As published by Bob Weaver of the Hur Herald,“a decision could be made Monday night at a Calhoun Board of Education meeting to renew a contract with Tim Woodward as the Calhoun Superintendent of Schools.
Woodward is completing a two-year contract with the school system.
Also about a dozen positions are on the board agenda under Reduction in Force.“
The WVDE directed Calhoun into their deficit problem when they shoved them toward the expense of a second elementary that was not really necessary at the time. Calhoun would have been far better off passing an excess levy versus going in debt.
This is prime example of the state’s inability to foresee budget problems. State budget woes confirm the same lack of vision from the top. Is this likley to be the future for Gilmer County Schools?
If we read the same book isn’t there something in there says all have sinned and fell short of the Glory of God and he who is without sin cast the first stone? Nothing about it being true if you only feel a certain way about something.
Action is necessary is right. Public office should not be used as a bully pulpit.
By What's The Boss Doing About This? on 02.12.2016
Frankly, I do not like this type of marriage, but who the hell am I to judge? God is THE ONLY judge. What we have here is a very very bad customer service. The county commissioners and the county clerk must take action on this immediately. All of you are getting paid by taxpayers’ money and must obey the laws of the land. If you do not like any of it and refuse to obey it then you should get the hell out of your positions. What a sad way to put the Gilmer County on the map! For a very poor customer service.
As a Concerned Citizen it is my duty to answer questions about the AJ Woofter Estate since I am the person that hired several attorneys to combat that matter and it was a very long fight. First Margaret Kreiner was an attorney she is a high ranking member of the Council on Aging and has a practice in Akron, Ohio. Then, I hired Greg Freeman who is also a federal attorney, he became frustrated with no response from the Butchers,etc. I retained Roger C**** for an expensive 5 figure amount of CASH and he was a powerful enough Attorney to finally get the estate closed. Tim B****** charged as much as #$10,850.00 per day for his services on the AJ Woofter Estate. The term my attorney used to describe this is calling padding his fees. I have the paperwork, letters etc and can publish these facts and prove it, and I already have in the past. Sheriff M*** was asked to get involved in some of the illegalities that could be PROVEN and HE ABSOLUTELY REFUSED!!. He said, “I am not going to go over and bother those people” NOW I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT THIS IS THE SAME SITUATION THAT HAS HAPPENED WITH THE WILLARD COTTRILL ESTATE -EXACTLY THE SAME DEAL - AND I HAVE SHARED THIS WITH A WELL KNOWN HOMICIDE DETECTIVE AND THAT NAME AND NUMBER IS ON RECORD WITH THE GFP. I GAVE HIM LINKS TO ALL OF THE COUNTLESS PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED LOCALLY AND HE AGREED WITH ME - AT THE LEAST A WRONGFUL DEATH OCCURRED - EMBEZZLEMENT DID HAPPEN AND POSSIBLE OTHER CRIMES. Please contact the GFP for more answers to your questions. We have them.
I live in Gilmer County, and I will marry them. I am an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. Samantha & Amanda, if you are reading this, I will give my contact info to the GFP to give to you, and I will marry you. I am so very sorry for the way you have been treated by the staff of our courthouse.
Since they didn’t hold enough belief not to give the license why didn’t they do what they do to everybody else. Give the license then trash talk them when they leave.
It’s not right to take a government paycheck and treat the customers bad.
Wow I Can believe that this happened. Most people believe in the bible and wanna live the “christian” way,but it also says that you should not judge others. People wake up stop judging, and actually live your christian ways. My question is did it affect your personal life,that people who are happy and in love be married?! Like geez its our right to do what we want!! I cannot wait to marry my wife we are absolutely happy and in love going on 6 years so come June 2017 Gilmer county clerks I’ll see ya then!!!
Debbie Allen should be fired immediately. Her job is to check citizen-applicants meet all legal requirement, process paperwork, and issue government licenses. If she wants to preach religious condemnation, she needs to do it on her time.
Willard won’t be truly happy and rest in peace until it’s ALL over and justice has come to those involved. Just paying back the money to the Estate isn’t the answer. There is much more of this story yet to come.
This final resolution of the long drawn out Cottrill Estate showed that when Gilmer County Public officials work together as a team and are determined, mountains can be moved. It practically took moving a mountain to finally. after years,finalize this estate. Does it really matter now who is to blame for the ordeal to have taken so long? This was a respectable resolve to a very difficult and complicated legal matter. I wish to thank the three commissioners for their diligence. For, even in the face of ridicule, they kept moving forward to get to the bottom of all the facts of a situation that was far from normal, and had a great potential to erupt into an unfortunate volatile situation. Thanks for your hard work and community consideration.
