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GCHS: Honor Roll - 3rd Nine Weeks - 2018-19

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GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
HONOR ROLL
3rd Nine Weeks
2018-2019
7th Grade
8th Grade
Anderson, Kara Amos, Riley
Ball, Dakota Arden, Lucas
Bourn, Elijah Ball, Brianna
Brenwald, Jozlyn Bill, Vanessa
Casto, Dyson Bourn, Ashlyn
Frashure, Bayley Brannon, David
Gibson, Kaley Cogar, Cole
Gray, Alena Drennen, Cassandra
Hough, Mya Harubin, Ryleigh
Junkins, Christopher Jenkins, Taylor
Norman, Jackson Kumpis, Mykolas
Puchalski, Madison Marsh, Anthony
Putnam, Morgan McCord, Jacob
Ratliff, Jessica McCord, Seanna
Richards, Kiley McHenry, Harlee
Snider, Casey Miller, Samuel
Sprouse, Sydney Pendergrass, Justin
Starsick, Stevie Peters, Haylea
Taylor, Mikayla Rutherford, Merideth
Thompson, Courtni Simmons, Tessa
Smith, Morgan
Snyder, Daisy
Thompson, Elexis
Wine, Christian
Wood, Allison
9th Grade
10th Grade
Anderson, Kaitlyn Canfield, Logan
Barger, Layna Cawthon, Caliegh
Barnhouse, Gabriel Clark, Athena
Beron, Ryan Clevenger, Misty
Carpenter, Ryan Dobbins, Damon
Carr, Christopher Drake, Trevor
Chapman, Jacob Eberly, Arista
Conrad, Alex Fox, Emma
Facemire, Elijah Frame, Christopher
Ferguson, Carrah Frymier, Allyson
Gee, Shelby Gibson, Autumn
Gonzalez, Sean Gray, Jada
Hamric, Ean Grove, Corbin
Liu, Justin Helmick, Warren
Matheny, Matthew Lang, Rachel
McWhirter, Keely Law, Tierra
Minigh, Lilly McCumbers, Sara
Mohr, James McHenry, Nicholas
Morgan, Malaysia Mohr, Eve
Moyers, Autumn Moss, Kyle
Price, Scott Phares, Rachel
Stewart, Adam Poole, Jacob
Stewart, Amiah Stanley, Kenya
Taylor, Emma Wellings, Thomas
Thorne, Carissa Williams, Tori
Wellings, Laurann
White, McKinzie
Young, Lucas
11th Grade
12th Grade
Clegg, Kelsey Barger, Emily
Cogar, Zane Barnhouse, Ezekiel
Dobbins, Michaela Bossert, Logan
Finley, Rhea Bossert, Morgan
Fitzwater, Brady Chapman, Lindsay
Frederick, Jared Cole, Tiffany
Furr, Jagger Cottrill, Steven
Garcia, Savanna Facemire, Lucas
Hale, Natalie Frame, Joey
Haley, Ty Frymier, Autumn
Harper, Jonathan Grove, Hannah
Hinter, Hannah Hardman, Faith
Hottle, Jonathan Jones, Machaela
Johnson, Jaycie Lipscomb, Johntae
Jones, Indica Miller, Colten
Langford, Alyssa Mohr, Madison
Lemon, Hunter Moore, Cheyenne
Liu, Andrew Page, Daydra
McCord, MacKenzie Phares, Hailey
McHenry, Cameron Phares, Logan
Miller, Clifford Pritt, Richard
Minney, Hannah Pyles, Brandon
Morris, Maria Rose, Dalton
Phares, Ethan Roy, Michael
Pyles, Mikala Smith, Donald
Roberts, Jon Snyder, Kaylene
Skeens, Makayla Watts, Garrett
Stewart, Christopher Wood, Sierra
Sumpter, Kandus
Thomas, Holt
Watkins, Kerry
Wellings, Grace
Wine, Katelyn
Yoho, Anna
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G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia

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In a press release issued on February 23, 2017, Governor Jim Justice, after referencing West Virginia as being “50th,” commendably declared that “it’s time to restructure and rebuild our school system from the bottom up.”

I suggest the two foremost foundations upon which an exemplary public-school system should be restructured and rebuilt are teacher quality, and the learning/teaching model employed inside and outside the classroom.

By far the most important source of variation in student achievement is teacher quality.

The book “Surpassing Shanghai, An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems,” by a number of contributing authors edited by Marc S. Tucker, undertakes to answer this single question:

“How would we redesign the American education system if the aim were to take advantage of everything that has been learned by the countries with the best education systems in order to build a system better than any that now exists anywhere?”

The World’s Leading Education Systems reviewed were those of Shanghai (the head of the class); Finland (superb teachers — how to get them, how to use them); Japan (perennial league leader); Singapore (a journey to the top, step by step); and Canada (looks a lot like us but gets better results).

Obviously, everyone interested in improving student academic achievements would agree that public schools should attract educators with the highest level of general intelligence as can be achieved.

The achievability of that statement depends, in large part, upon the quality of the pool of young adults from which prospective teachers are recruited. As Marc Tucker noted in the cited book, “No private firm, much less than an entire industry, would prefer to recruit its professional staff from the least-able college graduates if it could do better than that.”

And yet, the College Board reported in 2008 that when high school graduates going on to college were asked what their intended major was, those who decided on education scored in the bottom third on their SATs. Their combined scores in mathematics and reading came in at 57 points below the national average.

According to Surpassing Shanghai, “Three things directly affect the quality of the pool from which a nation recruits its teachers: (1) the status of teaching in the eyes of the potential recruit relative to the status of other occupations to which he or she aspires, (2) the compensation offered relative to other possible choices, and (3) the conditions of work, or the degree to which the way the work is organized, makes it look more like professional work or like blue-collar work.”

Tucker observes that of these five top-performing countries, most have moved teacher education out of their lower-tier institutions and into their top-tier institutions, in contrast to what Tucker describes as “teacher education in the United State [is] generally done in second- and third-tier, relatively low-status institutions, many of which were formerly normal schools.”

Relevant to the discussion of where teacher prospects should be educated is that West Virginia now has some 19 private and public colleges and universities authorized by the West Virginia Department of Education to offer one or more approved programs leading to educator licensure in the public schools of the state.

Compensation and other emoluments provided to teachers is such an important incentive to attracting top-flight students to the teaching profession and educating them in top-tier institutions that the very subject should be off the table as a consideration when able young people are making career decisions, so observed Singapore’s minister of education.

Being off the table does not mean, however, the adjustments that will have to be made to pay scale for such prospective teachers will not shock citizens who are complacent with business as usual in the state’s public school system.

Teaching is now the most popular profession among Finnish young people, attracting the top quartile of high school graduates into its highly competitive teacher training programs.

Cultural factors, such as respect for teaching as a profession, are also an important part of the Finnish success story, which add to the complexity of replicating the Finnish experience in the United States, and especially in West Virginia.

Considering that (1) by far, the most important source of variation in student achievement is teacher quality; (2) the character of the pool of young adults from which teacher-college applicants are recruited is highly relevant to the ultimate quality of the teachers graduating therefrom; (3) the quality of the teacher colleges themselves are highly pertinent to the quality of the graduating future teachers; and (4) that some of the factors that have contributed to the five high performing education systems are cultural in nature, the time is now for West Virginia to start addressing and changing its complacency in improving teacher quality in its public schools.

The Free Press WV      Charles McElwee is a Charleston lawyer and a GSC grad


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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

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You Never Outgrow Mr. Yuk!

Mr. Yuk and the West Virginia Poison Center are not just for children.

They are for everyone.
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When most people hear the word “poison,” or hear about the West Virginia Poison Center, they think of a child getting into household cleaning supplies kept under the sink. People who do not have children in their home often wonder why they should have the West Virginia Poison Center’s number readily available. Unfortunately, poisonings can happen to anyone at any time—a senior who accidentally took their spouse’s medication, a teenager who took too much medicine on purpose, or an employee who accidentally splashed a chemical on her skin.

The West Virginia Poison Center answers questions or poisoning emergencies about:

    • Accidental poisonings of children and adults

    • Drug overdoses

    • Bites and stings

    • Reactions to drugs and chemicals

    • Drug interactions

    • Poisoning of animals

    • Toxic or non-toxic plant information

    • Poisonings from drugs of abuse

Help is only a phone call away. Everyone, at any age, should have the West Virginia Poison Center’s number readily available. 1.800.222.1222. You never outgrow Mr. Yuk!

