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.
Gracious God, the coming of holidays brings with it a heightened awareness of my loneliness.
When the lack of a loving family around me leaves my heart feeling shriveled and small, open my eyes to the graces you shower upon me.
Show me those gifts of your love that I often miss when I’m consumed with the absence of affection in my life.
Let those graces remind me that your presence is sure and constant.
Let this lighten the darkness in my heart as surely as the sun dissolves the darkness of night.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Thought for Today: “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.“-James Michener, American author (1907-1997).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
In 1861, delegates from six Southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway.
In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon-now Sri Lanka-became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers. (The officers were acquitted at trial.)
Ten years ago:
• Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider’s (yohrg HY’-durz) far-right Freedom Party, a development which triggered European Union sanctions.
• Former House Speaker Carl Albert died in McAlester, Okla. at age 91. Singer Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles died in Goldsboro, N.C. at age 58.
Five years ago:
• Gunmen kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad. (Sgrena was freed a month later; however, an Italian agent who’d secured her release was killed by U.S. gunfire at a checkpoint.)
• Actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died in Miami Beach, Fla. at age 87.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay for companies receiving federal bailout money; the president also signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children.
• Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the horror-punk band the Cramps, died in Glendale, Calif. at age 62.
Actor William Phipps is 88
Actor Conrad Bain is 87
Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 79
Actor Gary Conway is 74
Movie director George A. Romero is 70
Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 69
Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 66
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 63
Rock singer Alice Cooper is 62
Actor Michael Beck is 61
Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 58
Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 51
Rock singer Tim Booth is 50
Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 49
Country singer Clint Black is 48
Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 47
Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 44
Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 40
Actor Rob Corddry is 39
Singer David (dah-VEED’) Garza is 39
Actor Michael Goorjian is 39
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 37
Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 35
Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO’-lee-ah) is 35
Rapper Cam’ron is 34
Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 33
Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 22
Glenville Police Department Report for January 2010
Larceny from vch.
Battery, 2 Counts
Active, Warrant Issued
Battery, Destruction Property
2 Arrests, Jail
Active with Suspects
Fleeing the Police
Rt. 5 E
Poss. Of Marijuana
Broke it Up
Verbal, Cleaned Up
Other Police Calls
Put it Down
Power Lines Down
Rt. 5 E
Called it in
Called it in
Shot and Buried it
Rt. 5 E
2 Loose Dogs
1 Loose Dog
Rt. 5 E
911 Hand Up
2 Vehicles Locked
Rt. 5 E
Rt. 5 E
Locked Out of Apartment
Got Him in
Took Him Home
Assist Other Agencies
WV Probation Officer
2 Vehicle Accident
Rt. 5 E
The Glenville City Police has received two new Police Cruisers from the USDA Grant on Friday and making preparations to have new bar lights, equipment, and decals put on them.
New light bars for two vehicles are included in the two Grants except it will not cover $1369.02 of it. Approval from Council is needed for this amount.
Also the Decals need to be on both Cruisers. Chief Moss currently has no estimate for the cost.
Chief Moss says the Cruisers need to be taken to get estimate or have someone to come up.
January 2010 Citations
• Cited 01.07.10 Erin Morgan (07.07.90) of Brunswick, Ohio was cited by Chief John Moss at the intersection of Mineral Road and N. Lewis Street for failure to stop for Stop Sign almost striking a Police Cruiser.
• Cited 01.10.10 Nathan T. Rexroad (04.05.91) of Gassaway, WV was cited on Elm Street for Possession of Marijuana less than 15 grams by PTLM Dave Teters.
• Cited 01.15.10 * Daniel J. Reed (10.07.85) of Cedar Creek, WV was cited by PTLM Dave Teters on S. Lewis Street for Public Intoxication.
• Cited 01.20.10 Patrick E. Martin (04.28.78) of Glenville, WV was cited by Chief John Moss for Trespassing and Public Intoxication on Conrad Ct. St.
* “A point of clarification:
The Daniel J. Reed of Cedar Creek listed as being charged with public intoxication on January 15, 2010 is NOT Daniel A. Reed of Cedar Creek Road.
Daniel A. Reed, is the husband of Ann M. Reed, and is the son of the late Alvin and Peggy Reed.
He is employed as a therapist at United Summit Center.
