U.S. Attorney’s Office recognizes National Crime Victims’ Right Week

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The United States Attorney Office will speak to more than 3,000 students spanning several counties across the Northern District of West Virginia in April to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Each year in April, the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Offices observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week nationwide by taking time to honor victims of crime and those who advocate on their behalf. In addition, the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Offices organize events to honor the victims and advocates, as well as bring awareness to services available to victims of crime. This year’s observance took place April 8-14, with the theme Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

“In law enforcement, we are sworn to serve and protect,“ Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We carry out this oath every day by protecting the rights of law abiding people from criminals and by achieving justice for crime victims. This week, we remember the millions of Americans who have been victimized by criminals and we thank those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to those victims. As we do so, we recommit ourselves to fulfilling our oath and to reducing crime in America.“

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia has teamed up with the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program in Wheeling to present “#SmartonSocial,” a presentation that discusses the positives and negatives of social media. The presentation discusses the importance of social media in college and employment applications. It also warns students about the dangers that lurk online, and shares the legal implications involving cyberbullying and sexting.

“Protecting our communities is our number one priority. Crime victims are often our most vulnerable citizens, and we take care in our work because of them. We will continue this work, including community education, with the hope of reducing the number of crime victims in our district,” said Powell.

According to the Pew Research Center, 88% of 18-29 year olds admit to having at least one social media account. As the prevalence of social media rises, awareness must rise, too. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to offering prevention presentations to students and parents across the district.

Presentations regarding drug prevention and human trafficking will also be offered in the month of April to expand the circle of education. The YWCA is also offering family violence prevention presentations at several local schools.

The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs, leads communities across the country in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in 1981 to bring greater sensitivity to the needs and rights of victims of crime.

For more information on presentations, or to schedule a presentation, call the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 304.234.0100.

WVDA Announces Second Round of Voting for New WV Grown Logo

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has announced a second round of public voting to determine the next West Virginia Grown logo.

From April 16th until April 29th, the public will have the opportunity to vote on four options being considered as the next logo for the program.

A separate producer survey is being sent out to past program participants and external partners for additional input.

The new logo will be announced Monday, April 30th.
“We have listened to input from the public, our producers and stakeholders. It was clear we needed to continue to work on the logo to get it right,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Our goal is to land on a brand everybody will be proud to use.”
Commissioner Leonhardt announced the revamping of the West Virginia Grown program back in January as part of his 2018 vision.

The WVDA opened its first public voting period back in February.

Since then, staff has held stakeholder meetings and gathered information through online surveys.

The WVDA will be looking to provide new program benefits in addition to the new logo starting this May.
“At the end of the day, the WVDA will only house and manage the program.

This is a branding mechanism for our producers and those who are proud to buy or use West Virginia Grown products,” Leonhardt said.
To vote for the next West Virginia Grown logo, please click HERE.

Below are the four options the public will be able to choose from.

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West Virginia’s Early Learning Programs Rank Among Top in the Nation

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West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K Program once again ranks among the top in the nation, according to the 2017 Yearbook released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER recognizes West Virginia as one of “six states to watch” that have expressed the intention to provide universal pre-K, and one of three to have achieved that goal.

The State of Preschool Yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications and other policies related to quality. Though both enrollment and state funding numbers fell in West Virginia, the state continues to rank among the top, maintaining quality standards and broad access.

“The work to support the success of all West Virginia students starts with policies that impact our youngest learners,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “The strength of our early learning programs is reflective of the collaboration with the Governor’s Office, state agencies like the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), and the legislature – all working toward the goal of providing high-quality preschool to children statewide. Ensuring that every child has access to high-quality preschool builds the foundation for success.”

West Virginia has been recognized nationally for a progressive state law that required universal preschool to all of the state’s 4-year-olds. The West Virginia Universal Pre-K System provides prekindergarten programs in all 55 counties in the state. Public schools receive West Virginia Universal Pre-K funding directly, and a majority of programs partner with child care centers, private programs or Head Start agencies in order to meet demand. West Virginia also has been singled out for providing better access to preschool programs and dedicating more dollars to the effort than most other states in the country.

The West Virginia Universal Pre-K Program boasts a 76 percent participation rate based on 4-year-olds who go on to attend the state’s kindergarten program as 5-year-olds. West Virginia Universal Pre-K enrolled more than 16,000 children, which census data notes is 65 percent of 4-year olds and 11 percent of 3-year-olds in the state. Nationwide, state-funded preschool program enrollment continues to grow, serving more than 1.5 million children, however, there are still nearly 20 states that enroll less than 10 percent of their 4-year-olds.

“We are proud to provide strong prekindergarten programs in all 55 counties,” said Monica DellaMea, Executive Director of the Office of Early & Elementary Learning. “Over the years, West Virginia has increased the duration of the preschool program as well as number of instructional days to help ensure that students in the Mountain State are receiving the best start possible.”

The full report can be accessed by visiting the NIEER website.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children. Such education promotes the physical, cognitive and social development needed for children to succeed in school and later life. NIEER provides independent, research-based analysis and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators.

2018 West Virginia Envirothon returning to Jackson’s Mill

Students to explore the environmental and earth sciences during competition

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The West Virginia Envirothon competition, which gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it, will return to Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County next week.

The event, which precedes Earth Day on April 22, is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20.

Through a unique hands-on experience, teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 will explore the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic.

The best opportunity for photos, video, audio and interviews will be when review stations are open to teams on Thursday, April 19, from 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m. Interviews also can be arranged during this time. This is a great opportunity for a good feature story with appealing art.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee expects to grant $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $185,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their

area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams are tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon is being held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams signed up to participate this year are from Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts. For more information, visit the Envirothon website at or contact Davin White at 304.767.5508 (cell) or ‘’.

Glenville State to Host Authors Forum

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Glenville State College’s Robert F. Kidd Library will be the site of an authors forum on Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. as a part of GSC Week.

The forum will give attendees a chance to hear from a selection of campus authors regarding their books and be able to ask questions about the writing and publishing process.

