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.
The class would be an evening welding course. The class will run 3 hours per week for 10 weeks. A minimum of 5 students is needed.
The following areas of study may be available: SMAW (Stick), GMAW (Mig) Steel, GMAW (Mig) Aluminum, FCAW (Mig) Steel, GTAW (Tig) Steel, GTAW (Tig) Aluminum, Oxy-fuel Cutting, Oxy-fuel Welding, Oxy-fuel Brazing, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc (gouging).
We also offer training for WV State Certification in plate and pipe welding.
The cost of the class will be $175.
If you are interested in any of these areas of welding technology and would like to enroll in the course please call Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center at 304.354.6151 by February 12, 2010.
Cabinet & Wood Crafting Class
The class would be an evening course and the anticipated length would be 10 weeks 3 hours a week. A minimum of 5 students is needed.
The class would include: shop safety, and operation of equipment (band saw, jointer, planer, moulder, lathe, router, table saw, radial arm saw, mitter saw, and hand tools); plane and finishing lumber; sizing lumber for project design; joint design for side and door panels; gluing and jointing material; style and rail designs; cabinet design (prints and patterns); flat vs. raised panels; tongue and groove lumber; drawer designs; edge designs; production of molding; preparation for finish; and staining and finishing methods.
The cost of the class would be $150.
If interested please call 304.354.6151 by February 12, 2010.
Gracious God, the days are shorter now as the shades of winter approach.
There is more darkness than light now, the air is crisper, and my soul is quieting down for a broader space of listening and reflection.
Fill me with gratitude for the change in seasons that offers me the opportunity to go deep within and find there the soft cloak of your loving presence.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2010. There are 331 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Your friend will argue with you.“ - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (1918-2008).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. Four Army chaplains gave their life belts to four other men, and went down with the ship.
In 1809, German composer Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg. Congress passed an act establishing the Illinois Territory effective March 1.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1916, Canada’s original Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C. at age 67.
In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)
In 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.
In 1969, Yasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee during a council meeting in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1989, Alfredo Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than three decades, was overthrown in a military coup.
Ten years ago:
• The flight data recorder from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was recovered from the Pacific Ocean off California.
• The Senate voted 89-4 to confirm Alan Greenspan for a fourth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
• Richard Kleindienst, who had served as U.S. attorney general during the Nixon administration and resigned during the Watergate scandal, died in Prescott, Ariz. at age 76.
Five years ago:
• Alberto Gonzales won Senate confirmation as attorney general.
• An interim report detailed conflicts of interest and flawed management in the U.N. oil-for-food program.
• An Afghan passenger jet carrying 104 people crashed east of Kabul, killing all on board.
One year ago:
• Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden.
• The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he’d failed to pay all his taxes.
• Iran sent its first domestically made satellite, Omid (“hope”), into orbit.
Comedian Shelley Berman is 84
Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 77
Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 70
Actress Bridget Hanley is 69
Actress Blythe Danner is 67
Singer Dennis Edwards is 67
Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese is 65
Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 63
Singer Melanie is 63
Actress Morgan Fairchild is 60
Actor Nathan Lane is 54
Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 54
Actor Thomas Calabro is 51
Actor-director Keith Gordon is 49
Actress Michele Greene is 48
Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY’-suh) Berg is 46
Actress Maura Tierney is 45
Actor Warwick Davis is 40
Reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee is 34
Musician Grant Barry is 33
Singer-songwriter Jessica Harp is 28
Rapper Sean Kingston is 20
Candidate Filing for 2010 Election Cycle as of February 02, 2010
Received in Mail February 1, 2010
Rick W. Frame - Democrat - Executive Committee
Willard Marks - Democrat - Circuit Clerk
Candidate Filings in Person:
Gilmer County Commissioner
Larry B. Chapman - DeKalb-Troy District
Darrell W. Ramsey - Glenville District
Glenn Ashley - Glenville District
Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Robert A. Minigh
Brandy L. Jenkins
Gilmer County Circuit Clerk
Democrat Executive Committee
Republican Executive Committee
Sandra Moyers Pettit - Glenville District
Willard L. Wright, Jr. - Glenville District
Robert L. Radabaugh - Glenville District
Wilda Porter Jones - DeKalb-Troy District
Jess L. McVaney - City District
Anna Jean Rogucki - City District
Kay Allen - Center District
Gilmer County Board of Education
Larry Butcher - DeKalb-Troy District
Dorothy H. Rhoades - Glenville District
Phyllis Starkey - City District
Thomas “Tom” Ratliff - DeKalb-Troy District
Robert Radcliff - DeKalb-Troy
West Fork Conservation District Supervisor
Update - Number of seats available (02.02.10 6:30 PM) :
For County Commissioner - 1
Gilmer County Circuit Clerk - 1
Gilmer County Commission Clerk - 1
Gilmer County Board of Education - 3
Democrat Exec. - 8 Republican Exec. - 8 | 1 man and 1 woman per district - Four year term elected in the primary election
West Fork Conservation District Supervisor - 1 ~~ Beverly Marks - Gilmer County Commission Clerk ~~
Lady Titans Fell to Clay, But JV Had a Big Victory
Gilmer County 49 - Clay County 61
Gilmer County’s bid for victory fell short as the Lady Titans were upset by Clay County at the Monday night’s game.
