Foodland Stores in Craigsville, Glenville, and Grantsville Under New Ownership

Waco Foods keeps grocery chain locally owned and operated

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The Craigsville, Glenville, and Grantsville Foodland grocery stores have been acquired by Waco Foods, LLC., a company locally owned and operated by the Morris family of Glenville. The stores will remain under the Foodland banner.

I.L. (Ike) Morris has dedicated his life to improving his hometown of Glenville and surrounding communities. He is known throughout the state of West Virginia and is now proud to become part of the Foodland family, with other members of the LLC being his son, Doug and daughter, Shelly Morris DeMarino, all residents of Glenville. Ike is best known for his successful Glenville-based oil and gas company, Waco Oil & Gas Co., Inc. created in 1975. The Morris family are community-minded philanthropists who are loyal supporters of Glenville State College, numerous charitable and youth organizations and exhibit a love for West Virginia.

“For over 60 years, Foodland has worked to keep our community strong and vibrant,” said Ike Morris, managing partner of Waco Foods. “We are excited to become part of the Foodland family and work with our dedicated employees to serve our local neighborhood by providing our valued customers with service, convenience, and quality products at competitive prices.”

The Waco Foods Foodland stores remain committed to working with local vendors and merchants and the new ownership have recently improved the weekly circulars and in-store offers, and are committed to providing a welcoming environment for customers.

About Foodland

Foodland is a group of independently owned and operated grocery stores where the owners and staff are members of the local community, focused on the needs of customers close to home. For more information about Foodland, visit

Glenville State Teams with Pierpont Community and Technical College

On Thursday, April 19 Glenville State College and Pierpont Community and Technical College announced that they are teaming to make it easier for students to move seamlessly from the completion of a two-year program to earning a bachelor’s degree.

As a part of the agreement, Pierpont students who successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science program in Business Management, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, Criminal Justice, or Health Sciences with a GPA of 2.0 or better will be guaranteed admission into a complementary Glenville State bachelor’s program. Additionally, those Pierpont students will receive a one time, one semester $500 scholarship for their first full time semester at GSC.

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At the Articulation Agreement signing (l-r) seated: Michael Waide (Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pierpont Community & Technical College) and Dr. Tracy Pellett (President at Glenville State College); standing: Kenneth Lang (Chair, GSC Department of Criminal Justice), Amy Cunningham (Assistant Dean, Pierpont School of Health Careers), Robert ‘Denny’ Mills (Interim Dean, Pierpont School of Workforce), Cheryl McKinney (Chair, GSC Department of Business), David Beighley (Interim Dean, Pierpont School of Human Services), Kari Coffindaffer (Assistant Dean, Pierpont School of Business, Aviation, & Technology), and Dr. Gary Morris (Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, GSC)

“This landmark agreement sets the stage for many more opportunities for our institutions to team together on initiatives and programs that are relevant and connected to the business needs of our region. I expect very great things to transpire between us,” stated Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

“Pierpont Community & Technical College is excited about this landmark affiliation and relationship with our sister baccalaureate institute Glenville State. As north central West Virginia’s community college - as Glenville State’s neighboring community college - we are excited to educate and train the students and workers of north central WV, preparing them for entry-level employment and workforce readiness. This partnership with Glenville State allows our students the possibility to further their education, which will just create more opportunities for them,” says Michael Waide, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pierpont Community & Technical College. Waide continues, “At Pierpont, we are excited to expand upon the foundation of this relationship and explore more ways in which we can academically connect our students to Glenville State.”

“The agreements that have been signed between our two institutions articulate six pathways for Pierpont Community and Technical College graduates to seamlessly continue onto a four year degree at Glenville State College. This is a wonderful opportunity for both institutions, as Pierpont students, once graduated, will become members of the Glenville State College community. We definitely consider this a win for Central West Virginia,” said GSC Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Morris.

For more information about the programs offered, contact the Pierpont Office of Student Services at 855.297.0999 or the Glenville State College Registrar’s Office at 304.462.4117.


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EARLY VOTING started WEDNESDAY and here are a few things you need to know:

1. It’s easy to vote during the Early Voting period, you can vote on your own schedule and the dates go from April 25 to May 5! That includes two Saturdays that you can make it to vote in this year’s Primary Election!

2. Call your County Clerk to find your polling place! The link can be found by clicking here.

3. Voter ID laws have changed, but don’t worry it’s simple. You can take either photo I.D. or non photo I.D. or you can take a friend to vouch for you. See below for a list of options and choose what is easiest for you!

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Rosie the Riveter Bell to be dedicated in Glenville

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The dedication ceremony for Glenville’s West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Bell will be held on Saturday, April 28, at the Glenville City Square at 12:30 p.m.

This project was undertaken 10 months ago. An antique bell was donated by Rosie Ruby Coberly. A fund-raising campaign has netted $6,000 for the installation and accompanying celebration. The project was spearheaded by the Coberly family and heavily supported by the City of Glenville, the Gilmer County Economical Development Association, and many individuals with ties to Rosies of their own. (“Rosies” are the women who left their homes to work in defense plants nationwide in the 1940s. They allowed the United States to win WWII.)

The public event in the Square will be preceded by a Luncheon for attending Rosies at CornerStone Café where each will receive a rose corsage. At 12:30 p.m. they move to the Glenville City Square for a ceremony commending their WWII sacrifice and labor with the installation of a permanent steel bell and plaque. Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick and Girl Scout Troop #32394 will begin the service, Rosies who worked in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland will speak of their wartime experience and officials will offer tributes.

Legislative tributes will come from State Senator Sue Cline, Delegate Brent Boggs, and representatives from U.S. Senator Shelly Moore Capito, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin and State Senators Douglas Facemire and Michael Romano. Featured speaker Dr. Robin Payne of Fairmont State University, who will speak of the legacy of the Rosies.

Fifteen West Virginia Rosies from north, south, east and west of Glenville are expected to attend. In addition to seeing their names in raised bronze letters on the accompanying plaque, the Rosies will receive certificates and other gifts from the project – a commemorative etched glass bell, a fleece lap robe, and a personalized scrapbook with memories of the day.

Festivities will conclude with live Swing Music provided by the 24-member Glenville State College Jazz Band under the direction of Professor Jason Barr.

Jeanette Riffle: Winter An Unwelcome Guest

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Winter has worn it’s welcome out and we will be glad when it packs up and goes home. I was reading a column in the Charleston Gazette, Saturday, that I could relate to and it inspired me to write a few things. My flowers bloom and get nipped overnight. We have had the air conditioning on and the furnace heat, all in one day, and I could go on and on, but April is almost over and we can look forward to May and the May flowers. I was reading about ramps and camping trips. My dad went to the mountains to dig ramps but we never went on any camping trips when I was growing up. The ramps he brought home seemed stronger than the ones I’ve encountered here since we retired and came back to the farm. I remember Mom complaining that when she fried ramps, it stunk the whole house up.  Even the curtains had to be washed. Maybe they were older, more mature ramps. The ones I found frozen in their deep freeze, after we came back, looked more like greens. The little white bulbs at the ends weren’t as big as my little finger nails and I fixed my parents a good country meal one day when I was over there cleaning house for them. I did the quick soak with pinto beans and cooked them up   boiled some buttered potatoes, made cornbread, fried some pork, and fried what I thought was greens.  Later, when we were at the table and passing the dishes of food around, Dad said, “Sis, do you know what that is?”  He was referring to the bowl of greens. I saw his mischievous grin and I replied, “By, the way you are acting, I’d say they must be ramps,” and he started laughing. I told them that they didn’t look like the ramps I remembered, and I asked them where they got those tiny ramps. Mom said that some neighbors had brought them in there and she cleaned them up and froze them. They were mild, so I went ahead and ate them with my meal. I didn’t eat ramps when I was growing up but these tasted good.  I loved the wild greens that Mom would pick in the spring. I guess the young tender ramps are milder and look like greens.

Well, we are still training in a pup, but he is learning to mind better than he did. He knows his boundaries now and stops short of getting shocked with the invisible fence. When his collar beeps and warns him, he abruptly puts on the brakes and doesn’t go any farther. That border collie/lab mix is a highly intelligent dog but sure is hard headed. He is comical though with walking around on hind legs to catch snowflakes and he likes to catch grass flying to the side of the mower. When he walks on hind legs, it looks like he is dancing.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

WVDA to Begin Aerial Spraying for Gypsy Moth

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will begin aerial treatment for gypsy moth in early May. The spraying will occur across approximately 5,298 acres within Grant, Hardy, Nicholas and Pendleton counties. The goal is to reduce impacts of the gypsy moth in West Virginia’s forested lands. The WVDA proposed to treat these acres under the WVDA Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) suppression program.

