Donna K. Talkington Brannon
Loving wife, mother, & grandmother stepped into heaven February 02, 2010 at 11:40 PM at home, surrounded by family & friends following complications from a liver transplant.
Donna was born January 08, 1947. She was the daughter of the late C. Cloyd & E. Louise Ellifritt Talkington.
She was a graduate of Normantown High School class of 1964. She was also a graduate of Glenville State College earning a Bachelor of Arts in education.
Donna was employed by Calhoun County Board of Education for 30 years at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, where she was a 2nd grade teacher until her retirement in June 2002.
Donna was a member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville where she worshipped with many wonderful friends each Sunday, prior to her illness.
On July 17, 2009, Donna received a liver transplant at UPMC in Pittsburg, PA. Following a long & extensive recovery, she returned home October 1, 2009. A few days after, a benefit dinner was hosted by high school classmates & lifelong friends in her honor.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Donna knew of her love of God & family. She always thought of others before herself, even until her last moments. Her faith, courage, & strength were an example & inspiration to all.
Donna is survived by her devoted husband & caregiver, John R. Brannon of Normantown. Her eldest daughter Stacy D. Davis & husband Wes of Hurricane, WV. Her youngest daughter & faithful caregiver Karrie B. Jack & husband Bernie of Slaty Fork WV. She had 3 adoring grandchildren: Jacob Matthew Davis, Sarah Catherine Davis, & Katie Elizabeth Jack. She also had 1 brother, Gary L. Talkington of Greenwood WV.
The family would like to thank family & friends who provided love & support during her final days & hours. The family is most grateful for the Hospice nurses Misty, Eunice, & Heather who provided quality & compassionate care.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville WV.
Friends may call from 6-9 PM Friday evening at the mortuary.
Flowers are appreciated but the family request memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Care, P. O. Box 323, Burnsville WV 26335. Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Donna Kay Brannon with arrangements.
Critical Funding Helps States with Budget Shortfalls
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller is working on legislation that would extend by six months the increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that states currently receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In addition to ensuring coverage for children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities, this extended funding will help states like West Virginia retain employees and relieve state funding shortfalls.
“We absolutely need this six months of relief while we weather this economic storm – too many families depend on this program for us to allow a shortfall of funding,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “Medicaid is a significant economic generator in West Virginia, paying almost 20 percent of the total cost of West Virginia’s health care system and supporting an estimated 19,800 jobs in the state while providing essential health care coverage for the 390,000 West Virginians who currently rely on Medicaid each year.”
At a regular session of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, held at the courthouse thereof on the 2nd day of February 2010, as provided by law, the following order was entered of record, to-wit:
In compliance with the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (Public Law 98-435), as interpreted by the Secretary of State as Chief Election Official for the State of West Virginia, relative to improving access for the handicapped and elderly to polling places for elections, the Gilmer County Commission this day doth Order the Clerk of this Commission to publish and post, as required by law, notice of the intent of this Commission to make the following changes in polling places in Gilmer County:
That the polling place for Precinct Number 13 at Tanner in DeKalb-Troy District be changed from the K & P Harmony Lodge to the Tanner Community Building located at 209 Tanner School Rd, Tanner, WV.
ENTER this 2nd day of February 2010 by Order of the Gilmer County Commission.
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
Clerk of the County Commission of
Gilmer County, West Virginia
The governor wants voters to decide on a new amendment to reduce or eliminate property taxes on new business inventory and equipment. The issue was debated at a public hearing Wednesday afternoon. And, Del. Bill Hamilton is again co-sponsoring a bill to raise the beer tax a penny a bottle to help treat those who suffer from substance abuse. Among the three bills passed by the House today is one to make it easier for the parole board to release non-violent offenders from the states crowded prison system.
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. R - Strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
A low-ranking intelligence operative (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent (John Travolta) who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.
Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden Director: Pierre Morel Genres: Action
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min. PG-13 - Some sensuality and violence
“Dear John” tells story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas—correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Scott Porter Director: Lasse Hallström Genres: Romantic Drama, Drama
UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas) February 5: From Paris With Love, Dear John February 12: Valentine’s Day, The Wolfman February 19: Shutter Island February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief March 5: Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn’s Finest March 12: Green Zone, Our Family Wedding, Remember Me, She’s Out of My League March 19: Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of a Wimpy Kid March 26: Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris April 2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Last Song, Repo Man, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too April 9: Date Night, The Losers April 16: Back Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass April 23: MacGruber, Oceans, Wall Street II April 30: A Nightmare on Elm Street May 7: Iron Man II May 14: Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Takers May 21: Shrek Forever After May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II
Is there a downside to backing your data to a flash drive, then deleting it from your hard drive?
