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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

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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 10/20/09

Posted by JoAnn on October 20, 2009

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Coach Hinkle Honored

Former Ravenswood High School coach Dale Hinkle was one of six inductees into the West Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this past weekend in Charleston. Hinkle was an assistant coach for just one year and then took the helm of the Red Devil grapplers for two-and-a-half decades. During his tenure, 10 Ravenswood wrestlers won state championships while he produced 48 state placers and 94 state qualifiers. Hinkle retired from teaching five years ago and stopped substituting last year. Many congrats, coach!

Charges Dropped Against Sullivan … For Now

Remember the 50+ people arrested in July for an alleged Jackson County meth ring? (https://jirl.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/jsn-update-72209/). Local attorney Jessica Sullivan, class of ’96, was due to stand trial Oct. 13 on eight felony counts of possession of substances to be used as a precursor to manufacture methamphetamine and eight felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony. However, charges were dismissed without prejudice because not all evidence had been turned over in time to Sullivan’s defense attorneys. At issue is a statement made by one of the other folks arrested which allegedly is very damaging to those facing prosecution. James Coiner, who was charged with nine counts each of the charges Sullivan also faced, agreed to testify against 51 other people, including Sullivan, in exchange for a plea deal. Sullivan’s lawyer had moved for the charges to be dropped with prejudice. However, because Coiner’s statement had not yet been transcribed and, therefore, could not be delivered to the defense in time, the judge decided it was not a gross violation of the law and would not dismiss with prejudice. A dismissal without prejudice means the prosecution can introduce new charges in the case against Sullivan, which it is expected to do later this month.

Naked Man Arrested at Fire Scene

Wamsley

Wamsley

Well here’s a doozie. Apparently, Jackson County law enforcement officers had to use a K-9 officer to gain control of a naked man who was disturbing the scene  of a camper fire in Millwood. According to the police report, a call was made to 911 reporting a camper on fire along Front Street in Millwood on the night of Oct. 5. Shortly after, another call came in with a resident saying there was an individual near the fire scene threatening him and two others. When police arrived, they found Mason resident Guy Wamsley, 39, naked and leaning against a camper trailer watching firefighters put out the fire. Police order Wamsley on the ground, an order which he apparently ignored. The order was given again, this time with the threat of releasing the polic dog if he failed to comply. Wamsley did not, and the K-9 was released. Fortunately for Wamsley, he was only bitten on the calves before being subdued and placed under arrest. According to Justin Griffith and Jared Varney, after seeing the fire break out from their residence, they went to the scene where they observed Wamsley going to a residence near them.  After telling him not to bother the residence, Wamsley allegedly became irate toward Griffith and Varney and began chasing the two with a large plastic jug containing gasoline.  Wamsley also allegedly punched Varney in the face. Witnesses backed up the statements and Wamsley was charged with assault and obstructing an officer.

Red Devils Fall to Pt. Pleasant

Pt. Pleasant’s Big Blacks upset Ravenswood 31-19 on the football field last week. The boys host winless Clay County this Friday at Flinn Field. The Devils fell from 2nd to 5th in this week’s Class AA rankings.

School Lunch Menu for Tuesday, Oct. 20

Today, the kiddies will be dining on chicken and noodles, tossed salad, whole wheat roll, peaches, Jell-O and milk.

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JSN Update 9/30/09

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.

Tennant and Lewis

Tennant and Lewis

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.

Jeremy in 1997

Jeremy in 1997

Jeremy in 2009

Jeremy in 2009

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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 roush1us2000@yahoo.com.

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 — Sept. 1

Posted by JoAnn on September 1, 2009

Coach Sturm

Coach Sturm

RHS Red Devils Defeat Herbert Hoover

Football season has arrived and Ravenswood kicked off its season with a 20-12 win over Herbert Hoover. The team’s next game is Friday, Sept. 4 at Poca. Good luck Coach Fudley … err, uh … I mean Sturm!

School Board Approves Personnel Changes

Among the many personnel matters requested recently before the Jackson County Board of Education include the request for retirement by Ravenswood Grade teacher Betty Nuzum and a transfer from RMS 42-16956657to RHS by David Rader. Best of luck to both!

Cell Phones Permitted in Jackson County Schools

The Jackson County School Board has passed a cell phone policy that will allow kids to bring cell phones to school so long as students store them in their lockers and have them turned off during school hours. Students engaged in extracurricular activities may carry cell phones during those activities so long as the phone is on silent. The school board was originally considering a ban on the devices but changed directions after parents and students pointed out the benefits of cell phones for students.

It’s Never a Good Idea to Drive Drunk. It’s an Especially Bad Idea to Hit a Police Vehicle While Driving Drunk. It’s an Even Worse Idea to Hit a Police Vehicle  in Front of a Police Station While Driving Drunk.

Edward Cranfield, 40, of Cottageville, was arrested after the vehicle he was driving collided with a Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Jeep on Maple Street in Ripley. The accident occurred just a few feet from the sheriff department’s headquarters. After failing several field sobriety tests administered by a deputy not involved in the accident, Cranfield was put under arrest. He has been charged with driving on a revoked license and DUI.

Stewart to Wed

Jake Stewart, class of ’97, plans to marry Keiah White, 19, of Sandyville. Congratulations!

School Lunch Menu Returns

With school back in session, we have the triumphant return of the School Lunch Menu. Today, the kiddies will be dining on chicken strips, mashed potatoes, peas, rolls and milk. Interesting that the menu no longer refers to that dastardly whole wheat rolls and simply lists them as rolls. To all my Jackson County teacher friends, does this switch indicate a return to the fabulous hot rolls or is it just some fancy language trickery by the whole wheat roll to hide the truth?

