINGTON ; 67, SOUTH CHARLESTON; 44 Unbeaten Highlanders Smack Black Eagles
HUNTINGTON - South Charleston's second meeting with a top-ranked team in less than a week didn't go nearly as well as it did in the Black Eagles' first try. Class AAA No. 1 Huntington (20-0) got 25 points each in double-double performances from junior...
Hearing Looks at Putnam PSD Rate Change
WINFIELD - Few Putnam County residents spoke out against the Putnam Public Service District's rate change at a public hearing Tuesday evening. The Putnam County Commission approved adding the town of Poca and its surrounding area into Putnam Public...
How Government Can Get Smart
WASHINGTON - For the first time since the modern budget process was initiated more than 40 years ago, the Republican chairs of the Senate and House Budget committees announced that they would not invite the president's budget director to testify. What...
ISIL Faces Budget Crunch, Cuts Perks, Pay
BEIRUT - Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars, and is now releasing detainees for a price of...
Justice: Religion Bill Is a Bad Idea
The owner of The Greenbrier resort said Tuesday that West Virginia lawmakers would be shooting themselves in the foot by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill that civil rights advocates fear could be used to allow businesses to turn...
Kanawha Offices Meet 3 Percent Budget Cut Goal
Elected officials who were asked to cut 3 percent from their offices' non-payroll budgets for the upcoming fiscal year all met their goal, Kanawha County commissioners learned. The officials presented their reworked budgets, each showing varying degrees...
LANDFILL DISPOSAL ; City Council Supports Repeal of Electronic Waste Ban
Charleston City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night in support of a bill that would repeal an existing law banning the disposal of electronic waste in landfills. Passed in Council's Environment and Recycling Committee earlier Tuesday, Committee Chairman...
Laptops for LEARNING ; West Side Private School Obtains Laptops from Local Nonprofit Agency for Pilot Program
cthomas@cnpapers.com 304-348-1232Last July, Charleston-based YEWA Global USA was awarded a $10,000 grant from Lincoln Learning Solutions, a nonprofit organization focused on advancing the K-12 learning experience by providing customizable digital curriculum....
Let's Do Brunch ; Senate OKs Earlier Sunday Alcohol Sales
A push to put Bloody Marys and mimosas on the Sunday brunch menu in West Virginia picked up the Senate's endorsement Tuesday. State senators voted 34-0 Tuesday to pass the so-called "brunch bill, which removes a longstanding prohibition on alcohol sales...
LIFT Program Offers Social, Educational Outlets for KV Widows, Widowers
cthomas@cnpapers.com 304-348-1232Perhaps no single occurrence in life is more traumatic and emotionally devastating than the death of a spouse. The severed bond can never be restored, but there's now a program available to mend some threads with others...
Local Vietnam Veterans Honored at Lapel-Pinning Ceremony
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration was instituted by the U.S. government, under the auspices of the Department of Defense, to do what should have been done 50 years ago: thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - SPRING TRAINING ; Another World Series or Bust for Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two years ago, hardly anyone expected the Kansas City Royals to reach the World Series. Last year, very few expected them to win it.Perhaps it's time to start readjusting some expectations.After winning 95 games, their first division...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - SPRING TRAINING ; Pettitte Confident Sabathia Can Have Successful Season
TAMPA, Fla. - Andy Pettitte is confident former New York Yankees teammate CC Sabathia can be successful this season with a diminished fastball that normally tops out in the upper 80 mph range. "I am just because I know what he can do, Pettitte said...
MARSHALL BASKETBALL ; He Can Dish It out, Too; Herd's Elmore Elevates Game as Scoring, Passing Point Guard
HUNTINGTON - It was a routine play off that Marshall staple, the pick-and-roll - Jon Elmore heads into the lane, sees James Kelly slip behind the defense and flips the ball rim-high for Kelly to dunk it. Except this time, the Thundering Herd scored...
Marshall Winter Jazz Festival This Weekend
The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre will present the 47th Annual Winter Jazz Festival Feb. 18-20, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall's Huntington campus. Special guests to the festival include Jim Snidero, an alto saxophonist who revolutionized jazz...
MEC ATHLETICS ; New UC Sports Facility Pushed Back to Fall
The steel has started to go up at the site of the Wehrle Innovation Center on the University of Charleston's campus, but the opening of the new home of UC athletics will come a little later than originally planned. The university is now looking at a...
Metro East Calendar
Wednesday, Feb. 17EEFRC Senior Program: The East End Family Resource Center Senior Program at 502 Ruffner Ave., Charleston, will have refreshments at 10 a.m. and a noon luncheon with a speaker from Kanawha Valley Senior Services. The computer lab is...
Metro West Calendar
Friday, Feb. 19'Mining for God': Gateway Church in St. Albans will show the documentary "Mining for God at 7 p.m. "Mining for God is a provocative documentary that takes us deep within the American mind and brings to the surface the big ideas that have...
New MedExpress Urgent Care Center Opens at Southridge
MedExpress Urgent Care is opening its newest neighborhood medical center in the Southridge Center area on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The Southridge center will offer walk-in treatment for everyday illness and injury, including more advanced offerings such...
