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Normantown Christian students presenting their $1,100.00 donation to the Ronald McDonald House

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On Friday, December 15, the students of Normantown Christian were privileged to a tour of the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.

The tour was given by Evan Osborn, Development Director at RMHC of Southern West Virginia, and came as a result of a donation raised by the students’ art program.

Thanks to our caring community, the students were able to collect a $1,100.00 donation by selling their artwork recently in Glenville.

The visit really allowed the children to see and hear, more vividly, what the Ronald McDonald House provides for families with children in the hospital.

They came away with an even greater appreciation for the charity.

Following the presentation of the check, the students continued their day out in Charleston with a trip to the fascinating State Museum in the Culture Center, which has been updated in recent years, and provided a great experience for the kids.

They wrapped up their trip with a tour of the Capitol.

Foundations Support Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) affiliate recently awarded grants totaling $10,000 to Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new breathing apparatus units.

The grants were made possible through the Little Kanawha Area Community Grantmaking Fund and the Ausenheimer Memorial Trust. 

LKACF advisory board member Martha Haymaker attended the department’s recent meeting to present the grant.

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“These new packs will allow us to better protect the people of Calhoun County,” said volunteer firefighter Joe Tanner.

“We will be able to enter smoke filled homes to search for people who may need to be rescued.”

The Foundation and its LKACF affiliate work with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds representing nearly $40 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the LKACF has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways.

For more information about Foundation and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit http://www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Jeanette Riffle: A Touch of Spring

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We had a couple days that seemed like spring breaking in January this week. Yesterday, it got up to 72 degrees. It threw nature into confusion. I heard of a black snake coming out and crossing the road and of a frog hopping in the road. Robins were coming out of thickets and down into fields and on front yards. Night crawlers were surfacing out of the ground.  One person on FB reported an ant invasion in her house.

We heard the house wren singing his territorial song two days in a row. Others reported hearing them sing spring songs, too.  Now, this Saturday morning, we got up to snow and ice. Some folks whose water lines had frozen off reported them partially thawing and all kinds of things were happening due to the subzero temperatures we had been having due to the, “Old time winter.”  Maybe the Lord felt sorry for us and gave us a couple days to remind us that spring is just around the corner. Groundhog Day is not far away and then maybe 6 more weeks of bad weather.  I checked on the Old Farmer’s Almanac that we had here, and they didn’t get it right for us this winter.  Well, not completely right.

Flu is on the rampage. I am staying in out of it. I don’t go around crowds.  That’s what my Grandmother Grace Stewart told me that they did when she was a girl at home and I always think of what she said. Granny grew up on Lower Run and said that they just stayed home if something bad was going around. They grew everything and had their own medicines. Her mother, Samalda Kelly Smith, knew how to doctor with plants, roots and herbs and was called on many a time, to go to the home of a sick person and doctor them. Granny said people would come to their home and ask her mother to go help.  She took her brown medicine bottles and rode side saddle on a horse and was like a medicine woman of the area.

Well, our Rascal pup is seeing new things all the time. He has witnessed a flood for the first time. Before the snow came, we had a lot of rain and it flooded in the low part of the woods beside us last evening. When he was let out of the garage this morning, he saw that water and saw that the creek out back was up, muddy and rolling right on. He had to go investigate. He came back up over the creek bank with a piece of a log and took it into the garage to keep himself occupied. The big lab chewed on our porches when he was a pup and this one carries wood into the garage for a big wood shavings mess. He also loves snow. I heard him coughing and it sounded like he had croup this morning. When I asked Duane what was wrong with that dog, he said that when the garage door was opened, Rascal came out and started scooping up snow in his mouth and choked himself.

Until next time, think spring and God bless!

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

All Closed

 

Braxton County Schools

All Closed

 

Calhoun County Schools

All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

All Closed

 

Pleasants County Schools

All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

All Closed

 

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

All Closed

 

Wood County Schools

All Closed

Glenville State College

2-Hour Delay

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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As we prepare to enter the first full week of the 2018 regular session of the Legislature, there are many unanswered questions.  The expectations were that Governor Justice would unveil his Executive branch legislative agenda during the annual State of the State address last Wednesday evening.  While I enjoyed his whiteboard illustrations and the relaxed delivery – a carryover from his 2017 address – listeners were left with a few proposals and little detail of how to fund or implement them.  However, I’m sure more details will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

My overriding concern remains as to how many of his proposals will be funded.  On the positive side, over $32 million was gained above estimates on investment returns with funds from various pension plans.  Good news, but this is one-time money and the possibility of getting a 15% return on state investments long term is extremely unlikely.

Another pocket of “found money” was revealed last Thursday during the Governor’s Office budget presentation to the House Finance Committee.  It appears that $103 million is available, as Medicaid was “overfunded”.  While any saving is good news, this raises concerns.  For years, Medicaid has needed additional funding and a large portion has been pushed back or taken from other sources.  With this revelation, it will be interesting to examine if payments to hospitals, doctors or other medical providers were delayed.  Or, since we have a waiting list of nearly three hundred aged and disabled waiting for services to be provided in-home instead of going to a nursing home.  Could some of that been used to accomplish this vital function?  Likewise, does this represent a portion of funds for the IDD waiver program?  That will be just a few of the questions that will be posed to DHHR during their budget hearing later this month.

There is no doubt that the State economy is slightly improved verses last year. However, concern remains that many of the initiatives either discussed or rumored to be introduced may be based on overly optimistic revenue projections in the next few years.  Also, critical agencies like Corrections, State Police, Higher Education and PEIA will need major funding, as well as long-promised increases for teachers, state employees and school service personnel.

High interest was generated by the budget hearing for the WV Supreme Court last Friday morning.  After some well-publicized extravagant renovations to office space, Chief Justice Allen Loughry provided the Court’s budget, which includes circuit courts, family courts and magistrate courts and their employees.

Adding to the controversy, West Virginia is one of the few states that does not place the Supreme Court budget under the oversight of the Legislature.  Constitutionally, what the Supreme Court submits for their budget is what they receive.  The Legislature cannot reduce their request.  While it has been discussed for years, the most recent publicity has renewed interest by some legislators in a state constitutional amendment being placed before the voters in November.

The WV Lottery also provided information to the Finance Committee.  Known for their conservative revenue estimates each fiscal year, they predict relatively flat revenue due to the competition from surrounding states. 

Finally, Congratulations to Braxton County High School and Gilmer County High School for being honored by the WV Department of Education.  Both are among the West Virginia schools that have achieved a graduation rate of 90% or greater.  At a time when employers are looking to locate or expand where there is an educated, drug-free workforce, high school graduation rates are a good indicator of students getting additional technical or vocational training or moving on to a college degree.

Congratulations to GCHS and BCHS for continuing to make improvements that will benefit our kids and central West Virginia, now and in the years ahead.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  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 www.legis.state.wv.us/.  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 www.wv.gov. 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 twitter.com/wvlegislature.