Emergency Awareness Week

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Severe Weather Awareness Week in West Virginia will be highlighted by a statewide tornado drill at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The drill will be done through the state Emergency Alert System (EAS), according to state Division of Homeland Security Public Information Officer Lora Lipscomb.

“It will make the alert sound on any kind of weather radio, the radio stations, the television stations will have it.

It will not be a text alert this time,” Lipscomb said.

There aren’t many tornadoes in West Virginia but Lipscomb said that doesn’t mean residents shouldn’t be ready in case one does happen.

“We want to make sure everybody is ready for every weather event that could possibly happen here in West Virginia,” she said.

State emergency officials have a Monday news conference scheduled in Harrison County to mark the upcoming 75th anniversary of Shinnston Tornado.

The June 1944 tragedy claimed the lives of 153 West Virginians.

Lipscomb said that tragedy is a reminder of what can happen.

She said organizers of Tuesday’s warning urge many take part.

“What we hope that schools, businesses and families will take this time to practice any type of tornado safety they have plans for,” Lipscomb said.

Top Consumer Complaints in Mid-Ohio Valley for 2018

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released a list of the top consumer complaints received by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division for Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties in 2018.

“Our Consumer Protection Division works diligently to protect consumers from dishonest business practices,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “I encourage consumers who believe they have been a victim of an unlawful practice to reach out to our office and file a complaint.”

The list is assembled from written consumer complaints filed with the Consumer Protection Division. The tally does not include phone calls from consumers who did not follow up with a written complaint. It also does not include reports of scams.

The 2018 top complaint categories for the Mid-Ohio Valley were:

  1. Internet services
  2. Telephone services
  3. Used vehicle repairs
  4. Satellite equipment and service
  5. Cell phone devices and services
  6. Contests/sweepstakes/prizes
  7. Cable TV
  8. Major appliances
  9. Collection agencies

The Attorney General encourages consumers to educate themselves about their rights and responsibilities so they do not encounter similar issues.

Automotive and motor vehicle issues, up one spot from a year ago, ranked as the top consumer issue statewide accounting for nearly a seventh of all complaints filed.  Communication complaints fell to second statewide, followed by credit.

Though the list does not include scams, that issue remains a frequently reported consumer issue. The Attorney General warned consumers they should always be wary if a business uses high-pressure sales tactics, refuses to put terms in writing or demands the consumer surrender personal information, such as a Social Security number or banking information.

Consumers who believe they may have been the victim of a scam or taken advantage of should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1.800.368.8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304.267.0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

Grants in Action:  Super Teens Achieving Regional Success (STARS)

Students from throughout the PACF service area developed their leadership skills over the past year through participation in the Super Teens Achieving Regional Success (STARS) program, led by the Adolescent Health Initiative, Region V, based at Westbrook Health Services. STARS promotes youth development in sixth through twelfth grade students.

A $7,000 PACF grant supported STARS CAN, a local workshop that introduces leadership themes and helps teens plan service projects, and Developing STAR Leaders, a regional leadership event held annually at West Virginia University at Parkersburg that features a variety of hands-on workshops.

Amy CottrelI, Calhoun County Middle School counselor and STARS Advisor, shared how her school’s STARS Team benefited from participation: “I have watched our STAR students grow in confidence, leadership, and integrity as a result of attending these events. They in turn reach out to help their peers and fellow students with things like support, education, and resources. They show the compassion and confidence to really make an impact on others. They also have become avid volunteers and seem to enjoy altruistic work that can benefit the lives and environment of their fellow community members.”

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Grants in Action:  Washington Bottom Community Building Gets Upgrades

The Washington Bottom Community Building has a new floor and new lighting, thanks, in part, to a $4,500 PACF grant. The Community Building serves as a focal point for the area and is the meeting place for the local Lions Club.

“Thanks to generous support of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, the McDonough Foundation, and volunteer help, we were able to complete the originally proposed work - and more!“ said Sam Tanner, with the Community Building.

A local Boy Scout took on the flooring project and painted the kitchen as an Eagle Scout project.

“Since an Eagle Scout project involves the whole troop, all of the Scouts learned that hard work pays off in the job well done,“ said Tanner.

With the help of a retired electrician and State Electric, the organization also was able to rewire all the lights in the front of the building and add new kitchen lighting. Rentals of the building have increased since the improvements have been made.

Ted McPherson, one of the charter members of the Lions Club, said, “the building looks the best it has in years.“

Grants Support Area Charities

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced its grant awards for spring 2018. The Foundation awarded a total of $209,056 region-wide through its Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio. Of this total, the Foundation’s Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate awarded $2,890; the remainder of grants came from PACF funds.

Grant recipients gathered at the Foundation’s office on Monday, May 21, to celebrate their grant awards. Among the grants awarded in this cycle, several support programs designed to address food insecurity and to provide healthy food choices for area residents. The West Virginia University Extension Service - Family Nutrition Program, will use a $10,000 grant to provide “pop-up” farmers markets for school children in Wood County in an effort to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by children and families with limited income. A $5,000 grant will enable the Doddridge County Farmers Market to offer the “Double Up Bucks” program to SNAP beneficiaries, enabling individuals who benefit from SNAP to double the amount of produce that they can purchase at the market. In Calhoun County, the new “Nourishing Networks” coalition, led by the Calhoun County Family Resource Network, will improve access to healthy, whole foods for youth, resource-limited families, and seniors. Lubeck United Methodist Church is receiving a $6,650 grant to expand its Lunch SAK program, which provides food to children in need for weekends, school holidays, and in the summer, to students at Blennerhassett Elementary School and Lubeck Elementary School.

“At our annual meeting this past January, several speakers highlighted the problem of food insecurity in our state,” said Senior Program Officer Marian Clowes. “Hunger is a real issue, as is access to healthy foods. We are excited that these grant-funded programs will help bring healthy food to children, families, and seniors on our region.”

Other grants in this cycle supported area parks and recreational facilities, programs addressing substance abuse and access to oral health care, equipment needs of volunteer fire departments, and a variety of projects in education, arts, and human and youth services.

Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals and businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF. The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s general grantmaking and field of interest funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region. The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients. Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program. To learn more about the Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

