Big East Signs Agreement for New Bowl in Yankee Stadium


The BIG EAST Conference has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees to participate in a new college football bowl game to be played at Yankee Stadium. The game, which is pending the approval of the NCAA Bowl Licensing Committee, would begin at the conclusion of the 2010 season.

A team from the Big 12 Conference will be the BIG EAST’s opponent in the game. The BIG EAST will provide its third or fourth selection to the game. The Big 12 will provide its seventh pick. The agreement will run for four years, 2010 through 2013.

The name, date and television plans of the inaugural game are to be announced.

“Partnering with the New York Yankees to create a premier postseason bowl game is a natural way for the BIG EAST to further capitalize on its presence in New York City,“ said Commissioner John Marinatto. “The BIG EAST and its men’s basketball championship have become as much a part of New York City as Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden. The Yankees represent the very best in sports in the greatest city in the world. We believe this bowl game will become a staple for the BIG EAST Conference for many years to come.“

Yankee Stadium opened for the 2009 baseball season. The original Yankee Stadium hosted college football games beginning the year it opened, including Fordham University and New York University home games from 1923-46. Army played Notre Dame there from 1925-46. From 1968-73 and 1978-87 Grambling played in a series of games there which was known as the Whitney Young Urban Classic. In 1962, Yankee Stadium hosted the Gotham Bowl. Nebraska defeated Miami (FL.) 36-34.

The new Stadium already has scheduled regular-season football games in future years, including a game between Rutgers and Army in 2011.

The bowl at Yankee Stadium is the second new postseason game announced by the BIG EAST for 2010. The conference previously announced an agreement with the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, FL.

The BIG EAST has enjoyed significant bowl success over the past three seasons, compiling a 12-4 record. The BIG EAST is a charter member of the Bowl Championship Series.

2009 West Virginia Film Festival in Glenville and Sutton


The 10th annual West Virginia Filmmakers Festival starts Wednesday (Tonight) at Glenville State College, September 30, 2009 at Glenville State College, and October 2, 3, 4 in Sutton, WV at the Landmark Studio for the Arts and Elk Theater.  The festival is a juried showcase of works created by a variety of West Virginia film and video artists.

Starting in 2001, WV’s own filmmakers and filmmakers from around the country who made films about West Virginia have been premiering their films in Sutton at the Landmark Studio for the Arts and the Elk Theater. This year, in honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary, we have created a special category – 10-minute film.

Many of the films that have won honors were shown latter around the state and country. Last year’s “best film” winner, “Burning the Future: Coal in America” won many awards around the world including the international Pare Lorentz Award, given in honor of the work of West Virginia’s most famous filmmaker, Pare Lorentz of Clarksburg, WV. Each year, one filmmaker is selected as the “West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year.“ This award is the most prestigious award given annually to a West Virginia filmmaker.

Ticket price is $5 per event or $15 festival pass. Tickets maybe purchased at the festival.

Day Time Location Film/EventMins
Wednesday 6:30 PMMollahan Center, GlenvilleArchive5
9/30/2009Farmer Brown4
 Elk Hotel34
Friday6:00 PMElk TheatreReconstructing Bill:The Story of Governor William C. Marland56


7:15 PMElk TheatreMadalina34
 8:00 PMElk TheatreBlood River90
Saturday8:50 AMElk TheatreThe Long Runway Home:52
 10:00 AMLa Dolce VitaWV Filmmakers Guild Meeting 
 10:10 AMElk Theater Cashing Out 98
 12:00 PMCafé Cimino Little Dishes PubWV Mountain Music 40
 1:00 PMElk TheatreKen Heckler in the Pursuit of Justice60
 1:15 PMLandmark StudioThe Education of Bertie Mac McClanahan31
 2:30 PMElk TheaterA Muslim Grandpa in WV9
   Meadow Bridge27
 3:00 PMLandmark StudioLove is too Risky6
   Beer Pong8
   Seth Martin and Friends10
   Lt. Chicken10
 4:00 PMElk TheatreOur Phishing Trip64
   Racism in WV: Is it Really That Bad?15
 6:00 PMElk TheatreCoal Country90
 8:00 PMElk TheatreVitreol:6
   Postcard From Ganges:8
   Morning Blood2
   Bloody Popcorn3
   The Ugly Bowl8
   Guy Bet12
   The Paradigm Shift26
 10:00 PMBraxton Co Court HouseCarpenter Ants 
 11:30 PMElk HostelReception 
Sunday12:00 PMElk Theatre40 Years: The WV Highlands Conservancy


