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.

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MVP Protester “Living on Energy Bars and Rainwater”

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After a month-and-a-half of pole-sitting on Peter’s Mountain, a protester blocking progress of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is living on energy bars, packets of applesauce and rainwater - but has no plans to leave.

The pole was erected in the middle of the sole access road. As long it’s there, developers’ heavy equipment can’t reach the pipeline site.

At the protesters’ base camp, supporter Elliot Williams said for the last five weeks, the U.S. Forest Service has also blocked them from using the trail or otherwise resupplying the protester.

“It’s one meal a day right now. She’s limited herself down when she realized that she wasn’t going to get any more food,“ Williams explained. “And right now, it’s raining. She’s collecting water in a bucket. A few weeks ago, when it rained really hard, she collected seven gallons of water.“

The Mountain Valley Pipeline partnership led by EQT Corporation has gotten the necessary permits for the $3.7-billion-dollar project. It has criticized what it calls “obstructionists.“

The Forest Service has said the protesters don’t have the right to block the access road. A few days ago, however, the agency did allow a doctor to consult with the woman.

There were also several tree-sitters blocking the MVP site, although most of those protests have ended. None of the protesters would provide their names while on their perches, for fear of legal action.

According to Williams, supporters have nicknamed the woman on the pole “Nutty” - because from the ground, she looks like a nut at the top of a palm tree. However, they don’t think that describes her resolve.

“This person is obviously strong and strong willed. She sounds very smart and clear headed,“ said Williams. “She’s blocking the machinery from going up onto this beautiful mountain. So, she’s going to stay until she can’t.“

Peter’s Mountain straddles the Virginia-West Virginia border, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. The pipeline is designed to carry billions of cubic feet of natural gas from the Marcellus fields to a connection point in Virginia, and from there to markets in the east.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Lambert Receives Student Leadership Award

Donald Lambert, a 2018 Glenville State College graduate, has been selected as the 2018-19 Student Leadership Award recipient. He is the son of John and Crystal Lambert of Elkins, West Virginia.

One nomination for the award said that Lambert, “absolutely bursts with energy” and that his drive “immediately draws other students to follow his initiatives.” A professor calls him a “respectful organizer” and a “good, kind young man” who is goal-oriented and knows how to achieve the things he wants in life.

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Student Leadership Award Recipient Donald Lambert (left) with Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett

“To have my name called in a room full of people that were just as qualified as me was an honor. To have professors believe what I had done not only at GSC, but at home as well, was worthy of being nominated for the Student Leadership Award, I owe it to them,” Lambert said of receiving the award. “This award is a sort of closing of a chapter in my life. I gave GSC three years of my life and being involved in different organizations and functions throughout that time, to be recognized makes me feel like the hard work was appreciated,” he added.

Lambert plans to continue his education by obtaining a Master’s Degree in History and National Security Studies from American Military University.

During his time at GSC, Lambert served as president of Greek Council, president of social science honor society Pi Gamma Mu, vice president of social fraternity Alpha Xi Omega, and Chief Student Marshal.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading history, science fiction, and mystery novels, along with hiking, biking, and visiting GSC’s gun range.

“What I’ll miss most about being at GSC is having faculty and staff that care about the students. It wouldn’t matter if it were during office hours or at a meal time, if a professor knew you or you had a question for them, that professor would take time out for you,” he said, reflecting on his years at Glenville State.

Lambert joins 44 other graduates who have received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award at GSC since 1977. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Encourages riders to find their perfect
country road and plan a trip to West Virginia

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Governor Jim Justice, in coordination with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) and the West Virginia Tourism Office, has proclaimed the month of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The annual event comes at the start of West Virginia’s warmer seasons and is designed to not only promote motorcycle safety but also to foster increased motorcycle tourism in the Mountain State.

“We welcome and encourage motorcycle riders from all over the country to come visit and stay in West Virginia while riding on our scenic roads,” said Gov. Justice. “We also recognize that many in the Mountain State own and operate motorcycles and we want to make the experience for everyone that chooses to travel via motorcycle as safe as possible. I encourage everyone operating a motor vehicle to be cognizant and aware of motorcyclists while they are on our highways. Safety is our number one concern.”

The tourism industry in West Virginia accounts for $4.1 billion in annual revenue and $527 million in travel-generated state and local taxes each year. Research shows that West Virginia’s scenic beauty is the second-leading driver of leisure trips to West Virginia, just behind visiting family and friends.

“West Virginia is blessed with breathtaking scenic beauty, which is often best seen and experienced behind the wheel or on a bike,” said Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “Motorcycle tourism is a tremendous market for our state, and I’m excited to begin working more closely with the Department of Transportation on ways we can best connect and promote our scenic drives for riders.”

Motorcycle riding is a popular form of recreation and transportation for thousands across the Mountain State and nation each year, and the WVDOT is actively working to identify and improve top motorcycle routes this riding season.

“Governor Justice continues to lead the way in his commitment to improving and maintaining our transportation infrastructure, for ALL vehicles,” stated Transportation Secretary Tom Smith.  “To our friends on two and three wheels, we pledge to do our part to make your riding experience a safe and exciting one as you enjoy everything the Mountain State has to offer.”

With the warmer months quickly approaching, the WVDOT encourages both return riders and new riders to join the West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program, which offers motorcycle ride courses via the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

All riders should review 2018 safety rules and regulations before hitting the highway this season. Motorcycle safety tips can be accessed here.