  • Adolescent Health Initiative, Region 5 - $7,000 to support the “Developing Star Leaders” program, which engages students from the Mid-Ohio Valley in developing individual and team leadership skills.
  • Calhoun County Family Resource Network - $7,120 to support the Calhoun County Nourishing Network’s efforts to improve access to healthy, whole foods for youth, resource-limited families, and seniors.
  • City of Parkersburg - $10,000 to purchase and install an aquaflex surface for the new splash park at the City Park pool.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $5,000 to support a series of financial education programs across the Mid-Ohio Valley.
  • Doddridge County Elementary School - $600 to plant trees and to teach students about the life cycles of plants.
  • Doddridge County Farmers Market - $5,000 to enable the market to participate in the SNAP “Double Up Bucks” program and to promote the market to the public.
  • Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $7,250 to purchase new turnout gear for firefighters.
  • Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $5,183 to repair and replace downspout at the facility.
  • Faithlink/Community Resources - $2,150 to support the purchase of a vehicle for the new Senior Ride Link program.
  • Family Crisis Intervention Center - $10,000 to support operating expenses for the Kids First Program.
  • Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $4,000 to support the cost of transportation for clients admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities.
  • Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $1,210 to purchase new firefighting nozzles and a fire hose.
  • Horizons Center for Independent Living - $5,000 to build an ADA compliant ramp to the facility.
  • Little Hocking Fire and Rescue, Inc. - $6,396 to purchase scuba diving masks for the rescue diving team.
  • Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation - $2,000 to purchase security cameras to be placed in Wirt County to combat an increase in crime.
  • Lubeck Elementary School - $4,845 to purchase playground equipment for Pre-K students.
  • Lubeck United Methodist Church Lunch SAK Program - $6,650 to help supply, on weekends, school holidays, and summer break, food for children from Lubeck Elementary School, to expand service to Blennerhassett Elementary School, and to assist Blennerhassett Middle School with their food and hygiene pantry.
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council - $2,300 to repair and/or replace sewing machines used by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program to sew items that they donate to agencies throughout their communities.
  • Minnie Hamilton Health System - $11,600 to assist with the purchase of medication carts.
  • NFS Ministries – Latrobe Street Mission - $7,500 to purchase new bed frames and mattresses for the women’s dorm.
  • Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department - $7,000 to assist with the replacement of rescue tools.
  • Ritchie County Family Resource Network - $1,000 to create a Necessity Closet, to provide hygiene items for those in need.
  • Roane County Commission - $7,200 to purchase bunk beds with safety railings for the Roane County 4-H Camp.
  • Rotary Club of Parkersburg - $1,500 to support the Drug Free Clubs of America program at Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School.
  • Schrader Youth Ballet - $4,000 to purchase a vinyl marley floor to be used at performances.
  • Smithville Elementary School - $610 to create hands-on science experiments for the Pre-K through 5th grade classes.
  • Town of Reedy - $7,500 to purchase and install a coin-operated bulk water machine to serve citizens who must haul water for use in their homes in Roane, Wirt, and Jackson counties.
  • United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $2,500 to install a security system.
  • Voices for Children – CASA Program - $9,000 to provide operating support.
  • Voices of the Street/Essentially Yours - $1,000 to provide operating support.
  • Washington Bottom Community Building Association - $4,500 to provide new flooring and upgraded lighting in the community building.
  • West Virginia Health Right - $2,500 to purchase dental supplies for the mobile dental clinic serving Roane County.
  • West Virginia University Extension Service – Family Nutrition Program - $10,000 to provide pop-up farmers markets at schools in Wood County to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by children from families with limited income.
  • West Virginia University School of Public Health - $1,500 to provide students with practical learning experiences by undertaking community health projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
  • West Virginia University Foundation/Energy Express - $3,552 to provide take home books to children enrolled in Energy Express in Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, and Wirt counties.
  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $5,000 to support operations and programming.
  • Wood County 4-H Leaders Association - $12,000 to purchase a new stove and kitchen equipment for the Wood County 4-H Camp.
  • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $15,000 to replace the roofs on cabins at the park.

Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

  • Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $1,650 to purchase new firefighting nozzles and a fire hose.

  • Smithville Elementary School - $1,240 to create hands-on science experiments for the Pre-K through 5th grade classes.

Community Foundation Awards Spring Grants

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced today its grant awards for spring 2016. The Foundation awarded a total of $143,740 through its Spring Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) awarded grants totaling $142,740 to 36 different organizations, and its Ritchie County affiliate, Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate (RCCF), awarded $1,000 in grant support. On Thursday, June 2, representatives of organizations receiving grants from the PACF and RCCF and other supporters of the Foundation attended a Spring Grant Award Program at the Foundation’s central office location in Parkersburg. Grant recipients had an opportunity to discuss their grant-funded projects with the attendees.

Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals/businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF. The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region. The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients. Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program. To learn more about the Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

  • American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia - $6,400 for veteran outreach through the Services to Armed Forces program
  • Arnoldsburg Elementary School - $3,900 to assist with construction of a parking lot to provide parking for community events
  • Children’s Home Society of West Virginia - $7,500 to provide direct support for basic needs for youth enrolled in the Parkersburg Transitional Living Program
  • Circles Campaign of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $1,700 to provide stipends as incentives for individuals and families in poverty to attend training classes
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $4,500 to provide equipment and resources to implement a student loan counseling program
  • Creed Collins Elementary School - $2,400 to provide renovations for safe access to a restroom at the school playground
  • Doddridge County Community Educational Outreach Service - $4,000 for the development of a heritage art quilt trail to encourage tourism and preserve Appalachian heritage
  • Doddridge County High School - $4,790 to encourage lifetime recreation habits by providing archery and Frisbee golf equipment for high school physical education classes
  • Doddridge County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of a weatherproof yurt at the Park’s campground
  • East Wood Volunteer Fire Company - $4,125 for the purchase of air cylinders
  • Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $2,500 to assist with start-up costs for new pre-school program
  • Friends of Charles Fork Lake - $6,000 to construct a disc golf course
  • Humane Society of the Ohio Valley - $1,500 for the acquisition of the ShelterPro Records Management System
  • Julia-Ann Historical Community Association - $4,700 for the restoration and preservation of Riverview Cemetery
  • Lubeck Elementary School - $2,500 for the purchase of playground equipment for Pre-K students
  • Martin Elementary School - $2,000 to provide books for students for the summer to improve literacy
  • Middle Island VFW Post 3408 - $5,000 for the construction of a picnic pavilion at the Doddridge County Park to honor veterans
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Symphony Society/West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $600 to purchase a laptop computer to improve ticketing at concerts
  • Parkersburg High School - $2,000 to equip the Moderate MI Apartment Classroom to teach life skills
  • Parkersburg High School Foundation - $2,000 to purchase equipment and software to support fundraising efforts
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic - $1,000 to install a security system at the Vienna health center
  • Pleasants County Parks and Recreation - $5,000 for ADA upgrades to the aquatic center
  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - $5,000 to develop an economic impact report for the North Bend Rail Trail
  • Ritchie County Schools - $7,500 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school
  • Roane County 4-H Leaders Association - $3,500 to construct a roof over a picnic shelter at the Roane County 4-H Camp
  • Schrader Youth Ballet Company - $2,000 to support the production of “Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream”
  • TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc. - $5,000 to support the Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Hospital and Home Visitation Program
  • The Education Alliance - $3,500 to support the AmeriCorps on the Frontline student mentoring program in Doddridge, Pleasants, and Wood County schools
  • West Virginia Health Right, Inc. - $4,000 to provide oral health care and education
  • West Virginia University Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program - $3,975 to support mentoring program for students with visual impairments
  • West Virginia University School of Public Health - $3,000 to support a student-led community health project
  • Westbrook Health Services - $4,500 to assist women who have completed the Genesis Residential Substance Abuse Program by providing them with items needed for new housing
  • Wirt County 4-H Leaders Association - $5,000 to support the meals-to-go program, which provides food for Wirt County students during holiday breaks
  • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $8,150 to replace the original roofs on three restrooms at Mountwood Park
  • Wood County Senior Citizens Association, Inc. - $2,500 to purchase computers for an educational lab for seniors
  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation - $6,000 to assist with the Center for Early Learning’s summer camp program

Ritchie County Community Foundation Grants

  • Ritchie County Schools - $1,000 to develop and equip a video production lab at the high school

PACF Awards Fall Grants

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced today its grant awards for fall 2016. Grant recipients gathered at the Foundation’s office on Tuesday, December 6, to celebrate their grant awards. A total of $180,000 in grant support was awarded region-wide through the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

“We addressed a number of crucial community needs through these grants including support for services that assist area youth, seniors, the homeless, victims of domestic violence, and children who have been abused or neglected,” said PACF’s Senior Program Officer, Marian Clowes. “Both hunger and food insecurity are real problems in our region. To help address this need, we provided a $15,000 grant to Old Man Rivers to assist with delivering meals to the homebound in Wood County through the purchase of a new food deliver truck. Additionally, a grant to Catholic Charities of WV will enable food to be delivered to those in need in Doddridge, Calhoun, Roane, and Wirt counties through the Wellness Works mobile food pantry. Grant support also will assist several organizations that provide food to school children on weekends and school holidays.”

In addition to Tuesday’s grant distributions, the Foundation’s regional affiliates in Doddridge County, Ritchie County and the Little Kanawha Area are also providing county-centric grant support.

Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals/businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF. The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region. The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients. Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program. 

