WVU Extension Plans Workshops

Submitted by Brandy Brabham of WVU Extension, Roane County

Whole Farm Field Day

Whole Farm Field Day at Berea Gardens in Minnora, WV on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  If you can’t come until a little later….please STILL Come!  This event is sponsored by WVU Extension & Northeast SARE & Mid Ohio Valley Edibles “Ready for Market” training series at Bob & Lynnita Gregory’s place (Berea Gardens) in Calhoun County.  A local foods dinner will be provided; so, we do need an RSVP by Friday, September 12th.  The goal of the event is to understand the farm as a system, factors influencing the farmers’ decision-making, how changes in farm management might affect the whole farm, and practical  recommendations for farmers to improve farm sustainability.

Bob Gregory will explain the steps he and his family have made to change production, marketing and economic approaches in an effort to reduce labor requirements and provide higher value production and overall sustainability.  Participants will be asked to complete an assessment and suggest action steps for the producer to consider incorporating as part of this event.  Topics to be discussed include small fruit production, soil fertility, season extension, post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables, cold storage access, and orchard management.


Poultry Processing Workshop

We are having a poultry processing workshop on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 beginning at 5 PM at the Camp Sheppard 4-H Grounds in Gandeeville, WV (off Rt. 119 South, Between Spencer & Walton, toward Clendenin, WV). This workshop will teach home processing of poultry.  The State of WV offers a home processing for direct marketing exemption up to 1,000 birds/year  on farm without bird-by-bird inspection.  With this exemption producers can sell home-processed poultry at Farmers Markets to the general public.  This workshop will be hands-on showing how to kill, pluck, eviscerate, and make retail cuts.  We will have a beginner set up of home processing tools at this workshop for examples.  There will also be informational pamphlets and factsheets provide to detail how to process poultry at home, as well.  We won’t conduct this workshop unless we had adequate interest; so, pre-registration is required by Friday, September 12, 2014.  There is no cost to participate, but you must call the office to register at 304-927-0975 or email me at brandy.brabham@mail.wvu.edu.

 I hope you can attend this workshop, because in the future, farmers may be able to home process up to 20,000 birds/ year.  Currently, if a farmer wants to sell more than 1,000 birds in a calendar year he or she must use a commercial processor.  However, the state has no commercial processor serving small farmers. Farmers must either take a long and costly trip across state lines or limit their production to 1,000 birds.  After hearing from farmers throughout the state, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture submitted a rule change to the Secretary of State that would allow farmers and small processors to slaughter up to 20,000 birds per year without needing an inspector present.  This 20,000 bird exemption has been allowed for some time by USDA, but WV was not taking advantage of it.  The State legislature still needs to process this rule change in 2015.


Obituary: Miss Betty Irene Boggs

Miss Betty Irene Boggs, 84, of Spencer, West Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Roane General Hospital in Spencer.

She was born July 14, 1930 in Roane County, a daughter of the late Howard R. and Grace Wilson Boggs.

She was a 1948 Spencer High School graduate, attended Potomac State College and received her degree in English from Marshall University. She began her teaching career in 1952 and retired after 51 years of service to multiple generations of Roane County students. Miss Boggs was a beloved educator, an avid reader and an advocate of lifelong learning. She enjoyed and appreciated all things of beauty; the written word, treasured glassware and antiques, and a love of family and friends.

She is survived by three brothers, Harvey, Clarence R. “Tink”, and David Boggs, all of Spencer; five nieces and nephews, Douglas, Michael and Larry Boggs, Brenda Fisher and Brigitte Lowe; eleven great-nieces and nephews, Jacob, Daniel and Laura Grace Boggs, Kayla White, Ashley and Alyssa Boggs, Benjamin Bailey, Grayson Fisher, J. Alex Lowe, and Michael Jon and Cristopher Cole Boggs; and one great-great nephew, Amos Lee White.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bruce Boggs.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME in Spencer with Rev. Russell Stump officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery near Spencer. Visiting hours are Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Former Roane Man Sentenced in Sexual Misconduct Case


A former Roane County man and teacher and coach at PikeView High School who pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with students was sentenced on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. This is stemming from an incident with underage female students at PikeView High School.

Jonathan Kirk went before Judge William Sadler in Mercer County at 9:30 a.m.   He was sentenced to serve 30 to 40 years in prison. Kirk will be eligible for parole in 15 years.  During the sentencing, one of the victim's mothers made a statement as well as Kirk's wife. Kirk also made a statement.  He said that he was sorry for the pain he caused everyone.

Obituary: Heath Allen “Bud” Crihfield

Heath Allen “Bud” Crihfield, 31, of Spencer, West Virginia died August 23, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

He was born September 24, 1982 in Parkersburg, West Virginia a son of Gary Crihfield of Spencer and the late Sarah “Gin” Fuller Crihfield.

