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Martin Luther King, Jr: A Dream of Hope

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  • A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.

  • A lie cannot live.

  • A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.

  • A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.

  • A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

  • A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.

  • A right delayed is a right denied.

  • A riot is at bottom the language of the unheard.

  • A riot is the language of the unheard.

  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

  • All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.

  • Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.

  • An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

  • An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

  • At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.

  • Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

  • Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.

  • Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

  • Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

  • Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

  • Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

  • He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

  • History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

  • Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

  • Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

  • I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

  • I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  • I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

  • I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.

  • I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

  • I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.

  • I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

  • I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

  • I submit that an individual who breaks the law that conscience tells him is unjust and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

  • I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

  • I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.

  • If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

  • If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.

  • If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

  • In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

  • It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.

  • It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.

  • It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.

  • Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?‘

  • Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?

  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

  • Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

  • Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

  • Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.

  • Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.

  • Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

  • Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

  • Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

  • One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society… shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.

  • One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

  • Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

  • Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.

  • Property is intended to serve life, and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect, it has no personal being. It is part of the earth man walks on. It is not man.

  • Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

  • Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

  • Seeing is not always believing.

  • Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

  • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  • That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

  • The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

  • The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?“ But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?“

  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

  • The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

  • The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.

  • The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

  • The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.

  • The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.

  • The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

  • The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.

  • The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be… The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

  • The sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.

  • The time is always right to do what is right.

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

  • The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.

  • There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.

  • There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.

  • To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

  • War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

  • Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

  • We are not makers of history. We are made by history.

  • We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

  • We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

  • We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.

  • We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.

  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

  • We must use time creatively.

  • We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.

  • We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.

  • We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

  • Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.

  • When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.

~~  Martin Luther King Jr.  ~~

Martin Luther King Jr.: We Are Killing the Dream‏

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people,
the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now-historic “I Have a Dream” speech which envisioned a world in which blacks and white would work together in harmony for the cause of freedom. Four years later, just prior to his assassination, King’s dream had expanded beyond issues of equality to encompass broader concerns about the destructiveness of war, poverty and materialism—and it is this dream that is not being realized today.

Just consider: Since 2001, more than $1 trillion has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the same time that taxpayer dollars are being used to fuel the war machine, 20% of children and 23% of the elderly live in poverty. A 2009 study estimates that 3.5 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of hunger in the U.S. And in terms of race relations and inequality, while we have made progress in some areas, we are severely deficient in others. For example, having a black president does not seem to have improved conditions for the majority of blacks in America. Black household income is roughly 61% of white household income, a five percent improvement from what it was in 1969. Although African-Americans account for only 12% of the population, they make up 44% of the nation’s prison population. Unlike the national unemployment average of 10%, joblessness among blacks is closer to 16% and a staggering 34.5% for young black men. And with the housing market tanking, some of the highest foreclosure rates have been in communities with large black populations.

Clearly, while those claiming to honor King’s legacy pay lip service to his life and the cause for which he died, they have done little to combat the evils about which King spoke and opposed so passionately. Instead, they’re busy bickering, sniping and trying to score political points off their adversaries. A prime example is the recent ruckus stirred up by Fox News host Glenn Beck’s decision to hold a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. In response to Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally, which is co-sponsored by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and will feature war hawk Sarah Palin, civil rights activist Al Sharpton and others are planning to unveil a four-story monument to King in conjunction with counter-marches and demonstrations to “reclaim the dream.”

It is telling that these disparate groups of people, both claiming to honor King, are attacking one another. Yet this is where both Beck and Sharpton seem to be missing the point: war rallies and monuments do little to honor King’s legacy. Indeed, those truly wanting to honor King’s memory would do better to take part in a peace march or go work in a soup kitchen. Or if you need inspiration from the man himself, read King’s “Silence Is Betrayal” speech, in which he directly attacked the war policy of the American government, especially in regards to the Vietnam War.

Delivered by King at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 04, 1967—exactly one year before he was assassinated—the speech was condemned by many black and white leaders, as well as major publications such as Time and the Washington Post. Although many of his prior supporters deserted him for his remarks, King was resolute in his convictions, and his stance and speech proved to be prophetic.

Forty-three years later, King’s remarks remain painfully relevant to American policies today. In fact, if you were to replace King’s references to the Vietnam War and communism with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and terrorism, you would find that very little has changed in the intervening years.

The following is an excerpt from this historic speech:

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.

I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

These are revolutionary times. All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression and out of the wombs of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born. The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are rising up as never before. “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” We in the West must support these revolutions. It is a sad fact that, because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries…. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft-misunderstood and misinterpreted concept—so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force—has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Moslem-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John:

Let us love one another; for love is God and everyone that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. If we love one another God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. As Arnold Toynbee says: “Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word.”

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on…” We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.

We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace in Vietnam and justice throughout the developing world—a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter—but beautiful—struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets? Or will there be another message, of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.

~~  By John W. Whitehead ~~

SLS Land & Energy Development expands drone fleet through acquisition

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Surveying and engineering firm SLS Land & Energy Development recently acquired Global Drone Surveying & Inspections, combining the existing drone fleets of the two companies.

SLS’ fleet now has five drones, according to a Thursday release from the firm.

