Glenville State College Ranked a Top Ten Regional College

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Glenville State College has improved its ranking among the top regional colleges for 2019 according to U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for their southern region.

GSC ranked #10 (tie) in Top Public Schools Regional Colleges South and #52 (tie) in Regional Colleges South in the 2019 assessment. The previous year GSC was ranked #13 in the South for public colleges and #57 for all colleges.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the schools listed in the Best Regional Colleges assessment focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

“I take great pride in being able to lead a college that is of the quality of Glenville State,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett. “The College has shown up on a number of national and regional college rankings, putting GSC at the top of some very impressive lists. These accolades are a true testament to our outstanding faculty and staff as well as the talents of our phenomenal students. Also, this year’s ranking recognizes the forward movement that Glenville State College is making,” Pellett continued. “Within just the past year, the institution has made modest but meaningful gains in terms of enrollment, retention, campus improvements, and faculty and staff salaries – among many others. This acknowledgement is appreciated and a great testament of our improvement in quality, efficiency, and value for students.”

Dr. Victor Vega, new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at GSC stated, “I expect to see GSC’s ranking improve even further over time based on an increased focus on student international experiences, undergraduate research, and service learning opportunities. Our enhancement of the learning experience and acute focus on student success is only improving and expanding. Thus, I am confident that our quality and value will only continue to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report and others in the future.”

G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages

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Initial scores for the West Virginia General Summative Assessment show Wood County Schools exceeding state averages in both reading and math at every grade level.

Superintendent Will Hosaflook presented a brief overview of the scores during Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. Hosaflook said while he was given the green light on releasing the overall scores Tuesday, the state will not release a full report, including accountability scores, until noon Thursday.

“The state superintendent has embargoed those results until the state school board meets” Thursday morning, he said.

Hosaflook said the scores show Wood County Schools above state proficiency averages, but added he believed much more work needed to be done.

“There is success at every one of our schools, and it’s important to be celebrating that success,” he said. But, “I’m not satisfied, because there is always room for improvement.”

In third-grade math, 48 percent of West Virginia students were proficient, while 51 percent of Wood County Schools students were proficient. For fourth-grade, the state scored 45 percent and Wood County scored 51 percent. In fifth-grade, the state scored 40 percent and Wood County was 52 percent.

The numbers for elementary school reading were similar. In third-grade, the state scored 47 percent, while Wood County scored 52 percent. In fourth-grade, the state scored 45 percent and Wood County was 47 percent. In fifth-grade, the state scored 44 percent and Wood County was 53 percent.

Middle school proficiency rates were lower for both the state and the county. In math, sixth-graders scored 34 percent at the state level and 36 percent locally. In seventh-grade, the state scored 35 percent and Wood County scored 38 percent. In eighth-grade, the state scored 32 percent and Wood County scored 36 percent.

In sixth-grade reading, the state scored 43 percent and Wood County scored 46 percent. In seventh-grade, the state scored 44 percent and Wood County scored 46 percent. In eighth-grade, the state scored 41 percent and Wood County scored 47 percent.

“We were above the state in every category,” Hosaflook said. “Still, being above the state average is not good enough for me, nor is it good enough for the students, teachers and everyone in this room. We will improve.”

This marked the first year where the national SAT exam was used by West Virginia as a statewide exam for 11th-grade students.

Hosaflook said the county’s three high schools all scored around the state math average of 465 and exceeded the state average of 460 in reading with scores ranging from 485-493. Overall, the state SAT average was 942, and Hosaflook said the high schools were right around that average, with Parkersburg High School being the highest in the county with an overall score of 958.

Hosaflook cautioned the county’s accountability scores, which will not be made public until Thursday, would not be as good, as the test scores were only part of the formula used to determine those numbers. Hosaflook said the main area of concern is attendance, and only one school in the district met those requirements.

Hosaflook said federal changes to the state’s accountability system count almost all days missed by students, even those due to illness or death in the family, as absences, which count against the school’s overall attendance score, even if they are considered excused absences by the school system.

Hosaflook said attendance is an area of concern for Wood County Schools, with about 14 percent of the district’s students considered “chronically absent,” and will be a major part of what he will focus on in the coming months. Board members agreed.

“If kids aren’t in school, they’re not learning,” said board member Justin Raber. “I really feel we need to focus on attendance whole-heartedly. I think it really places accountability on parents and guardians to make sure their children are in school.”

WV Legislative Update


All eyes have been keeping watch on the weather events in the Carolinas for the past several days, and at this writing on Sunday evening, we are watching to see how the remnants of Hurricane Florence will impact West Virginia rivers and streams.  Having Jessica and her family, as well as Jean’s brother and his family and many friends from central West Virginia potentially in the storm’s bullseye certainly made this weather event personal.  It also reminded me that every person that is impacted by the flood has worried family and friends somewhere. 

While the greater Charleston, SC area was spared the hurricane’s direct strength, those in North Carolina and inland South Carolina are experiencing historic and devastating flooding.  By mid-week, we will know more about this unfolding tragedy.  Likewise, we’ll know to what extent West Virginians have been impacted.