• Hannah DeMarino with 12 points
• Jessica Montgomery with 11 points
• Maggie Lilli with 9 points
• Jordan Morris with 5 points
• Brittany Blake with 4 points
• Megan Normant with 4 points
• Olivia Somerville with 2 points
Gilmer County JV 61 - Clay County JV 18
Tiffany Young, Morgan Allen and Tristan Toman were too much Monday in Glenville for visiting Clay County JVs as the trio from Gilmer helped the Lady Titan JVs to an easy 61-18 victory.
• Tiffany Young with 19 points
• Morgan Allen with 15 points
• Tristan Toman with 10 points
• Tahni Harkleroad with 7 points
• Jamie Conrad with 4 points
• Alexues Sprouse with 4 points
• Laken Moore with 2 points
Glenville State College to Host Wear Red Day Luncheon
In an effort to raise awareness among local residents about the number one health threat in the country, heart disease, Glenville State College will host its annual Wear Red Day Luncheon on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Noon in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.
February 5th is National Wear Red Day.
According to Kipp Colvin, “Our Wear Red Day Luncheon is a great opportunity to reach out to our local community and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease. By joining together, we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead them on the path to prevention.“
This year’s luncheon guest speakers will include Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Registered Nurse George W. Butcher and Tim B. Butcher, Esq. of Butcher & Butcher law firm in Glenville. George Butcher will present a general overview of heart disease in America, and Tim Butcher will be sharing his personal story as a cardiac rehabilitation patient.
GSC’s Wear Red Day Luncheon will be held in conjunction with ‘The Heart Truth,’ a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with The Office on Women’s Health, and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.
National Wear Red Day was established as a day for Americans to wear red in order to show support for heart disease awareness. For more information about heart disease, visitwww.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301.592.8573.
If you have questions about the GSC Wear Red Day Luncheon or would like to reserve your place at the special luncheon event, please contact Kipp Colvin at “Kipp.Colvin@glenville.edu” or 304.462.4114. ~~ By Dustin Crutchfield - GSC PR Department ~~
WV collected more in taxes that it thought it would in January, but revenue experts say it was more a function of accounting than an actual improvement in the economy.
The way personal incoming tax withholding is reported changed in January enabling revenues to be nearly $40 million above estimates for the month. But the accounting procedure will correct itself in February.
February is the start of tax refund season. The state will pay out millions to those taxpayers who have overpaid. This in return will impact the state’s revenues.
Most all tax revenue categories are basically bringing in about $6 million less than estimated. The state remains on track to be about $120 million short in revenue collections by the end of the fiscal year.
The state’s severance tax continues to be one of the poorest performing this budget year, some 17% below last year, but still ahead of this year’s estimate.
The long term coal contracts with utilities and the stable prices of metallurgical coal have kept coal prices at about $60 a ton.
It is believed the state’s revenue picture will begin to improve in the months to come. The decline rate will slow down and WV will start to see at the very end of this period, maybe at the beginning of next year, the beginnings of a little bit of revenue growth.
Governor Joe Manchin called for a 3.4% budget cut for state agencies to deal with the revenue shortfall this budget year.
The deadline for college students and college bound high school students to apply for state and federal financial aid for the 2010-2011 school year is quickly approaching.
All students seeking financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
FAFSAs can be submitted at any time but should be submitted by March 1, 2010 for the best consideration to receive state and federal financial aid.
The Glenville State College Financial Aid office has scheduled free workshops at the Robert F. Kidd Library to assist students with electronic filing of their FAFSA.
• Monday, February 15, 2010 from 3:00-5:00 PM
• Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 3:00-6:00 PM
Financial aid counselors will be at the library to help file FAFSAs.
In addition, on Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 2:00-5:00 PM the Robert F. Kidd Library is hosting College Goal Sunday (CGS), a volunteer program designed to help low income and first generation students complete their FAFSA.
2010 is the inaugural year for CGS in West Virginia. GSC is one of sixteen College Goal Sunday sites around the state where financial aid experts will provide assistance and information about FAFSA completion to students and their families.
To complete the FAFSA students will need social security numbers for themselves and their parents and family income for 2009. If 2009 income information is not available a FAFSA can be submitted using estimated information that can be corrected when the actual income information becomes available.
The GSC Financial Aid office will assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about submitting a FAFSA, the FAFSA workshops, or financial aid funds that are available.
For more information visit the GSC Financial Aid office on the first floor of Louis Bennett Hall or call 304.462.4103. ~~ By Bob Edwards – GSC Public Relations Department ~~
The Glenville State College Theatre program will be presenting two one-act plays at 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday February 18 and 19, 2010 in the GSC Administration Building Presidents Auditorium.
The plays to be presented are ‘Das Wolfkin’ and ‘Sweet and Twenty.’ GSC Theatre Director Dennis Wemm will be directing ‘Das Wolfkin’ while GSC Freshman Justin Blankenship will be directing ‘Sweet and Twenty.’
