WV Schools Have to Struggle to Make Up Snow Days


It’s going to be stick-your-nose-to-the-grindstone from now until summer for students across West Virginia as districts cram more instruction into the remaining school year to make up for near-record numbers of snow days in some counties.

In an attempt to meet the 180 days of instruction required by law, many schools are canceling field trips, eliminating theater productions and other in-school activities, turning professional development days into instructional days and delaying the last day of school.

Students in Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Preston, Summers and Tucker counties also missed 20 days or more of school, according to unofficial data collected by the state Department of Education. Forty districts have missed between 10 and 19 days, while eight, including Cabell and Kanawha counties, have missed less than 10.

According to the department, there has only been two days since Jan. 1 when all schools in the state’s 55 counties opened without delays.

Earlier this month, Gov. Joe Manchin signed legislation that gives counties more flexibility in arranging their calendars. The new law, which takes effect July 1, requires schools to plan for snow days and other emergencies and frees them from the current law that limits schools to starting no sooner than Aug. 26 and ending by June 8.

But the change won’t help schools this school year. Because teacher contracts prohibit counties from using spring break for makeup days, districts are forced to look at a variety of ways to create more time.

Summers County, where students have missed 24 days, is considering extending the school day by an hour next month. Even with the scheduling change, she predicts students will be in the classroom for 175 days this school year, as compared to the five-year average of 177 days.

Delaying the last day of class by four days is a given in Pocahontas County. Extending the school day is not an option because some students who live in more rural areas already don’t get home much before 6 PM.

Monroe is delaying the last day of class until June 8 and turning two upcoming teacher training days into early release days for students.

Mercer County is looking to make up 23 days, matching the number of days missed during the legendary winter of 1977.

While Mercer is converting six professional days into instruction days, the last day of class is already set as late as it can be.

With students being challenged to learn more each day, educators say they are sharing tips on how to help students remain focused by changing activities and varying instruction so learning is fun, yet remains on task.

For younger students, teachers are being encouraged to move story time and music lessons to the end of the day when children may have more trouble focusing on tasks.

Though the pace may prove challenging to educators as well they are hitting the ground running.

BYRD’S EYE VIEW: Pet Adoption


Most Americans are proud to proclaim that they are animal lovers, and many are loving and responsible pet owners. We are all disturbed and saddened when we see animals being starved or abused, or when we learn that animals must be destroyed because there are just not enough loving, responsible homes available.

But the sad fact is that, according to the Humane Society of the United States, more than 4 million pets are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Approximately 3.7 million of these are cats or dogs. A single cat can give birth to 18 kittens each year. One dog can produce 20 puppies each year. While kittens and puppies are cute, every unspayed or unneutered cat or dog that is allowed to roam free, or that is “set free” to fend for itself, contributes to the burgeoning overpopulation of dogs and cats that end up in shelters or dying of disease or starvation on the streets.

The only effective way to reduce the suffering of these loving companion animals is to limit their numbers to the amount of homes available. The best way to do this is to spay or neuter them, a relatively simple surgical procedure that can be performed in most veterinary clinics.

In February of each year, the Humane Society of the United States sponsors “Spay Day,“ a day of action to promote the spaying and neutering of pets. Inaugurated by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, the Humane Society joined in sponsoring “Spay Day” in 2006 to encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their pets as an effective and humane way of decreasing the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters.

In its first 15 years, “Spay Day” participants spayed or neutered approximately 1.5 million animals, potentially sparing many millions of animals from euthanasia and saving hundreds of millions of dollars in shelter costs. The Humane Society=s web site, at, has information about “Spay Day” events.

On “Spay Day,“ many veterinary and humane society offices offer discounted spay/neuter clinics. Other reduced cost spay/neuter clinics may be available near you year round. Your local animal shelter may have recommendations from local veterinarians or other sources that can help cover the cost of spaying/neutering your pet.

