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Director of International Programs at GSC Visits China

Glenville State College Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs Dr. Megan Gibbons recently spent time in China as part of the Confucius Institute of West Virginia University which hosted a delegation of education administrators from the Mountain State. The group consisted of four representatives from primary schools, three from middle and high schools, and three from colleges and universities who were invited to participate in the twelve-day visit. The trip was designed to explore possible collaborations between educational institutions in West Virginia and in China and to allow the representatives to learn firsthand about Chinese culture through language, art, history, food, geography, and more.

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Dr. Megan Gibbons with students from Huidi 1st Primary School

Gibbons had the opportunity to visit five educational institutions including two universities, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics and Tianjin University of Science and Technology. While visiting these universities, she was able to discuss the possibility of arranging faculty/student exchanges, as well as developing virtual exchange opportunities through GSC’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Program with university officials.

The group was also able to take part in cultural sightseeing at The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Tianjin Museum, Tianjin Art Museum, Jin Mai Tower in Shanghai, and a night cruise on the Huangpujiang River in Shanghai.

“Everything about this trip was memorable from Shanghai’s magnificent illuminated nighttime skyline to the Confucius Institute Headquarters’ interactive displays about Chinese paper cutting and the Peking Opera. Tianjin surprised us with its understated beauty and with its parks full of choral groups, ballroom dancers, and practitioners of tai chi. The food was plentiful and delicious even if our chopstick skills never quite mastered those never-ending noodles. The people we met – professors, administrators, teachers, students, tour guides, even strangers in the streets – were welcoming and kind,” said Gibbons.

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Members of the West Virginia delegation enjoying a night cruise on the Huangpujiang River in Shanghai


A highlight of the trip came when musicians in the National Band of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics performed a special arrangement of Take me Home, Country Roads (one of West Virginia’s official state songs) for the group on traditional Chinese instruments. Elementary student also sang songs, performed dances, and offered the delegation hand-made gifts of paper fans and sculptures.

GSC students who are interested in studying abroad in China should contact Gibbons in the Office of International Programs at or 304.462.6321.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers Now Available

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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers are now available in all 55 counties in West Virginia. Vouchers are distributed by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrient (SFMN) Program. Vouchers can be exchanged for fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs from farmers markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. Eligible seniors over the age of 60 can sign up at their local senior centers. SFMN vouchers are distributed to seniors who meet certain requirements.

“Having access to fresh, healthy foods is important to any diet” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “These vouchers allow our seniors to purchase foods that they may not be able to afford otherwise. We want seniors who are on a fixed income to have access to these products.”

In 2017, the WVDA and its partners distributed a total of 16,655 vouchers to seniors in West Virginia. A total of 329 farmers participated in the program by accepting the vouchers. West Virginia has one of the highest redemption rates in the country at 88 percent. The national redemption rate is 82 percent.

“This is a win-win for our seniors and farmers. The program helps expand market opportunities for farmers while providing additional access to produce. The SFMN program is good health for our seniors and the West Virginia economy,” Leonhardt said.

For the list of farmers markets accepting vouchers, please click here

For list of participating senior citizen centers, please click here

WV Legislative Update

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First, I hope all the fathers enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day last Sunday.  While Justin and his family are on vacation this week, Jessica surprising me by coming in for Father’s Day weekend from South Carolina.  It’s always a sad time when the kids leave, whether they’re heading back to Putnam County or South Carolina, but it was great to have her home.  It was equally a joy to be able to spend Father’s Day with my dad.  What a wonderful blessing and a wonderful weekend.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, past and present, and to the families that love and appreciate them.

A couple weeks ago, I was informed by Centralia area residents of information that painted a bleak picture for the future for the Bakers Run campground, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  In meeting with campers, volunteers and local residents on-site, the campground looks great and enjoys lots of enthusiastic support.  Everyone wants to make certain that seasonal closure does not turn into permanent closure.  We’ve already lost Mill Creek and Brock Run over the years and Sutton Lake certainly warrants both campgrounds. 

In a call I received from the Huntington headquarters late last week, the explanation was provided that the President’s proposed budget made major budget cuts in COE recreation projects across the country, with the Huntington District being cut by $3 million.  Apparently, this cut has placed Bakers Run at risk.  He also pointed out that no final decision had been made.

While the proposed federal budget makes proposed cuts, it is solely up to Congressional action, as they alone possess the power of the purse in actually determine spending priorities.  While the facility is federal property over which the State has no jurisdiction, it plays an important role in recreation and tourism for our Braxton County and central West Virginia tourism.  Furthermore, volunteers do the bulk of maintenance and upkeep with the Corps having cut back on needed upgrades that could help cultivate increased usage.  For instance, additional full hookup spots are needed to meet the needs of today’s campers; implementation of a system that is in place at other campgrounds to accept reservations; and some much needed maintenance equipment.  These items would go a long way to boost usage.  Additionally, three businesses depend on the campground.

I contacted Senator Manchin and have also communicated with his staff in DC and Charleston multiple times in the last week.  I appreciate the strong intervention of both Senator Manchin and Senator Capito in communicating their concerns to Huntington District officials on behalf of keeping Bakers Run open.  Senator Manchin also had contacted the Office of Management and Budget in addition to the Corps of Engineers.

Let’s not rest until we get a firm commitment to keep Bakers Run open for future generations to enjoy.  It needs a funding commitment that will provide a level playing field for maintenance and improvements that will keep the dedicated long-time campers and to attract a new generation of camping families that can discover and enjoy what this beautiful campground, Sutton Lake and Elk River has to offer.

Finally, Interim legislative meetings for June will be held next Sunday through Tuesday, June 24 – 26.  Here is the schedule of meetings, subject to change:

Sunday, June 24, 2018

1:00 PM           Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care - House Finance

1:00 PM           Agriculture and Rural Development - Senate Finance

2:00 PM           Joint Commission on Economic Development - House Gov. Org.

2:00 PM           Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development - House Gov. Org.

2:00 PM           Joint Committee on Children and Families - Senate Judiciary

3:00 PM           Commission on Special Investigations - Senate Finance

3:00 PM           Select Committee on Infrastructure - Senate Judiciary

4:00 PM           Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority - House Gov. Org.