‘Das Wolfkin’ is a comedic parody of almost every piece of German folklore. A great mystery unfolds on the stage as a new nanny enters the Shtupolitz cabin, Da Governesk, and plots alongside a big bad wolf character, Das Wolfkin, in the devouring of the family.
The cast features GSC Theatre veteran Palmer Stephens as Franz Shtupolitz, the gullible father who thinks with his heart and not his head. Stephens is a Glenville resident and works for West Virginia Radio Corporation.
Playing his faithful wife Mellon is GSC Theatre newcomer Rachel Cruz, a Freshman from Normantown in Gilmer County.
Playing Franz’s mother, Gramgrum, is Jamie Stanley, a Freshman English Major from Point Pleasant in Mason County. Stanley made her debut in GSC’s fall theatre production.
The Shtupolitz children, or grumlinks, are being played by Sophomore Marketing Major Matthew Thompson from St. Albans in Kanawha County.
As Georg, Junior Arts and English Communications Major Ryan Konarske from Gandeeville in Roane County.
As Mittle, Sophomore Erica Butler from Braxton County.
As Gerdel, and Freshman Forestry and Criminal Justice Major Brittany Ferguson from Glenville as Tressel.
Going against the Shtupolitz family is Da Governesk being played by six-year GSC Theatre veteran Whitney Stalnaker. Stalnaker is a Junior Psychology and Sociology Major from Normantown in Gilmer County.
Das Wolfkin being played by GSC Theatre regular Justin Church. Church is a Sophomore Elementary Education Major from Ovapa in Clay County.
The second production of the night, ‘Sweet and Twenty,’ is a tale of accidental love that is set at an open house of a large estate when a young man and woman slip away into the orchard.
Playing the young man, George, is Justin Church.
Playing the young woman, Helen, is Whitney Stalnaker.
The two supporting roles are being played by Palmer Stephens as the Agent and Matthew Thompson as the Guard.
Student directing the play is Freshman Education Major Justin Blankenship from Gassaway in Braxton County. He has been seen on stage from an early age at the Landmark Studio and Braxton County High School. Blankenship made his debut as the star of GSC Theatre’s production of ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ this past September.
Both plays are suitable for all audiences.
Admission will be $2.00. For more information, contact Communications Professor Dennis Wemm at “Dennis.Wemm@glenville.edu” or call 304.462.6323. ~~ By Annette Barnette – GSC Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~
GSC Percussion Ensemble Concert Tickets on Sale March 01, 2010
Tickets for the annual Glenville State College Percussion Ensemble Concert will be going on sale Monday, March 1, 2010.
The event will be held March 25 and 26, 2010 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 PM.
GSC student tickets cost $5.00 for the March 26th performance but are free for the March 25th show.
The price of tickets will be $7.00 for other students and $10.00 for general admission.
For more information or to reserve tickets, contact GSC Fine Arts Department Assistant Sheri Skidmore at “Sheri.Skidmore@glenville.edu” or 304.462.4130. ~~ By Annette Barnette - Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~
Computer users often have this problem with their system: After putting it to sleep (i.e. into Standby mode), they come back awhile later to find it wide awake!
There are countless culprits for this kind of behavior:
• An accidental swipe of the mouse
• A scheduled system task
• And any number of other weird settings that reside in Windows’ power options
Sometimes one has to spent considerable time poring through those options, trying to pin down the system’s insomnia, but none of the sleep or hibernation settings seemed to remedy the situation.
As it happens, there’s another place to look:
The settings for the Ethernet adapter. One setting in particular; to see if it resolves the issue on your PC:
Here is how you can fix it:
• Open the Windows Device Manager.
• Click the plus next to Network adapters
• Find the Ethernet adapter for your system
• Right-click the adapter name and choose Properties
• Click the Power Management tab
• Clear the checkbox next to Allow this device to wake the computer.
• Click OK
• Restart the computer.
This may or may not solve your problem, but it definitely does the trick for some.
As it turned out, any kind of Internet access—either inbound or outbound—causes the system to wake from Standby mode.
However, by disabling the Ethernet adapter’s support for that capability, the system should stay asleep.
WV Chief Justice Davis: No Intermediate Court Needed
The chief justice of the state Supreme Court says there’s no need for an intermediate appeals court in West Virginia, but she admits the current High Court rules are outdated and need revamped.
Chief Justice Robin Davis appeared before members of the House and Senate judiciary committees Monday afternoon at the state capitol. She wanted to update lawmakers on work the Court is doing on its own rules to make the process more transparent.
Davis says cases seeking full arguments would be required to file more information on their petitions for appeal. She says the new rules would likely include a provision where the Supreme Court would list why it has rejected a case, currently no reasons are given. “Those are some of the things that are going to change,“ she told lawmakers.
Davis says she opposes an intermediate appellate court recommended by the governor’s judicial reform group last year. “In this type of fiscal state we are in, why in the world would we add an 8 to 15 million dollar a year additional layer of courts in a very small state?“ The chief justice asked lawmakers.
