Volume 1, Issue 6
May 1 2012

Rowlesburg News
May 2012


News & Events

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School Schedule

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The April Ice-Breaker Mud Bog was a huge success! We had 39 entries! This was our biggest turn-out yet!
Our winners were:

Outlaw--1st place Rick Kesner of Maysville & 2nd place Tommy Simpsons of Parsons.

Super Modified--1st place David Rhodes of Burlington & 2nd place Kevin VanMeter of Mt. Storm.
Modified--1st place Nancy Simpson of Parsons & 2nd place Jeff Warnick of Manheim.
Stock class--1st place Angela Lewis from Romney & 2nd place Scott Hartsell from Reedsville.

As you can see, we had participants from all over. We would like to thank Michael Strawser & Rocky Friend for their dozer help. A big thanks to the Rowlesburg Ambulance Service for being on stand-by during the day's events.

RVFD mud bog

Everyone can check out Hillbilly Proud's website or the Rowlesburg VFD on Facebook for pictures and videos! We hope to see everyone out for the next mud bog on Sunday, June 10th.

Congratulations to David Ridenour of Tunnelton who won the Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License that was chanced off by RVFD.

Be on the look out for Gun Bash tickets which should be out for sale starting in May! The Gun Bash is scheduled for September 8th.

Our thoughts are with the Bolyard/Stottlemyer family who lost their home in a fire. They are in need of many things--they lost everything in the fire. Flyers are posted in Bells, Clear Mountain Bank, Rowlesburg Clinic, at the school, on Rowlesburg Vfd's facebook page, etc. listing clothing sizes if anyone is interested in helping out this family. Keep them in your prayers!

The Chili Cook-off held on Saturday, April 28th,was successful although it was dampened a little by the rain! This is an annual event from which the proceeds go to help the

Shriners Club. If you don’t know about the Shriners, they are a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Shriners Hospitals for Children® are set up by Shriners to deliver life-changing medical care without placing burden on the families of our patients. Walk into a Shriners Hospitals for Children® and the first thing you notice is that it does not feel like a hospital at all. In our hospitals you will find colorful spaces, smiling children and people who are passionate about caring for kids. Everything we do here is designed to make children and their families feel at home, while delivering life-changing medical care.

The way the hospitals are set up is that they are support by generous donations and events raising money throughout the world. Rowlesburg is proud to become part of that cycle.



Persistence and hard work accomplish a successful Ramp Dinner that was organized and produced by the Rowlesburg VFW 3008 and the VFW 3008 Auxiliary

People were lined up and waiting at 11:00 Saturday, April 28th.The crew under the guidance of Ron Sines and Nila Lipscomb started on Wednesday, April 25th to clean ramps and plan the schedule of preparation of the food.


Without many volunteers to help it could not be the success it was. We wish to thank all the volunteers. There were many that came thru the chow line that said “I have been here before and I try to come every year because you really know what you’re doing, the food is always great.”


There was one gentleman that said “I was here last year and I want to tell you right now, that you people prepare the best Ramp Dinner in a three state area!” One gentleman, after comingback three times, said “Oh my if I could only eat more, then I could last until next year!”

The crew was tired and I’ll bet they are glad that it will be a year before they put this on again! Kudos to the VFW 3008 and their volunteers.


Stephanie Stallings, granddaughter of Randall and Blanche Sanders, and her family lost everything they own in a recent fire.

There will be an elimination Din-ner (Help the Stallings Family Elimi-nation Dinner) May 12, 2012 @ Rowlesburg VFD , Doors open at 12pm and the meal will be served at 1pm. Food prepared by SMOKIN' BBQ (Brent Hauser) Chicken, Buttered Potatoes, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Roll, Dessert & drink. Tickets are $35.00 ea. and admits 2 Children 12 and under can eat without a ticket for $10.00

Grand Prize Drawing $500 and other prizes drawn through out the dinner. There will also be a silent Auction and 50/50 drawing.

Stephanie and Russ Stallings and their two sons, Steven and Aaron lost everything in a trailer fire last month. They were living in McCool, Maryland (Just across the bridge from Keyser , WV. Stephanie is the grand daughter of Randall & Blanche Sanders and the daughter of Kathy "Sanders" McDonald of Dog Town Rd. Reedsville.