Bud was a laborer, enjoyed chasing women and socializing, loved fishing and helping everybody out.

In addition to his father, Bud is survived by a sister, Melissa Crihfield and brother-in-law, Tyler Griffin of Spencer; and a daughter in his heart, Felicity Crihfield.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Pippen Crihfield and Jason “Red” Montgomery.

The body was cremated. There will be a memorial service for Bud at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer.


Obituary: Foster Carl Fore

Foster Carl Fore, Jr., 76 of Reedy, West Virginia died August 15, 2014 at his home after a sudden illness.

He was born February 27, 1938 in Reedy, West Virginia a son of the late Foster Carl and Audry Leary Fore. He was a retired school bus driver for Roane County Schools with 24 years of service. Foster served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was in the US Army for 21 years.

He loved horses and his farm, hunting, his guns and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by two sons, John Fore of Spencer, West Virginia and Steve Fore of Reedy; one grandson, Sawyer Fore; one brother, Mike Fore of Reedy; and four sisters, Linda Romine of Reedy, Dorothy Randolph and Jacqueline Holcomb, both of Spencer, and Dixie Rice of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Per his request, the body was cremated. TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, is in charge of arrangements.

There will be no service or visitation at the funeral home. A memorial service and scattering of the ashes may be held at a later date at the discretion of the family.

Obituary: Dow Coy McGlothlin

Dow Coy McGlothlin, Sr., 60, of Newton, died Tuesday, August 12, 2014, in the Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

He was born May 29, 1954, at Newton a son of the late Dow and Virgie Cottrell McGlothlin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth McKenzie Hickman McGlothlin; one sister, Lulabelle Chapman.

Dow was a retired employee of Ziegler Tire, Akron, OH and AmCor, Amma.

Survivors include his children, Della Dunn (John) of Barberton, OH, Dow McGlothlin, Jr. of Newton, Okey McGlothlin of Barberton, OH, Christopher McGlothlin of Cleveland, OH, Michelle Conley of Barberton, OH, Anna Hartline (John) and Frankie Hickman, Jr (Kimberly) both of Norton, OH; brothers, Romie “Mike” McGlothlin and Delmar “Bud” McGlothlin both of Newton; sisters, Eula “Ann” Dye of Newton, Patsy “Pat” McGlothlin of Cleveland, OH, Willa “Faye” Towner of Dexter City, OH and Janet McKenzie of Newton; 18 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Friday, August 15 at 1:00 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Justin S. Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Keen Cemetery, Newton. Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Obituary: Juanita C. Shafer

Juanita C. Shafer, 77, of Walton, died Sunday, August 10, 2014, at home, after a short illness.

She was born February 23, 1937 at Minnora, Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Ermine Ray Siers and the late Mildred Mae White Siers Dunham. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Charles M. Shafer; two brothers, Dwayne Siers and Edsel Siers; one half-brother, Billy Dean “Butch” Siers.

Mrs. Shafer was a faithful Christian and a member of the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio. She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and wonderful friend to all who knew her. She was a 1955 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Carol D. and Doug Proctor of Walton; two sons and daughter-in-law, Richard A. and Wanda Shafer of Walton and Jerry R. Shafer of Elkview; seven grandchildren, D. Lynn Proctor (Jonathan Kizer) of Gandeeville, Jason D. Proctor of Walton, Jerry Shafer, Jr. (Jay) of Elkview, Jennifer Shafer of Walton, Amanda Taylor (Jeff Taylor) of Clendenin, Jamie Rolfes of Spencer and Shane Shafer of Elkview; 10 great grandchildren, Katheryn “Kadee” Kizer, Kara Lynn Kizer, Tiffany Proctor, Austin Proctor, Mason Proctor, Chloe Shafer, Peyton Kizer, Jarred Taylor, Payton Shafer and Kaleb Taylor; adopted grandson, Dale Locklear; two sisters, Jean Ann Wilson of Fayetteville and Sharon Radabaugh of St. Clairsville, OH; four brothers, Kenneth Siers of Grantsville, Eugene Siers of Wilmington, NC, Dennis Siers of Maumee, OH and Gail Siers of Elizabeth; four half-sisters, Rebecca Whitlock, Linda Peck, Barbara Siers and Shirley Allen.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Gary DiToto officiating. Burial will be in the Canterbury-Droddy Cemetery, Walton. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be made online at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Obituary: Garold Glenn (Jerry) Simons Jr

Garold Glenn (Jerry) Simons Jr. 58, of Parkersburg, formerly of Spencer, WV died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Garold Simons Sr. and Betty Armstead Simons Pullen.

Jerry was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and a great friend to many. He enjoyed having family and friends gather together to cheer on his Mountaineers, as he was the most devoted fan. He also enjoyed the warmth of the beach, the company of friends, and just sitting around telling stories and jokes.