I checked to try to locate documentation of clearly defined remedial action the Gilmer County School Board must take to get it off the WVDOE’s dysfunctional list. Not there and never was.
No progress reports given either and that is something hard to understand form Charleston’s education elites.
The failure to provide guidance on remediation to follow demonstrates that the WVDOE relies on arbitrary and capacious decision-making instead of objective facts.
Citizens believe that the dysfunction term as used by the WVDOE means never ask any questions, clap vigorously when the WVDOE does anything similar to what happens in North Korea with its dictatorial leader, and, never, never, never exercise any independent thinking.
Considering all that has happened in Charleston including its inability to understand math to prevent millions of dollars of mistakes with school funding and its innumerable other blunders to keep WV stuck at 47th place for education, the WVDOE is not a stellar example of expertise to seek out for help.
What we face from the WVDOE relates to its greed, arrogance, and the retention of power over local school systems.
Everyone is exceedingly proud of our teachers, staff, and students in Gilmer County.
What was chronicled demonstrates the high degree of dedication and competency among those high caliber individuals under crippling conditions of State intervention.
For the WVDOE to hog all the credit is outrageous. What was on the list which would not have happened anyway through involvement of our outstanding school system’s employees?
What has the WVDOEe done to improve academic achievement during its five years of intervention? The answer is nothing we know of from existing evidence.
Has the % of those who go to college who must take remedial courses diminished? What is the rate of success for those who go directly from high school to get high paying career jobs? Has that improved?
What about the %s of GCHS students who are college and career ready? Has that improved? If it has were is the proof?
What about the WVDOE’s secrecy with the County’s finances, personnel, curriculum, facilities,and other areas? Do you know of any improvements in open disclosure.
Are we any better off now for any of those mentioned categories than we were before intervention?
What about The WVDOE working with our elected school board to demonstrate its high quality leadership skills so there will be close teamwork to achieve common education goals for the County?
The answer to this as we know from watching the tapes is zero. The board is treated with outright contempt by the WVDOE
We know that the WVDOE signed the checks for the Cedar Creek project and it negotiated the Hays City deal along the river to get the State out of its mismanagement and squandering public money scrape at Cedar Creek.
More could be added, but it is clear that both sides of the intervention story must be told to ensure that there is full disclosure of the facts.
It sounds if the WVDOE is campaigning to continue to keep its appointed superintendent in Gilmer County after local control is restored.
That blunder would cause a continuation of the chaos to which Gilmer County has been subjected for five years.
Reading of secret meetings by Devano is very telling of the inability of Charleston to correct any of the woes of the State Board of Education.
They have no clue how to make any positive changes to the education system. Put bluntly, West Virginians are SOL for any remedy.
Unadvertised meetings, local Gilmer board not informed or invited. Ethically, morally, functionally, the WVBE is a total failure. Unable to calculate the necessary math to even fund the school districts properly. Leading the way of floundering and failing education in America.
The next move will be to do their long past due audit of Gilmer County, come back in some official report that ‘all is well’ under their guidance, with the exception that our local elected board is dysfunctional, and that they, the enlightened Charleston Bureau-cators, must keep control of Gilmer indefinitely.
Its required to keep Cousin Gabe on the pay-rolla until he can retire. The WVBE knows its not possible they could be any of the problem. Linger pretty well spells that out.
Funny how the Legislature is encroaching into the ‘domain’ of the Bureau-cators. Thanks Linger for pointing that out. Great admission.
By West Virginia - The Education Hell Hole on 02.10.2016
McDowell County Schools has lost 400 students in the past 5 years.
Between 20 and 30 positions were eliminated last year alone.
So much for Gayle M’s save McDowell campaign. Do hear she some new Teachers Village housing now.
By McDowell Needs Help Not Political Promises on 02.09.2016
The sign in sheet said Gilmer County Board of Education. Appears if Devano has a meeting then he is the Gilmer Board and his meetings aren’t subject to open meeting laws. What code or rule covers that?
Why does he need to have little secret meetings is the question? What is he telling that’s not true?
The GFP reporter was told it couldn’t be video taped by Devano. Now why is that?
Devano’s not fooling anybody. We all know that gym talk is a smoke screen. What teams do you think we’ll have? A bunch of hoops for gym classes and dividing wall. The Rec Center handling the rest. We went. Very disappointing.
Donna K. Talkington Brannon
Loving wife, mother, & grandmother stepped into heaven February 02, 2010 at 11:40 PM at home, surrounded by family & friends following complications from a liver transplant.
Donna was born January 08, 1947. She was the daughter of the late C. Cloyd & E. Louise Ellifritt Talkington.
