Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WV High Court Rules Drunk Driving on Private Property Illegal

Today, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals decided that if you are drunk and drive a motor vehicle anywhere in the State, whether on public or private property, you can be charged with DUI and lose your driver's license.  Previously, a person could only be charged and lose their driver's license if the drunk driving was on a public highway.  Today's decision overruled the prior law.  The full text of the Court's opinion can be found here:  Drunk Driving on Private Property Case

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Highlanders Projected to Remain Ranked 21

Based on computer rankings by (which uses the same mathematical formula as the WVSSAC rankings), the Highlander football team will remain ranked 21 out of the 44 Class A teams despite their victory Friday against Calhoun County.  

Only the top 16 ranked teams make the playoffs.  Under all possible scenarios, Webster County must win its final two games to finish with seven wins, three losses on the season, to have any chance at the playoffs.  The Highlanders play at one win, seven loss Tygarts Valley next Friday followed by their final home game against Clay County (currently with three wins, five losses) in two weeks.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rain Soaked Highlanders Prevail at Calhoun County

The constant rain dampened only the Highlanders margin of victory as they prevailed Friday night against the host Calhoun County Red Devils by a score of 16 to 0.  Webster improves to five wins, three losses on the season and will likely move up in the rankings as at least one team ahead of them lost.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Highlanders Inch Closer to Possible Playoff Berth

After their two most recent wins improving their record to four wins, three losses on the season, the Webster County Highlander football team is now ranked 21 out of the 44 Class A teams.  Webster moved up from 24th place to 21st place in the battle to be one of the top 16 teams to qualify for the playoffs.  The Highlanders have three regular season games remaining.  They play at Calhoun County and at Tygarts Valley before returning home for the regular season finale against Clay County.

Former Webster Coach Enjoys Continued Success

Steven Nutter (left, back row) is shown here with the St. Mary's cross country teams he now coaches after leaving Webster County this past Spring.
Former Webster County high school coach Steven Nutter is continuing his successful ways in his new job as head coach for the St. Mary's Blue Devils cross country teams.

Nutter, who led the Highlanders' success in track, cross country, and boys' basketball, coaches both the boys' and girls' cross country teams at St. Mary's.  Recently, the Blue Devils' boys team placed first to win the Little Kanawha Conference Cross Country Championship held at North Bend State Park in Doddridge County on October 13.

Out of the 12 boys' conference teams, Webster placed a distant 11th behind St. Mary's.  Highlander senior Brent Wamsley turned in Webster's best time, finishing 39th out of the 90 boys' runners in the meet.

Also, of the seven girls' teams competing in the LKC championship, St. Mary's finished third, and Webster County was sixth.  Highlander senior Sierra King placed 23rd out of the 62 girls who competed for Webster's best finish in the meet.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Another Lopsided Win for Highlanders

For the second week in a row at Highlander field in Upperglade, the Webster County football team rolled their opponent, this time by a score of 43 to 6 against the winless Ritchie County Rebels. 

Webster put up 36 first half points in a game which junior varsity players saw significant playing time.  Kicker Jared Romano was perfect in five point after touchdown kicks and Webster made a two point conversion on their other touchdown. With the win, the Highlanders improve to four wins, three losses on the season.  Webster travels to Grantsville next Friday to play Calhoun County. 

At halftime, the team and fans honored a fan who has attended every home football game for the past 40 years since the school opened at Upperglade.
Video below shows punter Michael Malcomb with a nice kick.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sex Offender's Jury Conviction Upheld by WV Supreme Court

WARNING:  The Court's opinion includes graphic details of the sexual assault, summarized below. If you are easily offended by such details, you should leave now.

Today, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the guilty verdict and sentencing of a Webster County man convicted of first degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent.

According to the opinion of the Court, a father was accused of molesting his seven year old child. The primary evidence against the father was his own statements that he gave to investigating State Police officers.  In those statements, the father admitted to masturbating in bed while the child was also in his bed, and/or that he was teaching the child how to masturabate.  The State also presented the testimony of a psychologist who said the child exhibited signs of sexual abuse.

The father testified that the police beat the statements out of him.  He claimed he was hit in the eye when he would not give a statement to police.  He said his booking photo would show his swollen shut eye, but at the trial the booking photo showed no such thing.

After the jury convicted the father of the two crimes, he was sentenced to concurrent terms of 5 to 25 years and 10 to 20 years, for an effective sentence of 10 to 25 years.

The Supreme Court found no error in the trial, in the jury's verdict, or in the sentence handed down by the Circuit Judge.

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