PSC Orders Hearing on Federal Tax Cut Case

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia issued an Order today scheduling a hearing at 9:00 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018, for the consideration of a proposed stipulation and agreement for settlement with West Virginia American Water Company (WVAWC) and the possible expedited relief and treatment of that (and possibly other) stipulations and agreements.   

In January 2018, the Commission directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to begin tracking the savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on a monthly basis.  Utilities involved in this proceeding include Appalachian Power; Wheeling Power; Monongahela Power; Potomac Edison; Mountaineer Gas; Hope Gas Inc., dba Dominion Energy WV; Peoples Gas WV; Bluefield Gas; WVAWC and Beckley Water Company.  The impact of TCJA on Bluefield Gas and Beckley Water was addressed by the Commission in base rate cases earlier this year. 

In today’s Order the Commission directed other utilities conducting settlement negotiations to file proposed settlements at or before the hearing and to be prepared to discuss the settlements or to advise the Commission of the status of those negotiations at the hearing.

Parties in the case include the Kanawha County Commission, the City of Charleston, Commission Staff, the Consumer Advocate Division and West Virginia Energy Users Group.

A copy of the Commission Order and more information is available on the Commission website: by referencing G.O. 236.1.

WVDNR reminds hunters about ethics and getting land owner permission

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In anticipation of fall hunting season coming up, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding outdoorsmen and women to prepare for a safe and enjoyable season and to refreshing themselves on hunting ethics.

“Hunting ethically and legally preserves our image as sportsmen and women and promotes good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

One of the first steps in planning a hunting trip is identifying a place you’d like to hunt and checking regulations for that area/county. Topography or proximity to your home also may be a factor in choosing a location.

Should a hunter choose to hunt on private land, they should obtain written permission from the landowner and go over any ground rules for hunting in the area. While private land makes up 90 percent of West Virginia, there are still more than 1.4 million acres of public land open to hunting. This includes wildlife management areas, state forests and national forests.

“We encourage folks to check out the DNR Hunting Interactive Map online at to explore areas open to hunting,” said Paul Johansen, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

Hunters also should practice shooting skills before the season. Other things to keep in mind include being courteous to other hunters and not crowding folks that got to the area before you. Successful hunters, should be mindful of how they dispose of a harvest. Dumping carcasses and hides on public land is illegal.

“Treat all land, whether public or private, as if it were your own,” Johansen said. “How we act in the field and treat others reflects on all of us as hunters.”

Hunters who need help locating a place to hunt can contact any DNR district office, the Elkins Operation Center or go to the DNR’s website to find information about wildlife management areas, state forests, and national forests open to public hunting.

The West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations brochure can be found on the DNR’s website, all DNR district offices, and at hunting license agents.

GSC Marching Band to Perform at Band Bash

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The Glenville State College ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band will have a feature performance at the Glenville Presbyterian Church ‘Band Bash’ on Friday, August 17. The event will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with the band performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the band performance there will be a picnic and games – all for free and open to the public.

The band began using the field adjacent to the Presbyterian Church for their pre-season camp several years ago which has led to a successful partnership. “We could not have held these camps without the Glenville Presbyterian Church, Pastor Kinney, and their many hard working members. They’ve been incredible providing us with both a location and meals. They are truly a blessing and are hugely appreciated,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone. Bone is the marching band director and also serves as the college’s Department of Fine Arts Chair.

The Glenville Presbyterian Church is located at 1172 WV Highway 5, about one mile from the stoplight toward Grantsville just past the Gilmer County Fire Department. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring a lawn chair to better enjoy the outdoor festivities.

During football season the Marching Band performs a halftime show at Morris Stadium during every home football game.

For more information about the ‘Band Bash’ event, contact Pastor Karen Kinney at 304.462.7239.

For more information about the Marching Band or other Department of Fine Arts programs and events, call 304.46.-6340.

Manchin’s Mountain Message: Celebrating the WV State Fair

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Our home state is special for so many reasons - the natural beauty, resources, growing opportunities, our hardworking and hospitable people, and of course, our annual fairs and festivals. When I was younger, I always looked forward to attending fairs and festivals all over the state because it was not only an opportunity to spend time with my family, but I also learned so much more about our state and its people. We do indeed have much to celebrate in the Mountain State, and the State Fair tradition in beautiful Fairlea is certainly one to be proud of.

For 94 years, the State Fair of West Virginia has been a greatly anticipated event for residents as well as people from across the nation and around the world. We know our beautiful state is unique in many ways. From our blend of cultures comes delicious food as well as unique traditions, crafts, art and entertainment. This, coupled with the natural welcoming nature of our citizens, makes the State Fair one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to learn more about this wild and wonderful place we call home as the State Fair showcases our traditions of promoting family values, recreation, agriculture and education. This years theme, Start Your Traditions, embraces the 94th year of our talented and inspiring citizens and businesses coming together to showcase the traditions that make West Virginia great. It is through their hard work and creativity that the State Fair has been an outstanding success for 94 years, and one of our proudest traditions.

Throughout the years, Gayle and I have always enjoyed our many visits to the State Fair. It is a special way for family and friends to come together and create memories that will last for years, and to pass these wonderful traditions on to the next generation. If you have never attended before, or if you have and would like to attend again, I invite you to plan your visit for next year and see for yourself all that the State Fair in our beautiful Mountain State has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you!

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before October 15, 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.


Constance Ables Patricia Murphy 229 Jakes Run Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Billy Bennett Robert D. Bennett 4360 North Central Ave
Kellyton, AL 35089
Hoy Creed Barton Brenda Kay McCartney 786 Newberne Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Bernice J. Brady William Brady 1028 Turkey Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Michael L. Lattea Sheriff Larry Gerwig 10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 7374 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
James L. Huffman Ruth A. Huffman 952 South Main Street
Burnsville, WV 26335
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 711 Flower Road
Cedarville, WV 26611
Philip D. Skidmore Osha Crouch 379 Bone Creek Road
Berea, WV 26327
Jesse A. Keith Carolynn A. Keith 254 Dusk Camp Run Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : August 16, 2018

Applicants seeking to fill Supreme Court

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The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission (JVAC) has released the names of the applicants seeking to fill the vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals created by the resignation and retirement of Justice Menis Ketchum.

The following individuals have applied:

  • Timothy P. Armstead, Charleston
  • Robert H. Carlton, Williamson
  • Gregory B. Chiartas, Charleston
  • Robert J. Frank, Lewisburg
  • Evan Jenkins, Huntington
  • Arthur Wayne King, Clay
  • D.C. Offutt Jr., Barboursville
  • William Schwartz, Charleston
  • Martin P. Sheehan, Wheeling

Interviews will be conducted by the JVAC on August 23.

Hacker to Serve as Field Commander for GSC’s Marching Band

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Glenville State College student Garrett Hacker will be serving as the field commander for the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band this semester. The music performance major hails from Burnsville, West Virginia. He is the son of Becky Jackson and Lee Hacker.

“I am very excited for this opportunity with the band. I am used to being at the back of the band with the drumline, so it’s really cool to be at the front and to hear everything. It’s an honor to serve the band as field commander,” Hacker said.

He says that his inspiration for music comes from two places, his older brother and video games. “There’s so much cool music in the video games I played, and I still listen for the music even now. My older brother also did band and I think that made me want to try it fifth grade,” he said.

Hacker is trained as a percussionist and says his favorite to instrument to play is marimba but notes that his specialty is Timpani, due to its role in the band and orchestra. He also plays guitar, some bass and piano, and sings in the GSC Choir.

“I’m looking forward to stepping up into a role model figure for the band – it’s more than just waving my arms around. I think it’s about being a leader and being able to help the band in any way and spending as much time as possible to help anyone out. I really enjoy being able to help a group or ensemble,” Hacker said.

“I’m very excited for the season and I think it will be a great one for the band as well GSC Athletics,” he said. “We hope that fans will enjoy this year’s performances; the pregame show consists of the National Anthem, Come Home to West Virginia, and the GSC Pep Tune. Our halftime show will feature some musical theatre selections as well the drumline throwing it down at the fence.”

After graduating from GSC in May 2019, he intends to go to grad school for a master’s in music performance and music theory while also completing a graduate assistantship.

“This year’s field commander tryouts were some of the most competitive in my 15 years at GSC. Mr. Hacker is a top-notch young musician who brings a wealth of talent, care, passion, and drive to the Pioneer Marching Band. I am excited to see all the ways he will contribute to what is going to be an excellent season,” said Marching Band Director Dr. Lloyd Bone.

After expressing interest in serving as field commander, applicants take part in an audition day where they try out in front of a guest adjudicator. Candidates are expected to conduct a prepared piece and also to answer questions in regard to band leadership.

Jeanette Riffle: “Sit For a Spell“

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We were in a town a few years back looking for a rocking chair. I was told at physical therapy that rocking was the best knee exercise there was. We saw some out front at a store on top of the hill before you go down into town. We pulled in and I got out and went in and to the back of the store, where I saw a man at the cash register. He was in a conversation with another fellow. He asked, “May I help you?” I inquired about the cost of the rockers out-front. I told him that I couldn’t find a price tag.  He smiled and said those weren’t for sale. He said they were for people to sit and visit with each other. I asked if it was a meeting place for friends to gather and catch up on the latest and he said that they end up coming inside and buying something. I looked around and saw loose candy on the counter in big, old timey, round, glass jars with lids and some other snacks in shelves on the wall behind him. I hadn’t seen candy in jars like that since I was a kid. I asked him where he found those rocking chairs because we had been having a hard time finding one. He said they got them at the Ripley Walmart.  I thanked him and I bought some chewing gum that I saw behind him and left. We ended up finding an unfinished rocker at Hardman‘s Hardware of Spencer and Duane finished it.

That whole conversation with the man on top of the hill reminded me of our southern way of saying, “Come on in and make yourself-comfortable.”  I usually say, “Have a seat.” And, of course if there are small children in the house, I have heard, “Come in, if you can get in. “That’s why I always liked for people to call me when they were coming over, so I could tidy up the living room and clear a path.