To learn more about the Foundation and its Community Action Grants Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants

  • Camden Clark Medical Center Foundation - $5,000 to purchase portable equipment to measure an individual’s fracture risk;
  • CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit - $2,500 to expand child advocacy services to Roane and Calhoun counties;
  • Catholic Charities of WV - $6,000 for the Wellness Works mobile food pantry and for “Try It” tasting kits for clients in Calhoun, Doddridge, Roane, and Wirt counties;
  • City of Vienna - $10,250 to construct restrooms for the new Vienna Senior Center, which will expand exercise programs and activities for seniors;
  • Community Resources - $3,000 for the development of a community garden in Elizabeth to provide healthy, nutritious food for residents;
  • Family Crisis Intervention Center - $5,000 for new computers and printers to improve services and programming for victims of domestic violence;
  • Franklin Elementary School - $7,700 for books for classroom libraries for the “Leader in Me” project;
  • Humane Society of Parkersburg - $3,300 for free pet vaccinations for low income individuals in the community;
  • Marietta Community Foundation - $10,000 for the Shale Crescent project, designed to market the Mid-Ohio Valley’s assets to employer’s worldwide to increase employment opportunities for area residents;
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Drug Court - $3,300 for support for a supervision officer and to provide dentures for clients in need;
  • Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department - $10,000 to purchase equipment to provide on-site dental hygiene services through the Smiles for Life program;
  • Mountaineer Creative Arts Council – $3,500 to support children’s musical programs for Doddridge County students grades 2-12;
  • Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association - $2,100 to provide training for teens who attend the Teen Leadership or Teen Entrepreneurship Summit at the Horseshoe Leadership Center;
  • Oil, Gas and Industrial Historical Association - $5,300 to support preservation projects for historic Henderson Hall;
  • Old Man Rivers - $15,000 to assist with the purchase of a new meal delivery truck;
  • Parkersburg Art Center - $11,150 to replace electrical wiring in the facility to improve safety;
  • Parkersburg Day Nursery - $9,750 to purchase equipment and improve facilities to enhance the organization’s ability to offer exceptional child care services;
  • Regeneration, Inc. - $4,000 to purchase nutritious, non-perishable food to send home on weekends with Ritchie County students in need from January – May 2017;
  • Ritchie County High School Physical Education Department - $1,600 to purchase physical fitness equipment;
  • Stephenson United Methodist Church - $2,500 to purchase food items for the Brown Bag program, which provides food for weekends for students at Jefferson Elementary School;
  • The Children’s Listening Place - $5,290 to support the use of tracking software and to train staff members to assist children who have been abused or neglected;
  • The iBelieve Foundation - $1,000 to provide supplies for students participating in summer leadership programs;
  • The Salvation Army - $10,000 to purchase mattresses, washers, and dryers for the emergency and transitional housing units;
  • Voices for Children Foundation – CASA Program - $7,000 to provide operating support to enable volunteer advocates to provides services to children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect;
  • Voices of the Street Inc., Essentially Yours - $1,500 to purchase personal body and hair care products and household cleaning products for those moving from homelessness to a permanent residence;
  • West Fork Community Action - $1,000 to upgrade the playground at the Arnoldsburg Community Park;
  • West Virginia University Foundation, Bonnie’s Bus - $9,500 for operating support for the mobile mammography unit that serves women throughout the PACF service area;
  • Williamstown High School - $3,400 to purchase two automatic external defibrillators for the school’s soccer and baseball/softball fields;
  • Wood County 4-H Leaders’ Association - $4,860 to make improvements to the Wood County 4-H livestock barns;
  • Wood County Recreation Commission - $5,500 to support recreational programs to benefit area youth.
  • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $10,000 for operating support to provide services to seniors;
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RCCF Awards Grants Totaling $5,900

The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced $5,900 in grants to support charitable projects benefitting Ritchie County. RCCF presented the grants during the Ritchie County High School music concert on Monday, December 12.

Founded in 1999, the RCCF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Ritchie County. The RCCF family of funds includes 25 named funds, representing $1.3 million in assets. Each fall, the RCCF awards grants to benefit community projects. Grants awarded this fall are made possible through the Ritchie County Community Endowment Fund, which supports charitable projects that benefit the residents of Ritchie County; the Lowell and Wilda Jackson Community Fund, a Donor Advised Fund with a particular interest in support the needs of Ritchie County; and through the support of an anonymous donor.

The following agencies received grants from the RCCF:

  • Ritchie County High School Band Program - $5,000 to assist with the purchase of new band uniforms;
  • Regeneration, Inc. /Packs of Plenty - $650 to provide food for weekends and school holidays for Ritchie County students who face food insecurity at home;
  • Ritchie County High School Physical Education Department - $250 to purchase fitness equipment to enhance student fitness and for use in afterschool fitness classes.

“We are pleased to support the needs of our Ritchie County youth through these grants” said Alan Haught, RCCF Advisory Board Chair. “We are proud of our high school band and its recent growth, and we know that Packs of Plenty and the physical fitness equipment will make a difference in the health and wellness of our students.”

Current RCCF Advisory Board members, in addition to Haught, include Jean Freeland, Scott Windom, Noah Hinzman, Theresa Cowan, Dan Fissel, Richard Kerns, and Ron Nutt.

Picture Caption: Members of the RCCF Advisory Board present grants to representative of the Ritchie County High School and Regeneration, Inc. Pictured left to right: RCCF Advisory Board Chair – Alan Haught, RCCF Advisory Board Member – Dan Fissel, Ritchie County High School’s Jim Flesher, Regeneration, Inc.’s Gail Holleron, RCCF Advisory Board Member – Scott Windom.

LKACF Awards Grants Totaling $2,750

Founded in 2000, the LKACF works to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the residents of Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties. The LKACF family of funds includes 8 named funds, representing $650,000 assets. Each fall, the LKACF awards grants to benefit community projects. Grants awarded this fall are made possible through the LKACF Community Support Fund, which supports charitable projects that benefit the residents of Calhoun and Wirt counties; the Gilmer County Community Grantmaking Fund, which provides funds to address the needs of Gilmer County; and the Larry D. and Margaret D. Brown Advised Fund, which supports charitable projects in the region.

The following agencies received grants from the LKACF:

  • CASA of the Fifth Judicial Circuit - $535 to assist with expansion of child advocacy services to Roane and Calhoun counties. CASA recruits, trains, and supports court-appointed volunteer advocates who work with abused and neglected children to make recommendations to the court and to provide them a clear and powerful voice while seeking safe and permanent homes.
  • Gilmer Elementary School PTO – $400 to promote unity within the school and throughout the county by purchasing t-shirts for teachers.
  • Normantown Christian – $1,815 to purchase art supplies for the “One Child’s Time” program, where students will create and frame paintings to be sold in arts/crafts shows to generate a donation to The Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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“These grants are all focused on the children in our communities,” said Ron Blankenship, LKACF Advisory Board Chair. “We loved that the Normantown Christian project involved children in a project that will give back to others in need. We also know that CASA plays an important role in helping to protect the most vulnerable children in our community, and the role of our local schools and teachers in educating our children is critical to our future. We are pleased to be able to provide support for these three child-focused grants.”

Current LKACF Advisory Board members, in addition to Blankenship, include Martha Haymaker, Bob Radabaugh, Kyle Pierson, Jean Simers, Andrew Matheny, and Leslie Maze.

State Board of Education Solicits Input From Educators Statewide

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) launched the West Virginia Educator Voice online survey to solicit input from teachers, counselors, principals and assistant principals on teaching and learning conditions in their schools. Educators can complete the survey and share their opinions until March 29, 2019.

Educators have been asked to take 15-20 minutes to respond to the anonymous, web-based survey. In the survey, educators will address conditions as they impact and support effective leadership, instructional practices and professional development.  Findings from the survey will be shared with counties to guide discussions that inform the development of district professional learning plans for next school year.

“This survey provides us with a unique opportunity to gather information about school climate from those whose perceptions matter most — practicing educators,” said WVBE President David Perry. “The data collected will prove to be invaluable as we make policy decisions about how to best assist educators with their most important job of educating our students.”

All West Virginia teachers, counselors, principals and assistant principals received an email today in their K12 email account with a link to take the survey. For educators who have questions or did not receive an email, please contact ‘ed.voice.wvde@k12.wv.us’.

Glenville State Graduate Receives WV History Hero Award

Each year, West Virginia recognizes the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to preserve our state’s rich history. These individuals are recognized as History Heros. This year, a Glenville State College alumna has been honored with the prestigious award.

Vickie (Fulks) Baker is a 1990 graduate of GSC’s education program with a specialization in mathematics and general science. She taught middle and high school for seventeen years and is currently employed by the West Virginia Department of Education as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) State Coordinator. Her husband, Larry Baker, is a 1988 graduate of GSC and an Associate Professor of Physical Science at the College.