Campus authors will gather on the first floor of the RFK Library and the discussion will be moderated by GSC Staff Librarian and Archivist Jason Gum.

Some of the GSC authors expected at the event are: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Ken Lang, Associate Professor of English Melissa Gish, Professor of History Dr. Ed Wood, Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn, and Director of Athletic Fundraising Jesse Skiles.

The wide-range of disciplines presented will provide a well-rounded representation of book publishing at the collegiate level.

For more information about the forum, contact Jason Gum at or 304.462.6163.

Jeanette Riffle: Mail Order Catalog House

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Montgomery Ward used to sell houses with blueprints on how to build them. Catalogs came free in the mail. The mail was delivered by train to the bigger towns. This was back before my time. I remember catalogs coming in our mailbox; Montgomery Ward, Sears & Roebuck, and Spiegel. They were called, “Wish Books,” and ended up at the outhouse to be used as toilet paper after we were through with them.  Everyone in the country lived like that. We saw toilet paper in towns with rest rooms. By the time I was 9 years old, we had a bathroom. I’ve always said that my youngest brother grew up in luxury.

My husband noticed a Montgomery Ward home this week when we were out and it has held up pretty good through the years.  That started the conservation. The person wanting to build a home would fill out an order, mail it to Wards and the shipment would come in on a train to a nearby town. They were notified of the delivery and then that person rounded up people with trucks to go get it. Carpenters were hired to put the house together.

I only remember clothes and household items in those catalogs. When I was in elementary, Mom’s folks ordered me dresses for school in the fall, one time.  Mom gave me a pen and had me mark the dresses that I liked and then my grandma chose from those and ordered 2 or 3 of them.  Dad drove us all to Clarksburg to shop Montgomery Ward a few times through the years.  He treated us to a good lunch at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. There was a nice restaurant in the basement. After our meal, we went shopping and then would go to Nutter Fort and visit Mom’s cousin, Thelma Stout McIntyre, and family. Sometimes we stayed all night but most of the time, we just stayed for supper and went on back home. That was an all-day thing. Up at 6:00 a.m., eat breakfast and get ready to go.  No interstate super highways back then.  It took a long time to get there, around and around hills.  I got kind of car sick a lot and had to roll down the back window for cool air to hit me in the face. I was sure glad when we could get out of that car and walk around.  Until next time, watch for the snow on the sarvis. It is blooming now and according to old folks, that will be our last snow. I am running into people who don’t know who I am. My maiden name is Stewart. I grew up between Lockney and Normantown, WV on 119 &33.

Take care and God bless!

GSC’s Academic Success Center to Host Career & Graduate Expo

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On Thursday, April 19 Glenville State College’s Academic Success Center will be hosting a career and graduate school expo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waco Center. The event is open to all current GSC students, recent alumni who are interested in employment or continuing education opportunities, and members of the community.

The expo will provide area business representatives with opportunities to meet many talented students who will be graduating in May and other recent college graduates who are ready to begin their careers. All prospective employers who provide students with employment opportunities upon graduation, summer employment, or internship positions are invited to participate. This event is intended to connect students with potential employers in addition to promoting awareness of professional experiences and opportunities available through graduate schools.

Tentative Listing of Employers, Graduate Programs Attending the Expo:

  • Academy Programs
  • Allegheny Surveys, Inc.
  • AXA Advisors
  • Children’s Home Society
  • Concord University - Master of Social Work Program
  • DC Public Schools
  • Elkins Mountain Schools
  • Energy Express
  • Fayette County Schools
  • FCI Gilmer
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Greenbrier County Schools
  • Harrison County Schools
  • Kanawha Valley Center - Foster Care
  • KEI Study Abroad
  • Lincoln County Schools
  • Marshall University Graduate College
  • McTish, Kunkel and Associates
  • Meadowview Manor
  • MegaCorp Logistics
  • Minnie Hamilton Health System
  • North Central Regional Jail
  • Pendleton County Schools
  • Pressley Ridge
  • River Oaks
  • Shentel
  • Smith Land Surveying
  • Snowshoe Ski Resort
  • The Thrasher Group, Inc.
  • Upward Bound-Salem University
  • U.S. Navy
  • USDA Natural Resources Conversation Service
  • Webster County Schools
  • Welltree LLC
  • West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wetzel County Schools
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • WV Army National Guard
  • WV Caring
  • WV Department of Health & Human Resources
  • WV DHHR - Lewis
  • WV DHHR - Calhoun/Gilmer/Wirt
  • WV Division of Forestry
  • WV Division of Highways
  • WV Division of Personnel
  • WV Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • WV School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • WVU College of B&E
  • WVU College of Law
  • WVU Department of Public Administration
  • WVU School of Pharmacy
  • WVU School of Social Work
  • WV State Tax Department
  • Tucker County Schools
  • United Bank
  • Westbrook Health Services Inc.
  • William R Sharpe Jr Hospital
  • U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division
  • Buckhannon Police Department
  • Tygarts Valley Regional Jail
  • Wood County Schools
  • United Hospital Center - WVU Medicine
  • WVU School of Public Health
  • West Liberty University Graduate School
  • WVU Reed College of Media
  • Advanced Applications, LLC

For more information about the Academic Success Center’s Career and Graduate Expo, call 304.462.6054.

One Book One West Virginia Returns for 2018

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For the 13th consecutive year, the West Virginia Library Commission and West Virginia Center for the Book will sponsor the state’s most important statewide discussion group:  One Book One West Virginia. 

Each year, one book by an Appalachian author is selected for this prestigious honor, and the 2018 selection is the debut novel by Karen Spears Zacharias, Mother of Rain.

In Mother of Rain, Zacharias writes about a small, close-knit, East Tennessee community as the Depression yields to World War II.  The story follows the struggles of Maizee Hurd as she suffers through a series of setbacks from childhood on: the gruesome early death of her mother; her father’s rejection; the birth, illness, and resulting deafness of her infant son, Rain; and the disappearance of her husband during the war. Mother of Rain is an exploration of the nature of community in a rural setting and is the 2013 Weatherford Award winner for best novel in southern Appalachian fiction.

