What meeting were you at? Did you attend the Normantown meeting where Devono denied the pictures and denied that it was a possible arson while letters from and conversations with the WV Fire Marshall say it was being investigated as an arson? Simmons didn’t say any different than the state appointed superintendent did. Don’t make up tales. Talk to the board members who did take the time to attend and ask questions and called both the local fire department and state fire marshall’s office if you want to know the truth. From what I saw there it was Carl Armour and Norma Hurley .
G. Devono tried to deny the citizens public access to that meeting. He changed the meeting time without notifying the public so the fire chief, prosecuting attorney and 20 more people who showed up and wanted to attend weren’t notified and could not stay and wait two more hours more for it to start because of prior committments.
Devono told anyone who wasn’t a parent of a child in that school they had to leave. Cindy Daniels did put a stop to that.
What about the fires at the career center and Sand Fork elementary.What about the break in and theft at Troy elementary? Some said there was an attempt at a fire there. Where was Simmons then? What happened to his and G Devono’s reports on those investigations?
We better figure out who tells us the facts whether we like it or not. Sugar coated lies are killing this county. Best thing ever happened was Simmons resigning. To bad he didn’t have the courage of his convictions to follow through.
Google—studies of police officers in grade schools to get information to use to make up your own minds.
For one example from studies, a nationally known criminologist at the U. of Maryland concluded from studies that it “increases the number of behavior problems that are referred to the police, pushing kids into the criminal system.“
The same expert concluded that there is no evidence that officers in schools improves safety.
The WVDOE’s push for law enforcement at our new grade school, as usual, is based on reliance on personal opinion and emotion instead of defensible facts.
Facts about censorship of Gilmer’s school board meeting minutes.
Refusal to permit an accurate and complete written record proves that the WVBOE wants to establish in no uncertain terms that it has dictatorial control over everything the County’s elected board does.
The WVBOE does not want anything negative in the official written record that could come back to bite it.
Like the wasteful Cedar Creek fiasco, the new grade school being built in a flood plain where rain fall like we had recently in WV would destroy it to leave the County holding the bag, the new grade school being built with too little classroom space, and the Leading Creek school being built with five empty classrooms.
By not having accurate and complete minutes, if a motion is passed by the board the WVDOE does not like a denial can be made that the motion was made and passed in the first place.
Citizens know that a motion was made and passed by the school board to require accurate meeting minutes.
The State denied that the motion was made and passed although there were witnesses at an earlier meeting to verify the fact and besides the proceedings were electronically recorded!
Citizens can watch GFP videos to make up their own minds about what is happening.
Democracy is dead in Gilmer County to be proof of broken State government with the WVBOE in dictatorial control over our schools.
Inadequate and improper meeting minutes, no history of following policy or procedure since intervention over Gilmer County. Gabe Devnono is the worst of the worst and proud of it. No respect for his own position let alone a local board. No state board oversight. Simmons resignation was a joke.
Boone County will exist now the same as Calhoun. They’ll do what they are told no matter if it corrects their problems or not. We read Martirano telling them he hopes they won’t let education of the children slip. What an insult. No one needs his pat on the back, poor you, good dog attitude.
Cindy Daniel will be of no help. Michael Green will be of no help. The Legislature will be of no help. All the WVBE and WVDE demands is total control, a monopoly if you will. No checks and balances, no transparency, very little if any integrity. Ask the state appointed superintendents if you can find one that’s honest.Ask the people who work for them.Ask the WVASA who runs WV Education dollars. The system is so far away from legal democratic process the feds should be looking into it. Who knows, maybe they are.
Numerous times we have seen reference to Dr. Cindy Daniel the Deputy Superintendent of schools in WV.
If she cannot exercise effective supervisory oversight over Devono to make improvements in ways Gilmer County’s school system is administered under intervention, why should West Virginians think that she should be second in charge of the State’s entire K-12 school system?
What if anything has been done by the West Virginia School Board Association to help you folks out while your school system has been intervened? Your County is a paid member isn’t it?
