G-CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County Moving Forward


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Woodford Enterprises, LLC (Owners: Lance and Travis Woodford) have announced a new cell tower is being built on land they own in Sand Fork, WV.

The land is located behind the Sand Fork Baptist Church Parsonage.

TowerCo, a company from Cary, North Carolina, will own the tower and have stated their first provider is T-Mobile.

Their intention is to provide space for as many cell company providers as possible.

Upon completion, the tower will provide expanded cellular and mobile broadband service to the Sand Fork area.

This expanded coverage not only benefits residents in the area.

It also benefits emergency services as well.

TowerCo stated the tower should be operational in November 2018.

G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals

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Dr. Manchin asked to focus on technical education expansion, rainy day fund

Harrison Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin has his marching orders for the 2018-19 school year.

The members of the Harrison County Board of Education have asked Manchin to focus on prioritizing technical education, establishing a countywide rainy day fund, hiring a county media specialist and several other educational goals.

These goals were written with the input of the board’s five members during a special meeting held Monday morning at the BOE offices.

According to board President Frank Devono Jr., the goals are:

— To update the processes and policies for evaluations and disciplinary actions for county employees.

— To establish a rainy day fund for the county.

— To establish a program curriculum that details CTE (community and technical education) classes, that does not compete with courses offered at United Technical Center, to be expanded into the six high schools and middle schools, specifically focused on the needs of Harrison County and the needs of West Virginia.

— Establish an overview newsletter to detail “happenings and goings on” in education.

— To look at ways to increase the number of maintenance personnel employed by the county.

— To establish a “media specialist” position for the county.

The list of goals was crafted during a closed-door executive session, Devono said.

“We all came to a consensus; everyone had input,” he said. “We started out with some previous goals, some goals that we wanted to get some more information on or that we don’t think are finalized at this point, and we want him to bring us information as to what’s going on with those goals.”

After some discussion and clarifications, board members whittled a larger list down to the six goals presented, Devono said.

The goals are not prioritized and were not read in a specific order, Devono said.

“We basically started with one individual and went left, round robin-style,” he said.

The establishment of a rainy fund would ensure financing is available if an emergency were to occur, Devono said.

“We would use it for potential problems, potential issues that we wouldn’t have a resource budgeted for that would come out of the blue,” he said. “For instance, a few years back we had a mold issue with Johnson Elementary and the previous board had a $100,000 check that they had to write immediately to remediate some of the mold issues. So it’s those types of issues that we’re looking at.”

The community and technical education program curriculum would allow students in middle school and high school to take classes not currently offered at United Technical Center, Devono said.

“For example, let’s say that woodworking and carpentry is not offered over at United Technical Center,” he said. “Then what we would like to see is to take part of a woodworking and carpentry class and put it into the schools. Because we feel that some students will go forward with programs, but because of other scheduling issues or conflicts, don’t necessarily want to go over to UTC.”

The newsletter, which would be distributed quarterly, would increase interdepartmental communication and allow county employees to know what their colleagues have going on, Devono said.

“We could hear from the safety department or the finance department. We could hear about things that are going on from the local school level from different principals,” he said. “We want to get some kind of publication out to just be more visible and allow everybody to see what’s going on.”

The media specialist position, which would likely be part-time, would be designated to handle the county’s social media presence, its website and coordinate news releases and media inquiries, Devono said.

Manchin, who participated in part of the executive session, said he looks forward to tackling the diverse list of goals over the coming months.

“I’m very pleased that this board has taken such a proactive position on continuing to expand the programs that we offer in the county and let people know the good things that are happening in this county,” he said.

The increased emphasis on community and technical education will allow students to have the skills and knowledge needed to begin a sustainable career when they graduate, Manchin said.

“The future is not necessarily four-year institutions,” he said. “Many good-paying jobs are out there right now that only take one year additional post-secondary education where people can make $50,000, $60,000 or $70,000 per year. I was very pleased with that direction.”