Mom would always ask people if they wanted something to drink and if they’d had their dinner. There didn’t used to be so many fast food places and only a few restaurants in our small towns. Mom kept instant coffee and tea handy in case someone stopped by.  And, after us kids all left home, she kept pop in there, too. Dad didn’t want us drinking pop when we were growing up. He said it was bad for our kidneys. We drank water, tea, Kool-Aid, homemade lemon aid from lemons and cow’s milk or Hershey’s chocolate milk. We made it with the chocolate syrup that came in a can or just homemade from the powdered Cocoa.  I remember drinking home canned tomato juice at night with a bedtime snack of Saltine Crackers. Usually, it was a snack of crumbled cornbread in a bowl with milk, though.  We had sassafras tea in winter when Dad dug the roots and brought them in.  No one drank alcohol at our house and no one was allowed in their drinking.

A teenager of today might think that expression, “Sit for a spell”  meant, “Netfix and chill.” But, it is an invitation to slow down and have a conversation or a quiet time of reflection. It makes me think of a pot bellied stove in a country store and rocking chairs to pull up on a cold winter day to get warm around the stove. My husband said that his Uncle Ralph Perrine’s country store at Shock had two big gas stoves, back to back in the center of the store and benches in front of the stoves for people to come in and warm up in winter. Some rode in on horses and some had walked a great distance and they were cold.

Until next time take good care of yourselves and God bless!

2018-2019 mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, sora and Virginia rails seasons set

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West Virginia’s 2018-2019 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock,  common snipe and sora and Virginia rails have been set.

These seasons are set within the annual guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The dove season is split into three segments. The first segment runs from September 01 to October 13.

Shooting hours on September 01 are noon to sunset.

For the remainder of the season, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

The daily bag limit is 15 birds.

The woodcock season is split into two segments.

Both the snipe and rail seasons are a single segment.

Shooting hours for woodcock, snipe and rails are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

All licensed migratory bird hunters, including lifetime license holders and senior citizens, must have a valid Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card. HIP cards are available online at and at license agents.



Daily Limit

Possession Limit

Mourning   Dove        (3-way split)

September 01 –  October 13        October 29 – November 17      December 17 – January 12



Woodcock              (2-way split)

October 13 –  November 17      November 26 – December 04



Common   Snipe

September 01 –  December 16



Sora   & Virginia Rails

September 01 –  09



For more information, consult West Virginia’s 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations brochure, available online at, at license agents and at DNR offices.

WV Legislative Update


Hit and miss local downpours seem to be the norm in explaining our current weather patterns this summer.  The storm that hit a corridor from approximately Belfont – Gassaway – Sutton was exceptional in the amount of rainfall in a relatively short period of time.  It once again exposed the frailty of a century old storm water system that is plagued with blockages, reduced capacity and causing repeated damage to property, roads, homes and businesses. In areas in and out of towns, culverts and ditches proved insufficient for the volume of water produced by the storm.

The National Guard Armory had substantial water damage again.  Some businesses were hit, causing some temporary closures.  Rt. 4 was temporarily impassable to most vehicles near Kroger.  At least one church was affected.  Third Street, Rt. 4 and Elk Street once again sustained damage from a storm drain that overwhelmed previous repairs and fixes.  Damage occurred in Sutton and the surrounding area.

The day afterwards, I called State OES Director Jimmy Gianato to make a preliminary request for assistance.  While there is little doubt the damage does not meet any FEMA threshold for federal assistance, the fact that these local events happen again and again must be addressed.  DOH, already overwhelmed with a decade worth of major slips and slides this year alone, is continuing to help bring things back to normal.

Therein is the problem.  “Normal” is costing us millions across West Virginia by applying band-aids instead of receiving sufficient assistance to going in and actually fix some of these recurring problems.  Every county and every town – especially our small communities – is experiencing similar issues with outdated storm water plans and no funds to secure engineering expertise or a permanent repair. 

Natural disaster will always be a threat.  We cannot prevent every event.  However, we can begin to respond in a proactive manner that attempts to fix rather than patch and move on.

On a somewhat related matter, I’m receiving and acting on numerous road concerns on our state-maintained roads over the past several weeks.  While I take each of these up with county, district and state DOH officials in a timely manner, neither I nor any other member of the Legislature control the scheduling of paving or maintenance.  What we do control is the annual budget, including highway dollars for construction and maintenance on the state level.  DOH determines what level of funding each county receives.

A few days ago, Governor Justice announced he formed a Highway Response Team called SWAT (Safety With Action Today).  According to his press release, requests for roadwork can be reported by one of these three methods:

  • Call 1.800.WV.ROADS
  • Complete an on-line form at:
  • Submit by email to: ‘

The press release further states that someone from WV DOT will respond within one business day; they will investigate the problem and send a response within one week.

I’m keeping an open mind on this, but I have concerns that expectations generated by this program may be higher than the actual results obtained.  With material and maintenance budgets; the available DOH workers on any given day; and the unexpected events that occur (as in last week’s flood, etc.), the intent to reply within a business day and receiving a written response within a week is a worthy goal but does not necessarily get the job done.

I encourage you to give the Governor’s SWAT program a try and please let me know the results so I can relate to the DOH officials and the Governor how it’s being received and what results we’re seeing in central West Virginia.

Finally, as I write this week, the full House of Delegates has been called into session on Monday, August 13 at 10 AM to take up the articles of impeachment regarding the four remaining Supreme Court justices.  The House of Delegates’ role in the process is to determine if there is sufficient evidence presented to refer it to the State Senate for an actual impeachment trial.

As I’m not a member of the House Judiciary Committee that has been conducting the legislative investigation for several weeks, I am waiting to hear the evidence submitted on the fourteen articles submitted by the committee.  I’ve had quite a bit of input from several constituents on this issue, which I appreciate.  With fourteen articles of impeachment to consider, some appear to rise to the constitutional definition of an impeachable offense.  As with any bill or resolution, I intend to listen, ask questions and make an informed decision, based on the evidence submitted.  Actual removal from office will fall to the Senate, as prescribed by the State Constitution.

I’ve written much about this topic in recent weeks; much more than I’d like.  However, the impeachment of a statewide elected official is a rare event, last occurring in the late 1980’s.  However, in debating and considering the possible removal from office of all the remaining elected justices of the State’s highest court is both monumental and unprecedented.  Impeachment is basically overturning the results of a previous election and thus, the will of the people.  I do not take this lightly, as it is a sad event for West Virginia and all West Virginians.

Equally troubling is that the Governor will likely appoint the replacement of any removed justices until the May 2020 primary election.  With such an unprecedented situation hanging in the balance, I’d like to see both the majority and minority in the House and Senate agree that any vacancies would be put on the ballot in a special election for our citizens to decide who holds these important, non-partisan positions.

In the interim between sessions, please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304-364-8411.  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:

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

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

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

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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

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.

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For Some West Virginians, Insurance Regulations Mean Freedom

For many of the West Virginians with chronic medical conditions, insurance regulation means freedom. But republicans lawmakers who oppose the Affordable Care Act say Obamacare’s insurance rules limit commercial freedom.

For communications professional Julie Warden of Charleston, freedom depends on having health insurance. Warden was diagnosed with arthritis at age 21. She said without the ACA, she could lose the coverage she needs.

“Something as simple as arthritis - which doesn’t seem like it can be that life shattering - when you have someone who’s in severe pain, it can absolutely affect their ability to go to work or take care of their kids or do normal, everyday activities,” Warden explained.

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Julie Warden of Charleston, far left, spoke at
a press conference supporting the Affordable Care Act last week.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey decided the state should join a lawsuit against the ACA led by Texas. The suit argues insurance rules in the health care law are unconstitutional.

Obamacare requires all insurance plans to cover ten basic areas, including emergency care, preventive medicine and prescription drugs. The ACA also mandates insurance companies cannot drop someone for having a pre-existing medical condition or for exceeding an annual or lifetime benefit limit.

Julie Schleier of Parkersburg has a debilitating auto-immune bone disease she keeps at bay with more than $10,000 a month in treatments. She said without health insurance, she would have two choices: bankruptcy or a slow, painful death as the bones in her back fuse together.

“It crushes your ribcage, so it crushes your lungs,” Schleier described. “I would not be able to move my back at all. My head would be looking at my toes, and I would be in excruciating pain all the time.”

Legal experts call the Texas suit a long shot. But Republicans in Congress have said removing the ACA’s insurance rules is the only way to keep insurance affordable. By one count, there are three-quarters of a million West Virginians with pre-existing medical conditions.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~


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July 02, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

II. Public Comments


A. Approval of Minutes – June 04, 2018

The minutes from the June 04, 2018 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

III. Reports


Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial report with council. The budget is currently at 100% for the fiscal year with both expenditures and revenue at 100%. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Street Report

There was no Street Report this month.

Police Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick requested council reappoint Butch Drake for another three-year term to the Utility Commission. Councilman Wiant made a motion to reappoint Butch Drake to another three-year term on the Utility Commission. Councilwoman Huffman seconded the motion. Motion passed.

There were two water leaks that were repaired, a 3 inch line on Beverly Drive and a 10 inch line at Foodland. A Boil Water Advisory was issued for the leak at Foodland and was lifted following good test results. On the sewer side, made a new road bore and installed 400 feet of line at 706 Mineral Road. The pump was repaired at the Woodford lift station totaling $16,000.


Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

* Resolution: Region VII Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Region VII resolution regarding multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan that all municipalities across West Virginia are going to resolve. This resolution partners the City of Glenville with Region VII and was adopted in 2012 with renewal every five years. Mayor Fitzpatrick read the resolution to council, adopted and signed.


* Update: Mayor’s Meeting Attended the Board of Directors meeting for the WV Municipal League and the Flood Plain Management meeting.


* Reminder: Absolutely NO fireworks are allowed to be set off in the city limits, tickets will be issued if a complaint is received. Requested a public notice be printed in the local newspaper. -Several Breaking and Entering incidents have occurred around our community. Reminded the public to keep an eye out for their neighbors and report any suspicious activity.


* Council Members: Please take note of areas in your ward which require attention such as high grass/weeds, potholes, streetlights, loose dogs, excessive trash, etc. It’s important to report any issues in a timely manner. Requested that Council members contact the City office to report any issues in their Wards.


