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Caution With Pay-For-Prayer Calls

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged consumers to exercise caution when receiving unsolicited pay-for-prayer calls.

Those choosing to solicit consumers in such a manner have been known to utilize robocalls, websites and unsolicited email to exploit the consumer’s desire for prayer. The process typically involves a donation in exchange for prayer.

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division recently learned of the calls circulating once again in West Virginia. The caller portrays him or herself as representing the “St. Mary’s Prayer Center Ministry,” an entity having no known connection to the similarly named city of St. Marys in Pleasants County, St. Mary’s Medical Center located in Huntington or other entities elsewhere in West Virginia.

“Consumers must exercise caution with any unsolicited call,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “No matter the service or product, consumers should never provide payment or personal information to a stranger without verifying the legitimacy of the represented entity.”

The Attorney General suggests consumers follow these general tips when faced with unsolicited telephone calls, emails and other communications:

  • Do not answer an unrecognized number. Spoofing technology allows callers to misrepresent their true location by calling from what appears to be a local or in-state number.

  • Never give away financial or personal information without verifying the recipient.

  • Verify the legitimacy of a charity or organization by reviewing the Secretary of State’s website to see if it is registered to solicit donations in West Virginia. Other research can be found on websites such as www.charitynavigator.org or www.guidestar.org.

  • Contact the legitimate agency to verify its existence and double check that it is soliciting the desired information and/or donations.

Consumers with questions can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1.800.368.8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304.267.0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

Education and Military Leaders Sign Compact to Strengthen Partnership and Support Students

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) and local military representatives joined together today to resign the Common Ground Compact, reaffirming the partnership between education and the military.

Along with West Virginia Superintendent, Dr. Steven Paine representing the WVDE and State Board of Education President, David Perry, representing the WVBE, representatives from the Army, Marines, Navy, West Virginia National Guard, West Virginia Civil Air Patrol, West Virginia Veterans Council, West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc., and Prevent Suicide WV took part in the celebration today which was held in the Governor’s Reception Room at the Capitol.

The Common Ground Partnership, established in 2011, focuses on promoting mentoring, training and scholarship opportunities to all students and creating networks of people, organizations and other resources to help support military children.

“I cannot emphasize enough the important work that Common Ground is doing in West Virginia,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. “Today’s youth face unique challenges that require a whole-of-society approach to create working solutions. Through the partnerships Common Ground has created, together, we’ve been able to tackle problems head on and develop results that benefit West Virginia’s future generations.”

The Common Ground Partnership consists of the Office of Governor Justice; the WVDE, WVBE; West Virginia National Guard; West Virginia Civil Air Patrol; Prevent Suicide WV; Beckley Military Entrance Processing Command; the West Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.; West Virginia Veteran’s Council; United States Army Recruiting Battalion, Richmond, Va.; United States Army Recruiting Battalion, Columbus, Ohio; United States Army Recruiting Battalion, Barboursville, W.Va.; United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Columbus, Ohio; United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station, Frederick, Md.; and the Navy Recruiting District Pittsburgh, Pa.

“The Common Ground Partnership serves to spark important conversations between schools and the military and allows for shared resources,” Paine said. “Every Common Ground partner shares the vision of working collaboratively to support and inspire West Virginia students to become future leaders and humanitarians in their communities.”

The Common Ground Compact creates a shared role among partners to support the success of West Virginia students and to ensure our youngest citizens are career and college ready. Together partners collaborate to raise awareness about programs, opportunities, resources and information which may be used to support successful outcomes for all students and ensure easy access to available resources such as a speaker’s bureau, career and college planning resources, family support resources, student leadership opportunities, tutoring and mentoring services.

Find out more by visiting the Common Ground page of the WVDE website.

Bobcat trappers needed for home range study

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking bobcat trappers to assist with a new study in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties.

“We’re asking trappers in those counties who catch bobcats to call wildlife biologists so a research crew can place a radio collar on their animal and release it,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief for Wildlife Management. “A $100 gift card, useable at several locations, will be awarded to all trappers contributing an animal for the study.”

Animals caught and released will not count toward the trapper’s seasonal bag limit, and trappers may contribute multiple animals to the study. Researchers retain the right to refuse animals based on research needs or condition of the bobcat.

The study will help DNR refine the population model used to manage bobcats in the state and guide harvest recommendations in the future. Radio-collared bobcats will yield important data regarding home range size, habitat use and mortality factors. The study will take two trapping seasons to complete and biologists are hoping to collar 30 bobcats each season.

Upon trapping a bobcat in the targeted counties, trappers should leave the animal on site and call one of the numbers listed below during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. A research crew will be dispatched to process and release the animal. Trappers should not keep animals through the weekend or holidays, as research crews will not be available to respond.

Kirsten Belcher (West Virginia University)      304.293.0050 or 304.216.8482

Rich Rogers (WVDNR)      304.822.3551

How Can West Virginia Avoid the “Resource Curse?“

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Why do so many places rich in natural resources, like West Virginia, end up so poor?

Ted Boettner, executive director at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, has been researching what’s known as the “Resource Curse.“ He’s found most states and countries focused on mining and drilling end up growing more slowly, and their residents experience higher levels of poverty than places with more diversified economies.

