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G-OpEd™: Citizens Encouraged to Report Questionable Activities as Early Voting Begins October

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Secretary of State Mac Warner initiated an 8-week program called “Project Election Protection” to educate the public on election security, proper conduct during the election and illegal campaign activities. This project is designed to provide our voters with the greatest confidence in the integrity of our election processes and final results. Secretary Warner is passionate about compliance with the law and ending illegal electioneering in West Virginia, as well as ensuring that our elections are free, secure and fair at every level of the process.

The WV Secretary of State’s office has been working very closely with all 55 county clerks since the Primary Election to prepare for the upcoming November 6th General Election.  All of that preparation, training, voter registration, voter roll list maintenance and equipment upgrades support one of the most important aspects of democracy: electing public officials to represent state and local interests when considering laws and regulations by which we all must abide.

The Secretary of State’s office and its experienced team of investigators are ready for the General Election. The county clerks and their staff are ready. The poll workers are trained and up-to-speed on the latest processes and laws. And I’m hopeful this op-ed will encourage registered voters to be ready as well.

To be ready for the election, all voters need to do is (1) have a valid identification with them when showing up to vote in person (CLICK HERE) for a list of acceptable forms of both non-photo and photo ID, as well as a list of exceptions to the voter ID requirement); and (2) be on the lookout for any suspicious or illegal activity.

Some common forms of illegal activity include electioneering of any kind within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling location (or on the property of the county courthouse during the early voting period), voter intimidation, illegal assistance to a voter who does not need assistance, offers to pay for votes and the unauthorized presence of candidates or individuals inside polling locations. Other illegal activity that should be reported includes any voter being refused a ballot, persons taking a photo of their ballot and any other unusual or uncomfortable situation that voters may encounter at the polling place.

If you “See Something, Say Something!”  We are counting on YOU, the voter, to quickly report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Secretary of State’s office’s toll-free hotline at 1.877.FRAUD.WV. Our experienced team of investigators will be positioned strategically throughout the state and ready for immediate dispatch. All we need is a tip from a concerned citizen to act swiftly and prevent irreparable harm.

Early voting begins Wednesday, October 24th, and will continue until Saturday, November 3rd. Most early voting locations are in the county’s courthouse. Additionally, some counties will offer early voting satellite locations at designated locations throughout the county. To learn whether your county will have satellite voting locations, please contact your county clerk: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/CountyClerkDirectory.aspx

On behalf of Secretary Warner and the entire Elections Division, I encourage each and every registered voter to participate in the upcoming General Election. Our office and the state’s 55 county clerks have gone above and beyond to ensure the integrity of our election processes, and we are hopeful that a high voter turnout will reflect the confidence that West Virginia voters have in our elections.

Donald “Deak” Kersey, Esq.
Elections Division Director
& Deputy Legal Counsel

WV Legislative Update

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Sometimes, it’s good to disconnect from cell, Internet, social media and just spend some quiet family time to recharge.  Jean and I had set aside a long weekend on the schedule months ago for some family time, but we hadn’t decided on a destination.  As the time approached with hectic scheduling behind and ahead, one thing was certain – we wanted to maximize our small window of time without spending a day or more traveling.

So, we traveled less than an hour to a remote cabin on Holly River, where we were joined by Justin, Jen and the twins, Kenzie and Carson.  We had lots of sun, some really cold nights, some on and off rain, but a great four days of time together.  The trout fishing was not perfect, but the scenery, cabin and river could not have been more relaxing.  The only stress was seeing how competitive Jean can become at cards and board games.  The grandkids loved it.

We had planned to be in Glenville for an event Sunday afternoon, but received word it was cancelled.  So, we directly returned home, unloaded the truck and in less than an hour, I’d slipped coming off the hill behind the house and rolled my ankle badly.  So after a few X-rays, I’m hobbled but filled with great family memories from the weekend in central West Virginia.

The next in-person meeting of Governor Justice’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education will be held this Friday, October 26 at the Tamarack meeting facility in Beckley.  Once again, I’m gearing up to see if there is any moderation in the funding proposal that they’ve been kicking around for the past month.  As presented at the last meeting, it’s patently unfair that GSC is being placed in a situation that essentially penalizes the only college or university that gave students and families a financial break by not raising tuition for the past two years, while others are rewarded.

All colleges and universities cannot operate or offer programs at the same cost per student.  Some more, some less.  That seems to be lost on some of the blue ribbon commission members.  While I can never fault someone for looking out for a school in their area, some semblance of fairness should be a fundamental starting point that takes in all factors at each school and the populations they serve.

While on the higher education subject, I received information this week that should be of interest to all prospective college students and their families.  The College Board announced a new scholarship program for all high school juniors and seniors that is structured to simplify the steps to get into college, particularly targeting low-income, rural students who may have less support to complete the college application process.

Called the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, the non-profit agency is dedicating $25 million over five years in a six-step program.  It doesn’t require an essay, application and doesn’t have minimum GPA or SAT requirements.  It rewards students’ actions on their way to college, making it available to all students.

I do not know the specifics of this exciting opportunity, but I urge prospective high school students and their families to get more information at: collegeboard.org

Finally, please remember that early voting for the November General Election begins this week on Wednesday, October 24 through Saturday, November 3.  One of the foundations of our democracy and one of our key rights as Americans is the right to vote.  With early voting, it makes it much more convenient for many citizens to participate, especially those that work long hours that conflict with voting hours on Election Day.  Early voting allows you to cast your vote while you consolidate it with other errands or appointments to town; choose a day when the weather is cooperative; or you just want to get out early and cast your ballot.  Whatever your reason, early voting is a great opportunity to exercise your right to vote.  Regardless of the candidates you choose, go vote.

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 www.legis.state.wv.us/.  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 www.wv.gov. 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 twitter.com/wvlegislature.

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

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Pat’s Chat

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Darren Cutright has the makings of a great man of God, a pastor or preacher someday when he reaches maturity.  He must be about ten years old and he presented the message of the day on Sabbath morning, October 20, 2018.  It was a power-point presentation about the soon coming of Jesus Christ.  It was a beautiful gospel message with the appeal worthy of a great evangelist.  The audience was large, mostly due to his inviting his friends and family.  I am sure he touched many hearts that day.  I am enclosing a picture of him at the rostrum.

Condolences to the family of Timothy Paul Crutchfield.  It is such a shock when one of our family dies so young, and it reminds me of my mom who was only 51 when she died.  I really feel for Tim’s wife, son, and daughter.  All of his friends and those who worked with him for the Burnsville Fire Department will continue to remember him and we will all be praying for the comfort and wellbeing of his family.  I loved his mom, Rose, so much and his father, Paul, too.  She was my classmate and loving friend.

I was shocked also about the same time to hear that Junior Heater had died.  Homer Heater, Jr. was a classmate of mine and I was so saddened.  But then someone finally told me that the Junior Heater who died was not the Homer Heater that I knew.  It was a relief, but since the man who died, Noah (Junior) Heater (at least 10 years younger my friend), was from Burnsville, he was a part of my hometown, and I feel sympathy for his family and friends.  It is strange that two weeks ago or so someone thought I had died.  (It is like living in the Twilight Zone or something.)

