Posted by JoAnn on December 16, 2009
Posted by JoAnn on December 10, 2009
As Christmas approaches, it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget that, for some, tragedies and struggles don’t go on hiatus just because it’s the holiday season. Many of you know Sarah Hinzman, class of ’96, her husband and their kids. Tragically, Sarah’s stepson is fighting leukemia, a battle that is not only physically and emotionally draining for him and his family, but also financially draining. As this family faces such a difficult reality this Christmas, please keep them in your prayers and if you are able to contribute, the family has established a fund to help mitigate the costs of treatment, hospital visits and travel expenses. Below is the blog Sarah posted earlier this week with more information. If you are able to contribute, checks can be mailed to:
Alec Tanner Fund
601 Washington St.
Ravenswood, WV 26164
I don’t know if any of you knew, but my stepson had been in remission from ALL (leukemia) for 16 months. Monday, November 30, he relapsed. Normal chemtherapy can not be done as before because his body can not handle that brutalness again. They are doing some rounds of chemo in hopes to force him into remission so that a bone marrow transplant can be done. He is supposed to come home today and continue his regimen for 8 to 9 weeks before having to go out of state for his transplant. This is hard on so many different levels, and until one has experienced it, its difficult to explain. I’m only the step-parent, and it’s devastating…i can only begin to fathom how his biological mother and father feel. Now is not the time for modesty, so I’m just going to lay it on the line. I know many of you have prayed, and called and cleaned our home for his return, and some are even in the works of a fundraiser or two. We cannot begin to express our gratitude, and will never be able to express it the way we wish we could. Even a simple I’m so sorry and I’m praying for you means more than we can say. Thank you to you all. I don’t visit myspace much (four kids and a husband and a full time job is CRAZY!) so I don’t even know how these dang blogs work or if anyone will even read this thing…but here goes. Some of the family has set up a fund for Alec and his family to aid them in this process and ANYTHING is well appreciated. It will be used by the family for bills, travel expenses and so forth. Bryan (his father and my husband) can not continue to work and take care of him full time…if anyone wants to help…you can forward this message to all of your friends, repost, whatever works. All donations will be accepted at the Trader’s Bank at 601 Washington Street Ravenswood, WV. I want to thank everyone in advance. As far as visitors go, no one is allowed inside the home who has not received both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccine. Other than that, feel free to visit anytime. Thank you for all of your prayers and words of encouragement.
The Tanner Family
Posted by JoAnn on December 8, 2009
Yikes, kids! It’s been awhile! Sorry about that. Boy has it been busy in LaLa land. Well let’s do this thing …
Power Company Scraps Plans for Meigs Plant
Citing increased construction costs, American Municipal Power has announced it will not build a planned coal-fired power plant across the Ohio River from Jackson County in Ohio. While the debate between coal and the environment is ongoing, that plant certainly would have been an economic coup for Ravenswood. Bummer to see the plans scrapped. The company says it may plan something else for the site in the future.
Man charged with causing rollover accident
Richard “Breeze” Causey, 44, of Parkersburg was arrested on one felony count of unlawful/malicious assault on Thanksgiving after police say he injured his fiancé by jerking the wheel of their vehicle and causing her to wreck as the two were arguing while traveling down Interstate 77. After being treated at the hospital, the fiancé also alleged that Causey had cut her wrists and face with a sword a week prior. She alleged that Causey had beaten her several times since the two met in May, sometimes causing black eyes and broken ribs. Umm, so perhaps being single might be a better route. Just a suggestion.
Mother Charged with Intimidating Meth-Ring Witness
Crandale Sue Redman, of Cottageville, was charged with intimidating a witness, after allegedly threatening a person who provided statements against Redman’s daughter in connection with methamphetamine manufacturing charges. According to the police report, Redman used her car to block the witness’ car at a gas station. Redman allegedly approached the witness, called her names and made threats against her. These meth cases just keep getting more interesting.