Boettner said part of the reason is that investment, political power, and the smartest people tend to be accumulate almost entirely in those resource industries. And he said studies have shown that relying too heavily on a single industry leads to slow growth.

“The crowding out effect; you might have a boom and have high employment for a while, and incomes go up, earnings,” Boettner said. “But then in the bust, things are way worse off - it’s almost better that you never even did it in the first place.“

The energy industries in West Virginia have long exercised political power to keep their taxes low and state regulation lighter. They argue that as keystones of the state’s economy, they need to be allowed to act with a free hand.

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West Virginia has long struggled to deal with the environmental impacts,
and the boom-and-bust economic cycles, of the gas and coal industries.


Boettner pointed out some places with natural resources have handled it much better than others. He said Norway and Alberta, Canada have had strong enough political systems to keep their economies better balanced and to force the energy industries to protect the environment. He said there are other factors, as well.

“Transparency and accountability in government, adequate taxation of those resources; you need to mitigate the economic downturns, or the busts, with good wealth management,” he said. “That means creating a permanent trust fund, like Alaska. You also need to invest in infrastructure and education.“

The Center on Budget and Policy backed a proposal for a future fund, where part of coal and gas severance taxes go into a state savings account. Lawmakers have enacted the proposal, but it’s still largely unfunded.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

GSC PBL Students Attend New York Conference

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Three Glenville State College students and their advisor attended Phi Beta Lambda’s first annual PBL Career Connections conference in late October. PBL members Mackenzie Ammerman, Leslee Coffman, Seth Stover attended along with Associate Professor of Business and PBL advisor Kandas Queen.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. They also organize conferences for members and advisors that are designed to help members develop their business leadership, networking, career development, and social skills.

Being in New York for the conference gave the group the opportunity to tour Bloomburg headquarters and the New York City branch of Closerlook Inc., a national marketing agency. During the tours the students were able to ask questions about the two companies and discuss what it takes to work in the NYC atmosphere.

“I really enjoyed being able to go on the business tours. We got to see how what we learn in class applies in the real world. The tour was so interesting and the staff were incredibly nice. I loved Closerlook too because they showed the ins and outs of the business and how they functioned at their New York City branch,“ said Ammerman.

“I loved both businesses that we toured. It was almost like a dream to walk into Bloomberg headquarters…you see this place on TV and in the news all the time, but this time we actually got to go visit. Closerlook, the second business we visited, was very interesting as well. I learned a lot of new information from both of these places,“ said Coffman.

“The Bloomberg office was almost like a space station straight out of a sci-fi film - all of the walls were made of glass including the office spaces. It was neat to learn that Bloomberg himself has the same size office as every other worker in the building. I really liked Closerlook too because they are a business that I didn’t know could exist. They said they were interested in students who are part of PBL, which gave us a boost of confidence,” said Stover.

The students also had a chance to see the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Times Square, and the NYC Public Library during their trip to New York City.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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

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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before February 11, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Colleen Hamric Fay Hamric 1283 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Virginia Beatrice Yeager Charles Scott Yeager 945 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Bonnie Drake Harry Drake 4732 US Hwy 33E
Glenville, WV 26351
Dessie Louise Wolfe Gary Lloyd Wolfe PO Box 353
Glenville, WV 26351
Goldie M. Holmes Frankie Tomblin Jr. 242 Ridgeway Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Carol E. Kimble Elizabeth C. Dorsey
Janet L. Beach
4865 Sourth Ridge Rd, Wise, VA 24293
8496 75th Court, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Herman F. Nutter Lillian Onidee Nutter 4648 WV Hwy 5W
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 : December 13, 2018

Equipment Grant to help GSC Land Resources Students

Glenville State College has received an instrumentation grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research. The Division of Science and Research grants monies to institutions for the improvement of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in West Virginia.

Funding from the grant will be used by the Department of Land Resources to integrate mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology in forestry, land surveying, and natural resource management programs at GSC. The equipment, drones and hand-held data collectors with GPS, will be used within the department to improve the hands-on learning experiences of students, enhance learning with internet-based mapping, and aid with the visualization of geospatial data through the application of mobile GIS technology.

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Photo attached shows a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, one of the tools to be
purchased with the instrumentation grant received by Glenville State College’s Dr. Rico Gazal


Foresters, land surveyors and others in natural resource management occupations have historically used conventional mapping methods. With the advent and popularization of drones, we can now benefit from automated mapping, easier identification of boundaries, increased accuracy, and safer data collection.

“The Department of Land Resources at Glenville State College is fortunate to be awarded this grant from WV HEPC Division of Science and Research. We will be enhancing student knowledge in visualization and processing of geospatial data through the use of drone and GPS technology that allows teaching and learning to extend beyond the traditional classroom and field settings,” said Grant PI and Professor of Forestry Dr. Rico Gazal.

