GSC to Host Appalachian Studies Conference

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Glenville State College will host the 2018 Appalachian Studies Conference on Thursday, November 15. The conference will take place at The Pioneer Stage (10 East Main Street, Downtown Glenville) and will begin at 8:00 a.m. Community members are invited to the conference to view presentations from students and to hear the keynote address from Jessica Lilly, host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Inside Appalachia.

The Appalachian Studies Conference gives current students the opportunity to present their own work in the field of Appalachian studies, including creative projects and academic work. According to conference organizer and GSC Assistant Professor of English Dr. Amanda Chapman, “GSC students will, among other things, present research on topics such as the mine wars and Appalachian folklore, display and discuss Appalachian-inspired art, and play traditional Appalachian music. Refreshments will be served, and the doors will be open to the community as well as to students, faculty, and staff. The conference will be the culmination of the series of events funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council grant, titled ‘We, too, are Appalachia: An Exploration of Identity and Place.‘ Given that Appalachia has been the subject of so much national media coverage in the last few years, we believe that it is important for Appalachians to reflect on their own home and identity, to have a voice in representing this diverse region.“

For more information, contact Dr. Chapman at or call 304.462.6328.

Operation Christmas Child

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Dear Area Churches and Organizations,

My name is Dwight Goff, Pastor at Camden Flats Baptist Church. For the fourth year our church will be the area collection center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. A ministry of Samaritan’s Purse, a shoebox is prepared and packed with toys and school supplies for children all over the world. The boxes are collected at area collection centers, like Camden Flats for our area, then transported to regional centers, then to the national center in North Carolina to be shipped world-wide. Last year’s shoeboxes were monumental in sharing the Gospel and making Christmas brighter for children and families all over the world. Only God knows the impact that OCC has had in leading people to our Savior. It is estimated that for every shoebox, seven people will be exposed to the Gospel. Just last year the number of shoeboxes packed were: -11.6 Million World wide -906,000 from the Great Lakes Region: West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana -9,400 from Parkersburg area 10 counties -260 boxes from Glenville This is a great church and family project to help kids in countries world-wide to find the real meaning of Christmas. We are in hopes to exceed last year’s numbers. So how can your church and organization get involved? 1. Go to Operation Christmas Child - to get details about packing boxes.

2. Prepare your boxes for National Collection Week Nov. 12-19 and bring them to Camden Flats Baptist Church, the collection center to eventually be delivered to the national center in North Carolina. *because of new custom laws no toothpaste, liquids, lotions, or candies.

3. Shipping cost has risen from $7.00 to $9.00 if you are able to donate that cost as well.

Send me an email at: Call the church and leave a message 304,462,5200

Please let me know if I can answer any questions or be of assistance.

Working Together, Pastor Dwight Goff, Area Collection Coordinator, Operation Christmas Child

Drop off times at Camden Flat Baptist Church 510 Kanawha St. Glenville, WV

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12 4:00 - 6:30PM




FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 4:00 - 6:30PM


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18 1:30 - 5:30 PM


Veterans Day 2018

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They Did Their Share

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say “thank you” to every wearer.

~~  By Joanna Fuchs ~~

WV House Speaker’s race is on again

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This week’s election has reopened debate over who should be the Speaker of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Last summer, Kanawha County Delegate Tim Armstead resigned his seat in the Legislature to run for the State Supreme Court, opening up the Speaker’s position.  After some jockeying and a closed-door caucus, Republicans chose Roger Hanshaw from Clay County.

However, the caucus vote was close.  Hanshaw bested Kanawha County Delegate and House Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson by just two votes.

Republicans lost five seats in Tuesday’s election, and there are 17 new faces on the GOP side that could change the dynamic in another Speaker’s race.

Hanshaw wants to hold on to the position, while Nelson would like to try again to ascend to the Speaker’s office.  The two have a friendly relationship and they are expected to meet to try to resolve the leadership question without dividing the caucus again.

The election cost Hanshaw his wing man.  Jefferson County Republican Riley Moore lost his bid for re-election Tuesday.  Moore rounded up votes for Hanshaw in the Speaker’s race last August and was rewarded with the position of Majority Leader in the House.

Hanshaw, if he retains the Speakership, will have to choose a new Majority Leader. I’m told that Nelson is not interested in that position, but there will be no shortage of House Republicans who covet the post.

Meanwhile, some House Republicans are still stewing over outside efforts to influence the Speaker’s race the last time.  The 1863 PAC ran advertisements on broadcast media (including West Virginia Corporation stations) and on social media supporting Hanshaw for the position.

Veteran Republican Delegate John Overington said at the time, “In all my years, I cannot recall any time we had radio ads or newspaper ads in favor of one candidate over another.”

MetroNews’ Brad McElhinny reported that Bob Murray, CEO of the coal company Murray Energy, hosted a fundraiser for the 1863 PAC.  Murray is no fan of Nelson because the House Finance Committee chairman opposed a plan by Governor Jim Justice (and supported by Murray) for a sliding scale of severance taxes—lowering the tax during a soft market, but raising it during boom times.

The stakes are high in this post election scrum over the House leadership.  The Speaker appoints committee chairs and has final say on the legislative agenda. A Speakers race may be the ultimate in political inside baseball, but the outcome is significant in public policy for the state.

WVDEP Announces 2018 Clean County and Community Award Recipients, Environmental Teachers of the Year

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced the recipients of the “Clean County and Clean Community Awards” and has also recognized three educators as “Environmental Teachers of the Year.”

The six municipalities recognized as “Clean Communities” are:

  • Beech Bottom, Brooke County ($500 Grand Prize)
  • Buckhannon, Upshur County
  • Hamlin, Lincoln County
  • New Cumberland, Hancock County
  • Ravenswood, Jackson County
  • Wardensville, Hardy County

Communities that did not receive a cash prize will receive a glass award signifying their achievement and if necessary, two road signs designating their community as a Make It Shine Clean Community.

Two counties were recognized as “Clean Counties”:

  • Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority ($2,000 first place award)
  • McDowell County Solid Waste Authority ($1,000 second place award) 

The “Environmental Teachers of the Year” are:

  • Elementary: Amanda Morris, Pleasant Hill Elementary in Calhoun County
  • Intermediate: Penni Harris, Elkins Middle School in Randolph County
  • High School: Richard Parsons, Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County

Each Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 personal award and a $1,000 award to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in the classroom. 

“Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “These dedicated local leaders and educators are to be commended for their hard work. They are the people who help WVDEP in our environmental mission, and the citizens of West Virginia should be proud of their efforts.” 

The awards were presented at the Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities annual meeting at Stonewall Jackson Resort. 

Popular YouTuber to Perform at GSC

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On Friday, November 09 at 7:00 p.m. the Glenville State College Jazz Band will be sponsoring a concert featuring Derek Brown.

The concert will take place in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The concert is also free to the public courtesy of the GSC Jazz Program.

Brown, a billboard-charting saxophonist/innovator and his one-of-a-kind solo “BEATBoX SAX” project has been exploding across the world music scene. Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for six years, Brown now lives and performs in Chicago, playing in various bands and projects around the area and throughout the world. His recent “BEATBoX SAX” music videos and tutorials on YouTube have been very popular among saxophonists and music lovers alike, leading to endorsements with Legere, JodyJazz, P.Mauriat, BG, and AKG.

He has performed solo concerts throughout China, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Poland, UK, Norway, Finland, Malaysia, Latvia, Serbia, Israel, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Brazil, Dubai, as well as throughout the United States. Brown received his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance (Classical and Jazz) from Hope College in 2006 and his Master’s of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2008.

