2018 General Election: A Huge Success for West Virginia

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I am very pleased to report that West Virginia hosted a very successful November General Election.  Here are a few of the highlights from my perspective as the state’s chief elections officer.

Approximately 593,900 ballots were cast statewide resulting in 48 percent voter turnout. A total of 183,205 West Virginians voted early or turned in an absentee ballot during the early voting period that ran October 24 to November 3. Early voting was historic and turnout was robust—at least 10 percent higher than the 2014 midterms.

We had phenomenal voter turnout, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Our office and county clerks worked hard to make this election a success and all our efforts paid off.

High voter turnout was due to a variety of factors, not the least of which was an energized electorate and several key races that included the U.S. Senate and two West Virginia Supreme Court races.

Military and overseas voters in 24 West Virginia counties had, for the first time, an easy and hassle-free way to participate in this year’s General Election. Approximately 144 military and overseas West Virginians voted from 30 different countries using a mobile voting application. This is a first-in-the-nation project that allowed uniformed services members and overseas citizens to use a mobile application to cast a ballot secured by blockchain technology. Coverage of our mobile voting app can be found here

West Virginians were eager to get out and exercise their right to vote. My administration has been working closely with our county clerks to address a lack of confidence in the election process that resulted in low voter turnout in previous elections.  We will continue to work together to restore voters’ confidence in an effort to keep voter participation increasing in future elections.

The Secretary of State’s partnerships with the West Virginia National Guard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the WV Fusion Center have become a model for other states as it relates to a meaningful and effective cybersecurity strategy to protect our election systems.

Working with our congressional delegation, West Virginia secured $6.5 million in federal funding to help counties upgrade their voting machines, for physical security of election equipment and for state-of-the-art technology upgrades.  These much needed improvements contributed to West Virginians feeling confident that the ballot they cast was private, secure and properly counted.

As an example of the recognition West Virginia is receiving on the national level, watch this video explaining how “one of the smallest states in the nation is taking the biggest lead in shoring up their election cybersecurity”:

The Secretary of State’s Office also actively worked to make the election process as transparent as possible.

Our new user-friendly website provides voters full disclosure when it comes to election-specific issues such as campaign finance and election night reporting. Leading up to the election, our eight-week “Project Election Protection” public education campaign kept voters up-to-date on correct election procedures and rules. Voters took the lead in reporting suspicious campaign or election activity by calling our Investigations hotline at 877.FRAUD.WV.

When talking about election success, our 55 county clerks are an indispensable factor. In fact, less than 20 months since my administration took office, our county clerks authorized the cancellation of 104,833 voter registrations of outdated, duplicate, deceased or convicted felon voters. That effort demonstrates to West Virginians that the Secretary of State’s Office is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of our voter lists. Conversely, our county clerks registered 92,189 new voters during the same period. 29,075 of those new voters were high school students.

All 55 county clerks took the initiative in Election Day preparations, engaged in best practices and measures, and planned for every conceivable scenario that could happen on Election Day. That preparation allowed us to quickly address Election Day situations such as power outages, equipment malfunctions and distribution of extra voting machines to precincts that experienced long lines. 

The goal of our public education effort is to identify and prevent illegal and unethical campaign behavior.  We would rather ensure compliance with the law than seek criminal convictions. Meeting that goal was enhanced by a 30-member Election Day monitoring team that visited all 55 counties on Election Day.

On November 6th, more than 9,000 Election Day workers manned 1,740 voting precincts throughout the state. Here’s another great example of national news coverage by HBO’s Vice News highlighting West Virginia’s emphasis on safe and secure elections:  Click HERE.

The 2018 midterm election is now in the history books.  I am very proud of our Elections Division, our support team, our county clerks and their staff. I also want to congratulate the 508 candidates who sought federal, state, county and local positions this year. I look forward to working with those individuals who were elected.

Electing our representatives is the cornerstone of our democracy. I am thankful to be the Secretary of State for the wonderful people of West Virginia. Working together, we will continue our pioneering ways of the past to lead our nation in providing safe, secure and fair elections for the future.

Mac Warner
WV Secretary of State

2018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet

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The 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, November 19 and run through December 01.  Here are a few facts about the season:

  • Buck firearm season is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming.

  • Sunday hunting will be legal on public lands throughout West Virginia, and on private land with written permission of the landowner. The only Sunday that falls within the two-week buck firearms season is November 25.

  • All deer harvested by hunters in Berkeley and Mineral counties on November 19 and 20 are required to be brought to a designated Biological Game Examination Station. For station locations, consult page 12 of the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

  • Approximately 250,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods this season.

  • Hunters should review the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for detailed instructions concerning bag limits and season dates. The regulations are available at license agents, DNR district offices and online at

  • All hunters must use their permanent DNR ID number to check game. The ID number can be found on annual hunting licenses. Hunters who have registered with the electronic licensing system in the past must use the number they were previously provided.  They also can be obtained by calling 304.558.2758 or logging on to and providing the requested information. Game may be checked by telephone at 1.844.WVCHECK, online at or at any hunting license agent. All field tagging, transporting and possession requirements still apply.