I encourage everyone to be a responsible pet lover: look for your next pet at homeless animal shelters, and spay or neuter your animals to keep the population in the shelters and euthanasia down.
~~  By U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-WV   ~~

Delegate David Walker - 02.26.10


As a working man, there is nothing I love more than the feel of a job well done. The sweat on your brow as your muscles ache with the tension from a hard days work is equally satisfying, as you know the labor is all worth the end result.

We don’t work heavy equipment in the Capitol, nor do we labor for ten hours in the hot sun. But we have our own battles to fight and instead of one boss, we have 1.8 million citizens telling us what to do.

When I can help something happen that will make all of my bosses happy, particularly those 24,000 who live in District 33, I really feel accomplished. That feeling returned this week when three of my sponsored bills passed the House.

House Bill 4145
Was the first of the two to pass through the House. This bill would greatly assist our veterans attending higher learning facilities. It would allow public colleges and universities to establish community activities in order to make our veterans feel more welcome, as well as create programs to assist those who need more help.

I am a veteran of the armed forces. I appreciate the men and women who stood beside me, and I appreciate those serving now. The state of West Virginia needs to step up and show how much we care about this group by committing legislative action to supporting them. This bill does just that.

House Bill 4593
Also passed the House this week, and was another bill that I am sponsoring this session. This bill would increase the maximum required school attendance from 16 years to 17 years old, as well as decreasing the number of unexcused absences allowed per school year to five. The bill continues to address the issue by authorizing up to five additional Juvenile Drug Courts to be established by Jan. 1, 2012 and it requires County Boards of Education to develop a plan to improve student retention and increase the high school graduation rate.

This bill is necessary for our state’s future. By passing this bill, the House of Delegates is saying that we know the risks for our kids, and we refuse to allow them to achieve anything the but the best. They deserve that and so much more.

House Bill 4524
Another bill I sponsored would revise the definition of “all-terrain vehicle” and include a definition for a utility terrain vehicle. It passed the House with a unanimous vote.

The passing of these three bills truly made my time in this session worthwhile, and I hope to increase this as session continues. However, you can never win them all.

House Bill 4292
I regret to inform you of the passing of House Bill 4292. This bill would require magistrates to have an associate’s degree, rather than just a high school education. This bill is a disgrace to the state of West Virginia, and although I lost the battle in the house, I have not lost the war of the legislative process. I will continue to do all I can to make sure this bill never hits the governor’s desk. If legislators do not commit to ensuring their citizens’ freedom, who will?

I always have my constituents in mind when I make decisions, but it is easier to make the right ones when I have direct contact with them. I am always happy to welcome visitors into my office, and this week I had the privilege of welcoming the Gilmer County Extension Office and the Minnie Hamilton Health System. Meeting with those groups was both enjoyable and enlightening, and I hope to meet with more groups and individuals in the future.



RECEIPTS:    Auctions   Direct   Video/Internet   Total
This Week     295,700   56,700       4,300     356,700  
Last Week     255,600   72,100     48,000     375,700  
Last Year     248,400   44,000       6,400     298,800
Compared to last week’s sharp gains, feeder steers and heifers weighing over 700 lbs sold mostly steady with several areas reporting newfound weakness to offset those that were still realizing strength left over from last week. 

Stocker cattle and calves continued in high demand with price levels firm to 3.00 higher and some instances quoted as much as 7.00 higher than last week’s advances.  Pressure was placed on the heavier feeders as the CME cattle futures opened the week lower and packers were able to talk feedlots into an early-week trading session at price levels that were steady to 1.00 lower, stifling the recent fed cattle market rally that cattle growers have cheered-on for the past three weeks.

Live slaughter cattle sales ranged from 89.00-92.00 (91.00-92.00 in the Southern Plains) and dressed sales were from 144.00-145.00.

Hedged feeders fell victim to an opening in the basis between cash and the maturing February Live contract that fell nearly 2.50 this week to end its reign as the spot market.

Stocker cattle trading remained active this week but were not quite as whippy as last week, with price levels reaching the point of diminishing self satisfaction for auction buyers that looked like a gaggle of texting teenagers as they figured price per head on their calculators.