Anyone wishing to work at the dinner, donate a dessert or silent action prize or purchase a ticket please contact: Mary Hovatter or Ally Lusk (304)454-9216 Kathy McDonald (304) 290-6190, Lisa Sanders 304-454-9520


Although they seemed to be a scarce commondity last year, the Shriners have Vadlia onions for sale Contact Sam Sanders at 304-454-9640 for these nice onions.


The River City Festival is quickly approaching and tickets for the vari-ous events are now available for purchase. The Weekend Pass covers all events except the Rowlesburg Area Historical Society and the Pat-riotic Dinner at the VFW. The cost for the pass is $55.00

The Friday evening event will feature De’Ja’Vu’ band and will also be a reunion for all classes of all Preston County Schools. There will be dancing, finger food, wine toasts and great music from the past. Ticket price $15 per person.

The Saturday grand opening of Room 2 of the Sports Museum and presentation of “Babe Ruth” is free

The tickets for the 3:00 p.m. concert featuring Cristina Nassif and Jamie Kotmair are $15 per person.

The 7:30 event on Saturday is an Evening of Jazz, with appetizers, wine toasts and dancing, cost is only $10.

On Sunday the events beginning at 1:00 p.m. include a presentation of a Civil War tribute of “Mary Todd Lincoln” by JoAnn Peterson; at 2:00 the Preston County Community Cho-rus directed by Wayne Williams will perform. Tickets for each of these cost $5.00.

And the final event is another Civil War Tribute beginning at 8:00 p.m. and is a play “Abraham Lincoln” directed by Lynn Broderick and performed by the Preston High Theatre Ensemble. Tickets for this are $10 adults and $5 for students.

Tickets can be purchased at the Szilagyi Center on weekends beginning the first weekend in May or from any RRC member.

River City Arts Festival

Saturday May 26, 2012 at 3pm The Janet and Imre Szilagyi Center for the Performing and Visual Arts Rowlesburg, WV

Husband and wife Jamie Kotmair and Cristina Nassif perform solo and duet selections from Opera, Operetta, Zarzuela, Art song and Broadway by composers Barbieri, Di Capua, Gounod, Herbert, Mascagni, Mozart, Porter, Rodgers, Verdi and others. With musical degrees from The New England Conservatory, The Academy of Vocal Arts, and the University of Maryland, the two accomplished performers will be accompanied by Cristina’s father Thomas J. Nassif -- a native of Rowlesburg -- in an enjoyable afternoon of some of the world’s favorite musical gems spanning Several genres.

DÉJÀ VU Band premiers in Rowlesburg May 25, 2012

Catering to a more mature and sophisticated listening audience, the déjà vu Band performs the classic sounds of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Insofar as possible, this talented group of musicians and singers seeks to emulate the sound and style of the original artist(s). The result is a super satisfying trip down “memory lane” with music you know and love..

Native West Virginians all, Buddy Filben, Glen Dale, Duke Provenzano, Weirton, Melodie Provenzano, Weirton,. Michael Sponaugle, Weirton, and Bill Sinclair, Bethlehem, they have played all around us, now are here, come enjoy a selection of classic oldies, your event will be both memorable and fun. they'll keep your crowd singing and dancing all night long with the tunes everybody knows and loves.


The finale for the 5th Annual River City Festival of the Arts is the dramatic performance "A Stage in Time: The Journey of Abraham Lincoln," will be presented at 8:00 PM on May 27th in the auditorium of the Szilagyi Center.

This theatrical event is the creation of Kingwood High School Drama Teacher, Lynn Broderick and her advanced drama students. Lynn has undertaken the writing, direction, stage and costume production and lighting design, and helped her students in their research and performance of the roles.

To better understand their characters, the students each researched the heritage of the surname of one of fourteen people connected to President Lincoln and learned what part of the USA that person was from. A master time-line was made of these people and of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth. .

Students linked together different individuals who may have been in the same city at a particular time or whose children were associated in some way.

President Lincoln's life, writings and speeches serve as the basic material for this promising improvisational endeavor.

This should not be missed!


The Dean family and friends are sponsoring a Pampered Chef party in the Gym at the Szilagyi Center on Sunday, May 20th at 2:P.M.

They are accepting donations for several Pampered Chef Items that will be given away during this annual event. Items will be on display at the Clear Mountain Bank in Rowlesburg.

You may contact Mary Kay Dean @ 304-454-9481 or Helen Edmunds @ 304-568-2776

Thank you for your continued support of the American Cancer Society.


