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WV teachers will walk out again on Monday

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A two-day walkout by thousands of West Virginia public schoolteachers and employees to protest low pay will continue on Monday, organizers said on Friday afternoon.

The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association organized the statewide action, which left more than a quarter of a million students out of school on Thursday and Friday in the state’s 55 counties.

Christine Campbell, the president of the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, said the strike could last beyond Monday if necessary. Teachers across the state, she added, “have made their voice clear.”

“They believe that not enough has been done,” she said.

Organizers say teachers are so poorly paid in the state that some must take second jobs to make ends meet. In 2016, the average salary for a teacher in West Virginia was $45,622, ranking it 48th in the country, according to the National Education Association.

“Our state is not providing the resources for our students,” Cindy Nester, 44, a kindergarten teacher at Augusta Elementary School, said in an interview. “Generally, in a year, I probably pay anywhere from $1,000 to $1,500 out of my own paycheck, and those are just for miscellaneous supplies.”

Schools across the state have a deficit of educators, and experienced teachers have left in search of adequate pay and benefits, the union said.

Ms. Nester, who lives in the city of Romney, agreed. “I live 40 miles from Virginia, 40 miles form Maryland,” she said. “All we have to do is cross those lines and we can make $12,000 or $15,000 more, plus those benefits.”

An estimated 5,000 teachers, parents and supporters protested at the Capitol building in Charleston on Friday, said Kym Randolph, the communications director for the West Virginia Education Association. There were slightly fewer demonstrators than on Thursday, when lines were so long it took up to three hours to get in.

“They are packing the chambers,” Ms. Randolph said in an interview. “The ones that got there early talked to legislators.”

West Virginia’s 680 public schools employ 19,488 classroom teachers, said Alyssa Keedy, a spokeswoman for the state’s education department. There are 277,137 students enrolled.

During the two-day shutdown, state food banks helped feed students who depend on school meals, and supplemental child care centers were set up, according to local news reports.

The strike took place after Gov. James C. Justice, a Republican, signed legislation on Wednesday that would provide teachers and school service personnel a 2 percent raise starting in July, part of an increase in salaries for some state employees.

Teachers and service personnel are scheduled to get an additional 1 percent raise in the 2020 fiscal year, and teachers will get another 1 percent raise in 2021.

“We need to keep our kids and teachers in the classroom,” Governor Justice said in a statement on Wednesday. “We certainly recognize our teachers are underpaid, and this is a step in the right direction to addressing their pay issue.”

Teachers’ unions say the raises will not cover cost-of-living increases. Ms. Randolph said that teachers’ salaries had stagnated for years and that the lack of state contributions to the health care plan had meant that inflation costs have been borne by the employees, who are struggling under higher deductibles, premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

While the board of the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which administers the health care plan for state employees, has agreed to freeze rates in 2019, the teachers want a more permanent funding fix.

Governor Justice said the agency’s board would work on long-term solutions to address the teachers’ concerns. “Now we need to turn our focus back to continuing public education reforms and making our state educational system the best in the country,” he said.

Ms. Nester said the walkout seemed to have a lot of support from members of her community, adding that she was demonstrating in support of all state workers, not just educators.

“I think it’s very possible it could go on for a while,” she said. “I think we need to fight for this.”

West Virginia braces for potential flooding, other damage from predicted heavy weekend rains

Governor Justice urges citizens to use common sense, pay attention to local emergency officials
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With his February 17 State of Emergency declaration still in effect for all 55 counties, Governor Jim Justice is urging his fellow West Virginians to monitor local weather conditions closely this weekend and stay prepared.

The National Weather Service has forecasted multiple rounds of heavy rains through Sunday. With the Ohio River already at higher-than-normal levels, this additional rainfall poses an extreme risk of flooding to all counties along the Ohio. The rest of West Virginia remains at some risk of flooding as well because of saturated ground conditions.

“I know West Virginia can weather this coming storm, if we all remember to use our God-given common sense,” said Governor Justice.  “I encourage everyone to pay attention to their local emergency officials. And please, do not endanger yourselves, your loved ones or our first responders by trying to drive through flood waters!”

