Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.
Two family style meals a day, reading and arts programs, family interaction, that’s what our children will miss this year. Gabe Devono decided there was no space and offered no transportation for the 35-45 students who attended every year.
Our college students will not see the Americorp payment for their service as those considering Teaching careers lose valuable experience.
Gilmer County BOE still owns 4 buildings plus the High School. There were options but seems it was more important to patch a roof at the closed GES on Devono’s timeline rather than use it for the children and patch it later.
Our Extension Service would have provided for Gilmer County to receive Energy Express as they always have if the state appointed Superintendent had shown BOE interest and assistance for this program.
Is the reason he didn’t want to do it because of ancillary costs? Is the money there to provide transportation and keep the A/C on for the summer?
No money there for either a regular or pre-k playground at the new school.
The Governor and Legislature are telling a tale of woe because of loss of income. Which is true.
But the REAL PROBLEM in Charleston is the state’s addiction issue. The problem is the Capitol Gang has an addiction to SPENDING. Money brings power and influence and our politicians are addicted to spending just as a junkie is addicted to their drugs.
Anyone with normal intelligence knows, if you have a loss of income, you tighten your belt and spend less. You go from steak to hamburg to beans and cornbread until you get where you are able to live within your means.
The current budget discussion is all about more taxes. Any discussion of spending cuts is shaped in the form of threats. There is a lot of “fat” in WV education, the WVBE administration is bloated like a pot belly pig.
WV government is number 3 in SPENDING PER PERSON of 50 states. There are plenty of places to cut spending, but that would interrupt the good ole boy system of nepotism.
Income is not the problem. Over spending by the bureaucrats IS the problem.
Do his best to help establish proper meeting procedures and other corrective measures to stop the State’s overreach and abuse of power, stop the withholding of critical information from board members we elected to serve our children’s needs, put an end to secrecy involving finances and other areas involving management of the school system, do something to establish accountability over the State’s free wheeling superintendent.
Tall order, but Bob we are counting on you with the mandate given at the polls. You have the reputation of a strong, highly principled man who cannot be run over and bought off. Citizens know that your welcomed help is on the way.
This over compensation revelation is nothing less than disgusting. It proves what has been said all along about the State taking care of its connected good ole boys.
Over and over on video tapes unanswered questions about the County’s school system’s finances have come up to be ignored.
The bottom line is that the State keeps the secrecy lid on to prevent citizens from knowing where its money is going.
Citizens on the street hear that the State is going to spend 100K or more on roof repairs for the condemned Gilmer Elementary School. Where is that money coming from and why is it being spent?
What about playground equipment for the new school? We hear that 250K of new money is needed from citizens? Why?
What we have with intervention is a sorry example of misaligned spending priorities by the wasteful State.
Many times it has been said that all you need to do is to track the money. It is a complex spider web, but sooner or later the details will be dug out.
This posting should be on the desk of each legislator in Charleston to represent the tip of the ice berg for waste and mismanagement in State government to demonstrate dire need for major spending cuts.
Our GC neighbors employed by the school district know the story.
Why? How? Because they are living the story. They see the corruption, behind closed door happenings.
Oh yes. The Marion County bucket boy tries to cover his dirt like a cat. The odor lingers though.
It was good to see that the new school board name got almost twice as many votes as the old GSC wrecker. Pretty obvious who this county does not support. It takes voter understanding and effort to leave a blank on the ballot.
Brings back the memory of the famous ‘no-confidence’ vote prior to reign of terror at GSC.
You know, the vote that preceded the departure of President Simmons?
After five years of total lack of leadership or cooperation with local BOE members,five years denied the right do the job, some updated training makes total sense. Laws and policies per the WVBOE have changed multiple times and are still changing. It seems clear that the WV School Board Association in conjunction with Bowles and Rice law firm should do the local board training while Mrs. Kingery of the WVBOE could and should exercise some badly needed oversight and training of their own employee Gabe Devono. Surely they know it is not the Gilmer County Board that has refused to communicate?
What I do not understand after reading the OEPA’s report for Gilmer County, posted among the WVBOE’s agenda items, is why someone from the WVBOE would give training to Gilmer County.
Why not have members of the OEPA team that had the advantage of direct access to information to give the training? Those individuals know what needs to be done to correct deficiencies.
Dr. D. Bolton would be an excellent choice. She had an outstanding career as an educator, she was a superintendent in our intervened county, and she was highly respected for her ability to work with people.
Dr. Howard O’Cull would be another excellent choice. He heads the WV School Board Association and he has been responsible for giving outstanding training for many years.
Getting someone involved other than a sitting member of the WVBOE makes sense.
It is clear after keeping up with what happened in Gilmer County that your problems track back to the WVBOE and its lack of oversight over what happened during intervention.
Why makes thing worse when it is clear that a fresh start is needed instead of having a political appointee with the WVBOE’s agenda to give training?
If Mrs. Kingery comes to train anybody it had better be her own state appointed Superintendent Gabriel Devono on board communication. After all, that’s what the OEPA who works under the state board’s will and pleasure said in their report! The report said Gabriel Devono needed that AND AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR.
As to Bill Simmons the so called Board President. He’s straddled the fence on for so long if you asked him to sing you’d find out he is a soprano.
Devono needs to go and take Mr. Simmons with him. Let Gilmer County BOE members who really care about our kids get to work and try to salvage what we have left for the good of the children.
GAYBEE BAYBEE DENONO needs to let us know just what he’s doing withthe County Commission out behind the barn after dark. What went on to make GAYBEE hire Commissioner Bennets employer to auction Troy school off first up?
Better be auctioning off that 40 year old Glenville school the WV Board of Education legally closed and said wasn’t fit for a elementary school for the kids.
Voters sent a message to B Simmons loud and clear. He lost every single precinct but one. He won CUBIE corner by only 16 votes.
Now BS is putting out to people who mostly have no computers that there’s plenty of money,the OEPA wanted a middle school when all it really said was it was “proposed” and how much he cares about achievement and curriculum.
Really? Video after video starting in Blankenship days BS said he didn’t want any financial reports. Didn’t want them, wouldn’t read them. Refused to do his job and put questions on the agenda about achievement, curriculum, policy, anything worth knowing but now the uninformed citizens he talked about all the time are to believe BS knows what’s best for Gilmer County’s children.
Tell us BS, where is all the money? You, Super Devono and Westfall have Mothers trying to collect enough money to put in a playground at the new elementary school. Super Devono put in the paper he needed collections to even do remodel for one science lab IF the state approves a middle school which hasn’t even come up on the state BOE agenda.
WHAT ABOUT FIXING THE CRUMBLING STEPS AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL? Got money for that? The old Glenville Elementary roof has leaked for YEARS. Where was the money for that? More likely truth is the BOE is waiting for money coming in to pay the bills they have now.
Bill Simmons got handed his hat this election. Suggest he puts in on and goes home.
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.