Dillon Hashman of Normantown Named to RCBI Bridgeport Position
Dillon L. Hashman of Normantown, Gilmer County, WV, has joined the staff of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber has announced. He has been assigned to the RCBI Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center as a CNC technician, working with computer-controlled equipment.
A 2008 graduate of Gilmer County High School, he recently completed RCBI’s Machinist Technology Program, earning National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification. He also served as an intern at RCBI Bridgeport. His previous experience includes work at Fairmont Tool, Bi-Con Services in Derwent, Ohio, and Flying W. Plastics in Glenville, WV.
“Dillon proved to be an outstanding student in the Machinist Technology Program,” Ms. Weber said. “We believe his enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude will be a strong asset to our Bridgeport operations.”
Hashman said his interests also include motorcycles and hunting.
RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Judge Jack Alsop heard 2 juvenile matters.
—- One juvenile was returned to the home of his parents and placed on probation with a further hearing set for Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM.
—- Another juvenile abuse and neglect proceeding was before the Court with the grandmother moving to intervene in the case. The grandmother currently has some of the siblings in her care from a case filed in Braxton County. The Judge allowed her to intervene, but did not place the children in her custody yet. One child needs some further assessment, but the grandmother does get 2 hours supervised visitation with the children per week, and Judge Alsop ordered Braxton and Gilmer County CPS to confer and conduct a unified MDT hearing. An evidentiary hearing is set for Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM.
On Thursday, August 21, 2009 Judge Jack Alsop heard:
—- A juvenile matter, and upon the said juvenile admitting to allegations in the petition, Judge Alsop found her to be a juvenile delinquent and ordered her to be sent to Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Facility for no more than 60 days for diagnosis and classification. Upon receiving the report back from the facility, another hearing will be scheduled in this matter. The Sheriff’s office delivered said juvenile to the facility on Friday when a bed became available.
—- In another matter Waymond Jones turned himself into the Sheriff upon the warrant issued for him failing to appear on Friday, August 21, 2009. He will remain in jail until Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM when he will have pre-trial motions heard and his trial will be rescheduled. There will be no trial on September 2, 2009.
In I Love You, Man, a comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Zoolander), Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, Knocked Up The 40 Year Old Virgin) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, (The Offices Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward man-dates, before meeting Sydney Fife (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peters relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancée and his new found bro, in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a friend.
4 salmon filets,
Juice of ½ large lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp fresh oregano, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, finely chopped for garnish
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, coriander, cumin and oregano in a zip lock baggie or dish deep enough to hold the salmon and the marinade.
Add the fish to the marinade, coat both sides and let sit for 15-20 minutes on the counter.
Place the salmon (skin side down, if there is any) and drizzle with any extra marinade.
Roast for 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
Place on a platter or plate and sprinkle with parsley and another squirt of lemon juice.
“I-TEACH” AIMS TO HELP RURAL SCHOOLS ATTRACT AND RETAIN QUALIFIED TEACHERS
Senator Jay Rockefeller re-introduced a bill this Congress – Incentives to Educate America’s Children (I-TEACH) – that will improve the quality of instruction for West Virginia’s students and students in rural areas nationwide. Under the bill, teachers who commit to teaching in rural school districts would receive a $1000 annual refundable tax credit. The bill also calls for teachers who have National Board certification – regardless of where they teach – to receive the same annual refundable tax credit.
“Every child deserves a quality education that will put them on the path to success,” said Rockefeller. “And the truth is that some rural schools are facing a great need for teachers as they struggle to compete against school districts in higher population areas. This bill will allow rural school districts to attract and retain teachers, while also giving our hard working, dedicated teachers an incentive they very much deserve.”
The I-TEACH bill provides an annual $1000 refundable tax credit for kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school teachers in schools where at least 75% of students receive free or reduced school lunches. Teachers who teach in a school classified by the Department of Education as School Locale Code 7 or 8 – meaning they are located a certain distance away from a city or town – would also be eligible.
Over 43% of West Virginia students attend rural schools, according to the Rural School and Community Trust 2007 report titled ‘‘Why Rural Matters.”