 1:30 PMLa Dolce VitaFestival Dinner 
 3:00 PMElk TheatreBlood River90

Let’s Go Mountaineer Cheer

“Let’s goooo Mountaineers!“
One man is working to bring that traditional West Virginia University chant back to Game Day in Morgantown and he’s taken to YouTube to make it happen in time for Thursday night’s game against Colorado.

Redmond, who has attended every WVU home game since the 1960s, leads an instructional video on the chant.  He says the traditional chant started back in the 1930s at old Mountaineer Field.

“When the Mountaineers moved to the new stadium, it was bigger.  People were more spread out and the cheer was more difficult to do,“  Redmond says in the video that’s been viewed more than 10,000 times.  “Over time, it just kind of disappeared.”

In the video, he demonstrates the proper chant technique.  There are two parts to it.

“There’s the words, ‘Let’s Go Mountaineers,‘ and then there’s an arm pump that goes along with the words.“

Redmond says the ‘magic of the thing’ is when there are thousands of people doing the chant at one time.



Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
4:38 AM EDT, Wednesday, September 30, 2009






Gross Domestic Product 2009:Q2 (3rd est.)‏


News: Real gross domestic product—the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States—decreased at an annual rate of 0.7% in the second quarter of 2009, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the “third” estimate released today.
Although this is a decrease, but it is better-than-expected showing that buttressed beliefs the economy is growing now.

The small dip in gross domestic product for the April-June quarter follows the 6.4% annualized drop in the first three months of this year, the worst slide in nearly three decades.

In the final quarter of last year, the economy sank at a rate of 5.4%

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Report - 09.28.09



Opening of Meeting

Meeting was called to order by President Phyllis Starkey. All the members, Larry Butcher, Dorothy Rhoades, Alton Skinner, and Misty Pritt, as well as Mr. John Bennett, the Superintendent were present.
The minutes of previous meeting on September 14, 2009 were approved unanimously.

Superintendent Report

—- A report on supplemental insurance was made. Superintendent indicated that no decision had been made and the agents were still working to get him the information.

—- William-Scottman’s two miscellaneous charges questioned at last meeting:
The $750 charge was for electrical inspection.
The charge of $7000.00 was for the restroom in the modular classrooms. This charge was made because the modular did not come with restrooms. Superintendent said the charge was reduced to $3500.00 after the inquiry was made. This was a saving of $3500.00 for questioning the charge.

—- WVU engineers have been at Sand Fork Elementary School last Friday to perform necessary tests. They had also planned to return on Tuesday to perform additional tests.

—- The person who RESA VII had recommended for grade school counselor had submitted resignation. Superintendent thought position need reposted.

Board Report

Board member, Dorothy Rhoades reported on the meeting in Preston County ….

Administrative Reports

No Child Left Behind Report - Connie Frame, Brenda Bleigh
A report on No Child Left Behind was presented to Board members indicating that Gilmer had made AYP. Details of report were discussed as well as the fact only Gilmer, Calhoun, and Wirt Counties had made AYP. Comments were made that it was interesting because all the mentioned counties have benefited for having small schools.  It was noted that last year’s 4th and 11th graders scored the lowest.