Daniel A. Reed wishes Daniel J. Reed well, but would like this clarified to squelch any rumors that are evolving.“
Lady Titans (9-6) were defeated by the Raiders (8-6) at home Tuesday night.
For Lady Titans:
• Tristan Toman with 12 points
• Jessica Montgomery with 8 points
• Hannah DeMarino with 6 points
• Megan Normant with 5 points
• Kourtney Beall with 4 points
• Brittany Blake with 3 points
• Maggie Lilli with 3 points
• Tiffany Young with 3 points
• Jenny Wolfe with 2 points
GFP Public Notice: Gilmer County Public Service District - ROUTINE MONITORING VIOLATION
ROUTINE MONITORING VIOLATION
Gilmer County Public Service District
PWSID #s: 3301106, 3301107, 3301109, 3301110
According to the Bureau of Public Health, our water system violated a drinking water standard during this year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.
We are required to monitor your drinking water on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water system meets health standards.
WHAT SHOULD I DO? : There is nothing you need to do at this time.
The table below lists the monitoring schedule described by how often we are supposed to sample, how many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took and when the samples were taken.
Number of Samples
When Samples Were
* Total Coliform Routine Monitoring Samples
One per Month
WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT IS BEING DONE: During the testing period of 11.08, our District submitted the Total Coliform Routine Monitoring samples to our independent laboratory but the lab failed to report the results to the WV Bureau of Public Health until 01/23/09. Although our office submitted the samples in a timely manor, the Bureau of Public Health feels we should report to our customers by means of a Public Notice the late data submittal from our independent laboratory.
The Gilmer County Public Service District is making every effort and taking every precaution to return to compliance by issuing this Public Notice.
For more information, please contact: Martin Hess, Chief Operator at 304.462.4272 or at
PO Box 729
Glenville. WV 26351.
General guidelines to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.
This notice is being distributed by the Gilmer County Public Service District.
* Total Coliform Routine Monitoring Samples: Water sample collections made on each individual system that is submitted to the Clarksburg Water Board for testing to determine if there is any bacteria in the water sample.
Schools Encouraged to Prepare for the 03.27.10 Archery in the Schools State Tournament
As the result of five years of growing interest by West Virginia students, the Fifth Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) State Tournament will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, March 27, 2010. More than 600 students from across the state are expected to participate, making this the largest archery tournament ever held in the state of West Virginia.
The AIS Program is the Division of Natural Resources’ largest and fastest growing education program – reaching more than 40,000 students through the participation of nearly 200 schools. Since the DNR implemented the program nearly five years ago, more than 1,000 students have participated in four state tournaments held in different parts of the state. With the continued growth and interest in the program, the DNR will move this year’s tournament to the state’s largest venue – the Charleston Civic Center, according to AIS Program Coordinator Jerry Westfall of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.
“With that many student archers, we’re encouraging all participating schools to start working now to get their registration material in before the February 26 deadline,” said Westfall. “We are hoping this larger facility will give the schools that have not been to the state tournament before an opportunity to participate. We encourage all parents, principals and teachers to actively support their AIS Program and consider coming to the tournament. Schools can attend even if they do not have a full team of 12 co-ed students. A school can attend with even one student! That school would not be eligible for team awards, but that student would represent the school for any individual awards.”
Schools that have trained AIS instructors but have not yet purchased archery equipment still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament. “Certified instructors may volunteer to help with scoring and arrow-pulling at the tournament,” noted Westfall. “This would give instructors first-hand knowledge of what goes on at our tournament. Please call well in advance and let us know you would like to volunteer.”
At that Web site, teachers can click on links for: Tournament (which shows all registration material), Schools (showing all participating AIS schools) and News\Links, with a fact sheet describing the program in detail, or call Jerry Westfall at 304.558.2771.
Republicans Are Afraid State Prison Reform Will Result in Lighter Sentences for Criminals
Legal scholars told lawmakers Tuesday that the state has to revise how it sentences and houses prisoners to try to keep the prison population under control, but the report was immediately denounced by Republican leaders.
The West Virginia Law Institute says the state’s outdated criminal code allows for inconsistent sentencing that leads to prison overcrowding. WVU Law School Professor Bob Bastress also told lawmakers that the state should use work-release houses, half-way houses and other programs to ease the pressure on prisons.