She was a graduate of Normantown High School class of 1964. She was also a graduate of Glenville State College earning a Bachelor of Arts in education.
Donna was employed by Calhoun County Board of Education for 30 years at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, where she was a 2nd grade teacher until her retirement in June 2002.
Donna was a member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville where she worshipped with many wonderful friends each Sunday, prior to her illness.
On July 17, 2009, Donna received a liver transplant at UPMC in Pittsburg, PA. Following a long & extensive recovery, she returned home October 1, 2009. A few days after, a benefit dinner was hosted by high school classmates & lifelong friends in her honor.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Donna knew of her love of God & family. She always thought of others before herself, even until her last moments. Her faith, courage, & strength were an example & inspiration to all.
Donna is survived by her devoted husband & caregiver, John R. Brannon of Normantown. Her eldest daughter Stacy D. Davis & husband Wes of Hurricane, WV. Her youngest daughter & faithful caregiver Karrie B. Jack & husband Bernie of Slaty Fork WV. She had 3 adoring grandchildren: Jacob Matthew Davis, Sarah Catherine Davis, & Katie Elizabeth Jack. She also had 1 brother, Gary L. Talkington of Greenwood WV.
The family would like to thank family & friends who provided love & support during her final days & hours. The family is most grateful for the Hospice nurses Misty, Eunice, & Heather who provided quality & compassionate care.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville WV.
Friends may call from 6-9 PM Friday evening at the mortuary.
Flowers are appreciated but the family request memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Care, P. O. Box 323, Burnsville WV 26335. Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Donna Kay Brannon with arrangements.
Critical Funding Helps States with Budget Shortfalls
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller is working on legislation that would extend by six months the increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that states currently receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In addition to ensuring coverage for children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities, this extended funding will help states like West Virginia retain employees and relieve state funding shortfalls.
“We absolutely need this six months of relief while we weather this economic storm – too many families depend on this program for us to allow a shortfall of funding,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “Medicaid is a significant economic generator in West Virginia, paying almost 20 percent of the total cost of West Virginia’s health care system and supporting an estimated 19,800 jobs in the state while providing essential health care coverage for the 390,000 West Virginians who currently rely on Medicaid each year.”
At a regular session of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, held at the courthouse thereof on the 2nd day of February 2010, as provided by law, the following order was entered of record, to-wit:
In compliance with the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (Public Law 98-435), as interpreted by the Secretary of State as Chief Election Official for the State of West Virginia, relative to improving access for the handicapped and elderly to polling places for elections, the Gilmer County Commission this day doth Order the Clerk of this Commission to publish and post, as required by law, notice of the intent of this Commission to make the following changes in polling places in Gilmer County:
That the polling place for Precinct Number 13 at Tanner in DeKalb-Troy District be changed from the K & P Harmony Lodge to the Tanner Community Building located at 209 Tanner School Rd, Tanner, WV.
ENTER this 2nd day of February 2010 by Order of the Gilmer County Commission.
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
Clerk of the County Commission of
Gilmer County, West Virginia
The governor wants voters to decide on a new amendment to reduce or eliminate property taxes on new business inventory and equipment. The issue was debated at a public hearing Wednesday afternoon. And, Del. Bill Hamilton is again co-sponsoring a bill to raise the beer tax a penny a bottle to help treat those who suffer from substance abuse. Among the three bills passed by the House today is one to make it easier for the parole board to release non-violent offenders from the states crowded prison system.
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. R - Strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
A low-ranking intelligence operative (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent (John Travolta) who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.
Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden Director: Pierre Morel Genres: Action
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min. PG-13 - Some sensuality and violence
“Dear John” tells story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas—correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Scott Porter Director: Lasse Hallström Genres: Romantic Drama, Drama
UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas) February 5: From Paris With Love, Dear John February 12: Valentine’s Day, The Wolfman February 19: Shutter Island February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief March 5: Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn’s Finest March 12: Green Zone, Our Family Wedding, Remember Me, She’s Out of My League March 19: Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of a Wimpy Kid March 26: Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris April 2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Last Song, Repo Man, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too April 9: Date Night, The Losers April 16: Back Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass April 23: MacGruber, Oceans, Wall Street II April 30: A Nightmare on Elm Street May 7: Iron Man II May 14: Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Takers May 21: Shrek Forever After May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II
Is there a downside to backing your data to a flash drive, then deleting it from your hard drive?
The answer simply is BIG YES.
Making one backup, then deleting the file from your hard drive, is no better than not backing up at all.
You are still violating First Law of Computing: Never have only one copy of anything.
And if your only copy is on a flash drive, that’s especially dangerous. Those things can easily get lost or stolen.
