Trade-school initiative reaps benefits for WV’s state parks

An effort to have West Virginia’s industrial-arts students do work for the state’s parks has borne its first fruit.

At Cedar Creek State Park in Gilmer County, nine new metal-roofed shelters hug the banks of the park’s popular fishing ponds. Students from the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center built the open-sided shelters, which are designed to protect fishermen from inclement weather. Park personnel installed them.

The work took place after state Department of Education and the Division of Natural Resources officials became partners in an initiative to help students get hands-on work experience by having them do projects for the state’s 35 state parks, seven state forests, five wildlife management areas and two state-managed trails.

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Paul Minigh, Cedar Creek’s superintendent, said the initiative fit naturally with the park’s desire to build some fishing shelters.

“We had already purchased the materials, but we hadn’t had time to do anything with them,” Minigh said. “Then the initiative with the career centers came around. We dropped the materials off, and the students built the shelters. They were willing to come and install them, too, but we wanted to get them in place in time for the trout-stocking season to begin.”

The installation took place during the students’ holiday break. Minigh said park personnel used a power auger to dig the holes for the support timbers and had the structures in place by Jan. 3, when the year’s first stocking took place.

The shelters feature 5-by-6-foot platforms flanked by heavy vertical beams that support the roofs and anchor the platforms to the soil. Minigh said he plans to hang tarpaulins around three sides of the structures to break the wind, with the idea of installing more permanent walls later on.

“We’ve purchased eye hooks so we can attach the tarps,” he said. “But as money permits, we might put siding around them. The idea is to make a windbreak so that fishermen could maybe bring little Coleman heaters to break the chill during the wintertime.”

Winter is when the park’s ponds get fished most heavily. The DNR stocks the ponds with trout twice a year — once in early January and once in early March. Anglers know that any trout they don’t catch will die when the ponds’ waters become too warm, so they do their best to fish them out as quickly as possible.

Minigh said funding for the shelter project came from the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Section, the branch of the agency responsible for trout stockings.

“Brad Reed, [the park system’s] assistant chief, worked up a deal with Wildlife that they would reimburse us for time we spent mowing the pond banks and picking up trash left behind by fishermen,” Minigh said. “The reimbursement amounted to about $6,000. Since the money was fishing-related, we decided to use it to try to make things a little more comfortable for our wintertime fishermen. We figured a few sheds, spread around the three ponds, might do that.”

He views the shed-building project as just the beginning of what he hopes will be a long and productive partnership.

“The career center has all kinds of programs we could find work for,” he said. “They do carpentry, welding, metal fabrication, automotive repairs and painting. We’re in the process of repairing one of our bulldozers. The student machined the head of the motor block and honed the valves for us, and they think they might be able to weld the brake bands for us as well.

“We found out that the carpentry students have built a 12-foot by 24-foot ‘tiny house.’ That really perked our ears up. We’re looking at the possibility of having them build us a ‘tiny cabin.’ That’s very attractive to us. We’d have to put in the foundation and the utilities, but they indicated the cabin could be built for $22,000 to $24,000. That’s very attractive. I think there’s quite a number of projects they’ll be able to help us with.”

~~  John McCoy ~~


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GSC Fitness Center Holds Grand Reopening

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The Glenville State College Fitness Center held its grand reopening on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The facility has been fully updated with all new equipment along with new floors, mirrors, and fresh paint. The updated equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, punching bags, jump ropes, exercise bands, dumbbells, and more. Along with the updated equipment, a Queenax multi-purpose functional trainer and Jacob’s ladder have been added.

In an effort to improve an overall healthy lifestyle for students, employees, and community members several classes are available through the Fitness Center. Five different yoga classes are currently being offered with Zumba, PiYo, and group training becoming available soon.

The Fitness Center and its services are available for use by GSC students, faculty, and staff at no charge.

Various GSC Fitness Center memberships are available, including: faculty and staff family plans for $40 per month, high school student plans for $20 per month, and community plans starting at $30 per month and $10 per person added on to the membership. A day pass is $5. Members of the community can participate in fitness classes for $5 per class or for $150 per semester.

The GSC Fitness Center is located on the lower level of the Mollohan Campus Community Center and is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The new Waco Center Training Center is open throughout the week but regular hours for the public have yet to be determined.

For more information about the GSC Fitness Center and for the Waco Center Training Center hours contact Erica Downard, Director of Student Activities and Fitness at or 304.462.6441.

G-OpEd™: Success and Accomplishment in Year One

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On January 16, 2017, I was honored to take the oath of office as the 30th Secretary of State of West Virginia.

Through my first year, we worked to improve customer services and operational efficiencies in every Division. The good news is we did it – and we will continue to do it every day I’m in office.

Leading by example, I challenged every member of the Office to elevate the bar for customer service, efficiency and professionalism. In doing so, we raised metrics across the board while giving back more than $1.7 million to the state’s General Revenue Fund.  

The Office of Secretary of State has seven unique divisions: Administrative Law, Business & Licensing, Communications & Outreach, Elections, Legal & Investigations, Finance, and Information Technology. Here is a breakdown of Year One achievements:


-    For 15 years the idea of a Business One Stop has been discussed in West Virginia. In Year One, my office followed legislative directives, worked with the Legislature to amend State Code, and changed the financial structure of the Office. On January 30th, we will hold a grand opening of West Virginia’s first ever One Stop Business Center, and become a standard bearer for such One Stops across the nation.
-    West Virginia’s One Stop Business Center is the first across the country to include the Secretary of State, the State Tax Department, the Division of Labor, and Workforce West Virginia all in one building. And, we provide free parking with immediate access to all four state agencies. One Stop is a full-service location for more than 104,000 existing businesses registered to operate in West Virginia, and the one place to stop for new businesses. It is located at 1615 East Washington Street in Charleston.
-    We also added business hubs in two other locations – the Clarksburg North Central Business Hub at 200 West Main Street, and the Martinsburg Eastern Panhandle Business Hub at 229 East Martin Street.


-    At the request of the Secretary of State’s Office, the Legislature authorized “expedited business services.” We now join 32 other states offering expedited services when businesses require action within one hour, two hours or 24-hours. Within the first four months, 1,148 entities had already taken advantage of expedited services, generating $48,100 in additional fees. These fees are used to offset the costs associated with the operation of these new offices.
-    Operating within existing budgets and personnel limitations, we created a seven-member call center to become more responsive to customer inquiries.
-    We updated our website, and will continue making improvements over time.

At Year One, I can report the following summaries for businesses in the state:
-    10,224 NEW business entities were registered and/or licensed for a total of 94,627 entities currently operating in West Virginia.
-    681 NEW non-profit businesses were formed bringing the total of non-profits to 10,912.
-    In addition, there are 3,783 charities registered to do business in the state.
-    This year there are 2,539 new notary publics, 23 new sports agents, and 1,172 new individuals registered and licensed to perform marriages in West Virginia.
-    There were over 142,000 UCC filings recorded, as well as 5,455 service of process filings.
-    92,845 annual reports were filed; 989 West Virginia businesses are owned by veterans; and 85 are operated by young entrepreneurs.


-    In Year One we implemented a strategy to clean up the state’s voter rolls in all 55 counties. Working with County Clerks, we removed more than 86,000 deceased, duplicate, outdated and convicted felon voter files, representing about 6.5 percent of all registrations. 
-    Notably, in Year One we helped register 43,203 new voters. Of those, 13,688 were eligible high school students who registered via one of more than 100 voter registration drives. 
-    We created the Honorary Secretary of State award for students who were active in student-led voter registration efforts who registered at least 85 percent of their eligible student body. A key part of this effort was creating of a five-member field team—again, working within our existing personnel structure and moving people out of Charleston and into regions throughout the state.
-    During the summer, we visited 100 of 101 municipal elections throughout the state. 
-    Our Elections Division worked closely with the state’s 55 county clerks to host and manage the October special election without a glitch. 
-    In December, we launched a public education campaign regarding the state’s new voter identification law. More than 20 stakeholder organizations joined our office in the effort to educate voters that Voter ID went into effect on January 01, 2018. The first election under the new Voter ID law took place this month in Lewis County with no recorded complaints.
-    We designed and implemented a mandatory online Campaign Finance Reporting System for candidates and political action committees to file financial statements. This new system will ease the burden of meeting filing requirements, as well as provide the public with a user-friendly search tool to increase transparency and help “follow the money” in elections.
-    We restored the duty of “Election Night Reporting” to the Office of the Secretary of State. More improvements are on the way in 2018.
-    We restructured our Investigations Office and procedures to make customer interface user-friendly and our investigations more timely and accurate.