“SLS and Global both possessed elite drone fleets capable of optical gas imaging, mapping, security and surveillance,” SLS President Sarah Smith said. “SLS has strong, regional relationships in the energy industry, and Global’s specialty was pipeline inspections. Joining forces made sense.”

Smith said companies are able to boost safety and efficiency for operations throughout the region by utilizing SLS’ drones.

For example, the camera and sensors on the drones can allow a company storing gas or liquid in tanks or transporting them in pipelines to spot leaks or cracks.

“It keeps workers and residents safe,” explained Joe Loudin, founder of Global and now project manager and certified drone pilot for SLS. “And it’s cost-effective. That’s because it prompts preventative maintenance and minimizes risks.”

SLS has offices in Charleston and Glenville, and Global Drone Surveying & Inspections was a Buckhannon-based company.

College Students Are Reminded to Protect Personal Information When Applying for Financial Aid

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds students with plans to attend college to safeguard their personal information as they apply for financial aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), necessary to qualify for financial aid, requires students to provide a vast quantity of personal information. Scammers recognize that reality and look for ways to take advantage of the situation.

“Scammers may take advantage of the personal information required to apply for financial aid,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “That’s why it is so important for students to protect themselves as they look to continue their education in hopes to advance learning and future career opportunities.”

Students should file their FAFSA application as soon as possible for states, colleges and scholarship programs that award aid on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To avoid compromising sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable data, applicants should verify the validity of the recipient, especially since scammers can use a fake seal and other tools to pose as a government official.

Students should never share their Federal Student Aid identification number. The FSA ID gives students access to Federal Student Aid’s online services and can serve as a legal signature.

Applicants also should not overlook the word “free.” While some agencies or companies may charge to fill out the required paperwork, applicants should remember they can do it themselves at no cost.

West Virginia students have until spring to apply for state aid. Specifically, the Promise Scholarship deadline expires March 1, and the state’s Higher Education Grant Program deadline expires April 15.

Students will need to use 2017 tax information to complete the 2019-20 form.

Every student, even those who think they may not qualify for federal grants, should apply. Many colleges and states use FAFSA forms to award other grants and scholarships.

Consumers with questions about a potential financial aid scam can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1.800.368.8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304.267.0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

Junior Elementary Named West Virginia Sustainable School

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The West Virginia Department of Education announced Junior Elementary School in Barbour County as the West Virginia Sustainable Schools Award (WVSS) for their green and healthy biking program for their students and families. In addition to being recognized as a Sustainable School, Junior Elementary School will receive a $5,000 grant to embark on healthy initiatives and are nominated for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-GRS).

“We are so proud of the students, teachers and administration at Junior Elementary School for embracing this green initiative,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “The recognition as a Sustainable Schools is well deserved, and I hope that the school community will continue to work together to expand their healthy programs.”

Junior Elementary School students, families, staff and school community will use the money from the grant to start a “green healthy biking” program. The school plans to purchase sets of bicycles for use by grades 2-3-4 and tricycles for grades PK-K-1, along with a set of 25 safety helmets. Arrangements have been made with a county business, Sports’N’Spokes, to provide safety training sessions for the children. The bikes will be used during recesses, physical education classes and 15-minute brain breaks during academic classes.

The WVSS award program is a recognition program for schools that exemplify a commitment to sustainable practices in the facilities and integrate those practices into the curriculum and community. The program recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates. The ED-GRS is an outreach initiative that helps to promote innovative school sustainability practices and resources and multi-agency, multi-sector collaborations at a variety of levels (federal, state, school).

Each year, all public and private schools in West Virginia are invited to apply for this state and national recognition.

Visit HERE for more details.

Nine Years Later, Watchdogs Watch for Reforms to Citizens United

Critics of the Citizens United court decision say it’s resulted in an explosion of dark money in the political system, possibly even from foreign sources. But some see hope in a new package of reforms just passed by the U.S. House.

The Supreme Court handed down the Citizens United decision nine years ago this month. Sheila Krumholz is executive director at the Center for Responsive Politics. She said she thinks the court didn’t realize how big an impact it would have to create a loophole for anonymous donors to fund and influence American political campaigns.

Krumholz said secret money can have long strings attached.

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Since Citizens United nine years ago, watchdogs say there has been
an “explosion” of anonymous, so-called “dark money” flooding into American politics.


“We can’t know if it comes from Russia or Saudi Arabia or China or from Nevada,” Krumholz said. “Troubling enough that corporate interests might hold such sway - or unions. But even more troubling is the notion that our sovereignty could be at risk.“

Citizens United lawyers argued donations are a form of free speech. Watchdogs cite the campaign finance reforms in the We The People Act, which just passed the House. Some say it includes needed tightening of the laws.

The new Democratic leadership in the House specifically chose the We The People Act as the first piece of legislation the body would take up and pass. It looks unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, and even less likely to receive the signature of President Donald Trump if it reaches his desk.

But Adam Smith, strategic partnership director with the group End Citizens United, said it’s a once-in-a-generation anti-corruption package - in part because of its campaign-finance rules.

“Things like requiring dark-money groups to disclose their donors, matching small donations with public funds, empowering those small donors,” Smith said. “And it also restructures the Federal Election Commission so that there’s really enforcement and accountability for people who break campaign-finance laws.“

The We The People Act also includes provisions to make it easier to vote and prevent voter suppression. And it tightens ethics rules for officeholders - requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns and forbidding members of Congress from serving on corporate boards.

