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Oil and natural gas property taxes to provide $96 million to county governments in West Virginia

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Property taxes on oil and natural gas production will provide county governments in West Virginia with just over $96 million to fund local school systems and vital community services.

“All counties in the state receive a portion of severance tax monies from oil and natural gas production.  Additionally, those counties where natural gas and oil production is occurring have received hundreds of millions of dollars in the way of property tax receipts over the past several years,” said Anne Blankenship, Executive Director of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).  “Although the amount of property taxes may fluctuate year over year due to many factors including commodity prices, West Virginia producing counties continue to receive significant funds generated from the development of our oil and gas resources.”

The information is based on data from the West Virginia Division of Tax & Revenue.

The top five counties generating the largest amount of oil and gas property taxes for 2017 include: Wetzel ($15,375,578); Doddridge ($15,165,626); Marshall ($10,553,516); Harrison ($8,846,064); and Ohio ($7,170,770).

“The price of natural gas has seen an uptick over the last several quarters and we hope that trend continues,” Blankenship said.  “If it does, we’ll see property tax receipts rise, providing more resources for schools and to provide services to residents of our counties and municipalities.”

Oil and natural gas property tax assessments are based on the production and pricing of the resources from the tax year two years prior. Property tax assessments for 2017 are based on the production and pricing levels which were realized in 2015. To access the list of 2017 county oil/gas property tax information, click here.

In addition to production-based property tax receipts, gas producing counties receive significant monies from property taxes on other industry segments, like pipelines, compressor stations, and extraction and fractionation facilities.

For additional information, contact Anne Blankenship at 304.343.1609.

By county 2017 oil and gas property taxes for tax year 2017

Oil and Gas Property Tax / Tax Year 2017

CountyAmount
Barbour$885,393
Berkeley$374
Boone$932,048
Braxton$157,408
Brooke$2,434,165
Cabell$210,452
Calhoun$376,387
Clay$287,995
Doddridge$15,165,626
Fayette$254,779
Gilmer$483,437
Grant$1,101
Greenbrier$5,110
Hampshire$2,362
Hancock$11,171
Hardy$1,527
Harrison$8,846,064
Jackson$757,700
Jefferson$10
Kanawha$2,323,693
Lewis$832,084
Lincoln$1,415,227
Logan$1,646,018
Marion$3,298,952
Marshall$10,553,516
Mason$107,358
McDowell$2,070,939
Mercer$105,738
Mineral$1,851
Mingo$1,452,948
Monongalia$749,727
Monroe$860
Morgan$962
Nicholas$82,911
Ohio$7,170,770
Pendleton$11,947
Pleasants$149,185
Pocahontas$1,904
Preston$207,925
Putnam$624,542
Raleigh$761,658
Randolph$114, 559
Ritchie$5,993,762
Roane$569,002
Summers$4,845
Taylor$1,273,297
Tucker$34,897
Tyler$5,263,545
Upshur$820,570
Wayne$925,034
Webster$27,282
Wetzel$15,375,578
Wirt$165,379
Wood$176,318
Wyoming$1,152,391
TOTAL$96,280,283

Pat’s Chat

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Someone noticed that I left some very important information out of this paragraph in December 03, 2017 Pat’s Chat:  “Sad to add to this that another Burnsville High School classmate died on November 20th, 2017.  Family and friends were received at the Hardman-Paletti funeral Home in Weston on November 28.  Interment followed at the K of P Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.  He was in my brother, Sam Wiant’s class and Sam always looked forward to seeing [him] at the annual Friday afternoon dinner and reunion.”  Many people simply don’t READ my Chats, they just skim them.  Calvin Williams, who was at the funeral for Eloise Williams Everett on Saturday, December9, told me about the missing information in the Chat.  Martha Bell Taylor was also there and she said she hadn’t noticed anything missing.  When YOU read it just now, did you notice anything missing?  I didn’t add his name, Jimmy Barnett!  I think it may be about time for me to retire from doing the Chat, what do you think?

I want to tell you that the funeral for Eloise Everett was very well done.  Her daughters are beautiful and her sons strong and handsome.  We had very little contact over the years since we graduated in l951, but it is nice to see that her life seems to have been a rewarding and pleasant one.  I am so glad I attended her funeral.

My brother, Harry (Sonny) wrote that years ago Pat and Mary Ann had paper dolls and sometimes the dolls were found beheaded!  “The family puzzled for years about who would have done this terrible deed?” he wrote.  (We didn’t wonder, really.  It was same person who used to chase our girlfriends, Diana Kay and Beatrice Ann Kelley around with the hatchet he got for Christmas saying that he was going to cut their heads off!)  Robin, my daughter, remembers that her brother, Scott, took apart one of her talking dolls to see how it talked.  It was the kind you pulled a string and she would talk.  Well, she never talked again!  Brothers can be so bad, right?  Yet life would be dull without them and I love them so much now and miss them.  Sonny is across the country in Washington State and Sammy is in New Market, Virginia.  We don’t get to see them nearly enough anymore, but Mary Ann and I live only five tenths of a mile apart from each other here in Buckhannon, WV.

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Darlene Parker and Sheri-Lyn Sapp took some of the children from our church to St. Joseph’s Hospital to deliver baskets of baby needs they had put together for new babies.  Sheri-Lyn took some pictures which I am sharing.  Robert Michael Furr, Annie Furr, and Bridgett Cutright are shown as they brought the baskets.  Before they could enter the unit, though, the nurse gave Annie a mask because she had a runny nose.  Everyone was happy.