Salebarn receipts were fairly heavy this week as country road conditions improved in many areas and sellers were able to move their livestock to market.

No one escaped the cold weather this winter with snow measurements recorded in all 50 states at the same time in February across the United States.  However, signs of spring were reported this week as a few cattlemen unzipped their coveralls and folded up the earmuffs on their stocking caps.

Most Americans can’t remember a longer and colder winter, as we anticipate the sun spending more time on our side of the globe.

Backgrounders continue to assemble their late winter and early spring grazers, but temperatures in most areas will delay available forage for a few weeks longer than normal.

Mud will be the next inhibitor as frozen fields thaw out and wheat producing farmers will want cattle moved off pastures prior to March 15th.

Cow/calf producers are starting to welcome this spring’s calf crop into the world and many midwives (husbands) will stay up day and night for the next several weeks.  Beef tonnage loss due to weight sapping weather has lessened the condition of every class of cattle and a higher subsequent death-loss of newborns is expected.  Year to date cattle harvest is running right on schedule, but beef production (in pounds) is 1.5% lower so far compared to last year.  This week’s reported auction volume included 54% over 600 lbs and 44% heifers.       
Auction Receipts:  295,700   Last Week:  255,600   Last Year:  248,400

Regular Sale from Weston Livestock Market in West Virginia on February 20, 2010
Steers, 0 Head Heifers, 4 Head Weight   M&L 1       400-500   85.00 500-600   93.00 600-700   84.00 700-800   75.00 Bulls, 11 Head Weight   M&L 1       400-500   105.00 600-700   90.00-91.00 700-800   80.00-83.00 800-1000 76.00     Slaughter Cows, 21 Head         Pct Lean Weight Range   Hi Dress     Avg. Dress   Lo Dress   Breakers 75-80   1450-1510     55.50       49.00-51.00   Boners   80-85   1150-1425     53.50-56.00   49.00-52.00 46.50   Lean     85-90   870-1190     47.00       44.50     43.50   Canner   90     870                 33.50 Heiferettes, 4   Head   800-1000 lbs.    49.00-56.00   1000-1200       56.00 Baby Calves Returned to Farms, 3 Head         Beef           Dairy       Newborn to 4 Weeks     185.00       95.00 Slaughter Hogs & Pigs,     Barrows & Gilts, U.S. 1-3, 6 Head       200-250 lbs       50.00-57.00       300 & up         45.00     Slaughter & Feeder Lambs     Feeders, S & M 1-2, 4 Head       75-90           lbs.                  119.00       Goats, 16 Head                 Selection 1 Selection 2       Kids,60-80       147.00-162.00     Sl. Small Nannies           87.50
Buckhannon Stockyards Buckhannon WV - Weighted Average Report for Thursday Feb 25, 2010
Cattle Receipts:  42       Last week:              Last year:  Slaughter cows made up 64% of the offering, slaughter bulls 7%, replacement cows 2%, and feeders 26%. The feeder supply included 36% steers, 18% heifers, and 45% bulls. Near 36% of the run weighed over 600 lbs. Feeder Steers           Holstein Medium and Large 2 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt   Price Range   Avg Price   4   490-490   490     58.00       58.00 Feeder Heifers           Medium and Large 2 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt   Price Range   Avg Price   2   470-470   470     72.00       72.00 Feeder Bulls           Medium and Large 1 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt   Price Range   Avg Price   1   550-550   550     93.00       93.00   3   650-685   663   87.00-88.00     87.33   1   700-700   700     86.00       86.00 Bred Cows             Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt   Price Range   Avg Price   1   1200-1200 1200     675.00       675.00   Per Head 7-9 Months Bred Slaughter Cows           Breaker 70-80% Lean Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt   Price Range   Avg Price   1   1375-1375 1375     49.50       49.50   3   1215-1245 1230   51.00-53.50     52.33   High Dressing   1   1525-1525 1525     51.00       51.00   4   1505-1585 1553   53.75-55.00     54.06   High Dressing                     Boner 80-85% Lean   9   995-1380 1225   43.50-49.50     45.57   3   1145-1350 1258   49.75-52.75     51.20   High Dressing   3   1005-1130 1082   40.50-42.25     41.45   Low Dressing   1   1480-1480 1480     50.25       50.25   High Dressing                       Lean 85-90% Lean   2   950-1320 1135   35.00-36.00     35.58 Slaughter Bulls           Yield Grade 1-2 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt   Price Range   Avg Price   1   2070-2070 2070     62.75       62.75   1   1630-1630 1630     67.00       67.00   High Dressing   1   1585-1585 1585     57.25       57.25   Low Dressing

