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Grace Lutheran Church, in partnership with Community Lutheran Partners and the National Alliance for Mental Illness, is offering a free workshop to the public titled: “safeTALK Suicide Prevention Workshop” on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. - noon. The church is located at 5 Pine Street in Petersburg.

This year, National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 8 - 14. The workshop is free to the public, thanks to a grant presented by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Division of Disabilities Ministries to Community Lutheran Partners.

The presenter for the work- shop is Amy Gamble. She is the executive director of the Greater Wheeling chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and will be talking about the warning signs of people who are thinking about suicide and how to recognize these signs. Once it is determined that a person may be at risk for suicidal behavior, what are the resources that a family member or friend can use to get professional help before the suicide is attempted.

Some facts from the Center for Disease Control reveal the growing concerns about the rise of suicides in the United States. Every day, 123 Americans die by suicide: that is one every 12 minutes.

For teens and young adults, both male and female, suicide is the second leading cause of death in the age 10 – 34 years age group. High risk groups include white middle-aged males, Native Americans and Alaskan natives.

At any given moment, one out of every 20 persons is actively thinking about committing or planning how to commit suicide.

For military veterans in our country, the news isn’t better. On an average day, 20 veterans will die by suicide: only six of those twenty were enrolled in a VA mental health program.

The key aspect for diagnosing and finding help for those who are “at risk” for suicidal behavior is to have better access to mental health care professionals and in rural areas such as West Virginia, or the Upper Midwest, the severe lack of available mental health care professionals is causing an increase in the number of attempted suicides and rise in people diagnosed with severe depression.

Because of this lack of health care, the National Alliance of Mental Illness is sponsoring more of these suicide prevention workshops to better equip families, teachers, employers and anyone else to learn some skills and to see signs of a potential suicide threat in someone or a loved one.

The workshop is free to the public and space is limited to the first 30 persons. You are asked to register for the event by Sept. 1. Registration forms may be requested by calling Grace Lutheran Church at 304–257–1265 or by contacting Pastor Daniel Warntz, pastor of Grace Lutheran at 814-360-4602.

Curtis Hakala, department chair and Nelson Booth, associate wind site manager for the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, pose in front of the nacelle.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College announces it is the recipient of a wind turbine nacelle from NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

Weighing approximately 63,000 pounds, the nacelle was delivered on July 22 and houses all the generating components of a wind turbine.

The nacelle will be incorporated into the Eastern’s Wind Energy Turbine Technology curriculum and provide students with the hands-on training they need to gain experience and be successful in their future careers.

“NextEra is a leader in clean energy and supports Eastern’s Wind Energy Turbine Technology program in a number of ways,” said Eric L. Putze, advanced technologies and wind technology faculty.

“Many of our students have obtained internships or employment at NextEra and this donation will allow us to provide students with additional experience on campus that they would have previously needed internships to obtain. We are grateful for our partnership with NextEra and are proud to be the recipient of their generous donation.”

Eastern offers an associate in applied science, certificate in applied science and skill set program in wind energy turbine technology to help meet the growing demand for qualified technicians.

The program complies with American Wind Energy Association certification standards and students learn the skills necessary to service and troubleshoot modern wind power generation equipment anywhere in the world while acquiring the background and knowledge to advance their careers in the power generation field.

Eastern’s curriculum provides instruction and practical application of a variety of technical concepts and practices, including those in electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical systems, computer control, data acquisition, periodic and predictive maintenance program usages.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and contribute to their training programs for wind turbine technicians,” said Shanelle Wilson, NextEra Energy Resources project manager.

“Wind technician is one of the fastest growing jobs in the United States, so the direct experience these students can receive from working with the equipment will help them as they progress in their journey to becoming a wind technician.”

Today, American wind power supports more than 100,000 jobs, and the field is expected to grow exponentially, as the U.S. Department of Energy outlined a strategy that will produce 20% of U.S. power from wind energy alone by 2030.

NextEra is currently developing the Mount Storm Wind project in Grant and Tucker counties. The project is expected to create an economic boost for the counties, including hundreds of construction jobs, as well as good-paying, full-time operations jobs.

