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33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties

Clarksburg Division (this includes Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Taylor, Harrison, Doddridge, Pleasants, Ritchie, Gilmer, Braxton, and Calhoun Counties)

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Thirteen were arrested this week after a federal grand jury returned indictments against 33 individuals from Florida, Mississippi, Maryland, and West Virginia on charges involving methamphetamine distribution and firearms, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

“This is yet another example of the team effort to combat dangerous drugs coming into our state from other states to be distributed by our residents to poison our communities. We will not tolerate any drug traffickers in our communities, nor will we tolerate them setting up shop near playgrounds, schools, and our children. The message is getting louder and louder that if you choose to sell drugs in our district, you will be prosecuted to fullest extent of the law,” said Powell.


Nineteen individuals were named in a 40-count indictment, alleging a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from the fall of 2017 to September 2018. Those indicted are:

·      Kedric Pearson, age 34, of Waynesboro, Mississippi

·      Paul Casto, age 55, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Stormy Hawkins, age 25, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      William Koch, age 33, of Anmore, West Virginia

·      Jacob Wright, age 36, of West Union, West Virginia

·      Donald Hickman, Jr., age 43, of Reynoldsville, West Virginia

·      Cody Boley, age 24, of Wallace, West Virginia

·      Byron Higginbotham, age 36, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Jodi Denkenberger, age 28, of Mount Claire, West Virginia

·      Erica Herron, age 37, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      David Weaver, age 33, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Taylor Espinoza, age 21, of Bridgeport, West Virginia

·      Stephen Richards, age 40, of Fairmont, West Virginia

·      Solomon Cottrill, age 32, of Salem, West Virginia

·      Nathan Crites, age 34, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Russell Clark, age 64, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Faith Martin, age 20, of Shinnston, West Virginia

·      Jesse Pack, age 23, of Clarksburg, West Virginia

·      Justin Jackson, age 40, of Baltimore, Maryland


In a separate case, a federal grand jury indicted 14 individuals on methamphetamine charges. The men and women are accused of conspiring with one another to distribute methamphetamine in Harrison County and elsewhere from October 2017 to September 2018. Those charged in the 27-count indictment are:

·      Juwan Floyd, age 26, of Tallahassee, Florida                                          

·      Kareem Sampson, age 29, of Morgantown, West Virginia                                      

·      Ramiro Pimentel Jr., age 31, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                              

·      Kelly Wright, age 36, of West Union, West Virginia                                          

·      Teressa Hall, age 33, of Bristol, West Virginia                                        

·      Nicholle Knotts, age 24, of Philippi, West Virginia                                            

·      Chance Ward, age 19, of Buckhannon, West Virginia                          

·      Ashley Wagner, age 27, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                                  

·      Brittany Miles, age 28, of Clarksburg, West Virginia                                  

·      Brandon Mays, age 30, of Fairmont, West Virginia                                            

·      Joshua Langbien, age 28, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Ann Marie Stankus, age 24, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Rodney Rowan, age 23, of Buckhannon, West Virginia

·      Chris Conley, age 35, of Clarksburg, West Virginia


The government is also seeking forfeiture of four vehicles, a house on Winding Way in Clarksburg, and more than $33,000 seized as a part of the investigation. Law enforcement has also seized 15 firearms.


Of the 33 defendants, 25 were detained. Those wanted are:

Ø  Donald Hickman

Ø  Faith Martin

Ø  William Koch

Ø  Erica Herron

Ø  Ashley Wagner

Ø  Russel Clark

Ø  Jesse Pack

Ø  Nichole Knotts

Ø  Kendric Pearson

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley is prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated. The United States Marshal Service assisted in the arrests.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, September 22-23, 2018

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Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day September 22-23, 2018. The event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information.

Staff from the Wildlife Resources, Law Enforcement and State Parks sections of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be available throughout the weekend to assist visitors in learning skills and to answer any questions they may have.

West Virginia native Frank Addington Jr. will perform hour-long shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Addington’s “bow and arrow razzle-dazzle” will feature shooting aspirin-sized objects out of the air. The entirety of the show is shot with a recurve bow behind his back.

For the first time, the Mountain State Kayak Anglers are hosting a bass fishing tournament. Up to 200 anglers will be competing Saturday on Stonewall, Stonecoal and Burnsville lakes. A cash prize of $10,000 will go to the top angler during the awards ceremony at noon Sunday.

The Outdoor Youth Challenge will take place Saturday and Sunday. Youth ages 6-18 may participate and will be eligible to win prizes such as a lifetime hunting and fishing license and hunting- and fishing-related items. Youth who compete in the five scored events can win a scholarship to Conservation Camp and Jr. Conservation Camp.

Seminars on wild game cooking, snakes, coyote calling and hunting, waterfowl hunting with dogs, and recording your own hunts will be presented each day. The event is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 14 and younger. Complete schedules are available at www.wvdnr.gov under the Special Opportunities heading. The event is co-sponsored by the DNR and the West Virginia Wildlife Federation.

Farm Bill at the Wire; SNAP Work Rules a Big Snag

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Congress may not be able to finish the farm bill by the end of the month, when the old one expires. One deadlock is a controversial plan to cut access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Josh Protas, vice president for public policy with Jewish hunger-relief group MAZON, said conservative House Republicans are insisting on adding work requirements to eligibility for SNAP - formerly known as food stamps. He said that’s not popular even with some Senate Republicans. But House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway of Texas is holding out.

“Farm income is down right now. Agricultural producers are being impacted by the trade wars and tariffs,” Protas said. “So their interests are really being put at risk by those who are trying to make harmful cuts to SNAP.“

Conaway and others argue the tough work rules are necessary to push people into employment. Food banks say state experiments have shown almost everyone on SNAP that can work has a job or is looking. They say the work rules don’t increase employment, just demand at pantries.

Food banks estimate the House proposal would mean SNAP would provide 9 billion fewer meals over 10 years. Kate Leone, senior vice president for government relations with Feeding America, said the House proposal includes more job training and government commodities for pantries. But she said it’s not enough.

“For every one meal that our network of food banks provides, SNAP provides 12,” Leone said. “That gap that would be created is something that we just simply can’t make up.“

The House farm bill barely passed on a near party-line vote. A Senate version of the bill - without the SNAP work rules - passed 86-11. A conference committee is meeting now, and Protas said it may not be able to hash out the differences in time.

“But time is quickly running out,” Protas said. “Whatever farm bill comes out of the conference committee will need to go to the Congressional Budget Office to be analyzed in terms of its budget impacts. So they’re quickly running out of time.“

President Donald Trump has tweeted that he prefers the work rules.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Multi-Disciplinary Workshop Held to Improve School Safety

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A variety of stakeholders, including educators, administrators and district representatives attended a two-day, multi-disciplinary workshop to discuss school safety challenges and highlights. The West Virginia School Safety Planning Workshop was facilitated by the National Governors Association and the National School Safety Alliance in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education and the office of West Virginia Homeland Security.

“These multi-agency workshops are integral to truly addressing the challenges that schools face in the modern world,” Paine said. “It is important that stakeholders come together to make real progress in improving school safety and cultivating healthy students who are ready to learn. School safety must not only focus on security at our facilities, but supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of each and every student.”

During the workshop, participants discussed many aspects of school safety, including mental health and how to strengthen planning, coordination and collaboration across agencies. Stakeholders were also given an overview of current initiatives to improve school safety while identifying the unique challenges that are facing today’s students, educators and administrators.

“School safety is a priority for governors across the nation and states are taking the lead on developing proactive solutions to address this complex issue,” said Jeff McLeod, Division Director, Homeland Security & Public Safety Division at the National Governors Association. “NGA is grateful for the opportunity to support West Virginia’s school safety efforts and encourages states to bring together stakeholders across disciplines to discuss ways to strengthen planning, coordination and collaboration.”

The facilitators hope that workshops like this one will help to identify best practices that can guide schools throughout the state. Moving forward, leadership within the West Virginia Department of Education plans to grow the workshops into a statewide safety conference.

This workshop is the latest in a multifaceted effort by Superintendent Paine to dive deeper into school safety issues. In May of this year, Paine assembled 17 students from across the state to participate in the first Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council on Safe Schools. The Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council was established to provide a voice for the students of West Virginia public schools by representing and presenting the interests of the students to administrative and policy-making bodies. Insights from the meeting have been used to inform education leaders and policy-making bodies.

GSC Theatre Schedules Production of ‘Boeing Boeing’

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Students in Glenville State College’s theater program will be performing ‘Boeing Boeing’ by Marc Camoletti as their first production of the fall semster. The nightly performance will run from Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29 and will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Boeing Boeing is a classic bedroom farce. It tells the story of Bernard, a Parisian who lives near Orly Airport, who has interesting living arrangements. He is engaged to Gloria, Gabriella, and Gretchen, all of whom are stewardesses and none of whom know about one another. Bernard keeps everything straight by following airline timetables and gifted improvisation. His grouchy maid, Berthe, is in on the scam and helps him keep the apartment straight.

However, when new, faster Boeing jet planes come on the scene all of Bernard’s timetables start to unravel along with everyone’s nerves. Soon, all three stewardesses are in the apartment at the same time and chaos ensues.

The cast of Boeing Boeing includes Jacob McLaughlin as Bernard, Brittany Benson as Gloria, Victoria Guillory as Berthe, Brandon White as Robert, Anna Childers as Gabriella, and Rune Clutter as Gretchen. The play is designed and directed by GSC Professor of Communication Dennis Wemm. The stage crew includes Jasmine Tarman operating the lights and scenery by Wemm, Jasime Tarman, Nic Duffield, and Justin White. Stage managers are Chase Rakes and Bradley Benson along with makeup by Ceara Scott. The constumes were supplied by Norcostco Atlanta Costumes.