But House Minority Leader Tim Armstead criticized the report as soft on crime.
“I truly believe that many of the findings and recommendations contained in the report…are completely out of line with the strongly held beliefs by most West Virginians,“ Armstead said. “One of the principle functions of state government is to protect West Virginians from crime.“
West Virginia is facing a serious prison overcrowding issue. The state has 1,300 more criminals than the state can house in its 5,015 prison beds. In addition, costs are rising. An inmate serving a life prison term may cost the state as much as $1 million over his or her lifetime.
Bastress told a joint meeting of the Senate/House Judiciary Committees that the state’s criminal code is a hodge-podge of laws, some dating back to before West Virginia became a state. He said that leads to inconsistencies in sentencing and sometimes excessive prison terms.
But Armstead said the recommendations could lead to lighter punishments for criminals. “Weakening our criminal justice system by reducing such criminal sentences, particular for felony offenses in our state, is not the right path to take and I hope that the legislature will resist any effort to do so.“
For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they’re being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers.
Court of Claims Clerk Cheryle Hall discussed the courts payments to innocent victims of crime including those used for meth lab remediation; Del. Sharon Spencer plans to introduce legislation requiring notice to buyers or renters that the house was previously used as a meth lab and has potential health risks; Del. Kelli Sobonya discusses her bill to increase criminal penalties for failure to report child abuse and Del. Mark Hunt discusses the sessions first bill to address crowded conditions in state prisions.
State Senate’s efforts, during the regular, 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature, to prevent students from dropping out of school.
They stand there with their hands over their hearts and pledge “justice for all” - As IF that was a possibility in Gilmer County, but seems like things are changing as fast as the season and the Gilmer Free Press videos is one Big reason!
RESA gets anywhere from 70-100 thousand a year just from Gilmer County. Medicaid program was $5,000 done in county now it’s 5 times that and all the data still has to be collected here. Who at RESA is going to take a Teacher phoning in sick at 5 in the morning and call a substitute, or find a Bus Driver and keep track of the overtime for trips. It’s all payroll. Once more the county employee will do the bulk of the job, the detail, ship it north via computer and pay RESA a whole lot of money to fill in the blanks on another computer while yet another program will have to be paid for to get it all done if they can keep it up and running.
The State forces counties to use RESA for technology and keeps Pomeroy on the tick for the same poor equipment job they’ve always done but blamed our local vendor for and paid at least 2/3 less. When State Superintendent Paine went out the door, Charleston forced us to use RESA while he sent his own son to Gilmer County for the job before he retired. Young Paine left Gilmer about a year later and ran to Randolph County under James B Phares oddly enough.
They can easily pay a Seattle Professor to say what they want but it doesn’t make the WV system anymore valid or effective. Just another way to divert the blame from the Senator’s wife so he can feel safe to step up as Governor again.Maybe RESA can buy some more big expensive routers then.
The real issue isn’t about doing the payroll, it’s about the State BOE’s push to minimize the work and number of jobs in small counties and make sure their friends and family get the jobs and as much of our tax money as is possible. Why can’t RESA do the State BOE payroll if it’s so cost effective? Over 600 employees there and on the rise.
Kanawha County has some of the worst performing schools in the system. Why aren’t they doing anything about what’s going on in their own back yard?
If only looking to save time and money then contract it out to any number of outside vendors. Be a lot less expensive than hiring full time RESA employees with benefits.
Of course, that doesn’t give a barely accountable government entity under the questionable oversight of an appointed state BOE a way to dig deeper in the public check book and usurp the authority of duly elected representatives of the people does it?
You know, the ones that really have the bloated bureaucracy according to the Governor’s Audit.
The ones who actually set the payroll amounts and make the attendance policy and write the curriculum and issue the testing.
Now let them write all the checks and hold others responsible for their failures.
Way to go Charleston and the State BOE. Be sure to crush those “smaller” counties first.Consolidation and intervention doesn’t give you enough of a power rush?
So, Lloyd Jackson thinks some boards are “too small” to focus on academics. Homeschool parents focus on academics. If one or two people can educate a child or children, why couldn’t a small school board “focus on academics” and provide what is needed? This sounds like someone who thinks he is smarter than everyone else talking!