CANNING 183 Exhibits

Best of Show: Adult Premium - Exhibitor, Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Helen Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best of Show: Junior Premium - Exhibitor, Kia Ketterman, Petersburg. Award in memory of Clarise Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Special Sweepstakes: Five jars - Exhibitor, Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Evelyn Parsons by Durgon CEOS Club.

Canning Sweepstakes: Exhibitor, Twila Berg, Maysville. Gift certificate by Petersburg Shop-n-Save.

Best of Show Jams and Preserves: Peach jam by Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Helen Sites by Landes CEOS Club

Best of Show Canned Vegetable: Tomatoes exhibited by Twila Berg, Maysville. Award in memory of Anna Mullenax by Landes CEOS Club.

Best of Show Meats: Pork exhibited by Bev Mathias, Old Fields.

Best Pickle Exhibit: Pickled beets exhibited by Bonnie Heavner, Petersburg. Award in memory of Juanita Mullenax by Landes CEOS.


Baking Sweepstakes: Exhibitor, Judy Jenkins, Moorefield, having the most blue ribbons in the department. Award given in memory of Helen Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best Sweet Bread: Exhibitor, Thelma Rohrbaugh, Maysville. Award given in memory of Glona Stump by Landes CEOS Club.

Best Dinner Rolls: Exhibitor, Judy Jenkins, Moorefield. Award given in memory of Edna Sites by the family.

Best Bread: Exhibitor, Judy Jenkins, Moorefield. Award given in honor of Dorothy Harper by Julie Shobe.

Best Overall Breads: Exhibitor, Thelma Rohrbaugh, Maysville. Award in memory of Rella Mallow by Town and Country CEOS.

Best Pie: Berry pie exhibited by Ardella Thorne, Petersburg. Award in memory of Arvella Kimble by Landes CEOS Club.

Best Overall Cookies: Cherry cheesecake brownies exhibited by Jeanie Champ, Petersburg. Award in memory of Iona Bergdoll by the Bergdoll children.

Junior Baking Award: Peanut butter fudge exhibited by Jaimee Carr, Seneca Rocks. Award in memory of Clarise Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best Red Velvet Cake: Exhibited by Kia Ketterman, Petersburg. Award in memory of Edna Sites by the family.

FLOWERS 272 Exhibits

Best of Show: “Along Country Roads” arrangement exhibited by Emily Vetter, Moorefield. Award in memory of Thelma Harper by Durgon CEOS Club.

Best Dahlia: Exhibited by Mary Nesselrodt, Petersburg. Award in memory of Imogene Brake by flower committee members.

Best Rose: Miniature rose exhibited by Pam Boggs, Seneca Rocks. Award in memory of Sally Dunkle by Jordan Run CEOS.

Best Arrangement in Show: “Exhibitors Choice” exhibited by Robin Kile, Franklin. Award in memory of Thelma Harper by Sam and Ellen Harper.

Best Gladiolus: Two color exhibited by Lindsey Funkhouser, Baker. Award given in memory of Viola Porter by Jordan Run CEOS Club.

Special Award: Potted plant exhibited by Lindsey Funkhouser, Baker. Award in memory of Evelyn Boggs by family members.

Other Special Flower Awards: Sunflower by exhibitor, Randy Waldron, Petersburg.

APPLIED ART 135 Exhibits

Best of Show: Chairs, exhibited by Melissa Martin, Petersburg. Award in memory of Annie Shobe given by Durgon CEOS Club.

Best of Show Quilt: Exhibited by Jo Oliver, Moorefield. Award by Highland Star Quilter’s Guild.

People’s Choice Quilt Award: Quilt exhibited by Barb Umling, Petersburg. Award by Bean Settlement Friends in memory of Evelyn Bean.

Best Quilting Junior Exhibitor: Calendar exhibited by Kia Ketterman, Petersburg. Award in memory of Evelyn Bean by Bean Settlement Friends.

Best Crocheting: Ladies vest exhibited by Angel Blizzard, Moorefield. Award in memory of Thelma Harper by Sam and Ellen Harper.

Best Sewing: Child’s dress exhibited by Laura Long, Petersburg. Award in memory of Jean Dove by Landes CEOS Club.

Special Hand Stitched Exhibit: Crochet rug exhibit of Bonnie Heavner, Petersburg. Award given in memory of Dorothy Miller by Jordan Run CEOS Club.