The original play by Marc Camoletti premiered in Paris in 1961. An English translation by Beverly Cleary appeared in London the next year with a Broadway adaptation by Francis Evans in 1965. It was revived in London and New York in 2008, where it won the Tony Award for best revival. It was also made into a movie starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

The play will be presented in the President’s Auditorium in the Heflin Administration Building. The performance has a ‘PG’ rating. Admission is free for students and $5 for the general public.

For more information about the performance, contact Wemm at or 304.462.6323.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before November 19, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Nelson Reed Peggie M. Nielson 16703 Hasina Knoll Drive
Cypress, TX 77429
James Watson Conrad Tim Conrad 2385 Turkey Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Arnold J. Smith Roselea Darlene Sprouse PO Box 224
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : September 20, 2018

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 06, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Taylor present. Councilwoman Dean was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance

Swearing in of Lloyd Bone as Representative for Ward 4: Mayor Fitzpatrick swore in Lloyd Bone to serve as Council member for Ward 4 for the remainder of Councilwoman Stewart-Huffman’s term.


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – July0 2, 2018

The minutes from the July 02, 2108 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial report with Council. The City is currently at 10.13% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 4.78% and expenditures at 10.03%. Deposits were not up to date of the meeting in Revenue due to office computer crashing. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the street report with council. We currently do not have a street department worker.


Police Report

Due to computer problems, Chief Huffman will provide the police report at next month’s meeting.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the board meeting on July 27, 2018. No problems to report on water or sewer side.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments


* GSC Student activity request

Adrian Duelley, GSC Student Activities Director, requested permission to hold a bonfire and music on Move-In Day at GSC. Noise Ordinance requires noise ceases at 10:00 p.m. Council approved.


* Reminder: National Night Out will be August 7th (5:00-8:00)

National Night Out and Back to School Bash will be tomorrow evening from 5-8 pm. Mayor Fitzpatrick invited council to attend.


* Officer Gadney’s Resignation (Military full time)

Officer Gadney submitted his letter of resignation with the City police department effective August 2 pending military orders resulting in relocation.


* Street Department

Requested Executive Session at end of meeting to discuss a personnel matter.


- Repairs to Turkey Run on Walnut Street

Chief Huffman took a vacation day to work on repairs to Turkey Run on Walnut Street by the Leggett residence. He straightened the creek to avoid erosion along the road.


* Reminder: 5K run on the 25th (Alzheimer’s Awareness)

The event starts at nursing home going up VanHorn Drive beginning at 9:00 a.m. The City will provide safety as runners cross the street.


* Council Members: Please take note of areas in your ward which require attention.

This includes potholes in the road, street light outages, etc. There was a hole on Powell Street that was filled in. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to move into Executive Session at 7:09 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Fisher made a motion for council to move out of executive session at 7:15 p.m. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to hire Eric Cain as the new street worker at $14.00/hour. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


III. Other Business to come before Council

Dickey Barrett noted a problem with one of the electric poles on South Lewis Street. When the right of way was cut, some vines were left on the power lines catching on fire. Mayor Fitzpatrick contacted First Energy and they will have someone from their forestry division to look at this.


IV. Next City Council Meeting

Mayor Fitzpatrick polled council regarding the next scheduled meeting date since it falls on a holiday. The next council meeting will be September 03, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.

Man Arrested in Glenville on Drug Charges During Surveillance Operation

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The Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit arrested a man on a drug charge during a surveillance operation on another man.

On September 17, officers were looking for Duncan Canter in Glenville on a charge out of Braxton County

After seeing Canter outside on North Lewis Street, an officer waited for backup to arrive to make an arrest.

While waiting for backup, the officer saw a silver vehicle with three people inside stop at the address he was doing surveillance. 

The unit said the driver got out and spoke with Canter.

Once backup arrived, officers approached and arrested Canter. 

An officer said inside the silver vehicle he could see a glass smoking device on the back floor board in a shoe, and in the driver’s door handle he could see what looked to be a glass smoking device sticking out of a black bag.

Officers patted down the driver of the vehicle, identified as Gilbert Pimentel, age 29, of California, who told them about a knife in his front pocket. 

Officers said they found a small, glass smoking device along with the knife.

An officer conducted a search of the vehicle and found the black bag in the driver’s door handle containing a glass smoking device with suspected meth residue, along with empty baggies, a white scale with suspected meth residue and approximately 3.11 grams of suspected methamphetamine. 

Officers said they also found a large amount of cash in Pimentel’s back pocket, several small, empty baggies in his wallet and an open backpack in the back seat of the vehicle containing glass pieces for a glass bong and more small, plastic baggies used for drug sales.

After officers arrested Pimentel and put him inside a patrol vehicle, Pimentel managed to open the back door and run toward Glenville State College. 

Officers said they found Pimentel and placed him back into the patrol vehicle.

Pimentel is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. 

Two passengers who were inside the silver vehicle were released from the scene.

Glenville State Professor Pens Novel

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A new book written by Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn is earning praise for its witty, insightful, and sometimes painful look into asylums nearly a half-century ago.

The book, Two Days at the Asylum, is set four days prior to the moon landing in 1969. The novel takes readers on a tour of an asylum. Day One is ‘community day’ when the public was permitted to visit the facility for a small fee and witness the patients’ bizarre, manipulative, sexual, and religious themed behaviors. Day Two is when the doors are closed to the public and the reader may witness the bizarre, manipulative, sexual, and religious themed behaviors of the professionals - the psychiatrists, psychologists, administrators, nurses, and social workers.

Walborn drew on a brief stint working at an asylum for some of the content for the book. “I had over 70 pages of notes from my time working on the Admissions Unit with the goal of eventually writing a novel. It is an Archie Bunker version of mental health. It is not politically correct,” Walborn said.

“There is a real stigma against asylums. What people forget is that the word means sanctuary or a safe place, which is what people with severe and chronic mental disorders need the most. Following the closing of the munificent asylums, one-third of our homeless people are suffering from schizophrenia. The American Psychiatric Association estimates that one in five of prisoners in our expensive prisons are seriously mentally ill,” he said. Walborn advocates for the reviving of the asylums and he highlights how there is a movement among some Pennsylvania psychologists who are also advocating reopening some of the asylums. Walborn summarized, “People with severe and chronic mental disorders have no place to go. They end up in the streets or they end up getting into trouble and are imprisoned. Contemporary mental hospitals, like the Sharpe Hospital in Weston that replaced an old asylum, offer numerous services and patient advocates to verify that patients are not mistreated.”

Ten percent of the author’s proceeds goes to the Visionary Grants Program of the American Psychological Association to help fund efficacious mental health services.

Two Days at the Asylum earned a runner-up award in the fiction category at the 2018 Hollywood Book Festival in addition to receiving a General Fiction Honorable Mention Award at the 2018 San Francisco Book Festival, an Honorable Mention Award at the 2018 New York Book Festival, and an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Beach Book Festival. Two Days at the Asylum recently won a Readers Favorite Award. Additionally, the publisher, Headline Books, Inc., won 2017 and 2018 Independent Publisher of the Year awards.

In 2014 Walborn wrote Religion in Personality Theory and in 1986 he wrote a graduate-level textbook for psychotherapists titled Process Variables. All three of his books are available on Amazon.

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Contractor Fails to Withhold 11 Years Payroll Taxes, Only Forced to Pay Two

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A highway contractor that was found to not be withholding West Virginia state payroll taxes for a decade is being required by the state to pay back only two years’ worth.

Florida industrial painting company Seminole Equipment was the low bidder on a South Charleston bridge project.

Steve White, director of Affiliated Construction Trades, said through payroll records, the union found Seminole hadn’t withheld state payroll taxes for about $10 million in contracts going back 11 years.

White said the union filed a complaint and even picketed last fall, but the state put a lien on Seminole for only the last two years’ worth of withholding.

“How could a company not withholding income tax not be required to make good on that?“ asked White. “If it was a person locally that hadn’t paid for 11 years, and they got caught, we’d all be expecting ‘em to pay up.“

The West Virginia State Revenue Department lien is for more than $160,000 for “accrued withholding, interest, additions to tax and penalties.“ Neither Seminole nor the Revenue Department returned calls requesting comment for this report.

White said he isn’t sure if the two-year limit is set by law, or represents the state’s lack of will to go after the money. Either way, in his view, it needs to change.

The construction trade unions watch public contracts closely, and often report what they find. The website WVCheckbook.gov also provides detailed information about state contracts and spending.

White believes that too often, West Virginia lets low-cost, non-union contractors come in from out of state and underbid on public work. According to White, at times these companies cut corners and do a shoddy job.

“It’s a privilege to get the tax dollars, you know - they don’t have a right to it, coming from Florida,“ he insisted. “If you’ve been caught cheating, you should be barred from bidding projects for a period of time, if not forever. Let those honest companies have a chance to get this work, and it’ll probably turn out to be a better job.“

White estimated the company may owe the state close to a half-million dollars for improper withholding. He added if those employees file state tax returns, West Virginia is on the hook for any refunds.

And he pointed out that, despite this controversy, Seminole Equipment has a current $8.5 million contract for work in Raleigh County.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

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How about the contractors building Public Schools - An Example: Building of Gilmer County Elementary School while the County was under State Control?

Jeanette Riffle: My First Cotton Candy

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I remember going to horse races at the Gilmer County Fairgrounds , with Papaw Warner, when I was a child. This would have been back in the late 40’s. The stables are still there.  Papaw always bought me an ice cream cone but one time I saw people walking around eating this pink fuzzy stuff in a cone and I didn’t know what it was.  He told me and asked if I wanted that instead of ice cream.  I decided to try it but I was surprised when I took one big bite into it and it melted right down to sugar in my mouth. I ate it but I told him that I liked ice cream better.