I like to read, especially f the story is not long and involved and would keep me from the tasks at hand, or worse, keep me from getting enough sleep.  “Best Little Stories from the American Revolution” by C. Brian Kelly is a book of just such stories.  Near the end of the book is a short story about Jack Jouett of Virginia, sometimes called the Paul Revere of the South because of his forty-mile nighttime ride in June of 1781 to warn Thomas Jefferson that a British raiding party was on its way to Charlottesville in an effort to capture him.  Jefferson was the outgoing governor of Virginia, a member of the rebel Virginia legislature who had been driven out of Richmond.  The husky young Jouett – six feet four or so – eluded the raiding party that day (although Daniel Boone did not and was held overnight in a coal cellar and paroled the following day).  Jouett was westward-minded and followed Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road into Kentucky blue-grass country.  Now, here is the part I want to quote because it brought to mind a picture that made me laugh.

“On the trek west through the untrammeled wilderness of the day, it is said, Jouett was startled one day to hear a woman screaming in distress.  Hurrying forward to a lone cabin in the woods, he found she was being beaten by her husband.

“Leaping into the fray, he knocked down her consort-assailant, only to have the wife turn on him with a long-handled iron frying pan, which she brought down on his head with considerable force.  So much force, in fact, that his head punched out the bottom of the pan leaving Jouett with an iron ring around his neck.  He had to travel another thirty-five miles to find a blacksmith who could free him of his frying-pan necklace.”  I would love to hear from any of my readers who have ever heard of Jack Jouett or the comical picture of him with his iron-ring necklace.

Every true Christian has a right to be happy, and ought to be happy.  Faith in God should bring joy.  Why not?  Our sins are forgiven!  Happy Holidays, Everyone!  Christmas and New Year’s and all the in-between days put your confidence in Jesus and look for joy.

Maranatha

IOGA Basketball Tournament Returning to Glenville State College December 11-16

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The Waco Center at Glenville State College will be the site of a boy’s and girl’s six-day high school basketball tournament this December. The Independent Oil & Gas Association (IOGA) Classic tournament is being hosted at GSC, Monday, December 11 through Saturday, December 16.

Schools slated to participate include AAA squads from Buckhannon-Upshur, Parkersburg, Cabell Midland, Riverside, and South Charleston; AA teams from Nicholas County, Roane County, Braxton County, Robert C. Byrd, and Bridgeport; and A teams from Fayetteville, Tucker County, Gilmer County, and Doddridge County.

The student participants of the tournament are eligible to apply for a Glenville State College scholarship that is being funded by IOGA. The six available scholarships will be awarded to qualified seniors who will attend GSC and pursue a degree in relation to the support and development of the oil and gas industry.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for a general admission price of $5 and a student price of $3 (with a valid school ID). Concessions and game apparel will be available as well.

For more information about the IOGA Classic, contact 304.462.6381.


About GSC’s Waco Center:
Opened in 2013, Glenville State College’s Waco Center is a $25 million facility that houses the college’s Land Resources department, a 3,000 seat sports arena, other athletic facilities and offices, and a community healthcare center operated by Minnie Hamilton Health System. The Land Resources section includes classrooms, labs, a stunning library space, and faculty offices. The remainder of the building houses McPherson Court, where the tournament will be played, and other athletic spaces and offices. GSC student athletes in basketball, volleyball, acrobatics and tumbling, boxing, and others make use of the Waco Center for practice and competition. The Waco Center is located on Mineral Road just across from the Pioneer Village student housing complex.


About IOGA:
Formed in 1959, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation representing companies engaged in the extraction and production of natural gas and oil in West Virginia, and the companies and individuals which support extraction activities. IOGAWV was formed to promote and protect a strong, competitive and capable independent natural gas and oil producing industry in West Virginia.

West Virginia fall turkey hunters harvest 948 birds

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Fall turkey hunters harvested 948 birds during the 2017 season, according to figures released by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The fall harvest is down 54 percent compared to the 2016 season, but only 23 percent below the five-year average.

“As predicted in the 2017 Mast Survey and Hunter Outlook, we expected this fall’s harvest to be down from a year ago,” said Mike Peters, DNR Game Bird Project Leader. “In 2016, the turkey population was bolstered by the emergence of the 17-year cicada, which young turkeys eat. Last season also was the first year all 55 counties had at least a one-week season. Both factors resulted in an above-average fall harvest in 2016.”

The 2017 season is more on par with a typical season, Peters said. Brood production was down from last year, and mast conditions are good, meaning birds are more dispersed. These conditions make it more difficult for hunters to bag a bird.

Leading the state in harvested birds is Greenbrier County with 64 birds, followed by Preston (55), Monroe (51), Randolph (38), and Nicholas County (36).  The top five counties had a four-week season, except Preston County, which had a two-week season.

District 4 harvested 212 birds, followed by District 1 at 200, District 3 at 173, District 6 at 147, District 2 at 134 and District 5 at 82.

The 14 counties in West Virginia’s central mountains that have a four-week season accounted for 39 percent of the state’s fall turkey harvest.

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Hunters harvest 44,455 bucks in West Virginia during 2017 firearms season

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Preliminary data collected from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,455 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 20 through December 02.

This year’s harvest is close to the 46,071 bucks collected in 2016. The buck harvest increased in the Eastern Panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southeastern West Virginia (DNR District 4). It decreased slightly in the other four districts. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were: Preston (1,959), Randolph (1,647), Greenbrier (1,631), Hampshire (1,394), Ritchie (1,347), Monroe (1,302), Braxton (1,243), Lewis (1,216), Hardy (1,201) and Grant (1,198).

“Good weather across much of the state for the entire season allowed hunters to enjoy a productive season,” said Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen. “I am pleased that a lot of hunters were able to get out and enjoy West Virginia’s incredible natural resources.”

There are still several days of deer hunting left in 2017, including the remainder of the muzzleloader season, which runs through Saturday, December 09. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, December 14, and runs through Saturday, December 16.

The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open December 26 and 27 in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season December 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.