Sunday afternoon, the heat, humidity and threat of rain did not deter the “55 Strong” teachers, state employees and school service personnel from a rally on the south side of our State Capitol.  Several other regional events were also held at various locations around the State.  I was only able to attend for a short time but the message is unchanged from seven months ago…it’s time to fix PEIA.

At this writing, the members of the Governor’s PEIA Task Force have not issued a final report, nor have they produced any recommendations for additional insurance funding for active and retired teachers, school service personnel and state workers.  The Sunday rally was a reminder that the clock is ticking for the Governor’s committee to come up with a solution to PEIA funding.  They need to complete their work with recommendations for meaningful action.

Here’s another concern.  Because PEIA ended the previous fiscal year with a $30 million surplus, I’m highly skeptical that any bold, meaningful recommendations coming from the committee will be acted upon.  Comments I heard from some legislative leaders this afternoon may well be an indicator of the majority party and administration’s intention to use last year’s PEIA surplus to freeze or reduce premium increases, co-pays and deductibles in an attempt to divert attention away from the more difficult task of finding a permanent funding fix.  If so, that is the very scenario that former Governor Tomblin and the previous PEIA Board were severely criticized for by many of those who are now the current legislative leadership.

Now is the time to tap a combination of revenue sources to fully fund PEIA.  One potential source is by increasing the tax on out-of-state corporations that have massive land holding throughout West Virginia.  This has been an untapped source for decades with no movement in sight.

Meanwhile, the budget numbers for the first two months of the 2019 fiscal year are running ahead of estimates by $65 million.  Although that is a 19% increase from last year, it still does begin to get us back to the financial position we enjoyed a few years ago.  Consumer sales tax, personal income tax and severance tax collections are the primary drivers, which should continue strong for a while longer.  If this trend does continue, we should begin to consider restoring some of the harmful cuts made to programs that affect kids, seniors, higher education and public safety – law enforcement, volunteer fire departments and other first responders.  Drug treatment centers are needed throughout our State and affordable job training programs are in short supply.  The Road Fund is strong, but we need the weather to cooperate on making as many repairs and upgrades as possible for the remainder of this calendar year.

Finally, it’s been difficult to comprehend that seventeen years have passed since the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation…events that have forever changed how we view national security and terrorism.  Just as Pearl Harbor reshaped and refocused our nation at the beginning of WW II, so did the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  At every milepost in history we have pulled together as a nation, laid partisanship aside and jointly worked to redouble our security efforts.  Meanwhile, the brave men and women of our Armed Services continue to do their duty, here and around the world; law enforcement and first responders stand strong to protect and serve.

We must continue to do all possible to avoid and prevent another terrorist attack, war, or any other traumatic, history changing event.  Now is the time for true statesmen and stateswomen to step up and lead at every level of government.  It’s time to put partisan politics aside in order to move our state and nation forward.  Our kids and grandkids are watching and waiting to see who’s willing to practice leadership by example. 

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.

Glenville State Bluegrass Student Nominated for IBMA Award

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The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has nominated Glenville State College student Alan Tompkins as a contender for its Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year award. He was previously nominated for the award in 2016 and 2017. Tompkins is enrolled in GSC’s new and one-of-a-kind online bluegrass music degree program.

You can currently hear Tompkins on the air as he hosts the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show, a two-hour bluegrass music program on the air every Sunday on KHYI-FM 95.3 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“I’m honored to be nominated for this award by the IBMA. Being included on a list of talented bluegrass broadcasters such as Steve Martin, Kris Truelsen, Michelle Lee, and Larry Carter is humbling,” Tompkins said.

A western Kentucky native, Tompkins grew up steeped in the sounds of classic country, gospel, and bluegrass music. He moved to Dallas in 1983, where he earned an MBA and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. His career kept him busy for the next two decades, but the musical fire never burned out. His love of bluegrass, the music of his home state, motivated him to learn banjo, upright bass, and other instruments used in traditional bluegrass, eventually releasing his own album, No Part of Nothin’.

Tompkins holds an associate’s degree as a Professional Studio Artist (with high distinction) along with a Certificate in Audio Recording from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music. He is also a graduate of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Leadership Bluegrass program of 2009, served on the Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee from 2010-2018, and served as the Committee Chair from 2011-2014. He was previously honored by the IBMA, receiving their Momentum Award for Industry Involvement in 2015. He presently serves on the IBMA board of directors and the board of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music. Tompkins is also the founder and President of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bluegrass music in America.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Bluegrass Music Program at Glenville State College. I’ve always enjoyed learning, and there’s nothing that I enjoy learning about more than bluegrass music. What Dr. [Megan] Darby and the faculty at Glenville are doing to make bluegrass music education available to students nationwide - especially those who aren’t able to attend traditional classes - is thrilling.  I’m looking forward to gaining a greater understanding of bluegrass music through the Glenville State College program,” he added.

The IBMA award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, September 27 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The following day, GSC’s Bluegrass Band has been invited to perform at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass Music Program Director Dr. Megan Darby says that the event gives GSC students and alumni an opportunity to share their talents and mission of preserving and promoting traditional bluegrass music.

For more information about the traditional or online bluegrass music education programs at Glenville State, contact Darby at or call 304.462.6347.