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The One Book One West Virginia reading campaign helps support the Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence Project developed by Shepherd University.  This literacy project invites everyone across the state to read the same book and take part in detailed group conversations about the book’s unfolding storyline.  West Virginia readers are urged to join book discussion groups and attend related events, such as meeting the author, character portrayals, movies, and workshops. 

To join a book group discussion, readers may contact their local library, or they can connect with others through the WVLC statewide Facebook page

West Virginians share a proud literary history, and it is the goal of the One Book One West Virginia project to share not only a story, but a story that promotes our rich Appalachian heritage.

The Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Project is made possible with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Shepherd University Foundation, the West Virginia Center for the Book, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Shepherdstown Public Library, the Scarborough Society, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

West Virginia Library Commission encourages lifelong learning, individual empowerment, civic engagement and an enriched quality of life by enhancing library and information services for all West Virginians. WVLC is an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

To learn more about the WVLC, please visit or call us at 304.558.2041.

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Over nearly forty years of marriage and our kids, our family has included five golden retrievers down through the years.  While Chuck is nearing the 10 year old mark this summer, Jean thought he needed a little buddy to get him more active.  So, as of last weekend, we now have golden retriever number six.  Waldo is 6 weeks old so we’re experiencing some puppy-proofing in areas where he has access.  Meanwhile, the grandkids have been on Facetime with us more in the last few days than usual.  I’m guessing Waldo has something to do with that.

Congratulations to Braxton County High School for being the first 2018 recipient of the Jennings Randolph Award from the West Virginia Secretary of State.  The award was sanctioned by the Legislature to recognize efforts to register eligible high school students to vote.  As the late Senator Randolph was instrumental in the passage of the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing those 18 to 21 the right to vote.  BCHS achieved a 100% voter registration.  Congratulations on this notable achievement.  I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this recognition.

As the weather gradually begins to transition toward spring, road construction and repairs are beginning to ramp up.  In the past week, I’ve had communications with both the District 7 officials and the Commissioner’s office in Charleston.  It looks like as soon as the proper engineering studies are completed, the major slides in the area will be put to bid shortly.  I hope last weekend’s severe rains didn’t cause additional problems to further delay already critical repairs.  Both Gilmer and Braxton are experiencing major and, in some instances, totally unexpected slips and slides.

One of the first and one of most unreported issues addressed during the 2018 session was the staffing crisis in all branches of corrections – prisons, regional jails and juvenile services.  Probably the most publicized incident was the inmate that literally walked out of South Central Regional Jail in South Charleston.  This incident and others could be directly attributed to a severely overworked staff, multiple double shifts, and the inability to attract new workers due to the woefully low starting pay.

Beginning July 1, things should begin to turn around.  In addition to the 5% average pay increase for all state employees, correctional and regional jail workers will receive an additional $2,000 pay increase for three consecutive years.  The hope is that by increasing pay, we can stem the tide of training quality officers, only to see them depart for other jobs.

Funding was also included in the budget to conduct one or possibly two new State Police training classes.  Trooper numbers have dropped to dangerously low levels in recent years, due to retirements and losses to other states or agencies that offered increased compensation. The additional 5% compensation and new trooper classes are a good first step to replenish the ranks.

Both the State Police, Regional Jail and Correctional officers are vital positions.  New hires will need to be dedicated, dependable, well-disciplined and drug-free applicants, among other factors.  I encourage those interested to check on-line with regard to applications.  As I receive additional information, I will gladly pass it on in this column.

Finally, both Gilmer and Braxton Counties are joining in efforts to secure wireless internet service for both counties.  After several years of waiting for existing companies to expand service into underserved or unserved areas, the time is right for renewing efforts to work jointly to see a greater number of households covered.  Each week, I receive communications from local residents needing internet access for their home-based business, helping with schoolwork for their kids, or communicating with family and friends.  Additionally, prospective residents always inquire “is internet service available”, just as you would inquire if all other utilities are accessible.  Region VII Planning and Development is actively assisting and working to secure grants and awards so we can move forward on this much needed improvement for the residents and businesses of both counties.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Annual GSC Trillium Reading

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Students, faculty, and staff in the Glenville State College Department of Language and Literature are celebrating the recent completion of the 2018 Trillium with the 15th Annual Trillium Reading to be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Multipurpose Room (315A).

The reading, which will give the writers, poets, and artists a chance to bring their works to life in a spoken-word format, also will include an open microphone session to allow members of the audience to present poems, songs, or other literary works. The event is free and open to the public.

Trillium, Glenville State College’s student literary magazine since 1979, contains poetry, fiction, photographs, and drawings from GSC students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Free copies of the 2018 Trillium will be available at the reading, in the Department of Language and Literature located in the Heflin Administration Building, and other various locations around campus.

For more information about the Trillium reading, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jonathan Minton at ‘’ or 304.462.6322.

Beware of Price Gouging During State of Emergency

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned against price gouging during a state of emergency due to heavy rain across West Virginia.

Laws prohibiting such activity took effect Monday with the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.

The state’s price gouging laws specifically prohibit any person, business or contractor from inflating the price of select consumer items by more than 10 percent of what it sold for 10 days prior to the declaration.

“This is a time when all West Virginians should come together and help their neighbors,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Historically, West Virginians have responded heroically during times of need.”

The law takes effect during any state of emergency or state of preparedness, as issued by West Virginia’s governor. Price gouging laws remain in effect until the declaration is lifted or 30 days, whichever is longer, subject to limited exceptions.

The Attorney General urges any consumer who believes he or she may have been charged prices that increased dramatically after the state of emergency declaration to file a complaint with his office. Those with a receipt should attach a copy to their complaint.

Anyone with a question about price gouging laws or believe they have been a victim of price gouging should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at

Governor Justice declares State of Emergency for 10 West Virginia counties

Heavy rainfall has created high water and flooding conditions in several areas

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Governor Jim Justice has declared a State of Emergency for 10 West Virginia counties due to heavy rainfall that has caused significant flooding.

Counties included in the State of Emergency at this time are: Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster.