West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest 2013-2017

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

1,109

886

1,281

1,098

988

Brooke

389

251

286

268

177

Hancock

273

200

208

209

170

Harrison

1,301

930

1,418

1,138

1,019

Marion

1,130

702

1,190

765

740

Marshall

1,051

707

818

727

625

Monongalia

1,107

689

1,023

827

830

Ohio

399

232

290

270

182

Preston

1,741

1,526

2,046

1,774

1,959

Taylor

635

453

732

581

491

Tucker

527

494

783

730

825

Wetzel

1,537

891

1,144

899

827

District 1 Subtotal

11,199

7,961

11,219

9,286

8,833

Berkeley

871

522

908

737

761

Grant

1,135

783

1,304

954

1,198

Hampshire

1,846

1,094

1,947

1,197

1,394

Hardy

1,447

920

1,709

1,076

1,201

Jefferson

445

385

499

422

433

Mineral

1,345

835

1,335

922

1,015

Morgan

743

412

678

437

505

Pendleton

1,163

861

1,297

1,088

1,026

District 2 Subtotal

8,995

5,812

9,677

6,833

7,533

Braxton

1,626

921

1,660

1,102

1,243

Clay

475

329

618

390

484

Lewis

1,692

1,166

1,875

1,246

1,216

Nicholas

824

871

1,274

1,044

992

Pocahontas

961

831

1,008

921

1,047

Randolph

1,329

1,291

1,659

1,617

1,647

Upshur

1,396

1,009

1,704

1,399

1,036

Webster

717

632

1,080

941

776

District 3 Subtotal

9,020

7,050

10,878

8,660

8,441

Fayette

835

725

1,214

889

933

Greenbrier

1,509

1,372

1,816

1,447

1,631

McDowell

0

0

0

0

0

Mercer

536

402

843

636

605

Monroe

1,466

1,004

1,462

1,099

1,302

Raleigh

579

506

895

648

602

Summers

973

657

999

657

813

Wyoming

0

0

0

0

0

District 4 Subtotal

5,898

4,666

7,229

5,376

5,886

Boone

725

519

868

573

682

Cabell

763

421

641

677

404

Kanawha

1,380

730

1,547

1,058

1,059

Lincoln

1,124

720

1,312

846

572

Logan

0

0

0

0

0

Mason

1,495

1,002

1,488

1,267

881

Mingo

0

0

0

0

0

Putnam

1,210

565

1,114

992

633

Wayne

870

528

963

815

452

District 5 Subtotal

7,567

4,485

7,933

6,228

4,683

Calhoun

1,164

504

1,063

705

743

Doddridge

1,243

615

1,376

946

948

Gilmer

1,427

669

1,435

791

880

Jackson

1,917

1,107

1,870

1,487

1,099

Pleasants

438

273

492

334

321

Ritchie

2,091

1,123

2,024

1,422

1,347

Roane

1,893

927

1,846

1,178

1,191

Tyler

1,000

566

1,064

855

818

Wirt

1,091

681

1,152

777

745

Wood

1,580

1,011

1,556

1,193

987

District 6 Subtotal

13,844

7,476

13,878

9,688

9,079

State Total

56,523

37,450

60,814

46,071

44,455

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program honoring West Virginia’s exceptional students

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The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program is truly a showcase of West Virginia’s best and brightest high school students.  

Each of the 65 recipients are truly exceptional. They all excel in the classroom, and perhaps more importantly, they contribute both time and talents to improving their local communities.

These accomplished students come from both large and small schools and even one who is home schooled. They live in larger cities and rural towns.   The students all have different stories, with different experiences and different aspirations, but they share one thing in common — each student is designing his or her path toward educational and career goals through higher education.

The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program would not be possible without the generous vision and support of EQT Corporation. EQT has several offices in West Virginia and is dedicated to enriching the communities where its employees live and work. As an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian-area natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution, EQT is pleased to support West Virginia students by sponsoring the Students of Excellence Scholarship program.

Since 2009, EQT has offered six four-year scholarships, each up to $18,000 per year, to students interested in studying engineering, geology, computer science/information technology, energy or land management and environmental or safety science.  The six recipients this year are:  

  • Ethan Meighen from Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County
  • Jack Stryker from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Ohio County
  • Alec Kuskey from John Marshall High School in Marshall County
  • Joel Scarbro from Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County
  • Katie Payne from Clay County High School in Clay County
  • Jalen Wayt from Ravenswood High School in Jackson County.

EQT also provides $1,000 scholarships for students in every West Virginia county, as well as five at-large $1,000 scholarships scattered throughout the state. 

The scholarship recipients were chosen by an independent panel of four judges who generously volunteered their time to select this year’s winners. The criteria the judges looked for included students who showed good academic aptitude, a dedication to their communities and involvement in extracurricular activities.

The 2017 judges were: Dr. Amelia Courts and Derek Vance from The Education Alliance; Sara McDowell from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia; and Beth Casey with Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council.

Following are the recipients in our area:

 

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Hunter Mullens - Barbour County


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Tayton Stout - Braxton County


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Tyler Cain - Calhoun County


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Alexis Heflin - Doddridge County


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Jeremiah Ritter - Harrison County


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Christian Palmer - Harrison County
At-Large EQT Scholarship Winner


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Alexandra Garrett - Gilmer County


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Nicholas Gould - Lewis County


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Andrew Cook - Nicholas County
At-Large EQT Scholarship Winner


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Felicia Seabolt - Nicholas County


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Andrea Watson - Pleasants County


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Ashley Cox - Ritchie County


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Brandon Morris - Roane County


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Eli Henthorn - Tyler County


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Amy Perrine - Webster County


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Dalton Tenney - Upshur County


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Jahnvi Duncan - Wetzel County


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Addie Bailey - Wirt County


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Mitchell Clowes - Wood County

A MONSTER LEGACY

New documentary about the fabled “Flatwoods Monster” of West Virginia to be released next April


In 1952 five children were playing football in a small town called Flatwoods, WV when a strange object appeared above them. Streaking across the sky, they watched it crest a nearby hill, slow and then descend just over the top of the ridge. What followed after their sighting has become one of the most infamous local legends ever recorded. That night, seven area residents encountered a hovering, mechanical monstrosity that was described by area newspapers as “glowing” “Frankenstein-like” and breathing fire. The event helped shepherd in the 50s obsession with flying saucers and alien lifeforms and the “Green Monster” (one of three named given to the creature) has become a pop-culture figure in the decades to follow.