Agriculture Strategic Plan Meetings Set for October

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A five-year strategic plan to move West Virginia’s Agriculture industry forward is in the works. Now the public has another opportunity to offer their input into the process.

The steering committee of the West Virginia Agriculture Advisory Board, made up of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), WV Farm Bureau, WV Conservation Agency, WVU Extension Service, WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and West Virginia State University Extension Service, is holding 14 community meetings across the state during the month of October.

“This is a chance for West Virginians to have a say in the future of our agriculture economy,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We are inviting agriculture business owners and stakeholders to participate in a hands-on process to identify specific strategies for how we can help move the industry forward and what direction we need to take.”

More than 500 people completed a survey earlier this summer narrowing down the issues that most impact West Virginia agriculture.

That is the stepping off point for the community meetings. Producers and agriculture stakeholders are urged to attend one of the 14 events and offer their input.

The community meetings are being held in Charleston, New Martinsville, Ghent, Sutton, Martinsburg, Moorefield, Parkersburg, Philippi, Core, Lewisburg, Tridelphia, Wayne, Point Pleasant and Mt. Clare.

In order to take part, participants must register ahead of time.

To locate an event near you and to register, log on HERE

Gilmer County winter grazing field day

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the West Virginia University Extension Service, will co-host a Field Day to discuss stockpiling and winter grazing.

The Field Day will discuss different aspects of stockpiling forage such as winter feeding nutrient management, adding legumes, fencing, and water requirements.

The Field Day will be held at 6 p.m. September 18 at the Westfall Farm in Gilmer County. The farm is located just outside of Glenville.

For more information and directions, contact Zomarys Dumeng at 304.269.8431 ext. 3 or Daisy F. Bailey at 304.462.7061.

G-OpEd™: Voter List Maintenance is the Foundation for Election Security

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The foundation to providing secure elections is an updated and accurate voter registration list.  In West Virginia, there are 1,271,563 citizens currently registered to vote.

Citizens must first register to vote to participate in our election process.  They do so by registering with the county clerk in the county where the voter lives.  County clerks maintain voter registration files, and do all the list maintenance.

I encourage everyone to check the status of your voter registration and to insure names, addresses, party affiliation and other key data is up to date. Doing so reduces delays and confusion at polling places.

By working closely with our 55 county clerks over the last 19 months, West Virginia has removed 102,797 outdated, duplicate, deceased and convicted felon voter files from the state’s voter registration lists.  During the same time, we’ve registered 78,262 new voters – including 22,518 high school students.

In West Virginia, we’ve made it easy for all eligible citizens to register to vote and to keep their registration updated.  You can register (1) by mail; (2) by visiting your county clerk; or (3) by going online to  To participate in the November 6th General Election, eligible citizens must register to vote by October 16th.

Registered voters who are ill, who may be unavailable, or who are out of town on election day can vote an absentee paper ballot.  You can learn more about the absentee ballot process by calling your county clerk or by clicking this link.  Absentee voting begins on September 21st.

Absentee ballots mailed and postmarked by Election Day and received by the start of Canvass will be counted. However, absentee ballots mailed and postmarked after Election Day will not be counted. If an absentee ballot does not bear a postmark, they will be counted if received by no later than the day after Election Day.

For hand-delivery, absentee ballots must be delivered to the County Clerk’s office by the day before Election Day. Although voters do not have to personally return his or her absentee ballot, no one person may deliver more than two voters’ absentee ballots.

Military voters and their spouses in 21 West Virginia counties who are currently stationed or located outside the country have the option in the upcoming November election to vote absentee via a mobile voting application.  West Virginia is the first state in the nation to deploy this secure voting option for military and overseas voters. 

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s security effort includes assisting counties with the protection of voter registration lists, physical security and cybersecurity. We are very pleased to work with county clerks to help prevent hacking or breaches in all phases of our election process.  West Virginia was the first state in the nation to employ an IT professional with top security clearance and to place that employee in the West Virginia Fusion Center.  The Fusion Center monitors the state’s critical infrastructure and technology services 24-hours a day.

This past week, I was invited to participate in the first-ever National Election Security Summit in St. Louis.  I had a chance to speak one-on-one with Homeland Security Secretary Kirsten Neilson, as well as Missouri Senator Blunt.  Senator Blunt is on the Intelligence Committee and has taken a leading role in U.S. election integrity.  Both of these national officials listened intently to what we were doing in West Virginia to increase election security, and asked for continual dialogue as we encounter cyber penetration attempts by foreign governments.  They also asked we share ideas that we develop in West Virginia that can help nationwide.

Back in July, we hosted the state’s first Election Security Conference in Morgantown attended by more than 160 county clerks and staff members from all over the state.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognized the importance of state-level conferences like ours and sent their top management representatives to participate.

The conference received national media attention, with HBO’s Vice News headline reading, “2 days of the most advanced election security training just went down—at a West Virginia Holiday Inn.”

Read more about coverage of the Morgantown conference by clicking HERE.

Just this week, we allocated $6.5 million in grants to help counties update their election systems, improve cyber security, provide physical security for election equipment and improve access to polling locations. By leveraging these funds with 50/50 matching requirements by the counties, these grants generated more than $12 million in overall improvements across West Virginia.