In sum, I assure you we will make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in West Virginia. To do it, I brought an investigative analyst onboard to scour data sources and redefine the mission. We transitioned to a contract relationship with nearly a dozen part-time investigators around the state—a model used by several other state agencies. The move skyrocketed productivity, resulting in closing a record 286 investigations, obtaining two convictions for illegal voting, and referring cases for criminal prosecution. 


I am passionate about protecting our data files and election systems from hacking. As such, we implemented a strategy of cybersecurity measures managed by some of the most talented IT professionals available. I am proud to say that I have become a nationally recognized leader in developing protocols and cybersecurity systems to protect national, state and local elections. I currently participate in the following:
-    Department of Homeland Security’s Election Infrastructure Council
-    National Association of Secretaries of State Cybersecurity Task Force
-    Harvard’s Belfer Center Defending Digital Democracy Program
-    National Association of Secretaries of State Business Services Committee

I led the national effort with the Department of Homeland Security to get Secretaries of State throughout the U.S. SECRET Clearances so we can communicate with our national security counterparts about threats to our election systems.


The conclusion may seem obvious, but is worth emphasizing: the work of the Secretary of State’s Office is diverse and never complete. We have a highly competent and effective team in place, and I enjoy coming to work. Our team of top-notch professionals, along with wonderful County Clerks throughout the state, strive to achieve our motto, “Working at the speed of business!” We take seriously our charge to streamline bureaucracy, insure fair elections, and to enhance business. Collectively, we remain fixed on bringing you excellent results. During Year Two, I will continue to raise the bar for my office, and continue to deliver to you - the voters of West Virginia – sound government.  

~~  Mac Warner, West Virginia Secretary of State ~~

Additional Elk To Be Acquired From Kentucky For West Virginia’s Elk Restoration Project

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Governor Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has reached an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) to acquire 17 additional elk next month as part of the state’s elk restoration effort.

This will be the second group of elk to come from LBL, which is located in Kentucky. In late 2016, 24 elk were captured and transported to the Tomblin Wildlife Management area in southern West Virginia.

“As a lifelong sportsman, I am proud to work with our state and federal partners to make elk restoration in West Virginia a success story,” said Governor Justice. “This is great news for all West Virginians as we continue to restore this magnificent native species to our state.”

The new additions to West Virginia’s elk herd should arrive by mid-February and be released before the anticipated arrival of 70 additional elk from Arizona later this year.

“Combined with the previous elk we received from LBL and the elk we are in the process of acquiring from Arizona later this year, West Virginia sportsmen and women will see increased wildlife recreation opportunities and economic growth well into the future,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “We want to thank all of the agencies involved for their work in making this happen.”

DNR Elk Project Leader Randy Kelley said the elk population at LBL is controlled to ensure the herd stays healthy. Occasionally, after the calving season, elk are moved to maintain the herd size. Kelley said DNR’s previous work with LBL will make capturing and moving this second group of elk easier for staff.

“We have vetted this herd in our previous transfer, so we are confident that we are receiving healthy animals that can thrive in our habitat,” Kelley said. “Additionally, since LBL will be capturing all their animals for their required whole-herd disease test, it will reduce the involvement for the DNR and eliminate the stress that would result if the animals were moved at another time.”

Kelley estimates that if all goes well with the transfer of elk from LBL and Arizona, West Virginia’s herd should total 100 by this summer.

DHHR to Begin Phase One of Federal Waiver to Treat Substance Use

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services today announced Medicaid recipients will begin receiving the first phase of new services under the West Virginia 1115 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Waiver.  The new services for Medicaid enrollees began January 14, 2018 and are part of an ongoing effort of Governor Jim Justice’s Administration to provide a continuum of care designed to treat substance use issues. 

In October 2017, the Medicaid 1115 Waiver was awarded to DHHR by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve care and health outcomes by expanding services for those with a substance use disorder diagnosis.  

“Considering West Virginia has the highest overdose rate in the nation, we are excited to offer the first phase of services from our federal waiver,” said Cindy Beane, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services.  “Governor Justice has charged us with tackling this epidemic and these services will enable us to more effectively prevent and treat substance use disorders for Medicaid enrollees.”

Services which began January 14, 2018 include:

  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): West Virginia will implement statewide use of the widely-accepted SBIRT screening tool to identify SUD treatment needs among the Medicaid population.

  • Methadone treatment and administration: The state will add Medicaid coverage of methadone as a withdrawal management strategy, as well as the administration and monitoring of the medication, and related counseling services.

  • Naloxone Distribution Initiative: West Virginia will design and implement a statewide initiative to make naloxone (Narcan®) widely available and increase awareness of the benefits of naloxone in reversing the effects of an overdose.

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West Virginia trout stocking the week of January 15-19, 2018

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The following waters were stocked the week of January 15, 2018:

  • Bullskin Run
  • Cacapon Park Lakes
  • Cranberry River
  • Evitts Run
  • Gandy Creek
  • Greenbrier River (Marlinton section)
  • Knapps Creek
  • Laurel Fork (Randolph)
  • Lost River
  • Middle Creek (Berkeley)
  • Middle Wheeling Creek (delayed harvest)
  • Mill Creek (Berkeley)
  • North Bend Tailwaters
  • North Fork South Branch
  • Opequon Creek
  • Rocky Marsh Run
  • Shavers Fork (Bemis)
  • Shavers Fork (lower section)
  • Shavers Fork C&R (Stuarts Park Recreation Area)
  • Trout Run
  • Waites Run

Students Named to Fall 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Fall 2017 semester have been announced.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Barbour County: Shania D. Pennington

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Ally K. Brown

Braxton County: Lucas T. Bonnett, Leslee R. Coffman, Garrett E. Hacker, Christian M. Pritt, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin

Calhoun County: Moriah J. CreelFox, Sr., Emily L. Snyder, Laura A. Webb

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County: Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

Gilmer County: Preston M. Allison, Tara S. Evans, Madisyn A. Furr, Lauren D. Hardman, Janeeva J. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Dalton A. Law, Brianna N. Ratliff, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Harrison County: Hannah M. Mick, Megan E. Ruppert, Mariah D. Wilson

Jefferson County: Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Jesse “Austin” Broussard, McKenzie M. Edmonds, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Justin P. Raines, John F. Riley, IV, Arikka M. Smith, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Kaylee M. Howard

Mercer County: Anna M. Lusk

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Jessica R. Bird, Marlyn S. Donelson, Madison R. Frame, Morgan P. Francis, Elizabeth M. Messer, Autumn R. Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer

Pocahontas County: Tessa A. Jordan

Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne

Raleigh County: Scarlett A. Farley

Roane County: Brianna N. Deel, Sabrina R. Gonzalez

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Webster County: Bryce M. McCourt

Wirt County: Jacob T. Braniff, Kia N. Sleesman

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Madison M. Gargus, Jake W. Hensell, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, John F. Routzahn, Brian S. Williams

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To be named to the Vice President’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the Vice President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Barbour County: Jacob M. Price

Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Desiree R. Payne, Brianna A. Shivers

Boone County: Gregory I. Lail

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Bridget D. Carr, Kathryn L. Dean, Jessica S. Ellis, Sean R. Hawkins, Kendra K. Houghton, Taylor C. Johnson, Madison S. Oney, Hannah Rexroad, Johnathon B. Shreve, Jacob A. Stout, Forrest A. Taylor, Brittany V. White, Shanna S. Wine, Baylea E. Woodward

Cabell County: Jaycee N. Daniels

Calhoun County: Cassandra D. Lamont, Johnathan X. Taylor, Lindsey N. Webb, Holly L. Wilson

Clay County: Kaitlyn O. Coleman, Carrie G. Huffman, Andrea P. Litton, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Gracen H. Samples, Seth M. Stover

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Travis C. Myers

Gilmer County: Jacob A. Arden, Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Chandler B. Ferguson, Thomas L. Gilco, Daniel P. Hedges, Matthew M. Montgomery, Adam H. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Jennifer A. Nicholas, Analysse N. Petty, Lexsey A. Robertson, Carter L. Springer, Sebastian T. Swartz, Kerri C. Swiger, Elania N. White, Halee N. Wildman, Carissa M. Wood

Grant County: Ryan W. Colaw, Larissa A. Henry, William M. Pennington

Greenbrier County: Caleb S. Bennett, Tyler D. Canterbury, Tiffany Fitzwater, Myka K. Perry