In the years since their brush with the “Flatwoods Monster”, witnesses have seen their story evolve from a terrifying, true-life event to little more than a fable. Now, two of the original witnesses will set the record straight on just what it was they saw that warm, September evening when a new documentary titled The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear, is unveiled next April. Ahead of the film’s release, the first teaser has arrived featuring clips of interviews with witnesses, and Flatwoods residents. Included alongside the trailer are the official poster by acclaimed horror artist, Sam Shearon, as well as two alternate takes on the monster itself by Mark Randall and Brandon Scalf. Each poster gives a unique, alternative view of the creature; indicative of the direction the movie itself will take in examining the constantly-changing portrayal of what was seen.

The film is being released by the award-winning, Small Town Monsters production company, who are responsible for last Spring’s, “The Mothman of Point Pleasant”; another documentary centered around a well-known West Virginia legend. “Flatwoods” is directed and written by Seth Breedlove, director of the award-winning Boggy Creek Monster. The film features an original score composed by Brandon Dalo and cinematography by Zachary Palmisano with special FX by Santino Vitale and fully animated sequences by Chris Scalf.

The Flatwoods Monster will be released on DVD and Amazon next April with a wider digital release planned thereafter. The film will be part of Small Town Monsters’ annual Kickstarter campaign which will be used to fund post-production on “Flatwoods”, as well as two additional films (all to be released in 2018) when it launches on January 25th. The official premiere will be held at the Elk Theater in Sutton, WV on April 7th with members of the Small Town Monsters crew taking part in a Q&A following the showing.

A Facebook event page has been launched for the Kickstarter campaign to fund the next three STM movies… https://www.facebook.com/events/1474221179322503/

To learn more about the movie, as well as other “STM” productions visit http://smalltownmonsters.com/

Higher Ed and Public School Educators Collaborate to Strengthen Learning

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Educators from across the state will meet in Flatwoods this week for the West Virginia Professional Development Schools (PDS) Fall Forum. The meeting, hosted by the West Virginia Office of Education and the Arts, is an opportunity for educators from primary to higher education to share ideas, innovations and best practices that will equip the next class of educators for classroom and professional success. The conference began Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and continues through Thursday, November 30, at the Days Hotel and Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV.

Currently in its eighth year, the PDS conference brings together representatives from nine state collegian education departments and their partner elementary and secondary schools to work collaboratively with their peers from across the state. The sharing of programs, strategies and approaches is important as each partnership works to prepare the new generation of educators. Research reveals that a highly effective teacher has the greatest impact on student learning, and PDS partnerships provide a solid network of support and knowledge to prepare future teachers for the classroom.

Wednesday evening will feature presentations from Dr. Renee Middleton, dean of the Ohio University College of Education and Human Services and Jessica Karminsky from the Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab. Both will share insight about innovations in teacher preparation programs as the education system continues to meet growing needs of the community.

“The PDS Collaborative is an important part of our teacher preparation system in West Virginia,” said Secretary of Education and the Arts Gayle Manchin. “We must have a venue for higher education professionals and public education practitioners to work together to enhance how we prepare new teachers for the challenges of the profession,” she said. “By sharing information, ideas, creative approaches as well as knowledge and insight, we are helping to better prepare our next generation of teachers,” she said.

The PDS Conference began at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, with Dr. Middleton and Ms. Karmi

Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline are suing the three members of the Fayette County Commission, saying they’ve unreasonably delayed progress on the proposed 300-mile, $3.5 billion project.

The pipeline developers dispute the commissioners’ decision last week to deny a rezoning application to build one of three compressor stations along the pipeline route.

The developers filed their lawsuit Friday in federal court in Charleston against Fayette County Commissioners Matthew D. Wender, Denise Scalph and John Brenemen.

They contend the federal Natural Gas Act and the Pipeline Safety Act preempt Fayette County’s zoning ordinance. They argue that approval of a certificate by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission specifically authorizes construction and operation of the compressor station.

The lawsuit asks for the Fayette commissioners to be prevented from enforcing the local zoning ordinance.

“While MVP has attempted in good faith to cooperate with the Fayette County Commission (consistent with the requirement imposed by the MVP certificate), the Fayette County Commission has now delayed the local permitting process so much that MVP’s construction schedule will be unreasonably delayed if MVP continues to seek issuance of a rezoning approval and required permits under the Fayette County zoning ordinance,” wrote lawyers for the pipeline developers.

“If construction of the Stallworth Station is delayed in the manner described above, MVP will be unable to work according to its construction schedule and will incur additional delay, fees and contractor costs.”

Mountain Valley Pipeline would extend 42-inch diameter natural gas pipeline over 303 miles to transport West Virginia natural gas into southern Virginia.

The pipeline would go through Wetzel, Harrison, Doddridge, Lewis, Braxton, Webster, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Fayette, Summers, and Monroe counties.

The pipeline developers want to build a compressor station on three parcels of land currently zoned for residential uses in Fayette County. The property collectively is called the Stallworth Station.

Compressor stations increase the pressure on natural gas to keep it moving through the pipeline.

The Sierra Club earlier issued a statement contending that compressor stations are known for leaks of methane and other toxic chemicals that can cause negative health effects to people who are exposed.

“No community should be saddled with the dangers of a compressor station, which would threaten their health and enjoyment of their community,” stated Bill Price, Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative.

“Allowing the change in zoning goes against the Comprehensive Plan that the people in Fayette County are proud of. The Mountain Valley Pipeline would transport dirty, dangerous fracked gas through Fayette County, threatening the community’s air, water and property values. The compressor station for the project must be rejected before it can threaten the rural lifestyle of Fayette County residents.”

