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HEPC grants $360,000 in awards to support health care in rural and underserved areas of WV

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) today awarded a combined $360,000 to 17 health sciences students from across West Virginia to help pay for their education. The awards are part of the state’s Health Sciences Service Program, which was begun in 1995 by the West Virginia Legislature.

Since its inception, the program has provided $2.8 million in funding to help 213 awardees cover education expenses in exchange for a commitment to practice in a rural or underserved community in West Virginia following their graduation.

“The financial support provided through the Health Sciences Service Program is not only significant to the recipients of these awards, but also to the West Virginians in the communities where these practitioners work,” said Dr. Paul L. Hill, HEPC chancellor. “Many areas of the state are without health care professionals, or residents have to travel great distances to get the care they need.

“By placing these recent graduates in our state’s rural and underserved areas, health care is becoming more accessible throughout West Virginia. I commend these award recipients for their commitment to providing quality health services to all West Virginians.”

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in the final year of a health professions graduate program and studying to become dentists, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse midwives, pharmacists, physical therapists, primary care and emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, doctoral psychologists and licensed clinical social workers.

HEPC’s Division of Health Sciences administers the awards, which this year total $360,000 and range from $15,000 to $30,000 per student. Recipients were selected based on their academic achievements and demonstration of a strong commitment to advancing rural health and the health care of underserved populations. Awardees by program are:

Dentistry

  • Shawn Ballard from Boone County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University
  • Kelly Lyons from Monongalia County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University
  • Colter Taylor from Roane County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University

Medicine

  • Jenna Barbour from Wayne County, West Virginia, who graduated from Marshall University
  • Zane Dennison from Braxton County, West Virginia, who graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Brandon Merritt from Kanawha County, West Virginia, who graduated from Marshall University
  • Kyle Miller from Roanoke, Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University

Nurse Practitioner

  • Cara Burker from Sharpsburg, Maryland, who graduated from Shepherd University
  • Daonna Fox from Fayette County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University
  • Julie Orr from Mercer County, West Virginia, who graduated from Marshall University

Pharmacy

  • Jessica Barnett from Gilmer County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University
  • James Kincaid from Fayette County, West Virginia, who graduated from Marshall University

Physical Therapy

  • Ashley Gill from Jackson County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University
  • Devin Heitz from Harrison County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University
  • Kristina Hickenbottom from Wood County, West Virginia, who graduated from West Virginia University

Social Work

  • Betsy Coulter from Braxton County, West Virginia, who graduated from Concord University
  • Shane Lightle from Cabell County, West Virginia, who graduated from Marshall University

For more information about the Health Sciences Service Program, visit the state’s free college-planning website at www.cfwv.com.

$800 million for Roads to Prosperity transportation infrastructure program

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West Virginia’s largest-ever tax-exempt financing deal has yielded $800 million, plus expected interest, for hundreds of Roads to Prosperity projects statewide, Governor Jim Justice announced Thursday.
Justice administration officials also secured an attractive, 3.575 percent blended, borrowing interest rate on the series of general obligation state road bonds sold this week. With interest, these road bonds should ultimately leverage $915 million in borrowing for Roads to Prosperity.

“This is a huge step forward in our $2 billion-plus program that is going to absolutely transform West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said. “The benefits from this are just tremendous – all kinds of construction jobs now and then long-term economic gains from improved roads and bridges.”

Voters overwhelmingly approved this approach to financing massive improvements to the Mountain State’s roadways, passing the necessary bond amendment in an October 2017 special election by approximately 73 percent.

Gov. Justice said this week’s success on Wall Street rewards West Virginians for their vote of confidence. With Roads to Prosperity improvement projects already underway, this historic bond sale further ensures their success.

West Virginia investors helped make this a win. They received preference during Monday’s retail portion of the bond sale. Of the $167.7 million sold to retail investors on May 21, $17 million was purchased by investors with Mountain State ties.

“It is so great that so many West Virginians showed they have faith in where we’re headed by investing in these bonds,” Gov Justice added. “This is another wonderful example of West Virginians stepping forward to turn this state around.”ernor

The remaining bonds were sold competitively on Wednesday in two batches, with Citigroup and Bank of America Merrill Lynch submitting the winning respective bids. This week’s sale represents the first half of the general obligation bond portion of the Roads to Prosperity program.

Based on recent negotiations on Wall Street that included direct meetings with each of the “Big Three” credit rating agencies: Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Group, they’ve rated the bonds “Aa2,” “AA-,“ and “AA,” respectively, with Fitch also upgrading its outlook for West Virginia’s general obligation rating to “stable” from “negative.”

What a great crew to work with a great project

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What a great crew to work with and many thanks to Aimee Figgatt who brought her Soil Tunnel Trailer to Leading Creek Grade School for the day.

The entire school was able to go through the trailer plus have a short class room session on soil instructed by Kelley Sponaugle, A Soil Scientist.

Thanks to Farm Bureau, Wes-Mon-Ty, and WF Conservation.

Larry Sponaugle Conservation Supervisor, Chester Sholes, Aimee Figgatt, Jane Collins Conservation Supervisor, Ann and Pat Nestor.

A hard working group

First Detection of Longhorned Tick in West Virginia

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On Monday May 21st, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed Haemaphysalis longicornis (longhorned) tick’s presence in West Virginia. Ticks samples were collected from cattle on two separate premises in Hardy County. These farms are located on the border with Virginia, approximately 100 miles from Albemarle County, VA. The tick’s presence was confirmed in Virginia last week by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“We want people to understand we now have confirmation this tick is in West Virginia. Livestock producers and the public should take extra precautions,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We will be working with veterinarians throughout the state on how to handle outbreaks.”

In November of 2017, the United State Department of Agriculture (UDSA), Animal and Plant Inspection Services (APHIS) first identified the longhorned tick in New Jersey. This was the first confirmed presence within the United States. West Virginia is the third state in which APHIS has identified the tick, indicating the distribution is much broader than originally thought. APHIS is not aware of any direct links between West Virginia and Virginia or New Jersey.

“Livestock producers, animal owners and veterinarians should notify the State Veterinarian’s office if they notice any unusual ticks, or ticks that occur in large numbers on an individual animal,” said State Veterinarian Dr. James Maxwell. “Livestock producers can work with their veterinarians to develop a tick prevention and control program.”

The longhorned tick is non-native species to the United States. The USDA considers the tick as a serious threat to livestock. Heavy tick infestations may cause stunted growth, decreased production and animal deaths. This tick species is known to carry several diseases prone to affect livestock and humans alike, some of which are not prevalent in the United States.

“This tick has been associated with bacterial and viral tickborne disease in other parts of the world,” said Miguella Mark-Carew, Director of Epidemiology and Prevention Services for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health. “Like deer ticks that transmit Lyme disease, longhorned ticks are very small and can be difficult to find on people and animals. It is important to conduct full-body tick checks when returning from time outdoors in wooded areas.”

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is working with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the USDA-APHIS to increase outreach activities, educate veterinary practitioners and encourage tick submissions through the Veterinary Tick Submission Project (WVVTSP), a voluntary sentinel tick surveillance system. Any ticks identified through the WVVTSP will be tested for tickborne disease pathogens.

For questions regarding animals, please contact the WVDA’s Animal Health Division at 304.558.2214.

For questions about tickborne diseases, please call DHHR’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 304.558.5358, extension 1, or visit http://dhhr.wv.gov/oeps/disease/Zoonosis/Tick/Pages/default.aspx

GSC & BCHS Sign Landmark Agreement to Speed Time to College Degree for High School Students

Glenville State College has offered dual credit courses at schools throughout West Virginia years, but seniors have never been able to graduate from high school and college simultaneously – until now.

At a signing ceremony held Monday, May 21, Glenville State representatives joined Braxton County High School administrators and Board of Education members to formally acknowledge a new agreement.

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(l-r) Braxton County Schools Superintendent David Dilly and
Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett put pen to paper and officially sign the agreement


The initiative provides a framework for high school students enrolled at Braxton County High School to potentially graduate concurrently with their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from Glenville State.

“This agreement allows us to join forces with our partners at BCHS to help propel high school students into college graduates without them ever needing to set foot on a college campus. This presents a tremendous opportunity for students who can now maximize their time to yield two credentials – a high school diploma and a two-year degree – all while still in high school,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

The courses are available to BCHS students at a reduced, dual credit rate. Additionally, GSC is the only higher education institution in the Mountain State authorized to make Pell Grant funds available to dual enrollment students, which could allow eligible students to realize significant reductions in their out-of-pocket costs for the courses and degree attainment.