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) will activate the State Emergency Operations Center at the West Virginia Capitol by 8 p.m. Saturday. DHSEM is already coordinating with county and local emergency managers, and is prepared to field and respond to requests for resources and other assistance. The West Virginia National Guard is pre-positioning resources and personnel, including from its Swift Water Rescue team, and other agencies such as the Division of Highways are doing the same.

West Virginia trout stocking

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The following waters were stocked the week of February 19, 2018 to February 23, 2018:

Buffalo Creek (Logan)
Bullskin Run
Cacapon Park Lakes
Chief Logan Pond
Clear Fork of Tug
Elk River
Evitts Run
Gandy Creek
Glady Fork
Hopkins Fork
Laurel Fork (Randolph)
Laurel Lake
Lost River
Middle Creek (Berkeley)
Mill Creek (Berkeley)
North Fork South Branch
Opequon Creek
Rocky Marsh Run
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower section)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
South Branch (C&R)
South Branch (Franklin)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
Spruce Knob Lake
Trout Run
Tygart Valley Tailwaters
Waites Run

West Virginia Scholar Application Now Available

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West Virginia Wesleyan College, in conjunction with MetroNews, announces the beginning of the 11th annual West Virginia Scholar Program for high school juniors in West Virginia. 

The top student will win a four-year scholarship to Wesleyan, valued at more than $160,000.

A second place prize of $5,000 and third place prize of $2,500 will also be awarded. 

All awards begin with the 2019 fall semester.

“We are thrilled to enter our eleventh year of partnership on the West Virginia Scholar program,” said John Waltz ’01, vice president for enrollment management. “Every year we are privileged to read each application and meet the absolute best and brightest students in West Virginia. These scholars not only excel in the classroom but also in athletics, creative arts, and service and leadership.  Applicants and finalists enrolling at Wesleyan have been among our 21 international scholarship winners in the last 7 years.  We cannot wait to see how these students change our state and the world.”

Students can apply at

An essay detailing how the applicant plans, through their studies and continuing education, to make West Virginia a better place to live.

The application deadline is April 15. 

Online voting at will be held directly after, and the winner will be announced at the 2018 WV Scholar Award Luncheon at Wesleyan in June.

In addition to MetroNews and Wesleyan, sponsors include the West Virginia Hospital Association, ZMM Architects and Engineers, the West Virginia Forestry Association, the West Virginia Farm Bureau, RBC Wealth Management, Komax Business Systems, and Friends of Coal.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.722.9933 for more information.

WVCHIP Board Approves Plan for Future

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WVCHIP Board is pleased to announce that Congress passed a bill on January 22, 2018, that includes six years of funding for CHIP. 

Therefore, there will be no interruption to enrollment or claims payments for WVCHIP for the next six years. 

WVCHIP Board realizes this may have been a stressful time for our members and wanted to reassure you that WVCHIP will continue at this time to serve our children and families in West Virginia. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our WVCHIP Helpline at 1.877.982.2447.

Jeanette Riffle: The Miracle of Sunshine

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After so much rain and flood waters, the sunshine this afternoon was really welcomed. We came home from church and had some lunch and I actually enjoyed doing dishes at the kitchen
sink. That nice warm sun came in the window on me while I was standing there. Just ten minutes of sun shining on the skin gives us all the Vitamin D we need for one day and boosts the mood.  Our weather had set a pattern of getting stormy on weekends but this Sunday was more mild and clear. There were 86 present at Rosedale Baptist. It was good to get back. I had missed three Sundays with bad weather. I don’t go anywhere if it is slick and dangerous to walk around or if there’s a cold rain out there. That’s when I just stay in and look outside. The birds go right ahead eating at the feeders in the rain and my red birds are coming back. I have seen them for three or four days now. They can visit feeders on both sides of us and I think sometimes they go to the other feeders.

Our new pup will be eight months old next month. He is a hunter. He likes to cross the road and go up the hill. That isn’t safe here. There are coyotes in our hills. I was reading an article about them and how the pack attacks. One will give a call to draw a dog up and then the whole pack attacks and kills the dog. We are getting an invisible fence this week to protect him.

He will have enough of a radius to roam around in and get his exercise. When I was growing up, we had the rabbi fox scare to deal with but nowadays it’s lots of large predators in our woods. We haven’t heard any coyotes yipping lately but back in October when our son was home, he and his Dad heard them across the creek one night.