Establishing a rainy day fund is an investment that will make sure the school system is prepared for unforeseen circumstances, Manchin said.

“I know that several of our board members feel very strongly about that,” he said. “We want to continue to look at that and be able to put away some money, just in case an incident happened. It’s a way to make sure that the finances are available.”

~~  Charles Young ~~

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Why doesn’t Gilmer County do the same? Dr. Manchin has a long standing reputation for working closely with his boards and they function together as effective teams.

In Harrison County the public is kept fully informed of the goals and progress in attaining them.

When school systems lack well defined goals that eliminates objectiveness for evaluating performances of superintendents and boards too. The result is the elimination of accountability.

A major negative result of a lack of fully disclosed goals is lost opportunities for citizens, including business leaders, teachers, and parents, to do their maximum to contribute to improved schools.

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System  on  08.21.2018

The “Opportunity” comment should be addressed by Mr. Cottrill. He is the new board president and it is his responsibility to set an example of effective leadership.

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WV Legislative Update


First this week, I want to correct some information from last week’s column regarding Governor Justice’s SAFETY WITH ACTION TODAY (SWAT) road reporting program for citizens with highway concerns.  The number provided to report by telephone was incorrect last week.  The correct number per the Governor’s press release is: 1-833-WV-ROADS.

Also, this is the first full week of school, so please exercise special caution when driving, as kids will be out and about at bus stops, school crossings and just about anywhere at any time.  And, please observe stopped school buses while kids are entering and exiting the vehicle.  Slowing down and watching out for our kids can spare you, kids, families, our communities and state from needless tragedies.

Last week was a time I’ve been looking forward to for several years.  Earlier in the summer, all the grandkids came for an extended visit.  However, Collin is five years older than his brother, Gavin and has wanted to come to WV for a visit on his own so we could spend some time.  This year, Jessica felt confident in allowing him to travel by air unattended, as he’s flown and traveled with family many times.  Despite airport delays in Atlanta, he had a great trip in both directions.  In the week he was here, we worked hard, fished, kayaked and thoroughly enjoyed his time in WV.  It was hard to see him leave last Saturday, but his first day of school began this Monday.

Braxton County Memorial Hospital has been blessed with a wealth of outstanding healthcare professionals throughout the years.  Last week, BCMH recognized and honored three outstanding hospital and healthcare professionals – Sue Stalnaker, RN; Ben Vincent, Administrator; and Dr. Jose Bordonada.

I’ve been blessed to know Sue, Ben and Joe for many years and each has had a profound positive influence on our hospital, Braxton County, and throughout our communities.  On a personal note, each one has been very special to me, Jean and out family over the years.

While Joe and Ben were honored posthumously, their service and Sue’s service are legacies that will endure.  Thanks to BCMH, Dr. Pierson, Cynthia Vincent, and Board President Barbara Adams for spearheading this well-deserved recognition for Sue, Ben and Joe as they provided decades of cumulative service to BCMH and thousands of patients and families that entered the doors of BCMH and received quality healthcare, compassion and service.

Major projects through DOH often are years in the planning stages and even then, many factors come into play before construction actually begins.  Such is the case with the upcoming replacement of the upper Gassaway Bridge that crosses Elk River on Rt. 4.  We successfully replaced the dilapidated and dangerous lower Gassaway Bridge several years ago, but the upper bridge is deemed structurally deficient and must be replaced.  With the aging infrastructure across our nation and state, we need to seize every opportunity in central West Virginia to upgrade and improve access for our residents, businesses and emergency services.