My husband said that he had his first frozen custard at a carnival going on in the fairgrounds.

Nowadays, they call it,” soft serve.” Duane said that he has never tried cotton candy. When he was a teenager, he helped the farmers in hay but he didn’t have much money and when he was at the carnival, he had to make sure he bought something that he knew he liked.

Mom’s aunt, Lula Lowe, usually cooked and helped out with the concession stand when something was going on at the fairgrounds. She was a wonderful cook. She was Mamaw Bessie Lowe Warner’s sister. Lowe’s grew up on Mill Fork in Braxton County.

When my Great Aunt Lula had the Log Cabin Restaurant in Glenville, she kept us supplied with gallons of ice cream, after Dad got a freezer.  In summer, my parents took her bushels of half runner beans and tomatoes. Business picked up when people found out that she had those fresh green beans. We had plenty of that at home so we always ordered things that we didn’t get that often.  She would see us coming in the door and yell, “ Howdy folks. What’ll it be. It’s on the house.” She gave away many a free meal, not only to us but to others besides.

Town cops got free meals and anyone who was hungry could come in there and eat.  I guess some just threw down whatever they could afford. She had a woman to wash dishes,  but she did the rest.  She was a hard worker and Sunday was her only day to sleep in and rest up. I remember her big pot of hot dog sauce. Everyone loved her hot dogs and hamburgers fried on a griddle. Us kids usually ordered that and chocolate milk for our drink.  When my Warner grandparents lived in Glenville,  Papaw took Mamaw to see her sister every day. Mamaw would head for the kitchen on her cane where Great Aunt Lula had a chair and a big plate of fried chicken waiting for her.  They said that when they were growing up, it took a lot of fried chicken for Sunday dinner because it took one whole chicken for their mother, Roxie Stump Lowe. They sure must have raised a lot of chickens. I will be back next week, “ Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. “  We are supposed to get some rain in here from Hurricane Florence.

Take care and God bless!

Glenville State College Ranked a Top Ten Regional College

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Glenville State College has improved its ranking among the top regional colleges for 2019 according to U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for their southern region.

GSC ranked #10 (tie) in Top Public Schools Regional Colleges South and #52 (tie) in Regional Colleges South in the 2019 assessment. The previous year GSC was ranked #13 in the South for public colleges and #57 for all colleges.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the schools listed in the Best Regional Colleges assessment focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

“I take great pride in being able to lead a college that is of the quality of Glenville State,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett. “The College has shown up on a number of national and regional college rankings, putting GSC at the top of some very impressive lists. These accolades are a true testament to our outstanding faculty and staff as well as the talents of our phenomenal students. Also, this year’s ranking recognizes the forward movement that Glenville State College is making,” Pellett continued. “Within just the past year, the institution has made modest but meaningful gains in terms of enrollment, retention, campus improvements, and faculty and staff salaries – among many others. This acknowledgement is appreciated and a great testament of our improvement in quality, efficiency, and value for students.”

Dr. Victor Vega, new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at GSC stated, “I expect to see GSC’s ranking improve even further over time based on an increased focus on student international experiences, undergraduate research, and service learning opportunities. Our enhancement of the learning experience and acute focus on student success is only improving and expanding. Thus, I am confident that our quality and value will only continue to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report and others in the future.”

G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages

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Initial scores for the West Virginia General Summative Assessment show Wood County Schools exceeding state averages in both reading and math at every grade level.

Superintendent Will Hosaflook presented a brief overview of the scores during Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. Hosaflook said while he was given the green light on releasing the overall scores Tuesday, the state will not release a full report, including accountability scores, until noon Thursday.

“The state superintendent has embargoed those results until the state school board meets” Thursday morning, he said.

Hosaflook said the scores show Wood County Schools above state proficiency averages, but added he believed much more work needed to be done.

“There is success at every one of our schools, and it’s important to be celebrating that success,” he said. But, “I’m not satisfied, because there is always room for improvement.”

In third-grade math, 48 percent of West Virginia students were proficient, while 51 percent of Wood County Schools students were proficient. For fourth-grade, the state scored 45 percent and Wood County scored 51 percent. In fifth-grade, the state scored 40 percent and Wood County was 52 percent.

The numbers for elementary school reading were similar. In third-grade, the state scored 47 percent, while Wood County scored 52 percent. In fourth-grade, the state scored 45 percent and Wood County was 47 percent. In fifth-grade, the state scored 44 percent and Wood County was 53 percent.

Middle school proficiency rates were lower for both the state and the county. In math, sixth-graders scored 34 percent at the state level and 36 percent locally. In seventh-grade, the state scored 35 percent and Wood County scored 38 percent. In eighth-grade, the state scored 32 percent and Wood County scored 36 percent.

In sixth-grade reading, the state scored 43 percent and Wood County scored 46 percent. In seventh-grade, the state scored 44 percent and Wood County scored 46 percent. In eighth-grade, the state scored 41 percent and Wood County scored 47 percent.

“We were above the state in every category,” Hosaflook said. “Still, being above the state average is not good enough for me, nor is it good enough for the students, teachers and everyone in this room. We will improve.”

This marked the first year where the national SAT exam was used by West Virginia as a statewide exam for 11th-grade students.

Hosaflook said the county’s three high schools all scored around the state math average of 465 and exceeded the state average of 460 in reading with scores ranging from 485-493. Overall, the state SAT average was 942, and Hosaflook said the high schools were right around that average, with Parkersburg High School being the highest in the county with an overall score of 958.

Hosaflook cautioned the county’s accountability scores, which will not be made public until Thursday, would not be as good, as the test scores were only part of the formula used to determine those numbers. Hosaflook said the main area of concern is attendance, and only one school in the district met those requirements.

Hosaflook said federal changes to the state’s accountability system count almost all days missed by students, even those due to illness or death in the family, as absences, which count against the school’s overall attendance score, even if they are considered excused absences by the school system.

Hosaflook said attendance is an area of concern for Wood County Schools, with about 14 percent of the district’s students considered “chronically absent,” and will be a major part of what he will focus on in the coming months. Board members agreed.

“If kids aren’t in school, they’re not learning,” said board member Justin Raber. “I really feel we need to focus on attendance whole-heartedly. I think it really places accountability on parents and guardians to make sure their children are in school.”


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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE?  on  09.18.2018

West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is !  on  09.19.2018

The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling  on  09.19.2018

Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers  on  09.21.2018

To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific  on  09.21.2018

Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer  on  09.21.2018

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All eyes have been keeping watch on the weather events in the Carolinas for the past several days, and at this writing on Sunday evening, we are watching to see how the remnants of Hurricane Florence will impact West Virginia rivers and streams.  Having Jessica and her family, as well as Jean’s brother and his family and many friends from central West Virginia potentially in the storm’s bullseye certainly made this weather event personal.  It also reminded me that every person that is impacted by the flood has worried family and friends somewhere. 

While the greater Charleston, SC area was spared the hurricane’s direct strength, those in North Carolina and inland South Carolina are experiencing historic and devastating flooding.  By mid-week, we will know more about this unfolding tragedy.  Likewise, we’ll know to what extent West Virginians have been impacted.

Sunday afternoon, the heat, humidity and threat of rain did not deter the “55 Strong” teachers, state employees and school service personnel from a rally on the south side of our State Capitol.  Several other regional events were also held at various locations around the State.  I was only able to attend for a short time but the message is unchanged from seven months ago…it’s time to fix PEIA.

At this writing, the members of the Governor’s PEIA Task Force have not issued a final report, nor have they produced any recommendations for additional insurance funding for active and retired teachers, school service personnel and state workers.  The Sunday rally was a reminder that the clock is ticking for the Governor’s committee to come up with a solution to PEIA funding.  They need to complete their work with recommendations for meaningful action.

Here’s another concern.  Because PEIA ended the previous fiscal year with a $30 million surplus, I’m highly skeptical that any bold, meaningful recommendations coming from the committee will be acted upon.  Comments I heard from some legislative leaders this afternoon may well be an indicator of the majority party and administration’s intention to use last year’s PEIA surplus to freeze or reduce premium increases, co-pays and deductibles in an attempt to divert attention away from the more difficult task of finding a permanent funding fix.  If so, that is the very scenario that former Governor Tomblin and the previous PEIA Board were severely criticized for by many of those who are now the current legislative leadership.

Now is the time to tap a combination of revenue sources to fully fund PEIA.  One potential source is by increasing the tax on out-of-state corporations that have massive land holding throughout West Virginia.  This has been an untapped source for decades with no movement in sight.

Meanwhile, the budget numbers for the first two months of the 2019 fiscal year are running ahead of estimates by $65 million.  Although that is a 19% increase from last year, it still does begin to get us back to the financial position we enjoyed a few years ago.  Consumer sales tax, personal income tax and severance tax collections are the primary drivers, which should continue strong for a while longer.  If this trend does continue, we should begin to consider restoring some of the harmful cuts made to programs that affect kids, seniors, higher education and public safety – law enforcement, volunteer fire departments and other first responders.  Drug treatment centers are needed throughout our State and affordable job training programs are in short supply.  The Road Fund is strong, but we need the weather to cooperate on making as many repairs and upgrades as possible for the remainder of this calendar year.

Finally, it’s been difficult to comprehend that seventeen years have passed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation…events that have forever changed how we view national security and terrorism.  Just as Pearl Harbor reshaped and refocused our nation at the beginning of WW II, so did the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  At every milepost in history we have pulled together as a nation, laid partisanship aside and jointly worked to redouble our security efforts.  Meanwhile, the brave men and women of our Armed Services continue to do their duty, here and around the world; law enforcement and first responders stand strong to protect and serve.

We must continue to do all possible to avoid and prevent another terrorist attack, war, or any other traumatic, history changing event.  Now is the time for true statesmen and stateswomen to step up and lead at every level of government.  It’s time to put partisan politics aside in order to move our state and nation forward.  Our kids and grandkids are watching and waiting to see who’s willing to practice leadership by example. 