She also said an intermediate court would stimulate business for lawyers, but would hurt the “little people” because it would “take a lot longer to get through the court system.“
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce claims the Supreme Court takes very few cases for oral arguments and there should be a guarantee of appeal. Justice Davis countered that claim. “Every person in the state of West Virginia that has a case decided by circuit court has an absolute right to file an appeal before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals,“ she said no state guarantees oral arguments.
Davis added the Chamber needs to get a new policy statement. “For anybody with the caliber of lawyers that business has and the Chamber has to make such a broad assertion that is flat out wrong is almost inexcusable,“ she said.
The Supreme Court has been working on its new rules for several months and Davis says they may be finished by the end of the year. She says they will go out for public comment before a final decision is made.
Davis says the Court’s new proposals would be well-thought-out and well-reasoned. “We are not going to be pigeon-holed,“ she said.
While the rest of the country will be waiting on Punxtawney Phil’s shadow, West Virginia is waiting to see what French Creek Freddie has to say.
The official state groundhog has been forecasting the weather since 1978 at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center.
Freddie will be looking for that infamous shadow. Tradition says if he sees it before he goes back inside his hole, it means the forecast will be six more weeks of bad weather. No shadow means sunny with no further chance of snow.
Freddie is expected to make his prediction at around 10 AM Tuesday morning.
Cure Your Spring Fever by Travelling to Flower Show in March
Celebrate the end of the winter doldrums by traveling to the 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Passport to the World.”
You will see and smell some of the most beautiful, exotic flowers from around the globe.
Included on your journey will be blossoms from such faraway places as India, Singapore and South Africa as you stroll the 10 acres of blooming indoor gardens.
Silks and spices, weavings and carvings, and overflowing flower carts will delight shoppers in the world bazaar marketplace. Horticultural, artistic culinary lectures and demonstrations by world-class experts are all free to show visitors.
The Philadelphia Flower Show is touted as one of the most prestigious North Ameri-can Flower Shows. It’s an experience that should not be missed.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 :
Depart at 8:00 AM
Arrive in Philadelphia at 3:00 PM Check into Hotel
Buffet Dinner 4:30 PM
Attend Show 5:30 PM - 9:30PM
Return to Hotel
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 :
Show opens at 8:00 AM and continues until 9:30 PM
Shuttle available between hotel & show all day
Buffet Dinner 5:30 PM
Thursday, March 4, 2010 :
Depart for Home at 9:00 AM
Cost is $369.00 (double occupancy) which includes :
Transportation, All Lodging, Tickets, Breakfast and Dinner
Deadline to Register is Feb 15, 2010 -Space is limited
For more information or to register call 304.588.5200
~~ By Jennifer Shirey - WVU Extension: Gilmer County & Buck Edwards ~~
House Monday February 1, 2010 Tax cuts, tax increases, and a plant used as an hallucinogen discussed in the House..
Senate Bill 427, which would rename and reorganize the Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority, as well as give it the power to make some of the states new or existing roads toll roads. Matt Turner, Gov. Manchin’s communications director, says the legislation could effect roads that see a lot of out-of-state traffic, like Route 35..
Great Food For All orders are due by 3:00 PM Friday, February 5, 2010.
Pick up is Friday, February 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM.
This is a fantastic pick up time change.
Now you can pick up your food before you go home on a Friday afternoon.
No more coming back on Saturday mornings!
Call 304.462.5556 or go towww.visionsvesselsvictory.comor www.greatfoodforall.com or email “email@example.com’. (This is the food anyone in the world can buy. Look at the menu on either website.)
Great Food For All is looking for a church or non-profit to become a host site in Calhoun County.
The truck will go right to Calhoun after it leaves Visions, Vessels, and Victory, Inc. in Glenville on Friday afternoons.
If you are interested call Pam at 304.904.8020.
Great Food For All is so easy, you’ll wish you had done it sooner. No unpacking and repacking. Just unload the food boxes from the delivery truck and hand them out.
West Virginia is blessed to have an abundance of businesses that have made a positive impact in our state through volunteerism. Now, there is an opportunity to recognize those companies for the important way they play a role in making West Virginia communities better places to live and work.
The West Virginia Business Volunteer Council (BVC) announces the first annual Business Volunteerism Awards. Nominations are now being accepted through March 31. The awards recognize West Virginia businesses, labor organizations, professional associations, and nonprofit organizations that incorporated volunteer service into their policies and practices in 2009.
I am writing as a co-chair of the Steering Committee for the BVC to encourage you to nominate an outstanding business or organization that displayed enduring commitment for the betterment of West Virginia through volunteerism in 2009.
Recipients of the Business Volunteerism Awards will receive recognition from First Lady Gayle Manchin and the BVC at the annual Business Volunteerism Reception held in Charleston at the Governor’s Mansion during National Volunteer Week on Monday, April 19, 2010.