The answer simply is BIG YES.
Making one backup, then deleting the file from your hard drive, is no better than not backing up at all.
You are still violating First Law of Computing: Never have only one copy of anything.
And if your only copy is on a flash drive, that’s especially dangerous. Those things can easily get lost or stolen.
If you’re going to keep files on a flash drive and not also put them on your hard drive, you need to back up the flash drive. Copy the files to another flash drive every day or so, or burn them to a DVD.
PUBLIC NOTICE(2): BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
Pursuant to Chapter ll, Article 3, Section 24, of the Code of the State of West Virginia, as amended, upon motion duly made and carried, the County Commission will meet for the purpose of reviewing and equalizing the assessments made by the Assessor of the County of Gilmer for the year 2010, beginning on the 29th day of January 2010 at 9:00 AM, and continuing in session by appointment, extended through the 23rd day of February 2010 (Saturdays and Sundays excepted).
The Commission shall proceed to examine and review the property books and shall add on the books the names of persons, the value of personal property and the description and value of real estate liable to assessment, if any was omitted by the Assessor. They shall correct all errors in the names of persons, in the description and valuation of property, and cause to be done whatever else may be necessary to make the valuation comply with the provision of the Chapter. But in no case shall any question of classification or taxability be considered or reviewed.
If any person fails to apply for relief at this meeting, he shall have waived his right to ask for correction of his assessment list for the current year and shall not thereafter be permitted to question the correctness of his list as finally fixed by the County Commission, except on appeal to the Circuit Court.
All persons who desire to appear before the Board to discuss current 2010 property assessments are invited to do so.
Glenville State College students, faculty, and staff will be showing off what GSC has to offer April 19 – 23, 2010 for the annual Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview. This event will open the campus up for tours and educate interested students on what GSC is all about.
“The Spring Preview is a great opportunity for students to check out the campus and ask any questions that they may have about GSC. They can talk with faculty and staff about the programs, life on campus, and the overall experience as a Pioneer.
The Spring Pioneer Preview offers many exciting activities so that students and parents can come together with faculty, staff, and current students and feel like part of the Pioneer community,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley.
In addition to individualized pre-registration, each day includes:
• 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM meet and greet with GSC admissions staff and receive an overview of available financial assistance with GSC financial aid staff
• 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM testing, advising, and pre-registration
• 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ‘Pioneer Trail’ (stopping by the Admissions Office for a tour, Student Life to get a GSC ID, Dining Services to set up a meal plan, Public Safety to purchase a parking pass), and many others to prepare students for Fall 2010 at Glenville State College.
Special events taking place during the week consist of:
• Comedy Caravan (Monday, April 19th at 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Campus Picnic and Sandy Sowell Game Show (Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Amphitheatre)
• Bingo (Wednesday, April 21st at 12:15 PM and 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Premium Night (Thursday, April 22nd at 4:30 PM in the Mollohan’s Restaurant)
• Blue and White Football Game (Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM at Morris Stadium)
• National Jelly Bean Day (Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM in the Rusty Musket)
• GSC Softball vs. Shepherd (Friday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM at the I.L. and Sue Morris Field)
• Concert Band Concert (Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Auditorium)
For more information on the Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview or Glenville State College, contact the GSC Admissions Office at 304.462.6130 or at 800.924.2010. ~~ By Annette Barnette - GSC Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~
Another snowstorm on the way this weekend is just adding more salt to the wound of the Division of Highway’s snow removal budget.
DOH officials say they have already spent 66% of the SRIC [Snow Removal and Ice Control] budget and they have got six to eight weeks of possible bad weather left to go.
With more than 35,000 miles of roads to maintain and a $54 million dollar budget for the 2009-2010 Winter Season, supplies are still holding up. But how much longer that will be the case all depends on the weather.
The $54 million SRIC budget needs to last from November through April and most years it does. But with storm after storm blanketing the state with snow, it’s been a rough season so far.
The DOH is hoping French Creek Freddie’s prediction of an early spring on Groundhog’s Day is accurate.
Age 74, of Jane Lew, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 4:41 p.m. at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 7, 1936, son of the late Ralph Rahfuse and Irene (Miller) Rahfuse.
