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 ~~
Historical Flatwoods Tour and Monster Landing Site Tour
The historical Flatwoods tour and monster landing site tour will be on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
The cost is $5.00.
Those taking the tour will meet in front of Granddad’s Store, Flatwoods.
Contact Steve Smith at 304.765.3194 to purchase advance tickets or for more information.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2009. There are 121 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.“ - Margaret Drabble, British author.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.)
In 1894, the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minn., and five other communities, and killed more than 400 people.
In 1897, the first section of Boston’s new subway system was opened.
In 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan entered Confederation as the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada.
In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives.
In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty.
In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.
In 1972, American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union resigned before the resumption of game 21.
In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner had entered Soviet airspace.
In 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti died of a heart attack at his summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., at age 51.
Ten years ago: Twenty-two of baseball’s 68 permanent umpires found themselves jobless, the fallout from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. Ten American tourists and two Tanzanians were killed when their small plane crashed as they were leaving Serengeti National Park.
Five years ago: More than 1,000 people were taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in Beslan in southern Russia; more than 330, mostly children, were eventually killed in the three-day ordeal. Militants in Iraq freed seven employees of a Kuwaiti trucking firm after their employer paid half a million dollars in ransom. The criminal case against Kobe Bryant collapsed as prosecutors in Colorado dropped a sexual assault charge against the NBA star.
One year ago: Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana’s fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans. Republicans opened their national convention in St. Paul, Minn., on a subdued note because of Hurricane Gustav; John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, revealed that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant. Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in his annual Labor Day telethon. Country singer-actor Jerry Reed died in Nashville at age 71. Voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, whose distinctive baritone graced innumerable movie trailers, died in Los Angeles at age 68.
Journalist and author Liz Carpenter is 89
Former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird is 87
Actor George Maharis is 81
Conductor Seiji Ozawa is 74
Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz is 71
Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 70
Actor Don Stroud is 66
Conductor Leonard Slatkin is 65
Singer Archie Bell is 65
Singer Barry Gibb is 63
Rock musician Greg Errico is 61
Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 59
Singer Gloria Estefan is 52
Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers is 48
Jazz musician Boney James is 48
Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 46
Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison is 45
Retired NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway is 43
Rap DJ Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) is 39
Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”) is 38
Rock singer JD Fortune is 36
NFL player Jason Taylor is 35
Actor Scott Speedman is 34
NFL player Aaron Schobel is 32
NFL player Clinton Portis is 28
Rock musician Joe Trohman is 25
I can understand the need to protect private information like social security numbers. When the state government has an oopsi do they get a free pass? Shutting down an important database seems a bit drastic. After Tennant’s other debacle in the county, it makes you wonder who’s minding the office. If that is her solution rather than scanning and fixing the database as needed, I’d say she doesn’t have the wherewithal to solve problems.
It looks like she decided not to fix the problem and instead make people who need the information pay for the extra staff time required to screen the info.
If she can’t fix something that simple she doesn’t belong in Congress.
It is almost impossible to show enough appreciation for Gilmer Free Press fair, unbiased and accurate reporting on every issue of importance to West Virginia citizens and especially Gilmer County. The local newspaper seems to put its editor’s personal political slant on every report that would be of any value to the public and without the GFP truth would be lost about the Courthouse, the City, the College, local Boards, State government, taxation, Police actions- anything of importance in our community and our state. Without it the people here would have no voice.
Parents, Teachers, Legislators and local Boards of Education excluded from the process. Pretty much says it all. If WV joined in 2009 then why didn’t local people even hear about it until the end of 2012? And we’ve not really heard that much since other than it’s what has to be done.
Nothing wrong with digging ditches unless that’s all millions of dollars in public education has prepared you to do and given all the reported college remediation courses there’s something to that.
Some say the Seniors don’t care and aren’t getting involved? Take a good look at that crowd.It spans all age groups. People know there should be balance not lop sided total oversight of education in the hands of a bloated, self serving and proven ineffective State Board who spends millions upon million in tax money year after year with absolutely no accountability for constant failure.
It is said it takes a village to raise a child. The way WV Next Generation Content Standards are being handled and how poorly the information has been put out to the public seems like some village is missing an idiot or three.Is it located in the state Capitol building?
