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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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JSN Update – 09/09/09

Posted by JoAnn on September 9, 2009

Happy day of 9s, folks!

RHS Football Team Rolls Past Poca Dots

The Ravenswood Red Devils (2-0) were too much for Class AA opponent Poca Dots (1-1) this past Friday, winning 37-19 at Poca. With a strong start to the season, the Red Devils will host Roane County High School this Friday at Flinn Field. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Carter Arrested in Drug Sting

Donald Carter

Donald Carter

Four people were arrested on drug charges following a three-month-long investigation by the Ripley Police Department. Among those arrested was Donald E. Carter, class of ’96. He was charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) for allegedly selling Norco 10 mg tablets in July. He could face a sentence of one to five years in the state penitentiary for each count or a fine of up to $15,000 for each count or both. Also charged were Kermit Patrick Hammonds, 27, of Ripley; Kathleen Trawick, 54, of Ripley; and William Patrick Huft, 55, of Ripley.

Tackett Arrested Following Bar Altercation

Three men were arrested following an altercation with police officers who responded to a reported fight at Mulberry’s last week. Deputy M.D. Strobbe of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Patrolman G.C. Burnem of the Ravenswood Police Department responded to the bar at around 2:27 a.m and were told by the owner that Donald C. Tackett, class of ’96, was causing problems and he wanted Tackett removed. The officers say they observed Tackett  yelling, cursing and attempting to fight several individuals. Burnem advised Tackett to leave, but he refused. According to the complaint, Earl Lee Stoffel, 32, of Ripley, then began yelling and causing an additional disturbance. More officers were called to the scene. Burnem escorted Tackett outside, where Burnem says Tackett continued to cause a disturbance. Stoffell and several other bar patrons following them outside, which led to one of the officers pulling out his Taser and advising the group to back up. Apparently, most decided to comply with the exception of Adam LaCava, 23, of Ravenswood, who continued to yell and scream at the officers. According to the complaint, LaCava had to be restrained by other bar patrons to keep him from advancing on the officers. Tackett, Stoffel and LaCava were all arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.

Class of ’96 Grad Passes Away

Rashell (Furr) Meredith, class of ’96, died Sept. 2, 2009 at her home in Sandyville, two days before her 31st birthday. She is survived by her husband Jeremy; sons Austin, Machia and Corey; as well as her brother, parents, in-laws and grandparents. Services were Monday and internment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Parkersburg. Condolences may be expressed to the Meredith family via Roush Funeral Home at

Staats to Wed in November

Leigh Ann Staats, class of ’00, and Jason Kerns have announced their upcoming wedding on Nov. 28 at First Baptist Church in Ravenswood. Both the bride and groom are employed at Star Plastics in Ravenswood. Best of luck to the happy couple!

Hood Receives Honor for Perseverance

Dave Hood, a fixture in Ravenswood boys basketball and baseball for many years, was recently awarded the Muscular Dystrophy Association‘s 2009 Robert Muscular_Dystrophy_Association_logoRoss Personal Achievement Award for West Virginia. Hood, 52, was selected for his positive spirit and continued community involvement in spite of being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2007. He was also recently honored as WSAZ‘s Hometown Hero for his tireless work in the community.  As you may recall, Hood is the father of Kelly, class of ’95, and David, class of ’97. Many congratulations to Mr. Hood.

No Whole Wheat Today

On today’s school lunch menu, the kiddies will be dining on chicken on a bun with lettuce and tomato, potato rounds, grapes, chocolate pudding and milk.


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JSN Update 8/6/09

Posted by JoAnn on August 6, 2009


RHS Band Director Abruptly Resigns, Recent College Grad Hired to Fill Post

Just days before Ravenswood High School‘s band camp was set to begin, band director Chris Kellermeyer unexpectedly resigned. Not wasting any time, school officials hired Nathan Corathers, a Clarksburg-native and 2009 music education grad from Alderson-Broaddus College. He had a whopping four days to prepare for band camp, which started Monday. Prior to his snappy hiring, Corathers taught private music lessons in Clarksburg.  The number 22 must be a lucky one for Mr. Carothers. He’s 22-years-old and will have 22 kids marching in the band this year. That includes four majorettes. The numbers just keep dwindling. Maybe a fresh face can turn things around. Best of luck to Mr. Corathers!