“Currently Dr. Gazal is Glenville State College’s most prolific grant writer and deserves recognition for his consistent success at receiving grants that support both his research and the education of our students. This grant is yet another example of Dr. Gazal’s commitment to keeping Glenville State College relevant in the field of Natural Resource Management, and for this we praise him,” read a statement from GSC’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Students enrolled in the Glenville State College Land Resources program may choose from concentrations in criminal justice, energy and land management, environmental science, forest technology, and land surveying technology. For more information about the grant and the program, contact Gazal at ‘Rico.Gazal@glenville.edu’ or .304.462.6372.

Opinion: Roger Hanshaw serving in citizen legislature for all citizens

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I have read with interest the front page article in the December 06, 2018, edition of The Charleston Gazette-Mail titled “Speaker’s gas ties put ethics in focus”.  I have been involved directly and indirectly with the West Virginia Legislature since my days as a college student some 48 years ago, and while I have been privileged to interact with any number of honorable and ethical people in government during those nearly five decades, no person is more honorable, respectful, truthful, trustworthy and ethical than our current Speaker of the House, Roger Hanshaw.

The line of reasoning set forth in the article that because Hanshaw, as a lawyer, has clients with business interests found in the natural gas industry somehow causes his position on legislation related to natural gas to somehow be tainted and unethical simply has no merit in fact or law.  Ours is a citizens’ legislature in which virtually any citizen of our state may become a legislator.  Legislative power under our state constitution and cases decided thereunder “is an attribute of sovereignty, and the exercise of that attribute is vested by the people of the state in the Senate and House of Delegates.” 

Consequently, we have teachers and public school administrators seated in our legislature who vote for legislation providing themselves with a pay raise or impacting their retirement system or adjusting their health insurance coverage.  Those public educators have a lot to do with the advancement of legislation involving education policies, but they also bring a perspective on all legislation derived from their dealings with students and parents throughout the state. 

We have engineers who are legislators.  They, as a member of a class, must vote on matters overseeing their profession but they also bring perspective on matters involving design and engineering of infrastructure projects.  Think of healthcare issues and the number of physicians and nurses who are members of the legislature and who must vote on matters that may directly affect their practice regimens.  Their perspective is very important on matters of public health.  There are countless other examples of citizen legislators who, by the very nature of the construct of a citizen legislature, vote on legislation of which they have an interest as part of a community of people with a similar interest.  It is a legislature not just of a relative few lawyers, but equal parts public educators, doctors, nurses, engineers, business owners, bankers, real estate brokers and agents, entrepreneurs, farmers, airline pilots, college students, accountants and many more.  Each bring a perspective that is reflective of personal experience and constituent desires.

Each legislator is loaded with talents, weaknesses, interests, areas of expertise and subjects about which they know much as well as next to nothing. They are a mirror image of the diverse population of our state – just as intended as formative of a citizen legislature.  Our constitution does not provide that there must be a majority of members elected from the environmental community nor from the natural gas industry, coal industry, manufacturing industry, from public education employees, lawyers nor any other subset of the state’s population.

The December 06 article would imply that the evolution of policies impacting the natural gas industry is the most major of issues with which our legislature must deal.  Not true.  Annually, one can bet that the biggest issue to contend with is that of fiscal responsibility and arriving at a balanced budget for the state.

Still, what our state does in the subject area of reasoned oversight of the natural gas industry is important.  It is important for West Virginians of all walks of life, for it is that industry that represents the current and most immediate hope for job creation, diversification of our state’s economy and growth of the state’s tax base.  It needs responsible and reasonable oversight as does any industry, but it does not need unnecessary and excessive regulation designed to prevent it from reaching the potential good it can bring West Virginia, while Ohio and Pennsylvania take advantage of essentially the same opportunity to grow their economy and generate revenues for their state which pay for vital and beneficial services for their citizens.

I conclude by leaving readers with the thought that Roger Hanshaw is highly respected by members of the legislature from both political parties, that he cares little about party affiliation in contrast to finding solutions to our state’s problems, that he is educated in both science and the law, that his decisions are based on careful considerations of facts not hyperbole, that he treats everyone with equal importance and respect, that his work ethic is second to no other and his intellectual capacity to deal with and proffer solutions to issues which come before the legislature is nothing short of remarkable.  All of West Virginia, regardless of party affiliation, should be confident that he has no ethical shortcoming and to insinuate otherwise is intellectually dishonest to the newspaper’s readers.

~~  Philip Reale is an attorney and government affairs consultant ~~

Jeanette Riffle: Why We Celebrate Christmas

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I’m glad that we were taken to church as babies.  Like I have said before, I can remember my Warner grandparents, on Mom’s side, carrying me into the Methodist church at Crooked Run, when Dad was off fighting in WW 11 and then when he came back, Mom, Dad and I went to the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Stumptown, WV.  We rode with my grandmother Stewart, because Dad didn’t get a car until I was about five years old. When I was old enough to go in a class of my own, I loved hearing those old testament Bible stories and then at Christmas time, the story of baby Jesus being born in a manager. The first teacher I remember was Bess Moore, a neighbor lady of ours. Our parents and Grandmother Stewart on Dad’s side made sure that my brothers and I understood the true meaning of Christmas each year.