Nomination forms are available on Volunteer West Virginia’s web site,www.volunteerwv.org. Nominations should be postmarked by March 31, 2010. For more information, please contact Emily Schoen at 304.558.0111 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
The West Virginia Business Volunteer Council (BVC), a program of Volunteer West Virginia, is a statewide initiative open to all private sector businesses, labor organizations, nonprofit organizations, as well as business and professional associations. The BVC is the way for the private sector to join government and non-profits in building a better West Virginia through volunteer service. The BVC is a primary resource for encouraging, educating, and connecting businesses that support employee volunteer programs as a business strategy.
Government Relations Director, Verizon West Virginia Co-Chair,
West Virginia Business Volunteer Council
Emogene “Jean” Pack Duda
Age 83, of Burning Springs, WV, passed away Feb. 1, 2010, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital.
She was born in Kenova, WV, the daughter of the late Jay and Lucille Justice Pack.
She was a retired Photographer and was a member of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Garnet Sue Patalano of Burning Springs; her grandsons, Keith Patalano of Tynsboro, Mass. and Kevin Patalano and his wife Kathy of Burning Springs; her great-grandchildren, Anthony and Savannah Patalano of Tynsboro, Mass. and Serena Patalano of Burning Springs; one brother and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Duda; two brothers and one sister.
Memorial services will be Saturday, 11 AM at the Elizabeth United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Project Life Saver, C/O The Wood County Sheriff’s Office, 328 Second Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg and friends may send memorial condolences to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.com
Gracious God, these days of special remembrance can so easily pass without my being attentive to the reasons behind them.
Open my eyes and heart to the many graces and blessings that blanket my life with joy.
Help my soul awaken with the gratitude that will make me attentive and expectant for the imprint of your hand in my world.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2010. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.
Thought for Today: “It was naive of the 19th century optimists to expect paradise from technology - and it is equally naive of the 20th century pessimists to make technology the scapegoat for such old shortcomings as man’s blindness, cruelty, immaturity, greed and sinful pride.“ - Peter F. Drucker, Austrian-born American business management consultant (1909-2005).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, was signed.
In 1536, present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina, was founded by Pedro de Mendoza of Spain.
In 1653, New Amsterdam - now New York City - was incorporated.
In 1870, the “Cardiff Giant,“ supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, N.Y., was revealed to be nothing more than carved gypsum.
In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was formed in New York.
In 1882, Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born near Dublin.
In 1897, fire destroyed the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. (A new statehouse was dedicated on the same site in 1906.)
In 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
In 1948, President Harry S. Truman sent a 10-point civil rights program to Congress, where the proposals ran into fierce opposition from southern lawmakers.
In 1980, NBC News reported the FBI had conducted a sting operation targeting members of Congress using phony Arab businessmen in what became known as “Abscam,“ a codename protested by Arab-Americans.
In 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa’s black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on the African National Congress and promised to free Nelson Mandela.
Ten years ago:
Searchers recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 in the Pacific Ocean, off the California coast.
Five years ago:
• In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush called for changes in Social Security that would combine reduced government benefits for younger workers with “a chance to build a nest egg” through personal accounts.
• German heavyweight boxer Max Schmeling died at age 99.
One year ago:
• Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as U.S. secretary of state.
• The Senate confirmed Eric Holder to be attorney general.
• President Barack Obama’s choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, apologized for failing to pay more than $120,000 in taxes. (Daschle ended up withdrawing his nomination.)
• Gunmen abducted American U.N. worker John Solecki in Quetta, Pakistan, killing his driver. (Solecki was released unharmed two months later.)
• Moammar Gadhafi of Libya was elected leader of the African Union.
Actress Elaine Stritch is 85
Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing is 84
Actor Robert Mandan is 78
Comedian Tom Smothers is 73
Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 68
Actor Bo Hopkins is 68
Television executive Barry Diller is 68
Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 64
Actor Jack McGee is 61
Actor Brent Spiner (SPY’-nur) is 61
Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 61
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is 58
Model Christie Brinkley is 56
Actor Michael Talbott is 55
Actress Kim Zimmer is 55
Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 44
Actress Jennifer Westfeldt is 40
Rock musician Ben Mize is 39
Rapper T-Mo is 38
Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur is 37
Actress Lori Beth Denberg is 34
Singer Shakira is 33
Country singer Blaine Larsen is 24
WVBOE relays info to appointed County Super who trickles some of what he understands to placate an in the pocket Board President who trickles what little he understands who knows where but not to the Board he’s on. The WVBOE plays more politics than the Legislature. How does all this help the children?
Simmons tells us all about ADA and says that’s why they HAVE to move to the Health Center KNOWING it is a lie. KNOWING that under the Americans With Disabilities Act if the building is first floor handicap accessible, citizens can get what they need and changing it puts the owning government agency (County Commission) under undue financial hardship the conditions at the Annex are fine. He can still read? The act is clear on the subject.
If he’s willing to spread tales about that in support of the Superintendent what won’t he do?
Little doubt in town the pair’s trying to come up with how the move will save the Board money.What local contractor do you believe will give an estimate on what the cost is for remodeling?
There’s no point saying I’m sorry when it’s not sincere. It would be a waste of everyone’s time.