  • Hunters may substitute a bow or a crossbow during the buck firearms season.

  • The bag limit during the two-week buck firearms season is two (one on the base license and one on an RG [resident] or RRG [nonresident] stamp). A hunter may take no more than three antlered deer per calendar year in all archery, crossbow and firearms seasons combined.

  • A hunter may harvest two deer per day, but only one antlered deer may be harvested per day. The first deer does not have to be electronically registered before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer legally harvested must be electronically registered and legally tagged before hunting during a subsequent day.

  • The last day to purchase an additional buck deer gun tag (Class RG/RRG Stamp) is Sunday,  November 18. Class RG and Class RRG additional buck stamps can only be used to take an additional antlered deer during buck firearms season. Unused Class RG and Class RRG stamps may not be used in antlerless or muzzleloader seasons.

  • Fifty-one counties are open to concurrent antlerless deer season hunting during the traditional buck firearms season. Class N (resident) or Class NN (non-resident) stamps to hunt during the antlerless deer season can be purchased at any time. Antlerless deer firearms season opens November 19 on private land and specified public lands.  Hunters should consult the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for specific antlerless deer season regulations in each county and wildlife management area.

  • A bear firearms season without dogs will run concurrent with the buck firearms season in 51 of 55 counties, excluding  Logan, Mingo,  McDowell and Wyoming. Consult the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for specific information.

  • According to Southwick Associates, hunting contributes $500 million each year to the state’s economy. Deer hunters spend an estimated $230 million in West Virginia,  much of it in the rural areas of the state that depend upon the deer seasons for a large portion of their annual income. Hunting is estimated to be responsible for 5,400 jobs and $35 million in sales taxes on goods and services spent in West Virginia.

  • In 2017, the traditional bucks-only firearm season harvest of antlered bucks was 44,127, a decrease of 4 percent from the 2016 harvest. This is 14 percent less than the 5-year average bucks-only firearm season harvest of 51,448 and ranks 35th among all past years.

  • WVDNR predicts the buck harvest will be higher than it was in 2017. White oak mast will have the deer spread across the landscape, but the lack of other oak species will make it easier for hunters this year than last season. Field reports are showing a very healthy deer population and many good bucks available.  

  • Hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange (about the size of a vest) as an outer garment for visibility and safety. Blaze orange camouflage patterns are legal as long as 400 square inches of blaze orange are displayed on the garment. A blaze orange hat is not required, but the hunter must have blaze orange visible from both the front and the back.

  • Hunting licenses may be purchased online at any time and printed out on a home computer printer. Go online to, fill out the application and purchase it over a secure server with a credit card.

  • Hunters who wish to donate deer meat or money to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which distributes deer meat through the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Facing Hunger Food Bank, should call 304-924-6211 or visit the DNR website at to find a participating meat processor.   

An Open Letter to Those About to Serve

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The election is over, and to the victors go the spoils. To all who ran, thank you for putting your name on the ballot because you helped keep our democratic traditions alive. Each cycle everyday citizens, like those who just campaigned, step up and put their reputations on the line just for a chance to serve our community, state and country. To those who won, you all ran hard-fought races intertwined with policies and ideas that will move the Mountain State forward. You made clear to the voters you were the better choice to lead our state. They put their faith in you to purse new, bold initiatives that better our state. To do that, we must acknowledge we have more in common than the bitter discourse that is often highlighted by campaigns and gridlocks in Washington D.C. Here in West Virginia, we must work together, focusing on similarities, to move our state forward.

Elections can be hostile. Campaigns can cross lines just for a victory. Educating voters on an opponent’s voting record is fair game, but campaign ads can put family members or military service in question, as well as take comments out of context. That bitterness cannot transfer over to policy making. The people of our great state will not stand for it. My hope is that our Governor and Legislature can move past the negativity to join forces for a better West Virginia. The next generation cannot afford bitter gridlock that leads to little policy change. West Virginia has started down the path towards prosperity, and we cannot turn back. We must keep moving forward.

Recently, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a post that showed the Arlington National Cemetery. The caption was “There are no Rs and Ds on these headstones.” When I served in the United States Marine Corps, I never knew the political party of the men and women who served with me. When those who died serving their country returned home, their caskets were adorned with an American Flag. Regardless of differences in political affiliation, ethnicity, gender or principles, these folks died in the service of their country. The men and women I led for 20 years cared about one thing, defending the values and principles of the United States. They fought for all of us. I suggest we, as elected officials, fight honestly with our words for all West Virginians to honor those brave men and women. We have the opportunity to show true leadership by working together in lieu of discord.

Some goals we can all agree on are striving towards diversified economy through innovation and technology, while bringing new industrial sectors to West Virginia. We must also find a way to retain our young people, to give them an incentive to stay. We must do a better job of preparing our students to succeed in their future careers. We have to better train our workforce for the jobs industries need. We must find efficiencies to ensure fiscal responsibility. Most importantly, we have to tackle the opioid epidemic ravaging our state.