“Students who opt to take these courses while they are still in high school are positioning themselves to save time and money, which is a smart move and allows them to begin a college career, if they so choose, with a leg up on other students,” said Braxton County Schools Superintendent David Dilly.

The program is scheduled to begin in the fall.

For more information contact GSC’s office of Off-Campus Programs at 304.462.6270.

Jeanette Riffle: Split Bottom Chairs

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My husband and I grew up with split bottom chairs made out of hickory.  Everyone had them and he remembers his Grandpa Riffle making fish poles out of hickory. He went in the woods and cut saplings and cut out strips that were big enough around, soaked them in the creek to make them easier to work with and shaped them into fish rods. It took a long time. He had to keep scraping with a knife until he got it down to the shape he wanted and then he varnished it and put the guides on it.  He made one for my husband and one for Westley Nicholas, who was another grandson. One sapling made four fishing poles. I’m sure he always had extra fish poles on hands that way.

We went to visit Westley over on Bear Run before he passed away and he still had his fish rod. They held up pretty good. The split bottom chairs were made out of the same wood.  Hickory made a good sturdy chair bottom.  The reeds were soaked in water and each cut the same size and then woven in and out to form the seat of a wooden chair.  My sister in law, Marina Stewart, took me to a basket weaving class one time that was held at the cafeteria of Normantown High School. I made a two pie basket. Hard on the hands to work with those stiff reeds but the baskets were very pretty, and I was proud of my basket. It was nice to put a couple pies in and lay a red and white checkered tea towel over them and go to a family gathering or church picnic.

I remember Dad saying that he was going to have to find someone who knew how to put a new bottom in our chair, one time when it needed repaired. I think this one had been handed down through the generations and had a lot of use. If extra chairs were needed when company came to my Warner grandparents’ house, Papaw would go get the split bottom chairs and the same thing at Duane’s house. There was one by Mom’s magazine rack, where the phone was, when my parents moved up to the Cecil Whitesel house. They moved in with Mamaw to take care of her after Papaw died. Mom would sit on that chair by the end of the couch and talk on the phone in the corner there.

Duane said that when he was little, that‘s all there was in the living room of the Shock log cabin. There was no couch and chairs to match at first. He remembers a bed in the room and lots of those chairs. They had gas lights on the walls. I remember those chairs in the kitchen and on the porch. In summer people would take those chairs out to the side of the cabin, in the yard, to eat watermelon. Uncle Ralph kept melons hid in bushes where they were protected from the hot sun.  No one ate melon on a plate. Aunt Susie would carve a melon in a big dish pan, and start handing out big pieces of melon, and a salt shaker. People sat on the chairs and spit seeds on the ground.  Makes me hungry for watermelon just thinking about it.

Until next time, enjoy this nice summer weather and the rain to make gardens and hay grow. We went from winter into summer. That’s the way the weather was in Michigan when we lived up there. One day I would open the back-kitchen door and warm sunshine hit me in the face and it would be 80 degrees just overnight.

Take care and God bless!

GSC Honors Seven at Annual Alumni Banquet

Glenville State College alumni and friends gathered on campus for the 2018 Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 28 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. Those in attendance enjoyed a dinner buffet and the presentation of the 2018 GSC Alumni Association Awards.

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GSC Alumni Award Recipients (l-r) Thomas Gallagher, Bob Marshall, Coach Kim Stephens, Monica Beane, Bill Frost, Tonya Propst, and Matt Lamb


The evening’s prestigious Alumna of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Monica (Null) Beane ‘96, a native of Wirt County, West Virginia. The award is given to a graduate of Glenville State College for outstanding contributions in their chosen field or for outstanding personal accomplishments. Beane joined Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a Client Relations Director in 2017. In this role, she serves as the first line of contact for their clients in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington. Beane has over 20 years of educational experience, including posts as the Executive Director of the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure at the West Virginia Department of Education, an elementary school principal, and multiple teaching positions. In her most recent position as Executive Director of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, she was charged with continuing the Commission’s commitment to equality, implementing the legislatively approved licensure redesign, updating professional practice standards, and overseeing the movement to national accreditation for all Oregon educator preparation programs.

“My advice for the group would be to follow your heart - it’s easy to stay where things are comfortable, but taking a risk and following your heart is worth it in the end. I have always loved the classroom and education and when I traveled around West Virginia in my previous job visiting schools, I could walk into a room and tell who was a Glenville graduate. They were always the most passionate and inspirational teachers in the school. This award isn’t about me, it’s for all of us teachers,” said Beane.

The Alumni Achievement Award was presented to Thomas Gallagher ‘63. This award is given to a graduate who has distinguished themselves in their chosen field. Shortly after graduating from Parkersburg High School, Gallagher enlisted in the United States Air Force. After four years of service and being honorably discharged, Gallagher enrolled at Glenville State College where he was a member of the 1959 championship football team and received a secondary teaching degree in biology and physical education. After graduation from GSC, Gallagher served 21 years as a commissioned officer in the Air Force. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1985, he received the Air Force’s Legion of Merit award, established the first 9-1-1 center in York County, Virginia for the local fire and sheriff departments, held a superintendent positon in the Department of Environmental Services, and received five National Association of Counties awards.

“Anywhere I go, I’m always proud to say that I am a Glenville State College graduate. Dr. [Harry] Heflin and the talented faculty and staff helped shape me into the person and leader that I am today. My work over the years has never been about me, it’s been about my team and completing our mission,” said Gallagher.

Bob Marshall ‘66 was recognized with the Alumni Service Award at the banquet. This award is reserved for those who continue to give their all to the College. Marshall is the immediate past president of the Alumni Association (2015-2017) and serves as a GSC Foundation Board member. He received a Business Administration degree with minors in History and English from Glenville State College and has been a successful State Farm Insurance Agent for the past 47 years in Vienna, West Virginia. Along with his insurance career, he has served as a member of the Vienna Planning Commission and as a Vienna City Councilman.

“Anytime we achieve success it’s because somebody has been willing to help us, and it’s everyone pulling together that makes true success. Being one of Glenville’s alumni makes it easy to succeed because you become part of a support system like no other institution has,” said Marshall.

The Outstanding Teacher Award was presented to Dr. Tonya (Gray) Propst ‘91, a native of Kanawha County, West Virginia. This award is given to someone who has distinguished themselves during their teaching career. Propst is an Associate Professor of Music Education and Horn at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty at Coastal she led successful middle and high school band programs in West Virginia and South Carolina. She has been a guest conductor for several honor bands in North and South Carolina as well as an adjudicator and clinician. Propst has extensive horn performance experience throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and the coastal North and South Carolina region and currently is a member of the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in Myrtle Beach. Propst also serves as the South Carolina horn representative for the International Horn Society.

“‘Teaching magic’ was a term that Mr. [Harry] Rich coined. You can teach content and curriculum but you can’t teach ‘teaching magic.’ It just hit me over the past few years that ‘teaching magic’ is a fundamental truth, it’s a truth that every outstanding educator has compassion and kindness to connect with a student on their level. I continue to pay it forward to my own students and am thankful for my professors in the GSC music department who continue to see the potential and opportunity in each of their students,” said Propst.

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to John Matthew Lamb ‘05. This award is presented to a male graduate who has achieved early and remarkable success in his career. Lamb, a native of Lewis County, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Environmental Technology in 2005. Lamb joined Dominion Energy in 2006 as a field worker in Leesburg, Virginia and continued his education by completing a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College. Upon graduating with honors in 2015, Lamb continued to grow his career in Pennsylvania pipeline operations with Dominion Energy, holding several management roles. Lamb continues his career with Dominion Energy Transmission and currently is the Director of Eastern Operations where he oversees the operations and maintenance of Dominion’s pipeline assets from central Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

“I have nothing but great memories from my time at GSC and being back on campus has given me time to reflect on some of those memories. The High Adventure program along with the whole Department of Land Resources helped shape me into the person I am today and instilled the values in me that led me to be successful. Glenville offered me an excellent education without the burden of being in a large amount of debt,” said Lamb.

The Outstanding Young Alumna Award was presented to Kim Stephens ‘11 a Wood County, West Virginia native. This award is presented to a female graduate who has achieved early and remarkable success in her career. Initially joining the Lady Pioneer coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2012, Stephens helped lead GSC’s 2012-13 team to a regular season WVIAC Conference Championship and saw the team advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, she became the head assistant coach at Sacramento State University where, during her three seasons with the Lady Hornets, the team had two 18 win seasons and made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the WNIT in 2015. Stephens returned to her alma mater as head coach of the women’s basketball program in 2016. Since that time, she has been named the MEC Coach of the Year and her team has won two MEC regular season championships, a tournament championship, made NCAA tournament appearances, and led the nation in several statistics. Her current record as the Lady Pioneer Head Coach is 55-8, including a 26 game home win streak.

