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ATTENTION:  Former and retired employees of DHHR from Clay and Braxton Counties will meet for lunch at the Flatwoods Shoney’s at 12 o’clock noon on Friday, February 23, 2018.

The Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church was a joyful place to be yesterday!  There were plenty of visitors to enliven the Sabbath School classes, and then an emotionally charged sermon by Rick Cutright, the pastor, talking about the baptism that would follow the sermon.  He mentioned the “steps” to baptism, one of which is teaching them and then baptizing them (Matthew 28:20).  He, along with his wife, Bonnie, had studied with the family for several weeks, Rick teaching the adults and Bonnie teaching the children.  Then the baptismal candidates and the pastor entered the baptistery together, his nephew, Nicholas Cutright with his wife, Tonja and son, Darren.  (Their daughter, Bridgett, is a first grade student and also wants to be baptized later.)  Following was a delicious Fellowship Covered-Dish dinner at which time we recognized those who had February birthdays.  Among them was Elder Robert Toms, a retired minister who will be 97.  I am enclosing some pictures of the activities.

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Darren Cutright,Nicholas Cutright, Pastor Rick Cutright and Tonja Cutright

You are always welcome to meet with us on Sabbaths.  Although there may be various changes in our program format depending on the circumstances and visiting speakers or musicians, the following is a general look into our church services.  We begin with a song service starting at 9:30 (not every member makes it to this), then at 9:45 the Sabbath School opens with our theme song, welcome and opening song.  Prayer and scripture is followed by the Superintendent’s report and remarks and/or special music or mission video reports or other activities or various programs.  At approximately 10:00 the adult members separate into two classes, while children are enjoying their own groups in separate classrooms; cradle roll and kindergarten, primary, young adult.  After the closing song and prayer, there is a short intermission when we can share personal testimonies and praise from random members.

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Pastor Rick Cutright with retired pastor Robert Toms who is 97 years old

At approximately 11:10 the Worship Service begins with a Call to Worship, a Bible text or responsive reading, followed by our congressional Hymn of Praise.  Dedication through Giving (the regular collection) follows.  Our morning prayer, which includes prayer requests from ​the ​audience, all are invited to kneel (though it is certainly not compulsory) with the pastors at a certain place in our prayer song.  All children are asked to help collect an offering, part of which helps Highland Adventist School in Elkins.  After that the children sit on the front seat for the children’s story.  Special Music is next on the agenda.  A Scripture is read and last but not least, the sermon.  A congressional Hymn of Consecration follows.  After prayer all visitors are invited to share in a Fellowship Covered-Dish Dinner.

I have included this description of our Sabbath services to introduce those of you who have told me you have never attended a Sabbath service and some of you have said you never even heard of Seventh-day Adventists. We don’t want anyone to feel “strange” or “out-of-place.”  Most of you have similar services in your own church on Sundays.  We would enjoy sharing the blessings of Sabbath with you.


After Changes, WV Surface Owners Group Supports Pooling Bill

After a contentious public hearing and changes by the House Judiciary Committee, a West Virginia surface owners group is now in favor of a gas-pooling bill.

A central provision of what supporters call co-tenancy legislation would let drillers take the natural gas from a lease if the driller gets approval from owners of three quarters of the mineral rights.

Dave McMahon, co-founder of the West Virginia Surface Owners Rights Organization, said Judiciary added a requirement that drillers get approval from surface owners if they use their land to get gas through pooling. He said pooling should mean a little less impact at the surface.

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While West Virginia mineral owners often focus on getting a fair price from drillers
for their natural gas, surface land owners are often more concerned about the impact of the big,
industrial scale drilling operations.

“If they can drill longer horizontal laterals, they need a few less surface pads,” McMahon said. “Thirty percent of our members are mineral owners. We don’t think it’s so good for them, but on balance, we support the bill and hope that the Senate doesn’t take those protections out.“

Critics have long opposed what they call forced pooling because the gas of some mineral-rights owners could be taken without those owners’ permission. They say even if those mineral owners would be paid, that’s still taking their private property rights.

The legislation was sharply attacked at a public hearing before House Judiciary took it up, and lawmakers have struggled with the issue for years. The current legislation - House Bill 4268 - appears to be a complex, intensively negotiated compromise with very little wiggle room.

McMahon said they opposed the bill before Judiciary amended it. He said WV SORO and the other parties involved in the negotiations could well oppose the bill if it’s changed by the Senate.

“I’m not sure that anybody wants to give any more on their issues,” he said. “As the bill came out of House Energy, we did not support it. As the bill came out of Judiciary, it added an important surface protection.“

The gas companies argue that mineral rights in West Virginia are often so fragmented that they have trouble finding and reaching agreement with all the mineral owners. They argue that without pooling, a lot of gas would be trapped by the situation.

~~  Dan Hayman ~~

2018 day at Legislature by our local officials

Jane Collins and Larry Sponaugle, Conservation Supervisors for Gilmer County, attended Agriculture and Conservation Day at the Capitol last week.

The day started with an early morning Farm to Table Breakfast, with Legislature Representatives and Conservation Supervisors enjoying a meal featuring food grown from producers all over West Virginia. 

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Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt was the guest speaker and spoke briefly after the meal. 

The remainder of the Conservation Day was spent at the Capitol, meeting with legislators and promoting the need for Conservation and Agriculture projects, plus expressing the need for additional funding for Gilmer County to achieve those goals.

We are glad to represent Gilmer county and appreciate the opportunity to serve the county.

Governor Jim Justice announces new Opportunity Zones Program

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Governor Jim Justice announced the Opportunity Zones Program, a new community development program established by Congress as a result of Public Law 115-97, also known as the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

The Opportunity Zones Program gives each state’s Governor the authority to designate Opportunity Zones, or areas of populations that are eligible to receive private investments through Opportunity Funds. While the designation does not guarantee private sector investment, it does make it eligible under Federal guidelines. The program is designed to drive long lasting investments into rural and low-income urban communities in every U.S. state and territory.

Opportunity Zones are defined as low-income census tracts where the poverty rate is 20 percent or greater and/or family income is less than 80 percent of the area’s median income. Opportunity Funds are established to attract investors that will drive needed money into distressed communities and spur redevelopment activities.  Each state may nominate a minimum of 25 total eligible census tracts but no more than 25% of the total number of eligible census tracts within the state.

Opportunity Funds investors can achieve tax relief on the capital gains generated through those investments for a period of time. Governor Justice has directed the West Virginia Department of Commerce to take all necessary steps to research and recommend which areas may or may not be designated as Opportunity Zones in the State of West Virginia. 

