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Archive for December, 2009

Bring the original Boondock Saints to a theater near you

Posted by JoAnn on December 16, 2009

There’s an effort under way to return the original Boondock Saints to the big screen for a special 10th anniversary event around St. Patrick’s Day. If you’d like to see it in a theater near you, click on the “Demand It” link below. 

Demand The Original Boondock Saints 10th Anniversary Celebration in Miami!

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Prayers for Alec Tanner

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
Trader’s Bank
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

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JSN Update 12/8/09

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.

Martino Marries

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!

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