ALL FOUR of the local GILMER BOARD members should DEMAND old President Simmons IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION, as President, for setting Dr. Armour up like he did, and then sitting quietly by and condoning the resulting attack on Dr. Armour.
Dr. Armour was the ONLY honorable man at that meeting.
Dr. Cynthia Daniel started off to be involved with the Minnie Hamilton controversy.
She will be bombarded with specious rationale for why spending in excess of $150,000 more than being spent now just for the first two years is a top priority justification to benefit Gilmer County’s children.
Let us hope that Dr. Daniel has the resolve to do what it takes to stop the madness when Gilmer County has other higher priority needs to improve educations of our deserving children.
Charleston should ask one question and it is——how would the MH expenditure benefit the children and how is it justified as the highest priority need among an array of needs in Gilmer County?
Simmon outa be thankful the video was edited. His arrogance is talk of the town. You would think the least he could do is apologize to public for what he did. He was participating in an illegal activity led by Devano. He should be thankful to Hurley and Armour for trying to keep him out of trouble and cuss the heck out of Devano. Shouldn’t he?
Getting test results quicker is an entitlement to citizens who pay the bills.
Another entitlement should be to be informed who supervises superintendents appointed during intervention to include the State’s grading system used to evaluate their performances.
There is confusion about who the superintendents report to. Citizens in contact with members of the WVBOE tell that they point elsewhere in the WVDOE.
The general impression of board members in intervened counties is that Mr. Charles Heinlein is the next in line over the superintendents. His last day is today so will there be a reset with his replacement?
Others point to Ted Matterin as the power behind the scenes while others point to the WVDOE’s audit office.
If the responsible person now is Dr. Martirano that arrangement should be revealed. Some individual in Charleston is responsible for patterns of waste and mismanagement continuing in intervened counties, and the full facts should be exposed to the public.
He has been WV State Superintendent since Sept 2014. With only nine months on the job he has not “long been a proponent” of anything for West Virginia. However, it is a good thing to bring the test results for Smarter Balanced Assessment forward in a much more timely fashion.
It is reported that county Superintendents already have a computer sign in to the data. Will such a sign in be provided to county Boards of Education? Will the State Superintendent guarantee that all 55 counties will see their data or only the ones not under intervention?
The DADT posting is what we need more of in WV. The way education information is controlled in Charleston, important details are kept from the general public similar to the way a secret underground society operates.
If citizens don’t know about the existence of information how can they be expected to ask questions? The common response from Charleston bureaucrats is that WV citizens don’t care and they wouldn’t understand it anyway. We have news for them!
One of the best ways for improving K-12 achievement in WV would be to eliminate the mystery Charleston generates and to inform the public what is being done and how the State is doing with achieving results.
Our problem relates to need for accountability, something WVDOE bureaucrats nimbly avoid. Thanks for your help DADT, and keep WV posted with additional high quality and timely information.
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Is this a matter of whether or not a County Board of Education agrees with the State Board of Ed when under intervention? No board can truly be called a board or operate as a board if that is the criteria for their actions. That is clearly the manner in which the appointed Superintendent is proceeding and the required result to obtain his personal approval of any board action is agreement by unanimous vote with no discussion.
A school board member is not elected to be a rubber stamp for any agenda. They are elected to proceed legally and ethically in a direction that will move education forward and for the betterment of the students under its jurisdiction. Certainly they should be willing to discuss and evaluate any one position presented to them, make an informed decision on all matters and vote accordingly.
Every school system deserves the opportunity for growth and improvement. Until the inexperienced superintendent of Gilmer County acquires independent knowledge of the responsibilities of his position this will not happen. The same may be said for the county board president whoever that may be.
Link above is the US Dept of Education ESEA site with W.V. waivers, various letters and panel review data. Some weaknesses cause grave concern.
QUESTION:(From ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Education Act) flexibility request review form)
2.A.i.a Does the SEA’s accountability system provide differentiated recognition, accountability, and support for all LEAs in the State and for all Title I schools in those LEAs based on (1) student achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics, and other subjects at the State’s discretion, for all students and all subgroups of students identified in ESEA section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v)(II); (2) graduation rates for all students and all subgroups; and (3) school performance and progress over time, including the performance and progress of all subgroups?
RESPONSE IDENTIFYING WEAKNESSES:
Weaknesses, issues, lack of clarity It is not clear that WVDE addresses graduation rates for subgroups.
Four classifications of schools (highly effective, effective, needs improvement, and targeted for support) and then three labels required by ESEA flexibility (priority, focus, and reward schools) may be confusing to stakeholders (p. 69). The value of sustaining state categories as well as federal ones is not clear.
Of particular concern is how an improvement of only 4 median percentiles from 49 to 53 transforms the multiplier from .50 to .75.
The weight of adequate growth — 10 percent in elementary/middle schools split between English/language arts and math and 5 percent in high schools split between English and math — is justified in the narrative (p. 77), but may not reflect appropriate expectations for all students to meet college- and career-ready standards.