Local governments are encouraged to nominate areas for inclusion in the program by submitting a proposal to the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Additional information about the program as well as instructions on how to submit a proposal can be found HERE.

All proposals should be submitted through the portal by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 07, 2018.

Questions about the program may be directed to Wesley White at .

Nominations must be made by the Governor no later than March 22, 2018. When finalized, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will approve the nominated census tracts and administer the Opportunity Zone Program.

Renowned Flautist Lindsey Goodman to Hold Master Class

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On Monday, February 19, Lindsey Goodman will present a flute master class from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Goodman will be on campus to work with GSC flute majors. Additionally, the Department of Fine Arts is opening the class up to high school flute players for no cost.

Goodman, a renowned flautist and a 12 season principal flute player for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, recording artist, teacher, and clinician. She is also an adjunct faculty member for West Virginia State University and Marietta College.

She first got her start as an adjunct instructor of flute for Ashland University through the 2013-2014 school year as well as doing private teaching lessons in Goodman Flute Studios. She teaches a variety of levels starting with beginners through professionals that are in the central Ohio region. Goodman is a sought-after clinician for master classes and presentations on music careers, entrepreneurship, electroacoustics, chamber collaboration, and commissioning. Throughout her last eight seasons she has been able to reach students in thirty-three universities across two different countries.

For more information or to RSVP for the master class, call 304.462.6340.

Teachers, public employees planning walkout in West Virginia

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School teachers and public employees in West Virginia are planning a statewide walkout as they continue to protest low pay, projected hikes in health insurance costs and small proposed pay hikes.

Media outlets report that the decision to hold the walkout this Thursday and Friday was announced by the American Federal of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association at a rally at the State Capitol on Saturday.

Teachers and public employees have been demonstrating for weeks, including a large protest Friday. They are asking lawmakers to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency and increase pay.

The West Virginia House has voted to apply $29 million from the state’s rainy day fund to freeze insurance rates for teachers and state workers for the next fiscal year.

Governordeclares state of emergency in connection with flooding concerns

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Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning for all 55 counties freeing up resources to respond to flooding and the threat of additional high water.

A first round of rain moved across the state Friday resulting in flooding that closed dozens of roads along with causing mudslides along several highways.

By Friday evening, the National Weather Service was becoming more concerned about river flooding. Warnings are currently issued through Tuesday morning for some rivers. The Ohio River is forecasted to crest above flood stage in several areas.

Other rivers where sections are under flood warnings include the Little Kanawha, Tygart Valley and West Fork.

Another round of rain Saturday could cause additional problems but there’s a chance it will get cold enough in some areas for the rain to change to snow.

Next week’s forecast is for above average temperatures and the possibility of additional rain.

The statement from Gov. Jim Justice’s office released Saturday morning:

Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency early Saturday for all 55 counties, after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and was expected to continue throughout the weekend.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now on enhanced watch status and will continue to monitor the situation. The EOC will be fully activated if necessary. The West Virginia National Guard has also been notified and put on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency agencies.

West Virginia House votes to boost natural gas drilling

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The West Virginia House voted 60-40 on Thursday to allow drilling for natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners of its royalty interests agree.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Supporters said the bill enables a supermajority of a property’s owners to make money from West Virginia’s large underground gas reserves and would give the state more tax revenues and an economic boost.

Under current law, a single co-owner can block drilling, though a developer can sue to partition the property and proceed.

“I believe it’s important to the economy of West Virginia,” Delegate John Kelly said. The Parkersburg Republican said he has no personal interests in potential royalties or drilling leases, unlike many other legislators who were nonetheless ruled eligible to vote on the legislation.

Critics argued that it strips property rights from minority owners who oppose leasing their mineral rights to gas developers. Under the bill, they would be guaranteed a share of the highest royalty or a share in the producer’s revenues and costs as an investor.

“We are trying to legislate the use of that property,” Delegate Isaac Sponaugle said. The Franklin Democrat said he has letters on his desk from Chevron and other special interests that want the legislation. “It’s not good policy,” he said.

The bill deals only with co-owners of a single tract, said Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott. Developers wouldn’t be able to use the properties of non-consenting co-owners for gas storage, injection wells or disposal wells for fracking waste. Gas companies wouldn’t be able to place drilling pads and build roads without the written consent of the owners of the surface property, he said.

Horizontal drilling enables reaching underground mineral formations from drilling pads a mile away, Shott said. “If you’re a non-consenting co-tenant, they cannot use your surface without your consent.”

“What this bill does is create a method to resolve an impasse, a deadlock, that may exist when a small minority wishes to refrain from participating,” Shott said. Frequently many co-owners are involved with jointly inherited properties.

At a public hearing last week, Lissa Lucas, a Democratic candidate for a House seat who opposes the bill, was escorted from the podium for reading the names of legislators and their individual campaign contributions from energy companies.

On Thursday, Delegate Charlotte Lane, a Charleston Republican, said Lucas “disrespected our chamber,” noting that campaign finance records are public, and said the energy industry fuels homes and businesses, pays taxes and supports schools.

teachers Having Walk-in to protest state pay

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Teachers in a growing number of West Virginia counties are skipping school for a day to protest the state’s pay and health insurance.

The House of Delegates passed legislation Tuesday to give teachers 2 percent raises the next fiscal year and 1 percent in the three years after that.

The Senate last week approved 1 percent raises in each of the next five years.

Governor Jim Justice said health insurance coverage for public employees will be unchanged for the next 17 months.

Gilmer County High School Teachers and Staff will hold a walk-in in front of Gilmer Public Library starting at 7:00 AM till 7:45AM.

Teachers and Personnel from Gilmer Elementary School will hold a walk-in at Foodland Plaza in Hays City (Glenville) at the same time.

Teachers and Staff from both school also planning to hold a protest after school at Foodland Plaza.

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GCBOE Resolution in Support of Teachers and Employees

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Candidates for May 8th Primary Are Certified by WV Secretary of State

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Secretary of State Mac Warner announces that 566 candidates have been certified for the May 2018 primary ballot.

Candidates certified by the Secretary of State’s Office include those seeking federal and legislative offices, as well as vacant judicial seats covering more than one county, the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, and candidates for political party executive committees (attachment). County clerks will certify candidates seeking office at the county level.

“Anyone willing to step up and seek to serve the public deserves respect,“ said Secretary Warner. “We thank those who filed certificates of announcement. Now, it’s up to the voters to use their voices and make a choice in May.“

The candidate filing period started January 8th and ended midnight on January 27th. The last day to withdraw from the ballot was Tuesday, February 13th. The deadline for write-in candidates is the close of business Tuesday, March 20th.