Red Devils Football Season Ends in the Postseason
Unfortunately, the Ravenswood Red Devils lost the hatchet to Ripley in a close game, and followed that with a loss in the first round of playoffs to Wayne. Regardless, many congratulations to a very good season.
RHS Marching Band Showcases Talents at VikingFest
Small in number but mighty in music, the Ravenswood High school Marching Band took second place in their division at VikingFest in Ripley. In addition, the band’s field commander and percussion unit both took first place in their divisional categories. The majorettes received second place. In addition, the percussion unti took second place at the Tri-State Marching Band Competition in Huntington. Great job for a band that lost their director one week before band camp. Nathan Corathers, a young fella from Central West Virginia, took the reigns on short notice in August and appears to be doing quite well. Many congratulations to him and the band!
Recent Divorces Filed in Jackson County
In unfortunate news, several familiar couples filed for divorce in recent weeks including Josh Hupp, class of ’96, and his wife, Angela; Nathan Freshour, class of ’97, and his wife Tanya; and Tracy LeMasters, former assistant band director, and her husband Brian McCommon. Best of luck to you all.
In happier news, Erika Martino, daughter of the late James Martino (everyone’s favorite little West Virginia history teacher), married Joseph Young in November. Congrats!
A Little Pease is Student of the Month
In more fun news, Kaeleen Pease, daughter of class of ’97 grads Rachel and Nicky Pease, was named Kindergarten student of the month. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you which school because I cut off that part of the newspaper when I clipped the article. Way to go, me! I’ve put in an inquiry to the tike’s lovely parents and will update when I get the information, but saw no point in holding up the JSN Update any longer, since it’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve done one. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I digress.
Just FYI, I’m sure many of you have amazing kids that are often featured in the Jackson County newspapers. However, I don’t know all the names and such, so if your kiddo is in the paper for doing something cool, Facebook or Myspace me to let me know, so I can keep an eye out. Thanks!
Posted by JoAnn on November 16, 2009
Just click on the link and vote. It’s that simple.
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Posted by JoAnn on November 12, 2009
Week 9 Reflections
A Little of This, a Little of That
Not much to say about my Dolphins this week. They’ve won some and lost some. My one nugget of insight for the boys this week is to buy Chad Henne a new helmet. The thing is so small and tight it gives him a brow line like Frankenstein and surely can’t be comfortable.
Vick Isn’t Wild About the Wildcat
Michael Vick made comments during an NBC interview this week that gives the impression he’s not happy with his role with the Eagles offense. He indicated he would like to play somewhere else next year. There are plenty of people who would love to be working right now, but can’t find a job in this economy. Vick has found one that pays him millions. Hey Mike, why don’t you make the most of your situation, be grateful for this second chance and worry about next year when you’ve gotten through this season. I don’t advise on playing the prima donna card fresh out of prison.
It Takes More than a Dollar to Bribe an NFL Ref
Some folks are upset because Bengals receiver Ochocinco playfully waved a $1 bill in front of a referee during a game to try and get him to call a play in his favor. I’ve seen the replay. It’s funny. No. 85 is a funny guy. I particularly enjoyed his locker room interview after the game when he turns to the camera and makes a plea to Commissioner Goodell, asking him not to fine him. It was all in good fun. If he Ochocinco gets fined for that one, that’s just more proof that the NFL takes itself way too seriously. If Ochocinco gets away with it, it gives me hope that the NFL hasn’t completely lost its sense of humor. He wasn’t disrupting the game. And keep in mind, there’s a reason it’s called a game.
Speaking of the Bengals …
I realized today that they’re leading their division … well tied with Pittsburgh. Go ahead. I’ll wait while you fact check that. I know it’s hard to believe …
See. I told you so.
Posted by JoAnn on October 19, 2009
Week 7 Reflections
Saints Alive! Dolphins Be Warned.
Dolphins had a bye this weekend, so not much to report. The good news is, Henne has had two good games and seems to be doing what he needs to do: nothing fancy, just don’t lose the game. He’s playing well, but the verdict is still out. If the Dolphins want to beat the Saints this weekend, they need to keep Reggie Bush and Drew Brees off the field. The best way to do that is to run the ball, eat the clock and dominate time of possession while scoring on each drive. It’s what the Dolphins do best.