“The gypsy moth is the most serious forest pest currently in West Virginia. This is a non-native, invasive insect that feeds on over 300 species of trees and shrubs, including West Virginia hardwoods,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Defoliation by gypsy moth caterpillars can kill trees or weaken them substantially, making them more susceptible to other pests and diseases.”
Landowners in the CSCL Program have signed a contract, paid a deposit and share the final cost with the WVDA to complete treatment for their gypsy moth problem. Landowners then select the spray material to be used on their property. The spray materials offered for 2018 are Foray 48B (Btk) or Mimic (Tebufenozide). Egg mass densities on non-residential forested lands must contain 500 egg masses per acre or higher to qualify for treatment.
“This treatment program is a safeguard to one of our most important natural resources. Homeowners, as well as our timber and tourism industries, benefit from this program,” Leonhardt said. “Without control measures, our water quality, recreation experiences, wildlife habitat and timber production could all be negatively impacted.”
WVDA officials caution against the transport of firewood into or out of the state. Owners of RVs and campers are asked to thoroughly inspect and wash their equipment before moving it.
If there are any concerns, please contact Quentin “Butch” Sayers, Assistant Director or G. Scott Hoffman, GMCS Coordinator at 304-788-1066 or via e-mail to .
The adjoining map shows the general location of the proposed treatment areas.

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GSC Biology Student Receives Award at WV Academy of Science Meeting

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Glenville State College senior biology major Scott Wentz was recently recognized as the Outstanding Science Poster Presenter at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the West Virginia Academy of Science. The meeting was held on April 07 at WV Wesleyan College.

“Being recognized in a discipline that I truly enjoy makes me even more motivated to work toward more data in our research and shows the potential of Glenville’s science program,” said Wentz. His research poster focused on a systematic approach to elucidate the evolutionary relationships of Diastema.

Diastema is a genus of flowering plant found in Central and South America. This particular genus has not been the focus of adequate research; currently, there are only twenty described species. Wentz used molecular and morphological techniques to delineate species and separate Diastema from Pseudodiastema. “I have been working on this project for three semesters. My favorite part is the molecular biology portion such as polymerase chain reaction. The most challenging part is working with a plant that has very little information and that only a few people have ever worked with,” he added.

Wentz says that he has always had an interest in science and, particularly, biology. “After learning new laboratory techniques and basic principles of biology, I have been able to apply a wide array of techniques to my research from computer imaging software for leaf morphology to amplifying DNA,” he said.

His research was conducted with the assistance of Dr. Jeremy Keene, an Assistant Professor of Biology at GSC. “Dr. Keene and all of the science faculty are great resources who are all very knowledgeable. It’s great to have such a well-rounded team when working on a difficult project like this research. Dr. Keene is very experienced in this area and he is great about preparing you for questions and presentations. It is nice to have a research advisor that is approachable but also makes you put in the hard work so that the student truly understands the material,” Wentz said.

“Scott has worked hard for three semesters to understand the differences in Diastema. His attention to detail and understanding of the genus has definitely paid off,” said Keene.

“I am proud of the way GSC was represented at the WV Academy of Science Annual Meeting. I’m glad to see that Scott is participating in undergraduate research, and doing so very successfully I might add. Outstanding faculty mentorship and unique research opportunities are hallmarks of GSC’s Science and Math Department. These opportunities help our students further their education and prepares them to transition to a career or graduate school after they graduate from Glenville State College,” said GSC’s Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Morris.

When he isn’t presenting research or studying, Wentz is President and founder of the GSC Bio-Chem Club, Treasurer for the Student Government Association, a Resident Assistant, and Peer Mentor. The Beverly, West Virginia native is the son of Gene and Rosemary Wentz.

After graduation he plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Master’s Degree in biomedical science.

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It seems like students just went back to school for the fall and now we’re only weeks away from high school and college graduation.  I appreciate the honor of presenting the Promise Scholarships at Braxton County High School to one of the largest Promise classes since the Legislature enacted the program in 2002.  I also want to thank the presenters of all the numerous private and college scholarships awarded and for the generosity of the donors, estates, civic groups and organizations that provide funds.

College and post-secondary education is an expensive investment, but one that pays dividends for a lifetime.  Every scholarship dollar awarded is one less dollar that must be repaid through student loans.  Most of all, congratulations to the student recipients, as these important financial awards attest to your diligent and accomplished academic work and talents throughout the years.

During monthly interim legislative meetings, the Joint Committee on Government and Finance - the overseeing committees of the Legislature during the period between sessions - members of the committee receive monthly reports, pose questions and make requests for information from the entire spectrum of state agencies, boards and commissions.  As a Joint Committee member for many years, I’ve intervened years ago to ensure that a monthly Medicaid report is submitted with an added special section on the Medicaid waiver programs.  I’ve been especially vocal with DHHR on the issue of long wait lists for in-home care for the aged and disabled and the equally important IDD waiver program.  Both these programs receive a 3 to 1 Federal-State match, so every dollar we contribute on the State level draws down approximately three Federal dollars.  That’s a great return on investment.

Both programs have had extensive waiting lists for services and I’ve been pushing for many years to reduce and hopefully eliminate the wait lists.  I’m pleased that these efforts are beginning to pay dividends, as the A/D waiver program is down to slightly more than 100 waiting for services.  While this is still not acceptable, it’s much improved from more than two thousand persons waiting a few years ago.  I credit the increased legislative and public pressure and the media reporting.  I believe it has motivated DHHR.

The IDD waiver has a much larger waiting list.  However, DHHR officials are planning to add an additional fifty slots to serve new recipients.  Again, this is good news.  However, I still want to see some solid results as the new fiscal year begins in July.

Also, the Dept. of Revenue was somewhat vague on what the revenue numbers for April may hold.  The March key indicators came in under estimates with only three months remaining in the fiscal year.  Revenue officials keep comparing this year’s numbers to last year.  While they have improved in most areas from a year ago, they still lag substantially from the levels we need for sustained growth.

Finally, the interim meetings also brought to light more embarrassing news about actions by some members of our West Virginia Supreme Court.  A legislative audit was made public that uncovered several “perks” were used by some justices that were both inappropriate and possibly unethical.  These involved using rental cars on trips beyond the intended purpose while traveling and the use of a state vehicle to commute from home to work at the expense of taxpayers.  From my understanding, both of these situations have income tax implications to the recipients.  One justice has already corrected the situation.

When taken with the prior bad news regarding excessive spending on remodeled offices, missing heirloom furniture and the $37,000 couch, it is no wonder that the constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in November to place the judicial budget under the oversight of the Legislature is gaining positive momentum for approval.  West Virginia is one of only a few states that allows the judicial branch to submit their budget and prohibits the Legislature from reining in their spending.  Even Congress has control of the U.S. Supreme Court budget request.  This seems to be a logical way to restore some needed checks and balances.

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

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

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

Fortune magazine places West Virginia teachers on ‘Greatest Leaders’ list

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Fortune magazine released its annual list of “the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” on Thursday, which included political figures, business leaders and West Virginia teachers.

Educators from the Mountain State took the 31st spot in the rankings for their work during the statewide work stoppage earlier this year, which led to actions in other states such as Arizona and Kentucky.

“For years, it has been universally acknowledged that American public school teachers are woefully underpaid — and considered a given that it has to be that way,” the publication wrote. “Late last year, thousands of West Virginia teachers rose up and said, ‘Enough,’ mobilizing on Facebook and defying their union to strike for fairer pay and higher standards.”

Schools statewide were closed for nine days as teachers and service personnel demanded better pay and benefits. The byproduct of the action was a 5 percent raise for all public employees and a task force dedicated to finding a solution for rising insurance costs for these workers.

“The Students” took the top spot on the list, with the publication noting the work of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School regarding gun violence.

Justice issues executive order expediting permitting process, continuing regulatory reforme

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Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order as a part of his continuing efforts to enact regulatory reform in West Virginia.

The executive order provides for an expedited process for all permits including:

  • Permitting for all projects. 
  • Prioritization of permits for projects of critical economic concern. 
  • Requiring executive state agencies to file written reports to the permit applicant, executive director of the state Development Office, and Governor, explaining inaction on completed permit applications for projects of critical economic concern.
  • Establishing an annual reporting requirement from the Development Office to the Governor and Legislature explaining whether the program is operating successfully.