In celebration of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Tourism Office put together a list of the top five motorcycle rides in West Virginia: Find your favorite country road and plan your trip today.

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CJ Student Participates in Internship on Golden State Killer Task Force

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Last May, recent Glenville State College criminal justice graduate Tori Peterson was selected to participate in a summer internship with the Orange County (California) District Attorney’s Office. Peterson was an Investigative Assistant Intern and, as part of her duties, was assigned to the Golden State Killer (GSK) task force where she worked under Investigator Erika Hutchcraft.

The ongoing work of that task force, along with other investigators, paid off recently with the arrest of former police officer Joseph DeAngelo. Authorities believe DeAngelo to be the Golden State Killer, who committed scores of crimes in California between 1974 and 1986 including 12 murders, approximately 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries.

The now 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on April 24.

“This was an incredible opportunity and I am so blessed to be able to help continue on this case. Glenville State College has propelled me to further my education in numerous ways,” Peterson said. “Glenville’s Criminal Justice program not only played a part in being selected on the GSK case, but also getting fifteen law school offers,” she added.

Peterson will be attending Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law this fall while also continuing on the GSK task force during breaks.

“I can’t make a comment about DeAngelo or the current facts of the case, but I will say that the victims of this case deserved justice, and it is an unbelievable feeling to know that I was able to help bring that to them,” Peterson said.

“Ms. Peterson is an exceptional student who exhibits a strong work ethic that reflects the caliber of students graduating from the Criminal Justice program at Glenville State College. To have had the experience to work on a task force in the Golden State Killer case is a tremendous opportunity. To be collectively involved as a team member and providing input into the case is profound. Without question, Ms. Peterson will undoubtedly bring positive social change in criminal justice when she graduates and steps out into her chosen career,” said Ken Lang, Chair of GSC’s Department of Criminal Justice.

During her time at GSC, Peterson was a member of the College’s Acrobatics and Tumbling Team and the criminal justice fraternity Sigma Pi Xi in addition to serving as a Resident Assistant.

Students Earn Prestigious Governor’s Workforce Credential

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More than 400 Career Technical Education (CTE) students from across the state received recognition by earning the second annual Governor’s Workforce Credential (GWC) today. Students were honored for meeting or exceeding rigid criteria that measures applicable real-world and work-readiness skills their CTE programs.

Governor Justice’s office along with West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine, Associate Superintendent, Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, and members of the West Virginia Board of Education recognized the students from 60 high schools during a ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center.

“The future belongs to the skilled workforce, and these students will be leading the way,” said Governor Justice. “I commend these students for their achievement, and I am inspired by their hard work and dedication. Talking with these young men and women gives me great hope for the economic future of West Virginia.”

The GWC was created to ensure that West Virginia’s developing workforce has industry-ready skills to meet high-quality business and industry expectations. Earning a GWC will allow employers to quickly identify potential employees for a variety of skilled job openings.

“West Virginia’s Governor’s Workforce Credential verifies to employers that these individuals have gone above and beyond in their field of study and are ready to enter the workforce as leaders,” Paine said. “Working together with the Governor’s office and employers, allows the West Virginia Department of Education to truly prepare students for success after high school.”

To achieve the Governor’s Workforce Credential, students must successfully meet the following criteria:

I. Obtain a grade of “B” or better in the four required state-approved CTE Program of Study courses;

II. Accomplish a minimum score of 95% on the CTE portfolio;

III. Attain a verified school attendance rate of 95% or higher during the senior year;

IV. Score at an elite level of 70 or higher on the industry-recognized audit;

V. Earn an industry certification that coincides with a state-approved CTE Program of Study in accordance with the West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2520.13; and,

VI. Pass a minimum of two documented drug screenings.

A complete list of honored students can be found by visiting: HERE.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 16, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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


Boneva Ellyson Terry Ellyson
Gary R. Ellyson
Edwin P. Ellyson
2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351
1325 Turkey Creek Right Hand Fork, Brenton, WV 24818
170 Meldahl Rd, Washington, WV 26181
Doris M. Roberts Gina L. Schweinsberg 551 Henry Camp Road
St. Marys, WV 26170
Willis Kemper Steven Kemper 561 Ogden Street
Mt. Hope, WV 25880
Murry Dean Sayre
  aka Murray Dean Sayre
Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351
Janice H. Davis
  aka Janice Marie Davis
Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 17, 2018

DHHR Announces Funding Availability for LEAD Programs

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced funding availability totaling $600,000 to expand the statewide capacity of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs that divert adults with a substance use disorder (SUD) or a co-occurring disorder (substance use disorder and mental health issues) from the criminal justice system to community-based services.

LEAD services allow public safety officials to work with behavioral health providers by diverting low-level drug offenders to treatment and support services, rather than jail and prosecution. LEAD case managers work with participants to connect them to intensive interventions such as assertive community treatment, residential SUD services, comprehensive case management, medication assisted treatment, and other support services.

“People with substance use disorders and mental health issues are over-represented in jails and prisons,” said Susie Mullens, Interim Director of DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy. “Under Governor Jim Justice’s leadership, the goal within a community setting, a low-level offender may have access to a more complete continuum of care as opposed to limited access typically offered within a correctional setting.”

DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities is soliciting applications from public or private, not-for-profit or for-profit agencies with experience serving individuals and families affected by opioid use disorder to provide local leadership in developing and sustaining these partnerships; provide the necessary access to trauma-informed intensive case management; and assure access to intensive SUD treatment interventions and a wide range of other support services. Priority consideration will be given to licensed behavioral health agencies.