Hampshire County: Emily P. Landis, Brittany L. Maphis

Hardy County: Shannon R. Hahn

Harrison County: Abby S. McCarty, Joshua T. McNemar, Lia Runyan

Jackson County: Chelsey G. Hager, Larissa Hayman, Courtney N. Lanham, Evan D. Merical, Haylie M. Reynolds

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey

Kanawha County: Jacob T. Lutsy, Kelsey J. Naylor, Amanda S. Thurm

Lewis County: Mariah B. Beam, Stephen C. Boyer, Kaitlin L. Corbtt, Destiny L. Grimes, Taylor R. McClain, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher, Alec G. Maynard

Marion County: Victoria D. Francis, Morgan P. Hardesty

Mason County: Anthony J. Howard

Morgan County: Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Danielle L. Bartlett, Thomas J. Bennett, Jacob M. Cogar, Hannah N. Gladwell, Daniel A. Hinger, William Z. Lyons, Anthony W. Mayes, Eric W. Peyatt, Daniel M. Proctor, Justin K. Rader, Montique L. Roberts, Mark H. Sanson, William C. Womack

Pendleton County: Chase M. Simmons

Pocahontas County: Lyndsee L. Gay, Matthew J. Rao

Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse

Putnam County: Shawn D. Arthur, Sarah N. Lines, Michael A. Null

Raleigh County: Jacob Coots, Britteny D. Durham, William T. Harper, Andrue J. Hughart, Michael A. Layne

Ritchie County: Olivia D. Goff, Cali B. Hayes, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Haley K. Cottrill, Noel R. Gonzalez, Savannah M. Harper, Kimberly M. Lee, Cassidy M. Taylor, Alyce A. Titus, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine I. Chambers, Brody R. Strawderman

Tyler County: Miranda M. Taylor

Upshur County: James B. Carson, Austin R. Curry, Heather A. Gregory, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: Taylor N. Brumfield

Wetzel County: Cameron L. Cross, James E. Goddard II, Colton L. Ring

Wood County: Taylor A. Broadwater, Hannah M. Dennis, Gabrielle R. Dye, Kelly J. Trippett

Wyoming County: Stephanie G. Brooks, Christian B. Hedinger, Hunter S. Simmons

Out of State: Asiah E. Alexander, Alyssa M. Banks, James C. Boswell, Natalie C. Castillo, Qianjiao Chen, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Bhrea C. Griffin, De’Angelo V. Hunt Andrea M. Kimble, Julia E. Lindberg, Paris M. McLeod, Alysia M. Maguellal, Jacob T. Ngangum, Zoe A. Nicastro, Tatah S. Njoka, Diori R. Pattison, Catherine L. Pelfrey, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Taylor B. Skidmore, Jason A. Suggs, Michael J. Weathers, Hayley N. Wolff

State Agencies Must be Prepared for the Worst

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Serving 21 years as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps taught me one thing; always be prepared for the worst. With the recent natural disasters that have hit our country, this philosophy is more relevant than ever. That is why it was encouraging to see the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) that will reform the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The legislation calls for placing a greater emphasis on pre-disaster planning and mitigation. Our state legislature is doing its part by establishing the Joint Committee on Flooding to review and update emergency response efforts. The efforts by our state and federal legislative bodies must be duplicated within our state agencies. It is time our state government ensures it is ready to respond when the people of West Virginia need it the most.

Emergency response is not new to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), but in the last year, we have elevated it as a top priority. For years, the department has worked with federal partners to control and manage potential disease outbreaks. Avian Influenza and similar diseases require origination source tracing which the WVDA is charged with handling. Disease traceability helps protect human and animal lives by responding and isolating areas of origin quickly, mitigating the potential loss of life. In the event of a natural disaster, the WVDA is also designated as a point of contact for emergency support. Under this agreement, the department is charged with providing rescue and shelter for livestock and companion animals during emergencies.

Despite long outstanding agreements, our efforts for threat preparedness have only been touched at the surface level. The WVDA has essential resources that can and should be deployed when needed by the people of West Virginia. For example, our Donated Foods Distribution Center, located in Ripley, receives and delivers 300,000 cases of food annually, serving all 55 counties in West Virginia. The Cedar Lakes Conference Center has the capacity to accommodate 500 to 700 people for lodging and dining. Our state farms can house more than 1,000 head of cattle at any point in time, providing an essential food source when supplies run low.

The WVDA staff are another vital resource for threat preparedness. In the past year, our staff has been working to develop short-term and long-term strategic plans for emergency preparedness. They have cultivated partnerships with the United States Department of Homeland Security, the West Virginia Department of Corrections and West Virginia University. The goal of these efforts is to collaboratively develop an integrated response to animal health and disease outbreak incidents. When staff know how to quickly implement strategic plans and utilize resources, we can hit the ground running when called upon.

The government cannot prevent natural disasters. However, we can develop sound, strategic plans to mitigate the damage. Through partnerships and training exercises, organizations and their staff can understand roles and the resources needed to accomplish their responsibilities. Agencies working together will create a successful response to helping the most vulnerable during emergencies. At the end of the day, we must be ready. Lives, property and the citizens of West Virginia put their faith in us to respond when duty calls. We cannot let them down. 

Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before March 19, 2018  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Frank Price Radcliffe III Greta Radcliffe 418 Kanawha Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Doris M. Roberts Gina L. Schweinsberg 551 Henry Camp Road
St. Marys, WV 26170
Emyl Lee Shields Darlene Isenhart 97 Parsonage Ave
Cedarville, WV 26611
Fermen Lee Rhoades Fermen Lee Rhoades II
Jack M. Rhoades
PO Box 364, Glenville, WV 26351
63 Apple Road, Davisville, WV 26142
Agnes L. Keith Linda D. Feigenbaum 428 Derrer Road
Columbus OH 43204
Lonnie D. Garvin Lonnie D. Garvin Jr. 1365 Lime Point Street
Las Vegas NV 89110
Lettie May Pridemore Richard K. Smith 852 Hickory Hollow Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342

Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : January 18, 2018

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting

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January 19, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV





          a) 09:15 - Cannon Wandworth – Global Science Technology - Internet Security

          b) 10:00 - Jim Bailey - Landmarks Commission - Resolution to have new check signers for Landmarks Commission bank account, board members for Landmarks Commission, and Poor Farm building at Recreation Center


    Discussion and/or action on:

          1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

          2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

          3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

              a) Board Seats open on the:

          4) Budget Revisions

          5) Budget Control Report – None

          6) Approve Invoices for Payment

          7) Approve County Commission Minutes-January 05, 2018

          8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

              a) Lewis-Gilmer E911 Yearly Totals



    Discussion and/or action on:

          a) Precinct Change- Combine Precinct 20 to Precinct 16

          b) Move Precinct 27 from Troy Fire Department to Troy Baptist Church

          c) Request to Proclaim Gilmer County a Purple Heart County for Military Order Purple Heart




NEXT MEETING:   February 02, 2018

DHHR Realizes Cost Savings

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West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch announced major cost savings in the Medicaid program have allowed for a budget reduction of approximately $160 million in general revenue funds for DHHR. 

These savings are the result of program changes that have created greater efficiencies in the Department and will be redirected to support other areas of critical need within DHHR including Child Protective Services and cost increases in state-owned hospitals, as well as toward statewide efforts facilitating economic growth.

Secretary Crouch has stated often that when he accepted the position of Cabinet Secretary, Governor Jim Justice asked him to run the agency as he would a business. 

Secretary Crouch has taken that directive seriously, implementing the Governor’s directives of practical spending cuts to increase revenue that supports sensible public investment. 

“Through responsible, fiscal management at DHHR and with the help of our great staff in DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services we have worked to follow Gov. Justice’s lead and make the most of state dollars,” said Crouch.  “As the state refocuses taxpayer dollars toward efforts that promise to improve the economy, the economic growth should continue to lessen the need of DHHR services in the future as more of our citizens reach self-sufficiency. We are pleased that the West Virginia Legislature supported DHHR’s decisions over the past few years which allowed savings to be generated.”

Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Thursday, January 18, 2018


Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Braxton County Schools

3-Hour Delay


Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay


Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Barbour County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Nicholas County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay


Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Wirt County Schools

3-Hour Delay


Wood County Schools

All Closed

Glenville State College


Gilmer County Board of Education


Gilmer County Courthouse


Gilmer County Health Department


Gilmer County Senior Center


Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic



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Normantown Christian students presenting their $1,100.00 donation to the Ronald McDonald House

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On Friday, December 15, the students of Normantown Christian were privileged to a tour of the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.

