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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 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 – 6/15/09

Posted by JoAnn on June 15, 2009

Michael Ward

Michael Ward

* Michael Ward of Millwood was arrested last week after breaking into two Jackson County residences. In the first incident, Ward gained access to a woman’s home while the homeowner was home. Ward asked the woman for a beer, which she denied. He then made inappropriate advances toward the woman’s granddaughter, leading the woman to order the man out and he left. I would’ve ordered him out after the beer request, but that’s just me. Ward then went to another mobile home, where in white trash fashion, used his welfare card to try and break in. When that didn’t work, he just kicked the door in and loaded up some stuff. At that point, the husband of the woman in the first residence arrived home, grabbed his shotgun and went looking for Ward. After cornering him, the local man was able to delay Ward until police arrived. Being less than cooperative with law enforcement, Ward ended up in a little tangle with several officers and ended up cutting his head on the mirror of a patrol car. Enjoy the mug shot. We’ll just file this under things that seemed like a good idea at the time.

* Two years in the making, Gilmore Elementary‘s playground has gotten a much needed facelift with asphalt painting, new swings, a new fence and paint for playground equipment.

* In a look back at RHS history, 10 years ago this week the Ravenswood High School Red Devils won their first AA state baseball championship under the heavy hitting of Brian Archer, Chris Claudio, Corey Kruk, Daniel Curry and Luke Salmons, all of which were named to the All-State Team. So in Where Are They Now fashion, if you know what any of these fellas are up to these days, drop us a comment and fill us in.

* To all you Class of ’99ers, I heard form Beverly Yeager who said she is working on pulling together some plans for your class reunion. Hang tight as more information will be on the way soon, but no details have been finalized as yet.

* With school out for the summer, we’re replacing the school lunch menu segment with a new segment I am stealing from Stephen Colbert — Tip of My Hat, Wag of My Finger. First up is Jackson Newspapers. When most newspapers make a mistake, they often run a correction in some conspicuous section of the newspaper usually under a story about widget making or some other lame thing that puts you to sleep before you ever have a chance to read the correction. Not Jackson Newspapers. After making an error in a story earlier this month, the newspaper ran a correction on the front page. So tip of the hat to you, Jackson Newspapers, for doing your best to get the right information out.

As for Ravenswood Grade School, you get a wag of my finger after the Jackson County Health Department found one “critical” and three “non-critical” health code violations. Snack Shack, a restaurant that recently opened in Evans, received three non-critical violations. Ravenswood High School and Skate-A-Rama received none.

Finally, tip of my hat goes to Ravenswood’s Pampered Paws Pet Salon and its owner, Beverly Southall, for donating her time and energy to give puppy makeovers for dogs that were rescued last month from the home of a hoarder in Sandyville.

Stay Thirsty My Friends

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Jackson Star News Update 4/30/09

Posted by JoAnn on April 30, 2009

Not sure if it’s just me, but the number of arrests for drug-related offenses in Jackson County seems awfully high these days. 

* Courtney Defrietas, of St. Albans, and Mark Province, of Parkersburg, were arrested earlier this month after a routine traffic stop in Ravenswood revealed the duo were in possession of Oxycontin AND marijuana. Because one drug isn’t enough. They were also found to be in possession of other drug paraphernalia including several scales. Don’t guess they were metering mail in their vehicle. They were arrested and charged with felony drug possession. 

* The NYA Hall got some good news last week. The building, which is in desperate need of a little TLC, is about to get an updated look. University of Charleston interior design student Tashina Angus has created a design plan for the upstairs rooms of the community building that include Earth tone pallets and complementary colors. Angus, a Ravenswood native, focused her design on the walls, floor surfaces and windows. City officials liked Angus’ designs so much, they’ve decided to secure funding to make them a reality. A timeline has not yet been set for starting the project. Kudos to Miss Angus!

* Shelter fees at Riverfront are being raised from $25 to $50. You’re supposed to pay for those?? Huh. Who knew!

* In reunion news, there are three RHS classes gearing up for reunions. 

  • Class of 1979 is planning a 30-year reunion. Class of 79ers can contact Kathy McKown Keffer at for more information.
  • Class of 1989 is gearing up for its 20th reunion which will be during Labor Day weekend. If you’re an 89er, you can contact Chris Ballard at
  • Class of 1994 is rounding up folks for their 15-year reunion. Now the class of ’94, I remember all you guys. Has it been 15 years already? Really. Shew! Anyway, Scott Hunt is leading the charge, so for all you people who were nice to me when I was a freshman just because you were friends with my sister,  you can e-mail Mr. Hunt at

* In celebratory news, the beautiful miss Jessica Scritchfield, class of ’04, will be wedding her beau, Mr. Jeremy Wooten, this September in Hawaii. CONGRATS!

* Cory Colley, class of 99, is wedding the lovely miss Christian Michelle Houser, of Texas. A summer wedding is being planned and the couple plans to reside in Nasville, TN. CONGRATS all around!

* In honor of the Class of ’94’s upcoming reunion, we are bringing back the “Where Are They Now?” segment. In this issue, we’re putting out an APB on Elizabeth Adams, class of ’94. Have you seen her? Talked to her? Or know anything about Ms. Adams since she graduated 15 years ago, leave a comment and let us know. And don’t forget, if there are RHS grads you would like to locate, send me an e-mail at and I’ll list them in an upcoming post. There are no guarantees information will turn up, but the readers usually turn up something. 

Until next time, stay classy San Diego.

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