In West Virginia, we’re working together – the Secretary of State’s Office, our county clerks, the National Guard and the West Virginia Fusion Center – to provide safe, fair and secure elections. Working with the resources and support provided to us by the federal government, we’ll continue to lead the nation.

Mac Warner
WV Secretary of State

Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is now accepting registrations for the Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) Fall Statewide Cleanup set for Saturday, Sept. 29. Volunteers have until Friday, Sept. 21 to register.

Co-sponsored by the WVDEP and the state Division of Highways, the AAH program is administered by the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP). Its goals include improving the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Since the program’s inception in 1988, state citizens have cleaned up close to 70,000 miles of state highways and roads during annual spring and fall AAH events.

Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road, or main route. Private roads and interstate highways cannot be adopted.

The AAH program provides garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests to volunteers and takes care of disposing of collected trash. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate.

To register, call 1.800.322.5530 or send an email to . If you reach the REAP voicemail, please leave your name, phone number, group name, date of cleanup, number of participants, and the county where your adopted road is located.

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

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

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WVDEP Opens Annual “Roadsides in Bloom” Photo Contest

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is now taking submissions for the 16th Annual West Virginia Operation Wildflower 2019 “Roadsides in Bloom” calendar contest.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 01, 2018.

The following rules for the contest apply:

  • Photographs must be taken in West Virginia;
  • Entries must be submitted as an 8”x10” color print and must be landscape orientation (Portrait orientation will not be accepted). Digital copies can be sent on a CD or flash drive;
  • Flowers must be growing along a road and the road must be prominently visible in the photo. They may be growing naturally or in an Operation Wildflower bed planted by the West Virginia Division of Highways. Pictures of cultivated species planted in arranged beds, such as marigolds, pansies, etc., do not qualify;
  • Name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if you have one) and a short description of the photo, including location and county of where the photo was taken, must appear in the upper left-hand corner on the back of the photo. Photos become property of the WVDEP and will not be returned;
  • No more than three entries per person. Only one winning photo will be selected from any photographer’s entries. Winners will be required to submit a digital copy of their photo;
  • 12 winners will be selected to represent the months of the year. A grand-prize winner will be chosen to appear on the calendar cover.

Entries are to be mailed to:

WV Operation Wildflower
Roadsides in Bloom Calendar Contest
WV Department of Environmental Protection/REAP
601 57th Street, S.E.
Charleston, WV 25304

North Bend State Park to host 51st Nature Wonder Weekend September 21-23

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North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, will celebrate its 51st annual event September 21-23. The theme of this year’s event is “Forage and Feast.”

“This year we will get back to the basics of this long-running event, and participants will enjoy a weekend of foraging and preparation at its best,” said Emily Fleming, deputy director for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “North Bend State Park has long been a forager’s paradise with an abundance of edible wild foods. Experienced foragers will be there to help attendees discover the richness nature provides.”

Wild food foragers from across the country attend the Nature Wonder Weekend every year.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Doug Elliott, naturalist, herbalist, storyteller and author from Union Mills, North Carolina.

Other guest speakers will include Mike Krebill, wild foods author and teacher from Keokuk, Iowa, and Sam England, chief of West Virginia State Parks.

Events begin Friday evening and conclude Sunday morning.

There are scheduled speakers, presentations, nature walks, the event’s first-ever bike hike and collection and preparation of wild foods.

Activities include a park tour, wild food identification instruction, the Hazel Wood Commemorative Wild Food Cooking Contest and the Bill Faust Wild Cake Contest.

The Wild Drink Contest winner is awarded the honorary Maxine Scarbro Friendship Cup.

Overnight lodging packages as well as day-only attendance and meal options are available.

Guests may reserve lodge rooms, cabins or camping sites.

Packages for traditional Appalachian-style meals are available at North Bend Lodge restaurant.

To register, contact Wendy Greene by calling 304.558.2754 or send an email to ‘’.

A registration form is available at and overnight lodging reservation information is available HERE.     

Nature Wonder Weekend is sponsored by the National Wild Foods Association, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and North Bend State Park.

Sue Morris Sports Complex Is One of 55 Good Things in WV

Gilmer County entrepreneurs and philanthropists Ike and Sue Morris set out to build “the finest baseball and softball complex in the state,” and most observers agree they succeeded with the Sue Morris Sports Complex, located along U.S. 33 in Glenville.

Designed to serve baseball and softball teams from the PONY League through college, the complex was finished in 2007 as a state-of-the art facility intended to be like no other in the state.

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Lance Woodford, Director of Sue Morris Sports Complex

The Sue Morris Sports Complex boasts an NCAA compliant baseball field, two softball fields, lighted dugouts with large capacity team seating, a press box for each field, dirt infields on the softball fields, grass infield on the baseball field, a changing room for game officials, seating for 1,500 for the baseball field and 1,000 per each softball field and a storm detector and warning system.

The complex also features air-conditioned restrooms, a lighted picnic shelter, covered playground, a full-size basketball court, volleyball court, two batting cages and a 1/2-mile walking trail.

The complex also offers concessions and the Pioneer Grille, featuring pizza, hot pretzels, candy, chips, popcorn, hot dogs, water, soft drinks, and more.