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

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at 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.

Glenville State Bluegrass Student Nominated for IBMA Award

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The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has nominated Glenville State College student Alan Tompkins as a contender for its Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year award. He was previously nominated for the award in 2016 and 2017. Tompkins is enrolled in GSC’s new and one-of-a-kind online bluegrass music degree program.

You can currently hear Tompkins on the air as he hosts the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show, a two-hour bluegrass music program on the air every Sunday on KHYI-FM 95.3 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“I’m honored to be nominated for this award by the IBMA. Being included on a list of talented bluegrass broadcasters such as Steve Martin, Kris Truelsen, Michelle Lee, and Larry Carter is humbling,” Tompkins said.

A western Kentucky native, Tompkins grew up steeped in the sounds of classic country, gospel, and bluegrass music. He moved to Dallas in 1983, where he earned an MBA and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. His career kept him busy for the next two decades, but the musical fire never burned out. His love of bluegrass, the music of his home state, motivated him to learn banjo, upright bass, and other instruments used in traditional bluegrass, eventually releasing his own album, No Part of Nothin’.

Tompkins holds an associate’s degree as a Professional Studio Artist (with high distinction) along with a Certificate in Audio Recording from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music. He is also a graduate of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass program of 2009, served on the Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee from 2010-2018, and served as the Committee Chair from 2011-2014. He was previously honored by the IBMA, receiving their Momentum Award for Industry Involvement in 2015. He presently serves on the IBMA board of directors and the board of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music. Tompkins is also the founder and President of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in America.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Bluegrass Music Program at Glenville State College. I’ve always enjoyed learning, and there’s nothing that I enjoy learning about more than bluegrass music. What Dr. [Megan] Darby and the faculty at Glenville are doing to make bluegrass music education available to students nationwide - especially those who aren’t able to attend traditional classes - is thrilling.  I’m looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of bluegrass music through the Glenville State College program,” he added.

The IBMA award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, September 27 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The following day, GSC’s Bluegrass Band has been invited to perform at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass Music Program Director Dr. Megan Darby says that the event gives GSC students and alumni an opportunity to share their talents and mission of preserving and promoting traditional bluegrass music.

For more information about the traditional or online bluegrass music education programs at Glenville State, contact Darby at or call 304.462.6347.

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The Free Press WV General Motors is recalling about 41,000 pickup trucks and police sports utility vehicles because of loose brake pedals [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices decline 0.6% in August; export prices edge down 0.1%  [....]  Read More

Nike Sales Soar After Colin Kaepernick Ad

The Free Press WVThe brand clocked a 31 percent boost in online sales over Labor Day weekend [ .... ]  Read More

US consumer borrowing up strong $16.6 billion in July

The Free Press WV Americans increased their borrowing in July at nearly double the pace of the previous month, evidence that confident consumers are willing to take on more debt to support their spending [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 09.14.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 1.2% Weekly Gain in Broad Climb Led by Telecom; Financials Lag [ .... ]  Read More

China promises retaliation if US imposes more tariffs

The Free Press WV China has promised retaliation if U.S. President Donald Trump escalates their tariff battle, raising the risk Beijing might target operations of American companies as it runs out of imports for penalties [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

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Consumer Price Index

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Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won’t make hatchback in US

The Free Press WV Ford won’t be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China — despite President Donald Trump’s claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America [ .... ]  Read More

Tart cranberries and sour cream make pound cake sparkle

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For a nutty, risotto-style dish, reach for the farro

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COOKING ON DEADLINE: Instant Pot Mediterranean Lamb Stew

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This Spanish-inspired seafood dish is a simple one-pot meal

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Pan roasting chicken produces moist meat and crisp skin

The Free Press WVPAN-ROASTED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH SHALLOT-THYME SAUCE [ .... ]  Read More

A multicooker helps make a deeply flavorful tortilla soup

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When to plant bulbs in the fall? Science, nature offer clues

The Free Press WVTo ensure that bulbs planted in the fall will bloom in early spring, timing is important [ .... ]  Read More

How to transform broccoli rabe and sausage into a casserole

The Free Press WVBAKED ZITI WITH SAUSAGE AND BROCCOLI RABE [ .... ]  Read More

For an easy and nutritional chicken dish, add a sheet pan

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We make our cheese bread with flour, milk and sour cream

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Ditch the store-bought raspberry jam for a jar made at home

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A blueberry tart that simply works, so you don’t have to

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Try a simplified meaty pasta sauce that has no flavor lost

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COOKING ON DEADLINE: Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

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Weary of Pumpkin Spice Craze? We Have Bad News

The Free Press WVThe drink for the fall is already back, earlier than ever   [ .... ]  Read More

Opinions

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Hey! Democracy! Choices!

The Free Press WVWhat, we wonder, can we do about it? What is there to do about a lack of funding for our public schools and education in general? Just looking at the federal level [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. support for the bombing of Yemen to continue, for now

The Free Press WV On September 12, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “…are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm [ .... ]  Read More

Suspending the Constitution: In America Today, the Government Does Whatever It Wants

The Free Press WV “That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.”—Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale [ .... ]  Read More

Keeping racism alive at the polls

The Free Press WVThere’s almost no such thing as voter fraud, even though the Trump administration — and Republicans in general — affect to be so afraid of it they’ve had to develop a system guaranteed to purge voters from the rolls in enormous numbers [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: My First Cotton Candy

The Free Press WV I remember going to horse races at the Gilmer Coubty Fairgrounds , with Papaw Warner, when I was a child [ .... ]  Read More

Yelling at Your Kids Doesn’t Work, Makes You Look ‘Weak’

The Free Press WV There is a better way, and Stephen Marche explains one option   [ .... ]  Read More

Reviving the spirit of ’68

The Free Press WV I was a hippie/bicycle delivery boy living in San Francisco when the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago 50 years ago, so I absorbed the chaos, the police riot, from half a continent away [ .... ]  Read More

Coming Apart? Maybe Not

The Free Press WV Day by day the Trump administration is coming apart. Revelations abound about the dysfunctions of the Trump team, about Trump’s ignorance and incompetence, and now about a “resistance” group [ .... ]  Read More

The Tip of the Radiation Disaster Iceberg

The Free Press WV The World Nuclear Association says its goal is “to increase global support for nuclear energy” and it repeatedly claims on its website: “There have only been three major accidents across 16,000 cumulative reactor-years of operation in 32 countries”  [ .... ]  Read More

What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America

The Free Press WV“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”―Edward Abbey, American author [ .... ]  Read More

Preventing Nuclear War: A National Campaign Emerges

The Free Press WV A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called “Back from the Brink [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Fall is Coming On

The Free Press WV The weather man is calling for rain this whole weekend and as I type this, the wind is bringing down a shower of leaves outside [ .... ]  Read More

No More Forgotten Wars: End US Support for Saudi Coalition War Crimes in Yemen

The Free Press WVIf the US were to follow the rules of warfare written into US military law and treaties to which the US is a party, the US must immediately end its support for the Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen [ .... ]  Read More

4 Possible Culprits Behind Trump Op-Ed

The Free Press WVPundit doesn’t put Mike Pence on the short list   [ .... ]  Read More

Lock him up! Lock him up! The Flipper regime

The Free Press WV His karma is headed over the cliff. They are finding the witches, eh? Michael Cohen, his fixer lawyer, pleads out, flipping off Trump. His Campaign Chair, Paul Manafort, is convicted on a cluster [ .... ]  Read More

National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park, September 22-23, 2018

The Free Press WVThe event is the largest outdoor hunting and fishing show in the state, with approximately 100 vendors exhibiting hunting, fishing and conservation-related merchandise and information [ .... ]  Read More

Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts

The Free Press WVThere’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields [ .... ]  Read More

Agriculture Strategic Plan Meetings Set for October

The Free Press WV The community meetings are being held in Charleston, New Martinsville, Ghent, Sutton, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Parkersburg, Philippi, Core, Lewisburg, Tridelphia, Wayne, Point Pleasant and Mt. Clare [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer County winter grazing field day

The Free Press WVThe Field Day will be held at 6 p.m. September 18 at the Westfall Farm in Gilmer County. The farm is located just outside of Glenville [ .... ]  Read More

DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for National Hunting and Fishing Day display

The Free Press WVNational Hunting and Fishing Day celebration at Stonewall Resort State Park on September 22-23 [ .... ]  Read More

North Bend State Park to host 51st Nature Wonder Weekend September. 21-23, 2018

The Free Press WVNorth Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods even [ .... ]  Read More

State park uses goats to attack invasive weeds

The Free Press WV After unsuccessful attempts with chemical and mechanical weed treatments at New River Gorge, the National Park Service has decided to try its luck with an all-natural solution: goats [ .... ]  Read More

Ginseng season started September 01

The Free Press WV West Virginia’s 2018 ginseng season opened Saturday, September 01, and continues through Friday, November 30 [ .... ]  Read More

Those Airport Security Trays Harbor a Lot of Cold Germs

The Free Press WVNew study says airport security trays are biggest airport risk for respiratory virus germs   [ .... ]  Read More

Children Now Banned From Major Cruise Line

The Free Press WVNo more under-18s on Viking Cruises   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Trying a Cow Trick: Adding Seaweed to Feed

The Free Press WVThe test will see whether it can reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas   [ .... ]  Read More

Elk Management Project Tours begin at Chief Logan Lodge in September and October 2018

The Free Press WVThe West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be leading 20 guided tours of the state’s elk reintroduction site in Logan County in September and October [ .... ]  Read More