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.

WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES

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Nearly seventy West Virginia high schools were recognized for achieving exemplary graduation rates of 90 percent or greater during the 2016-17 school year. Schools were honored by representatives from First Lady Cathy Justice’s office, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine and the West Virginia Board of Education.

“Graduation is an incredibly important step in creating a promising future for our students and the entire state,” said West Virginia First Lady, Cathy Justice. “Each student that graduates high school prepared for the rigors of college or the demands of the workforce strengthens the Mountain State, and the high schools being honored today should be proud of this incredible achievement.”

Recent data show more students in West Virginia are graduating from high school when compared to previous years. Several statewide initiatives contributed to the steady increase in the graduation rate. Most notably the creation of the state’s Early Warning System, which tracks 45 different indicators – the most important being attendance, behavior and grades – to identify students at risk of dropping out.

West Virginia’s graduation rate is one of the strongest in the country. Data released from the U.S. Department of Education placed West Virginia among the top states for graduation rates in 2015-16 (the national data lags behind the state-released data). The Mountain State’s graduation rate has continued to rise throughout the last several years. West Virginia also saw a significant increase in graduation rates for the 5-year cohort, moving from 87.4 percent in 2015-16 to 90.3 percent in 2016-17.

“Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school college- and career-ready,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “The high schools here today are celebrated for the hard work of the principals, educators, counselors, students and parents who understand the important step graduation is in a child’s future. All schools in the Mountain State, along with the Department of Education and Board of Education, have made it a top priority to ensure our students show up, work hard, earn a diploma and are ready to meet the future workforce needs of West Virginia.”

Of the 68 schools recognized, three schools achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent. Those schools are Paw Paw High School, Pickens Elementary/High School and Paden City High School.

The schools celebrated in this event represent 58.6 percent of the 116 high schools in West Virginia. The overall graduation rate for all West Virginia high schools was 89.40 percent.

“Graduation is an important indicator of student success,” said Tom Campbell, West Virginia Board of Education President. “The Board understands that increasing our state’s graduation rate is a team effort and we applaud the supports our schools, principals, graduation coaches and communities provide to students. West Virginia is at the threshold of a very bright future, and we need to make sure that all students are graduating prepared to meet these demands head-on.”

A complete list of recognized schools can be found by visiting: http://cms.wvde.k12.wv.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2017Celebration-of-Achievement.pdf

Photos of the schools honored can be accessed here: https://wvde.us/communications/photos/third-annual-celebration-of-achievement/.


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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.

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State Agencies Award Nearly $100,000 in 2018 Stream Partners Grants

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP), West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA), and the West Virginia Division of Forestry have awarded $98,360 in grant funding for 21 groups as part of the Stream Partners Program.

The West Virginia Stream Partners program was established by the Legislature in Code Section 20-13 to “encourage citizens to work in partnership with appropriate state agencies so that the state’s rivers and streams are safe for swimming, fishing and other forms of recreation, can support appropriate public and commercial purposes, and can provide habitat for plant and animal life.”

The organizations receiving funding are:

    •  Buckhannon River Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Buffalo Creek Watershed Improvement Association: $5,000

    •  Cacapon and Lost Rivers Land Trust: $5,000

    •  Coal River Group: $5,000

    •  Coal River Mountain Watch: $5,000

    •  Forks of the Coal: $2,200

    •  Fourpole Creek Watershed Organization: $3,395

    •  Friends of Blackwater: $5,000

    •  Friends of Deckers Creek: $5,000

    •  Friends of the Cheat, Inc.: $5,000

    •  Friends of the Hughes River Watershed: $5,000

    •  Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River: $5,000

    •  Greenbrier River Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Guardians of the West Fork: $5,000

    •  Morris Creek Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Paint Creek Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Piney Creek Watershed Association: $5,000

    •  Save the Tygart: $5,000

    •  Upper Monongahela River Association: $5,000

    •  Warm Springs Watershed Association: $2,765

    •  West Run Watershed Association: $5,000

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Spelling Bee Rescheduled for Wednesday, Weather Permitting

Braxton County Schools

 

Closing Early

Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

 

Closing Early

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay>> All Closed

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay>> All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

 

Closing Early

Wetzel County Schools

All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Glenville State College

2-Hour Delay

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr: A Dream of Hope

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  • A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

  • A lie cannot live.

  • A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

  • A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

  • A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

  • A right delayed is a right denied.

  • A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.

  • A riot is the language of the unheard.

  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

  • All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

  • Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

  • An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

  • An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

  • At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

  • Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

  • Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

  • Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

  • Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

  • Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

  • He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

  • History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

  • Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

  • I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  • I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

  • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

  • I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.

  • I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  • I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

  • I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

  • I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

  • I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.

  • If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

  • If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

  • If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

  • In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  • It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.

  • It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

  • Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?‘

  • Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?

  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

  • Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

  • Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

  • Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

  • Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

  • Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

  • Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

  • One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

  • One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

  • Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

  • Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.

  • Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.

  • Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

  • Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

  • Seeing is not always believing.

  • Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

  • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  • That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

  • The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

  • The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?“ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?“

  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

  • The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

  • The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

  • The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

  • The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

  • The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.

  • The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

  • The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

  • The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

  • The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

  • The time is always right to do what is right.

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

  • The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

  • There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

  • There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

  • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

  • War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

  • Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

  • We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

  • We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

  • We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

  • We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.

  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

  • We must use time creatively.

  • We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

  • We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

  • We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

  • Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

  • When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

~~  Martin Luther King Jr.  ~~

Martin Luther King Jr.: We Are Killing the Dream‏

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people,
the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-historic “I Have a Dream” speech which envisioned a world in which blacks and white would work together in harmony for the cause of freedom. Four years later, just prior to his assassination, King’s dream had expanded beyond issues of equality to encompass broader concerns about the destructiveness of war, poverty and materialism—and it is this dream that is not being realized today.

Just consider: Since 2001, more than $1 trillion has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time that taxpayer dollars are being used to fuel the war machine, 20% of children and 23% of the elderly live in poverty. A 2009 study estimates that 3.5 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of hunger in the U.S. And in terms of race relations and inequality, while we have made progress in some areas, we are severely deficient in others. For example, having a black president does not seem to have improved conditions for the majority of blacks in America. Black household income is roughly 61% of white household income, a five percent improvement from what it was in 1969. Although African-Americans account for only 12% of the population, they make up 44% of the nation’s prison population. Unlike the national unemployment average of 10%, joblessness among blacks is closer to 16% and a staggering 34.5% for young black men. And with the housing market tanking, some of the highest foreclosure rates have been in communities with large black populations.