4:00 PM           Post Audits Subcommittee - Senate Finance

5:00 PM           Select Committee on Veterans’ Affairs - House Gov. Org.

5:00 PM           Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Dept. of Transportation Accountability - House Chamber

6:00 PM           Commission on Interstate Cooperation - House Judiciary

Monday, June 25, 2018

10:00 AM         Joint Standing Committee on Finance - House Chamber

10:00 AM         Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary - House Gov. Org.

11:00 AM         Joint Standing Committee on Energy - House Chamber

11:00 AM         Joint Standing Committee on Finance - House Chamber

1:00 PM           Joint Committee on Health - House Chamber

1:00 PM           Joint Standing Committee on Energy - House Gov. Org.

3:00 PM           Joint Committee on Government Operations - House Chamber

3:00 PM           Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization - House Chamber

3:00 PM           Joint Standing Committee on Education - House Gov. Org.

5:00 PM           Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability - House Gov. Org.

5:00 PM           Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability - Senate Finance

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

9:00 AM           Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Subcommittee - House Gov. Org.

9:00 AM           Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding - Senate Judiciary

11:00 AM         Forest Management Review Commission - House Gov. Org.

11:00 AM         Joint Government Accountability, Transparency and Efficiency Committee - Senate Judiciary

12:00 PM         Joint Committee on Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services - House Gov. Org.

2:00 PM           Joint Committee on Government and Finance - Senate Finance

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.

Emails Suggest Political Interference in Feds Ending Mining-Health Study

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New evidence suggests political pressure had a role in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s sudden cancellation of a major study on the health impacts of mountaintop-removal mining.

According to a newly released Inspector General’s letter to Congress, the Interior Department had no clear reason for ending the research a year ago.

But email messages obtained by writer Jimmy Tobias at the magazine Pacific Standard show a political appointee pushed for the cancellation after meeting with industry lobbyists.

At the time, the agency cited the cost of the study. To Tobias, that’s starting to look like an excuse.

“At least not yet, there’s no smoking gun,“ he said. “But I think the evidence is mounting that this was a political decision and that potentially, it was made to benefit the mining industry.“

The official has not responded to questions from Tobias or other reporters. The study began after a West Virginia University researcher found higher rates of cancer, birth defects and other illnesses in people living near the large strip mines.

Tobias also gained access to records that showed who met with the Trump appointee who pushed to end the study. He counted more than ten times as many visits with industry representatives as with citizens or conservation groups.

“There was a pretty massive discrepancy, I would say,“ Tobias said. “More than 120 meetings with industry groups, oil and gas industry, the mining industry, lobbyists; whereas I counted fewer than ten meetings with conservation groups.“

About $1 million had been budgeted for the study. According to the Inspector General, nearly half of that went to waste when the Interior Department canceled the research before it was finished.

~~  Dan Hayman ~~

DNR Warns: Leave young wildlife alone

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Spring provides many opportunities to see fawns, cubs and other young animals, but the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind people that young wildlife should be left alone.

“You should exercise extreme caution and keep a safe distance if you encounter young wildlife,” said Tyler Evans, a wildlife biologist stationed at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in Upshur County. “And it is especially important that the public understands the need to avoid touching or disturbing these animals.”

Picking up wildlife or getting too close greatly increases the chance of the animal getting harmed. By handling these animals, humans leave behind a scent that may attract a predator. Additionally, handling wildlife has the potential to expose humans to a variety of wildlife-related diseases and parasites.

“Rabies, ticks, and lice are just a few of the threats humans are exposed to when they handle wildlife,” said Evans.

Removing a young animal from its natural environment will almost certainly lead to the death of that animal.

“Young animals have special dietary needs and must learn survival skills that only a natural setting can provide,” said Evans. “Young animals are hidden while adults search for food, and this separation can last for several hours. Many people will mistake a bedded fawn, with no mother in sight, as abandoned, but that is rarely the case.”

As a final caution, DNR is reminding the public that state law prohibits the possession of wildlife without a permit. The fine for illegal possession of a fawn, bear cub, baby raccoon or any other species during the closed season ranges from $20 to $1,000 and could lead up to 100 days in jail.

“We want everyone to enjoy our state’s wildlife,“ said Evans. “However, for your safety and the safety of the animal, please remember that young wildlife should always be left undisturbed and given the opportunity to remain wild.”

WV BOE rejects private school classification proposal before public comment period

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A proposal from school principals and athletic directors to make a separate class for sports for eight private schools in West Virginia was rejected by the state Board of Education Thursday on a 6-1 vote.

Board members chose a rarely used option and decided to vote the proposed rule down before it went out for a 30-day comment period.

West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan brought 28 proposed rule changes to the board covering various sports with the most controversial one being the private school classification proposal. The state Board rejected it and put the other 27 out for the comment period. Votes are expected on those proposals in July.

Dolan told the state board the SSAC’s legal counsel advised the SSAC Board of Control voters (principals and athletic directors) there were legal issues with the proposal, but it passed anyway in a vote earlier this spring, 100-24.

“They want to put them in their own class, personally I spoke against it,” Dolan told the state BOE. “I had my legal counsel come and speak against it and they still voted it in (as a proposal).”

State Department of Education General Counsel Heather Hutchens told the state Board Thursday there are possible legal ramifications with the proposal.

“This rule would only affect eight schools, there would only be eight schools in the classification and all of those schools are religiously-affiliated schools, which I think it makes it certainly look as though we are treating them differently because of that even if that wasn’t the intention,” Hutchens said.

State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said he had spoken to some principals who knew the proposal would have a difficult time gaining approval.

“They don’t expect you to approve it. They expect it to go down,” Paine told the board before the vote. “I don’t know why they brought it up.”

The motion to reject was made by board member Debra Sullivan, who retired as the principal at Charleston Catholic High School in 2014 after 28 years in the position. She was appointed to the state board by Gov. Jim Justice last year. Sullivan urged Dolan and the SSAC to explore other reclassification options in the years to come. Dolan told her there’s a meeting scheduled in the near future to on that topic.

“I’m sure the schools across the state are glad you are considering other ways,” she said. “This system has been in place a long, long time and I’m sure there are other models that you are discovering.”