Teachers Join Forces to Publish Children’s Book

Lola Smith and Violet Smith

Lola Smith and Violet Smith

Ravenswood Middle School art teacher Lola Smith has illustrated a children’s book written by her sister-in-law, Violet Smith, a kindergarten teacher in Ravenswood. The book, “Welcome to Kindergarten” teaches the alphabet while easing kids’ anxieties about starting school. The teachers will conduct book signings in the Mid-Ohio Valley region during the next several weeks including August 14 at the Wood County Library and August 22 at the Borders in Vienna. The book will be featured at the Family Literacy Day celebration Sept. 21 at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Benford to Run in Italy

Former RHS standout athlete Andrew Benford has been named to the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team that will compete in the 25th World Mountain Running Championships on Sept. 6 in Campodolcino, Italy. Benford will compete in the senior men’s division. Many congrats on a mighty achievement. 


Melvin Lee Page

Melvin Lee Page

Man Arrested for Drive-By Shooting in Southern Jackson County

A Charleston man was arrested last week and charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred in June in southern Jackson County. Allegedly, Melvin Lee Page, 39, decided to drive by his estranged wife’s house, pull out a gun and fire at a car parked in front of the house. An adult male and juvenile were in the parked car. No one was injured in the drive-by and no word as to why the two were just hanging out in a parked car in front of this woman’s house. Regardless, Mr. Page’s mugshot is a doozie! You’ll be happy to know this guy is out on bond while he awaits his preliminary hearing.

Woman Arrested for Biting Aunt

In sick and twisted news, Megan Skeen, 18, of Ravenswood, downed a few alcoholic beverages and then assaulted her aunt by hitting her, spitting on her and eventually biting her in the breast. Skeen was charged with domestic battery, assault and underage consumption.

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JSN Update 7/22/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 22, 2009

At Least 50 Indicted on Meth Charges in Jackson County, Arraignments Begin This Week

wsaz_jacksondrugindictments_02It will be an interesting day tomorrow at the Jackson County Courthouse as the arraignments begin for the more than 50 people who were indicted last week on a combined total of more than 1,000 charges involving meth. The charges include counts of conspiracy, manufacturing and distribution. For some of us RHS kids from the 1990s, you’ll recognize a few names in the major crackdown including local criminal attorney and class of ’96 grad Jessica Sullivan. Also arrested among the 50 indictments are Andrea Stutler, class of ’96 as well as Tiffany Stalnaker and Michael Stone, both class of ’98. Another familiar name among the bunch is Clifford Easthom, though I’m not really sure of his graduation year. For some of you younger folks, you might recognize the names of Megan and Danielle LaCava, who were also arrested. What I find particularly sad is that while the arrests spanned the entire county, the majority were in Ravenswood.

Obviously, its easy to rush to judgment but remember, these folks have only been charged and not convicted at this time. Therefore, they are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Having said that, if you’re making regular visits to the local Rite Aid and stocking up on the maximum allotment of Sudafed each month, it’s easy to see why some folks might be the target of an investigation. When you also proceed to buy other common ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine, I’m sure that does not bode well.  I’m glad to see local law enforcement is working to try and clean up the drug problem in Jackson County. Below are mug shots of Stutler, Stone and the LaCava girls. I’m working on obtaining the mug shot of Stalnaker. As for Sullivan, she posted bond right after booking and never went to the regional jail so no mug shot is available. A complete list of those arrested is available online at the Jackson Newspapers Web site.

Andrea Stutler

Andrea Stutler

Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Megan LaCava

Megan LaCava

Danielle LaCava

Danielle LaCava

Tiffany Stalnaker

Tiffany Stalnaker

Clifford Easthom

Clifford Easthom

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JSN Update – 7/14/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 14, 2009

Sandy Creek - Ravenswood, WV

Sandy Creek - Ravenswood, W.Va.

Dead Body Found in Sandy Creek

Authorities have identified the body of a man pulled from Sandy Creek in Ravenswood last week. According to Chief Deputy Bruce DeWees of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the body of Eduardo P. Arellano was discovered by a local fisherman Thursday, July 9. The 30-year-old man was a resident of Sandy Creek Trailer Park in Ravenswood. He was reported missing July 4. No details are currently available as to the cause or time of death. Stay tuned.

Candy Pills Create Buzz

A Ripley pharmacy made national news during the July 4th holiday festivities after doling out fake prescription bottles filled with candy on the parade route. Some parents were less than pleased, fearing candy in prescription bottles sends the wrong message to kids and raised a ruckus that attracted local television stations and even generated a buzz on the national wire service. Some people said they were not offended by the promotion, saying it’s a parent’s responsibility to keep prescription medication out of the hands of children. It’s clear the pharmacy did not intend any harm and were trying to promote themselves in a fun way. In fact, prior to the parents’ complaints, the pharmacy was awarded third place in the July 4th float contest for their creative pill costumes and candy giveaways. Now many of us grew up in a generation of candy cigarettes and cigar bubblegume! Nevermind the fact that my sisters and I would pretend Good & Plenty candies were pills whenever treating patients at our stuffed animals hospital. But the real question is, did the pharmacy deserve the hefty dose of parental backlash? Time to sound off!