* Reappoint Butch Drake to Utility Commission Approved earlier in meeting.

IV. Other Business to come before Council

Mayor Fitzpatrick received a letter of resignation from Councilwoman Tammy Stewart-Huffman from City Council due to moving outside the city limits and her recent election to the Gilmer County Board of Education. Her resignation is effective July 01, 2018. Mayor Fitzpatrick expressed gratitude for her hard work for the City of Glenville and her friendship over the years.

V. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be August 6th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

VI. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

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Hunting season changes explained in 2018-2019 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary

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Several important changes in the state’s fall hunting seasons are included in the new 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

The regulations brochure is available at hunting and fishing license agents, DNR district offices, DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices and online at

Hunters and trappers are encouraged to carefully review these regulations.

Numerous regulation changes will be in place this fall, including those that will affect turkey, bear, boar, raccoon and deer hunting. Major regulation changes for 2018-2019 include the following:

  • Sunday hunting is legal on public lands throughout West Virginia.

  • Fall wild turkey season dates and open counties have changed.

  • Wild boar seasons will be split, with the second portion for gun, archery and crossbow to be held February 01-03, 2019.

  • Black bear archery and crossbow season will no longer be split, and the seasons will run statewide from September 29 to December 31, 2018.

  • The dates for the second segment on the antlerless deer season have changed and will run December 06-09, 2018.

  • The muzzleloader deer season dates have changed and will run December 10-16, 2018.

  • Berkeley and Mineral counties are now included in the deer carcass transport restriction associated with the West Virginia Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Containment Area. Refer to page 13 of the Regulations Summary for details on carcass transport restrictions.

  • All adult deer harvested November 19-20, 2018, in Berkeley and Mineral counties are required to be taken to a designated CWD sampling station for carcass examination and sampling. Refer to page 12 of the Regulations Summary for designated sampling station locations.

  • The special urban deer archery/crossbow season will be a split season, with the late season running January 14-31, 2019.

  • The new Mountaineer Heritage Season dates are January 10-13, 2019. This will be a special deer and bear season, with only percussion side lock rifle (without scope), flintlock rifle (without scope), long bow or recurve bow permitted as legal weapons.

  • Bow and crossbow hunting is prohibited on the Bright McCausland Homestead Wildlife Management Area.

  • The daily bag limit for raccoon hunting will be four during a 24-hour period, from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. on the following day.

  • Traps used for taking game or furbearing animals may now be identified with a durable plate or tag with either the owner’s name and address or his or her DNR identification number used for checking game.

  • Seniors who have previously made a resident license purchase through a license agent or at a DNR office may buy a senior lifetime license online at

  • Non-resident, full-time students of any West Virginia college or university are eligible to purchase lifetime licenses.

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WVDEP Accepting Comments on Proposed Stream Crossing Permit Changes

The Free Press WV The deadline to submit comments is September 17, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Trump to rally in Charleston

The Free Press WVMake America Great again rally scheduled for August 21 at Charleston Civic Center [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia attorney general warns of fake check scam

The Free Press WV Residents who believe they are a victim of a fake check scam can contact the division at 1.800.368.8808 [ .... ]  Read More

WVDEP In Communication With MVP Following Stop Work Order

The Free Press WV The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is in close contact with Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) officials following a stop work order   [ .... ]  Read More

Traffic Backed UP Near Sutton on I-79 After Morning Carsh

The Free Press WV two vehicles were involved in the wreck, which occurred at mile marker 62 around 7 a.m.  [ .... ]  Read More

Feds order work to stop on Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Free Press WV Federal regulators have ordered a stop to the construction of a 300-mile (483-kilometer) natural gas pipeline on a swath of national forest, following a recent decision by a federal appeals court [ .... ]  Read More

One dead after Nicholas County shooting

The Free Press WV Authorities continue to investigate a fatal shooting at a Nicholas County campground [ .... ]  Read More

Announcing: Nightingale Awards Recognizing 40 years of Excellence in Nursing

The Free Press WVThe Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) Action Coalition is pleased to announce the inaugural 40 over 40 Nightingale Awards [ .... ]  Read More

Most WV counties experience higher unemployment in June

The Free Press WV Five counties (Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Calhoun, Braxton) showed a decline in unemployment [ .... ]  Read More

Weston man has been accused of beating, strangling a woman

The Free Press WVJustin Fultz, 32, of Weston was arrested after being accused of striking a woman several times in the face [ .... ]  Read More

Alleged Roane County shooter faces attempted murder, malicious wounding charges

The Free Press WVTwo people were shot prompting a search for a suspect late Wednesday into Thursday that closed part of US Hwy 119 [ .... ]  Read More

Record Number of West Virginia Educators Pursuing National Certification

The Free Press WVParticipation in the West Virginia National Board Certification (NBC) support program has doubled among state educators since last summer with nearly 200 teachers taking advantage of the program [ .... ]  Read More

Trade tariffs mean uncertainty for WV

The Free Press WV Congressman McKinley, German embassy agree: Trade tariffs mean uncertainty for Mountain State [ .... ]  Read More

Power Companies File Settlement Agreement with PSC

The Free Press WV The settlement would offset $110 million in costs [ .... ]  Read More

Lawmakers Ask for Harsher Drug Laws After Crash Near Park

The Free Press WV West Virginia lawmakers are calling for harsher drug laws following a possible overdose-related car crash that stopped feet away from a playground [ .... ]  Read More

Justice receives letter of retirement from Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis

The Free Press WV Governor Justice also sent a letter to Justice Davis acknowledging her retirement and thanked her, on behalf of the people of West Virginia, for her public service during her tenure on the State Supreme Court [ .... ]  Read More

Program on journalism set next month in West Virginia

The Free Press WV The program is the last of three public presentations produced with funding through the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils [ .... ]  Read More

Volunteer workday planned at Bluestone National Scenic River

The Free Press WV Volunteer events to clean up and work at Bluestone National Scenic River are being planned, starting this week [ .... ]  Read More

WV justice impeached; other justices in crosshairs

The Free Press WVA West Virginia Supreme Court justice facing a 23-count federal indictment was impeached Monday for spending $363,000 on his office renovations — part of an extraordinary move by lawmakers to consider putting the entire court on trial in the Senate [ .... ]  Read More

Adopt-A-Highway Announces 2018 Volunteer Awards

The Free Press WV The AAH Program currently has over 4,500 active members, with as many as 4,200 participating in the AAH’s Spring Cleanup event [ .... ]  Read More

Impeachment Articles Target a State’s Entire Supreme Court

The Free Press WVDemocrat claims ‘a coup’ in West Virginia   [ .... ]  Read More

FERC issues stop work order on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The Free Press WV The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a stop work order on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, ordering Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC and Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. to provide an interim right-of-way and work area stabilization plan [ .... ]  Read More

Blankenship Challenges Denial of Third-Party U.S. Senate Bid

The Free Press WV Blankenship says in a statement the law “is flawed in multiple ways”  [ .... ]  Read More

Plea hearing set for former justice on fraud count

The Free Press WV A plea hearing has been scheduled for a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice facing a federal felony charge related to the personal use of state-owned vehicles and fuel cards [ .... ]  Read More

17 houses built under West Virginia flood recovery program

The Free Press WV The progress comes nearly two months into the Guard’s stewardship of the $150 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia nonprofits can apply for aid for storm damage

The Free Press WV The deadline for economic injury applications is April 12 [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia to Receive $400,000 Grant for Veteran Agricultural Training

The Free Press WV This is great news for our West Virginia veterans [ .... ]  Read More



NYU Makes Medical School Tuition Free, Effective Immediately

The Free Press WVTake $55,018 and call them in the morning. In a bid to address physician shortages and boost diversity, New York University announced every medical student, regardless of financial situation, will get a full ride [ .... ]  Read More

Kroger begins testing driverless grocery deliveries

The Free Press WV At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries [ .... ]  Read More

5 US Cities With Most, Least ‘Nice’ Days

The Free Press WVThe top 5 all fall in one state   [ .... ]  Read More

Ex-Groundskeeper Wins $289M From Monsanto: Case ‘Bigger Than Me’

The Free Press WVDewayne Johnson wins suit against company in San Francisco   [ .... ]  Read More

$92M is new estimate for Trump military parade; big increase

The Free Press WVA U.S. official says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by Donald Trump would cost about $92 million — more than three times the maximum initial estimat [ .... ]  Read More

In a Burger King Bathroom, a Newborn Defies Odds

The Free Press WVInfant born in toilet expected to be OK as mother heads to rehab   [ .... ]  Read More

US Ship Sailed in Circles for a Month Over Tariffs

The Free Press WVThe Peak Pegasus may finally be able to rest its wings   [ .... ]  Read More

Mother of Fetus Found in Plane Toilet Identified

The Free Press WV 18-year-old from Brooklyn may have had ‘botched abortion,‘ per law enforcement officials   [ .... ]  Read More

Suspect Runs Into Pasture. The Cows Weren’t Having It

Florida woman arrested, thanks to a crime-fighting herd of cattle   [ .... ]  Read More

My Dad Killed Himself Using a Weather Balloon

The Free Press WV Rachel Paula Abrahamson reflects on her father’s life   [ .... ]  Read More

Over 400 Get Sick Eating McDonald’s Salads

The Free Press WV The CDC points to the parasite infection called Cyclospora   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Claim on California Wildfires ‘Boggles the Mind’

The Free Press WVNo, the state’s water is not being dumped in the Pacific, an expert says   [ .... ]  Read More

A Brazen USPS Scheme: One Worker, a Stolen Printer, 3 Helpers

The Free Press WV Neglected printing machine was what jump-started fraud that cost the agency at least $100K   [ .... ]  Read More

Mountain lion breaks into Colorado home, kills house cat

The Free Press WVA mountain lion that became trapped inside a Colorado home killed a house cat before police and wildlife officers were able to scare it out [ .... ]  Read More

Thieves in Hot Water After Stealing Shark From San Antonio Aquarium

Thieves were caught on camera attempting to steal a shark from the San Antonio Aquarium [ .... ]  Read More