My Dad taught my oldest brother how to shoot when he was about six years old and when three of us kids would go after the cow and bring her in to be milked, my brother went in front of the rest of us on the lookout. The foxes were thick at one time and ran the hills behind our house. We never saw one when we went after the cow, but my middle brother ran into one in the pasture field one time. Also, I remember a time when one came in on the back porch. The family had gone somewhere, and I stayed home with the baby. He was about four. I was lying down resting and he woke me up and said he saw a fox on the back porch. It was gone by the time I got awake and went to check. The other boys have told me about a fox coming in on the front porch one time and Dad had to kill it. I’m glad we don’t have that to deal with anymore.

Until next time, stay well and take care. God bless!

Gilmer Schools Superintendent’s Letter to Parents/Guardians

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Braxton County man indicted on firearm and drug charges

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A Burnsville, West Virginia, man was indicted today by a federal grand jury on firearm and drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Charles William Masters, age 43, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of ”Carry a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime.” Masters is accused of illegally possessing a 9mm pistol while possessing methamphetamine on July 03, 2017 in Lewis County, West Virginia.

Masters faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the first count, up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for the second count, and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the third count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Governor Justice issues statement to Educators, Service Personnel and other Government Workers

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To Our Educators, Service Personnel, and other Government Workers

A little over one year ago I was sworn in as your Governor.  At that time, our State was bankrupt for all practical purposes.  A $500 Million deficit, growing to nearly $772 Million in the following years, and nowhere to turn was exactly where we were.  You had to have little hope. All of us had to feel this way. The biggest gift I delivered to all of you across our State was a solution, a plan, a dream, and it worked.  Today, we are on our way. I hope!

I promised you to always do one thing – Tell the truth.  Now let’s reflect:  I have always stood rock solid for education. I think education should be our centerpiece. In the darkest time, the Senate supported my 2 percent pay raise and at crunch time the House Democrats were not supportive. I went to the mat for this but it failed. Now we have an election year and many, many of those that opposed are now running through the streets yelling for more to get your votes. PLEASE.

Now, I want you to read this quote when I announced my plan last year for a 2 percent raise for teachers:

“This is refreshing.  We know the Governor has been talking about it, but this actually feels like walking the walk and saying we do want to keep teachers in West Virginia.”

Who said that just a year ago?

That was Christine Campbell, president of the American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia.

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, also said this at that time.

“I’m glad that Governor Justice recognized that we have to address the teacher salary issue to attract teachers to the classroom.”

Two weeks ago, I attended Town Hall meetings in Logan and Greenbrier counties. We had a variety of teachers present to discuss all these issues facing them today. The No. 1 issue in both meetings was fixing our state employee health insurance plan, PEIA.  I’ve asked and the PEIA board has voted to eliminate the mandated participation in the Go365 program, the use of combined household income to determine rates, and to freeze the plan for 16 months while we examine it and enact a long-term solution to the PEIA problems that may exist. This alone will cost the state an additional $29 million a year. Each 1 percent of a statewide pay raise costs an additional $23 Million.

In the past year, my appointments to our great State Board of Education have 1) gotten rid of A thru F grading our schools, 2) gotten rid of all the ridiculous testing we were doing, 3) moved issues out of the Charleston bureaucracy and back to local control and even, 4) given flexibility on the school calendar back to the counties. How long have we had to put up with these burdens that are now gone?

Now, if you choose you may throw rocks at the very man that has stood steadfast in your camp. I promise you nobody knows for sure that we are out of the woods. I know our teachers are underpaid and underappreciated. But I also know that our teachers and families want us not to slip back and find our families again leaving our state seeking employment and opportunity.

I feel that many Democrats that could have helped you dove in the ditch last year and are now grandstanding because of the election year. I feel the Republicans are trying to be cautious and prudent to assure our State won’t fall back and be doomed to be 50th to forever. And, I know that is exactly what I’m trying to do. I promise I will support all that can possibly be done and we will find a permanent fix for PEIA. I do this because I love all our teachers, service personnel, and especially all our children.