Another strange and awful occurrence last week was a call that turned out to be a scam.  A “lawyer” called me and convinced me that someone very dear to me was in jail after a car accident, with a broken nose and split lip.  I was told that only sending this lawyer $10,000 cash would save this person from a lifetime of ruin from the charges of DUI and Reckless Endangerment since the other victim of the crash was a pregnant lady with multiple injuries.  All I had to do was send the money in cash just like he would tell me how to do it, via UPS or Fed Ex.  I was in shock and running on emotion, not my usually pretty good sense!  I hurried to the bank, managed to get $8,000 on my signature alone (I have good credit rating), and I put it into four regular-sized envelopes, placed those envelopes between the pages of a couple of catalogs, put the catalogs into a manila envelope, then told the “lawyer” that I was going to call the home of this person before I sent the money, which (of course) he didn’t want me to do.  About that time my daughter came into the room and had listened to some of the call and said, “Mom, it’s a scam!”  Somehow I came to my senses, took the money directly back to the bank, and because the check was still lying there with the same teller, and not been sent through as cashed, and since the money was all there (the teller counted it), I got off without losing any money.  I remembered that I told the person who was supposed to be in jail and using their only phone call for me, I said, “You don’t sound like ___________!”  They had the name right, but it didn’t sound like the person I was told it was.  I was immediately told that was because of a split lip and a broken nose.  Also, this person called me by a name that was never used before by this person.  Because God is with me even when I am not using common sense, and my daughter was alert, I got out of the scam without debt.  Praise the Lord.  I called this dear person who told me I should have known they would never ask me for money even if they were homeless.  At the loan officer’s request, I reported the happening to the State Police and was told that such scams have been going on here for the last two years or so.  A visitor we had over the weekend told of a woman back in her hometown who has lost all her savings of $25,000 through the same kind of scam and only when they called back and wanted $10,000 more did she realize it was a scam, but she never got her $25,000 back.  Why am I telling on myself by telling you this story?  Because I want all of you, especially those who are elderly like I am, to know that in NO REAL LIFE SITUATION would any professional person or company to ask you to send them CASH by ANY AVENUE – mail, UPS, FED-EX, WIRE, or any other way.  No matter what anyone seems to know about your family or you, this does NOT make them honest.  Get off the phone or walk away immediately.

Life is fragile; handle with prayer.

Maranatha!

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FCC Might Defund Public-Access TV, Help Cable Companies

A proposed rule from the Federal Communications Commission could cripple funding for local community media outlets. The outlets, also known as public, educational and government-access television, make up thousands of channels across the country and broadcast a variety of content, such as distance education courses and candidate forums.

Cable companies currently fund them in exchange for use of public lands to hook up consumers to their services. Under the proposal, local municipalities would have to pick up the tab. Martin Jones, president and chief executive at MetroEast Community Media, said this could seriously hamper people’s access to information.

“It could destroy the ability to deliver transparency in government to everyday citizens by our government channels, when we broadcast council meetings that most people can’t leave work to go to,” Jones said; “the school board meetings, the water commission meetings, the planning commissions meetings.“

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Under an FCC proposal, local municipalities could struggle
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These channels have historically been considered “in-kind” resources. Under the FCC proposal, a monetary value would be assigned to them and included in what’s known as a franchise fee paid by cable companies and capped at 5 percent of their gross revenue. The agency has argued this fee and in-kind contributions impede innovation and are a barrier to the market for cable companies.

The FCC did not respond to a request for comment.

Mike Wassenaar, president and CEO of the Alliance for Community Media, called this proposal a backdoor attempt to drain the coffers of local government on behalf of the cable industry.

“It forces local governments into a position to say either they can take the money to be able to pave roads or pay for fire department or other services, or they could have to give up the channels that they use to communicate with their citizens,” Wassenaar said. “And we think that’s not a fair bargain.“

Wassenaar said local governments in some places still are struggling out of the recession from a decade ago, and that means community media there is hurting too. But, he said, community media stations in other places actually are thriving in a time of increased interest in localism ...

“... at a time when major media outlets are turning their back on local communities,” he said. “And we’re actually seeing a renewed interest in people thinking about their place and thinking about information about their place and the information needs of people in their neighborhoods.“

The public can comment on this proposal through November 15 on the FCC’s website.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Project Yoga MOV Establishes Endowment Fund

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Project Yoga MOV was founded in 2017 by the owners of Full Circle Yoga, Cheryl and Patrick McHugh with the mission of bringing the therapeutic benefits of yoga to the Parkersburg area for individuals who are underserved.  The all-volunteer organization consists of a Board of Directors, Executive Director, Program Manager, and trained yoga instructors.

“Our clients are those who would not traditionally seek-out yoga,” said Cheryl McHugh, Project Yoga MOV’s Board Chair.  “There are so many benefits of yoga, both mentally and physically, and we want to expose individuals to those benefits.”

Currently, with the help certified and trained yoga instructors, Project Yoga MOV provides service to citizens in Wood, Pleasants, and Washington counties in the Mid-Ohio Valley region.  Through their work, the Mid-Ohio Fellowship Home, Wood County Senior Center, St. Mary’s Correctional Center, Parkersburg Correctional Center, Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg, and area elementary, middle, and high schools have introduced yoga to their clients/students.  In addition to these sessions, Project Yoga MOV, with the help of the VET Center, has also introduced yoga to local Vietnam veterans.

“Our yoga instructors have completed 200+ hours of yoga training, in addition to a Trauma Sensitive training,” said Cheryl McHugh.  “We are not here to say what level is your trauma – trauma is trauma.  We are here to provide the benefits of yoga, to help with thought and emotional processing and to teach individuals to breath consciously and feel.  All of these elements together can make a positive difference for an individual.”

Steve Barnhart, Project Yoga MOV’s Veterans Project Manager, can personally speak to the therapeutic benefits of yoga.  A U.S. Army veteran, Barnhart said “I started yoga because my wife’s doctors wanted her to try yoga as part of her chronic illness therapy.  We started at a small studio where there were never more than three or four people in class.  Much to my surprise, yoga was helping me more than it was my wife.  Wanting to expand my practice, I found Full Circle Yoga online.  At first, I was intimidated because I didn’t look like anyone in the pictures online, but once I finally went to a class at Full Circle Yoga, I discovered the peaceful and non-judgmental people inside.  Yoga and Cheryl and Patrick helped me deal with long-standing PTSD/Moral Injury and have truly made a difference in my life.  Now I am advocating for others to attend sessions and helping other veterans experience the positive release that comes with yoga.”

Every Monday at 6:00 p.m. Combat Vietnam veterans are invited to the VET Center in Parkersburg for a private group yoga session.  Additional veteran group sessions are being arranged.  To learn more, contact Project Yoga MOV.

To solidify their commitment to the Mid-Ohio Valley region, Project Yoga MOV recently established an endowment fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation that will forever provide operating support for the organization.

“The Foundation has a respected reputation in our community and this new endowment fund will help ensure that our organization has annual funding to help us continue our mission,” said Patrick McHugh, Project Yoga MOV’s Executive Director.  “We encourage individuals who are interested in helping Project Yoga MOV with our mission to contact us to learn how they can get involved and make a difference in someone’s life.”

Individuals who would like to learn more about Project Yoga MOV are encouraged to email Patrick McHugh at .  Individuals wishing to donate to support the new Project Yoga MOV Endowment Fund can make their donation by sending a check (payable to PACF with the fund name in the memo line) to:  PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit http://www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard—Where do we go from here?