NO. 24 TEXAS 85, NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA 78 ; Longhorns Knock WVU out of Big 12 Top Spot Down Mountaineers
AUSTIN, Texas - There's been very little static involved with West Virginia lately, and the Mountaineers were again dealing with some significant changes on the road against Texas, but the one thing that held firm for more than three weeks is no more....
Obama Faces Political Puzzle in Naming Scalia Successor
WASHINGTON - For most presidents, choosing a Supreme Court nominee is a puzzle. For President Barack Obama, the chance to pick a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia is more like a Gordian Knot. As the White House carries out a rare election-year search...
Obituaries ; Obit
Obituaries TodayBarrett, Opal H. Jr. Bowe, Darrell W. Butler, Stella E. Clark, Bernice J. Graham, Reba E. Hall, John A. Haynes, Hilda E. Lanier, Gursha M. Manley, Judy L. Naylor, Lilly Perazzoli, Frank L. Roberts, Glenda J. Sims, Betty A. Sizemore, Trenton...
OBITUARIES ; Obit
BETTY JANE ARCHERBetty Jane Archer, 77, of Nitro, died on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro, was in charge of arrangements. WANE C. ASHWORTHWane C. Ashworth, of Ona, died on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Services were conducted on Friday, Feb....
OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD ; Making the Whole State Entrepreneurial
When I end up yelling at the television for the fourth or fifth time about the same topic, it is a pretty safe bet that my "complaint is going to end up as a column. I can't name a single state representative, or politician in general, for that matter,...
OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD ; Making the Whole State Entrepreneurial
When I end up yelling at the television for the fourth or fifth time about the same topic, it is a pretty safe bet that my "complaint" is going to end up as a column. I can't name a single state representative, or politician in general, for that matter,...
Op/ed and Letters
Drug testing the poor won't helpBy Delegate Don PerdueTry as I may, it is difficult to stomach the implications and misinformation surrounding the "drug test for welfare recipients" bill that has received "bi-partisan" support. The myth is that poor people...
Our Views ; Legislation Helps WV Ride into Future; Uber, Crowdfunding Bills Set the Stage for a More Modern Economy
West Virginia could soon join the ranks of other areas that offer ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft. After political posturing killed the bill last session, the House of Delegates voted on Monday 94-4 in support of House Bill 4228, the Gazette-Mails...
'Pedicab' Company May Come to City
Charleston residents may soon have another option for downtown transportation at their fingertips - and it runs on three wheels. A Pittsburgh-based startup called Autopods is creating a whole new meaning to the word "pedicab," traditionally seen as...
Portraits Capture Pets' Personalties
Want to record your beloved pet's likeness in a work of art?There are many unusual options, from artfully designed throw pillows to stained glass, metalwork and paintings. Your pet's adorable face could adorn holiday ornaments, glass stemware, ceramics,...
PREP SOCCER ; Davis Becomes CLC's First D1 Signee
As a school, Cross Lanes Christian's first Division I signee was 42 years in the making. On an individual level, Kyle Davis signing with West Virginia University is the conclusion of a whirlwind process of only a few weeks.On Tuesday afternoon, in a...
Putnam County Schools Menu
The following breakfasts and lunches are scheduled to be served at Putnam County public schools. Menu items are subject to change. Wednesday, Feb. 17Mini PancakesCHICKEN FAJITA, Lettuce/Tomato/Cheese, Steamed Corn, Mandarin Oranges, Raspberry Churro...
Putnam in Review
Former Toyota employee alleges wrongful terminationA Putnam County man is suing Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc. for alleged wrongful termination, according to a complaint filed in January. Boyd Daniels, of Putnam County, alleges Toyota...
Putnam on File
MARRIAGE LICENSESThe following people applied for marriage licenses in Putnam County from Jan. 19 to Feb. 3, 2016: Taylor W. Dunlap, 24, and Samantha J. Whittington, 23, both of Scott Depot.Coty M. Bledsoe, 20, of Hurricane, and Rebekah L. Dunavin,...
READERS' Vent
You can't have a brain in your head to think that Obama is a great president.Yes, Obama has been a good president - good for those people who like government handouts. When the cable and electric were off for several hours the other day, I had a problem...
Reception for New MU President to Be Held in South Charleston Monday
The Marshall University community in the South Charleston area will welcome President Jerome A. "Jerry Gilbert with a reception later this month. Running from 5 to 6 p.m. and open to all Marshall students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, the reception...
Report Says Tax Cuts Responsible for Budget Deficit
When state budget officers put together the state's six-year budget forecast in 2012, they projected the state would have a general revenue budget of $5.29 billion in the coming budget year. However, because of tax cuts and a sagging economy, Gov. Earl...
ROTART NEWS ; Tech Changes Add Stress, Interest to TV News Profession
Dave Benton lives in Huntington. Most days he's up at two o'clock in the morning, on the road by three o'clock and in the Charleston WCHS studio by four o'clock. Then he's on the air from 5 to 7 a.m. And back home afterward to work on features for his...
