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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 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 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 – 7/14/09

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 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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JSN Update 6/5/09

Posted by JoAnn on June 5, 2009


Angela Morrone and Lupe

Angela Morrone and Lupe

* If you were wondering whatever happened to the little Canadian chihuahua that was lost in Jackson County, we have a happy ending. As you may recall, Canada resident Angela Morrone was driving along I-77 when she lost control of her vehicle in the rain near the Medina Road exit. The wreck overturned the car, and Angela’s teacup chihuahua, Lupe, jumped out a window and ran off. Morrone received minor injuries in the accident, but was distraught when she was unable to find the pup. Her family came down  from Canada to pick  up Angela and search for the missing Lupe, but to no avail. Several days after the accident, the family received a call from Jackson County resident Nina McVey who said Lupe had been spotted on a farm near the crash site. Angela’s mom and brother returned to Jackson County to resume the search. After several days, and with the help of Nina and James McVey, the Morrones found the dog, who was malnourished and obviously scared. Lupe has been returned to Angela, and in her words, being given the royal treatment. I’m a sucker for happy endings! My favorite quote in the story came from Anegla’s mother who said, “The kindest people live in West Virginia.”  Well put, Mrs. Morrone.


* Ravenswood High School boys’ basketball coach Mick Price was honored as the Sportswriters’ West Virginia Coach of the Year. Among other honors, his basketball team won the AA state championship this year. Many kudos to the 31-year coaching veteran!

* David Wallen is getting hitched to Pt. Pleasant native Brooke Jones. I don’t know David, as he is a Ripley high grad, but we all know his lovely mama, one Mrs. Carolyn Wallen. Always one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Wallen retired from the Jackson County school system in 2006. Anyway, congrats to the entire family on the upcoming nuptials!

* Speaking of teachers, Ravenswood Grade teacher Betty Nuzum received a Target grant so she could take a gaggle of fourth graders to the Columbus Zoo for a field trip. Sounds like fun. I always liked Mrs. Nuzum too. Though all I really remember of her now is she had really long hair and she was the first person I ever knew that had a nose ring. But I’m sure I learned something in her class, and I’m sure I use that knowledge every day, because all my teachers said I would and that’s why I had to pay attention. Anyway, hope the trip was a success!

* And in exciting news, the school lunch menu has been turned into “Cooks’ Choice” for the end of the school year. No word on what those final meals were for the 2009 school year, but I’m hoping they did not include whole wheat. Health food be darned! This is the time of year where kids should eat junk and watch movies all day in class like the forever classic, “Nothing But Trouble.”

And with the end of the school year, I’ve grown tired of my Anchorman sign-off.  So for the summer, I’m stealing the line from the Most Interesting Man in the World.

Stay Thirsty My Friends.

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JSN Update — 5/28/09

Posted by JoAnn on May 28, 2009

Today’s Jackson Star News Update includes insight from contributing writer, Billy Thunderbolt. Happy reading!

* Kathy Mattea will be headlining this year’s July 4th festivities in Ripley, the USA’s largest small town Independence Day celebration. The Cross Lanes native and multi-Grammy award-winning singer’s performance will be free to the public on the courthouse lawn prior to the fireworks extravanganza, courtesy of the Dickirson Corp.

Army Captain Nicki Holbrook and a fellow soldier pose for pictures with the recently received gifts for the Wounded Warriors program in Iraq.

Army Captain Nicki Holbrook and a fellow soldier pose for pictures with the recently received gifts for the Wounded Warriors program in Iraq.

*Dr. Nicki (Danko) Holbrook, class of ’96, who is currently serving in a U.S. Army hospital in Iraq, received gifts from two Jackson County groups for the Wounded Warriors program, which benefits injured and sick soldiers. Items included 50 phone cards, freezer pops, batteries and personal hygiene products. Nicki’s lovely picture appeared on the front page of the Jackson Herald.

* Kaeleen Pease, daughter of Rachael (Vanscoy) and Nicky Pease, both class of ’97, was one of the students of the month at Henry J. Kaiser. Well done, Miss Kaeleen.

* Annie Hunt, daughter of Mary Beth (Varney), class of ’96, and Scott Hunt, class of ’94, was also one of HJK’s students of the month. Well done to little Miss Annie, as well!

* For the youngsters who have engaged in a little mischief this year, please be aware that if you have been assigned after-school detention, all your time must be served or it will carry over into the next school year. No one wants to start off a new school year with detention already in the hopper, so I suggest just taking your medicine now and get it over with.

* Pit bulls have not been banned in Ravenswood, but city council is working on a breed-specific ordinance that will require owners of pit bulls to take a few extra steps in ensuring public safety. Stay tuned.

* The Ravenswood and Ripley city pools are open. Both celebrated the first swim day of the season with free admission. However, the Ripley pool conducted a food drive for the local animal shelter as part of opening day festivities. Score: Ripley pool – 1, Ravenswood pool – 0.

* Yuengling beer is now available in West Virginia.  Let’s be serious … it’s no Dos Equis, but we all can’t live vicariously through ourselves.

Also, Yuengling is not available in kegs or 40s, so that rules out keg stands and Edward 40 Hands, but that’s what Natty Light is for. Enjoy!

Until next time, stay classy San Diego.

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