Child Nutrition Report - Joe Frashure
Joe Frashure supported adding the two half time cooks for Glenville and Sand fork Elementary Schools. The idea was discussed in previous meeting because of number of students in these schools. State guideline is for 12 meals cooked per cook hour. Currently, the number is 21 for Glenville and 22 for Sand Fork. He said currently Glenville has 1.5 Cook, it should be 2.5, and Sand Fork has 1 and it should be 2. There were also extensive discussions on menu choice, Hot and Cold meals, and Offer vs. Served. Frashure indicated that WV has the strictest guidelines for menu and they tend going for more homemade food.

Executive Session

Board members and superintendent entered into executive session to hear the concerns of two parents.


Approval of Budget Carryover Supplement in the amount of (-$45,866.99)
The Treasurer Kendra Brown reported this amount was a carryover from 2004 and was the funds that were not spent.
Approval of Budget Supplements in the amount of $22,853.79
Motion made to approve by Dorothy Rhoades, seconded by Alton Skinner, passed 5-0.

Approval of Budget Transfers in the amount of $55,962.87
Motion made to approve by Larry Butcher, seconded by Alton Skinner, passed 5-0.

Approval of August 2009 Treasurers Report
Approval of August 2009 Financial Statement

Motion made to approve by Alton Skinner, seconded by Larry Butcher, passed 5-0.

Approval of Annual Report FY 2009
Motion made to approve by Alton Skinner, seconded by Misty Pritt, passed 5-0.

Approval of Payment of Invoices in the amount of $225,077.98
Questions were made about multiple invoices for further explanations.
Nasia Butcher, GCHS Principal was questioned about some charges.
An invoice for the amount of about $28000 for iPods for Sand Fork sparked some emotions. Board member Phyllis Starkey questioned Brenda Bleigh why they were not told about the purchase before and why it was not bid. The invoice was presented for payment in this meeting and Brenda Bleigh said funds had to be spent by September 30, 2009. Kendra Brown said they knew about the fund as early as September 1, 2009. Board questioned why they were not informed at the meeting of September 14, 2009? The board indicated that they need to know ahead of time what the money was to be spent on before being presented with an invoice for payment. Board members needed to know about the spending as they are the ones responsible for funds and balances at the end of the year. She pointed out that there were no objections about the purchase, only the fact the procedures were not followed.
Motion made to approve by Larry Butcher, seconded by Dorothy Rhoades, passed 5-0.

Executive Session

Board members, superintendent and Kendra Brown entered into another executive session by request of Superintendent.


Action on Additional Cook position
Upon return from executive session, Superintendent recommended a cook be contracted through RESA. This cook can be used in Glenville Elementary during breakfast and Sand Fork elementary for lunch.
Motion made to approve by Alton skinner, seconded by Misty Pritt, passed 5-0.

Action on additional Maintenance position
Superintendent reported on need for additional help in maintenance department. He reported that Jesse McVaney had said he would rather contract the work instead of hiring another person.

Action on Board Workshop
Board Workshop was discussed for needs project proposal and technology concerns. The workshop was set for Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM at the Board Office.
Motion made to approve by Alton Skinner, seconded by Misty Pritt, passed 5-0.

Approval of GES , NES, SFES, TES and GCHS Volunteers for 2009-10
Approval of TES Fund Raising Groups for 2009-10
Motion made to approve by Misty Pritt, seconded by Dorothy Rhoades, passed 5-0.

Discussion and Possible Action on Investment in CGCC Project
Mr. Bennett reported that Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center was short of $4865.00 in budget after the money they had received for $352,500 from SBA for center improvements. The decision was made the amount can be supplied by Gilmer and Calhoun counties, with each paying one-half. The amount will be $2432.50 for each county.
Motion made to approve by Dorothy Rhoades, seconded by Larry Butcher, passed 5-0.