“At Sacramento State things were good and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come back, but then I remembered how much you are loved by the community. My coaching years have been just as great as my playing years. GSC and the Glenville community mean so much to me – they’ve not only helped shape my career, but also my life,” said Stephens.

The Community Service Award was presented to William ‘Bill’ Frost ‘69, a native of Belpre, Ohio. This award is given to a graduate who has distinguished himself in community service. Frost is a United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War Era and a retired educator from the Logan Elm School District in Pickaway County, Ohio. Frost is a certified hunter safety instructor and has been conducting private and public courses since 1980. He is a member of the Pickaway County Chapter of the National Council on Youth Leadership and, in 2010, launched the first disabled veteran’s hunt in that county. Since its beginning, the number of participants has tripled. Frost says he is dedicated to providing veterans with relaxation, means to forget about their disabilities, and inspiration to participate in the activities they enjoy. For his efforts, he was awarded the 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Ohio Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the State’s Outstanding ‘Wheelin’ Sportsmen’ event award in 2015, and was a 2016 inductee into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

“I like to think of my community service efforts with disabled veterans as a ‘labor of love’ rather than work. What started out as a small group has grown to an event that has more than 100 volunteers and I couldn’t be happier. I have coached football for years and loved it but I think I love this more because there are no defeats – it’s all wins,” said Frost.

As part of the evening’s program Dr. Bill Deel ‘58, past Alumni Association President, GSC Board of Governors member, and GSC Foundation Board Vice Chair, paid tribute to three graduates of the College who had passed away in the last year and were dedicated members of the Alumni Association. Being recognized in memoriam were: The Honorable Billy B. Burke ‘77, Professor Emeritus George D. Harper ‘70, and Lisa Michelle ‘Shelly’ (Hardman) Kraus ‘92. Family representatives of these three alumni were in attendance at the banquet.

For more information about Alumni Affairs at Glenville State College or to nominate one of our graduates for one of the Alumni Association’s awards, contact Alumni Director Debra Nagy via e-mail at , by phone locally at 304.462.4122, or toll-free at 866.239.0285.

Pat’s Chat

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We had a celebration during our Fellowship Dinner at church for our two high school graduates, Angie Scott and Ike Petty.  Their cake was decorated with two graduate hats.  Angie and her family attended and Ike’s family came, too.  They are no longer children!  They are young adults.  We wish them well as they step out into new roles in life.  We pray for their safety and success.

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?Graduate cake with two of the hats to represent the two graduates from Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist church family.


Courtney Eskew was one of the creators of Noah’s Ark as a float for the Strawberry Festival and it won FIRST PLACE!!  Their group is called Focus 412 like (as in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.“  They are with the Church is Full Gospel, led by Pastor Chad Lewis.  This fantastic “Ark” is made with toilet paper and paper towel rolls, which my family saved for them for several weeks, as I am sure all their church members also saved.  Notice the balloon and paper “water” and the “clouds” floating up at the top, the animals (represented by animal masks on each of the lucky Ark inhabitants).  A marvelously crafted float.  I am proud of those young people!

Only eight people were saved on the ark, even though Noah preached for 120 years and tried to help them be ready.  I am sure many people were “saved” but laid to rest before the final destructive flood came, and now God’s everlasting gospel has to be preached to all nations, and people groups to help them prepare for the second coming.  It is God’s will that everyone be saved as it says in I Timothy 2:4, and “to come unto the knowledge of the truth.“  It is so sad that some will refuse to listen.  There are two forces in the world we live in.  Number One, we have God’s loving mercy and grace and Number 2, we have the created being, Lucifer, who chose to leave God and were finally forced to leave Heaven and come to this earth.  Sadly, members of God’s new creation chose to listen to him, Lucifer, also called the devil and Satan, and one-third of God’s angels who chose to follow him.  Flip Wilson was right about there being an evil “force” - but he was wrong when he said, “The devil made me do it.“  No, the devil tempted him, but it was his choice to follow him instead of the loving God.

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Pastor Rick Cutright and his wife, Bonnie with Angie Scott, one of the graduates.


Jesus will soon be coming back to collect His people prior to re-creating the earth to a beautiful planet it used to be, without all the water that now covers it.  The devil is so mad at God because he is confined to earth and cannot go to meetings in Heaven anymore as you can read about in the book of Job, or visit other planets.  He is trying to get his revenge because he knows he has only a short time before the lake of fire will “devour, some translations say consume” him (see Revelation 20:9) and those who choose to follow him.  His revenge is to pull God’s children whom the devil knows God loves so much, away from Him and into the “pleasures” of sin.  God is for us, the devil is against us, and it will be OUR choice where we end up.  Either in the Lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (see Matthew 25:41) or in the earth made new where God’s children will live eternally, with ability to go the other planets or explore the galaxies.  If you do not know God, you can easily find Him.  Read Jeremiah 29:13 - which says you will find Him when you search for Him with all your heart.  He has the whole book (Bible) full of directions, and the “recipe” for eternal life is in there - the book that Satan has tried numerous times to destroy.

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The Scott family, back row, Angie’s mother Wanda, brother Barry, father Bucky.
Front row seated, Angie, her grandmother, Betty Shock, and sister Courtney.

 

The Lake of fire is called eternal because it cannot be quenched.  It will devour, consume into ashes whoever chooses to refuse God’s rescue.  It will burn only as long as there is something to be devoured or consumed.  The Bible is clear that in the New Earth there will be no more pain or death,(see and memorize Revelation 21:4), so to believe that a loving God would torture people eternally for their short life of sin, or long life of sin is just one of the devil’s many lies.  Read the Bible and find the truth. 

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Ark from Strawberry Festival, first place


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WV Legislative Update

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The traffic seems worse each time we make the trip south, but it was well worth the inconvenience last weekend, as we celebrated two birthdays and a graduation.  Our daughter, Jessica and eldest grandson Collin have birthdays just two days apart, so we always try to visit for a few days on or near their birthdays.  Meanwhile, our nephew, Jacob Walker, graduated from Firefighter Training School in Charleston, SC last Friday, so we attended his graduation and his taking the oath of Firefighter.  The small class of 18 – including Chris McGee, a West Virginia native of Boone County and Huntington firefighter – completed the lengthy training together with Jacob.

The rumored on again and off again special session was indeed called by Governor’s proclamation late last week.  However, the anticipated original reason for the call – modifications to the sports betting legislation to include an “integrity fee” to professional sports – was not included, due to an outpouring of negative reactions by legislators and the gaming facilities that are likely to purchase a license to participate.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court paves the way for states to begin this activity.  For better or worse, it’s about to begin in our State, possibly by July 1.

What was included on the call is as follows, taken from the Governor’s proclamation:

May 20-22, 2018 Special Session Agenda & Summaries


1.        Department of Arts, Culture & History

This bill moves the Division of Culture & History from the recently eliminated Department of Arts because of the recent approval of Enrolled Committee Substitute for HB 4006 (2018). The new state entity will be the Department of Arts, Culture & History. The Commissioner of Culture and History will become the Curator of Arts, Culture & History. The Curator will report directly to the Governor.


2.        Survivor Benefit Retroactive

This bill amends the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 625 (2018). The bill allows for a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2018. It eliminates the one-payment requirement. It provides a distribution of payments consistent with intestate statutes if there is no beneficiary designated by the decedent.


3.        Fleet Bill Clean Up

This bill addresses technical issues and clarifies language to the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for House Bill 4015 (2018) that reformed the management of state vehicles. The bill removes ambiguous language related to traffic citations and perjury. It cures conflicts related to the promulgation of legislative rules. It also fixes an erroneous code citation.


4.        Human Trafficking Bill Clean Up

This bill provides clarifying language and addresses technical issues contained in Enrolled Committee Substitute for HB 4169 (2018). The bill modifies the type of business or establishments required to post human trafficking notices. It also modifies the criminal penalties for violating the section.


5.        Physical Therapy Compact Bill Clean Up

This bill addresses technical issues in the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for SB 456 (2018). The bill conforms the provisions of the model act provided by the Physical Therapy Compact Commission to allow West Virginia to become a participating member.  Otherwise, West Virginia cannot participate in the multi-state licensure compact.