WV voters in intervention counties can without doubt determine outcomes of State elections with the former AG as an example. What the politicos do not realize is how adept WV voters have become using their information age computers to keep informed and to spread the word throughout the State. Good example? What about all the severe criticism and public exposure of the State’s SNAFU at Cedar Creek? There is an epidemic of finger pointing by members of the WV Legislature and the Charleston crowd. They don’t realize that citizens understand the concept of buck stopping. The man at the top of the WV School Building Authority that provided funding for the school is none other than our Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin who presides over the SBA. All members of the State Board including Mrs. Manchin knew about problems related to the school. Their most recent act of defiance against Gilmer County was to approve paying the outrageous price for the Cedar Creek land anyway. Dr. Mark Manchin (who appointed him to the high paying SBA job—any guesses?) bailed out of the SBA to go to Harrison County after the decision was made to give SBA funds. Couldn’t have better campaign commercial material for influencing future election outcomes so thank you kindly Charleston for all your talented assistance.
to Mr/Mrs/Mz. Give Gabe A Chance.
To expect Mr. Devano to operate any different than Blankenship, would mean you do not understand what goes with the Capitol Bunch.
The WV Board of Puppeteers, under the leadership of Senator Manchins wife, will most certainly pull Devano’s strings in the same manner which Blankenships were pulled.
And it will continue to happen without any transparency, in smoke filled backroom deals.
Only a state intervention supporter will ignore every question about how the children are being treated and say it’s more important to protect the state superintendent. For three years all we heard was how fortunate we were to have Ron Blankenship who never once said he was sorry for anything he did or was forced to do until time to leave. Then he wanted to hug it out. That was until he left and didn’t see the Board President was his replacement. Then oh how bad he was, what horrible liars those people down in Charleston are! This is no different and no doubt comes from the same camp.
The state put a man here without one day of experience as a Superintendent. That’s how much they intend to “fix” Gilmer County. That’s how much respect they show. What Devono says he’d like to do versus what he does will always be two different things. Voicing the popular school of thought and doing the dirty deed behind closed doors is the mark of every good old boy. What date and time is this new Super going to stand up in front of the State BOE to demand return of local control and defend Gilmer County?
It’s supposed to be a free country but somebody better start holding “Gabes” feet to the fire for the students and Teachers. Manipulation of the behind scenes story is getting so twisted the truth gets buried deeper every day with forced secrecy and threats relating to job security more frequent. Don’t kid yourself.
The kind of thinking to just let them do what they want, give them what they want and they’ll go away encourages the state movement to get rid of our local boards to kill the public voice on education with no consequence, makes it easy. Consolidating counties with the schools is on the table now.
When over 100,000 votes combine from counties mistreated under intervention how small is that? Ask Darrell McGraw. It is obvious such attempts to suppress public information must be handled at the ballot box to be effective.
When State Appointed Superintendent Ron Blankenship changed the excess levy and used his Gilmer County collaborators to lie about it in order to spend the money any way the state wants we were told pass or fail there was no plan B for Gilmer County.That is true right now. Want to bet the same thing is true for Common Core?
Many thanks to the Gilmer Free Press for providing a forum for these long hidden secrets to come forward. If not for the internet and this site, how would anyone know anything about some of these things??
Maybe that’s how they always “did it” in good ole Gilmer County, but with the internet so available, there seems to be some explaining to do here.
A murder cover up does help explain why three of the heirs were so quick to try to secretly get rid of their father’s estate. No wonder Mike Murphy wants this wrapped up since witnesses are now coming forth that saw Everything. His wife is in knee deep and the two other heirs he’s paying for are felons and crooks. This was planned long before Willard Cottrill died and Mr. Hough DID have a conversation with the crooks well in advance, as stated by Sally Bozeat’s own words.
This whole episode of coverup of the murder of Willard Cottrill, and refusal to provide information goes back to the beginning. Who appointed Mike Wheeler to investigate a potential murder? Why was he the ONLY investigator involved? Even Mr. Hough as of a few months ago said he didn’t have enough information on this case until Mike Wheeler came back from sick leave!! Mr. Wheeler was way out of his element, had no idea what to do or how to conduct an investigation of this type. Because of this, much evidence was lost and/or disregarded. THIS is the problem in Gilmer County, they can’t admit they bungled a MURDER investigation and now they don’t know WHAT to do because it’s OBVIOUS it WAS a murder!
I am surprised by your comment, since I am a relative of AJ Woofter and currently have in my possession countless documents that will shock you that have to do with the estate. When Sheriff Metz was alerted of an actual crime involving that estate that came with PROOF by written documents, Metz refused to even get out of his chair saying, “I am not going to go over there and bother those people…” Metz was making reference to the law office of Butcher and Butcher and the executrix of the estate Rosa Belle Gainer-Cunningham. Family members firmly believe Rosa Belle Gainer and others should be in jail for what they did.