On Thursday September 6, DOH will hold an informational public meeting at the Gassaway Community Building.  The meeting will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, to provide the opportunity to review and comment on the available options for new bridge placement.  Written comments can also be submitted until October 9 and mailed to:

Mr. R.J. Scites, P.E.
Director of Engineering Division
WV Division of Highways
1334 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301

Projected costs for this project are between $3.3 million to $4.5 million, depending on the alternative for alignment that is finally chosen.  While this is a large sum of money, doing nothing could result in a twenty-three mile detour and an annual cost of approximately $11 million annually to motorists if the bridge became unsafe for vehicular use, according to a DOH study.  I urge all interested citizens to stop by during the above referenced hours on September 6 to express you opinions and obtain additional information, including projected start and completion dates, from DOH officials.

Finally, last week the House of Delegates spent sixteen continuous hours spanning two days to complete debate and eventually pass articles of impeachment on the remaining four WV Supreme Court justices.  By mid-week, Justice Robin Davis tendered her resignation, leaving Justices Loughry, Workman and Walker to face the actual impeachment removal trial in the State Senate.  On Monday of this week, the Senate will meet to lay out procedures and preliminary rules to be followed during the trial.  The permanent replacement positons for Justice Ketchum and Justice Davis will appear on the election ballot in November.

After listening to the evidence in the House, some of the articles did not appear to have sufficient documentation to merit a recommendation for removal.  However, out of the fourteen articles returned, I felt each justice had violated at least one or more of the articles, based on maladministration and other factors presented and voted accordingly.

Once again, this is a sad time for our State and the citizens that look to and count on the highest court in the judicial branch of state government for stability and fairness.  The House has made its recommendation.  Now it’s up to the Senate to make the final call on performing its constitutionally mandated obligation for removal or acquittal. 

In the interim between sessions, please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304,364,8411.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

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

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

GSC’s Pioneer Stage in Downtown Glenville to hold Grand Opening

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The Glenville State College Bluegrass Program has recently relocated to The Pioneer Stage at 10 East Main Street in downtown Glenville. The Pioneer Stage will serve as the Bluegrass Music Education Center for GSC and will be open to the public after the grand opening. Student hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by appointment. Public hours will be Monday through Friday 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

A grand opening celebration for The Pioneer Stage will take place throughout the day on Saturday, September 22. The GSC Bluegrass Band will host a showcase of bluegrass music starting at 10:00 a.m. followed by a lecture on bluegrass history from Buddy Griffin and Dr. Megan Darby. From 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be a workshop on the early influences of women in Appalachian music followed by a flatfoot dancing workshop starting at 1:00 p.m. GSC bluegrass alumni will be on hand hosting another bluegrass music showcase starting at 2:00 p.m.

GSC student Jacob Stover will hold his Senior Recital at 3:00 p.m. as part of the requirements for his four year degree emphasizing bluegrass music. That will be followed by dinner on your own. Following the supper break, the GSC Bluegrass Band will hold a community bluegrass jam. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their instruments to play along with the band and a folding chair to relax between jams. At 8:00 p.m. a square dance will take place on Main Street. Jesse Milnes and Friends will provide the music and the legendary Mack Samples will serve as caller. The square dance is sponsored by Bryan Groves and Central WV Real Estate.

A Cruise-In sponsored by the Appalachian Cruisers will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Pioneer Stage. Prizes will be given away every half hour by announcement from the Pioneer Stage during the Cruise-In. For more information about entering any vehicle in the Cruise-In, call 304.462.8898.

“I would like to thank Dr. Tracy Pellett, and our administration for supporting this opportunity for the program and bluegrass music as a whole. Also a big thank you to the GSC family including employees, students, Mayor Fitzpatrick, and the community for donating their time, talents, and artifacts to help us make this new space feel like home. The Glenville community is always so supportive of us and we hope to make this new space an attraction. Everyone’s contributions have helped us transform this space into a place where students can learn, showcase their skills, and be involved with the community; I also encourage everyone to make plans to attend our grand opening,” said GSC Director of Bluegrass Music Dr. Megan Darby.

Visit to view upcoming events that are being planned for the Pioneer Stage.