Discussion and Possible Action on Surplus Auctions
Normantown Elementary School Principal Patty Lowther, requested some surplus items to be auctioned to create more space.  Suggestion was made that other schools could take their surplus to Normantown Auction with proceeding going to each school for their items.
Motion made to approve by Alton Skinner, seconded by Misty Pritt, passed 5-0.


Resignation of Kathy Davis accepted.
Motion made to approve by Misty Pritt, seconded by Dorothy Rhoades, passed 5-0.


Auxiliary Varsity Cheerleading Coach - GCHS 2009-10 – Alea Hinterer
Amber Frashure,  Mentor Teacher, Title I Reading for Erica Dennison
Marie Schimmel, Mentor Teacher, Itinerant Sp. Ed. (LD/MI/BD), GES/GCHS for Katie Martin
Halftime Itinerant Sp. Ed. Teacher (LD/MI/BD) GES for 2009-10 – Katherine Davis
Motion made to approve by Misty Pritt, seconded by Alton Skinner, passed 5-0.

Job Postings

Elementary Boys Basketball Coach 09-10 - Glenville Elementary
Elementary Boys Basketball Coach 09-10 - Normantown Elementary
Elementary Boys Basketball Coach 09-10 - Sand Fork Elementary
Elementary Boys Basketball Coach 09-10 - Troy Elementary
Elementary Girls Basketball Coach 09-10 - Glenville Elementary
Elementary Girls Basketball Coach 09-10 - Normantown Elementary
Elementary Girls Basketball Coach 09-10 - Sand Fork Elementary
Elementary Girls Basketball Coach 09-10 - Troy Elementary
Elementary Cheerleading Coach 09-10 - Glenville Elementary
Elementary Cheerleading Coach 09-10 - Normantown Elementary
Elementary Cheerleading Coach 09-10 - Sand Fork Elementary
Elementary Cheerleading Coach 09-10 - Troy Elementary
Assistant Varsity Girls Track Coach 09-10 – GCHS
Mini Titan Boys Track Coach -GCHS 2009-10
Mini Titan Girls Track Coach - GCHS 2009-10
Mini Titan Boys Basketball Coach - GCHS 2009-10
Mini Titan Girls Basketball Coach - GCHS 2009-10
Mentor Teacher, Music/Band - Randall J. Cook
Substitute Secretary
Tutor – All Schools 2009-10
Motion made to approve by Misty Pritt, seconded by Larry butcher, passed 5-0.

Discussions of Board Members Concerns

Mrs. Starkey indicated that she still needed to know about the state mandate on Technology issues that has been mentioned and not explained.

The Next Regular Meeting - October 12, 2009, GCHS library, 7:00 PM.

Photography Contest for Students


Two Age Groups:
9-13 years old
14-18 years old

First Place winners receive $25 each.
Second Place receives $15 each.
Third Place receives $10 each.

→ Entries may be black & white or color, and
→ Must be at least 3 X 5 inches in size, and
→ Must be in Gilmer Public Library by November 1, 2009 or before.
→ Entrants must be students (public, private or home school).
→ Entrants will remain anonymous until judging is completed.
→ Photos will be on display in the library through November.
→ Winners will be announced November 16, 2009.

~~  By Susan Atkinson   ~~

Less Is More - Braxton County Reversing Course


Smaller Schools vs. Larger Schools?, Consolidate or Not?

Well, Braxton County Board of Education has decided to reverse course and is moving the 5th and 6th graders back to elementary schools.

This is quite an interesting move as West Virginia has spent more than $1 billion on closing over 300 small schools (one in every five in the state) since 1990.

There are fewer schools now, in spite of the fact the number of local administrators has gone up even as the number of students has declined.

The school closings have saved money in some places, but West Virginia now spends more of its education budget busing students than any other state. The state has saved no money overall and tens of thousands of students take excruciatingly long bus rides each day.

Braxton County officials are hoping that this move will result in better test scores.

Braxton County residents approved a school bond sale to make this move possible. The bond sale will generate the funds necessary to improve the elementary schools for this decision.