There was always so much excitement as Christmas morning drew near. Mom and Dad had ordered things from catalogs and Dad went to every country store nearby and bought lots of candy, nuts to crack, oranges and gifts. He bought chocolate drops, chocolate covered raisins and peanuts, coconut candy and a little of everything they had.  Mom made her peanut butter and chocolate fudge.  She would buy up chocolate covered cherries and hide them before Christmas. I found a box one time in the junk room, at the bottom of a pile of clothes, old quilts and things on the closet floor.  I ate one and it was too rich for me. That’s all I wanted for that time. I never could eat more than one or two of those.  My husband just loves them.

My parents both went through the Great Depression and they really appreciated having plenty of food.  Mom didn’t get enough candy and she told of pinching the lumps out of the brown sugar bag. She said she knew they wouldn’t miss that. Dad said he ate turnips one whole winter with potatoes, beans and cornbread. He still liked turnips, though. There were six kids in his family and he said they would hang up a stocking and the next morning it had been filled with an orange, an apple, nuts and some candy and that was Christmas, so Mom and Dad relived their childhood by providing all they could for the four of us kids. They wanted us to have it better than they did.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

Hanshaw announces key members of leadership team

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House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, announced Monday three members of his leadership team for the upcoming Legislature.

Taylor County Delegate Amy Summers will become the next majority leader, Delegate Kayla Kessinger of Fayette County will be the next assistant majority leader and Jefferson County Delegate Paul Espinosa will serve as majority whip.

“Republican leadership has made great strides to improve our state since taking over the Legislature in 2015, and now I’m looking to assemble a team of people that can build on that foundation and take us to a new level of prosperity,” Hanshaw said in a statement. “Amy, Kayla and Paul are committed to moving our state forward, and have shown repeatedly over the last few years that they have the energy, passion and command of the issues to help effectively lead our caucus in the coming years.”

Summers, first elected in 2014, will become the first Republican woman to serve as majority leader of the House. She currently serves as vice chairwoman of the House Health and Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Judiciary and Political Subdivisions committees.

Kessinger, also first elected in 2014, is vice chairman of the Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and is a member of the Energy, Judiciary, Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security committees.

Kessinger was the second-youngest member of the state Legislature when she was elected.

Espinosa, first elected in 2012, is the chairman of the House Education Committee, and also serves on the Finance, House Rules, Roads and Transportation and Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development committees.

Hanshaw said in a press release more leadership positions and committee appointments will be announced “in the coming days.”

Delegate Roger Hanshaw elected as 58th Speaker of the House of Delegates

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The House of Delegates today elected Delegate Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, as the 58th Speaker of the West Virginia House.

Speaker Hanshaw succeeds former Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, who resigned last week. He becomes just the second Republican to serve as leader of the House of Delegates since the current state Capitol was built in the 1930s.

“With great humility, I accept this opportunity to help make West Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Speaker Hanshaw said. “We have made great strides in the past four years under Speaker Armstead’s leadership, and I hope to build on that foundation so we can continue to improve our economy, inspire business investment and help create jobs for all West Virginians.”

Speaker Hanshaw, 38, is currently serving in his second term in the House of Delegates. The Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he also serves as Chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Flooding.

Speaker Hanshaw is a Clay County native and graduate of Clay County High School. According to the Legislature’s Office of Reference and Information, Speaker Hanshaw is just the second Clay County resident elected to an officer position in the Legislature, the other being J.M. Dorsey, who was elected Senate Doorkeeper in 1905 and 1913.

After earning an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, Speaker Hanshaw earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

“I earned my chemistry degree fully intending to return home to work in Kanawha Valley’s once-thriving chemical industry,” Speaker Hanshaw said. “But once I graduated, I came home to find out the job I wanted had been transferred overseas to India. That experience has fueled my passion to work hard every day to make sure that every West Virginian who wants to stay here, work and raise a family has the opportunity to do so.”

After graduating with his chemistry degree, Speaker Hanshaw returned to WVU, where he graduated with a J.D. from the College of Law and now works as an attorney in Charleston.

During his time at Clay County High, Speaker Hanshaw was an active member of the Future Farmers of America, where he began learning about parliamentary procedure. He is now a professional registered parliamentarian and certified professional parliamentarian, and travels the country to counsel government bodies and nonprofit organizations. He recently served as National Parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Roger over the past four years on the Judiciary Committee, and his intelligence, decisiveness, work ethic and humble demeanor have earned him the respect of members on both sides of the aisle,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, who formally nominated Hanshaw for Speaker. “I can think of no better person to lead this House as we continue to work to move West Virginia forward.”

Speaker Hanshaw lives in Wallback with his wife Kirsten and daughters Kathryn and Rebecca.

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WV Legislative Update

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In case you’re counting, we’re less than two weeks until Christmas.  I can’t predict whether it will be a white, snow-covered Christmas, but I do know that as I write on Sunday afternoon about an hour south of central West Virginia, the southern mountains of West Virginia and the Carolinas are getting hammered with a major snow storm.  A few legislators from the region were unable to make it to Charleston due to the heavy snow.

In recent years, when I hook up the snow blower on the front of the old, trusty Gravely tractor, we don’t get enough snow to use it.  So, regardless of what the weather holds for this winter, I’ll be a prepared as possible.