The tour was given by Evan Osborn, Development Director at RMHC of Southern West Virginia, and came as a result of a donation raised by the students’ art program.

Thanks to our caring community, the students were able to collect a $1,100.00 donation by selling their artwork recently in Glenville.

The visit really allowed the children to see and hear, more vividly, what the Ronald McDonald House provides for families with children in the hospital.

They came away with an even greater appreciation for the charity.

Following the presentation of the check, the students continued their day out in Charleston with a trip to the fascinating State Museum in the Culture Center, which has been updated in recent years, and provided a great experience for the kids.

They wrapped up their trip with a tour of the Capitol.

Foundations Support Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) affiliate recently awarded grants totaling $10,000 to Arnoldsburg Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new breathing apparatus units.

The grants were made possible through the Little Kanawha Area Community Grantmaking Fund and the Ausenheimer Memorial Trust. 

LKACF advisory board member Martha Haymaker attended the department’s recent meeting to present the grant.

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Joe Tanner and Martha Haymaker

“These new packs will allow us to better protect the people of Calhoun County,” said volunteer firefighter Joe Tanner.

“We will be able to enter smoke filled homes to search for people who may need to be rescued.”

The Foundation and its LKACF affiliate work with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Wirt, Calhoun, and Gilmer counties in West Virginia.

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 350 funds representing nearly $40 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or non-profit organization. Since 2004, the LKACF has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways.

For more information about Foundation and its affiliate, LKACF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit or call 304.428.4438.

Jeanette Riffle: A Touch of Spring

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We had a couple days that seemed like spring breaking in January this week. Yesterday, it got up to 72 degrees. It threw nature into confusion. I heard of a black snake coming out and crossing the road and of a frog hopping in the road. Robins were coming out of thickets and down into fields and on front yards. Night crawlers were surfacing out of the ground.  One person on FB reported an ant invasion in her house.

We heard the house wren singing his territorial song two days in a row. Others reported hearing them sing spring songs, too.  Now, this Saturday morning, we got up to snow and ice. Some folks whose water lines had frozen off reported them partially thawing and all kinds of things were happening due to the subzero temperatures we had been having due to the, “Old time winter.”  Maybe the Lord felt sorry for us and gave us a couple days to remind us that spring is just around the corner. Groundhog Day is not far away and then maybe 6 more weeks of bad weather.  I checked on the Old Farmer’s Almanac that we had here, and they didn’t get it right for us this winter.  Well, not completely right.

Flu is on the rampage. I am staying in out of it. I don’t go around crowds.  That’s what my Grandmother Grace Stewart told me that they did when she was a girl at home and I always think of what she said. Granny grew up on Lower Run and said that they just stayed home if something bad was going around. They grew everything and had their own medicines. Her mother, Samalda Kelly Smith, knew how to doctor with plants, roots and herbs and was called on many a time, to go to the home of a sick person and doctor them. Granny said people would come to their home and ask her mother to go help.  She took her brown medicine bottles and rode side saddle on a horse and was like a medicine woman of the area.

Well, our Rascal pup is seeing new things all the time. He has witnessed a flood for the first time. Before the snow came, we had a lot of rain and it flooded in the low part of the woods beside us last evening. When he was let out of the garage this morning, he saw that water and saw that the creek out back was up, muddy and rolling right on. He had to go investigate. He came back up over the creek bank with a piece of a log and took it into the garage to keep himself occupied. The big lab chewed on our porches when he was a pup and this one carries wood into the garage for a big wood shavings mess. He also loves snow. I heard him coughing and it sounded like he had croup this morning. When I asked Duane what was wrong with that dog, he said that when the garage door was opened, Rascal came out and started scooping up snow in his mouth and choked himself.

Until next time, think spring and God bless!

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Paine: Elimination of RESAs, performance audits has slashed jobs

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West Virginia drug plan calls for limiting prescriptions

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Poll: Voters See GOP “War on Health Care,“ Including Medicaid Work Rules

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Pat’s Chat

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sleet, ice, snow this weekend

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January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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Environmental groups sue FERC over Mountain Valley approval

The Free Press WV A coalition of environmental groups is suing federal regulators over their approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia University Extension Service urges residents to put safety first when heating homes

The Free Press WV With frigid temperatures well below normal and not much relief in sight, many West Virginia residents are turning to additional heat sources to help their primary heater keep up with the arctic chill that has dominated early winter [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Urges Action on ‘100 Percent Manmade’ Opioid Crisis

The Free Press WVA federal judge likened the nation’s opioid epidemic to the deadly 1918 flu pandemic while noting the drug crisis is “100 percent manmade.“  [ .... ]  Read More

Armstead supports change in constitution to elect some state school board members

The Free Press WV“It’s such a serious area of governance and to have no one that’s actually elected directly by the people involved in this decision making is something that gives a great deal of concern”  [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County judge refuses to move woman’s murder trial

The Free Press WVA judge in Lewis County has denied a defense motion to move the upcoming murder trial for a woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old daughter [ .... ]  Read More

Medicaid Cuts Could Reduce Hospital Profits from Low-Income Care

The Free Press WV A West Virginia Hospital Association official says the state’s hospitals stand to lose up to $15 million toward treating low-income patients if federal cuts to a Medicaid program remain in place [ .... ]  Read More

Impact WV fellowships aim to attract and retain talent

The Free Press WVIf you live in West Virginia, you’ve read the stories and op-eds about young people in the state, of which there have been many [ .... ]  Read More

Trafficking survivor raises awareness through theatre

The Free Press WVTrafficking survivor Penny Hoeflinger is telling the story of her struggle in a different way: Theater [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia lawmakers eye redistricting, free college

The Free Press WVWest Virginia lawmakers have begun advancing proposals for redistricting House of Delegates seats and providing free community and technical college during their first full week of their 2018 session [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia man sentenced to at least 440 years in prison

The Free Press WVA West Virginia man convicted of 40 counts sexual assault has been sentenced to up to 1,425 years in prison [ .... ]  Read More

WV saw slight decrease in flu activity this past week

The Free Press WV State is still reporting widespread activity this season [ .... ]  Read More

Life Sentence for Man in WV Coal Exec’s Death

The Free Press WVA second man has been sentenced to life in prison with the chance of parole after 15 years in the fatal shooting of a coal executive at a West Virginia cemetery [ .... ]  Read More

WV Office of Drug Control Policy Chief Retiring

The Free Press WVJim Johnson, director of the West Virginia’s new Office of Drug Control Policy, has announced his retirement after almost five months in the position [ .... ]  Read More

WV Federal Prosecutor Organizes Staff

The Free Press WVThe new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia has announced the leadership team of federal prosecutors and civil litigators, saying they bring more than a century of combined experience there [ .... ]  Read More

WV Homeless Programs Get More than $8.3 Million

The Free Press WVWest Virginia’s U.S. senators say more than $8.3 million in federal funding has been approved for 63 programs across the state that help homeless people [ .... ]  Read More

Medicaid Savings to Apply to Other WV Programs

The Free Press WV West Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch says $160 million in savings from the state’s Medicaid program will be applied to other programs [ .... ]  Read More

Convicted Ex-Coal CEO to Start US Senate Bid with Town Hall

The Free Press WVA former coal company CEO who served a one-year prison term on charges related to the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades is kicking off his U.S. Senate campaign with a town hall meeting for voters [ .... ]  Read More

First phase of federal Medicaid waiver rolls out

The Free Press WVThe West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources launched its first phase of substance abuse treatment under Medicaid this week, which included accepting methadone treatment under state services and providing first responders with naloxone [ .... ]  Read More

WV Sets Email for Reporting Invasive Species

The Free Press WVWest Virginia’s Department of Agriculture has established an email where the state’s residents can send pictures and descriptions of a suspected invasive pest, as well as their locations and any related damage to buildings or plants [ .... ]  Read More

Behavioral healthcare center worker charged in teen’s death

The Free Press WVAuthorities in Virginia say an employee at a behavioral healthcare center has been charged in connection with the death of a teenager who was a patient at the facility [ .... ]  Read More



FBI Created Fake Job to Get Suspected Mole to U.S.