Farm Bureau Food Collection for Ronald McDonald House‏ This Monday


The Gilmer County Farm Bureau will be collecting food items to take to the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown on Monday, March 01, 2010 at U-Pak and Foodland.

Ifyou would like to donate items they would be greatly appreciated.

These items will then be taken to the Ronald McDonald House on Saturday, March 06, 2010 by Farm Bureau Members.

Some items they are in need now are cake mixes,brownie mixes, non-stick cooking spray, coffee, creamers, sugar, papertowels, Lysol spray, laundry detergent, fabric softeners, cups, plates,plastic utensils and many other items.

~~ Linda Bailey   ~~

Recalls: 02.26.10


Sportime is recalling BigBox Hockey Sets sold nationwide from November 2006 to October 2009. The surface coating on the boards, which are assembled together to form the floor hockey playing-field, contain excessive levels of lead.
This recall involves all sets of BigBox Hockey, each consisting of six boards, measuring 6’ long by 10” tall. The boards come in six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.
Consumers should contact Sportime at 888.388.3224 between 9 AM and 4 PM ET Monday through Friday or visit to obtain a full refund.

Fellowes Inc. is recalling Fellowes Climate Control Footrests sold nationwide from October 2009 to January 2010. The footrest’s fan can become blocked and overheat when used in the upright position, posing a fire hazard.
The recalled footrests are black and made of plastic. The Fellowes brand item #80309 can be found on the serial label at the bottom side of the footrest, which can be identified by Revision or letter “A” on the label, which appears after the date code.
Consumers should contact Fellowes at 800.955.3344 between 7:30 AM and 5 PM CT or visit to arrange for the return and replacement of the product or a full refund.

Scotsman Group LLC is recalling Scotsman® Commercial Modular Cube Ice Machines (Modular Cubers) sold nationwide from September 2006 to December 2009. The solenoid, an electrical component in the product, can fail and result in an electrical arc that can pose a fire hazard.
The recalled machines are designed to be installed on top of ice storage bins or ice dispensers, and typically are used in commercial establishments. Model numbers begin with C0322, C0330, C0522, C0530, C0630, C0830, C1030, C1448, C1848, C2148, EH130, EH222, EH330, or EH430, and serial numbers of the recalled machines within these model designations begin with 05, 06, 07, 08 or 09. Model and serial numbers are on the back of all machines and, depending on the model, behind the machine’s front panel either in the lower right corner of the machine or on the left side of the sheet metal wall that separates the larger (equipment) compartment from the smaller (ice-making) compartment.
Customers should contact Scotsman at 800.541.0520 between 6 AM and 8 PM CT Monday through Friday or visit to schedule a free repair.