At the conclusion of a public hearing on November 17, The Fayette County Commission denied MVP’s rezoning application.

“Even if MVP pursues a legal challenge to the decision (which, as explained below, involves an uncertain procedural course), the rezoning denial will result in an unreasonable delay in the construction of the Stallworth Station that will increase MVP’s expense, diminish its revenue, and delay the delivery of significant benefits that the MVP Project will bring to the public,” the lawyers for the pipeline developers wrote in their lawsuit.

The referenced procedural course open to MVP — aside from the federal lawsuit — would be to go to Fayette County’s Board of Zoning Appeals while also filing a challenge of the denial in Fayette Circuit Court.

“Regardless of which entity would ultimately hear the merits of such an appeal, the proceedings to hear MVP’s challenge to the Rezoning Denial would undoubtedly require a significant time before a decision was issued, and would have the effect of delaying the construction of the Southworth Station for an indeterminate time,” lawyers for MVP wrote.

The Stallworth Property is currently zoned in a rural-residential district designed for single-family housing. MVP would need for the project to be rezoned as an “H-1 District” that would allow for special uses. The pipeline developers say it’s optimal for the compressor station to be built on a relatively secluded tract of land.

“The Stallworth Property was selected because it was far superior to other potential sites in terms of topography, site access, surrounding land use (including population density and distance from residences) and overall environmental considerations,” lawyers for the developers wrote.

“It will require significantly less cut and fill to achieve a buildable site, is easily accessible from the nearby County Route 29 and is located on the top of a hill with dense deciduous forest all around it.”

The developers contend they have been trying to work with Fayette County officials in a way that would satisfy local ordinances. They note that they took part in several public meetings about the proposed compressor stations.

MVP says it anticipates being in a position to start access road construction for the Stallworth Station by mid December and then full construction by early this coming January.

The pipeline developers say it’s essential for the Stallworth Station to be in service by December, 2018.

The other proposed compressor stations for the MVP project are in Wetzel and Braxton counties.

The developers of Mountain Valley Pipeline also filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 24 to gain eminent domain access to properties along the proposed route through West Virginia. The West Virginia lawsuit lists more than 140 pieces of property where the pipeline developers say they need access for easements.

A similar lawsuit focusing on properties along the pipeline’s path in Virginia was filed on the same date in Roanoke. The Virginia lawsuit names more than 300 private properties.

Both cases ask for immediate access and entry to be granted prior to just compensation for the property being determined.

~~  Brad McElhinny ~~

Pat’s Chat

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Today about a dozen Seventh-day Adventists went to church on Sunday!  We were there to prepare baskets for folks for Thanksgiving.  I enjoy seeing what other churches are doing in the joyful season of Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Record Delta had a picture of the Baptists in front of their church and telling about the Shoebox Ministry.  I think that is wonderful.  There are many Thanksgiving dinners given at various churches and other places so that no one needs to be alone on the holidays.  Our church usually had an annual Christmas Angel Breakfast, but this year we are planning a Christmas Angel Dinner to which everyone is invited.  It will be held at our church on Brushy Fork Road on December 10, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Be sure and come celebrate with us on Sunday, December 10.

Here is a picture from a former celebration.  Do you recognize these children?

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Love is defined in this paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:  “If I had the gift of speaking any language, including the language of angels, but didn’t have love, I would be like a noisy gong or clanging cymbals.  If I had the gift of predicting the future and could understand all science and fathom all knowledge, or if I had so much faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t have love, it would be worthless.  If I gave everything I had to the church or used all my money to feed the poor, or if I became a martyr by being burned to death for Christ, but didn’t have love, all such acts would count for nothing.

“Love is patient and kind.  It doesn’t envy or boast, nor is it puffed up with its own importance.  Love is never rude nor does it behave disorderly.  It’s not interested in itself, does not become angry or keep a record of wrongs.  Love doesn’t enjoy evil, but is always happy with truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all things and endures all things.

“Love will not fail. One day prophecies will end, the gift of languages will cease, and our imperfect knowledge will vanish.  We know so little, and prophecies give us only a glimpse of the future.  But when the end comes, then that which is imperfect will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, because I understood and thought as a child.  But when I grew up, I put my childish ways of thinking behind me.  Now we see things obscurely, as in a dark mirror, but then we will see things as they really are.  Now I know God through His word, but then I will know Him face to face, personally, as He knows me.  There are three important things that will last forever, faith, Hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13, The Clear Word, Jack J. Blanco, Printed in U.S.A., 2006.

I would copy off chapter 14 also about the Gift of Tongues, but it is too long.  If you want me to do it next time from the paraphrase I am using, let me know.

Maranatha

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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Each year during the holidays, Jean and I always try to work around the hectic work and family schedules of our kids, Jessica and Justin.  Each with their own families, jobs and responsibilities, we understand it’s part of being a parent, regardless of how old they are or how long they’ve been on their own.

This year, we didn’t ask when or if they were able to come home for Thanksgiving.  So, it was a welcome blessing that everyone let us know weeks ago that they would indeed be home for Thanksgiving.  Jessica and family flew in last Friday night.  Justin and family will be here later in the week.  As I write, all will be gathering at the farm tonight and early next week for deer hunting with the family.  I’m hoping that the grandkids will have a successful and enjoyable time afield and build on their memories with family and friends.

Deer (gun) season begins November 20 and runs through Saturday, December 2.  Tens of thousands of men and women will be taking to the woods and fields over the next two weeks, with the highest concentration of hunters on the first three days.  I hope each of you that take to the woods enjoy a safe and successful hunt.  If hunting on private property, obtain written permission and please be aware of other hunters and respectful of their property.  Don’t leave your trash in the woods. 