For more information about The Pioneer Stage grand opening, contact or call Darby at 304.462.6355.

Wess Harris to Present at GSC

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On Tuesday, August 21 Wess Harris will visit Glenville State College as a part of the ongoing ‘We, too, are Appalachia’ project. The series of performances and presentations, made possible by Glenville State College and the West Virginia Humanities Council, are an exploration of identity and place regarding rural West Virginia.

Harris will present his ‘When Miners March’ traveling museum. The event is free and open to the public and will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Heflin Administration Building Auditorium. The first 20 audience members to arrive will receive a free copy of ‘When Miners March,’ a collection of William C. Blizzard’s journalism on the West Virginia mine wars, edited by Harris.

The ‘We, too, are Appalachia’ project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the presentation or the ‘We, too, are Appalachia’ project, call 304.462.6328.

First Lady Justice to attend Our Babies: Safe and Sound: Let’s Talk About Infant Safe Sleep Event

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On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, First Lady Cathy Justice will attend Our Babies: Safe and Sound: Let’s Talk About Infant Safe Sleep Event to read a proclamation from Governor Jim Justice declaring September as Infant Safe Sleep Month in West Virginia.

Our Babies:  Safe and Sound is an educational campaign serving infants under a year old, through providing support to parents, caregivers, expectant parents, and professionals working with young infants.  The organization provides information and tips on ways to keep babies safe while sleeping, along with offering suggestions on how to remain calm when the infant in your care cries.

The goal of the campaign is to help prevent injury and death in infants because West Virginia has a high infant mortality rate.  Our Babies:  Safe and Sound has expanded to include every hospital in West Virginia.

The campaign was first championed by Former First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin in 2013. First Lady Justice thinks it is important to support this program.  She and the Governor welcomed their first grandchild last December.

The event will start at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday and conclude at 12:30 p.m., with First Lady Justice presenting the proclamation. The event location is at Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center, Charleston.

To learn more about the Our Babies: Safe and Sound Initiative please visit the Safe and Sound website.

PSC Orders Hearing on Federal Tax Cut Case

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia issued an Order today scheduling a hearing at 9:00 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018, for the consideration of a proposed stipulation and agreement for settlement with West Virginia American Water Company (WVAWC) and the possible expedited relief and treatment of that (and possibly other) stipulations and agreements.   

In January 2018, the Commission directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to begin tracking the savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on a monthly basis.  Utilities involved in this proceeding include Appalachian Power; Wheeling Power; Monongahela Power; Potomac Edison; Mountaineer Gas; Hope Gas Inc., dba Dominion Energy WV; Peoples Gas WV; Bluefield Gas; WVAWC and Beckley Water Company.  The impact of TCJA on Bluefield Gas and Beckley Water was addressed by the Commission in base rate cases earlier this year. 

In today’s Order the Commission directed other utilities conducting settlement negotiations to file proposed settlements at or before the hearing and to be prepared to discuss the settlements or to advise the Commission of the status of those negotiations at the hearing.

Parties in the case include the Kanawha County Commission, the City of Charleston, Commission Staff, the Consumer Advocate Division and West Virginia Energy Users Group.

A copy of the Commission Order and more information is available on the Commission website: by referencing G.O. 236.1.

WVDNR reminds hunters about ethics and getting land owner permission

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In anticipation of fall hunting season coming up, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding outdoorsmen and women to prepare for a safe and enjoyable season and to refreshing themselves on hunting ethics.

“Hunting ethically and legally preserves our image as sportsmen and women and promotes good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

One of the first steps in planning a hunting trip is identifying a place you’d like to hunt and checking regulations for that area/county. Topography or proximity to your home also may be a factor in choosing a location.

Should a hunter choose to hunt on private land, they should obtain written permission from the landowner and go over any ground rules for hunting in the area. While private land makes up 90 percent of West Virginia, there are still more than 1.4 million acres of public land open to hunting. This includes wildlife management areas, state forests and national forests.