The stark contrast between whet happened in Boone County and Gilmer County is that the WVBOE gave Boone County second chances to prevent intervention.
Second chances of any kind were not given in Gilmer County before the sudden and surprise seizure of our school system by the WVBOE.
If you track the evidence chain for what happened including involvement of the local cabal to dictate what happened with the school system as it does with everything else in the County, bragged about special personal connections with the former attorney general and his wife who was the superintendent of WV schools before being fired, threats from GSC’s leadership, the political fund raiser out along Mineral Road for Joe Manchin, and Gayle’s attack on Gilmer County at a WVBOE meeting, it is easy to put the puzzle together.
What happened was due to raw politics, the abuse of power by the local cabal that controls the County, and uncontrolled greed by those in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Citizens have not observed that anything has improved over the past two years, and that is because Dr. Cindy Daniel who supervises GD is either powerless or she approves of what is happening in the County.
When GD gets in trouble it is understood that the first thing he does is to speed dial those in the local cabal who control Charleston’s politicians and that power is misused to protect him.
If Dr. Cindy Daniel wants to help Gilmer County’s schools she should take measures to immediately replace GD with a qualified professional who has a proven track record working to improve local school systems.
The last thing we needed on top of what happened with intervention was an inexperienced superintendent who to this day depends on on-the-job training and running to the cabal.
It is evident that the local board is mistreated to the extent that it cannot get items on meeting agendas, it is not given important school system information it needs to function as an effective group, and the obvious telling tale is the strict censorship still applied by the WVDOE to prevent accurate meeting minutes to be kept for the official public record.
That strictly enforced censorship occurs to protect the State. What other reason could it be?
GD has said that a person on main street gives him instructions on running the school system and that gives him cover to hide behind.
Who is that mystery person and under what authority and demonstrated expertise is that individual qualified to guide GD?
Citizens have the right to know since we have a secret person involved in running our County’s school system.
By Dr. Cindy Daniel--- Why Do You Refuse Relief To G on 07.20.2016
I remember Johns’ sense of humor vividly. Once when a HS teacher left the room, John began to make noises with his armpit. Very loud noises, the whole class was laughing. Then the teacher returned and it got very quiet, but since the noise John was making was so loud, he didn’t notice. Now That was memorable. I am so very sad that he is gone.
Already this year Boone County has not paid $1.6M of its bills. At this point, the water company and county food service providers have threatened to cut services to the schools.
That’s why cuts are necessary.
The superintendent made several recommendations to address the budget issues and one of the biggest was pay cuts. Under the new budget proposal that was passed, Huffman says employees of Boone County Schools will have their pay cut by $4,000 a year on average. Huffman says that’s about $175 a pay check. Huffman says the pay cuts will begin this school year.
The others included eliminating optical dental insurance, eliminating employee contract days beyond 200, alter or eliminating extra curricular contracts to reduce expenses. He also wants to eliminate all schools trips, library funds and cut funding to band and string programs.
All of this to save about 5 million. The shortfall in this years budget is 8 million.
Slipped in a snide little comment about colleges building facilities they can not afford. Always take another shot at Glenville State. No credit for working to update facilities and increase enrollment. Lack of modern conveniences would not improve marketability. It’s been a major problem for the county in recent years but don’t fix it, just let what amounts to a state board run things? Guess is Bill would want to sit on that central board?
Fall enrollment at GSC doesn’t even close until the end of August and Simmons hasn’t paid a bill at GSC since he stepped down as President in 1998.
Given these facts, how in the name of all that is right could he speak to GSC problems or even insinuate he has current, accurate information? Who authorized this nonsense? Being old buddies with Mike Queen means nothing in the scheme of life in central West Virginia. Letting this man ramble and publicly report information made up in his own head is detrimental to Gilmer County, the college and education overall. This is deliberate and should be ignored as it is nothing but a personal attack against the community out of spite. Using old titles to garner attention and personal glory is one more reason WV stays in a race to the bottom of national education statistics reporting.
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.