Arctic Cat Inc. is recalling Arctic Cat Snowmobiles sold nationwide from October 2OO9 to February 2O1O. Fuel can leak from the fuel pump at the fuel tank mounting screws, posing a fire hazard.
The recall involves all Model Year 2010 Arctic Cat 500 Sno Pro models. The model name and number are displayed on the side of the seat and on the engine cowling.
Consumers should contact their local Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer to schedule a free repair.
Consumers can also contact Arctic Cat at 800.279.6851 between 8 AM and 5 PM CT Monday through Friday or visit

Bristol Model and Martha Stewart Collection® is recalling Copco and Wild Leaf Tea Co. Bristol model and Martha Stewart Collection® Enameled Steel Tea Kettles sold nationwide from October 2005 to January 2010. The handle on the tea kettle can come loose, posing a burn hazard.
This recall involves Copco and Wild Leaf Tea Co. Bristol model and Martha Stewart Collection® Enameled Steel Tea Kettles with enamel finishes in white, crème, blue, cobalt, sand, red and green.
Consumers should contact Copco at 866.255.9237 between 8 AM and 4:30 PM CT Monday through Thursday, and between 8 AM and 3 PM CT Friday, or visit for a refund.

Poll Result: Glenville Bridge


~~  Comments   ~~

•  We don’t need it we have a bridge to cross the river..
•  The bridge is of no benefit and therefore I do not think tax payers money should be wasted on it.
•  I realize the bridge is historic, but if it cannot bring revenue to city then it needs to go.
•  It is needed if a walking trail is built as well as a tourist attraction for downtown development
•  might be worth selling as scrap
•  The Bridge is History, and that’s it. It should be torn down.
•  the streets need repaired
•  Repairs can be made without using county or city money.
•  You would think if State declared it Historic, then they would take care of it. They Should.
•  Tearing it down could cost more than repair.
•  The bridge is a piece of history. Please preserve it. Don’t toss it away!
•  Create a neat walk/bike way. Make something unique.
•  Historic Structures cannot be ignored. They should be maintained. Ignorance has caused this problem
•  i thought the county owns it?
•  Give it to someone interested in scrap metal
•  We have enough garbage in this country to look at, tear it down and help some poor people.
•  It would be nice if the state historic preservation folks could help out with the bridge
•  It’s an eyesore and could be a hazard to children in that area.
•  Dominion Gas should contribute money due to the bridge holding a gas line across the Little Kanawha.
•  It is part of what makes Gilmer County, Gilmer County. Once you’ve lost your heritage, what’s left?
•  That bridge should have been taken down when the new one went was built. It is too dangerous!!

Glenville City Council March 2010 Meeting


The Glenville City Council will meet on Monday, March 01, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

The meeting location is Glenville City Hall.

Top DVD Rentals - 02.27.10


1Law Abiding Citizen Gerard Butler-1
2Couples Retreat Vince Vaughn12
3The Time Traveler's Wife Rachel McAdams22
4Halo Legends David Wald-1
5Michael Jackson's This Is It Michael Jackson34
6The Hangover Zach Galifianakis610
7Zombieland Woody Harrelson43
8The Stepfather Dylan Walsh52
9Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself Taraji P. Henson106
10Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Bill Hader77

West Fork Conservation District Monthly Meeting - March 2010


The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 at the USDA Service Center at Mount Clare in Harrison County.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Contact Dinah Hannah, Administrative Officer, at 304.627.2160 for further information.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