State Superintendent Issues Statement on Work Stoppage

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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine issued a statement today in response to the planned statewide work stoppage:

“As a lifelong educator, I fully recognize and support the work of our teachers and service personnel. Our educators are committed to their profession and dedicate their passions every day to providing West Virginia students with the education they deserve. Only as we are able to provide competitive benefits – inclusive of adequate pay and affordable healthcare – are we able to recruit and retain the best talent. I fully recognize that our teachers and service personnel deserve more and, I personally know the West Virginia Board of Education, our Governor and our State Legislators agree. Unfortunately, the economic realities of our state may not allow everything teachers deserve to take place immediately.

I regret that circumstances have led to the announcement of a statewide work stoppage and I am working diligently with all parties to advocate for a prompt resolution. I am hopeful that action will be taken to prevent any disruption to students and classrooms. Work stoppages by public employees are not lawful in West Virginia and will have a negative impact on student instruction and classroom time. Families will be forced to seek out alternative safe locations for their children, and our many students who depend on schools for daily nutrition will face an additional burden. I encourage our educators to advocate for the benefits they deserve, but to seek courses of action that have the least possible disruption for our students.”

Superintendent Paine met this week with all county superintendents.

“I, as well as all county superintendents, are hopeful that ongoing negotiations will result in an agreement prior to a work stoppage. Be assured that our county superintendents are working tirelessly to minimize disruption to students and communicate frequently with parents regarding plans in the event of a work stoppage. Each county will make a decision based on the unique needs of its county, keeping the safety and well-being of students as a top priority.

As the situation progresses, I will continue to work with all parties involved to reach the best solution possible for educators, students and our state as a whole.”

Letter to Employee from Gilmer County Superintendent of Schools

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Resolution of the WVSBA Regarding School Employees

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GSC Theater Performing ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ February 22-23

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Students in Glenville State College’s theater program will be performing ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ as their first full show of the spring 2018 semester.

The performance will run for two evenings, Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

‘Secondary Cause of Death,’ is a murder mystery parody where the audience can imagine the game of Clue brought to life with cases of mistaken identity, accidental murders, explosions, a Nazi invasion, and more. Featured in the play is Colonel Charles Craddock who, despite his large house and assumed wealth, is in need of extra income. For additional cash the Colonel operates a bed and breakfast that also hosts murder mysteries out of his home. Craddock hires the sister of a famed amateur sleuth to entertain his diverse group of guests. Laughter and puzzling twists await audiences of this performance.

The cast includes Joshua Smith as Count Puchlik, Chase Rakes as Colonel Charles Craddock, Shiann Smith as Nurse Ann Parsley, Catherine Chambers as Lady Isadora Pollock, Heather Salsbury as Inspector Pratt, Angie Burgess as Martha Armstrong, Victoria Guillory as Lily Tuthill, Brittany Benson as Captain Henrietta, and Katie Miller as Cynthia Maple.

The play will be presented in the President’s Auditorium in the Heflin Administration Building. Admission is free for GSC students with a valid ID and $3.00 for general admission. The play is rated PG-13 for some suggestive dialog.

For more information about the performance, contact GSC Professor of Communications Dennis Wemm at or 304.462.6323.

Pat’s Chat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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West Virginia

Governor Justice Signs Pay Raise Bill

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West Virginia teachers strike over pay, benefits

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Attorney General: Teacher strike is illegal

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West Virginia Medical Board to Recommend Smokable Pot

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FirstEnergy plans to close power plant if no buyer found

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West Virginia Housel OKs work requirement for food stamps

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Student calls 911 from school, says he was sleepwalking

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11 Things You Might Not Have Known About Billy Graham

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Her Grandson’s Diary Stunned Her. Then She Opened His Guitar Case

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The Free Press WV After weeks of discussions with the Justice Department, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released Saturday a classified memo that counters GOP allegations that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference [ .... ]  Read More

Bernie Sanders: We Warned Clinton About Russians

The Free Press WV He says his supporters were targeted by bot campaign   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Toughest ever sanctions on NKorea? Not likely

The Free Press WV The heaviest, the largest, the most impactful. Those were the superlatives the Trump administration used to describe its latest sanctions against North Korea [ .... ]  Read More

Book Trump? Interest groups press case at his properties

The Free Press WVPayday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products [ .... ]  Read More

GOP ‘Slush Fund’ Pays Trump’s Ex-Bodyguard $15K a Month

The Free Press WV RNC says it’s for security services   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Urges Justice Department to Ban Bump Stocks