“West Virginia has consistently been ranked at or near the bottom amongst all states for our regulatory environment by publications such as Forbes and CNBC. This is an area where we need to improve,” said Gov. Justice. “Like our President, Donald J. Trump, I have been very focused on regulatory reform and will aggressively continue those efforts in our state.”
Earlier this year the Governor signed two executive orders establishing a regulatory moratorium and regulatory review. Along with the passage of Senate bills 350 and 522, these actions all address over-regulation in West Virginia.
As a direct result of Gov. Justices’ recent regulatory reform efforts over 1,360 rules in the WV Code of State Rules have been repealed.​

View the Executive Order HERE

Glenville State College Lowers Tuition for 2018-19 Academic Year

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Glenville State College has taken another step to make college more affordable for students and families in the Mountain State and beyond. For the second consecutive academic year, GSC has lowered its cost of tuition. On Thursday, April 19 GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett announced that the institution would lower tuition by 0.5% in addition to a number of other measures designed to help students save money.

In addition to the tuition savings, Pellett also announced that GSC will hold the line on both room and board rates, assuring that students do not pay anything more than this past academic year. The school has also examined all institutional course fees and plans to lower or eliminate around 50% of them. To save students money in book costs, they are moving forward with a plan to convert the campus bookstore to an online operation. This reorganization should allow students to realize about 30% in savings on textbook costs.

Making these bold steps is unorthodox in higher education, Pellett admits. He says that Glenville State knows how vitally important it is as an institution of higher education in central West Virginia and, because of that, GSC owes it to students to be mindful of their bottom line. “First, you have to have the will to do it – that you’re going to take savings and reinvest it back into students,” he said. “Secondly, becoming more efficient and becoming smarter in how we are operating as an entity saves the institution hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our goal is to become the best higher education value in the state of West Virginia.”

In addition to the initiatives for fall 2018, GSC is also offering a 25% reduction in the summer, 2018 tuition rate. Along with tuition, students who plan to live in the residence halls over the summer will see a 25% reduction in their housing fees. Registration is now open for those summer courses.

For more information about enrolling at GSC, contact the Office of Admissions at or call 800.924.2010.

2018 West Virginia Envirothon winners announced and scholarships awarded

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The Ravenswood Future Farmers of America team won first place and a $5,000 scholarship Friday to share at the 2018 West Virginia Envirothon at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County.

Team members Katlyne Rollyson, Teresa Riffle, Tiffany Miihlbach, Gabriela Martinez and Fiona Lane took the prize in a tight competition with the second place Mineral County team, whose members will share a $3,750 scholarship.

Jefferson Agriscience (with a $2,500 scholarship) finished in third place, while the Eco Defenders team ($1,750) from Morgan County finished fourth, and the Moorefield High School team came in fifth ($1,250 scholarship).

The West Virginia Envirothon competition gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it. The event was held April 19-20.

Teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 explored the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic, range land management.

Top teams at each station took home $500 station awards, shared among the team advisor and team members. Ravenswood and Mineral County split four of the five station awards. Ravenswood won the current environment topic and the wildlife station awards. Mineral

County’s team won the soils and the aquatics station awards. The Jefferson Agriscience team won the forestry station award.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee awarded $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $200,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams were tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon was held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams participated from Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts

For 1st time, state law will require voter ID checks in West Virginia May primary

Poll workers across West Virginia are being schooled on West Virginia’s new voter ID law as part of their training ahead of the May 08 primary election while educational materials are also being rolled to potential voters.

“Our clerks have really taken the ball and rolled with it,” said Donald “Deak” Kersey, elections director and deputy counsel for the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

“They understand the rules. They’re getting their people trained.”

The latest poll worker training videos from the Secretary of State’s Office include one focused on what are and what are not acceptable forms of ID for voters under a new state law that took effect on January 01.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include the following:

– West Virginia driver’s license or other West Virginia ID card issued by the DMV
– Driver’s license issued by another state
– U.S. passport or passport card
– Military ID card issued by the U.S.
– U.S. or West Virginia government employee ID card
– Student ID card
– A concealed carry permit

Acceptable forms of non-photo identification include the following:

– Voter registration card
– Medicare card or Social Security card
– Birth certificate
– West Virginia hunting or fishing license
– West Virginia SNAP ID card
– West Virginia TANF program ID card
– West Virginia Medicaid ID card
– Bank or debit card
– Utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election
– Health insurance card issued to the voter

ID is required on Election Day and during the early voting period and all identification must be valid and not expired.

There are three exceptions to the voter ID requirement.

1) A provided signed, sworn statement by an adult who has known the voter for six months or more which has to be signed at the polling place confirming the voter’s identity.

2) A poll worker has known the voter for at least six months.

3) Residents of licensed West Virginia state care facilities do not have to show ID to vote if the voter is a resident of a facility being used as a polling place and that is the person’s poll location.

In addition to the training of poll workers, informational cards detailing the requirements of the new voter ID law are also being distributed through groups that include the four recognized political parties, NAACP and ACLU along with veteran, senior and other organizations.

“We’ve given these education cards to those agencies and they’re mailing them out with their regular correspondence with their constituents. They’re putting them on social media. We have Braille cards that were produced by Disability Rights of West Virginia,” Kersey said.

“We have a lot of people helping us get the word out here.”

Kersey is optimistic there will be few problems due to the new voter ID law on Election Day.

“We’ve had several smaller elections leading up this Primary Election throughout the state, some municipals, a county levy election during which the voter ID law was already in effect and we didn’t hear any horror stories,” he said.

“We’re very hopeful that those earlier elections are a good indication that our state knows about it (the new law) or at least that the voters who show up that don’t know about it will have one of these many forms (of ID) already on them.”

Voter registration, registration updates or registration verifications are available at your local county clerk’s office or online HERE.

Early voting ahead of Election Day begins on Wednesday, April 25.

G-Op-Ed™: Early Voting Provides Extended Opportunity to Participate in Primary Election

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West Virginia is just a couple of weeks away from our May 8th Primary Election. This is an exciting time for nearly 1,000 candidates from all parties and from all over the state seeking to serve their friends and neighbors in elected offices.

As the state’s chief elections officer, I want to encourage every registered voter to participate in the upcoming Primary Election. My staff, our 55 county clerks, their employees, and more than 9,000 poll workers are prepared to offer every voter a safe and secure election process.

Voter registration for those wanting to participate in the May 8th Primary Election has closed. Of those citizens registered to vote, more than 13,700 will be high schools students who are eligible to vote for the very first time.

Elections are exciting times for the candidates and their supporters. And it is an important time for our municipalities, counties and state. Participating in the election of our representatives is a guarantee protected by the United States Constitution. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard officers have fought to protect our democracy and the bedrock principle of the right of every citizen to vote.

Every vote counts! Right here in West Virginia there are dozens of examples where an election is decided by just one vote. And over the years there have been hundreds of elections decided by less than ten votes. Your vote really is your voice – and I want to hear all of you in the upcoming election.

Early voting provides an extended opportunity for West Virginia’s registered voters to participate in our election process. Early voting begins on Wednesday, April 25th and lasts until May 5th.

Every county has at least one location designated for those wanting to vote early. Some counties are also offering satellite locations where you can vote. Call your county clerk to be sure.

Finally, despite our attempts to make sure that all elections are conducted with the highest level of integrity, there will be those who try to cheat. My staff and our clerks have worked very hard to prevent anyone from attempting to break the law. As you know, my legal team and our investigators have already prosecuted those who try to cheat and we will continue to do so.

So I want to encourage everyone that if you “See Something, Say Something!“ We have a toll free number to report any wrongdoing as it relates to our elections. Please call 1.877.FRAUD-WV to report any activity that doesn’t seem right or that breaks the law.

Mac Warner
West Virginia Secretary of State

WVU Extension Service specialist fuels monarch conservation efforts

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The future of West Virginia’s state butterfly, the monarch, is in danger. Populations have declined so much that it is at risk of being placed on the endangered species list — a move that could have regulatory and economic impacts for the state.

According to West Virginia University Extension Service Wildlife Specialist Sheldon Owen, most experts estimate that the Eastern population of monarchs has declined by 90 percent over the last 20 years. Not only does that mean there’s less of this distinctively beautiful insect, but it also means that another pollinator and one of nature’s most notable educational models is at risk.

However, West Virginia has started paving a path for the monarch’s comeback story, and it starts with agricultural producers, West Virginia’s landowners, and a weed — milkweed to be exact.

“Historically, the milkweed has sometimes been viewed as a nuisance for property owners and farmers around the state, but it’s a bit of double-edged sword in that milkweed is also the only plant monarch caterpillars feed on,” Owen said. “By making small changes in conservation practices, such as leaving milkweed patches or planting milkweed in marginal areas with native flowers, monarch caterpillars can thrive. Then when they metamorphose into butterflies, they will travel from patch to patch to take in nectar that fuels their migration.”