Body Camera Footage Shows Officer Save Fawn

The fawn was stuck in a fence   [ .... ]  Read More

Hunters encouraged to perform preseason scouting and equipment checks

The Free Press WV September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to remind hunters to prepare by scouting, inspecting equipment and sharpening their skills [ .... ]  Read More

Fighting the Caribbean’s Turtle-Killing Scourge

The Free Press WVThis isn’t fun in the sun. Sargassum algae is drowning baby sea turtles, dolphins and fish in its leafy, brown thatch [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

US Service Members May Soon Get Phones in Their Mouths

The Free Press WVPentagon signs contract for ‘Molar Mic,‘ a communications device clipped to users’ teeth   [ .... ]  Read More

Limestone Altar Reveals Secret of Mayan Rule

The Free Press WVGuatemalan engraving may reveal how rival dynasty defeated Tikal   [ .... ]  Read More

Doc Says Disease, Not Da Vinci, Shaped Mona Lisa’s Smile

The Free Press WVHypothyroidism theory points to swelled hands, weak facial muscles   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Aiming to Curb Pandemics Target Airport

The Free Press WVAnd find viruses in a place you may not expect   [ .... ]  Read More

US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

The Free Press WVBoth in ‘critical but stable condition’ in South Africa   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientist Scoffs at Latest Theory on Cuban Ailments

The Free Press WVPenn prof scoffs at microwave explanation, sees a simpler answer in ultrasound ‘spytech’  [ .... ]  Read More

8 Bird Species Fall Victim to ‘Growing Wave of Extinctions’

The Free Press WVHabitat loss via deforestation among issues: study   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientist Passed Over for Nobel Wins $3M, Donates It

The Free Press WVThe prize money will go to foster diversity in physics   [ .... ]  Read More

Farmers’ Almanac: Get Ready for ‘Teeth-Chattering’ Winter

The Free Press WVBut the Old Farmer’s Almanac had a different prediction last week   [ .... ]  Read More

Toddlers Can Spot This Unflattering Trait

The Free Press WVStudy suggests they can distinguish between bullies and authentic leaders [ .... ]  Read More

If a Nuke Hit, US Wouldn’t Be Ready

The Free Press WVLack of trained medical personnel is a big issue   [ .... ]  Read More

Apple to Unveil New iPhones Next Month

The Free Press WVThe event is set for September 12   [ .... ]  Read More

This Might Be a Cure for Drivers Who Don’t Signal

The Free Press WVTesla files patent for blinker that operates automatically   [ .... ]  Read More

3 Species Were Known to Go Through Menopause. Now It’s 5

The Free Press WVAside from humans, they’re all similar in one way   [ .... ]  Read More

Entire Arctic Expedition Perished, but Not Because of Lead

The Free Press WVStudy looks at fate of crew aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror   [ .... ]  Read More

Community Baby Shower - 09.22.18

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Poneer Stage - 09.22.18

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Ritchie County Historical Society Announces Schedule for 2018 Summer and Fall Meetings & Programs

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The Ritchie County Historical Society has prepared a scheduled for its 2018 Summer and Fall Meetings and Programs. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The dates, locations, times and programs are as follows:

June 26, Pennsboro Depot, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Importance of B & O Railroad and Depot to Pennsboro”

July 24, Smithville Community Building, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Staunton Turnpike”

August 28, Pennsboro Library, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Show and Tell”

September 25, Cairo Community Building, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Proposed Cairo Historic District”

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 09.25.18

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 5:00 PM

Click HERE for Full Agenda

Bonnie’s Bus

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Thousand Springs 8th Annual Quilt Show - 09.29.18

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The Thousand Springs Lodge’s 8th annual quilt show will be held on Saturday September 29th from 12:00 Noon till 3:00

The changes for this year will be: A mini sewing class (table runner) will be an option… and there will be a raffle for a large basket of sewing goodies…just as soon as we can get things together, we’ll start selling chances on the basket…will not have to be in attendance to win it..and tickets will be $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00..Refreshments will also be available as usual. and anyone interested in showing a quilt the fee will be $2.00 per quilt.. There will also be a couple of youth categories. age 5-10 and 11-16. (anyone wishing to be in these 2 classes will need to notify us by September 15th) There will be flyers up soon and there will be an article in the Glenville and Braxton papers..if you have any questions please let us know.

Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run & Walk - 09.29.18

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Now Seeing Patients in Sutton

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West Virginia Film Festival

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Outdoor Flea Market - 10.12.18

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Battle of Bulltown - 10.12.18

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Low Cost Blood Analysis - 10.01.18 & 10.15.18

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The Grascals and GSC BlueGrass Band - 10.27.18

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Obituaries

Reader's Comments

James Edward “Eddie” Blake Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 8:57 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on April 28, 1941 a son of the late James Forest Blake and Madeline Lucy Butcher Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Charlotte Ann Turner

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:15 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2018, after a extended battle with an illness. She was born in Marlinton, WV, on December 10, 1954 a daughter of Phillis Jewel Carpenter Biggs of Marlinton, WV and the late Lacy Wiseman [ .... ]  Read More

David Ray Curtis

The Free Press WVAge 58, passed away at 4:40 AM on Friday, September 21, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown from a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on April 17, 1960 a son of Pauline Marsh Curtis of Weston and the late Arthur Curtis [ .... ]  Read More

Betty May Singleton

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Exchange, WV, passed away September 20, 2018 at Braxton Health Care Center. She was born May 01, 1929 to the late Maddalene P. Crutchfield and Walter Jack Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Dortha “Dottie” Hanifan

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at her home. She was born December 20, 1942 in Queens, WV, a daughter of the late Doyle and Nellie Hinkle Zickefoose [ .... ]  Read More

Nyal “Jeff” Hay’s Jeffries

The Free Press WVBorn May 03, 1929 passed away September 18, 2018 at his residence. He was the son of Dorsey and Irma (Collins) Jeffries [ .... ]  Read More

Kathleen Frances (Romeo) Jones

The Free Press WVof Petroleum, WV formerly of Vienna, WV passed away suddenly on September 18, 2018. She was born on February 28, 1947 in Welch, WV to the late John and Jane Romeo [ .... ]  Read More

Anna “Maria” Paugh

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Copen, WV passed away at 1:51 AM on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. She was born in Cleveland, OH, a daughter of the late Lewis Antonio Rivera and Nancy Lee Mullins Rivera of Cleveland, OH [ .... ]  Read More

Scott Duane McHenry

The Free Press WV Age 67 of Indian Fork Road, Orlando, WV (Gilmer County) departed this life unexpectedly, yet peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his residence following a short illness. Scott was born February 20, 1951 in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Myles H. Lamm

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, September 19,2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Myles was born June 13, 1929 near Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) a son of the late Charles A. and Ethel (Hogue) Lamm [....]  Read More

Myriam “Jean” Faulkner

The Free Press WVof Vienna, WV, passed on September 17, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center surrounded by her lifelong friends. She was born on August 27, 1944 in West Union, West Virginia, a daughter to the late Timothy James Faulkner and Myriam L. Hutson Faulkner [ .... ]  Read More

Dormal Jean (Jarvis) Dobbins Ewing

The Free Press WVAge 80, passed away peacefully at Miletree Center, Spencer, WV on Monday September 17, 2018. She was born July 24, 1938 at Orma, WV, the daughter of the late Tollie and Mary Jarvis [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Marie Scott

The Free Press WVAge 74, passed away at a nursing home in Wellesley, MA on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, after a long illness [ .... ]  Read More

Ellen Ann Knight

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Weston,WV moved to her Heavenly home September 16, 2018. Her parents, Lloyd and Emma Edna Hall Barnett welcomed her to their family on January 10, 1940 in Braxton County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Fannie L. (Duffield) Mollohan

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Duck, WV passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 [....]  Read More

Ralph L. Jones

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Harrisville, WV passed away September 13, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born June 03, 1941 at Prunty, WV the son of the late Homer and Wanda Lucille Ayers Jones [....]  Read More

Bryan “Cameron” Radcliff

The Free Press WVAge 29, of Horner, WV passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on October 01, 1988 a son of David Leon Radcliff and Celia Kay Powers Radcliff of Horner, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Ellenor “Janie” Jane (Flesher) Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Kitsonville, WV passed away peacefully on Monday September 10, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. Janie was born July 01, 1929 in Weston, WV the only daughter of the late Peter Albert Flesher and Mary Agnes (Mullooly) Flesher [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald J. Vanskiver

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Pullman, WV, departed this life on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at his residence, following an extended illness. Ronald was born August 15, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, a son of the late Albert H. Vanskiver and Edith (Zimmerman) Zachman of Baltimore, MD [....]  Read More

Bonnie Mae Gant

The Free Press WV Age 68, of Richwood, WV went home to Jesus on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. She was born March 28, 1950 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Gaylord and Lennia Leora Cornwell Smallwood [....]  Read More

Shirley L. Smith

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Vincent, OH passed away Friday August 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Avery Joseph and Daisy Pearl (Shafer) McKinney [....]  Read More

Virginia Lynn Mowery

The Free Press WVAge 49, of Weston, WV passed away at 1:23 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Tabb, TX on October 07, 1968 a daughter of the late Lewis Decker and Sylvia Steinbaugh Decker of Great Capon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Wayne Catlin

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 10:58 AM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loving family. He was born in Herald, IL on December 23, 1927 a son of the late Judd and Vallie Catlin [ .... ]  Read More

Fred R. Lowe

The Free Press WV Age 83 passed away Friday, September 14th after a brave hard-fought battle with cancer. Fred was born in 1935 in Spencer West (By God) Virginia. He grew up in Grantsville, WV and attended Calhoun County High School, his parents owning the Rainbow Hotel [....]  Read More

Cody Lane Brown

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Catlett, VA (previously of Weston, WV), went to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the comfort of her own home. She was born in Weston, WV on June 17, 1947 a daughter of the late William and Ramona Valto Ash Means [ .... ]  Read More

Roy Lee Lipps

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Heaters, WV went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family [ .... ]  Read More

David Hartzel West

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Cottage Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1940: son of the late Boyd West and Charlotte (Johnston) West [ .... ]  Read More

Daisy Mae Riffle Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 77, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday September 12, 2018 at her home. She was born March 22, 1941 in Sutton, WV to the late Samuel Guy Riffle and Daisy Bell Claypool Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph L. Jones

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Harrisville, WV passed away September 13, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born June 03, 1941 at Prunty, WV the son of the late Homer and Wanda Lucille Ayers Jones [....]  Read More

Stanley Robert Rutherford

Detmor Hartsel Malcomb “Skip”

The Free Press WV Age 85 passed away on Wednesday September 12th at his granddaughter’s residence in Waycross, GA, following a lengthy illness. Hartsel was born in Hettie, WV and attended Burnsville High School [....]  Read More

Ida Mae Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Lost Creek, WV went to be with Jesus at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Jane Lew, WV on October 20, 1938 a daughter of the late James Russell Linger and Juanita Barnett [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Lee Williams, Sr.