Proposals must be submitted by June 05, 2018.  Proposal details and requirements are available online:

Funding will be awarded based on accepted proposals that meet all required criteria.

Pat’s Chat

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What a wonderful weekend after the fog of our weeks of struggling with illness here at our house!  First, Sabbath services were so glorious.  Song service included some favorite songs, which Bill Elmer picked out; then he told us an interesting story and quickly turned it over to the study from our exciting quarterly, Preparation for the End Time. The Holy Spirit helped as all of the members pitched in to emphasize some of the interesting points about Daniel’s prophecy telling us about Someone who would speak against the Most High and intend to change “times and the laws” in Daniel 7.  Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8 and Matthew 4:17, 18 assure us that God does NOT change.  (“I change not,” He says!).  Jesus, as He taught, “amplified” the law by showing that the commandments go deeper than just not killing, not coveting, not committing adultery, etc.  He explained that these “sins” begin in the heart, such hating is usually the prerequisite of murder, and thoughts in the heart can lead to adultery.  Yes, the laws were there to show us what “sin” is, but that the simple keeping of the laws cannot save us.  Only accepting Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins can bring salvation to us.  We talked about when the weekly day of worship, Sabbath, was changed to Sunday, not by an edict from God but by that Someone who would think or intend to make the change.  Whew!  Next week we will be delving into the predictions in Matthew 24 and 25 dealing with false messiahs and false prophets who will, if possible, deceive the elect (or the greatest, most dedicated Christians).  To me, these studies are very exciting.  Come join us at 9:30 on Saturday morning.

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During the church service, the children sang and read poems to honor Mother’s Day.  Children are the most fun part of any service.  The sermon was a rousing one, brought to us by Roy Waybright who never preaches from the pulpit, but instead walks up and down the aisle, up to the pulpit and all around.  He had given us each a card and asked us write down five reasons we wanted to go to Heaven.  One of the reasons given was that they wanted to see Roy there.  Several told him they wanted him to continue that message, so he promises to do that the next time he does the sermon.  (Very few members of us doze off when Roy preaches.)

To help my granddaughter whose husband is afflicted by ME/CFS.  Myalgic-encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rare disease for which more funding is needed for research to try to help those suffering from what can be a very debilitating illness.  Here is a website:

Sunday morning the men of our church cooked breakfast for all of the women of the church (mothers or not).  Delicious!  Not everyone showed up, but they missed the fun.  Later in the day Chuck Bucklew, Cheryl Bucklew, Mary Ann Bucklew and I went to Audrey’s for the meal of our choice, also delicious.  We also visited our Aunt (or Great-Aunt) Jean Haymond at the beautiful Serenity Care facility.  If you want to see some of those things, go on Facebook to my website or Mary Ann’s.

Cannot forget that the four of us stopped at Brake’s for dessert.  Delicious!  What a wonderful weekend.


Healthier School Lunch Choices: A Worthy Investment for WV

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Public officials are tasked with ensuring programs are efficiently using public dollars while maximizing services. As budgets tighten, these programs are vetted under extreme scrutiny to determine worth. Due to elections, most elected officials look for the quickest return on investments when prioritizing initiatives. Policies that take years to reach fruition are often overlooked; voters expect results now. As attention spans have decreased and expectations have risen, it has resulted in policies becoming shorter sighted. A shining example that did not contemplate future consequences was the decision to take fresh, healthy foods out of our school systems.

Given the recent discussions surrounding the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), we must examine practices within West Virginia state agencies that are contributing to the rise of healthcare costs in West Virginia. This is paramount as our state budget continues to grow despite agencies seeing cuts year after year. Services within these entities are being pushed to the wayside to pay for the increase cost of caring for our citizens. Therefore, the state’s health care bill is putting a strain on all government agencies. Obesity, the drug epidemic and an aging population are the main contributors for the inflated burden.

Elected officials are already focused on combating the drug epidemic, while attracting young people to the state to replace our older generations in the workforce. However, the same effort is not being put towards to solving the rising obesity crisis in the Mountain State. Policies implemented in the past have created an artificial preference for processed foods at state institutions. This is due to a decision to rid schools of actual kitchens and the cooks who staffed them. In lieu of this, schools opt for highly processed foods that can be heated and served instead of prepared, fresh. The healthier food options have been replaced with high sugar, low-nutritional value counterparts contributing to some of the worst health issues in the nation. In what looked to be a small savings at the time, in reality has had dire consequences on our population.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, children consume up to 50 percent of their daily calories at school. At the same time, obesity rates have risen 4.5% in the last 20 years, according to the CDC and Prevention’s National Health Nutrition Examination Survey. This clearly shows, obesity is an increasing problem for our children. A study, New School Meal Regulations Increase Fruit Consumption and Do Not Increase Total Plate Waste, found when kids were given healthier choices, they ate more food while throwing less away. School Lunch Quality and Academic Performance found a modest increase in tests scores of children whose lunches were replaced with healthier options. We can see that the food served in our schools has a huge correlation to overall health and academic performance of students.