Lance Woodford from Glenville, WV is the Director/Manager of the complex

To find out more, visit

Huge Thanks to Mr. Ike Morris and Mrs. Sue Morris for building such a great facility in Gilmer County. And Thanks to Mr. Lance Woodford and his crew for taking care of the complex and making all the events possible.


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Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia

Results Provide Valuable Information on Schools’ Success and Areas Needing Improvement
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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) unveiled the West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard (Balanced Scorecard), which outlines accountability ratings for each public school in the Mountain State as part of West Virginia’s School Accountability System (WVAS).

Schools were evaluated on four indicators including academic performance, English learner proficiency, student success and a benchmark indicator at the elementary and middle school levels and graduation rates at the high school level. Each public school in the state will receive a scorecard that provides parents, students, educators and communities an annual update on multiple measures that together show how well students are learning, growing and achieving. The Balanced Scorecard is used to outline clear information on where schools are excelling and in what areas schools may need to improve.

The Balanced Scorecard also meets the school accountability requirements of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. A major part of each state’s required ESSA plan is an accountability system that establishes annual measurable objectives.

“We chose to utilize a balanced scorecard to depict statewide accountability ratings in a more fair and accurate manner in order to accelerate student learning,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “The balanced scorecard allows schools to review multiple measures and more specifically pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses.”

The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) eliminated the A-F accountability system, previously used to outline accountability ratings, in favor of a balanced approach to school accountability. The Balanced Scorecard was chosen by the WVBE and tailored to meet the specific needs of West Virginia. The system helps ensure parents have objective information on their students’ academic achievement, while empowering state and district leaders to identify struggling students and schools.

The West Virginia Department of Education and county school systems will provide resources and support to schools, parents and teachers to increase student performance in areas of need for each school.

For more information on the Balanced Scorecard and to view school results, visit

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

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

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

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

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

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WVDA Waives Requirements for Animals Evacuating Hurricane Florence

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) announced it will be waiving movement entry requirements for animals evacuated into West Virginia due to Hurricane Florence. Meanwhile, the State Fair of West Virginia is offering temporary shelter for evacuated equine. The State Fair can accommodate up to 100 horses.

“Two years ago, West Virginia needed help from surrounding states during a massive flood. It is our turn to open our doors for those in need,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.

Normally, all equine entering West Virginia from other states are required to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within 30 days and a negative Coggins test within the past year. State Veterinarian Dr. James Maxwell made the decision to waive those requirements.

“Just like people, we must get animals out of harm’s way,” said Dr. Maxwell. “This is common practice in emergency situations.”

The State Fair is requesting anyone seeking accommodations do so by calling in advance to 304-645-1090 during business hours and 304-667-5089 after hours (4:30 p.m.). Owners will be responsible for the care of their own animals. There will be no stalling fee for horses. Owners wishing to camp can do so at a minimal charge of $15 per night for full hook ups.

The State Fair of West Virginia is located in Fairlea, in Greenbrier County, just off the I-64 exit.

Student-Loan Debts a “Loss of Freedom” for Some in WV

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Some West Virginians fighting student loan debt say they feel they’ve been given a life sentence - a debt sentence.

The state has the nation’s highest rate of graduates with debt, and the second highest rate of loan defaults. Eric Engle of Parkersburg is an office worker who’s kept up with payments since graduating from Marshall University. But he said he’s still trapped trying to pay off more than $70,000 in loans.

He said one loan for about $10,000 has risen to $13,000, despite his paying at least $120 a month - and sometimes a lot more.

“You know, the fact that I’ve made almost nine years of faithful on-time payments of at least that amount, and I still owe them $3,000 more than the principal of the loan is incredibly frustrating,” Engle lamented.

According to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, budget cuts for higher ed by the state Legislature have pushed public college tuition up by more than 150 percent over two decades. Lawmakers say until this year, they had faced a collapse of state revenue due to falling coal and gas production.

According to the center, the average debt carried by a college graduate in the state has increased by 70 percent since 2005. For people like Engle, that is much more than just a statistic.

Engle said he was always told that borrowing for college was an investment in the American dream. But now he and his fiancee - also a college graduate with a white collar job and student loans - and their two children are struggling to get by.

“For $600 a month to live in an apartment that’s not even big enough for us, and one car, when really we definitely need two; we don’t want to rent anymore,” he said. “We want to build some equity. We want to have some ownership. And we don’t have a prayer right now of getting a mortgage.“

Engle said it looks like he’s going to be making payments for as long as he can foresee into the future. He described it as a genuine loss of freedom.

More information on financial aid for higher education in West Virginia is available HERE.

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

By Smart Feller  on  09.13.2018

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

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

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Public Service Commission Urges Caution When Using Portable Generators

The Free Press WV

During weather related power outages, many people rely on portable generators.  The Public Service Commission of West Virginia urges all West Virginians to follow safety procedures when operating a portable generator.

Carbon monoxide, which is present in the engine exhaust fumes, but has no smell or taste, is the most common danger from the improper use of portable generators.  Exposure to excess levels of this gas can cause serious illness or death in people and animals.

To help you and your family remain safe and comfortable, the Commission offers these guidelines from the Portable Generator Manufacturers Association.

  • Always read the operator’s manual first and follow the manufacturer’s recommended precautions and procedures.