As a former State Senator, here is some advice I have for the new members. If you are fortunate to serve as a lawmaker, expect criticism. Don’t shy away from it; listen and revaluate your positions. Be prepared to defend your vote, especially to the people you represent. Every vote you take should be done with your constituents’ values in mind. Basing votes on values helps move us toward a better West Virginia. Once the vote is cast, move on. Debate the next issue and remain friends and colleagues while avoiding personal grudges. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to oppose a bill even from your own party. Listen to your heart. If something tells you a policy is wrong, it probably is. West Virginia needs leaders, so make bold decisions without fear of consequences. With that, I look forward to working with all of you as we pursue a better West Virginia. Let’s get the job done.

Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture


Rubus discolor Weihe & Nees
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Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors, Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins are working to get a noxious and invasive plant identified and eradicated before spreading to other locations in Gilmer County.

The first of October Conservation Supervisor, Larry Sponaugle, was notified that a vigorous thorn-studded vine was growing on property owned by Rick Frame in the Normantown vicinity. The vines were beginning to get out of control and taking over a meadow that is being used for Agriculture purposes.

Contacts were made to The Dept. of Agriculture, DNR, and WVU Extension office in an attempt to get this thorny vine identified. Paul Harmon, Rare and Endangered Plant Botanist at DNR, after receiving samples from the site, unofficially identified the plant as Rubus discolor Weihe & Nees(Himalayan Blackberry). Photos were taken of the vine and sent to WVU Extension Specialist Rakesh Chandran, who also unofficially identified the plant as Himalayan Blackberry however, he was checking further with WVU’s Herbarium Curator before a final identification would be confirmed. In West Virginia, tracking and control of a non-native invasive plant species is conducted by the WV Dept. of Agriculture. Mr. Harmon has alerted the Dept. Of Ag of this find in Gilmer County and is currently working with Donna Ford-Werntz, Herbarium Curator at WVU to positively identify the plant.

According to Mr. Harmon, since this species is perceived as an invasive plant species elsewhere in North America the quicker the population could be treated and eliminated from the site in Gilmer County the better. At this time, West Virginia has NOT identified this vine as an invasive species.

Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors, are currently working with WVU Extension, DNR, and WV Dept. of Agriculture to get the species identified and to develop a plan eradication..

Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins – Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors

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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before January 14, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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


Kenneth G. White Darlene W. Silos
Sherry L. Andrews
8130 Bahia Honda Dr, Wilmington, NC 28412
230 Bendingwood Circle, Taylors, SC 29687
Judith C. Rich Harry Rich 496 Peacock Drive
Glenville, WV 26351
Charles Tomey Bonnie Tomey 5198 WV Hwy 5E
Glenville, WV 26351
Ernest Hiles Ernest Hiles II 661 Valley Drive
Elkview, WV 25071
Scott Duane McHenry Karen Beth Teets 723 Hogback Road
Elglon, WV 26716
Larry Joe Richards Minda Marie Richards 1070 Tornes Road
Lowell, OH 45744

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : November 15, 2018

West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens November 19, 2018

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West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, November 19, the earliest possible opening date. This season opens the Monday before Thanksgiving every year, and gives hunters an opportunity to hunt during part of the rut, when bucks are active.

“Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2018,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the Division of Natural Resources. “West Virginia’s deer seasons provide quality outdoor recreation for hunters and, at the same time, boosts the state’s economy by hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Hunters may harvest two deer on the same day, but only one of those can be an antlered buck. The first deer does not have to be legally checked before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer must be checked and the checking confirmation number recorded by the hunter before hunting during any subsequent day.

Hunters are required to use their permanent DNR identification number to check in their game from their phones at 1.844.WVCHECK,  their computers at or at a hunting and fishing license agent. For a list of license agents, visit

Harvesting an additional buck

Resident hunters wanting the opportunity to harvest an additional buck must buy the Class RG stamp before the start of the season. The RG stamp is $21 and must be accompanied by a Class A and CS, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ, AH, AHJ or free license.

Resident landowners have the privilege of harvesting an extra buck without purchasing the RG stamp, if they are hunting on their own property.

Nonresident hunters wanting the extra buck must purchase a RRG stamp before the beginning of the season. The RRG stamp is $43 and must be accompanied by the Class E, AAH, AAHJ or XXJ license. Nonresident hunters who own land in West Virginia are not exempt from purchasing a license or the extra buck stamp, even if hunting on their own property.

Buck firearm hunters in 10 counties and portions of two counties are required to take an antlerless deer with a firearm (required Class N permit for residents or Class NN permit for nonresidents) or with a bow or crossbow under archery season regulations, before harvesting a second antlered deer within each of these respective 12 counties.