Last week, the nation paused to honor and remember our forty-first President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.  The many remembrances hearkened back to the Greatest Generation of WW II: family values; service over self; and a humble spirit; a priority to pursue bipartisanship, consensus and compromise – the true definition of statesmanship.  Let’s hope and pray all our leaders in Washington can reclaim and return to a time that everyone puts the needs of our nation first and lays partisanship off to the side.

Shortly, I’ll be departing for the Capitol for December interim meetings, Sunday afternoon through Tuesday.  As has been my practice for years, I always include the interim schedule of meetings in this column to better inform you, the readers.  Unfortunately, in recent years, the House and Senate leaders have not approved the interim schedule in sufficient time for members to review the schedule thoroughly.  It also has hindered my effort for its inclusion in my column.  I have discussed this totally avoidable delay with the former leadership and will also take this up with Speaker Hanshaw later this week.

Also, what is thought to be the final meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education will take place this Thursday afternoon.  Unfortunately, it will again be held via telephone instead of in-person.  I launched into this gubernatorial select committee appointment with high expectations.  However, it has sadly turned into something akin to a backyard brawl, fighting over $10 million in money that, at this point, has not been identified and therefore not available for appropriation.  While I certainly support restoring the years of cuts to our colleges and universities, we need to get a better handle on the certainty of a fiscal year-end surplus, and in what amount.  And I certainly do not support any recommendation of the commission that does not restore funding to Glenville State College in an amount that is commensurate with the other regional colleges and universities.  Regardless of the final report, the decision will fall to the Legislature in January as the budget is prepared for the next fiscal year.

Last week, the House majority party held their caucus and re-nominated current House Speaker Roger Hanshaw.  Today, the Senate majority and House and Senate minority will caucus separately to nominate their respective candidates to lead the House and Senate.  In reality, the majority party always has a lock on who will lead the Senate and House.  The formal vote of the entire House and Senate will not take place until January, when the inevitable results will be official.  If there was ever a time in recent years to put aside partisanship, I hope the new speaker can calm the waters and listen intently to concerns of all members, regardless of party.

Finally, I hope you’ve taken time to attend one or more of our local Christmas parades.  The towns of Sutton, Gassaway, Burnsville and Glenville had great community Christmas events.  The town of Flatwoods will round out the Christmas Parade schedule this Saturday evening.  These are great events that bring together our citizens in the spirit of the holiday season.  Thank you to all that work so hard to make our communities family-friendly and welcoming.  My special thanks to the Town of Burnsville for the honor of serving as their Christmas Parade Grand Marshall and lighting the community Christmas tree.  Along with the big crowd in attendance, it was a chilly but beautiful evening that reminded all why we celebrate Christmas and how we are blessed to live here in central West Virginia.

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

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

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

Major Setbacks for Controversial Fracked-Gas Pipelines

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The Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which have triggered growing opposition and controversy across Virginia and beyond this year, were both dealt major legal setbacks today.

On the Mountain Valley project, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and the state Department of Environmental Quality filed a lawsuit against Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, based on repeated violations of state water laws. The complaint says that DEQ and third-party inspectors observed multiple violations in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, and Roanoke counties related to erosion and sediment control failures during construction of the project this spring and summer, including unpermitted discharges into surface waters.

According to the Attorney General’s press release, DEQ Director David Paylor has promised the agency will “pursue the full course of action necessary to enforce Virginia’s environmental standards and to protect our natural resources,” but the announcement makes no mention whether DEQ will issue a stop work order to MVP.

On the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit stayed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s revised permit (called a Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement) which would have allowed Dominion Energy to construct the pipeline through habitat identified as critical for certain threatened or endangered species.

The same court struck down the original permit issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service in an August 6 opinion.

Following the court order this morning, Dominion filed notice with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it is suspending all construction activity along the entirety of the 600-mile route (except as needed for safety and to prevent environmental damage).


Peter Anderson, Appalachian Voices, Virginia Program Manager:

“The Attorney General and DEQ should be commended for enforcing Virginia’s clean water laws, but this reinforces what opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have said all along—it is impossible to build this pipeline in compliance with water quality laws. We remain extremely disappointed that Virginia approved the MVP in the first place. We saw this coming.

As for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the court’s decision is a strong rebuke of attempts by both Dominion and the Trump administration to ram this project through.

We firmly believe that stop work orders should be issued immediately for both pipelines.” 


Lara Mack, Appalachian Voices, Virginia Field Coordinator:

“Gratitude goes first and foremost to the many landowners and volunteers who have monitored construction on the MVP for the last seven months and documented dozens of violations. We’re thankful that state officials have finally gotten serious about enforcement, but if it hadn’t been for those volunteers, we may not have seen this action. Because the agency has been so ill-prepared for these projects, there are scores of volunteers ready to do the same monitoring if the ACP begins construction.”

West Virginia’s 2018 fall turkey harvest up 28 percent

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West Virginia turkey hunters harvested 1,215 birds during the fall season, according to the Division of Natural Resources. That’s an increase of 28 percent above the 2017 season, and only 4 percent below the five-year average.