Taking the management away from districts is not the answer. Better yet, take the state and RESA out of education and let local people make the decisions. Then maybe someone would get a decent education.
I saw your post on the Gilmer Free Press, and I’m somewhat interested in becoming a volunteer for Make a Wish foundation. I saw that your next training meeting will be on Sept. 27th, but it did not state as to where it would be. Could you please let me know?
I just read that article and I’m not a doctor, but from what I see, Morphine x 4, Xanax x 2, mixed along with other unspecified ‘pain pill’ and other drugs in the space of 4 hours or so - that doesn’t look like any kind of ‘hospice’ I’ve Ever seen!! Especially given to an older man recovering from pneumonia?? Those drugs could have put down a Horse!
Now THAT kind of answer is just what I’d expect from someone who wants to dumb it down for Gilmer County.
Nobody said Country boy had the whole story, but he should Certainly be a piece of the investigation and not ignored or brushed away like your comment indicated. It took guts for him to want the truth to come out and step forward to say what he did. It’s not like there hasn’t been enough TIME to have talked to EVERYONE who saw ANYTHING in this case since October 20, 2014 will begin the 5th year of the “investigation” into the death of Willard Cottrill. As someone previously mentioned, if there was “nothing to it” we wouldn’t be having this conversation and the case would have been closed within weeks. That little fact, in and of itself, points to “something isn’t right here” and I think that’s going to interest a Court quite a bit.
Country boy don’t know nothing just because he allowed something was going on don’t mean nothing in a court of law ole Regan and the republicans cut out the relief checks and now they want to bomb overseas in that foreign country that’s what we should investigate
We should be grateful for this funding. It meets a long time need at the Career Center. Today is 9/11, a day when thousands of innocent Americans lives were destroyed by terrorism and it is only fitting we do not forget and honor them
WV Legislature is the constitutional body charged with the general supervision of schools and they give the BOE a free pass to run over laws and rulings they created and to beat all will change those laws to correct wrong actions or ease the way for the Board never mind who it hurts.
Their own counties can operate in the red for years and fail to meet standards with focus and priority schools, keep their students in aging buildings with a history of floods. Why aren’t they under intervention and won’t be? Law says the state board will give them improvement consultants and sixty days, then six months after their recommendations to make progress if they should accidentally recognize a problem. Gilmer County never had that opportunity and the people we elect will not fight for us. As a matter of fact it is the only intervention county that didn’t get six months. They know the SBA will fund their county MIP. We found out quickly that won’t happen here. Those rules don’t apply to us. In over three years they won’t help fund HVAC for the High School which is the only school in Gilmer County the state hasn’t slated for closure. Our facilities were at emergency status? Had to take over? Yet in going on four years the students sit in the same classrooms in the same buildings or trailers and the State Superintendents will not permit repair of so much as a leaking roof.
More than one from that ill fated T-shirted bus trip to Charleston has said, “If I had known what the State would do I would have spoken differently, I’m sorry.” If you mean that then please start working just as hard to stop this before it is too late. Their people are working feverishly to get the one school on 80 acres on top of a hill that meets the needs of few started, not only spending every dollar but putting the system in debt. When that happens, we will all be sorry.
The State Board of Education through their appointed County Superintendent has denied Gilmer County citizens the right to vote on funding their own school to end this one school fiasco. Experienced Teachers have been forced into a death march of attrition and those who can follow. Voters are told one untruth after another about how their excess levy money would and is to be spent. Gilmer County is being forced to borrow money and will go into the financial red sooner than later. Similar atrocities are committed in other intervention counties such as Mingo and Fayette.
Look at this picture, will they takeover the State Board and fix the statistic that when it comes to education, scores us 46th out of 50 states.
Hello? Hello? Is this thing ON? Are us dumb hillbillies supposed to think for ONE MINUTE that every single “law” man in Gilmer County hasn’t read this? Get Real. At least Ramsey had the guns to come back to the GFP and at least make a statement about his move to the Rec Center.
A big and long hidden secret has just popped up here on the GFP. Have the “law” asked for more information on this Willard Cottrill murder or made any attempt to verify the story that Country Boy just posted??? Has anyone made ANY effort to NOW ask a question?