While small changes like this can be impactful, Owen helped organize the state’s inaugural West Virginia Monarch Summit in early March at WVU Jackson’s Mill. The meeting started the wheels turning in creating a realistic monarch conservation plan with key members from West Virginia’s industries, state and federal agencies and interest groups. Together they discussed and identified existing conservation efforts, while providing a venue for ideas and solutions that could benefit the monarch moving forward without adversely impacting agriculture or other industry.

“The Summit was a huge success — we brought together stakeholders who can promote conservation and increase the habitat for not only monarchs, but all our native pollinators,” Owen said. “We saw what was already in place and then identified areas where we all can improve to truly make a difference.”

Owen noted that while this was the first comprehensive meeting, many surrounding states are also working on the problem. By working closely with those states in the future, he hopes to see a total resurgence in monarch populations through broad awareness and conservation.

“The monarch’s migration is really one of the more amazing stories in nature, and these butterflies can cover thousands of miles,” said Owen. “So it’s not only a West Virginia problem, but we can certainly take proactive steps and help lead and shape the efforts to save this butterfly.”

No conservation effort is too small. Owen added that home gardeners can contribute by planting small patches of milkweed and native flowers like purple coneflower, giant sunflower and mountain mint.

“Every little bit helps in a situation this serious,” he said.

The WVU Extension Service provides educational opportunities to local communities through offices in all 55 West Virginia counties. WVU Extension Service’s programs are accomplished in partnership with individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and governmental organizations statewide and throughout the nation.

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WVWC Crowns Spring Sing King and Queen/Announces Greek Week Winners

The Free Press WVThe first place sorority winner was Alpha Gamma Delta, and the first place fraternity winner was Kappa Alpha [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia taking entries for quilt show through Friday

The Free Press WV People who want to enter the 2018 West Virginia Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition have a few more days to do so [ .... ]  Read More

WVWC Concert Band to Present Spring Concert

The Free Press WV The Concert Band at West Virginia Wesleyan College will present its spring concert, “Heaven and Earth,” on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.  [ .... ]  Read More

WV Teacher Received the Remaing Donations accepted through a GoFundMe Page

The Free Press WVOrganizers with WV Teacher Strike Fund distribute more than $330,000 to school employees [ .... ]  Read More

Richwood’s 80th Feast of the Ramson set for Saturday

The Free Press WVThe annual Richwood tradition of the “Feast of the Ramson” will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Cherry River Elementary School [ .... ]  Read More

Imagination Library Successfully Transitions to West Virginia Department of Education

The Free Press WV West Virginia’s Imagination Library program successfully transitioned to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) this week, making it the first of several programs to shift as a result of HB 4006, which dissolved the Department of Education and the Arts [ .... ]  Read More

Emrick Awarded Top Honors by NATA ICSM

The Free Press WVRae Emrick ’95, assistant professor of athletic training at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was recently awarded District III Head D2 Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (NATA ICSM)  [ .... ]  Read More

FERC approves pipe yards for Atlantic Coast Pipeline project

The Free Press WV The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Dominion Energy approval Thursday to construct pipe yards in both Upshur County, West Virginia and Halifax County, North Carolina, in anticipation of the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline [ .... ]  Read More

big WV pipeline projects Construction Kicks Off

The Free Press WV Two major natural gas pipelines originating in West Virginia are moving forward with construction activities after focusing on cutting trees through the winter months [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Libraries Celebrate National Library Week April 08-14

The Free Press WV April 08-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions [ .... ]  Read More

Parkersburg’s Sarah Sisson Named WVWC Newman Civic Fellow 2018

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Two arrested in connection with Roane break-in

The Free Press WVA man wanted in connection with a January break-in in Roane County is now in custody, along with a woman accused of helping him hide out afterward [ .... ]  Read More

Suits Over Marcellus Property Taxes Could Clobber Schools, Counties

The Free Press WV A pair of cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court over gas well property taxes could be “devastating” to local governments and schools [ .... ]  Read More

drug ring Charges in Lewis County

The Free Press WVSeventeen individuals of Lewis, Upshur and Marion counties are facing drug-related charges following several months of investigations in Lewis County [ .... ]  Read More

WVWC to hold Two-Day Lincoln Conversations Event

The Free Press WV West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Department of History, the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, and the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library are proud to co-sponsor the first “Conversations on Lincoln” to be held over two days [ .... ]  Read More

Mines owned by Governor Justice missed safety technology cutoff

The Free Press WVTwo mines owned by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice were among three across the state that missed the deadline for installing life-saving technology to prevent miners from being crushed by machinery in underground coal mines [ .... ]  Read More

Chemical not found in treated water in West Virginia, Ohio

The Free Press WV The Environmental Protection Agency says a little-studied chemical compound has not been found in treated drinking water that came from contaminated wells in Ohio and West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Selected to Participate in the National Governors Association’s Public Health Emerge

The Free Press WV The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health is one of six states selected to participate in the National Governors Association (NGA) workshop to further strengthen public health emergency preparedness and response efforts [ .... ]  Read More

DNR announces Archery in the Schools State Tournament winners

The Free Press WV Each participant shot 30 arrows, 15 from 10 meters and 15 from 15 meters, with a maximum score of 300 [ .... ]  Read More

Manchin Builds Fundraising Lead in West Virginia Senate Race

The Free Press WV Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has built a significant fundraising chest in his bid for a second full six-year term, far outpacing West Virginia Republicans hoping to defeat him this fall [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia man’s ramp business smells like success

The Free Press WV It’s not quite like Christmas. But come April every year, Bucky Dorsey’s local post office handles an awful lot of extra shipments — and a whole lot of stink [ .... ]  Read More

Governor Justice Issues 3rd Order Targeting Regulation

The Free Press WV West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued a third executive order targeting state regulations [ .... ]  Read More

Oil and gas company challenges West Virginia’s Flat-Rate Statute

The Free Press WV According to the complaint, the plaintiff operates more than 5,000 wells in West Virginia and roughly 1,700 of them are subject to flat-rate leases [ .... ]  Read More

Woman whose daughter disappeared found guilty of murder

The Free Press WV A woman whose 3-year-old daughter went missing in 2011 in West Virginia has been convicted of murder and other charges [ .... ]  Read More

Defense up next in Lunsford trial

The Free Press WVThe trial of Lena Lunsford resumes Monday morning in Lewis County Circuit Court with the defense scheduled to present its case [ .... ]  Read More

LGBTQ teens start tradition with state’s 1st ‘rainbow’ prom

The Free Press WV For many teens the prom is the epitome of their high school experience [ .... ]  Read More

WV Miners Propose State Black Lung Program to Avoid Issues in Fed System

The Free Press WV A group of miners has put forward a plan for a state black lung program. It would solve problems in the federal system they say now stop miners from getting benefits [ .... ]  Read More

Most West Virginia community colleges to hike fees

The Free Press WV All but one of West Virginia’s public community and technical colleges are planning to increase tuition and fees for associate’s degrees [ .... ]  Read More

Locations Picked for Hearings on Insurance Funding Solution

The Free Press WV A task force subcommittee has chosen 22 locations across West Virginia to hold public hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees [ .... ]  Read More

Prison time turns West Virginia man from addict to counselor

The Free Press WV While a lifetime of bad decisions and mistakes can lead some down a path to self-destruction, Bill Dickey found himself crawling right back up that road late in life [ .... ]  Read More



62,307 ‘Ticking Time Bombs’ Are on U.S. Roads

The Free Press WVThat’s how many older Hondas are still driving around with potentially deadly airbags   [ .... ]  Read More

Thousands of girls joining boys as Cub Scouts

The Free Press WVTen-year-old twins Tatum and Ian Weir aren’t about to let matching, minor injuries deter them from their goal of becoming the first sister-brother pair of Eagle Scouts [ .... ]  Read More

Cops Try Unlocking Phone With Dead Man’s Finger

The Free Press WVThe move sparks debate about ‘ghoulish component’  [ .... ]  Read More

Penn State: Outdoors Too Risky for Outdoors Club

The Free Press WV98-year-old group is banned from leading expeditions   [ .... ]  Read More

Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent

The Free Press WV U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and other similar complaints [ .... ]  Read More

Revenge Porn Law Ruled Unconstitutional

The Free Press WV Meanwhile, the first lawsuit has been filed under New York’s similar law   [ .... ]  Read More

Free Apple on Delta Flight Costs Woman $500

The Free Press WVCrystal Tadlock plans to fight it in court   [ .... ]  Read More

The Price of Environmental Damage Is Quickly Adding Up

The Free Press WVBack when magazines were physical things you could hold in your hand and stack in piles [ .... ]  Read More

Poll: Amid strikes, Americans back teacher raises

The Free Press WV Americans overwhelmingly believe teachers don’t make enough money, and half say they’d support paying higher taxes to give educators a raise [ .... ]  Read More