This also is a time of great benefit for our local businesses in central West Virginia.  The hunters visiting our area will spend considerable dollars in many stores, restaurants and other business entities.  That money stays in the local economy.

Finally, let me briefly comment on the revelations of excessive spending on remodeling offices by the WV Supreme Court.  I’m as distressed with the finger pointing and blame game between the justices and a former court administrator as I am the excessive spending on furniture, carpets, in-laid floors, etc.  Someone had to sign off on these purchases and had knowledge of the price tag.

These past few years have been difficult financial times for our State.  However, the past decade or longer has been tough times on all our citizens, including many of our hard-working state employees, teachers, service personnel and retirees.  Good times or lean times, this kind of extravagant, wasteful spending has no place in government, at any level.  I know the chief justice, associate justices and former court administrator are all good, honorable people, but the fact is that this out of control spending on furniture and accessories is unacceptable.  We have many workers, including state workers that make less – much less – than the cost of the now infamous $32,000 couch.  Many of these very workers qualify for public assistance.  Wasteful and frivolous spending is not confined to the Supreme Court.  Just a few years ago, a former Senate President spent thousands on office furniture, rugs, etc.

Importantly, we need to recognize that other judges, magistrates or other judicial offices contained under the judicial branch should not be maligned or subject to criticism by these revelations of excessive spending at the top.

Constitutionally, the Legislature must provide funds as requested by the Judicial branch in the budget presented by the Supreme Court.  For years, discussions have been ongoing to bring the judicial budget under the budget process as every other agency, as is the case in many states.  While I think sometimes the power of the legislative branch is overstated, there is no doubt that the power of the purse rests solely with the House of Delegates and State Senate, subject the revenue estimates and veto authority of the Governor.  Unfortunately, the Legislature gradually began to cede some of that power to the Governor and executive branch, beginning with the Modern Budget Amendment to the WV Constitution in the 1960’s.

So, again this year, there will be a move to pass a joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment before the voters.  If approved by the voters, it would change the WV Constitution to remove the ability of the Judicial branch to set their budget independent of legislative oversight.  Notwithstanding the latest revelations on extravagant spending, I continue to believe it’s time to place the judicial budget in the budget process.  Fiscal accountability should span all branches of state government.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Pat’s Chat

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My mom, Allegra McNemar Wiant, was born on this day in 1912, but lived only long enough to be a wonderful mother to her four children and to see all of her ten grandchildren, barely.  The last one, Angela Wiant, was born in 1967 and mom died September 29, 1967.  She was only 51!  I still miss her.  She is resting until the great resurrection morning when Jesus comes.  I am glad that is what the Bible teaches – that death is a sleep.  Jesus called it that.  We all need to do as the ancient Bereans did, who, according to Acts 17:11, “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  If we believed this, there would be no one fooled by the apparent appearance of one of our dead loved ones, no fear of ghosts of departed souls.  I say, I am glad because I would not like her to see the state of the world as it is now, only evil continually, or the problems in her family.  That would not be Heaven for her who refused to listen to very much of the world news.  No, she is resting in peace and will be resurrected in the first resurrection, at the last trump, just as the Bible says.  There was an old country song that said, “I’d like to be standing at Mother’s grave, when Jesus comes in His power.”  I would like to do that.

Not everyone agrees with me on this and it is good to remember that millions are where they are, as to religious denomination, through the accident of birth or association rather than through study or conviction.  I think we all need to recognize that others are as honest as we are—and as anxious for the light of God’s truth.  But opportunities differ for everyone, and surroundings are not often the same.  We must not attempt to judge human hearts.  God alone can do this.  If you disagree with someone’s views, don’t argue.  Just search it out for yourself.  The internet makes it easy to look up differing views, but only the Bible, not other writings, will give you God’s Word alone, which is the true light.

Talking about remembering my mom, Thursday evening, November 09, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a wonderful get-together to honor our veterans.  Without advertisement we had nearly 60 people attend and 18 of them were veterans, including one female who reported 18 years of service.  Thanks to Mike and Sandi Stutler of Weston, and his sisters and other members of our church, we had plenty of good food.  The organization of it all came mostly from Sandi and Mike Stutler.  It has been almost a yearly celebration at our church, but Sandi’s organizational skills helped create a wonderful occasion.  Folks from Highland Adventist Academy of Elkins led us in the pledge to the flag, the national anthem, and God Bless America to set the tone for the service.  After dinner each veteran told us something about his or her memories of their service in the different branches of our armed forces. I only wish we had recorded the many interesting stories that each of them shared with us.  One veteran was unable to attend although he was ready to go but I didn’t pick him up as I had promised to do!  I felt so sad about that.  (I had tried to call him several times to see if we could leave earlier and got no answer because, as I learned later, his phone was being charged, so I went on without him).  He says we will do better next year because it will be the actual 100th anniversary of the Armistice and we’ll remember that.  Wikipedia tells us “Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.”  So I am praying that Alvin J. “A.J” Duke will attend for certain next year.


Veterans who attended, in the order that they signed my paper:

Al Tucker, USAF, Retired,

Jim LeVos, MASH Unit,

Terry N. Gould, (Failed to write branch of service),

Donald Canterbury, USN,

Richard Whiting, Army 101st Airborne 187th INF,

Charles A. Howell, Army,

Gene Hornbeck, Army,

Jack Marteney, Marine,

Fred Seeley, Army,

Jerry Heckert, Air Force,

John Simons, USAF,

Susan Bradley, Army

Rev. Paul J. Ours, Army

Michael Stutler, USN

Benny Shifflett, M.O.P.H. Comm Ch 1118 Clarksburg

George Erwin, U.S.M.C.

H. Ford Carver, U.S.M.C.

Gary Wolford, Marine

Alvin J. Duke, Air Force

Maranatha!

Schools in 28 Counties to Ask for SBA Funding

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School superintendents from nearly 30 West Virginia counties will be in the Capital City to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.

In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.

Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.

“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.