Eugene Wilt reported that the eye glass committee had a prospective applicant. The application was read and approved.
Bonnie Hemerick reported that the rain date for cleanup is May 5th at 4PM, we are to meet at the Town Hall

Tom Smell reporting on the nominating committee stated that the following people had been selected by the committee for these positions:
President-Eugene Wilt
First Vice President-Warren Hare
Second Vice President-P.L. Grimm
Third Vice President-Margaret Schollar
Secretary-Sandra Wales
Treasurer-Delores Riggs
Board of Trustees-Ron Sines, Tom Smell and Darrell Dean
Auditors-Helen Edmunds, Tom Smell and Darrell Dean
Installation of Officers will be July 10th


The National Day of Prayer observance will be held in Rowlesburg Park around the flag from 12:00-1:00 on Thursday May 3, 2012. This gathering will be attended by a combined group of ministers and laymen whose sole desire is to pray for the healing of not only our great nation but that the Lord will bless our town and community as well. The idea to organize and coordinate these groups in small towns was the dream of Tess Dixon , a resident of Terra Alta. The purpose is to intercede for America at a time when crucial decisions have to be made. Our group in Rowlesburg will be led by the Reverend Buck Moon from Tunnelton. All interested people are invited to come to this meeting. Submitted by Bruce Simon


The Rowlesburg VFW Aux. met in the dining hall of the VFW on April 16, at 7PM

Nila Lipscomb, Margaret Schollar and Mary Riley reported on attending the District Meeting.

Election of officers was held for the local post. Those elected to office for the coming year are:
President-Nila Lipscomb
Senior Vice President-Margaret Schollar
Junior Vice President Shawna Sines
Chaplain,-Wilda Davis
Treasurer,-Mary Kay Dean
Secretary,-Mary Riley
Conductress-Margaret Schollar
1st Yr Trustee- Wilda Davis
2nd Yr. Trustee- Amy Durr
3rd Yr. Trustee-Tina Tichnell
Junior Girls Chair-Shawna Sines.

Installation of Officers will take place at the next meeting of the Rowlesburg VFW Aux. Post 3008 on May 21st at 7PM

May will be a busy month for the Auxiliary as they have several dinners during the month. Any member that has time and can help please call Nila Lipscomb @ 304-454-9365.

There will be a Health Council Luncheon, Class Reunion on May 26th, RRC Patriotic Dinner on May 27th.


The RRC is hosting a food handlers class for anyone needing to update their food handlers license. It will be held in the Szilagyi Center Auditorium (gym) on May 9, 2012 at 7PM.

Anyone in the area needing or wanting to work in the food handling industry needs to have a license or renew a license they have at present. Whether you volunteer or are paid you need the license.

RRC is happy to accommodate the Rowlesburg Area and make this class available. Submitted by Crystal Dean


On June 3 there will be a “Take Steps to be Heard”, Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America walk in Morgantown, WV. “Shelly’s Supporters” a team of Carnes /Likins/ Felton family members, are raising money for the walk.

A Bake sale will be held May 5th at 10:00A.M. on the Fireman’s Pavilion on the corner of Catherine and Buffalo Streets.


The Etam Eagles 4-H Club met on April 1 at the Szilagyi Center. Helen Edmunds, of the Rowlesburg Community Quilters, demonstrated the transferring of a design onto quilt squares. The club will be making a Camp Blanket to raise funds for the Preston County 4-H camp., Megan Riley will be chairperson in charge of the project.

Following the demonstration, the club meeting was called to order by C. J. Felton

Club business included a landscaping project in the Rowlesburg community, Camp clean-up in Bruceton, and the up-coming Elimination dinner on April 28.

Posters were returned and will be on display at the Szilagyi Center during the River City Festival in May. A total of nine entries went to county, all of which earned blue ribbons in their categories. Two of the nine will represent Preston County at the State completion in Jackson's Mill. Those entries were by Ashley Bell and Mark and Megan Riley.

The annual spring Frozen food sale forms were distributed. If anyone is interested please contact any 4-H member. Or call Crystal Dean or Kim Felton at 454-9698 or 454-9747. All proceeds are for 4h Camp funds. Food must be picked up at the Civic Center by Purchaser.

completion in Jackson's Mill. Those entries were by Ashley Bell and Mark and Megan Riley.