There has been much discussion in the past week and a half about the Wildcat offense and whether or not it’s a gimmick. It didn’t help that Jets linebacker Calvin Pace whined about it after losing to the ‘Fins. He called the formation nonsense. To which Channing Crowder kindly pointed out that the Dolphins “Nonsensed their ass all the way up and down the field.” Well put and to the tune of 110 yards, I might add. Look, is the wildcat an unconventional formation? Of course. Is it a gimmick? Absolutely not, unless you’re the team getting embarrassed by it. The wildcat is an offensive formation, that if you have the right personnel, can be a great offensive threat. If it were a gimmick, you wouldn’t have so many teams adding it to their playbooks, college and pro. Miami has two phenomenal running backs, one with a steady throwing arm. They have two versatile quarterbacks. Right now, no team in professional football has a better team to run this formation than the Dolphins, though others are trying. But my point is this: Just because it’s fairly new and being used a lot now by a team, doesn’t make it a gimmick. Let us not forget that a forward pass wasn’t always part of the game. I’m sure it, at one time, was called a gimmick.
Cold Reality for Sanchez
Speaking of the Dolphins and Jets, it’s inevitable that when it comes time for the Dolphins to play the Jets again, this time in New York, people will speculate that the Dolphins will stumble because it’s a warm weather team. Did you see Mark Sanchez‘s performance against Buffalo this weekend? Five interceptions in the unseasonably frigid October. Henne played college ball at Michigan. And grew up in Pennsylvania (Unrelated tidbit: Henne graduated from the same high school as Kerry Collins.) But I digress. Sanchez is a California boy. I still can’t figure why New York thought he would be a good fit for them in the long run. Weather may be a factor, but maybe not in the way New York hopes.
Remember the Titans? They Don’t.
Three teams are going into week 7 without a single win: St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Truly pathetic in a league with a salary cap designed to keep things competitive. It’s especially sad in the Titans’ case, after the beatdown they received this past weekend courtesy of the New England Patriots. It really makes you wonder how a team could fall so far from one season to the next.
Open Letter to Washington Redskins Coach
Dear Coach Zorn,
I hear Wal-Mart is hiring.
Coach Q.B. Controversy Is At It Again
This is the second and last time I plan to talk about Browns Coach Eric Mangini. Dude needs to pick a quarterback and stick with them. Geez! He pulled this same tap dance when head coach of the Jets. Look, I get that your options are pretty gimpy, but unless you can acquire someone else, those are the options you have. You need to name a quarterback and then let them play enough games to properly evaluate them. Playing duck-duck-goose with your quarterbacks is a horrible way to manage a team.
Really McNabb? You Realize Your Getting Paid Millions to Play this Game, Right?
Someone needs to get Donovan McNabb the “Idiot’s Guide to Football.” (I’ll even help you out. Here’s a link: Amazon: Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football Like a Pro.) Yes, Donovan, games can end in ties. And sorry Donovan, but each team only gets 3 timeouts in a half. So when you’re trying to score with seconds left in the first half of a game, don’t like the defensive formation and want to call a timeout to evaluate, it’s best to first evaluate if you have a timeout available. Of course, I don’t entirely blame McNabb for this one. Andy Reid clearly lost his clock-management mind when he called two timeouts following incomplete passes that stopped the clock anyway. I really don’t know who wanted to lose more yesterday: Reid, the Bills or Mark Sanchez. Each of those did all they could to tank their team. Reid and Sanchez were successful.
Silver Lining for Jim Zorn
In honor of Coach Zorn, I bring you some press conference highlights. As the husband so poetically stated, he is a Coor’s Light commercial in the making. For the second video, skip to 39 seconds in. That’s where Bill expects the Coors Light guys to grill Zorn for buying beer that’s not Coors Light.