For more information, contact GSC’s Department of Fine Arts at 304.462.6340.

WV: New Business Growth for October 2018

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Summers County led in new business growth for October 2018 with a total of 10 new businesses, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

That equates to a 2.36 percent growth.

The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported Upshur, Barbour, Wetzel and Calhoun counties also had notable growth in October.

The number of business entities in Upshur County grew from 1,198 to 1,220, with Barbour County business entities increasing from 540 to 549.

Wetzel County experienced an increase in business entities from 512 to 520 and Calhoun County went from 183 to 186 business entities.

Statewide, West Virginia saw a 10.65 percent growth in business registrations in the previous 12-month period.

That growth was led by Summers County with 17.75 percent growth.

Wirt, Jackson, Berkeley and Braxton counties followed. Wirt County saw a 14.57 percent growth,

Jackson County saw a 13.99 percent growth,

Berkeley County saw a 12.41 percent growth and Braxton County saw a 11.94 percent growth in the previous 12-month period.

To review the county-by-county business growth click HERE.

Mountaineer Food Bank Receives Support from DTE Energy

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Mountaineer Food Bank has received a $25,000 donation from the DTE Energy Foundation to aid efforts to provide food for West Virginians in need.

Last week, DTE Volunteers and Mountaineer Food Bank staff worked together to bag 600 Supper Sacks that would be distributed to children statewide. The backpacks included two recipes, to encourage home cooking and family engagement, and nutritional food products like peanut butter and canned chicken.

“It was fantastic to have the DTE team on site providing hands-on assistance, especially with our backpack programs,” said Mountaineer Food Bank Director Chad Morrison. “The wonderful donation they made will go a long way in providing West Virginians in need with food to eat through our many programs.”

DTE volunteers spent the morning assisting the Mountaineer Food Bank before DTE’s Steve Rawlings presented the $25,000 check to Mountaineer Food Bank on behalf of the DTE Energy Foundation.

Early this week, DTE Energy’s Marshall Simpson and Clayton Edens attended the 12th Annual Governor’s One-Shot Hunt, which aids the efforts of the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program.

The Hunter Helping the Hungry Program provides thousands of pounds of donated venison to needy family across the state every year. Once the venison has been packaged, it will be picked up by either Mountaineer Food Bank or Hunger Food Bank and distributed to a network of 600 charitable organizations throughout the state.

Lance Woodford: Thank You

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‘Thank You’ to all Gilmer County Voters.

I am humbled and honored you have given me the opportunity to be your next County commissioner.

I look forward to serving all residents, and working to move Gilmer County forward.


Lance Woodford

West Virginians Invited to Participate in WV Family Read Week

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November 11-17, 2018 is West Virginia Family Read Week. 

The West Virginia Library Commission, provider of state library information and services,promotes the week as way to improve academic success and family bonding.

According to numerous national studies, children who were read to frequently are generally more successful in the classroom:

  • Children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who were read to less than 3 times a week -  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies, and higher cognitive skills than their peers - Child Development (2006)

  • Children growing up in homes with at least 20 books have an educational advantage over children from bookless homes - Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations (2010)

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Karen Goff, WVLC Executive Secretary, says, “Reading to children is a tried and true way to improve academic success.  It also brings families closer together; and families that read together, explore, discover, and create together.”
The Library Commission encourages families to visit their local library and read a book together duringWest Virginia Family Read Week.To learn more on how to promote family reading, contact your local library.

Unofficial Results for General Election

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Based on the unofficial results reported by the counties, voter turnout for this midterm election was unofficially more than 47 percent.

Six counties started Election Day with power outages in fourteen of the state’s 1,740 voting precincts. However, the Secretary of State’s Office and county clerks planned ahead and supplied generators to most precincts before the polls opened, and shortly thereafter in the rest. Secretary Warner would personally like to thank the Department of Homeland Security, WV National Guard, the Fusion Center, local 911 emergency services, Appalachian Power, First Energy, AEP, the county clerks and several generous citizens that all chipped in to help restore power to those critical areas.

A complete list of unofficial election results, including the two constitutional amendments, can be found at: WV 2018 General Election Unofficial Results.

Official results will be certified following canvass and the recount period. Canvass begins November 13, 2018 in most counties, and the recount period lasts for 48 hours after each county announces their official results.

Click HERE for Election Results


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The State of West Virginia is indebted to the generations of farm families who have maintained farms throughout the centuries following original agricultural enterprises. A major portion of our current culture, traditions, and values stems from agricultural heritage.

The West Virginia Century Farm Program is designed to recognize those families who have been farming the same tract of land for at least 100 years. Century Farms, Sesquicentennial Farms and Bicentennial Farms will be recognized. A Century Farm is one that has been in continuous operation by the same family for at least 100 years. A Sesquicentennial Farm has been in continuous operation by the same family for at least 150 years, and a Bicentennial Farm has been in continuous operation by the same family for at least 200 years. To honor those families who have continuously farmed the same tracts of land for at least one hundred years, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts has initiated the West Virginia Century Farm Program. To qualify as a Century Farm: (1) The same family must have had ownership (title to the land) for a minimum of 100 years to be designated a Century Farm, 150 years to be designated a Sesquicentennial Farm, or 200 years to be designated a Bicentennial Farm. Leasing or sharecropping does not qualify for ownership. (2) the farm must consist of at least ten acres of the original land holdings, (3) the farm must gross at least $1,000.00 annually from farm products, and (4) a family member must live on the farm or be an integral part of the day-to-day operation of the farm enterprise. Line of ownership from the first family member owning the land may be through wives, husbands, children, brothers, sisters, nephews, or nieces.

Those agricultural operations selected as Century Farms within the West Fork Conservation District will receive an outdoor sign to display on their farm along with a presentation at our annual awards banquet.

Application forms for the West Virginia Century Farm Program are available at the West Fork Conservation District, 87 Ollie Lane, Suite 102, Mount Clare, WV 26408, or may be downloaded at in the WVCAD contests & programs link under the education tab. The deadline to submit applications is February 02, 2019.

Please call the WFCD office at 304.627.2160 with any questions.

Jeanette Riffle: Halloween Over and Looking Forward to Thanksgiving

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I found a poem that I like in the Charleston Gazette written by Chuck Reed that I will share with you and will try and relate to it. Here goes:

West Virginia Autumn
Sing a song of autumn
It’s time is in the air
Nature’s coat is changing
there’s color everywhere.
The hills of West Virginia
put on a colored dress
Of multi-colored shades;
meant only to impress.
Mountain leaves now shimmer
with beauty and with grace
Grapevines drape their garlands
like purple woven lace
A miner’s favorite rocking chair;
brings long awaited rest
From all the pick and shovel work,
that puts his hands to test.
A Father’s Summer garden tools,
brings Mother’s Autumn tasty spoils,
With apple cobbler’s spicy bliss,
Mountaineers are born in this.
Smoking grills are everywhere
and football’s finally here,
One thing that we must never forget,
It’s good to be a Mountaineer.

Our color has come and is almost gone. Leaves are falling fast , now, and we feel like going into hibernation. It is good to fall back an hour in the fall and sleep in an extra hour. I saw a photo on FB in my news feed that said, “Coffee gets me up but God keeps me going.” That’s about the way it is with me. I have so many things to do each day and it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day, sometimes. I do what I can but I have been slowed down.

Until next time, enjoy the fall, what we have left of it. God bless and take car!

WV students experiencing ‘College Application and Exploration Week’

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West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) is helping more than 100,000 students from 420 schools across the state learn about education after they graduate from high school during College Application and Exploration Week, November 05-09. 