  • Never run a portable generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces, such as garages, porches or breezeways, even if using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation.  Carbon monoxide can build up and linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

  • Always place a portable generator as far away from doors and windows as possible to prevent emissions from drifting indoors.

  • Place the generator downwind and point the engine exhaust away from occupied spaces.

  • Install a battery‐operated carbon monoxide detector according to manufacturer’s instructions and check the battery regularly.

  • Avoid having to run cords through windows or doorways by installing a manual transfer switch outside the house to transfer power from the generator to your indoor appliances.

  • Get fresh air immediately and call 911 for emergency medical attention if you feel sick, dizzy or weak while using your portable generator.

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Gilmer County winter grazing field day - 09.18.18

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6 p.m. September 18, 2018

Westfall Farm in Glenville, Gilmer County

Zomarys Dumeng at 304.269.8431 ext. 3
Daisy F. Bailey at 304.462.7061

GCHS Parade Entry Form

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Friday Night Bingo - 09.21.18

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Community Baby Shower - 09.22.18

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Poneer Stage - 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”

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 09.25.18

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 5:00 PM

Click HERE for Full Agenda

Bonnie’s Bus

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Thousand Springs 8th Annual Quilt Show - 09.29.18

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The Thousand Springs Lodge’s 8th annual quilt show will be held on Saturday September 29th from 12:00 Noon till 3:00

The changes for this year will be: A mini sewing class (table runner) will be an option… and there will be a raffle for a large basket of sewing goodies…just as soon as we can get things together, we’ll start selling chances on the basket…will not have to be in attendance to win it..and tickets will be $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00..Refreshments will also be available as usual. and anyone interested in showing a quilt the fee will be $2.00 per quilt.. There will also be a couple of youth categories. age 5-10 and 11-16. (anyone wishing to be in these 2 classes will need to notify us by September 15th) There will be flyers up soon and there will be an article in the Glenville and Braxton papers..if you have any questions please let us know.

Colors of Cancer 5K Color Run & Walk - 09.29.18

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Now Seeing Patients in Sutton

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Outdoor Flea Market - 10.12.18

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Battle of Bulltown - 10.12.18

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Low Cost Blood Analysis - 10.01.18 & 10.15.18

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The Grascals and GSC BlueGrass Band - 10.27.18

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Reader's Comments

Ruth Marie Scott

The Free Press WVAge 74, passed away at a nursing home in Wellesley, MA on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, after a long illness [ .... ]  Read More

Ellen Ann Knight

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Weston,WV moved to her Heavenly home September 16, 2018. Her parents, Lloyd and Emma Edna Hall Barnett welcomed her to their family on January 10, 1940 in Braxton County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Fannie L. (Duffield) Mollohan

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Duck, WV passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 [....]  Read More

Ralph L. Jones

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Harrisville, WV passed away September 13, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born June 03, 1941 at Prunty, WV the son of the late Homer and Wanda Lucille Ayers Jones [....]  Read More

Bryan “Cameron” Radcliff

The Free Press WVAge 29, of Horner, WV passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on October 01, 1988 a son of David Leon Radcliff and Celia Kay Powers Radcliff of Horner, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Ellenor “Janie” Jane (Flesher) Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Kitsonville, WV passed away peacefully on Monday September 10, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. Janie was born July 01, 1929 in Weston, WV the only daughter of the late Peter Albert Flesher and Mary Agnes (Mullooly) Flesher [ .... ]  Read More

Ronald J. Vanskiver

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Pullman, WV, departed this life on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at his residence, following an extended illness. Ronald was born August 15, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, a son of the late Albert H. Vanskiver and Edith (Zimmerman) Zachman of Baltimore, MD [....]  Read More

Bonnie Mae Gant

The Free Press WV Age 68, of Richwood, WV went home to Jesus on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley. She was born March 28, 1950 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Gaylord and Lennia Leora Cornwell Smallwood [....]  Read More

Shirley L. Smith

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Vincent, OH passed away Friday August 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Doddridge County, WV a daughter of the late Avery Joseph and Daisy Pearl (Shafer) McKinney [....]  Read More

Virginia Lynn Mowery

The Free Press WVAge 49, of Weston, WV passed away at 1:23 AM on Saturday, September 15, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Tabb, TX on October 07, 1968 a daughter of the late Lewis Decker and Sylvia Steinbaugh Decker of Great Capon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Wayne Catlin

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 10:58 AM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loving family. He was born in Herald, IL on December 23, 1927 a son of the late Judd and Vallie Catlin [ .... ]  Read More

Fred R. Lowe

The Free Press WV Age 83 passed away Friday, September 14th after a brave hard-fought battle with cancer. Fred was born in 1935 in Spencer West (By God) Virginia. He grew up in Grantsville, WV and attended Calhoun County High School, his parents owning the Rainbow Hotel [....]  Read More

Cody Lane Brown

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Catlett, VA (previously of Weston, WV), went to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the comfort of her own home. She was born in Weston, WV on June 17, 1947 a daughter of the late William and Ramona Valto Ash Means [ .... ]  Read More

Roy Lee Lipps

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Heaters, WV went peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family [ .... ]  Read More