Clearly, while those claiming to honor King’s legacy pay lip service to his life and the cause for which he died, they have done little to combat the evils about which King spoke and opposed so passionately. Instead, they’re busy bickering, sniping and trying to score political points off their adversaries. A prime example is the recent ruckus stirred up by Fox News host Glenn Beck’s decision to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In response to Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, which is co-sponsored by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and will feature war hawk Sarah Palin, civil rights activist Al Sharpton and others are planning to unveil a four-story monument to King in conjunction with counter-marches and demonstrations to “reclaim the dream.”

It is telling that these disparate groups of people, both claiming to honor King, are attacking one another. Yet this is where both Beck and Sharpton seem to be missing the point: war rallies and monuments do little to honor King’s legacy. Indeed, those truly wanting to honor King’s memory would do better to take part in a peace march or go work in a soup kitchen. Or if you need inspiration from the man himself, read King’s “Silence Is Betrayal” speech, in which he directly attacked the war policy of the American government, especially in regards to the Vietnam War.

Delivered by King at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 04, 1967—exactly one year before he was assassinated—the speech was condemned by many black and white leaders, as well as major publications such as Time and the Washington Post. Although many of his prior supporters deserted him for his remarks, King was resolute in his convictions, and his stance and speech proved to be prophetic.

Forty-three years later, King’s remarks remain painfully relevant to American policies today. In fact, if you were to replace King’s references to the Vietnam War and communism with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and terrorism, you would find that very little has changed in the intervening years.

The following is an excerpt from this historic speech:

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” We in the West must support these revolutions. It is a sad fact that, because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries…. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft-misunderstood and misinterpreted concept—so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force—has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John:

Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says: “Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.”

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.

We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world—a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.

~~  By John W. Whitehead ~~

DHHR to Add 798 Slots to Aged and Disabled Waiver Program

The Free Press WV

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services today announced the Title XIX (19) Waiver for Seniors, better known as the Aged and Disabled Waiver, will release 798 slots to accommodate those individuals on the wait list as of January 02, 2018. 

Additional dollars for the program are attributed in part to an increased Federal match.

The slots are expected to be released by the end of January 2018.

“The Aged and Disabled Waiver program is important to many residents and their families as it provides an alternative to long-term nursing home care and promotes independence, respect and community integration,” said Jeremiah Samples, Deputy Secretary of DHHR. “This program allows DHHR to continue serving one of West Virginia’s most vulnerable populations.  Governor Jim Justice has voiced his concern for families in West Virginia and fully supports this addition.”

Approximately 5,600 West Virginians receive critical services through the Aged and Disabled Waiver.  The program serves individuals over the age of 18 who want to receive care in their homes as opposed to going into an institutional setting, such as a nursing home.  Individuals must need help with activities of daily living to receive long-term direct care and support services under the program.  Those include bathing, grooming, dressing, eating/meal preparation, toileting, transferring and mobility. 

Individuals must be determined both medically and financially eligible for Aged and Disabled Waiver services. 

For more information on the Aged and Disabled Wavier Program, visit dhhr.wv.gov/bms.

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV

The following waters were stocked the week of January 08, 2018:

Barboursville Lake
Chief Logan Pond
Curtisville Lake
Fitzpatrick Lake
James P. Bailey Tailwaters
Krodel Lake
Laurel Lake
Lick Creek Pond
Little Beaver Lake
Miletree Lake
Mountwood Park Lake
New Creek
North Fork of Patterson Creek
Pennsboro Reservoir
Ridenour Lake
Summit Lake
Tracy Lake
Watoga Lake
Wayne Dam

West Virginia Partners with SANS Institute to Offer Cybersecurity Training to High School Girls

The Free Press WV

Governor Jim Justice announced a new cybersecurity training partnership between the State and the SANS Institute. GirlsGoCyberStart, a free online game of discovery, provides high school girls in West Virginia who are interested in a cybersecurity career with a tool to learn basic cybersecurity s

“I am very excited to announce this partnership with the SANS Institute which gives our high school girls the opportunity to explore the field of cybkills and test their cyber aptitude. Registration for GirlsGoCyberStart will be available January 29 - February 16, 2018 and the program will run from February 20-25, 2018.  ersecurity,” said Governor Justice.  “Due to the increased use of technology, this field of study is becoming essential in all businesses, including government. Therefore, encouraging our state’s young students to pursue this training will benefit our state tremendously.”

Students from West Virginia who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart program will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and win prizes, including the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference in Chicago. Students may participate from home or school, a computer and internet connection are the only tools required. The three schools in West Virginia that have the most participants will win awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.

“The GirlsGoCyberStart program will spark ingenuity and critical thinking for girls in a new and exciting way, and I am thrilled to see this partnership come to fruition,“ said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “The program is another example of the opportunities we can provide the students of the Mountain State when agencies and organizations work together.“
“Our office is excited to work with the Department of Education and the Governor’s Office in announcing this initiative, Deputy CTO of the West Virginia Office of Technology, Cindy Smith said. “It’s a great opportunity for West Virginia’s young ladies to gain interest in a growing field.”
“GirlsGoCyberStart will help change the way our next generation of women look at Cyber Security careers added Danielle Cox, Cyber Security Manager for Audits and Compliance in the West Virginia Office of Technology. “It emphasizes the need for problem solving and critical thinking. Students do not need to have programming knowledge or extensive computer skills to participate in this program.”

When asked why SANS is partnering with West Virginia in GirlsGoCyberStart program, SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller said, “Because the nation desperately needs more highly-skilled cyber professionals, and we have new evidence that CyberStart radically improves the quality and preparation of people entering the cybersecurity field.  Further, the two best cyber intrusion analysts I have ever met were named Vicki and Judy, but women are woefully underrepresented in the technical side of cybersecurity. By opening CyberStart to tens of thousands of high school girls we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”

•  Girls may play alone or in teams of up to 4 people

•  No prior experience with IT or security is needed. All girls in grades 9 to 12 are invited to play; prizes will be awarded in each grade group.

•  Prizes include Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other cool techie things as well as gift certificates.  In addition, each member of the top teams, nationally, will win all expense paid trips to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago along with a parent for each winner.

•  You may participate from home or from school or from both. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

•  Each player starts as a “cyber protection agent” responsible for protecting an important operational base.  The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way.  A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and hints help when players get stuck.  When the player has solve a sufficient number challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new challenges appear – for a total of 31 layers.  Experienced players call GirlsGoCyberStart “addictive” and say it is particularly good because everyone can excel, not just a few superstars.

For eligibility and GirlsGoCyberStart information, please visit HERE.

Poverty, segregation persist in U.S. schools, report says

The Free Press WV

Too often, low-income, black and Latino students end up in schools with crumbling walls, old textbooks and unqualified teachers, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The commission said inequities are caused by the fact that schools are most funded with state and local tax dollars. More than 92 percent of funding comes from nonfederal sources, according to the Education Department.

The resulting imbalance renders “the education available to millions of American public school students profoundly unequal,” the commission said.