For more information, hunters should consult the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

Concurrent hunting

Most counties are open to concurrent antlerless deer season hunting during the traditional buck gun season. Class N or Class NN permits to hunt during the antlerless deer season can be purchased at any time.  Antlerless deer firearms season opens Nov. 19 on private land and selected public lands. Hunters should consult the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations available at license agents and at for specific antlerless deer regulations in each county and wildlife management area.

Small game hunting, including bobcats, is prohibited during the first three days of buck firearms season in all counties having a buck firearms season. Archery and crossbow hunting for antlered and antlerless deer is legal during the buck firearms season subject to all archery and crossbow deer hunting regulations.

Entries Accepted for West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition

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The sixth annual West Virginia High School Business Plan competition is open to all juniors and seniors at public and private high schools and technical centers in the state.

Co-hosted by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and the West Virginia Department of Education.

The deadline for entries is at Noon, Friday, December 07, 2018.

The college scholarship is worth $10,000 and up, according to officials. Entries must be submitted electronically using the West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition entry form found HERE .

Teams may be comprised of one-to-three people, with the winning team dividing the scholarship among all team members.

The scholarship may be used at any of the West Virginia colleges or universities participating in the competition, including Bethany College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Ohio Valley University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University.

After judges evaluate the entries, 10 teams will advance to the final competition.

Finalists will be announced by December 21, 2018 and the teams will work on their business ideas for the months to follow.

The winning team will be announced on April 12, 2019 when finalists from the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the high school competition will work in their respective areas of the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center at the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont.

In the Face of Drug Crisis, WV Foster Families Step Up

The drug crisis means West Virginia is in desperate need of foster families. The state Department of Health and Human Resources says the number of children taken into state custody has risen by nearly 50 percent in the last three years - almost all because one or both parents are addicted to drugs.

Crystal Smith and her husband are foster parents in Ravenswood. She said over the last decade, they’ve taken in 30 children. She described being a foster parent as an emotional rollercoaster.

“Your heart breaks, but you have to do it,” Smith said. “Those kids - in that moment, when their world is completely ripped apart - they need somebody to be strong for them. They need to feel safe, they need to feel love, they need to feel like they’re worth something.“

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Crystal Smith says of the work she and her husband
do for foster children, “It’s what God wants us to do.“

According to DHHR, the state now leads the nation in the rate of children removed from their homes. The department said there is a “drastic shortage” of foster families. Placements are arranged through agencies like Mission West Virginia.

Smith said she and her husband didn’t set out to foster so many children, but they adopted the motto “there’s always room for one more.“ She said in one case, they took in a child from a mother who had other children.

“Every time she had a child, we took that child in, so the kids could be raised as a sibling group,” she said. “And if I can help out just one more, or our family can help one more child, then we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.“

Smith said they’ve adopted five of the foster kids. And they’ve made a lot of changes in their lives - like buying a 12-passenger van. She said at Christmas, the living room “looks like ‘Toys ‘R’ Us exploded.“

She also said a lot of people have assumed foster children are bound to cause trouble. But in her experience, that isn’t true.

“Probably 98 percent of them are not in foster care for something that they’ve done,” she said. “They’re in a situation that they did not ask for, because of bad choices that their parents have made.“

Around 90 percent of the children the Smiths have fostered were separated from their birth families as the result of substance abuse. Child welfare statistics for children in the foster care system in the state is available here.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Jessica Lilly to Present at GSC

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On Thursday, November 15 Jessica Lilly will visit Glenville State College as a part of the ongoing “We, too, are Appalachia” project. The series of performances and presentations, made possible by Glenville State College and the West Virginia Humanities Council, are an exploration of identity and place regarding rural West Virginia.

Lilly covers southern West Virginia for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is the host and co-producer of Inside Appalachia. She can also be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, WVPB’s daily radio news program. Lilly graduated from Concord University in 2007, where she was named Concord University’s Reporter of the Year and Producer of the Year. Concord chose her as their Alumnus of the Year in 2015. She was instrumental in launching Concord’s first FM radio station, WVCU-LP FM in 2015. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, she grew up in the coalfields of Wyoming County.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. at The Pioneer Stage, GSC’s Bluegrass Music Education Center located at 10 East Main Street in Downtown Glenville.

The “We, too, are Appalachia” project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer                                              
Monday, October 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office


The meeting was called to order by Devin Shackleford, Vice- President, at 5:02 pm.  Members present: Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, R.W. Minigh and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. Doug Cottrill, Absent.  Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser, and Myra Miller.


Tammy Stewart led the Pledge of Allegiance.




Minutes: The minutes of the October 8, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart and seconded by R.W. Minigh.  Motion passed 4-0.


There were no student transfers.


There were no out-of-state field trips.


Volunteers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information.  The report was approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


There were no out-of-state professional leave requests.


Mr. Ramezan gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Report of October 16, 2018.


There was no new business.


There was no old business. 

R.W. Minigh moved to approve the professional portion of the agenda.  Dave Ramezan seconded the motion and motion passed 4-0.


