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.
Fellow Gilmer county citizens need to watch this short video on our schools. Use the search here on GFP You Tube Video. School board president will tell you how he feels about consolidation. The video is at a State Board of Education meeting in Charleston, Gayle Manchin presiding. This may clarify some rumors within the county. Its rather recent, June 11, last year. And its short.
The State Board of Education grading GCHS a “success” school is akin to the high school students filling out their own report cards.
Of course they have to make GCHS look good. Dang they are grading themselves. They wouldn’t want to flunk their own rickety ship.
When I read this stuff keep thinking of the person who brings up Saturday Night Live comparisons.
When test scores and graduation became more important than students grasping basic concepts, education and literacy went downhill. Passing students from one grade to another in elementary school when they can’t read, write or do math is criminal. It is much more important for students to master basic skills than to get a diploma that has no value! Parents are partially to blame for this mess as they didn’t want “their child” to be held back as they saw it as a mark of failure on their part. What too many of them failed to realize was passing the children on to the next grade was the worst failure of all. Children deserve better than worthless diplomas!
Hungry children do not learn well or preform well. Any teacher will confirm.
The outcomes are even worse when the same children are forced into an through a failed education system such as ours.
Recently an article appeared in a publication that simply stated:
***public school education plus 2 years of college equal a high school education of 25 years ago”
One might suspect this is true, especially with all the remediation we keep hearing about. Our future generation is being cheated, hence the futures of mankind.
What % of children in Gilmer County’s schools are on food stamps and how does this compare to prosperous parts of America? We are not comparing us to poor foreign countries. The same question could be asked for family and per capita incomes in the County.
My wife worked in economically disadvantaged schools for many years. Their approach was to increase parental involvement as children entered the school system. Involved parents will often consider teachers as partners rather than a workday babysitter. Unfortunately, that approach takes around 12 years to see defined results.
Supposing Mel Murphy/dashboard zoom data is correct?
Over 48% of high school did not meet grade level? Would that be considered a failing grade for education?
Also that 65% of high school are not on track to meet future expectations? Another ‘F’?
I can’t help but think that raising the achievement level is more important that just getting the students ‘out the door’?
Is the graduation rate the correct target here?
There definitely is a big elephant in the room. It is the WVBOE. This is the pattern with the elephant in charge. Call individuals in intervened counties to check this out for accuracy.
*They don’t have the legal authority to fire a county board so they make it powerless by taking all its authority away.
*They bring in one of their good ole boys at extremely high pay to function as a dictator.
*They seize all the County’s money and spend it without any accountability.
*They refuse to provide complete information to anyone except a select few locals who bankroll politicians and control counties.
*They know that information empowers local citizens and boards so it is kept back, and when any is given out it is held to a minimum, and it is released in gradual increments to cause confusion.
*They indigently claim that everyone including boards are kept fully informed when they know that what they claim is untrue with the standard pattern followed.
*They manage to keep information out of major newspapers and off TV to prevent the WV court of public opinion from being mobilized.
*They don’t keep promises they make to citizens, boards, teachers and others.
*By withholding information they turn citizens against one another and against boards to create turmoil through trust elimination.
*They strive to keep boards in check with constant threats that if they don’t play ball the school system will never be returned to local control.
*They make sweet heart deals to purchase land and to hire favored architectural firms to construct schools.
*They borrow money without giving counties any say to drive them into debt.
*They never have a proven track record for improving student achievement.
*They never give a firm schedule when they will leave, exactly what must be corrected, and progress they make so they can stay as long as they please.
*They never provide detailed and understandable accounts for how they have improved a county’s school system in comparison to how it was when they arrived.
*When all the money is gone and schools are built they eventually return authority to local control to leave a huge mess to clean up.
Graduation is a good thing.
Too much emphasis in one area usually means other areas are overlooked.
There does seem recognition finally that the old crew in the WVBOE has done their fair share of harm.
The larger question will be what do they know upon graduation. The jury will out yet a while for that verdict.
According to the State’s recent Dashboard Zoom data only 51.46% of the students at the high school met grade-level expectations and only 35% are on track to meet expectations in the future. Yet, the State boasts that everything over there is just fine.
Gilmer County’s citizens are the ones who should decide if performances are OK. They deserve to be informed why the State has not managed the school better, and what is being done to make needed improvements.
It is feared that real improvements won’t be made at the HS and graduation rates will rise as more under-prepared graduates are produced for college and careers.
Dr. Martirano’s statement about the State’s policy of take overs of county school systems being reconsidered is a long time in coming. This is an official admission of failure from Charleston. Why did it take this long for them to catch on?
What happens next is important for Gilmer County. The County, the teachers and staffs, all its students, and its elected Board of Education have been punished severely for 3+ years.
What about cancelling the Hays City project and to start over to determine what is best for our school system? That would show good faith intent by the WVBOE.
Since November 2010 all that’s been heard and read from these guys is they didn’t know a thing about the Linn School and the state told them nothing about anything.Over and over in the paper,on the Free Press, on the videos. Who decided they should be involved with its governance? Who decided to consult someone that knows nothing? Seems a fair question.
Yes a state takeover policy needs to be reconsidered when the Superintendents organization takes over a county that was neither financially nor academically bankrupt when they walked in. Please justify how this can continue.
Gilmer Free Press is doing a great job of getting the news out about the wrongful school takeover.
Just look at the soaring views of the videos.
The Crooked Run property auction has had over 500 views!
The October local Gilmer school board meeting has had over 400 views!
Great job informing interested West Virginians!!
@ Vic G. succeeded masterfully? You give way too much credit there.
*barb thrower? nope. Truth exposers.
*few citizens stand up for right? yep. afraid for family friends safety employment.
*attacking fellow citizens? no. expose wrong doing.