As health care costs continue to rise, our state has an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. We need to focus on future generations, instilling healthy habits at an early age. This must include expanding opportunities for state institutions to source healthier, local foods from West Virginia farmers. Current practices clearly have costed the state more money in the long run, as well as taking economic opportunities from the local producer. If we can reverse course, the state will see a drop in health care costs while creating opportunities for economic growth. We should no longer continue to make decisions based on short term savings without considering long term consequences. At the end of the day, our children deserve better and this is simply the right thing to do for West Virginia.


Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion

This is the beginning stages of a new pavilion with a roasting underground fire pit .

Gilmer County Park and Recreation has gotten donations from the lions club for $2,000.00 and 4-H leaders for $500.00 .

Also Mr. Ike Morris donated all the pipe for the studs over the roasting pit.

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(L-R) Jeff Owens of Bridgeport, Mike Williams of Buckhannon, and Bert Jedamski of Sand Fork

Jack Maccartney Dillion Hashman welded the pipe tresses.

Nick Cox and his Ag Mechanics class from Gilmer County High School layed out the footer.

Nick Cox came back and dig out fir the footer.

Gilmer County Recreation Center wants to thank each and everyone who has help with this project so far .

National Police Week 18

Attorney General Sessions and U.S. Attorney recognize law enforcement service and sacrifice during national police week

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FBI Releases 2017 Statistics on of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted

Attorney General Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia Bill Powell recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, and commented on the FBI’s 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report.

West Virginia lost one officer in 2017. Lieutenant Aaron Crook of the Bluefield Police Department was killed in a vehicle crash while involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected drunk driver last May.

In recognition of National Police Week, U.S. Attorney Powell will recognize those lives lost and offer words of encouragement and gratitude at the Wheeling Police Department’s Law Enforcement Memorial Service this Wednesday, May 16 at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

“One officer death is too many,” Attorney General Sessions said.  “While we are inexpressibly grateful to have had a decrease in the number of officers killed in the line-of-duty last year, the number is still far too high.  At the Department of Justice, we honor the memories of the fallen and we pray for their families.  We are also following President Trump’s Executive Orders to back the women and men in blue, to enhance law enforcement safety, and to reduce violent crime in America. Those priorities will help keep every American safe, including those who risk their lives for us.  As always, we have their backs and they have our thanks.”

“Every loss is significant. The men and women in law enforcement choose to put their lives on the line every day in the name of safety and security for their fellow neighbors. It is many times a thankless job involving long hours away from their loved ones. There are no words that can truly express our gratitude for their service and sacrifice,” said Powell.

According to statistics collected by the FBI, 93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2017 – a 21 percent decrease from 2016 when 118 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents.

Additionally, in 2017 there were 46 law enforcement officers killed in line-of-duty incidents as a result of felonious acts – this is a 30 percent decrease from 2016, when 66 law enforcement officer were killed in line-of-duty incidents as a result of felonious acts.

For the full comprehensive data tables about these incidents and brief narratives describing the fatal attacks and selected assaults resulting in injury, please see the 2017 edition of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, released this week.

In October 1962, Congress passed and President Kennedy signed a joint resolution declaring May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor law enforcement officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.  The resolution also created National Police Week as an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice. 

During Police Week, which is observed from Sunday, May 13 to Saturday, May 19, 2018, our nation celebrates the contributions of police officers from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in keeping our communities safe.

For more information about other National Police Week events, please visit

To access the FBI’s 2017 Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report, please visit

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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

WorkForce West Virginia Warns Job Seekers about Fraudulent Job Postings

The Free Press WVJob seekers who believe they may be at risk should contact the WorkForce West Virginia Main Office at 1.800.252.JOBS [ .... ]  Read More

Governor Justice stands firm on sports betting integrity fee, state will pay nothing

The Free Press WV Governor Jim Justice said today that a tentative agreement was reached Wednesday between the Lottery commission, the state’s licensed casino operators, and the sports consortium that will enhance sports betting in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Landowners Fight Pipeline in Case Headed To U.S. Appeals Court

The Free Press WVGeorge Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start [ .... ]  Read More

Ex-Coal Baron Takes Swipe at ‘China People’ in Political Ad

The Free Press WV An ex-coal executive who’s running for U.S. Senate after serving a prison sentence has unleashed a political ad that takes swipes at “China people” and calls the Senate majority leader “Cocaine Mitch”  [ .... ]  Read More

Dr. Martha J. Kanter to Speak at Commencement

The Free Press WVDr. Martha J. Kanter, executive director of the College Promise Campaign and Senior Fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, will deliver the keynote address [ .... ]  Read More

Governor orders additional road safety actions, enforcement after fatal construction zone crashes

The Free Press WV West Virginia is redoubling its ongoing campaign that urges motorists to drive safely through the growing ranks of highway construction projects, after a spate of tragic fatal crashes [ .... ]  Read More

Social Work Conference to Address Post-Trauma Resilience

The Free Press WVResearch confirms that not having a good childhood can have a lifelong impact on mental and physical health [ .... ]  Read More

Braxton County man admits to firearm and drug charges

The Free Press WV Charles William Masters, of Burnsville, West Virginia, has admitted to firearm and drug charges [ .... ]  Read More

DHHR Awards Funding to Marshall Research Corporation for Substance Abuse Project

The Free Press WV The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities has awarded $332,601 to Marshall Research Corporation from a State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis supplemental grant [ .... ]  Read More

Ex-parks official charged with embezzlement in West Virginia

The Free Press WV A former county parks official in West Virginia faces charges of embezzling $18,500 after law enforcement officers say she admitted to writing herself and another county worker unauthorized pay raises [ .... ]  Read More