The Free Press WV Jerry Lee was allowed to leave after evidence obtained   [ .... ]  Read More

State No. 51? Backers Envision ‘New California’

The Free Press WVHere is what’s behind the longshot ‘New California’ movement   [ .... ]  Read More

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

The Free Press WV The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country [ .... ]  Read More

Boys Face Felony Charges After 500K Bees Killed

The Free Press WV Police say boys destroyed 50 beehives on Iowa honey farm   [ .... ]  Read More

Government shutdown begins and so does the finger-pointing

The Free Press WVAmericans awoke Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration [ .... ]  Read More

HHS Announces New Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

The Free Press WVThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to announce the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR)  [ .... ]  Read More

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes—and save Big Tobacco

The Free Press WVImagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials [ .... ]  Read More

Arizona guarantees Grand Canyon won’t close over shutdown

The Free Press WVArizona officials on Friday guaranteed that Grand Canyon National Park will remain in full operation if Congress fails to pass a budget and a government shutdown ensues [ .... ]  Read More

Headless chickens found in Connecticut courtroom

The Free Press WVJudicial marshals and maintenance staff investigating a putrid smell made the grisly discovery in the public seating area of a courtroom in a state courthouse [ .... ]  Read More

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

The Free Press WVA timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn’t need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide [ .... ]  Read More

Walmart offers way to turn leftover opioids into useless gel

The Free Press WVWhen mixed with warm water, the powder turns the pills into a biodegradable gel that can be thrown in the trash [ .... ]  Read More

Motion-sensing cameras capture candid wildlife shots

The Free Press WVRemote cameras — which can be left in the backcountry for days, weeks or even months — help fill in blanks by showing how many animals are on the move over a given period [ .... ]  Read More

From his big appetite to his big button: a year in Trump

The Free Press WVDonald Trump has proven himself an unconventional leader time and time again in his first year in office. Here are some of the more memorable moments [ .... ]  Read More

Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

The Free Press WVA slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway [ .... ]  Read More

German linguists: ‘Alternative facts’ the non-word of 2017

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The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressOn Friday, I met with the West Virginians for Life, who were in town for the 2018 March for Life [ .... ]  Read More

Mulvaney has been at center of last 2 government shutdowns

The Free Press WVDonald Trump’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney stormed Washington as a tea party lawmaker elected in 2010, and he hasn’t mellowed much as director of the Office of Management of Budget at the White House [ .... ]  Read More

More texts turned over from FBI agent taken off Mueller team

The Free Press WVThe Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump disdained jobless rate, now loves it

The Free Press WV Donald Trump, the presidential candidate, would not like the way Trump, the president, is crowing about today’s unemployment rate. He’d be calling the whole thing a “hoax”  [....]  Read More

More Details Emerge on Trump, Stormy Denials

The Free Press WVNewspaper finds a paper trail about a $130K payment; another tidbit involves a magazine [ .... ]  Read More

Congress has shut down the government. Now what?

The Free Press WV The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here’s a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Senator Manchin issued statement after voting to avoid government shutdown

The Free Press WVU.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-WV, released the following statement after voting to pass the continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown and keep the government open [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Senator Capito issued statement after voting to avoid government shutdown

The Free Press WV U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through February 16, 2018, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years [ .... ]  Read More

He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump

The Free Press WVDonald Trump once promised to be “very restrained” on Twitter — “if I use it at all.” He thought campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was an “excellent guy” — until Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The president backed Republican Roy Moore in the special election for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama. But after a Democrat won the seat, Trump said he knew the embattled GOP candidate couldn’t win [ .... ]  Read More

Trump not want CHIP in short-term budget dea

The Free Press WV House Republican leaders have included a six-year renewal in a short-term budget bill in an effort to woo Democrats. But the effort faces resistance from Democrats who’ve been demanding protections for certain young immigrants [ .... ]  Read More

Trump tries to protect medical providers who oppose abortion

The Free Press WVThe Trump administration is creating an office aimed at protecting the religious rights of medical providers, including those who oppose abortion [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Shutdown wouldn’t halt military

The Free Press WV It’s a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon [....]  Read More

Congress is hurtling toward a government shutdown — and Trump is making everything worse

The Free Press WVCongressional leaders are running out of time to get a deal to avoid a government shutdown, and President Donald Trump isn’t simplifying things [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump presidency creates an alternate reality

The Free Press WV For all his errant swings at the facts, President Donald Trump sometimes gets it just right   [....]  Read More

Melania Trump’s style evokes Europe roots, not America First

The Free Press WVSlovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband’s “America First” agenda and stay true to her roots, if there’s a message to be taken from her bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe in 2017 [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Russia warned Kurdish officials of Turkey attack

The Free Press WV Three Kurdish officials have said that Russian military officials have proposed handing over a Kurdish-ruled enclave in Syria’s northwest to the Syrian government to avert a Turkish military offensive [ .... ]  Read More

Pope’s Remarks Stun Victims of Pedophile Priest

The Free Press WV He accuses them of slandering bishop [ .... ]  Read More

Cardinal rebukes pope over Chile ‘slander’ comments on abus

The Free Press WVPope Francis’ top adviser on clerical sex abuse implicitly rebuked the pontiff for having accused Chilean victims of slander, saying Saturday that his words were “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse”  [ .... ]  Read More

Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

The Free Press WVWith a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office [ .... ]  Read More

Mattis says U.S. competitive warfighting edge has eroded

The Free Press WVCountering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America’s military advantage around the world [ .... ]  Read More

Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup

The Free Press WVNorth Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands [ .... ]  Read More

EU urged to publish commitments from suspected tax havens

The Free Press WVBarbados, Grenada, Macao, Mongolia, Panama, South Korea, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates are set to come off after agreeing to tighten their tax laws [ .... ]  Read More

Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel ‘capital’ abandoned

The Free Press WVSumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent’s apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city [ .... ]  Read More

Danish man charged with killing reporter on his submarine

The Free Press WVInventor Peter Madsen was charged with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, with prosecutors saying he either cut her throat or strangled her before dismembering her body and dumping it into the sea [ .... ]  Read More

Milan Fashin Show

The Free Press WVThe travelling fashion press bid “ciao” to Milan and said “bonjour” to Paris on Wednesday — kicking off 50 fashion shows, endless parties, million-dollar business deals and the last leg of the menswear mania, which will sweep the French capital for five days [ .... ]  Read More

North Korea scoffs at Trump’s ‘nuclear button’ tweet

The Free Press WV North Korea’s state-run media say U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un’s is the “spasm of a lunatic”  [ .... ]  Read More

UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets

The Free Press WVBritain’s Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions [ .... ]  Read More

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse

The Free Press WVPope Francis begged for forgiveness for the “irreparable damage” done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church’s credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit [ .... ]  Read More

Russian military conducts massive missile drills

The Free Press WVThe Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers [ .... ]  Read More

Russia slams U.S. demands for Iran; Germany seeks more detail

The Free Press WVRussia spoke out strongly against the U.S. push for modifying a nuclear agreement with Iran, while Germany said it would seek more detail on what the U.S. wants and analyze the situation with its European partners [ .... ]  Read More

Trump Reveals Winners of ‘Fake News Awards’

The Free Press WV 4 CNN stories made list of 10   [ .... ]  Read More

Author pens book about 1948 murder in Fairmont

The Free Press WVIn 1948 Fairmont resident and devil-worshiper Ernie Yost shot and killed his wife, Nellie, and her lawyer, Moroose, in his downtown office before turning the gun on himself.  [ .... ]  Read More

‘The Shape of Water’ wins top Producers Guild Award

The Free Press WVWomen and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders [ .... ]  Read More

‘Greatest Showman’ film stirs new interest in PT Barnum

The Free Press WVThe Hollywood film on the life of the founder of the Barnum & Bailey circus is stirring new interest in the man, P.T. Barnum, who besides his turn as a master showman was a state legislator, philanthropist and mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut [ .... ]  Read More

‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Lady Bird’ land GLAAD nominations

The Free Press WVFive feature films including “The Shape of Water” and “Call Me By Your Name” have been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards, one year after it found only two films to honor for gay-inclusive story lines and characters [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘12 Strong’

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DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win at NAACP Image Awards

The Free Press WVA jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at an NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community’s power to create change [ .... ]  Read More

Early winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards

The Free Press WVEarly winners at the 49th NAACP Image Awards, as announced a pre-telecast gala dinner in Pasadena, California [ .... ]  Read More

Letterman Makes Return With a Big First Guest

For his show debuting on Netflix, ex-‘Late Night’ host dished with former President Obama   [ .... ]  Read More

Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

The Free Press WVThere’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner — it’s Stephen King [ .... ]  Read More