The second metric is that adequate growth contributes 10 percent for elementary/middle schools and 5% for high schools. This appears to be a type of growth to standards (expectations) design using the observed growth. It is unclear how the Student growth percentile (SGP) and the targeted SGP expectation is calculated for 11th grade students (see Table 2.7). Here, WVDE does not provide a rationale for awarding large changes in the multiplier for some ranges.
Peers question whether defining effective as the 50 percentile rank (60 at the high school level) increases rigor (p. 84).
Part B: Is the SEA’s (STATE’S EDUCATION AGENCY) plan likely to lead to all students, including English Learners, students with disabilities, and low-achieving students, gaining access to and learning content aligned with the college- and career-ready standards?
RESPONSE IDENTIFYING WEAKNESSES:
Weaknesses, issues, lack of clarity WVDE has identified a number of professional development opportunities along with expansion of access to accelerated learning opportunities for students. A coherent approach to implementation would assist in resource allocation in this area.
My state was near the top in spending on class room computers. Test scores did not rise as expected. Zero correlation as a matter of fact.
We began a new program in our district that got results. Each time a request came in to purchase computers there was a requirement to provide a good plan to follow to accurately measure pre-and-post achievement testing results.
We held administrators accountable for obtaining and reporting on the results. There was stiff resistance at first, but we held firm and our test scores soared 25.43%.
After we took our stand research results have been in reputable national education journals to back the concept that just because money is spent on computers don’t expect better learning results to automatically occur.
Computers must be used correctly just the same as for any other sophisticated tools. They never will be panaceas to replace what good teachers are capable of doing in classrooms.
What meaningful evaluations will be done in your school district to determine if the 200 new computers aided in improving learning outcomes?
A teacher said at your meeting that without the new computers it would be impossible to teach math. What did the individual do before computers were available?
It is very clear when Simmons told the GFP reporter at the end of the June 1 meeting that the reporter knew this was “wrong” he did not want the video shown.
It is very clear from community conversations with Simmons that he has no desire to be a “board member”. His goal was to be county Superintendent and since that was short circuited the man feels his only equals would be the Superintendent or his superiors in Charleston. How many times has he made the public statement “I am not a full time Board Member nor do I intend to be”? With this attitude the question must be why is he on the Board at all?
It is very clear from the May video that Simmons had instructed Armour to prepare the April report which upset the Principal leading to her preapproved rebuttal/personal attack.
It is crystal clear that Superintendent Devono has no intention of complying with the agreed upon Memorandum Of Understanding between the W V State Board of Education and the Gilmer County Board of Education. Such actions show there is no oversight of the WV State Board of Education employee. It would seem fair to say this is probably SOP for all appointees of the state.
On video after video Mr Devono repeatedly informed the Gilmer Board and the public that the only two things they do not have control over is personnel and the new capital project fund 51. Yet when it comes to a simple though expensive rental agreement the Superintendent and board President agree it should only be discussed in executive session. Clearly they agreed before the meeting ever took place.
Less than a quorum of members of any Board of Education including the President may not have private face to face meetings with a Superintendent on any matter to avoid holding a properly noticed meeting and a series of phone calls does not constitute a proper meeting. There is case law to support this.
It is clear the expenditure of tax dollars is being decided behind closed doors.
Somewhere in the WV code, isn’t there something about “Sunshine laws”? ANY school board meeting that is not about personnel or the name of a student being disciplined should be public, able to be filmed, and a transcript of the meeting available to the public, the press included. We elected our school board. We did NOT elect the state Board of Education or the Superintendent that board imposed upon us. Not only should the entire, unedited video be available to the public, something needs to be done about “taxation without representation” here. We, the people, did NOT have input into, or vote for, new schools in this county. We actually voted against them. Whatever happened to freedom?
Now is the time to determine out how to fix GSC as if were a business on the verge of closing.
Positive change won’t occur with more false claims and constructing more buildings either. People call the new buildings monuments to misaligned priorities.
GSC must have high quality academic programs to attract and keep students. Criminal justice and sports are obviously not the answer.
Positive change must be achieved by developing a viable plan by involving especially qualified higher education experts or GSC is doomed for elimination.
It is a disgrace to GSC’s leaders, including its present and past Board of Governors, when the College’s problems have become bad enough to be addressed in the world’s most prestigious financial publication.
When a Board President is observed on multiple meeting videos asking the Secretary what his pleasure is regarding conduction of the meeting including this one and does not consult with all Board members.
When a Board President refuses to cast his own vote after a proper motion to amend the agenda and continue the meeting as happened on this meeting video.
Board leadership is nonexistent. It is time for a change.
Ever study evasive actions taken to keep from providing information to your board at meetings?
When a question is asked there is a distinct pattern if something verges on being sticky for the State.
A questions is said not to be understood, a totally different question is answered, a statement is made that an answer is being worked on and nothing more is ever heard, an attempt is made to make a questioner look irrational, there is a statement that the question was answered already, a wrong answer is given, or the let’s move on signal is given to go to something else.
Right out of the State’s playbook to purposely keep your board in the dark.
How the Gilmer County school board takes it I do not know. By watching video tapes it is clear that it is treated with outright contempt by the State.
Decisions are made in advance by the State with no prior board input with expectations for no meaningful debate to get immediate approval.