The loud and clear answer is “No” and the next question is “Why NOT”??? If the murder investigation of Willard Cottrill is still ongoing at almost FOUR YEARS, seems like Mr. Hough, Mr. Gerwig, and Mr. Wheeler would be ALL OVER this new information instead of threatening and harassing Willard’s daughter to solve the case FOR them!!!!
Why did we never see Gilmer County Commissioner Brian Kennedy’s picture in these lineups?
Why has there been nothing, no mention since his arrest for his recent DUI?
High school classmate reports a likely DUI arrest in high school? Any verification? Why nothing?
Why did Williams & Shriver go from a Platinum Sponsor to being a Presidential Partner of the WV Association of School Board Administrators while Frank DeVono became Vice President. Then say how W & S got a multi million no bid contract to build a Gilmer County school that nobody wants. There’s plenty of behind closed door action since the State BOE always sends at least one of their people to every one of the meetings. Can anyone name all the players in this dog and pony show? Can’t see to read the list for all the smoke and mirrors.
When the federal auditors and investigators finish with the Dept of Agriculture they need to head over to the WV School Building Authority, the WV Department of Education and to RESA. If Charleston is forced to prove how they spent federal money over just the last 15 years there would likely be enough federal corruption charges filed to clear the snake pit and stop us being treated like we live in a communist country.
If the Legislators go along with the State Board of Education to force the counties together under one of their hand picked head honchos it will be the last yes vote we ever cast for a excess school levy. They can bet that won’t be the only no vote on the ballot that day or years to come.
The Cedar Creek school site purchase agreement for the 82 acres at $5,400 an acre involved Shelly Morris Demarino, Esq. who represented the seller. Is there something to the Gilmer County folk lure that any time ground is broken a Morris makes money one way or another?
Unfortunately you are right, not all Democrats are against deer hunting . We are the pure wing of the party, we realize hunting and killing is popular in your area but we don’t sacrifice our principles just for a few votes.
One strategy the State uses with finesse in intervened counties is to plot to make it appear that a board was somehow involved in making bad decisions and it eventually leaves a mess behind to fix. Classic example of state-sponsored use of divide and conquer. The Gilmer Board should band together and not let the State misuse it. Perhaps a “set the record straight” campaign by a unified board would help Gilmer. The State is taking advantage of the fact that many people here, seemingly to include some board members, are too frightened to speak out to expose the truth. Something must be done to deal with the disinformation ripping the County apart to turn good citizens against each other through manipulation. Just because a highly vocal and limited few individuals repeat something to cause chaos that does not prove that they know the facts. Their conduct may be from promotion of self-serving agendas, not concerns for what is best for the County’s children.
Gabriel DeVono will do his two years at one hundred thirty thousand with a raise next year following every single instruction of the State BOE.
All he wants is for it to be as easy as possible. To have everybody go along to make his life here easy because following the state is hard enough without having to fool with us asking silly questions.
Earl Ray can’t run for Governor next term, Gayle Manchin’s stint on the State Board runs out 2015. Mark Manchin of the SBA ran to higher ground as Harrison County Superintendent. Gus Penix is retiring as Director of the OEPA in October. Howard O’Cull is talking retirement from the WV School Board Association.
One more time the chosen few will try not to leave anyone important enough behind to be held accountable for the mess they’ve made of the school system or knows enough to tell about it.
England has a history of subjugating their colonies, Scotland, Ireland, India and what eventually became the United States. The United States was able to gain freedom through the use firearms that they had for hunting and self defense. In most of their other colonies, the local population’s access to arms was restricted. What better way to keep them under control? Without our use of firearms, we’d probably still be an English colony. The British’s first act of the Revolution was to attempt to seize the militia’s weapons at Concord. Our founding fathers thought that gun ownership was important enough that they made it the Second Amendment, right after the freedom of speech. In England, firearms and hunting are restricted to the aristocracy. During the Second World War, American civilians donated arms to the defense of England. Because YOU are against hunting and I assume, gun ownership, my advice to you is to not hunt and don’t own a gun. As for me, I choose to do both. And, if you continue eating the right things, constipation clears itself since something’s got to give.
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A machete worked just fine to chop the elderly ladies head off in England just a few days ago. Jack the Ripper didn’t need a gun either, a long, long time ago. England has nothing on America. You are no more rational than the other fellow.