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The numbers are out; we know where we stand.

Recently, the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Board of Education released the Balanced Scorecard, West Virginia’s School Accountability System. Some of the results were expected, and others were surprising. The results require that we all take a close look at the numbers — statewide, county and school-level, and engage in the process to advance learning in our state.

When designing the new accountability system, we steered away from traditional models that place heavy emphasis on a single test. Instead, what we have in the Balanced Scorecard is a reliable, consistent tool that measures the whole child. We are looking at key academic areas, core components like graduation rates, and student indicators, such as behavior and attendance. These multiple measures give us a panoramic look over time at our educational system.

We know that the seeds planted years ago have led to increases in the state’s high school graduation rate, growth of its early learning programs and better behavior outcomes among students across the state. Now we are taking the same methodical, deliberate and sustained approach to make other improvements for our students.

Educators have responded to the Balanced Scorecard with energy, eagerness and a belief that together we can turn around weaknesses and overcome barriers to academic success. Work has already begun to address several challenges.

Recently, the WVDE launched a comprehensive campaign to improve math achievement, called math4life. West Virginia has had a math problem for decades, and we have now devised a statewide, comprehensive plan to address it. Each school district has signed a memorandum of understanding and has begun the necessary preparations to fully launch math4life this year. Districts will drive efforts locally with specific strategies and practices to enhance math instruction, while WVDE will provide sustained, research-based and structured support to schools, families and students.

We are also studying math certification for teachers. Nearly 30 percent of algebra classrooms in the state are taught by teachers without the necessary certification. We are crafting short- and long-term solutions to this problem that will ensure our students receive highly effective math instruction from qualified educators.

According to federal educational law, states are required to provide additional support for the schools that are in need of significant improvement. We have already identified 35 Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools which will receive technical support. This will assist schools in implementing improvement strategies focused on advancing results on each component of the Balanced Scorecard. Additional federal dollars and resources are available to these schools, and county school systems are taking the lead on the improvement process.

One finding of the Balanced Scorecard that caught many by surprise was a serious problem with school attendance. While most schools allow for excused absences in certain instances, the Balanced Scorecard did not provide for such allowances. To meet this benchmark, students had to be present 90 percent of the days they were enrolled in school. More than 50 percent of West Virginia’s schools did not meet this standard, meaning that thousands of students missed more than 10 percent of their instructional days.

Our own data, as well as national research, reveals that students who miss more school achieve at lower levels. Poor attendance is further exacerbated among low-income and minority populations. Working with the state Board of Education, we will bring together a Blue-Ribbon Taskforce on School Attendance to tackle this problem.

School performance and student achievement are issues that require involvement from all of us. Families are encouraged to explore the data of their children, their schools and their districts. Schools and districts must continue to engage stakeholders to assist in building strong learning communities.

Schools have already set specific improvement targets this year, and we expect to see incremental growth. The journey is long, but with the proper support strategies in place, we will reach our destination of high educational performance.

The numbers are out; we know where we stand. Now let’s work together to advance academic achievement in West Virginia.

Steven L. Paine is West Virginia’s superintendent of schools.


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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

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

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Can Corridor H Work Resume Soon?

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State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith said the state is working with its contractor on the Corridor H project to address environmental issues that led to a recent cease-and-desist order from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Speaking with MetroNews during an appearance in Beckley Tuesday, Smith said the order filed against Kokosing Construction Company shows the system is working.

“We work in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection. We work with the Mon Forest (Monongahela National Forest) there. There were concerns about water quality and it shows the system is working that we had those entities and ourselves stop the contractor and do a time out and say let’s get on top of this,” Smith said.

According to the DEP order, Kokosing allowed too much sediment to leave its construction sites in Randolph and Tucker counties. The company blames excessive rain in the area.

“There were sedimentation issues that had arisen because of rainfall and the contractor is ultimately responsible for that,” Smith said.

Kokosing is working to correct the issues. Smith said Tuesday he’s hopeful the road work can resume soon.

“I know our folks are working with the contractor to get things going,” he said. “That’s a very important project to us so we want to get it going as soon as we can.”

~~  Jeff Jenkins ~~

Wild Game is a Nutritional, Natural Source of Protein

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West Virginia’s abundance of wildlife and hunting seasons provides opportunities for many families to fill their freezers with highly nutritious wild game.

Wild game provides a low-fat, high-protein alternative to beef or other commercial meats. For example, white-tailed deer (venison) contains fewer calories and approximately five times less fat than the equivalent serving of beef.

“Wild game that is legally harvested during one of West Virginia’s hunting seasons provides a healthy source of protein for many West Virginians,“ said Tyler Evans, wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “Many West Virginians incorporate venison, wild turkey and other wild game into their diets on a regular basis.“

Hunters and their families are not the only West Virginians who benefit from the state’s abundant supply of wild game. The DNR-sponsored Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program processes deer for needy families and individuals in the Mountain State.

Since the program’s inception in 1992, approximately 979,549 pounds of venison have been donated. In 2017 alone, 554 deer (19,702 pounds of nutritious venison) were donated to the HHH Program and contributed to approximately 26,269 family-style meals.

For more information about the Hunters Helping the Hungry Program, please visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov or call the DNR district office in French Creek (304.924.6211).

West Virginia’s only Shakespeare Troupe to Perform Hamlet at GSC on Sunday

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Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Antic Disposition Tour of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Their season of performances will make a stop at Glenville State College on Sunday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The performance is provided free courtesy of GSC’s Theater Department and the Student Activities Office.

Hamlet has the world at his feet: He is young, wealthy, and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home, he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed, and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order, he faces a stark choice of submitting or raging against the injustice of his new reality. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own morality in an imperfect world.

The Rustic Mechanicals, co-founded by Young and Celi Oliveto, is the state’s only professional Shakespeare troupe. Now in their fifth season, The Rustic Mechanicals have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of nearly thirty West Virginia artists.

Daniel Crowley headlines the production in the eponymous role of Hamlet.

“This is the most challenging role I have ever tried to wrap my mind around,” said Crowley. “Every time I encounter the text I discover a new motive, tactic, double entendre, or meaning. I completely understand why it is the Holy Grail for young actors.”

Audiences will also see Sarah Smith as Ophelia, Josh Brooks as King Claudius, Cassandra Hackbart as Queen Gertrude, John O’Connor as the doting Polonius, and Sean Marko as his son Laertes. Justin Grow and Kyle Stemple will appear as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as well as Marcellus and Barnardo. James Matthews is taking on the roles of the Ghost, the Player King, and the Gravedigger while Sarah Young will appear as Horatio. Rounding out the cast is Samantha Huffman as the Player Queen and a servant.

Young directs the production with Technical Direction by David Byard, Costume Design by Jason Noland, Fight Choreography by Millie Omps, Dramaturgy by John Shirley, and with Tommy Schoffler serving as the production’s Movement Coach and Celi Oliverto serving as the troupe’s Acting Coach.

“It’s an honor to work with such talented, dedicated individuals,” said Young. “This show requires actors to put themselves in really difficult situations emotionally. To tell this story, people need to perform outrageous, almost fantastical situations but root all their emotional content and behavior in reality. It’s a challenging piece, and I’m grateful that these Mechanicals are more than up to the challenge.”