This is seen many times over. For two recent examples Mr. Devono already had made up his mind for the 200 computers for the GCHS. He had them out for bids already with expectations for the board to go along.
Citizens learned that the County did not have an accurate inventory of computers it had and where they were. What kind of management is this?
The Minnie Hamilton lease was another example. It was talked about briefly by Mr.Devono at one meeting with expectations for the board to go along at that time.
Video taping was done of the proceedings. At the June 1st meeting Mr. Devono made it out that all the MH details were secret to justify a closed executive session meeting to keep information from the people!!!
The State does not have one example where it intervened to function in good faith with boards to bring out the best in them to strengthen a school system.
Board members know this and it must be insulting when they must tolerate a super without any prior experience and a proven track record for high quality management of a school system.
It shows that improved education is not the State’s motive because of its dismal track record.
The claim that everything is being done for the children is a cruel hoax. It is all about shoveling money to a limited few.
Look at the cover up for the Cedar Creek botch and where we are for the new school on the old dump along the Little Kanawha River.
This is for S. I watched the video for March and the breakdown of proper meeting management was detectable when a citizen in the power clique was permitted to make prolonged personal attacks against a board member.
The board president and Mr. Devono just sat there without putting an end to it.
Spirited debate and sticking with issues are fine, but a line is crossed when personal attacks are permitted. In this case they seemed to have been encouraged as if there was a set-up to try to discredit the board member.
Personal attacks never have a place at any public meetings!
Knowing what I know about all the RAPES at Glenville State College, this promotional announcement almost offends me, for you know the governor has to know about horrid crimes and unpunished RAPES at GSC that have been going on for years—- And endorsed by someone I feel is completely and totally dishonest and that would be Gerald B Hough Gilmer County Prosecutor.
The only consolation is that Wilke Perez a former QB for the football team at GSC accused of RAPE will be doing three years in federal prison for another crime.
It is also interesting to note that concerned citizens had mentioned him, the rape and the cover ups by Mr. Hough to the FBI just about the time they started looking into the wrong doing of Wilke Perez. His VICTIM Anita Phillips Wiseman we just did a detailed interview with (conducted by Lawrence J Smith)and the crime will now have a new focus.
By the way the victim of that sexual assault that Perez was arrested for in Gilmer County is now a federal prison corrections officer.
Martirano, who’s the “we” you keep talking about as in, “We can’t have”? You should be talking to “YOUR” Superintendents.YOU don’t exercise any oversight of YOUR employees. Quit trying to run the counties from Charleston’s bully pulpit. That doesn’t work.
Mr. Martirano, the children missed more days than were put into the school calendar due to an act of God, the weather. Some schools and homes may not have had electric, heat or water. Roads may have flooded. The children were not truants. The parents did not decide to keep them home just because they felt like it. The decision to close the schools was made by Superintendents and Transportation Directors in all counties who made that determination based on weather conditions being such it would be unsafe to put buses on the roads.
W.V. Code §18-8-1. Compulsory school attendance; exemptions.
(a) Exemption from the requirements of compulsory public school attendance established in section one-a of this article shall be made on behalf of any child for the causes or conditions set forth in this section. Each cause or condition set forth in this section is subject to confirmation by the attendance authority of the county…….
To continue with information relative to the subject at hand: It is further stated:
(e) A child is exempt from the compulsory school attendance requirement set forth in section one-a of this article if conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to the life, health or safety of the child exist.
Sir, it makes no sense to FORCE children to attend school year round because you can not control the weather.
Your attitude unreasonable, even unthinkable. You have been with us such a short time. Are you already under the spell of the WVBOE? Are you now omnipotent?
Many counties came respectfully before the state board asking for a waiver from the hardships compliance would place on students and families.
The failed Cedar Creek/Crooked Run site selection.
Building the new Lewis County school over coal mine tunnels.
Locating the new Gilmer Elementary on the IL Morris apparent dump location.
The rumored move of local BOE administration offices where the district will expend 4 to 5 times current expenses.
This shows no oversight, total lack of common sense. They continually prove just how inept they are.
The legislature is letting this process continue unabated.
WV BOE rolled in to Gilmer like the 3rd Reich! Have no expectation of reasonable conversation with your communities. The new superintendent in Fayette County is already talking about ignoring the recent election results and going ahead with state plans.They have your Gilmer’s president in their pocket to spew the state propaganda. Listen and learn.
We have the same problems in Gilmer County, but Gabe Devono won’t listen and he spends money on purposes he cannot defend. More computers for the GCHS is a prime example. Gilmer County needs to have a way to set defensible priorities for K-12 education and to stick with the program.
One more disgraceful symbol of waste and mismanagement with the done decided on board office move to the old Minnie Hamilton space.
Mr. Devono did not disclose all the true costs of the move over those for where we ar now for the lease period.
He certainly did not justify why the move surfaced as the best option at this time for doing the most to benefit Gilmer County’s children.
The test of all spending should be the degree to which it benefits our children. The State does not see it that way with its proven management approaches. It is all about who gets the money and to have nothing to do with children.