Senate Starts Work on Cigarette Tax Hike
Senators began work Tuesday on legislation to raise the West Virginia cigarette tax by somewhere between 45 cents and $1 a pack (SB 420), with no certainty whether the bill has a chance to pass the Legislature. "I don't know what the House will do....
Singer, Actress Known as Vanity Dies
Vanity, a Prince protege who renounced her sexy stage persona to become a Christian minister, has died. She was 57. The singer and actress, born Denise Matthews, died Monday at a hospital in Fremont, California, said Gisela Hernandez, a spokeswoman...
SPORTS Briefs
Highly touted QB McCaffrey commits to MichiganANN ARBOR, Mich. - Quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, the high school junior who is the brother of Stanford star Christian McCaffrey, says he has committed to playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. The younger...
State Superintendent Supports Exam Changes
West Virginia's state schools superintendent says he favors end- of-course statewide standardized exams in high school instead of the current Smarter Balanced assessments. Michael Martirano said he's "very enamored with locally developing end-of-course...
St. Francis School Accepting Enrollments
St. Francis School, 525 Holley St., St. Albans is accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year for grades preschool through fifth. Preschool programs are offered with a focus on socialization, language development and fine and gross motor skills. Students...
StTATE Briefs
AmeriCorps seeks volunteers for summerAmeriCorps is now accepting applications for summer positions with Energy Express, a program administered by the West Virginia University Extension Service that helps approximately 3,000 West Virginia youths improve...
SUPREME COURT VACANCY ; Obama Vows to Choose `Indisputably Qualified' Nominee
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his eventual nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat will be "indisputably qualified, and he challenged Republicans' partisan contention that he should leave the nomination to his successor....
The Church Mouse Celebrates First Anniversary ; Thrift Shop Is a Ministry of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church
bcalwell@cnpapers.com 304-348-5188On a cold February day, all was warmth and energy inside The Church Mouse, a well-stocked thrift store that has become a welcome addition to the Cross Lanes community. A ministry of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church,...
The Farmer's Table ; Beer Bread
Anthropologists have never been able to determine whether beer or bread came first. What is certain is the two are inextricably linked. Both have the same ingredients: water and grain.Some early bread baking was done for the explicit purpose of brewing...
THE FOOD GUY ; Taste of Lewisburg Gem Comes to Charleston
The good folks at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam are once again bringing a feast from one of the state's finest restaurants to a fun, swanky affair in Charleston. At this year's "A Taste of ... benefit dinner, lucky guests will be able to...
This Week in West Virginia History
The following events happened on these dates this week in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia at www.wvencyclopedia.org. Feb. 17, 1735: Morgan Morgan was commissioned a captain of militia in the 201st Field Artillery,...
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BASEBALLCOMMISSIONER'S OFFICE Suspended Oakland LHP Brandon Mann (Nashville-PCL) 80 games and Atlanta RHP Richie Tate (Carolina- Carolina) 100 games following violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American LeagueBOSTON...
WATER CRISIS ; Judge Keeps Chemical Spill Case Moving toward July Trial
A federal judge on Tuesday pressed lawyers on all sides to continue working toward a July trial for a class-action lawsuit against West Virginia American Water Co. and Eastman Chemical over their roles in the crisis that followed the January 2014 chemical spill...
Woodrow Wilson Rallies Past Ripley for 60-53 Win ; PREP ROUNDUP
Woodrow Wilson engineered a 16-4 run over the final four minutes Tuesday night to earn a key 60-53 boys basketball victory at Ripley. With the win, the Flying Eagles (16-1), ranked No. 3 in Class AAA, can earn a spot in the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship...
W.Va.'S No. 1 ; State Extends Lead in School Breakfast Student Participation
For every 100 Mountain State students who received free or reduced-price lunch last school year, about 82 received free or reduced-price breakfast, according to an annual scorecard that ranks West Virginia No. 1 in the United States for breakfast participation for...
WVCAT State Hoops Events in Beckley This Weekend ; AREA ROUNDUP
The West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournaments will stage its state boys and girls basketball events Thursday through Saturday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center and Appalachian Bible College. Thirteen boys teams and eight girls teams...
WVSU to Celebrate 125th Anniversary
Marking its 125th anniversary, West Virginia State University is celebrating its founding with a series of events beginning this month and continuing throughout the year. Authorized by Congress as a land-grant institution under the Second Morrill Act...
WVSU to Celebrate 125th Anniversary with Series of Events
Marking its 125th anniversary, West Virginia State University is celebrating its founding with a series of events beginning this month and continuing throughout the year. Authorized by Congress as a land-grant institution under the Second Morrill Act...
WVU Hoops Recruiting, C-USA Money and Some Odds
Ye olde notebook:I've been asked what kind of effect WVU's recent basketball success has had on recruiting. Well, rather than judge, I thought I'd let you in on exactly how it's going. Here are five players with whom the Mountaineers are currently involved:*...
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