“Even with the incredibly wet summer we had this year, poult production was up from last year,” said Mike Peters, DNR game bird biologist. “That was a good indication fall harvest would also be up, as was predicted in the 2018 West Virginia Mast Survey and Hunter Outlook.”

Two main factors contributed to the improved harvest numbers, according to Peters. Brood production was up from last year and mast conditions were slightly below the long-term average. Poor mast conditions will concentrate birds and make it easier for hunters to bag a bird. The uptick in harvest from last year could also be attributed to the increase in hunting opportunity.

“It’s the third year all 55 counties had at least a one-week season, but it’s the first year that Sunday hunting was permitted in all 55 counties on both private and public land,” Peters said.

Leading the state was Randolph County, with hunters harvesting 76 birds, followed by Nicholas (68), Greenbrier (65), Upshur (58), and Preston County (54). The top three counties had a four-week season with Upshur and Preston County having a two-week season. District 3 hunters harvested 319 birds, followed by District 1 (232), District 4 (230), District 2 (168), District 6 (149), and District 5 (117).

Fall West Virginia turkey harvest numbers are listed in the table below:

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Iris Rosetta Smith

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Rock Cave, WV passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the home of her daughter. She was born on November 13, 1925, at Queens, a daughter of the late Clemer and Millie Poling Snyder [ .... ]  Read More

Emma Jean Lipscomb

The Free Press WV Age 73, Central Station Community, West Union, WV, departed this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at her residence. She was born on March 04, 1945 a daughter of the late June Ray and Martha Butcher Eakle [....]  Read More

Helen Hamilton

The Free Press WVAge 90, a long-time resident of Grantsville, WV, passed away Wednesday, December 12, 2018, in the memory care cottage of Spring Arbor of Fredericksburg, VA. Helen was born November 12, 1928, the daughter of the late Dallas R. and Gene Hope Kight [ .... ]  Read More

William Russell “Wild Bill” Cottrill

The Free Press WV Got on his dozer and headed off to Heaven on December 14, 2018 at 6:15 AM at his residence where he wanted to be. He was born April 23, 1955 at Shock, (Gilmer County) WV, to the late Russell Cottrill and Violet Howes Cottrill [....]  Read More

Mona M. Riddle

The Free Press WV Age 98, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Carehaven of Pleasants County. She was born on July 14, 1920, in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late Ed and Ella Carder Ross [....]  Read More

Kelly Elaine James Osborne

The Free Press WVOn December 13, 2018 at 11:45 a.m., God called home one of the bravest souls on Earth. At age 37, of Weston, WV passed away from complications of surgery at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends.  [ .... ]  Read More

Karla Marie Snyder Reed

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Friday, December 14, 2018, at her home. She was born March 30, 1959, in Elyria, OH, a daughter of the late Mason Carl and Betty Burnside Snyder [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Annabelle Thompson

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Bendale Road, Weston, WV passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018, at her home. She was born on September 26, 1924, in Lewis County, WV, a daughter of the late Harry S. and Lorraine Hughes Bee [ .... ]  Read More

William Franklin (Bill) Wiant

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Beckley, West Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2018, at Charleston Area Medical Center General as a result of an accidental fall on December 05, 2018, at his residence. Bill was born January 10, 1928, in Burnsville, WV, to the late Peggy Marple Wiant and Glenn Wiant [ .... ]  Read More

Wade Hubert Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Exchange, WV, passed away December 08, 2018, at his residence. He was born on February 19, 1928 in Orma, WV and was the son of Alpha B. Carpenter Sr. and Susie Rebecca White Carpenter [....]  Read More

Loretta “Sharon” (Harris) Hudkins

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Sutton, WV gained her wings on December 11, 2018, with her family by her side at home, after battling Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsons. She was born on December 01, 1944 at High Knob, WV to the late Karl Dexter & Angelia Mae (Gregory) Harris [ .... ]  Read More

William E. “Bill” James

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 09, 2018 at home, with family and his beloved dog “SugarBear” at his side [ .... ]  Read More

Ivy Von Yoak

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Grantsville, WV, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, surrounded by his family [ .... ]  Read More

Marium Pletcher

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Gassaway, WV passed away December 10, 2018 with a steadfast faith and love for her Lord Jesus Christ. She was born in Weston, WV to the late Ralph Jason Hugh and Lola Mary Jarvis Pletcher on August 18, 1924 [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth R. Lawlis

The Free Press WVA life-long resident of Salem, WV, passed away peacefully at the Salem Center Nursing and Rehabilitation facility on December 11, 2018.  She was 95 years of age. Mrs. Lawlis was born in Joseph Mills, WV, on November 19, 1923 [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Wayne Smarr

The Free Press WVAge 53 of Glenville, WV; departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born April 23, 1965 in Braxton County, WV, son of Dora Reed Smarr of Glenville, and the late Murl Junior Smarr [ .... ]  Read More

Della Mae Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Sutton WV went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 10, 2018 at CAMC General Hospital, Charleston, WV. She was born March 09, 1932 in Sutton, the daughter of the late John Wesley & Cora Bell Gibson Knight [ .... ]  Read More