Today kicks off the annual College Application and Exploration Week celebration, which is coordinated by the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV), a partnership of the Higher Education Policy Commission, the Community and Technical College System (CTCS) and the West Virginia Department of Education.

The event helps students explore options for education and training beyond high school as appropriate for their grade level.

Younger students will explore the concept of what college is and begin making the connection between colleges and careers, while high school students will receive assistance with completing college applications and finding the right postsecondary pathway for them. Students will learn about two- and four-year degrees, skillset certificates, career and technical programs, apprenticeships and military service.

The campaign helps to address the gap between the number of West Virginians with a postsecondary credential and the number of West Virginians who will need a postsecondary credential to meet future workforce demands. According to the West Virginia’s Climb initiative, fewer than one-third of West Virginians hold an associate degree or higher, yet in the next few years, 60 percent of working-aged West Virginians will need a certificate or degree to maintain the state’s current workforce and attract new employers.

Carolyn Long, Interim Chancellor of the Commission, expressed her desire that students take advantage of the activities their schools have planned this week.

“Site coordinators statewide have been preparing for months to host activities that will help their students begin – or continue – thinking about college, no matter their grade level or circumstance,” said Long. “My hope is that students fully participate in the events their schools have prepared for them, whether it means learning the very definition of college or sitting down to complete postsecondary applications. We want to see students truly benefit from the week’s activities.”

Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the CTCS, noted the importance of planning for postsecondary education at a young age.

“Many people mistakenly believe that the time to begin planning for college is high school,” Tucker said. “This is simply not true. Time and time again, we see that students who begin thinking about college as early as preschool and develop a college-bound mindset ultimately make a successful transition to postsecondary education. Even if the conversation is as simple as asking young students what they want to be when they grow up, the link between their dream careers and appropriate postsecondary pathways can be made early to facilitate age-appropriate discussions of college.”

Last year, more than 100,000 students participated in College Application and Exploration Week, and many of them completed college applications as part of the awareness effort. In 2017, more than 80 percent of the college applications that had been submitted statewide by the time of the event’s conclusion had been submitted by students taking part in the celebration.

The initiative is one of CFWV’s three college-planning milestones. The first milestone, which is the statewide FAFSA Completion Campaign, began Oct. 1 with the launch of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and will continue through the April 15 deadline to complete the application in time to apply for the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program. The last milestone, which is College Decision Day, will celebrate seniors’ decisions to seek education or training beyond high school. Those events will occur between April 15 and June 15, 2019. Schools that participate in all three milestones and meet other requirements will be recognized next fall as a CFWV Champion of College Access and Success.

The Commission manages the CFWV initiative with support from the WVCTCS and the West Virginia Department of Education. To learn more about the initiative, visit

WV Legislative Update


At this writing on Sunday night, we’re less than 48 hours away from the closing of the polls and finding out who will represent us in various county, state and federal offices.  Regardless of your choices, I truly hope you voted.  With our nation becoming mired in political polarization, gridlock and division, we need office holders that will begin to heal this dangerous political rift by working together for the citizens instead of attempting to gain political advantage.  When voters decide to reject negative messages, lies, fear mongering and mud-slinging in favor of a tough, but honest and positive messages, we will be a stronger, more united country.

Contrast that with those individuals we, as Americans, hold in high esteem – our Veterans.  As Veterans Day is next Sunday, November 11, I’ve already participated in several Veterans Day ceremonies and observances, with others planned through next week. 

West Virginia has sent more men and women to the military than any other state, as a percentage of our population.  While they served, their families supported their efforts by keeping the home fires burning in their absence.  Most returned home to joyous reunions; some returned with deep scars from their wartime experiences.  Many gave their lives.  Others were held captive.  Still others remain missing to this day.  All are absolutely deserving and entitled to our appreciation and support.  That support includes making certain that their healthcare is of the highest quality and never in question.

Throughout the years in all my conversations and visits with veterans, I’ve never encountered any veterans or active duty military personnel that were asked when taking the enlistment oath if they were from a red state, blue state or purple state.  Each and every one, from every corner of our nation, is an American – red white and blue.  In times of war and peace; stationed in our nation or deployed around the world; they serve at great personal risk for a higher cause – the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and freedom and safety for those around the world that depend on our power and commitment to liberty.

Here in central West Virginia, veterans were honored last Thursday at the Gilmer County Senior Center.  It was a great honor to be in the company of a host of veterans and their families for the annual observance.  Having all the veterans sit together and recognizing each is a very special and moving part of the event, along with the awarding of handmade quilts to several veterans was quite moving and much appreciated by the veterans.  Thanks to all for the music, inspirational readings and great food and fellowship.

On Saturday morning, we gathered for a brief, but memorable ceremony at the park in downtown Glenville and then walked to the Gilmer County Historical Society for recognition of our veterans and remarks by guests.  Thanks to all that worked to make it a great success.

Coming up, the annual parade and reception for Veterans in Braxton County is scheduled for Monday, November 12, with the parade in Gassaway and reception following at the National Guard Armory. I look forward to participating and honoring our veterans and their families at these events.

Let’s work to make every day Veteran’s Day.  They’ve earned that respect and they are deserving of our support and appreciation.

Finally, once again, I’ll be working on election evening and throughout the night taking down signs and finishing up the following day.  Should you see one of my signs that I’ve missed, please call and let me know so I can retrieve it promptly.  I urge all candidates to respect our citizens and do the same, especially the statewide candidates.  If you authorize having your signs placed, you should likewise be responsible for having them removed, too.

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  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 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

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

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The Free Press WVThe FDA has warned that glycyrrhizin can cause a variety of heart issues [ .... ]  Read More

Twitter Apologizes for ‘Kill All Jews’ Trending Topic

The Free Press WV Says it was a result of social medial discussion of synagogue vandalism   [ .... ]  Read More

She Couldn’t Sleep at Night. Her Worries Saved Hiker’s Life

The Free Press WVNancy Abell’s 911 call saves German hiker on Pacific Crest Trail   [ .... ]  Read More

Marijuana Stocks Soar After Jeff Sessions Resigns

The Free Press WV Following the resignation of the staunch anti-marijuana advocate — and Michigan’s vote to legalize recreational pot use — cannabis stocks enjoyed a significant boost [ .... ]  Read More

Record-Breaking Drug OD Deaths in US Last Year

The Free Press WV 200 people died per day in US in 2017, per the DEA   [ .... ]  Read More

The Supreme Court and lethal injection:

The Free Press WV Brett Kavanaugh edition [ .... ]  Read More

School Staffers’ Halloween Get-Up a ‘Gross Display of Dehumanization’

The Free Press WVSuperintendent apologizes after staffers dressed as ‘border wall’ and in stereotypical Mexican garb   [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Throws Off Robe, Runs After Fleeing Inmates

Surveillance video captures the whole thing   [ .... ]  Read More

Angry Dad Changes ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue

Manuel Oliver’s son died in the Parkland shootings   [ .... ]  Read More

Middle Schoolers Planned to Kill Classmates, Drink Blood

The Free Press WVThe girls, 11 and 12, brought knives to school   [ .... ]  Read More

Pentagon to Hackers: Go Ahead, Access Russia’s Cyber Systems

The Free Press WVIt’s reportedly part of DOD plan in preparation for cyberattack if Russia interferes with midterms   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Wanted It. The Pentagon Said No. Here’s Why

The Free Press WV Defense officials wouldn’t let troops enforce domestic law, officials say   [ .... ]  Read More

Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

The Free Press WVThe package bombs sent to Democrats across the country and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges [ .... ]  Read More

‘Low Energy’ Trump Skips WWI Cemetery Ceremony

The Free Press WVThe president blamed bad weather   [ .... ]  Read More

Colbert, Kimmel: Fire Sarah Sanders

They accuse her of sharing doctored video, though its creator has a technical explanation   [ .... ]  Read More

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressVeterans Day is about remembering and honoring the lives of the men and women who have served our country [ .... ]  Read More

Appeals Court Wants To Know What DOJ Shake-Up Means For Mueller’s Authority

The Free Press WV An appeals court that’s hearing a legal challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority requested Friday that the parties involved file briefings on how the takeover of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker — who’s taking charge of the probe with the Wednesday firing of Attorney General Jeff Session — may impact the case [ .... ]  Read More

Whitaker Backlash Prompts Concern at the White House

The Free Press WV There is a growing sense of concern inside the White House over the negative reaction to Matthew Whitaker being tapped as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions’ abrupt firing [ .... ]  Read More

Military state?