Further, Beverly Marks, along with Jean Butcher and the County Assessor’s office made sure that Rosa Belle Gainer received 6,000 from the death of Ruth Woofter, Albert’s sister, when Rosa Belle Gainer WAS NOT EVEN RELATED!! A CRIME, that Jean Butcher was shown proof of. Butchers reaction was to scream and throw the phone down, stating her lawyer said not to talk about it. Butcher in reality has no lawyer.
When Gerry Hough the prosecutor is fully aware of these facts, and allows crimes to go on and the Gilmer County Sheriff cooperates, they should ALL GO TO JAIL is what I think.
Now with the Cottrill Estate fully visible we are watching the same thing happening, only this time with the addition of a MURDER cover up.
I have many documents to publish to prove all of what I have said, would you like them to be published here on the GFP Ricky? I can always submit the story with documents.
With openness sweeping Gilmer County to stampede the high and mighty why are details about the A. J. Woofter estate being kept hidden? Reporting on what happened to that great man’s estate is important to alert citizens of grave errors to avoid with estate planning.
Gabe Devono was not here when the State made its string of bad decisions with its dictatorial rule. He has the choice of showing strength of character by doing what is right. What he can’t do is to ride the old horse of “I didn’t do it” and to blame Ron Blankenship and Charleston for past mistakes. The man deserves a fair chance and a reasonable break in period before he is judged. Ron Blankenship openly admitted that he had to do things he did not like with the message that he was under the thumb of others. Let us hope that Gabe will be an admired leader to serve in the best interests of Gilmer County not the limited few with political power and money.
Ah, now we get to the interesting part…. They Have Not talked to her about it. At all, and in fact, despite repeated FOIA requests, which have all been denied, they have continued to refuse to meet with me or reveal one fact of their 4 year “investigation”. And this “fourth heir” is the one that asked for an investigation in the first place, as well as an autopsy on Willard Cottrill that was also denied!
Harsh secrecy, is that what you call it? How about deliberate concealing of WV BOE actions both illegal and unethical to suppress public information showing nothing but contempt for this county’s elected Board, it’s citizens and it’s children. Ask about Common Core or about our schools the answers won’t be coming.
Take the time and follow a school bus or two. See the cars parked at the lower forks of Ellis or Newbern or out at Stumptown. Ask children why they are walking along roads with no shoulder morning and evening. They’ll tell you, they always have to walk to and from the school bus and won’t be talking about 500 feet no matter what the weather. School buses aren’t even running out to the borders of Gilmer County right now and who knows how many students will have to ride from Tanner all the way to Lewis County to fill their new school with Glenville just a short ride away. Who knows where the bus stops will be when we’re down to one grade school and one high school and have to haul the state required number over to Lewis County and fill their school with our kids before the high schoolers are brought back to town?
Ask your Board of Education members if they know where the buses are stopping to pick up right now or how many families are being paid for their kids to walk over a mile to a bus stop. Ask if they know how people are getting their children to school and picked up when they have to work or only have one car. They can’t tell you because they don’t know anymore and told not to ask. Ask this new Superintendent if you aren’t afraid to hurt his state paid feelings. Do you honestly believe he knows where these students live? Ask him if he knows where the sex offenders are living these days and if any children are walking past their house to get to a bus stop. Ask him when the state plows any road early if a bus doesn’t run there?
All the lies and deceit about where our money has been spent and how much debt our school system will be put in to build one elementary school in a place that won’t meet the needs because we need two schools to get the buses in on time to meet the laws for transportation by orders straight from the State Board of Education to their paid flunkies who don’t have a dog in this hunt and do not care what happens to any child but their own as long as they can get their hands on the public check book and play boss. This new $130,000 a year puppet we’re paying for won’t have any more answers than the last one.