A motion was made by Gabby Dean to adjourn the meeting and seconded by Troy Barrett and Ashley Bell.

Refreshments were provided by the Brewer family and Mary Kay Dean.

After refreshments, the club seeded flowers in egg trays to transplant in the Rowlesburg area.

The next meeting will be at the Rowlesburg Community Building on May 4th at 4PM.

Submitted by MARK RILEY


Our Crime Watch meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 featured a special and unique aspect of law enforcement in Preston County. Officer Thomas Mitter was our guest speaker and he brought his dog with him as “guest barker”, Blek is a long haired German Shepherd from Holland whose aptitudes make him a vital asset in winning the v ictories against crime in our county. Blek is impressive in stature and has a commanding presence designed to intimidate lawbreakers but a gentle nature which enables him to bond with his master.

Officer Mitter informed us that a dog's sense of smell is 200 times more developed than a human’s. This skill enables Blek to sniff out common drugs (including some pills) and, by a series of signals, assists the officers in investigating potentially suspicious circumstances. This dog is trained for a dual purpose- patrol and narcotic. While on patrol, if he senses any situation where drugs may be involved, the police have the latitude to approach the situation.

Officer Mitter also told us that Blek's training is based on a reward based system in which obedience is encouraged and privileges are given as opposed to a more military based system based on fear and punishment. Blek is an expert tracker and is equipped to look for missing persons as well as ferret out potential evidence of a crime. Officer Mitter further delighted our group by issuing various commands (in Dutch) which the dog responded to eagerly and received the appropriate reward for his efforts.

Our group was so impressed with Officer Mitter's talk that we hope to sponsor some type of fund raising effort to help buy a vest which will protect the dog on patrol.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Bldg. As always, the public is invited to attend and get involved in our community outreach.
Submitted by BRUCE SIMON


Pre-Kindergarten and Kinder-garten will have a trip to Hovatter’s Zoo on Monday May 7th.

On May 24 the Fifth Grade will attend an Outdoor Expo in Kingwood while the First and Second grades plan a trip to Blackwater Falls.

Seventh and Eighth grade Prom will be on May eighteenth, 6-9P.M.

Spring Concert will be May 22nd.

Graduation Ceremonies for the Eighth Grade are at 5:30P.M. on May 29th.

Check the calendar for other activities.

For the events calendar, please click here.


The Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade girls Grasshopper Basketball Team finished their regular season and placed fourth this year.

Tournaments were held April 10-14, the girls played three games during the tournaments and placed fourth. The team received trophies.

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(left to right) 1st row—Laurel Williams, Shanda Masters, Alissia Perea, Raegan Knotts
2nd row—P.L. Grimm, Coach, Leann Carrico, Gabby Dean, Ellie Shiflett, Brittney Sanders, Brooke Davis, Caitlyn Steyer and Heather Felton, Assistant Coach< br> (not pictured,Haylee Arbogast.)
Also on April 26, 2012 a pizza party was held for the girls team, given by Coach P.L. Grimm, who is very proud of each and every one of them!


The Rowlesburg High School Class of 1977 would like to challenge any and all graduating classes to make a $75.00 dona-tion to the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee for the pur-pose of upgrading the fire safety equipment in the Szilagyi Center (the old Rowlesburg High School).

Your contribution is tax deductible. It would be greatly appreciated by all.

Please send all donations to the RRC, P.O. Box 38, Rowlesburg, WV 26425. On your check in the memo section please print fire safety donation from the class of____. RRC will furnish a receipt.

We would like to thank you in advance.


On a book shelf the first page of the first volume is on the "inside", so the bookworm eats only through the cover of the first volume, then 8 times 1000 pages of Volumes 2 - 9, then through the cover to the 1st page of Vol 10 for a total of 8,000 pages.
Note: The question asks how many pages, not how many sheets of paper.

Lorna Miller's Shop


For years the residents of the Rowlesburg School Area have begged the state to do something about the stretch of road along the east side of the Cheat River into Manheim (Rd 80/8).

Since the closing of the railroad and the removal of the tracks, the trucks coming out of the gravel plant that is now owned by Cheat River Limestone, have been a problem with the school buses traveling the road at the same time.

The road isn’t wide enough to allow for safe passage of both the trucks and the buses.p

The road is sliding downhill into the railroad bed.