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JSN Update 8/6/09

Posted by JoAnn on August 6, 2009

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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 7/29/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 29, 2009

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Now typos are just a part of life, and as hard as you try in journalism to avoid them, they sometimes slip through. However, when you’re writing a headline for the front page of the newspaper that deals with education, it’s probably best not to misspell the principal’s name. For the record, the new RHS principal’s last name is Hendricks, with a d.  Remember Jackson Herald, proofreaders are your friend.

Fair Rakes in Serious Cash

The Jackson County Junior Fair was a big success this year, bringing in nearly $340,000 in the market livestock sale. The total is the second highest in the fair’s history. Not too shabby!  And that’s during a recession. Congrats to all the kids who made the fair a success.

Class of ’84 Plans Reunion

The class of ’84 is gearing up for a 25-year reunion scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5. The activities begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at the NYA Hall. Later that evening, there will be a mixer of sorts featuring a live band, also at the NYA Hall. The following Sunday, classmates are invited to a day of golf of food at Green Hills Country Club. Information is available by contacting Mark Yencha at 304-512-9166.

Matics and Foltz

Matics and Foltz

Matics Announces Engagement

Many congrats go out to Scotti Matics, class of ’00, and her fiance, Wesley Foltz. The lovely couple recently announced their engagement. They are planning an October wedding in Ravenswood. Scotti is currently employed by the WVU School of Medicine and her husband-to-be is employed by the WVU School of Dentistry. They will reside in Morgantown. Congratulations!

Roush Welcomes Baby Girl

Heather Clay-Roush, class of ’97, and her husband Billy Roush recently welcomed a baby girl into their growing family. The little tike, which they named Reese, joins big brother, River. Many congrats!

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JSN Update 7/23/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 23, 2009

Meth Busts Lead to a Busy Day at the Courthouse

As stated in the previous blog entry, arraignments began this morning for the 50 people indicted on a variety of charges involving meth. At least 20071112-gansl30 people will be arraigned today and the remainder will face a judge on subsequent days. Read More.

When Geese Attack

CSX Transportation successfully defended itself in court against a claim it was to blame for a goose injuring a conductor. Train conductor Aaron E. Richards sued the rail company for a 2005 incident in which Richards was performing a routine brake test at the Keyser Receiving Yard in Ravenswood when a goose suddenly jumped out from underneath the railcar, struck Richards and caused him to fall. During the trial this week, jurors found in favor of CSX.

Century Steelworkers Receive Contract Extension

Laid off steelworkers at Century Aluminum‘s Ravenswood plant have received a contract extension, even though the plant currently is not operational. Century closed the plant earlier this year citing a lack of demand and low pricing for aluminum. Nearly 700 people were laid off. Today, only a small crew of 16 steelworkers remain as a maintenance crew. For those workers, as well as those currently laid off, the extended contract provides extended insurance coverage. It also provides sub-pay for those laid off. The agreement, which was set to expire in August, will now run through August 2010.

New Principal Hired for RHS

In what feels like a round of musical chairs, Jaquetta “Jo” Hendricks has been named principal of Ravenswood High School, replacing Kent Kenndy who was recently hired as principal of Ripley High School. Since Hendricks most recently served as assistant principal of Ripley High, that means the search is now on to replace her. Maybe they’ll pluck someone from Ravenswood and keep the trend going. Hendricks is a Ravenswood native and is a graduate of Glenville State College, and has two master’s degrees – one from Marshall University and one from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Congrats to Ms. Hendricks and best of luck.

County Fair is Under Way

The Jackson County Junior Fair is in full swing this week. If any of you locals have any pictures from fair activities, please send them to jelmer79@msn.com and I’ll post them.

The Good News

A big congratulations goes out to Josh Wince, class of ’98 and his new bride, the lovely Shari Woods. The couple got hitched earlier this month in Las Vegas. Shari works at Tygart Valley Regional Jail as a criminal psychologist and Buck (sorry, but you’ll always be Buck to me) is a state trooper in the Elkins area. Many, many congrats to you both!

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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 7/7/09

Posted by JoAnn on July 7, 2009

276_247498337_22* A familiar face from Ravenswood High is preparing to take the helm at Ripley High when the new school year begins next month. Kent Kennedy,current principal at RvHS, has been named principal at RpHS, replacing Todd Layhew, who resigned from the post last month. Layhew’s final months as principal were filled with headaches after it was discovered Robin Wise, the school’s financial secretary, had embezzled more than $52,000 of school funds. According to school board records, Layhew is taking a job somewhere else.

* Ricky Good, class of … well, should’ve been ‘95 but … didn’t we cover this already? …  Anyway, Ricky has pleaded to one misdemeanor count of battery for beating and robbing a man at the Super 8 Motel in Ripley. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail. He was facing a felony count of unarmed robbery before reaching the plea agreement with prosecutors. In addition, Ricky will be required to pay restitution to the man he beat and robbed, as well as to the hotel for damages.

* An elderly Ravenswood man shot and killed himself in the parking lot of Cope’s Supermarket last week. The 75-year-old man reportedly suffered from serious health ailments.

* A new drug testing policy was enacted this past school year for student athletes and the results are in. A total of 375 students were tested during the 2008-09 school year. Nine tested positive for drugs, and two of those tested positive in follow-up tests a month later.

* If you attended Ravenswood High School between the years of 1992 – 1994, do I have a treat for you! In case you missed it, Brent Patterson recently posted a highlight reel on Facebook of the RHS morning announcements featuring Brian Westfall and Eric Rhodes, both class of ’94, among others. This is certainly a must-see. My personal favorites are  the Mentos commercial and the Wal-Mart ads. The footage is available by clicking on the following link: RHS Morning Announcements 92-94.  (NOTICE: You will need to be a member of Facebook to view. If you’re not already, it takes less than a minute to sign up.)

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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