Detailed, specific political spending records are available at OpenSecrets.org.

G-OpEd™: Next Steps for West Virginia Industrial Hemp

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It’s undeniable that West Virginia frequently lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to new ideas and innovative solutions. From healthy initiatives to education, West Virginia all too often scores low marks.

One agricultural initiative that West Virginia has been way ahead on is the development of industrial hemp. In 2002, the West Virginia Legislature tasked the West Virginia Department of Agriculture with setting up a program to support industrial hemp research. This program sat dormant until Congress, through the 2014 Farm Bill, allowed industrial hemp research pilot projects to be established under state departments of agriculture. West Virginia again showed foresight in 2017 when the Legislature expanded that pilot project to allow cultivation of industrial hemp for commercial purposes. Almost two years later, Washington D.C. followed suit and legalized hemp on a national scale through the 2018 Farm Bill.

When President Donald Trump signed the new Farm Bill, industrial hemp was separated from its cannabis cousin, marijuana, and therefore removed from the list of scheduled drugs. Now farmers can grow hemp like any other cash crop, transport it across state lines and use the plant in the processing of numerous products. The United States Department of Agriculture will, over the next several months, promulgate rules and regulations. From there, the public will have its say, and the agency will adjust. Once those rules are finalized, West Virginia will submit its plan to manage the state program, based on requirements laid out by the USDA. This process is no different for the numerous other programs the WVDA works in cooperation with USDA.

In the meantime, the WVDA and West Virginia’s industrial hemp program will be in a transition period. We will continue to operate under the current rules and regulations until the USDA establishes its new framework. The WVDA will work with our farmers to understand these changes as they come down from the federal government. Our goal is to ensure a smooth transition through an “educate before regulate” mentality. We want to grow this industry, not hinder it. It is clear our representatives in Washington support a robust industrial hemp industry in the United States, and they have entrusted state departments of agriculture to carry out their intentions.

What we can say for sure is there’s a lot of excitement around growing industrial hemp. The WVDA has seen a 300 percent increase in applications for the 2019 growing season. Our challenge will be to match this excitement with the resources for proper management. As of right now, the WVDA receives no state or federal support to manage the program. We lag behind states like Kentucky, which will collect upwards of $500,000 in fees to support four full-time employees. While we work with the Legislature to find ways to bring in more resources, we know we cannot operate this program on the $9,000 in fees we collect.

We have numerous challenges ahead, but if we work together, West Virginia can tap into this new market. We need support from Governor Jim Justice and our West Virginia Legislature as we work through this process. We need to work with law enforcement to ensure illegal drugs are not being grown alongside legal crops. Farmers will have to understand how to comply with laws while formulating best practices. As the regulatory agency, the WVDA will need to provide more support to our farmers in the early years, as this industry gets off the ground.

My staff and I stand ready to help our farmers take advantage of this new agricultural frontier. Our promise to them is we will work with our federal partners and the Legislature on this and other projects to bring economic diversity to the state. Failure is not an option. We must succeed or continue to fall behind.

~~  Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture ~~

Early Payment of SNAP Benefits

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As a result of the partial federal government shutdown, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families will issue an early release of February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to eligible clients. 

The release of benefits will be on January 20, 2019.
“It’s important to note that SNAP recipients will not receive additional SNAP benefits in February,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families.  “We urge families to budget as necessary for the month of February since this payment will come earlier than usual.”
DHHR county offices remain open and all appointments and interviews will follow regular schedule during the partial federal government shutdown. 

DHHR will continue to accept and process SNAP applications, redeterminations, and contact forms.

SNAP eligibility and verification requirements are unchanged. 

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability  on  01.18.2019

The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

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Glenville State College to Present Honorary Degrees to Bluegrass Pioneers

Officials at Glenville State College are planning a special recognition ceremony to honor several outstanding bluegrass music masters.

On Friday, February 10 GSC will present honorary doctorates to Mac Wiseman, Bobby and Sonny Osborne, Buddy Griffin, Jesse McReynolds, and Jim McReynolds who will be recognized posthumously.

The hooding ceremony will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Mac Wiseman


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Bobby and Sonny Osborne


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Buddy Griffin


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Jesse and Jim McReynolds


In late 2018, GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Bluegrass Music Program Director Dr. Megan Darby traveled to Nashville to hand-deliver letters announcing the honor to several of the musicians and their families.

“The first generation of bluegrass masters have left such a legacy for us to study, and it was an honor to be given the opportunity to hand deliver the invitations to participate,” said Darby. “The most powerful thing for me about bluegrass music is that I have memories of watching and sharing the stage with many of these pioneers. Our students still have an opportunity to meet and learn from this amazing generation.”

“Honorary doctorates are among the highest accolades that an institution can bestow upon individuals. We need to take the time to properly honor those who have done outstanding things for society and the greater good. These degree presentations are Glenville State’s way of showing our gratitude to these bluegrass masters for all they’ve done for the genre and, by extension, our former and current bluegrass students,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

The event will take place at the Ford Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame beginning at noon on February 01.

For more information, contact Darby at 304.462.6355.

Grants Available For Christian Youth

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announces the availability of grants from the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth.