State and county emergency officials are currently evacuating some of the locations affected by high waters and the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is coordinating with officials in the declaration area to determine their needs. Th

Music Education Students Hold Senior Recital at GSC

Glenville State College music education students Morgan Dolly and Faith Smith, both from Petersburg, West Virginia, held their joint senior recital on Saturday, April 07 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Dolly performed on the trumpet and Smith on the baritone saxophone.

Outside of the classroom Dolly serves as the President of the GSC’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education and is a member of the GSC marching band and the jazz combo. After graduation from GSC, she plans to pursue a career in teaching and obtain a master’s degree in conducting. She is the daughter of Dale and Marlene Dolly.

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(l-r) Morgan Dolly and Faith Smith

“I can’t thank the outstanding faculty at Glenville State College enough - especially Mr. [Harry] Rich and Dr. [Lloyd] Bone for helping me excel in my studies, become a better musician, and making Glenville feel like home my first day on campus. I will cherish my time at GSC forever and the many memories that I’ve made here,” said Dolly.

“Morgan Dolly was, and is, a very focused musician, she grew tremendously as a performer, as a musician, and as a professional. Her work ethic is to be admired. Her recital went very well and I am very proud of her. I have every reason to believe that she will be an excellent music teacher—dedicated, smart, and with a curiousness to continually improve professionally,” said GSC Professor Emeritus Harry Rich.

Smith is also a member of the GSC marching band and after graduation she plans to begin work on her master’s degree and become an elementary school principal. She is the daughter of Jamie Cook and Tammy Eckard.

“I began playing the baritone saxophone only a year ago, and with taking off a year I essentially started playing the baritone saxophone with minimal saxophone knowledge. My recital showcased the many hours and all of the hard work that I put into learning a new instrument,” said Smith.

“Faith is one of the hardest working and most dedicated students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching.  She worked incredibly hard for this recital and played as well as she did because she does not accept mediocrity.  She sets a very high bar for herself and does not give up easily,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music Jason Barr.

For more information about these recitals or the Department of Fine Arts at Glenville State College, visit or call 304.462.6340.

Dale Lee urges return to basics for better math scores

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West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee says there’s not a teacher in the Mountain State that’s happy with the tests results released earlier this week that show the state’s 4th and 8th graders below the national average when it comes to proficiency in math.

Lee, who was in Webster County during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline”, said it’s a combination of things that has contributed to the lower scores starting with teachers being tied down with constantly changing standards and persistent testing.

“They are practicing testing, doing benchmarking and everything else. You’re spending so much time in testing that you’re really not having the opportunity to cover the instruction that you need,” Lee said. “Give the teachers the time and the flexibility to cover the instruction and the material they need to cover.”

Scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the nation’s education report card, show 35 percent of West Virginia fourth graders were proficient in math, which is two percent higher than 2015 but below the national average of 40 percent. Only 33 percent of eighth graders are considered proficient in the subject.

Lee offered some explanation for the low scores.

“These 8th graders have gone through three different standards in their academic careers and that’s been a hindrance to them,” Lee said. “Secondly, we continue to change our math curriculum and we need to settle on a curriculum and stick to it. We need to go back to the basics. That’s what teachers tell me as I travel across the state.”

State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine suggested earlier this week it may be time to add more training to the college curriculum of aspiring elementary school teachers in West Virginia in the area of math. Lee doesn’t totally agree.

“I would have concerns about a statement like that. I think we can improve the number of hours we are taking the math and improve our instruction in math, but again, when you’re looking at different curriculums and you go through so many curriculums you really can’t let one thing sink in before you change it. That’s what counties are doing to our students and teachers,” Lee said.

He promotes “out of the box” thinking like allowing elementary teachers who are stronger in math to teach more math.

“There’s a lot of things we can look at but the only way it’s going to be successful is that you go to the teachers who are dealing with it every day,” Lee said. “They are the experts in education. Give them the time and resources to figure it out and we’ll get this thing moving in the right direction.”

Lee said there’s also a problem with the lack of certified teachers, 727 classrooms statewide, about 50 of those in elementary schools.

State School Board member Debra Sullivan said earlier this week there needs to be an attitude change among some teachers when it comes to math.

“They lack the passion and so children are being turned off to math and they’re believing they can’t do math from a very young age,” she said.

The 10-year trend in the NAEP score in math and reading in West Virginia have shown virtually no improvement.

~~  Jeff Jenkins ~~

G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT

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West Virginia’s state schools superintendent expressed openness Wednesday to allowing counties in the future to give their public high school students the ACT instead of the SAT as their standardized test, despite the state previously picking the SAT over the ACT to become the statewide standardized test for public school juniors starting this spring.

Also at Wednesday’s state Board of Education meeting, the board, in voice votes with no nays heard, hired Schools for the Deaf and the Blind interim superintendent Mark Gandolfi to that role on a permanent basis, with a $116,000 annual salary; hired School for the Blind Principal Jamie McBride-Vittorio as the combined schools’ chief academic officer, with a $97,000 annual salary; and transferred Jason Butcher, who oversaw the now-dissolving Regional Education Service Agencies in a role that had been directly under the board, into a roughly $77,300-annual-salary position in the state Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education.

The state school board oversees both the education department, whose day-to-day operations are directly under the state schools superintendent, and the Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. In November, the board fired Martin Keller Jr. from the superintendent role at those Romney schools.

The board approved the personnel changes after spending about an hour in a closed session, which the board claimed was allowed by open meeting law exceptions for personnel issues and for attorney-client privilege, saying the board was receiving an update on the litigation Keller filed over his firing.

Also, in more voice votes with no nays heard, the board placed five proposed policies on a 30-day public comment period.

The proposed policies include one (Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress) that would eliminate the requirement in current policy that high schoolers who go through “transition” math and English courses in their senior year retake the statewide standardized test in that year. Students currently go into these transition courses if they don’t score high enough on the 11th-grade test, though they can get exemptions to regardless take higher-level courses.

If the SAT were given again in 12th grade, it’d be another free chance for students to take it.

Vaughn Rhudy, executive director of the state’s Office of Assessment, said the requirement was already dropped this year, but didn’t elaborate how during a brief interview.