Girl, 11, Hacks Replica of Florida Election Website

The Free Press WVAn 11-year-old girl broke through a mock-up of the Florida secretary of state’s website to change a vote count — in less than 10 minutes [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump on black unemployment

The Free Press WV Donald Trump is taking unjustified credit for recent job gains by black Americans even as he defends himself against claims of racism [ .... ]  Read More

Manchin’s Mountain Message: Celebrating the WV State Fair

The Free Press WVOur home state is special for so many reasons - the natural beauty, resources, growing opportunities, our hardworking and hospitable people, and of course, our annual fairs and festivals [ .... ]  Read More

Bernie Sanders Is Not Not Running In 2020

Bernie Sanders discussed 2020 with Stephen Colbert [ .... ]  Read More

WV House Democratic Leaders: Justice Loughry Must Resign Immediately

The Free Press WV Following the action by the House of Delegates to impeach all sitting members of the Supreme Court and the subsequent retirement of Justice Robin Davis, House Democratic leaders again renew their call for Justice Allen Loughry to immediately resign [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Warns NFL Players: ‘Find Another Way to Protest’

The Free Press WV President isn’t happy some players kneeled, did other protests during anthem in preseason games [ .... ]  Read More


Ojeda featured in Moore movie trailer [ .... ]  Read More

After Backlash, Fox’s Ingraham Disavows White Nationalists

The Free Press WVShe spoke out against ‘massive demographic changes’ and an unrecognizable Americ [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

imageDelegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman [ .... ]  Read More

Boston Globe Plans Strike on Trump’s ‘Dirty War’

The Free Press WV‘We are not the enemy of the people,‘ editor says of nationwide media blitz proposed for August 16 [ .... ]  Read More

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressStop West Virginia Overdoses Hosting Showing of “Recovery Boys”  [ .... ]  Read More

Trump: Omarosa Is ‘a Lowlife’

The Free Press WVTrump has one word to describe ex-aide ahead of her new tell-all book   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Letter to Putin Gets Special Delivery

The Free Press WV Senator Rand Paul hands it over to Putin’s reps while visiting Russia   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump’s economic mirage; Sanders on Medicare

The Free Press WV Donald Trump is pulling numbers out of thin air when it comes to the economy, jobs and the deficit [ .... ]  Read More

In book, Omarosa says Trump is a bigot, behaved ‘like a dog’

The Free Press WVFormer White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving “like a dog off the leash” at numerous events he attended without his wife, first lady Melania Trump [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Pentagon Claims China Training For U.S. Strikes

The Free Press WV Even as Chinese and American negotiators prepare for trade talks meant to calm escalating tariff battles, a new Pentagon report claims that China’s recent military expansion includes “likely training for strikes” against the United States [ .... ]  Read More

10 Most Influential Women in History

The Free Press WVMarie Curie comes in at No. 1 and Rosa Parks No. 2 in ‘BBC History Magazine’ poll   [ .... ]  Read More

Nutella Dream Job Requires Zero Experience

The Free Press WVProfessional hazelnut spread taster has a nice ring to it   [ .... ]  Read More

Turkey Escalates War of Words With US

The Free Press WV In an impassioned news conference yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed American sanctions for his country’s ballooning economic crisis [ .... ]  Read More

An Aussie State Is 100% in Drought. Kangaroos Are in Trouble

The Free Press WV Country lifts restrictions on shooting kangaroos, who are fighting livestock for pasture   [ .... ]  Read More

Man Who Smuggled Gold in Rectum Wins Economic Argument

The Free Press WVLeston Lawrence thought he shouldn’t have to pay back $190K   [ .... ]  Read More

Berlin Airport Terminal Shut for Deeply Personal Reason

The Free Press WVA sex toy caused an hour-long closure   [ .... ]  Read More

China Warns US Navy Plane: ‘Leave Immediately’

The Free Press WVReconnaissance aircraft was flying over man-made islands in South China Sea   [ .... ]  Read More

Steven Seagal Named as Russian Diplomat to US

The Free Press WVThe action star was made a “special representative” on humanitarian issues   [ .... ]  Read More

India lawmaker dresses as Hitler to criticize prime minister

The Free Press WVAn Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump’s imagined steel mills, Russian ‘hoax’

The Free Press WV Donald Trump is imagining steel mill openings that aren’t happening and in denial about Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election [ .... ]  Read More

Europe’s Heat Is Too Much for Nuclear Plants

The Free Press WVNobody wants a meltdown [ .... ]  Read More

Russian Spy Likely Worked at US Embassy Over 10 Years

The Free Press WVThe woman was reportedly having regular meetings with Russian intelligence   [ .... ]  Read More

Our $200B Threat Against China May Get Bigger

The Free Press WV Bloomberg reports White House is considering an additional 25% tariff, not 10%  [ .... ]  Read More

New Mom Goes Back to Work ... Running the Country

The Free Press WVNew Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern heads back to the office after 6-week maternity leave   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ″I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Mile 22’

Wahlberg and Berg’s ‘Mile 22’ is a dizzying assault [ .... ]  Read More

Review: Handler’s ‘Couldn’t Miss’ novel is entertaining

The Free Press WV“The Man Who Couldn’t Miss” (William Morrow), by David Handler [ .... ]  Read More

Omarosa On Her Secret Tapes & Trump’s Biggest Weakness

Trevor Noah sat down with Manigault Newman to discuss her new book [ .... ]  Read More

Astroturfing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver went after corporations who create groups that appear to be grassroots-led as they fight regulation [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘BLACKkKLANSMAN’

‘An Alarm Clock Rings’ in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman - Critics applaud this history lesson on racism in America   [ .... ]  Read More

Wu’s fight for ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ part of a bigger crusade

The Free Press WVConstance Wu had resigned herself to the fact that “Crazy Rich Asians” was not going to work out for her.  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Slender Man’

4 Searing Reviews of Slender Man: ‘No one cares,‘ writes one critic   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Meg’

Review: Shark thriller ‘The Meg’ goes deep, stays shallow [ .... ]  Read More

Good News for Anthony Bourdain Fans

The Free Press WVMore episodes of ‘Parts Unknown’ to air on CNN this fall, including one with Bourdain narration   [ .... ]  Read More

Gates & Manafort: A White Collar Bonnie & Clyde

Trevor Noah explored why Paul Manafort hasn’t flipped yet [ .... ]  Read More

Hemingway Short Story Published After 62 Years

The Free Press WVA Room on the Garden Side is set in postwar Paris   [ .... ]  Read More

Prosecutors: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver highlighted the power of prosecutors in the criminal justice system [ .... ]  Read More

Jennifer Aniston: ‘Maybe My Purpose Isn’t to Procreate’

The Free Press WVActress opens up in interview with her friend Molly McNearney   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Joins The ‘Collusion Is Not A Crime’ Chorus

Stephen Colbert worried that Trump’s recent comments on collusion would complicate the chants at his rallies [ .... ]  Read More




U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 08.17.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.6% Weekly Gain as Telecom, Consumer Staples Climb But Energy, Materials Weigh [ .... ]  Read More

She Applied for Work at a Job Fair. She Didn’t See the Camera

The Free Press WVJa’Naea Modest filled out application while on work break; news crew aired her move that afternoon   [ .... ]  Read More

Productivity and Costs

The Free Press WVProductivity rises 2.9% in second-quarter 2018; unit labor costs fall 0.9% (annual rates)      [....]  Read More

WV Unemployment rate rises to 5.4 percent in July

The Free Press WV The most significant employment gains were in total nonfarm payroll employment with 900 positions and the service-providing sector with 1,300 positions [ .... ]  Read More

First Casino Licensed for Sports Betting in West Virginia

The Free Press WVHollywood Casino in Charles Town is the first casino licensed to offer sports betting in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices unchanged in July; export prices decline 0.5% on lower food prices     [....]  Read More

America Now Buys Thousands of Chicken Diapers Each Month

The Free Press WV This is really our world [ .... ]  Read More

Hundreds Lost Their Homes Thanks to Computer Glitch

The Free Press WVWells Fargo said a mistake contributed to hundreds of foreclosures   [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings unchanged over the month in July     [....]  Read More

Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items rises 0.2% in July as shelter index rises     [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 08.10.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.2% Weekly Slip as Trade Worries Weigh Against Encouraging Earnings; Staples Lead Drop [....]  Read More

Producer Price Index

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand is unchanged in July; goods advance 0.1% and services decline 0.1%    [....]  Read More

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

The Free Press WVJob openings (6.7 million), hires, and separations little changed in June   [....]  Read More

Harley-Davidson Introducing Electric Motorcycles

The Free Press WV Company will also push smaller bikes to expand sales   [ .... ]  Read More

Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion

The Free Press WV Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes, says a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center [ .... ]  Read More

Protest playbook

The Free Press WV WNBA has embraced its players’ activism [ .... ]  Read More

WVBOE approves policy to allow schools to play up a class in individual sports

The Free Press WV Language change approved on unanimous vote [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia doesn’t want to be last in Big 12 facilities race

The Free Press WV Another phase of renderings foretelling renovations. Another push for massive fundraising. Only the push never takes a timeout [ .... ]  Read More

Shepherd Picked To Win MEC Crown

The Free Press WV The University of Charleston was slotted fourth with 63 points and earning the remaining first-place vote, followed closely by West Virginia State with 61 points. West Liberty was sixth with 45 points, just ahead of UVa-Wise (44) and West Virginia Wesleyan (42). Glenville State (35), Urbana (34) and Concord rounded out the poll [ .... ]  Read More

NBA to Partner With MGM for Betting

The Free Press WV All bets are on. The NBA and WNBA have become the first American sports leagues to partner with a gaming operator after a May Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal sports wagering ban [ .... ]  Read More

NFL Freezes Anthem Policy

The Free Press WVMove follows backlash against Miami punishment plan   [ .... ]  Read More

Sports Teams Dropping Papa John’s Like It’s Hot

The Free Press WVSource says founder John Schnatter regrets resignation   [ .... ]  Read More

Melanie Goulding Named Lady Pioneer Acrobatics & Tumbling Head Coach

The Free Press WVGlenville State College is pleased to announce the hiring of Melanie Goulding as the new Head Coach of the Lady Pioneers Acrobatics & Tumbling team [ .... ]  Read More