Those at Single A schools have expressed concern for years about the difficult time they have competing with private schools. The schools annually dominate the SSAC’s championship events.

“In my mind, it’s not a public vs. private issue,” Dolan told MetroNews last month. “It’s an urban vs. rural issue. All of our private schools are in big cities and have access to a lot more things – they have some advantages over some of our smaller public schools who are out in the country.”

Paine told the state BOE members Thursday Dolan is in a “precarious situation” because he has member schools that come up with proposals but it’s the state School Board that has the final decision on SSAC rules.

“Sometimes they (SSAC member schools) think they should be the law of the land but that section of code indicates that ultimate approval of their rules rests with the state Board of Education,” Paine said.

Dolan said all of the schools, including the eight private schools, were brought into the SSAC as full members with no restrictions at the time of entry.

“Therefore I think it would be wrong to change the rules midstream,” he said.

Hutchens repeated not treating schools equally could present legal problems.

“There is language in the code that references all member schools are to be treated equally so I think we could have a little bit of legal issue with that too because we pull these schools out because they are private schools and treat them differently,” she said.

The 27 other proposed SSAC rule changes are going out for a 30-day comment period including a recommendation that would give schools an option, per sport, to compete in one class above its designated classification from the SSAC – it would be for a four-year period.

The current rule obligates every sport at a particular school to compete at a classification higher if the school would make that choice to move up.

~~  Jeff Jenkins ~~

Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions

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When people ask why I voted against repealing the health care law, I always say it’s because we need to make sure those with pre-existing conditions don’t go bankrupt paying for basic health care.

I believe that every West Virginian deserves access to quality, affordable health care. I have always said that our nation’s current health care system is in need of repair, but I am very concerned our country is at risk of moving backward instead of forward.

Right now 20 U.S. Attorneys General, including the Attorney General of West Virginia, are suing to allow insurance companies to once again deny coverage to West Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

This impacts every family in West Virginia. More than 800,000 West Virginians have a pre-existing condition, including 90,600 children.

Illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease are only some of a very long list that are considered a pre-existing condition. But did you know that if you are a woman in West Virginia and get pregnant, you are at risk of losing your health care?

If you have arthritis, you are at risk of losing your health care.

If you have asthma, you are at risk of losing your health care.

If you have anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, you are at risk of losing your health care.

It is important for everyone to have health insurance because your health can change in a blink of an eye, and West Virginians with pre-existing conditions like these are the ones that need health insurance the most.

What’s happening today is an unfortunate political move. Republicans in Congress have tried to repeal the health care law more than 50 times without once voting in a bipartisan way to preserve the good parts of the law, such as protections for the 800,000 West Virginians who, for now, can’t be denied coverage by insurance companies.

What makes this worse is we have two bipartisan compromises, which I have co-sponsored, one led by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and another one led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). These bills include important steps that will help reduce health care costs for West Virginia families, and this agreement shows what is possible when we put people before politics. It’s shameful that Congressional Republicans refuse to bring that bill up for a vote.

On Monday, I asked West Virginians to share their stories with me, and my office has been flooded with stories. I heard from Katelyn in Elkview who has a pre-existing condition that could be used against her to take away her health care coverage.

She told me, “I am a 22 year old West Virginian who grew up in northern Kanawha County near Clendenin. I was diagnosed with anorexia when I was 13, and have struggled with it for years. I am thankful that the ACA created provisions that will allow me to remain on my parents’ health insurance until I am 26, but worry that my pre-existing condition could prevent me from getting insured in the future. Losing health insurance would mean me losing access to my mental health medication, as well as making it really difficult to access further treatment should I have a relapse. I also worry about how lack of coverage for my pre-existing condition could prevent me from affording care in the future — I hope to devote my life to public service, which is very fulfilling but does not pay well enough for me to afford to pay high medical bills. This is something that particularly worries me as I get older and am thinking about whether I will be able to afford to start a family. I hope that you will continue to defend the Affordable Care Act, particularly its provisions that protect people with pre-existing conditions and women’s health generally.”

West Virginians agree that we cannot go back to a time when insurance companies played God and decided who was insured and who was not. For a lot of West Virginians with pre-existing conditions, insurance coverage is the difference between life and death.


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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

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Food Sites Provide Students with Nutritious Meals During the Summer

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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Child Nutrition addressed meal insecurity with the launch of its annual Summer Food Program at Spring Hill Elementary School in Huntington, WV. The federally funded program provides nutritious meals for thousands of school-aged children in the state, many of whom would otherwise go hungry during the summer.

 As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), 128 providers will serve students at 480 sites in the state. These providers include local boards of education, parks and recreation departments, colleges and universities, community action agencies, churches and other faith-based organizations.

 “During the year, our schools are more than educational centers because they play important roles beyond instructing our children,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “Often students rely on schools to receive a majority of their balanced and nutritious meals, and when schools are closed for the summer, it becomes a crisis for many families,” Paine said.

An average of 178,000 West Virginia students depend on free and reduced-priced meals at school. In 2017, the SFSP served approximately 13,000 meals per day, an 18 percent increase from the 11,000 meals served in 2016, and a 30 percent increase over the number served in 2015. The program is open to children 18 years-of-age and younger.

 The theme of the launch was “Fueling Our Future,” and included a proclamation from Governor Jim Justice recognizing June 8, 2018 as Summer Food Service Day. The full proclamation can be found by visiting, https://wvde.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Summer-Food-Service-Program-Day.pdf.  

 For information on the nearest summer feeding sites, call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY, visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or text FOOD to 877.877. Resources are also available by visiting https://wvde.us/child-nutrition/summer-food-service-program/.

Supreme Court Upholds Ohio/West Virginia Voter Registration Process

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This week, the United States Supreme Court handed a victory to West Virginia’s efforts to run fair and clean elections. This victory goes to our 55 county clerks and our dedicated elections staff who work day in and day out to ensure the integrity of our voter registration system.

The issue was whether our voter list maintenance program complied with federal law when it mandates that clerks send a postcard to registrants who have not voted for a designated time: in Ohio it is two years; in West Virginia it is four years. The circuit court in the Ohio case mistakenly held that Ohio violated federal law because it sent the postcards based solely on a person’s failure to vote, and that ultimately resulted in the names being removed from voter lists. 