“There was a lot of communication from districts that it placed an additional burden on the districts” Rhudy said. He also said the department is considering taking a “different approach” with transition courses.

Lou Maynus, an assistant state superintendent, also said there didn’t seem to be much change in scores before and after 12th grade courses, and the move would cut testing time.

In a vote that didn’t come after a public comment period, the state school board also repealed its “Policies of Operation Manual, Child Nutrition Programs.”

Corley Dennison, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the state agencies that oversee two- and four-year colleges, has said that of seniors who took the ACT or SAT during their high school years through the end of 2016, 11,682 took the ACT, while 2,077 took the SAT.

Before this school year, neither was used as a statewide standardized test.

State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine said North Dakota recently received approval of its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the law that sets many nationwide standardized testing requirements. He said North Dakotan school districts have approached that state “asking if they could exercise a federal provision within ESSA” allowing districts to “apply to the state to substitute a college-entrance like test — ACT, SAT — for the state assessment.”

“We have interest in West Virginia in several districts that have asked ‘Could we look at the same provision?’” Paine said. He said the federal government would have to approve this in West Virginia’s ESSA plan, which has already received federal approval, but said “I don’t think there would be any reason why they wouldn’t.”

“We are pursuing what that looks like and I’ll tell you a little bit more about that at a subsequent board meeting,” he told board members. “... It’s in the spirit of you pushing the decision-making authority to districts that they are permitted to make that application to the state.”

Board member Jim Wilson said he’s heard several principals say they’re disappointed in West Virginia’s choice of the SAT.

Allowing some county public school systems to use the ACT in place of the SAT would decrease the ability to compare test scores among high schools and counties statewide, further exacerbating the lack of comparable year-to-year, standardized test data that already exists due to past testing changes made by the board and the state Legislature.

Paine wasn’t available for comment Wednesday; during lunchtime he said he had to get to the Governor’s Mansion. There was a teacher recognition luncheon.

Vicki Shannon, the mansion’s director, said an education department employee told her the event was private but didn’t know who the worker was; board members attended the event.

As for the child nutrition manual repeal, Michele Blatt, an assistant state superintendent, said the current manual will essentially be converted into an “internal” document. She said the internal document wouldn’t require public comment periods for changes to be made to it, but said these wouldn’t be major.

The manual lays out requirements regarding the federally funded free/reduced school breakfast and lunch programs and some other programs.

Blatt said there would be no changes currently made other than bringing the manual up to date with federal requirements. The effective date listed on the repealed policy was in September of 2002.

Kristin Anderson, the education department’s executive director of communications, wrote in an email that “It is severely outdated. The content of the policy does not actually lend itself to a board policy because it contains guidance that is not subject to public comment (e.g. mandatory requirements from the federal government).”

The board generally votes on whether to approve proposed policies after a single 30-day public comment period. The policies will be posted online for comment at

~~  Ryan Quinn ~~

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

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The Free Press WVMontgomery Ward used to sell houses with blueprints on how to build them. Catalogs came free in the mail [ .... ]  Read More

Which Nations Are the Happiest?and Why

The Free Press WV America’s oft-quoted Declaration of Independence, when discussing “unalienable rights,” focused on “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Although “happiness” is rarely referred to by today’s government officials, the general assumption in the United States and elsewhere is that governments are supposed to be fostering the happiness of their citizens [ .... ]  Read More

The key to increasing severance tax revenue in West Virginia

The Free Press WV Recent months have brought a lot of commentary about increasing the severance tax on natural gas in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

One Question Illustrates Why Congress Can’t Fix Facebook

The Free Press WV Lawmakers just don’t seem to understand how the company works [ .... ]  Read More

The Slippery Slope to a Constitution-Free America

The Free Press WV“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”—Benjamin Franklin [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: My First Milkshake

The Free Press WVCan anyone remember your first milkshake? Every time we go by the Millstone Inn, my thoughts go back to Dad driving my oldest brother and I over there one hot summer day [ .... ]  Read More


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Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Yet another friend and long-time reader of Pat’s Chat, who saw March 02 edition has written to encourage and support the writing of them [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Why didn’t God just wipe him out as soon as trouble started?  [ .... ]  Read More

Apologies Are Not Enough, Zuck: It’s Time to Step Down

The Free Press WVIt would ‘benefit the planet as a whole,‘ writes Felix Salmon   [ .... ]  Read More

America Hasn’t Learned a Thing: Racism, Materialism and Militarism Still Reign Supreme

The Free Press WV In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Stocking Country Stores

The Free Press WVRecently, I wrote about the old paths that people walked through these hills to get to where they needed to go [ .... ]  Read More

Students: Time is Ripe to Add Gender to Gun Debate

The Free Press WVIt’s time to listen to the students. Across the country, teenagers have walked out of classes, stood in holy silence, and delivered stirring speeches calling out their elders [ .... ]  Read More

Funky, Green-Haired Turtle Is in Trouble

The Free Press WVMary River Turtle of Australia is under threat of extinction   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Friendly’ African Warthog Captured in Florida

The Free Press WV  The tusked beast took five days to finally capture [ .... ]  Read More

Report Raises Safety Questions About Allegiant Air

The Free Press WV ‘60 Minutes’ reports on maintenance issues, mid-air breakdowns   [ .... ]  Read More

Dying Gulf Stream May Trigger Global Nightmare

The Free Press WVScientists say climate change plays a role   [ .... ]  Read More

The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

‘60 Minutes’ exposes deaths of 2,400 sheep in August 2017   [ .... ]  Read More

Zoo Drops 500 Lizards in Liquid Nitrogen

But they had to ask permission first   [ .... ]  Read More


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West Virginia beagle enthusiast struggles to protect rabbits

The Free Press WVIt’s hard for a rabbit to make a living in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

DNR announces that Jerod Harmon receives B.A.S.S Conservation Director of the Year Award

The Free Press WVHarman is proud of the B.A.S.S. Nation’s 98-100 percent live release rate for fishing tournaments [ .... ]  Read More