Summaries of the projects, in the order they’ll be presented to the SBA on both Monday and Tuesday, are as follows:


LINCOLN COUNTY
Lincoln County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,129,270 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,329,270. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Guyan Valley Middle School (partial), Midway Elementary School,
Hamlin PK-8 School (partial), Duval PK-8 School, and Ranger Elementary.


RITCHIE COUNTY
Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.


WAYNE COUNTY
Wayne County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,686,750 and will be providing $150,000 in local funds for a total of $3,836,750. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a roof replacement to correct indoor air quality and water
infiltration issues at Spring Valley High School.


WOOD COUNTY
Wood County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $8,400,600 and will be providing $1,591,400 in local funds for a total of $9,992,000. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Wood County Technical Center, which include additional space for for expanding enrollment and programs. Also, this will allow Wood County to house all programs within one facility in increase operating efficiency.


WIRT COUNTY
Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.


PLEASANTS COUNTY
Pleasants County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $464,494. They are providing $81,969 in local funds for a total of $546,463. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in order to more adequately address today’s school access safety standards.


MONROE COUNTY
Monroe County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $16,242,000 and will be providing $1,192,000 in local funds for a total of $3,758,000 upon the passage of a local bond issue and is requesting an additional $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $22,192,000. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Peterstown PK-8 School. Should this project be funded, the existing Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School will close and a new 750 student facility will be built in the Peterstown area.


MONONGALIA COUNTY
Monongalia County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $4,024,133 and will be providing $1,341,377 in local funds for a total of $5,365,510. These funds will be used for classroom addition and school access safety upgrades and other building renovations to the existing Morgantown High School.


MINERAL COUNTY
Mineral County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $8,718,368 and will be providing $500,000 in local funds for a total of $9,218,368 for interior renovations at Keyser Middle School, reconfiguring the facilities original open-concept floor plan into
more traditional spaces.


PRESTON COUNTY
Preston County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,292,400 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $1,292,400. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Bruceton PK-8 School and Kingwood Elementary School.


TUCKER COUNTY
Tucker County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $828,647 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $828,647. These funds will be used for a new roof replacement and site drainage improvements to assist with water infiltration issues at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle School.


WEBSTER COUNTY
Webster County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,489,390 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $6,489,390. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Webster County High School. The work proposed includes exterior façade wall repairs, HVAC unit replacement, sidewalk replacement, flooring replacement, door security hardware upgrades, and a middle school gym addition.


CALHOUN COUNTY
Calhoun County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118. These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.


BRAXTON COUNTY
Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.


MASON COUNTY
Mason County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $482,261 and will be providing $53,585 in local funds for a total of $535,846. These funds will be used for building automation and fire alarm system upgrades at Roosevelt Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, and Point Pleasant Middle/High School and Career Center.


KANAWHA COUNTY
Kanawha County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,992,759 and will be providing $1,748,190 in local funds for a total of $8,740,949. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a new roof replacement at Ben Franklin Career Center.


CABELL COUNTY
Cabell County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $6,618,539 and will be providing $6,618,539 in local funds, for a total of $13,237,078. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Highlawn Elementary School on the site of the old Enslow Middle School. The existing Enslow Middle School building, with the exception of the gymnasium, will be demolished in order to build the new 300 student facility within the Highlawn neighborhood.


CLAY COUNTY
Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.


MINGO COUNTY
Mingo County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $916,365 and will be providing $310,000 in local funds for a total of $1,226,365. These funds will be used to transform Gilbert Middle School into a renovated Gilbert PK-8. Should this project be funded, the existing Gilbert Elementary will close.


MERCER COUNTY
Mercer County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $10,704,032 and will be providing $1,500,000 in local funds for a total of $12,204,032 for the construction of a new PK-2 Elementary School. Should this project be funded, at the conclusion of
construction of this facility, Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Elementary will close. Two additional Pre-K classrooms will be included to accommodate additional Pre-K students. Additional space for special education students from this attendance area, that are currently being transported out of area, will also be included to allow for reduced travel times.


TYLER COUNTY
Tyler County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,414,800 and will be providing $157,200 in local funds for a total of $1,572,000. These funds will be used for new roofs at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.


RANDOLPH COUNTY
Randolph County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,178,645 and will be providing $100,000 in local funds for a total of $6,278,645. These funds will be used for renovations and additions to Beverly Elementary School and George Ward
Elementary School to accommodate for the additional students as a result of the closures of Valley Head Elementary and Homestead Elementary Schools.


MARSHALL COUNTY
Marshall County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $693,780 and will be providing $341,713 in local funds for a total of $1,035,493. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, and Moundsville Middle School.


HANCOCK COUNTY
Hancock County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $1,000,000 and will be providing $270,000 in local funds for a total of $1,270,000. These funds will be used for a new roof at Weir Middle School.


HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Hampshire County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $168,562 and will be providing $56,188 in local funds for a total of $224,750. These funds will be used for a partial roof replacement at Augusta Elementary School.


PENDLETON COUNTY
Pendleton County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $2,564,624 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $2,764,624. These funds will be used for new HVAC systems at Pendleton County Middle/High School and North Fork Elementary School.


UPSHUR COUNTY
Upshur County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $546,164 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $546,164. These funds will be used for a roof replacement at Tennerton Elementary School to correct numerous issues which have caused roof leaks in several areas of the building.


WYOMING COUNTY
Wyoming County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,054,500 and is requesting $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $4,054,500. These funds will be used for a roof replacement to correct water infiltration issues and an HVAC system upgrade to improve indoor air quality at Wyoming East High School.


Local funding helps, Blackwell said, but “It’s not required because there may be a county that just has a daggone need that just does not have the revenue to match it in any way, but it’s a desperate need and, I think, the SBA will fund it.”

The SBA meeting for presentations begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

Since 1989, Blackwell said the SBA had allocated more than $3 billion total for school projects across West Virginia.

