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WV Schools Have to Struggle to Make Up Snow Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BYRD’S EYE VIEW: Pet Adoption

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delegate David Walker - 02.26.10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL AND LOCAL FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY - WEEK ENDING 02.26.2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farm Bureau Food Collection for Ronald McDonald House‏ This Monday

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

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

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

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

~~ Linda Bailey   ~~

Recalls: 02.26.10

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

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

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

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

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

Poll Result: Glenville Bridge

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~~  Comments   ~~

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

Glenville City Council March 2010 Meeting

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

The meeting location is Glenville City Hall.

Top DVD Rentals - 02.27.10

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

West Fork Conservation District Monthly Meeting - March 2010

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

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

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

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

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

Weekly Horoscope: 02.28.10 - 03.06.10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRUTH OR TRADITION? : A GOOD MORAL LIFE- 59

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A GOOD MORAL LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller,  3281 Rosedale Road,  Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “ghmiller@rtol.net”  Web Site:  steercreekchurchofchrist.org

Dale W. “Pap” Keplinger

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

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

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

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

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

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home.

Margaret Ruth Pulliam Stadwick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com.

A service of Amos Carvelli Funeral Home.

Sally Ann Means

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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