Mom: Preschool Language Ban Is ‘Ridiculous’

The Free Press WVChristine Hartwell is pulling out her little girl   [ .... ]  Read More

CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors’ pay

The Free Press WV The new head of the nation’s top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed [ .... ]  Read More

Postal Worker Allegedly Hoarded 17K Pieces of Mail

The Free Press WV Aleksey Germash says he delivered the ‘important’ stuff   [ .... ]  Read More

Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

The Free Press WVEnvironmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Fall by Record Amount

The Free Press WVA new report shows prescriptions of opioids in 2017 saw the largest decline in 25 years, falling in every state [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

The Free Press WVBarbara Bush was remembered as the “first lady of the greatest generation” during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled the church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family [ .... ]  Read More

Judge seeks update on raids of Trump’s personal lawyer

The Free Press WV A New York judge wants more information from prosecutors and lawyers for President Donald Trump and personal attorney Michael Cohen to help speedily analyze materials seized from Cohen [ .... ]  Read More

Republicans Punish Memphis for Removing Confederate Statues

The Free Press WVForrest was a general in the confederacy, a slave owner and a leader in the Ku Klux Klan [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Gets ‘Denuclearization’ All Wrong in Tweet

The Free Press WVJust a little fumble of the fingers?  [ .... ]  Read More

After Parkland, NRA Donations Poured In

The Free Press WV Group’s political arm broke 15-year fundraising record in March   [ .... ]  Read More

Conway to CNN Host: ‘No, No, No, No, No’

The Free Press WV But exchange over gender gets a little confusing   [ .... ]  Read More

Rosenstein puts aside Russia probe to argue at Supreme Court

The Free Press WVDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laid aside the stress of one part of his job Monday to put himself in a different kind of pressure cooker: an argument at the Supreme Court [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. won’t ease sanctions without action by NKorea on nuke

The Free Press WV The White House said Monday North Korea won’t get sanctions relief until it takes “concrete action” toward denuclearization, the goal of President Donald Trump’s planned summit with Kim Jong Un [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

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

‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’

The Free Press WV New book by Amy Chozick chronicles Hillary Clinton’s campaign   [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s No-Show at Latin America Summit Teaches Lesson

The Free Press WVThis is a good reminder that every action has a reaction [ .... ]  Read More

Have A Minute?‏

The Gilmer Free PressSenator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians [ .... ]  Read More

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressGeorge, we salute you for your lifetime of service and thank you for your tireless advocacy on behalf of our veterans. I can’t thank of anyone more deserving of this honor [ .... ]  Read More

DNC Sues Russia While Comey Memos Prompt ‘Hooker’ Buzz

The Free Press WV The Democratic National Committee on Friday sued Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging a conspiracy to skew 2016 presidential election results [ .... ]  Read More

White House Investigates Pruitt’s $43K Phone Booth

The Free Press WV39 senators call for EPA chief to step down   [ .... ]  Read More

NYT Backs Up Reporter After Trump Fires Up Tweetstorm

The Free Press WVTrump tweets, deletes, then retweets attack on Maggie Haberman after Michael Cohen story   [ .... ]  Read More


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Macron urges U.S. to reject isolationism

The Free Press WVFrench President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to reject fear and isolationism [ .... ]  Read More

Justices say foreign business can’t be sued under 1700s law

The Free Press WV The Supreme Court said Tuesday that foreign businesses cannot be sued in U.S. courts by foreign victims of human rights abuses and extremist attacks [ .... ]  Read More

Castro Out: Cuban Government Selects New Leader

The Free Press WVInside the country’s vote for a new president   [ .... ]  Read More

Kim Jong Un tests Trump with latest nuke offer

The Free Press WV North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally broken his silence on what he plans to bring to the table during his summits with the South Korean and U.S. presidents, and it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with tossing out his hard-won nuclear arsenal [ .... ]  Read More

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

The Free Press WVRaul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro’s place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031 [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. easing rules on sales of armed drones, other weaponry

The Free Press WV The Trump administration moved Thursday to make it easier for U.S. defense contractors to sell armed drones and other conventional weapons to foreign governments [ .... ]  Read More

Sister of ‘Nut Rage’ Exec Has ‘Water Rage’ Incident

The Free Press WVEmily Cho of Korean Air apologizes after outburst at meeting   [ .... ]  Read More

They Experimented on Live POWs. Now, Names Released

The Free Press WVMembers of Japan’s Unit 731 conducted germ warfare experiments during WWII   [ .... ]  Read More

Massive Rescue Operation Finds Headless Doll

The Free Press WVPasser-by thought it was a corpse   [ .... ]  Read More

Film Icon Kidnapped by North Korea Dies

The Free Press WVChoi Eun-hee later shared recording in which Kim Jong Il apologized   [ .... ]  Read More

Radio Pundit Openly Weeps Over Syria Airstrikes

The Free Press WVPundits are calling the latest airstrike in Syria everything from “a restrained operation” to a risky move that could throw the US into “a cycle of escalation” in the Syrian conflict [ .... ]  Read More

A Terrible Loss, Then Something ‘Sweet’

The Free Press WV Boy born from surrogate in China after parents died in car crash four years earlier   [ .... ]  Read More

Zoo Drops 500 Lizards in Liquid Nitrogen

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The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

‘60 Minutes’ exposes deaths of 2,400 sheep in August 2017   [ .... ]  Read More

Putin Issues Dire Warning After West’s Syria Strike

The Free Press WV Russia’s president called the bombing an ‘illegal action’  [ .... ]  Read More

Report Sheds Unflattering Light on Hannity’s $90M Investment

The Free Press WVThe Fox News personality’s real estate dealings are being questioned   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Disobedience’

McAdams, Weisz give searing turns in ‘Disobedience’  [ .... ]  Read More

One of Most Unpopular SCOTUS Rulings Now a Movie

Susette Kelo’s story turned into a movie starring Catherine Keener   [ .... ]  Read More

Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty Has Pretty Good Bow

The Free Press WV But surprise horror winner ‘A Quiet Place’ regains No. 1   [ .... ]  Read More

Sinead Made the Song Famous. Now, Prince’s Studio Version

Previously unseen 1984 video of Prince performing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is making the rounds   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’

The prank-loving cops of ‘Super Troopers’ return [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘I Feel Pretty

Amy Schumer tackles body image, and it’s complicate [ .... ]  Read More

What It Was Like to Make the Best Episode of The Office

Inside ‘The Dinner Party’ 10 years after it first aired   [ .... ]  Read More

SNL Milks Surprise Cameos

Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller stop by in ‘Meet the Parents’ send-up   [ .... ]  Read More

A Non-Actor Wows Critics in The Rider

Brady Jandreau, director Chloé Zhao getting high praise   [ .... ]  Read More

Rampage Pummels Past A Quiet Place to Box Office No.1

The Free Press WVThe Dwayne Johnson flick just barely beat out the John Krasinski thriller   [ .... ]  Read More

Netflix Gives Cannes Film Festival the Cold Shoulder

The Free Press WVThe streaming giant has a bone to pick with the prestigious film festival   [ .... ]  Read More

Molly Ringwald on John Hughes Films: a ‘Glaring Blind Spot’

The Free Press WVActress ties the #MeToo movement to the movies she made with late director [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Rampage’

Johnson survives the rubble that is ‘Rampage’  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘A Quiet Place’

Krasinski’s ‘A Quiet Place’ is intoxicatingly creepy [ .... ]  Read More




Best, Worst Entry-Level Jobs

The Free Press WV New survey ranks entry-level positions, from engineering to welding   [ .... ]  Read More

Quarterly Data Series on Business Employment Dynamics

The Free Press WVGross job losses 7.4 million and gross job gains 7.3 million in the 3rd quarter of 2017   [....]  Read More

42% of Americans Face Nightmare Retirement

The Free Press WV People say they just don’t have money to save   [ .... ]  Read More

Sears Might Sell Off an Iconic Brand

The Free Press WVCEO offers to buy Kenmore through his hedge fund   [ .... ]  Read More

Amazon Just Shared a Secret Number

The Free Press WV Jeff Bezos reveals number of Prime subscribers   [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. brands suffer collateral damage in Chinese corporate war

The Free Press WVIt was looking like a banner year for business in China. The U.S. clothing company was expecting a 20 percent jump in online sales on Alibaba’s Tmall, thanks to the e-commerce giant’s massive reach [ .... ]  Read More

Wall Street’s Watchdog Doesn’t Believe the Women

The Free Press WVEstablished to keep Wall Street titans honest, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has a spotty #MeToo record [ .... ]  Read More

DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

The Free Press WV The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to stop consumers from easily switching wireless carriers [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 04.20.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.5% Weekly Gain, Led by Energy, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary; Consumer Staples Weigh [ .... ]  Read More

State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

The Free Press WVMarch jobless rates down in 4 states, up in 1; payroll jobs up in 2 states   [....]  Read More

Gross Domestic Product by Industry, 4th quarter and annual 2017

The Free Press WVDurable goods manufacturing; construction; and professional, scientific, and technical services were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 [....]  Read More

How a Supreme Court case could affect your online purchases

The Free Press WV Do businesses have to collect sales tax on purchases made on the internet? The answer right now is: It depends [ .... ]  Read More

Optimism among builders slides for fourth consecutive month

The Free Press WV Homebuilder confidence slid for the fourth consecutive month with steadily rising mortgage rates and sky-high home prices putting ownership out of reach for more and more Americans [ .... ]  Read More

He Paid the IRS $500M Last Year. This Year, It’s $1B

The Free Press WVJohn Paulson’s bill for his big bet on subprime mortgages has come due [ .... ]  Read More

Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers

The Free Press WVMedian weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers are $881 in 1st quarter 2018   [....]  Read More

Softball Drops Two Games on the Road at WVWC

The Free Press WVThe GSC Lady Pioneer softball team dropped a double-header to the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats on the road on Wednesday night [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer County Jr. Softball improved to 15 - 0 with a 10 to 5 win over Tucker County [ .... ]  Read More

Softball Splits DH with Golden Eagles of UC

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State Lady Pioneer softball team split a double-header on Sunday with the Golden Eagles of the University of Charleston [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Baseball Splits Day Two Series with Concord

The Free Press WV The GSC Pioneer baseball team wrapped up their four-game series with the Concord University Mountain Lions on Sunday as they split the double-header.  [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer’s Jr. High softball team improved to 14-0 with a 16 to 4 win over Wirt in three innings [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Softball Splits Double-Header on Senior Day with WV State

The Free Press WVThe GSC Lady Pioneer softball team split a double-header on Senior Day from the Sue Morris Sports Complex Saturday afternoon [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneer Baseball Drops Two Games at Concord

The Free Press WV The GSC Pioneer baseball team dropped a double-header on Saturday on the road to the Mountain Lions of Concord University [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Offense Prevails Over Defense in Annual Blue & White Spring Game

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneer football team concluded spring practices with the Annual Blue & White Spring game Thursday evening at Morris Stadium [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer Jr. Girls Softball improved to 13-0 with a 9-1 win over Fayetteville on Tuesday April 17 [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer County Jr. Softball team improved to 12-0, after just finishing a 9-0 week [ .... ]  Read More

In 20 minutes, you can have summer on the plate with fish

The Free Press WVYou can use some fish from your freezer stash in a pinch, but ask at the fish counter what is seasonal and freshest, and you won’t regret the few extra dollars you’ll pay [ .... ]  Read More

Inventors Reveal New ‘Suicide Machine’

The Free Press WVCo-creator Philip Nitschke calls death the ‘right of every rational adult’  [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVDuring the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims perform daily fasts from dawn to dusk, only breaking the fast with a meal (usually a light one) after the sun sets [ .... ]  Read More

Easy solutions for people wanting healthy eating habits

The Free Press WVAt this very moment, it is all about fresh fruits and vegetables as customers gravitate towards lighter fare [ .... ]  Read More

Chicken in a pressure cooker takes the pressure off dinner

The Free Press WVset the timed cooker (exactly how long is in - you guessed it - your manual - see it’s paying off already!)  [ .... ]  Read More

When to ignore credit card advice

The Free Press WV Conventional wisdom about credit cards is often black and white, from whether you should use cards at all to which types deserve a slot in your wallet [ .... ]  Read More

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

The Free Press WV The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show [ .... ]  Read More

Serve Green Pozole with Chicken for Cinco de Mayo

The Free Press WVCinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army in a battle on that date — May 05 — in 1862 [ .... ]  Read More

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spew Pretty Nasty Thing

The Free Press WVPoo bacteria gets ‘aerosolized’ in bathrooms: study author [ .... ]  Read More

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer [ .... ]  Read More

Americans Divided Over a Condiment

The Free Press WVLove it or hate it, ‘Mayochup’ likely coming to U.S. stores   [ .... ]  Read More

Brussels sprouts push nutrition in a classic Caesar salad

The Free Press WVIf you love Brussels sprouts like I do, you will love this salad. If you aren’t sure, but you are a fan of Caesar salad, then you will hopefully love it too [ .... ]  Read More

Want Long Life? No More Than 1 Drink a Day

The Free Press WVMore than that risks heart problems, researchers say   [ .... ]  Read More

Student’s Reply-All Cougar Joke Is a Hit

The Free Press WVAnd his mom is OK with it, too [ .... ]  Read More

There’s a Natural, Cheaper Alternative to Sports Drinks

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Is the U.S. Government Evil? You Tell Me

The Free Press WV “The greatest evil is not now done … in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Winter An Unwelcome Guest

The Free Press WV Winter has worn it’s welcome out and we will be glad when it packs up and goes home [ .... ]  Read More

War is Good for Business

The Free Press WVInsider Trading, Secret Information and the U.S.-led Attack against Syria [ .... ]  Read More

James Comey: I’m Not Mocking Trump

The Free Press WV Former FBI chief taking criticism for his personal shots at the president’s appearance   [ .... ]  Read More

A Dangerous Game of Chicken

The Free Press WV As the “tit-for-tat” trade fight between the US and China escalates, Donald Trump is likely to find that he doesn’t “know China” the way he once thought. When he said that during the presidential [ .... ]  Read More

Crony corruption in Trumpworld

The Free Press WV Scott Pruitt flies first class international with his entourage to Paris for a couple of days—just to party—and then on to Morocco for one day to promote the sale of liquefied natural gas produced by a crony [ .... ]  Read More

Pulitzers Got It Right on Kendrick Lamar

The Free Press WV‘Washington Post’ writer calls rap the most significant music of our time   [ .... ]  Read More

Taxes, Death and Nuclear Weapons

The Free Press WVWe live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes [ .... ]  Read More

Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work

The Free Press WVIs ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”— James Russell Lowell, 19th century American novelist [ .... ]  Read More

Dirty tricks vs. democracy

The Free Press WVCan Republicans survive without dirty tricks? Open question. Some historical and current examples cause pause as we consider this [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Mail Order Catalog House

The Free Press WVMontgomery Ward used to sell houses with blueprints on how to build them. Catalogs came free in the mail [ .... ]  Read More

Which Nations Are the Happiest?and Why

The Free Press WV America’s oft-quoted Declaration of Independence, when discussing “unalienable rights,” focused on “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Although “happiness” is rarely referred to by today’s government officials, the general assumption in the United States and elsewhere is that governments are supposed to be fostering the happiness of their citizens [ .... ]  Read More

The key to increasing severance tax revenue in West Virginia

The Free Press WV Recent months have brought a lot of commentary about increasing the severance tax on natural gas in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

One Question Illustrates Why Congress Can’t Fix Facebook

The Free Press WV Lawmakers just don’t seem to understand how the company works [ .... ]  Read More

The Slippery Slope to a Constitution-Free America

The Free Press WV“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”—Benjamin Franklin [ .... ]  Read More

DNR announces Archery in the Schools State Tournament winners

The Free Press WV Approximately 500 students from 55 schools participated in the 13th annual Archery in the Schools state tournament, hosted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center   [ .... ]  Read More

DNR warns: Removing shed elk antlers prohibited

The Free Press WVIt is illegal to hunt elk in West Virginia. Possession of any part of the elk is prohibited [ .... ]  Read More

WVDA Announces Second Round of Voting for New WV Grown Logo

The Free Press WVThe West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has announced a second round of public voting to determine the next West Virginia Grown logo [ .... ]  Read More

‘It’s an Invasion’ of the Tumbleweeds

The Free Press WVCommunities in California, Utah are overwhelmed [ .... ]  Read More

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

The Free Press WVQueens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood [ .... ]  Read More


West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of April 16, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

7 ways to save on your next national park trip

The Free Press WVAmerica’s national parks are brimming with natural wonders: cascading waterfalls, towering redwoods, white sand beaches [ .... ]  Read More

Funky, Green-Haired Turtle Is in Trouble

The Free Press WVMary River Turtle of Australia is under threat of extinction   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Friendly’ African Warthog Captured in Florida

The Free Press WV  The tusked beast took five days to finally capture [ .... ]  Read More

Report Raises Safety Questions About Allegiant Air

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Dying Gulf Stream May Trigger Global Nightmare

The Free Press WVScientists say climate change plays a role   [ .... ]  Read More

The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

‘60 Minutes’ exposes deaths of 2,400 sheep in August 2017   [ .... ]  Read More

Zoo Drops 500 Lizards in Liquid Nitrogen

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Twitter is profitable again in 1st quarter, grows overseas

The Free Press WV Twitter, driven by strong growth overseas, swung to a profit during the first quarter of the year, its second profitable quarter ever after a strong finish last year [ .... ]  Read More

Video of Him Vanishing Has Been Watched Millions of Times

Lars Mittank sprinted out of a Bulgarian airport and into the ether on July 08, 2014   [ .... ]  Read More

We Must Protect Our Oceans

The Free Press WVOceans are a great passion of mine and something I elevated as a global priority at the U.S. State Department [ .... ]  Read More

Are We Being Suckered by Facebook Marketing Schemes?