This fund provides support for Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance in order to attend or participate in Christian service-related events. 

Grants may be made, for example, for attendance at Christian camps or for participation in educational events or church or community service activities.

Applicants should note that persons or groups assisted through this fund generally shall only be eligible every fifth year following receipt of support.

The application period is open now through June 01, 2019.

Applications must be submitted through a church or a sponsoring nonprofit organization. 

Applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply, or by contacting the Foundation by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing ‘info@pacfwv.com’.


About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

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

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before March 18, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Robert Lee Woodford II Crystal Woodford 5799 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
David B. Pierce Claudette L. Pierce 6778 US Hwy 33W
Glenville, WV 26351
Rose A. Ball James W. Ball 607 East Valley Drive
Glenville, WV 26351
Geraldine McGough Werder Callum McGough 4089 Cobia Street
Pennsacola, FL 32507
Buddie R. Cain Sherri Greenlief 2163 Tanner School Road
Big Springs, WV 26137


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : January 17, 2019

Analysis: Business Property-Tax Cut Wouldn’t Bring Jobs

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The governor and legislative leaders again are considering repealing the personal property tax for businesses.

But according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, it’s unlikely to bring job growth.

Last year, lawmakers looked at ending that tax on inventory, machinery and equipment.

Sean O’Leary, a senior policy analyst the center, says most states tax either inventory, or machinery and equipment, or both.

He says comparisons have found no real connection to growth no matter what states do.

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The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy found no link between
states that do not tax companies’ inventory,
machinery or equipment and faster job growth.


“Since the end of the recession, there’s no real clear link between states that have this tax, states that don’t have this tax, and growth rates,” he points out. “And states that have neither of the taxes have actually grown less than the states that have both.“

Leaders at the Legislature say repealing the tax would get more businesses to locate in the state.

But O’Leary says the tax is just a “fraction of a fraction” of a company’s costs – not nearly enough to change anyone’s mind.

He says West Virginia is “fairly middle of the road” in the way it structures these taxes.

The state has a very low property tax rate overall.

O’Leary says part of that is because it applies the tax to a broad range of things.

He says states that do not tax inventory, machinery or equipment have to make up the income by raising other kinds of property taxes.

“So their land and buildings are getting taxed at a much higher rate than they are in West Virginia,” he explains. “So the savings that they would have doesn’t really add up to anything.“

Supporters say eliminating the tax would cost the state about $140 million a year, once it’s fully in place.

O’Leary says the real total price tag would be more than $300 million a year, with much of the cost landing first on county school systems.

He notes the state would have to reimburse the schools for the lost revenue, and that strong public education is much more likely to boost employment.

Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has recognized January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with multiple training events as part of his office’s continued effort to eradicate the growing criminal industry.

Human trafficking is defined as commercial sex or labor that is induced by force, fraud or coercion. It is considered the second largest criminal industry in the world today, second only to drug trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Human trafficking is a crime that victimizes men, women and children of all ages,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “West Virginia is particularly vulnerable due to the opioid epidemic, poverty and a large number of children in foster care. Awareness and prevention are vital, and the goal is to educate people in their communities.”

The Attorney General’s Office kicked off National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with a training session Jan. 4 for medical personnel at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg. Staff were educated about signs of human trafficking and the proper avenues to take when reporting suspected cases.

Another training session will be offered at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Heritage Baptist Church in Pinch. Similar events are set later in the month for school personnel in Braxton County and cadets at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Since 2017, the Attorney General’s Office has offered the training to numerous groups including medical professionals, school personnel, social workers, law enforcement and communities. The ultimate goal is to establish greater awareness and increase overall reporting of the issue throughout the state.

Anyone who suspects someone may have been forced into human trafficking, should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888.373.7888 and contact local law enforcement.

MOUNTAINEER FOOD BANK ANNOUNCES FEDERAL SHUTDOWN FOOD ASSISTANCE

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The Mountaineer Food Bank announced that it will offer Federal Shutdown Food Assistance services. Federal Employees, federally contracted workers and their families that are missing paychecks due to the federal shutdown and are in need of food will be eligible.

Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank commented, “I’ve had several discussions with federal agencies here in West Virginia where supervisors are expressing concerns for their employees who are now without a paycheck. The agencies where seeking information on what Mountaineer Food Bank can do to assist with the unpredicted need.” After this conversation, Morrison decided that Mountaineer Food Bank would develop a plan to provide these individuals and their families with supplemental food to help with the burden of their current distress.

“Children and families need to eat, and while West Virginia is bridging the gap for now, we need the president and Congress to work together to fund the federal government and end this uncertainty.

Mountaineer Food Bank will be hosting two Veterans Table food box distributions this coming week and we are welcoming any federal employees and/or federally contracted workers to participate in these distributions. In addition, if any federal employee or contract worker that is not able to attend these distributions, they are welcome to visit Mountaineer Food Bank facility in Gassaway WV (484 Enterprise Drive, Gassaway WV 26624) for assistance. For more information contact Mountaineer Food Bank @ 304-364-5518.

A Federal ID or proof of contracted work will be required.

The following is a list of distribution dates, locations and times:

Beckley VA Medical Center: 200 Veterans Ave, Beckley, WV 25801 - Thursday January 17, 2019 10am-12pm

Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center (Clarksburg) : 1 Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301 Friday January 18, 2019 10am-12pm


About Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c) (3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 400 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.