Guy Kicks Moose. Then Comes the Payback

The Free Press WV‘Never a good idea,‘ says Fish and Game spokesman [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s elk herd could top 100 by summer

The Free Press WVOne of the Arizona animals has since died [ .... ]  Read More

Wildlife Officials Explain Why Raccoons Acting Like ‘Zombies’

The Free Press WVThey probably have distemper; lots of cases seen in Ohio   [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Forest Service prepares for controlled burns in WV forest lands

The Free Press WV When the weather finally cooperates officials with the U.S. Forest Service plan to set fire to 5,000 acres of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Changes to Agriculture Rules to Take Effect

The Free Press WV The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is notifying the public of several changes made to agriculture rules and regulations passed during the 2018 legislative session [ .... ]  Read More


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Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Mutant Enzyme Munches Plastic

The Free Press WVThis could massively reduce waste, scientists say [ .... ]  Read More

U.S., Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

The Free Press WV They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar   [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Rules That Ex-Con Has ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The Free Press WV But another one does not [ .... ]  Read More

Rumored New Gmail Features: Self-Destruction and ‘Snoozing’

The Free Press WVPlus, a ‘Confidential Mode’ would keep users from forwarding, copying, or printing sensitive emails   [ .... ]  Read More

Apple Has 12 Employees Arrested: Leaked Memo

The Free Press WV‘Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple’  [ .... ]  Read More

Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube

The Free Press WV The fine print of YouTube’s terms of service has a warning that goes unheeded by millions of children who visit YouTube to watch cartoons, nursery rhymes, science experiments or videos of toys being unboxed [ .... ]  Read More

Apple’s Wozniak Dumps Facebook: ‘More Negatives Than Positives’

The Free Press WVApple co-founder has deactivated his account over data commotion [ .... ]  Read More

Is Facebook regulation ‘inevitable’? Not so fas

The Free Press WVFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers that regulation of his company is “inevitable,” but still came to Capitol Hill prepared to defend against proposals he thought went too far [ .... ]  Read More

His Choice Was Between Dogs and College. He Chose the Dogs

The Free Press WVNow Matt Nelson says he’s making in the six figures by rating man’s best friend on Twitter   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Regrettable’ AI Move Spurs Boycott Against University

The Free Press WVAcademics aren’t happy S. Korea’s KAIST is involved in project that could produce ‘killer robots [ .... ]  Read More

Giant Crack in Africa Suggests an 8th Continent Is Coming

The Free Press WV Rift in Kenya means Africa might split in 2, but it will take millions of years   [ .... ]  Read More

3K Google Workers Sign Letter to CEO Over Pentagon Work

The Free Press WVAsk company to cancel Project Maven   [ .... ]  Read More

Study Unveils Odd Lowercase ‘g’ Phenomenon

The Free Press WVResearchers conduct fascinating study on opentail versus looptail ‘g’  [ .... ]  Read More

29 Ancient Footprints May Upend Long-Held Migration Theory

The Free Press WV The Coastal Migration Theory, that is   [ .... ]  Read More

Restricting Calories May Mean a Longer Life

The Free Press WVStudy suggests smaller meals can pay off for humans in longevity   [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Career & Graduate Expo - 04.19.18

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

at the Waco Center

The event is open to all current GSC students, recent alumni who are interested in employment or continuing education opportunities, and members of the community.

GCEDA Meeting - 04.19.18

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Quarterly meeting:
April 19th, 2018 at 12 Noon
at the Glenville Inn board room

New Business:
Broadband updates and actions
Farmers Market, season preparation
Grant updates
Business Guide 2018

Little Kanawha Association ABW Ministries SPRING RALLY - 04.19.18

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The Little Kanawha Association ABW Ministries SPRING RALLY will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Glenville First Baptist Church.

Registration will begin at 6:15 pm with covered dish meal to follow

Program :  7:00 pm

All ladies are invited and encouraged to attend.

Any questions, contact Jeane Fisher, President or Sue Edwards, Secretary.

GCHD Food Handlers’ Class - 04.20.18

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Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 04.20.18

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April 20, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

Building 429 - 04.21.18

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BENEFIT DINNER FOR Roger “Pete” Greenlief - 04.22.18

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Spring Jazz Concert - April 24, 2018

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Spring Jazz Band Concert

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Center Auditorium

The concert is open to the public


Annual GSC Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament

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20th Annual Glenville State College
Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament
Friday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

C-GCC Adult Basic Education

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Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information

GSC Spring Open House - 04.28.18

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Future Pioneers are invited to participate in the upcoming Glenville State College Spring Open House on Saturday, April 28.

Attendees should arrive at the Sue Morris Sports Complex, located at 1294 U.S. Highway 33 East in Glenville, between 8:15-9:25 a.m. Check in will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a welcome session from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Individual academic department tours will follow from 10:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A full campus tour will then be held from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. The day will wrap up with a free lunch and the opportunity to watch the GSC baseball team play at 1:00 p.m.

To sign up, visit or call 800.924.2010.

Priscella Shirer - 04.28.18

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GSC’s Alumni Day: Graduates to be Honored

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Alumni Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Banquet/Social Hour tickets are $20.00 each
Reservations are required

Call 304.462.6116 or e-mail at ‘’

April is Cancer Control Month

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Looking for Local Talents

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Burnsville Lake Needs Volunteers

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5th Annual Pioneer Derby - 05.04.18

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Commencement Ceremony is May 05, 2018 at GSC

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144th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Waco Center. or call 304.462.4115

Falls Mill Paddle - 06.02.18

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SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class - 06.23.18

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Preschool/Kindergarten Enrollment

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Gilmer County Desperately Needs Foster Parents

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Gilmer Public Library Word Art Classes

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Reader's Comments

Mary Lou Weekley

The Free Press WVAge 75, of St. Marys, WV, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Lou was born April 05, 1943 in Ellenboro, WV, a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Beaulah Mae (Tucker) Corbin [ .... ]  Read More

Francis “Randy” Bell

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Pennsboro, WV September 01, 1955, a son of the late Ray and Dorothy (Hoover) Bell [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine White Scott