Mountain Valley Pipeline Cited for Environmental Violations

The Free Press WV The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Governor Justice Announces Upcoming Roads To Prosperity Bond Sale and Investor Relations Website

The Free Press WV Governor Jim Justice said today that the State of West Virginia will be offering $800 million in General Obligation State Road Bonds for the Roads to Prosperity Program beginning on Monday, May 21, 2018, with the sale of Series 2018A Bonds prioritizing West Virginia residents [ .... ]  Read More

WVU Parkersburg Board Recommends Gilmer as New President

The Free Press WVWest Virginia University at Parkersburg has recommended Christopher Gilmer to become its new president [ .... ]  Read More

After 46 Years, Bluegrass Mountaineer Opry House to Close

The Free Press WVThe Mountaineer Opry House in Milton is set to close its doors permanently next month [ .... ]  Read More

Appeals court nullifies key permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Free Press WV A panel of federal appeals judges has vacated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would stretch 600 miles, beginning in Harrison County and four more West Virginia counties before extending through Virginia and into southeastern North Carolina [ .... ]  Read More

Employee at Restaurant Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The Free Press WV A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A [ .... ]  Read More

Student find home in West Virginia, passes citizenship test

The Free Press WV Home is not always where you lay your head at night or the house you grew up in [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia walking event offers chance to talk to doctor

The Free Press WV People who want to walk for exercise are invited to join a program that offers a chance to get their steps in while talking with physicians [ .... ]  Read More

Parkersburg Brewing Company wins gold at ‘Olympics of Beer’

The Free Press WVA Parkersburg brewery won a gold medal in the 2018 World Beer Cup, a prestigious competition dubbed the “Olympics of Beer”  [ .... ]  Read More

Student is state winner for Doodle 4 Google competition

The Free Press WVA Beckley Elementary School kindergarten student may have the opportunity to have her artwork displayed on Google’s homepage after she was recognized last Thursday as the state’s “Doodle 4 Google” winner [ .... ]  Read More

Harvard prof uses 1910 menu to offer insight on food history

The Free Press WV As America has changed, so has its dinner tables [ .... ]  Read More

Report: Needle Exchange Program Should Lose Certification

The Free Press WVAn audit requested by a West Virginia mayor who said a needle exchange program had caused an increase of dirty needles in public places has recommended the suspension of the program’s certification [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County man arrested on drug charges

The Free Press WV Russell Clarence Foster III, 41, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and marijuana [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia entrepreneur wins first runner up as 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year

The Free Press WVEach year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week [ .... ]  Read More



Teacher Accused of Drowning Animals in Class

The Free Press WVStudents watched as teacher allegedly lowered caged raccoon into water   [ .... ]  Read More

Video: Barista Refuses to Serve ‘Racist’ Customer

He was insulting a Muslim woman   [ .... ]  Read More

Laurel, Yanny or ... covfefe? White House joins in on debate

The Free Press WV The White House is joining in on the viral debate over whether people hear the names “Laurel” or “Yanny” in a much-shared audio clip [ .... ]  Read More

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

The Free Press WV A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media [ .... ]  Read More

Trump mining pollution rule change challenged

The Free Press WVEnvironmental groups challenged the Trump administration in federal court Wednesday over its rejection of an Obama-era proposal that would have required mining companies to prove they have enough money to clean up their pollution [ .... ]  Read More

Bill Gates gives $44M to influence state education plans

The Free Press WVBillionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms [ .... ]  Read More

Study: Despite modest income, teachers pay for class needs

The Free Press WVEvery year Anna Graven dips into her modest teacher salary and spends her own money to buy bulletin boards, pencils, paper, highlighters and tissues for her high school students in Oklahoma City. So do almost all of her colleagues across the nation [ .... ]  Read More

Senate Democrats push to reinstate ‘net neutrality’ rules

The Free Press WV Don’t expect the House to go along with the Senate’s expected passage of legislation that would revive an Obama-era rule requiring equal treatment for all web traffic by internet providers [ .... ]  Read More

Audit: EPA could do more to catch VW-type emissions fraud

The Free Press WV Federal regulators have stepped up the kind of testing that could have caught years of emissions-rigging by Volkswagen, but need to do more to keep automakers from duping them again on pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general said [ .... ]  Read More

6 U.S. states accuse opioid maker Purdue of fueling overdoses

The Free Press WVSix U.S. states on Tuesday sued the maker of the opioid OxyContin of using deceptive marketing to boost drug sales that fueled opioid overdose deaths [ .... ]  Read More

Homeland Security boss defends separating immigrant families

The Free Press WVThe head of the Department of Homeland Security defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling a Senate committee Tuesday that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens “in the United States every day”  [ .... ]  Read More

Immigration crackdown shifts to employers as audits surge

The Free Press WVImmigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor [ .... ]  Read More

Lobster industry fears weaker shells, but evidence is mixed

The Free Press WVMore people outside the U.S. are enjoying the New England tradition of cracking open a freshly cooked American lobster, and that experience hinges on one thing — the lobster getting there alive [ .... ]  Read More

Noisy Hawaiian volcano lava fissure prompts more evacuations

The Free Press WVA new fissure emitting steam and lava spatter spurred Hawaii officials to call for more evacuations on Sunday as residents braced for an expected eruption from the Kilauea volcano [ .... ]  Read More

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

The Free Press WV Idaho leads the pack   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump misspells wife’s name in homecoming tweet

The Free Press WV A few minutes later, Trump posted a tweet that changed “Melanie” to “Melania”  [ .... ]  Read More

Giuilani: Mueller Says He Won’t Indict Trump

The Free Press WVHe says special counsel will abide by DoJ guidelines   [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Gives Manafort Bad News

The Free Press WV Special counsel did have the right to charge Manafort, judge finds   [ .... ]  Read More

Not all GOP candidates want Trump to stump

The Free Press WV He is the Republican Party’s most powerful political weapon. Yet as the GOP fights to defend its delicate House and Senate majorities, President Donald Trump is not welcome everywhere [ .... ]  Read More

Explanation: What’s behind Trump’s FBI spy theory?