The Supreme Court overturned the circuit court and found that Ohio had not acted improperly because the failure to vote merely triggered the local election clerks to send the postcard seeking verification of address and other information. When the registrant failed to respond, that is when Ohio placed the registrant on an inactive list. Then, if the registrant subsequently failed to vote in two consecutive federal elections, the Supreme Court found the combination of failure to respond to the postcard coupled with the lack of voting amounted to proper grounds to remove the registrant’s name from the voter lists. 

In Justice Alito’s opinion for the majority, he wrote that 24 million voter registrations are either invalid or significantly inaccurate in the United States, while more than 2.75 million voters are registered in multiple states. States have a compelling interest to maintain accurate voter registration lists, and the Court reiterated the 1993 National Voting Rights Act requirement that states must keep registration information current. Heading into this decision, secretaries of state were getting whipsawed by litigants:  one side saying the removal of names was disenfranchising voters, while other litigants were suing states to clean up the voter rolls. As West Virginia’s Secretary of State, my duty is to uphold West Virginia Code, and it directs me to maintain accurate voter registration lists.

In West Virginia we make it “Easy to Vote and Hard to Cheat” with our efforts to allow voters the option to register and update their registrations in many ways. When a resident moves, it is very likely that person goes straight to the DMV to get their address corrected on their license. Similarly, drivers must renew their licenses every five years, so voters can update their registration at that time as well. DMV’s involvement in the registration process keeps it easy to maintain accurate voter registration. People can also go to govotewv.com to update their voter information online or visit their local county clerk’s office to update information in person. 

As far as making it hard to cheat, everyone in West Virginia should know that the Office of the Secretary of State has changed the way we conduct investigations. We now have investigators contracted throughout the state, positioned to respond to complaints in a timely fashion. When it comes to elections, should you see or hear anything suspicious, please call our fraud hotline at 1.877.FRAUD.WV (1.877.372.8398).

When I took office, I made cleaning up elections a top priority. We began engaging a number of databases, including the U.S. Post Office, the Social Security Administration, the state Division of Corrections, and national databases such as the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to search for names that should not be on our voter registration lists. Some of these databases had not been used for voter list maintenance for nearly a decade. Working with county clerks, we have now removed 98,283 deceased, felon, duplicate, moved, or otherwise ineligible names from West Virginia’s voter registration files in just over a year. That represents about 8 percent of all registered voters in West Virginia. This cleanup not only reduces chances for fraud, it generates considerable savings to counties by reducing the number of ballots to be printed, reducing the size of poll books, and eliminating waste in precinct materials, supplies, etc.

And, counter to the failed argument that the cleanup is done to disenfranchise voters, please note that since taking office we have registered 66,871 new voters, 20,163 of whom are students from high schools around West Virginia. These new registrants are real people, ready to vote in local, county and state elections.

Another benefit of cleaning up voter rolls is that voter turnout will now be based on more accurate numbers, and confidence in elections should increase. Imagine what the bloated numbers did to lower voter turnout statistics - statistics that media often cite as an indication of lack of voter interest. Accurate rolls also eliminate frustration for candidates who try to locate voters via door knocks, campaign mailers, and get-out-the-vote efforts.

The Supreme Court decision is timely, as it reminds all of us in this very important election year for West Virginians to “Be Registered, Be Ready!” If you have moved, gotten married/changed names, or have any other significant change in your life that generates concern for the accuracy of your voter registration, check out govotewv.com, visit your county clerk, or call my office at 304-558-6000. And if you get a postcard from us in the future, please fill it out and send it back. The U.S. Supreme Court just gave Ohio and West Virginia a thumbs up to keep up our voter list maintenance procedures.


Mac Warner
West Virginia Secretary of State

Gilmer County Energy Express is almost here!

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Students will attend this program, geared for students entering grades first through sixth, beginning June 18th at Gilmer County Elementary School.

Mentors are busy planning drama, art and reading activities to engage with their students, while the Community Coordinator is beginning to receive and make phone calls for volunteers to assist with Read Aloud and One-on-One reading in the classrooms.

If you have questions, please contact the Gilmer County Energy Express Site Coordinator, Cherri West at 304.462.7338.

Frog season starting date is June 16

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The 2018 West Virginia Fishing Regulations pamphlet published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources includes a misprint for the start of frog season.

The correct starting date for West Virginia’s frog season is Saturday, June 16, not June 17.

Thank You: The family of Kenny Landis

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The family of Kenny Landis would like to thank everyone for all of the thoughts and prayers during Kenny’s illness and after his passing. We are grateful to Ellyson Mortuary and The Upper Steer Run Baptist Church for such a beautiful memorial service and use of their facilities. Also, we appreciate Pastor Roger Stewart for the comforting words that were spoken, Paul Wine for the opening and closing of the grave, our family who served as pall bearers and all of the people who helped with the dinner after the service. It was especially thoughtful of our family, friends, churches, and the community of Normantown and surrounding areas to send flowers, food, cards and donations. Kenny would always have a smile on his face when I would tell him he had “fan mail”. He would be encouraged after reading the kind words of love and support.

Thank you to his friends on C-Team and the Maintenance Team and to all of his friends and co- workers at Weyerhauser. Your kindness and generosity to Kenny and our family will not be forgotten. We appreciate Braxton County Memorial Hospital employees and the Business Office for all they have done.

Kenny loved life, family, friends and his community. He will be missed but not forgotten thanks to people like you. He was a good, kind, loving man with a big heart. Our family has lost a precious gift here on earth. We love and miss Kenny greatly, but through our faith we know that we will be with him again one day.

West Virginia University Researcher to Study Fracking Effect

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A West Virginia University assistant professor has received a $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to look at how airborne particles that result from hydraulic fracturing affect human health.

In hydraulic fracturing, oil and gas are extracted from rock by injecting mixtures of water, sand and chemicals underground.

The university said in a news release that public health assistant professor Travis Knuckles will spend three years studying how the particles can make it harder to control how much blood enters the capillaries. He will also explore at how the particles can make it harder to turn oxygen into a chemical that is a primary energy source for cells.

Knuckles and his research team will look at whether fine particles released by fracking are more toxic than particles normally found in urban air.