For instance, the authors said, 33 percent of high schools with high black and Latino enrollment offer calculus, compared with 56 percent of high schools with low black and Latino student populations. Nationwide, 48 percent of schools offer the rigorous math course.

On average, school districts spend around $11,000 per student each year, but the highest-poverty districts receive an average of $1,200 less per child than the least-poor districts, while districts serving the largest numbers of minority students get about $2,000 less than those serving the fewest students of color, according the study.

The authors called on Congress to create incentives for states to adopt equitable funding systems, to ensure adequate funding for students with disabilities and to increase federal funding to supplement local dollars for school districts that are underfunded.

“The reality is that the United States does not offer the educational opportunity that is consistent with our ideals,” commission chair Catherine Lhamon told the AP. “That’s appalling and it’s dangerous and all of us need for it to change.”

Education Department spokeswoman Liz Hill said the commission’s findings underscore the need for reform. Promoting charter schools, voucher programs and other forms of school choice are key goals of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

“This is further proof that too many children, simply because of where they live, are forced to attend schools that do not provide an equitable education,” Hill said in a statement. “Secretary DeVos has made clear her mission is to ensure every child has the opportunity to attend a school that offers an excellent education that meets their individual needs.”

Whether channeling more money to schools in underserved communities will help improve the quality of education is a subject of academic debate.

“Money matters. If you don’t have it, you cannot spend it,” said Bruce Baker, a professor of education at Rutgers University. Baker said that states should do a better job in raising education funding and in equalizing spending among school districts. He also called for a greater federal role in making sure that less affluent states that need additional education funding get it.

“Having federal money can help states that cannot help themselves and federal pressure can encourage states to do the right thing, to raise enough resources and put them where they are needed.”

But Eric Hanushek, a fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, disagrees.

“Money is not the secret recipe,” Hanushek said. “How much is spent on schools is not as important as how the money is spent.” For instance, he said, simply increasing the salaries of all teachers in a high-need school district won’t have as much of an impact as identifying high-performing teachers and increasing their salaries.

annual essay contest

The Free Press WV

West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue and representatives of the SMART529 college savings plan launched their annual essay contest allowing elementary school students the opportunity to earn a financial prize for their college savings account.

Perdue kicked off the When I Grow Up student and teacher essay contest Tuesday at Rock Branch Elementary School in Nitro. It is the eleventh year of the contest.

Students between kindergarten and fifth grade are eligible for the competition, in which they explain in 100 words or less what job they would like to have as an adult. Fifteen regional winners will receive a $500 prize, and a grand prize winner will receive a total prize of $5,000.

Each winner’s school will also receive $500, and the winning teacher will be awarded a $2,500 prize.

Perdue said this provides the opportunity for parents, teachers and other adults to help students improve their writing skills as well as explore possible career options.

“I never dreamed somebody wanted to be a teddy bear maker,” he said, reflecting on one of the essays of a previous contest. “You never know what kids are looking at With technology and internet today, it can change their lives and what they dream of being. It’s unreal.”

Entry forms are available at www.SMART529.com, as well as elementary schools across the state. Any student interested in submitting an essay and form has to do so before Feb. 23.

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Poll: Voters See GOP “War on Health Care,“ Including Medicaid Work Rules

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Justice administration proposes parkland logging

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Paintings sought for 2019 West Virginia wildlife calendar

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Justice orders halt, review of state regulations

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Friends show support after embezzlement by ex-schools worker

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Paintings in 19th century farmhouse have mysterious history

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West Virginia man hopes to strike a chord with record label

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Family escapes propane tank explosion

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West Virginia lawmakers addressing child sex abuse

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BuzzFeed editor ‘proud’ to have published Trump dossier

The Free Press WVBuzzFeed’s top editor says he’s “proud” that the organization published an uncorroborated dossier about Donald Trump and his presidential campaign [ .... ]  Read More

International

Arts & Entertainment

North Korea scoffs at Trump’s ‘nuclear button’ tweet

The Free Press WV North Korea’s state-run media say U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un’s is the “spasm of a lunatic”  [ .... ]  Read More

UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets

The Free Press WVBritain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions [ .... ]  Read More

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse

The Free Press WVPope Francis begged for forgiveness for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit [ .... ]  Read More

Russian military conducts massive missile drills

The Free Press WVThe Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers [ .... ]  Read More

Russia slams U.S. demands for Iran; Germany seeks more detail

The Free Press WVRussia spoke out strongly against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners [ .... ]  Read More

Plane dangles off cliff after skidding off runway in Turkey

The Free Press WVA commercial airplane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the Black Sea [ .... ]  Read More

U.S.: 5 Mexican States Now as Dangerous as Syria for Visitors

The Free Press WV State Department issues new ‘do not travel’ warning [ .... ]  Read More

France vs. fake news: An unwinnable battle?

The Free Press WVFrance is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns [ .... ]  Read More

How to Talk About the Muslim Ban

How we speak out against the Muslim Ban should be just as important as standing up against it in the first place. Here’s why.  [ .... ]  Read More

Study: Warming puts millions more at risk from river floods

The Free Press WVGlobal warming will increase the risk of river flooding over the coming decades, endangering millions more people around the world, according to a study just published [ .... ]  Read More

Who’d prefer their country to Trump’s U.S.? Norwegians would

The Free Press WVNorwegians generally live longer than Americans. There’s a generous safety net of health care and pensions. And although it’s pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth [ .... ]  Read More

Haiti ‘shocked and outraged’ over reported Trump remarks

The Free Press WV Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports that President Donald Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “######## countries” in Africa at an Oval Office meeting held on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history [ .... ]  Read More

As Olympics approach, things to know about Pyeongchang

The Free Press WVWith the Olympics just a few weeks away, here are some answers to questions about Pyeongchang and the Korean Peninsula [ .... ]  Read More

Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran

The Free Press WV Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington’s participation in the nuclear deal [ .... ]  Read More

Eurozone recovery pushes unemployment to lowest since 2009

The Free Press WVUnemployment across the 19-country eurozone fell in November to its lowest level in nearly nine years, official figures showed, in the latest sign that the currency bloc’s economy headed into the new year in robust shape [ .... ]  Read More

DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win at NAACP Image Awards

The Free Press WVA jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at an NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community’s power to create change [ .... ]  Read More

Early winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards

The Free Press WVEarly winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, as announced a pre-telecast gala dinner in Pasadena, California [ .... ]  Read More

Letterman Makes Return With a Big First Guest

For his show debuting on Netflix, ex-‘Late Night’ host dished with former President Obama   [ .... ]  Read More

Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

The Free Press WVThere’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner — it’s Stephen King [ .... ]  Read More

‘Jumanji’ tops ‘The Post,’ ‘The Commuter’ at MLK box office

The Free Press WVMeryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Paddington the bear and Taraji P. Henson all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales [ .... ]  Read More