The Free Press WVWent home to meet our Lord and Savior September 10, 2018 surrounded by his family at his hom [ .... ]  Read More

Helen J. Schoolcraft

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her residence, following an extended illness. Helen was born January 19, 1946, in Cornwallis, WV, a daughter of the late Michael Martin Sr. and Genevieve (Griffith) Martin [....]  Read More

Mary L. Metz Pursley

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Parkersburg, WV formerly of Spencer, WV passed away September 10, 2018 at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born July 02, 1933 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Glenn “Bill” and Velma Fowler McEndree [....]  Read More

Edwin “Ed” Paul Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Washington, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 09, 2018, surrounded by his family at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 13, 1957, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ralph C. Ellyson and Boneva “Bea” (Davis) Ellyson [ .... ]  Read More

Delores Margaret Weekley

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Douglas Run Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.  She was born at Cleveland, OH on November 05, 1936 a daughter of the late George and Margaret Royster Yelenic [....]  Read More

Regenia Gay Bonnett Harris

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at 3:44 PM on September 10, 2018 in the loving atmosphere of her home while surrounded by family. She was born in Orlando, WV, on March 19, 1928, a daughter of James Lewis Miles Bonnett and Lessie Gay Greynolds Bonnett [ .... ]  Read More

Ellis Hayward Mick

The Free Press WV Age 93 of Heaters Fork Burnsville, WV (Gilmer County, WV) departed this life on Monday, September 10, 2018 peacefully at home. He was born June 30, 1925 in Gilmer County, WV, son of the late Okey and Evalena Heater Mick [....]  Read More

Earl Wilson Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away peacefully at his family farm on September 06, 2018. He moved from Pennsboro in 1952, settled in Massachusetts, but returned to his beloved home seven years ago. Earl was born at that same farm on June 13, 1929. He was born to the late Earl and Rebecca Jane Elder Wilsone [....]  Read More

Tommy “Tuck” Starcher

The Free Press WVAge 81 of Stow, Ohio, passed away September 04, 2018. He was born in Calhoun County, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Marcus Lee Sigman

The Free Press WV On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Marcus Lee Sigman, 14, was chosen by the lord to start his search for that big honey hole in the sky. Which he has undoubtedly tested every water hole in site. On March 26, 2004 our family was blessed with two beautiful babies [....]  Read More

Artenis “John” Johnson

The Free Press WV88 years old, of Frametown, WV, passed away after a short illness on September 05, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. John was born at Williams River, WV to Charlie and Olive Johnson on June 01, 1930 [ .... ]  Read More

Marjorie Ann Jameson Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Marietta, OH (formerly of Hebron, WV - Pleasants County) passed away peacefully on September 06, 2018, at Heartland of Marietta. Marjorie was born on February 02, 1927, in Pike, WV (Ritchie County) to the late Clinton J. and Flossie V. Chalfant Jameson [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Susan Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in Winchester Medical Center of Winchester, VA following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1954: daughter of the late Theodore Cayton and Norma (Allman) Cayton of Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Neil Wakeland

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Weston, WV, passed away on August 25, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Isabell Davis

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Big Bend, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, September 07, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville, WV. She was born January 27, 1933 to the late McConaughey (Mack) and Gearl Dine (Taylor) Richards [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie M. Drake

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Glenville, WV, passed away September 06, 2018, at the Glenville Health Care Center, Glenville, after complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 15, 1922, at Walton, WV, the daughter of the late Preston Murphy “Pat” and Lessie Virginia Starcher Larch [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Charlie” Richard Burnside Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Jane Lew, WV was called home at 6:14 AM on Sunday, September 02, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on September 08, 1953 a son of the late Charles Richard Burnside and Doris V. Lowther Burnside [ .... ]  Read More

George “Sonny” Wesley Walker II

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Camden, WV went to be with the Lord at 6 AM on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 in the comfort of his own home under the compassionate care of WVU Hospice. Sonny was born in Weston, WV on July 10, 1947 a son of the late George Wesley Walker and Imogene Lida Turner Walker [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley F. Wilmoth

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Linger Run Horner, WV passed away on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 at his home following a brief illness. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on June 24, 1929: son of the late Arthur Collins and Lula (Phillips) Wilmoth [ .... ]  Read More

Phil Davis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Pennsboro, WV, died, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side. He was born July 17, 1944, on the family farm near Pennsboro, WV the son of the late Agnes Leontine Primm Davis and Robert Clayton Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Ethel A. Rowe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Pine View Nursing Home, Harrisville.  She was born in Marion County, WV on November 15, 1922 a daughter of the late John and Luca Janes O’Neal [....]  Read More

Robert “Bob” E. Lehman

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, September 03, 2018 at his residence.  He was born in Palmyra, PA the son of Marlin & Beulah Cline Lehman [ .... ]  Read More

Dolores G. Messenger

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Waterford, Ohio, died on Saturday, September 01, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta. She was born on August 11, 1932 in Weston, WV, daughter of Cecil C. and Amanda Burkhammer Collins [....]  Read More

Ruby P. Starcher

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Westerville, OH, formerly of Vienna, WV and Weston, WV, passed away August 31, 2018 at Heartland of Westerville, OH. She was born October0 4, 1942 in Lewis County, WV, the daughter of the late Kenneth Kirk and Mabel Allman Starcher [....]  Read More

Robert F. McWhorter

The Free Press WV Passed away September 01, 2018, at the age of 88. Robert was born on October 17, 1929 near Jane Lew, WV, the son of Dale and Orva McWhorter [....]  Read More

Robert P. “Bob” Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Harrisville, WV passed away September 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born December 09, 1943 at Baltimore, MD, the son of the late Carrol Edmond and Delcie Dotson Jackson [ .... ]  Read More

Thelma L. Bartlett Dowler

The Free Press WV Age 92 of Parkersburg, WV passed away September 02, 2018 at the Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 08, 1925 in Calhoun County,WV a daughter of the late Charlie L. and Maggie (Marks) Price [....]  Read More

Shirley Ann Jones

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tumbling Run Road, Burnsville, WV (Gilmer County, WV) departed this life to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of Tuesday, September04, 2018 at her daughters residence surrounded by her loving family. Born March 28, 1938 in Barbour County, WV; Shirley is the daughter of the late Howard L. and Susie E. Corbin Love [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

However, there have been promises and attempts more than I care to remember.

Canaan Valley, GSC deal.  Broadband to every holler.  Near twenty years ago.

Ole Joe spent money made promises. 
Little Missy Moore got on that wagon too.

Seems so much of this money chatter comes just before election time?
We be waitin’ though, but won’t hold our breath.

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County EDA Receives Community Block Grant'.

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The expectation is that the new board will provide a “tell it as it is”  status report on current student achievement with a comprehensive plan for improvements.

The plan should include a firm commitment for accurate progress reports at scheduled intervals.

If nothing is done by the board that would be a way to skirt accountability for the County’s school system.

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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If the board wanted you to have the info—you would get it.

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Could the Board get Mrs. Mason’s report summarized and put on the GFP? This should be some of the most important information in years all citizens have a right to know.

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

That means the 5 Supreme Court Judges will be beholding to the Governor?

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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Something is wrong with the way storm water all of a sudden rushes down hill from GSC’s parking lot located at the front of the administration building.

Down hill from the south corner of the lot runoff is so bad during storms to make rocks wash out to litter the unnamed steep street up hill from property formerly owned by the Barker’s.

Rocks and other debris are beginning to deposit over a drain at the entry of the steep hill to cause more water problems.

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Students Travel to Berlin'.

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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We know that there were problems with accurate tracking of BOE finances, but nothing has been heard about what was found, who was responsible, and corrective measures to be taken. Board is requested to get a report out to the public. Nothing unreasonable about this good government request.

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Accountability, you say?

When is the last time your heard that word used with any GC elected?

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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It was apparent to citizens that under intervention the State practiced Machiavellian divide and conquer with the previous board and it never recovered from that type of treatment.

With a new board the county has a fresh start. Let us hope that it will function in a highly effective manner to include openness to keep the public fully informed.

By New Start on 08.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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The “Opportunity” comment should be addressed by Mr. Cottrill. He is the new board president and it is his responsibility to set an example of effective leadership.

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Why doesn’t Gilmer County do the same? Dr. Manchin has a long standing reputation for working closely with his boards and they function together as effective teams.

In Harrison County the public is kept fully informed of the goals and progress in attaining them.

When school systems lack well defined goals that eliminates objectiveness for evaluating performances of superintendents and boards too. The result is the elimination of accountability.

A major negative result of a lack of fully disclosed goals is lost opportunities for citizens, including business leaders, teachers, and parents, to do their maximum to contribute to improved schools.