Frostburg State Set To Join Mountain East Conference

The Free Press WV The Mountain East Conference announced that Frostburg State University has accepted an offer of membership from the conference following a unanimous vote of approval by the MEC Board of Directors on June 30. Provisional member status for Frostburg State in the MEC is contingent upon acceptance into the NCAA Division II three-year membership process [ .... ]  Read More

Google says Google Documents is secure despite Russian issue

The Free Press WV Google said Thursday that its document writing tool Google Documents was secure even as Russian internet users discovered scores of files that appeared to be intended for private use [ .... ]  Read More

Don’t chase ice cream trucks - making it at home is easy

The Free Press WVSummer is synonymous with ice cream. And I think it would be safe to say that it is a universal experience. But making ice cream at home has changed since I was a child [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Green Beans with Tarragon Vinaigrette

The Free Press WVThere are green beans, and then there are green beans. After many years of cooking this vegetable, I’m here to say, freshness really counts [ .... ]  Read More

The foolproof way to grill sausages and onions together

The Free Press WVSausage and onions are a classic pairing that sounds tailor-made for the grill. But the reality is usually onions that are both crunchy and charred and sausages that either dried out or_even worse_catch fire [ .... ]  Read More

Get a handle on chicken satay with a peanut dipping sauce

The Free Press WVAny dish that comes with its own handle is bound to be an appetizer favorite, and this Southeast Asian dish of marinated, grilled meat has deep flavor to match its convenient format [ .... ]  Read More

Wake up the flavor of fish with a bright and acidic sauce

The Free Press WVSole piccata, a light and delicate dish that consists of lightly browned sole fillets bathed in a lemon, caper, and white wine-laced pan sauce, is a classic for a reason: The fresh, bright acidity of the sauce wakes up the flavor of the fish [ .... ]  Read More

Why buy popsicles when you can make healthier ones at home?

The Free Press WVMulticolored popsicles are fun and festive, but store-bought versions are loaded with sugar, corn syrup, and artificial colorings_and their lackluster flavor leaves something to be desired [ .... ]  Read More

How to turn campfire favorite s’mores into an ice cream cake

The Free Press WVThe combination of chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows is irresistible. We wanted to take each element of s’mores and reimagine this beloved campfire snack as a magnificent ice cream cake [ .... ]  Read More

Marinate your tuna ahead to ensure moist grilled fish

The Free Press WVTuna steaks are a treat, and the intense heat of the grill is perfect for getting a good sear on the outside while keeping the inside tender, moist, and pleasantly pink [ .... ]  Read More

For an easy, rustic dessert, you really can’t beat a cobbler

The Free Press WVFor an easy, rustic dessert, you really can’t beat a cobbler. With a fleet of tender biscuits floating on a sea of sweet fruit, a good cobbler can hold its own against any fancy cake or pastry [ .... ]  Read More

This corn spoonbread has a delicious puddinglike richness

The Free Press WVThe Southern staple known as spoonbread — a particular specialty of Kentucky and Virginia, West Virginia — is a Native American dish adopted early on by America’s earliest European settlers [ .... ]  Read More

A streamlined way for making a colorful vegetable casserole

The Free Press WV tian is an assortment of roasted vegetables cooking in a shallow dish, sometimes with cheese or au gratin [ .... ]  Read More

Turn to crab for a warm and bubbly decadent party pleaser

The Free Press WVIn its ideal form, crab dip is a warm, decadent party pleaser full of creamy, meaty seafood and savory spices [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: New Bay Sweet Potato Fries

The Free Press WVThe unmistakable flavor of Old Bay seasoning is the key ingredient in many seafood dishes north, south and west of the Chesapeake Bay, particularly anything to do with crab and crayfish [ .... ]  Read More

Salmon, avocado and grapefruit make a bright dinner salad

The Free Press WVPeppery watercress balances the sweetness of the grapefruit and the richness of the avocado and salmon in this light, bright dinner salad [ .... ]  Read More

Grilling salmon on a wood plank is chic and tastes good

The Free Press WVIf I have one go-to technique for grilling and smoking fish, it is to use a cedar plank [ .... ]  Read More



Behind the Scenes, Hidden Problem

The Free Press WVStephen Miller Is Waging War on the America That Saved His Ancestors [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVMore complicated?  [ .... ]  Read More

From Boston to Ferguson to Charlottesville: The Evolution of a Police State Lockdown

The Free Press WVIt takes a remarkable force to keep nearly a million people quietly indoors for an entire day, home from work and school, from neighborhood errands and out-of-town travel [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: “Sit For a Spell“

The Free Press WVThat whole conversation with the man on top of the hill reminded me of our southern way of saying, “Come on in and make yourself-comfortable [ .... ]  Read More

Hibakusha and Hope in the Nuclear Age

The Free Press WVThis week marks 73 years since the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, ultimately resulting in the deaths of more than 200,000 people [ .... ]  Read More

While Rome (and Most Everywhere Else) Burns

The Free Press WV By now we’re accustomed to learning that every year brings record high temperatures around the world. Extreme weather, says Prof. Michael Mannof Pennsylvania State University, “is the face of climate change [ .... ]  Read More

‘The Cummington Story

The Free Press WVThe little red house in the hilltown of Cummington, Mass. (pop. 800) sits not far along Main Street from the town’s historical museum, which marks its 50th anniversary this summer with continuous [ .... ]  Read More

Border security: wall vs. Principles

The Free Press WV Consider the limited thinking that produces a concept such as “border security.” The essential assumption here is that the United States of America is primarily a physical container [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There’s a Better Alternative than the Establishment’s Ver

The Free Press WV Since the advent of the Trump administration, large numbers of Americans have been aghast at its narrow nationalist approach to world affairs [ .... ]  Read More

Institutionalizing Intolerance: Bullies Win, Freedom Suffers When We Can’t Agree to Disagree

The Free Press WV“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” ― Benjamin Franklin [ .... ]  Read More

My conversion on the road to “damascus”

The Free Press WV I read a Good Book and now I believe In God.Though my grandmother wanted me to be a preacher, I was educated as a scientist and along the way, any inclination I had towards believing in god became [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: The Front Porch

The Free Press WVOn Sunday afternoons when company would pull in, the adults all sat out on the porch, until Mom went in to start supper and then the women went to the kitchen with her [ .... ]  Read More

The Mind Reels

The Free Press WV Equally enigmatic is how Mr. Trump went about representing the national interest of the United States at Helsinki. Until Mr. Mueller is ready to provide possible clarification, the fog around the president’s motivation persists: narcissistic ineptitude almost surely; perhaps also kompromat, collusion, and/or fear of money laundering becoming exposed [ .... ]  Read More

A world designed by playground bullies

The Free Press WVAs the week’s news slaps against my consciousness like road slush, some fragments sting more than others. For instance:  [ .... ]  Read More

Let’s Tax the Rich

The Free Press WV Whatever happened to the notion that rich people should pay their fair share of the cost for their country’s public programs?  [ .... ]  Read More

Hunting season changes explained in 2018-2019 West Virginia hunting and trapping regulations summary

The Free Press WV Hunters and trappers are encouraged to carefully review these regulations [ .... ]  Read More

Cops: Tape Shows Father, Son Shooting Bear, ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

The Free Press WVAndrew and Owen Renner also accused of trying to cover up the killings   [ .... ]  Read More

‘I Can’t Believe’ She Is Still Carrying Her Dead Calf

The Free Press WVWorried another orca, J50, has days to live, officials may intervene   [ .... ]  Read More

Applications available for 2018 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas

The Free Press WVSuccessful applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October [ .... ]  Read More

Farm Storage Facility Loans

The Free Press WV FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities [ .... ]  Read More

Yellowstone Tourist Filmed While Taunting Bison

The beast charged, the person backed down   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Hands of God’ Appear to Hold New Bridge

Ba Na Hills’ Golden Bridge is a hit around the world   [ .... ]  Read More

Grieving orca highlights plight of endangered whales

The Free Press WVWhale researchers are keeping close watch on an endangered orca that has spent the past week keeping her dead calf afloat in Pacific Northwest waters [ .... ]  Read More

Most Endangered Primate in World Found on Huge Island

The Free Press WVIn Madagascar, 95% of lemurs are under the threat of extinction   [ .... ]  Read More

Biggest King Penguin Colony Sees a Catastrophic Drop

The Free Press WVPopulation at remote French island falls 90% in 3 decades   [ .... ]  Read More

Warmer soil releasing more carbon, worsening climate change

The Free Press WVEven the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse, a new study finds [ .... ]  Read More

American Airlines Reverses Unpopular Carry-On Bag Policy

The Free Press WV Basic economy fares will now include a free carry-on bag   [ .... ]  Read More

Hunters should be outraged

The Free Press WV That the Trump administration wants to roll back regulations on hunters who are cruel to bears and wolves [ .... ]  Read More

Drought forces emergency measures for US West’s wild horses

The Free Press WVHarsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and spurring extreme measures to protect them [ .... ]  Read More

Footage Emerges of Isolated Amazon Survivor

The Free Press WV The other members of his tribe were killed in 1996   [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Scientists Link Devices’ Blue Light to Serious Eye Trouble

The Free Press WVWhen blue light hits our retinas, toxic molecules flow, killing eye cells we can’t get back   [ .... ]  Read More

Google Tracks Users Even When Location Is Disabled

The Free Press WVGoogle maintains its services are aimed solely at improving users’ experiences [ .... ]  Read More

NASA Heads Toward the Sun

The Free Press WVSpace agency launches Parker Solar Probe to get closer than ever to our star   [ .... ]  Read More

Lisa Jobs Recalls Asking Dad About Namesake Computer

The Free Press WVSteve Jobs told her he didn’t name it in her honor, only to reverse course years later   [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook Wants to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

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He Won Math’s Most Coveted Prize. 30 Minutes Later, It Was Gone

The Free Press WVRio thief made off with professor’s Fields medal   [ .... ]  Read More

Google Accused of ‘Gross Attack’ on Internet Freedom

The Free Press WVCompany reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship   [ .... ]  Read More