‘Jumanji’ tops ‘The Post,’ ‘The Commuter’ at MLK box office

The Free Press WVMeryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Paddington the bear and Taraji P. Henson all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales [ .... ]  Read More

19 Netflix original shows

The Free Press WV TV viewers and TV critics aren’t often on the same page. But where the interests of the two overlap, you’re sure to find some quality shows.  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Commuter’

Liam Neeson rides again in ‘The Commuter’  [ .... ]  Read More

‘Fire and Fury’ sales top 29,000 in first weekend

The Free Press WVMichael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” was the top-selling book last week, NPD BookScan told The Associated Press. And its numbers are likely to grow far higher [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Paddington 2’

Review: With Hugh Grant, ‘Paddington 2’ is simply wonderful [ .... ]  Read More




Gross Domestic Product by Industry, 3rd quarter 2017

The Free Press WVFinance and insurance; durable goods manufacturing; and information services were the leading contributors to the increase in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter of 2017 [....]  Read More

Long shutdown could hurt economy, a short one just ‘a blip’

The Free Press WV If the shutdown lasts just days or even a couple of weeks, the robust stock market that Donald Trump has boasted about probably will emerge unscathed. A longer impasse, economists say, could rattle consumer and investor confidence, pulling stocks lower and dragging down the economy [ .... ]  Read More

Amazon Reveals 20 Finalists for 2nd HQ

The Free Press WV Some ‘shoo-ins,‘ but also some surprises [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 01.19.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.9% Weekly Increase to Another New Closing High, Led by Staples, Health Care, Technology [ .... ]  Read More

Bank of America 4Q profits fall by 48 percent due to tax law

The Free Press WVBank of America said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profits fell by nearly half from a year ago, as the bank had to book $2.9 billion in charges related to the new tax law [ .... ]  Read More

U.S.home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

The Free Press WV Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses [ .... ]  Read More

After ‘monkey hoodie’ scandal, H&M hires diversity leader

The Free Press WVSwedish low-cost fashion brand H&M says it has appointed a diversity leader after having been accused of racism over an ad showing a black child dressed in a hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle”  [ .... ]  Read More

Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers

The Free Press WVMedian weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers are $857 in 4th quarter 2017   [....]  Read More

Jeep updates Cherokee compact SUV to compete in hot market

The Free Press WVFiat Chrysler’s Jeep brand is giving the Cherokee compact SUV a major face-lift so it can better compete in one of the hottest parts of the U.S. automotive market [ .... ]  Read More

Conflict among world powers a growing concern, experts say

The Free Press WVIts Global Risks Report released is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 experts and decision-makers from business, academia and other fields about 30 risks over a 10-year horizon. The report notes that a global economic rebound can help solve some problems, but it also pointed to increasingly complex challenges [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December

The Free Press WVUtility production shot up 5.6 percent last month, the most since March 2017. Manufacturing output edged up 0.1 percent. Mining production rose 1.6 percent [....]  Read More

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump _ but his company won’t go

The Free Press WVAn attempt to oust President Donald Trump’s hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct [ .... ]  Read More

Lego plans video games, social network for Chinese children

The Free Press WVToy maker Lego is partnering with China’s internet firm Tencent to offer games, video and possibly a social network aimed at children [ .... ]  Read More

What Facebook’s shift could mean to users, businesses

The Free Press WVIn coming days, Facebook users will see fewer posts from publishers, businesses and celebs they follow. Instead, Facebook wants people to see more stuff from friends, family and other people they are likely to have “meaningful” conversations with — something the company laments has been lost in the sea of videos, news stories (real and fake), and viral quizzes on which “Big Bang Theory” character you are [ .... ]  Read More

Why the GOP tax cuts are boosting stocks and who gains most

The Free Press WVDonald Trump and Republican lawmakers late last year rushed $1.5 trillion in tax cuts into law — the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code since 1986 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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GSC Fitness Center Holds Grand Reopening

The Free Press WVThe GSC Fitness Center is located on the lower level of the Mollohan Campus Community Center and is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The new Waco Center Training Center is open throughout the week but regular hours for the public have yet to be determined [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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Pioneers Hold on to Defeat Bobcats

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State Pioneers snapped a four game losing streak on Saturday as they picked up a six point win over the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan 71-65 [ .... ]  Read More

Second Half Lifts Lady Pioneers Past Bobcats, Win 16th Straight

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State Lady Pioneers scored 60 second half points as they earned their 16th straight victory and 21st straight at home as they defeated the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan 92-59 [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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Glenville State Earns Road Win Over Fairmont State, Extends Win Streak to 15 Straight

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Lady Pioneers extended their winning streak to 15 straight games as they went on the road Wednesday night and picked up a 30 point victory over the Fighting Falcons of Fairmont State University 90-60 [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneers Fall on the Road at Fairmont State

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State men’s basketball team went on the road Wednesday night and suffered a 21 point loss to Fairmont State University 91-70 [ .... ]  Read More

Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

The Free Press WVNearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 42 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else [ .... ]  Read More

Wine, meat and garlic combine for a stick-to-your ribs stew

The Free Press WVDuring the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn’t go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway. I had plenty of food, but a lot of it was that first of January “diet” food and I was craving a warm stick-to-your ribs stew [ .... ]  Read More

Rich and heavy French beef stew actually made healthier

The Free Press WVFrench beef stews - from wine country’s Boeuf Bourguignon to southern France’s Daube a la Provencale - get their unmistakable flavor from onions, red wine, chunks of beef, herbs and often bacon or fatty pork that simmer together for hours, creating heady, delicious aromas [ .... ]  Read More

How to keep evergreens green in winter

The Free Press WVDid you notice browned areas on your evergreens at the end of last winter? You may still be able to do something to prevent a repeat performance of this condition, winter burn, which happens when evergreen leaves lose too much water in winter [ .... ]  Read More

Steak Fajitas

The Free Press WVFajitas are surprisingly easy to make, especially if you use a pre-made fajita seasoning or some other Mexican seasoning blend. I use red onions because I like the way they add even more color to the dish, but if you have yellow or white onions, no problem, use them [ .... ]  Read More

Baked potato skins and onion kale dip

The Free Press WVThis recipe is made to order for the occasion. In fact, it’s two recipes. The first is for potato skins lathered with roasted garlic rosemary butter and baked until crispy. The second is for onion kale dip spiked with fresh chiles (a variation of the classic spinach and onion dip) [ .... ]  Read More

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

The Free Press WVTempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze [ .... ]  Read More

Want to Sleep Well? Write a To-Do List

The Free Press WV Offload your brain before hitting the sack [ .... ]  Read More

McDonald’s Dollar Menu

The Free Press WV Here’s everything on McDonald’s new Dollar Menu, ranked from worst to best [ .... ]  Read More

CDC Boots Nuke Session in Favor of Flu

The Free Press WV Announced last week that planned session was postponed   [ .... ]  Read More

Recall of French baby milk products extended to 83 countries

The Free Press WVThe head of French dairy company Lactalis says that a recall of baby milk products because of a salmonella scare has been extended to 83 countries from around 30 [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. OKs 1st drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

The Free Press WVThe Food and Drug Administration approved AstraZeneca PLC’s Lynparza for patients with inherited BRCA gene mutations who have undergone chemotherapy [ .... ]  Read More

Medical credit cards can mean aches and pains for patients

The Free Press WVFew people look forward to a trip to the doctor or dentist, especially if they’re not sure how they will pay for it [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVYears ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine’s disdain for cauliflower. She was always my veggie-loving kiddo, so I was stumped by her dislike of one my favorites. Who doesn’t love roasted cauliflower florets, with those crispy caramelized golden edges?  [ .... ]  Read More

Dan Dan Noodles

The Free Press WVDan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province. Noodles have been part of Chinese cuisine for over 4,000 years, and long strands symbolize longevity, one of the nicest things you can wish for on the Lunar New Year (on February 16 this year)  [ .... ]  Read More

Leftovers make tasty Spinach and Feta Burgers

The Free Press WVThis recipe’s true miracle is transforming a mere 12 ounces of meat into six full dinner portions, allowing you to save money as well as food. And the new dish is so different from the original that no one will pipe up to say, “What, leftovers again!?”  [ .... ]  Read More



The wisdom of mass salvation

The Free Press WV Incoming! Incoming! Uh . . . pardon me while I interrupt this false alarm to quote Martin Luther King: “Science investigates,” he says in The Strength To Love, “religion interprets [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Comments Recall a Racist Past in Immigration Policy

The Free Press WV The condemnation of Trump’s remarks on immigration has been swift and widespread. Most of the denunciations cast his ideas as seriously [ .... ]  Read More

The Year of “Nonviolence or Non-Existence”

The Free Press WVIt was early 1968. Since the previous spring Martin Luther King, Jr. had been pursuing a course that for many was unthinkable [ .... ]  Read More

How To Prepare for the Next Downturn?