The Free Press WV It sounds too good to be true [ .... ]  Read More

WhatsApp Photo Secures ‘Groundbreaking’ Conviction

The Free Press WVBritish cops sent it to fingerprint lab   [ .... ]  Read More

Mutant Enzyme Munches Plastic

The Free Press WVThis could massively reduce waste, scientists say [ .... ]  Read More

U.S., Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

The Free Press WV They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar   [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Rules That Ex-Con Has ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The Free Press WV But another one does not [ .... ]  Read More

Rumored New Gmail Features: Self-Destruction and ‘Snoozing’

The Free Press WVPlus, a ‘Confidential Mode’ would keep users from forwarding, copying, or printing sensitive emails   [ .... ]  Read More

Apple Has 12 Employees Arrested: Leaked Memo

The Free Press WV‘Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple’  [ .... ]  Read More

Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube

The Free Press WV The fine print of YouTube’s terms of service has a warning that goes unheeded by millions of children who visit YouTube to watch cartoons, nursery rhymes, science experiments or videos of toys being unboxed [ .... ]  Read More

Apple’s Wozniak Dumps Facebook: ‘More Negatives Than Positives’

The Free Press WVApple co-founder has deactivated his account over data commotion [ .... ]  Read More

Is Facebook regulation ‘inevitable’? Not so fas

The Free Press WVFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers that regulation of his company is “inevitable,” but still came to Capitol Hill prepared to defend against proposals he thought went too far [ .... ]  Read More

His Choice Was Between Dogs and College. He Chose the Dogs

The Free Press WVNow Matt Nelson says he’s making in the six figures by rating man’s best friend on Twitter   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Regrettable’ AI Move Spurs Boycott Against University

The Free Press WVAcademics aren’t happy S. Korea’s KAIST is involved in project that could produce ‘killer robots [ .... ]  Read More

Annual GSC Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament

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20th Annual Glenville State College
Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament
Friday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

C-GCC Adult Basic Education

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Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information

GSC Spring Open House - 04.28.18

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Future Pioneers are invited to participate in the upcoming Glenville State College Spring Open House on Saturday, April 28.

Attendees should arrive at the Sue Morris Sports Complex, located at 1294 U.S. Highway 33 East in Glenville, between 8:15-9:25 a.m. Check in will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a welcome session from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Individual academic department tours will follow from 10:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A full campus tour will then be held from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. The day will wrap up with a free lunch and the opportunity to watch the GSC baseball team play at 1:00 p.m.

To sign up, visit or call 800.924.2010.

Bluegrass music show at Normantown School Gym

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The Carol Edwards Bluegrass Band will perform at the Normantown School Gym April 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

The band features Carol Edwards on Fiddle, Bass, and Vocals, Glen Jones on guitar and Vocals, Jerry James on Banjo, and Jack Greathouse on Guitar and Vocals.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for in school students.

Children under 10 are free. 

Concessions will be available at 6:00 PM.

Proceeds will go to roof repairs on the Gym.

For additional information call 304.933.1029.

The Normantown Historical Community Center welcomes all to come and enjoy fantastic band, some great Bluegrass Music, good food and great fellowship.

This program is a part of their Mountain Music Jamboree Program.

Priscella Shirer - 04.28.18

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GSC’s Alumni Day: Graduates to be Honored

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Alumni Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Banquet/Social Hour tickets are $20.00 each
Reservations are required

Call 304.462.6116 or e-mail at ‘’

April is Cancer Control Month

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Looking for Local Talents

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Burnsville Lake Needs Volunteers

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5th Annual Pioneer Derby - 05.04.18

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Commencement Ceremony is May 05, 2018 at GSC

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144th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Waco Center. or call 304.462.4115

Gilmer County Farm Show Ramp Dinner - 05.06.18

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Benefit Dinner - 05.06.18

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Paint The Town Blue - 05.17.18

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Dark Skies Family Night - 05.19.18

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Falls Mill Paddle - 06.02.18

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Hooked on Fishing Derby - 06.09.18

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Golf Outing - 06.16.18

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SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class - 06.23.18

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Preschool/Kindergarten Enrollment

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Gilmer County Desperately Needs Foster Parents

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Gilmer Public Library Word Art Classes

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Reader's Comments

Roger “Pete” Greenlief

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Rosedale, WV passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at home. He was born October 21, 1965 in Gilmer County, WV a son of the late John and Ona Bell Jenkins Greenlief [ .... ]  Read More

Betty “Elaine” Perrin

The Free Press WV Age 87 of New Concord, Ohio formerly of Cox’s Mills, WV (Newberne Community) departed this earthly life on April 24, 2018 at the Beckett House Nursing Facility in New Concord with her daughter by her side, following an extended illness. Born March 01, 1931 in Tanner, WV; Elaine is the daughter of the late Paris and Gladys Newlon Frymier [....]  Read More

Robin Lynn Underwood

The Free Press WV Age 57 of Center Point Community departed this life on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  She was born on September 27, 1960 a daughter of Vera Swiger Carroll, West Union, WV and the late Ronnie Carroll [....]  Read More

Walter E. (Doad) Morton

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Oil Ridge Community, Harrisville, WV passed away, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Pineview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV. He was born July 06, 1927 at Devil Hole (Ritchie County) WV [....]  Read More

Amos Eugene “Shorty” Nicholson

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Weston, WV went home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to be with the Lord at his home with family and church family by his side. He was born in Doddridge County, WV on April 21, 1927: son of the late Amos Edward Nicholson and Dulcie (Kelley) Nicholson [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine “Geri” Renee Cutright

The Free Press WVAge 68, of W Second Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 1:37 AM on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at her home. She was born in Clinton, IN on March 24, 1950 a daughter of the late Kenneth Guy Rusk and Lillian Mae Smith Rusk, who resides in Indiana [ .... ]  Read More

James Eldon Jones

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Pennsboro WV departed this life on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at his residence. James was born March 26, 1955 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Floyd William and Anna Laverna (Jack) Jones [....]  Read More

Mary Catherine Taylor

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Crooked Fork Road, Weston, WVpassed away at 9:15 PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, having been in the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Lewis County, WV on September 12, 1929 a daughter of the late Frank Brockleman and Mary Jane Metz Brockleman [ .... ]  Read More

David “Pudder” Wymer

The Free Press WVDuring the quiet moments before sunrise on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, as the birds were just beginning to sing, David “Pudder” Wymer, 47, was turned out to greener pastures from his farm in Orlando, WV, where he was a devoted and hard-working farmer and caretaker of the land [ .... ]  Read More

Allan Leo Rush

The Free Press WV Age 74 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, April 23, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on October 10, 1943 in West Union, WV to the late Harry and Opal Gray Rush [....]  Read More

Roger Dale Meadows

The Free Press WV Age 73, formerly of Barberton-Norton, Ohio, passed away April 20, 2018 at his home in Annamoriah, WV. He was born February 01, 1945 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Oris D. and Sylvia B. Meadows [....]  Read More

Michael Lynn Lattea

The Free Press WV Age 48 of Lynch Run Road, Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of March 27, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief illness. Born February 20, 1970 in Lewis County, WV, Michael is the son of the late Lewis and Evelyn Singleton Lattea [....]  Read More

Francis Blaine Plauger

The Free Press WVAge 55 of West Union, WV departed this life on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  He was born on October 28, 1962 in Weston, WV to Dorsey Blaine Plauger, New Milton, WV and Wilma Moore Hart, West Union, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Billy Ray Wimmer

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Harrisville, WV passed away April 22, 2018 at his residence. He was born August 2, 1935 at Peach Creek, WV, the son of the late Pete and Ellen Payne Wimmer [....]  Read More

Mary Jo Williams

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on May 24, 1938: daughter of the late Scott Williams and Blanche (Shackleford) Williams [....]  Read More