6.        Tax Sale Notice/ Issuance of Deeds

This bill moves timeframes and dates for the notice/issuance of deeds sought by a purchaser of property at a tax sale. The dates must be moved to provide more time to perfect service of notice to redeem for land owners. There was a recent federal court ruling requiring additional notice to be given which is not accounted for in our current statutory timeframes.


7.        Supplemental Appropriation Bills

A.        DHHR supplemental

This supplemental appropriation bill addresses technical issues in the recently approved Enrolled Committee Substitute for SB 152- the Budget Bill. The supplemental appropriation bill includes language erroneously left out of the budget bill that funds the tobacco education program.

B.        DMAPS supplemental

This supplemental appropriation bill appropriates $555,000 to the Adjutant General’s Military Authority – Surplus account.  These funds will be used for the following:

  • $55,000 to contract for a feasibility study to validate prior findings of the WV Army National Guard regarding design and construction of a new facility to house multiple DMAPS agencies; and
  • $500,000 to fund Partnership Coordinators to develop defense industry opportunities for WV businesses.  Their priority over the next few years will be building opportunities with Qatar.


Also, this supplemental appropriation bill appropriates $495,000 to the Division of Justice and Community Services’ Law Enforcement Training – Surplus account.  These funds will be used for the following:

  • $255,000 for the WV State Police Academy staffing; and
  • $270,000 for 2 Basic classes at the WV State Police Academy.

A final bill was added to the agenda regarding banking regulations for the medical cannabis, but as it was not included on the call from the Governor, it will take two-thirds of members from each house to sign a petition to take up the bill.  The special session will run concurrently with the May interim meetings on the same dates, thereby avoiding additional expense to taxpayers.

To conclude this week, I join with all our citizens to offer our heartfelt congratulation to the Class of 2018 grads from BCHS and GCHS.  We’re proud of your accomplishments and look forward to great things in the next chapter of your lives. 

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

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

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

Glenville State College and New River CTC Sign Guaranteed Admission Agreement

Glenville State College and New River Community and Technical College signed an agreement today making it easier for students who earn an associate degree to earn their bachelor’s degree.

Under the new agreement, New River CTC students who maintain at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed admission to Glenville State. Students transferring must meet the same prerequisites, GPA, and other admission criteria when applying to programs at GSC. The two institutions will work collaboratively to admit students and facilitate the admissions process.

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(seated) Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellet and New River Community and Technical College President Dr. L. Marshall Washington sign agreement documents between the two institutions; they are joined by (standing) GSC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Morris and New River CTC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Richard B. Pagan


The agreement becomes effective immediately.

“This agreement symbolizes a shared and renewed attitude of cooperation and collaboration that will benefit all of West Virginia. We see this agreement as only a beginning of future partnering opportunity,” said Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

“New River CTC is committed to providing accessible, affordable, quality education to our region. This agreement makes the process of continuing education easier for our students and supports our mission by giving students another opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree close to where they live and work,” New River CTC President Dr. L. Marshall Washington said.

The two schools have a history of cooperation in southern West Virginia serving students in Nicholas County.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus, Mercer County Campus, Nicholas County Campus, and Raleigh County Campus.

SNAP Changes Would Require “Massive Expansion of Bureaucracy”

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Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under debate in Congress would mean an explosion of red tape and bureaucracy for states and the poor, according to a new report.

Rules added to SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, could include much tighter income and work requirements - and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report finds states totally unprepared to implement them.

Stacy Dean, CBPP vice president for food assistance policy, said caseworkers would go from checking work and income a few times a year, to every month. She noted how complicated that would be in the instance of a waitress.

“One week, her employer gives her 25 hours a week; the next, 18,“ Dean said. “So, she could end up losing SNAP under the House bill because she just can’t get enough hours to meet the requirement, or misses one month of paperwork filing, explaining what’s happening with her hours.“

Supporters argue tightening the rules would push more people into jobs and save the government money. But critics say the rules could cost more to enforce, with the only savings coming from ending food assistance.

A Thursday House vote on the Farm Bill, which includes the SNAP revisions, was stalled by a fight over unrelated immigration issues.

In the House bill, every unemployed applicant would be referred to job training. The report estimates those state programs would jump from serving about a quarter-million people a month to more than three million.

As Seth DiStefano, policy outreach director for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy pointed out, state lawmakers are unlikely to budget enough for the Department of Health and Human Resources to meet the added demands.

“That is a massive expansion of bureaucracy,“ said DeStefano. “Our good folks at DHHR are beyond stretched to the max, and our State Legislature is not going to appropriate several million dollars to hire several thousand more caseworkers.“

According to the report, 80 percent of able SNAP recipients already work, have worked or will go to work within a year under the current rules. By comparison, a West Virginia work-rules pilot project did not move people into jobs, but saw a significant increase in demand at food banks.

~~  Dan Hayman ~~

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G-OpEd™: National Police Week

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As National Police Week comes to a close, take time to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our law enforcement community. Words are insufficient to express the gratitude of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, but words are sometimes all we have. Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are the guardians of our communities. Often at great sacrifice, they enforce the rule of law and keep us safe.

This country’s first known officer death in the line of duty was in 1791. His name was Constable Darius Quimby. He was from New York and was killed trying to arrest a man for a trespassing warrant. The man who killed Constable Quimby was named Whiting Sweeting. He was convicted and hanged. Since the murder of Constable Quimby, there have been more than 20,000 officers killed in the line of duty.

According to the FBI, there were 93 of their brothers and sisters who died across the country in line of duty incidents in 2017. One of them was from West Virginia. Lieutenant Aaron Crook of the Bluefield Police Department died on May 30, 2017 as the result of a vehicle crash at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Lee Street shortly after midnight while involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected drunk driver. His patrol car collided with another Bluefield Police Department patrol car and a West Virginia State Police cruiser. Lieutenant Crook was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Bluefield Police Department for nine years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

We’ve had 49 deaths nationally so far in 2018, with half of those being by gunfire. The headlines don’t lie. Officers are many times targets in today’s climate.

In April of this year, Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey and Sergeant Noel Ramirez were simply eating lunch while on a break from their duties with the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Someone opened fire on the officers from outside the restaurant through a window. Both of these officers perished.

Some perish during acts of total selflessness. Police Officer Rodney Scott Smith of the Hickman Police Department in Kentucky was patrolling a flooded area in March of this year, looking for those in need of rescue when his police cruiser was swept away by flood waters. Rodney spent his last watch watching out for others. That’s what guardians do.

Our prayers go out to all of the families of these extraordinary men and women. It takes great courage to be in law enforcement and great strength to be a family member of a law enforcement officer. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

As the United States Attorney, I have the privilege of interacting with law enforcement professionals on a nearly daily basis. They are, without question, some of the finest and most dedicated people I’ve encountered in my professional life. There is not a task too big. There is not a sacrifice too great. The professionals I work with are not doing it for the money. They don’t do it for the great work hours or the abuse they take day to day. They are not always perfect, but they have one goal—to make our community safer by protecting those who live in it. They, more often than not, represent the best of us.

Every day I see actions by federal, state and local officers which likely save lives. Whether it is the arrest of a dealer of fentanyl, a felon in possession of a firearm, or the rescue of a child in an abusive situation—lives are saved. Those officers ask for nothing special: not special recognition, not to be singled out and not even for thanks—though that is appreciated and not provided often enough. They just want to do their jobs because they know they are making their communities—the communities that they and their families live in—safer.

Notwithstanding the inherent risks and known dangers, notwithstanding the unfairly broad brush of scorn they get painted with in today’s society, and notwithstanding the physical and emotional pain they are exposed to on a daily basis, our law enforcement members continue to put on their badge every hour of every day. Whether it’s Christmas Day, or 2:00 a.m. on any other day, they are always there for us. That’s what guardians do.

Those who give the ultimate sacrifice gave, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “the last full measure of devotion.”

So, this week we honor these men and women. Thank you for your service, sacrifice and dedication. Our society is better because of you.

United States Attorney Bill Powell, Northern District of West Virginia

WVDA Warns Public to be on the Lookout for Exotic Tick

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is advising the public to be on the lookout for a potential, new tick threat to West Virginia.

On Monday, May 14, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, IA confirmed the finding of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise known as the East Asian or longhorned tick) in Virginia.

The tick appeared on an orphaned calf found on a beef farm located in Albemarle County, VA.

“Our beef industry is the second largest agricultural commodity in the state. This exotic tick is a threat to angus and beef farmers a like,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We are asking the public to be aware this tick may already be in West Virginia.”

In late 2017, the longhorned tick was found initially in New Jersey.

No known direct link exists between the Virginia farm and the area in New Jersey where the tick first appeared.