For more information about The Antic Disposition Tour of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, email or call 1.855.VTC.8588.

“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”

WVSBA Conference focus on county board excess levies well-received

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The West Virginia School Board Association’s (WVSBA) October 13 county board member training session devoted to school district excess levies was well-received.

“Without a doubt this program proved to be powerful both in terms of information provided as well as guidance - practical, tried-and-true strategic guidance - for county boards,” according to Howard O’Cull, WVSBA Executive Director, who developed the program.

According to O’Cull the “key” to the program’s success included a multi-phasic format for exploring excess levies, including historical foundations, election patterns regarding excess levies, and various legal considerations, including limitations on direct county board members’ involvement in levy elections, especially in terms of use of public resources, and standards and practices for excess levy campaigns.

“I also believe the stakeholder focus group - a small but diverse group of folks - greatly informed the program,” he said.

The focus group was conducted by Matt Price, Vice President, Research for Finn Partners, Washington, DC. Scott Widmeyer, Founding Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer/Washington Finn Partners served as press secretary for former Governor Jay Rockefeller.

One-day, one topic training sessions.

According to O’Cull the conference had been scheduled for mid-September but was rescheduled due to weather considerations, based on consultations with state Homeland Security. The October 13 session garnered several county board members’ comments about use of a one-day training session providing in-depth discussion about a particular topic.

He said several county board members mentioned “understanding student academic achievement, how to interpret student testing and assessment data, and what role the county board has in terms of student achievement ‘involvement.’”

“We will explore this format. Other areas quickly come to mind, including school finances, county board roles and responsibilities, community involvement strategies…Again, this field is ripe and members, I think, appreciate the format, especially if a multi-dimensional approach is used,” said O’Cull.

The association executive director said he would be providing this recommendation to the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee (TSRC) which is to meet in November.

Candidates Are Cautioned on Political Sign Placement

State-Owned Right of Way’s Are Off Limits for All Signs
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WV Secretary of State is issuing a friendly reminder to all candidates and political committees regarding the placement of signs on state-owned property.

According to West Virginia State Code, political signs are not permitted on state property which includes rights of way and roadsides.

Those who are convicted of violating this section of Code are guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $100 per occurrence (per sign). At the same time, Warner admonishes people from removing or destroying campaign signs that are properly displayed.  “Taking someone else’s sign or destroying a sign amounts to theft or destruction of property, and can be a criminal offense,” Warner said.

Warner said that his Elections Division has notified all candidates of the prohibition, and guidance is available in candidate guides his office provides to all candidates.  Candidates are responsible for the placement of their signs no matter who places the signs for the candidate.

“Inevitably, some candidates or their supporters will place signs on state-owned property despite the law and despite our advice not to do it,” Warner said.  “They do so at their own risk and subject themselves to penalties of the law.”

In addition to State Code 17-19-1, the WV Department of Highways issued their own advisory defining what is prohibited as it relates to political signs.  That advisory is as follows:


DOH RULES FOR SIGN PLACEMENT

—Signs or posters cannot be placed on or above a Division of Highways right of way, which normally stretches 20 feet from the center line of a public road. Distances do vary, however, so please contact the West Virginia Division of Highways if you are uncertain.

—Signs or posters near rights of way must comply with the outdoor advertising statute in Chapter 17, Article 19, Section 1 of the West Virginia Code, and must also conform to any municipal ordinances regulating outdoor advertising.

—Signs or posters cannot be placed on Division of Highways traffic control signs nor block such signs, and cannot obscure the view of any connecting road or intersection.

—Signs or posters cannot be placed on elements in nature, such as rocks or trees.

—Avoid placing materials on fence posts, utility poles or other stationary objects on private property without consent of the property owners.

—Political overhead banners cannot be erected over any county, state, or federal highway.


Any candidate or political committee with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the WV Secretary of State Elections Division at 304.558.6000.

To report a problem or violation, contact the WV Secretary of State Investigations Division at 1.877.FRAUD.WV.

For more information on the WV Department of Highways’ Outdoor Advertising Laws, contact the DOH Traffic Engineering Division at (304) 558-3063.

Mentor Program Supports County Teacher Retention

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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will provide Mentor Program sessions for more than 150 teachers this fall to assist counties as they support new teachers. Participants are experienced teachers who provide school and county-based support. Strengthening support for new teachers is critical for recruiting and retaining teachers. The first of three sessions begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Conference Center in Morgantown on October 16-17, 2018.

The Mentor Program is an important part of the teacher support structure in the state. Counties rely on training to build leadership capacity among their experienced teachers, and it is vital to retention efforts at the local level. Research has shown one of the main reasons teachers leave the profession in their first five years is a lack of support. The Mentor Program helps teacher-mentors coach their mentees through critical areas to establish sound instructional and classroom management skills that are the foundation of teaching success.

WVDE’s Mentor Program is guided by the belief that learning to teach is a career-long developmental process that involves a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and reflecting. Educators who complete the two-day session, earn the basic mentor credential. They also join a support structure that helps guide new teachers along their journey to become veteran and effective classroom leaders.

“The Mentor Program is critical because it helps counties increase teacher retention and quality by reducing teacher turnover,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “Many of our county superintendents are finding it increasingly difficult to keep teachers in the classroom, and programs such as this are effective in building a sustainable support structure for teachers.”

In addition to the Morgantown session, the WVDE will host mentor sessions in Charles Town, October 23-24; Flatwoods, November 13-14; and in Charleston, December 4-5. Mentor teachers only need to attend one of these sessions to receive basic certification. In addition, WVDE will host its Teacher Academy for new teachers in Flatwoods and Charleston. The Academy provides a pathway of professional learning for less experienced educators to become highly effective classroom teachers.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
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 December 17, 2018  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.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Ellis H. Mick Sharon M. Taylor 1227 Heaters Fork Road
Burnsville, WV 26335
Robert Joseph Minigh Idris Lavonne Minigh
Robert Eric Minigh
790 Level Run Road, Cedarville, WV 26611
3276 Middle Fork Lee Crk Rd, Belleville, WV 26133
Lula Irene Bush Karen Lay 943 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Jeanette Pierce Dolores Jurkiewicz 2588 Chestnut Lick Road
Normantown, WV 25267


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 18, 2018

PSC Encourages Consumers to Take Advantage of Budget Billing Plans

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As cold weather approaches, the Public Service Commission of West Virginia encourages consumers to take advantage of budget billing and average monthly payment plans offered by utility companies.  Budget billing plans average total annual usage into more manageable monthly bills, eliminating sharp increases ratepayers experience during winter heating and summer cooling seasons.

To determine a budget billing plan, your electric or natural gas utility company will review your usage history, evaluate anticipated energy prices and establish an average monthly billing amount.  Most plans are reevaluated and adjusted annually.

The specifics of budget billing plans vary between utility companies.  Contact your utility providers to ask about the budget periods and plans they offer.