Additionally, the return of 5th and 6th graders to Braxton’s six elementary schools will help their enrollments currently ranging from 81 to 206.

Braxton County Superintendent also has noted another major reason for the decision: to avoid any possible school closing in each community they serve.

2009 GCHS Homecoming Parade


The Gilmer County High School Homecoming parade will be held on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 5:00 PM.
Those who are interested in being a part of the parade need to fill out a registration form and turn it in to the Gilmer County High School main office no later than Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM.
You can pick up parade forms from the High School office.
For more information or to have a form faxed to you, please contact Mr. Casey Smith at Gilmer County High School at 304.462.7960 or e-mail “”

Longer Seasons Likely to Increase Hunting Pressure


Like a growing number of states, West Virginia was aiming to make a dent in its fast-growing deer population when it created its first-ever September hunting season this year.

But the upshot of such changes across the country often is more hunters spending more time - and money - pursuing deer.

Federal government figures show more than 10 million big game hunters spent approximately $11.8 billion annually, a number that has increased despite waning participation in the sport.

As the number of hunters has dropped, the population of whitetail deer - by far the most common big game animal - has climbed across much of the United States.

Wildlife biologists have responded by increasing opportunities to kill whitetails, particularly in warmer-weather states where extreme winter cold doesn’t help check deer numbers.

Some states have lengthened hunting seasons, others have increased bag limits. Some have tried to increase access to private land.

State agencies are very supportive of keeping the traditions of hunting alive and one of the ways you do that is providing more opportunities for folks to get out there.

West Virginia opened its first-ever September archery season in the middle of the month, allowing bow hunters to pursue deer in 36 counties. The following week, the state opened a muzzleloader season. The changes are aimed at reducing the state’s deer population, which is estimated at 1 million. Last year, West Virginia hunters killed 162,371 deer, up from 145,937 in 2007.

Other states have tried different approaches.

Kansas has established a zone around Kansas City where the aim is to essentially eliminate the deer population, said Steve Williams, president of the Wildlife Management Institute, a 98-year-old conservation group.

Pennsylvania has established similar rings around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Some states have made it easier to shoot does - populations drop more quickly if the breeding females are eliminated - while others have increased seasons. Some require hunters to kill a doe before shooting a buck.

Just how many of West Virginia’s estimated 300,000 deer hunters take the hint and get out earlier than usual - or even buy an extra doe tag or two - is a tough call given the response to past efforts to expand hunting.

When West Virginia decided to overlap firearms seasons for bucks and does, the aim was to reduce the burgeoning deer population. That worked, but it’s less clear whether the change sent more hunters to the field or increased permit purchases.

The most recent National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation shows spending by big game hunters increased from 2001 to 2005 to $11.8 billion, from $10.1 billion. Overall, spending on hunting declined to $22.9 billion, from $23.5 billion in the same period. People who kept hunting, though, continued to spend an average of 17.5 days per year in the field.

Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources has taken a new approach to combating the state’s swollen deer population this fall by trying to hook up hunters with farmers in a state where 95 percent of land is in private hands. People looking for a place to hunt can sign up on, as can farmers seeking hunters.

States such as Kansas and Montana already have programs that pay landowners to allow hunting parties.

Increasing programs to provide access is part of what agencies are supposed to do.

In Pennsylvania, giving hunters more opportunities to shoot does by overlapping the season for antlered and antlerless deer a number of years ago generated greater interest.

The change also gave hunters the opportunity to keep going after they took the first deer of the year, without waiting several weeks for a brief doe season.



There will be Longaberger Basket and authentic Coach Purse Bingo on Friday, October 2, 2009.
Doors open at 5:00 PM and bingo starts at 6:00 PM.
There will be ten baskets and ten purses for a small fee.
There will be a special 21st game offered on the day of the Bingo for a super prize.
Concessions will be available.
For tickets, stop by the Senior Center or call 304.462.5761.