The Free Press WV What military state?  [ .... ]  Read More

Energy and excesses: How Trump drove GOP’s erratic campaign

The Free Press WVPaul Ryan had to know it was coming [ .... ]  Read More

What we can learn from the “Watergate” roadmap.

The Free Press WV “less is more”  [ .... ]  Read More

Conservatives Are Seeking Constitutional Amendments

The Free Press WVAmong their goals: repealing the 17th Amendment   [ .... ]  Read More

The Trump administration is fighting the wrong war on terrorism

The Free Press WV No new federal laws are needed to combat the rise of right-wing domestic terrorism [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

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

Cohen: Here’s the Racist Stuff Trump Told Me

The Free Press WVTrump’s former “fixer” dishes to Vanity Fair   [ .... ]  Read More

Bolton: These 3 Countries Are the ‘Troika of Tyranny’

The Free Press WVHe slams leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela   [ .... ]  Read More

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressMcKinley Commends Bipartisan Opioid Bill [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump’s hype on migrants, illegal immigration

The Free Press WV Donald Trump is spreading misleading rhetoric about the nature of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. border and grossly inflating the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Japanese Regulators Approve a Nuclear First

The Free Press WVA 40-year-old reactor has been granted a 20-year operations extension   [ .... ]  Read More

3 Weeks In, Canada Has a Legal Pot Problem

The Free Press WVThere isn’t enough of it   [ .... ]  Read More

World’s Tallest Statue Unveiled

The Free Press WVIndia monument is twice as tall as Statue of Liberty   [ .... ]  Read More

Probe Launched After Babies Born Missing Arms in France

The Free Press WVSome are concerned that the defects are being caused by pesticides   [ .... ]  Read More

His Plot to Make $607,933.50: 3 Bombs, One Soccer Team

The Free Press WVElectrician Segej Wenergold is on trial in Germany after bizarre scheme [ .... ]  Read More

A Vegan’s Mom Made Meat Sauce. It Didn’t Go Over Well

The Free Press WVDaughter accused of threatening to stab mother over meaty meal   [ .... ]  Read More

Saudi Massacre in Yemen Worse Than Estimated. Will Congress Finally Speak Up?

According to a new study by the University of Sussex, the 10,000 civilian dead in the Yemen war is hugely understated [ .... ]  Read More

French Territory Could Become Newest Country

The Free Press WVNew Caledonia votes on Sunday   [ .... ]  Read More

Man Who Had Racist Outburst: I’m Not Racist

The Free Press WV David Mesher apologizes; Delise Gayle says no thanks   [ .... ]  Read More

China reverses ban on trade in tiger, rhino products

The Free Press WVChina says it will allow trading in products made from endangered tigers and rhinos under [ .... ]  Read More

Putin Pokes Fun at Official US Seal During Bolton Meeting

The Free Press WVHe had a question about the eagle   [ .... ]  Read More

Store Owner Tells Robbers to Come Back Later. They Did

The Free Press WVBelgian buffoons came back twice; the second time, the cops were there   [ .... ]  Read More

Stabbing Attack Leaves Dozen-Plus Kindergartners Injured

Woman arrested in China for rampage with kitchen knife   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Hero’ Who Foiled Nazis’ Nuclear Dreams Dies

The Free Press WVJoachim Roenneberg, who led Norway’s ‘most successful sabotage,‘ dies at 99   [ .... ]  Read More

Video Shows Terrifying Taiwan Train Crash

At least 18 were killed, nearly 200 injured   [ .... ]  Read More

Library Finds the Actual Books Bram Stoker Used for Dracula

The Free Press WVLondon Library says it found 26 volumes in its collection with his scribbles, turned corners   [ .... ]  Read More

MPAA: 57 Percent of Movies Have Been Rated R

The Free Press WV More than 17,200 received the mature rating [ .... ]  Read More

Recognize This Bunch?

The Free Press WV‘Brady Bunch’ kids reunite at house bought by HGTV   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Grinch’

This new ‘Grinch’ film will only make you flinch [ .... ]  Read More

Satanic Temple: Netflix Show Copied Our Statue

The Free Press WVSays statue in ‘Sabrina’ show copied its specific design   [ .... ]  Read More

Book Review: ‘Friends’

The Free Press WVAuthor offers retrospect of TV show ‘Friends’  [ .... ]  Read More

A Strategy Change, Netflix Will Debut 3 Original Films in Theater

The Free Press WVPreviously, movies have been available in theaters and by streaming at the same time   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Bohemian Rhapsody Disappoints Despite Star’s ‘Pixie Dust’, Rami Malek is ‘phenomenal,‘ the film not so much   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Game of Thrones Tweet Irks HBO

The Free Press WV“How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?“  [ .... ]  Read More

Without Baldwin, SNL Mocks Fox’s Caravan Coverage

Plus, Pete Davidson gets a little emotional talking about Ariana Grande breakup   [ .... ]  Read More

Book Review: ‘Elevation’

The Free Press WVStephen King raises the bar with ‘Elevation’  [ .... ]  Read More

Buble’s Teary Carpool Karaoke Moment: ‘My Whole Life Ended’

Singer talks with James Corden about dealing with his son Noah’s cancer diagnosis   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Miniature’

‘Miniature’ Force Powers Jonah Hill’s Mid90s, Sunny Suljic delivers what ‘might be the performance of the year’  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Boy Erased’

In ‘Boy Erased,’ ignorance is shown empathetically [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ falls flat [ .... ]  Read More





The Free Press WVPPI for final demand advances 0.6% in October; services increase 0.7%, goods rise 0.6%    [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 11.09.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 2.1% Weekly Gain, Led by Health Care, Real Estate; Communication Services Lag [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVGross job gains 7.4 million and gross job losses 6.7 million in the 1st quarter of 2018     [....]  Read More

News Leaks About Amazon HQ Pick, and an Exec Is Not Happy

The Free Press WV Company official disses ‘genius’ talking about Crystal City, Virginia, as front-runner [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVSeptember jobless rates down over the year in 308 of 388 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 58   [....]  Read More

More Than 400K Subaru, Toyota Vehicles Recalled

The Free Press WVFaulty engine part could lead to stalling   [ .... ]  Read More

Job Openings and Labor Turnover

The Free Press WVJob openings decrease to 7.0 million; hires and separations little changed in September   [....]  Read More

Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’

The Free Press WVPizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy [ .... ]  Read More

Your ‘CLV’ Might Affect How Long You’re on Hold

The Free Press WV‘Customer Lifetime Value’ determines how companies treat you   [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVPayroll employment rises by 250,000 in October; unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7%  [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 11.02.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 2.4% Weekly Gain, Led by Materials, Financials; Utilities Weigh   [ .... ]  Read More