Contact Information for Electric and Gas Utility Companies

Appalachian Power Company: 1.800.956.4237

Wheeling Power Company: 1.800.956.4237

Monongahela Power: 1.888.544.4877

Potomac Edison Power: 1.888.544.4877

Black Diamond Power: 304.683.5281

Craig.Botetourt Rural Electric: 1.800.760.2232

Harrison Rural Electrification Association: 1.800.540.4732

Mountaineer Gas: 1.800.834.2070

Dominion Energy WV: 1.800.934.3187

Blacksville Oil & Gas Company: 304.584.4545

Bluefield Gas Company: 304.325.9164

Consumers Gas Utility Company: 304.523.9223 (Huntington); 304.523.9223 (Spencer); 1.844.267.6872 (Pennsboro)

Lumberport.Shinnston Gas Company: 304.584.4545

Peoples Gas: 1.800.400.4271

Union Oil & Gas: 304.586.2151

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The Free Press WVHigh Crimes and Misdemeanours of Kavanaugh and the Senate-Trump Faction. Step-by-step Overthrow of the Rule of Law [ .... ]  Read More

Meet the FBI of the National Park Service

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

Why JetBlue Is Flying People for Free

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

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

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

River otter carcasses needed for WVDNR study

The Free Press WVDNR is looking to collect 50-75 carcasses a year over the course of the next five trapping seasons. A $20 gift card is being offered for each useable carcass, which include those with skulls and all organs intact [ .... ]  Read More

‘Catch and Release’ Might Have a Problem

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Study suggests it’s not as humane as thought because a fish’s ability to feed is damaged   [ .... ]  Read More

Youth, Class Q/QQ, and Class XS Deer Season to Open

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DNR releases 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook

The Free Press WV The availability of fall foods has significant impacts on wildlife populations and harvests [ .... ]  Read More

For First Time in 7 Years, Good News on Florida Oranges

The Free Press WVCrop expected to increase this year   [ .... ]  Read More

Rare White Tiger Kills Zookeeper

The Free Press WVHe was found in a cage, bleeding from the neck   [ .... ]  Read More

Warm weather delays fall foliage in West Virginia

The Free Press WV Color ranges from 50 to 70 percent peak in the higher elevations of Grant, Tucker, Pendleton, Randolph and Pocahontas counties [ .... ]  Read More

Exxon Mobil Bankrolls Carbon Tax Campaign

The Free Press WVThe oil and gas giant announced Tuesday it would donate $1 million to a political campaign aiming to tax carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel production [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s 2018 fall wild turkey season opens October 13, 2018

The Free Press WV This will be the third year that all 55 counties will have a least a one-week fall season [ .... ]  Read More

UN Climate Panel Urges Critical Action on Global Warming

The Free Press WV They warn that a 2-degree increase would dramatically boost the risk of dangerous weather and “irreversible changes” to ecosystems and species [ .... ]  Read More

Farmers Worried as Death Rates Surge for Female Pigs

The Free Press WVAgriculture industry trying to get a handle on problem with sows   [ .... ]  Read More

Foliage continues to provide color show in West Virginia

The Free Press WV It says trees in Canaan Valley are nearing peak color and trees at higher elevations in Greenbrier County are starting to show early color [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

5 Lifestyle Habits Have ‘Huge Effect’ on Longevity

The Free Press WVHarvard researchers surprised at how much of a difference familiar advice makes   [ .... ]  Read More

It’s Not Pretty When a Drone Slams Into a Plane

Tests out of University of Dayton show what happens   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientist: Decline in Forest Insects Is ‘Hyperalarming’

The Free Press WVNumbers are down 60-fold in parts of Puerto Rico rainforest   [ .... ]  Read More

EBay Sues Amazon for Poaching Sellers

The Free Press WVIt’s demanding “monetary relief” from Amazon, which has not commented on the suit [ .... ]  Read More

Second Space Telescope Takes ‘a Little Vacation’

The Free Press WVLike Hubble, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory goes into safe mode   [ .... ]  Read More

So Long, Google+

The Free Press WVGoogle shutting down its unpopular ‘Plus’ social network   [ .... ]  Read More

Hubble Glitch May Mean ‘Less Sky Coverage’

The Free Press WVTelescope could be down to a single operating gyroscope   [ .... ]  Read More

A Rock That Held Open a Shed Door Is Worth $100K

Turns out it’s the 6th-largest meteorite ever found in the state   [ .... ]  Read More

Study Tallies Body Count of Selfies Turned Deadly

The Free Press WVThe estimate is over 250 worldwide   [ .... ]  Read More

Potential Moon Discovery Has Astronomers Electrified

The Free Press WVScientists may have found the first planetary satellite outside our solar system   [ .... ]  Read More

Nobel Winner Had No Wikipedia Page, but Male Colleague Did

The Free Press WVDonna Strickland was deemed not noteworthy enough prior to her historic win   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Made in China’ May Have High-Tech Spying Implications

The Free Press WV Bloomberg reports Beijing implants tiny devices in electronics destined for US   [ .... ]  Read More

First Woman in 55 Years Wins Nobel in Physics

The Free Press WVCanada’s Donna Strickland wins with Arthur Ashkin of US and Gerard Mourou of France [ .... ]  Read More

Seal, Octopus, Kayaker Make for Riveting Footage

Kyle Mulinder got up close and personal with some marine life   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Make ‘Critical’ Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

The Free Press WV Glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s Roundup, may kill off insects’ essential gut bacteria   [ .... ]  Read More

Head and Auxiliary Mini-Titan Boys’ Basketball Coach - 10.23.18

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Retired DHHR employees of Braxton and Clay counties Lunch - 10.2418

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Retired DHHR employees of Braxton and Clay counties will get together Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Shoneys in Flatwoods at 12:00 Noon.

Lindsey Goodman to Perform Solo Recital at GSC

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

CGCC Halloween Block Party - 10.25.18

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GCVFD Annual Deer Hunter’s Bingo - 10.26.18

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Fall Festival and Resource Fair - 10.26.18

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Burnsville Lake Spooktacular - October 26-27, 2018

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The Grascals and GSC BlueGrass Band - 10.27.18

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Fall Revival: Orlando Baptist Church - October 24-27, 2018

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Halloween Spooktacular - 10.27.18

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The Gilmer County Farmers’ Market Hosts Annual Fall Kids’ Day

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The Gilmer County Farmers’ Market in Glenville invites everyone to come out for its annual Fall Kids’ Day on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There will be face painting, cookie decorating, arts and crafts projects, games and prizes, free treats for the kids, the new GCFM wildlife coloring book, and lots of great door prizes.


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Located at 720 North Lewis Street, next to the Senior Center, in Glenville.

For more information, contact the Gilmer County Economic Development Association at 304.462.8098.


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Pork Dinner - 10.28.18

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Come out and support Gilmer County 4-H Leaders Association, at their annual Pork Dinner, Sunday, October 28, starting at 12:00 pm, at the Gilmer County Recreation Center.

Pit roasted pork,Green Beans,Slaw,Hot Rolls,Dessert and Drink

They will also be selling 5lb Pork and Beef Pit Roast for $25.

Please contact WVU Extension Service Gilmer Co. to pre-order a roast.

Pick up for Roast are Sunday morning or during the dinner.

Call 304.462.7061

Flu Shot Clinic at Stumptown Area

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There will be a flu shot clinic on October 30th from 1pm to 3pm at the Steer Creek Church of Christ, located 3.5 miles up Rosedale Road, Stumptown.

Fee may apply to service unless patients have medical insurance.

Service provided by the Gilmer County Health Department.

To schedule, call Patty at 304.462.0384 or Kate at 304.462.4652.