Kaitlyn Frymier, School Psychologist, Maternity leave eff. 11.16.18 for approx. 6 weeks,      Brett M. Rinehart, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019

R.W. Minigh left the room at 5:19 p.m. and a motion was made by Dave Ramezan seconded by Tammy Stewart to approve the following with motion passing 3-0. Mr. Minigh returned at 5:20 p.m.

Christina M. Minigh, Sp. Ed Classroom/Trans. Aide, GCES, 2018-2019

At 5:21 p.m. a motion to go into executive session for personnel reasons was made by Devin Shackleford and seconded by Tammy Stewart.  Motion passed 4-0.    A motion was made by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Dave Ramezan, to return from executive session at 5:52 p.m. No action was taken in executive session.    Tammy Stewart made a motion to table the hiring of a substitute bus operator until the November 7th board meeting.  Motion was seconded by Dave Ramezan.  Motion passed 4-0.    Tammy Stewart moved to approve the service portion of the agenda.  Devin Shackleford seconded.  Motion passed 4-0.


Jennifer Cottrill, Sub Classroom/Trans. Aide, GC Schools, 2018-2019         Randy Volek, Sub Custodian, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Dave Ramezan moved to approve the extracurricular portion, seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


Chad Drennen, Aux. Mini Titan Girls Basketball Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019


Mr. Ramezan distributed information to the other board members concerning additional space for instruction at Gilmer Co. Elementary.  The board will discuss this information further at the next board meeting.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:04 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.

Jeanette Riffle: Free Meals to Go Vote

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We got out to vote at the Church of Christ on Rosedale Rd. this past week and saw some friends that we hadn’t seen for a long time. My husband was telling me about the antique ballot box he has that was left over from days of old when the voting precinct was held at the Shock one room school house. It was a black metal box back then.  Uncle Fletcher Stout offered free meals at the Shock log cabin if people would just come and vote.  Word got around and people came from far and near on horseback and even on foot to get in on that feast. There were no restaurants around and people were tired, hungry and thirsty by the time they got here. Uncle Fletcher hired other women to come and help Duane’s aunt, Susie Riffle Perrine, do all that cooking. He remembers a big dish pan full of potato salad, fried chickens, biscuits and some of everything in the cellar. Cakes and pies for dessert and coffee or water to drink. She didn’t make iced tea. If they had tea, it was hot tea for breakfast, sometimes. Uncle Fletcher didn’t bribe them with money or alcohol and tell them who to vote for as some men did, but he just wanted them to come out and vote.

There was a wash pan on a stand by the kitchen door, on the back porch, and a bucket of water with a dipper. A tea kettle was kept simmering on the back burner of the cook stove all day and the cold water could be tempered with that. Water was hand pumped up from the well.  A cake of soap and clean towels were provided for the men to go wash up before going inside to the big wooden farm table.  After they had eaten until they could hold no more, some of those old fellows would put down a quarter or whatever they could afford. The meals were free but some of them wanted to leave a little something anyhow. I suppose that if free meals were offered at or near the precincts nowadays, there would be more people showing up to vote still yet. I think my parents voted at the Normantown High School.  Back then, you couldn’t vote until the age of 21 and I wasn’t old enough. I got married after I turned 18 and we went to Maryland where my husband got work as a pipe fitter at the Sparrow’s Point Shipyard.

By the time I was old enough to vote, there had been a lay off at the shipyard and we were back home a year. Jobs were scarce and hard to find. A couple of Dad’s brothers were home on model changeover from General Motors of Detroit one summer and they got Duane on with the old Fleetwood plant where he trained in as a welder.  Back then you could just walk in off the street and get a job there.  Until next time, turn up the heat and put on some extra blankets. It got down to 16 degrees here in the valley at Shock last night.

Take care and God bless!

Veterans Day program held at Calhoun

The public was invited to attend the Veterans Day Program held November 07, 2018 at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center (CGCC).

The ceremony was coordinated Mr. Michael C. Jackson and Ms. Kari Hamric; however, the program was led by representatives from several Simulated Workplace (SWP) companies.

Special guests included Veterans Daniel Baum, Susan Greathouse, Lloyd Hall, Arthur Lemaster, Owen Lemaster, Stanley Mleczko, Kevin Pauley, Daniel Sadler, Chester Sholes, and Ken Townsend.

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The program was opened by members of the Calhoun-Gilmer Security Inc. SWP; Pledge of Allegiance led by Clayton McCune,

History of Armistice Day read by Alexis Copeland, Flanders Fields read by Gracie Cooper.

Veterans who spoke about their time in service were introduced by student representatives from the CGCC Simulated Workplace Executive Leadership Team.  Those representatives included:  Matthew Chase, CGCC Weld Fab; Allison Conrad, Calhoun-Gilmer Innovations; Gracie Cooper, Calhoun-Gilmer Security Inc.; Willow Lane, Calhoun-Gilmer Security Inc.; Alexis Little, Calhoun-Gilmer Innovations; Ashley Rush, Coyote Beautiful Bistro; Briar Stehman, Coyote Beautiful Bistro.

