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Editorial cartoon for Thursday, March 12
Editorial cartoon for Thursday, March 12

State schools chief appointed to national commission

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano will represent the state on a national education research commission.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Martirano to the Education Commission of the States. The...

State attorney general warns of movie ticket scam

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning West Virginians about an email scam that offers free movie tickets.

Morrisey says the sender’s real purpose is to collect personal information.

The email...

Crews search Bluestone River for missing kayaker

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. – Rescuers are searching for a person who disappeared after a kayak overturned on the Bluestone River.

Media outlets report that the accident occurred Wednesday night in the Camp Creek area. Another kayaker was able to...

Dave Hickman: Have we seen the last of Staten?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It sounded at first like the kind of sarcasm Bob Huggins tends to employ.

The West Virginia coach is a big believer in the concept that there is a difference between being injured and...


Because of a reporter’s error, a story in Wednesday’s Gazette incorrectly stated the original charges against former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. The original indictment charged Blankenship with three felony counts and one...

State school board approves make-up day waiver process

County school districts may be allowed to make up fewer days after snow-day cancellations under a waiver process approved 6-1 by the West Virginia Board of Education Wednesday.

Until April 1, school districts will be able to ask the state...

River history at Craik-Patton House
River history at Craik-Patton House

Funerals for: March 12, 2015

Branham, Anderson F. 1 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Burke, Harvey R. 2 p.m., Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Campbell, Robert B. 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, Summersville....

Margaret Powell
Margaret Powell

Margaret Lathan Davis Powell, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at Meadowbrook Nursing Home on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at the age of 97.

She was born Oct. 31, 1917 in Williamsburg, Va. She lived in Charleston from...

Argel K. Rose Jr.

Argel Kennith Rose Jr., 60, of Erbacon, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston.

He was born Feb. 11, 1955 in Sutton, a son of Carol Ann Rose and the late Argel Rose Sr.

Kennith was a former...

John A. Hickman Jr.

John Allen Hickman Jr. went to be with the Lord on March 10, 2015 at his home in Ravenswood, with his family at his side.

He was born in Clarksburg on March 14, 1928, a son of the late John Allen Hickman Sr., and Bina Florence Bennett Hickman....

Claude V. Seacrist
Claude V. Seacrist

Claude V. Seacrist, 87, of St. Albans, passed away March 11, 2015 at Thomas Hospital after a short illness.

Born Feb. 23, 1928 in Whittaker, he was the son of Arthur and Lula Branham Seacrist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death ...

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