The Free Press WV Donald Trump and his supporters are circulating an explosive theory [ .... ]  Read More

Lawmakers repel challenge to much-criticized sugar program

The Free Press WVThe U.S. sugar industry on Thursday won an easier-than-expected victory over food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers trying to rewrite the government’s much-criticized sugar program, a web of price supports, loans and tariffs that props up prices for the commodity [ .... ]  Read More

In veiled shot at Trump, Tillerson warns democracy at risk

The Free Press WV Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a veiled shot at President Donald Trump on Wednesday, warning that a growing national crisis of ethics and integrity has put American democracy at risk [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. firms seek tariff relief as U.S. and China try to mend rift

The Free Press WVCorporate America is seeking relief from President Donald Trump’s threatened tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese goods as negotiators seek to prevent a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

imageDelegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman [ .... ]  Read More

Trump offers U.S. aid to penalized Chinese telecom company

The Free Press WVIn a surprising overture to China, President Donald Trump says he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get “back into business,” saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers [ .... ]  Read More

Have A Minute?‏

The Gilmer Free PressSenator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians [ .... ]  Read More

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressWest Virginia is the epicenter of the opioid epidemic. The failure of these companies to take responsibility for their actions is infuriating. Have they no shame for their reckless actions?  [ .... ]  Read More

Sanders: Aide’s McCain comment shouldn’t have been leaked

The Free Press WVWhite House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told staffers Friday that an aide’s recent comment about Senator John McCain was inappropriate but shouldn’t have been leaked to the media [ .... ]  Read More

Few teeth in Trump’s prescription to reduce drug prices

The Free Press WV Donald Trump’s long-promised plan to bring down drug prices, unveiled Friday, would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of “getting away with murder.” Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America’s prescription pain [ .... ]  Read More

Trump: NK ‘excellent’ to detainees, Pence hints otherwise

The Free Press WVIn a made-for-TV ceremony in the dead of night, President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed home three Americans freed by North Korea and declared their release a sign of promise toward his goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Report: Ecuador Spent $5M on Assange Spy Operation

The Free Press WV‘Operation Guest’ was based in flat near embassy   [ .... ]  Read More

German-Russian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

The Free Press WVSparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast [ .... ]  Read More

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over drills

The Free Press WVWashington and Seoul delayed the earlier round of springtime drills because of the North-South diplomacy surrounding February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, which saw Kim send his sister to the opening ceremonies [ .... ]  Read More

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

Pompeo: U.S. will need to give Kim Jong Un security assurances

The Free Press WVSecretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States will need to “provide security assurances” to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un if the adversaries are to reach a nuclear deal, describing the stakes of President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with Kim [ .... ]  Read More

Trump welcomes N. Korea plan to blow up nuke-site tunnels

The Free Press WVNorth Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the “gracious gesture”  [ .... ]  Read More

A sticky mess: liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway

The Free Press WVA tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess [ .... ]  Read More

In Australia, HIV Cousin Is ‘Shockingly’ Prevalent

The Free Press WVExperts say public health response is needed in remote areas   [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Is Out of Iran Nuclear Deal. What Now?

The Free Press WVA look at the coverage surrounding President Trump’s announcement   [ .... ]  Read More

Xi Has Surprise Meeting With Kim, Then a Call With Trump

The Free Press WVXi Jinping met a second time with Kim Jong Un [ .... ]  Read More

France Outraged by Trump’s NRA Remarks

The Free Press WV Hollande calls comment on terror attack ‘despicable’  [ .... ]  Read More

World’s Biggest Underwater ‘Dead Zone’ Is a Very Bad Sign

The Free Press WVRobots uncover data in the Gulf of Oman   [ .... ]  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

Fox to add Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ to fall lineup

The Free Press WVFox is bringing “Last Man Standing” to its fall lineup, a year after ABC dropped the Tim Allen comedy [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Overboard’

Review: Anna Faris can’t rescue lazy ‘Overboard’ remake [ .... ]  Read More

Russell Crowe Names Koala Chlamydia Clinic for John Oliver

The Free Press WVActor found him ‘something special’ after Oliver spent big at divorce auction   [ .... ]  Read More

Some Android features not coming to Samsung

The Free Press WV Some of the features Google is announcing at its annual developers conference won’t be coming to Samsung phones [ .... ]  Read More

Sandra Bullock’s Stalker Dead After SWAT Standoff

The Free Press WVJoshua James Corbett was found dead of self-inflicted injuries   [ .... ]  Read More

Johnny Cash’s boyhood home makes national historic register

The Free Press WVThe Man in Black’s boyhood home has been added to the National Register of Historic Places [ .... ]  Read More