The Free Press WVAge 98, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:21 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, having lived a long, happy and productive life. She was born in Troy, WV on May 08, 1919 a daughter of the late John McWhorter White and Laura Odessa Barbarow White [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Michael Skidmore, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018, just one day shy of his 61st birthday. Born April 15, 1957 in Sutton, WV, he was the son of the late George and Willa (Riffle) Skidmore [....]  Read More

Nancy Louise Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Elizabeth, WV passed away April 16, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 05, 1940 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Franklin Dale “Jim” and Mary Elizabeth Heater Spears [....]  Read More

Mary Lea West (nee Sampson)

The Free Press WVPassed away in the early hours of Saturday April 14, 2018 after having battled severe illness for the past few months. Mary was born March 07, 1953 in Grantsville, WV to Oral “Hoot” and Ruby Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

Zella Marie Keen

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Gassaway, WV passed away on April 15, 2018 due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born September 10, 1952 to the late Loring Carte and Mamie Lou Gill Carte [....]  Read More

Cheryl Colette Phillips

The Free Press WV Age 49, of Gassaway, WV passed away April 15, 2018. She was born September 08, 1968 in St. Louis, MO [....]  Read More

Willis Duaine Kemper

The Free Press WV Age 75 of Cox’s Mills, WV (Newberne Road community) departed this life in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following an extended illness. Born May 11, 1942 in Newberne, WV, Willis is the son of the late George and Louise Cutlip Kemper [....]  Read More

Virginia Ruth Hinkle

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Mulberry Street, Weston, WV passed away at 5 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center, where she had resided since 2015. She was born in Stunsville, OH on June 20, 1927 a daughter of the late George G. Yeager and Locia B. Dulley Yeager [ .... ]  Read More

Rosa Lee Davis

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born February 18, 1960 in Braxton County, WV to the late James Richard & Louise Alice Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Deborah Kay Ray

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Chloe,WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at CAMC – Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born June 30, 1961 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late William George and Janice Elaine Drake Conley [....]  Read More

Terry Huffman

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sumerco, was born August , 1950, at Alkol, a son of the late James Dolliver and Marie Griffith Huffman. He departed this life on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his residence [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Davis

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness. Born April 29, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, Linda is the daughter of the late Oliver C. and Ruth Barnes Davis [....]  Read More

Martha Magdalene Rymer

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Simpson Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV. She was born in Braxton County, WV on October 19, 1926 a daughter of the late Elza Martin Fox and Mammie Zella Riffle Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Freda Nell Younger

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Ray Street, Weston, WV passed away at 6:41 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 19, 1942 a daughter of the late Haymond Matthew Burkhammer and Reta Leona Moneypenny Burkhammer [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Hall Heckert

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Right Freemans Creek Road passed away at 6:15 AM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the comfort of his home with family by his side. He was born in Cox’s Mills, WV on November 01, 1929 a son of the late Harl Heckert and Stelma C. Shaffer Heckert Osborn [ .... ]  Read More

Cora Lorene Brown

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Harts, WV (formerly of Smithville, WV) departed this life on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at her residence, following an extended illness. Cora was born September 9, 1930 on Camp Run in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late William Edward and Eva Mae (Hashman) Hawkins [....]  Read More

William H. Snider

The Free Press WVAge 81 of Walker, WV passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 05, 1936 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Icel and Mildred Eagle Snider [ .... ]  Read More

Harley Junior Lynch

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 12, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living. He was born October 28, 1924 in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Harley Okey and Ada Jarvis Lynch [ .... ]  Read More

Lori Lee Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Woodbridge, VA, formerly of Sutton, WV, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on April 10, 2018, in Sutton, WV. Lori was born in Gassaway, WV on January 19, 1963 [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Fae Hart

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Brimfield, Ohio, died on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at 7:55 PM at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born on January 14, 1930 in Braxton County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Delta (nee Starcher) Case [ .... ]  Read More

Louella E. Ferri

The Free Press WVAge 94, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, March 2nd under the care of Tel Hai Retirement Community.  Born in Orlando, WV, she was the daughter of the late Della (Fox) and Jesse Cole [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A. Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of the Waterloo Road, French Creek, WV passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his home. He was born on May 06, 1943, at Holly Grove, WV, a son of the late John Andrew and Myrtle Catherine Sayre Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Vivian Lee Wright

The Free Press WVAge 68, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, April 09, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a lingering illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1949: daughter of the late Garnett O. Samples Wright [ .... ]  Read More

Roberta Jean “Jeannie” Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Vienna, WV passed away at her home April 07, 2018. She was born and raised in Grantsville, WV on March 07 ,1961 [....]  Read More

John William Freshour

The Free Press WV Age 84, Coxs Mills, WV, passed away April 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born March 02, 1934 at Berea, WV, the son of the late William H. and Orpha Smith Freshour [....]  Read More

Kenneth W. Finley, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Kenneth was born January 16, 1928 in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Charlie “C.S.” and Gladys (Martin) Finley [....]  Read More

Edward Clayton Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 74, of N. River Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Upshur County, WV on August 19, 1943: son of the late Dalphine Oscar Riffle and Pauline (DeVault) Riffle [....]  Read More

Frances Irene Jarvis Saffir

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Spencer, WV passed away Sunday, April 08, 2018 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was born July 03, 1936 at Ovapa, a daughter of the late Spencer and Dona Jarvis [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Tomey

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Genesis Health Car, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born October 21, 1946 in Linn, WV. Charles is the son of the late Howard and Eva Leeson Tomey [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Wine

The Free Press WV Age 67 of Toler Run Road (Dusk Camp Community, WV) departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness. Born February 04, 1951 in Gilmer County, WV, Betty Lou is the daughter of the late Parker and Wilda Collins Queen [....]  Read More

Kathryn Marie Hamner

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Glenville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 06, 2018 at Glenville Nursing & Rehab. Center, Glenville. She was born June 13, 1948 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Walter Barker and Mary Helen Stonaugle Barker Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Keith Corbett

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Sutton, WV passed away Friday, April 06, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born December 20, 1955 in Gassaway, WV to the late Sanford & Rena Conley Corbett [ .... ]  Read More