The last day to register to vote in the May 8th primary is Tuesday, April 17th. Early voting starts Wednesday, April 25th, and ends Saturday, May 5th. Anyone wishing to register to vote can do so at their county clerk’s office or online at

As of January 1, 2018, voters must show a form of identification to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day in any election, with a few exceptions (link). Any ID shown for voting purposes must be valid and not expired.

To learn more about candidates on the ballot, campaign donations, Voter I.D., and important dates, visit our website at

Attachment: State Certification - Primary Election

Link: Online Voter Registration

Link: Voter I.D. Information

Link: WVSOS Elections Page

Valentine’s Day 2018

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Have a Very Happy Valentine’s Day

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DHHR Receives CMS approval for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Services

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services has received approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) treatment services.  This designation makes West Virginia the first state in the nation to receive such approval.

NAS is a generalized multisystem disorder that produces a constellation of symptoms in newborn babies when exposure to opioids is abruptly discontinued at birth.  Infants with NAS require around-the-clock care during the first weeks of their lives to combat symptoms of withdrawal such as tremors, vomiting, seizures, excessive crying, and sensitivity to stimuli (e.g., loud noises, bright lights, bright colors) and to wean the infant from his or her dependence on opiates using small doses of morphine or methadone.

“West Virginia is facing an opioid epidemic like no other state is experiencing,” said Cindy Beane, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services.  “This critical designation will allow us to treat the most vulnerable, innocent victims affected by this horrible crisis.”

Currently, Lily’s Place in Huntington is offering these services and now can be recognized by West Virginia Medicaid as a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Center. 

The intent of the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Center is to reduce or prevent symptoms of withdrawal in newborns who have been prenatally exposed to addictive drugs using both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

Under the program, newborns with NAS would receive services to treat withdrawal symptoms, including: 
    • Comprehensive assessment to determine a plan of care
    • Low or reduced stimulus environment, slow introduction to sensory stimulation (both site and sound)
    • Pharmaceutical Withdrawal Management, with tapering protocol as referenced by the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Monitoring Withdrawal Objective Assessment, at least twice, daily
    • Non-Pharmacological Interventions, including but not limited to
              o Therapeutic swaddling
              o Vestibular stimulation/vertical rocking
              o C-position
              o Head-to-toe movements
              o Clapping
              o Exercise to relieve gas discomfort
              o Newborn massage

Additional information can be found HERE

Glenville City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

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January 08, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Dean present. Council members Taylor and Huffman were absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

Public Comments


A. Approval of Minutes – December 04, 2017

The minutes from the December 04, 2017 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports


The bookkeeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial report with council. The City is currently at 52.60% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 63% and expenditures at 51%. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that the street department had been keeping the streets cleaned and treated for snow and ice.

Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on December 27th. There was one small water leak at a meter on VanHorn Drive. They purchased a 150 x 100 lot by the water plant. No sewer problems to report


Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

· Part time/Johnnie Heater

Johnnie Heater agreed to part-time employment for the City at $10 per hour on an as need basis. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the hiring of Johnnie Heater for part time employment at $10 per hour as needed. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

· Safety Committee Meeting (January 17 at noon)

Our Safety Meeting is held once per quarter with Mayor, Chief of Police, Head of Street Dept, one council at large, and manager from Glenville Utility. The meeting is scheduled for January 17 at 12:00 noon at the Mayor’s office.

· Update on Rosie the Riveter Project

Collected donations for this project. Council approved the purchase of the pole in the amount of $2455.00 at the December 2017 meeting. GCEDA has reimbursed the City for this purchase from a grant.

· Folk Festival Request

The Folk Festival Committee has requested permission to hold the Folk Festival downtown on June 21-24, 2018, with street closures. The Festival Committee will pay a flat fee of $150 for use of the City Park to cover water and utilities. Councilman Fisher made a motion to allow the Folk Festival Committee to hold the festival on June 21-24, 2018. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

III. Other Business to come before Council


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be February 05, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

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The Free Press WVAnd they’re far from alone in Trump’s White House   [ .... ]  Read More

Senate rejects bipartisan immigration plan and Trump’s, too

The Free Press WVThe Senate rejected both a bipartisan immigration plan and a more restrictive proposal by President Donald Trump on Thursday, suggesting the latest election-year debate on an issue that fires up both parties’ voters will produce a familiar outcome: stalemate [ .... ]  Read More

Congress Investigating the Rob Porter Mess

The Free Press WV House panel looking into how he kept his White House job   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump vastly overstates depth of labor pool

The Free Press WV As he envisions a manufacturing revival, President Donald Trump is telling lawmakers the U.S. has a vast, idle labor pool itching to go to work. That’s a mirage [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

The Free Press WVThree of the nation’s top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections — part of what they say is Moscow’s escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies [ .... ]  Read More

Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story

The Free Press WVStormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump’s personal attorney acknowledged paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s high-spending budget reverses longtime GOP dogma

The Free Press WV Donald Trump’s own budget director says if he were still a member of Congress he probably wouldn’t vote for the very budget plan he hawked Tuesday before the Senate Budget Committee [ .... ]  Read More

Trump threatens ‘tax’ on countries that exploit U.S. trade

The Free Press WV Donald Trump says he’s planning to announce a “reciprocal tax” on countries that take advantage of the United States on trade, with more details to be released later this week [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Turkey renames U.S. Embassy street after Syria offensive

The Free Press WVTurkish authorities on Monday renamed a street where the U.S. Embassy is located with the name of Turkey’s military offensive in Syria that had led to tensions between the allies [ .... ]  Read More

Clapper on Russia Threat: Trump ‘Never Talks About That’

The Free Press WV Also, perspectives on this week’s school shooting in Parkland [ .... ]  Read More

Mom Couldn’t Pay Bill, So Clinic Kept Her Baby

The Free Press WV ‘Baby Angel’ finally home in Gabon after 5 months and public outrage [ .... ]  Read More

Trump: ‘They’re Laughing Their Asses Off in Moscow’

The Free Press WV Trump is continuing his Twitter rant about Russian meddling [ .... ]  Read More

Vacationers’ Mystery Ailment Is Really a Brownie Problem

The Free Press WVPot brownies, that is [ .... ]  Read More

UK blames Russian military for ‘malicious’ cyberattack

The Free Press WV Britain blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, accusing Moscow of “weaponizing information” in a new kind of warfare [ .... ]  Read More

Key senator to stop blocking U.S. arms sales to Persian Gulf

The Free Press WVThe United States is poised to let Persian Gulf nations resume buying American-made lethal weapons after a key U.S. senator said he would stop blocking the sales, even though the Qatar diplomatic crisis that prompted the freeze is no closer to being resolved [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. says detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter

The Free Press WVHe was an unruly college student in Louisiana where he mixed booze and gambling with classes on electrical engineering. A decade later, he was guarding an Islamic State oil field in Syria and storing bomb-making files and military handbooks on thumb drives [ .... ]  Read More

European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

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U.S. boosts aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cut

The Free Press WVDonald Trump’s rhetoric on punishing countries that don’t agree with U.S. policy in the Middle East collided with reality as his administration announced it would boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years [ .... ]  Read More

New U.S.-Turkey tensions overshadow anti-IS unity meeting

The Free Press WV The Trump administration’s appeal for unity fell on a critical deaf ear Tuesday as the latest expression of U.S. support for Kurdish rebels in Syria enraged America’s NATO ally, Turkey, and overshadowed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plea for nations fighting the Islamic State to overcome rivalries and concentrate on eradicating the extremist group from the Middle East [ .... ]  Read More

Police recommend indictments of Netanyahu

The Free Press WVIsraeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to step down [ .... ]  Read More

$88.2B price tag for rebuilding Iraq after Islamic State war

The Free Press WVKuwait opened a week of conferences seeking aid for rebuilding Iraq after the onslaught of the Islamic State group, seeking tens of billions of dollars for a nation only a generation ago that invaded it [ .... ]  Read More

Drones grounded at opening ceremony _ but not on tape delay

The Free Press WVAn army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded [ .... ]  Read More

Romanian study: Half-day old snow is safe to eat

The Free Press WVHow safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study [ .... ]  Read More

It’s Splitsville for Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux

The Free Press WV We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple   [ .... ]  Read More

YouTube Stars Awake to Terrifying Ordeal

‘Disturbed’ fan with gun searched Megan Turney and Gavin Free’s home while they hid in closet [ .... ]  Read More

Black Panther Had Really, Historically Good Friday

The Free Press WV Disney says film had 8th biggest day in movie history [ .... ]  Read More

10 Best Romantic Comedies

Argue about inclusion of ‘You’ve Got Mail’ but not ‘Sleepless in Seattle’  [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Sides With Swift Over ‘Unoriginal’ Lyrics

The Free Press WVTwo songwriters say she ripped off words for ‘Shake It Off’  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Early Man’

Wallace and Gromit creator goes prehistoric with ‘Early Man’  [ .... ]  Read More

Berlin Film Fest kicks off in the shadow of #MeToo

The Free Press WVThe curtain went up Thursday at the annual Berlin International Film Festival with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s new animated film, “Isle of Dogs”  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Nostalgia’

One of the first images in the film “Nostalgia” is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, ever shifting in the wide sky [ .... ]  Read More

Review: Tom Miller’s novel turns gender roles upside down

The Free Press WVRarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn’t loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way through [ .... ]  Read More

‘Hello, Universe’ wins Newbery for best children’s book

The Free Press WVErin Entrada Kelly’s “Hello, Universe,” a nuanced account of a diverse group of middle school students and their unexpected encounters, has won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding children’s book of 2017 [ .... ]  Read More

Woman uses photography to give voice to the voiceless

The Free Press WVHer kids were each born with certain special needs which kept them within arms-length of the doctor and in need of constant attention and treatment [ .... ]  Read More

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ commands $38.8 million to top charts

The Free Press WV Newcomers like “Fifty Shades Freed,” ″Peter Rabbit” and “The 15:17 to Paris” breathed some fresh life into a marketplace that has for weeks been dominated by “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” ″The Greatest Showman” and various Oscar contenders [ .... ]  Read More

Rose Byrne’s greatest technical challenge? ‘Peter Rabbit

The Free Press WVRose Byrne has done nearly every type of film — physical comedy (“Bridesmaids,” ″Neighbors”), horror (“Insidious”), sci-fi (“Sunshine”), period (“Marie Antoinette”), action (“Troy”), musical (“Annie”) and superhero (“X-Men: First Class”) — so it might come as a surprise that she met her technical match on “Peter Rabbit”  [ .... ]  Read More

Unlimited movie-theater deal could be too good to survive

The Free Press WVMoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

In his latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,“ Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before. Having already dispensed with many of the typical accoutrements of Hollywood filmmaking — lengthy development, a battery of takes, any handwringing at all — he has, with characteristically little anguish, jettisoned actors from the picture, too. Who needs ‘em, anyway?  [ .... ]  Read More




Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

The Free Press WV Consumers Energy will phase out electricity production from coal by 2040 to slash emissions of heat-trapping gases that cause global warming [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices up 1.0% in January led by higher fuel prices; export prices rise 0.8%  [....]  Read More

Producer Price Index

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand rises 0.4% in January; services increase 0.3%, goods advance 0.7%  [....]  Read More

8 lenders that aren’t serving people of color for home loans

The Free Press WVAcross America, a troubling pattern emerges in data analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: Nearly two-thirds of mortgage lenders denied home loans for people of color at higher rates than for white people. But among the 6,600 U.S. lenders, some banks stood out for particularly extreme practices [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 02.16.2018

The Free Press WVS&P 500 Posts 4.3% Weekly Gain, Snapping Two-Week Losing Streak; Technology, Financials Lead Broad Climb [ .... ]  Read More

Energy drives US wholesale prices up 0.4 percent in January

The Free Press WVU.S. wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in January, the biggest increase since November, as a big jump in energy prices offset a small decline in the cost of food [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. factory output flat for 2nd straight month

The Free Press WVU.S. factory output was unchanged in January for the second straight month after three months of healthy gains [ .... ]  Read More

Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium member

The Free Press WVSam’s Club is offering free shipping for premium members and simplifying its membership tiers [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings decrease 0.2% in January [....]  Read More

Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items increases 0.5% in January as broad array of indexes rise [....]  Read More

Powerball winner who demands anonymity to get money

The Free Press WV A New Hampshire woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot is likely to get the money soon as her demand to remain anonymous makes its way through the courts [ .... ]  Read More

Danica Patrick shown as businesswoman in new GoDaddy ad

The Free Press WVDanica Patrick and GoDaddy show the growth of their brands in a bright, new commercial that features Patrick’s transition to life off the track [ .... ]  Read More

Lobbying expenses spiked as Congress shaped tax overhaul

The Free Press WVMoney spent on lobbying by corporations, trade associations and special interest groups spiked during the final three months of 2017 as they battled for the biggest breaks possible in the most dramatic tax overhaul in more than 30 years [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 02.09.2018

The Free Press WVS&P 500 Posts 5.2% Weekly Drop in Second Consecutive Down Week as Energy, Financials Lead Tumble [ .... ]  Read More

Citing fraud, LL Bean imposes limits on its return policy

The Free Press WVL.L. Bean’s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Track & Field Team Has Great Showing at Kent State Tune Up Meet

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State Track & Field team had a great showing on Saturday at the Kent State Tune Up meet with several athletes recording personal records in their last indoor meet of the year [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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Pioneers Fall to Hilltoppers on the Road

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneers fell on the road Saturday afternoon to the No. 5 Hilltoppers of West Liberty University, 105-66 [ .... ]  Read More

McLeod Helps Lift No. 7/8 Glenville State Past West Liberty

The Free Press WV The No. 7/8 Glenville State Lady Pioneer basketball team outlasted the West Liberty Hilltoppers on the road Saturday as they stay undefeated in league play and won their 24th straight game, 106-103 [ .... ]  Read More

10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal

The Free Press WVIncluding a country with the word ‘ice’ in it   [ .... ]  Read More

Germany has taken the lead in the Winter Olympics medal table

The Free Press WVThe 2018 Winter Olympics have now hit their full stride and 90 medals have been awarded in the first five days [ .... ]  Read More

GCHS Jr. High Girls Basketball Results_180209

The Free Press WV Both Gilmer County Junior High Girls teams participated in the LKC Tournament hosted by Pleasants County [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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Baseball Splits Day Two Double-Header with Barton College

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneer Baseball team split a double-header with the Barton College Bulldogs on day two, Saturday afternoon, as GSC claimed their first win of the 2018 season [ .... ]  Read More

In 1st Documented Case, Trans Woman Breastfeeds

The Free Press WV It’s ‘a very big deal,‘ says one doctor   [ .... ]  Read More

Painkiller’s Price 22 Times More Expensive Than in 2013

The Free Press WVHorizon Pharma’s Vimovo just saw latest price hike, but maker says most will pay less than $10   [ .... ]  Read More

Onion Beer Bread is a crowd- pleaser

The Free Press WVOnion Beer Bread will make your whole house smell heavenly as it bakes. I recommend serving it right out of the oven, but it’s still darn tasty at room temperature or even cold [ .... ]  Read More

Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

The Free Press WVDonald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas [ .... ]  Read More

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beer Beef Stew

The Free Press WVLet’s just start by saying that the words beef, beer and barbecue in a recipe title don’t make my husband sad [ .... ]  Read More

A Westminster wow: Bichon frise becomes America’s top dog

The Free Press WVFans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision [ .... ]  Read More

4 alternatives for when your 401(k) doesn’t cut it

The Free Press WV There’s a finite list of things you can change at work — and your employer’s less-than-stellar retirement plan probably isn’t among them [ .... ]  Read More

Aphrodisiac plants are as close as the nearest supermarket

The Free Press WVMoney can’t buy you love, but it can buy you plants. And maybe plants can win over your Valentine [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Slow-Cooked Pork Roast

The Free Press WVSlowly cooking a big hunk of tough, inexpensive meat isn’t just the best way to cook this cut of meat. It’s really the only way [ .... ]  Read More

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The Free Press WV The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVIf you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.  [ .... ]  Read More

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

The Free Press WV The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago [ .... ]  Read More

‘Diet’ doesn’t have to be a bad word

The Free Press WVAll those miles on the treadmill and the sore muscles from lifting weights are an important step in improving fitness [ .... ]  Read More

Insulin quality questions have diabetes experts scrambling

The Free Press WVPreliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern even as serious questions are raised about the research itself [ .... ]  Read More

Serve white bean soup with dumplings for hearty winter meal

The Free Press WVThey say that everyone complains about the weather — winter especially — but no one ever does anything about it. Well, here’s something you can do that will make you feel much better. Cook up a big hot bowl of Italian soup for dinner, garnished with homemade — and idiot-proof! — dumplings [ .... ]  Read More



From PyeongChang to Lasting Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Sometimes, art can point to answers that the stuffy logic of policy wonks cannot [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WVATTENTION:  Former and retired employees of DHHR from Clay and Braxton Counties will meet for lunch at the Flatwoods Shoney’s at 12 o’clock noon on Friday, February 23, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Trumped up treason

The Free Press WV “Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean — yeah I guess, why not. Can we call that treason? Why not. I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much.” –Donald Trump on Democratic Senators and Congress members who didn’t clap for him in his State of the Union speech [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. makes new claims of WMD in Syria

The Free Press WVWhen Is There Going to be Accountability for US Wars and Aggression?  [ .... ]  Read More

“Fake News” Is Fake News

The Free Press WVThe people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. They’re billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world [ .... ]  Read More

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

The Free Press WVWhy throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands?  [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: February, The Shortest Month

The Free Press WV February was sassafras tea month. Mom had a big fat kettle with a bale on it and Dad would dig up some sassafras roots, bring them home [ .... ]  Read More

Poor posture: Trump’s nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War

The Free Press WV While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as Trump’s Nuclear Posture [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Eat as is (which I love) or mash with a fork and use for cooking.  Can be spread over warm French bread, mixed with sour cream for a topping for baked potatoes, or mixed in with Parmesan and pasta [ .... ]  Read More

#MeToo “Where Are the Men?” Hiding in Plain Sight for 40 Years

The Free Press WVWhere are the men? Since last fall, when Harvey Weinstein and his predator brothers were exposed for enacting poisonous masculinity [ .... ]  Read More

Bring on Solutionary Rail!

The Free Press WV It’s not every day that you run across an idea so elegant, so eminently practical that your jaw literally drops as you stagger beneath the shock of your huge “aha” moment [ .... ]  Read More

Who Is a Hero?

The Free Press WV In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. occupation authorities in Germany, checking on the effectiveness of their “denazification” program [ .... ]  Read More

Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze for Freeze with North Korea

The Free Press WVPoor Rex Tillerson. Secretary of State must have sounded like an awesome job to the former Chairman and CEO of Exxon/Mobil [ .... ]  Read More

A Treacherous Crossing

The Free Press WVOn January 23rd an overcrowded smuggling boat capsized off the coast of Aden in Southern Yemen. Smugglers packed 152 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia in the boat and then [ .... ]  Read More

Little Barbies: Sex Trafficking of Young Girls Is America’s Dirty Little Secret

The Free Press WV“Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day.”—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia State Parks anticipate a great camping year in 2018

The Free Press WV Campsite reservations began February 15, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer County, attended Agriculture and Conservation Day at the Capitol

The Free Press WVWe are glad to represent Gilmer county and appreciate the opportunity to serve the county [ .... ]  Read More


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Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

West Virginia to stock waters with golden rainbow trout

The Free Press WVAnglers in West Virginia will someday be pulling more gold from the state’s lakes and streams, thanks to a decision to stock waters with bright-yellow golden rainbow trout [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislation Would Support Healthy Forests and Expanded Recreational Opportunities in WV

The Free Press WVRestoring and improving the health of West Virginia’s state park lands while creating expanded public recreational opportunities are the goals of West Virginia Senate bill SB270 and its House companion HB4182 [ .... ]  Read More

Paintings sought for 2019 West Virginia wildlife calendar

The Free Press WV The DNR says in a news release that the deadline for submitting original, color wildlife paintings is February 19 [ .... ]  Read More


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United leads list of on-time U.S. airlines

The Free Press WV Here are the government’s rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for December [ .... ]  Read More

Push to move U.S. public land managers west wins new support

The Free Press WVFrom its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails [ .... ]  Read More

Study: Treated Oil, Gas Wastewater Leaves Radioactive Contamination

The Free Press WVTreated oil and gas wastewater flows into a stream in western Pennsylvania. A new Duke study finds stream sediments at disposal sites such as this one have levels of radioactivity that are 650 times higher than at unaffected upstream sites.  [ .... ]  Read More

Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears

The Free Press WVSome polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows [ .... ]  Read More


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West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of January 29, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Orca Learns to Mimic ‘Hello,‘ Other Words

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Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Scientists Create Human-Sheep Chimera for Organ Donations

The Free Press WVThough it’s long way from sheep embryos with human cells to that point [ .... ]  Read More

These Might Be the Only Non-Human War Medics

Researchers observe Matabele ants licking wounded warriors back to health [ .... ]  Read More

For Those on 10% More ‘Ultra-Processed’ Food, Up Go Cancer Numbers

The Free Press WV Scientists say they need to do a lot more research, though   [ .... ]  Read More

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets U.S. OK

The Free Press WVThe first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval [ .... ]  Read More

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

The Free Press WVAn unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew [ .... ]  Read More

Critics wary as Google’s Chrome preps ad-blocking crackdown

The Free Press WVGoogle’s aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own ad-blocking software, which costs publishers revenue by preventing ads from displaying [ .... ]  Read More1

German court rules several Facebook settings violate laws

The Free Press WVA German court has ruled that Facebook’s insistence that users provide their real names violates the country’s data protection laws [ .... ]  Read More

Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike

The Free Press WV Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaving shareholders in suspense about whether the iPhone maker will use its windfall from a tax cut on overseas profits for a big boost to its quarterly dividend [ .... ]  Read More

Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment?

The Free Press WV The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue [ .... ]  Read More

Twitter makes money for first time ever, but problems remain

The Free Press WV Twitter made money for the first time in its nearly 12-year history, a milestone that satisfied investors in the short term but might not resolve the company’s broader problems any time soon [ .... ]  Read More

Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away

The Free Press WVThe NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken [ .... ]  Read More

Kale to go: Amazon to roll out delivery at Whole Foods

The Free Press WV Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods — and Margot Good might never visit the organic grocery chain again [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook’s ‘fixes’- meaningful or just skin deep?

The Free Press WV To Mark Zuckerberg, fixing Facebook means many things — protecting users from abuse, preventing elections meddling from malicious actors, weeding out fake news and “making sure time spent on Facebook is well spent”  [ .... ]  Read More

Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

The Free Press WVRats and mice were bombarded for nine hours a day for up to two years with a radiation level so high that humans would only experience it briefly, such as when a phone with a weak signal expends more energy searching for a stronger one [ .... ]  Read More

Judging by algorithm: Using risk factors to score defendants

The Free Press WVInstead of holding criminal defendants on cash bail, courts around the United States are increasingly using algorithmic risk-assessment tools to help judges decide if a defendant should be jailed or go free while awaiting trial [ .... ]  Read More

Help Wanted

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American Heart Month

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Mountain State Maple Days

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Mardi Gras Themed Premium Night Scheduled for February 22

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GSC Theater Performing ‘Secondary Cause of Death’

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Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-School Family Event - 02.23.18

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Percussion Ensemble Tickets on Sale February 19, 2018

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Percussion Ensemble tickets go on sale Monday, February 19

Kindermusik - 02.27.18

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Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

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Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service
Gilmer and Calhoun County

Gilmer and Calhoun County respectively at
304.462.7061 or 304.354.6332

Orders and payment is due by
Wednesday, February 28, 2018,
at the close of business, 4:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: Garden Series

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3/3 at 33 - March 03, 2018

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Winter Swap Meet – Saturday, March 03, 2018

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9th Annual Winter Swap Meet will be held Saturday, March 03, 2018

Washington County Fair Grounds

922 Front Street, north of downtown Marietta

7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Parking is free

For more information call 740.538.0023

email ‘’

Basement Sale - March 01-03, 2018

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“Basement Sale” at the Rosedale Senior Center in Rosedale, WV

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 01, 02, & 03, 2018

Doors open at 8:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM

At least three (3) families will have items for sale

There will be a bread maker, books, purses, shoes,
clothes for men, women and children (all sizes),
household items, knick knacks
and other items too numerous to mention

Hot Dogs, Chips, Drinks, and Baked Goods will be sold

We hope to see you there

Not responsible for accidents

C-GCC Adult Basic Education

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Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information

GSC Open House Scheduled for March 24, 2018

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The last day to RSVP for this event is Wednesday, March 21.

To RSVP visit or call 800.924.2010.

GSC Pool Schedule

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Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Jennifer Wenner at or at 304.462.6436


Reader's Comments

Valeria Rae Smith

The Free Press WV Age 54, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at her residence. Valeria was born June 04, 1963 in Parkersburg, WV a daughter of the late Warren Eads and Opal (Harris) Cain [....]  Read More

Susan Jane Spencer Wiseman

The Free Press WV Age 51, of Ivydale, WV passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 in Kentucky. She was born January 09, 1967 in Columbus, OH to Wanda Jarvis Spencer and the late Jennings Spencer [....]  Read More

Joseph H. Quick

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Vienna, WV passed away Sunday February 18, 2018 at Camden Clark Memorial Campus. He was born in Petroleum, WV a son of the late John W. and Persus (Liddle) Quick [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Eugene Marks Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away February 18, 2018, at his home, following an extended illness. He was born October 19, 1933, in Volcano, WV, a son of the late Frank and Elsie Jane (Jenkins) Marks [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Ann (Singleton) Ratliff

The Free Press WVAge 70, passed away on February 15, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Formerly of Falls Mill, WV she was born on December 13, 1947 to the late Jarvis Singleton and Frances (Singleton) Singleton [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin Smith West

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Mt. Zion, WV went to be with his Lord on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Glenville Center. He was born October 26, 1942, a son of the late Seldon and Ivy May West [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Joseph Minigh

The Free Press WVAge 85 of Cedarville, WV; departed this life on the morning of Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Camden Clark memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, WV; following an extended illness. Born July 03, 1932 in Burnsville, WV; Robert is the son of the late Floyd and Lourah Rhoades Minigh [ .... ]  Read More

Hubert H. Riddle

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his residence. He was born October 31, 1926, Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Robert and Minnie Barr Riddle [ .... ]  Read More

Kathryn “Kathy” Lynette Friend Fridley

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Sycamore Lick Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side. She was born in Hampton, VA on December 31, 1954 a daughter of the late Douglas Friend and Barbara June Swisher McCarty [ .... ]  Read More

Sandra “Sandy” G. Dotson

The Free Press WV Age 65 of Pike Fork, Salem, WV departed this life on February 16, 2018 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.  She was born on May 04, 1952 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of the late Roy “Putt” and Edna May Hutson Seese [....]  Read More

James Kenneth Tedrick

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Creston, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.  He was born April 13, 1945 in Plainfield, Ohio, a son of the late Kenneth and Florence Tedrick [ .... ]  Read More

Meloney Jo Davis

The Free Press WVAge 47, of Grantsville, WV passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. Meloney was born August 04, 1970 in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of Gloria Villers and the late William Villers, Sr [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Pearl Posey

The Free Press WVformerly of Jane Lew, WV, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter, Joyce, in Prosperity, South Carolina on February 11, 2018, at the age of 84. Margaret was born to Hiram and Margaret Grimm on September 24, 1933 in Fairchance, PA [ .... ]  Read More

James E. Tanner Jr,

The Free Press WVof Chloe, WV, formerly of Reedsburg, WI, unexpectedly passed away on February 08, 2018 in his home at the age of 45 years. James was born November17,1972 in Mt. Clemens, MI to James E. Tanner and Lettie L. Morales (Butcher)  [ .... ]  Read More

Cecil Raymond Reed

The Free Press WV Age 76 of Auburn, WV; departed this life at 5:09 AM; Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born June 12, 1941 in Gilmer County, WV, Cecil is the son of the late Hazel and Goldie Butler Reed [....]  Read More

James Lynn Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 58, of Auburn, WV, passed away February 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 27, 1959 at Philippi, WV, the son of the late James Lee and Mary Ann Peters Thompson [....]  Read More

Patricia Ann Propps

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Birch River, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born December 19, 1947 in Birch River , WVto the late Clarence Howard & Mildred Dodrill Holmes [ .... ]  Read More

Phillip Neil Hill

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Vienna, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones. He was born in Doddridge County, West Virginia on September 03, 1932, to Hayward G. and Clarice Powell Hill [ .... ]  Read More

Caroline Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Washington, WV, passed away February 14, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 09, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV the daughter of the late Bertis and Eloise Gainer Byrd [ .... ]  Read More

Frederick Bernard Fuhrmaneck

The Free Press WVAge 93, previously of Flatwoods, WV, passed away February 10, 2018 at the Victoria Manor, Buckhannon, WV where he had been a resident for the last few months. He was born July 25, 1924, in Baltimore MD, to the late Joseph Fuhrmaneck and the late Mary Edna Slimme [ .... ]  Read More

Emmett Richard Parr

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away February 12, 2018 at Belpre Landing Nursing & Rehabilitation. He was born January 26, 1930 in Cairo, WV son of the late Richard Calvin and Teresa Lemley Parr [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin O. “Bill” Hinton

The Free Press WV Beloved Father of James “Mike” Hinton and Charles “Chuck” Hinton, passed peacefully February 10, 2018 at his home in his 80th year. He was born in Ellenboro on November 16, 1937 the only child of the late William B. “Bill” Hinton and Lucille Hinton Gibson [....]  Read More

Helen Marie Morris

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Summersville, WV went home to be with her heavenly Father on February 12, 2018 at Summersville Regional Hospital, Summersville. She was born October 10, 1930 in Widen, WV, the daughter of the late Charles Leslie & Virgie Mae Murphy Jones [ .... ]  Read More

David William Marsh

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Little Birch, WV passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. David was born October 04, 1953 in Sutton, WV to the late Clarence Chester & Eva Lucille Berry Marsh.  [ .... ]  Read More

Edith Virginia Jones

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Big Bend, WV passed away Friday, February 09, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville, West Virginia. She was born May 03, 1922 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Harley and Ina Richards Eagle [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Marie Stewart

The Free Press WVNorma’s journey began on August 28, 1940 in Newberne, WV. She was the daughter of Robert H. Stewart and Gladys Riddle Stewart [ .... ]  Read More

David Edward Elson Poling

The Free Press WV Age 50, of Parkersburg, WV (formerly of Pennsboro, WV) departed this life on Thursday, February 08, 2018. David was born February 07, 1968 in Parkersburg, WV a son to the late Rev. Kermit Poling and Patricia (Groves) Poling of Pennsboro, WV [....]  Read More

Harley LeRoy Roupe

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Little Birch,WV passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV. He was born November 24, 1927 in Sutton, WV to the late Samuel & Laura Roupe. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rosalene McCourt Roupe [....]  Read More

Thomas Stephen “Steve” Alfred

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Weston, WV passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him at 2:48 PM Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born December 21, 1948, a son of the late Thomas Jefferson Alfred and Bertie Belle Shallenberger Alfred [ .... ]  Read More

Elden S. Greathouse

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Sugar Camp Run Road, New Milton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 09, 2018.  He was born on June 28, 1938 in Doddridge County a son of the late Kenneth and Grace Childers Greathouse [....]  Read More

Rolland Earl “Bub” Jenkins

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Long Run Road, Lost Creek, WV passed away at 11:22 AM on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born in Taylor County, WV on November 08, 1944 a son of the late Harry Edward Jenkins and Nellie Pearl Patrick Jenkins [ .... ]  Read More

Allen Lee Ash Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 51 of Route 23, Doddridge County, WV passed away on Thursday February 08, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 20, 1966, in Laurel, MD, son of Allen Lee Ash Sr. and Janet Sue Lantz Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Lee Wilfong

The Free Press WVAge 75, of 8098 Copley Road, Weston, WV, departed this life on February 01, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Rich was born on March 29, 1942, in Linn, Gilmer County, WV, the son of the late Basil Dean Wilfong and Dorothy Ellen Persinger Wilfong [ .... ]  Read More

Bryce C. Goodwin

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Vienna, WV passed away Wednesday, February 07, 2018 at the Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born July 07, 1946 in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Paul and Dorothy Starkey Goodwin [ .... ]  Read More

Andrew S. Coon

The Free Press WVAge 28, of Vienna, WV, passed away on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in Parkersburg, WV. He was born in Warrensville, Ohio on July 11, 1989, a son of the late Charles H. Coon, Sr. and Darlene Coon, of Vienna, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Melba “Jane” Ware

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Mount Gilead, formerly of Fall Run, WV passed early Thursday, February 08, 2018 at home. She was born on November 30, 1934 to the late Maxwell and Bessie (Modessit) Williston [ .... ]  Read More

Alice Maysel Duncan

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Elmira, WV departed this earth to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 08, 2018 at the home of her daughter, Susan Woods. She was surrounded by her loved ones. She was born May 17, 1938, the daughter of the late Everett Jackson, Lovie Copen King and Jonathon King [....]  Read More

Berdeal DeWeese Conley

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Morgantown WV, passed away February 07, 2018 at home.  She was born July 17, 1941 in Minnora, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Anna Mae Brady

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Burnsville, WV passed away February 06, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born December 27, 1936 in Braxton Count, WV, a daughter of the late Chris and Edna Gerwig Brady [....]  Read More

Kenneth Lee Page Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 66 of Normantown, WV; departed this life on Tuesday night, February 06, 2018 at his residence with his family by his side. Born June 25, 1951 in Elyria, Ohio, Kenny is the son of the late Kenneth Lee Sr. and Delight Bowser Page [....]  Read More

Minnie Yvonne Ellyson

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Alice Road, Cox’s Mills, WV departed this life on the morning of Tuesday, February 06, 2018 at her residence, following an extended illness. Born January 10, 1939 in Gilmer County, WV, Yvonne is the daughter of the late Homer R. and Eva Pearl Campbell Sheets [....]  Read More

Sheila Ann Norman

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, February 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 01, 1956: daughter of the late Clenley Marple and Marguerite (Davis) Marple [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Maynard Nichols

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Servia, WV passed away February 05, 2018 at home. He was born August 24, 1941 at Lizemore, WV a son of the late Maynard and Jewel Mae Nichols [....]  Read More

Jack Zeigler

The Free Press WV Age 86, of St. Marys, WV passed away Thursday, February 01, 2018, at his residence. He was born in West Union, WV the son of the late Charles and Beulah Kimball Zeigler [....]  Read More

Marion Franklin “Buck” Duncan

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Laurel Run Road, Crawford, WV passed away at 2:29 AM on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Vandalia, WV on May 13, 1934 a son of the late Samuel Franklin Duncan and Lois Ruth Harris Duncan [ .... ]  Read More

​Edward L. Smith

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Buckhannon WV passed away Sunday, February 04, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born June 20, 1943 in Lewis County, WV, a son of the late William and Mary Lee Queen Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Lyla Jean Sharps

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Glenville, WV departed this life in the early morning hours of Monday, February 05, 2018 at her residence in Camden Flats, following an extended illness. Born February 07, 1936 in Apple Farm, WV; (Calhoun County), Lyla is the daughter of the late Edwin E. and Lurland Robinson Stump [....]  Read More

Audrie Nadine Smith

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Barberton, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, WV passed away Saturday, February 03, 2018 at her home. She was born August 17, 1944 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Homer A. and Audrie Cox Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Joy Marie (Shaffer) Starcher

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Friday, February 02, 2018, at her home. She was born December 13, 1940 at Mt. Zion, the daughter of the late James Farley and Violet (Snyder) Shaffer [....]  Read More

Barbara Ann Skinner Somerville

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Good Hope, WV passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 03, 2018 in the Crestview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Jane Lew, with family by her side. She was born in Weston, WV on May 06, 1936 a daughter of the late Robert Ancel Skinner and Virginia May Mitchell Skinner [ .... ]  Read More

Rebecca “Becky” Joan Forquer

The Free Press WV Age 56 of Salem, WV passed away on Friday, February 02, 2018 at United Hospital Center. She was born September 23, 1961 in Salem, WV; the daughter of the late Robert Moore and Imojean George Moore of Salem who survives [....]  Read More

Channing Robert Ash

The Free Press WVInfant son of Justin Lee Ash of Salem, WV and Kayla Sue Yerkey of Salem, WV passed away at UPMC Children’s Hospital on February 01, 2018. He was born January 27, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Bradley “Duck” Rogers

The Free Press WVAge 69, departed this life on January 25, 2018, in Wilmington, NC. He was born on February 22, 1948, in Pennsboro, WV, to the late Lewis Ford Rogers and C. Rowena Ford Rogers [ .... ]  Read More

Marty Thomas Toler

The Free Press WVAge 31, of Exchange, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. He was born June 03, 1986 in Summersville, WV the son of Ralph Dean & Patti Sue Matney Toler of Exchange [ .... ]  Read More

Naoma Gay O’Connell

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Smith Ave. Buckhannon, WV passed away at 10:08 AM on Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Cortland Acres Nursing Home in Thomas. She was born in Weston, WV on July 12, 1938 a daughter of the late Robert Nathaniel Moats and Mauldie May Westfall Moats [ .... ]  Read More

Wilma Jean Jones

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Wilma Jean was born July 05, 1935 in Cornwallis, WV, a daughter of the late James J. and Berdelia (Horner) Griffith [....]  Read More

Orpha M. Iams

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 29, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 18, 1924 at Elk Lick near Center Point, WV, the daughter of the late Russell Blaine and Rebecca Virginia Knight Ferrebee [....]  Read More

Richard Charles Parker

The Free Press WVAge 74 left behind his best friend and wife of 54 years on 01.30.18 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Richard departed this life from the comfort of his home surrounded by his wife and three surviving children: Richard C. Parker Jr (wife Amanda), Rebecca Hamon (Husband Troy), and Judy Puffinbarker (Greg)  [ .... ]  Read More

Nila Lee Smith

The Free Press WV Age 86, formerly of Vienna, WV passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, after a brief illness. She was born on April 19, 1931, to Clay and Esther Francis of Grantsville, WV who preceded her in death [....]  Read More

Franklin D. “Frank” Conley

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Elyria, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. He was born on November 21, 1936 in Dutch, WV to the late Michael and Nelly (nee Brown) Conley [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!


From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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