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The Free Press WVNever make dry or overcooked salmon by using a multicooker [ .... ]  Read More

CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO

The Free Press WVMake a hearty chicken and sausage gumbo without all the work [ .... ]  Read More

CRISPY BAKED COD

The Free Press WVLow and slow is the way to go when making this fish dish [ .... ]  Read More

TABBOULEH

The Free Press WVKey tips on how to avoid making your tabbouleh salad soggy [ .... ]  Read More

SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH TOMATO SAUCE

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FOOLPROOF POACHED CHICKEN BREASTS

The Free Press WVFor foolproof poached chicken, turn to sous vide cooking [ .... ]  Read More

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

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BANANA BREAD

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ASIAN CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

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EGGPLANT WITH GARLIC AND BASIL SAUCE

The Free Press WVThe melt-in-your mouth consistency of eggplant shines here [ .... ]  Read More

GREEK-STYLE SHRIMP WITH TOMATOES AND FETA

The Free Press WVConsidering shrimp for dinner? Check out this Greek recipe [ .... ]  Read More

SIMPLE COUSCOUS

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Opinions

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Silicon Valley Investors, This Should Worry You

The Free Press WVOp-ed: The Bezos divorce surely won’t be the last. Time to disclose pre-nups?  [ .... ]  Read More

Adjust

The Free Press WV”They’ll make adjustments. They always do.” So said Donald Trump when a reporter asked him about the millions of people directly affected by his shutdown [ .... ]  Read More

Crisis

The Free Press WVDonald Trump is a lousy teleprompter reader. His fake crisis speech from the Oval Office was clearly the product of his handlers telling him in no uncertain terms [ .... ]  Read More

Today’s Germany is the best Germany the world has seen

The Free Press WV In one of contemporary history’s intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor’s dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar’s dutiful daughter [ .... ]  Read More

The Danger Within: Border Patrol Is Turning America Into a Constitution-Free Zone

The Free Press WV “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”— William Pitt [ .... ]  Read More

Do We Really Need Billionaires?

The Free Press WV According to numerous reports, the world’s billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Coldest Day Yet for 2019

The Free Press WV A few days ago, it was 60 degrees and this morning we got up to 23 and a wind chill of 13 [ .... ]  Read More

Happy New Year from Kim Jong-un

The Free Press WV Kim Jong-un looked quite cosmopolitan on January 01 as he made his annual New Year’s address to the nation from the comfort of a paneled office, wearing a spiffy Western-style suit and apparently speaking from a teleprompter [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV One of my lovely nieces posted the following on Facebook and it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes [ .... ]  Read More

Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon

The Free Press WV It is official. On the first of the year, Jair Bolsonaro, was inaugurated as the 38th President of Brazil. One of his first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act [ .... ]  Read More

PC Culture’s Class Blindspot

The Free Press WV In a lecture at the Heartland Festival last year, the Slovenian social philosopher Slavoj Zizek pointed out that proponents of political correctness (PC) often do not bring poor and working-class white people under their mantle of protection [ .... ]  Read More

A loose cannon for peace?

The Free Press WV Circle the wagons! Apparently what’s under assault is war itself, or so the Establishment believes, in the wake of the shocking announcement by the president that he plans to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in Syria and 7,000, or half, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan [ .... ]  Read More

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

The Free Press WV Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018:  [ .... ]  Read More

Beware the Emergency State: Imperial, Unaccountable and Unconstitutional

The Free Press WV For seven decades we have been yielding our most basic liberties to a secretive, unaccountable emergency state – a vast but increasingly misdirected complex of national security institutions, reflexes, and beliefs that so define our present world that we forget that there was ever a different America [ .... ]  Read More

Martin O’Malley: I’m Not Running in 2020. Here’s Who Should

The Free Press WVFormer Maryland governor endorses Beto O’Rourke   [ .... ]  Read More

THE WEST VIRGINIA CENTURY FARM PROGRAM

The Free Press WVHONORING WEST VIRGINIA’S FARM FAMILIES AND THE ENDURING SPIRIT OF AGRICULTURE [ .... ]  Read More

Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas announces rare birds displayed

The Free Press WVTwo rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo [ .... ]  Read More

WVDA Soliciting Vendors for Winter Blues Farmers Market

The Free Press WV The market will take place Saturday, February 16, 1-5 PM at the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center.  [ .... ]  Read More

How to See the World for Free (or Almost Free)

The Free Press WVCouch surfing, home exchanges, and housesitting are some novel options   [ .... ]  Read More

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

The Free Press WVAirlineRatings.com reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s first Mountaineer Heritage Season is January 10-13

The Free Press WV Big game hunters in West Virginia will have the opportunity to take part in the state’s first Mountaineer Heritage Season this week, which runs Thursday through Sunday, January 10-13 [ .... ]  Read More

Consequence of the Shutdown: Poop Problems

The Free Press WVSome parts of Yosemite have had to close down due to human feces, urine   [ .... ]  Read More

New Kind of Snake Found in Bizarre Place

The Free Press WVInside another snake   [ .... ]  Read More

WVDA Announces 2019 Grants for Spay/Neuter Services

The Free Press WV This is the second year in a ten-year funding cycle [ .... ]  Read More