Students had time to visit with the Veteran guests and those who stayed for lunch were served a wonderful meal of Salad, American Pot Roast, Roasted Potatoes, and Homemade Bread Rolls all prepared by the Coyote Beautiful Bistro SWP
under the guidance of Chef Instructor Liljon McCormick. 

Students who prepared and served the meal included Shelby Clawson, Misty Clevenger, Brittney George, Chloe Stanley, Abby Starcher, and Briar Stehman. 

Photographs of the ceremony were taken by Stephanie Bradley and Alexis Copeland of Calhoun-Gilmer Security and by Calhoun-Gilmer Innovations SWP students: Cole Bell, Micheal Murphy, Shane Schoolcraft, Helma Starcher, Zane Vineyard, and Virginia McCormick, instructor

At the end of the day, Taps was played by Kaylene Snyder, Riverside Health Care.

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Glenville City Council Monthly Meeting Report

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October 01, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

Public Comments


A. Approval of Minutes – September 03, 2018

The minutes from the September 3, 2018 meeting were reviewed.  No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports


The financial statements for August and September were reviewed.  The budget is currently at 25.48% for fiscal year 2018-19 with revenue at 37.22 and expenditures at 24.03%.

Street Report

Dave Kennedy was hired as the full time street department worker and is doing a good job.  Burt Hart has been hired as the part-time worker.

Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.  Jacob Braniff was introduced as the new city officer.

Glenville Utility

There were two minor water leaks that were repaired and nothing to report on the sewer side.


The recorder noted that new signature cards for United National Bank would be ready at the November meeting to include Councilman Lloyd Bone who was appointed to serve the remainder of Councilwoman Tammy Stewart’s term.  The following members will need to sign the signature card:

Mayor Comments

- Requested council approval to cover expenses to attend the annual required Municipal Clerk/Municipal Judge training.

Councilman Wiant made a motion to cover travel expenses for the mayor and clerk to attend training.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

- Set date and time for Trick or Treat

Councilwoman Dean made a motion to schedule Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 31, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Councilman Bone seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

- Resolution – Support Home Rule for Municipal League

Mayor Fitzpatrick read the Support Home Rule Resolution to council.  Council adopted the resolution and mayor signed.

- Christian Heritage Week November 18-24, 2018 proclaimed by Governor Jim Justice

Mayor proclaimed Christian Heritage Week to be November 18-24, 2018 in the City of Glenville.

- Reminder:  Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness, October 9th from 10:00 to 2:00 (Bras across the park)

Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness is scheduled at the City Park on October 9.  Bras will be displayed around the park.

- Reminder:  Paint the Town Red on October 12th at 5:00 (Martin Hess)

Citizens are encouraged to come out and support our Fire Department.  Street closings will be the alley at Café and Main Street.

- Reminder:

GSC Parade, October 13th, Streets roped off at 8:00; parade line up at 9:00 and the parade will officially begin at 10:00-12:00. Parade route will begin at College Street.

- Reminder: 

Fall Festival and Resource Fair at the Thomas Center in Sand Fork; 5:00-7:00 everyone invited, free community event with games, vendors and other activities.

- Request from the Fire Department to hold the annual Christmas Parade on December 01 at 5:00 p.m. 

Parade route will be from College Street to Stoplight.  Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the Christmas Parade on December 01 at 5:00 pm.  Councilman Bone seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

III. Other Business to come before Council


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be November 5th, at 7:00 p.m.

V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

WV Legislative Update


Last Friday, I was invited to attend the Davis Elementary School’s assembly to honor our veterans.  Held in the sanctuary at The Pulse, the program was outstanding with the entire student body participating in a moving salute to our veterans.  The song at the end was a moving tribute to the men and women that served our nation in the Armed Services.  Most importantly, it is a reminder of how we sleep peacefully, worship as we believe, gather without fear, and vote for our leaders…all because of the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active duty military personnel.  Hats off to Principal Minney, Mrs. Duckworth, Elementary Music Teacher Kayla Lynn, and the entire faculty, staff and students of Davis Elementary for a memorable afternoon honoring American heroes – our Veterans.

As I write today, this is the one hundredth anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, signed at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.  Sadly there are no living veterans from that great conflict.  Both my grandfathers were WW I veterans, as were many of the men in town when I was a kid with a paper route around Gassaway.

Years later as a legislator, I had the privilege of meeting the last remaining WW I veteran, Mr. Frank Buckles of Charles Town, WV, while he was honored at the State Capitol.  A short time later, Mr. Buckles passed away in 2011 at the age of 110 years.  He led a memorable life.

While I met him only once, he was a living connection with a time in history and a war veteran from a war that was, at the time, thought to be the war to end all wars.  Sadly, that prediction was not to be.  So this week, we honor Veterans past and present, along with the men and women of our Armed Forces today.  Their present service and sacrifice honors those that served from generations past with the same mission: to protect and defend the United States of America, keeping us safe and protecting our freedom and liberty.