David Hartzel West

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Cottage Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1940: son of the late Boyd West and Charlotte (Johnston) West [ .... ]  Read More

Daisy Mae Riffle Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 77, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday September 12, 2018 at her home. She was born March 22, 1941 in Sutton, WV to the late Samuel Guy Riffle and Daisy Bell Claypool Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph L. Jones

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Harrisville, WV passed away September 13, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born June 03, 1941 at Prunty, WV the son of the late Homer and Wanda Lucille Ayers Jones [....]  Read More

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Detmor Hartsel Malcomb “Skip”

The Free Press WV Age 85 passed away on Wednesday September 12th at his granddaughter’s residence in Waycross, GA, following a lengthy illness. Hartsel was born in Hettie, WV and attended Burnsville High School [....]  Read More

Ida Mae Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Lost Creek, WV went to be with Jesus at 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Jane Lew, WV on October 20, 1938 a daughter of the late James Russell Linger and Juanita Barnett [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Lee Williams, Sr.

The Free Press WVWent home to meet our Lord and Savior September 10, 2018 surrounded by his family at his hom [ .... ]  Read More

Helen J. Schoolcraft

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her residence, following an extended illness. Helen was born January 19, 1946, in Cornwallis, WV, a daughter of the late Michael Martin Sr. and Genevieve (Griffith) Martin [....]  Read More

Mary L. Metz Pursley

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Parkersburg, WV formerly of Spencer, WV passed away September 10, 2018 at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born July 02, 1933 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Glenn “Bill” and Velma Fowler McEndree [....]  Read More

Edwin “Ed” Paul Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Washington, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 09, 2018, surrounded by his family at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 13, 1957, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ralph C. Ellyson and Boneva “Bea” (Davis) Ellyson [ .... ]  Read More

Delores Margaret Weekley

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Douglas Run Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.  She was born at Cleveland, OH on November 05, 1936 a daughter of the late George and Margaret Royster Yelenic [....]  Read More

Regenia Gay Bonnett Harris

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully at 3:44 PM on September 10, 2018 in the loving atmosphere of her home while surrounded by family. She was born in Orlando, WV, on March 19, 1928, a daughter of James Lewis Miles Bonnett and Lessie Gay Greynolds Bonnett [ .... ]  Read More

Ellis Hayward Mick

The Free Press WV Age 93 of Heaters Fork Burnsville, WV (Gilmer County, WV) departed this life on Monday, September 10, 2018 peacefully at home. He was born June 30, 1925 in Gilmer County, WV, son of the late Okey and Evalena Heater Mick [....]  Read More

Earl Wilson Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away peacefully at his family farm on September 06, 2018. He moved from Pennsboro in 1952, settled in Massachusetts, but returned to his beloved home seven years ago. Earl was born at that same farm on June 13, 1929. He was born to the late Earl and Rebecca Jane Elder Wilsone [....]  Read More

Tommy “Tuck” Starcher

The Free Press WVAge 81 of Stow, Ohio, passed away September 04, 2018. He was born in Calhoun County, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Marcus Lee Sigman

The Free Press WV On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Marcus Lee Sigman, 14, was chosen by the lord to start his search for that big honey hole in the sky. Which he has undoubtedly tested every water hole in site. On March 26, 2004 our family was blessed with two beautiful babies [....]  Read More

Artenis “John” Johnson

The Free Press WV88 years old, of Frametown, WV, passed away after a short illness on September 05, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. John was born at Williams River, WV to Charlie and Olive Johnson on June 01, 1930 [ .... ]  Read More

Marjorie Ann Jameson Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Marietta, OH (formerly of Hebron, WV - Pleasants County) passed away peacefully on September 06, 2018, at Heartland of Marietta. Marjorie was born on February 02, 1927, in Pike, WV (Ritchie County) to the late Clinton J. and Flossie V. Chalfant Jameson [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Susan Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, in Winchester Medical Center of Winchester, VA following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1954: daughter of the late Theodore Cayton and Norma (Allman) Cayton of Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Neil Wakeland

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Weston, WV, passed away on August 25, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Isabell Davis

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Big Bend, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, September 07, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville, WV. She was born January 27, 1933 to the late McConaughey (Mack) and Gearl Dine (Taylor) Richards [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie M. Drake

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Glenville, WV, passed away September 06, 2018, at the Glenville Health Care Center, Glenville, after complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 15, 1922, at Walton, WV, the daughter of the late Preston Murphy “Pat” and Lessie Virginia Starcher Larch [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Charlie” Richard Burnside Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Jane Lew, WV was called home at 6:14 AM on Sunday, September 02, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on September 08, 1953 a son of the late Charles Richard Burnside and Doris V. Lowther Burnside [ .... ]  Read More

George “Sonny” Wesley Walker II

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Camden, WV went to be with the Lord at 6 AM on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 in the comfort of his own home under the compassionate care of WVU Hospice. Sonny was born in Weston, WV on July 10, 1947 a son of the late George Wesley Walker and Imogene Lida Turner Walker [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley F. Wilmoth

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Linger Run Horner, WV passed away on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 at his home following a brief illness. He was born in Clarksburg, WV on June 24, 1929: son of the late Arthur Collins and Lula (Phillips) Wilmoth [ .... ]  Read More