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

The Free Press WVAverage temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees   [ .... ]  Read More

Internet Comment Led to the Complete Upending of Her Life

The Free Press WV One fake story led to chaos for Monika Glennon, may have cost her $300K or more   [ .... ]  Read More

Dehydrated? Your Cognitive Function Could Be Impacted

The Free Press WVNew research finds that cognitive abilities are affected at just 2% dehydration [ .... ]  Read More

Homeless Man Hands Out Resume on Corner, 200 Companies Call

David Casarez is scheduling job interviews after picture, resume went viral   [ .... ]  Read More

Researchers Say Distress Calls Prove Theory on Earhart

The Free Press WVGroup says they show she and her navigator were alive after plane went down   [ .... ]  Read More

World’s ‘Most Widely Accepted Boundary’ May Be Wrong

The Free Press WVAstrophysicist says Karman Line is 50 miles above Earth, not 62   [ .... ]  Read More

A Hot New Precious Metal Lures Miners to US

The Free Press WVCobalt mining ramps up here for the first time in decades   [ .... ]  Read More

Facial Recognition Software: 28 Lawmakers Are Crooks

The Free Press WVWhich shows Amazon’s Rekognition software isn’t always reliable   [ .... ]  Read More

Wine-Singleton Reunion - 08.18.18

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39th Annual Smith Reunion

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Estate Auction - 08.18.18

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Cedar Creek Baptist Church Revival

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The Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Cedarville, WV

will be hosting a revival on

August 19th, 20th, & 21st at 7 pm

Local Job Fair - 08.22.18

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Upcoming Events and Menus at the Gilmer County Senior Center

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GCFRN: Screen of Heroin(E) - 08.25.18

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3rd Annual Save The Memories! 5K Walk/Run - 08.25.18

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Rosedale Baptist Church: Biblical Fact About Hell - August 25-26, 2018

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Evening Covered Dish, Music and Dancing - 08.27.18

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Foodland - Glenville State College

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Gilmer County Desperately Needs Foster Parents

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Playground Equipment

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The Gilmer County Board of Education is selling this playground equipment “as is” and the buyer is buying in whatever condition it presently exists.

The buyer is accepting the item(s) “with all faults”, whether or not immediately apparent.

The buyer is free to inspect the goods before purchase; but if any hidden defects are discovered after purchase, the buyer has no recourse against the Gilmer County Board of Education.

  • Lot 1 – Approximately 5 years old
    • Description – This play structure includes a climbing wall, climbing ladder, balancing roller, spiral spinner. This piece of playground equipment is still in good condition.


  • Lot 2 –Approximately 20 years old
    • Description – Large play structure that includes 4 slides, 1 tunnel slide, ramp, ladders, various climbing stations, and steps. Structure has been well used and may require some repairs.


  • Lot 3 – Never been used
    • Description – This structure was bought brand new and never installed. Structure includes Arch Swing Frame, Tarantula Climber, and Camel Back Climber. There is a three page installation guide with this equipment, however hardware is not included.

All three pieces of playground equipment should be included in bid.

All three pieces will go to the successful bidder.

Gilmer County Schools will not accept any responsibility for injuries that occur during deconstruction, reconstruction, or while anyone is playing on the equipment after it is reconstructed.

It will be the responsibility of the successful bidder to deconstruct, haul, and reconstruct all three pieces of equipment.

All bids should be delivered to Joe Frashure, at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office by 3:00 p.m. on July 31, 2018 in a sealed envelope.

Bids will be opened at 3:00 p.m. on the same date.

The successful bidder will have until August 31, 2018 to have all three pieces of equipment off the premises.

GILMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Calling ALL Gilmer County First Responder’s

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GCFRN: Help Needed

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68th Annual Mountain State Gospel Singers Convention

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Fall Flea Market Outside - 09.07.18

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GCHD Food Handlers’ Class - 09.07.18

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Youth Bluegrass Summer Camp

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Community Baby Shower - 09.22.18

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Ritchie County Historical Society Announces Schedule for 2018 Summer and Fall Meetings & Programs

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The Ritchie County Historical Society has prepared a scheduled for its 2018 Summer and Fall Meetings and Programs. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The dates, locations, times and programs are as follows:

June 26, Pennsboro Depot, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Importance of B & O Railroad and Depot to Pennsboro”

July 24, Smithville Community Building, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Staunton Turnpike”

August 28, Pennsboro Library, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Show and Tell”

September 25, Cairo Community Building, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Proposed Cairo Historic District”

Bonnie’s Bus

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Reader's Comments

Bobby Ray Groves

The Free Press WVA resident of Cleveland, WV, passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of August 14, 2018 at the age of 62. Bobby, son of Charles Aaron and Wanda Groves, was born on December 10, 1955 in Webster Springs, WV.  [ .... ]  Read More

Margie I. Williams Evans

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at home. She was born June 03, 1924, a daughter of the late Herbert and Ila Langford Williams [....]  Read More

Okey J. Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Sutton, WV passed away August 15, 2018 at Clay Heath Care Center, Big Otter. He was born September 30, 1932 in Webster County, WV a son of the late Okey and Maude Florence Wilson [....]  Read More

Mary Sue Utter

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Salem, WV, departed this life on Monday, August 13, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Sue was born February 15, 1948 at home in Salem, WV daughter of the late John D. and Mary Agnes (Nutter) Kearns [ .... ]  Read More

Lehman B. Jackson

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV (Gnats Run Community) departed this life on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at his residence, following an extended illness. Lehman was born October 07, 1937 in Pennsboro, WV a son of the late Carrol and Delcie (Dotson) Jackson [....]  Read More

Marie A. Whytsell

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Grantsville, WV, passed away on August 03, 2018 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was born December 24, 1934 in Albany, New York, a daughter of Joseph and Freda Kegley Albanese [....]  Read More

Michael Wayne Runyon

The Free Press WVAge 68 of West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Marietta Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 06, 1950 in Charleston, WV a son of the late Kenna and Willa Dean Payne Runyon [ .... ]  Read More

Jeremy A. Deal

The Free Press WVAge 39, of Sutton, WV passed away August 10, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born September 05, 1978 in Summersville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Frances Moody (Stark)

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at her son’s home in Alum Bridge following an extended illness. She was born in Alum Bridge, WV on March 20, 1927: daughter of the late Walter Stark and Emma (Wanstreet) Stark [ .... ]  Read More

Willa Delores Bailey (Metzgar)

The Free Press WVAge83, formerly of Jackson’s Mill, WV passed away on Thursday, August 99, 2018 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on June 29, 1935: daughter of the late John Metzgar and Alma (Oldaker) Metzgar and her step mom, who raised her, the late Alma Day Shaver Metzgar [ .... ]  Read More

M. Scott Gibson

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Flatwoods, WV passed away on Thursday, August 09, 2018 at the Bellaire at Devonshire assisted living facility in Scott Depot, WV. He was born on August 12, 1937 in Charleston, WV to the late Luther Gibson and Gladys (Strickland) Gibson [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Jean James

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Gassaway, WV passed away at home on August 09, 2018. She was born February 24, 1957 in Gassaway, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Paul W. McKown

The Free Press WVAge 83, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, on August 01, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV. Born in Millstone, WV and raised in Lookout, he was the son of the late Evan and Shirley Powell McKown [ .... ]  Read More

Rosemary Jane Montgomery

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Weston, WV went to her heavenly home, Wednesday August 08, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Weston, WV on September 29, 1935 a daughter of the late Johnie Richard and Mary Ann Batten Hefner [ .... ]  Read More

Billy Dunbar, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 31, of Homewood Hill Road, Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital following an illness. He was born July 22, 1987 at Clarksburg, WV to Billy Dunbar, Sr., Moundsville, WV and Dewan L. Dunbar, of Sutton, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Dalton Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Little Birch, WV passed away Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at his home. He was born in Sutton, WV on August 17, 1955 to the late Wayne Jackson and Velma Jackson McHenry [ .... ]  Read More

Jean Carol Haymond

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She was born October 17, 1926, in Burnsville, WV, a daughter of the late Arley and Golda Whytsell McNemar [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Jean ”Peggy” Vandergrift Doyle

The Free Press WVPassed from this life into life eternal on August 06, 2018, at the age of 89. She had friends by her side, and the care and support of the kind staff of Holbrook On The Hill of Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Delbert Sampson

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Grantsville, WV passed away August 01, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV, following a short illness. He was born February 16, 1938, at Altizer, Calhoun County, WV, son of the late Lovel O. and Maude “Neen” Kerby Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

Elizabeth Inscho

The Free Press WVShe was born in Easton, PA on March 04, 1926 and passed away under Hospice Care in Parkersburg WV on August 05, 2018 at the age of 92 [ .... ]  Read More

Claude S. “Bud” White Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Friday, August 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1935, in Baldwin, WV, a son of the late Claude S. White Sr. and Mae Brady White [ .... ]  Read More

Ruie Bond

The Free Press WVAge 99, of Grantsville, WV went home to her Lord on August 01, 2018. Ruie was born on March 17, 1919 in Gilmer County, WV to the late C harles Marion and Dora Ann (Rogers) Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Annis W. Given

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Weston, WV passed away August 02, 2018 at her daughter’s home. She was born March 09, 1929 in Webster County,  WV, a daughter of the late Amon and Bessie Riffle Carpenter [....]  Read More

Larry Gale James

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Frametown, WV passed away at 12:08 PM on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 in the VA Hospital in Clarksburg. He was born in Braxton County, WV on October 30, 1949 a son of the late Jesse Perry James and Claire Friend [ .... ]  Read More

Vicki Lynn Gillespie

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Alum Street Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on December 14, 1947: daughter of the late William H. Tucker, Jr. and Laverne (Harrison) Tucker [ .... ]  Read More

Corwin Dale Nicholson

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Coldwater, Doddridge County, WV passed away Monday, July 30, 2018. He was born August 26, 1928 in Coldwater, WV, the third child of the late Homer C. and Phyllis V. Swisher Nicholson [....]  Read More