He was a 1974 graduate of Spencer High School. Through the years, he was employed by Spencer State Hospital and Norris Industries in Spencer as well as Ames and Workforce WV in Parkersburg.

He is survived by his wife Treva, daughter Lydia (Rusty) Hogue, step daughter Cierra (Austin) Young, and step granddaughter Peyton; Brother Tom (Kay) Simons of Gassaway, sisters, Vicki Stalnaker and Tammy (Rodney) Jones of Parkersburg, and Terry Carter of Ravenswood. 7 nieces, 2 nephews, and many great nieces and nephews. Several stepbrothers and stepsisters all truly loved as family.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Justin S. Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Eventide Cemetery, Spencer. Friends may call Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are preferred to The Family of Jerry Simons, c/o John H. Taylor Funeral Home, P.O. Box 41, Spencer, WV 25276.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com

Obituary: Robert Eugene Hargus

Robert Eugene Hargus, 77, of Harmony, West Virginia died Friday, August 1, 2014 at his home after a long battle with Alzheimers.

He was born June 26, 1937 in Fairfield County, Ohio a son of the late Roma and Clara Carpenter Hargus.

He graduated from Lincoln Welding Academy and worked at Eureka Pipeline for over 30 years and retired from Pennzoil Company. After retirement, he pastored at the Mt. Moriah Church. His hobbies included trout fishing, working on his farm and hunting. He was a US Army veteran and a member of the Harmony Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Hargus; daughters, Diana Parsons and Patricia Ray; son, William Hargus; grandsons, Eric Ray, Brad Parsons, and Mason and Logan Hargus; granddaughter, Kelly Ray; and great-grandchildren, Josh Almon and Kaidence Ray; sister, Wanda Davis; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, Robert Eugene Hargus, Jr.; and a brother, Larry Hargus.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Burnette officiating. Burial will be in the Hunt Cemetery, Harmony. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at ther church. TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME, Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of arrangements for the Hargus family.

Obituary: Robert Eugene Wright

Robert Eugene Wright, 71, of Spencer, West Virginia, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014, in the Roane General Hospital, Spencer.

Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Beverly J. Wright and sheltie, Bonnie Gene; also surviving, sisters-in-law, Dareth Harris of Ravenna, Ohio and Melanie Taylor of Pinch; special cousin, Dr. Miles Holloman of Yazoo City, Miss.; several nieces, nephews and adopted families.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. William B. Wright of Burnt House; mother, Margaret Holloman Murphy of Lexington, Miss.; sister-in-law, Pamela Metz Leathem; brothers-in-law, William Harris and Jarrell Miller; mother and father-in-law, Marjorie A. and the Rev. Orville F. Walker.

He started working for the WV Department of Highways in 1964 and retired with 42 years or service as an Enforcement Officer with the Public Service Commission. He was the owner and operator of Burnt House Oil and Gas. He graduated with the wonderful class of 1962 of Harrisville High School. He attended Glenville State College and later earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from WVU-P.

Bob was an avid car enthusiast. He loved those Chevrolets but really any make of fine car. He loved NHRA and attended the Spring Nationals in Columbus, Ohio starting in 1972 until closing in 1990’s. He loved NASCAR, car and truck racing, (huge Earnhardt fan) and ARCA racing, also Barrett Jackson. He was a founding member of the Spencer Chevron’s car club during the 1960’s. He loved it all. He was a drag racer himself for many years. He participated in car shows.

He leaves behind a host of friends, too many to mention. You all know he loved you.

Bob was a Christian and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Spencer.

We wish to thank attending physician, Dr. Grant Parkins and staff at Roane General Hospital, the ER physicians and staff, Roane County EMS staff, Dr. Susan Cole of David Lee Cancer Center, Charleston, palliative nurse and John H. Taylor Funeral Home staff.

Beverly wants to thank the God sent caregivers, April Starcher, Robert Shaffer and David Perkins, for their support.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Doug Sandy officiating. Interment will be in a private cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Obituary: James B. Tidd

James B. Tidd, 86, of Spencer, passed away on August 2, 2014.

He was born January 4, 1928 in Rock Cave, Upshur County, to the late Oscar and Violet Edith Ann Tidd.

He grew up in Rock Cave, retired from Chrysler Corporation in Twinsburg, OH and has spent most of his retirement years in Spencer.

Jim has lived in WV, OH, PA and TX and enjoyed hunting, camping, boating and spending time with his grandchildren. He especially enjoyed the view of cows, horses, deer and other wildlife from his front porch on his little piece of WV heaven. He had a love for all cats and dogs and provided love and comfort to as many as he could.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Marie and children, Cathy (George) Zell of Hartville, OH, John Tidd of New Port Richey, FL, Betsy (Ron) Bann of Ravenna, OH, Judy (Mike) Beauchane of Clyo, GA, Debbie (Sonny) Faulkenberg of Branchville, IN, Donna Sarno of Akron, OH, Jimmy Tidd, Barb (Jeff) Hammack, Craig Hicks, Carla Hicks all of Spencer, and Wanda (Tim) Hoke of Sinks Grove; 18 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.