The Free Press WVDepartment says it’s moving quickly with its review of the controversial devices   [ .... ]  Read More

A Famously Armed Teacher Responds to Trump’s Idea

The Free Press WV Joel Myrick stopped a school shooter in 1997   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Jr: ‘Nonsense’ that family’s profiting from presidenc

The Free Press WV Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father’s presidency is “nonsense” during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures [ .... ]  Read More

Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

The Free Press WV President Donald Trump says he’s signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like bump stocks used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Attorney pleads guilty to lying

The Free Press WV An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate [ .... ]  Read More

Priebus Opens Up About White House Chaos

The Free Press WV ‘Take everything you’ve heard and multiply it by 50’  [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump lashes out on Russia probe

The Free Press WV Donald Trump’s Twitter cannon roared over the weekend as the latest turn in the Russia investigation seemingly placed him on the defensive. He denied he had ever absolved Russia of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, despite his plentiful record of voicing doubts on that question [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Military Parade Could Be Pricey: OMB

The Free Press WV Mick Mulvaney says it could run between $10M and $30M   [ .... ]  Read More

Have A Minute?‏

The Gilmer Free PressSenator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians [ .... ]  Read More

Letter Details Trump’s Alleged Affair With Ex-Playmate

The Free Press WV Friend of Karen McDougal provides it to Ronan Farrow of the ‘New Yorker’  [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

U.S. Embassy in Montenegro Was Closed. Then, a Boom

The Free Press WVAttacker threw grenade, killed himself [ .... ]  Read More

German court defers ruling on banning diesel cars in cities

The Free Press WVA German court has deferred a decision on whether to allow a ban on diesel cars in cities to lower air pollution, a move that could have drastic consequences for the country’s powerful auto industry [ .... ]  Read More

Runaway cow defends its freedom in Polan

The Free Press WV A local governor in Poland says a cow that escaped while being taken to a slaughterhouse is still avoiding capture even though the order to kill it has been canceled [ .... ]  Read More

Italy warns of election threat as rival parties court Russia

The Free Press WVItalian government officials are warning of possible foreign interference in the March 4 general election, sounding the alarm following the U.S. indictment of Russian trolls and evidence of Russian-sourced fake news on popular Italian platforms [ .... ]  Read More

Venezuela’s digital coin makes debut

The Free Press WVVenezuela on Tuesday was set to become the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy [ .... ]  Read More

Turkey renames U.S. Embassy street after Syria offensive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vacationers’ Mystery Ailment Is Really a Brownie Problem

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

UK blames Russian military for ‘malicious’ cyberattack

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

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

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

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

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

European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

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

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

Movie Review: ‘Game Night’

Bateman, McAdams anchor lively and fun ‘Game Night’  [ .... ]  Read More

JLaw on Dress Brouhaha: ‘This Is Not Feminism’

The Free Press WVLawrence took flak for wearing a slinky dress in London winter, is not having it   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Art Attack’ to film in WV

The Free Press WVThe series follows Robb Ortel (“American Chopper”) as he dives headlong into physical artforms [ .... ]  Read More

Universal launches plans for third ‘Jurassic World’ film

The Free Press WVFourth months before “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced plans Wednesday for a third installment in the rebooted dinosaur franchise [ .... ]  Read More

‘Black Panther’ scores highest Monday ever with $40.2M

The Free Press WVWith a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, “Black Panther” has set another box-office record: biggest Monday ever [ .... ]  Read More

It’s Splitsville for Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux

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

YouTube Stars Awake to Terrifying Ordeal

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

Black Panther Had Really, Historically Good Friday

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

10 Best Romantic Comedies

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

Judge Sides With Swift Over ‘Unoriginal’ Lyrics

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

Movie Review: ‘Early Man’

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

Berlin Film Fest kicks off in the shadow of #MeToo

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

Movie Review: ‘Nostalgia’

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

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

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

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

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




U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 02.23.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Ekes Out 0.6% Weekly Increase, Led by Technology Sector; Consumer Staples, Telecom Weigh [ .... ]  Read More

Sales of U.S. homes fall year over year by most in 3½ years

The Free Press WV U.S. sales of existing homes fell in January from a year earlier by the most in more than three years. Would-be buyers were stymied by rising prices and a shortage of homes for sale [ .... ]  Read More