Will it take one of the trucks or one of the buses sliding and wrecking along this road before the state does something about the problem?

They,(the state) have said for years that they will look into it and “it’s on our agenda”.

Now is the time for Rowlesburg Area residents to bring it to the main agenda!

The list, on the insert, is of the people that can make this happen. They are the legislatures, Senators and the Commissioner of Highway.

Everyone needs to write them, call them, email them not once but on a regular basis until something is done! There is an Online form to fill out to request for road repair here is the web connection: http://www.wva.state.wv.us/wvdot/roadrepairrequest/default.aspx

You might suggest that the people to whom you write check out the google map of the road.


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Paul A. Mattox, Jr 
Commissioner of Highways 
WV Department of Transportation 
Paul A. Mattox, Jr., P.E.
Secretary of Transportation
and Commissioner of Highways
West Virginia Department of 
Capital  Complex
1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25305 
Phone (304)558-0444
Fax (304)558-1004
Email dot.secretary@wv.gov 

Greg Phillips
District Engineer
I-79 & Meadowbrook Road 
Clarksburg, WV  26302-2570
Phone:(304) 842-1500
Fax:(304) 842-1564 
Douglas E. Facemire (D - Braxton)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 217W, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7845
Business Phone: (304) 364-9903
E-mail: douglas.facemire@wvsenate.gov

Daryl Cowles (R - Morgan)
Roads and Transportation 
Capitol Address: 
Room 6R-A, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3177
Business Phone: (304) 258-1880
E-mail: daryl.cowles@wvhouse.gov

Clark S. Barnes (R - Randolph)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 203W, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7973
Business Phone: (304) 636-5146
E-mail: clark.barnes@wvsenate.gov

Gregory A. Tucker (D - Nicholas)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 200W, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7906
Business Phone: (304) 872-2500
E-mail: greg.tucker@wvsenate.gov

Art Kirkendoll (D - Logan)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 218W, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7857
Business Phone: (304) 855-7418
E-mail: art.kirkendoll@wvsenate.gov

John Pat Fanning (D - McDowell)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 216W, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7867
Business Phone: (304) 938-5331
E-mail: john.fanning@wvsenate.gov

Gary G. Howell (R - Mineral)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 4R, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3191
Business Phone: (304) 790-9022
E-mail: gary.howell@wvhouse.gov

Harold Michael (D - Hardy)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 233E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3340
Business Phone: (304) 538-6881
E-mail: harold@hardynet.com
Amanda Pasdon (R - Monongalia)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 228E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153
Business Phone: (304) 340-3153
E-mail: amanda.pasdon@wvhouse.gov

Margaret Donaldson Smith (D - Lewis)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 227E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3123
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: peggydonaldsonsmith@wvhouse.gov

Brent Boggs (D - Braxton)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 228M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3220
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov 

David Walker (D - Clay
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 210E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3135
Business Phone: (304) 340-3135
E-mail: david.walker@wvhouse.gov

Doug Skaff Jr. (D - Kanawha)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 226E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3362
Business Phone: (304) 549-2171
E-mail: doug.skaff@wvhouse.gov

Thomas W. Campbell (D - Greenbrier)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 472M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3280
Business Phone: (304) 793-3976
E-mail: tcampbell@grcs.com

Rick Snuffer (R - Raleigh)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 150R, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3183
Business Phone: (304) 237-2493
E-mail: rick.snuffer@wvhouse.gov

Gerald L. Crosier (D - Monroe)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 220E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3188
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: gerald.crosier@wvhouse.gov

Joe Ellington (R - Mercer)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 150R, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3172
Business Phone: (304) 425-3800
E-mail: joe.ellington@wvhouse.gov

Marty Gearheart (R - Mercer)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 150R, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3179
Business Phone: (304) 320-0879
E-mail: marty.gearheart@wvhouse.gov

Daniel J. Hall (D - Wyoming)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 226E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3119
Business Phone: (304) 340-3119
E-mail: daniel.hall@wvhouse.gov

Josh Stowers (D - Lincoln)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 212E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3384
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: josh.stowers@wvhouse.gov

Greg Butcher (D - Logan)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 219E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3113
Business Phone: (304) 855-8517
E-mail: greg.butcher@wvhouse.gov

Larry W. Barker (D - Boone)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 224E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3149
Business Phone: (304) 340-3149
E-mail: larry.barker@wvhouse.gov 

Brian Savilla (R - Putnam)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 4R, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3141
Business Phone: (304) 340-3141
E-mail: brian.savilla@wvhouse.gov

Daniel Poling (D - Wood)
Transportation and Infrastructure
Capitol Address: 
Room 216E, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3137
Business Phone: (304) 485-0419
E-mail: dan.poling@wvhouse.gov


A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companion-ship.