John Sinclair Stump

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Grantsville, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV following a fall and extended illness. He was born July 03, 1941, the son of the late Ira Charles “Bunk” and Wilma Jarvis Stump [....]  Read More

Nancy Jean Carter

The Free Press WV Age 66, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in her sleep at Glenville Center in Glenville, WV on July 21, 2018 [....]  Read More

Beverla “Bev” Kendall

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Mineral Wells, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Parkersburg Care Center. She was born March 26, 1929, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Edward W. and Lillian W. Fredrick Bennett.  [ .... ]  Read More

Andrew Monroe Pettry

The Free Press WV Age 37, of Gassaway, WV passed away July 30, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born January 29, 1981 in Beckley, WV [....]  Read More

Carol Jo Stout-Whelan

The Free Press WVPassed away July 20, 2018 at her home in Chicago, IL, with loving family by her bedside. She was born September 13, 1938 in Weston, WV, daughter of the late Freeman and Mary Straley Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Helena Booher Siers Fulks

The Free Press WV Age 95, of Spencer, WV went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 29, 2018. She was born April 19, 1923 at Orma, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of that late Ralph and Ota Luzader Booher [....]  Read More

Dorotha Jean Burrows

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Clarksburg, WV. She was born in Calhoun County, WV on March 03, 1936, the daughter of the late Earl and Dula Burrows [....]  Read More

Darrell Curtis Ferguson

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Old Mill Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 11:14 PM on Monday, July 30, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Westo, WVn on August 10, 1955 a son of Curtis Gene Ferguson and wife, Gladys, of Jane Lew, and Doris Ann Hughes Travis and husband Jim, of Jane Lew [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph Edwin Higgins

The Free Press WVAge 86, passed away July 30, 2018 at his son’s residence in Petroleum, WV. He was born April 20, 1932 in Petroleum, WV to the late John Alfred Higgins and Victor Virginia Bryant [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Matthew Harris

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Hurricane, WV formerly of Sutton, WV passed away July 28, 2018 at Charleston Hubbard House [ .... ]  Read More

Nelson “Tinker” Reed

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV, a hopeless flirt, avid hunter (he particularly loved stalking game from the front seat of his car or the plastic chair in the back yard), unwilling farmer, mealconnoisseur, expert hugger, questionable dresser, accomplished recliner rider, devotee of The Western Channel and RDTV, lover of bluegrass and old-time music, and all-around cantankerous old fart, went to that Great Coon Hunt in the sky on July 26, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Johnie Franklin Greathouse

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on July 14, 2018 at his home. He was born in Grantsville, WV on March 11, 1964, a son of the late Johnie Greathouse and Pearl Carpenter of Arnoldsburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Eugene Ray Calhoun

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Dutch Hollow Road, Weston, WV passed away at 2:45 AM on Monday, July 30, 2018 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Martins Ferry, OH a son of the late Roy Orville Calhoun and Gladys Dowdell Calhoun [ .... ]  Read More

Lenna “Jean” Sands

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, West Virginia, passed away early Sunday morning, July 29, 2018 at Covenant HealthCare, Harrison Campus in Saginaw, Michigan. She was born March 02, 1932 in Weston WV; daughter of the late Vincent and Clara Myrtle (Posey) Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Doris Jean Mason “Deanie” Ross

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Vienna, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 27, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. She was born October 08, 1941 at the family home near Auburn, WV a daughter of the late Guy R. and H. Gae (Elder) Mason [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Jane Walker

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Camden, WV passed away at 7:24 PM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following respiratory complications. She was born in Weston, WV on July 02, 1945 a daughter of the late Elbert Lee Rohrbough and Lulu Grace McKinley Rohrbough [ .... ]  Read More

Gene Carter

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Lower Nicut Road, Calhoun County, WV passed away on July 27, 2018 at his residence. He was the son of the late Locie and Russell Carter of Calhoun County, WV [....]  Read More

William “Bill” Burk Shaw

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Sutton, WV passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Sutton, on September 14, 1944, the son of the late Burton Burk and Edna Blankenship Shaw [ .... ]  Read More

Donnie H. Shields

The Free Press WVAge 74, of 664 North Tenney Drive, Buckhannon, WV formerly of Flatwoods, WV went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family. Mr. Shields was born on February 16, 1944 in Orlando, Braxton County, WV to the late Hoye Shields and Matilda (Shaver) Shields [ .... ]  Read More

Estel M. Husk Tedrick

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Creston, WV went home to her Lord July 26, 2018. Estel was born August 07, 1939 at Cremo, WV to the late Grant and Irene Edgell Husk [ .... ]  Read More

Adam R. Neese

The Free Press WV Age 24, of Bluffton, SC, passed away unexpectedly July 15, 2018. He was born December 15, 1993 in Baton Rouge, LA, son of Cliff J. Neese, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Deborah Gawthrop Neese of Hendersonville, NC [....]  Read More

Nancy Sue Simmons

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Willows Center in Parkersburg, WV. Nancy was born November 28, 1946 in Webster County, WV, a daughter of the late Lloyd Adam Weese and Rella Avis (Ware) Weese Cline [....]  Read More

Theasta Helen Ruth McCarty (Ball)

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in St Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon following an extended illness. She was born in Braxton County, WV on January 14, 1928: daughter of the late Charles H. Ball and Delphia (Detamore) Ball [ .... ]  Read More

Randy Max Starcher

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, and returned in spirit to his beloved homeland of West Virginia. was born on May 13, 1944, in Sutton, West Virginia, to R. Max Starcher and Lovie Allen Starcher [....]  Read More

Mary L. Yoak

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Waterford, Ohio, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Muskingum Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beverly. She was born on August 21, 1946 in Big Bend, WV, daughter of Roy and Stella Metts Miller [....]  Read More

Cathy Darlene Blake

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Court Street, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 2:39 PM on Monday, July 23, 2018 at her residence following complications from Muscular Dystrophy. She was born in Weston, WV on September 27, 1958 a daughter of Rodney Neil Allman of Jane Lew and the late Margaret Ann Hitt Allman [ .... ]  Read More

Fancis E. Cain

The Free Press WVJesus welcomed home Francis E. Cain on July 20, 2018. He was born in Big Bend, WV on January 05, 1925 [ .... ]  Read More

Dennis Gray Smith

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Grass Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 6:08 AM on Monday, July 23, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 18, 1929 a son of the late Lawrence Holden Smith and Elizabeth Arnett Rinehart Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Junior Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 47, of Walkersville, WV passed away unexpectedly at 10:11 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on March 04, 1971 a son of the late James Howard Marsh Jr. and Mary Louise Hurst Riffle of Weston [ .... ]  Read More

Sandra Loller (Stalnaker)

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at her home following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on December 09, 1942: daughter of the late Paul Stalnaker and Nell (Henline) McCrobie [ .... ]  Read More

Myrtie “Jo” (Conley) Singleton

The Free Press WVAge 85, of 586 Front Street, Burnsville, WV slipped away during the early morning hours on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at her residence [ .... ]  Read More

Pearl Loraine Haddox DeBrular

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Weston, WV, went to her eternal home on Friday, July 20, 2018, at The Wyngate Senior Living Community in Parkersburg, WV, surrounded by her loving family, following an extended illness. She was born on September 07, 1922 in Harrisville, WV a daughter of the late T.A. “Thurman” and Edith Haddox [ .... ]  Read More

Argel Ash

The Free Press WVA resident of Elkins, WV, departed this life on July 19, 2018.  He was born September 01, 1944 in Doddridge County, WV the son of the late Blaine and Mary (Barker) Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine Sloan

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Thursday July 19, 2018 at her residence. She was born on August 05, 1924 in Grantsville, WV a daughter of the late Walter O. and Ina (Wright) Ward.  [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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’?


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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Service personnel spoke out clearly and often about shoddy work at the GCHS. They were not listened to and worse yet they were told to keep quiet. There should be a detailed accounting of where all the County’s facilities money went after intervention, who was involved with project oversight, who got money, and what went undone and botched. Take the issue to Governor Justice. He would get involved as he battles corruption, waste, and mismanagement. Start with Leading Creek, go on to the Arbuckle site, on to Cedar Creek, and finally to Hays City. The horrible story is there and it must be exposed.

By The State Was Fully Responsible on 08.02.2018

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

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If board members are only permitted to see names for personnel being recommended by the superintendent without reviewing all applications themselves how do they know before voting that the best applicants are recommended by the superintendent?

Sounds like personnel decisions are really a token procedural formality made to look like an objective way of doing business with full involvement of the board.

By Doesn't Make Sense on 08.01.2018

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

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There have been reoccurring concerns expressed about GC school board members not being allowed to review credentials of individuals selected for new positions.

End it by getting clarification from the Board’s lawyer pertaining to personnel information a board is entitled to review opposed to what has to be kept confidential from it.

The same WV laws for personnel information apply to all 55 counties.

By Remove Doubt About BOE Access To Information on 07.31.2018

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

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When Gilmer’s superintendent recommends personnel actions how is it done? Does she provide back-up information for board members to review before voting or are just names provided? Where do checks and balances apply as they should to ensure that the best qualified are always selected?

By Question to D. Cottril BOE Pres. on 07.31.2018

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

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Mr. Boggs. Could you give us an update as to what is happening, action, meeting discussions, etc. with the Little Kanawha Parkway?

We know the Legislature sets aside a goodly amount of money every year, and has for years, but never see any mention in the news of any progress.

Thank you.

By Orlando on 07.31.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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One of the biggest reasons for failure in WV education is the generations of Preferential Treatment.  Few will admit.  Fewer see it. A diagram would look more complicated than a spider web.

By Kanawha on 07.31.2018

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

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to/WVDE insider.  ‘do we know how its done in Gilmer’....Ya’ boy do we!

We know the WVDE has messed up our school system, schools, administration, test scores….to the point it will take a generation or more to straight out.

Administration is leveling blame at service personnel for the shoddy design and substandard build issues.

Gilmer’s issues would make 2 week PBS mini-series.

Observant individuals understand well the 2 former state appointed superintendents and the ‘retired’ former college prez were the ‘call’ boys.  The ‘call boys’ who were way in over their heads with site selection, construction, design, etc.