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

The Free Press WV Bohemian or traditional?  [ .... ]  Read More

Treasury seeks changes in the way U.S. handles troubled banks

The Free Press WVThe Treasury has recommended retaining a divisive procedure for handling troubled financial institutions with some changes, rather than scrapping the program as many conservative lawmakers had wanted [ .... ]  Read More

Walmart’s bruising battle with Amazon saps its 4Q results

The Free Press WV Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon [ .... ]  Read More

Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

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

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

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

Producer Price Index

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

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

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

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 02.16.2018

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

Energy drives US wholesale prices up 0.4 percent in January

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

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

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

Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium member

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

Real Earnings

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

Consumer Price Index

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

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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McLeod, Brown Share Player Of The Week Honors

The Free Press WV West Liberty’s Marissa Brown and Glenville State’s Paris McLeod share Mountain East Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after stellar individual efforts last week [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Boxing Brings Home Hardware

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State College Boxing team had a fantastic showing in the Hometown Hero’s USA Boxing National Championship as they brought back two championship belts [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Baseball Splits Home Opener against Tigers

The Free Press WV The GSC Pioneer Baseball team split their home opening double-header against the Tigers of Salem University on Sunday afternoon at the Sue Morris Sports Complex [ .... ]  Read More

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

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

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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Pioneers Fall to Hilltoppers on the Road

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

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

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

Study cited for blaming autism on TV cartoon does not exist

The Free Press WV There is no Harvard study that says a British children’s television cartoon causes autism, despite what a social media post claims. In fact, there’s at least one peer-reviewed study that hints that a children’s television show may help autistic kids [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. panel says it’s OK to use nasal spray flu vaccine again

The Free Press WVA federal panel says it’s OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again [ .... ]  Read More

Carbs, fat, DNA? Weight loss is finicky, new study shows

The Free Press WV A precision nutrition approach to weight loss didn’t hold up in a study testing low fat versus low carb depending on dieters’ DNA profiles [ .... ]  Read More

Women Who Use Spray Cleaners May as Well Smoke Pack a Day

The Free Press WVStudy finds decline in lung function among women who regularly use spray cleaners   [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. panel recommends new adult vaccine against hepatitis B

The Free Press WVThe vaccine, called Heplisav-B, was licensed for use in the U.S. in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years [ .... ]  Read More

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in stud

The Free Press WVThe first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study [ .... ]  Read More

An Unwelcome First for a Strain of Bird Flu

The Free Press WVFirst H7N4 case confirmed in a human   [ .... ]  Read More

This Year’s Flu Vaccine Has Been Pretty Ineffective

The Free Press WVCDC finds vaccine only 36% effective   [ .... ]  Read More

Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

The Free Press WVGilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service- Gilmer and Calhoun County will once again be placing a bulk order for berry plants [ .... ]  Read More

In 1st Documented Case, Trans Woman Breastfeeds

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

Painkiller’s Price 22 Times More Expensive Than in 2013

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

Onion Beer Bread is a crowd- pleaser

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

Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

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

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beer Beef Stew

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

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

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



Was There Really a Breakthrough in U.S.-North Korea Relations?

The Free Press WVIn the aftermath of the “Korean spring” at the Winter Games, some observers waxed euphoric over the potential for direct US-North Korea talks [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Immigration Reform is Tone Deaf

The Free Press WV President Trump laid out a new plan for immigration reform in his State of the Union address. It calls for building [ .... ]  Read More

Merchants of Death: America’s Toxic Cult of Violence Turns Deadly

The Free Press WV“Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.”—Professor Henry A. Giroux [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: The Miracle of Sunshine

The Free Press WV After so much rain and flood waters, the sunshine this afternoon was really welcomed [ .... ]  Read More

The other superpower?