American Red Cross announces upcoming blood drive - 10.30.18

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Upcoming blood drive for the American Red Cross:

Tuesday, October 30, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Glenville State College, Mollohan Building

200 High Street, Glenville, WV

Oktoberfest Premium Night Scheduled for October 30

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SOCKtober 2018

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Halloween Party @ Gilmer Public Library - 10.31.18

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Vintage Longaberger Basket and Thirty One BINGO - 11.02.18

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The WV Molasses Festival Pageant will be hosting a
Vintage Longaberger Basket and Thirty One BINGO!

On November 2nd, 2018 at the Arnoldsburg Community Building.

Doors open at 5pm bingo starts at 6pm.

20+ games $20, raffles and 50/50 drawing.

Early Bird tickets can be purchased by calling 304.481.0213.

Coach, Purse and Basket Bingo - 11.03.18

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Huge Indoor Sales - November 02-04, 2018

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Voting Dates 2018

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The Holiday Shoebox - 10.12.18 to 11.12.18

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Chili Cook Off - 11.18.18.

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Christmas in The Village!! - 11.24.18

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Smart Recovery Now Available in Your Town

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Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Joan Duskey Whytsell

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born July 23, 1940 at Cremo, Calhoun County, WV a daughter of the late Arlie D. and Dolly J. Duskey Satterfield Gillespie [ .... ]  Read More

Carol Jean Wimmer

The Free Press WV Age 75 of Harrisville, WV passed away October 20, 2018 at her residence. She was born May 03, 1943 at Richmond, CA, the daughter of the late Lawrence William and Dorothy Lucille Gipson Sillivan [....]  Read More

Naomi Mae Smith

The Free Press WV Age 82 of Sidehill Road, Rutland, OH departed this life on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in the Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH.  She was born on February 01, 1936 on Broad Run, Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Homer Ray and Naomi Isophene Ferrebee Swiger [....]  Read More

Mabel Lucille Wine

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Old Mill Road Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness. She was born in Burnsville, WV on October 25, 1928: daughter of the late Pearl Wine and Rose (Vankirk) Wine [ .... ]  Read More

Carl Ray James

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Fowler Road Jane Lew, WV (Good Hope community) passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Gilmer County, WV on February 04, 1940, son of the late Freddie Charles James and Geneva Marie (Snyder) James [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Lynn (Knight) Davis

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Sutton, West Virginia, passed away at her home Saturday, October 20, 2018 after a long illness. Barbara was born August 28, 1947 in Gassaway, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Donald J. Wolfe

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 23, 1927 in Cairo, West Virginia, a son of the late Grover and Lennet Neely Wolfe [ .... ]  Read More

Mavis May Wade

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Weston, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Eldercare Nursing Home Facility in Ripley. She was born in Kistler, WV on August 22, 1930 a daughter of the late Keenan and Georgia Morgan Abshire [ .... ]  Read More

Charlotte June Barnette

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Jane Lew, WV unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018 in the comfort of her own home. She was born in Weston, WV on October 06, 1941 a daughter of the late Arnett and Helen Bailey Frashuer [ .... ]  Read More

Marsha Jean Keene

The Free Press WVAge 72, of 124 E. 1st Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018 at her residence surrounded by family. She was born in Weston, WV on August 08, 1946: daughter of the late James M. Harris and Florence (Ruble) Harris Jeffries [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Leroy Collins

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Pullman, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 19, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Robert was born April 30, 1934 on Gnats Run near Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Ray and Ana Marie (DeMoss) Collins [....]  Read More

Joey D. Lamp

The Free Press WV Age 51, of Big Springs, WV, passed away on Sunday, October 07, 2018 at Charleston Area Medical Center-Memorial. He was born on June 29, 1967 in Grantsville, WV, a son of the late James Husk and Hazel Madeline Husk Lamp of Grantsville, WV [....]  Read More

Guy Gordon Schoolcraft

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Orma, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Gordon was born on September 30, 1925, the son of the late Harley and Louise Schoolcraft [....]  Read More

Herschel Franklin Yost

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Chloe, WV passed away early Monday morning October 15, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on July 18, 1933, to the late Thomas “Tom” Yost and Evelyn “Maude” Vincent Arnold of Chloe, WV [....]  Read More

Priscilla Iris Smith Hechler

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Seminole, FL., passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018 at home under the care of her sister Phyllis Owen and hospice. She was born on February 8, 1957 in Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Gracelynn Hope Devericks

The Free Press WVJust 11 days after blessing this Earth, Gracelynn Hope Devericks gained her beautiful angel wings on Monday, October 15, 2018 surrounded by loving family [ .... ]  Read More

Claude William Bill

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Weston, WV passed from this life on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. His parents, Claude R. and Myrtle M. Reising Bill, welcomed him to the world in Sewickley, PA, on August 08, 1942 and have surely rejoiced as they welcomed him to Heaven [ .... ]  Read More

Thaney Neomi Sprouse

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 surrounded by loving family. In Brownwood, TX, on February 15, 1943, Thaney was one of twelve children who blessed the lives of the late Carson and Whitty Tabor Walters [ .... ]  Read More

Millard Ray Wiant

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Spencer, WV, passed away October 03, 2018, at home. Ray was born July 01, 1936, at Glenville, WV, the son of the late Ray and Katrina Powell Wiant [....]  Read More

Jackie Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Grantsville, WV passed away at her home on October 12, 2018. Jackie was born in Calhoun County, WV on August 13, 1932, a daughter of the late Mary Edith Gainer and was the last member of her immediate family [....]  Read More

Patricia Irene Pyatt Jenkins

The Free Press WVAge 79, formerly of Cairo, WV, flew up to Heaven into the arms of Jesus to join her great granddaughter Cailyn Renea Lynch on October 13, 2018, after a long battle with Dementia/Alzheimers. Patricia was born October 24, 1938 to Nathan Chester Pyatt and Clarestine Dulane [ .... ]  Read More

Rodger William Byrd

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Smithville, WV, departed this life on Friday, October 12, 2018, at his residence. Rodger was born January 31, 1952 at home in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Glenmer “Dude” and Dolly (Pugh) Byrd [....]  Read More

Tayula Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport. She was born September 12, 1938 in Webster Springs, WV, the daughter of the late Agreat Cogar & Madelyn Smith Cogar Jenkins [ .... ]  Read More

Icie Marie Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born in Weston, WV on April 28, 1963 a daughter of the late Harold William and Vernie Mae Ables Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Timothy Paul Crutchfield

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Burnsville, WV passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018. He was born in Gassaway, WV on June 24, 1958 a son of the late Paul Lionel and Edith Rosemary Riffle Crutchfield [....]  Read More

Hubert Forest Foster

The Free Press WV Age 92, of Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 05, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on July 05, 1926 a son of the late Raymond C. Foster and Rose Williams Karfelt [....]  Read More

Margie Ellen Smith

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Camden Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. She was born in Clay County, WV on December 12, 1956: daughter of the late Leeroy Crihfield and Mary (Meadows) Crihfield Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Dayton Leon Ables

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sutton, West Virginia passed away on October 04, 2018 after a long battle with Mystania Gravis. Known as Rivers to his friends, he was born at home in Gilmer County, West Virginia on February 05, 1944 [....]  Read More

Noah (Junior) Heater

The Free Press WV Born May 06, 1944 in Burnsville, WV passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. He is the son of the late Howard “Foss” Heater and Irene “Sis” (Helmick) Heater [....]  Read More