Weekly Horoscope: 02.28.10 - 03.06.10

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Don’t make any quick decisions that may affect your professional status on the 28th and 1st. You have to gauge what others are doing before making a move. You’ll get a good response if you approach someone to partner with you on the 2nd and 3rd. The equality of the relationship coupled with what you both bring to the table spells success. There is money to be made on the 4th and 5th if you put your creative imagination to work. An investment in property or anything that has to do with contracts or settlements is looking favorable and should bring in profits. You’ll have to make fast moves on the 6th to avoid being taken advantage of by someone untrustworthy.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Don’t let too many opportunities confuse you on the 28th and 1st. Make your moves based on what will benefit you the most and be relentless in your pursuit. Taking an unusual approach to helping someone in need will bring you notoriety on the 2nd and 3rd. Your intuition will lead you in the right direction enabling you to make choices that will free you from ties that are holding you back. Focus on what you can do for others on the 4th and 5th and you will enhance your reputation and make contacts that will be able to return the favor. Don’t let your emotions sway you in the wrong direction on the 6th. Charity begins at home, put your family and your needs first.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Take precautions on the 28th and 1st if you are working with other people. It’s important not to let anyone take you for granted. Don’t let an unexpected change ruin your plans. Concentrate on doing the best job possible on the 2nd and 3rd. A mistake or not fulfilling a promise or deadline will be costly. Productivity coupled with a positive attitude will be your saving grace. Don’t let someone else’s responsibilities stand in the way of your progress on the 4th and 5th. Emotional blackmail can be expected. A power struggle can be expected on the 6th. Don’t feel guilty about something that really isn’t your fault or your responsibility. Prepare to move along fast.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Don’t hold back the way you feel on the 28th and 1st. You can solve a lot of problems if you are open and honest about what you want and what you intend to do. Someone may play on your emotions on the 2nd and 3rd if you believe everything you hear. Taking on tasks that don’t belong to you will be taxing and stand in the way of your success. There is much to be gained on the 4th and 5th if you put your plans in motion. Your professional and personal position will be enhanced through the conversations you have and the places and people you visit. Get the facts before you react on the 6th. Nothing is as bad as it appears and can be cleared up with a few adjustments.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Try not to give in on the 28th and 1st if you don’t feel you are getting a fair deal. A change of scenery will help everything look much brighter. A couple of alterations to your home or family plans will put you in a better position emotionally and financially on the 2nd and 3rd. A force play at work can be expected but if handled properly can give you the upper hand. Focus on what you can do to make your life better on the 4th and 5th. A move, trip or hanging out with the one you love most will all help you see your situation much clearer. You’ll be inclined to overspend on the 6th. You cannot buy love friendship or your way out of a situation that required time not cash.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Overreacting will be your downfall on the 28th and 1st. Stick to basics and don’t let anyone meddle in your personal affairs. Avoid acting on impulse. Concentrate on work money and getting in touch with anyone who can help you get ahead on the 2nd and 3rd. A partnership can turn out to be a prosperous venture. Love is in the stars. Plan to get out socialize and enjoy your good fortune. A trip or making future plans on the 4th and 5th with someone you care for will turn out well. An unexpected turn of events will enhance your personal life. Refrain from sharing your thoughts on the 6th. You are best to take a wait and see approach to domestic and partnership situations.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Hold whatever thought you have on the 28th and 1st. You don’t want to give away a secret or information that may hurt your chance to advance. Getting together with people who motivate and inspire you on the 2nd and 3rd will result in an opportunity to improve one of your creative projects. A window of opportunity is apparent regarding a professional change. There is money to be made on the 4th and 5th if you mix business with pleasure and attend events that allow you to share your plans for the future. Emotional matters concerning someone you feel responsible for will escalate on the 6th if you don’t make moves to correct the problem with a fail proof solution.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - You’ll feel limited and frustrated on the 28th and 1st if you allow someone to give you ultimatums or put demands on you. Focus on what you want for a change and you won’t have regrets. Everything is within reach on the 2nd and 3rd if you are go about getting what you want with persistence. Don’t take no for an answer, be prepared to adapt and outmaneuver any setback you face. You can make up for lost time and past regrets on the 4th and 5th by sticking close by someone you love and cherish. Your undivided attention will make a difference. You’ll be overcome by emotions on the 6th if you haven’t done everything possible to eradicate an unfortunate personal mishap.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - You are heading for trouble on the 28th and 1st if you haven’t lived up to your promises or you try to get away with something. Emotional matters will leave you in a vulnerable and uncertain position. Avoid travel or talks on the 2nd and 3rd that could lead to an unsavory situation. You have to be careful what you say and do if you want to avoid trouble. A chance to redeem yourself is apparent on the 4th and 5th if you are willing to give back to your community a friend or relative or anyone for that matter that you have been unfair with. An interesting turn of events on the 6th will help you express your concerns and your plans to do better and more in the future.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Money is heading your way from an unusual source on the 28th and 1st. An emotional exhibit you make will touch someone you care for bringing you closer together. Don’t take chances while traveling on the 2nd and 3rd. Keep your mind on what you are doing and refuse to let your emotions lead you down the wrong path. You can make professional and personal progress on the 4th and 5th if you put your imaginative industrious mind to work for you. Look at the past and use your experience to guide you. Don’t rely on others on the 6th if you want to get things done. Deception will leave you feeling betrayed. Prepare to do whatever needs to be done on your own.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Expect the unexpected on the 28th and 1st and you won’t be caught off guard by what others do or say. You have to remain calm and play your position with dignity, ingenuity and truthfulness. One of your creative ideas can turn into a moneymaker on the 2nd and 3rd. Invest in something you enjoy doing and you will excel. Your intuition will not let you down. Talks will lead to an interesting partnership on the 4th and 5th. Be prepared to make a move that will allow you greater freedom to come and go as you please. You may know what you want on the 6th but someone you have to deal with may not agree or be willing to help you. Rethink your strategy.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - You’ll be the one calling the shots on the 28th and 1st but before you put demands on others make sure that you aren’t asking too much. A personal partnership is due for a change. Don’t hesitate to make the first move. Use your charm on the 2nd and 3rd and you will get away with something that could damage your reputation. Don’t share secrets that you don’t want revealed. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make cash on the 4th and 5th. Lay your plans on the table and negotiate a deal you feel is worth your while. A promise made is a promise kept on the 6th. If you cannot follow through you are best not to make the offer. Your reputation may be questioned.