I can’t put into words how important I believe in making certain future generations always honor, respect and revere veterans and the ideals they fought and served to preserve.  After watching and listening to the kids on Friday, I know the future is in good hands.  You could see it on their faces and hear it in their voices.  In all our words and actions, make every day Veterans Day.  Never forget.

Last Friday afternoon, members of the House and Senate received a proclamation from Governor Justice, calling the Legislature into another Special Session on Tuesday, November 13th at 10 AM.  The single item he has placed on the agenda is the impeachment of Chief Justice Allen Loughry.  While it was not stated in the proclamation, it appears that impeachment of other current or former justices have been placed on the back burner.  Further, the House Judiciary Committee apparently did not jump through all the proper hoops in their previous actions.  This time, the Loughry impeachment has been fast tracked from all indications.

However, that has likely changed, as Justice Loughry has tendered his resignation, effective Monday, November 12.  After returning from an abbreviated schedule of interim meetings Sunday evening, I’ve received unofficial word that the session is going to be cancelled.

Enough taxpayer funding has been used on this already, and if that’s the only reason to meet after he’s resigned, it’s time to move on.  We should get official word from the Governor sometime Monday.  Meanwhile, Justice Loughry has been convicted of multiple federal charges and has now requested a new trial.

Just when we were all looking forward to a little peace and quiet from some of the outlandish, absurd, and over-the-top campaign ads on TV, the airways are already filled with talking heads about the 2020 races.  While I don’t watch a great deal of TV, I think I’ll limit my viewing habits to sports, old black and white movies, and reruns of the Andy Griffith Show.  At least you can feel good after you’ve watched Andy and Barney.

Finally, thank you to the citizens of Braxton and Gilmer Counties for your overwhelming support in last week’s election.  I’m humbled and deeply honored by allowing me to continue serving you for another term in the House of Delegates.  I’m pleased to report that we’re pretty sure that we had all our campaign signs picked up before midnight on Election Day.  If you find one that we’ve missed, please let me know.  I also appreciate those who allowed me to place a sign in their yard or on their property.  Every election cycle has the inevitable loss of signs by vandalism, so you never know where those finally landed but infrared trail cams are helpful tools.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

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

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

GSC to Host Appalachian Studies Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is China a “Responsible Great Power”?

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

Jeanette Riffle: Halloween Over and Looking Forward to Thanksgiving

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

Give Us Not Our Daily Trump

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

Pat’s Chat

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

Khashoggi versus 50,000 Slaughtered Yemeni Children

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


The Free Press WVRubus discolor Weihe & Nees [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens November 19, 2018

The Free Press WVThis season opens the Monday before Thanksgiving every year, and gives hunters an opportunity to hunt during part of the rut, when bucks are active [ .... ]  Read More

Huge Lizard That Terrified Neighbors Finally Caught

The Free Press WVFlorida authorities say it’s an escaped pet   [ .... ]  Read More

2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations

The Free Press WV The dates for antlerless deer hunting at Stonecoal Lake and Stonewall Jackson Lake WMAs are November 19 – December 01, December 06-09 and December 28-31, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

With fur prices down, officials expect few trappers

The Free Press WVThis year, people will be trapping for recreational value [ .... ]  Read More

Seed Banking Won’t Work for 36% of Threatened Plants

The Free Press WVThe solution may be cryopreservation   [ .... ]  Read More

Yes, That’s a Jar of Poop Next to Bill Gates

The Free Press WVPhilanthropist is making plea for sanitation technology at ‘Reinvented Toilet’ Expo in China   [ .... ]  Read More

Animal Odd Couple: Emu, Donkey

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

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

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

WWF: Wildlife Numbers Have Fallen Off Cliff Since 1970

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

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

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

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

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

Hunter Says He Was Shot by ‘Good Dog’

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

Mountain birds on “escalator to extinction” as planet warms

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

This Quiet Oil Spill May Become Biggest Ever in US

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

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Scientists to Redefine the Kilogram

The Free Press WVThey’re weighing the benefits [ .... ]  Read More

Teen Hackers Expose Flaw in Today’s Education

The Free Press WVPair in Michigan might have been nurtured as tech whizzes; instead, a criminal investigation   [ .... ]  Read More

Simple Reason May Explain Pygmies’ Height

The Free Press WVStudy suggests taking shorter steps allows them to survive better in rain forests   [ .... ]  Read More

Science Solves How to Make Great Pizza at Home

The Free Press WVIf you can follow directions, an electric oven will do fine: scientists   [ .... ]  Read More

Oldest Figurative Painting Depicts Wild Cow

The Free Press WVRecent research shows artwork to be at least 40,000 years old   [ .... ]  Read More

Sleep May Not Be a Major Casualty of Kids’ Screen Time

The Free Press WV Researchers say using electronic devices may not have significant impact on kids’ shut-eye   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Create Electricity-Generating Mushroom