The Free Press WV “I’m so honored to be alive at such a miraculous time in history. I’m so moved by what’s going on in our world today.” This was 2003. The words were those of Robert Muller [ .... ]  Read More

From PyeongChang to Lasting Peace on the Korean Peninsula

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

Pat’s Chat

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

Trumped up treason

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

U.S. makes new claims of WMD in Syria

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

“Fake News” Is Fake News

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

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

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

Jeanette Riffle: February, The Shortest Month

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

Poor posture: Trump’s nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War

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

Pat’s Chat

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

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

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

WV Bill Would Let Dogs Track Wounded Deer, Bear

The Free Press WVWest Virginia’s Senate has unanimously approved legislation that allows leashed dogs to track mortally wounded deer or bear [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WVThe week of February 19, 2018 to February 23, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Some vacation-planning strategies, from websites to haggling

The Free Press WVNatasha Rachel Smith was good at math as a teenager and intrigued by personal finance. As an adult, she was determined to turn “marketing techniques on their head”  [ .... ]  Read More

No PCBs Detected in Soil Samples at Oak Hill’s Collins Park

The Free Press WV Sampling and testing of soil at Collins Park in Oak Hill indicates no polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were detected at that location or at the location where the soil originated [ .... ]  Read More

Facing Slaughter, Cow Makes a Swim for It

The Free Press WV Precocious bovine saves her own bacon by fleeing to an island [ .... ]  Read More

Borneo Lost Nearly 150K Orangutans in Just 16 Years

The Free Press WVThat’s more orangutans than there are left on the island   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia State Parks anticipate a great camping year in 2018

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

Gilmer County, attended Agriculture and Conservation Day at the Capitol

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


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Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

West Virginia to stock waters with golden rainbow trout

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

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

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

Paintings sought for 2019 West Virginia wildlife calendar

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


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

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

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Why Apple Is Reportedly Looking Into Mining Contracts

The Free Press WV Experts fear shortage of cobalt, which is needed for iPhone batteries   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

The Free Press WVScientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said Wednesday they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Broadbands are slower than in almost every other country

The Free Press WVBroadband speeds are lagging in the U.S.  [ .... ]  Read More

Google’s digital assistant branches out to Nest camera

The Free Press WVGoogle’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding internet-connected microphones [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Create Human-Sheep Chimera for Organ Donations

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

These Might Be the Only Non-Human War Medics

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

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

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

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

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

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

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

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

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

German court rules several Facebook settings violate laws

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

Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike

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

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

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

Twitter makes money for first time ever, but problems remain

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

Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away

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

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 02.26.18

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, February 26, 2018 – 5:00 PM

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting - 02.26.18

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, February 26, 2018 – 4:30 PM

Kindermusik - 02.27.18

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American Heart Month

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Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

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

Gilmer and Calhoun County respectively at
304.462.7061 or 304.354.6332

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

Lunch and Learn: Garden Series

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Help Wanted

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GSC Student Fan Bus

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GCHD Food Handlers’ Class - 03.02.18

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3/3 at 33 - March 03, 2018

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Winter Swap Meet – Saturday, March 03, 2018

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

Washington County Fair Grounds

922 Front Street, north of downtown Marietta

7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Parking is free

For more information call 740.538.0023

email ‘’

Basement Sale - March 01-03, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

We hope to see you there

Not responsible for accidents

Huge Indoor Sale

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Benefit Dinner - 03.04.18

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Pre-School Family Event

Rescheduled to Friday, March 09, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

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Cornbread and Bean Dinner - 03.10.18

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C-GCC Adult Basic Education

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Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information

Mountain State Maple Days

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GSC Open House Scheduled for March 24, 2018

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

To RSVP visit or call 800.924.2010.

Percussion Ensemble Tickets on Sale February 19, 2018

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Percussion Ensemble tickets went on sale Monday, February 19

GSC Pool Schedule

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

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

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

Jennifer Wenner at or at 304.462.6436


Reader's Comments

J.R. Keener

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 22, 2018 at home. He was born July 02, 1937 in Brush, CO a son of the late Howard N. and Angie Keener [ .... ]  Read More

Jessie E. “Tutu” Ash

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. She was born in Cox’s Mill, WV on July 02, 1926: daughter of the late Hunter Stansberry and Faye (Smith) Stansberry [ .... ]  Read More

Patricia Gail James

The Free Press WVAge 60, of 49 Cherry Lane Jane Lew, WV passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Fallsville, Arkansas on April 10, 1957: daughter of the late Ray William James and Alda M. (Rylee) James [ .... ]  Read More