WV Getting Serious for Swine Flu Outbreak


West Virginia has taken a serious step in fighting a possible outbreak from the H1N1 virus.

The Department of Health and Human Resources has reactivated its swine flu incident command system in order to oversee and coordinate efforts in case of a widespread outbreak.

The H1N1 ICS was created this past spring amid reports of the initial spread of the disease in America and abroad. However, it was later deactivated in June and moved into more of a supporting role for work being done by the county health agencies.

With the arrival of the H1N1 vaccine on the horizon, the ICS will also head up the distribution efforts there. The DHHR is hoping widespread distribution can begin by early November.

WVU and MU Football


West Virginia University
Jarrett Brown watched the tapes of West Virginia’s loss at Auburn five times in a two-day span, looking for tips on how to overcome an awful performance.

The sessions, it turns out, gave him a boost of confidence.

Brown is determined to make things right after throwing four interceptions, losing a fumble and bruising his non-throwing shoulder when he was tackled in the fourth quarter of the 41-30 loss on September 19, 2009.

A bye week helped Brown’s shoulder improve, and by early this week, Coach Bill Stewart said Brown was his old self and will play Thursday night when the Mountaineers (2-1) host Colorado (1-2).

“Jarrett has that big smile back,“ Stewart said. “He was throwing lasers.“

Brown set career highs for passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense earlier this month in a home win over East Carolina. Then came the debacle at Auburn, Brown’s first career road start in which he said he did an “awful job taking care of the ball.

“I didn’t get much sleep that night because I was thinking about those plays over and over and over,“ Brown said. “I see that loss as a blessing because it humbled me so much and made me a much better player. I learned how to take a loss.

“I don’t want to put the whole thing behind me. I need something for motivation. Like I always say, experience is the best teacher you could have.“

Brown so far has brought a different look to a spread offense that ran 63% of the time last season when Pat White set the NCAA for most career yards rushing by a quarterback. Back in 2006 WVU ran the ball 72% of the time in White’s sophomore season.

Now, Stewart is stressing a downfield movement rather than plays that initially head laterally along the line of scrimmage. Too often in the past the offense got bottled down trying to spring someone to the outside, resulting at times in only minimal gains.

With Noel Devine leading the way, the Mountaineers are running the ball at only a 53% clip so far this season. Brown is sixth nationally in total offense at 335 yards per game and he’s taken Stewart’s aggressive approach to heart.

On a team where wide receivers’ job descriptions in the past mostly involved blocking, Brown is getting them the ball.

Nineteen of West Virginia’s offensive plays so far have gained 20 yards or more. Fourteen have involved Brown and five have been passes to wide receiver Jock Sanders, who is putting together another great season after leading the Mountaineers in receiving a year ago.

Sanders, who spent six months off the team following an alcohol-related arrest before being reinstated in August, is a short-pass threat at slot receiver and ranks third in the Football Bowl Subdivision with nearly 10 catches per game. Sanders has yet to speak to the media this season, but Stewart believes he has become a team leader with his work ethic.

“We are trying to spread the defense and Jock has an innate ability to get open and make catches, and he doesn’t drop the ball very often,“ Stewart said. “He has great explosion when he catches the ball.“

Brad Starks and Alric Arnett are solid downfield targets and average more than 18 yards per catch apiece. Starks, a converted quarterback, also gives WVU an element of surprise. He threw a 31-yard pass against Auburn.

“I think it gives defenses a lot more to think about than just coming in and worrying about a couple players,“ Starks said.

Colorado has allowed 19 plays of 20 yards or more, including seven of more than 40 yards this season, meaning Brown and Co. will look to pile up the yards - if he can stay out of trouble first.