ICYMI™: Who’s Who business awards announced

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West Virginia may be blessed with vast reserves of coal and natural gas.

But, according to state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher, “Our greatest resource, without question, is the people of West Virginia.”

While the statement applies generally, Thrasher was referring specifically to the 14 West Virginians honored Tuesday at the Who’s Who in West Virginia Business awards in Charleston. The awards are given out each year by The State Journal.

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Thrasher, who was keynote speaker at the event, said he knew most of the award winners personally. Years ago, he said, one of them hired him.

Then again, Thrasher said the corollary also applied.

“(Award winner) Al Schopp fired me years ago,” Thrasher said. “I got rehired, but that guy knows how to fire someone.”

Along with Schopp, who is chief administration officer for Antero Resources, Who’s Who honored Toyota West Virginia President Leah Curry; West Virginia University Institute of Technology campus President Carolyn Long; Clay Marsh, dean of WVU’s Health Sciences Campus; MVB Financial bank President and CEO Larry Mazza; Charleston real estate mogul Brooks McCabe; Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader; state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby; attorney Debra Scudiere; Dominion Energy Vice President Brian Sheppard; Hino Motors Senior Vice President Steve Stalnaker; Leah Summers, Mylan Pharmaceuticals employee and executive director of the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization; and Kip Wiseman, director of the Gestamp plant in South Charleston.

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What the honorees have in common, Thrasher said, is they all have an “exponential” impact in driving the state forward.

“They have impacted tens of hundreds of thousands of people,” Thrasher said. “These people are special, and want to impact lives in a positive way.”

Thrasher had greater praise for North Central West Virginia oil baron and philanthropist Ike Morris, the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

“Ike Morris showed me how to live life,” Thrasher said.

He said Morris showed him how to work hard and give back to the community.

Morris, now 80, first came to West Virginia in the early 1960s with a broken-down oil service rig and a beat-up pickup truck. He built a company called Waco Oil & Gas, and he has become one of the most active philanthropists in and around the Glenville area and North Central West Virginia.

Morris has given more than $10 million to Glenville State College and has built sports centers and baseball fields in the name of the family and his wife, Sue.

“I met my wife at a convenience store,” Morris recalled in a video biography. “The first time I met her, I said I was going to marry her.”

In the video, Morris said he was an expert at wooing women. The video then cut to a shot of Sue, who said Morris used to drive down the road in his pickup truck and slap the side to get her to look at him.

Morris said it was easy to give back to the community once he became a successful businessman and entrepreneur.

“There were so many people giving to me,” he said.

It was a theme he repeated in accepting the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

“You know, there’s only two kinds of people,” Morris said. “There’s givers and there’s takers. You all have got to be givers. Makes you feel good. Makes you just feel wonderful.

“I just want people to keep giving. Do it, and do it right here in West Virginia.”

The award event’s gold sponsor was Mylan. Silver sponsors were Huntington Bank, Bowles Rice and LOC Investment Advisers.

~~  Rusty Marks - The State Journal ~~

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 August 13, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper Sheryl Smith 326 Little Bull Run
Glenville, WV 26351
Frances Chadwell Ronald G. Chadwell
Lois A. Cruz
4580 Clay Road, Spencer, WV 25276
6 Main Ave, Weston, WV 26452
Danny H. Furr David S. Furr 2965 US Hwy 33W
Glenville, WV 26351
John William Freshour John David Freshour 10730 Parkersburg Rd
Sandyville, WV 25275


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : June 14, 2018

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Raising boys to love and care, not kill

The Free Press WVHeart contracts; numbness and tears collide. Ten dead, 13 wounded; this time in Santa Fe. If we’re ever to end the bloodbaths, we have to put gender at the center of the national conversation about mass murders [ .... ]  Read More

Real Security

The Free Press WVSo, the summit with North Korea is off, and now pundits will have at it on such themes as overreach, hidden agendas, John Bolton’s ill will, and misinterpretation of the meaning of “denuclearization.”  [ .... ]  Read More

In Iran and North Korea, China Holds Some Cards

The Free Press WVDonald Trump made his television reputation by telling people “You’re fired.” The same bullying approach now substitutes for his international diplomacy, with Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear [ .... ]  Read More

School Shooters and CIA Torturers, All Together Now?

The Free Press WVEvery CIA agent (as well as all other US Government agents and even State Officers) is required to take an oath to defend the Constitution [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle:  Confused Snapper

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Who Is Kim Yong-chol?

The Free Press WVGeneral Kim Yong-chol is arriving in New York to discuss North Korea’s denuclearization with top US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whom Kim has met twice [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WVThis service was the last of fifty-five such services that have been held at each of West Virginia county seat over the past several months (or years?)!  [ .... ]  Read More

The American Way of War: Evolution Stops Here

The Free Press WVAmerica does what it wants. This is obvious, except it’s also monstrously unnerving. Let’s at least add some quote marks: “America” does what it wants — this secretly defined, self-obsessed [ .... ]  Read More

Mammals Are Going Nocturnal to Avoid Us

The Free Press WVTrend seen across dozens of species on 6 continents: study   [ .... ]  Read More

American to pay $45M to settle airfare collusion lawsuit

The Free Press WV American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle a lawsuit that says it and other major U.S. airlines colluded to drive up the price of airfares [ .... ]  Read More

Frog season starts

The Free Press WVStarting date is Saturday, June 16 [ .... ]  Read More

“Noodling,” or hand-fishing season opens June 15

The Free Press WVA law passed during the 2018 legislative session will soon allow West Virginia anglers to hand-fish, or “noodle,” in public waters. The annual season will run from June 15 to August 31 [ .... ]  Read More

Two Volcanos, Two Very Different Outcomes

The Free Press WVScientists explain why Guatemala’s volcano has been so much more deadly than Hawaii’s [ .... ]  Read More

One Airline Just Ditched Windows in First Class

The Free Press WVEmirates Airlines is giving them ‘virtual windows’ instead   [ .... ]  Read More

Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in West Virginia

The Free Press WV It marks the county’s first confirmed case of rabies this year [ .... ]  Read More

WVDNR stocks trout at Summersville Lake tailwater

The Free Press WV 650 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River [ .... ]  Read More

Little Beaver State Park Lake in running for Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat

The Free Press WVThanks to its fish-filled waters and family friendly amenities, Little Beaver State Park Lake is one of the best places to go fishing and boating in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Turtles can make great pets, but do your homework first

The Free Press WVWhile turtles might seem like the perfect pet — less work than dogs and cats, more interactive than fish — there are a few things to keep in mind before buying one [ .... ]  Read More

4 Famous Sites Likely to Underwhelm

The Free Press WVSee Egypt’s pyramids, then grab a pizza   [ .... ]  Read More

Hunters Kill 333 Whales in ‘Research’ Expedition

The Free Press WVJapan says it is killing the animals legally as part of a scientific program; experts disagree [ .... ]  Read More

In 43-Year First, Wyoming’s Grizzlies to Be Hunted

The Free Press WVStrong opposition follows final decision   [ .... ]  Read More

Bad News, Bears: Obama-Era Rule on Hunting Reversed

The Free Press WV New rule to allow bear baiting, spotlights for shooting in dens called ‘unethical’ by critics   [ .... ]  Read More

Great Ape, Extinct Lion Among Top New Species

The Free Press WVSeveral endangered species among top finds over past year   [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Scientists Make Alarming Find About Ancient Trees

The Free Press WVAfrica’s oldest baobabs are dying, quickly   [ .... ]  Read More

Einstein’s Diaries Show Disturbingly ‘Clear Hallmark’

The Free Press WVGenius’s translated works exhibit xenophobic view of Chinese people   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists in Germany seek to find mass of ‘ghost particle’

The Free Press WV Researchers in Germany have started collecting data with a 60 million euro ($71 million) machine designed to help determine the mass of the universe’s lightest particle [ .... ]  Read More

How Robocallers Make Money Even When Calls Go Unanswered

The Free Press WVIt has to do with caller ID [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The Free Press WVSummit will study everything from Alzheimer’s disease to supernovas [ .... ]  Read More

The Sculpted Head Is Exquisite, but Packs a Mystery

The Free Press WVArchaeologists have dated it to the 9th century BC, but don’t know who it depicts   [ .... ]  Read More

Lightning Strikes on Jupiter Differ From Ours in One Way

The Free Press WVStrikes can occur at same rate and in the same frequency, but the where isn’t the same [ .... ]  Read More

Latest Facebook Glitch: Millions of ‘Private’ Posts Made Public

The Free Press WVAs many as 14 million users affected [ .... ]  Read More

YouTube Power Couple’s Breakup Video a Phenomenon

David Dobrik and Liza Koshy praised for ‘mature’ handling of situation [ .... ]  Read More

From drones to phones, new tech is making gardening easier

The Free Press WVNew technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes [ .... ]  Read More

Titanic Was Discovered During a Top-Secret Mission

The Free Press WVNavy commander Robert Ballard found the ship near two sunken subs   [ .... ]  Read More

One Country Is Banning Facebook for a Month

The Free Press WVPapua New Guinea takes a stand against the social-media site   [ .... ]  Read More

Apple previewing updates for iPhones, Siri and more

The Free Press WV Apple is expected to preview new capabilities for its Siri digital assistant and showcase other upcoming software features at an event Monday [ .... ]  Read More

Your Old Computer May Be Headed for Thailand

The Free Press WVElectronic trash once bound for China is now landing in Southeast Asia   [ .... ]  Read More

USGS: Please Don’t Roast Marshmallows Over Kilauea

The Free Press WVUnless you want to see a ‘spectacular reaction,‘ and not in a good way, USGS warns   [ .... ]  Read More

SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class - 06.23.18

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Rosedale Baptist Church Revival - 06.24.18 > 06.29.18

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Mud, Sweat, Octane at The Asylum - 06.30.18

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LEWIS COUNTY CLASS OF ’73 SEARCHING FOR CLASS MEMBERS

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Our 45th class reunion is fast approaching and Lewis County Class of 1973 is in search of contact information “MIA” class members.

According to Class President Gary Hefner, “we have used various internet sources, past records and word of mouth but personal contacts have been most helpful.”

We could use a little help to find our friends: Kathleen Hefner, Shelton Edwin Hochstedler, Roberta Jackson, James Knotts, James Murphy, Carolyn Shields, Michael Shock, Susan Smith, John W. Sterling, Harold Turner and Martha Sims.

Any help will be appreciated by contacting :

Gary Hefner 304.269.0167

Marsha Bailey 304.269.1257

Freddie Potter 304.842.8568

Track & Running Camp at Gilmer Public Library

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Preschool/Kindergarten Enrollment

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NHCC Flea Market/Yard Sale Event - July 06 > July 07, 2018

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Normantown Historical Community Center is having a Flea Market/ Yard Sale Event on Friday July 6th and Saturday July 7th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

All are Welcome.

This is an OUTSIDE EVENT.

A fee of $5 will cover a space for 2) 6ft tables..You must provide your tables.

Restrooms will be open and concessions available. 

NHCC will not be responsible for your merchandise or any Accidents.

For more information please contact Lisa Law at 304.266.6401

Gilmer Public Library: Adult Journaling Sessions

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Free Meal for Gilmer County Children

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Youth Bluegrass Summer Camp

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Gilmer Public Library Word Art Classes

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Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Edabelle Conrad Rogers

The Free Press WVAge 96 of Lynchburg, VA, (formerly of Weston, WV) passed away peacefully at 6:38 a.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in the Runk and Pratt Nursing Home in Lynchburg, VA, after a long courageous battle with old age. She was born in Gilmer County, WV, on June 07, 1922, the daughter of the late Alfred Wilmoth and Sylvia Conrad [ .... ]  Read More

Bryan Gale Mack

The Free Press WV Bryan Gale Mack was born May 29, 1969. He was the beloved son of Larry and Cora Mack of Gassaway, WV [....]  Read More

Genevieve May Owens

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH. Genevieve was born October 19, 1928 in Bristol, WV, a daughter of the late Harry H. and Laura Belle (Patton) Carder [....]  Read More

Evelyn Rose Northcraft

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Ellenboro, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior, June 16, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville. Evelyn was born June 14, 1943 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Guy E. and Eva B. Scott Mahaney [....]  Read More