Francis J. “Frank” Lydon

The Free Press WVAge 71, of 5598 Churchville Road, Camden, WV passed away October 10, 2018. He was born on November 24, 1946 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Myrtie Given

The Free Press WVAge 86, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio. She was born June 15, 1932 in Sutton, WV to the late John and Floda (Belkamp) Dennison [ .... ]  Read More

John Franklin Deem

The Free Press WVPassed away October 10, 2018 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital. Frank was born March 20, 1928 in Harrisville, WV. He was the son of Lyla Matheny and Fulton S. Deem [ .... ]  Read More

Oran L. “Jim” Siers

The Free Press WV Age 82, resident of Cross Lanes, WV, formerly of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday, October 09, 2018, after a short stay at Teays Valley Center. Jim was born April 10, 1936, in Floe, WV, a son of the late Orla Siers and Ora Boggs Siers [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Stansberry

The Free Press WV Age 86 of Stuart Avenue, West Union, WV passed away on Tuesday October 09, 2018 in her residence. She was born on October 07, 1932 at Sunnyside, Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Avery and Pearl Wolfe Fleming   [....]  Read More

Herbert Hoover Tolliver

The Free Press WVAge 89, formerly of Crawford, WV, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2018, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg. He was born November 06, 1928, in Upshur County, WV, a son of the late Hugh and Ora Heavner Tolliver [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Everrett Marks

The Free Press WV Age 17, of Barberton, OH, died suddenly September 30, 2018 as a result of a house fire. He was born March 31, 2001 at Barberton, OH, the son of Ernest Russell Marks and Sheila Ann Marlin Marks of Barberton, OH   [....]  Read More

James Leroy Bennett

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Belpre, OH, formerly of Leatherbark Community, Ritchie County, WV, passed away at his residence on October 08, 2018. He was born August 6, 1938 at Smithville, WV, the son of the late Homer R. and Hazel D. Kirby Bennett.  [....]  Read More

Oella Virginia Elder

The Free Press WV Age 96, of Cairo, WV, passed away October 06, 2018 at her residence. She was born August 8, 1922 at St. Marys, WV the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Cora Alice Seevers Cunningham   [....]  Read More

James Roger Fallon, II

The Free Press WVAge 48, of Monroe Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 08, 2018 at his home following a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on November 26, 1969: son of the late Roger Fallon and Darlene (Suttle) Fallon [ .... ]  Read More

Deborah Lee Perris

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Canonsburg, PA , formerly of Weston, WV, passed away on Sunday, October 07, 2018 in Family Hospice Center Pittsburgh, PA following an extended illness. She was born in Grundy, VA on September 24, 1952: daughter of the late Ernest Keene and Roma (Baldwin) Keene [ .... ]  Read More

Warder Lee “June” Stout, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 89 of Grassy Creek, WV passed away on Thursday October 04, 2018 at his home. June was born May 31, 1929 in Sutton, WV and was the son of the late Warder Lee Stout Sr. and Eliza J. Davis Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Lois Lucille Oldaker

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, October 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She was born July 31, 1932 in Buckhannon,WV,  a son of the late Russell L. and Monta Blanche Waugaman Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Gale Pifer

The Free Press WV Age 70, departed this life on October 05, 2018 at Morgantown WV. He was born June 16, 1948, in Ritchie County, WV the son of the late Donald Ray and Anna Mae Nichols Pifer   [....]  Read More

Mozelle “Tootie” Justice

The Free Press WVAge 72, passed away October0 6, 2018 at the home of her niece, Tina (John) Cottrell, of Weston, WV. She was born on December 04, 1945 a daughter of the late Andrew and Mabel Sears Green [ .... ]  Read More

Edward Joseph “Pop” Snyder

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Grantsville, WV, escaped this mortal realm on Monday, October 01, 2018. He was born July 01, 1949, a son of the late Peter Joseph Snyder and Delcie “Peggy” Spurrier (Teal).  [....]  Read More

Shirley Corbin

The Free Press WVPassed away on September 27, 2018, in Evergreen, Colorado, after a battle with bone cancer. Shirley was born December 28, 1936, a native of West Virginia, born and raised in Calhoun, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Herman Frederick Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 94 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) graduated to heaven at 1:03 PM; Thursday, October 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness. He was born October 25, 1923 in the Leopards Run Community of Braxton County, WV; son of the late Arthur and Carrie Gerwig Nutter [ .... ]  Read More
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Jo Ann Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 63 of Tanner, WV; departed this life peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on November 25, 1954 in Lorraine, OH; daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boggs Skidmore [ .... ]  Read More

Gwendolyn “Gwen” Rose Martz

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Jane Lew, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October ,04, 2018 in the comfort of her home. She was born in Seaford, DE, on August 10, 1926, a daughter of the late Robert Oliver Boyce and Lila Friedel Boyce [ .... ]  Read More

Leona B. Sears

The Free Press WV Age 84 of Chloe, WV passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 06, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston, while surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 20, 1934 at Oka, a daughter of the late Samuel B. and Monie M. Burns Conley [....]  Read More

Minnie Esther Greathouse

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Spring Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, October 05, 2018 in Genesis Healthcare of Glenville, WV following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 27, 1932: daughter of the late Clarence Edward Rexroad and Nora Adeline (Starcher) Rexroad [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Dale Dillon

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Birch River, WV, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Friday, October 05, 2018 at Webster Nursing and Rehab. Center, Cowen, WV.  He was born December 27, 1949 in Sutton, WV to the late Jessie B. King and Ruby Dillon [ .... ]  Read More

Glen V. Fowler

The Free Press WV Formerly of Grantsville, WV went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, September 29, 2018 at Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Marietta, Ohio with his loving wife by his side. Glen was a life long resident of Grantsville, WV, the son of Levi Franklin and Elfie Barr Fowler [....]  Read More

Lula Irene Bush

The Free Press WVAge 95 of Cox’s Mills, WV departed this life on Wednesday evening, October 03, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center. She was born November 19, 1922 in Weston, WV; daughter of the late Ellet and Mary Westfall White [ .... ]  Read More

Pearl T. Gaston

The Free Press WV Age 96 of Normantown, WV departed this life on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. She was born August 11, 1922 in Normantown,WV,  daughter of the late Evert and Rhoda Phillips Turner [....]  Read More

Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Glenville, West Virginia passed peacefully at her home on September 27, 2018, with Harry, her husband of 54 years, by her side. She was born in Ashland, Kentucky, on December 22, 1938, the daughter of Samuel and Mary Musen Buckley [ .... ]  Read More

Priscilla Harris Workman (Lake)

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Fisher Hollow Road Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on September 17, 1927: daughter of the late George Vinton Lake and Victoria (Keith) Lake [ .... ]  Read More

Christine Marsh

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Jackson Mill Community, Weston, WV went home on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at her home. She was born in Grantsville, WV on February 15, 1937: daughter of the late Arles Cross and Cora (Butcher) Cross [ .... ]  Read More

Denzil Earl Rose

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Walker, WV passed away September 29, 2018 at the Worthington Healthcare Center. He was born on December 07, 1939 in Calhoun County, WV and was the son of the late Russell and Mildred Nutter Rose [....]  Read More

Gerald Glen Smith

The Free Press WVGerald Glen Smith, 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away, as a result of a heart attack, Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at his residence. He was born January 16, 1947 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of late Paul and Opal Dolly Snyder Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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 http://www.mywvschool.com 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 http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

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

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

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

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

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

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

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

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

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

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

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

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

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

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

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

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

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

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

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

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

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

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

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

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

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

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

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

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

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

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

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

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Accountability, you say?