The WVDA is working with the United States Department of Agriculture and other West Virginia stakeholders to determine if the tick is present in the state.

Active tick surveillance and livestock infestation investigations have been initiated.

Suspicious ticks will be submitted to the NVSL for analysis and confirmation.

“Livestock producers, animal owners and veterinarians should notify the State Veterinarian’s office if they notice any unusual ticks, or ticks that occur in large numbers on an individual animal. Typically, these ticks are seen in the greatest numbers in spring and fall but can persist through all four seasons, especially in warmer weather,” said State Veterinarian Dr. James Maxwell. “Livestock producers can work with their veterinarians to develop a tick prevention and control program.”

For more information, please contact the WVDA’s Animal Health Division at 304-.558.2214.

West Virginia 2018 spring turkey harvest largest in 15 years

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According to preliminary data gathered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 percent increase over 2017.

This year’s harvest also is more than 10 percent above the 10-year average, said Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

All but two DNR districts reported an increase over 2017 harvest figures. Districts 4 and 5 were the only two districts with fewer harvested birds this year. Counties in District 1 harvested the most birds again this year with 3,416, followed by District 6 (2,651), District 5 (1,811), District 4 (1,515), District 3 (1,805) and District 2 (1,076).

The five counties with the largest harvest were Preston (553), Mason (468), Jackson (460), Harrison (440) and Marshall (417).

Youth hunters harvested 431 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 14. Those numbers, along with county totals, are included in the table below.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

178

127

165

204

250

Brooke

84

67

78

100

174

Hancock

110

89

98

106

87

Harrison

264

247

286

327

440

Marion

149

170

192

256

330

Marshall

220

174

207

255

417

Monongalia

174

199

197

266

346

Ohio

91

109

111

113

145

Preston

344

333

371

475

553

Taylor

87

72

101

135

189

Tucker

88

82

90

97

89

Wetzel

203

168

196

244

396

District 1 Subtotal

 1,992

 1,837

     2,092

   2,578

    3,416

Berkeley

112

124

115

147

162

Grant

129

131

161

145

160

Hampshire

138

156

170

184

166

Hardy

135

116

132

132

150

Jefferson

57

82

79

114

115

Mineral

96

118

134

132

148

Morgan

62

64

54

64

64

Pendleton

95

94

88

112

111

District 2 Subtotal

     824

    885

         933

   1,030

    1,076

Braxton

175

194

197

209

307

Clay

68

83

101

120

142

Lewis

180

194

211

249

286

Nicholas

164

213

330

311

287

Pocahontas

130

145

144

143

113

Randolph

186

225

250

248

207

Upshur

229

231

228

303

334

Webster

113

114

156

150

129

District 3 Subtotal

 1,245

 1,399

     1,617

   1,733

    1,805

Fayette

244

239

292

278

247

Greenbrier

245

242

308

269

224

McDowell

215

218

200

177

132

Mercer

170

161

176

192

150

Monroe

212

181

184

192

182

Raleigh

214

231

283

279

213

Summers

209

199

219

209

170

Wyoming

255

257

320

262

197

District 4 Subtotal

 1,764

 1,728

     1,982

   1,858

    1,515

Boone

159

138

157

157

125

Cabell

80

110

114

176

125

Kanawha

231

227

285

319

308

Lincoln

178

169

215

228

158

Logan

181

172

181

165

157

Mason

293

314

378

448

468

Mingo

93

91

131

143

106

Putnam

150

181

210

268

235

Wayne

103

108

139

186

129

District 5 Subtotal

 1,468

 1,510

     1,810

   2,090

    1,811

Calhoun

135

128

145

164

190

Doddridge

126

118

137

160

216

Gilmer

147

124

132

143

170

Jackson

293

264

302

408

460

Pleasants

73

71

80

89

122

Ritchie

245

218

216

263

327

Roane

232

210

231

256

279

Tyler

136

144

182

181

250

Wirt

177

153

174

206

230

Wood

271

248

328

380

407

District 6 Subtotal

 1,835

 1,678

     1,927

   2,250

    2,651

State Total

 9,128

 9,037

   10,361

 11,539

  12,274

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North Korea threatens to cancel U.S. summit

The Free Press WVNorth Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington that Pyongyang has long claimed are invasion rehearsals [ .... ]  Read More

Race is on to set up Europe’s electric car charging network

The Free Press WVCharging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty — hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it’s working [ .... ]  Read More

Russia bank helps Venezuela defy U.S. cryptocurrency sanctions

The Free Press WVEvrofinance Mosnarbank has emerged as the only international financial institution so far willing to defy a U.S. campaign to derail the world’s first state-backed digital currency, called the petro, even before it begins to function [ .... ]  Read More

Possible Singapore venues for historic Trump-Kim summit

The Free Press WVSingapore, a highly manicured city-state shaped by skyscrapers and luxury hotels, is preparing for perhaps the most crucial international diplomatic event of the decade [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

A scoundrel is born in Star Wars spinoff ‘Solo’  [ .... ]  Read More

‘Name Any Book’ Is a Hard Task, Kimmel Learns

Perhaps Americans should listen to 1990s Shaq   [ .... ]  Read More

Obamas Sign Deal With Netflix

The Free Press WVMulti-year production deal is expected to see them both behind, in front of the camera   [ .... ]  Read More

SNL Goes Out With Cameo-Clogged Finale

Tina Fey guest-hosted, brought a lot of her friends   [ .... ]  Read More

Once Worth Billions, ‘Catwoman’ Is Bankrupt

‘I often turn to friends and family in order to pay my ongoing expenses’  [ .... ]  Read More

Whitney Documentary Reveals Shocking Family Secret

Relatives say she was abused by famous cousin   [ .... ]  Read More

Billboard Awards Pays Tribute to School Shooting Victims

The Free Press WV Ed Sheeran won the night’s biggest honor   [ .... ]  Read More

Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Will Rock You

First trailer for Queen biopic is out   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Deadpool 2’ ends Avengers’ box-office reign, rakes in $125M

The Free Press WV Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers [ .... ]  Read More

‘13 Reasons Why’ premiere canceled after Texas shooting

The Free Press WVNetflix canceled the premiere party for its second season of the teen drama “13 Reasons Why” because of a school shooting near Houston [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Deadpool 2’

‘Deadpool 2’ painfully self-referential, and that’s why it’s absolutely perfect [ .... ]  Read More

Book Review: Ex-NGO aide probes Bangladesh history in ‘The Storm’

The Free Press WV“The Storm: a Novel” (Atria Books), by Arif Anwar [ .... ]  Read More

Nielsen’s top programs for May 07-13

The Free Press WVListings include the week’s ranking and viewership [ .... ]  Read More

Snoopy joining Sony? Music unit buying stake in Peanuts

The Free Press WVJapanese electronics maker Sony Corp.’s music unit said Monday it is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Her way: 3 new lifestyle books coming from Martha Stewart

The Free Press WVMartha Stewart’s next three lifestyle books will be showcases for “the Martha way.”  [ .... ]  Read More

Financial|Business

Sports

Living

County Employment and Wages

The Free Press WVSan Mateo, CA, and Ada, ID, have largest 4th quarter over-the-year wage gains at 11.5%  [....]  Read More

Low U.S. unemployment rate masks financial struggles for many

The Free Press WV Despite an ultra-low 3.9 percent unemployment rate, about one-third of U.S. adults faced financial insecurity last year and often struggled to pay unexpected expenses, a Federal Reserve survey found [ .... ]  Read More

New Prime Benefit: Extra Discounts at Whole Foods

The Free Press WVAmazon benefit will be rolling out to stores in the US this summer   [ .... ]  Read More

A Depressing Figure for the Median Worker: 45 Years

The Free Press WV That’s how long they need to work to make what their CEO makes in one year   [ .... ]  Read More

State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

The Free Press WVApril jobless rates down in 4 states; payroll jobs up in 3 states   [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 05.18.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.5% Weekly Drop Led by Real Estate, Utilities; Materials, Energy Climb [ .... ]  Read More

Oddsmaker Vaccaro to wanna be bookies: It’s not easy money

The Free Press WVOddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro says those wanting to get into the sports betting business when it expands nationwide need to understand that bookies don’t always win [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices increase 0.3% in April; export prices rise 0.6%  [....]  Read More

California Now World’s 5th Biggest Economy

The Free Press WV State’s GDP surpasses $2.7 trillion   [ .... ]  Read More

Walmart makes a $16 billion bet on India’s booming economy

The Free Press WVWalmart will soon reach shoppers in India’s massive consumer market directly, as it takes control of the online retailer Flipkart that’s known for its ubiquitous delivery drivers on their motorcycles with oversized backpacks [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 05.11.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 2.4% Weekly Gain as Energy, Financials, Tech, Industrials Lead Broad Climb But Utilities Slip   [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings are unchanged in April   [....]  Read More

Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items rises 0.2% in April as gasoline and shelter indexes increase   [....]  Read More

Nestle’s 3rd Biggest Acquisition in 152 Years Involves Starbucks

The Free Press WVPaying $7B for right to sell Starbucks beans, ground coffee, pods   [ .... ]  Read More

Producer Price Index

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand rises 0.1%; services increase 0.1%, goods unchanged   [....]  Read More

High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - A - Boys

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High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - A - Girls

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High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - AA - Boys

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High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - AA - Girls

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High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - AAA - Girls

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High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - AAA - Boys

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Women: WJU Takes MEC Women’s Championship

The Free Press WVWheeling Jesuit won its first-ever Mountain East Conference Women’s Track & Field title on Tuesday afternoon at Cebe Ross Field on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan [ .... ]  Read More

Men: UC Wins MEC Men’s Track & Field Title

The Free Press WVThe University of Charleston used a strong third day to win the 2018 Mountain East Conference Men’s Track & Field title on Tuesday afternoon at Cebe Ross Field on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneers Sweep Bobcats on Day One of Four-Game Series

The Free Press WV Game one saw the Pioneer’s tally eight hits as they defeated the Bobcats, 6-3. West Virginia Wesleyan finished the contest with six hits [ .... ]  Read More

GSC A&T Claims National Championship in Event Finals Open Pyramid

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Lady Pioneer Acrobatics & Tumbling team claimed a National Championship, in just their third year of competition, on Saturday evening in the NCATA Event Finals on the campus of Gannon University [ .... ]  Read More

The secret to perfectly grilled corn? Cook them unhusked

The Free Press WVGrilling corn sounds like a simple proposition_but our research found dozens of variations on the cooking method for this classic summer vegetable [ .... ]  Read More

Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

The Free Press WV A California jury delivered a $25.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she developed cancer by using the company’s talc-based baby powder [ .... ]  Read More

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

The Free Press WVFederal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Chicken larb bursts with flavor

The Free Press WVLarb is a Thai minced-meat dish that some regard as the unofficial national dish of Laos [ .... ]  Read More

Nurses Want Zuckerberg’s Name Off Hospital

The Free Press WVPatients are concerned about privacy, they say   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Yanny or Laurel’ Question Is Dividing the Internet

‘Audio illusion’ is reminiscent of ‘the dress’  [ .... ]  Read More

Reuben Pizza is quick & inexpensive for a graduation party

The Free Press WVWith the end of the school year looming, the proud parents of any number of soon-to-be-minted graduates are wondering how to pull off a celebratory party without spending a ton of time or money. Reuben Pizza is the answer. It’s quick, easy to make, inexpensive and completely scrumptious [ .... ]  Read More

A twist on traditional paella that uses hearty vegetables

The Free Press WVThough traditional paella centers on a variety of meat and seafood, we wanted to develop a vegetable-focused version that highlighted the array of hearty vegetables common in Spanish cuisine: artichokes, bell peppers, fennel, and pea [ .... ]  Read More

This Fourth of July, try a red, white and blue poke cake

The Free Press WVAlthough poke cake is usually in the form of a sheet cake, we thought it could make a beautiful and festive layer cake for the Fourth of July [ .... ]  Read More

A tangy, tomatoey, sauce is the star of barbecued chicken

The Free Press WVA tangy, tomatoey, molasses-laced sauce is the indisputable star of traditional American barbecued chicken [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. approves 1st drug developed to prevent chronic migraines

The Free Press WVThe Food and Drug Administration’s action clears the monthly shot Aimovig (AIM’-oh-vig) for sale [ .... ]  Read More

A simple shrimp pad thai that requires just one skillet

The Free Press WVThis version of this take-out classic is surprisingly easy to make and requires just one skillet [ .... ]  Read More

Perfect french omelets are quick, satisfying

The Free Press WVUnlike diner-style omelets bursting with cheese, meat, and vegetables, French omelets are rolled, not folded, over minimal filling [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Salmon Panzanella

The Free Press WVIn the most perfect of all worlds, things look as good as they taste [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Sues Over Neighbor’s Urinating Cat, but With a Twist

The Free Press WVThe case records ended up sealed, and a law professor is trying to reverse that   [ .... ]  Read More

Opinions

Outdoors

Don’t Call It an Explosion: Gaseous Ignition Events with Radioactive Waste

The Free Press WVLast month’s explosive news from the safe, reliable nuclear deterrence folks is that at least four barrels of military radioactive waste either burst or exploded somewhere inside the Idaho National [ .... ]  Read More

When Things Fall Apart: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age

The Free Press WV “When the rivers and air are polluted, when families and nations are at war, when homeless wanderers fill the highways, these are the traditional signs of a dark age.”— Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times  [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Split Bottom Chairs

The Free Press WV My husband and I grew up with split bottom chairs made out of hickory [ .... ]  Read More

Who’s to Blame If the U.S.-North Korea Summit Isn’t Held?

The Free Press WVVirtually everyone in the US faults North Korea for threatening to cancel the Trump-Kim summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WVWe had a celebration during our Fellowship Dinner at church for our two high school graduates [ .... ]  Read More

Two Prongs of a Pitchfork

The Free Press WVSuch gentle abhorrence! It almost doesn’t seem like racism. “But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States, into our modern society [ .... ]  Read More

Questioning our Declaration on Human Rights

The Free Press WVThe four-year-old girl was swept up, along with her mother, into an immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas [ .... ]  Read More

He can dish it out

The Free Press WVBut he can’t take it. We have an Oval Office Autocrat who governs in the persona of a decidedly unfunny insult comic, but when it comes back at him, he folds like the craven coward he is. Typical fat fifth-grade boy bully pattern. The terror of grade school recess waiting to pick on the skinny boy with glasses, but now in the White House [ .... ]  Read More

Fareed Zakaria: Trump has just proved Iran’s hardliners right

The Free Press WVJeb Bush said Donald Trump would be a “chaos president.” And last week, Trump lived up to the billing, choosing to defy virtually the entire world, including America’s closest European allies, and raising tensions in the most unstable part of the globe, the Middle East [ .... ]  Read More

Breaking the Iran Deal: The Delusion of Victory

The Free Press WV Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has undoubtedly been sipping champagne these days in celebration of his successful effort to lobby Donald Trump over the Iran nuclear deal [ .... ]  Read More

The Age of Petty Tyrannies

The Free Press WV “Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”—Simone Weil, French philosopher and political activist [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV What a wonderful weekend after the fog of our weeks of struggling with illness here at our house!  [ .... ]  Read More

Fear and Opportunity in Immigration Politics

The Free Press WV With each passing week, the battle of words over immigration intensifies, as Trump administration officials continue honing their favorite rhetorical weapon: fear [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Coffee Grinders

The Free Press WVOne of our friends was looking for a coffee grinder to grind her own coffee beans and that brought back some memories to us [ .... ]  Read More

Dangerous Fallout when Trump Blows Up Deals

The Free Press WVTrump’s detonation of the Iran Deal is a monumental disaster. On the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Deal), dozens of retired generals and admirals, in an open letter, said:  [ .... ]  Read More

Fresh ways to save some green at the farmers market

The Free Press WVThe difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than “tomayto” versus “tomahto”  [ .... ]  Read More

Hawaii Volcano Finds a Way to Get Worse

The Free Press WVKilauea injures man, flows dangerously into the ocean   [ .... ]  Read More

WV 2018 spring turkey harvest

The Free Press WV According to preliminary data gathered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 percent increase over 2017 [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Officials to Show Off 50 Elk Caught in Arizona

The Free Press WVOfficials in West Virginia are set to introduce 50 elk that were captured in Arizona [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of May 07-11, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

National parks draw 1.7M visitors to West Virginia in 2017

The Free Press WV The spending supported 1,080 jobs and $28.8 million in labor income [ .... ]  Read More

Game Ranger’s Toddler Eaten Alive by Leopard

The Free Press WVTragedy unfolded in a Uganda national park   [ .... ]  Read More

In China, Some Pandas Are Losing Their Black Eye Patches

The Free Press WVIt’s caused by fur loss around the eyes   [ .... ]  Read More

Oregon Horse Sues Former Owner for $100K

The Free Press WVMoney would help pay for extensive medical bills   [ .... ]  Read More