Joseph Waid Jarrell

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Harrisville, WV passed away June 17, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV. He was born September 15, 1932 at Petroleum, WV, the son of the late Richard and Ruth E. Woofter Carder [....]  Read More

Iva Marie Sinnett

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Harrisville, WV passed away June 17, 2018 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born March 24, 1937 in Lincoln District of Tyler, County, WV the daughter of the late Irvin Edward and Leona May Steed Richmond [....]  Read More

Vicki A. Wood

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at home. She was born January 17, 1958 at Leesburg, Va., the daughter of the late Willard Bert and Virginia Christine Sandridge Upright [....]  Read More

Francis Kyle Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 48, of Gassaway, WV passed away June 13, 2018 at home. He was born July 24, 1969 to the late Fletcher Gaston “Buck” Putnam and Juanita McPherson [....]  Read More

Dale W. Whitehair

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at his residence. Dale was born March 24, 1936 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late George and Nina (Jewell) Whitehair [ .... ]  Read More

Susie Lou “Granny” Dotson

The Free Press WV Age 74 of Orient, Ohio, departed this life on Monday, June 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Born February 17, 1944 in Braxton County, WV, Susie is the daughter of the late Hubert L. and Laura Riffle [....]  Read More

Bennie Crislip

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Frametown, WV passed away June 10, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital [....]  Read More

William Paul Goodnight

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV passed away June 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Ritchie County, WV, March 07, 1938 the son of the late Fred G. and Pauline Laura Six Goodnight [....]  Read More

William Glenn White

The Free Press WVAge 91, Dry Fork Road, Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on December 11, 1926: son of the late James Goff White and Mabel Freda Woofter White [ .... ]  Read More

Beryl D. McCord

The Free Press WV Age 73 of Akron, OH passed away May 29, 2017 at Summa Health Care, Akron, OH. He was born 1943 in Burnsville, WV to the late Dorsey B. and V. Gay Wine McCord [....]  Read More

Gary Lee Ruble

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Edgewood Drive, Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at home following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on June 26, 1957: son of the late Walter Ray Ruble and Patricia Ann (Harris) Ruble who survives [ .... ]  Read More

Doyle Duane Smith

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Washington, WV passed away June 12, 2018, in The Willows Center, Parkersburg with his family by his side. He was born May 06, 1931, in West Union, WV, a son of the late Otha E. and Ruth E. (Squires) Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Clarice Evelyn Roberts

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Belpre, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Belpre Landing Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born on August 03, 1926 in Glenville, WV a daughter of the late Ulysses and Estie (Pagg) Sandy [....]  Read More

Ida May McCutchan

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Deep Valley Community departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  She was born on Long Run, Greenwood Community on February 25, 1938 a daughter of the late Orval Lester and Mollie Thelma Jenkins Stevens [....]  Read More

Roland “Sam” Miller

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Little Hocking, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Heartland Of Marietta. He was born on October 05, 1935 in Glenville, WV and was the son of the late William and Inez (Powell) Miller [....]  Read More

William Allen Poling, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Buckhannon, WV, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home. He was born January 04, 1948, in Frostburg, MD, a son of the late Jacob and Verla Stidd Poling [ .... ]  Read More

Danny Ray Smith

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at WV Veterans Nursing Facility following an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on January 14, 1954: son of the late Willie Ersel Smith and Retha Emma (Reeder) Smith [ .... ]  Read More

John Norman Fetty Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away peacefully at 7:05 AM Sunday, June 10, 2018, under the compassionate care of Holbrook Nursing Home. John was born May 19, 1937, in Weston, West Virginia, a son of the late Isaac N. and Anna Belle (Linton) Fetty [ .... ]  Read More

Thomas “Tommy” Adams

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Gassaway, WV passed away June 09, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital after a long but good fight against cancer. He was born January 12, 1959, in Gassaway, WV [....]  Read More

John Wesley McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 96, of Harrisville, WV passed away June 10, 2018 at Meadowview manor, Bridgeport, WV. He was born August 30, 1921 at Devil Hole, Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Isaac Newton and Della May Henthorne McDonald [....]  Read More

Raymond Clyde Golden

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Klines Run Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, June 08, 2018 at Glenville Center following a brief illness. He was born in Beech Bottom, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Scott Samuel Golden and Nellie Gray (Ables) Golden [ .... ]  Read More

Opal Smith

The Free Press WV Age 99 of Gassaway, WV, went home to be with our Lord on June 08, 2018. Opal was born April 26, 1919, the daughter of the late Letcher S. and Anna (Carol) Stonestreet [....]  Read More

Robert Thomas “Tom” Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 52, of Broad Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 9:56 AM on Friday, June 08, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 02, 1965 a son of the late Larry Gould Thompson, and Betty Jean Ramsburg Thompson McCardle of St. Marks, FL [....]  Read More

Harry L. Vannoy

The Free Press WV Age 80, went to be with his Lord on June 04, 2018. He was born at Millstone, WV, graduating from Calhoun High School in 1957, and graduating from Glenville State College [....]  Read More

Patricia Farley-Fitzgerald

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Sutton, WV, formerly of Chapmanville, WV went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. She was born on October 01, 1946 to the late Guy and Parlee Blevins-Farley [....]  Read More

James “Pag” Watson Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Gilmer Station, WV, passed away on June 07, 2018 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 02, 1935, in Braxton County, WV to the late Dick Wines and Ann Conrad [....]  Read More

Danny Eugene Laxton

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away June 05, 2018 at home. He was born June 11, 1946 at Elkview, WV, a son of the late Ulysses McKinley and Cora May King Laxton [ .... ]  Read More

Yvonne Audrey McCray

The Free Press WVAge 81, of North River Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 6:55 PM on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew. She was born in Hebron, NE on February 13, 1937 a daughter of the late George August Sandman and Hulda Augusta Sophia Jordening Sandman [ .... ]  Read More

Ledford William Woods

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Dille, WV passed away, Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at his residence.  He was born July 21, 1943 in Clay County, WV the son of the late Otis Gill & Pluma Young Woods [....]  Read More

Ella Josephine Clark

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Marietta, Ohio and Spencer, West Virginia, passed away Sunday June 03, 2018 at Letherbark,(Calhoun County) West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Gene L. Clark, of Marietta, Ohio [....]  Read More