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(l-r) Roane County Historical Society President Rich Greathouse,
2019 History Hero Vickie Baker, and Delegate Martin Atkinson


Baker was nominated for the 2019 History Hero recognition by the Roane County Historical Society as a result of her work in organizing a local chapter of National Society Daughter of American Revolution (NSDAR). NSDAR is a national lineage society which strives to promote patriotism through education and community service and support veterans and active service personnel. As part of the organization process, Baker worked with ladies interested in proving their lineage to a supporter of the American Revolution. These supporters may have fought in the continental army or local militia, or they may have provided support for those fighting by providing supplies or paying taxes to fund the army. Proving your lineage involves documenting birth, death, and marriage for each generation.

“The nomination for this recognition is very meaningful because it represents the amazing support of the Roane County Historical Society. Their backing throughout the process of organizing the chapter was very appreciated,” said Baker.

She hopes to be able to inspire other individuals interested in pursuing research of their family history. “As descendants learn the history of their ancestors, they begin to connect to the history which shaped the ancestor’s life. Looking at history through the lens of a family makes the history meaningful,” said Baker. “Individuals interested in becoming involved in their local history can begin by becoming involved with their local historical society.”

Baker was honored at the West Virginia State Capital Complex during the celebration of the Twenty-Third Annual West Virginia History Day on Thursday, February 21, alongside 38 others who were nominated by organizations around the state.

Endowed Scholarship Funds Make Meaningful Impact

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If you’re the parent of a college-bound student or a college-bound student yourself, you are more than likely feeling overwhelmed by the college application process and even more so by the costs that are adding up.  To help offset some of these expenses the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) offers several scholarship opportunities for area students.

“Not only are students and parents worried about tuition and fees, but they are also concerned about costs for books, housing, transportation, and much more,” said Rachel Brezler, PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer. “We’re here to help parents and students easily navigate through the scholarship process and provide meaningful financial assistance to help pay for college.”

Brezler believes that the scholarship funds managed by the PACF are extremely helpful for students working to achieve their academic goals.  “Scholarship awards are directed straight to the college/university and are directly applied to the student’s account,” said Brezler.  “This approach minimizes administrative details for students and eases financial worries.  We’ve had several recipients comment that the scholarships they received truly helped them focus more on their studies.”

The PACF manages more than 160 endowed scholarship funds, established by forward-thinking citizens, to support students in its 11-county service area.  An endowed scholarship fund with the PACF is a permanent fund in which the principal always remains intact and invested, forever.  Annually, scholarships are awarded from a portion of the income earned on the fund’s principal.  Each scholarship fund at the Foundation has different eligibility requirements.  Many awards are restricted to students graduating from certain high schools, pursuing select fields of study, or attending specific institutions.  While most existing scholarships are limited to students who are graduating high school seniors, there are a few available for students whose undergraduate degree program is already underway, who are pursuing graduate level education, or who are “non-traditional” students. 

The average cost of college, both public and private, keeps increasing at a slow and steady pace each year.  According to a recent U.S. News and Report article, the average 2018-2019 cost for public, in-state schooling is more than $9,000; public, out-of-state is more than $21,000; and private colleges and universities is more than $35,000.

Last year, the PACF awarded 266 scholarships, totaling more than $331,000, to support area students pursuing post-secondary education.  Currently, the PACF is reviewing applications for its spring 2019 awards.

As the cost for post-secondary education continues to rise, the PACF encourages individuals concerned about the academic future of our region’s young people to consider partnering with Foundation.  Individuals can volunteer on the PACF’s Scholarship Fund Committee, donate to build a current scholarships fund, or partner with the Foundation to create a new scholarship fund.  Together we can make a meaningful difference for our community’s next generation.

Contact the PACF today at ‘info@pacfwv.com’ or call 304.428.4438 for more information.

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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 May 13, 2019  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
Ruth Claire Garrett Rick J. Garrett PO Box 369
Glenville, WV 26351
David Thomas Lewis David T. Lewis Jr. PO Box 312
Dalton, OH 44618
Eleanor G. Lewis David T. Lewis Jr. PO Box 312
Dalton, OH 44618
Mildred E. Dye Michael L. Dye 609 McKee Road
Washington, PA 15301


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : March 14, 2019

Mike Kellar Named Pioneer Head Football Coach

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Glenville State College and the Pioneer Athletic Department are excited to announce Mike Kellar as the new Head Football Coach for the Pioneers. Kellar becomes the 25th head coach to lead the Pioneers.
“I am truly excited to be back at Glenville; it’s where it all started for me back in 1989 and I feel like there is some unfinished business. I want to thank GSC President Tracy Pellett, Athletic Director Jesse Skiles, and the entire search committee for this opportunity. I also want to thank Roger Waialae and Lynn Ullom and everyone at West Liberty for this past year. I can’t wait to get back to Glenville and get to work,“ Kellar stated.
Kellar comes into the position with 51-35 (.593) career record as a head coach at the NCAA Division II level with stops at California (PA), Concord, and Lenoir-Rhyne (NC). Before breaking into the head coaching ranks, he made his mark as offensive coordinator for a trio of NCAA Division II playoff squads, including a pair of California (PA) teams that advanced to the national semifinals. As a head coach or assistant coach he has been part of seven conference championship teams.

He comes to the Pioneers after serving as the Offensive Coordinator of the West Liberty University Hilltoppers for the 2018 season. The Hilltoppers averaged 25.0 points per game and 327.5 yards per contest this past season.

“We are getting a seasoned and experienced coach that has been very successful as a head coach at multiple stops. I’m also very excited that we are getting a former Pioneer player who has ties to North Central West Virginia,“ said GSC Athletic Director Jesse Skiles.

The Shinnston, WV native was a starting quarterback at Glenville State in 1989 and later at Fairmont State during the early 1990’s. After graduating from Fairmont, Kellar traded his playing cleats for a headset and whistle and spent the next eight seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Falcons. He helped lead Fairmont to a pair of WVIAC championships.

Kellar left Fairmont for a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Northern Michigan before beginning a record-setting five-year run as offensive coordinator at California (PA) in 2004 when the Vulcans rolled to four straight PSAC West titles, two NCAA Division II regional crowns, and picked up two ECAC Lambert Trophies.

In 2009 Kellar made his head coaching debut and executed an impressive turnaround with the Concord University program that had gone just 1-21 over the previous two years. Kellar posted a 6-5 record in his first year in Athens and led the Mountain Lions to an 8-3 mark in 2010 with the No. 4-ranked offense in the nation.

Kellar then returned to California (PA) in 2011 as associate head coach under the legendary John Luckhardt and took the head coaching reins when Luckhardt retired after the 2011 season. Kellar posted an impressive 31-12 record in four years at the helm of the Vulcans, once again producing some of the most prolific offensive teams in the region, before moving on to Lenoir-Rhyne in 2015.

California averaged more than 30 points a game in nine of Kellar’s 10 seasons as head coach or offensive coordinator with the PSAC West powerhouse. His teams saw seven of their players earn All-American status while at California.

“We are extremely excited and thrilled to be getting such a decorated football coach at Glenville State College. Mike Kellar has had a great coaching career and we are ready for an exciting 2019 season and many more to come,“ stated GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

A 1994 graduate of Fairmont State, Kellar also holds a master’s degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University. He and his wife Missy have four children, Diedra, Jarrod, Anthony, and Jacob.

Jeanette Riffle: Swinging Bridge Experiences

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At one time, there were a lot of those old bridges around. There are still a few. My husband remembers falling through one down the road from us, across the creek from where Dee Cottrell now lives. He was a teenager at the time and was going across the creek to hunt. The bridge was getting old and not being maintained.  After he got his groundhog and was on his way back home, he fell through a board and hit the bank.  It’s a good thing that he fell where he did because there wasn’t enough water in the creek at the time. The creek was low, and he would have gotten hurt had he fallen to the creek. I remember a time when me, my brothers, and some cousins, had to watch out for a missing board of the swinging bridge across the creek at our Stewart grandparents farm. We had sneaked off and went over to the old abandoned Fitzpatrick house. We got spooked in there by noises and “flew the cat hole!”  All the little boys ran ahead of my older girl cousin and me.  By the time we got there, those boys had that bridge swaying so bad, that we had to get down on our knees and crawl across and then get up at the other end and step across the missing board, to the bank. I never went across again but I heard of some cousins from Michigan who ventured over there and one of the boys fell through and he swam to the bank and pulled himself up out of the water.