A bookworm eats from the first page of an encyclopedia to the last page in a straight line. The encyclopedia consists of ten 1000-page volumes and is sitting on a bookshelf in the usual order. Not counting covers, title pages, etc., how many pages does the bookworm eat through?e

talking on the telephone to my mother

now that she’s eighty-eight
and suffers loss of short and long term
memory, I can tell her anything.
- Barbara Ann Porter

By changing one letter at a time can you get from FIRE to PARK in four moves?


Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.

I won’t rise to the occasion, but I’ll slide over it.

I don’t suffer from insanity. I’m enjoying every minute of it.

We’re here because we are not all there

You can tell them anything and they understand

Please don’t tell Obama what comes after a Trillion!


Did you know that in Huntington it is legal to beat your wife so long as it is done in pubic on Sunday, on the Courthouse steps!

Or that that in Nicholas County no member of the clergy is allowed to tell jokes or humorous stories from the pulpit during church services!

That in Alderson one may walk a lion, tiger or leopard, even on a leash? ( I certainly hope that it is a very strong leash!)

Also in West Virginia whistling under water is prohibited.

These are just a few of the laws.


May 3, 1861

Robert E. Lee placed Colonel Christopher Q. Tompkins in charge of Confederate forces in the Kanawha Valley, Kanawha County, and ordered Tompkins and Lieutenant John McCausland to organize companies at Buffalo, Putnam County.
Jacob Goshorn was elected as the first mayor of Charleston. He surrendered the city to Union forces less than three months later.

May 13, 1861

From May 13-15, pro-Union delegates from western Virginia counties met at Washington Hall,Wheeling. Delegates, led by John J. Jackson, Sr., Waitman Willey, and Francis Pierpont, decided to await the outcome of the May 23 referendum before taking action. John Carlile called for an immediate break. During this meeting, Waitman Willey accused Carlile of "treason -- not only against the state of Virginia but also against the United States and the Confederacy." President Lincoln granted the Department of Ohio command to Major General George B. McLellan, including western Virginia between the Allegheny Mountains and the Ohio River. Source: Clagg, West Virginia His-torical Almanac, p. 61.

May 15, 1861

The First Wheeling Convention voted that the Ordinance of Secession for Virginia was unconstitutional, null, and void.

The Confederate War Department ordered Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston to take command of troops in and around Harpers Ferry (Jefferson County), which had been under the command of Colonel Thomas J. Jackson.

The first troops in the First Virginia Infantry (later the First West Virginia Infantry) were mustered in on Wheeling Island (Ohio County) and placed under the command of Colonel Benjamin F. Kelley.

May 16, 1861

Benjamin F. Kelley of Wheeling, Ohio County, was commissioned a Union brigadier general. Shortly thereafter, he assumed command of all Union troops in western Virginia.

May 18, 1861

1861 Confederates assembled troops at Fayetteville, Fayette County.

May 23, 1861

Virginia voters approved in referendum the Virginia Ordinance of Secession by a wide margin, although voters in the northwest generally voted against secession.
The Ordinance of Secession also an-nulled the United States Congressional elections from Virginia. That same day, delegates from Northwest Virginia elected Unionists John Carlile, William G. Brown, and Kellian Whaley to the House of Representatives. Carlile later defended the action by stating that the Secession Ordinance had not been approved by the voters, so this election could not be affected. 11 May24, 1861 Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston succeeded Colonel Thomas J. Jackson as commander of troops at Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County. Shortly there-after, Johnston began evacuating his troops from the town.

May 23, 1861

Brigadier General Benjamin F. Kelley of Wheeling, Ohio County, assumed command of all Union troops in western Virginia.

May 27, 1861

The Union advance guard for General George B. McClellan, commanded by Col. Benjamin F. Kelley left Wheeling, Ohio County, en route to Grafton, Taylor County.

May 30, 1861

1861Union troops under Col. Benjamin F. Kelley arrived in Grafton, Taylor County, from Wheeling, Ohio County.

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