19 Netflix original shows

The Free Press WV TV viewers and TV critics aren’t often on the same page. But where the interests of the two overlap, you’re sure to find some quality shows.  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Commuter’

Liam Neeson rides again in ‘The Commuter’  [ .... ]  Read More

‘Fire and Fury’ sales top 29,000 in first weekend

The Free Press WVMichael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” was the top-selling book last week, NPD BookScan told The Associated Press. And its numbers are likely to grow far higher [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Paddington 2’

Review: With Hugh Grant, ‘Paddington 2’ is simply wonderful [ .... ]  Read More

‘American Idol’ says it wants to get back to making stars

The Free Press WVThe longtime talent show, which is being revived by ABC starting on March 11, faded in ratings and cultural significance over its last seasons on Fox before ending in 2016 [ .... ]  Read More

Willie Nelson cancels shows after leaving a concert early

The Free Press WVCountry music legend Willie Nelson has canceled shows in Nevada and California after leaving a concert in San Diego after performing one song [ .... ]  Read More

List of nominees for 2018 British Academy Film Awards

The Free Press WVBest film: “The Shape of Water”; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; “Darkest Hour”; “Dunkirk”; “Call Me By Your Name”  [ .... ]  Read More

Dozens more ‘resistance’ books scheduled for 2018

The Free Press WVAt The Booksmith in San Francisco, they’re trying to keep up with all the anti-Trump releases and other works of the “resistance”  [ .... ]  Read More

Jeopardy! on Hold After Trebek Has Brain Surgery

Host is recuperating from procedure in December   [ .... ]  Read More

The nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes

The Free Press WV The 75th Golden Globe Awards are happening Sunday on NBC. Forgot who the nominees are? It’s a good time to catch up [ .... ]  Read More

Financial|Business

Sports

Living

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump _ but his company won’t go

The Free Press WVAn attempt to oust President Donald Trump’s hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct [ .... ]  Read More

Lego plans video games, social network for Chinese children

The Free Press WVToy maker Lego is partnering with China’s internet firm Tencent to offer games, video and possibly a social network aimed at children [ .... ]  Read More

What Facebook’s shift could mean to users, businesses

The Free Press WVIn coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow. Instead, Facebook wants people to see more stuff from friends, family and other people they are likely to have “meaningful” conversations with — something the company laments has been lost in the sea of videos, news stories (real and fake), and viral quizzes on which “Big Bang Theory” character you are [ .... ]  Read More

Why the GOP tax cuts are boosting stocks and who gains most

The Free Press WVDonald Trump and Republican lawmakers late last year rushed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts into law — the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code since 1986 [ .... ]  Read More

How to leverage great credit without borrowing a dime

The Free Press WVAs average credit scores for Americans continue to rise, the question for many becomes how to use their excellent credit rating to optimize their lives without borrowing money or adding risk [ .... ]  Read More

Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items increases 0.1% in December; shelter index rises, gasoline index falls   [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 01.12.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Up 1.6% on Week at New Closing High, Led by Energy, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Financials [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings increase 0.2% in December   [....]  Read More

Closing Bell

The Free Press WVU.S. stocks climbed to a new record as a handful of banks reported earnings, including JPMorgan, which gained on speculation that tax cuts will boost profits. The S&P 500 increased 0.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average spiked 0.9% and the more tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 rose 0.6%  [....]  Read More

Are You a Good or Bad Employee?

The Free Press WV9 signs you’re a problem employee — even if it doesn’t feel like it [ .... ]  Read More

Producer Price Index

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand falls 0.1% in December; services decrease 0.2%, goods unchanged   [....]  Read More

Closing Bell

The Free Press WVU.S. stocks climbed to a new record as energy stocks led the way higher.  The S&P 500 increased 0.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average spiked 0.8% and the more tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 rose 0.81%.  [....]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices tick up 0.1% in December; export prices edge down 0.1%  [....]  Read More

5 things small business owners should know or do in 2018

The Free Press WVThe new tax law has ended the requirement that individuals buy health insurance starting in 2019. Some very small business owners had stopped offering health plans when the Affordable Care Act was enacted because their staffers were able to get coverage through health insurance exchanges [ .... ]  Read More

Closing Bell

The Free Press WVU.S. stocks slipped from record highs amid a report that Canadian officials think President Donald Trump will pull the U.S. out of NAFTA. The S&P 500 decreased 0.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slid less than 0.1% and the more tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 fell 0.14%  [....]  Read More

Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

The Free Press WVNearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 42 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

The Free Press WV January 13, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

The Free Press WV January 13, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneers Drop Road Contest at Charleston

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneers came up just short on the road Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston by six points 85-79 [ .... ]  Read More

Glenville State Mounts Comeback Against UC, Wins 14th Straight

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Lady Pioneers erased a 19 point deficit as they came from behind to claim their 14th straight victory defeating the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston on the road Saturday 69-63 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

The Free Press WV January 11, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

The Free Press WV January 11, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneers Fall Short Against Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneers scored just 28 second half points as the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State came from behind to pick up an 89-83 win over GSC [ .... ]  Read More

Lady Pioneers Have Six Score in Double Figures, Picks Up 13th Straight Victory

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Lady Pioneers improved their home winning streak to 20 games and won their 13th straight as they defeated the Yellow Jackets of West Virginia State [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Girls Basketball Results

The Free Press WV Spencer vs. Gilmer B Team & Spencer vs. Gilmer A Team [ .... ]  Read More

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

The Free Press WVTempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze [ .... ]  Read More

Want to Sleep Well? Write a To-Do List

The Free Press WV Offload your brain before hitting the sack [ .... ]  Read More

McDonald’s Dollar Menu

The Free Press WV Here’s everything on McDonald’s new Dollar Menu, ranked from worst to best [ .... ]  Read More

CDC Boots Nuke Session in Favor of Flu

The Free Press WV Announced last week that planned session was postponed   [ .... ]  Read More

Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

The Free Press WVThe head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30 [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

The Free Press WVThe Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy [ .... ]  Read More

Medical credit cards can mean aches and pains for patients

The Free Press WVFew people look forward to a trip to the doctor or dentist, especially if they’re not sure how they will pay for it [ .... ]  Read More

CHEESY PULL-APART WHOLE CAULIFLOWER

The Free Press WVYears ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine’s disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favorites. Who doesn’t love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy caramelized golden edges?  [ .... ]  Read More

Dan Dan Noodles

The Free Press WVDan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province. Noodles have been part of Chinese cuisine for over 4,000 years, and long strands symbolize longevity, one of the nicest things you can wish for on the Lunar New Year (on February 16 this year)  [ .... ]  Read More

Leftovers make tasty Spinach and Feta Burgers

The Free Press WVThis recipe’s true miracle is transforming a mere 12 ounces of meat into six full dinner portions, allowing you to save money as well as food. And the new dish is so different from the original that no one will pipe up to say, “What, leftovers again!?”  [ .... ]  Read More