I was reading about some comical experiences that other people have had with swinging bridges. One woman said she saw a cow go across one. Now, that must have been something! A cow is clumsy. Another person said he liked to ride his bike across when he was a teenager. Still others said they were always afraid of those bridges and didn’t dare try and cross one.

Until next time, dress for the weather and stay healthy. We have had a wintry mix this weekend and then today, it got up to 75 degrees and was nice except for the March wind blowing. It was roaring up in the hilltops and would dip down in the valley now and then. Hopefully, it dried up some mud from all the rain.

God bless and keep you in His care!

GILMER LIBRARY DIRECTOR RECEIVES CERTIFICATION, HAS WORKS PUBLISHED

Gilmer Public Library Director Lisa Hayes-Minney was recently awarded her Basic Library Certification from the West Virginia Library Commission. Her coursework included 26 training sessions in the following core areas: Fundamentals of Librarianship, Collection Development, Organization of Materials, Management, Programming & Services, and Technology.

West Virginia State Code requires that all library directors in the state complete eight continuing education hours a year, but in a little over two years, Minney has completed more than fifty continuing education hours to achieve this certification.

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Minney was hired as an Assistant Librarian at Gilmer Public Library in November 2016 and was promoted to Library Director in September 2018. In addition to her studies related to Library Science, Minney has an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Journalism, and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.

Also, Minney has three essays appearing in upcoming publications. Her essay “Shaken Foundations” will be appearing in the anthology Mountains Piled upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene, to be released in April 2019 by Bartram Publishing. Her essay “Mental-pause” is included in Feminine Rising: Voices of Power & Invisibility, due out in June 2019 from Cynren Press. Her essay “Little One” was a finalist in the Recovery Contest by Memoir Magazine, and will be appearing in a special online edition to be released within the next few weeks.

Minney is the facilitator of Gilmer Public Library’s “Creative Play for Adults” sessions, which encourage adults to re-connect with and nurture their creative side, held at the library every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  She also leads the library Writer’s Group, which meets the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

For more information about these or other programs and services available from Gilmer Public Library, visit their facebook page, their web site at gilmerpublib.org, stop in the library, or call 304.462.5620. For more information about Lisa, visit www.LHayesMinney.net.

WV Legislative Update

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Writing this week within minutes of the adjournment of session, the immediate aftermath of the past sixty days is yet to be fully processed by anyone, including those with a ringside seat.  I’m pleased that we took action to eliminate the tax on social security benefits; made some important strides in providing a major push to repair secondary roads; and, some major second-chance legislation to help get more of our citizens off drugs and into gainful employment or training.

On the negative side, SB 622 is a horrible bill that will pour even more money into political campaigns and has no redeeming value whatsoever. But one thing is certain: the utter inability of the current legislative leadership to get a budget for two consecutive years without the threat of shutting down state government has now given rise to yet another problem.  This year, a budget was approved nearly two days before the conclusion of the session.

On the surface, that sounds efficient and productive.  The real-world implications dictate a very different outcome.  With a budget passed and on the Governor’s desk with two days remaining in the session, it in effect, killed or severely limited our chances of passing important legislation that has a fiscal note during the final two days. This excuse was used several times in the last couple days of the session, including last Saturday night.

There was a valid and relevant reason why, for years, we always finished the budget as the final bill, completing action over a two- or three-day period the week after the session concluded.  It had nothing whatsoever to do with legislators wanting to drag out the session.

At that time, on Sunday afternoon after the final night, Finance and Clerk’s office staff in the House and Senate began sorting through all bills that passed during the session right up to midnight on the last day to ascertain whether there was a cost or savings to the budget.  They also cataloged the differences in the various categories between the House and Senate versions.  Then, armed with that information, a small number of budget conference members could settle the remaining accounts; then, call member in briefly and vote out a final version of the budget.

Unfortunately, a few years ago, the current majority failed to get a budget in a timely manner for two consecutive years, costing taxpayers nearly $1.5 million and nearly shutting down state government.  Citizens were outraged and rightfully so.  Now, it has given rise to a hastily prepared budget that lacks the flexibility to add important items right up until the final hours of the session.  This is the ultimate legislative “cart before the horse”.

Case in point:  HB 2001 – the bill that passed the House 99 – 1 several weeks ago.  The bill as it left the House of Delegates exempted all Social Security income from West Virginia income tax.  The cost to the budget was around $39 million.  However, when the Senate finally took up and passed the bill after weeks of inaction, they amended it to phase-in the tax break over three years and put a cap on the federally adjusted gross income as to who may qualify.  The end result – a tax break of only $2 million in the first year, with far fewer West Virginians now qualifying.  We tried to reject the Senate version and go back to the House version, but House leadership said that since the budget was already passed, any changes may cause the Governor to veto the budget.  We were defeated in our motion to send it back to the Senate or appoint a conference committee.  I am happy to have worked for and voted for passage of the bill, but we could have done much more.  While many of our senior citizens and disabled individuals will see a tax benefit, some with not gain the full tax break and see immediate maximum tax relief.  That’s unfortunate.

The night before, the majority party rammed through SB 622 to increase the amount of campaign contributions that can be receive in an election cycle from the current maximum of $1,000 to $2,800 – nearly triple the current rate.  Other contributions from “dark money” that does not have to be declared and PAC fund contributions also were hiked substantially. The bill had a single sponsor in the Senate.  All of the minority party in the House voted against this bill.

You cannot make this stuff up.  Does anyone think more money in political campaigns will improve the political climate?  Does anyone think we need more mailers or negative radio and TV ads at election time?  A year ago, the majority made a centerpiece argument in their push for single member House legislative districts that smaller, more compact district size would cost less in which to campaign, thereby allowing more time to spend with and listening to constituents.  While I have always served in and been in favor of and voted for one hundred single member districts for the next redistricting, now they’re going against their own argument for single member districts and now on record for wanting to inject even more big money in the process.  I hope the Governor has the courage and wisdom to veto this horrible bill that will do nothing to move our State forward.

Over the next several weeks, I’ll attempt to keep you updated as column space allows regarding the positive and negative aspects of the 2019 session, along with the yet to be completed extraordinary session called by the Governor for education issues. 

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; Please send your inquiries to my home office as well:  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.

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March winds definitely showed up in February, and April showers, as I said last week, showed up as watery snow in March.  May is supposed to be the flowers.  (“April showers bring May flowers.”  As a kid the joke was to ask, “What do May flowers bring?”  “Pilgrims, of course!”  Ha Ha Ha!  The riddles and funny jokes of childhood remain with us for life, it seems.  We older seniors may forget people’s names, but we remember words to many, many songs and jokes.) So maybe April will bring us more flowers, and May will just surprise us.

I have a beautiful assortment of early crocuses, one group of which bloomed out in a beautiful, round, picture-perfect spray of a lilac-colored bouquet.  The spring flowers are so bright and refreshing, after winter and snow.  I love spring and fall best of all seasons.

Last week I wrote about the first of the 28 doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, that the Bible is the word of God, written by folks inspired by God, but in their own words.  This week we will learn about the second doctrine, The Trinity.  I find this easy to believe but not easy to explain.

“There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three coeternal Persons.  God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present.  He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God, who is love, is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:8; Matt. 28:19; John 3:16 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.)” (https://www.adventist.org/en/beliefs/god/trinity/)

Since long before Creation, God knew that creating beings with power of choice meant that someone would choose to go his own way instead of obeying the directions of his Creator, so arrangements were made that the Son part of the Godhead would become a human being; sacrifice his own life to pay the penalty for all transgressions of the law (sin) in one fell swoop. (See I John 3:4)  The penalty or wages of sin is death, so he died for all, for each of us. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ who died in my place (I John 3:4) and not only died (paid the penalty) but he lived a perfectly righteous life, which becomes MY righteousness.  When I am judged, only HIS perfect life will be considered, not my own bundle of unchristlike behaviors.  When I ask, he forgives my sin and cleanses me from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

Of course, they were together in creation, for Genesis states that God created the heaven and the earth and that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water. (Genesis 1:1-3) and then verse 26 reports that God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness. . . .”  (Note it say “our” image, plural.)  Verse 27 continues, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  All three members of the Godhead were active in creation.