Best of Show Miscellaneous Sewing: Mice in a tin, exhibitor, Jane Wellons, Moorefield. Award given in memory of Emily Smith by Landes CEOS Club.

Outstanding Youth Exhibits - Awards by Lost River Educational Foundation:

Picture, exhibited by Sophia Harper, Sugar Grove

Bow and arrows, exhibited by Nevin Good, Baker

Pencil drawing, exhibited by Megan Good, Baker

These youth outstanding exhibits are now on display at the Lost River Museum for a couple of weeks. If you missed their exhibits at the fair, stop by the museum and see their work.

FARM PRODUCTS 265 Exhibits

Hay Sweepstakes: Max High, Lahmansville. Sponsored by Southern States, Moorefield.

Potato Sweepstakes: Billy Jenkins, Moorefield. Sponsored by Southern States, Petersburg.

Garden Exhibit: Jeremiah Ours, Dorcas. Sponsored by In- skeep Farm, Medley.

Slicing Tomato Sweepstakes: Isaac Martin, Petersburg. Sponsored by Creekside Greenhouse, Medley.

Cucumber Sweepstakes: Tia Heavner, Franklin. Sponsored by Doug’s Woodworking, Petersburg.

Onion Sweepstakes: Tia Heavner, Franklin. In memory of Iona Bergdoll by the Bergdoll children - Roscoe, Frances and Judy.

Vegetable in Disguise: Amber Riggleman, Moorefield. Award in memory of Emmett and June Inskeep by Inskeep Family.

Best of Fruit in Show: Darah See, Moorefield. Award given by South Branch Animal Hospital, Moorefield.


The home and farm classes had 67 new exhibitors this year. Thanks to all exhibitors for coming on a hot Saturday with exhibits for others to enjoy.

Thanks to the judges for their efforts and CEOS clubs, individuals and businesses for providing monies for special awards. Thanks to all committee members who volunteered several hours entering and working with the exhibits and releasing exhibits the final night of the fair.

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,547,379 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airport improvement and construction throughout West Virginia. This funding will help remove obstructions, construct buildings, improve runways and enhance airport quality.

“It is crucial for all West Virginia airports to receive the proper resources and improvements needed to maintain the safety and efficiency of our airports. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for more funding for West Virginia to help continue to grow our economy by expanding and maintaining our airports,” said Senator Manchin.

“Investing in West Virginia airports not only keeps passengers and personnel safe, but it also fuels growth and boosts our economy. From runway rehabilitation to new buildings, these grants will help our airports better serve the needs of our state, ensuring West Virginia remains a competitive destination to fly,” said Senator Capito.

Awards were granted to 10 airports, including Grant County Airport for $85,000.

Kendra Lee Thorne, formerly of Petersburg, recently earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Florida State University.

While a graduate student she was awarded the West Virginia Rural Health Association Student Scholarship and authored seven published scientific journal articles on topics such as rural help-seeking and stigma, service dogs for PTSD and the interaction between rural residence and trauma.

After obtaining her doctorate, Kendra accepted a position as a staff psychologist in the Post-traumatic Stress Program at James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn.

Prior to her tenure at Florida State University, she obtained her Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling and Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, both from West Virginia University.

She is the daughter of Tonya Nesslerodt of Petersburg and Eddie Thorne of Dorcas and the granddaughter of the Rev. Bruce Cosner, Petersburg.

Kendra Watts was among the students who recently received their degrees from the WVU School of Nursing in Morgantown.

A pinning ceremony was held at the Okey Patteson Auditorium where she graduated magna cum laude from the BS/BA to BSN program, on Aug. 1.

Kendra has accepted a job in the Maternal Infant Care Center at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She is the daughter of Greg and Nancy Rotruck of Petersburg and resides in Morgantown with her husband, Casey, and their four daughters. She is the daughter-in-law of Donald and Ruthie Watts of Cabins.

Madison Bennett Moss graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University at commencement exercises on May 11, at the WVU Coliseum, Morgantown.

Madi earned a Master of Arts degree in elementary education with specializations in science and special education.

She is the daughter of Terry and Lora Bennett of Petersburg, and the granddaughter of Ron and Carol Pennington of Onego and George Wayne and Rebecca Bennett of Seneca Rocks. She and her husband, Nick Moss, reside in Petersburg.