Mr. Rahfuse is survived by two daughters, Tina Hawkins of Jane Lew and Laura Nalle of Moscow, Idaho. In addition to his daughters, he is survived by two grandchildren, Mitchell Hawkins of Jane Lew and Alexandra of Idaho. Robert is also survived by one sister, Marian Miller.
Mr. Rahfuse was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and worked as a chemical engineer for the Department of Energy. Mr. Rahfuse volunteered his time and service to the Bridgeport Public Library and the Humane Society. He truly enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.
Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, from 3-4 PM. A Memorial service were held on Wednesday at 4 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bridgeport Public Library, Attention: Sharon Saye, 1200 Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330 or the Harrison County Humane Society, Attention: Laura Miller, Rt. 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Rahfuse.
Gracious God, the coming of holidays brings with it a heightened awareness of my loneliness.
When the lack of a loving family around me leaves my heart feeling shriveled and small, open my eyes to the graces you shower upon me.
Show me those gifts of your love that I often miss when I’m consumed with the absence of affection in my life.
Let those graces remind me that your presence is sure and constant.
Let this lighten the darkness in my heart as surely as the sun dissolves the darkness of night.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Thought for Today: “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.“-James Michener, American author (1907-1997).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
In 1861, delegates from six Southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway.
In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon-now Sri Lanka-became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers. (The officers were acquitted at trial.)
Ten years ago:
• Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider’s (yohrg HY’-durz) far-right Freedom Party, a development which triggered European Union sanctions.
• Former House Speaker Carl Albert died in McAlester, Okla. at age 91. Singer Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles died in Goldsboro, N.C. at age 58.
Five years ago:
• Gunmen kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad. (Sgrena was freed a month later; however, an Italian agent who’d secured her release was killed by U.S. gunfire at a checkpoint.)
• Actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died in Miami Beach, Fla. at age 87.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay for companies receiving federal bailout money; the president also signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children.
• Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the horror-punk band the Cramps, died in Glendale, Calif. at age 62.
Actor William Phipps is 88
Actor Conrad Bain is 87
Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 79
Actor Gary Conway is 74
Movie director George A. Romero is 70
Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 69
Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 66
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 63
Rock singer Alice Cooper is 62
Actor Michael Beck is 61
Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 58
Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 51
Rock singer Tim Booth is 50
Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 49
Country singer Clint Black is 48
Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 47
Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 44
Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 40
Actor Rob Corddry is 39
Singer David (dah-VEED’) Garza is 39
Actor Michael Goorjian is 39
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 37
Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 35
Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO’-lee-ah) is 35
Rapper Cam’ron is 34
Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 33
Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 22
Glenville Police Department Report for January 2010
Larceny from vch.
Battery, 2 Counts
Active, Warrant Issued
Battery, Destruction Property
2 Arrests, Jail
Active with Suspects
Fleeing the Police
Rt. 5 E
Poss. Of Marijuana
Broke it Up
Verbal, Cleaned Up
Other Police Calls
Put it Down
Power Lines Down
Rt. 5 E
Called it in
Called it in
Shot and Buried it
Rt. 5 E
2 Loose Dogs
1 Loose Dog
Rt. 5 E
911 Hand Up
2 Vehicles Locked
Rt. 5 E
Rt. 5 E
Locked Out of Apartment
Got Him in
Took Him Home
Assist Other Agencies
WV Probation Officer
2 Vehicle Accident
Rt. 5 E
The Glenville City Police has received two new Police Cruisers from the USDA Grant on Friday and making preparations to have new bar lights, equipment, and decals put on them.
New light bars for two vehicles are included in the two Grants except it will not cover $1369.02 of it. Approval from Council is needed for this amount.
Also the Decals need to be on both Cruisers. Chief Moss currently has no estimate for the cost.
Chief Moss says the Cruisers need to be taken to get estimate or have someone to come up.
January 2010 Citations
• Cited 01.07.10 Erin Morgan (07.07.90) of Brunswick, Ohio was cited by Chief John Moss at the intersection of Mineral Road and N. Lewis Street for failure to stop for Stop Sign almost striking a Police Cruiser.
• Cited 01.10.10 Nathan T. Rexroad (04.05.91) of Gassaway, WV was cited on Elm Street for Possession of Marijuana less than 15 grams by PTLM Dave Teters.
• Cited 01.15.10 * Daniel J. Reed (10.07.85) of Cedar Creek, WV was cited by PTLM Dave Teters on S. Lewis Street for Public Intoxication.