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Noticed today that merchandise on sale at Foodland is shown on the GFP. Makes it easier to shop to get genuinely good deals. Thank you Morris family and the GFP.

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The past couple months—-the first in likely 10 years, we have been filling a grocery cart at Foodland.
Usually shopping meant a trip to Weston or Gassaway, once in a while Clarksburg.
We certainly enjoy shopping and visiting right in Glenville.
Especially with the many visible improvements.
Why now, there is even and electric ‘buggy’ for those who need it.
The entire community and surrounding areas are enjoying Mr. Morris newest good deed!

By Yes---MANY happy Gilmer shoppers! on 08.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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In a couple years we will be right back where we are today.
Here come the payback and favorites appointments.
Several are all ready lining up for a gig even be it a short one.
Nothing changes in West Virginia.

As far as the ones run off.  They will get a bonus, maybe even a cush job, as well as sweet
retirement deal.
Its the West Virginia way.

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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This supreme court debacle exposes where a LOT of West Virginia’s problems come.

Nepotism and cronyism.  Plain and simple.
I would vote for almost anyone who does not have tie to our state.

Never thought I’d ever say that.
We need the BEST elected for our offices.

Its clear that isn’t the case.  For a long time.
Flip-floppin-party-jumpers need to stay home.
We don’t want your ilk.  Big Jim included.

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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While GSC struggles to survive why not apply a college version of the Foodland model?

Offer academic programs in high demand, affordable to students, and second to none in quality in WV or better yet not available anywhere else in the State.

It does not require having an MBA degree to figure that out as a recipe for success. Works in business all the time for talented entrepreneurs.

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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If misconduct being reported about WV Supreme Court justices is truthful there could not be better way to cast suspicion on top-to-bottom corruption within WV’s legal system including what the State Bar is supposed to do to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

The justices should receive the highest punishment allowable. What a black mark on WV. Couldn’t make it up.

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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To say that the Foodland Store is a major improvement is an understatement. It is kept well stocked with no empty shelves as a result of vastly improved inventory, reordering, and shelf stocking approaches, exceptionally clean store with excellent lighting, there is a price range to choose from for many items, milk does not spoil within 3 days after you get home, prices are fair to make it obvious that price gouging does not exist, and the staff is always friendly and noticeably committed to assist customers. Even the sharp dress code and personal conduct of employees demonstrates that teamwork and pride exist for being on a winning team. No more having to drive to Flatwoods or Weston to shop on a routine basis. Thank you I. L. Morris family.

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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One bad apple spoils the barrel.
Looks like that old ‘saw’ is proven
right again!  M-T the barrel!

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yeah, Manchin and former democratic governor Wise pretended to be deer hunters. They both know to be otherwise is political poison in WV. Mr. Morrisey being a republican will work hard for our 2nd amendment rights, whether he is a hunter or not, he does not have to pretend.

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

And you know that’s not safe or reasonable for stop/go/loaded bus.

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

GC board of Ed? 
Is that the case?
What say you?

By parent on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019'.

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Give the man the credit due him.

AG Morrisey has done a lot of work in support of 2nd amendment rights for West Virginia.

Reciprocal carry with many states as well as support of WV conceal carry.

Senate candidate Manchin worked former NYC Mayor Bloomberg (yes, that gun grabber) to raise money
to limit gun rights.

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yep, ole Menace Catch-em…got caught and retired. Just a move to try to save his guilty butt?  lol

The so called “supreme gang” rolled the dice and played their game.  They knew.

Caught now, bringing shame to the good people of West Virginia.

Stirring up memories of A.J.Manchin and his ‘departure’.

Even brings up the memories of Governor getting his ‘due’ and being sent off to prison for a few years.

Pretty obvious, neither party is “quality” minded when they give us their candidates?

Or maybe its the “best” they have to offer??

By Harold on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The democrats whine about partisanship but they go against the will of the people. I choose to not carry on most occasions, but remember it was a Republican led legislature who voted to allow us to carry if we feel the need.

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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There was a comment about need to be on a school board for 1-2 years before learning how to be an effective member.

Having been on a board for 22 years and observing how newly elected members respond I agree with the statement.

After getting elected it is normal for new members to feel overwhelmed with all the rules, regulations, and procedures in effect to address proper functions of school boards.

A new board member has two options. One is to simply show up at meeting as a seat warmer to get a pay check for doing nothing.

The second choice is to accept that being on a board is a serious responsibility with children’s futures at stake and it takes hard work and dedication to learn roles and responsibilities to carry out.

Consider personnel actions as one example. To attempt to protect as much independence as possible it is common for some superintendents to be parsimonious with material shared with boards.

To overcome this constraint new board members should demand written documentation on personnel information they are entitled to review before voting on a superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

What if there is not official documentation in your county defining a board’s entitled access to personnel information?

Instead of wasting money on lawyers to provide guidance get your board to submit a formal request to your superintendent to provide WV’s rules for boards applicable in all of the State’s 55 school systems.

The information exists and it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel to waste time and money.

By Welcome New Board Members on 08.10.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The new school board is commended for deciding to assign Mr. David Ramezan to serve on the audit committee and to be the rep to the Career Center.

There are expectations for the new board to produce and the decisions demonstrate openness to assigning the best people to serve in special capacities. 

We expect Gilmer County to be a WV front runner in educating our kids and that includes using finances optimally to get the most for education dollars and to provide superior career training for students electing to go that route.

By Audit and Career Center Assignments on 08.08.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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New board members know from initial training that an individual member has no more authority than a dog on a tight leash.

This means that individual members are not authorized to give orders to any employee in a school system, all directives must be through a majority board member vote directly to a superintendent reporting to a board, and that individual is held accountable for carrying out directives.

The message is that boards govern and superintendents administer.

If there is failure for a superintendent to perform as a board directs that can result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation and in some cases be grounds for insubordination with penalties.

Two major problems with boards are failures to give a superintendents timely and clearly defined objectives for administration of a school system and failures to document substandard superintendent performances when annual reviews occur.

The clear separation of authority of boards versus superintendents mentioned above is designed to prevent tendencies by some board members to attempt to engage in personal micromanagement in school systems.

Imposition of the necessity of a majority board vote for what a superintendent is supposed to do functions to promote thoughtful input from all elected members to contribute to wiser school system decisions to lessen internal conflicts.

By Kanawha County Observer on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

By Orlando on 08.07.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is commonly heard that when the State was in control sensitive records in the school board office were shredded, hard drives were removed and replaced with clean ones, and selected telephone records were eliminated.

Mr. Cottrill a request is made to you and Ms. Lowther to get straight answers to the community.

Involving unbiased and competent investigators should occur. Board office employees who were there when the State was in control know one way or another what happened, but they may be reluctant to provide information out of fear.

If community perceptions turn out to based on facts what are the legal implications, exactly what records were destroyed, and why did the destruction occur?

This concern is too important for the category of “forget the past and move on”.

The “forget and move on” attitude seems to be code for cover up because it is repeated too often in Gilmer County.

By Provide The True Facts on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Gilmer.  Do not expect much from your new board of ed.  Think you have 3 new members?  It will take them a year at least before they get the idea of what they can and cannot do.

I believe some of your new board is connected to previous members who are likely owned by some faction with questionable intentions.  Left overs from your days of intervention I’d guess.

Good luck!  Gilmer BOE.  You will need it.

Citizens and school staff.  Hold your board members feet to the fire and do the job right.

That’s what it will take you.

By Lewis County on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Saw that a Mr. Paine was suggested for the assistant GCHS principal. If hired it would be helpful for the County to see printed background coverage for the person to get to know about him. The information would introduce him to those of us who do not know the gentleman.

By GCHS Needs Improved on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There is more scandal in the GCBOE and WVDE than people realize.

The entire local BOE that worked under Blankenship know just how many files and documents the had to run through the paper shredder..

Most likely Manchin’s cousin, state appointed superintendent, Devano did the same thing?  How about it, GCBOE employees?  You know.

The West Virginia Department of Education gave Gilmer the biggest scandal, the biggest black eye, of the past 100 years.

Now, when will your flood zone built school flood, Gilmer County?  Everyone knows it not ‘if’ but ‘when’?

THERE WAS *NO* ACCOUNTABILITY AND *NO* OVERSIGHT BY THE WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION. 

If they claim there was, then the only other possible reason for the multiple failures, can be nothing other than complete incompetence?  Thank you WVDE.

By Kanawha on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Solid reporting about the BOE in the Democrat related to the no-excuse budget tracking scandal verifies that criticality important information was kept from the previous school board and the public.

GFP readers were warned for years that withholding of key information was occurring. Those who attempt to keep up on BOE business have a legitimate reason to question how much other information was kept secret during intervention.

Student achievement, personnel actions including involvement of nepotism and favoritism, and administrate decisions associated with consolidating schools are among subjects being questioned.

There was an underground effort in the County to discredit those in the past who questioned irregular activities under intervention. They were attacked by calling them busy bodies.

The excess levy was passed because we wanted to help children. With the recent budget scandal we question if that money was spent on its intended purpose in the past.

Henceforth we want every excess levy penny to be accounted for. If the money was misspent in the past we want that exposed.

We are counting on Mrs. Lowther and the new BOE to end secrecy. That expectation is reasonable for the benefit of the County’s children and taxpayers.

By BOE School Finances Scandal on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Far, far worse with contractor work at the new grade school. We learned early not to rock the boat when we noticed problems with contractors. Should be a record if paper work and hard drives are still available.

How about checking on this on Mr. Cottril?

We were warned not to say anything to anyone about the new school being too small while knowing that Leading Creek was built too large and it still has vacant rooms.

The State was in total control from start to finish with everything and local involvement was forbidden. You see what that got us, and we will be paying the price for years to come.