Rockefeller’s bill also includes a provision allowing teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to receive a $1000 refundable tax credit for any year they are certified. Since its inception in 1987, over 74,000 teachers from across the country have completed National Board certification – including 422 in West Virginia.
Teachers who are both nationally certified and teach in rural areas would qualify for $2000 in refundable tax credits annually.
A fraud protection program developed here in West Virginia is now on the radar internationally. The eCDL or Electronic Commercial Drivers Licensing was created in a joint effort by the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University.
Chandra Inglis-Smith, a research associate with the Institute, says eCDL has updated the way the state tracks fraud when it comes to awarding licenses for drivers of big rigs.
“Previously the driving portion of it was all done by paper. What we’ve done is taken the paper test and put it into a software database system that is all administered on a laptop,” Inglis-Smith said.
But it’s much more high tech than just a test on a computer. Inglis-Smith says fraud investigators with the DMV can call up a test being given at any certain time, at any place in the state and track the information being put into the computer and the route the truck is taking on a GPS system. “It really increases our fraud protection because we know the test is being done accurately, in the right place it’s supposed to be done and it’s also being timed,” she said.
The fraud investigator can even see the number and directions of turns the truck is making during the test. The program is saving the state a half million dollars a year.
In mid-August the eCDL program won the 2009 Innovations Award at the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. It’s now in the running for the national award.
But Inglis-Smith says the best part is that six other states plus Canada have already shown interest in purchasing the program for their own use. “It’s going to make the roads so much safer and we’re just proud we were able to develop it here in West Virginia and take it to this level and get the recognition we deserve,” she said.
The Morris Criminal Justice Training Center in Glenville was officially dedicated on Monday afternoon with the help of Governor Joe Manchin, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary James Spears and Glenville State President Peter Barr.
The facility is the result of a joint partnership between Glenville State and the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. As the result the old Shoe Factory in Glenville has a new look, a new name, and a brand new purpose.
Ike and Sue Morris of Glenville were part of the effort to convert an old shoe factory into the training site for those who will someday work in jails, prisons and juvenile services.
The idea for a joint training ground came about three years ago but it wasn’t until last year that I.L. Morris’ gift made the dream a reality.
Governor Joe Manchin says the partnership between these agencies is an example of the efficiency he would like to see within the state.
“All in all, at the end of the day, the state saves about $60,000 in the budgets that we have,“ said Manchin, who said he was excited that it was Glenville State College who took the initiative to create such a partnership. “One budget here, one budget here, one - now under one roof.“
The center staged a mock cell evacuation and K-9 demonstrations to show what happens in some of its courses.
“The biggest benefit is going to be the ability to share resources, facilities, and personnel,“ said Ronald Casto, Deputy Chief of Operations for the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.
State education officials say this is a one-of-a-kind partnership in West Virginia.
Calhoun County: Annual Fish Fry for Hope Dominion Retirees, ...
The Annual Fish Fry for Hope Dominion retirees, spouses, and widows will be on Thursday, September 3, 2009.
Guests will meet at the Calhoun County Park barn.
Bring a covered dish and eating utensils.
The dinner will be at 6:00 PM
William T. Rexroad
Age 65, of Ireland, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.
He was born August 29, 1943, in Weston, a son of Hanley Rexroad of Ireland and the late Freda J. Caynor Rexroad.
He is survived by his daughter, Jannette Kelley and Patrick Oldaker, her companion of Ireland; 3 grandchildren, Tyauna Lough of Weston, Electa Kelley and Logan Kelley, both of Ireland; his former spouse, Ilene Riley Rexroad of Weston; and his friend and caregiver, Lorranie Davis of Ireland.
Mr. Rexroad had worked at the Weston State Hospital in Weston.
Friends were received from 3 to 7 PM on Sunday, August 30, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel, where services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 31, with Rev. Earl Cayton officiating. Burial followed in the McCutcheon Chapel Cemetery at Ireland.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblyn.com.
Tressie Jane Sartin
Age 82, of Little Birch, WV died August 29, 2009 in Summersville Memorial Hospital, Summersville, WV. She was born November 20, 1926, in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Bert and Blanch Rose Rhodes.