She has accepted a fourth grade position with Hardy County Schools.

Scout Redman, Alberta Reel, Hobie Keplinger and Adyn Sperling.

The Keplinger family held their 96th annual family reunion on July 28, at Turner Park in Maysville. There were over 100 in attendance for this event. The day began with a covered dish picnic followed by determining the traditional superlatives.

This year the youngest boy was Adyn Sperling (4 days), and the youngest girl was Scout Redman (5 years). The oldest man in attendance was Hobie Keplinger (84 years) and the oldest woman attending was Alberta Reel (86 years).

Timmy and Stephanie Keplinger were the newest married couple, having been married 21⁄2 years. Tim and Frances Park took the award for the longest married couple at 60 years of marriage.

The family member traveling the furthest was Shirley Sperling who traveled from Baltimore, Md.

The event ended after door prizes and a 50/50 were drawn and then a short auction of mostly hand-crafted items.

The family did take a moment to once again take a picture of all of those in attendance. They are looking forward to reaching the landmark 100th reunion in 2023.

To make CT exams as fast, safe and accurate as possible for patients, Grant Memorial Hospital has installed the Aquilion™ PRIME CT system from Canon. Aquilion PRIME provides faster exams at as low as reasonably achievable doses, while producing high-quality images required for accurate diagnoses.

“The speed of the Aquilion PRIME enables our clinicians to obtain critical patient information for enhanced diagnoses faster than before,” explained Michelle Eye, Director of Imaging Services.

“The design allows us to successfully image a range of patients, from pediatric to bariatric, to further improve patient safety and comfort in our community.”

The system’s large bore opening offers a more spacious feeling for patients, while a higher table weight limit expands the range of patients who can be imaged. In addition, it comes standard with industry-leading dose-reduction software.

“The Aquilion PRIME is another example of our commitment to developing advanced technology designed for today’s hospitals, enabling them to perform fast, low-dose exams that are safer and more comfortable for the patient,” said Tim Nicholson, senior manager, Market Development, CT Business Unit of Toshiba.

GMH will schedule patients using the Aquilion PRIME beginning July 29.

Project Equip’s mentorship program in Grant County recently announced the wrap-up of their first semester in local schools.

The program pairs identified students with an approved mentor, who then visits the student weekly during lunch to talk about their lives, encourage them and act as a positive role model in their lives.

“The goal is to help students build self-confidence that will help them succeed not only in school but in their lives,” said Alice Ann Guyon, the vice president of the program.

Guyon told the story of the first student she matched with a mentor and how the experience had impacted her.

Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College announces that it will offer courses in agribusiness during the Fall 2019 semester. The courses will allow for students to earn an Associate in Applied Science in business management with an emphasis in agribusiness.

Classes will begin August 19, and the last day to register for courses is August 16.

The two agribusiness courses offered are BUS 230 - Introduction to Agribusiness and BUS 232 - Agribusiness Entrepreneurship. BUS 230 is an introductory course covering various topics in agribusiness including productions, food consumption, marketing and the linkages between agribusiness and other sectors of the economy. BUS 232 will present the process of bringing an agricultural product from conceptualization to market, product service analysis, market research evaluation, ways to finance a startup, operations of the business, and development of a business plan for agricultural products.

For more information call 304-434-8000, toll free 877- 982-2322.

Jordan Musser, Ph.D.
Jordan Musser, Ph.D.

President Donald J. Trump announced that Jordan Musser, Ph.D., and Shiwoo Lee, Ph.D., researchers at NETL in Morgantown will receive the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow to an outstanding scientist in the early stages of their research career — the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) — in a White House ceremony later this year.

Musser, a West Virginia University graduate, and Lee, who works for Leidos as a contractor at NETL, were selected in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and for outstanding community service as demonstrated by scientific leadership, public education and community outreach.

The other NETL scientist who will receive the PECASE recognition is Doug Kauffman, Ph.D., of NETL in Pittsburgh.

“PECASE embodies the high priority placed by the government on maintaining a leadership position in science by producing outstanding scientists and engineers and nurturing their continued development,” NETL Director Brian Anderson, Ph.D., said.

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