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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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.


From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

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

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

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

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

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

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

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

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

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

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

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

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

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

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

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

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

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

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

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

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

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

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

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

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

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

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

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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

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

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

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

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

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

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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