Also preceding her in death were her husband Alva Zarrel Sartin, and daughter Wilma Kittner. She was a member of the Crites Mountain Seventh Day Adventist Church and a homemaker.
She is survived by 7 sons Lonnie Sartin of Little Birch, Thomas Sartin & wife Diana of Little Birch, James Sartin of Gassaway, Timmy Sartin of Orville, OH, Alvin, Marvin & Ronil Sartin all of Little Birch; 4 daughters Alma Jane Nessellrotte & husband Amos of Little Birch, Loretta Rexroad of Flatwoods, Ruby Gay Whitehead of Arkansas and Clara Mae McCulty & husband Fred of Akron, OH; 3 brothers Chalmer Rhodes of Little Birch, Sherd Rhodes of Little Birch, & Cam Rhodes of Flatwoods; 3 sisters Carol Jackson & husband Dorsey of Little Birch, Jean Morrison of Cowen and Baulah Riffle & husband Bob of Sutton; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
There was a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at Bill Rose Cemetery, Bays, WV with Rev. Bobbie Harper officiating. Friends called from noon until 1:00 p.m. at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV. Online condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV
School ‘Bullying Awareness and Prevention’ Speaks Out
One out of every four West Virginia students say they’ve feared going to school because they’d be bullied. The statistic comes from a 2007 study and has prompted one group to take a step in the right direction.
Step by Step, a community service group, debuted an anti-bullying poster Monday in Charleston. It features nine people with their mouths erased and the message ‘It is time to find our voices and speak out against bullying!‘
Tanya Huff, the Bullying Awareness and Prevention Coordinator for Step by Step, says they’re reaching out to the community. “We’re trying to empower the bystanders because they’re the ones who see it, they’re the ones who are involved in it and they’re the ones who can make a difference,” Huff said. ”They have more power than they realize.“
Huff says many times simple bullying can lead to violence that involves a weapon. That’s why it’s so important for those stepping into a bullying situation to take a non-aggressive approach. “They are not feeding the bullies,” she said. “They’re not giving the bullies what they want, the arguing, the fight. They’re walking away and helping the victim.“
The poster will be seen all across the state. Huff hopes its message comes across loud and clear. “I hope it gets people to realize how important it is that we all as a community need to come up and take a stand and start speaking out that we do not want this in our community. We do not want this in our state. We want a bully-free West Virginia,” she said. ~~ WVMN ~~
Show us the minute book in Gilmer County that shows any of this nonsense being done. For that matter show us the minutes of the State Board of Education that show it. It’s not there and if it didn’t happen in the minutes it did not happen!
Show one RIF, one transfer of any Gilmer County BOE employee in the minutes. When can we expect the grievances to start.
Where is this information people???
Paint the cinder block walls and add new tile for the floor. Could be any of the county schools only smaller. Is the internet even working yet? The playgrounds not in and no school zone traffic signs in site.
All show, no substance.
No surprise for KF to praise it. She got a job. All the kids in Lewis won’t be coming and from whats heard not all from Gilmer either.
Bill Simmons said Gilmer was going to buy half the technology too. Where’s that money?
Blur the lines Mark? What about blurring the truth? You know Lewis County agreed that school was to be in Gilmer County. When did the Gilmer County Board EVER get to have a say? When did Gilmer County taxpayers ever have a say?
The hot air from this dog and pony show is prime example showing the state BOE and its puppets as major contributors to climate change. Expecting severe thunderstorms any time now.
How dare any of you say Mr. West would have agreed to this. He NEVER was in favor of closing Troy Elementary. Using his name to deflect citizens ire is disgraceful. He was a fine man.
GABEE BABY has a lot of nerve referring to you as cousin Mark. He showed his true colors when he said he’d rather be related to Joe because he could do more for him. Isn’t that why he does whatever Charleston wants no matter what happens to Gilmer?
Why would Joe Mace even bring up AJ? It’s not as though his reputation in this state was sterling and serves only as a distraction to what forced intervention has wrought. A school using Gilmer County money serving less than a hundred of our students could never meet Gilmers needs. Lewis County got another school plain & simple.