By Not All Democrats are Against Deer Hunting on 09.08.2014
The State has withheld information from Gilmer County and when it was forced to give out any it always kept it to a minimum to add to our uncertainty. That is because knowledge is power and the State’s game is to keep citizens uninformed. Think of this besides. What incentive do State appointed superintendents have to conduct business quickly as possible and to leave? Blankenship got more than $120,000 plus perks a year, Ted Matterin is said to have received 100s of dollars an hour for being his mentor and now along comes Gabe. Failing to give us informative progress reports, to inform us what rehab remained to be done, and to give us an exit date falls right in place of hanging on as long as possible to milk the County. You want to know when the State will leave? It will be when all the money is gone and the big boys have packed their pockets.
Wrong since the days of AJ Manchin. Wrong since Earl Ray owned Southern Amusement,sold it to Ferrell and the Logan County Prosecutor refused to prosecute all the illegal doings with the gray machines , Wrong since his wife was President of WV Community Tech with his Mom getting over $200,000 a time from the WV Greyhound Breeder Development Fund while as acting governor he signed Senate bill 550 into law establishing the Licensed Racetrack Modernization Fund. It was wrong of Joe M to have his cousins in high paying positions then appoint his own wife to a nine year term in 2007 to the State Board of Education before he waltzed out the door to DC leaving his buddy in charge of West Virginia. It’s wrong that Wade Linger was put on that board with his technology companies. Wrong that Lloyd Jackson was made a member of that board and his own Lincoln County was released out from under State BOE intervention.
It was wrong when Gayle Manchin lied to take over Gilmer County Schools and promote the State BOE political agenda to put only one school in this county for the Gilmer County social club known as the CUBIES whose only goal was to keep their darling boy Toman’s job and keep the funds flowing to Joe’s campaign. It has been wrong to let two past GSC employees hold hands with the state for the past three years in what they themselves call” principled closed door meetings” to make followers believe they could get control of one elementary school and one high school returned the good old boy way, their way. The whole time saying keep still to people that knew better because the only thing they have pushed was county consolidation How many refused to listen then. Can you hear them now?
Now you say rethink? Better think of how to pay for anything. For a new school site to have a chance to serve the students the right way we need two schools. One east and one west. $486, 000 is now gone and 80 acres of land off the tax rolls that could never meet the need. Still have to give the SBA $980,000 local money. Also, $183,000 plus an additional $110,000 went to Lewis County and that school can’t be stopped by Gilmer County. It’s a done deal. This county’s going to go in debt.
If the state would let us, we might be able to do is to bite the bullet, quit throwing good money after bad, and pay $200,000 more for the Grass Run site that’s already core drilled and was SBA approved with minimum site prep for one elementary school. Then keep Glenville Elementary open as a school until such time as the people can see a way to fund a second new elementary school. Gilmer County people can do this. By the time that’s paid off it probably will be time for a new High School/Middle School about 15 years down the road. Try to meet that need then. But meet the needs of as many of our youngest possible now and keep them going to school in their home county where they belong without spending hours on a bus.
Long before the takeover of the Gilmer school system, the Charleston Board of Education had all ready established their reputation.
Ask ANY of the intervention school systems and you will see the same response, obvious pattern appear. Gilmer is just the latest of their misguided actions, although Gilmer does appear to be the only POLITICALLY MOTIVATED intervention.
Communication from the Takeover Board of Education is limited, yea, can we say non-existent? Intervention school boards will all tell you they cannot get straightforward, honest answers to their questions. It’s always ‘I’ll get back to you, I’ll check and see’, or simply silence. No response.
“Give Gabe a Chance” someone implied? He will follow well his predecessors lead, who was simply the water boy for Gayle Manchin’s mostly husband’s board. That would be Senator Joe Manchin of course.
Ask any of the schools if they were ever given anything that resembled a informed “exit plan”, list of instructions and short comings, that would be the worksheet for their respective boards to regain control.
You see how all the legislators and the Governor hide from this grand fiasco?
To “rethink” would to admit, that possibly the WV State Board of Education, may have made a mistake.
Unless we do something about it nothing will change and actually I expect it to get worse. News media are a guilty part of this equation. They are not going for what is right. All they care is to satisfy their political egos. And… , majority of Americans keep falling for it.