The money squandered, has been estimated to be well over a million dollars. The question of flooding with the new elementary school is not “if” it will flood, but rather “when”.

Administrative incompetence will almost always try to blame their own failures on others.  Who are usually in a defenseless position.

By watcher on 07.30.2018

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

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It is factual that in school systems where openness prevails there is less suspicion, more trust, and citizens at all levels unite to contribute to having outstanding schools.

In closed systems with strict censoring there is constant strife detracting from having united fronts to help improve schools.

A symptom of closed systems is that word is always sent from administrators that everything in fine,  but when achievement test scores come in students fall short. Then, the cry from those in control is that the assessment tests were wrong!

By Retired Gilmer Teacher on 07.30.2018

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

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In high performance counties superintendents review applications to boards when jobs open and when a matrix is used they see that information too.

When only a matrix is disclosed that can be too subjective because of the way entries are made by evaluators. Biased individuals inflate scores to show favoritism. 

It is known that in several counties most information about applicants is kept secret from boards and superintendents recommend individuals they want with expectations for rubber stamping.

Does anyone know how it is done in Gilmer County?

By WVDE Insider on 07.30.2018

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

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If you want to do something interesting diagram how certain individuals in Gilmer’s school system connect to one another through cronyism, nepotism, and other special relationships. That is what happens when organizations are ingrown and the best qualified “outsiders” are locked out when job openings occur.

By Preferential Treatment Thrives on 07.28.2018

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

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Governor Justice preempted the Blue Ribbon Commission by opposing the consolidation of governing boards for selected small institutions of higher learning including GSC.

That is the way business is done in WV. Money is paid for competent and unbiased professionals to recommend better ways of doing business. If recommendations do not mesh with preconceived ideas entrenched bureaucrats attack the messengers.

The problem with individual Boards of Governors is several fold. Appointees on boards are usually chosen through local politics and it is rare for most of these individuals to have note worthy credentials for governing.

Another problem is that over time a select group of families and their close associated become in control of all aspects of an institution..

The result is that institutions can take on personalities of a small circle of individuals and innovative ideas from persons outside the power circle are unwelcome.

If a centralized governing board is rejected for some of the small institutions including GSC and it is decided that local boards know what is best for them, full funding State money should be withheld to require shortfalls to be made up through enrollment increases.

The way it is now there are no penalties for failures.

By SAVE GSC ALUM on 07.28.2018

From the entry: 'University President Calls Proposed Funding Model 'Flawed''.

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Its more than likely this school board will fall(jump most probably) into the trap of crony hires.

Give friend, family, or someone a ‘payback’ job.

Probably we will wind up with a family connected name calling the shots.
Why do you think we so often come up short on scores?

Nepotism favored job hires, rarely if ever, gives you the BEST person for a job.  To get the best you need to advertise outside the ‘circle’.

By parent 3 on 07.28.2018

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

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The research findings are evidence that leadership over principals sets the stage for success or failure of schools. This means that the weakest link to contribute to failures can be superintendents who lack experiences and skills to be outstanding administrators.

In WV too often superintendents are chosen for the wrong reasons and that is why our education system lags behind other states. It is about corrupt power plays instead of doing what is right for kids.

One clue to not hiring the highest quality superintendent is if the individual would not be competitive for the position in a high performance WV school system.

By DOE Education Researcher on 07.27.2018

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

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An appropriate achievement would be for Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackelford to get personally involved to help produce a comprehensive plan for positive changes in the County’s school system.

There are serious deficiencies with student achievement and nothing will improve unless there is an official and outstanding program in place to make needed changes.

We eagerly await hearing from the two new new board officers to learn their plans. Campaign promises were made for changes to make and we will learn if they will be carried out.

By Tell Us BOE Master Plan on 07.27.2018

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

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The state of education here will be affected by the quality of the deputy principal for the GCHS. We want an outstanding individual with a background in high school teaching who understands curriculum and how to use it to goose English, reading, and math. We do not want a retread or someone who must learn on the job at our expense.

We request the superintendent to post resumes of applicants for the job so we will know that the best person was selected for the vacancy.

We do not want friends of friends, relatives, or any other irrelevant criterion to be used to simply provide someone employment at the expense of children. We have had enough of that and test scores show it.

By Select Best Assistant At GCHS! on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What kind of convincing case could be made that corruption associated with building the new GCES has not occurred too?

It is believed that there were short cuts, sweet heart deals with contractors, failures to hold contractors accountable, and failures in the board office to monitor contract work effectively.

Why not ask proper authorities to investigate the history of the way business was done for the new consolidated school starting with Linn, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek, and the Hays City site?

Everyone in the County knows that construction and site problems still exist at the GCES. Teachers and staff are afraid to speak out and we hear that scape goating toward the County’s maintenance workers is beginning from the Central Office.

Those workers were shut out of the construction process and their warnings of problems fell on deaf ears. With revamping of the WV School Building Authority and emphasis on accountability why not bring those officials in to investigate?

By GC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Gilmer County has a crisis on its hands with what is going on at the GCHS. It is no secret that student proficiency with math, science, and ELA must be upgraded to enable our graduates to be college and career ready.

When the public learns results of the State’s new SAT scores being kept secret it will become increasingly evident that positive changes for academic improvements must be made.

The most important change now must be to select the best qualified person to serve as the vice principal at the HS.

The person must have the best qualifications we can get to do the job. Instead of that happening it is feared that the hiring decision will be driven by pure politics and business as usual.

For too long decisions have been made in Gilmer County on the basis of who you know, how much money you have, which family you are from, and how much support there is from elitists expecting favors in return to always keep them in firm control.

Our children are suffering. Let us hope that Mrs. Lowther, the new superintendent, will help ensure that the best qualified candidate with a proven track record for improving academics will be chosen for the VP position.

By Watchful Voters on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Reading the local newspaper would lead one to believe we have a non-functioning county prosecutors office?

The county commission has gutted the workforce at the court house seemingly as well?

Not even a janitor now?

Are we going to see Chapman, Kennedy, and Bennett with brooms, mops, and lawnmowers now?

Where did all that money go from the rainy day fund?  Back when Ramsey and Kennedy were running the county, there was over a million dollars in the fund?

Who is driving new cars and trucks?

By Prosecuting attorney office closed? on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Why hasn’t Gilmer come up with a similar approach to improve STEM and English language arts proficiencies?

Mr. Cottril, You are the newly elected board president and you campaigned on change.

How about keeping your campaign promise by developing a clearly defined plan with specifics for STEM and ELA achievements?

If Doddridge can do it why not Gilmer? Having an easily understood plan without all the education jargon would get the entire County supporting it.

Besides, there would be an objective basic for establishing accountability for the Board and the superintendent.

By Gilmer Can Be A Winner Too on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'Doddridge County Schools'.

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OK.  One WV state supreme court judge resigns.
Next, the second is under indictment?  Well publicized his crimes.

That’s 40% of the WV state supreme judges.

The other three were almost certainly aware of what their buddies had been doing?
Did they blow the whistle on them?

Are they guilty by association and doing nothing?
Forty per cent of the apples in the barrel are bad?

Very good chance the other 60% are no better?  Just been covered up to this point?

Here is one voter that has zero trust or confidence in the WV State Supreme Court.
Can you?

By Job Johnny on 07.24.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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So the WV state supreme court judges are going to take out a mayor?

While the legislature is taking out the state supreme court judges….as some resign.

SNL material this is!!??

By laughable judges? on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Good job keeping vehicle operators safe on the road.

By Aaron Smith on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'Public Service Commission Officers on the Road for Operation Safe Driver Week'.

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It is a welcomed development for Dr. Pellett to high light teacher education at GSC. If an outstanding, new program not found anywhere else in the State were to be offered alumni support would follow. More students would come to GSC too.

It sounds a natural to emphasize land resources and criminal justice in addition to teacher education. GSC cannot continue to try to be all things to all people and that is why restructuring is needed.

Organizations which excel have one trait in common and it is openness to adjustments to accommodate emerging forces of the market place. Thriving colleges and universities are no different.

Hats off to Dr. Pellett’s leadership.

By GSC Alumni on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'Glenville State president feels “optimistic” about Blue Ribbon Commission'.

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why she go to work even she knows she can gave birth to baby? I’m literately amazed by hearing this. You are doing well to spread such kind of awareness.

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is so much lucky to have him there, Hope we will also have you

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018


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Its hard to hear the news of her passing away from this world. literally she did too much hard work to achieve her goals. I’m also a store manager in New York.
She inspired me a lot and i will also work hard to achieve my goals like her.

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'Longtime Glenville State College Alumni Director to Retire'.

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The WV legal system has more than its share of corruption. That is what happens when there is self-policing. If you want proof go to the State Bar to read convincing complaints of misconduct filed against lawyers for which the Bar decided nothing unethical, dishonest, or illegal occurred.

Happens as a means for protecting members of the legal profession preying on the public. Estates administered by dishonest lawyers are particularly vulnerable because dead persons cannot verify wrongdoing and heirs are at a disadvantage to get justice. The main reason is that getting competent legal representation is seldom an option except for the rich.

By Corruption Throughout WV's Legal System on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Political abuse runs rampant.  Let’s hope this is a new trend in cleaning West Virginia corruption.

By Finally on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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6. Control the host varmints in your back yard, where your children and grandchildren play.

By Trespasser Will on 07.20.2018

From the entry: 'WVDA Suggests Tips to Avoid Ticks'.

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R.J. Meyers said it—

“The new board president must get detailed information out to the public.“

Good thought.  But are you meaning the new board president, that needed help to do the simple ‘roll call’ his first meeting?

Isn’t that rich?

Don’t forget.

Gilmer County school system is still on ‘probation’ with West Virginia State Board of Education intervention rules.

By R.J.Meyers said it. on 07.19.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What’s with this Senator Manchin?

You heard from West Virginia voters in two presidential elections…..but chose to give your super-delegate vote to the two individuals that WV voters did NOT support?

You gave your super-delegate vote to both BHO and HRC…..when voters said otherwise.

We were burnt twice. Not again.  We remember.

By Really--Mr. Manchin--? on 07.19.2018

From the entry: 'From the Hill to the Mountains'.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018


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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018


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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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