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

‘Slow-Moving Disaster’ Threatens Railway Line, Freeway

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

Our Path to Chocolate Started Earlier Than Thought

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

Ocean Study Has Horrific Implications for Climate Change Fight

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

Llamas Might Save Us From the Flu

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

These 100 Sites Shaped the Internet

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

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

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

PewDiePie About to Lose Crown as YouTube King

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

‘Brain Training’ App Shows Promise for OCD Sufferers

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


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Robert L. Mayhew

The Free Press WV Age 54, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 20, 1964 in Wheeling, WV a son of the late Ervin Mayhew and Betty Louise Forester Mayhew [....]  Read More

Steve Bradley Hughes

The Free Press WVAge 70, aka, “Governor” of Wilsie, WV was born on March 17, 1948.  He was born on St. Patrick’s Day and had the gift of gab [ .... ]  Read More

Goldie Marie Holmes

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sand Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston. She was born August 01, 1944, in Sutton,WV,  the daughter of the late Minter & Rhoda Lewis Cottrill [....]  Read More

Robert G. Middleton

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Parkersburg Care Center. He was born July 12, 1932, in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Harold B. and Mildred E. Wade Middleton [ .... ]  Read More

Art L. Brown

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Arnoldsburg, WV went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 12, 2018 at his home. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on February 22, 1946, a son of the late Basil Clarence and Lola Marie Burchett Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Ann Margaret Henline

The Free Press WV Born January 07, 1967, passed away peacefully in her home in Pennsboro, WV on November 15, 2018 [....]  Read More

Susan D. Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Grantsville WV passed away November 11, 2018 following a brief illness. Susan was born January 25, 1937 a daughter of Garland and Alta Stump [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Hamilton Spence

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Manchester, passed away on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 21, 1950 he was the son of the late Herbert Hamilton and Lavirina M. (Phillips) Spence [ .... ]  Read More

Cliff William “Bill” Perkins

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Pennsboro, WV (Mountain Community) passed away November 13, 2018, at the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV, surrounded by family. He was born at his family home in Mole Hill, WV on June 1, 1927 to the parents of Andy M. and Ethel Fern McCullough-Perkins [....]  Read More

James Dixie Wine

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Jane Lew, WV passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born in Braxton County, WV on August 26, 1933, son of the late Pearl Wine and Rose (Vankirk) Wine [ .... ]  Read More

Leonard Ray Williams

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Jane Lew, WV passed away November, 13, 2018 in the comfort of his own home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice. He was welcomed to the world on September 19, 1961 in Weston, WV by his late parents Fred Junior and Betty Louise Knicely Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Clara (Fleming) Ford

The Free Press WVBorn on September 02, 1930 passed away November 12, 2018 at age 88. Clara was a resident of West Union, Doddridge County, WV; and previously a resident of Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Helen May Elliott

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Smithville, WV passed away November 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born January 25, 1929 at Smithville, WV, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Lela Zickefoose McHenry [....]  Read More

Wanda “Jackie” Jean Wine

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

Larry Adam Frame

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

Howard R. Carpenter

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

Randall Azz Collins

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

Gary Lee Mick

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

Wilma Lucille Thompson

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

Willis Clark Border

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

Carol E. Kimble

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

Bruce Allen Cottrill

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

Pamela Sue King

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

William Everett “Tink” Rose

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

Mickel L. Frame

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

Charles “Charlie” Wade Posey

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

Kenneth “Kenny” Lane Hacker

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

Dessie Louise Wolfe

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

Iona Lee Arbogast

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

Mary Anne Craig

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

Randall “Randy” Lee Riffle

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

James C. Alkire

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

James Franklin Bunner

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

David Robert “Bob” Newlon

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

Ruby Mae Cogar Lake

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

James Patrick Bankert

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

Anna “Peggy” Lee Alonso

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

Margaret Justine Moore

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

Sandra Mae Duffield

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

Evelyn Irene Schmidt

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

LeEllen (Pat) Hinkle Moore

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

William “Bill” D. Woodson

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

Kendall Goodwin

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

Helen D. Payne

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

Jocephus Eakin John

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

Letha “Shannon” Bailey

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

Alice Rebecca Clark McDonald

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

Marcia Jean Albright

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

Sallie Patricia (Green) Blanks

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

Fred Samuel Blanks

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

Steven Ray Gregory “Beave”

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

Travis Lee Kelley

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

Earlo Roland Pertz

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

Leonard C. Tenney

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

Olan E. “Bud” Hitt Sr.

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

Judy Borus Edwards

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

Yvonne M. Morrison

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

Viola Bland DeFrances

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

Marilou Hinzman

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

Robert Lee “Bobby” Woodford II

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

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

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

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

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

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

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

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

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

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

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

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

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

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

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

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

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

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

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

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

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

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

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

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

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

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

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

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

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

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

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

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

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

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Accountability, you say?

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

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

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

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

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

By New Start on 08.22.2018

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

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

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

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

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

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

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

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

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

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

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

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

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

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

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

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

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