‘Infinity War’ to set record, fastest to surpass $1 billion

The Free Press WV“Avengers: Infinity War” is poised to set a record for fastest film to rake in $1 billion in business [ .... ]  Read More

Ex-‘Apprentice’ contestant wants tapes for suit vs. Trump

The Free Press WVA former contestant on “The Apprentice” who has accused President Donald Trump of unwanted groping and kissing is seeking footage from the reality TV show as part of her defamation lawsuit against him [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Tully’

In ‘Tully,’ a rare close-up of postnatal motherhood [ .... ]  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

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

The Free Press WVJob openings increase to 6.6 million in March; hires and separations little changed [....]  Read More

U.S. consumer borrowing up $11.6 billion in March

The Free Press WVAmericans increased their borrowing by $11.6 billion in March as a big increase in the category that covers auto and student loans offset the largest monthly drop in credit card borrowing in more than five years [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. oil prices top $70 a barrel for the first time since 2014

The Free Press WVU.S. oil prices crashed through the $70-a-barrel mark on Monday for the first time since late 2014, foreshadowing costlier gasoline and consumer goods [ .... ]  Read More

Fed Keeps Key Interest Rate Unchanged

The Free Press WVBut notes rising inflation   [ .... ]  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

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

UN health agency aims to wipe out trans fats worldwide

The Free Press WVThe World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years [ .... ]  Read More

She Thought She Had a Runny Nose. It Was a Brain Fluid Leak

The Free Press WV Left untreated, it could have led to a serious infection   [ .... ]  Read More

Perfectly roasted salmon requires hot oven, hot pan

The Free Press WVThe key to perfectly roasted salmon is to preheat a baking sheet in a very hot oven, then lay the fish on the hot pan and reduce the oven to a gentle 275 degrees to cook [ .... ]  Read More

Keys to moist bread pudding: Custard and type of bread

The Free Press WVAmerica’s Test Kitchen’s slow-cooker bread pudding boasts tender bread cubes enveloped by a rich custard and accented with a few stir-ins and a simple topping [ .... ]  Read More

Woman’s Tumor So Big It Needs Genetic Testing

The Free Press WV‘Gigantic’ ovarian mass weighed 132 pounds   [ .... ]  Read More

Asparagus with hollandaise gets a remake with dill, roasting

The Free Press WVThe combination of asparagus and hollandaise is quintessential in French cooking [ .... ]  Read More

His Ex Used His Sperm Without His Permission. Now He Owes Child Support

The Free Press WVCourt rules against German man in odd case [ .... ]  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

Let the prayer continue

The Free Press WV “. . . may all members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle. May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”  [ .... ]  Read More

We’re All Trespassers Now in the Face of the Government’s Land Grabs

The Free Press WV“No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.” — John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States [ .... ]  Read More

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Kanye’s Ignorance Is ‘Deep’ and ‘Dangerous’

The Free Press WVEssayist calls out artist for comments on slavery   [ .... ]  Read More

Stop the Hating, Tom Brady’s Met Gala Outfit Was a Triumph

The Free Press WV‘Every time someone can smash a gender norm, the world gets a little bit better’  [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Glover’s ‘America’ Video Is Packed With Meaning

One critic calls it a perfect, disturbing ‘snapshot of the American cultural landscape’  [ .... ]  Read More

We Should All Be Worried About Barnes & Noble

The Free Press WVDavid Leonhardt: It’s in the country’s best interest for the chain to thrive   [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Warm Weather Finally Here

The Free Press WVThe first week of May set in sunny and warm for the most part. We are having light showers though, today as I write this [ .... ]  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


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She Got on Plane and ‘Stepped Into Her Coffin’

The Free Press WV American Airlines sued by family of passenger who suffered a medical emergency midflight   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia deer hunt expansion draws outcry from some

The Free Press WV More than 20 three-day managed deer hunts will take place in 10 West Virginia state parks this fall, a significant expansion that’s drawn sharp criticism from wildlife consultants and biologists [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

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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

Twitter Wants You to Change Your Password

The Free Press WVCompany says it’s precautionary [ .... ]  Read More

NASA spacecraft will have company all the way to Mars

The Free Press WVNASA’s next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks [ .... ]  Read More

NASA sending robotic geologist to Mars to dig super deep

The Free Press WVSix years after last landing on Mars, NASA is sending a robotic geologist to dig deeper than ever before to take the planet’s temperature [ .... ]  Read More

7 striking facts about the money tech companies are making

The Free Press WV Everyone knows the tech industry is rich, but it can be challenging to get your head around just how much money it’s minting [ .... ]  Read More

Power Outage - 05.19.18 or 05.20.18

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A planned outage to upgrade facilities is slated for Saturday, May 19, 2018. Inclement weather “make-up” day is Sunday, May 20, 2018. The outage will occur from 08:00 am to 2:00 pm. Approximately 2415 customers will be affected in the vicinity of Gassaway Rd, WV HWY 18, WV Route 18, and US HWY 33 in Coxs Mill, Glenville, Normantown, and Troy, WV. Affected customers will receive the following automated call to the phone number associated with their account of record:

Hello. This message is from Mon Power.  On Saturday, May 19, 2018, there will be a planned power outage to upgrade facilities.  The outage will affect customers in the vicinity of Gassaway Rd, WV HWY 18, WV Route 18, and US HWY 33 in Coxs Mill, Glenville, Normantown, and Troy, WV.  If you are receiving this message, you will experience a service interruption from approximately 08:00 am to 2:00 pm.  In the event of inclement weather the planned outage will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2018. If you have any questions please call: 800.686.0022. Mon Power thanks you for your patience and understanding while we perform this work to improve your electric service reliability.