Orma L. Connard

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Grantsville, WV went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 07, 2018. She was born on March 08, 1924 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Arlie and Nellie Stutler Ayers [....]  Read More

Reba Lee Neal Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 99, passed away peacefully on April 07, 2018. She was born in Indore, Clay County, WV on August 11, 1918, to the late Alexander (Dodd) and Maggie Neal, who both preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

Walter Clyde Crane

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Harrisville, WV passed away April 08, 2018 at Milestone Senior Living, Parkersburg, WV. He was born April 14, 1922 at Pullman, WV, the son of the late Walter Alvin and Ethel Clayton Crane [ .... ]  Read More

Carla Christine Titus

The Free Press WV Age 65 of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, April 08, 2018 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born September 18, 1952 in Clarksburg, WV; the daughter of the late George Benedum and Ida Maye (Ford) Benedum [....]  Read More

Harold Lynn Deel

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Asheville, NC passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mae Marie Deel [ .... ]  Read More

Norman “Dwayne” Kerns

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Homeland Road Jane Lew, WV passed away at 2:45 AM on Sunday, April 08, 2018 in the Cortland Acres Nursing Home in Thomas. He was born in Grafton, WV on April 22, 1939 a son of the late Dorsey Everly Kerns and Lena Gay Bolyard Kerns [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Ritchie Ledbetter

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Hazelgreen Road in Smithville, WV passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 05, 2018 at the Summa Health Systems Hospital in Akron, OH following a medical emergency. He was born in Bluefield, VA on July 24, 1951 a son of the late Ritchie Ledbetter and Ola Clementine Roten Ledbetter [ .... ]  Read More

Kenton Arthur Webb

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Fleming passed away peacefully at home. He was born on February 04, 1925, in Burnthouse, WV, to the late Emmanuel and Norma Grace Cornell Webb [ .... ]  Read More

Olive “Ollie” Phillips

The Free Press WVAge 95 a life long resident of Belpre, Ohio passed away April 06, 2018 at the Muskingum Valley Nursing Home in Beverly. She was born in Calhoun County, WV and was the daughter of the late Leslie and Ethel Jones Maze [ .... ]  Read More

Edward Lee Heath

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Gee Lick Road, Weston, WV passed away at 6:44 PM on Friday, April 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Weston, WV on December 22, 1953 a son of the late William Matthew Heath and Thelma Augustine Hawkins Heath [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin “Ben” T. Vincent

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Heaters, WV left this earth to be with the Lord on April 04, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the CEO of Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway, WV. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Executives [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Smith

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Vandalia, WV passed away on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Roanoke, WV on September 10, 1933: son of the late Charles T. Smith and Beatrice (Linger) Smith [....]  Read More

Myrtle Catherine “Toots” McCartney Roberts

The Free Press WVAge 97, of Stumptown, WV went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 04, 2018, at her home. Myrtle was born April 14, 1920, in Booger Hole in Calhoun County, WV. She was a daughter of the late Sylvanus and Alice Goff McCartney [ .... ]  Read More

Walter Dale Stout

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Morgantown, fWV, ormerly of Glenville, WV passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Mon Health System Hospital. Dale was born May 8, 1926 in Morgantown, WV son of the late Gerald G. and Lovada Burrows Stout [....]  Read More

Marcelene Jane “Tittles” Cogar

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Sutton, WV passed away April 03, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born March 09, 1940 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Denny and Amy Persinger Searfoss [....]  Read More

Winifred Goff Eddy

The Free Press WVof Parkersburg, WV passed away April 03, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 04, 1937 in Ritchie County, WV the youngest daughter of the late Trevy and Loretta Black Goff [ .... ]  Read More

Arlene M. Burkhart Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Zanesville, Ohio passed away at 1:50 AM Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Cedar Hill Care Center, Zanesville. She was born July 05, 1935, in Ireland, WV, a daughter of the late Fred Morgan and Mabel Lowther Mealey [....]  Read More

Kenneth L. Godfrey, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 84, of the Lynn Camp Community near Pullman, WV, passed away on April 3rd, 2018 in the early hours of the morning. He was born February 07, 1934 to Foster Snow Godfrey and Lettie Mae (Yeager) Godfrey at Bower, WV in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Timothy “Tim” Keith Rinehart

The Free Press WVAge 37, of W 7th Street, Weston, WV, passed away at 4:33 PM on Monday, April 02, 2018, in the comfort of his home with family by his side after battling brain cancer for four years. He was born in Weston, WV on March 15, 1981, a son of Joseph Channing Rinehart of Horner and Deborah Ann Jones Rinehart Varner of Jane Lew, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Anita Dawn Primm

The Free Press WV Age 23, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 30, 2018 at Myrtle Beach, SC. She was born September 02, 1994 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of Harry Lee Primm, Jr. and Holly Anita Celeste Backus Goff (Amanda)  [....]  Read More

Elma L. Bunner

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Pennsboro, WV passed away March 29, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV. She was born March 09, 1927, the daughter of the late Henry P. and Sarah E. Moore Williamson [....]  Read More

Ronnie Dewane “Whimp” George

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Little Birch, WV passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV. Ronnie was born April 29, 1945 in Lewistown, Montana to the late Dow and Lena (Crosier) George [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Eldon Long

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Tesla, WV passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV. He was born April 07, 1936 at home in Tesla WV, to the late Patrick “PJ” Long and Ruby (Donithan) Long [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Allen McCord

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 18, 1945: son of the late Louis Edward McCord and Alta Josephine (Keith) McCord [ .... ]  Read More

Elsie Melvenia Ireland

The Free Press WVAge 91, of W 2nd Street, Weston, WV passed away at 10:45 AM on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. She was born in Gilmer County, WV on August 17, 1926 a daughter of the late Ola Aman Woofter and Emlia Gay Rexroad Woofter [ .... ]  Read More

Janet Kay Parmer

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Copley Road, Weston, WV passed away at 11:15 AM on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Upshur County, WV on July 30, 1957 a daughter of the late Russell Forrest Parmer and Anna Mae Morrison Parmer [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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