Jim’s brothers and sisters were Bill, George, Pat, Connie, Ruth and Jackie.

We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the service held at 1:00 p.m. in the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Brother Lowell Gossett officiating. Burial will be in the Tidd Family Cemetery, Spencer.

Memorial donations may be made to the Roane County Animal Shelter, 2550 Parkersburg Road, Spencer, WV 25276.

Online condolences may be shared at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com





USADA Strike Force Meeting for Roane and Calhoun Counties

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be conducting a StrikeForce forum for Calhoun and Roane Counties on Tuesday, July 29.

Calhoun and Roane County residents and leaders are encouraged to attend the forum which will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Arnoldsburg Community Center.

In 2010, USDA launched the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity as an effort to leverage partnerships in poverty-stricken rural areas to ensure that every community has equal access to USDA programs.

USDA partners with rural communities and regions on locally-supported projects. USDA takes steps, in partnership with the community, to provide technical assistance and explanation as needed to ensure that communities can fully access USDA programs.

Attendees will participate in a community discussion which will identify the needs, barriers and opportunities for increasing opportunities in the region. USDA, State and Local organizations representatives will assess if programs and/or partnerships can address the community’s needs.

The forum is hosted by the USDA, in partnership with other federal, state and local organizations. These organizations will have program information available for attendees. The forum will include refreshments and door prizes and is expected to conclude by noon.

Obituary: Calvin Westfall

Calvin D. Westfall, 69, of Spencer, West Virginia passed away on his farm and homeplace, July 26, 2014. He was born November 13, 1944 in Beaverdam, West Virginia a son of the late Edgar Ellis and Jesse Clyde Knapp-Westfall.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Lou Westfall and five brothers, Howard, Cecil, Eugene, Okey “Buck”, and Bill Westfall.

Calvin loved anything to do with the outdoors, farming, and tinkering around with engine repair. Calvin was an avid hunter and spent many hours on his farm tending to his cattle. This is where he felt most at home. He was known throughout the community for his natural ability to “fix anything”. He worked for 34 years at the Monarch Rubber Company in Spencer.

Calvin is survived by his wife of 22 years, Christine “Katie” Westfall; and his children, Cheryl Price of Spencer, Oneida Westfall of Williamstown, West Virginia, Aaron (Kacey) Westfall of Sissonville, West Virginia, Adam Westfall of Ripley, West Virginia, Robin Westfall of Ripley, West Virginia, and Barbara Westfall-Brown of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

We would like to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to search for Calvin. We appreciate your hard work and know it will not be forgotten.

Per Calvin’s request, a graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Fairview Cemetery in Reedy, West Virginia.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer is in charge of arrangements for the Westfall family. There will be no service or visitation at the funeral home.

Search Underway For Missing Man

A Roane County deputy said a search under way in the county involves an elderly man accused of touching a female. 

The deputy said the man left Thursday morning to work on his farm and made statements that "we wouldn't find anything of him but his bones." 

The man took a 9mm pistol and his dog and left his wallet, medications and personal effects at his house. Deputies found the four-wheeler in the woods, but no sign of him anywhere. 

A sheriff's spokeswoman said the search was in the Toms Run area north of Spencer. The search began on Thursday and was halted after dark, but it resumed Friday morning. 


Kirk Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

Former Mercer County teacher and Roane County man has pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students.

Media outlets report that 36-year-old Jonathan Edward Kirk of Walton pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree sexual abuse and distributing obscene materials to minors.

Kirk is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 25 in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Earlier, Judge William Sadler had rejected a plea agreement.

Kirk formerly was a teacher and coach at Pike View High School. He resigned after the investigation began. He was arrested in March 2013.


Obituary: Donald Ray Woody

Donald Ray Woody, 54, of Spencer, West Virginia passed away on July 19, 2014 at his home after a brief illness.

He was born February 29, 1960 in Charleston, West Virginia a son of the late Joshua Johnny and Lola Mae Samples Woody. He worked for Columbia Gas/Chesapeake for over 25 years and enjoyed fishing, coaching softball and basketball and watching sports.

“Woody” is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carla Diane Nichols Woody; one son, David Ryan Woody of Spencer; two daughters, Megan Christine Woody of Clay, West Virginia and Deanna Nicole Taylor of Charleston; one sister, Martha Ann Harper of Spencer; two brothers, John Woody of Charleston and Ronald Walker of North Carolina; and six grandchildren.

Per his request, the body was cremated. A memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the TAYLOR-VANDALE FUNERAL HOME from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.