Alma Grace Minney

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Parkersburg, WV and Grantsville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 08. 2018. She was born at Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Orville and Edna Sprouse Smith [....]  Read More

D. Max Dodd

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) departed this life on Monday, December 10, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV. Max was born August 04, 1935 in Pennsboro, WV (Beason Community) a son of the late Burl and Evelyn (Lamm) Dodd [....]  Read More

Earl Cleo Peters

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Burnsville, WV passed away at 2:20 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 following an extended stay at Genesis Glenville Center. He was born in Sand Fork, WV on April 08, 1926 the son of the late Albert and Dorothy McHenry Peters [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Hill Worstell

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Vienna, WV, passed away December 8th at Cedar Grove Assisted Living in Parkersburg after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ruth was born March 12, 1928 in Greenwood, WV a daughter of the late Dorsey and Georgia (Starkey) Hill [....]  Read More

Eliza “Ike” Bell Vankirk

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Pricetown, WV went home to be with her Lord at 4:14 PM on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Facility in Buckhannon. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 21, 1938 a daughter of the late Raymond Cecil and Bessie Margarete Riffle Goldsmith [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Marlene Vineyard

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away Wednesday December 05, 2018 at Roane General Hospital after an extended illness. She was born in Clay County, West Virginia on March 11, 1938 [ .... ]  Read More

James Lee Hakes

The Free Press WVAge 50, of Grantsville, WV passed away Sunday December 02, 2018 at his home from a long-term illness. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 20, 1968 [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Joyce “Joy” Bush

The Free Press WVPassed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Joy was born in Calhoun County, WV, on July 08, 1940, to the late C.O. Malona and Catherine R. Westfall Malona [ .... ]  Read More

Seymour Settle

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Newark, WV departed this life December 01, 2018. He was the son of the late Otho and Goldie Campbell Settle of Apple Farm, WV [....]  Read More

William H. “John” Lytle

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Frametown, WV, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at Clay Health Care Center, Clay. He was born September 23, 1927 in Wire Bridge, WV the son of the late William Richard & Susie Triplett Lytle [ .... ]  Read More

Aubrey Matthew Blake

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Horne, WVr passed away surrounded by loving family at 4:33 PM on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in Weston, WV on May 27, 1944 a son of the late Richard Arthur and Elsie Bell Conrad Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Milton J. Hughes

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Gassaway, WV, passed away December 06, 2018 at home. He was born January 21, 1938 in Wilsie, WV a son of the late Jasper and Pauline Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Ezra James “Jim” Waugh

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Homeland Addition Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday, December 06, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Upshur County, WV on January 09, 1929: son of the late Ezra James Waugh and Lucetta C. (Gregory) Waugh [ .... ]  Read More

Lacy ‘Brooks’ Norman

The Free Press WVAge 82, of New River, Arizona passed away suddenly on November 25, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Born in Shock, West Virginia, he was the eldest son to Escue and Edna (Lambert) Norman [ .... ]  Read More

John Wayne Norvell Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Napier, WV passed away Wednesday, December 05, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was born on November 11, 1942 [....]  Read More

Donna C. Carroll

The Free Press WV Age 54, of Sutton, WV passed away November 19, 2018. She was born November 19, 1964 in Sutton, WV a daughter of Dorsey Jackson of Little Birch and the late Carol Ann Rhodes Jackson [....]  Read More

Carol Emma Rollyson

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Sutton,WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston. She was born December 25, 1953 in Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Robert Paul and Helen June Warner Goldsmith [ .... ]  Read More

Russell Eugene Sparks

The Free Press WV Age 73 of Waverly, WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born March 25, 1945 in Ritchie County, WV son of the late Clifford and Lula Beryl Newland Spark [....]  Read More

Juanita Cheuvront

The Free Press WVAge 104, of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 04, 2018 at Cedar Grove Nursing Home. She was born September 25, 1914 in Calhoun County, WV to the late Stephen and Hattie Poling Crawford [ .... ]  Read More

Betty E. Shaver Maditz

The Free Press WV of Spelter, WV and Big Flint communities passed away on December 04, 2018 at Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville after a brief battle of cancer. She was born on April 30, 1929 in Monongah, WV to the late Paul and Lucy Lambert Shaver [....]  Read More

Rachel Oleta Jones

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on November 30, 2018 at her home. She was born in Grantsville, WV on May 25, 1952, a daughter of the late Homer James and Gladys Cottrell Jones [....]  Read More

Fourest W. Bunch

The Free Press WV 100 years old, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 03, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville. Fourest was born Jan. 10, 1918 in Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late John and Opal (Dotson) Bunch [....]  Read More

Ernest Ray Hathaway, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Parkersburg, WV received his Creator’s call on December 3rd at 7:10 AM at his residence, surrounded by the family that loved him. Ern was born December 22, 1946 at the home place on Phillips Run Grantsville, WV, to Orvan “Todd” and Eulanee (Stump) Hathaway [....]  Read More

Franklin E. Sandy

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Spencer, WV, passed away on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 at Roane General Hospital. He was born June 27, 1932, in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Charles and Thelma Murphy Sandy [....]  Read More