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

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

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

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

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

By New Start on 08.22.2018

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

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

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

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

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

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

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

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

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

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

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

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

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

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

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

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

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

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

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

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

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

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

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

By parent on 08.11.2018

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

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Give the man the credit due him.

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

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

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

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Harold on 08.11.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

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

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There was a comment about need to be on a school board for 1-2 years before learning how to be an effective member.

Having been on a board for 22 years and observing how newly elected members respond I agree with the statement.

After getting elected it is normal for new members to feel overwhelmed with all the rules, regulations, and procedures in effect to address proper functions of school boards.

A new board member has two options. One is to simply show up at meeting as a seat warmer to get a pay check for doing nothing.

The second choice is to accept that being on a board is a serious responsibility with children’s futures at stake and it takes hard work and dedication to learn roles and responsibilities to carry out.

Consider personnel actions as one example. To attempt to protect as much independence as possible it is common for some superintendents to be parsimonious with material shared with boards.

To overcome this constraint new board members should demand written documentation on personnel information they are entitled to review before voting on a superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

What if there is not official documentation in your county defining a board’s entitled access to personnel information?

Instead of wasting money on lawyers to provide guidance get your board to submit a formal request to your superintendent to provide WV’s rules for boards applicable in all of the State’s 55 school systems.

The information exists and it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel to waste time and money.

By Welcome New Board Members on 08.10.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The new school board is commended for deciding to assign Mr. David Ramezan to serve on the audit committee and to be the rep to the Career Center.

There are expectations for the new board to produce and the decisions demonstrate openness to assigning the best people to serve in special capacities. 

We expect Gilmer County to be a WV front runner in educating our kids and that includes using finances optimally to get the most for education dollars and to provide superior career training for students electing to go that route.

By Audit and Career Center Assignments on 08.08.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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New board members know from initial training that an individual member has no more authority than a dog on a tight leash.

This means that individual members are not authorized to give orders to any employee in a school system, all directives must be through a majority board member vote directly to a superintendent reporting to a board, and that individual is held accountable for carrying out directives.

The message is that boards govern and superintendents administer.

If there is failure for a superintendent to perform as a board directs that can result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation and in some cases be grounds for insubordination with penalties.

Two major problems with boards are failures to give a superintendents timely and clearly defined objectives for administration of a school system and failures to document substandard superintendent performances when annual reviews occur.

The clear separation of authority of boards versus superintendents mentioned above is designed to prevent tendencies by some board members to attempt to engage in personal micromanagement in school systems.

Imposition of the necessity of a majority board vote for what a superintendent is supposed to do functions to promote thoughtful input from all elected members to contribute to wiser school system decisions to lessen internal conflicts.

By Kanawha County Observer on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

By Orlando on 08.07.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is commonly heard that when the State was in control sensitive records in the school board office were shredded, hard drives were removed and replaced with clean ones, and selected telephone records were eliminated.

Mr. Cottrill a request is made to you and Ms. Lowther to get straight answers to the community.

Involving unbiased and competent investigators should occur. Board office employees who were there when the State was in control know one way or another what happened, but they may be reluctant to provide information out of fear.

If community perceptions turn out to based on facts what are the legal implications, exactly what records were destroyed, and why did the destruction occur?

This concern is too important for the category of “forget the past and move on”.

The “forget and move on” attitude seems to be code for cover up because it is repeated too often in Gilmer County.

By Provide The True Facts on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Gilmer.  Do not expect much from your new board of ed.  Think you have 3 new members?  It will take them a year at least before they get the idea of what they can and cannot do.

I believe some of your new board is connected to previous members who are likely owned by some faction with questionable intentions.  Left overs from your days of intervention I’d guess.

Good luck!  Gilmer BOE.  You will need it.

Citizens and school staff.  Hold your board members feet to the fire and do the job right.

That’s what it will take you.

By Lewis County on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Saw that a Mr. Paine was suggested for the assistant GCHS principal. If hired it would be helpful for the County to see printed background coverage for the person to get to know about him. The information would introduce him to those of us who do not know the gentleman.

By GCHS Needs Improved on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There is more scandal in the GCBOE and WVDE than people realize.

The entire local BOE that worked under Blankenship know just how many files and documents the had to run through the paper shredder..

Most likely Manchin’s cousin, state appointed superintendent, Devano did the same thing?  How about it, GCBOE employees?  You know.

The West Virginia Department of Education gave Gilmer the biggest scandal, the biggest black eye, of the past 100 years.

Now, when will your flood zone built school flood, Gilmer County?  Everyone knows it not ‘if’ but ‘when’?

THERE WAS *NO* ACCOUNTABILITY AND *NO* OVERSIGHT BY THE WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION. 

If they claim there was, then the only other possible reason for the multiple failures, can be nothing other than complete incompetence?  Thank you WVDE.

By Kanawha on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Solid reporting about the BOE in the Democrat related to the no-excuse budget tracking scandal verifies that criticality important information was kept from the previous school board and the public.

GFP readers were warned for years that withholding of key information was occurring. Those who attempt to keep up on BOE business have a legitimate reason to question how much other information was kept secret during intervention.

Student achievement, personnel actions including involvement of nepotism and favoritism, and administrate decisions associated with consolidating schools are among subjects being questioned.

There was an underground effort in the County to discredit those in the past who questioned irregular activities under intervention. They were attacked by calling them busy bodies.

The excess levy was passed because we wanted to help children. With the recent budget scandal we question if that money was spent on its intended purpose in the past.

Henceforth we want every excess levy penny to be accounted for. If the money was misspent in the past we want that exposed.

We are counting on Mrs. Lowther and the new BOE to end secrecy. That expectation is reasonable for the benefit of the County’s children and taxpayers.

By BOE School Finances Scandal on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Far, far worse with contractor work at the new grade school. We learned early not to rock the boat when we noticed problems with contractors. Should be a record if paper work and hard drives are still available.

How about checking on this on Mr. Cottril?

We were warned not to say anything to anyone about the new school being too small while knowing that Leading Creek was built too large and it still has vacant rooms.

The State was in total control from start to finish with everything and local involvement was forbidden. You see what that got us, and we will be paying the price for years to come.

By Classified Staff on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Reference in the Democrat to the County’s mess about the school budget because of improper record keeping is a red alarm.

It is evident what the previous school board was faced with during intervention with the State keeping sensitive information secret. What else will emerge from the wood work?

Who are the candidates and their special qualifications for the assistant principal job at the GCHS? The selection will be one of the most important ones in the near future to help get the school back on track with a winning administrative team.

Will politics and taking care of special families be put aside on this one or will we have business as usual?

By BOE Tracker on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Yes, “The State Was Fully Responsible” for the immense waste of tax dollars in both Lewis and Gilmer counties.

There are a few who know well the story.  None with backbone to tell it.

No investigative news source to dig the truth for public information.

Millions of dollars lost.  The trail leads straight to the West Virginia Board of Education.  With willing underlings to help every step of the way.

By Kanawha on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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