When Jesus insisted that John the Baptist baptize him, John didn’t feel worthy to do that.  He believed that Jesus was God.  Jesus insisted that John baptize him so that he would be fulfilling all the righteousness expected of any other human being.  When he was brought up out of the water of the Jordan River, the voice of God, the Father, was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son.”  The Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a Dove.  All three of them together!  (See Matthew 3:13-17). 

Just as an aside from this about the Trinity, I John 3:4 states that the “GIFT” of God is eternal life.  There is no way to EARN eternal life.  It is a gift and we only have to accept it.  We are told that we are rewarded for our works, but our works cannot earn us eternal life.  Salvation is a GIFT of God.  You can do good works from now until Jesus comes back and it will not earn you salvation.  Only through the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice can we be assured of salvation and eternal life and when we accept it we become children of God and heirs of the kingdom.  Talk to Him, Read His Word, Get acquainted with Him and His great love for you.

Maranatha!

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the USDA Service Center, Mount Clare, WV.

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Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

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Gilmer County Board of Education will be accepting bids for the lawn mowing and grounds care at Gilmer County High School, Rhorbourgh Field, Bus Garage, Board Office, and Gilmer Elementary. Bid packets with full explanations may be picked up at Gilmer County Board office, 454 VanHorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351. Please contact, Joe Frashure, Maintenance Director, at 304.462.7386 Ext. 100 or ‘jfrashur@k12.wv.us’ with any questions. Closing date for bid is Friday March 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Bid Opening and review will be Friday March 22, 2019, at 11:15 a.m. at the Gilmer County Board of Education office, Room 109.

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Gilmer Public Library Programs and Events in 2019

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Help Is Closer Than You Think

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Public Meeting in Salem – April 02, 2019

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The West Fork Conservation District will hold a public meeting for the Salem Fork Watershed Dams on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at the Salem City Building, Salem WV.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church Rummage Sale

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Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church Rummage Sale
1122 Brushy Fork Road
Buckhannon, WV

(To help us get new flooring for Fellowship Hall and Kitchen)

April 1, 2, and 3,  8:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. 

If you would like to donate clean, gently-used items for the sale we would greatly appreciate it.

Please bring your items to the church on Sunday, March 3l between 1:00p.m. and 4:00p.m, March 31, or Early Monday morning. 

If you have any questions, please call 304.472.0962, and if no answer, leave a message.

GSC’s Annual Percussion Ensemble

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Tickets for the annual Glenville State College Percussion Ensemble will go on sale on Friday, March 01 at 8:00 a.m.

Concerts will be held on Thursday, April 04 and Friday, April 05 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

GSC students are admitted to the April 04 performance for free, but must still reserve a ticket.

Tickets for public school students are $15 and the price for general admission is $25.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

A Special Anniversary Tribute - 04.06.19

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Public Meeting in Pricetown – April 09, 2019

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The West Fork Conservation District will hold a public meeting for the Polk Creek Watershed Dams on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at the Pricetown VFD, Pricetown WV.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

Art & Craft Class - 04.13.19

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Gilmer County FRN Thrift Store

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Upcoming Winter and Spring Gardening Workshops

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Folk Festival Day - 04.27.10

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Gilmer Public Library: Japanese Culture

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May the 4th Be with your 5k

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Lifeguard Certification Classes Scheduled at Glenville State

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Individuals interested in earning or renewing certification as a Red Cross lifeguard should make plans to sign up for one of two classes being offered at Glenville State College’s Pool.

Certification classes are being organized for February 16, 17, 23, 24 and May 04, 05, 11, 12.

The classes last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and take place at the GSC Pool which is located in the Health and Physical Education Building.

Cost for the certification is $225 per person.

Participants, who should be at least 15 years old by the last day of the class, must pass a swim test at the first session.

The test consists of a 300-meter continuous swim using either the front crawl or breaststroke, treading water, hands-free, for two minutes in the deep end of the pool, and completing a brick retrieval within one minute forty seconds.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact GSC Director of Aquatics and Recreation Kathy Gilbert at ‘Kathy.Gilbert@glenville.edu’ or by calling 304.462.6441.

WVSFF: Vendors Wanted

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Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Mary Jean Kraynak

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Horner, WV passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown surrounded by loving family. She was born on April 27, 1938 in Portersville, PA a daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Palmer [ .... ]  Read More

Wanda “Sue” Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV was called home on Friday, March 15, 2019 from the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. Sue’s parents, the late Doyl D. and Lora L. Rylee James, greeted her with loving arms when she was born on April 18, 1947 in Salus, Arkansas [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Kay Lemon

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Chapel Road, Gassaway, WV went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 15, 2019 in the early morning. She was born February 11, 1945 in Gassaway, WV a daughter of the late Darrell “Thomp” Thompson and Sara Marie Metz Thompson [ .... ]  Read More

Wilford Goff “Bud” Bush

The Free Press WVAge 77 of Turkey Lick Road; Tanner, West Virginia, departed this earthly life on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his residence near Tanner following an extended illness. He was born January 07, 1942 in Gilmer County, WV son of the late Wilford and Nellie Goff Bush [ .... ]  Read More

Oleta Marie Kerns Williams

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Marietta, OH. She was born January 26, 1936, near Cairo, WV, the daughter of the late Arthur and Zelma Michael Kerns [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Lynn Davis

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 3, 1941: son of the late Ancil Davis and Zina (Buukhammer) Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Opal Bunch

The Free Press WV Age 98, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV. Opal was born May 01, 1920 in Greenwood, WV, a daughter of the late Michael and Maude (Batton) Dotson [....]  Read More

Gregory Allen Stark

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Camden, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Morgantown, WV on December 16, 1959: son of the late Charles Stark and Joan (Feagans) Stark [ .... ]  Read More

Irene Cloe “Nellie” Davis

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at WVU Hospital – Ruby Memorial in Morgantown. She was born November 04, 1955 in Sutton, WV to Dollie Lucille Hosey and lived the majority of her life in Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

Judith Ann (Judy) Shepherd

The Free Press WV Age 81, of The Willows, Parkersburg, WV passed away March 14, 2019. She was born in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of Harold and Ruby Jeffries Jones [....]  Read More

Rebecca Jane Cullen

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Vienna, WV passed away March 12, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born August 23, 1950 in Weston, WV, the daughter of the late John Thomas and Martha Margaret Jarvis Cullen [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Alfred Maxwell

The Free Press WV Age 66 of Charleston, WV; departed this life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston following an extended illness. He was born February 23, 1953 in Grantsville, WV; son of the late Janis Maxwell Martin [....]  Read More

Leon “Spock” Utt

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Snake Hill Road, Morgantown. WV; was born July 09, 1955, in Sutton, WV. Son of Mary Dean.  Husband of 43 years to Vickie Payne Utt, left in the arms of angels on March 11, 2019, surrounded by family [ .... ]  Read More

William “Bud” Francis

The Free Press WVPassed away at his home March 07 after a long illness. He was 78 years old. He was born March 22, 1940, in Grantsville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Arthur F. Cokeley

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2019, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Arthur was born April 20, 1929 in Cairo, WV a son of the late Samuel H. and Mary (Harden) Cokeley [....]  Read More

Eva Anderson Stout

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 09, 2019 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a sudden illness. She was born November 12, 1944 in Monroe County, WV; daughter of the late Eulice and Virginia Wykle Anderson [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Robert Satterfield

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 25, 1947 in Grafton a son of the late Daniel L. Elizabeth June Arnold Satterfield [ .... ]  Read More

Edith “Eadie” Joan Dallas

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Jane Lew, WV passed away surrounded by loving family on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born on August 20, 1951 in Melrose Park, Illinois a daughter of the late Edward Joseph and Eunice Elizabeth Kangas Wendt [ .... ]  Read More

Doris “Geneva” Case

The Free Press WV Age 85 of Stoneville, NC passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 AM after a short illness at Moorehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, NC. Geneva was born June 05, 1933 at home on Tate Creek, Glendon of Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Lanty Nathan (Nick) Gibson

The Free Press WV Passed away at his home in Webster, FL after a long illness on March 08, 2019. Nick was born January 26, 1954 to Lanty Junior Gibson of Little Birch, WV and Anna Jane (Arthur) Crouse of Yuma, AZ [....]  Read More