A New Awareness for West Virginia Agriculture

The Free Press WV Kent A. Leonhardt - West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture [ .... ]  Read More

Grisly Discovery Made in Waters off New Zealand

The Free Press WVSix seals were decapitated   [ .... ]  Read More

WV Commissioner of Agriculture Announces 2019 Legislative Priorities

The Free Press WVThe most significant initiatives are the re-passage of two bills vetoed in 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Land in 7 WV counties acquired for wildlife management efforts

The Free Press WV The DNR also recently acquired 12,440 acres in four counties for preservation efforts [ .... ]  Read More

Dolly Sods roads to close January 01

The Free Press WVThe gates will be reopened in mid April depending on snow conditions [ .... ]  Read More

Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers

The Free Press WVA $20 gift certificate will be issued for each useable otter carcass turned in [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Report: Favorite Flip Phone Making a Comeback

The Free Press WVNew Motorola Razr will sell for $1.5K, reports ‘WSJ’  [ .... ]  Read More

Sunday’s ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon’ 2nd to Last of Century

The Free Press WVThe last of the 21st century will come in 2037   [ .... ]  Read More

Most Users Don’t Know How Facebook Ads Work

The Free Press WV 74 percent don’t know that Facebook records their interests for ad-targeting purposes [ .... ]  Read More

Mobile Carriers: We’ll Stop Selling User Location Data

The Free Press WVInvestigation that revealed how wireless customers’ phone locations were sold to bounty hunters [ .... ]  Read More

Microbe Mutations on Space Station Aren’t Dangerous

The Free Press WVBacteria stowed away aboard the International Space Station hasn’t started a terrifying plague — yet [ .... ]  Read More

Google’s Digital Assistant Now Translates Conversations

The Free Press WVIt’s speaking your language [ .... ]  Read More

These May Be the 3 Deadliest Months in Human History

The Free Press WVIn terms of people killed by their fellow man   [ .... ]  Read More

Another Setback for Ocean Cleanup Device

The Free Press WVRepairs and upgrades are on tap [ .... ]  Read More

How Apple Got Into Trouble in China

The Free Press WVFor one thing, it may have underestimated what local rivals were up to   [ .... ]  Read More

Our Milky Way Is Headed Toward a Violent ‘Merger’

The Free Press WVBut we’ve got about 2 billion years to prepare   [ .... ]  Read More

New Kind of Snake Found in Bizarre Place

The Free Press WVInside another snake   [ .... ]  Read More

Professor names beetle species after ‘Game of Thrones’

The Free Press WVA Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin book series “A Song of Ice and Fire”  [ .... ]  Read More

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

The Free Press WVWe may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos [ .... ]  Read More

Permanent Ice Crater Found in Our Solar System

The Free Press WVSkating, anyone?  [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists’ Quest: Making Chickens Happy

The Free Press WVStudy in Canada may result in better living conditions, even if only briefly [ .... ]  Read More

Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Avis Arlene Conrad

The Free Press WV Or Lady as she was known by most, 80, of 2059 Oil Creek Road, Orlando, WV, went home to be reunited with her parents Cleve Conrad and Isa (Allen) Conrad, son Bobby Conrad and wife Becky (Williams) Conrad and grandson Josh Conrad on January 18, 2019 at her residence with her family at her side. She was born on December 28, 1938 in Napier, WV [....]  Read More

Nelda Gay (Pratt) Hall

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Belpre, OH passed away January 18, 2019 at home. Nelda was born on December 14, 1928 in West Union, WV and was the daughter of the late John T. and Talitha E. Baker Pratt [ .... ]  Read More

Ozella D. Smith

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Roanoke, WV, and formerly of Pickens, WV, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019, at her home. She was born on April 12, 1923, a daughter of the late Arnold and Della M. Vogel Metzner [ .... ]  Read More

Diana Mae Lamb

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Weston, WV passed away gently into the arms of the Lord in the comfort of her own home surrounded by loving family on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. She was born on August 17, 1954 in Weston, WV a daughter of the Velma Jean Skinner of Weston and the late Lawrence Lee Taylor [ .... ]  Read More

Mary L. Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin, WV. Born August 23, 1935, in Charleston, WV; she was a daughter of the John R. and Lessie B. Ranson Gillespie [....]  Read More

Beulah “Ann” Anadale Alderman

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV returned to Heaven on January 15, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ann was born in Weston, WV on May 13, 1937 to the late Ada Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Charles E. Raynor

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Duck, WV passed away January 16, 2019. He was born August 27, 1940 in Maryland [....]  Read More

Thomas E. Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 31, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV. He was born January 09, 1955 in Buckhannon, WV, a son of the late Dacel Carl and Saral O. (Carder) Robinson [....]  Read More

Jason Lee Moore

The Free Press WV Age 35 of Carol Stream, IL. Beloved husband of Kariann Tesch. Devoted and caring father of Raistlin Moore, age 12, and Kiera Hope Moore, 5 months. Loving son of Terry and Susie Moore of Normantown, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Herbert Frank Bean

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Horner, WV, peacefully passed away January 15, 2019 while at home, surrounded by loving family and in the compassionate care of WV Hospice. He was born in Weston, WV to the late Sherman and Flora Butcher Bean on July 09, 1931 [ .... ]  Read More