• Cited 01.20.10 Patrick E. Martin (04.28.78) of Glenville, WV was cited by Chief John Moss for Trespassing and Public Intoxication on Conrad Ct. St.
* “A point of clarification:
The Daniel J. Reed of Cedar Creek listed as being charged with public intoxication on January 15, 2010 is NOT Daniel A. Reed of Cedar Creek Road.
Daniel A. Reed, is the husband of Ann M. Reed, and is the son of the late Alvin and Peggy Reed.
He is employed as a therapist at United Summit Center.
Daniel A. Reed wishes Daniel J. Reed well, but would like this clarified to squelch any rumors that are evolving.“
Lady Titans (9-6) were defeated by the Raiders (8-6) at home Tuesday night.
For Lady Titans:
• Tristan Toman with 12 points
• Jessica Montgomery with 8 points
• Hannah DeMarino with 6 points
• Megan Normant with 5 points
• Kourtney Beall with 4 points
• Brittany Blake with 3 points
• Maggie Lilli with 3 points
• Tiffany Young with 3 points
• Jenny Wolfe with 2 points
GFP Public Notice: Gilmer County Public Service District - ROUTINE MONITORING VIOLATION
ROUTINE MONITORING VIOLATION
Gilmer County Public Service District
PWSID #s: 3301106, 3301107, 3301109, 3301110
According to the Bureau of Public Health, our water system violated a drinking water standard during this year. Even though these were not emergencies, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct these situations.
We are required to monitor your drinking water on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not our drinking water system meets health standards.
WHAT SHOULD I DO? : There is nothing you need to do at this time.
The table below lists the monitoring schedule described by how often we are supposed to sample, how many samples we are supposed to take, how many samples we took and when the samples were taken.
Number of Samples
When Samples Were
* Total Coliform Routine Monitoring Samples
One per Month
WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT IS BEING DONE: During the testing period of 11.08, our District submitted the Total Coliform Routine Monitoring samples to our independent laboratory but the lab failed to report the results to the WV Bureau of Public Health until 01/23/09. Although our office submitted the samples in a timely manor, the Bureau of Public Health feels we should report to our customers by means of a Public Notice the late data submittal from our independent laboratory.
The Gilmer County Public Service District is making every effort and taking every precaution to return to compliance by issuing this Public Notice.
For more information, please contact: Martin Hess, Chief Operator at 304.462.4272 or at
PO Box 729
Glenville. WV 26351.
General guidelines to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.
This notice is being distributed by the Gilmer County Public Service District.
* Total Coliform Routine Monitoring Samples: Water sample collections made on each individual system that is submitted to the Clarksburg Water Board for testing to determine if there is any bacteria in the water sample.
Schools Encouraged to Prepare for the 03.27.10 Archery in the Schools State Tournament
As the result of five years of growing interest by West Virginia students, the Fifth Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) State Tournament will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on Saturday, March 27, 2010. More than 600 students from across the state are expected to participate, making this the largest archery tournament ever held in the state of West Virginia.
The AIS Program is the Division of Natural Resources’ largest and fastest growing education program – reaching more than 40,000 students through the participation of nearly 200 schools. Since the DNR implemented the program nearly five years ago, more than 1,000 students have participated in four state tournaments held in different parts of the state. With the continued growth and interest in the program, the DNR will move this year’s tournament to the state’s largest venue – the Charleston Civic Center, according to AIS Program Coordinator Jerry Westfall of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.
“With that many student archers, we’re encouraging all participating schools to start working now to get their registration material in before the February 26 deadline,” said Westfall. “We are hoping this larger facility will give the schools that have not been to the state tournament before an opportunity to participate. We encourage all parents, principals and teachers to actively support their AIS Program and consider coming to the tournament. Schools can attend even if they do not have a full team of 12 co-ed students. A school can attend with even one student! That school would not be eligible for team awards, but that student would represent the school for any individual awards.”
Schools that have trained AIS instructors but have not yet purchased archery equipment still have the opportunity to participate in the tournament. “Certified instructors may volunteer to help with scoring and arrow-pulling at the tournament,” noted Westfall. “This would give instructors first-hand knowledge of what goes on at our tournament. Please call well in advance and let us know you would like to volunteer.”
At that Web site, teachers can click on links for: Tournament (which shows all registration material), Schools (showing all participating AIS schools) and News\Links, with a fact sheet describing the program in detail, or call Jerry Westfall at 304.558.2771.