Fireworks Rescheduled

Ripley’s July 4th fireworks extravaganza, which was cancelled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for 10 p.m., September 5, which is Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!

Kroger Fuels Up

In other Ripley news, Kroger opened its fuel center last week, offering gasoline, diesel, auto supplies, candy and other miscellaneous items. The gas station, located in parking lot in front of the main store, is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily.

Armory Gets Boost from Byrd

In armory news, Jackson County could receive $19.54 million from the federal government to build a National Guard facility in Millwood if final approval is granted. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which includes the Jackson County center funding, according to U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. The funding measure will now go before the full Senate for consideration. Upon completion it will be reconciled with the House bill before being sent to the President for his signature.

Cope’s Supermarket Honored

Cope’s Supermarket was honored by the local Chamber of Commerce last month with a Certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Business. Cope’s Supermarket was founded by Norma Jean and Garland Cope in 1941. Now here is where I get lost, because the caption in the photo says Cope’s was copesfounded in 1941 and has been operating for 56 years. Now 1941 + 56 = 1997. Last I checked, this is 2009. We’ve lost 12 years somewhere. Now if you look at their logo, it says 1953, which would equal 56 years. It’s possible Cope’s did not operate continuously throughout the years or perhaps was founded somewhere else and relocated to Jackson County or maybe the store was opened in 1941 but didn’t become Cope’s until later. I don’t really know, but a clarification would be good. Not really important, but just good to know in case it’s ever a question on one of those Facebook quizzes about Jackson County. So, does anyone know??? Feel free to post in the comment section below. Regardless, the hometown favorite is the oldest self-proprietor run business in Jackson County. Norma Jean continues to own the store and her grandson, T.J. Moore, class of ’97, serves as manager. Congrats to Cope’s Supermarket.

Lawless Twins Graduate

The Lawless twins, Morgan and Megan, class of ’04, recently graduated with masters’ degrees in occupational therapy from WVU. As you may recall, Morgan and Megan are the daughter of Mrs. Lawless, former English teacher at RHS and current RHS librarian. Congrats to the Lawless twins.

* Stay thirsty, my friends *

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JSN Update – 6/22/09

Posted by JoAnn on June 22, 2009

Ricky Good

Ricky Good

* It appears one Mr. Ricky Good, class of … well, should’ve been ’95 but he was in my class for awhile and to be honest, I’m not sure what year he graduated, but anyway … he has gotten into a little trouble with the law. Ricky, along with an unidentified accomplice, allegedly beat and robbed a man at the Super 8 Motel in Ripley, stealing more than $500 in cash, the victim’s checkbook and prescription medications.  The man was treated for lacerations and contusions at Jackson General Hospital. Ricky didn’t end up quite as well. He was arrested and currently is being housed at South Central Regional Jail. In October 2008, Ricky was arrested for petit larceny and obstructing an officer. Note to self … criminal behavior is never a good idea. Neither are repeat offenses. I’d also advise against unnaturally blonde tips. But I digress.

* A special shout out to Jackson Newspapers and ace reporter Jared Hunt, class of of ’00, for making the effort to write “under way” correctly on the front page last week. This is the point in which I reveal my complete geekiness. For years, Jackson Newspapers has been writing under way as one word, which is incorrect except for rare exceptions. Yes, I like correct grammar and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Anyway, kudos and tip of my hat to those who made this feat possible.

A colorful golfing quartet and law enforcement goodness

A colorful golfing quartet. Baltic is on the left.

* Jason Baltic, class of ’97, and three other fellas participated in the annual DARE golf tournament at Green Hills Country Club. The quartet was hard to miss in their loud and matching golf attire. Baltic is a deputy state fire marshal as well as the chief of the Sandyville Volunteer Fire Department. His golfing buddies are all law enforcement officers with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

* In belated congratulatory news, a special and heartfelt congratulations goes out to Cynde Boston, Hurricane High grad but forever a member of the RHS class of ’97, and her beau Jonathan Hardman, who welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world a little more than a month ago. Kaiya Leigh was born prematurely, but has been quite the little fighter and gets more beautiful every day. Congrats to the growing family. May we all pray that the little tike gets to go home soon.

* Congratulations also go out to Olivia Hudson, class of ’97, on her recent marriage to Michael Balas, an entrepreneur in Richmond, Va. From the looks of Olivia’s picture, the wedding was absolutely beautiful, just like the couple.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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