Willard Holmes McCloy

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Parkersburg, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 01, 2018, at Cedar Grove Personal Care Home in Parkersburg, WV. Willard was born November 13, 1934 at home in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late William and Mary Olive (Reed) McCloy [ .... ]  Read More

Alma Lee Taylor (Turner)

The Free Press WVPassed away December 02, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis Count, WV on July 24, 1940: daughter of the late Hobert R. Turner and Tyrecy (Williams) Turner [ .... ]  Read More

Mildred Kathleen Fenn

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Sutton, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, December 02, 2018 at Charleston General Hospital, Charleston, WV. She was born February 27, 1929 in Sutton, WV to the late Ernie & Evelyn Miller Foster [....]  Read More

Bernard E. Wince

The Free Press WV Age 91, of St. Marys, WV, departed this life on Saturday, December 01, 2018, at Marietta Center in Marietta, OH. Bernard was born November 16, 1927 in Ritchie County, WV (Finch Community) a son of the late William E. and Ore Jane (Williamson) Wince [....]  Read More

Ethan Glen Poole

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV, went to be with our Lord November 29, 2018, following a brief stay at Camden Clark Medical Center. Ethan was born on Buck Run in Ritchie County, WV, March 11, 1935 [ .... ]  Read More

Janet Marie (Hutchins) Fouss

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Belpre, OH, passed away November 23, 2018, in the Marietta Center. She was born September 25, 1940, in Palestine, WV, a daughter of the late Chester Leroy and Margaret Cintilla (Sheppard) Hutchins [....]  Read More

Beverly Ann “Bev” Legg (Dodrill)

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sutton, West Virginia, was called home to be with the Lord on November 28th, 2018. The daughter of the late Wanda Lee Dodrill, Beverly was born in Gallipolis, Ohio on August 10, 1951 [ .... ]  Read More

Lessie Lee Jones-Pridemore

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV. Lessie was born May 10, 1931 in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Ralph and Iva (Scadden) Jones [ .... ]  Read More

Jean M. Given

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Frametown, WV passed away November 29, 2018 at Clay Health Care Center, Big Otter. She was born January 19, 1935 in Morgantown, WV a daughter of the late Otto and Aretta Stewart Given [....]  Read More

Vivian Darlene (Kuhl) Strader

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Berkeley Springs, WV, went to be with the Lord on November 27, 2018. She was born on October 11, 1936, in Burnsville, WV, to Minnie B. (Spaur) and Cecil Dan Kuhl [ .... ]  Read More

Lulu Elaine Sprouse Morris

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Cox’s Mills, WV, formerly of Normantown, WV,  went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her residence on Garfield Run Road with her loving husband and daughters by her side. She was born February 24, 1936 in Lockney, WV, daughter of the late Edgar Lytle & Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Edward Durgett

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Spruce Run Road, Glenville, WV; formerly of New Jersey, departed this life in the early morning hours of Friday, November 30, 2018 at his home with his living wife by his side. He was born March 14, 1947 in Waldwick, NJ; son of the late William and Margaret Zurawski Durgett [....]  Read More

Steven “Dude” Douglas Malson

The Free Press WVAge 69 of Belpre, OH, died November 28, 2018 at his residence. He was born December 12, 1948 in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Thomas and Mabel Louise Shields Malson [ .... ]  Read More

Jackie Lee Walker

The Free Press WV Age 73, of Big Springs, WV passed away November 28, 2018 at his home. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on December 04, 1944, a son of the late Olga and Russell Ferrell and the late Carl Walker [....]  Read More

Roland “Jake” Keith Sigman

The Free Press WVof Birch River, WV passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Summersville Regional Medical Center. He was born April 22, 1941 at Charleston, WV to the late Verl Sigman and Martha (Frame) Sigman [ .... ]  Read More

Gregory Kent Holden II

The Free Press WV Age 34 of Dogwood Lane West Union, WV departed this life on Sunday, November 25, 2018.  He was born on November 20, 1984 in Clarksburg, WV a son of Gregory Kent Holden I of Vienna and Susan Diane Jackson O’Neil of Bradenton, FL [....]  Read More

Robert (Bob) Clarence Richards

The Free Press WVOn November 25th, 2018, heaven gained a new angel, Robert (Bob) Clarence Richards.  Bob was born on July 13, 1933 in Gilmer County, WV to the late Clarence and Bernice Richards [ .... ]  Read More

William “Bill” Low Swisher, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Pennsboro, WV passed away November 25, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born January 19, 1925 in Doddridge County, WV to the late Melburn Eugene and Lulu Desel Davis Swisher [ .... ]  Read More

Gary Eugene Layne

The Free Press WV Age 54, of Glenville, WV went Home to be with the Lord at 7:25 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in Weston, WV on April 02, 1964 to Sharon Yvonne Layne Riffle [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

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

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

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

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

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

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

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

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

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

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

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

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

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

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

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

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

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

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

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

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

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

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

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

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

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

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

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

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

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

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

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

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

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

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Accountability, you say?

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

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

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

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

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

By New Start on 08.22.2018

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

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