Republicans Are Afraid State Prison Reform Will Result in Lighter Sentences for Criminals
Legal scholars told lawmakers Tuesday that the state has to revise how it sentences and houses prisoners to try to keep the prison population under control, but the report was immediately denounced by Republican leaders.
The West Virginia Law Institute says the state’s outdated criminal code allows for inconsistent sentencing that leads to prison overcrowding. WVU Law School Professor Bob Bastress also told lawmakers that the state should use work-release houses, half-way houses and other programs to ease the pressure on prisons.
But House Minority Leader Tim Armstead criticized the report as soft on crime.
“I truly believe that many of the findings and recommendations contained in the report…are completely out of line with the strongly held beliefs by most West Virginians,“ Armstead said. “One of the principle functions of state government is to protect West Virginians from crime.“
West Virginia is facing a serious prison overcrowding issue. The state has 1,300 more criminals than the state can house in its 5,015 prison beds. In addition, costs are rising. An inmate serving a life prison term may cost the state as much as $1 million over his or her lifetime.
Bastress told a joint meeting of the Senate/House Judiciary Committees that the state’s criminal code is a hodge-podge of laws, some dating back to before West Virginia became a state. He said that leads to inconsistencies in sentencing and sometimes excessive prison terms.
But Armstead said the recommendations could lead to lighter punishments for criminals. “Weakening our criminal justice system by reducing such criminal sentences, particular for felony offenses in our state, is not the right path to take and I hope that the legislature will resist any effort to do so.“
For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but well-meaning spirits who help guide them through the lush jungles. The picturesque waterfalls and scenic mountainsides quickly give way to terror when Cliff and Cydney learn of a grisly murder that occurred nearby and realize that they’re being followed by chance acquaintances that suspiciously fit the description of the killers.
Court of Claims Clerk Cheryle Hall discussed the courts payments to innocent victims of crime including those used for meth lab remediation; Del. Sharon Spencer plans to introduce legislation requiring notice to buyers or renters that the house was previously used as a meth lab and has potential health risks; Del. Kelli Sobonya discusses her bill to increase criminal penalties for failure to report child abuse and Del. Mark Hunt discusses the sessions first bill to address crowded conditions in state prisions.
State Senate’s efforts, during the regular, 60-day session of the West Virginia Legislature, to prevent students from dropping out of school.
The class would be an evening welding course. The class will run 3 hours per week for 10 weeks. A minimum of 5 students is needed.
The following areas of study may be available: SMAW (Stick), GMAW (Mig) Steel, GMAW (Mig) Aluminum, FCAW (Mig) Steel, GTAW (Tig) Steel, GTAW (Tig) Aluminum, Oxy-fuel Cutting, Oxy-fuel Welding, Oxy-fuel Brazing, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc (gouging).
We also offer training for WV State Certification in plate and pipe welding.
The cost of the class will be $175.
If you are interested in any of these areas of welding technology and would like to enroll in the course please call Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center at 304.354.6151 by February 12, 2010.
Cabinet & Wood Crafting Class
The class would be an evening course and the anticipated length would be 10 weeks 3 hours a week. A minimum of 5 students is needed.
The class would include: shop safety, and operation of equipment (band saw, jointer, planer, moulder, lathe, router, table saw, radial arm saw, mitter saw, and hand tools); plane and finishing lumber; sizing lumber for project design; joint design for side and door panels; gluing and jointing material; style and rail designs; cabinet design (prints and patterns); flat vs. raised panels; tongue and groove lumber; drawer designs; edge designs; production of molding; preparation for finish; and staining and finishing methods.
The cost of the class would be $150.
If interested please call 304.354.6151 by February 12, 2010.
Gracious God, the days are shorter now as the shades of winter approach.
There is more darkness than light now, the air is crisper, and my soul is quieting down for a broader space of listening and reflection.
Fill me with gratitude for the change in seasons that offers me the opportunity to go deep within and find there the soft cloak of your loving presence.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2010. There are 331 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “Your friend will argue with you.“ - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer (1918-2008).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo; of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived. Four Army chaplains gave their life belts to four other men, and went down with the ship.
In 1809, German composer Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg. Congress passed an act establishing the Illinois Territory effective March 1.
In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the Virginia coast; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.
In 1916, Canada’s original Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa, burned down.
In 1924, the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, died in Washington, D.C. at age 67.
In 1930, the chief justice of the United States, William Howard Taft, resigned for health reasons. (He died just over a month later.)
In 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. An American Airlines Lockheed Electra crashed into New York’s East River, killing 65 of the 73 people on board.