All one must do to get to Heaven is live a good moral life….. Truth or Tradition?

Certainly we must live a good moral life to the best of our ability, but is that sufficient to get us to Heaven?  Haven’t we all sinned and come short of the glory of God?  (Rom.  3:23).  Didn’t John, a Christian,  include himself when he wrote:  “If we say that we have no sin,  we deceive ourselves,  and the truth is not in us”   (1 John 1:8).  Will God take sinners to Heaven?  How can we be made free from those sins?  Can living a good moral life free us from sin?

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius…A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house,  which gave much alms to the people,  and prayed to God always”   (Acts 10:1-2).  We would be hard pressed to find a better “good moral man” than Cornelius.  Many preachers would preach this man right into Heaven at the drop of a hat.  Yet The Bible says that this good moral man was UNSAVED.  The angel told Cornelius to send to Joppa for a man called Peter,  “Who shall tell thee words,  whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved”   (Acts 11:14).  His good moral life couldn’t save him.

Man alone is not capable of directing his own steps.  The Bible says,    “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).  And Jeremiah declares:    “I know that the way of man is not in himself:  it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps”   (Jer. 10:23).  If man could direct his own steps to Heaven, why did God send His only Son to suffer such agony on the cross?  Why did He give us His Word to guide us,  if we could make it on our own?

God sent His Son to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.  Shortly before His death,  that night in the Upper Room,  in instituting the Lord’s Supper,  speaking of the cup,  the fruit of the vine,  Jesus said:    “For this is my blood of the new testament,  which is shed for many for the remission of sins”  (Matt. 26:28).  The word remission comes from the same word as remit.  When you receive a utility bill and send in the remittance, that bill is paid for.  Remission of sins means those sins are paid for,  and the price that was paid was the blood of Christ.

The question is, How do you and I contact that blood today?  Remember the blood was shed “for the remission of sins.”  On the Day of Pentecost,  Peter told those assembled:    “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,  and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”   (Acts 2:38).  Repentance and baptism does the exact same thing for us as does the blood.  Could that explain what Paul meant when he wrote that we are   “baptized into his death” ?  (Rom. 6:3).  The blood was shed in His death when His side was pierced.  Could that be how we contact the cleansing blood today?  .  Where does The Bible suggest we contact the blood any other way?

Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller,  3281 Rosedale Road,  Shock WV 26638-8410.
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Dale W. “Pap” Keplinger


Dale W. “Pap” Keplinger
Age 69, of West Union, WV, died Friday, February 26, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1940, at Maysville, WV, a son of the late Stanley Thomas and Clara D. Rohrbaugh Keplinger.