The Free Press WV REALLY, poor President Trump has barely got the ink dry on his Tax Cuts and Jobs Act before his supporters are worrying about inflation and bubbles.  [ .... ]  Read More

Silence Is Betrayal: Get Up, Stand Up, Speak Up for Your Rights

The Free Press WV“We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds: we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?”—Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis for participating in the German resistance movement [ .... ]  Read More

Governance by gaslighting

The Free Press WVMy father once told me that a man who worked with him told him that his wife walked in on him in flagrante delicto with another woman and the man denied it [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: A Touch of Spring

The Free Press WV Well, our Rascal pup is seeing new things all the time. He has witnessed a flood for the first time. Before the snow came, we had a lot of rain and it flooded in the low part of the woods beside us last evening.  [ .... ]  Read More

An Olympic Glimmer on the Horizon

The Free Press WV North Korea and South Korea Stepping Down the Escalation Ladder -  The world is a month away from the PyeonChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. My friends in South Korea have already bought tickets for multiple events [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV “Whoever has the Son has life.”  If Jesus is your Friend and Savior, then you have life.  [ .... ]  Read More

Appeal to the Heartland

The Free Press WV I’m from the Heartland, from the lakes and woods of Minnesota. I lived in Minnesota and Wisconsin for almost all of the first half century of my life [ .... ]  Read More

Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice?

The Free Press WV People living now in Yemen’s third largest city, Ta’iz, have endured unimaginable circumstances for the past three years…  [ .... ]  Read More

The “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper

The Free Press WV During the mid-1930s, a best-selling exposé of the international arms trade, combined with a U.S. Congressional investigation of munitions-makers…  [ .... ]  Read More

From Swamp to Cesspool

The Free Press WV There is something that has bothered me about Donald Trump’s dishonesty and refusal to face reality, and China has it right:…  [ .... ]  Read More

Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us

The Free Press WV “The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us.”— Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Old Time Winter

The Free Press WVSome people get depressed in winter and are not very pleasant to be around. We need to count our blessings and thank the Lord each morning for keeping us safe through the night and for waking us up to another day to serve Him [ .... ]  Read More

Good dog, bad dog ... Delta wants to know before you board

The Free Press WVDelta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself [ .... ]  Read More

2017 Ranks as One of Hottest Years on Record

The Free Press WV Was either 2nd or 3rd hottest [ .... ]  Read More


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West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of January 15, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

EPA official speaks on risk of climate change to toxic sites

The Free Press WV A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change [ .... ]  Read More

WV Sets Email for Reporting Asian longhorned beetle and the spotted lanternfly

The Free Press WVAgriculture authorities note two destructive insects, the Asian longhorned beetle and the spotted lanternfly, are on the watch list for invasive species in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia grants available for land protection

The Free Press WVAccording to the fund, projects can include wildlife habitats, working forests and farmlands, as well as hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation areas [ .... ]  Read More

Seized ivory probed for clues that could help save elephants

The Free Press WVScientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa [ .... ]  Read More

Civil Rights Trail Links 130 Landmarks

The Free Press WVVisitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other African American activists, thanks to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail that launches on King’s birthday [ .... ]  Read More


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West Virginia trout stocking the week of January 08-12, 2018

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of January 08, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia counties plan network of new trails

The Free Press WVA proposed trial for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders could breathe new life into a nearly forgotten railroad in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia hunters harvest 108,160 deer in 2017

The Free Press WVPreliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 108,160 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2017 seasons. The 2017 harvest was 4 percent below the 2016 harvest of 112,384 deer, and 15 percent below the five-year average of 127,803 [ .... ]  Read More

Baby sloth ready for visitors at Pittsburgh National Aviary

The Free Press WVPittsburgh’s indoor zoo dedicated to birds has an adorable new member: a baby two-toed sloth [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia hunters harvest 3,160 black bears in 2017

The Free Press WV “Historically, an abundance of mast makes bears harder for archers to target, yet leads to a large December firearms harvest,” said Colin Carpenter, DNR’s Black Bear Project leader. “Mast abundance delays denning and keeps bears available to hunters for both the buck-gun and December firearms seasons”  [ .... ]  Read More

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Watch the Apple’s new $5 billion headquarters — and the results are stunning

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iPhone Slowdown Will Soon Be Optional

The Free Press WV But Tim Cook doesn’t recommend you disable it [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook to emphasize ‘trustworthy’ news via user surveys

The Free Press WVFacebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys [ .... ]  Read More

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu

The Free Press WVA century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions as it swept the globe [ .... ]  Read More

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

The Free Press WVThe report makes detailed recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency for new restrictions on how and where the pesticides can be sprayed to help limit the harm [ .... ]  Read More

Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans

The Free Press WVDavid Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems [ .... ]  Read More

Ford to bring out 40 electrics, hybrids by 2022

The Free Press WV Ford Motor Co. says it’s doubling its investment in electric and hybrid vehicles and plans to introduce 40 by 2022 [ .... ]  Read More

Take this job and shiver it: Chilly offices plague workers

The Free Press WVTwo long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, a fleece jacket, two scarves and two pairs of socks [ .... ]  Read More

A look at Facebook’s changes over the years in what you see

The Free Press WV Facebook is once again tweaking what you see to focus more on personal connections and take the spotlight off brands and news articles [ .... ]  Read More

Swiss Apple store evacuated after iPhone battery emits smoke

The Free Press WVsmoke from an overheating iPhone battery prompted the evacuation of some 50 staffers and customers at an Apple store in downtown Zurich [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

The Free Press WVConsider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature [ .... ]  Read More

FedEx Employee Discovers New Longest Prime Number

The Free Press WVIt’s 23,249,425 digits long   [ .... ]  Read More

France investigates Apple for slowing down old iPhones

The Free Press WV French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets [ .... ]  Read More

4 challenges posed by today’s long-distance relationships

The Free Press WVWhen people ask how my husband and I get through months spent on different continents, the conversation always turns to technology [ .... ]  Read More

AT&T’s and Verizon’s 5G

The Free Press WVAT&T’s and Verizon’s 5G networks are coming this year, and your internet speeds will be insanely fast when they arrive [ .... ]  Read More


Reader's Comments

Naomi “Dorsie” Deloris (Helmick) Brown

The Free Press WVAge 68 of Exchange, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 19, 2018 at CAMC in Charleston, WV. She was born in Bonnie, WV on August 13, 1949 to the late Edward Helmick who passed away in 1996 and the late Irma (Knight) Helmick who passed away in 1994 [ .... ]  Read More

Rosemary Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Gassaway, WV passed away on January 15, 2018. She was born August 28, 1956 to the late Silas Carpenter and Ruth Short of Gassaway. WV [....]  Read More

Wava B. “Peggy” Wallace

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Pullman, WV passed away January 21, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She was born October 25, 1950 in Calhoun County, WV, the daughter of the late Burnard Fore and Alice F. Smith Hoffman [....]  Read More

Robert Gordon “Snowflake” Martin, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born on December 03, 1953 in Sutton, WV the son of Lena Johnson Martin and the late Robert Gordon Martin, Sr.  [....]  Read More

Garnet Ruth McCrady

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Tuesday January 16, 2018 at Parkersburg Care Center. She was born in Lewis County, WV a daughter of the late David M. and Gertrude P. (Richardson) Richards [ .... ]  Read More

Donna Gail Stephens

The Free Press WVAge 70, Shelby, NC passed away January 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1947 at Cabin Creek, WV, the daughter of the late Robert “Eph” Porter and Ethel Mae (Holbrook) Porter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Nancy Jane Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 18, 2018 at her residence. She was born May 16, 1943 at Arnold’s Creek, Doddridge County, WV, the daughter the late Leeman L. and Florida Reed Gain [....]  Read More

Ilene Gay Rexroad (Riley)

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown, WV due to complications from an accident. She was born in Lewis County, WV on January 12, 1948: daughter of the late Berthy Marie (Cooper) Riley [ .... ]  Read More