Lion Mauls Man Who Bottle-Fed Him as a Cub

The Free Press WV Michael Hodge suffered lacerations and a broken jaw   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s whitetail hunting season extended to 2019

The Free Press WV West Virginia wildlife officials have stretched the state’s 2018 whitetail hunting season by creating a new season and extending an existing one [ .... ]  Read More

Most Fish We Eat Die in a Surprising Way

The Free Press WVThey asphyxiate, slowly, and advocates pushing to change that note that the fish will taste better   [ .... ]  Read More

This Is the Longest Line You Can Sail Without Hitting Land

The Free Press WV It goes more than 19K miles, from Pakistan to Russia   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage at Blackwater Falls scheduled May 10-13

The Free Press WVBlackwater Falls State Park will welcome hundreds of wildflower enthusiasts to the area May 10-13 for a weekend of springtime outdoor adventure and nature exploration during the 57th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage [ .... ]  Read More

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

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Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Jury says Samsung must pay $539M for copying parts of iPhone

The Free Press WV A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone’s features to lure people into buying its competing products [ .... ]  Read More

Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit

The Free Press WV Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather?  [ .... ]  Read More

Amazon urged not to sell facial recognition tool to police

The Free Press WVAmazon’s decision to market a powerful face recognition tool to police is alarming privacy advocates, who say the tech giant’s reach could vastly accelerate a dystopian future in which camera-equipped officers can identify and track people in real time, whether they’re involved in crimes or not [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists ‘Astounded’ by Mysterious Rise in Banned Chemical

The Free Press WVSource of CFC-11 is somewhere in East Asia   [ .... ]  Read More

Plastic Bag Found in Truly Depressing Spot

The Free Press WVNot even the bottom of the Mariana Trench is safe from our trash   [ .... ]  Read More

ABCs of ZTE: Tech firm in focus amid U.S.-China trade dispute

The Free Press WVDonald Trump injected fresh uncertainty into planned trade talks between U.S. and Chinese officials this week with his weekend social media musings that hinted at possibly easing up on sanctions for China’s ZTE [ .... ]  Read More

Trump to sign order to reform U.S. infrastructure technology

The Free Press WVDonald Trump is signing an executive order to try to reform the federal government’s confounding information technology structure [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

The Free Press WV The company says that it’s canvased thousands of apps so far [ .... ]  Read More

Walking robot maker prepares to unleash its dog-like machine

The Free Press WVA robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after more than a quarter century of research [ .... ]  Read More

5 Lifestyle Habits Have ‘Huge Effect’ on Longevity

The Free Press WVHarvard researchers surprised at how much of a difference familiar advice makes   [ .... ]  Read More

‘First-in-the-World Law’ Could Affect Your Hawaiian Vacation

The Free Press WVProposed ban on certain sunscreens aims to protect state’s coral reefs   [ .... ]  Read More

What Women Eat May Play Role in Age of Menopause

The Free Press WVStudy suggests those who eat more pasta may see earlier onset   [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook Is Getting Into the Dating Game

The Free Press WVAnd more from the F8 developer conference   [ .... ]  Read More

Cambridge Analytica Shutting Down

The Free Press WVNews comes after Facebook data harvesting scandal   [ .... ]  Read More

Science Says: Hawaii volcano has oozed hot lava for decades

The Free Press WVHawaii’s Kilauea is not your typical blow-the-top-off kind of volcano [ .... ]  Read More

Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Truman Junior Grogg

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Rohrbough Siding Road, Weston, WV passed away at 4:35 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in the comfort of his home following an extended illness. He was born in Freeman’s Creek on March 06, 1949 a son of the late Junie Grogg and Hazel Emily Shaw Grogg [ .... ]  Read More

James “Jim” Lee Huffman

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Cedarville, WV passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Glenville Genesis Health Care Center in Glenville, WV. He was born June 29, 1942 to the late Ernest Huffman and Ida (Riffle) Huffman [ .... ]  Read More

Donnis Lee Jenkins

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 19, 2018 at home. She was born April 21, 1959 [ .... ]  Read More

Janet D. Duckworth

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Gassaway, WV, passed away May 22, 2018. She was born April 08, 1933 in Flatwoods, WV to the late Byrl and Muriel Arnold Westfall [....]  Read More

Mary Ellen Villers

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Elkins, WV, formerly of Weston, WV, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. She was born March 12, 1942 in Weston, WV: the daughter of the late Troy H. and Beulah A. (Warner) Fisher [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald J. Maxson

The Free Press WV Age 68 of Harrisville, WV, formerly of Salem, WV departed this life on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  He was born in Philippi, WV on January 14, 1950 a son of the late Jack and Ruth Starkey Maxson [....]  Read More

Brenda Elizabeth Haag Patterson

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Frametown, WV passed away at home May 21, 2018. She was born October 29, 1959 in Dille, WV a daughter of the late Perry Haag and Icie Marie Metheney Haag [ .... ]  Read More

Roscoe Franklin McCune

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Columbia Station, Ohio, formerly of Nicut, WV passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 at his home in Columbia Station, Ohio. He was born June 06, 1923 in Nicut, WV [....]  Read More

Jo Ann (Ware) Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 69 of Ireland, WV Went home to be with her Lord and Savior on the mourning of Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born on August 28, 1948 in Green Hill, WV [....]  Read More

Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Glenville, WV; formerly of Normantown, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born January 23, 1940 at Lockney, WV, Carol is the daughter of the late Edgar Lytle and Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Jane Crouse

The Free Press WVAge 81, longtime resident of Alumn Bridge, WV, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at home following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on September 28, 1936: daughter of the late Jacob Cawthon and Eva Gladine [ .... ]  Read More

David Charles Pritt

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Sand Fork, WV, went to be with the lord in the early morning hours of Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born April 19, 1947 in Glenville, WV, David is the son of the late Ralph and Ruby Lamb Pritt [ .... ]  Read More

Sharon Kay Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Linger Run Road, Horner, WV passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 in the comfort of her home following an extended illness. She was born in Morgantown, WV on May 23, 1952 a daughter of the late Charles “Dink” Skinner and Phyllis Marie Burkshire.  [ .... ]  Read More

Karen Sue (Kerby) Stallman

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Dorset, Ohio passed away peacefully on May 16,2018, at her home. She was born in Annamoriah, WV, the daughter of the late Freddie & Helen Kerby [ .... ]  Read More

Erseline Leon Gainer Rumbach

The Free Press WVAge 78, of McWhorter Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away Saturday morning, May 19, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Clarksburg, WV on March 08, 1940 a daughter of the late Ersel Leo Gainer and Madaline Pearl Dodd Gainer [ .... ]  Read More

Teressa Ann (Jenkins) Stump

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Clarksburg, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV gained her angel wings and went to be with our Lord on May 18, 2018 at home after a short illness [....]  Read More

Carrol Diane Ricketts

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Old Route 33E, Horner, WV passed away at 3:23 AM on Friday, May 18, 2018 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on August 01, 1946 a daughter of the late Robert Edward Myers and Virginia Francis Cogar Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Walter “Beep” Toppings Jr.

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be Lord on May 17, 2018 at the Miletree Nursing home in Spencer, WV. He was born on June 01, 1930 in Logan County, WV to the late Walter Toppings and Alberta Mae (Stallings) Toppings [ .... ]  Read More

Dennis “Frank” McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 67, departed this life on May 18, 2018 at his residence. He was born on August 26, 1950 in Harrisville, WV a son of the late Dennis Edward and Mary Jett McDonald [....]  Read More

Michael “Mike” Dallas Stamper

The Free Press WV Age 44, of Copperhead Road, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his residence as a result of respiratory issues. He was born in Weston, WV on December 21, 1973 a son of the late Raymond Stamper and Judith Ann Hartley Stamper.  [....]  Read More

Wilda Jean Pierce Kidder

The Free Press WVof St. Marys, WV passed away on the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Jean was born in Doddridge County, WV to the late Benjamin Pierce and Wilda Kathleen Tucker on February 40, 1946 [ .... ]  Read More

Michael G. Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 14, 2018 at home. He was born August 11, 1960 to the late Corbett See and Ruth Elaine Short [....]  Read More

Susan Paulette Arey

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born August 28, 1953 in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Dale Flint and Carolyn Rosalie Lantz Riggs [....]  Read More

Lora Faye Tomblin

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness. Born July 12, 1928 in Gordo, Alabama, Faye is the daughter of the late Andy A. and Lola Mae Pate Webb [....]  Read More