Catherine Jane White Snuffer

The Free Press WVAge 53, of Rush Run Road, Weston, WV passed away Wednesday, February 21 at her home with her family and friends praying at her side. Cathy was born in Weston, WV March 11, 1964 the loving daughter of James “Luke” White and Carolyn “Jane” Spray White also of Weston who survive [ .... ]  Read More

Danielle Marie Parks

The Free Press WVAge 29, of Harrisville, WV, departed this world far too early at her home. Danielle was born November 28, 1988, in Wichita Falls, Texas, a daughter of Craig and Michelle (Shelly Nichols) Parks [ .... ]  Read More

Madylon Inez Ankrom

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Cairo, WV passed away February 22, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born February 28, 1953 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Alpha Edward and Inez Ruby Grimes [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Sue Clifton Toms

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Sutton, WV passed away February 12, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born June 13, 1952 in Augusta, Georgia to the late Levina and Jack G. Clifton [....]  Read More

Wilma “Wanda” Dodrill

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Birch River, WV passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Summersville Regional Hospital, Summersville. She was born March 01, 1937 in Swandale, WV the daughter of the late Chelsie Ellis & Virgie Nell Graham Loving [....]  Read More

Loretta Ann Smith

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Mt. Zion, West Virginia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 21, 2018 following a long illness. She was born to Annabelle and Everett Crites on October 24, 1957 in Ashtabula, Ohio [ .... ]  Read More

Connie Lee Ayers

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Waverly, WV, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born September 05, 1946, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Ray and Deloris Cogar Wolverton [....]  Read More

Donna Jean (Lake) Brown

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Keiths Run Road, Ireland, WV passed away at her home in Ireland on February 21, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Weston, WV on December 03, 1955 to the late Leo Hilbert Lake and Verma Ilene (Lowther) Lake [ .... ]  Read More

Kennith Lee Straley

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, surrounded by family at Camden-Clark Medical Center. Kennith was born May 25, 1951 in Glenville, WV, the son of the late George Stillman Straley, and Edith Bessie (Montgomery) Straley [ .... ]  Read More

Judy L. Metz

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Hundred, WV passed away Sunday, January 07, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born February 08, 1946 at Newville, WV, a daughter of the lake Okey Williams and Catherine Hamner Wade [....]  Read More

James Anthony “Jim” Tiburzi

The Free Press WV(Ret.) USN, age 93, of Lexington Park, MD, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 27, 1924 in Baltimore, MD to the late Sabatino Tiburzi and Maria Vasti Tiburzi. He was married to the late Amy Woodburn Tiburzi for 64 years [ .... ]  Read More

Valeria Rae Smith

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

Susan Jane Spencer Wiseman

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

Joseph H. Quick

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

Donald Eugene Marks Sr.

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

Betty Ann (Singleton) Ratliff

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

Benjamin Smith West

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

Robert Joseph Minigh

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

Hubert H. Riddle

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

Kathryn “Kathy” Lynette Friend Fridley

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

Sandra “Sandy” G. Dotson

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

James Kenneth Tedrick

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

Meloney Jo Davis

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

Margaret Pearl Posey

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

James E. Tanner Jr,

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

Cecil Raymond Reed

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

James Lynn Thompson

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

Patricia Ann Propps

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

Phillip Neil Hill

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

Caroline Cunningham

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

Frederick Bernard Fuhrmaneck

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

Emmett Richard Parr

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

Benjamin O. “Bill” Hinton

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

Helen Marie Morris

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

David William Marsh

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

Edith Virginia Jones

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

Norma Marie Stewart

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

David Edward Elson Poling

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

Harley LeRoy Roupe

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

Thomas Stephen “Steve” Alfred

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

Elden S. Greathouse

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

Rolland Earl “Bub” Jenkins

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

Allen Lee Ash Jr.

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

Richard Lee Wilfong

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

Bryce C. Goodwin

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

Andrew S. Coon

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

Melba “Jane” Ware

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

Alice Maysel Duncan

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

Berdeal DeWeese Conley

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

Anna Mae Brady

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

Kenneth Lee Page Jr.

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

Minnie Yvonne Ellyson

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

Sheila Ann Norman

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

Larry Maynard Nichols

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

Jack Zeigler

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

Marion Franklin “Buck” Duncan

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

​Edward L. Smith

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

Readers' Recent Comments

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

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

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

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

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

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

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

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