Phil Davis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Pennsboro, WV, died, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital with his loving family at his side. He was born July 17, 1944, on the family farm near Pennsboro, WV the son of the late Agnes Leontine Primm Davis and Robert Clayton Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Ethel A. Rowe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, August 31, 2018 in Pine View Nursing Home, Harrisville.  She was born in Marion County, WV on November 15, 1922 a daughter of the late John and Luca Janes O’Neal [....]  Read More

Robert “Bob” E. Lehman

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Sutton, WV passed away Monday, September 03, 2018 at his residence.  He was born in Palmyra, PA the son of Marlin & Beulah Cline Lehman [ .... ]  Read More

Dolores G. Messenger

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Waterford, Ohio, died on Saturday, September 01, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta. She was born on August 11, 1932 in Weston, WV, daughter of Cecil C. and Amanda Burkhammer Collins [....]  Read More

Ruby P. Starcher

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Westerville, OH, formerly of Vienna, WV and Weston, WV, passed away August 31, 2018 at Heartland of Westerville, OH. She was born October0 4, 1942 in Lewis County, WV, the daughter of the late Kenneth Kirk and Mabel Allman Starcher [....]  Read More

Robert F. McWhorter

The Free Press WV Passed away September 01, 2018, at the age of 88. Robert was born on October 17, 1929 near Jane Lew, WV, the son of Dale and Orva McWhorter [....]  Read More

Robert P. “Bob” Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Harrisville, WV passed away September 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born December 09, 1943 at Baltimore, MD, the son of the late Carrol Edmond and Delcie Dotson Jackson [ .... ]  Read More

Thelma L. Bartlett Dowler

The Free Press WV Age 92 of Parkersburg, WV passed away September 02, 2018 at the Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 08, 1925 in Calhoun County,WV a daughter of the late Charlie L. and Maggie (Marks) Price [....]  Read More

Shirley Ann Jones

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tumbling Run Road, Burnsville, WV (Gilmer County, WV) departed this life to be with her Lord and Savior on the morning of Tuesday, September04, 2018 at her daughters residence surrounded by her loving family. Born March 28, 1938 in Barbour County, WV; Shirley is the daughter of the late Howard L. and Susie E. Corbin Love [ .... ]  Read More

Dannie Ray Dobbins

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Burnsville, WV passed away at home on September 02, 2018. He was born at Upper Sleith on September 26, 1954 to the late Omer Richard and Elaine Tracey Dobbins [....]  Read More

Doreen G. Harney

The Free Press WVAge 50, of Greenwood, WV (Duckworth Road Community), departed this life on Sunday, September 02, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Doreen was born February 13, 1968 in Pompton Lakes, NJ the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Paul Venes and Marilyn (Hendrickson) Venes [ .... ]  Read More

Wilbur R. Marks

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Little Hocking, OH passed away Friday August 31, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 21, 1930 in Perkins, WV (Gilmer County, WV) a son of the late Richard and Lulu (Moore) Marks [ .... ]  Read More

Harold Frashure

The Free Press WVAge 98, of Linn, WV, passed away at 12:10 AM Friday morning, August 31, 2018 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by loving family. He was born in Poke Hollow, WV, on January 03, 1920 a son of the late Harvey Laken Frashure and Erenia Estella Floyd [ .... ]  Read More

Johnny Robert Simons

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Heaters, WV passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born at Bonnie, WV on April 25, 1927 to the late John Robert Simons and Lucy (Westfall) Simons [ .... ]  Read More

Phyllis Lucille (Freshour) Allen

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away August 29, 2018, in Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg. She was born January 11, 1941, in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Doyle and Sara Edna (Heffner) Freshour [....]  Read More

Linda Lewis (Cayton)

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Winchester Medical Center of Winchester, VA following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1954: daughter of the late Theodore Cayton and Norma (Allman) Cayton of Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Karen Suzann Short

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Gassaway, WV passed away on August 27, 2018. She was born March 12, 1956 in Lorain, Ohio, a daughter of the late Harold Baker and Deloris Jean Hacker Baker [ .... ]  Read More

William Ray Titchenell

The Free Press WVAge 77, of 714 Cliff Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, August 27, 2018 in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center of Clarksburg following an extended illness. He was born in Albright, WV on September 10, 1941;son of the late Walter Titchenell and Juanita (Marsh) Titchenell [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Gordon Bailey

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Tariff, West Virginia, passed away at his home on Monday, August 27, 2018. He was born July 03, 1926, in Milo, Calhoun County, West Virginia, the son of Joe R. and Stella Moss Bailey [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Edward (Ed) Fisher

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Cleveland, WV, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born April 21, 1952, in Braxton County,WV, a son of the late Orvin and Rella Fisher Hinkle [....]  Read More

Hayward Lee Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Cairo,WC passed away August 26, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg. He was born September 23, 1952 at Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Ralph P. and Gertrude Rollyson Wilson [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

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

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

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

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

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

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

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

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

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

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

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

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

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

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

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

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

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

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

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

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

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

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

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

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

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

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

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

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

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

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

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

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Accountability, you say?

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

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

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

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

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

By New Start on 08.22.2018

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

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

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

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

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

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

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

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

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

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

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

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

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

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

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

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

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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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