“We’ve got a new plan for a different team,“ Brown said. “We’re going to focus on taking care of the ball and executing our plays. We’re going to play a lot harder.“

Marshall University
MARSHALL - Darius Marshall went off for 203 yards and three scores on the ground, as the Thundering Herd opened C-USA play with a 27-16 victory at Memphis. Marshall (3-1), which outgained Memphis 243-119 on the ground, has now won two straight games with East Carolina on tap this weekend.

Quarterback Brian Anderson wasn’t needed much with the success on the ground and he completed 10-of-18 pass attempts for 97 yards.

Tight end Cody Slate had three receptions for a team-high 45 yards in the victory.

EAST CAROLINA - Dwayne Harris scored a pair of touchdowns and the Pirates began defense of their C-USA title with a 19-14 win over UCF this past weekend.

Harris hauled in 10 balls for 121 yards and a score, in addition to rushing 25 yards for a second touchdown.

Quarterback Patrick Pinkney hit on 27-of-40 pass attempts for 293 yards and a score, helping the Pirates roll up 403 yards of total offense.

ECU’s defense also got involved, forcing five turnovers and recording four sacks in the win. C.J. Wilson and Linval Joseph each had 1.5 sacks for the Pirates, who snapped a two-game slide.

ECU will continue league play this weekend against Marshall in Huntington.



The extremely wet summer West Virginia experienced in 2009 may result in a big Asian Lady Beetle (ALB) population this fall, and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is encouraging homeowners to begin taking action now to protect against severe infestations.

WVDA Entomologist Berry Crutchfield, Ph.D., recommends that all points of entry to a house be sealed with caulking, weather stripping, screens or other material. Concentrate around doors, windows, foundation, attic vents, seams in siding, under eaves or where pipes and wires enter the structure. Seal interior entry points to individual rooms, concentrating around windows, vents, light fixtures, electrical outlets, etc. These practices are often easier said than done, but are the most reliable long-term control methods.

In early to mid-October consider treating logical entry points on the exterior of the home with an insecticide labeled for “structure-invading” insect pests (e.g. Bayer Advanced Home Pest Control, Ortho Bug-B-Gone, Ortho Home Defense, Spectracide Bug Stop, Suspend, Tempo), or look for products with these active ingredients: Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Deltamethrin, Esfenvalerate or Tralomethrin. Follow label directions. This treatment works best if performed just before beetles arrive.

During winter months periodically remove individual beetles in the living portions of the home with a vacuum cleaner. Empty and dispose of vacuum cleaner contents after each session, or use a nylon stocking stuffed into the vacuum hose and secured around the outside with a rubber band to prevent beetles from entering the vacuum cleaner and to minimize unpleasant odor. Place sticky boards or fly paper near select lights to attract and capture active beetles. Insecticide treatments are of little value during winter months.

Also known as the “Halloween” or “Japanese” lady beetle, the first established population of this insect was discovered in Louisiana in 1988. Since that time, the beetle has increased its range to include most areas of the United States and parts of southern Canada. It was first reported in West Virginia in 1992.

Contrary to popular myth, ALB has never been released by WVDA.

“Although several states attempted to release and establish the beetle as a biological control agent for fruit and nut tree pests, most of these release attempts were considered failures and it remains unclear exactly how the beetles entered the country. No such releases have ever been attempted in West Virginia, and their movement here was part of a natural expansion from other states,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass. Commissioner Douglass noted that he has approached the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the complaints he has received over the years, but little progress has been made in finding a more effective control method for these insects.

WV Fire Season Starts Tomorrow


West Virginia’s fall forest fire season starts Tomorrow, Thursday, October 1 and runs through December 31, 2009.

During the three months of October, November and December, all outdoor burning is prohibited from 7 AM to 4 PM.

Residents may burn vegetative materials, including brush, leaves and limbs, only after 4 PM.

Anyone conducting outdoor burning must stay with the fire until it is completely extinguished, and all burning must be concluded prior to 7 AM.

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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.

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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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??

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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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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!


From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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