*the WVDOE loving it? not so. Suspect highly frustrated.
*innocent children? absolutely. we are watching their school system being unsystematically destroyed by inept bureaucrats.
If you want to understand the meaning of a poverty stricken land go to Bangladesh or Ethiopia. If you want to live where public discourse is discouraged to satisfy the handlers move to Russia or China. Two good examples where they delight in quieting the voice of their subjects and thought control through Pravda. If you desire to live where there is taxation without representation and sabotage disguised in the name of social progress come to the land of gil. All the back door dealings for glory a body can handle if you don’t try wielding power the people didn’t give you.
Ever think about the psychology behind a person deliberately throwing themselves on the altar for crucifixion. That irresistible desire for attention positive or negative? Much like a child on a swing set yelling look at me, look at me before they jump! Masochistic? Narcissistic perhaps in the adult?
The State has succeeded masterfully with applying psychological warfare to sap energy and to divert attention by causing self-defeating infighting.
What could be done if barb throwers were to contribute to the battle by writing letters to officials in high offices, contacting legislators personally, attending public meetings to speak out against the true enemy which is the State, getting major newspapers to come in for investigative reporting, and holding demonstrations?
Ultimate victory by wronged people always depends on them banding together for a just cause, demonstrating uncommon valor during unified struggles regardless of the odds, and having unflinching convictions that their cause is justified.
That is not the way it works in Gilmer County is it? There is endless complaining about bad conditions, but few citizens stand up in daylight for what is right.
They expect battles against wrongdoing to be won for them by a limited few with the personal courage to take risks to fight for positive changes.
Think about this when you consider attacking your fellow citizens. The WVDOE is loving it. Those who control the County are loving it.
Those who delight in engaging in internal sabotage are loving it as willing combatants against social progress.
Those who are not definitely not loving it are the innocent children in this poverty stricken land.
Haven’t you up in Gilmer County figured out yet, that war was declared on you?
Do you not understand you were invaded by an enemy?
Can’t you see the enemy has placed their generals in your midst?
Its long past time for your president to stop parading from office to office in Kanawha county.
They talk nice-nice and then laugh behind your back as soon as he is out the door.
Playing nice with the enemy is looked at as weakness. You are being made fun of.
Put a choke hold on him. Get him off your board or keep him home.
CA: Apology accepted. The sad thing about an apology is, it doesn’t repair or fix the situation or issue.
It does take a sincere effort of the apologist working to repair the issue though.
In a board situation, to effectively represent those who have elected you, it requires working together as a cohesive unit.
If you follow one person, you can rest assured you will be led down the wrong path.
There is safety in numbers. Council with many.
That’s why there is a board to begin with.
That said, some people make the same mistakes over and over.
So there it is. Admission of another “principled closed door meeting”.
Being ‘summoned’ does not make it right. Leaving out fellow board members is morally and ethically wrong.
Playing politics with the major league players when you are only capable of the little league will get you beat everytime.
We now have several years of BS running to Blankenship, Devano, and the State Board of Education.
Has that improved anything for Gilmer County?
The one thing the state educators got right was when BS was eliminated from the superintendent pool. Thank God for that.
Now if history would only repeat itself.
This “disclosure and transparency” should have been out there two years ago when the bill was on the table. Something might have been done but too late now. The Coalition tried to tell us something was up but Board leaders pooh-poohed it saying they had it all under control, People were elected and the public wanted to believe that. Now the truth comes out? FYI Sir, some things are better never than late.
The Leading Creek school opens in July. Explain to the RIF’d personnel how all the “principled close door meetings” you and Simmons went to benefit them. Even if it passed like you say how does parents, children and taxes moving to Lewis County help Gilmer? That happens a lot when you have to drive to another county to work in a school. You take your children with you.
Having a PhD does earn some respect.
That said, persons holding a PhD must continually, show by their actions, they deserve to be respected.
Gilmer County and all of West Virginia have been watching the state and local boards of education, those very educated PhD holders, defile themselves.
Observing eyes see it in Charleston, as well as our local school.
We have a few local PhD’s think they can sneak around without being found out to carry out their own personal agenda forward.
Armour, reasonable people want to know who had the authority to “summons” and where was the rest of your board and the Superintendent? Was an emergency session of the entire board called? There’s five elected. Why were all the board members not contacted? Years of experience might have been a big help. Were the phones down? Every other board member denies knowing anything about you two going down there. You always say you are not political. What’s all this but politics? Who “summonsed” you and could that be why Simmons is running around down there today to try to correct past mistakes? Did he ask the rest of the board or running rogue again?The public sure hasn’t been told anything.
TRANSPARENCY in Gilmer County? Think about it. If that were to ever happen, MOST people of Any authority would be out of jobs. Courthouse, Sheriff’s office, local attorneys, real estate, who knows how deep corruption goes. Those of you who KNOW crimes that have happened and watched absolutely nothing be done know exactly we’re talking about here. It’s the blind leading the blind through a mirror maze with duct tape over their eyes for good measure.
It’s going to have to come from us to clean up this county because THEY aren’t going to. In all seriousness though, who would voluntarily give up job security and/or fat paychecks and perks? They won’t.
Keep exposing the secrets here for all to see and just maybe we can at least get at the truth behind some Gilmer County secrets.
It finally come out that the WVBOE fired Mr. Bennett weeks before he qualified for full retirement for his many hard years of serving WV’s school children.
There was no excuse for this inhumane treatment by the WVBOE. If things were so bad here why had the State failed to come in earlier to help the County to prevent intervention? Must have been the smell of easy money.
If a family member of the local power elite had been superintendent instead of John Bennett all kinds of special treatment would have been extended.
This place isn’t called crooked county for lack of valid reasons!