Price tag on gene therapy for rare form of blindness: $850K

The Free Press WVEven at $850,000 a preliminary analysis by one group found that the drug would need to be priced significantly lower to be a good value [ .... ]  Read More

The Best Diets Ranked

The Free Press WV Our ground-breaking all-cookie diet didn’t make the cut   [ .... ]  Read More

Have some over-ripe bananas? Then make better pancakes

The Free Press WVIt’s important to serve the pancakes with a good salted butter to bring out the banana flavor_I like Kate’s Homemade Butter or Kerrygold_and real maple syrup [ .... ]  Read More

Coconut milk and curry paste take chicken to new heights

The Free Press WVBoneless skinless chicken breasts save the day for so many busy folks who want to get a lean, protein-filled, affordable dinner on the table in a hurry [ .... ]  Read More

Growing citrus indoors takes patience, pays off handsomely

The Free Press WVDo check the roots each spring to see if the plant requires a larger pot. Change pots when the roots ae circling the bottom of the container or coming out of the bottom [ .... ]  Read More

Opinions

Outdoors

Governance by gaslighting

The Free Press WVMy father once told me that a man who worked with him told him that his wife walked in on him in flagrante delicto with another woman and the man denied it [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: A Touch of Spring

The Free Press WV Well, our Rascal pup is seeing new things all the time. He has witnessed a flood for the first time. Before the snow came, we had a lot of rain and it flooded in the low part of the woods beside us last evening.  [ .... ]  Read More

An Olympic Glimmer on the Horizon

The Free Press WV North Korea and South Korea Stepping Down the Escalation Ladder -  The world is a month away from the PyeonChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. My friends in South Korea have already bought tickets for multiple events [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV “Whoever has the Son has life.”  If Jesus is your Friend and Savior, then you have life.  [ .... ]  Read More

Appeal to the Heartland

The Free Press WV I’m from the Heartland, from the lakes and woods of Minnesota. I lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin for almost all of the first half century of my life [ .... ]  Read More

Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice?

The Free Press WV People living now in Yemen’s third largest city, Ta’iz, have endured unimaginable circumstances for the past three years…  [ .... ]  Read More

The “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper

The Free Press WV During the mid-1930s, a best-selling exposé of the international arms trade, combined with a U.S. Congressional investigation of munitions-makers…  [ .... ]  Read More

From Swamp to Cesspool

The Free Press WV There is something that has bothered me about Donald Trump’s dishonesty and refusal to face reality, and China has it right:…  [ .... ]  Read More

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us

The Free Press WV “The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.”— Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Old Time Winter

The Free Press WVSome people get depressed in winter and are not very pleasant to be around. We need to count our blessings and thank the Lord each morning for keeping us safe through the night and for waking us up to another day to serve Him [ .... ]  Read More

A Scenario of Planet Earth’s Survival: Far-out Thoughts at the New Year

The Free Press WV What does the future hold for our planet? It is easy to prophesy doom: a nuclear war, irreversible climate change, hordes of dispossessed…  [ .... ]  Read More

Truth-Telling in Immigration

The Free Press WV As we enter a new year, 800,000 Dreamers await news of their fate in this country. Thwarted by a president who will soon terminate the only program…  [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV I believe that Jesus is coming soon and that the judgment hour is upon us and there is salvation only through Christ [ .... ]  Read More

Culture war on

The Free Press WVIf you watch Fox News, Fox and Friends, and that sort of thing, and if you listen to Rush and his sort, you know we are in the maelstrom of the culture wars. Sign me up!  [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Rep. Jenkins: 2017 was a year of wins for West Virginia

The Free Press WVWith the inauguration of President Donald Trump one year ago, America entered a new era of prosperity, hope and optimism. The president’s Make America Great Again strategy is putting American families first by creating jobs and growing our economy here at home [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia grants available for land protection

The Free Press WVAccording to the fund, projects can include wildlife habitats, working forests and farmlands, as well as hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation areas [ .... ]  Read More

Seized ivory probed for clues that could help save elephants

The Free Press WVScientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa [ .... ]  Read More

Civil Rights Trail Links 130 Landmarks

The Free Press WVVisitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other African American activists, thanks to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that launches on King’s birthday [ .... ]  Read More

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

The Gilmer Free PressCattle Sales Prices [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking the week of January 08-12, 2018

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of January 08, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia counties plan network of new trails

The Free Press WVA proposed trial for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders could breathe new life into a nearly forgotten railroad in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia hunters harvest 108,160 deer in 2017

The Free Press WVPreliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons. The 2017 harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803 [ .... ]  Read More

Baby sloth ready for visitors at Pittsburgh National Aviary

The Free Press WVPittsburgh’s indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia hunters harvest 3,160 black bears in 2017

The Free Press WV “Historically, an abundance of mast makes bears harder for archers to target, yet leads to a large December firearms harvest,” said Colin Carpenter, DNR’s Black Bear Project leader. “Mast abundance delays denning and keeps bears available to hunters for both the buck-gun and December firearms seasons”  [ .... ]  Read More

Whale biologist says whale protected her from shark

The encounter took place in October, but Hauser didn’t upload the video until Monday. It quickly spread via social media [ .... ]  Read More

5 Weirdest Things TSA Found in 2017

Satan’s pizza cutter?  [ .... ]  Read More

Mary E. Kiedaisch

The Free Press WV Age 95, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 07, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville. She was born April 05, 1922 at Burnt House, WV, the daughter of the late George F. and Delcie Drake Mathers.  [....]  Read More

WV Commissioner of Agriculture Lays out Vision, Legislative Requests for 2018

The Free Press WV “We learned a lot our first year in office. There was a lot issue that needed resolved, but we feel like we now have the right staff in place to help accomplish the mission of the department,“  [ .... ]  Read More

Age discrimination lawsuit against Department of Agriculture settled

The Free Press WVThe department agreed to pay Marvin Warner, of Beverly, $330,000 [ .... ]  Read More

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

The Free Press WVThe report makes detailed recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency for new restrictions on how and where the pesticides can be sprayed to help limit the harm [ .... ]  Read More

Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

The Free Press WVDavid Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems [ .... ]  Read More

Ford to bring out 40 electrics, hybrids by 2022

The Free Press WV Ford Motor Co. says it’s doubling its investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and plans to introduce 40 by 2022 [ .... ]  Read More

Take this job and shiver it: Chilly offices plague workers

The Free Press WVTwo long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks [ .... ]  Read More

A look at Facebook’s changes over the years in what you see

The Free Press WV Facebook is once again tweaking what you see to focus more on personal connections and take the spotlight off brands and news articles [ .... ]  Read More

