One of the southern coalfield counties recently reported over 46% of their school-aged children do not have a parent in the home. Following the expensive and ineffective trend of non-violent offender incarceration is that of jailing or institutionalizing children.
High poverty, at the top with illicit drug use, no treatment available puts us number 1 again and not in a good way. Serious issues that can not be fixed overnight. Hopefully the budget problem will be reolved and the Legislature will dedicate more time to study such pressing problems and work with community leaders of every county toward effective solutions.
To those who think it is all good and well for a male to be allowed to go do his business in a females bathroom, shower room or any where that is for females you are crazy. It should be the freedom of privacy of a female to feel safe, to those who do not see this way have no “common sense” “no sense of privacy” and are asking for trouble. A male has no business in my bathroom in a public place. You are allowing sexual perverts to also access our bathrooms. When you think a male can enter a females bathroom whether wearing male or female clothing you are asking for big trouble. What is wrong with the government? Stop this before someone is injured in some way. Transgenders should have a PRIVATE restroom for them in a single bathroom with a door that locks and have it marked for uni-sex or family restroom but one stall and a locking door. Females go in the females restroom, shower room, dressing rooms and males go in the men’s restroom, shower rooms and dressing rooms. Designate a separate room for any one other than a true female or male and leave the ones of us who believe this alone. What is so hard or difficult with that? It should be the majority of believers but in this administration it is if one person is offended let’s change to please them and to heck with everyone else. OK I am offended because I am not rich and I expect all of those with money to give it to me, new car, new house and all the rest. MY feelings are hurt. BOO HOO. Washington you have the ability to stop this bathroom issue. Remember you have a pen and phone. God created ADAM, a male and EVE a female. Two sexes male and female. GOD does not make mistakes so trying to add a third gender is WRONG and going against GOD. GOD HELP AMERICA!!!
More service building,gym and office area than classrooms. A whole lot of money for not much of anything to improve education. Not likely to see a fair shake from the WVBOE. Not until every available dollar is spent and that excess levy gets voted down. When the ones who treat a public checkbook as their own are in power consider yourself in trouble.
The WVBOE took precisely zero action on the Gilmer County OEPA agenda item in April.State Board members did not even vote to accept the report. It is expected it will be addressed on their May agenda.
Reporters say G. Devono made a statement to the BOE that he wanted that report changed.
Several closed door unprincipled meetings were held the day of the meeting and thereafter. One question.
Will state actions reveal the State Board of Education and the OEPA are controlled by intervention county Superintendents? Will the truth finally come out as to why the State Board fails repeatedly to improve the status of education in West Virginia? Could a large part of the failure be because of this unlawful and unethical alliance which excludes lawful,local boards of education whom they should be working with as elected liasons? Is the State Board of Ed more interested in creating a who’s who list for a silly Charleston clique than meeting the needs of the children?
Very good news about the forward movement regarding the dam removal project here in Oregon. Here in the Pacific NW, we’re very familiar with damn removal, particularly the largest dam removal project to date on the Elwa River in Washington state. Contrary to concerns, the Elwa project has increased the river delta estuary, lessoning what has been rapidly eroding. Looking forward to updates.
Good coaches are a lot like smartphones. Both can, if used correctly support and track our good qualities and bettering ourselves; both can are crucial in the area of sports (phones remind of of appointments and we receive necessary updates; both are used to make us self aware especially when things aren’t going well; both are big for encouraging and creating life skills of taking responsibility; both are very necessary in teaching how to attain goals, so important in individuals; both excel as confidence boosters and hopefully at the end are self confidence promoters; in both we become conscious of what we excel at and what we need to work on; and lastly the actual quality ultimately sets the tone our days. And coaches always effect us, both on and off the court. Big congratulations to coach Kim Stephens. Go Lady Pioneers!
You should ask Gabe Devono to make a learned community presentation at which he would review published results of valid studies done to evaluate pros and cons of middle schools in the USA.
Hucksters can make them sound good, but you know what? In general the schools did not produce as marketed. Read the education literature
If you have special “cultural” problems in Gilmer County which are not openly disclosed by Gabe Devono and other advocates for the middle school why haven’t your citizens been fully informed about them?
Say “special” cultural problems do exist, what are the options for dealing with them other than having a middle school? Surely, other options are available.
Sounds as if you may have school administration problems or ones which are manufactured to suit motives of a vested interest group.
When convincing reasons for doing something are not disclosed to the public to fail to gain acceptance by the majority there is a valid basis to suspect bogus motives.
Not one word of what the community wanted mattered when it came to closing our elementary schools. Not one word will matter now. Poor planning over and over by the state board of ed. No vision, no concern for the future. This middle school move is just a bandaid for Superintendent blunders. Now he’s dragging the sixth grade backwards with him.
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 ~~