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Posted by JoAnn on September 30, 2009
Liegey Opens Tattoo Parlor
David Liegey, class of ’96, opened Hidden Dragon Tattoo parlor last week in the former Hupp’s Sewing Center along Walnut Street in downtown Ravenswood. David, who is a sergeant in the U.S. armed forces, first learned the craft while serving a tour in Afghanistan from the tattoo artist completing a tatto on Liegey’s shoulder. Liegey began performing his craft on fellow soldiers, and before he knew it, Liegey had completed more than 80 tattoos. Upon his return home to Ravenswood, Liegey decided to open his own shop in town. The store space has been completely remodeled and includes state-of-the-art equipment in a clean, sterile environment. Plus, the in-house tattoo artist is just an awesome fella. If you’re in town and looking to get inked, give David a call at 304-531-3377.
Stephenson Gets the Bacon Fever
Since the media is all ate up with the swine flu, I thought I’d join the sensation and wish Brad Stephenson, class of ’95, well. He was diagnosed with H1N1 flu today. On the bright side, he’s launched a blog to document his experience. Brad is a witty and fun writer so you all should check it out.
Jackson Newspapers Welcomes New Staffers
Laura Tennant and Veronica Lewis have joined Jackson Newspapers. Tennant, the lovely wife of one Mr. Brad Tennant, class of ’98, has joined the staff as a graphic designer. Lewis has joined the newspaper’s advertising staff.
Ravenswood Red Devils Rally Past Tyler
In a nailbiter, your Ravenswood Red Devils ended a four-year Tyler Consolidated win streak last weeknight by rallying in the final minutes to pull out a 29-28 win over the Silver Knights. The win moved the AA top-ranked Red Devils to 5-0 on the season. Special thanks go out to Jennings Starcher, class of ’98, for the up-to-the-minute game updates on Twitter.
Woodward’s Weight Loss Featured in Magazine
Jeremy Woodard, class of ’98, has been featured in the September issue of Pharmaceutical Representative magazine after losing 90 pounds on his own custom-crafted diet. Jeremy, who became a pharmaceutical sales representative four years ago, spends much of his time on the go. That meant many meals at the drive-thru. Before he knew it, his weight ballooned to 257 pounds. His doctor wanted to treat him for diabetes. Hardly the ideal image for a sales rep of heart and diabetes medications. So, in January 2008, Jeremy decided to take action. A fan of Panera Bread, Jeremy developed a meal plan that included meals from the restaurant chain that were high in whole grains and low in calories. Coupled with exercise, Jeremy is down to 167 pounds and much happier. Many congrats on the weight loss and the magazine feature! Since Jeremy is back down to his high school weight, I thought I’d share a picture of Jeremy back in 1997 and the one that appeared in the Jackson Star News.
Posted by JoAnn on September 28, 2009
Week 3 reflections … this was not fun.
Pennington Out with Shoulder Injury
Though the Dolphins haven’t officially said yet, it appears Quarterback Chad Pennington is done for the season with a dislocated shoulder. To say I’m disappointed is a total understatement, but it’s the reality we have in Miami and one we unfortunately have to live with. That brings Chad Henne, former Michigan quarterback, to take charge of Miami’s offense. Since day one, I’ve stated that Henne is overrated and will likely disappoint, but time will tell. I could be wrong. For the sake of my Dolphins, I hope I am. Some folks said I was an idiot when I said Brady Quinn would be a bust. Did anyone see the Browns play Sunday? But I digress. Pennington has been great for Miami. He’s provided stability, confidence, poise, excitement and leadership. Unfortunately, Miami and its fairweather fanbase never truly embraced him. They cheered him when he was winning, but were always ready to bench him in favor of youth. Now, they’ve had one brief look at Henne, and are throwing up their hands crying the season is over. One of my biggest pet peeves is fairweather fans. Every city has them, but Miami’s seem to be in excess. A sportswriter once wrote that Miami doesn’t deserve the Marlins because of the way the “fans” treat their baseball team. I think the same could be said about Pennington. Miami didn’t deserve him. Now they have to live with Henne. For the sake of my Dolphins, I hope Henne quickly improves because he’s going to be under center this season.