Swiss Apple store evacuated after iPhone battery emits smoke

The Free Press WVsmoke from an overheating iPhone battery prompted the evacuation of some 50 staffers and customers at an Apple store in downtown Zurich [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

The Free Press WVConsider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature [ .... ]  Read More

FedEx Employee Discovers New Longest Prime Number

The Free Press WVIt’s 23,249,425 digits long   [ .... ]  Read More

France investigates Apple for slowing down old iPhones

The Free Press WV French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets [ .... ]  Read More

4 challenges posed by today’s long-distance relationships

The Free Press WVWhen people ask how my husband and I get through months spent on different continents, the conversation always turns to technology [ .... ]  Read More

AT&T’s and Verizon’s 5G

The Free Press WVAT&T’s and Verizon’s 5G networks are coming this year, and your internet speeds will be insanely fast when they arrive [ .... ]  Read More

Intel CEO: Fixes on the way for serious chip security flaws

The Free Press WVIntel has big plans to steer toward new business in self-driving cars, virtual reality and other cutting-edge technologies. But first it has to pull out of a skid caused by a serious security flaw in its processor chips, which undergird many of the world’s smartphones and personal computers   [ .... ]  Read More

Is your iPhone Slow?

The Free Press WV How to check if Apple is slowing down your iPhone: Apple recently admitted that it has been throttling the performance of [ .... ]  Read More

Are you charging your smartphone Correctly?

The Free Press WV Do you know how to keep your smartphone’s battery healthy? Probably not. In fact, you may have been hastening the death of your phone’s battery with your charging habits.  [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook CEO’s 2018 challenge: Fix Facebook

The Free Press WVThe Facebook CEO has declared a goal each year since 2009. Past challenges have included wearing a tie every day, learning to speak Mandarin and eating meat only from animals he killed himself [ .... ]  Read More

Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Gerald T. Campbell

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Vienna, WV, passed away suddenly, January 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV. to the late Earnest and Eileen Cain Campbell.  [ .... ]  Read More

James B. “Bud” Spaur

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life suddenly on the afternoon of Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Sand Fork. Born September 22, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV, Bud is the son of the late Charles D. and Retha Gregory Spaur.  [ .... ]  Read More

Judy Ann Knight

The Free Press WVAge 68, passed away at the UCLA Monica Hospital in Los Angeles, California on January 06, 2018. Judy was born on June 30, 1949 in Elsa, Texas, the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Kathryn Dillard. She lived many years in Rio Grande Valley of South Texas before moving to Grantsville, West Virginia, and most recently to Lemoore, California [ .... ]  Read More

Bobby Neil Hartshorn

The Free Press WVGod has chosen the day January 13, 2018 to be the day that he took his child Bobby Neil Hartshorn home to be with him to begin his eternal life, with his loved ones by his side. Bobby was born on January 05, 1955 to Oval Tom and Leone Fogle Hartshorn of Grantsville WV where he grew up and started his earthly life [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Lee McCullough

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Glenville after a courageous battle with aggressive cancer.  Born March 7, 1967 in Elyria, OH, Michael is the son of Betty Wolfe McCullough of Glenville and the late Paul McCullough who departed this life on October 29, 2004 [....]  Read More

Zane Grey Perkey

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Center Ave. Weston, WV retrieved his ball from the cup of the 18th hole, placed his putter back in his bag, one last time, and paused in reflection of a game well played, before heading for God’s Clubhouse on Friday evening, January 12, 2018. He was a native Lewis Countian who was born on June 12, 1928 a son of the late John Denton Perkey, and Evelyn Brannon Reeser Perkey.  [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Glen McKown

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Orma, Calhoun County, WC passed away Friday January 12, 2018 after one of the last of many battles with illness. He was born April 02, 1960 in Grantsville, WV, the son of the late Lee (Jr.) and Marie Wallbrown McKown of Arnoldsburg, WV.  [ .... ]  Read More

Charles J. Moyers

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Moyers Run, Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Eagle Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg, WV [....]  Read More

Grace Lavonne Hardman Parker,

The Free Press WV79, of Winter Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness. She was born in Pickens, WV on March 17, 1938: daughter of the late Roy Sherman Hardman and Madeline Grace (Jeffries) Hardman.  [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Jean Marple

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Lost Creek, WV on January 12, 1925: daughter of the late Fred M. Douglas and Gertie A. (Scarf) Douglas.  [ .... ]  Read More

Colten Douglas Facemire

The Free Press WVAge 5, of Sutton, WV passed away Sunday, January 07, 2018. He was born December 03, 2012, in Weston, WV to Isaac Douglas Facemire and Joy Hamric of Sutton [ .... ]  Read More

Carl D. Clark

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away January 10, 2018 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born March 21, 1934 on Ingram Ridge, in Ritchie County WV, the son of the late George W. and Tressa J. Clark [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Lee Campbell

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 30, 1943, in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Orel and Mabel Metz Campbell.  [....]  Read More

Frank Edward Wise

The Free Press WVAge 57 of Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Thursday January 11, 2018 at his residence in Glenville. Born May 31, 1960 in Pennsylvania, Frank is the son of the Kenneth Wise of Bradley Gardens, NJ;  and the late Ann E. Newell Wise.  [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Ruth Wilt

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born March 26, 1939 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Frank M. and Avis Ruth Lake Harper.  [ .... ]  Read More

James David Hutter

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Vadis Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Sunday, January 07, 2018 at home following a sudden illness. He was born in Pasadena, CA on December 03, 1942: son of the late Frank and Florence Hutter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine B. Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Grantsville, WV, passed away Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg. She was born July 11, 1930 at Big Bend, WV, a daughter of the late Adrian P. Bower, Sr. and Lona D. Starcher Bower.  [ .... ]  Read More

Marlene Conrad Stewart

The Free Press WV Age 86 of Calcutta, OH passed away Tuesday December 05, 2017 at Calcutta Health Care Center, Calcutta, OH. She was born February 20, 1931 in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Blondina Dean Richards

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Monday, January 08, 2018 at her home. She was born in Calhoun County, WV on July 12, 1931, a daughter of the late Curtis and Stella Yeager Deuley [ .... ]  Read More

Dwight “Sonny” Monroe McCourt

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Heaters, WV passed away Monday, January 08, 2018, at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.  He was born at Centralia, WV on August 16, 1945 to the late Oren McCourt and Agatha (Clutter) Corbett.  [ .... ]  Read More

Doris Jean (Baxter) Simon

The Free Press WV Age 77, passed away on Saturday, January 06, 2018 at Boswell Memorial Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. She was born May 12, 1940, in Flatwoods, West Virginia, daughter of the late Hyllis and Lela Barnes.  [....]  Read More

Mabel Ann Wine

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Pine Run Road, Orlando, WV; (Gilmer County) departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV; following an extended illness [....]  Read More