Coke rides on sales of healthier drinks

The Free Press WV Strong sales of “premium” water and sugar-free sodas powered third-quarter earnings for Coca-Cola [ .... ]  Read More

McDonald’s Brings Back a Familiar Sandwich

The Free Press WVMcRib is returning to most locations, for a while   [ .... ]  Read More

Here Are the 10 Most Reliable Car Brands

The Free Press WVNot a single one of which is a US company [ .... ]  Read More

Dunkin’ taking on Starbucks by adding espresso to its menu

The Free Press WV First, Dunkin’ dropped the “Donuts” from its name. Now it’s adding espresso drinks to its menu [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVThis Bundt cake demands a spot in your next brunch spread [ .... ]  Read More

Grape and Cranberry Crisp

The Free Press WVServe Grape and Cranberry Crisp at Thanksgiving [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVCOOKING ON DEADLINE: Roasted Squash with Salsa Verde [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVWant a crisp and moist turkey with mahogany skin? No sweat [ .... ]  Read More


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Student Ignored Her Sore Throat. 2 Weeks Later, She Was Dead

The Free Press WVKansas State’s Samantha Scott thought she had tonsillitis, died of a rare bacterial infection   [ .... ]  Read More

Discover the secret ingredient for creating a great chili

The Free Press WVBEST GROUND BEEF CHILI [ .... ]  Read More

Forget the mess: This shepherd’s pie uses only one skillet

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This foolproof French toast recipe guarantees crisp slices

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Where Parkinson’s May Start: the Appendix

The Free Press WVBut scientists say don’t run out and get an appendectomy just yet   [ .... ]  Read More

Ugly and also delicious _ Pickled Pepper Pull-Apart Beef

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Go ahead, please cook the daylights out of your broccoli

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He Ordered 2 Waters, Then Left. His Tip: $10K

The Free Press WV ‘I thought someone was playing a joke on me,‘ North Carolina server says   [ .... ]  Read More

Pair a roasted salmon with a spiced-up honey-lime glaze

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Trump’s Kristallnacht

The Free Press WV We are now moving past “mere” voter suppression and voter intimidation. We have arrived at voter assassination. It was almost exactly 80 years ago that the Nazis made their first serious move against their own citizens who happened to be Jewish. It was November 9 and 10, 1938 [ .... ]  Read More

One Law to Rule Them All: Thou Shall Not Kill

The Free Press WV Routine mayhem in America is the “new normal?” Not only is it not “normal” it is not “new.” The soul searching and despairing cries of “Why?” echo again across the nation. The blood of one group of victims is not even dry before the next massacre occurs. How to account for it?  [ .... ]  Read More

The Real White Man’s Burden

The Free Press WVIt is unfortunate that in the 21st century we are still subjected to the kind of propaganda that positions white people (men in particular) as the chosen ones of history and, indeed, the future [ .... ]  Read More

No More Whitewashing Hate

The Free Press WVPro-Trump extremist Cesar Sayoc was arrested and charged last Friday (10/26) for mailing multiple pipe bombs. The apparent motive for the crime: politics. Saturday (10/27), Robert Bowers was arrested for murdering 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg PA, he gunned them down yelling “All Jews must die!” during Sabbath. Among his more misguided beliefs were claims that “[Jews] were committing genocide on his people,” and that “illegals” should be called “invaders.”  [ .... ]  Read More

A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans

The Free Press WV “For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.” ― Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston [ .... ]  Read More

Is China a “Responsible Great Power”?

The Free Press WV President Xi Jinping would like everyone to pay attention to how China is exerting leadership in world affairs as a “responsible great power.” While the Trump administration is in retreat, Xi is taking full advantage of the leadership vacuum [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Halloween Over and Looking Forward to Thanksgiving

The Free Press WVOur color has come and is almost gone [ .... ]  Read More

Give Us Not Our Daily Trump

The Free Press WVThe media seem to be impaled on the horns of a dilemma: Cover Donald Trump and, if they do so with a shred of integrity and concern for the truth, their reportage will inevitably be negative. Trump and his minions then say it’s fake news and throw the resulting red meat right to the base, dividing the country ever more deeply [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Lots of political activity is going on.  I have voted early with my new “Unaffiliated Status” as far as political party is concerned [ .... ]  Read More

Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children

The Free Press WVEurope has no morals, no ethics no nothing.  [ .... ]  Read More

Hate crime law unwise and unconstitutional

The Free Press WV After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl [ .... ]  Read More

Considering a Double-Major? Don’t Do It!

The Free Press WVNYT Columnist argues that double-majors are just resume padding   [ .... ]  Read More

America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

The Free Press WV “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” ― Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas [ .... ]  Read More

IS U.S. Starting the WWIII?

The Free Press WVUS Nuclear Missiles Deployed in Italy, … against Russia: The B61-12, the new US nuclear bomb which replaces the B-61 deployed in Italy and other European countries, will begin production in less than a year [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Fall Colors Are Late This Year

The Free Press WV Fall is a time to slow down and relax more [ .... ]  Read More

Animal Odd Couple: Emu, Donkey

The Free Press WVNC shelter took them in, and they refuse to be separated   [ .... ]  Read More

WVDEP and WVDNR Work Together to Solve ‘Muck’ Problem in KSF, Davis Creek

The DEP and the WV DNR are working together to restore Davis Creek to its original configuration by removing a functionally obsolete dam in the Kanawha State Forest [ .... ]  Read More

WWF: Wildlife Numbers Have Fallen Off Cliff Since 1970

The Free Press WVWWF documents a 60% decline in various species worldwide   [ .... ]  Read More

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

The Free Press WVMandarin duck, usually seen only in Asia, shows up out of the blue in NYC   [ .... ]  Read More

Airline Worker Takes Nap, Then ‘Slips Through the Cracks’

The Free Press WVIntoxicated baggage handler fell asleep in American Airlines cargo hold   [ .... ]  Read More

Hunter Says He Was Shot by ‘Good Dog’

The Free Press WVHe left shotgun with dogs in backseat of pickup   [ .... ]  Read More

Mountain birds on “escalator to extinction” as planet warms

The Free Press WVA meticulous re-creation of a three decade-old study of birds on a mountainside in Peru has given scientists a rare chance to prove how the changing climate is pushing species out of the places they are best adapted to [ .... ]  Read More

This Quiet Oil Spill May Become Biggest Ever in US

The Free Press WVA 14-year-old continuous leak in Gulf could overtake Deepwater Horizon   [ .... ]  Read More

Titanic II Will Sail Same Route as Original

The Free Press WVReplica will make maiden voyage in 2022   [ .... ]  Read More

Monsanto Plaintiff Gets Good News, and $211M in Bad News

The Free Press WV Judge upholds verdict against company but substantially cuts punitive damages award [ .... ]  Read More

Natural Resources Commission to meet October 28, 2018

The Free Press WV At Stonewall Resort State Park [ .... ]  Read More

Ryanair Criticized Over Passenger’s Racist Tirade

The Free Press WVIn a tweet, Ryanair said it has reported the incident to police [ .... ]  Read More

Meet the FBI of the National Park Service

The Free Press WV There are 33 agents assigned to the Investigative Services Branch and they handle the tough cases that arise on land most of us visit for only a few hours or days at a time [ .... ]  Read More

Why JetBlue Is Flying People for Free

The Free Press WVIt has to do with helping others   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

The Free Press WV More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where his comments didn’t fit with the reality of human-caused climate change, hurricanes and air pollution [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Scientists Create Electricity-Generating Mushroom