Frances Barbera McCauley

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Sugar Maple Dr. in Weston, WV passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania following a brief illness. She was born in Corning, New York on August 16, 1929 a daughter of the late Frank Barbera and Maria Cubello of Calabria, Italy [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Jo Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. She was born June 10, 1947 in Covington, KY, the daughter of the late James Henry Taylor and Gladys Lucille Jenkins [....]  Read More

Frances Madge Chadwell

The Free Press WVAge 91, peacefully departed this life on May 14,2018, at her daughter’s home in Weston, WV, after a long illness. She was born Aug. 27,1926, on Linn Camp Run at Normantown, WV, the daughter of Frank and Olga (Kennedy) James [ .... ]  Read More

Derek Shane Funk

The Free Press WVAge 27, of Frametown, WV passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018 at his home. He was born February 09, 1991 a son of Danny and Terri Funk [ .... ]  Read More

Buster Lee Myers

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 11, 2018.  He was born May 05, 1936 in Wheeler, WV.  He was the son of the late Hoy V. Myers and Sylvia G. Bickel Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Robin Kay Forinash

The Free Press WVAge 61, of the Craigmoor community, Mt. Clare, WV passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 11, 1956: daughter of the late Edward Blaine and Loretta Ware (Williams) Harbert [ .... ]  Read More

Eleanor K. Ballard

The Free Press WVAge 99, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Bayville, NJ, passed away on May 02, 2018. She was born on September 05, 1918 in Hillside, NJ to Frank and Ella Kubick [ .... ]  Read More

Loreta Gay Kemper Suarez

The Free Press WVof Morgantown, West Virginia, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, surrounded by family at River Oaks Nursing Facility in Clarksburg following a sudden decline in health. Loreta was born at Newberne, Gilmer County, West Virginia, on August 22, 1914, to the late Willie Nay and Flora (Ellyson) Kemper [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Joan Ables

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Westfall Hollow in Weston, WV passed away at 7:30 AM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the comfort of her home with her husband and sister by her side. She was born in Lewis County, WV on July 04, 1956 a daughter of the late Lawrence D. Gay and Janet Joan Belt Gay [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Wayne Richard

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Winnie, TX passed away peacefully on May 08, 2018. He was born on December 10, 1950 to the late Emile Pierre Richard and Winnie Mary (Benoit) Richard [ .... ]  Read More

Roy Harlan Turner

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Cowskin, Duck WV, went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Roy was the son of the late William E. Sr. and Marjorie (Joel) Turner [ .... ]  Read More

Goldamurl (Jenkins) Ireland

The Free Press WV Age 92, longtime resident of Weston, WV, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018 in Genesis Healthcare of Glenville following an extended illness. She was born in Orton, WV on June 29, 1925: daughter of the late Arch and Lena (Smith) Jenkins [....]  Read More

Jeannette Lee Simons

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Orma, WV passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at the home of her daughter, after an extended illness. She was born October 06, 1935 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late Dennis Alfred and Goldie McCoy Henderson [ .... ]  Read More

Gertrude “Darlene” Cooper

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday May 10, 2018, in the comfort of her daughter’s home in Weston, WV following a brief illness. She was born on April 28, 1931 in Columbia City, Indiana, the daughter of the late Loren Korea Mosher and Fawn Loree Grable Mosher [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Jean Gross

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Sutton, WV passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born March 12, 1947 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Arzie and Katherine Daughtery Robey [ .... ]  Read More

Eula Grace Hatten

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Chloe, WV, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, May 10, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born March 12, 1928 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late William Scott & Virginia Ann Jenkins Barnett [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Ann Westfall

The Free Press WV Age 53, of Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, May 06, 2018. Ruth was born May 09, 1964 in Rivanna, OH, the daughter of Ronald & Marianna Morrison Westfall [....]  Read More

James Anthony “Tony” Tingler

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at his residence. Tony was born May 29, 1957 in Sutton, WV the son of the late Roy Burnell & Sylvia Johnson Tingler [....]  Read More

Lonnie (Pop) Greathouse, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Vienna, WV left this world, May 09, 2018 from his home. He was born December 19, 1934 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Lonnie Greathouse, Sr. and Enid Bailey Greathouse [ .... ]  Read More

Herma Brown Eddy

The Free Press WV Age 91 of Belpre, Ohio passed from this life May 9th surrounded by family. Born Herma Nell Miller, April 10, 1927, to Curtis Ray and Mary Pearl (Vanhorn) in Shock, WV [....]  Read More

Leota Helen Cunningham

The Free Press WV Age 96 of Nashville, TN, formerly of Harrisville, WV, passed away May 09, 2018 at her daughter’s residence in Nashville. She was born May 29, 1921 at Grantsville, WV, the daughter of the late Clay and Murrell B. Holbert Collins [....]  Read More

Marjorie Campbell Cox

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Parkersburg, WV passed away May 10, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living. She was born March 13, 1930 in Ritchie County, WV, daughter of the late Denzel Lee and Dora Mae Frey Campbell [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald Lee Hosey

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Grantsville, WV departed this life suddenly on the evening Monday, May 07, 2018 at his residence in Grantsville. Born November 20, 1936 in Calhoun County, WV Ronald is the son of the late Parker and India Goodnight Hosey [....]  Read More

Roberta “Helen” Johnston Pickens

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, WV passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 in the comfort of her granddaughter’s home in Shrewsbury, PA, with loving family by her side. She was born in Weston, WV on September 21, 1931 a daughter of the late Robert Boyd Johnston and Dora Evelyn Batten Johnston [ .... ]  Read More

Henry Crafton Sauer, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Orma, WV passed away at his home on Monday, May 07, 2018. He was born March 04, 1944 in Dundalk, Maryland, a son of the late Henry Crafton Sauer, Sr. and Lorraine Weis Sauer [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Daniel Landis

The Free Press WVAge 50 of Steer Run Road, Normantown, WV departed this life peacefully in early evening hours of Tuesday, May 08, 2018 at his residence.  Born December 27, 1967 in Elyria, Ohio Kenneth is the son of Barbara Marks Jones and husband William Lyda of Normantown , WVand the late John Daniel Landis [ .... ]  Read More

Denzil Ray Stoneking

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with the Lord on May 07, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born March 24, 1929 in Gilmer County, WV to the late Forney Patrick and Edna Rhodes Stoneking [....]  Read More

Woodrow Wayne Blake, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 78 years of age, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Beckley. Born on February 22, 1940 in Exchange, WV, he was the son of the late John Ruben Blake and Belle Nicholson Blake [ .... ]  Read More

John Clement Kreyenbuhl

The Free Press WVAge 77 of New Milton, WV departed this life on Saturday, May 05, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on August 03, 1940 in Clarksburg, WV a son of the late Clement Leopold and Regina Droppleman Kreyenbuhl [ .... ]  Read More

Ina Mae (Foster) Clem

The Free Press WVAge 65, of 1972 Old Route 33 Weston. WV went to Heaven on Monday, May 07, 2018. She was welcomed with open arms by her late husband, Roger D. Clem; whom she married on October 07, 1969 [ .... ]  Read More

Gloria Jeanett “"Big Momma”“ Conrad (Montgomery)

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Weston, WV passed away on her birthday, Saturday, May 05, 2018 at her apartment following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on May 05, 1939: daughter of the late William Grant Montgomery and Reatha A. (Kelley) Montgomery [ .... ]  Read More

George “Frank” Ash

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Weston, WV passed away Friday, May 04, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. He was born in Shirley, WV on October 16, 1925: son of the late George L. Ash and Ota Mae (Jones) Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Madelyn Maree Puffinbarker

The Free Press WV Jesus has taken in a new little angel and Heaven is a little brighter with the addition of Madelyn Maree Puffinbarker, the infant daughter of Amber Small and Gregory Puffinbarker of Orlando, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret “Marge” Ann Engel

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Chapel, WV passed away May 03, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born December 06, 1942 in Johnstown, PA a daughter of the late Paul and Mary Jane Adams Ferguson [....]  Read More

Betty Jean Fisher Young

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Charleston, WV passed away April 19, 2018 at Hubbard Hospice House.  She was born November 29, 1926 in Glenville, WV. Her parents were Janet Frances Westfall Fisher and Elias Harold Fisher [ .... ]  Read More

James “Jim” Lee Allen

The Free Press WVof Orlando, WV, passed away at 10:48 AM Friday, May 04, 2018 in the comfort of his home. Jim was born March 29, 1960 a son of the late Delbert Dale and Gladys Marie Ratliff Allen [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

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

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

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

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

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

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

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

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

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

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

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

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

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

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

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

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

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

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

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

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

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

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

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

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

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

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

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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

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

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

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

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

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

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

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

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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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