Cathy Darlene Veasey

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Frametown, WV passed away January 04, 2018 along with her sons, Charles Edward Veasey and Thomas Wayne Veasey [....]  Read More

Thomas Wayne Veasey

The Free Press WV Age 26, of Frametown, WV passed away January 04, 2018 along with his mother, Cathy Darlene Veasey and brother, Charles Edward Veasey [....]  Read More

Charles Edward Veasey

The Free Press WV Age 27, of Frametown, WV passed away January 04, 2018 along with his mother, Cathy Darlene Veasey and brother, Thomas Wayne Veasey [....]  Read More

Richard Burl Postalwait

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Grantsville, Calhoun County, WV passed away January 06, 2018 after a short struggle with cancer [....]  Read More

Buster Franklin Clevinger

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Orma, WV passed away Wednesday, January 03, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV following an extended illness [....]  Read More

Clyde Chester “Micky” Parsons Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 52 of Charleston, WV, departed this earthly life to join his daddy in heaven on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Clyde was born on November 22, 1965 in Weston, WV, son of Harold and Betty Blankenship Lowther of Cedarville, WV and the late Clyde Parsons [....]  Read More

Rondle Lee McCumbers Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Normantown, WV departed this life Saturday, January 06, 2018 surrounded by family. He was born January 10, 1935 in Stumptown, WV. Rondle was the son of the late Thomas Andrew McCumbers and Edna Ernie (Hardway)McCumbers.  [....]  Read More

Albert Lee Fuhrmaneck

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Sutton, WV passed away January 03, 2018, in Sutton, WV. He was born January 06, 1955 to Frederick Fuhrmaneck and the late Mary Louise Thomas [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Hal Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Oak Hill, WV passed away at 3:27 PM on Saturday, January 06, 2018 following a brief stay in the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, WV. He was born in Ritchie County, WV on March 28, 1929 a son of the late Bruce Hardman and Evelyn Blye Davisson Hardman.  [ .... ]  Read More

Donley Delano Helmick

The Free Press WVAge 83, of US Highway 19 N Jane Lew, WV passed away on Saturday, January 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Braxton County on March 26, 1934: son of the late Arthur Burdell Helmick and Orpha (Gregory) Helmick.  [ .... ]  Read More

Raetta June Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Vandalia, Skin Creek Community, passed away on Saturday, January 06, 2018, in Mon General Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 18, 1942: daughter of the late Ralph Jewell and Elizabeth (Strader) Jewell of Canton, OH.  [ .... ]  Read More

Larry (Max) Shiflet

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Normantown, WV passed away on Friday, January 05, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV [....]  Read More

Beatrice Elaine Sanders Brooks

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Mulberry Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 5:10 PM on Friday January 05, 2018 in the compassionate care of the staff of Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew [ .... ]  Read More

Floda Virginia Rexroad

The Free Press WV106 years young, of Weston, WV and Gassaway, WV passed away on Thursday, January 04, 2018 in Cabell Huntington Hospital following a brief illness [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth J. “Ken” Fitts

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Monroe Street, Weston, WV passed away at 1:05 PM on Thursday, January 04, 2018 in the compassionate care of the staff at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew [ .... ]  Read More

Darrell Eugene Metheney

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Leroy, WV passed away peacefully, at his home on January 03, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Jean Heflin

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Coffee Ave. West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, January 04, 2018 [....]  Read More

James Edward Wyant

The Free Press WVAge 72, of 805 Kunst Drive Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 in Fairmont Regional Hospital of Fairmont, WV following an extended illness [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Denzil Welch

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Rosedale, WV passed away Thursday, January 04, 2018 at his home [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Clarence Rollyson

The Free Press WVAge 48, of Oak Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 01, 2018 at his home following a year of treatments for throat cancer [ .... ]  Read More

Gayle Vannoy Doolittle

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Spencer,WV passed away December 30, 2017 at the Miletree Center, Spencer, after a long illness [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn Mae Cowell

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, January 03, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.  Carolyn was born May 09, 1935 in Pike, WV, a daughter of the late Robert S. Cowell and Elsie A. (Joy) Cowell Cottrill.  [ .... ]  Read More

Norma J. Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Somerset, OH passed away December 31st, 2017, at Lanfair Nursing Home. She was born to the late, Elias and Daisy Wadsworth Byrd on January 2nd, 1934 [....]  Read More

Laura Doraine “Sally” Skaggs

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away at her home on January 02, 2018, after a short illness. Sally was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia on July 19, 1930 [....]  Read More

Judith Elaine (Davis) Whitworth

The Free Press WVAge 67 of Moulton, AL, passed away Friday, December 30, 2017 at her home with her husband and step-daughter by her side. Judy was born in Glenville, WV on October 08, 1950, She is the daughter of the late Herbert Eugene and Anna Rosalee Teter Davis.  [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Rondell Gillespie

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Sutton, WV passed away December 29, 2017. He was born August 18, 1941 to the late Noel T. Gillespie and Hattie G. (Gregory) Gillespie and brother, Austin H. Gillespie [ .... ]  Read More

Erma Ruth “Peggy” Hendershot

The Free Press WVAge 79 of Salem, WV, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the United Hospital Center. She was born April 13,1938 in Jane Lew, WV; the daughter of the late Shirley Norman and Lucy (Wyatt) Norman [ .... ]  Read More

Etta Lou “Lucy” (Wilson) Ferrell

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away peacefully at her home the morning of December 30, 2017. She was born August 01, 1926, in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Ruth (Hosey) Wilson.  [....]  Read More

Arthur Cleo Helmick

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Sutton, WV passed away on December 30, 2017 [ .... ]  Read More

Roger “Cowboy” Cox

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Cairo, WV, passed away due to cancer on January 01, 2018 at his residence [....]  Read More

Elizabeth I. Horner

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Pine View Nursing and Rehab Center, Harrisville, WV [....]  Read More

Theodore Leroy “Ted” O’Connell

The Free Press WV Age 79, of McWhorter Road, Jane Le, WV passed away unexpectedly at 11:1AM on Monday, January 01, 2018 at his home from a probable heart attack [....]  Read More

Viola Virginia “Vi” Meadows

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Harrison Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 5:51PM on Saturday, December 30, 2017 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston [ .... ]  Read More

Jack Richardson

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Sutton, WV passed away December 31, 2017 at home [....]  Read More

Virginia “Ginny” Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Frametown, WV gained her heavenly wings on December 29, 2017 surrounded by her family [....]  Read More

James F. Richards

The Free Press WV Age 81, of St. Marys, WV, passed away, December 27, 2017, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. He was born, September 11, 1936, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Shirley Ivan and Idella Radabaugh Richards [....]  Read More

Robert Edward Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 63 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on Thursday evening, December 28, 2017 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown…  Read More

Freddie Veon Kerby

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Grantsville, WV passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville, WV…  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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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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Jeanette,
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.

Sincerely

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.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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