If you’re going to keep files on a flash drive and not also put them on your hard drive, you need to back up the flash drive. Copy the files to another flash drive every day or so, or burn them to a DVD.
PUBLIC NOTICE(2): BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
Pursuant to Chapter ll, Article 3, Section 24, of the Code of the State of West Virginia, as amended, upon motion duly made and carried, the County Commission will meet for the purpose of reviewing and equalizing the assessments made by the Assessor of the County of Gilmer for the year 2010, beginning on the 29th day of January 2010 at 9:00 AM, and continuing in session by appointment, extended through the 23rd day of February 2010 (Saturdays and Sundays excepted).
The Commission shall proceed to examine and review the property books and shall add on the books the names of persons, the value of personal property and the description and value of real estate liable to assessment, if any was omitted by the Assessor. They shall correct all errors in the names of persons, in the description and valuation of property, and cause to be done whatever else may be necessary to make the valuation comply with the provision of the Chapter. But in no case shall any question of classification or taxability be considered or reviewed.
If any person fails to apply for relief at this meeting, he shall have waived his right to ask for correction of his assessment list for the current year and shall not thereafter be permitted to question the correctness of his list as finally fixed by the County Commission, except on appeal to the Circuit Court.
All persons who desire to appear before the Board to discuss current 2010 property assessments are invited to do so.
Glenville State College students, faculty, and staff will be showing off what GSC has to offer April 19 – 23, 2010 for the annual Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview. This event will open the campus up for tours and educate interested students on what GSC is all about.
“The Spring Preview is a great opportunity for students to check out the campus and ask any questions that they may have about GSC. They can talk with faculty and staff about the programs, life on campus, and the overall experience as a Pioneer.
The Spring Pioneer Preview offers many exciting activities so that students and parents can come together with faculty, staff, and current students and feel like part of the Pioneer community,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley.
In addition to individualized pre-registration, each day includes:
• 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM meet and greet with GSC admissions staff and receive an overview of available financial assistance with GSC financial aid staff
• 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM testing, advising, and pre-registration
• 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ‘Pioneer Trail’ (stopping by the Admissions Office for a tour, Student Life to get a GSC ID, Dining Services to set up a meal plan, Public Safety to purchase a parking pass), and many others to prepare students for Fall 2010 at Glenville State College.
Special events taking place during the week consist of:
• Comedy Caravan (Monday, April 19th at 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Campus Picnic and Sandy Sowell Game Show (Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Amphitheatre)
• Bingo (Wednesday, April 21st at 12:15 PM and 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Premium Night (Thursday, April 22nd at 4:30 PM in the Mollohan’s Restaurant)
• Blue and White Football Game (Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM at Morris Stadium)
• National Jelly Bean Day (Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM in the Rusty Musket)
• GSC Softball vs. Shepherd (Friday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM at the I.L. and Sue Morris Field)
• Concert Band Concert (Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Auditorium)
For more information on the Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview or Glenville State College, contact the GSC Admissions Office at 304.462.6130 or at 800.924.2010. ~~ By Annette Barnette - GSC Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~
Another snowstorm on the way this weekend is just adding more salt to the wound of the Division of Highway’s snow removal budget.
DOH officials say they have already spent 66% of the SRIC [Snow Removal and Ice Control] budget and they have got six to eight weeks of possible bad weather left to go.
With more than 35,000 miles of roads to maintain and a $54 million dollar budget for the 2009-2010 Winter Season, supplies are still holding up. But how much longer that will be the case all depends on the weather.
The $54 million SRIC budget needs to last from November through April and most years it does. But with storm after storm blanketing the state with snow, it’s been a rough season so far.
The DOH is hoping French Creek Freddie’s prediction of an early spring on Groundhog’s Day is accurate.
Age 74, of Jane Lew, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 4:41 p.m. at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 7, 1936, son of the late Ralph Rahfuse and Irene (Miller) Rahfuse.
Mr. Rahfuse is survived by two daughters, Tina Hawkins of Jane Lew and Laura Nalle of Moscow, Idaho. In addition to his daughters, he is survived by two grandchildren, Mitchell Hawkins of Jane Lew and Alexandra of Idaho. Robert is also survived by one sister, Marian Miller.
Mr. Rahfuse was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and worked as a chemical engineer for the Department of Energy. Mr. Rahfuse volunteered his time and service to the Bridgeport Public Library and the Humane Society. He truly enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.
Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, from 3-4 PM. A Memorial service were held on Wednesday at 4 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bridgeport Public Library, Attention: Sharon Saye, 1200 Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330 or the Harrison County Humane Society, Attention: Laura Miller, Rt. 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Rahfuse.