What about you Mayor? We know why Simmons was up front. He’s a state hand holder. Why do you suddenly show up? The courthouse reports you signed a flood plain permit for the Hays City site because the commission handed the city permits over to you just in time for that little job to get done. Will the board of ed sue the city when that school floods?
No Hanshaw, no Facemire, no big Joe, nobody from the state board? They don’t want to be front page for this fiasco.
Devono’s answwer to any complaint about that school is it’s Lewis County’s now. WE don’t have anything to do with it. Just a few months ago it was a joint effort. That was true. A joint effort between Blankenship, you and Bill Simmons to not be an impediment to whatever the state and that new committee Devono said will let the board know what direction this county is going wanted. Are you on that committee Bill? Devono put you on all the rest so why not? May be a paycheck with it?
Listen and watch the body language. These guys are so busy throwing each other under the bus they don’t even know what they’re saying.
Some of us remember.
The BS that was fed to the public.
Mandatory auto insurance. Everyone has car insurance, the rates would drop.
How did that work out for you?
Health insurance? How are you spending all your left over from that too?
The only way the utilities can replace the capacity is to build natural gas fueled power plants. That means the demand for natural gas will increase forcing the price up. Electric rates will also rise.
Families will see increased heating and power bills. The only question is how severe the increase will be. Anyone thinking solar and wind are going to replace the loss of the coal fired plants isn’t facing reality. WV is a net exporter of power. Will that income be lost.
Ask anyone in an intervened county about abuse of power by the WVDOE and the WVBOE.
They seize all your money to spend it as they please, never reveal what was done to straighten out school system problems they claimed you had, and they let no-bid contracts and pass money to favored vendors.
They neuter your elected board of education to prevent local checks and balances.
They won’t answer questions to which citizens are entitled answers, and they send in their cronies as superintendents to get high pay and more retirement benefits.
They ignore WV statutes, policy, rules, and regulations, and when all your money is gone they leave spoils to clean up.
We hear that Dr. Martirano and his assistant Dr. Cindy Daniel are committed to a new way of doing business and we will see what happens.
The words “if”, “could”, “should” figure prominently in this article. How can they make these projections when the EPA hasn’t announced the exact details of their plan “for a month or two”? I seriously doubt that there will be a decrease in energy costs anytime in the future. My guess would be that the cost of energy will continue to rise dramatically, due to the new regulations, and there will be many excuses to explain why they have. Wait and see.
Imagine all the empty apartments filled with federally paid for, “supervised” prisoners. These things were never built or remodeled not to make a profit. Add a pell grant and bring it. Probably room for more at Hayes City. Maybe buy biscuits on a voucher of some kind. Can’t wait.
We need the feds or someone who can’t be gagged and bought off to come to the County to investigate the State’s mismanagement of funds with its take over of our schools and at the same time to dig deep into our other crooked deals.
Until that is done and responsible persons are held accountable nothing will change.
Abuse of functions occurs when an official provides proprietary or confidential information, in exchange for interest in any property, transaction or company.
When you become aware of these exchanges and transactions at any level, expose them for what they are and make changes.
This is a wonderful article. No longer do we have to insinuate the failure of public education.
Thank you Governor Tomblin for setting the record of failure straight for West Virginians.
Claiming that 64% of community college and technical school students need help is pretty much saying a 64% failure rate. What of the students that have not entered the ranks of additional schooling? You might think there rate of failure would be much higher if considered?
Yes, West Virginia is on the leading edge for sure. At the current rate, we will soon own 50th place in educational outcomes. Move over Mississippi, here we come.
Governor Tomblin says “In fact, 64 percent of West Virginia community and technical college students need developmental courses in English or math.“ However, he is totally missing the boat when he is bragging on it only taking one semester for them to catch up. In a normal world, NONE of the students who graduate from high school and go on to higher education should need 5 minutes of remediation in mathematics or English. The fact that remediation is needed by the majority shows our K-12 system is failing the students, totally. What we need is the state to get out of the education business, since it’s obvious they don’t know what they are doing!