The Free Press WVThey’ve seen the light. In a bid to create a renewable energy source, researchers from the Stevens Institute of Technology have created a “bionic mushroom” capable of producing around 65 nanoAmps of current [ .... ]  Read More

‘Slow-Moving Disaster’ Threatens Railway Line, Freeway

The Free Press WVCalled the ‘Slow One,‘ it’s actually quite dangerous   [ .... ]  Read More

Our Path to Chocolate Started Earlier Than Thought

The Free Press WVHumans were using cacao 5,400 years ago in Ecuador, study suggests   [ .... ]  Read More

Ocean Study Has Horrific Implications for Climate Change Fight

The Free Press WVHeat is going into oceans, not space, researchers say [ .... ]  Read More

Llamas Might Save Us From the Flu

The Free Press WVScientists say their unique antibodies could lead to a universal vaccine   [ .... ]  Read More

These 100 Sites Shaped the Internet

The Free Press WVGizmodo’s staff takes a trip down cyber-memory lane   [ .... ]  Read More

Americans May Not Want to Live Near the ‘Big 18’

The Free Press WVUSGS puts these US volcanoes in the ‘very high threat’ category   [ .... ]  Read More

PewDiePie About to Lose Crown as YouTube King

The Free Press WVIndian music channel will soon have more subscribers   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Brain Training’ App Shows Promise for OCD Sufferers

The Free Press WVSubjects with strong contamination fears saw significant relief of symptoms after one week   [ .... ]  Read More

A Glacier as Close to the Equator as Tampa Is in Peril

The Free Press WVChecking in on China’s Baishui No. 1 Glacier   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Headless Chicken Monster’ of the Sea Caught on Camera

The Free Press WVIt’s actually a sea cucumber, and it was captured on film in a rarity   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Incredible Find’: World’s Oldest Intact Shipwreck

The Free Press WVLikely a Greek trading vessel, it dates to 500 BC   [ .... ]  Read More

Da Vinci May Have Had Unique Advantage as Painter

The Free Press WVStudy suggests the artist had an eye disorder   [ .... ]  Read More

7-Year Trip to Mercury to Begin

Twin probes scheduled to reach planet in 2025   [ .... ]  Read More

When You Sprinkle Salt, You’re Getting More Than Salt

The Free Press WV Microplastics infiltrate 90% of it, especially the stuff from Asia, say researchers   [ .... ]  Read More

The Holiday Shoebox - 10.12.18 to 11.12.18

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Gilmer County Commission to Canvass the Election Results - 11.13.18

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Annual Thanksgiving Premium Night Scheduled at GSC

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – November 14, 2018

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the USDA Service Center, Mount Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 10:00 AM.

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

Jessica Lilly to Present at GSC - 11.15.18

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“We, too, are Appalachia”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The event is free and open to the public

At 1:30 p.m. at The Pioneer Stage

GSC’s Bluegrass Music Education Center located at 10 East Main Street in Downtown Glenville.

For more information about the presentation or the “We, too, are Appalachia” project, call 304.462.6328.

GCHD: Food Handler’s Class - 11.16.18

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WV State Folk Festival Square Dance Benefit - 11.16.18

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Basket and Bag Bingo - 10.16.18

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Horn Creek Baptist Church Mission-Revival - November 15-18, 2018

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Chili Cook Off - 11.18.18.

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Operation Christmas Child

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Drop off times at Camden Flat Baptist Church 510 Kanawha Street Glenville, WV

MONDAY NOVEMBER 12 4:00 - 6:30 PM

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13 4:00 - 6:30 PM



FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16 4:00 - 6:30 PM


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18 1:30 - 5:30 PM


Christmas in The Village!! - 11.24.18

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Log Cabin Crafts Christmas Open House - 11.24.18

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Christmas Craft Show in The Glen - 12.01.18

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Benefit Dinner - 12.02.18

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Holiday House - 12.07.18

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Burnsville Christmas Parade - 12.08.18

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Christmas Cookies with Bobber and Santa - 12.11.18

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Smart Recovery Now Available in Your Town

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Reader's Comments

Wanda “Jackie” Jean Wine

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Friday, November 09, 2018 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Kincheloe on January 12, 1942 a daughter of the late Oath and Blanch Marie Smith Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Adam Frame

The Free Press WV Age 44, of Birch River, WV passed away Friday, November 09, 2018 at Glenwood Park Retirement Village, Princeton, WV. He was born September 18, 1974 in Birch River, WV, the son of Larry Joe & Zelma Marie Greathouse Frame [....]  Read More

Howard R. Carpenter

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Orma, WV passed away November 04, 2018 at his home. He was born February 21, 1951, a son of Johanne Hamilton Carpenter and the late Rex Carpenter [ .... ]  Read More

Randall Azz Collins

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Atlanta, GA passed away November 06, 2018 at Gwinnett Hospital, Atlanta, GA. He was born November 23, 1956 in Grantsville, WV, the son of the late Velda Collins Wade and step-father, Oras H. Wade [....]  Read More

Gary Lee Mick

The Free Press WVof Strange Creek, WV, went to be with his Lord on November 08, 2018 at the age of 78 years old. He was born on October 02, 1940, son to Wade Mick and Elsie Dobbins Mick of Wilsie, WV. Weighing less than two pounds when he was born, he was nicknamed “Pod”, a name that stayed with him throughout his life [ .... ]  Read More

Wilma Lucille Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 07, 2018. She was born in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Alvin K. and Elizabeth V. Moore [....]  Read More

Willis Clark Border

The Free Press WVAge 95, passed away on November 08, 2018. He was born September 22, 1923, in Oxbow, Ritchie Coubty, WV, a son of the late John and Isabel (Middleton) Border [ .... ]  Read More

Carol E. Kimble

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at her residence, following a short illness. She was born June 13, 1935 in Rosedale, WV; daughter of the late Trader and Thelma Ferrell Tallman [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Allen Cottrill

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Frametown, WV passed away November 07, 2018 at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, Clarksburg. He was born November 28, 1942 in Charleston, WV a son of the late Owen and Ruby Mae Ragel Cottrill [....]  Read More

Pamela Sue King

The Free Press WVAge 68 of Morgantown, WV completed her journey in the presence of her family at her home in Morgantown on Sunday, November 04, 2018. She was born September 08, 1950 in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late James and Goldie (Cowger) Moats [ .... ]  Read More

William Everett “Tink” Rose

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Gassaway, WV passed away November 07, 2018, in Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born April 01, 1923, in Gassaway, WV to the late Everett O. Rose and Lovie Smarr [ .... ]  Read More

Mickel L. Frame

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Gassaway, WV passed away November 02, 2018 at home after an extended illness. He was born January 23, 1952 to his mother, Betty Lou Gould Frame, of Elkins, WV, and the late Jack R. Frame [....]  Read More

Charles “Charlie” Wade Posey

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Walkersville, WV went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 02, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born in Braxton County, WV on February 03, 1946 a son of the late Okey S. and Nina Ratliff Posey [....]  Read More

Kenneth “Kenny” Lane Hacker

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Brush Camp Road, Exchange, WV passed away November 06, 2018. He was born August 05, 1946, Sutton WV son of the late Arthur Hacker and Thelma (Burke) Hacker [ .... ]  Read More

Dessie Louise Wolfe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her living family. She was born April 12, 1923 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Willie L. and Blanche Ellyson Jones [....]  Read More

Iona Lee Arbogast

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Star City, WV passed away on Sunday November 04, 2018 at the Grandview Estates, Elizabeth, PA. Iona was born in Gilmer County, WV on May 29, 1934 daughter to the late Leslie and Jessie Swiger Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Anne Craig

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Elkins, WV (previously of Walkersville, WV) went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 05, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born in Weston, WV on April 10, 1951 a daughter of the late Maurice Leon and Mary Elizabeth Davis Heflin [ .... ]  Read More

Randall “Randy” Lee Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 46, of Jane Lew, WV, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 05, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on December 30, 1971 a son of Judith Ann Parmer Riffle of Orlando, WV and the late Harry Lee Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

James C. Alkire

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, November 04, 2018, at his residence. Jim was born March 27, 1941 on Rock Run in Pleasants County, WV, a son of the late William “Jack” and Margaret (McCullough) Alkire [ .... ]  Read More

James Franklin Bunner

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Harrisville, WV passed away November 05, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 23, 1957 in Pennsboro, WV, the son of the late Frank and Wilma Ramsey Bunner [ .... ]  Read More

David Robert “Bob” Newlon

The Free Press WV Age 87 of Smithville, WV went to be with the Lord on November 05, 2018 at his residence. He was born May 22, 1931 at Lawford, WV, the son of the late Walter and Ola Chloe Davis Newlon [....]  Read More

Ruby Mae Cogar Lake

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Alum Bridge, WV went to meet the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018. She was born in Webster County, WV on September 07, 1933: daughter of the late Bernard and Alma (Simons) Cogar of Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

James Patrick Bankert

The Free Press WV Age 73 of Big Flint Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, November 02, 2018 in his residence.  He was born on December 28, 1944 in Hanover, PA a son of the late Carroll “Pat” and Anna May Greenholtz Bankert.  [....]  Read More

Anna “Peggy” Lee Alonso

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Weston, WV went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport after a brief illness. She was born in Harrison County, WV on January 12, 1935 a daughter of the late John Franks and Geraldine Prunty [....]  Read More

Margaret Justine Moore

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Big Bend, WV, formerly of St. Albans, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 02, 2018. She was born on June 15, 1932, a daughter of the late Samual Osbourn and Elizabeth Josie Wooten McDougal [....]  Read More

Sandra Mae Duffield

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Gassaway, WV passed away October 31, 2018 at home. She was born April 10, 1944 in Gassaway, WV, a daughter of the late Pearl Brown [....]  Read More

Evelyn Irene Schmidt

The Free Press WVAge 89, of New Milton, WV (Doddridge County) passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at her home following a sudden illness. She was born in Hurst, WV (Lewis County) on October 11, 1929: daughter of the late Ernest Franklin Rastle and Opie Dell (Gray) Rastle [ .... ]  Read More

LeEllen (Pat) Hinkle Moore

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Beverly, Ohio passed away on October 31, 2018 at Harmar Rehabilitation Center. She was born July 06, 1939 in Harrisville, West Virginia, daughter of the late John Carl and Idelene Finley Hinkle [ .... ]  Read More

William “Bill” D. Woodson

The Free Press WVAge 85, formerly of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully in Florida on October 29, 2018. Bill was born in Linn, WV, on November 11, 1932 a son of the late Walter C. and Agnes Neal Woodson [ .... ]  Read More

Kendall Goodwin

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Pike, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at his residence, following a courageous battle with cancer. Kendall was born February 14, 1953 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Paul Kennith and Dorothy (Starkey) Goodwin [ .... ]  Read More

Helen D. Payne

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Greenwood, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at her residence. Helen was born May 31, 1935, at Highland, WV, the daughter of the late Herman and Leno (Duty) Grayam [....]  Read More

Jocephus Eakin John

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 in the West Virginia Veteran’s Nursing Facility of Clarksburg following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on March 14, 1934: son of the late Harvey John and Mary (Blackburn) John [ .... ]  Read More

Letha “Shannon” Bailey

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Ireland, WV, returned to Heaven on October 31, 2018 from the comfort of her home and surrounded by her family. She was born on December 15, 1937 in Sand Run, WV, a daughter of Elmer and Alice Cidney Gibson McCartney [ .... ]  Read More

Alice Rebecca Clark McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 75, formerly of Dutchman, WV (Ritchie County) passed away October 30, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg. She was born April 20, 1943 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Gail and Eleanor Buzzard Clark [....]  Read More

Marcia Jean Albright

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Sutton, WV, went home to Jesus on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was born February 24, 1953 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Glen A. and Dorothy Jean Holmes Conley [....]  Read More

Sallie Patricia (Green) Blanks

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Gassaway, WV passed away October 22, 2018. She was born February 24, 1946 at Warrenton, VA to the late James Barbee and Sally Moore [....]  Read More

Fred Samuel Blanks

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Gassaway, WV passed away Monday, October 22, 2018. He was born on March 18, 1942 at Norfolk, VA to the late Oakley Brann Blanks and Christine (Moore) Blanks [....]  Read More

Steven Ray Gregory “Beave”

The Free Press WVAge 55 of Sutton, WV left this earth unexpectedly on Friday October 26, 2018. He was born in Gassaway, WV on July 15, 1963, son of Carolyn Sue Fox Gregory of Gassaway [ .... ]  Read More

Travis Lee Kelley

The Free Press WVAge 31, Glenville, WV passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born July 12, 1987, in Buckhannon, WV to Michael Lee Kelley and Carol Louise (Brown) Kelley who survive [ .... ]  Read More

Earlo Roland Pertz

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on April 17, 1928: son of the late John Pertz and Mary Blanch (Underwood) Pertz [....]  Read More

Leonard C. Tenney

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in United Hospital Center surrounded by his family. He was born in Queens in Upshur County, WV on October 31, 1931, the son of the late Cecil and Lelah Mae Reed Tenney [ .... ]  Read More

Olan E. “Bud” Hitt Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 82 and a part-time resident of Linn, WV passed away from cancer on Sunday at Seasons Hospice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center near Baltimore, MD. Mr. Hitt’s family was from Linn and he was born in Morgantown, WV to Hugh Hitt and the former Freda Mae McGarry [ .... ]  Read More

Judy Borus Edwards

The Free Press WVAge 83, of 338 Main Avenue in Weston, WV passed away on October 30, 2018 at Colonial Place in Elkins where she had been under their compassionate care for the past four years. She was born on December 17, 1934 in Webster, MA [ .... ]  Read More

Yvonne M. Morrison

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Stumptown, WV passed away peacefully on October 28, 2018. Yvonne was born in Shock, West Virginia on September 14, 1935 [ .... ]  Read More

Viola Bland DeFrances

The Free Press WVAge 86 years, a resident of Bayonet Point, Florida, and Pittsburgh, PA departed this life Friday evening, October 26, in Chester County Hospital, West Chester PA. She was born in 1932, in Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late Clyde M. Ford and Mamie Bland Ford [ .... ]  Read More

Marilou Hinzman

The Free Press WVAge 77, of West Union, WV (Joy Cabin Run Community) departed this life on Monday, October 29, 2018, at her residence. Marilou was born February 22, 1941 in Bellaire, OH, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Chimley) Augusta [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Lee “Bobby” Woodford II

The Free Press WVAge 45 of Linn, WV departed this life unexpectedly on Friday October 26, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Wood County, WV son of Robert L. Woodford of Williamstown, WV and the late Lorena Clark Woodford [ .... ]  Read More

Albine Bobby “Bob” Syrews

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. He was born in Kingwood, WV on November 18, 1933 a son of the late Albine and Eva Virginia Lewis Syruws [ .... ]  Read More