In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.
In 1969, Yasser Arafat was elected chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee during a council meeting in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1989, Alfredo Stroessner, president of Paraguay for more than three decades, was overthrown in a military coup.
Ten years ago:
• The flight data recorder from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 was recovered from the Pacific Ocean off California.
• The Senate voted 89-4 to confirm Alan Greenspan for a fourth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
• Richard Kleindienst, who had served as U.S. attorney general during the Nixon administration and resigned during the Watergate scandal, died in Prescott, Ariz. at age 76.
Five years ago:
• Alberto Gonzales won Senate confirmation as attorney general.
• An interim report detailed conflicts of interest and flawed management in the U.N. oil-for-food program.
• An Afghan passenger jet carrying 104 people crashed east of Kabul, killing all on board.
One year ago:
• Eric Holder became the first black U.S. attorney general as he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden.
• The White House announced that Tom Daschle had asked to be removed from consideration as health and human services secretary after acknowledging he’d failed to pay all his taxes.
• Iran sent its first domestically made satellite, Omid (“hope”), into orbit.
Comedian Shelley Berman is 84
Former Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is 77
Football Hall-of-Famer Fran Tarkenton is 70
Actress Bridget Hanley is 69
Actress Blythe Danner is 67
Singer Dennis Edwards is 67
Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese is 65
Singer-guitarist Dave Davies (The Kinks) is 63
Singer Melanie is 63
Actress Morgan Fairchild is 60
Actor Nathan Lane is 54
Rock musician Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) is 54
Actor Thomas Calabro is 51
Actor-director Keith Gordon is 49
Actress Michele Greene is 48
Country singer Matraca (muh-TRAY’-suh) Berg is 46
Actress Maura Tierney is 45
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New West Virginia education logo. “Where you spend more and get less”
-Three quarters of a million spent for report we all ready knew about the problem.
-A year for the state education board to give what is really no response.
-Now the response instead of less control is “we will take more control”.
-We will grow RESA so we can take your tax money “better”.
- - - Do you in Gilmer County realize that your current superintendent was simply dumped on you because no one else would go to Gilmer County?
By spend more & get less in West Virginia education on 10.29.2014
Gayle Manchin and her underlings would do well to hire Don Surber from the Charleston Daily Mail, put him in charge of the State Board of Education.
From this article and others he has penned, apparent he has a better handle on education than the current control-Estas.
Executive State BOE, Legislative and Judiciary branches of WV government sounds about like it is. You can hear the hogs squealing and biting, fighting at the trough clear from Charleston and now their Clarksburg piglets looking to take their share in the form of RESA. Some say there won’t be much happen until after this election and then the screwing over will begin as elected will be counting on the memory loss that seems to happen about every two years. Things might just be a little different from now on. This time they’ve messed with the kids.
Censors don’t realize that when a student hears that the GFP web site is blocked they beat it to a computer soon as they can to see what the issue is about and they spread the news to their friends to increase attention to the web site. In fact, local censors have unwittingly extended circulation of the GFP throughout WV as an unintended consequence of trying mind control over the masses.
To GFP readers and Mr. Ramazon:
If in fact, GFP has been blocked in state schools. Congratulations!
That PROVES the state educators can’t stand the truth coming out!
There is nothing naughty or of porn content that I have ever seen on your site.
At the end of the tape, Mr Ramezan asks a legitimate question, and the panel of educators gives the look of DEER in the headlights, AND THEN NEVER ANSWERS THE QUESTION OR EVEN MAKES REFERENCE TO IT!!!
This sort of behavior has to come to a stop and stop now.
ALL of those people have to go. Norma Hurley is the only one giving any true facts, the elite crowd of better dressed than usual had a lot of words and every word was UNTRUE complete BS meant to get over on the citizens those MINION consider stupid.
The trouble makers in Gilmer County need to be forced out by any means necessary or NEVER will there be any type of life here for anybody else.
The local law enforcement agencies that includes the Gilmer County Sheriff and even the state police are TOLD what to do by civilians that ARE NOT ELECTED, but instead have bought power with the dollar. ALL of these people need to go, I don’t give a d*mn who they think they are.
ENOUGH is ENOUGH and that NO ANSWER, ANSWER by William K was about the stupidest thing I have ever seen in my entire life, and it is time to take action.
TAR and FEATHERS is the first thing that comes to my mind as to what the consequence should be for these FOOLERS Of small children and Gilmer County Adults.