Charlotte Virginia Smith

The Free Press WVAge 32, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 on Fink Creek in Camden following an accident. She was born in Weston, WV on January 22, 1987: daughter of Larry Snider and Connie (Smith) Snider [ .... ]  Read More

Mary E. Props

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born December 30, 1926 to the late James A. and Ruby Riggs Wilson of Rock Camp [ .... ]  Read More

Doris J. Powell

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Akron, OH went home to be with the Lord, March 06, 2019 which was her 85th birthday. She was one of eight children born to Joseph and Jennie Costilow in West Union, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Canfield Norman Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 09, 2019 at her sisters home in Wooster, OH. She was born November 06, 1944, in Canfield, WV to the late Ira & Maude White Canfield [....]  Read More

Judy Ann Richards

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2019, at her residence. Judy was born February 04, 1955 in Pennsboro, WV a daughter of the late Dale and Mary (Wilson) Weekley [....]  Read More

Maynard G. “Red” Snodgrass

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 11, 2019 at his residence. He was born July 03, 1927 at Hazelgreen, WV, the son of the late William Francis and Lavina Summers Snodgrass [....]  Read More

Eleanor Shock

The Free Press WVAge 99, a lifelong resident of Normantown, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Hubbard House in Charleston, WV following a short illness. Eleanor was born October 19, 1919, the daughter of Marion Lee Brown and Oleta Miller Brown who preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

Francis “Pete” Waggoner

The Free Press WVAge 79, passed Thursday, March 07, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center. Francis was born to the late Harley Lee Waggoner, and Esther Lee Davis, on April 10, 1939, in Macfarlan, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Dean Mason Strickland

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Glenville, WV passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. He was born on January 18, 1939, at Widen, WV the son of the late Ellis and Valeria Strickland. Dean is survived by his wife, Mary Bland Whiting Strickland [....]  Read More

Herbert Lee Pridemore

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2019 at the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV. Herbert was born on January 28, 1941 in Madison, WV, the son of the late Hobert Lee and Dusty Mae Gibson Pridemore [....]  Read More

Viola Elizabeth Richards

The Free Press WV Age 64 of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born April 27, 1954 in Calhoun County, WV a daughter of the late Albert and Bessie (Wells) Davis [....]  Read More

Jayda Rose Lantz

The Free Press WVAge 2 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at home with her family by her side. She was born February 22, 2017 in Bridgeport, WV; the daughter of Rose Lantz [ .... ]  Read More

Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Stonewood, WV passed away after a brief illness on Friday, March 08, 2019 at her daughter’s house surrounded by loving family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Barberton, OH on March 05, 1965 the daughter of Joy Gregoire DeFazio of Stonewood and the late Charles H. Gilchrist [ .... ]  Read More

Alexander Russell Trefz

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV transitioned to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents when he was born in Weston, WV on May 17, 1937 [ .... ]  Read More

Lisa Ann Harris

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Gassaway, WV peacefully passed away and victoriously went to be with the Lord on March 07, 2019. She was born November 17, 1962 in Germany to Ruby Lockard of Gassaway and the late James E. Lockard [....]  Read More

Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

The Free Press WV 26 day old infant daughter of Mark and Lori Hainaut, Burnsville, WV joined the angels on Monday, March 4th at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Michael D. Herron

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Weston, WV, formerly of Charleston, WV son of Willard and Toni Herron of Elkins, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Charlotte, NC [....]  Read More

Carl L. Weese

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Gassaway, WV passed away March 05, 2019 at home. He was born February 05, 1945 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Carrie Muncie Weese and Curtis Weese, Sr.  [....]  Read More

David William Conner

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Sutton, WV went home to be with his Heavenly Father on March 04, 2019 at Clary Grove center in Martinsburg. He was born in Sutton on July 29, 1941 to the late Ira and Elsie Meadows Conner.  [....]  Read More

Mitsuko Paula Whipkey

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Vienna, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV and Riverdale, GA, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Marietta, OH. She was born on June 18, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan and was the daughter of the late Keikichi and Mito (Nakamura) Kobayashi [ .... ]  Read More

Jackie Lee Frazier

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, March 05, 2019 in Seller’s Personal Care Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. He was born in Jane Lew, WV on July 01, 1933: son of the late John P. Frazier and Genevieve (Paugh) Frazier [ .... ]  Read More

Jennifer Lane (Gibson) Grimm

The Free Press WV Age 39, of Laurel, MD passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019. She was born June 30, 1979 to Regina Lynn (Gibson) Loudermilk of Sutton, WV [....]  Read More

Alvy Gary Conrad

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at his residence. He was born in Lewis County, WV on June 25, 1961, son of the late Virgil H. Conrad and Ellen Ruth (Pumphrey) Conrad [ .... ]  Read More

Ernestine Yvonne Walker

The Free Press WVA82, of Belpre, OH went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on March 03, 2019. She was born on Middle Run in Gilmer County, WV a daughter of the late Robert and Edith (Weaver) Moss [ .... ]  Read More

Hartzel Ray Jordan

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Walkersville, WV passed away under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor on Tuesday, March 05, 2019. He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 08, 1935 a son of the late Dave Nile and Rose Lee Cogar Jordan [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie Lou Lytle

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Frametown, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 04, 2019 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born November 22, 1942, in Clay, WV, the daughter of the late William & Goldie Hietsel Duncan [....]  Read More

James Bert “Jimmy Bert” Scott

The Free Press WV Age 82 of Alma, WV departed this life on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on August 02, 1936 in West Union, WV a son of the late Bertie Guy and Donna Bonnell Scott [....]  Read More

Billy Burke Wilson

The Free Press WVPassed away March 03, 2019 at the age of 80 surrounded by family. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Roberta and his daughters, Deb (Frank) Goff and Bea (Mark) Isner [ .... ]  Read More

Lenoris Jean “Joann” Sampson Coen

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Ivydale, WV went to be with the Lord on March 02, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 22, 1939, a daughter of the late Ivan Queen and Georgia Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

John Robert “Bob” Sprouse

The Free Press WVAge 65, of 1185 Loveberry Run Road, passed away Saturday, March 02, 2019. He was born October 28, 1953 to the late John Sprouse and Goldie (Donaldson) Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Sue Kelley

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, March 02, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston. She was born in Lewis County, WV on March 09, 1946 a daughter of the late William H. and Betty Louise Horner Butcher [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Lou Dennison

The Free Press WVAge 62 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness. She was born November 17, 1956 in Glenville, daughter of the late Leland and Mary Morris McCullough [ .... ]  Read More

Byron D. McCoy

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Vincent, OH, passed away Thursday February 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Sutton, WV, a son of the late I.O. “Mac” and Audrey (Fox) McCoy [ .... ]  Read More

James Victor Lambert

The Free Press WVBetter known in the community as simply Mr. Lambert, went to be with the Lord February 17, 2019. Jim Lambert was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ellen Pearl Lambert (Rhodes); his loving parents, Victor Clyde Lambert and Irene Augusta Lambert (Hardway)  [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Ellen Nicholson

The Free Press WVAge 89, of McCann’s Run, Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at her home on March 01, 2019. Her final days were spent being visited by and surrounded by the love and laughter of her family and friends which is what she enjoyed most in life. She was born on May 23, 1929 at Hyres Run, Burnsville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Dustin Lee “Chucky” Webb

The Free Press WV Age 35, of Normantown, WV, passed away February 28, 2019 at Brohard, WV. He was born February 06, 1984 at Spencer, WV, the son of Ricky Dale and Randi Dee Nelson Webb of Normantown, WV.  [....]  Read More

Charles William Suttle

The Free Press WV Age 92, of French Creek, WV, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at his home. He was born May 25, 1926 in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Claus and Oma Hurst Suttle [....]  Read More

Holly Dale Eagle, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Mt. Zion, WV made his final jump February 27, 2019 into the arms of Jesus, Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV. Holly was born November 02, 1923, a son of the late Holly Dale and Minnie Richards Eagle [ .... ]  Read More

Robert F. “Bob” Morris

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Seville, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster. Bob was born January 02, 1932 in Dille, WV to Gene Craft and Lilly Hanshaw and was raised by his grandparents, Dwight and Genevieve Morris [....]  Read More

Margaret J. Tennant Stout

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Morgantown, WV passed away Monday, February 25, 2019. The daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Henderson Tennant, she was born July 12, 1928, in Cassville, WV [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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