Carol Elaine Jeffries

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. She was born in Marion County, WV on October 21, 1937: daughter of the late Laco J. Lambert and Maxine M. (Moran) Lambert [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Eugene Gregg

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Petroleum WV passed away January 08, 2019, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born January 11, 1940 at Berea WV, the son of the late T. Nile Gregg and the late Gail Gump [....]  Read More

Pamela Lee Barnes

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Ellenboro, WV, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Pam was born March 20, 1951 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Everett and Olive (Hiley) Freeland [....]  Read More

Everett Lee Wears

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Port Clinton, OH, passed away, Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, OH, surrounded by his loving family. Everett was born on February 25, 1923 in Orma WV (Calhoun County, WV), the son of Lona and Emma (Wilson) Wears [ .... ]  Read More

Patty Jane (Ratliff) Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Turkey Fork Road, Sand Fork, WV; went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on August 13, 1937 in Sutton, WV; daughter of the late Dasiel Ratliff [....]  Read More

Leota “Marlene” Tenney

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with her loving husband on Monday, January 14, 2019 at her home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice following an extended illness. She was born February 7, 1947 in Buckhannon, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Leota Margaret Rowan Holden [ .... ]  Read More

Marshall Eric Thompson

The Free Press WV After an extended illness on Saturday January 05,2019. Marshall Eric Thompson, (Pap) age 60, of Turkey Fork, Gilmer County WV, departed this life to begin “his journey to eternal life and enlightenment”  [....]  Read More

Robert Lee Garrison

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Arnold Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness. He was born in Concord, KY on July 03, 1949: son of the late Albert W. Garrison and Rosa Bell (Leek) Garrison [....]  Read More

Joseph Franklin Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in United Health Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on February 01, 1936: son of the late Clarence Riffle and Icie (Sprouse) Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Karla Jo Houser

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Harrisville, WV, departed peacefully, January 13, 2019 at her residence. She was born June 11, 1955 at West Union, WV, the daughter of the late Edward Murl “Red” Fox and Ivalillie Lang Fox Potts [ .... ]  Read More

Freda Mae Parsons

The Free Press WVAge78 of Gandeeville, WV passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Ravenswood Village Nursing Home following an extended illness. Born on June 16, 1940 in Harmony, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Thomas Jefferson Luzader

The Free Press WVAge 98 of 33 Gateway Lane,Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday January 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM; at Genesis Health Care Center following an extended illness. Tommy was born September 12, 1920 in Glenville WV.  He was the son of the late Raymond and Melva Danley Luzader [ .... ]  Read More

John Herman Rose

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Chloe, WV passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV. He was born April 23, 1942 in Bridgton, NJ, a son of the late Le and Elsie Burgess Rose [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Frashure

The Free Press WVAge 60 of Sheridan Street, Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly on the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 21, 1958 in Weston, WV; daughter of the late Leo and Lizia Radcliff Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Wavolene Keener

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Flatwoods, WV passed away January 11, 2019 at Anstead Center, Anstead, WV. She was born September 13, 1949 in Gassaway, WV, a daughter to the late Edgar and Nettie Carr Mitchell [....]  Read More

Ernest D. “Ernie” Jones

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. Ernie was born February 20, 1934 in Washburn, WV, a son of the late Manuel and Elsia (Mason) Jones [....]  Read More

Buddie Ross Cain

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tanner, WV; got the ultimate healing from his cancer on Wednesday evening, January 09, 2019 at the Miletree Center Nursing Facility in Spencer, WV; following a short battle with cancer. He was born December 05, 1938 in Tanner, WV; son of the late Hartzel and Glenda G. Ferguson Cain [ .... ]  Read More

Maureen Agnes McPherson

The Free Press WVPeacefully and without reservation, Maureen Agnes McPherson walked into the arms of her loved ones in heaven, on Thursday, January 10th, 2019. Maureen was born to the late Thomas Rooney, of England and Leta Brown, of Hettie, WV on March 29th, 1947 [ .... ]  Read More

Mike Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on January 09, 2019 at the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Grantsville, WV on May 31, 1962, and was the son of the late Don Miller and Greta Hope Johnson Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Lawrence W. Nutt

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away January 10, 2019 at his residence. He was born on September 09, 1936 in Ritchie County, WV and was the son of the late Anthony and Monna Washburn Nutt [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on January 09, 2019 at her home. She was born in Roane County, WV on April 18, 1930, a daughter of the late Raymond and Nancy Holcomb Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away on January 10, 2019 surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin. She was born August 23, 1935 in Charleston, WV to the late John R. and Lessie B. (Ranson) Gillespie [....]  Read More

Paul H. Evans

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born February 23, 1936, in Smithville, WV, the son of the late Romeo and Alice Hawkins Evans [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Belle Kipe

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Grantsville, WV passed away peacefully early January 07, 2019 at Worthington Healthcare Center in Parkersburg. She was born February 28, 1936 to Austen and Elva (Pickens) Himes in Harrison County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Basil Alltop

The Free Press WVAge 86 of Cox’s Mills, WV; departed this life peacefully on the morning of Thursday, January 03, 2019 at his home with his loving wife Elise by his side. He was born May 11, 1932 in Gilmer County, WV; son of the late Dorsey and Stacy McHenry Alltop [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard “Bernie” Eugene Posey

