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Man wanted in Columbus-area shooting caught in Huntington after jumping off roof

HUNTINGTON — A man wanted for a Columbus-area shooting was hospitalized Thursday after he allegedly jumped off the roof of a home in West Huntington to avoid deputies.

According to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, police in the Huntington area had been searching for Frankie Chappel for about a week. Chappel was wanted in connection with a shooting around the Columbus, Ohio, area, he said.

Earlier this week, Huntington police blocked off the 5th Street area while searching for Chappel, but he got away.

Sheriff’s deputies serving as members with a federal task force spotted him again Thursday evening in the 1000 block of Monroe Avenue and as they attempted to take him into custody, he jumped from the roof of a home, causing severe injuries to his neck and back, Zerkle said.

“I guess if you don’t want to go to jail, desperate people do desperate stuff,” he said.

Chappel is expected to be charged with being a fugitive from justice and will face extradition back to Ohio once he is released.

HD Media purchases new building in Huntington

HUNTINGTON — HD Media LLC has announced the purchase of a new building for its Huntington-based employees after the current building where those employees are located was put up for sale in June.

The company purchased a building located at 5192 Braley Road, Huntington, near HIMG. Doug Reynolds, managing partner of HD Media, said the new location will allow for The Herald-Dispatch to continue being a leader in town and the Tri-State region for many years to come.

“We are excited about this new chapter in the history of this great newspaper. This facility meets our current needs. Once we make the move into our new building — still some time from now — it will mean we no longer are based downtown in a structure and location that brilliantly served us and our readers for many years,” Reynolds said. “That change will not alter our commitment to this community, both journalistically and as one of Huntington’s foremost institutions. That commitment is absolutely unwavering. In fact, we are confident this move will help us continue to be a leader in this town and the Tri-State region for many years to come, and we are energized by that prospect.”

The property, formerly owned by Hager Construction, was purchased for $405,000 at a Joe R. Pyle property auction. The 6,360-square-foot building was constructed in 2008 and is located on a 0.73-acre plot.

HD Media LLC plans to complete the move by the end of the calendar year. The current building is still on the market for $1.6 million and is listed with Jeanette Mansour with Old Colony Realtors.

The Herald-Dispatch has been located in the 60,000-square-foot edifice at 946 5th Ave. since 1927, after it merged with The Advertiser.

In addition to The Herald-Dispatch and the Charleston Gazette-Mail, HD Media publishes The Logan Banner, Williamson Daily News, Coal Valley News and Wayne County News.

For more information about the listing, visit or call Mansour at 304-416-3592.

Brenda Lucas: Community news for Saturday, Aug. 1

Community News

READS: Tasty Reads Book Club meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Cicada Books and Coffee with Dawn Norman, owner, and Dawn Nolan, barista/local food writer. Admission is free.

GRAD: Bryce Casebolt, of Seminole, Florida, great-grandson of Lillian “Lil” Narcise and grandson of Debbie Maynard, both of Huntington, graduated in June; however, due to COVID-19, the trip to see the action was canceled. Lil, Debbie and Jeannie Warden (aunt) had planned to attend. He is the son of Sara Maynard Casebolt and stepson of Jamie Casebolt. Bryce is also the grandson of the late Doug Maynard. Congratulations, Bryce, on this accomplishment.

CLINIC: Cabell-Huntington Health Department and Cabell County Schools host the last drive-thru immunization clinic Wednesday, Aug. 5. This clinic is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Milton Elementary School. Multiple vaccinations are required for preschoolers, seventh- and 12th-graders. Parents or guardians are advised to bring child’s shot record and insurance card.

CANCELED: Village of Barboursville has canceled its 40th annual Fall Festival scheduled for Sept. 16-19 due to COVID-19. Vineyard in the Village, the spring wine festival originally scheduled for May, has also been canceled. The Vintage Pride Antique Tractor and Engine Show set for Saturday, Aug. 1, has been canceled. Special and private events and activities to be conducted at Barboursville Park have also been canceled. Call Barboursville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 304-733-1500, or City Hall, 304-736-8994.

COLUMN: Dorothy Musgrave and her husband, Dale, read this column every day that it is included in the newspaper. She said, “We always look forward to it. It makes our morning complete.” Thanks, Dorothy — encouraging words such as these make my entire day complete.

SERVICE: Pastor Paul Michael Booth speaks during the 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, service at First Southern Baptist Church’s picnic shelter, 110 Collins Ave., South Point, Ohio. Bring a chair and fans.

BABIES: Two newborns arrived in the families at Lewis Memorial Baptist Church. Hannah Noelle Branham was born to Stephen and Rachel Branham. Elliana Rae Sikes was born to Andrew and Rebecca Sikes. May these bundles of blessings be an added joy to each family.

MUSICAL: First Stage Theatre Company presents the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the parking lot of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. It is broadcast over car radios at 101.1 FM like a drive-in movie. Tickets are $10 or $20 carload — cash or checks are preferred. Spaces are limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 304-416-5437.

BELATED: Phyllis Mosley, of Canton, Georgia, formerly of Kenova, celebrated her 75th birthday July 11. She is the older of her twin sisters, Sharon Kay Holland McNeely, of Barboursville, and Karen Holland LeMaster, of Kenova. Here’s hoping Phyllis had a pleasant, safe and fun-filled day.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Liam James Edward Adkins turns 6, Jane Crawford, Glen Morrison, John Moore, David Elmore, Martha Hood, Breanna Smith, Blake Weekley, Logan Chambers.

TODAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Sean and Allison Coughlin (2009), Patty and Rick Hannan.

SUNDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Paisley Marie Ratliff is 3, Tina Edgar, Butch Edwards, Peggy Hodge, Ed Miller, Jared Shull, Vicki Hanshaw.

SUNDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Jennings F. and Violet Cornwell (1957), Paul and Patricia Cline (1975), Seth and Alison Stender (2013).

MONDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Benjamin Baisden, Brycen Lamb, the Rev. Jim Richards, Morgan Hill, Evan Conard, Susan Fleshman, Teresa Dial, Ralph Wilson, Penny Markham hits the double digits at 10, Michael Wentz turns 41, Jill Tarter, Steve Williams, Malone Miller, Will Howerton, Greg Porter spins the last of the 60s at 69, Jennifer Adkins, Tim Cummings, Parker Shepherd.

CHUCKLE: A man went to visit his friend in another city. “Remember last year when I was broke and you helped me out? I told you at the time that I’d never forget your generosity.” “Yes, I remember,” his friend replied. “Well, guess what?” his visitor said. “I’m broke again.”

Prichard Elementary receives mini-grant to resurface track

PRICHARD — One elementary school in Wayne County will soon be able to resurface its running track for student and community use after receiving a grant to fund the project.

Try This West Virginia recently announced that 21 community teams from 17 counties in the state will receive Try This mini grants to help them create healthy-community projects. The awards totaled $65,000.

Prichard Elementary School plans to use the funding to refurbish its track, which is in poor condition.

“You have no idea what this means in this small community,” said physical education teacher Ashley Williamson. “As our community is small and rural, we need this area to give people a place to go to exercise.”

The track is used both by those enrolled at the school and by members of the community.

Try This co-director Kate Long said the group will also be connecting the school with a natural playground consultant so they can pursue their dream of creating a recreational playground the community can use.

“We aim to help local people make a big difference with a little bit of seed money,” she said.

The 21 projects will be located in every corner of the state, including new farmers markets in Logan and Brooke counties, a disc golf course in Sissonville, school gardening programs in Cabell and Hampshire counties, and kayaking programs in Putnam and Pleasants counties. A total of 51 teams submitted funding applications.

In Cabell, three Barboursville classrooms plan to use their grant to grow hydroponic greens and integrate them in math and science curriculum, both in person and virtually.

Since 2014, Try This has awarded more than $750,000 in healthy-community mini-grants to more than 300 teams in all but five of the Mountain State’s 55 counties.

“The teams that receive these grants will be building orchards (Barbour and Kanawha), helping new gardeners get started (Lincoln and Logan), and doing a wide variety of other things that make it easier for people to be physically active or to eat healthy food,” Long said. “Research shows that physical activity and healthy eating lower the risk of the chronic diseases, obesity and depression that land West Virginia on the worst health lists.”

Long added that oftentimes, the recipients of these mini grants are able to turn the grants into even more money by asking the community for additional help. For every dollar awarded, she said Try This teams have averaged $11 more in additional grants, donations and volunteer hours.

“The grants are seed money, usually between $2,500 and $3,000,” Long said. “They give local people a way to go to the County Commission and say, ‘Look what we got. How about matching it?’ or to the local contractor to say, ‘We got this grant. How about sending a bulldozer over to level the ballfield?’”

Business owner struck dumb by customer's bigoted rant

DEAR ABBY: I am a small-business owner. My store has local (repeat) and one-time customers. The other day, while checking out, one of my local customers spewed out a verbal and extremely bigoted rant. I was stunned speechless. I felt I should do something, but I wasn’t sure what it should be. I have started losing sleep over it. If it happens again, should I remain silent and keep the peace, or stand up for all Americans and lose this customer and probably more? — FREAKED OUT IN FLORIDA

DEAR FREAKED OUT: To paraphrase a well-known saying, “All that’s necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to ignore it and say nothing.” If the rant your bigoted customer spewed was aimed at another shopper, you had a responsibility to protect the victim of the onslaught. In the future, it would not be out of line to state firmly that you don’t want that kind of talk in your establishment. While doing that may (or may not) lose you a few customers, you would at least be able to sleep better than you’re sleeping now.

P.S. It may also gain you some customers once word gets around.

DEAR ABBY: I have been with the same doctor for 15 years, only requiring an annual checkup. The problem is, the office is about a 40-minute drive, longer if I hit a rush hour. I have stayed with the provider because the care is so good. However, I recently found a doctor who is 10 minutes away and provides the same quality of care. Do I call the original doctor to let them know I am leaving the practice? Write a note? Leave it alone? What is the proper protocol? — GOOD PATIENT IN MICHIGAN

DEAR PATIENT: Contact your longtime doctor’s office and ask either that your medical records be sent to your new doctor’s office or they be readied for you to pick up so you can deliver them yourself. In light of the fact that you have had a 15-year relationship with “Longtime Doctor,” it would be nice if you wrote a letter thanking him/her for taking such good care of you all these years and explain that the commute has become more than you can now handle, which is why you are leaving.

DEAR ABBY: I was sitting around bored with nothing to do and started thinking about my classmates from 1960. I hadn’t seen or heard from some of them in more than 55 years, so I decided to call them and found all but two. Boy, was it ever worth it!

Most of the conversations lasted 30 minutes or more. I enjoyed hearing their voices and reminiscing about old times. I couldn’t believe how quickly the day went by. It made me feel great, and I hope it did the same for them.

When I told them why I was calling, some of them thought it was such a good idea they were going to do it, too. Maybe others will want to consider this. Try it. It’s worth it. — CATCHING UP IN WISCONSIN

DEAR CATCHING UP: What you did was wonderful. Many people have been using this quarantine period to reconnect with long-lost friends, and I highly recommend it. There’s no surer cure for the blues — or boredom — than reaching out to others. Thank you for an upper of a letter.