“That’s a lot of money and a lot of improvements that have been made out in our county school systems,” he said.

WV Legislative Update: Delegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman

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First, congratulations to the Braxton Eagles football team and coaches for an outstanding season and making the 16-team playoff field.  While a first round playoff victory was not to be, these young men – especially the senior class – laid the groundwork for continued success in the years ahead.  Well done, gentlemen, for your dedication and positive influence, on and off the field.  We are indeed proud of your accomplishments.

I enjoy attending a multitude of meetings and events each year.  One of the most meaningful and solemn events always is the privilege of honoring our veterans.  It’s always humbling be among these heroes from all branches of service and their families. A great parade in Gassaway was followed by a huge crowd at the National Guard Armory for dinner and recognition of the service to our nation by veterans from all branches of the military.  A special thanks to Lt. Col. John Garza; and to keynote speaker, Master Sargent Jason Elson. Thanks to both for their service to our nation in the United States Marines.

Thanks to all the parade participants, sponsors, volunteers and Central WV Aging Services and American Legion Post 33.  I’m looking forward to next year, as this Veterans Day event continues to grow each year.

Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Pellett, President of Glenville State College on the occasion of his inauguration as the Twenty-Fourth GSC President.  It was an honor to participate in the events of the inaugural day, including meeting his wife, Heidi and their family.  Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors are standing out among the other colleges and universities in our State by holding the line on tuition increases; lowering student fees, room and board; and an aggressive plan to substantially reduce other costs further.  All this translates into students being able to graduate sooner, transfer credits more easily, and see students graduate on time.  All this will save students and families thousands of dollars over the course of earning a degree, cut student debt and as a result, increase enrollment for traditional and non-traditional students.

On the budget front, the numbers are in for October and the news is not great, but much better than last year.  Through the first four months of the current fiscal year, revenues are running about $8 million below estimates.  That’s a sizeable sum, but consider this time last year revenue was running over $80 million below estimates, necessitating big mid-year cuts.

As the margin is only $8 million, no mid-year cuts are anticipated, according to Revenue Secretary Hardy, unless the next two months would prove catastrophic.  This is good news for education, higher education and many agencies that provide critical services for which we all depend.

Also last week, a meeting in Summersville with representatives from Braxton, Fayette, Clay, Webster and Nicholas Counties met to discuss the preliminary report regarding the Rimfire ATV Trail project.  This is an exciting project that hopefully will be done in conjunction with the Hatfield & McCoy Trail system to bring some much needed tourism dollars and recreational opportunities to the aforementioned counties.  We’re still a couple years away, but I hope we can receive some financial support from a variety of sources that, thus far, seem to favor southern West Virginia projects over those in central West Virginia.

Likewise, broadband projects are beginning to spring up across West Virginia with some increased access to funding.  However, Frontier has shown little or no interest in helping or growing dependable internet access in central West Virginia.  We need to partner with multiple counties – immediately – if we have any hopes of getting broadband out to the folks that need it most.  Bigger projects with more potential customers gain the most attention of grant agencies.

If we could get some serious interest from the WV Development Office in support of our central West Virginia initiatives, our potential is limited only by the need to grow our population to provide a larger, drug-free and well-trained workforce.  It’s all achievable, but not unless there is strong local support.  Good things happen when we all step up and help together.  Otherwise, the growth will again pass us by.  And that is not a viable option.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

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The Free Press WVAge 68, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Friday, December 01, 2017, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born August 20, 1949, in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late Laco and Gladys June Young Hyer.

Esta Ellen Finchman

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Soperton, GA, passed away on Friday morning, November 24, 2017 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin. She was born in Braxton County, WV and had been a lifelong resident of the Spencer area until moving to Soperton in 2005.

Howard Page Campbell

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Birch River, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Ansted Center, Ansted, WV.

John Mason Moran, Jr.

The Free Press WVPassed away at age 74 on November 18, 2017, following a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

Vilma Jean Thomas

The Free Press WVof Scott Depot, WV, passed away of a short illness on November 05. 2017, at the age of 89. Jean was born on November 29, 1927 the daughter of G. G. & Love Faye Duffield born at Dessie , Braxton County WV.

Sarah Jean Crislip

The Free Press WVAge 91 of Frametown, WV went to be with the Lord November 27, 2017.

Mavadell Williams McDivitt

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Summersville, WV passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at her residence.

Jimmy Francis Barnette

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, November 20, 2017 in Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, WV following a sudden illness.

Cecil Ray Shepherd

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Mt. Nebo, WV passed away November 22, 2017 at home.

Emyl Lee Shields

The Free Press WV  Age 84, of Cedarville, WV passed away November 21, 2017

Rebecca Loraine Ireland

The Free Press WV  She was born in Weston, WV on July 05, 1944 a daughter of the late Robert Lee James and Betty Regenia Adolt James.

Arlene F. Skidmore

The Free Press WV  Age 81 of Gassaway, WV peacefully went to be with her Heavenly Father, November 17, 2017.

Mary Lou Jarvis Halstead

The Free Press WV  Age 63 of Strange Creek, WV passed away on November 16, 2017 at Raleigh General Hospital.

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Mary Jane Kelley

Johnny D. Fields

Mary Alice Johnson

Larry Gene Davis

Jessie “Wes” King

Madeline H. Smith Eckes

Arthur Clay Long

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Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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

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

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

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

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

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

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

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

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

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

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

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

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

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

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

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

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

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

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

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Here’s a prediction for you:

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

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

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

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

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

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

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

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

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

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

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

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

By watcher on 10.01.2017

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

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

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

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

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

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

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

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

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

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

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

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

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

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

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

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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

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

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

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

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

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

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

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

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

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

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

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

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

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

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

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

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

By Fact on 09.07.2017

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

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

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

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

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

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

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

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

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

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

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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

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

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

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

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

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

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

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

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

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

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

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

And again and again and again.

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

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

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

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