Who called Mangini a Genius?
Speaking of the Browns, who’s idea was it that Mangini should be a head coach? The Browns owners seem to be working their way through the Belichick coaching tree. Maybe they should come up with a new strategy.
So again speaking of the Browns, I’m not a fan of the throwback uniforms, especially since it’s just another way for the NFL to make money by selling more jerseys. This past weekend, we saw the New York Jets wearing the old New York Titans uniforms and the Tennessee Titans wearing the the old Oilers uniforms from when the team used to be in Houston. Basically, you had the ghosts of Titans past channeling the ghost of Titans present. So that made me realize, the Baltimore Ravens could never really pull a throwback uniform game, because they were once the Cleveland Browns. I don’t think today’s Browns, which are considered an expansion team since the original team was sold and moved to Baltimore, would take too kindly to a bunch of Ravens in their old uniforms. Quite the quagmire! That would be kind of fun to see. Dear football czars, if you insist on these throwback jersey games, can we please make one of them a Browns v. Ravens showdown. Pretty please.
Ochocinco & Co. Shock Steelers
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bengals v. Steelers game. Sorry Pittsburgh fans. Actually, that’s a lie. I’m not sorry. I loved every nailbiting second.
Jeers to Michaels and Collinsworth
So the stellar NBC crew calling last night’s Indy v. Arizona game had me defending Peyton Manning. For years, sports analysts said Manning could not be considered a great quarterback because he never won a Super Bowl. While I disagree with that because it takes an entire team to win a Super Bowl (As Dan Marino well knows), but whatever. Well, Manning got his Super Bowl victory in 2007. Fast forward to last night’s game and you have Michaels and Collinsworth debating whether you could consider Manning a great quarterback because he only won one Super Bowl. **Head hits table** Really, guys? Please. Greatness isn’t always measured in Super Bowls. (DISCLAIMER: If you’re a Steelers fan, please avert your eyes.) Ben Roethlisberger is a good quarterback. Very good. But he’s not great. He has two Super Bowl rings. But that doesn’t rank him among the elite. In fact, his first Super Bowl victory came with the lowest quarterback rating (22.6) ever logged in a Super Bowl by a winning quarterback. He “redeemed” himself in Super Bowl XLIII, but he has played with some great players. Nevermind the fact that he didn’t win the MVP award in either Super Bowls, which is odd since they seem to bend over backwards to give it to the quarterback (ref Super Bowl XLII). He’s had two chances and come up short both times. So while I think Roethlisberger has earned his fair share of accolades, if I was choosing between him or Peyton Manning to lead my NFL team, I’d take Manning every time. So to that I say BOOOOOOO to NBC and its crack commentators for making me defend Manning. Will you analysts ever be satisfied?
Speaking of Manning
Peyton Manning’s commercials have really disappointed me so far this year. I’m bummed about that. I don’t like him on the football field, but man, he made some funny commercials!
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Posted by JoAnn on September 23, 2009
The Census Bureau released its ranking of median household incomes for the 50 states. At first glance, my adopted state of Florida clearly beats my home state of West Virginia, but not so fast, my friends. Florida’s average household income in 2008 was $47,778, which trumps West Virginia’s $37,989. In fact, West Virginia was one of the lowest average household incomes in the nation, second only to … anyone? … anyone? … You guessed it! Mississippi, our proverbial buddy at the bottom.
But a closer look at the data reveals that Florida is the only state in the nation to actually see a drop in the median household income as compared to 2007. Yikes! West Virginia, while ranked at the bottom, exhibited a 2.5 increase over the previous year. Not too shabby during a down economy. Now factor in the difference in the cost of living. While the average West Virginian’s income is more than 20 percent less than a Floridian’s, the average Floridian’s mortgage is 40 percent higher than the average West Virginian’s. And while Floridians don’t pay an income tax, we more than make up for it in higher property and sales taxes. I’d almost be willing to call this one a draw, but I don’t like ties.
Our score after Round 2 is:
West Virginia — 2
Florida — 0
Results from Round 1: