WVU researchers assess how a vegetarian diet can help prevent or control diabetes

As West Virginia University works toward becoming the world’s first Blue Zones Certified university, a graduate-student researcher in the WVU School of Public Health is exploring how one of the Blue Zone Project’s tenets—eating an abundance of vegetables—can make individuals with diabetes, and those at-risk of developing the condition, healthier.

Rachel Wattick, a doctoral student specializing in social and behavioral sciences, investigated the association between a range of vegetarian diets and diabetes outcomes. She and her mentor Melissa Olfert—an associate professor of human nutrition and foods in the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design—found that whole plant foods play a crucial role in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. Their work is part of WVU’s Lifestyle Intervention Research Lab, which Olfert leads.

The Blue Zones Project—an initiative designed to help community members live longer, healthier lives and alleviate their chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes—echoes Wattick’s and Olfert’s findings. The project encourages people to make most, if not all, of their food plant-based. Adopting a vegetarian diet is one way to clear that high bar.

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WVU Organic Farm intern Ava Melzak holds a bunch of green beans.

The researchers performed a literature review of studies that focused on both diabetes and plant-based diets. Most of the studies were published in peer-reviewed journals within the past five years, but somewhat older studies were also included “if they were extremely relevant or if they touched on things that more current studies didn’t,” explained Wattick.

Across the spectrum of vegetarian diets that the studies probed—from veganism, which excludes eggs, cheese and other animal products, to semi-vegetarianism, which allows occasional meat eating—a correlation held constant: the more a diet relied on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes and other plant-based foods low in saturated fat, the more it lowered someone’s risk of developing diabetes.

Among people who already had diabetes, plant-based diets were associated with healthier blood-sugar levels, lower body weight and reduced dependence on insulin and other diabetes medications.

In one study the researchers considered, 39 percent of participants who treated their diabetes with medication or insulin could stop taking the pills or giving themselves injections after they adopted a near-vegetarian diet.

Given the rising cost of insulin, using plant-based foods to shrink insulin doses or eliminate them entirely may be especially beneficial in West Virginia. The state has the highest incidence of diabetes in the nation but one of the lowest average household incomes.

In a recent study that Olfert led—titled “FRUVEDomics” and pending publication—a team of researchers asked 43 young adults to comply with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines. Participants were instructed to fill at least half of their plates with fruits and vegetables. All of the participants either had or were at risk of developing metabolic syndrome. Those who stuck to the diet recommendations spent, on average, $29 a week more on groceries than those who did not.

“Is it cheaper? No,” said Olfert. “But you have to weigh the pros and cons of a healthier plate for $29 more a week, versus getting fast food or grab-and-go, high-sodium and empty-calorie, convenient meals in the grocery store. Those are going to be what we consider calorie-dense but nutrient-poor foods, and that is the very crux of what promotes metabolic syndrome.”

“I think it would be interesting to do an analysis of how much people are actually paying for their insulin and comparing it to what they would pay for healthy food,” Wattick said.

Even if someone can’t afford to replace meat with healthy, plant-based foods in every meal, he or she is still better off making some substitutions than none at all.

“The research seems to show that veganism is the most therapeutic and protective diet for controlling and maintaining health with diabetes, but if we consider people’s current habits, and if they do eat meat regularly now, even beginning a semi-vegetarian diet—having meat just once a week—can help,” Wattick said.

In one study that the researchers took into account, the prevalence of diabetes decreased incrementally as people consumed fewer and fewer animal products. Participants who ate a typical amount of meat had a diabetes rate of 7.6 percent. Those the study classified as “semi-vegetarian” had a rate of 6.1 percent. Pescatarians (who eat fish but not meat), ovo-lacto vegetarians (who eschew meat but eat animal products) and vegans had rates of 4.8 percent, 3.2 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively.

“If you can make changes that you can adhere to, that’s important,” Wattick said. “And you could have your own diet that you follow that is very strict, but then, if you’re visiting family or you go out to eat, it’s okay sometimes to accommodate those situations. It’s not going to totally throw everything off.”

Operating Support Grants Build Capacity

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As competition for funding increases, many nonprofit organizations face challenges with securing support for their ongoing programming.  In addition, when organizations face a financial challenge, or are going through a growth period, general operating support can be of great assistance to ensure that resources are in place to maintain programs and services. 

Recognizing this, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation offers operating support grants to nonprofit organizations through its Community Action Grants Program, a bi-annual competitive grant application process.  A number of local organizations have received operating support through this important program of the Foundation, but the need continues to grow.

A $15,000 operating support grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg helped them to provide programs for 946 members in 2018. The Club’s services are particularly critical on days of unexpected school closings, such as snow days. 

“Thank goodness you’re here today.,“ said one mother of a Club member at the recent closing of schools for the Day of Mourning in honor of President Bush. “I don’t know what I would have done today if the Club wasn’t open.“ 

According to Ben Shuman, Executive Director, “Providing programs on the days schools are closed is unusual for a program like ours - more than half of Clubs across the country close their programs on those days.“ Operating support helps to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg can remain open on those days, providing critical support to children and families.

To learn more about how you can partner with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to support your favorite area nonprofits with operating support needs, please call us at 304.428.4438.

Mountaineer Food Bank Receives $20,000.00 from Dominion Energy

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Mountaineer Food Bank received a $20,000.00 grant from Dominion Energy to help support Mountaineer Food Bank’s Project Harvest. “Through this grant, Dominion Energy is reaching across the state to support better access to nutritional food for community members in our service areas,” Christine Mitchell, external affairs representative for Dominion Energy said. “By their efforts, the Mountaineer Foodbank will reach 10,000 children and adults suffering from food insecurity in nearly every county in W.Va.,” Mitchell added.

Project Harvest will focus on decreasing hunger in West Virginia while increasing access of healthy foods in communities that do not have the capacity to regularly distribute them.

“Over the past couple years, Mountaineer Food Bank has placed a strong focus on the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables being accessible to our agencies to aid in improved health and more effectively meet the needs of their clients throughout all of MFB’s existing programs. As a result of this focus, our produce distribution has grown tremendously and the number of programs we are sourcing produce through has increased as well. Those innovative programs include; school produce markets, school backpack and pantry programs, just in time distributions, mobile pantry programs, drop and go’s, Veterans Table programs, RX pantry programs, fresh start programs, silver lining senior feeding programs, and more. Adding fresh produce to each of these programs allows our agencies and programs to offer their clients fresh produce that otherwise may not be available to them,” Becky Conrad Director of Development for Mountaineer Food Bank said.

Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls

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The demand the huge Atlantic Coast Pipeline was intended to meet is disappearing, according to documents from the corporations behind the project.

Dominion and Duke Energy own almost all of the pipeline, as well as the electric utilities it would supply with natural gas. When applying for a federal permit, they argued it was needed to meet rising electricity demand in North Carolina and coastal Virginia.

But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.

“Dominion is not projecting any increase in natural-gas demand until 2032,” Kunkel said. “Duke is still planning to build some natural-gas plants, but most of that has shifted to the late 2020s.“

The energy companies say they need more pipeline capacity to move fracked gas out of the Marcellus and Utica fields of northern West Virginia, where the price for it is artificially depressed by a transportation bottleneck.

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Dominion is now telling regulators in Virginia that it expects
demand for electricity from natural gas to stay essentially
flat for the next decade and a half.

The 600-mile pipeline across the three states has faced a number of setbacks, including lawsuits by landowners and conservationists. It was recently announced that the total cost of the project would rise to $7.5 billion, and its opening would be delayed until 2021.

If the builders can get state utility regulators’ approval, they can shift the full expense of the line onto ratepayers, along with a guaranteed profit. But Kunkel said investors in the utilities may be starting to worry about the financial risks.

“The project has been delayed by these court challenges, it’s also over-budget,” she said. “And if the state regulators say, ‘You clearly don’t need all of the gas capacity that you signed up for here; we’re not going to let you charge it to your ratepayers,‘ then that would be a very significant blow.“

Kunkel said the incentives tend to make utilities and pipeline companies overestimate demand and overbuild capacity. She said that’s becoming a more serious issue as climate change poses increasing risks.

Kunkel helped write the analysis for a report from IEEFA and Oil Change International.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance Available at GSC

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Free income tax preparation assistance is being offered through a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and the Glenville State College accounting program to help students, faculty, staff, and local residents file their basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns.

Available again this year is ‘MyFreeTaxes,’ which is a simple and secure federal and state tax filing site provided through United Way and powered by H&R Block software. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers with a household adjusted gross income of up to $66,000 annually to self-prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns free of charge by visiting and following the steps provided.

Another option for qualifying taxpayers is the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) ‘Free File’ Program, provided through Glenville State College’s Accounting 399 class. Taxpayers who prefer to have an IRS certified volunteer to assist in the tax filing process or have questions about using ‘MyFreeTaxes’ can go to the Ernie Smith Computer Lab in room 309B of the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building. Accounting students Tyler Canterbury, Luke Carpenter, Wil Mayes, and Valerie Rule are available to assist in preparing your basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns.

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The site will be open now through April 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please note that no one will be available March 12-14 due to Glenville State College’s spring break.

Those who wish to receive free tax assistance should bring a copy of their 2017 tax return, Wage and Earnings Statements (Form W-2) from all employers, Interest and Dividend Statements (Form 1099), any additional relevant information about income and expenses, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit information.

Students who received financial aid should bring a copy of their Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school that lists tuition and fees paid and any scholarships or grants received.

Glenville State College’s accounting program has assisted the campus and the community with income tax preparation for over 21 years.

For more information, contact Cheryl McKinney at ‘’ or 304.462.6263.

Valentine’s Day 2019

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Have a Very Happy Valentine’s Day

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Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results

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Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted.

  • Clara Mae Spray from Roanoke, WV was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) #1, Lewis County.

  • Glenn Heaton from Ireland, WV will serve as the first alternate.

  • Steve Snyder from Rock Cave, WV was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) #4, Upshur County.

  • Robert Hissam from French Creek, WV will serve as the first alternate.

  • Leon Ellyson from Coxs Mills, WV was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) #6, Gilmer County.

County committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers. All recently elected county committee members will take office in January 2019 and will be joining the existing committee. Every FSA office is required to have a county committee, and they are made up of local farmers, ranchers and foresters who are elected by local producers.

Nearly 7,800 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members impact the administration of FSA within a community by applying their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.

County committee members impact producers through their decision making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. Members conduct hearings and reviews as requested by the state committee, ensure underserved farmers, ranchers and foresters are fairly represented, make recommendations to the state committee on existing programs, monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs. They also assist with outreach and inform underserved producers such as beginning farmers, ranchers and foresters, about FSA opportunities.

For more information, visit the FSA website at or contact the Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer County FSA office at 304.269.8431.

Old Man Rivers Mission Establishes Endowment Fund

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Old Man Rivers Mission is transforming community support into community action through a spirit of volunteerism.  Founded in 1991, Old Man Rivers Mission has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals in Wood County. 

The main program of the Mission is a weekend feeding program where they deliver hot nutritious meals to the Parkersburg/Vienna community using a mobile kitchen technique each Saturday and Sunday.  In fall 2016, the Mission purchased a new delivery truck with a grant from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation allowing the Mission to delivery more than 200 meals in one trip.

Each Saturday and Sunday, the Mission prepares 400 meals to deliver to the community.  In 2018, 41,700 meals were delivered to the elderly, disabled, and homeless.  Nearly 80% of Old Man Rivers Mission’s feeding program clients are elderly.  For many, the meal that is delivered to them is the only meal they will have for that day.  Their clientele is comprised of those with very limited or no income so affording food is a tremendous hardship.

Another program of the Mission is their pantry which provides families with food and personal hygiene items.  On average, more than 620 families are served each month (based on July-December 2018 figures). 

To solidify their commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley region, Old Man Rivers Mission’s Board of Directors recently established an endowment fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation that will help provide operating support for the organization.

“The Foundation has a respected reputation in our community and this new endowment fund’s annual distribution will help supplement a portion of our annual operating expenses and help us continue to serve the residents of Wood County,” said Jeanette Pursley, President of Old Man Rivers Mission.

Individuals who would like to learn more about Old Man Rivers Mission are encouraged to call the Mission at 304.428.6677.  Individuals wishing to donate to support the new Old Man Rivers Endowment Fund can make their donation by sending a check (payable to PACF with the fund name in the memo line) to:  PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Glenville State’s Noah Frampton the “Comeback Player of the Year”

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Just six weeks ago, his basketball career was a distant memory; he had been working in the construction business for over two years, and his days on the court was limited to local pick-up games.

Fast forward to February 2nd, a Saturday afternoon in Glenville’s Waco Center. The arena clock was winding down as the Pioneers were down 84-83 to Virginia-Wise in the waning seconds. GSC’s Jamal Pollydore was driving into a double-team, but kicked the ball out to Frampton with only a second left…Frampton quickly squared up and let go just before the buzzer…the ball swished! Teammates and fans rushed the court, in what may have been the most dramatic finish in the short history of the spectacular arena.

Frampton’s story is unique, and the long and winding road that led him to the hills of Central West Virginia is one of the most heartwarming sidebars to the 2019 MEC basketball season.

Noah Frampton has spent his entire life as a resident of Poca, West Virginia. His education in the small Putnam County town included Poca Elementary, Poca Middle School, and eventually Poca High School. Playing both baseball and basketball as a youngster, he quickly gained the reputation as one of the top baseball players in the area.  He entered his freshman year at Poca prepared to make an immediate impact on both teams for his hometown Poca Dots.

In basketball, Frampton was a role player as a ninth grader for legendary head coach Allen Osborne. With over 640 career wins at Poca, Osborne has kept the Dots in the upper echelon of Class AA for 39 years, including a pair of state championships.

In baseball, he started as a freshman playing shortstop, catcher and third base. As a true five-tool player on the diamond, he earned the rarest of honors, making First Team All-State as a freshman.  As a sophomore, he became a starter in basketball on a Dot team that lost by one point in the regional final. In baseball, he again made First Team All-State. Despite two solid baseball seasons as a team, Poca lost each season to a powerful Herbert Hoover team in the sectionals.

During his sophomore season, Frampton and his family were jilted when it was learned their father, Bryan Frampton, had a recurrence of his cancer diagnosis. Bryan was a Poca legend himself, playing for Coach Osborne in the late 80’s, he was a multi-sport star as well. He was noted as one of the most tenacious defenders in the Kanawha Valley, and one of the biggest stars of Osborne’s early Dot teams. He closed his high school career as the school’s all-team leader in steals.

Bryan’s battle with cancer began right after his high school career when he was in the United States Navy. It was caught early, but unfortunately, he needed a leg amputated. He was able to move forward in life cancer free and was effective with his prosthetic leg. But now, in his early 40’s, the cancer had returned and it was in his lungs.

“It was devastating for all of us. He had been told that (the cancer) could possibly return someday, but we all had hoped that day would never come,“ Frampton said. “We worked together through that time as a family.“

At this time, Noah’s younger brother Luke was prepared to burst onto the scene at Poca. Two years behind Noah, he was also a star in both basketball and baseball.  While Noah was highly sought after in the world of Division I baseball, Luke was already being considered a future prospect in Division I basketball.

While they were working together in support of their dad’s fight against cancer, they were also helping their mom Becky in taking care of older brother Nathaniel, who is three years older than Noah. Nathaniel faces several challenges; he is mentally challenged, has cerebral palsy, and is partially blind.

“Luke and I have always said that Nathaniel is the big star of the family,“ Frampton said. “He is the best of the bunch. He has come a long way with all he is up against, and we are very proud of him.“

Early in the 2013-14 basketball season for the two brothers, their first together in high school, father Bryan Frampton passed away in early December. He was 44.

“It was rough. It was a tough time for all of us,“ Frampton said. “When you endure a tragedy like that, sometimes kids go a bad direction…but for us, it made us three brothers even closer. For Luke and I, sports was the outlet, and we put our energy into being the best we could be.“

As a junior, Frampton became a big name statewide. Poca went 23-2 in basketball, and made it all the way to the Class AA semifinals where they lost to a strong Bluefield team.  Frampton earned his first First Team All-State honor in basketball. In baseball, he again made All-State, and the Dots almost made it to the State Tournament, losing to Chapmanville in the regional final.

During the summer of 2015, Frampton was being heavily recruited in baseball. Most all of the MEC schools were on him, and several Division I schools. He was leaning strongly to committing to the Marshall University baseball program as he entered American Legion play that summer with South Charleston Post 94. The program had made the state title game the previous year in 2014, and was loaded with college prospects on the roster entering ‘15.

This is where Frampton’s life and career took another major U-Turn.

“I was pitching and my shoulder just snapped,“ Frampton said. “It was nothing crazy…a motion I had done thousands of times. It was diagnosed as a severe tear of the labrum.“

Without an operational right shoulder, essentially everything was taken away from three positions he played in baseball. It also took away the things he could do best on the basketball court.  As he dove into several months of aggressive rehab, his doctors soon informed him that his senior baseball season, and possibly his career, was over. As he entered his senior year at Poca, his basketball season was still in question.

Fortunately for Frampton and his Poca teammates, he was cleared to play when November arrived. He was not 100% and his game changed in many ways. Some nights he was essentially playing with one arm. He essentially became his dad on the defensive end, and earned Kanawha Valley Defensive Player of the Year. He passed his dad on the all-time steals list…now they stand 1-2 in Poca history.

Poca was a team on a mission. Playing in memory of the elder Frampton, the Dots were not to be denied in 2015.  They rolled through an undefeated regular season, and kept the momentum through the sectional and regional tournaments. The Dots entered the State Tournament 24-0, facing one of the deepest and most talented fields in AA history.  Besides the 6’ Noah Frampton at point guard, and 6’5” brother Luke Frampton, the team also boasted another star sophomore in Elijah Cuffee, a multi-skilled 6’4” star that was also already garnering D-I attention. And these three could not claim the title of most athletic player even on their own team…that mantel would go to 6’0 junior Shawn Arthur, a high flying track star that would become state champion in both the high jump and high hurdles. His best high jump in high school was a skyrocket jump of 6’8”.

“We knew we were a very talented group, and you would see amazing things not just in games but in practice every day,“ Frampton said. “But at the end of the day, we had not reached our ultimate goal. Even though that undefeated season was packed with a lot of great memories with those guys, it would always be bittersweet if we could not walk out of that Civic Center with the trophy. We went into that tournament hungry and focused.“

2014 finalists Bluefield and Robert C. Byrd were both knocked out in the first round, with a 26-0 Poca team making the finals against a 23-2 Fairmont Senior team that was also deep and talented. The Polar Bears boasted some highly celebrated stars of their own such as Darhius Nunn and Tavon Horton. It would turn out to be one the most epic comebacks in State Tournament history.

After Noah drilled a three-pointer on Poca’s opening possession for a 3-0 Dot lead, Nunn led Fairmont Senior on a torrid 18-0 run and the Polar Bears led 20-5 after one quarter.  Poca’s defense locked in and the Dots gradually clawed their way back. They finally tied the game with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and held on for a dramatic 57-53 win, and the elusive State Title.

While Cuffee and Luke Frampton grabbed much of the headlines through the undefeated season, it was Noah who dominated in the title game. He posted a game high 27 points, and was a key facilitator in Cuffee’s 14 points and Luke’s 10. Plus, he held Nunn to only 12 points, six of which came during his first quarter run.

Poca’s 2015 squad would become the first team win a state title undefeated in 28 years.  Besides being the program’s all-time leader in steals (188), he is also the all-time leader in free throw percentage (89.0). He closed his career as a Dot with 1,389 points. He was again named All-State.

“It is hard to fully explain how special that title was and always will be,“ Frampton said. “Poca is a small town that is simply a great community. We have the best fans in the world, and there is so much pride in our high school.“

With his doctors holding the line that his baseball career was done, Frampton had come to terms with the fact that his career was over in terms of organized sports. He had no offers in basketball on any level.

This changed in the spring of 2015.

“Marshall Assistant Coach Mark Cline had been to a few of our practices, and like all of the D-I coaches, he had his sights on Luke and Elijah,“ Frampton said. “But he began talking to me after the season about potentially walking on for the Herd. In the end it all worked out, and I joined the team as an invited walk-on.“

Cline is a legend in the southern West Virginia coalfields. The former Williamson High School and Wake Forest University star has been a key recruiter for head coach Dan D’antoni (a coalfield legend in his own right).  Cline was able to see potential in Frampton at a time when he was essentially written off.

Surprisingly, Frampton began to rise on the MU depth chart.  By the team’s first exhibition game, he was starting. He appeared in Marshall’s first six games, starting two. His averaged 10.7 minutes per game, including 20 minutes of action at Ohio University. His season came to a halt when he re-injured the shoulder, and required surgery.  As a Business Major, he did make the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll that season.

Frampton received his medical redshirt for 2016. He returned to the court for the Herd in the 2016-17 season, but the shoulder was not fully healed. For the second time, he accepted his fate that his athletic career was over.

“It was a depressing time, but everything happens for a reason,“ Frampton said. “I went back home and moved back in with my family. I was able to get a job in the construction business, and I was able to be with my mom and my brothers. I was able to see Luke’s games his senior year, and that was pretty neat.“

For over two years, Noah lived a hard-working but simple life. Not only was he out on jobs with his company, John S. Bailey Concrete Contractors, he was also able to take on side jobs, working several weekends as well.

“I was living a very blessed life.  Besides the time with my family and friends in Poca,  I really enjoyed the work,“ Frampton said. “I would lay floor, build garages, porches…pretty much everything.“

Once again, his life took a major turn.

It was December 28th, 2019,  and Frampton was playing in a pickup game at Charleston’s George Washington High School. With many former stars from the Valley home for Christmas break, the day at the gym was a reunion of sorts for the guys.

One of the players in the game was Noah’s former teammate at Marshall, Ot Elmore, a current assistant coach at Glenville State. Frampton’s play caught the eye of Elmore, and he began a series of texts and calls to head coach Justin Caldwell in between games. Similar to the scene from the movie “Erin Brockovich” Caldwell and Elmore employed some quick strategy to recruit Frampton.

“I texted Coach Caldwell and told him ‘this kid can still play…I really think he could help us,“ Elmore said.

Caldwell instructed Elmore to not come on too strong, but to feel out the situation and see if he might have an interest. By the end of the day, Frampton had a visit to Glenville lined up. With the NCAA’s two-year “non-participation” rule, Frampton would be immediately eligible for the Pioneers.

I was excited to be wanted, but was not sure what to do. Things were going well with the company and I enjoyed being with the family…but I also knew that I still had a desire to play ball,“ Frampton said. “I spent a lot of time praying about it and talking to my family about it after that pickup game.“

Frampton visited that week, and quickly made the decision to come to GSC.  He is majoring in Business Management and has blended in well with his new teammates. Another plus was that two of his old friends from Poca are in Glenville. Former Dot baseball teammate Jacob Williams is on the Pioneer baseball team, and former basketball teammate Shawn Arthur is on the Pioneer track team.

In an odd twist, the injury has helped Frampton improve his game in many ways. His already famous play as a defender has been even more enhanced, and he has gotten much better at going to his left. In reality, the 22-year old Noah Frampton Coach Elmore played against that day at GW, was much more skilled than the young man who wore the uniforms of Poca and Marshall.

“My game was in a good place, because I have been playing in some games on and off for the two years…but I was definitely not in shape to play a full game at the pace of college basketball,“ Frampton said. “That has been my biggest issue coming back.“

Frampton’s return has been in progressions. Caldwell has been gradually getting him more minutes, and he is working into his role on the team. He has started seven of his eight games back, and is averaging 8.5 points per game in 27 minutes per contest. He drained five three-pointers and scored 16 points at Urbana, and in the epic win over Wise, he played all 40 minutes and scored 15 points.

He is also now carving his own path on the college level, the way several others from that famous undefeated team at Poca has; Arthur just missed being league MVP in track last Spring, and Cuffee was named to the All-Big South Freshman team last year at Liberty University. This year he has started all 26 games for a Liberty squad that is currently 21-5 and on top of the conference. Noah’s brother Luke was redshirted as a freshman after suffering an ACL tear last year, but carrying on a Frampton family tradition, he battled the adversity and his having a stellar redshirt freshman season for Davidson and their legendary Coach Bob McKillop who has 571 wins at the school. Luke Frampton is starting, averaging 10.8 points per game for a 17-5 squad. His 69 three-pointers leads the team. Steph Curry is the school’s all-time leader with 414.

Coach Osborne has another strong team at Poca. The Dots are 12-6 with a young team, and the old coach continues to pile up wins.  When Glenville played at West Virginia State on January 17th, Osborne was on hand as seemingly the entire town of Poca was there to see Frampton, their hometown hero.

“We are very excited to have Noah Frampton as a part of our Pioneer Family,“ Coach Caldwell said. “He comes from a very successful background and has a great basketball mind. Noah is a natural winner and one of the most competitive kids I have ever met. If you mix academics with athletics, it would be hard to find a better kid than Noah Frampton.“

As the ball drained through the net against Wise to the sound of the final buzzer, the post game rush of the court was a fitting cap to the Noah Frampton comeback.

“That feeling was so special. Not just for me, but for the guys and coaches after the adversity they have had this year as well,“ Frampton said. “Plus Nathaniel was at that game…that was the first game he has been to up here…that made it very special.“

Frampton is enjoying life as a 22-year old freshman. He is staking some roots here, and intends to follow Caldwell and Elmore in their goals for the program and in three years be a 25-year-old senior. He hopes to get his degree and go back to Poca and be the owner of his own construction company.

“I really like Glenville. I can see a lot of things here that remind of Poca,“ Frampton said. “The people are very friendly and the community is very supportive of their student-athletes. It has been a big life change for me, but I am very happy here.“

Glenville State Graduate Appears on Wheel of Fortune

A Glenville State College alumna won big on a recent episode of Wheel of Fortune.

Amy Perkins, a Special Education teacher at Flatwoods Elementary School, graduated from GSC in 2005 with a degree in Elementary Education.

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Perkins grew up watching the Wheel of Fortune with her family, so when the Wheelmobile came to the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Nitro, West Virginia, she knew she had to audition. Perkins had auditioned previously but did not advance in the casting process.  The iconic show, which received over a million applications last year, is highly competitive and looks for applicants who are enthusiastic and logical thinkers. Of the million applicants last year, less than 600 were chosen to be on the show.

Nearly two weeks after auditioning, Perkins finally received her letter. She had been chosen as a contestant and would be flown out to California for filming in December.

While on the show, Perkins beat out her two competitors and continued to the bonus round. While she did not win the bonus round, she walked away with a whopping $17,150 in winnings. “It was such an amazing experience,” said Perkins. “I don’t even know how to explain it.”

When the show aired on television in late January, Perkins had a watch party with family and friends. She recalls it feeling as if she was seeing the episode for the first time, despite having solved the puzzles as a contestant. While this was a dream come true for Perkins, she hopes that her experience also serves as an inspiration to her students. “I want them to know that anything they want to do, they can do,” she said.

Glenville State and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Glenville State College and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) have announced a new partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting post-secondary educational opportunities for SJMH employees, spurring economic development in Lewis and Gilmer Counties, strengthening connections between the two institutions, and broadening student experiences in real work settings.

The MOU, which was officially signed by GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett and SJMH Chief Executive Officer Avah Stalnaker on Friday, February 08, outlines the activities and actions both entities have proposed in order to foster positive and supportive collaboration. The activities include joint educational training and research and the exchange of information, invitation of guest lecturers, sharing of experiences among students and employees, internships, work-scholarships, and more.

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(left) Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital CEO Avah Stalnaker and
(right) Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett at the signing ceremony

“The signing of this agreement with Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital marks the beginning of a tremendous partnership. This will be beneficial for Glenville State students as well as the local community, especially as we continue discussions about the development of a nursing program at GSC,” said Pellett. “We look forward to enhancing the overall health of both Lewis and Gilmer Counties. I am grateful to GSC Presidential Ambassador and hospital CEO Avah Stalnaker for helping make this agreement a reality.”

“Glenville State College and Gilmer County are integral parts of our service area. We take our role as a community hospital very seriously and a major part of that role is a partnership with Glenville State College which strengthens our region.  We are proud to further expand our services to the community with this endeavor,” noted SJMH CEO Stalnaker.

For more information about the GSC/SJMH Memorandum of Understanding, contact GSC at 304.462.4115 or SJMH at 304.269.8000.

GSC To Host Murder Mystery Dinner This Friday

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Glenville State College will host a murder mystery event on Friday, February 15 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

A social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. which includes beverages and appetizers, followed by the murder mystery show and dinner at 7:00 p.m.

The murder mystery show is titled Murder at Musty Meadow Manor and will be presented by GSC Theater students.

Guests will work alongside detective Frances Columbus to try and discover whodunnit.

In Pocahontas County in the 1920’s, matron Dahlia Meadows has nothing left of her family fortune. The money has mysteriously disappeared from the bank. The family mansion is up for auction. Then…the dastardly deed happens. Is it the helpful companion? Her manly boyfriend? The shady ex-lover? The odd lawyer and his even odder brother? The banker or his wife? And what about the detective who shows up at just the right time?

Attendees are encouraged to dress to match the theme: Valentine’s Day in the 1920’s. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best couple’s costume, attendee who traveled the farthest, first person to register, and “Chief Detective” (the person who solves the murder first).

Tickets are $30 for one, $60 for couples, and $200 for a reserved table which seats seven. You may purchase tickets by calling (304) 462-6380.

A special GSC student only version of this event will take place on Wednesday, February 13 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

That event will be free for GSC students and the dinner will be part of their meal plan.

Jeanette Riffle: Hardwood Trees and Mistletoe

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My husband had been pointing out some mistletoe growing on a gum tree on the way to Glenville. It is right by the road and easy to see. That started me to wondering about what it is and all about it. I did a search and found out that it is believed to be a parasite. There are different kinds of mistletoe, but most of ours around here it the American kind. It looks like a little bush in the tops of trees and has green leaves and sometimes little white berries. Duane said he found it on the farm at Shock when he was growing up. He had to shoot it down with a shotgun because it was too hard to climb the tree. He brought it home at Christmas time for decoration and he took some to school and passed it out to other kids that wanted it.

I don’t remember us having any at my house. I do remember a song on the radio about mistletoe, and the lyrics of,” I saw Mama kissing Santa Clause, Underneath the mistletoe, last night. “

Boys always tried to catch a girl underneath the mistletoe and kiss her. Why do we kiss under mistletoe? According to Norse mythology, kissing underneath mistletoe is a well-known holiday tradition that dates back thousands of years. According to legend, a man named Baldur, sometimes spelled Balder, was killed by an enemy’s arrow made of mistletoe. His mother, the goddess, Frigg, wept tears onto the arrow. She decided to bless the plant and promised a kiss to all who passed beneath it. I suppose, as a happier memory. Better to bless than to curse it.

The traditions of mistletoe at Christmas, a plant that grows on range trees including apple, willow and oak, was to hang it in the house. This tradition goes back to ancient Druids. Another finding was that kissing under mistletoe goes back to England. I found it interesting that a mother would bless a plant whose arrow had killed her son. I don’t think I would ever want to see it again.

This whole study has been interesting and informative. I learn something every day on FB, especially when I do a Google search. My husband said he had never seen mistletoe growing on any trees except the gum tree, so he learned something too and I learned that there are different kinds of mistletoe. Ours is the American kind. Until next time, stay well. There are so many viruses and flus going around. I have heard of stomach flu, Type A flu, RSV, upper respiratory infection and bronchitis, all in one week. There are so many sick people. Some are being hospitalized with pneumonia.

Take care and God bless!

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At this hour on Sunday evening, I’m preparing to head back to the Capitol by looking over some bills, committee reports and budget documents.  However, I’m really excited that Jessica and the boys are coming in for a long weekend from South Carolina this weekend.  Hopefully, we can get the entire family together, at least for a few hours before everyone is pulled in different directions before heading south.

Every session has a handful of bills that you readily remember by bill number instead of topic or sponsor.  As we’ve eclipsed the halfway point in the session, the most controversial and generating the highest number of emails is Senate Bill 451. This bill is the omnibus education bill that contained literally dozens of separate topics – most being highly controversial.  Thus far, the contact from constituents has been overwhelming opposed to the version that passed the Senate on by a scant 18 – 16 margin.  The vote against was bipartisan.

The bill came to the House Education Committee last week and, to their credit, spent nearly three days dissecting, discussing and debating each separate component of the bill.  What emerged from the Education Committee last Friday night is considerably improved over the Senate version.  However, the bill comes to the House Finance Committee, where there is another opportunity to further improve a bill that, in my opinion, should be chopped up in to separate bills and let each topic stand or fall on its own merits.

Whatever emerges from the Finance Committee will make its way to the House Floor later in the week for a vote at some point late in the week or early next week.  I think at this point it is near certainty that the bill is destined to be returned to the Senate and eventually sent to a House – Senate Conference Committee.  Public hearings are scheduled for Monday morning and later Monday afternoon to provide all concerned to offer their views of SB 451.

An important logjam has been cleared in regard for the banking services for medical cannabis.  HB 2538 seeks to provide banking services to allow implementation of the WV Medical Cannabis Act. Currently, there are no existing laws regarding banking services for medical cannabis, so each state must improvise until Federal law is changed.  The full House will take up the bill this week and send to the Senate for their consideration.  This is important to cancer patients, veterans with PTSD, those suffering from seizure disorders and other qualifying medical conditions specified in Senate Bill 386, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Justice in 2017.  If the bill passes, it could clear the final roadblock in starting up a medical cannabis program.

I want to follow up on notices by DHHR that have or will shortly appear in local publications regarding the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).  DHHR began accepting applications between February 04 and February 22 or until the funds have been exhausted.  The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills. Eligibility is based on both income and household size.

Applications can be obtained at the local DHHR offices. I’ve had several constituents ask me about this program, as the applications are usually available at an earlier date.  So, if you believe you may be eligible, apply immediately.

I’ve had many visitors from the district visit the office during the first half of the session, which I always encourage and enjoy.  This week, I’m expecting a large delegation from the Farm Bureau; members of the Association of Retired School Employees; YLA 8thgraders from BCMS; and lots of active and retired teachers throughout the week. 

Finally, at week’s end, our nation sits on the precipice of yet another government shutdown.  This should be unacceptable to everyone.  Once again, over 800,000 dedicated federal workers are going to be used as pawns, with hundreds of thousands of other federal contract workers likewise being held hostage at no fault of their own.

Washington DC is dysfunctional from one end of town to another, with workers and their families caught in the middle.  They’re plenty of blame to go around to both the Congress and the Executive branch.  It’s time them to step up and do their jobs, without doing further damage to our dedicated workers and to our reputation around the world.

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; Please send your inquiries to my home office as well:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

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

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

Meet Your Candidate for Mayor of Glenville 2019

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Greetings Citizens of Glenville my name is Cody Moore and I am Candidate for Mayor of Glenville in the upcoming June 11th general election. I am a native of the City of Glenville and have owned property in the city since 2015. I currently work for SLS Land and Energy Development in Glenville.  I am a Glenville State College Alumni class of 2018.  I am currently serving as Vice President of the Glenville Lions Club, which I have been a part of since 2014.  I also am a member of the WV State Folk Festival Committee. 

My decision to file for the office of Mayor is based on a few reasons.  I want to be a proactive voice for the citizens of Glenville.  I believe we need fresh new ideas and goals for our city.  We have so much to offer in our small little town.  Glenville State College for years has been an asset to our community.  Cedar Creek State Park is also a beautiful family friendly tourist attraction that can be visited during your stay in our city.

I want our citizens to have the ability to freely use the City Park to showcase their wonderful talents and to host events for our local youth organizations. Hosting the State Folk Festival is a wonderful tradition that I feel has declined over the years for various reasons.  I would like to revive this festival as well as other activities that bring talented craftsmen, artisans and musicians from our county into our wonderful community events like the Folk Festival.  The Pioneer Stage is the newest attraction to downtown Glenville and has brought a much-needed spark to our city by offering various activities for all age groups.  I would love to see a Glenville Fair and Festival committee formed to begin planning other activities to involve the entire county.  All of this will bring business and growth to our small town.

My intent is to review and if necessary make changes to the different departments of the city in order to make your experience as a citizen of Glenville pleasant and productive. In closing, I would like to ask for your support in this election.  It has always been a dream of mine since high school to be the Mayor of Glenville.  I am very young and energetic and can see our city growing with new ideas and innovative working strategies. If you have any ideas or comments, please feel free to call or message me at 1-304-266-5517 or like my page on Facebook at “Moore For Mayor 2019”.

Cody M. Moore,
Candidate for Mayor of Glenville

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The Free Press WVHedge fund boss Ken Griffin nabs NYC condo, London mansion in same month   [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (February 14, 2019)

The Free Press WV Notre Dame 106, Glenville State 98 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (February 14, 2019)

The Free Press WV #23 Glenville State 85, Notre Dame 79 [ .... ]  Read More

Glenville State’s Noah Frampton the “Comeback Player of the Year”

The Free Press WVJust six weeks ago, his basketball career was a distant memory; he had been working in the construction business for over two years, and his days on the court was limited to local pick-up games [ .... ]  Read More

Armstrong Earns MEC Player of the Week Honors

The Free Press WVArmstrong, a junior from El Dorado, Ark., helped keep the Pioneers atop the conference standings with 28.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week [ .... ]  Read More

Courtney Davis Eyeing GSC’s Rebounding Record

The Free Press WVIn the 2016-17 season, Davis was a key component on a 24-6 Lady Pioneer team that ascended back to the top of the MEC. She averaged 9.9 ppg and 9.5 ppg, and the squad returned to the NCAA Tournament [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (February 09, 2019)

The Free Press WV Charleston 102, Glenville State 73 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (February 09, 2019)

The Free Press WV Glenville State 108, Charleston 97 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup (February 07, 2019)

The Free Press WV Glenville State 101, West Virginia State 88 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup (February 07, 2019)

The Free Press WV Glenville State 112, West Virginia State 96 [ .... ]  Read More

His Brain Was Betraying Him. An Autopsy Showed Why

The Free Press WV The ‘NYT’ looks at the life and death of Jason Hairston   [ .... ]  Read More

CDC: Kids Are Using Too Much Toothpaste

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Here’s What Famous Instagram Egg Was Really All About

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Sanders Demands to Know Why Drug Went From Free to $375K

The Free Press WV The medication, Firdapse, treats a rare neuromuscular disease [ .... ]  Read More

What is white chocolate?

Reactions is a video produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVGreat tasting oatmeal doesn’t need to comes in a packet [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVPeanut blossom cookies with a more robust peanut flavor [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVA Dutch oven may be key to a better butternut squash soup [ .... ]  Read More


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The Free Press WVRethinking Chicken Florentine with clearer, brighter flavors [ .... ]  Read More

How a Toothpick Nearly Killed Teen

The Free Press WVDoctors were stumped for weeks in recently reported case   [ .... ]  Read More


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The Free Press WVCan you make a flaky and crisp deep-dish pizza at home? Sure [ .... ]  Read More



The ultimate human idiocy

The Free Press WV What’s the ultimate form of human idiocy? I nominate religious suicide bombings, in which fanatics kill themselves to murder “infidels” of rival faiths or no faith [ .... ]  Read More

On China, the US Public Stands Apart

The Free Press WV Why isn’t the American public as agitated about China as are the Trump administration, the mainstream media, and even many China specialists?  [ .... ]  Read More

I’m Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine’s Day, and Neither Should You

The Free Press WV There’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that [America is] the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports [ .... ]  Read More

Peaceful Coexistence Should Be Taught in Schools

The Free Press WV As a former student and teacher in both private and public schools, I believe diversity and inclusion should be not only encouraged but also taught [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Hardwood Trees and Mistletoe

The Free Press WV I saw Mama kissing Santa Clause, Underneath the mistletoe, last night [ .... ]  Read More

Getting Rid of Billionaires Isn’t ‘Un-American’— It’s Necessary

The Free Press WVThat’s Farhad Manjoo’s take for the ‘New York Times’  [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Remember this: God’s Word is the greatest truth [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Trump’s Twenty Biggest Follies

The Free Press WVThe biggest folly of all is to enter politics when one is inexperienced and incompetent [ .... ]  Read More

Make Venezuela Great Again? Let the Venezuelans decide how: Five ideas from peace research

The Free Press WV Have we not learned a thing? As the crisis in Venezuela continues to unfold, we are witnessing yet another blatant US regime-change operation “for the Venezuelan people [ .... ]  Read More

Disarmament, not low-yield nukes

The Free Press WV Seven-plus decades ago, as humanity was ensnarled in a monstrous world war, its instinct to win — to dominate others above all else — achieved ultimate manifestation: the capacity to annihilate all life on Planet Earth [ .... ]  Read More

The State of the Union: These Are Dangerous Times, and the Government Is To Blame

The Free Press WV As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid.”—Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America [ .... ]  Read More

Transforming the Dream into Reality

The Free Press WV This past week witnessed two significant and connected events. We remembered and celebrated the visionary champion of civil rights, social and economic justice and nuclear disarmament [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: French Creek Freddie Saw His Shadow

The Free Press WV I noticed that the coming out of Punxsutawney Phil was much earlier than here [ .... ]  Read More

The Shame of the One Percent Continues

The Free Press WV Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Sir David Attenborough called on government and business leaders to support, with practical plans [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV I finally had time to go on YouTube and watch the home movies of Mary Ann’s 80th birthday gala [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Arbor Day poster contest rules, educational kit, now available online

The Free Press WVAccepting poster entries from fourth and fifth grade classes statewide through March 01, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

WV hunters harvest 108,856 deer during Fall 2018 through January 2019 seasons

The Free Press WV 018 deer seasons reveals 44,599 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,751 antlerless deer were taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 26,613 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows in the urban and regular archery/crossbow seasons, 4,234 deer were taken in the muzzleloader season and 659 deer were taken with primitive bow and muzzleloader weapons in the Mountaineer Heritage season [ .... ]  Read More

Report on Himalayan Ice Cap Has ‘Shocking Finding’

The Free Press WVOne-third of the ice cap can’t be saved, scientists say   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking the week of February 04, 2019

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Global warming hasn’t gone away despite cold

The Free Press WV In the midst of a Midwest cold spell, President Donald Trump is pleading for global warming to come back, but it never went away [ .... ]  Read More

DNR seeks wildlife paintings for 2020 calendar

The Free Press WVThe deadline for submitting artwork is February 15, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

Could This Be the Next Big Idea on Product Containers?

The Free Press WVWorld’s biggest brands creating reusable containers in new ‘Loop’ experiment   [ .... ]  Read More

Camera Catches Poachers Killing Bear, ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

The Free Press WVAlaska men sentenced in ‘most egregious’ case [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia hunters harvest 2,606 black bears in 2018

The Free Press WV The 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook predicted an archery harvest similar to 2017 and a decreased December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2017 [ .... ]  Read More

USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Program Deadline Extensions

The Free Press WV USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs [ .... ]  Read More

New crayfish species named after West Virginia professor

The Free Press WVA biology professor in West Virginia who studies crayfish now has a new species named after him [ .... ]  Read More

2 abandoned bobcat kittens get permanent home at WV zoo

The Free Press WV Two bobcat kittens found abandoned in West Virginia have been given a permanent home at the Oglebay Good Zoo [ .... ]  Read More

Guy’s Crazy Stunt Gets Him Banned From Cruise Line

Video shows Nick Naydev leaping off 11th deck of docked ship [ .... ]  Read More



Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas announces rare birds displayed

The Free Press WVTwo rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

5 reasons why autonomous cars aren’t coming anytime soon

The Free Press WVIn the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Find Culprit in Starfish Devastation

The Free Press WVWarmer ocean helps deadly pathogen flourish, study suggests   [ .... ]  Read More

NASA Preps for Visit to ‘Mysterious World’

The Free Press WVLife may well live below Europa’s icy surface   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Ponder Ocean’s Latest ‘Anomaly’

The Free Press WVThere are fewer unprovoked shark attacks worldwide; researchers aren’t quite sure why [ .... ]  Read More

Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

The Free Press WV Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook Pays Teens for Complete Access to Personal Data

The Free Press WVThe program, in place since 2016, requires minors to ask parental permission [ .... ]  Read More

Teen Who Found FaceTime Bug Will Get a Reward

The Free Press WVApple isn’t saying how much Grant Thompson will get for discovering eavesdropping flaw   [ .... ]  Read More

Study: Staring at Screens Stunts Child Development

The Free Press WVChildren aged 2 to 5 who spent more than an hour a day in front of televisions and computers scored worse in developmental tests [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Facebook’s murky data-sharing practices

The Free Press WVMark Zuckerberg’s latest attempt to explain Facebook’s data-sharing practices is notable for its omissions as well as what it plays up and plays down [ .... ]  Read More

Do You Charge Your Phone in Your Vehicle?

The Free Press WV Don’t Charge Your Phone in Your Vehicle, unless you have to [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Heading to One of the Last ‘Unexplored Frontiers’

The Free Press WVNekton Mission will investigate Indian Ocean ecosystems   [ .... ]  Read More

Your Amazon Order May Soon Arrive in This

Six ‘cooler-sized’ Scout vehicles undergoing test in Washington state [ .... ]  Read More

Pope Who Says He’s a Tech ‘Disaster’ Has a New App

The Free Press WV‘Click to Pray’ lets users keep on top of pontiff’s prayers, as well as add their own   [ .... ]  Read More

Way We Treat Newborns Is All Wrong

The Free Press WVA new study finds it’s better to wait on that sponge bath   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Ancient’ Stone Circle Turns Out to Be ‘90s Replica

The Free Press WVScottish farmer fooled archaeologists   [ .... ]  Read More

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital to Provide Free Health Screenings at GSC

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Glenville State College’s Waco Center will be the site of a visit from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Employees from SJMH will be on hand that afternoon during the GSC Pioneer men’s basketball game against Urbana University, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Hospital employees will provide free assorted health screenings for visitors and community members at the Waco Center. Additionally, free admission will be granted to all SJMH employees and their family members.

For more information, please contact Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital at 304.269.8000 or call Glenville State College at 304.462.6238.

Huge Indoor Sale - 02.15.19 to 02.17.19

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Founders Day of Giving

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Pasture and Grazing Improvement Course

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GCES Presents: Community Awareness…. 02.21.19

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Gilmer Public Library Programs and Events in 2019

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Taking Orders Now for the Annual Berry and Plant Sale

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Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service- Gilmer and Calhoun County will once again be placing a bulk order for Spring Plants and Berries.

The spring plants and berries that are available this year will be strawberries, blackberries, raspberries (both red and black), and blueberries.

We will also be offering asparagus roots and rhubarb crowns.

If you would like to improve your garden by adding one or more of these berry plants contact the WVU Extension Service-Gilmer and Calhoun County respectively at 304.462.7061 or 304.354.6332, and we will mail you an order form.

You may also email ‘’ for a copy of the order form.

Orders and payment is due by Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the close of business, 4:00 p.m.

Once plants arrive all participants will be called and plants will need to be picked up within 5 days.

Plant will be available to be picked up in Gilmer and Calhoun County, at the WVU Extension Office.

Expect plants to arrive the second or third week of April.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to add some fresh berries and perennial vegetable plants to your future family meals.

Gilmer Public Library: Story Time from Space

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Junior Class Mix-N-Match Basket Bingo - 03.16.19

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Braxton County Schools PreSchool Registration Day - 03.28.19

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Gilmer County Preschool Sign Ups and Family Event - 03.29.19

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Family Turkey Hunting Workshop

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Upcoming Winter and Spring Gardening Workshops

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Gilmer Public Library: Japanese Culture

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Lifeguard Certification Classes Scheduled at Glenville State

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Individuals interested in earning or renewing certification as a Red Cross lifeguard should make plans to sign up for one of two classes being offered at Glenville State College’s Pool.

Certification classes are being organized for February 16, 17, 23, 24 and May 04, 05, 11, 12.

The classes last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and take place at the GSC Pool which is located in the Health and Physical Education Building.

Cost for the certification is $225 per person.

Participants, who should be at least 15 years old by the last day of the class, must pass a swim test at the first session.

The test consists of a 300-meter continuous swim using either the front crawl or breaststroke, treading water, hands-free, for two minutes in the deep end of the pool, and completing a brick retrieval within one minute forty seconds.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact GSC Director of Aquatics and Recreation Kathy Gilbert at ‘’ or by calling 304.462.6441.

Gilmer Public Library Programs and Event - 2019

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Reader's Comments

Nyla Leah Frymier Poole

The Free Press WVAge 82 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this earthly life in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 14, 2019 at her residence in Camden Flats, with her loving husband and children by her side. She was born September 11, 1936 in Tanner, WV; daughter of the late Eustace and Ploma Grogg Frymier [ .... ]  Read More

John J. Faber

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 12, 2019. He was born to the late John A. Faber and Elsie Hamilton Faber on February 20, 1938 in Alquina, IN [....]  Read More

Wanda “Jean” Heath

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Weston, WV slipped peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by loving family. She was born in Weston, WV on May 10, 1950 a daughter of the late William Howard and Martha Virginia Skinner Krafft [ .... ]  Read More

Phyllis Ruth Alkire (née Beall)

The Free Press WV Born January 4th, 1929 of Gassaway, West Virginia passed from this life on February 13th 2019 to reunite with her loving husband, Denzil Alkire. Together, she and Denzil touched many lives from Hawaii to New York City doing God’s work as missionaries of the Mormon faith [....]  Read More

Frederick John Morris Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 86 of Weston WV passed away February 12 2019 at home with family and the guidance of Hospice. Fred was born January 13, 1933, in Keene NH to the late Frederick J. Morris, Sr. and Emma Hodgman Morris [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Nebo WV passed away into rest on Monday, February 11, 2019. He was born November 28, 1948, a son of the late Okey Lee and Alma Nellie Truman Cottrell [ .... ]  Read More

Virginia Joan Starcher

The Free Press WVAge 97, of Minnora, WV went home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2019 at Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care, Grantsville, WV. She was born February 16, 1921 in Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Lester and Maude Hershman Bailey [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Ann Yost

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Chloe, WV went home to be with the Lord February 10, 2019 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV. She was born at Floe in Clay County, WV on August 30, 1922. She was the daughter of the late John Burton and Belle Vaughan [ .... ]  Read More

Howard J. Ooten

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Arnoldsburg, WV, formerly of Yolyn, WV., went home to be with his Lord and Savior February 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Howard was born November 9, 1938 at Ragland, WV, the son of the late Rosa Mae Burke Ooten – Adkins and Garland Ooten [ .... ]  Read More

Vera Marlene Lyons

The Free Press WVAge 84 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, February 11, 2019 and gained her place in heaven with the angels and so many of her beloved family and friends. She was born March 23, 1934 in Bens Run, WV; the daughter of the late Lester and Ethel Mott Dearth [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Lea (King) Carter

The Free Press WVof Millstone WV took Jesus by the hand on February 10, 2019. She was born May 25 1940, the daughter of the late Virginia Berle King of Nicut WV [ .... ]  Read More

Doris Mae Radabaugh

The Free Press WV of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg. She was born December 26, 1942 at Dekalb, Gilmer County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Oren and Evelyn Davis Radabaugh [....]  Read More

Bertha Jane McClung

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Macfarlan, WV passed away February 07, 2019 at her residence. She was born September 22, 1934 at Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Delmas Glen and Emma Violet Taylor Wagoner [....]  Read More

Timothy Wayne Spinks

The Free Press WV Age 46, of Cottle, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.  He was born December 03, 1972 in Braxton County, WV to Darrell Spinks and the late Tressie Louise Greathouse Spinks [....]  Read More

Lewis Earl Collins

The Free Press WVAge 76 of Verona, NY, passed away suddenly on February 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital while in WV visiting family. His parents, the late Alfred Collins and Hazel Cable welcomed Lewis to the family on March 20, 1942 in Vienna, NY [ .... ]  Read More

Mary “Katie” Catherine (Godfrey) Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 74, 0f Glenville, WV went to Heaven, on Thursday, February 07, 2019 at the Glenville Center, Glenville, WV following an illness. She was born on August 14, 1944 in Copen, WV to the late Donald Lovell Godfrey and Margret “Maggie” (Ball) Godfrey [ .... ]  Read More

Patrick Dewitt McDonnell Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Vienna, WV passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019. He was born June 30, 1933 in Pike, Ritchie County, West Virginia, a son of the late Patrick Dorn and Lona B. Dye McDonnell [ .... ]  Read More

John Lawson Simons

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Ritchie County, WV, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, February 03, 2019 [....]  Read More

Paul Wade Harris Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Buckhannon, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family in the comfort of his own home on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 after an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on February 24, 1947 a son of the late Wayne Harris and Kathleen Rowan Harris [ .... ]  Read More

Edith Virginia Smith White

The Free Press WV Age 104 of Falls Church, VA formerly of West Union, WV departed this life on Wednesday, February 06, 2019.  She was born on June 23, 1914 in Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late H. Walter and Mary E. Freeman Smith [....]  Read More

Steven Andrew Paugh

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, February 08, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. His mother Cora Vanpelt welcomed him to the world on January 28, 1950 in Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Matthew Wayne Williams

The Free Press WVAge 38, of Grantsville, WV passed away unexpectedly, Monday, February 04, 2019. Matthew was born August 17, 1980, and was a lifelong resident of Grantsville, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Clem “Bud” Morris Weaver

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Little Hocking, Ohio passed away February 07, 2019 at home. He was born July 27, 1929 at Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Jackson Woodford and Oleta M. Frymier Weaver [....]  Read More

Thelma Elaine Heckert

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Weston, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 at the United Hospital Center. She was born Weston, WV on March 02, 1946 a daughter of the late Clarence Edgar Alta Leora Bond Boram [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A.(Bob) Parker, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Weston, WV has pulled his final load as of February 06, 2019 and is parked safe in heaven [ .... ]  Read More

Tommy Fire King

The Free Press WV Age 68, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on January 30, 2019 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew, WV following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on March 01, 1950: son of the late French King and Anna Bell (Alkire) King [....]  Read More

Jackie “Jack” Lee Brown

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, February 0, 2019 under the compassionate care of the Genesis Glenville Center. He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 13, 1956 a son of the late Elias Robert and Agnes May Titus Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Lela Mae Coleman

The Free Press WVAge 86, residing at Colonial Place of Elkins, WV passed away on Monday, February 04, 2019 in Davis Memorial Hospital of Elkins following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on August 15, 1932: daughter of the late Robert Donaldson and Cora (Hefner) Donaldson [ .... ]  Read More

Fred L. Dahmer

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 13, 1941 in Deer Run, WV in Pendleton County, WV to the late Fred A. and Leah M. Dahmer [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Willadene “Deanie” Daugherty

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Canton, OH, passed away February 01, 2019 at her residence. She was born September 27, 1937 at Berea, WV, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Marie Lamm Campbell [ .... ]  Read More

Minoka Pearl Mackey

The Free Press WV Age 91 of Harrisville, WV passed away February 04, 2019 at her daughter’s residence. She was born November16, 1927 at Washburn, WV, the daughter of the late Dewitt G. and Georgia Rexroad Jett [....]  Read More

Wilma (Brown) Pierce

The Free Press WV Age 62, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 02, 2019 at CAMC General after a short illness. She was born May 25, 1956 in Sutton, WV a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin “Amos” Brown and Gladys (Moore) Brown [....]  Read More

Anna Pearl Washington

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away January 30, 2019, at the Worthington Nursing Home in Parkersburg. She was born May 02, 1930 in Sutton, WV, the daughter of the late Carl James and Pearl Robinson Johnson [ .... ]  Read More

Lillian Maxine Westfall

The Free Press WV Age 98, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the Grafton City Hospital in Grafton, WV. She was born July 15, 1920, in Horner, WV, a daughter of the late Charlie G. and Isabela “Vesta” Rohrbough Henline [....]  Read More

Harry “Mike” Michael Seckman

The Free Press WVAge 68 of Salem, WV passed away Thursday January 31, 2019 at Salem Center with family by his side.  He was born December 20, 1950 in Clarksburg, WV son of the late Harry Seckman and Veva Mae Bonnell Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Harold “Kitty” Wilson

The Free Press WVHusband, father, grandfather, friend, decorated war hero, scoutmaster, passed peacefully in his home on the morning of January 31, 2019. He was born at home in Chestnut Lick, Gilmer County, WV on August 31, 1922, a son of the late Henderson Bill Wilson and Rachel Ivy Meadows Wilson [ .... ]  Read More

Curtis Eugene Etheredge, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 27, 2019 as a result of a trucking accident. He was born December 26, 1961 at Philadelphia, PA the son of the late Curtis E. Etheredge and Caroline Ann Etheredge of Chalfont, PA [....]  Read More

James “Andy” Charles Anderson

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Tunnel Fork Road, Gassaway, WV went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at his residence. James was born in Pontiac, MI on June0 9, 1934 to the late Carl Anderson and Anna Marie Huusom [ .... ]  Read More

Joe Engel Chrisman

The Free Press WVWent to be the Lord Wednesday morning, January 23, 2019, after a five month battle with West Nile Virus. He was born and raised in Gassaway, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Waide Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 68, passed away January 24, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Born on September 19, 1950 in Gassaway, WV, he was the son of the Russell Waide and Juanita Raider Tanner [....]  Read More

Leonard Edward Bailey

The Free Press WVAge 70, passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 surrounded by loving family. He was born in Trap Fork, WV on October 29, 1948 a son of the late Leonard Ray Bailey and Anna Mae Bailey [ .... ]  Read More

Lavena Carol Bennett

The Free Press WV Age 82 of WV Highway 23 N. Salem, WV departed this life on Monday January 28, 2019 in the United Hospital Center.  She was born on January 21, 1937 in Doddridge County, WV the daughter of the late Wayman B. and Edna E. Ford Swiger [....]  Read More

French Alfred Stump

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Grantsville, WV passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born August 24, 1941 in Grantsville, WV a son of the late Harry and Georgia Ward Stump [....]  Read More

Lewis Mitchell “Mike” Starr

The Free Press WVUSAF, TSgt, Ret., age 82, of Volga, WV passed away peacefully and surrounded by loving family on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at River Oaks Nursing Facility in Clarksburg. He was born on March 21, 1936 in Horner, WV a son of the late Carl Eugene and Eulah Adams Starr [ .... ]  Read More

Thomas Isaac Ratliff

The Free Press WVOn January 26th, 2019, he passed away at the age of 77. Tom was born on Long Run, WV on September14th, 1941 [ .... ]  Read More

Nancy Lee Reed

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Weston, WV departed this Earth on Monday, January 28, 2019 under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor Nursing Facility. She was born on July 07, 1952 in North Attleboro, MA a daughter of the late Edward Anthony and Rhea Yvette Cameron Lizotte [ .... ]  Read More

Donna Fay Grogg

The Free Press WVAge 74 of Kanawha Street, Glenville, WV; gained her angel wings on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; surrounded by her loving family, following a brief illness. She was born August 02, 1944 in Parkersburg, WV;  daughter of the late Arley and Ivy Boyce Bush [ .... ]  Read More

Shonna Kay Henline

The Free Press WVAge 37, of Roanoke, WV passed away gently into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Genesis Glenville Center. Shonna blessed this Earth and the lives of her parents when she was born on July 30, 1981 in Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Gerald “Porky” Faye Postlethwait

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in the comfort of his own home. He was born in February 11, 1954 a son of the late Ervin Postlethwait Jr. and Audra Leona Murray Postlethwait [ .... ]  Read More

Victoria “Vickie” Sue (Moore) Conrad

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Copen, WV passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 with her loved ones by her side in the WVU Medicine United Hospital Center Hospice in Bridgeport, WV. Vickie was born on September 06, 1960 in Elkins, WV the daughter of Pattie Jean (Stalnaker) Moore of Elkins, WV and the late James Russell Moore who preceded her in death on January 15, 2014 [ .... ]  Read More

Beulah Mae Hall

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Virginia, went to be with the Lord on January 24, 2019. She was born on February 03, 1937 to the late Lawrence Johnson and Myrtle Phipps of Clintwood, Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Jimmy Pritt

The Free Press WVAge 72 of Burnsville, WV stepped into eternity to join his Lord and Personal Savior on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital due to an apparent heart attack. Jimmy was born on June 26, 1946 at home on Hyers Run, West Virginia to the late Virgil “Buck” Pritt and Elsie (Blake) Pritt [ .... ]  Read More

Paula Kowalski Newsome

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Rosedale, WV formerly of Ravenna, OH passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at CAMC Memorial after a short illness. She was born August 14, 1963 to the late Stanley and Elizabeth Kowalski [ .... ]  Read More

Elden Lee Pullin, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Little Birch, WV passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport. Elden was born December 16, 1936, in Hyer, WV, the son of the late Elbert Lee & Mary Agnes Bee Pullin [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Ann “Peggy” Thomas

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Charleston, WV, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston. She was born September 16, 1927 in Sutton, WV, the daughter of the late John F. Thomas, Sr. & Gladys Hoffman Thomas [....]  Read More

Tiffany Ann Kimble

The Free Press WVAge 32 of Glenville, WV; departed this earthly life on Thursday evening, January 24, 2019 at her residents following a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease. She was born on September 18, 1986 in Clarksburg, WV; Tiffany is the daughter of Kathy Kimble of Glenville and the late Frank L. Kimble [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Lee Slaughter

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Weston, WV, has pulled his final load and as of January 23, 2019 is parked up safe in Heaven. He was born in Weston, WV on May 23, 1957 to Louise Maria Feola Slaughter of Orlando, FL and the late Harold Clark Slaughter [ .... ]  Read More

Mark F. Schreffler

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Linn, West Virginia, passed on January 20, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.  Born April 16, 1940 in Dornsife, PA, he was the son of Frazier and Irene (Latsha) Schreffler [....]  Read More

Linda M. Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Gihon Road, Parkersburg WV, went to be with her Jesus on January 23, 2019 following a brief illness. She was born June 28, 1943, a daughter of the late Edward and Mildred Maxwell Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Leon Copenhaver

The Free Press WVAge 89, of W 2nd Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Wallace, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Charles Copenhaver and Roma (Robison) Dulaney [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.


Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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