By Ask Charleston About The Children on 08.25.2014
Here in Gilmer County we have first hand experience with State overreach and dictatorship. After years we still don’t know if we are any better off now than we were before the State took our schools. The State with its harsh brand of secrecy refuses to answer these questions. Do we have better qualified teachers overall, why have we had all the turnover of teachers and support personnel, are our children performing better, is our money being spent more wisely, why was more land purchased at Cedar Creek than needed when it is highly unlikely that Gilmer will ever have a population increase to merit building other schools, why was four times the value of the land paid for the school site, how much more money will be needed to put in a road to the school and other unannounced expenses and where will that money come from, how many of our students will be sent to Lewis County, what has the State done so far to remove specific deficiencies it claimed to exist to justify its take over and exactly what remains to be done before our schools are returned to local control? Another question is who was responsible for the inept planning to result in the site for our new school not being where cheap natural gas could be used for heating and how much will that mistake cost us over the years? Mr.Gabriel Devono, you were not here when all this happened, but you could answer the questions to provide information to Gilmer’s people.
This is Gilmer school related too. How did GSC’s enrollment pan out this time? Were we not told a few weeks ago that it would jump 17%? What was the actual % and what will it be when normal drop outs happen within a few weeks?
Venita Murphy is Mike Murphy’s wife? What does SHE have to say about what has been said? Why have we never heard a word from HER?? It’s a fact she got the morphine that killed her dad. Quiet as a mouse now.
No one is six counties under intervention is shocked Manchin and her Board don’t want to talk about this. Dictators don’t answer questions, it upsets the gestapo tactic apple cart. Not one person is surprised they grabbed federal money for consortium before the standards were finished or the ink was dry.
If they have to consider a change of plans it means they could be wrong and that can not happen. It’s the Teachers or the Parents or the Students fault or the local board just didn’t get it right, not the State Board. Ask them, then ask your local state appointed Superintendents because no matter how long they’ve had the big paycheck it won’t be their fault either.
Someone on here talks about getting ethical people to run? Well you better keep trying because unless and until we do these are the kind of people that will keep getting appointed on the friends and family plan of the good old boy network. That makes it our own fault.
It goes back and forth on the video, commission is waiving the bond Premium for one year, not the bond itself. There is a big difference there. Commissioners, can’t lower the bond or make the need for it to just go away? Original bond is for more than $330,000 and now executor want to drop the value of the estate to $60,000? Can Mr. Kennedy respond here to clarify what they are approving?
Always on the shady side no grass growing under their feet. Don’t forget new BOE Super rents from the grandson/son of Ratliff before he was on the job a month. R Ratliff sell insurance to the county and the board of ed? Jumped on that insider information PDQ. Who else heard Gabe D was looking to rent? Conflicts of interest in Gilmer County and nobody cares how ethical a deal is if a dollars on the table.
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Murphy did a pitiful job as executor and let the estate be looted. The bank account was cleaned out before Willard Cottrill was dead. He went in the hospital and was supposed to die. He fooled everyone and got better. They had to kill him because Murphy and his wife the daughter of Willard Cottrill had already stolen all of his money, so they killed him with a concoction of drugs including Morphine supplied by LOCAL in Glenville which was very much an ethical breach. THE DOCTOR LIED in the DO board inquiry and said Venita was the sister to Willard and that he had been under hospice care the last 24 hours. That hospice B*llsh*t was just that, a complete story where THE DOCTOR LIED to attempt to save her own skin for killing an innocent man.
NOW we have our prosecutor involved who is suppose to be investigating the murder which was never investigated. Wheeler stated he didn’t want THE LOCAL DOCTOR or Debbie to get into any trouble so never mentioned their name. By that very statement Wheeler proved to be a dishonest cop just like all the other law enforcement in Gilmer County.
This very case could very well get all the local elected officials and the whole lot of them caught breaking the law for they thought it was the right thing to do. A certain faction of citizens is watching every move they make in hopes of getting something that could be used to break the story regionally or nationally. It would be nice to get them all at once, for their crimes are numerous and they will just keep on breaking the rules as long as they think they can get away with it.
Paper said Tom R the older was on put the 4-H Committee for the Board of Education. Commission puts Tom R the younger on 4-H Committee.
Tom the youngers wife works for the board of ed. Both Board of Ed and Commission give money to the 4-H.
Tom the younger works for GSC. GSC trains teachers at Gilmer schools.
It may not be nepotism but it sure leans toward the shady side of friends and family and conflicts of interest when it comes to jobs and doing business in Gilmer County
“A little bit of action a few months ago” Mr. Murphy? Is that where you allowed the “sale” of the major part of the Mr. Cottrill’s estate for $25,000 cash and a camaro?? And all of this done without ANY knowledge or consent of one of the heirs? A little bit of action, indeed.
Also, How did any of the land get transferred out of the estate when one quarter of it still belongs to one of the heirs by the terms of the will?? Please explain.