Imojean Moore

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Salem, WV (Harrison County) departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  She was born at Smithburg, WV (Doddridge County) on July 10 1928 a daughter of the late Worthy W. and Pearl F. Baker George [....]  Read More

Gloria Gray Slider Shock

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Millstone, West Virginia died April 22, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health Care in Grantsville, West Virginia. She was born September 25, 1937 in Charleston, West Virginia a daughter of the late Helma Thomas and Lova Ann Starcher Slider [....]  Read More

Larry Joe Williams

The Free Press WV Age 68, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his residence. He was born August 05, 1949 in West Union, WV a son of the late Joseph P. and Marie Martin Williams [....]  Read More

Velma Gay Davisson

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Weston, WV on May 06, 1940: daughter of the late Ezekiel Harry Riffle and Laura Virginia (Curtis) Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Shelia Gale Parsons

The Free Press WVAge 51, of Charleston, WV passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Hubbard Hospice House. She was born on January 19, 1967 in Braxton County, WV to the late Ray and Etta Lawson Farley [ .... ]  Read More

Laura Bethel ”Gurty” Wilson Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side after a long illness. She was born March 08, 1940 in Clay County, WV a daughter of the late Pat and Violet Suttle Wilson [....]  Read More

Michael Lynn McCombs

The Free Press WVAge ge 44 of West Union, WV, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Salem, WV. He was born March 25, 1974 in Coshocton, Ohio; the son of Bobby McCombs and Betty (Jones) McCombs [ .... ]  Read More

Harold Keith Gibson

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Bristolville, Ohio passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Warren Hospital. He was born May 05, 1933, in Cremo, WV in Calhoun County, a son of the late Cliff and Elah Kerby Gibson [ .... ]  Read More

Wallace “Wally” Morgan Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Spring Street, Weston, WV passed away at 12:01 AM on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 21, 1952 a son of the late Wallace Hobert Cogar and Hilda Loraine Singleton Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Timothy Rex Shepherd I

The Free Press WV Age 58 of Ramsey’s Ridge Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in J.W Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.  He was born at Dayton, OH on July 30, 1959 a son of the late Clarence M. and Geneva I. Cogar Shepherd [....]  Read More

David “Dave” Earl King, Jr.

The Free Press WVDavid passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the age of 49. He was born February 07, 1969, in Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Lou Weekley

The Free Press WVAge 75, of St. Marys, WV, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Lou was born April 05, 1943 in Ellenboro, WV, a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Beaulah Mae (Tucker) Corbin [ .... ]  Read More

Francis “Randy” Bell

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Pennsboro, WV September 01, 1955, a son of the late Ray and Dorothy (Hoover) Bell [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine White Scott

The Free Press WVAge 98, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:21 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, having lived a long, happy and productive life. She was born in Troy, WV on May 08, 1919 a daughter of the late John McWhorter White and Laura Odessa Barbarow White [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Michael Skidmore, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018, just one day shy of his 61st birthday. Born April 15, 1957 in Sutton, WV, he was the son of the late George and Willa (Riffle) Skidmore [....]  Read More

Nancy Louise Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Elizabeth, WV passed away April 16, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 05, 1940 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Franklin Dale “Jim” and Mary Elizabeth Heater Spears [....]  Read More

Mary Lea West (nee Sampson)

The Free Press WVPassed away in the early hours of Saturday April 14, 2018 after having battled severe illness for the past few months. Mary was born March 07, 1953 in Grantsville, WV to Oral “Hoot” and Ruby Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

Zella Marie Keen

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Gassaway, WV passed away on April 15, 2018 due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born September 10, 1952 to the late Loring Carte and Mamie Lou Gill Carte [....]  Read More

Cheryl Colette Phillips

The Free Press WV Age 49, of Gassaway, WV passed away April 15, 2018. She was born September 08, 1968 in St. Louis, MO [....]  Read More

Willis Duaine Kemper

The Free Press WV Age 75 of Cox’s Mills, WV (Newberne Road community) departed this life in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following an extended illness. Born May 11, 1942 in Newberne, WV, Willis is the son of the late George and Louise Cutlip Kemper [....]  Read More

Virginia Ruth Hinkle

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Mulberry Street, Weston, WV passed away at 5 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center, where she had resided since 2015. She was born in Stunsville, OH on June 20, 1927 a daughter of the late George G. Yeager and Locia B. Dulley Yeager [ .... ]  Read More

Rosa Lee Davis

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born February 18, 1960 in Braxton County, WV to the late James Richard & Louise Alice Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Deborah Kay Ray

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Chloe,WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at CAMC – Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born June 30, 1961 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late William George and Janice Elaine Drake Conley [....]  Read More

Terry Huffman

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sumerco, was born August , 1950, at Alkol, a son of the late James Dolliver and Marie Griffith Huffman. He departed this life on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his residence [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Davis

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness. Born April 29, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, Linda is the daughter of the late Oliver C. and Ruth Barnes Davis [....]  Read More

Martha Magdalene Rymer

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Simpson Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV. She was born in Braxton County, WV on October 19, 1926 a daughter of the late Elza Martin Fox and Mammie Zella Riffle Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Freda Nell Younger

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Ray Street, Weston, WV passed away at 6:41 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 19, 1942 a daughter of the late Haymond Matthew Burkhammer and Reta Leona Moneypenny Burkhammer [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Hall Heckert

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Right Freemans Creek Road passed away at 6:15 AM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the comfort of his home with family by his side. He was born in Cox’s Mills, WV on November 01, 1929 a son of the late Harl Heckert and Stelma C. Shaffer Heckert Osborn [ .... ]  Read More

Cora Lorene Brown

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Harts, WV (formerly of Smithville, WV) departed this life on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at her residence, following an extended illness. Cora was born September 9, 1930 on Camp Run in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late William Edward and Eva Mae (Hashman) Hawkins [....]  Read More

William H. Snider

The Free Press WVAge 81 of Walker, WV passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 05, 1936 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Icel and Mildred Eagle Snider [ .... ]  Read More

Harley Junior Lynch

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 12, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living. He was born October 28, 1924 in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Harley Okey and Ada Jarvis Lynch [ .... ]  Read More

Lori Lee Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Woodbridge, VA, formerly of Sutton, WV, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on April 10, 2018, in Sutton, WV. Lori was born in Gassaway, WV on January 19, 1963 [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Fae Hart

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Brimfield, Ohio, died on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at 7:55 PM at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born on January 14, 1930 in Braxton County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Delta (nee Starcher) Case [ .... ]  Read More

Louella E. Ferri

The Free Press WVAge 94, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, March 2nd under the care of Tel Hai Retirement Community.  Born in Orlando, WV, she was the daughter of the late Della (Fox) and Jesse Cole [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A. Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of the Waterloo Road, French Creek, WV passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his home. He was born on May 06, 1943, at Holly Grove, WV, a son of the late John Andrew and Myrtle Catherine Sayre Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Vivian Lee Wright

The Free Press WVAge 68, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, April 09, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a lingering illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1949: daughter of the late Garnett O. Samples Wright [ .... ]  Read More

Roberta Jean “Jeannie” Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Vienna, WV passed away at her home April 07, 2018. She was born and raised in Grantsville, WV on March 07 ,1961 [....]  Read More

John William Freshour

The Free Press WV Age 84, Coxs Mills, WV, passed away April 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born March 02, 1934 at Berea, WV, the son of the late William H. and Orpha Smith Freshour [....]  Read More

Kenneth W. Finley, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Kenneth was born January 16, 1928 in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Charlie “C.S.” and Gladys (Martin) Finley [....]  Read More

Edward Clayton Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 74, of N. River Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Upshur County, WV on August 19, 1943: son of the late Dalphine Oscar Riffle and Pauline (DeVault) Riffle [....]  Read More

Frances Irene Jarvis Saffir

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Spencer, WV passed away Sunday, April 08, 2018 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was born July 03, 1936 at Ovapa, a daughter of the late Spencer and Dona Jarvis [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Tomey

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Genesis Health Car, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born October 21, 1946 in Linn, WV. Charles is the son of the late Howard and Eva Leeson Tomey [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Wine

The Free Press WV Age 67 of Toler Run Road (Dusk Camp Community, WV) departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness. Born February 04, 1951 in Gilmer County, WV, Betty Lou is the daughter of the late Parker and Wilda Collins Queen [....]  Read More

Kathryn Marie Hamner

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Glenville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 06, 2018 at Glenville Nursing & Rehab. Center, Glenville. She was born June 13, 1948 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Walter Barker and Mary Helen Stonaugle Barker Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Keith Corbett

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Sutton, WV passed away Friday, April 06, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born December 20, 1955 in Gassaway, WV to the late Sanford & Rena Conley Corbett [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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