The Free Press WVAge 64 of Jane Lew, WV, passed away January 06, 2019, in Clarksburg, WV. Bernie was born on February 09, 1954 in Lewis County, WV to the late James Oliver and Clara Jane Burkhammer Posey [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Eugene Lake

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Horner, WV passed away on January 05, 2019 in the comfort of his own home. Bob blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents, Opal Delores Randolph Lake Pickens of Weston and the late Lawrence Gayne Lake, when he was born in Weston, WV on November 04, 1958 [ .... ]  Read More

Esther Alice Murphy

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Glenville, WV passed away on January 01, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following a lengthy illness. Esther was born on December 26, 1928 in Glenville, WV to Ira and Jesse (nee Kelley) Murphy [ .... ]  Read More

Wanema Pritt

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Vienna, WV passed away December 22, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility. She was born on November 30, 1932 in Glenville, WV and was the daughter of the late Audie and Winnie Jones Davidson [....]  Read More

David Allen Cunningham

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Smithville, WV, went home to be with the Lord Friday, December 28, 2018 [....]  Read More

Edmund Dayton Reaser

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Frametown, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at his home. He was born at Cedarville, Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Paul Monroe Reaser and Alva Ava Reaser [ .... ]  Read More

Greyson Kai Reed

The Free Press WV Infant son of Amanda Dawn Reed, of Weston, WV passed away Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Calvin Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Grantsville, WV passed away on January 03, 2019 at his home. He was born in Grantsville, WV on April 14, 1940, a son of the late Clark Odell and Ada Dell Hayhurst Johnson [....]  Read More

Julie Lynne Allison

The Free Press WVPassed away at home on December 26, 2018 in Ripley, WV. She was born May 07, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA [ .... ]  Read More

Paris Foster Parsons

The Free Press WV Age 99, of Spencer, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at Miletree Center, Spencer, WV. He was born March 29, 1919 at White Oak, Calhoun County, WV. He was the son of the late Cary Benton and Ethel Boggs Parsons [....]  Read More

David Lee Tomblin

The Free Press WV Age 53, of Pennsboro, WV;  went to be with his Lord and Savior at 8:21 PM; Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Miami Valley South Hospital ER in Dayton, Ohio following a short illness. He was born November 10, 1965 in Weston, WV; son of the late Eustace Monroe (November 15, 2014) and Ruth Collins ( November 27, 2014) Tomblin [....]  Read More

Doris Ann Travis

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Jane Lew, WV passed away January 03, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born October 11, 1938 in Weston, WV to the late Paul and Marie Joy Highland Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Lou Peninegar Simonton

The Free Press WVAge 73, went to be with the Lord on January 02, 2019. She was born on December 18, 1945 in Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edward and Betty (Games) Peninegar [ .... ]  Read More

Anna Mae Bean

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jackson’s Mill, WV, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2018, at Bellaire at Devonshire Assisted Living Center in Scott Depot, WV. She was the daughter of the late Francis A. Brumley and Edna Mae (McClung) Brumley [ .... ]  Read More

Pauline E. (Pyne) Richards

The Free Press WV83 years old, passed away on Tuesday January 01, 2019 after an extended illness. Pauline was born June 28, 1935 at Zenith, WV. She was the daughter of the late William W. Pyne and Manerva Cole Pyne [ .... ]  Read More

Joanne Katherine (deValadares) Bell

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Burnsville, WV passed away Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV with husband and children by her side. She was born in Toronto Ontario, Canada on June 12, 1954. Proceeding her in death were brothers Terry and Norman deValadares [ .... ]  Read More

Doyle Bradley “Brad” Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Arnold Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at his son’s residence in Fairmont following an 8 month illness. He was born in Morgantown, WV on June 26, 1937: son of Lazure Estell and Elizabeth (Lott) Estell [ .... ]  Read More

Orda Ray Gumm

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Grantsville, WV passed away on January 01, 2019. He was born July 07, 1936, in Ritchie County, WV,  a son of the late OC and Wanda Frederick Gumm [....]  Read More

Arthur “Cap” Paul CapoBianco Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Horner, WV passed away January 01, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 26, 1947 a son of the late Arthur Paul and Catherine Wilmot CapoBianco [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Lane Marsh

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Napier, WV passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born November 30, 1946 in Sutton, WV to the late Ray Marsh and Lola Jane (Hardman) Marsh [....]  Read More

Lois Louise Corder

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born June 21, 1931, in Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Eli Hugh and Iona Kidd Ours [ .... ]  Read More

Cora Elizabeth Winans

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Alum Fork Road Camden, WV passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness. She was born in Upshur County, WV on January 14, 1944: daughter of the late Elles Thomas Cogar and Vesta Alice Houghton Cogar [....]  Read More

Margaret “Ruth” Hacker

The Free Press WVAugust 29, 1940 – December 29, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise (Maxwell) Cox

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Clarksburg, WV; formerly of West Union, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 28, 2018 at United Hospital Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born at home in Doddridge County, WV on October 30, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles S. (Tudy) and Louisa Jane (Husk) Maxwell [ .... ]  Read More

Mabel Irene Currey

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 29, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care. She was born November 22, 2018 at Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late Lester H. and Bertha Cain Morgan [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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