Dale was self-employed, working in the logging business and as a welder. He loved the simple life, the outdoors and dirt track racing.

He is survived by six sons, Arnold Dale Keplinger, Summit Point, WV, Dale William Keplinger II, Ellenboro, WV, Michael Lynn Keplinger, Smithburg, WV, Thomas Boyd Keplinger, Buckhannon, WV, John Todd Sheets, West Union, WV, Michael Carson Sheets, West Union, WV; two daughters, Alisia Elaine Adams, Waynesboro, VA, and Tammy Jo Sheets, West Union, WV; two brothers; six sisters; nineteen grandchildren and a longtime companion Doris Sheets.

In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by one brother, Gary Lynn Keplinger.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 1:00 PM from the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with the Pastor John Kopshina officiating, with burial to follow in the West Union Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call the funeral home from 4:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, and from 9:00 AM until the hour of service on Wednesday.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home.

Margaret Ruth Pulliam Stadwick


Margaret Ruth Pulliam Stadwick
Age 82, of Dola, formerly of Warren, Ohio, departed this life peacefully on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born April 10, 1927, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Cecil O. Pulliam and Susan M. Canter Pulliam.

Her husband of fifty-three years, Charles E. Stadwick, whom she married May 30, 1942, preceded her in death in 2005.

Surviving are one son, Larry E. Stadwick and his wife Kim of Canal Winchester, Ohio; two grandsons, Randy Stadwick and his wife Jen of Springfield, Ohio, and Gregg Stadwick and his wife Amber of Canal Winchester, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Lindsay Stadwick of Canal Winchester, Ohio; two sisters, Ruby Thorp of Clarksburg and Emzie Pulliam of Ohio; her brother, Herman Pulliam and his wife Joan of Ohio; her sister-in-law, Juanita Robinson of Mannington; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Stadwick was preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, Denzil and Teresa Robinson, Frank Robinson, and Roscoe and Helen Robinson, Paul and Frances Pulliam, Freeman and Rose Pulliam, Henry and Nancy Pulliam, William and Lorraine Pulliam.

Margaret was a former employee at Hazel Atlas Glass Plant in Clarksburg, having owned and operated Marg’s Beauty Shop for over twenty years. She and her husband moved to Warren in 1953, where she resided until 2007, when she moved to Dola with her niece, Helen Newlon, and great-great-niece, Whitney Newlon. She was very much loved by her family and will be sadly missed by all. She was Protestant by Faith.

Family and friends were received at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison Street, Nutter Fort, WV, on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 5-6 PM. Funeral services were held at 6 PM at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home with Reverend Rita Robinson presiding. Interment will follow at Pineview Cemetery in Warren, Ohio.

Condolences may be extended to the family at

A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

Sally Ann Means


Sally Ann Means
Age 62, of Camden, went home to be with Jesus, on Friday, February 26, 2010, at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, following a short illness.

She was the wife of Bruce Dallas Means. They shared 43 happy years of marriage with never an argument.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Gloria Kay Means of South Charleston; sons, Dallas Lee (Brenda) Means of South Charleston, and John William (Kathy) Means of Clover; and step-son, Ralph Pistore of Charleston.

Sally is also survived by 6 grandchildren: Robert, Brandon, and Jason McCord, Michael and Bruce Means, and Jessica Dillon. Brothers: John Johnson of Arizona, and Jerry (Tina) Reed of Germany. Sister: Pat Wagner of Camden.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Delbert and Edith Johnson of Milton Freewaters, Oregon; sister, Mary Johnson; and brother, Leslie Johnson both of Oregon.

A Home-going Celebration was Tuesday at Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek, with pastors Paul Thompson and Danny Whited officiating. Burial followed in B J Means Memorial Cemetery on Spring Hill Mountain. Viewing was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Her children arise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Prov. 31: 28, 29.

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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

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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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