Francis Edward “Jack” Rollyson

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Frametown, WV, passed away June 04, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. He was born March 05, 1952 in Gassaway, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Cecil Ira Dempsey

The Free Press WVAge 86, of McCanns Run Jane Lew, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at his home surrounded by loved ones following an extended illness. He was born in Ahoskie, NC on March 11, 1932: son of the late Ira Dempsey and Urswla (Ward ) Dempsey [ .... ]  Read More

Wayne Clark Ravenscroft

The Free Press WVAge 80 of West Union WV, passed away on June 04, 2018, at United Hospital Center, surrounded by his family.  He was born June 24, 1937 Uniontown, PA; raised by the late Silas and Ruth Elaine Ravenscroft Pugh [ .... ]  Read More

Roxie Davis

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, June 04, 2018, at PineView Continuous Care in Harrisville, WV. Roxie was born July 23, 1924 in Greenwood, WV, a daughter of the late Michael and Maude (Batton) Dotson [....]  Read More

Barbara E. Francis

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Cairo, WV (Bear Run Community), departed this life on Monday, June 04, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born April 20, 1941 in Pennsboro, WV a daughter of the late Harry and Marian (Jack) Freeland [....]  Read More

Sandra Lynn Klepper Lilly

The Free Press WVAge 48, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away at her home on Monday, June 04, 2018. She was born November 27, 1969 in Ravenna, Ohio [ .... ]  Read More

Ernie “Duane” Batten

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Valley Chapel Road, Weston, WV went to be with God in Heaven at 11:03 PM on Monday, June 04, 2018 from the comfort of his home, with loving family by his side, following a brave battle with cancer. He blessed this Earth when he was born in Weston, WV on January 17, 1958 a son of the late Louis Burdell Batten and Shirley Ann Shreve Batten [ .... ]  Read More

Charles H. Fitzwater

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Flatwoods, WV passed away June 02, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born August 25, 1945 at Sleith, WV to the late Charles F. Fitzwater and Vila (Allen) Fitzwater [ .... ]  Read More

Madge Diane Cain

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, June 04, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1965: daughter of the late Jimmie J. Ables and Mary Jean (Robinson) Ables [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Marie West Umstead

The Free Press WVAge 89, passed away May 19, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Johnson City, TN. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Iva West of Spencer, WV, her husband Robert Umstead and her son Robert Umstead II.  [ .... ]  Read More

Stephen Reed “Steve” Kniceley

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Sutton, WV entered into his eternal rest on Sunday, June 03, 2018 as a result of injuries received in an auto accident. He was born on March 26, 1953, a son of the late Scott and Alice (Harris) Kniceley of Sutton, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Joshua Balcourt

The Free Press WVAge 42, our beloved son, brother, father and uncle, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of June 01, 2018. Josh was born in Charleston, WV on an unusually warm day, December 05, 1975. As a young boy growing up on a 35 acre hilltop farm in Shock, Gilmer County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Johnny Oscar Neal

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Ivydale, WV, passed away June 01, 2018. He was born January 08, 1958 in Ivydale, WV a son of the late Filbert and Mamie Lee Sears Neal [....]  Read More

Edith Mae (Williams) Good

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Mt. Vernon, OH, (formerly of Cabin Run Community near West Union, WV) departed this life on Sunday, June 03, 2018, at Riverside Hospital in Columbus, OH. Edith was born January 03, 1939 on Leeson Run in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late William B. and Emily Madge (Mossor) Williams [....]  Read More

Orville R. Bonnell

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Pennsboro, WV passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg. He was born April 10, 1923 [ .... ]  Read More

Steven Lee Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 46, of Widen, WV passed away Friday June 1, at his residence.  He was born December 02, 1971 in Gassaway, WV the son of Brenda Richardson Robinson and the late Norva Kenneth Robinson, Jr.  [....]  Read More

William Richmond Dodd

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Bridgeport, WV departed this life Friday morning, June 01, 2018, in the WV Veterans Nursing Facility surrounded by his family. He was born in Salem, WV on October 08, 1923, the second son of Rev. Clarence O. Dodd and Martha E. Richmond Dodd [....]  Read More

Homer Louis Hefner

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Birch Lane, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 6:24 AM on Friday, June 01, 2018 in the comfort of his home under the compassionate care of People’s Hospice. He was born in Weston, WV on August 14, 1929 a son of the late John Richard Hefner and Mary Ann Batten Hefner [ .... ]  Read More

Agnes Virginia Riddle

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Copley Road, Weston, WV passed away at 11:23 PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Weston, WV on February 01, 1934 a daughter of the late Richard Claymond Arbogast and Laurie Marcell Riffle Arbogast [ .... ]  Read More

Leroy Allen Bennett

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Exchange, WV passed away May 31, 2018 at home. He was born April 06, 1961 in Ravenna, OH a son of the late Perry and Joanne Moon Bennett [....]  Read More

Eston Hinzman

The Free Press WVAge 97, gained his reward in heaven on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. He was born at Berlin, WV (Lewis County, WV) a son of the late Clete and Waite Mae Gainer Hinzman [ .... ]  Read More

William “Harrison” Crawford

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on May 30, 2018 after a short illness. Harrison was born in Sutton, WV, to John Q. Crawford and Eva Mae (McElwain) Crawford [....]  Read More

Carroll F. Slider

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away May 29, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late James Paul and Thelma C. Sturm Slider [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry “Tooter” Enoch Stewart

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Heaters, WV, passed away May 29, 2018 at CMAC Memorial Hospital in Charleston.  He was born November 25, 1935 at Gem, WV to the late Robert William Stewart and Biddy (Skinner) Stewart.  [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Francis Diles

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Harrisville, WV, passed away May 30, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville. She was born August 25, 1936 at Junction City, OH, the daughter of the late George Frances and Pauline Bell Queen [....]  Read More

Myla S. Fleming

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Barboursville, WV, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at The Wyngate Senior Living Community.  She formerly lived in Burnt House, Ritchie County, West Virginia where she and her husband, John C. Fleming, raised their six children [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

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

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

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

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

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

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

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

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

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

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

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

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

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

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

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

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

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

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

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

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

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

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

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

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

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

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

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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

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

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

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

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

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

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

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

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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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