Herman Lee Adams

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Whipple, OH (formerly of New Matamoras, OH), departed this life on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at his residence. Herman was born April 16, 1930 in West Union, WV, a son of the late Forest and Pearl (Bates) Adams [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise Simpson

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on August 29, 1947: daughter of the late George L. Simpson and Mary O. (Williams) Flack [ .... ]  Read More

David Burl Pierce

The Free Press WV Age 88 of Letter Gap, WV (Gilmer County) departed this earthly life, peacefully on the evening of Sunday, October 28, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 07, 1929 in Oxford, WV (Doddridge County); son of the late Lincoln and Felsie Miller Pierce [....]  Read More

Robert Neal Raines

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Parkersburg, WV passed away October 27, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born on April 13, 1948 in Pink, WV (Calhoun County), the son of the late Edgar J. and Helen Irene Crislip Raines [ .... ]  Read More

Georgia Grace Hitt

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Lost Creek, WV, passed away at 7:12 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 22, 1940, in Gilmer County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late George Wilcox and Genevieve Greenleaf Wilcox [ .... ]  Read More

Stephen Blair Marks

The Free Press WVAge 77, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018, at Pomerene Hospital Millersburg, OH. He was born June 18, 1941, in Sandfork, WV. The youngest of 13, son of the late John Marks & Nellie (Burkhammer) Marks [ .... ]  Read More

Harry Black

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Pine View Continuous Care in Harrisville, WV. Harry was born July 20, 1943 in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late William Clarence and Mary Catherine (Deem) Black [....]  Read More

Linda Kay Mick

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Weston, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:19 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018. She was born in Widen, WV on May 18, 1943 a daughter of the late Elmer and Margaret Ramsey Rapp [....]  Read More

Rolland “Pod” Ernest Miller II

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Claudia Lane, Flatwoods, WV floated to Heaven to be with the Angles on Monday, October 22, 2018, at his home with his wife and son by his side. Pod was born on May 23, 1952 in Glenville, WV, the son of the late Rolland Ernest Miller I and Kathleen (Boggs) Miller [ .... ]  Read More

Morris Edwin Lay

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Smithsburg, MD, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at his home. Born in a log cabin in Pine Knot, Kentucky, Morris was the second of three children to parents, E. Manuel Lay and Kizzie Kathren (King) Lay [ .... ]  Read More

Evelyn Muriel Spicer Paugh

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at 8:00 AM on Monday, October 22, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital with family by her side. She was born in Copen, WV on August 27, 1927 a daughter of the late Ruth Vivian Spicer [ .... ]  Read More

Arnold Frank Yoak

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Big Bend, WV went to be with his Lord on October 23, 2018 at Veterans’ Nursing Home, Clarksburg, WV. He was born in Hammond, WV on April 25, 1925, a son of the late Wattie and Alverta Wells Yoak   [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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If you access it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

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

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

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

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

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

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

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

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

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

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

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

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

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

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

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

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

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

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

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

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

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

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

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

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

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

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

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

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

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

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

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

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Accountability, you say?

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

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

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

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

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

By New Start on 08.22.2018

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

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The “Opportunity” comment should be addressed by Mr. Cottrill. He is the new board president and it is his responsibility to set an example of effective leadership.

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

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

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Why doesn’t Gilmer County do the same? Dr. Manchin has a long standing reputation for working closely with his boards and they function together as effective teams.

In Harrison County the public is kept fully informed of the goals and progress in attaining them.

When school systems lack well defined goals that eliminates objectiveness for evaluating performances of superintendents and boards too. The result is the elimination of accountability.

A major negative result of a lack of fully disclosed goals is lost opportunities for citizens, including business leaders, teachers, and parents, to do their maximum to contribute to improved schools.

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

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

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Noticed today that merchandise on sale at Foodland is shown on the GFP. Makes it easier to shop to get genuinely good deals. Thank you Morris family and the GFP.

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The past couple months—-the first in likely 10 years, we have been filling a grocery cart at Foodland.
Usually shopping meant a trip to Weston or Gassaway, once in a while Clarksburg.
We certainly enjoy shopping and visiting right in Glenville.
Especially with the many visible improvements.
Why now, there is even and electric ‘buggy’ for those who need it.
The entire community and surrounding areas are enjoying Mr. Morris newest good deed!

By Yes---MANY happy Gilmer shoppers! on 08.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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In a couple years we will be right back where we are today.
Here come the payback and favorites appointments.
Several are all ready lining up for a gig even be it a short one.
Nothing changes in West Virginia.

As far as the ones run off.  They will get a bonus, maybe even a cush job, as well as sweet
retirement deal.
Its the West Virginia way.

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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This supreme court debacle exposes where a LOT of West Virginia’s problems come.

Nepotism and cronyism.  Plain and simple.
I would vote for almost anyone who does not have tie to our state.

Never thought I’d ever say that.
We need the BEST elected for our offices.

Its clear that isn’t the case.  For a long time.
Flip-floppin-party-jumpers need to stay home.
We don’t want your ilk.  Big Jim included.

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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While GSC struggles to survive why not apply a college version of the Foodland model?

Offer academic programs in high demand, affordable to students, and second to none in quality in WV or better yet not available anywhere else in the State.

It does not require having an MBA degree to figure that out as a recipe for success. Works in business all the time for talented entrepreneurs.

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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If misconduct being reported about WV Supreme Court justices is truthful there could not be better way to cast suspicion on top-to-bottom corruption within WV’s legal system including what the State Bar is supposed to do to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

The justices should receive the highest punishment allowable. What a black mark on WV. Couldn’t make it up.

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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To say that the Foodland Store is a major improvement is an understatement. It is kept well stocked with no empty shelves as a result of vastly improved inventory, reordering, and shelf stocking approaches, exceptionally clean store with excellent lighting, there is a price range to choose from for many items, milk does not spoil within 3 days after you get home, prices are fair to make it obvious that price gouging does not exist, and the staff is always friendly and noticeably committed to assist customers. Even the sharp dress code and personal conduct of employees demonstrates that teamwork and pride exist for being on a winning team. No more having to drive to Flatwoods or Weston to shop on a routine basis. Thank you I. L. Morris family.

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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One bad apple spoils the barrel.
Looks like that old ‘saw’ is proven
right again!  M-T the barrel!

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yeah, Manchin and former democratic governor Wise pretended to be deer hunters. They both know to be otherwise is political poison in WV. Mr. Morrisey being a republican will work hard for our 2nd amendment rights, whether he is a hunter or not, he does not have to pretend.

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

And you know that’s not safe or reasonable for stop/go/loaded bus.

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

GC board of Ed? 
Is that the case?
What say you?

By parent on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019'.

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Give the man the credit due him.

AG Morrisey has done a lot of work in support of 2nd amendment rights for West Virginia.

Reciprocal carry with many states as well as support of WV conceal carry.

Senate candidate Manchin worked former NYC Mayor Bloomberg (yes, that gun grabber) to raise money
to limit gun rights.

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yep, ole Menace Catch-em…got caught and retired. Just a move to try to save his guilty butt?  lol

The so called “supreme gang” rolled the dice and played their game.  They knew.

Caught now, bringing shame to the good people of West Virginia.

Stirring up memories of A.J.Manchin and his ‘departure’.

Even brings up the memories of Governor getting his ‘due’ and being sent off to prison for a few years.

Pretty obvious, neither party is “quality” minded when they give us their candidates?

Or maybe its the “best” they have to offer??

By Harold on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The democrats whine about partisanship but they go against the will of the people. I choose to not carry on most occasions, but remember it was a Republican led legislature who voted to allow us to carry if we feel the need.

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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