By Concerned Citizens of Gilmer County on 10.28.2014
The OEPA told the State Board not to give it all back because they still had concerns the “local board leadership needed more support in making difficult personnel decisions” and four out of five members on this video don’t want to see the employee seniority list?Don’t want to know who’s teaching in our schools, what they’re certified in and so forth? How are they going to have a clue when it comes to RIFs and Transfers?
That’s about as funny as Simmons saying the board is dysfunctional to RESA who wants to take over county finance! Simmons it’s been your board under your leadership for the past three years.
So….you think….“this is sickening” ? Well, we can thank Gilmer Free Press for making us aware of the “this is sickening”.
The whole state education disaster that our governors and legislators have jointly created is the root cause, of “this is sickening”.
Daily it becomes more obvious that “educators” are totally inept when it involves money. Seems only know how to spend money with no idea to get the “best for the tax dollar”.
Mr. Ramezan, it is no mystery why the GFP site is blocked. People in power in Gil can make a few telephone calls to politicians they control to demand that blockage occurs. They are dedicated to do their utmost to censor what occurs in Gil. The same individuals see to it that the Gazette and other major papers do not cover what goes on here. The good news is that on a daily basis more people in WV hear about the GFP and they rely on it to keep informed. Truth has a strange way of being impossible to contain, particularly in this information age. Keep up the good work GFP. Your community-minded efforts are contributing to making this area a better place to live and to raise children. Freedom and democracy are what it is about.
Based on facts it can be argued that Williamson and Shriver under-performed in its professional role for the Leading Creek School. The same is true for its lead as the outside expert for the auction barn site, and certainly it is true for its super botch role at Cedar Creek. Do we understand that regardless the firm was rewarded by the State by giving it additional work for core drilling and environmental work for the new Glenville site? The State touts that through the arranged sale of the Cedar Creek property citizens recouped money as a great deal. What the State is withholding is that partial recovery of our money included a trade off to build a new school on a site that would never have been selected under normal conditions. This means that the “recoup” has an undisclosed price attached to it. That price, had the State not blundered, is substitution of a much lower quality site for a new school for our children. Had the State not fouled up the new school would not have been on a dump site, one surrounded by filthy water during flooding, stuck among unsightly surroundings in a commercial zone, and in an area congested with traffic. The State can plaster lipstick on a pig, but when it is said and done Gilmer County’s children are stuck with a pig. Thanks a lot Governor Tomblin, the WV School Building Authority, and the State Board of Education.
If the State’s mismanagement, secrecy, and crookedness with the Leading Creek School, the try to foist the auction barn site off for the new school, and what happened at Cedar Creek were to be written up in detail to include all the players, parties who made money and those to make more money, how much money Gilmer County lost, time lost, lost records, and everything else that went wrong with the State in charge think of the audacity for Mrs. Manchin to call the County School Board dysfunctional. Compared to how the State operates the local Board was a school system management model worthy of high praise and international recognition.
Putting Gayle Manchin in charge of the state board
of Education by her governor husband is one of the
top “dumb a**“ tricks ever pulled on the voters of
West Virginia. She lives in D.C and I will bet the
state is paying for her flights/motels to attend
meetings in Charleston. This is not coming out of
Let us see what the State’s apologists and lap dogs for the County’s powerful will try next to throw citizens off trail from the truth for what happened to Gilmer County’s school system and all the waste, dishonesty, mismanagement associated with the tragedy.
It should be obvious by now that the state board of education cares nothing about the quality of education, nothing about the outcomes for children and nothing about the wishes of parents and taxpayers. With that in mind, we need to vote for candidates to the state legislature that will get rid of the state department of education and let local people take over education - then maybe we would see some improvements.
Yes. Speaking of board president. The local coffee shop conversation overheard, that board president supports school consolidation. That’s really a nice asset that we have elected to the board. Most of our country has figured out that school consolidation reduces educational outcomes, but the 20 year behind the times West Virginia educated gurus keep pushing it.
I have been reading on GFP and the local paper, all the goings on with our school. Guess for over 2 years now. Its pretty apparent that Bill Simons threw the School Coalition under the bus and jumped on board with state school board. You have to wonder if this is revenge for being removed from prestigious employment years and years ago. Seems he is now hurting our schools and community more than he is helping us? This sort of help we do not need.