By Classified Staff on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Reference in the Democrat to the County’s mess about the school budget because of improper record keeping is a red alarm.

It is evident what the previous school board was faced with during intervention with the State keeping sensitive information secret. What else will emerge from the wood work?

Who are the candidates and their special qualifications for the assistant principal job at the GCHS? The selection will be one of the most important ones in the near future to help get the school back on track with a winning administrative team.

Will politics and taking care of special families be put aside on this one or will we have business as usual?

By BOE Tracker on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Yes, “The State Was Fully Responsible” for the immense waste of tax dollars in both Lewis and Gilmer counties.

There are a few who know well the story.  None with backbone to tell it.

No investigative news source to dig the truth for public information.

Millions of dollars lost.  The trail leads straight to the West Virginia Board of Education.  With willing underlings to help every step of the way.

By Kanawha on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Service personnel spoke out clearly and often about shoddy work at the GCHS. They were not listened to and worse yet they were told to keep quiet. There should be a detailed accounting of where all the County’s facilities money went after intervention, who was involved with project oversight, who got money, and what went undone and botched. Take the issue to Governor Justice. He would get involved as he battles corruption, waste, and mismanagement. Start with Leading Creek, go on to the Arbuckle site, on to Cedar Creek, and finally to Hays City. The horrible story is there and it must be exposed.

By The State Was Fully Responsible on 08.02.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If board members are only permitted to see names for personnel being recommended by the superintendent without reviewing all applications themselves how do they know before voting that the best applicants are recommended by the superintendent?

Sounds like personnel decisions are really a token procedural formality made to look like an objective way of doing business with full involvement of the board.

By Doesn't Make Sense on 08.01.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There have been reoccurring concerns expressed about GC school board members not being allowed to review credentials of individuals selected for new positions.

End it by getting clarification from the Board’s lawyer pertaining to personnel information a board is entitled to review opposed to what has to be kept confidential from it.

The same WV laws for personnel information apply to all 55 counties.

By Remove Doubt About BOE Access To Information on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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When Gilmer’s superintendent recommends personnel actions how is it done? Does she provide back-up information for board members to review before voting or are just names provided? Where do checks and balances apply as they should to ensure that the best qualified are always selected?

By Question to D. Cottril BOE Pres. on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Mr. Boggs. Could you give us an update as to what is happening, action, meeting discussions, etc. with the Little Kanawha Parkway?

We know the Legislature sets aside a goodly amount of money every year, and has for years, but never see any mention in the news of any progress.

Thank you.

By Orlando on 07.31.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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One of the biggest reasons for failure in WV education is the generations of Preferential Treatment.  Few will admit.  Fewer see it. A diagram would look more complicated than a spider web.

By Kanawha on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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to/WVDE insider.  ‘do we know how its done in Gilmer’....Ya’ boy do we!

We know the WVDE has messed up our school system, schools, administration, test scores….to the point it will take a generation or more to straight out.

Administration is leveling blame at service personnel for the shoddy design and substandard build issues.

Gilmer’s issues would make 2 week PBS mini-series.

Observant individuals understand well the 2 former state appointed superintendents and the ‘retired’ former college prez were the ‘call’ boys.  The ‘call boys’ who were way in over their heads with site selection, construction, design, etc.

The money squandered, has been estimated to be well over a million dollars. The question of flooding with the new elementary school is not “if” it will flood, but rather “when”.

Administrative incompetence will almost always try to blame their own failures on others.  Who are usually in a defenseless position.

By watcher on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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It is factual that in school systems where openness prevails there is less suspicion, more trust, and citizens at all levels unite to contribute to having outstanding schools.

In closed systems with strict censoring there is constant strife detracting from having united fronts to help improve schools.

A symptom of closed systems is that word is always sent from administrators that everything in fine,  but when achievement test scores come in students fall short. Then, the cry from those in control is that the assessment tests were wrong!

By Retired Gilmer Teacher on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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In high performance counties superintendents review applications to boards when jobs open and when a matrix is used they see that information too.

When only a matrix is disclosed that can be too subjective because of the way entries are made by evaluators. Biased individuals inflate scores to show favoritism. 

It is known that in several counties most information about applicants is kept secret from boards and superintendents recommend individuals they want with expectations for rubber stamping.

Does anyone know how it is done in Gilmer County?

By WVDE Insider on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If you want to do something interesting diagram how certain individuals in Gilmer’s school system connect to one another through cronyism, nepotism, and other special relationships. That is what happens when organizations are ingrown and the best qualified “outsiders” are locked out when job openings occur.

By Preferential Treatment Thrives on 07.28.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Governor Justice preempted the Blue Ribbon Commission by opposing the consolidation of governing boards for selected small institutions of higher learning including GSC.

That is the way business is done in WV. Money is paid for competent and unbiased professionals to recommend better ways of doing business. If recommendations do not mesh with preconceived ideas entrenched bureaucrats attack the messengers.

The problem with individual Boards of Governors is several fold. Appointees on boards are usually chosen through local politics and it is rare for most of these individuals to have note worthy credentials for governing.

Another problem is that over time a select group of families and their close associated become in control of all aspects of an institution..

The result is that institutions can take on personalities of a small circle of individuals and innovative ideas from persons outside the power circle are unwelcome.

If a centralized governing board is rejected for some of the small institutions including GSC and it is decided that local boards know what is best for them, full funding State money should be withheld to require shortfalls to be made up through enrollment increases.

The way it is now there are no penalties for failures.

By SAVE GSC ALUM on 07.28.2018

From the entry: 'University President Calls Proposed Funding Model 'Flawed''.

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Its more than likely this school board will fall(jump most probably) into the trap of crony hires.

Give friend, family, or someone a ‘payback’ job.

Probably we will wind up with a family connected name calling the shots.
Why do you think we so often come up short on scores?

Nepotism favored job hires, rarely if ever, gives you the BEST person for a job.  To get the best you need to advertise outside the ‘circle’.

By parent 3 on 07.28.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The research findings are evidence that leadership over principals sets the stage for success or failure of schools. This means that the weakest link to contribute to failures can be superintendents who lack experiences and skills to be outstanding administrators.

In WV too often superintendents are chosen for the wrong reasons and that is why our education system lags behind other states. It is about corrupt power plays instead of doing what is right for kids.

One clue to not hiring the highest quality superintendent is if the individual would not be competitive for the position in a high performance WV school system.

By DOE Education Researcher on 07.27.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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An appropriate achievement would be for Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackelford to get personally involved to help produce a comprehensive plan for positive changes in the County’s school system.

There are serious deficiencies with student achievement and nothing will improve unless there is an official and outstanding program in place to make needed changes.

We eagerly await hearing from the two new new board officers to learn their plans. Campaign promises were made for changes to make and we will learn if they will be carried out.

By Tell Us BOE Master Plan on 07.27.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The state of education here will be affected by the quality of the deputy principal for the GCHS. We want an outstanding individual with a background in high school teaching who understands curriculum and how to use it to goose English, reading, and math. We do not want a retread or someone who must learn on the job at our expense.

We request the superintendent to post resumes of applicants for the job so we will know that the best person was selected for the vacancy.

We do not want friends of friends, relatives, or any other irrelevant criterion to be used to simply provide someone employment at the expense of children. We have had enough of that and test scores show it.

By Select Best Assistant At GCHS! on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What kind of convincing case could be made that corruption associated with building the new GCES has not occurred too?

It is believed that there were short cuts, sweet heart deals with contractors, failures to hold contractors accountable, and failures in the board office to monitor contract work effectively.

Why not ask proper authorities to investigate the history of the way business was done for the new consolidated school starting with Linn, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek, and the Hays City site?

Everyone in the County knows that construction and site problems still exist at the GCES. Teachers and staff are afraid to speak out and we hear that scape goating toward the County’s maintenance workers is beginning from the Central Office.

Those workers were shut out of the construction process and their warnings of problems fell on deaf ears. With revamping of the WV School Building Authority and emphasis on accountability why not bring those officials in to investigate?

By GC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Gilmer County has a crisis on its hands with what is going on at the GCHS. It is no secret that student proficiency with math, science, and ELA must be upgraded to enable our graduates to be college and career ready.

When the public learns results of the State’s new SAT scores being kept secret it will become increasingly evident that positive changes for academic improvements must be made.

The most important change now must be to select the best qualified person to serve as the vice principal at the HS.

The person must have the best qualifications we can get to do the job. Instead of that happening it is feared that the hiring decision will be driven by pure politics and business as usual.

For too long decisions have been made in Gilmer County on the basis of who you know, how much money you have, which family you are from, and how much support there is from elitists expecting favors in return to always keep them in firm control.

Our children are suffering. Let us hope that Mrs. Lowther, the new superintendent, will help ensure that the best qualified candidate with a proven track record for improving academics will be chosen for the VP position.

By Watchful Voters on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Reading the local newspaper would lead one to believe we have a non-functioning county prosecutors office?

The county commission has gutted the workforce at the court house seemingly as well?

Not even a janitor now?

Are we going to see Chapman, Kennedy, and Bennett with brooms, mops, and lawnmowers now?

Where did all that money go from the rainy day fund?  Back when Ramsey and Kennedy were running the county, there was over a million dollars in the fund?

Who is driving new cars and trucks?

By Prosecuting attorney office closed? on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Why hasn’t Gilmer come up with a similar approach to improve STEM and English language arts proficiencies?

Mr. Cottril, You are the newly elected board president and you campaigned on change.

How about keeping your campaign promise by developing a clearly defined plan with specifics for STEM and ELA achievements?

If Doddridge can do it why not Gilmer? Having an easily understood plan without all the education jargon would get the entire County supporting it.

Besides, there would be an objective basic for establishing accountability for the Board and the superintendent.

By Gilmer Can Be A Winner Too on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'Doddridge County Schools'.

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