Diane Underwood Linger

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Center Avenue Weston, WV ran into the arms of her Lord and Savior at sunset on January 18, 2018, at United Hospital Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Clarksburg on October 15, 1956 [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Junior Straight

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Charleston, WV passed January 16, 2018 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, WV. He was born November 16, 1950 in St. Mary’s, WV, the son of the late Sydney Edward and Violet Blouir Straight [....]  Read More

James “Jim” Ellsworth Kerrigan

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Cottage Ave. Weston, WV passed away 10:13 AM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in the Westmoreland Hospital in Greenburg, PA.  He was born in Weston, WV on March 25, 1949 a son of the late James Clement Kerrigan Jr. and Chloe Lorene Turner Kerrigan [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Dayton Lemon

The Free Press WV Born on August 18, 1975 to James A. and Dottie (Deuly) Lemon in Weston, WV, passed on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD after a short illness. Dayton was a 1994 Braxton County High School graduate [....]  Read More

Robert Glenn Clark

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Pittsburgh, PA, died peacefully on January 10, 2018. He was born September 03, 1929, on the family farm in Lewis County, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Evelyn Pauline Simmons Dowell

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center in Elkins, WV. She was born January 20, 1930 in Buckhannon, WV a daughter of the late Ray Cutright and Pauline Trembley Cutright Evans.  [ .... ]  Read More

Cheryl Marie Lantz

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Jane Lew, WV passed away at 12:36 AM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.  She was born in Weston, WV on September 10, 1945 a daughter of the late Edmund Jack Campbell and Mary Eleanor Werner Campbell [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Joseph Mehlbaugher, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Frametown, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born September 14, 1956 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah to Arva Dawn Stoddard Mehlbauer & the late Bernard Joseph Mehlbauer, Sr.  [....]  Read More

Jennings Terry Starcher

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, departed this life on January 16, 2018 at his home following an extended illness.  Terry was born March 26, 1952 in Canton, Ohio, a son of the late Edwin Neil Starcher and Wilma McGraw Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Euna Ann Reed

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Grantsville, WV passed away Friday, January 12, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Pearl Shimer Reed and Lloyd Reed. She was born in Parkersburg, WV [....]  Read More

Roy Bernard Malcomb

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Sutton, WV passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born at Sutton, WV on April 29, 1960, the son of Lee Malcomb and Anna “Butcher” Freeman [ .... ]  Read More

Emogene Cogar-Groves-Nichols-Slaughter

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on January 15, 2018 in Jane Lew, WV. She was born on January 05, 1928 in Gregory, WV the daughter of the late Bert & Iva Belle Kuhl Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Reda Mae Facemire

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Little Birch, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born February 08, 1936 in Sutton, WV to the late Lanty & Della Wyatt Facemire [....]  Read More

Buddy Lee Watkins

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Clarksburg, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV. He was born in Chloe, WV on March 26, 1938, son of Glenville and Mageline Watkins [....]  Read More

Robert Basnett, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Spencer, WV passed away on January 14, 2018 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on May 07, 1945, a son of the late Robert Basnett, Sr. and Virginia Lucille Kerby Basnett of Grantsville, WV [....]  Read More

Virgil Ray Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 59, of Vienna, WV, passed away at Marietta Memorial Emergency Department on January 14, 2018. He was born in Glenville, WV on December 11, 1958, and was raised by Cora Schoolcraft Wagoner [....]  Read More

Gerald T. Campbell

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Vienna, WV, passed away suddenly, January 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born June 27, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV. to the late Earnest and Eileen Cain Campbell.  [ .... ]  Read More

James B. “Bud” Spaur

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life suddenly on the afternoon of Monday, January 15, 2018 at his residence in Sand Fork. Born September 22, 1924 in Gilmer County, WV, Bud is the son of the late Charles D. and Retha Gregory Spaur.  [ .... ]  Read More

Judy Ann Knight

The Free Press WVAge 68, passed away at the UCLA Monica Hospital in Los Angeles, California on January 06, 2018. Judy was born on June 30, 1949 in Elsa, Texas, the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Kathryn Dillard. She lived many years in Rio Grande Valley of South Texas before moving to Grantsville, West Virginia, and most recently to Lemoore, California [ .... ]  Read More

Bobby Neil Hartshorn

The Free Press WVGod has chosen the day January 13, 2018 to be the day that he took his child Bobby Neil Hartshorn home to be with him to begin his eternal life, with his loved ones by his side. Bobby was born on January 05, 1955 to Oval Tom and Leone Fogle Hartshorn of Grantsville WV where he grew up and started his earthly life [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Lee McCullough

The Free Press WV Age 50 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Glenville after a courageous battle with aggressive cancer.  Born March 7, 1967 in Elyria, OH, Michael is the son of Betty Wolfe McCullough of Glenville and the late Paul McCullough who departed this life on October 29, 2004 [....]  Read More

Zane Grey Perkey

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Center Ave. Weston, WV retrieved his ball from the cup of the 18th hole, placed his putter back in his bag, one last time, and paused in reflection of a game well played, before heading for God’s Clubhouse on Friday evening, January 12, 2018. He was a native Lewis Countian who was born on June 12, 1928 a son of the late John Denton Perkey, and Evelyn Brannon Reeser Perkey.  [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Glen McKown

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Orma, Calhoun County, WC passed away Friday January 12, 2018 after one of the last of many battles with illness. He was born April 02, 1960 in Grantsville, WV, the son of the late Lee (Jr.) and Marie Wallbrown McKown of Arnoldsburg, WV.  [ .... ]  Read More

Charles J. Moyers

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Moyers Run, Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Eagle Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg, WV [....]  Read More

Grace Lavonne Hardman Parker,

The Free Press WV79, of Winter Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following an extended illness. She was born in Pickens, WV on March 17, 1938: daughter of the late Roy Sherman Hardman and Madeline Grace (Jeffries) Hardman.  [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Jean Marple

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Lost Creek, WV on January 12, 1925: daughter of the late Fred M. Douglas and Gertie A. (Scarf) Douglas.  [ .... ]  Read More

Colten Douglas Facemire

The Free Press WVAge 5, of Sutton, WV passed away Sunday, January 07, 2018. He was born December 03, 2012, in Weston, WV to Isaac Douglas Facemire and Joy Hamric of Sutton [ .... ]  Read More

Carl D. Clark

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away January 10, 2018 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born March 21, 1934 on Ingram Ridge, in Ritchie County WV, the son of the late George W. and Tressa J. Clark [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Lee Campbell

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Ravenswood, WV, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 30, 1943, in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Orel and Mabel Metz Campbell.  [....]  Read More

Frank Edward Wise

The Free Press WVAge 57 of Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Thursday January 11, 2018 at his residence in Glenville. Born May 31, 1960 in Pennsylvania, Frank is the son of the Kenneth Wise of Bradley Gardens, NJ;  and the late Ann E. Newell Wise.  [ .... ]  Read More

Frances Ruth Wilt

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born March 26, 1939 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Frank M. and Avis Ruth Lake Harper.  [ .... ]  Read More

James David Hutter

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Vadis Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Sunday, January 07, 2018 at home following a sudden illness. He was born in Pasadena, CA on December 03, 1942: son of the late Frank and Florence Hutter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine B. Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Grantsville, WV, passed away Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg. She was born July 11, 1930 at Big Bend, WV, a daughter of the late Adrian P. Bower, Sr. and Lona D. Starcher Bower.  [ .... ]  Read More

Marlene Conrad Stewart

The Free Press WV Age 86 of Calcutta, OH passed away Tuesday December 05, 2017 at Calcutta Health Care Center, Calcutta, OH. She was born February 20, 1931 in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Blondina Dean Richards

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Monday, January 08, 2018 at her home. She was born in Calhoun County, WV on July 12, 1931, a daughter of the late Curtis and Stella Yeager Deuley [ .... ]  Read More

Dwight “Sonny” Monroe McCourt

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Heaters, WV passed away Monday, January 08, 2018, at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.  He was born at Centralia, WV on August 16, 1945 to the late Oren McCourt and Agatha (Clutter) Corbett.  [ .... ]  Read More

Doris Jean (Baxter) Simon

The Free Press WVBorn May 12th, 1940, in Flatwoods, WV, to parents Hillis and Lela Barnes passed away unexpectedly at Bosswell Medical Center on January 06, 2018. She was raised in Parkersburg attending Parkersburg High School class of 1958 [ .... ]  Read More

Mabel Ann Wine

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Readers' Recent Comments

Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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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.


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.


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.


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!


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?


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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