Gilmer County Recreation Center: Pancake Breakfast - 05.20.18

The Gilmer Free Press

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast


The Gilmer County Recreation Facility

Fundraiser for the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Centers

When: May 20, 2018 (Sunday)

Price: $8.00 Adults

$5.00 Children under 10 years

Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Buckwheat or Regular Pancakes

Scrambled Eggs


Sausage Links

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Fried Potatoes

Homemade Biscuit


Beverages: Coffee, Water, Orange Juice or Milk

Location: From the stoplight, take WV Highway 5 West towards Grantsville for
.1 miles and turn right on Sycamore Run Road for .5 miles.
Make a left at the Golf Course intersection and proceed up the hill to
the Recreation Center

If you get lost, follow the crowd

Support a good cause and enjoy the food and the visit with your
friends and neighbors!!!!

Gilmer County Assessor’s Public Notice

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May Is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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GCHS Cheerleading Bingo - 06.01.18

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The Gilmer County Varsity cheerleaders are hosting a Mix It Up Bingo on June 1st at the Gilmer County Recreation Center.

Case Knives, Thirty-one, Amish Baskets and Primitive Décor.

Doors open at 5, games start at 6.  21st game, Silent Auctions, raffles, and concessions will also be available.

For more information contact Mary Beth at 304.364.5768.

Falls Mill Paddle - 06.02.18

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Hooked on Fishing Derby - 06.09.18

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Golf Outing - 06.16.18

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SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class - 06.23.18

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Track & Running Camp at Gilmer Public Library

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Preschool/Kindergarten Enrollment

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Gilmer County Desperately Needs Foster Parents

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Gilmer Public Library: Adult Journaling Sessions

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Free Meal for Gilmer County Children

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Gilmer Public Library Word Art Classes

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Reader's Comments

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

Everett Junior Williams

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Saturday, May 05, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born January 05, 1942 in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Everett and Mabel Wimer Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Charles E. Harold

The Free Press WVAge 91, a long-time resident of Glenville, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, May 03, 2018, at Cedar Grove Senior Assisted Living in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Born May 18, 1926 in Roane County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Kelley S. Harold, Sr. and Ethel G. Keen Harold [ .... ]  Read More

Helena “Jane” Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Duck, WV passed away May 02, 2018 at home. Jane was born July 02, 1954 in Gassaway, WV a daughter of the late Victor B. and Lizzie K. Dodrill Shingler [....]  Read More

Charles Emmett Davis

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Harrisville WV, passed away on Saturday April 28, 2018 at Care Haven in Belmont WV after a battle with cancer. He was born February 01, 1954, in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Emmett and Betty (Simmons) Davis [....]  Read More

Barbara Lee Crislip (nee Gay)

The Free Press WV78 years of age, passed away April 24, 2018, at Brooks House in Hiram after a long illness. Born in Weston, WV on October 08, 1939, and she was the daughter of Charles Gay and Louise (Dever) Hall [ .... ]  Read More

Michael James McLaughlin, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 91, our family’s patriarch, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  Michael was honorably discharged from the US Navel Service in 1946, moved with his family from their home in Weston, WV, to Albuquerque, NM in 1953, and retired from Sandia National Laboratories [ .... ]  Read More

Dr. B. Thomas Hutchinson

The Free Press WV Prominent eye surgeon and long-time resident of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away on April 9th, 2018 at the age of 84. Dr. Hutchinson was born in Flatwoods, West Virginia and was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard M. Hutchinson of Sutton, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Jimmie C. Robinson

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Ireland, WV passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  He was born on August 06, 1943 in Falls Mill, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Carolyn Rae “Bunky” Evans

The Free Press WV Age 75 of West Union, WV departed this life on April 28, 2018 in Salem Genesis Center. She was born on July 06, 1942 in West Union, WV a daughter of the late Howard and Edith M. Stull Friend [....]  Read More

William B. Miller, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Coolville, OH died Monday April 30, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Glenville, WV a son of the late William B. Miller, Sr. and Carice Inez (Powell) Miller [....]  Read More

Glen W. Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 68, of Chloe, WV, went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2018 after a long illness. Glen was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Dessie Tanner, brothers Gene and Dale Tanner and son Kevin Jay Tanner [....]  Read More

Rebecca “Becky” Dinsmore Glover

The Free Press WVof Jane Lew passed away at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV on April 29, 2018, with her loving husband and daughter by her side. Becky was born August 07, 1959 in Boston, MA, a daughter of the late Shelia Coxworth Dinsmore and Wiley Dinsmore of Cincinnati, OH [ .... ]  Read More

Peggy Ann Hardman

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Bridgeport, WV passed away peacefully April 30, 2018, with family by her side. She was born February 27, 1932, in Burnsville, WV to the late Glen Wiant and Opal (Peg) Marple Wiant [ .... ]  Read More

Prudence Mellissie Lambert

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Elkton, MD, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018. Born in Strange Creek, WV, on April 05, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Thomas E. and Blanch Chapman Dean [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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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

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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

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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

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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’.


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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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

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

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

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

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

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

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

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

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

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

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

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

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

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

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

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

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

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

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

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

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

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

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

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

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

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

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

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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

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

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

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

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

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

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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