Gil already has a Czar. The Czar reaches into GSC, the court system, local businesses, law enforcement, all levels of county government, and the County’s school system. Officials elected to State government dutifully pay tribute to the Czar with regular dispensations from Charleston. Czars everywhere have their seasons for existence and all their money and influence cannot change that inflexible universal law as time ticks away.
Let’s look at this positively. The money that was wasted here from taxpayers funds was equal to price of one bomb dropped killing innocent men, women, and children. But I guess I have to take this back as long as China keeps lending to US.
When will the public get a full report on what happened to the money at the Leading Creek School project where the space of the school was cut drastically? Why was the cut necessary and who made the decision? Why was the information kept secret from Gilmer County while the decision had to be known back as far as this spring when the foundation was laid, how will the space cut affect riffing which will happen, and what happened to the money resulting form cutting the space? Another question is how will the reduction in size impact our County’s school system including where our children will go? With the State’s strict secrecy lid including withholding of information how can it expect citizens to have confidence in its officials and what it claims is best for our children? Mr. Gabriel Devono why do you choose not to keep the people informed? It seems that with that large staff of yours, including a new high paid central office position you added, you could see to it that informational pieces could be written for posting on the County’s School Board web site similar to routine PR work done in other WV Counties.
Speaking of the board president: All of Gilmer’s problems started with his hiring as superintendent by the board years back. Then, a sudden audit by OEPA. Takeover of schools for invalid reasons. Firing of previous superintendent, and voiding of the current president’s hiring as superintendent. No progress in academics. No improvement in facilities. Waste of a lot of money. Poor decisions. Dis-functioning schools. Poor maintenance. And I can go on. Could our problems end if he was not in the picture? I betcha!
To “Crime and Punishment”
You are so correct. of course more power to the person who bought the land and still paid a high price.
Criminals are those who made the original purchase and approved it. They are the thieves who stole from this county in bright daylight. Where are those who are to enforce the laws? Can you and I use the county money to buy something and profit from it and then sell it cheaper? We will be arrested. Ted Shriver in the video and his company are the ones who aided the crime. The state boe members who approved the purchase are the criminals as well. We don’t see anyone arresting them! They are going to keep stealing and more likely get away with it. It is obvious that a good number of these decision makers are making money under the table. It is really a shame.
You know what happens to poor person swho does not pay their taxes? They get arrested! Can you imagine how many of these people’s taxes will take to makeup the loss?
We are not created equal. Are we?
By We do not have the same rights, do we? on 10.23.2014
Probably hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted not counting lost time for getting children out of trailers and leaking schools. Compare this to what would happen to a desperate mother who stole a loaf of bread at Go Mart to feed a hungry child. She would be mug shot, forced to pay money, and fined while the person(s) responsible for this heist will probably get pay raises and nothing will ever be reported in the press. Shame is the only word that fits the occasion.
“chokepoint”. Very interesting choice of a word to describe WV state education.
Guess you can say Kanawha County has a real “chokehold” on Gilmer county for sure.
We never even see an agenda published for our school board meetings now.
We never even see a notification of school board meetings anymore.
Everyone thought Blankenship was bad. This new dude has a better “chokehold”
on us than his predecessor did.
This part of the farce is over. Citizens should be told who was monitoring the project originally to let all the money be spent before sounding the alarm that there was not enough money left to build the school, the total amount of money spent before the alarm was sounded, how much more billing occurred after the alarm went off, how much of the 400K will be used to offset the loss and what the net loss will be, who will be held personally accountable for that net loss, and who will be responsible for monitoring the project for the new school from this point on to guarantee that we won’t have a repeat of what happened? It would be informative if we had a list of all those who received money, amounts they were paid, and what the money was spent on from early in the CEFPs planning phase to today. Ted Shriver was standing there. His firm cashed in big time!
TO-wake up. Manchin “can’t speak intelligently”. Golly gee. She said a mouth full. What an admission.
Sure knew how to slam down GC Super Benett when they ripped control of GC.
Had to save that one person job you know.
Duck taped our school board and shafted residents and children.
By did rid of Simonns was good though on 10.23.2014
Today is the day the West Virginia Department of Ed has the auction in Gilmer County, to sell the 80 acres purchased for over $5000.00 per acre, they, and only they, bought for an elementary school.
Bad access, no natural gas available, poorly chosen sight.
Yep, they badly bungled site number 2 now. Ran Gilmer County in the hole. They muffed up the Lewis County site purchase as well. Build a school on top of coal mines and wonder why they are having land slip problems.
What a bunch.
By they want to run all 55 counties? lmbo on 10.23.2014