Saturday, December 3, 2016

Morris Nets 25 Points to Lead Glenville in Win

Some things never seem to change.

And so it was today, December 3, 2016, at the WACO Center in Glenville as former Webster County basketball standout Brett Morris led his Pioneers to an 82 to 74 win over the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia at Wise.

In his typical manner, Brett, now a senior at Glenville, drained a game high 25 points and added 10 rebounds for his fourth "double-double" of the season.  With the win, Glenville improved to 2 wins, 3 losses on the season.

The video shows Brett tipping in a shot with about a minute remaining in the game to give the Pioneers a 77 to 72 lead.  He immediately followed that up with a monster block on the other end.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Flyer That Got Judge-Elect Callaghan in Trouble

This is the front side of the flyer that resulted in Judge-Elect Steve Callaghan facing a one year suspension.
Although the West Virginia Judicial Hearing Board recommended that Judge-Elect Steve Callaghan be suspended for one year, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals today ordered that he can take office on January 1, 2017 pending a full hearing before the Court on January 10, 2017.  At that time, the Court will decide if Callaghan should be suspended.

It should be noted that the WV State Bar disciplinary counsel had agreed not to file any charges against Callaghan because he made radio ads apologizing for the flyer.  Disciplinary counsel did tell Callaghan that if anyone else complained, they would have to then determine if charges were appropriate.  Judge Gary Johnson's brother, a lawyer in Charleston, filed the complaint which was eventually heard by the Judicial Hearing Board.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Highlander Basketball Season Set to Begin

It is that time of year again for the Highlander boys and girls to hit the hardwoods for their first basketball season as Class A teams.

The girls open their season December 2 at Calhoun County.  Their first home game is scheduled for December 9 against Roane County.

The boys' team, under new head coach Mike Gray, opens play at Doddridge County December 6 and play their first home game on December 8 against Valley-Fayette.

Full schedules posted by the WVSSAC can be found at these links:

Neighboring Judge-Elect in Hot Water

Judge Gary Johnson lost the election by 220 votes.
Longtime Nicholas County Circuit Judge Gary Johnson lost a close election this past May.

His opponent, Summersville lawyer Steve Callaghan, won the election by a mere 220 votes.

Many blame Johnson's loss on misleading advertising by Callaghan.  Shortly before the election, Callaghan's campaign sent out a postcard suggesting that Johnson was drinking beer with President Obama at the Whitehouse and that Obama and Johnson were conspiring together to kill coal jobs in West Virginia.  The postcard was a total fabrication. 
Steve Callaghan faces a one
year suspension.

Today, the Disciplinary Board of the West Virginia State Bar Association recommended to the West Virginia Supreme Court that Callaghan's license to practice law and his ability to be sworn in as the new judge for Nicholas County be suspended for a period of one year.  If the high court adopts that recommendation, Callaghan will not be able to serve as judge until January, 2018.

Attorneys for the Bar Association wanted a two year suspension.  Callaghan's attorney said the decision violates Callaghan's free speech rights and did not believe any suspension was warranted.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Brett Morris Collects 1000th Point in College Career

Former Webster County basketball standout Brett Morris scored his 1,000th point in his college career on Saturday as his Glenville State College Pioneer basketball team fell at Shepherd University 89 to 86.

Morris, who holds Webster's all time highest career point total and single game scoring records, tallied 13 points to go over the 1,000 point mark.  Morris also grabbed 12 rebounds in the game against Shepherd.
Wearing the familiar #23 (his high school basketball uniform number), Glenville State College Pioneer senior Brett Morris scored his 1,000th point in his college career this past Saturday (photo from GSC athletic department website).

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Greedy Oil & Gas Company Loses Case before WV Supreme Court

In a rather complex case involving how much an oil and gas company must pay the mineral owners in royalties, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled today in favor of the mineral owners.

Three private individuals owned about 75 percent of the oil and gas rights under certain property in Doddridge County.  The oil and gas has been leased to various companies since 1906.  Presently, the lease is held by EQT Production Company ("EQT"), a company who has been in Webster County for the past several years buying up oil and gas leases.

Under West Virginia law, when a lease is as old as is the one in this case (dating back to 1906), the oil and gas company must pay the mineral owners a royalty of one-eighth of the value of the oil and gas extracted regardless of what the old lease may have said.  In this case, greedy EQT tried to get around paying the mineral owners their full one-eighth royalty by deducting from that one-eighth royalty all types of post-production costs incurred after the oil and gas was extracted (such as refining, transporting, etc.).

The West Virginia Supreme Court ruled against EQT, concluding that the mineral owners are entitled to their one-eighth royalty without any deductions.

The full text of the Court's opinion can be found at this link: Gas Companies Lose