“We encourage folks to check out the DNR Hunting Interactive Map online at to explore areas open to hunting,” said Paul Johansen, Chief of the DNR Wildlife Resources Section.

Hunters also should practice shooting skills before the season. Other things to keep in mind include being courteous to other hunters and not crowding folks that got to the area before you. Successful hunters, should be mindful of how they dispose of a harvest. Dumping carcasses and hides on public land is illegal.

“Treat all land, whether public or private, as if it were your own,” Johansen said. “How we act in the field and treat others reflects on all of us as hunters.”

Hunters who need help locating a place to hunt can contact any DNR district office, the Elkins Operation Center or go to the DNR’s website to find information about wildlife management areas, state forests, and national forests open to public hunting.

The West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations brochure can be found on the DNR’s website, all DNR district offices, and at hunting license agents.

GSC Marching Band to Perform at Band Bash

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The Glenville State College ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band will have a feature performance at the Glenville Presbyterian Church ‘Band Bash’ on Friday, August 17. The event will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. with the band performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the band performance there will be a picnic and games – all for free and open to the public.

The band began using the field adjacent to the Presbyterian Church for their pre-season camp several years ago which has led to a successful partnership. “We could not have held these camps without the Glenville Presbyterian Church, Pastor Kinney, and their many hard working members. They’ve been incredible providing us with both a location and meals. They are truly a blessing and are hugely appreciated,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone. Bone is the marching band director and also serves as the college’s Department of Fine Arts Chair.

The Glenville Presbyterian Church is located at 1172 WV Highway 5, about one mile from the stoplight toward Grantsville just past the Gilmer County Fire Department. Event organizers encourage attendees to bring a lawn chair to better enjoy the outdoor festivities.

During football season the Marching Band performs a halftime show at Morris Stadium during every home football game.

For more information about the ‘Band Bash’ event, contact Pastor Karen Kinney at 304.462.7239.

For more information about the Marching Band or other Department of Fine Arts programs and events, call 304.46.-6340.

Manchin’s Mountain Message: Celebrating the WV State Fair

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Our home state is special for so many reasons - the natural beauty, resources, growing opportunities, our hardworking and hospitable people, and of course, our annual fairs and festivals. When I was younger, I always looked forward to attending fairs and festivals all over the state because it was not only an opportunity to spend time with my family, but I also learned so much more about our state and its people. We do indeed have much to celebrate in the Mountain State, and the State Fair tradition in beautiful Fairlea is certainly one to be proud of.

For 94 years, the State Fair of West Virginia has been a greatly anticipated event for residents as well as people from across the nation and around the world. We know our beautiful state is unique in many ways. From our blend of cultures comes delicious food as well as unique traditions, crafts, art and entertainment. This, coupled with the natural welcoming nature of our citizens, makes the State Fair one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to learn more about this wild and wonderful place we call home as the State Fair showcases our traditions of promoting family values, recreation, agriculture and education. This years theme, Start Your Traditions, embraces the 94th year of our talented and inspiring citizens and businesses coming together to showcase the traditions that make West Virginia great. It is through their hard work and creativity that the State Fair has been an outstanding success for 94 years, and one of our proudest traditions.

Throughout the years, Gayle and I have always enjoyed our many visits to the State Fair. It is a special way for family and friends to come together and create memories that will last for years, and to pass these wonderful traditions on to the next generation. If you have never attended before, or if you have and would like to attend again, I invite you to plan your visit for next year and see for yourself all that the State Fair in our beautiful Mountain State has to offer.

We look forward to seeing you!

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 October 15, 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.


Constance Ables Patricia Murphy 229 Jakes Run Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Billy Bennett Robert D. Bennett 4360 North Central Ave
Kellyton, AL 35089
Hoy Creed Barton Brenda Kay McCartney 786 Newberne Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Bernice J. Brady William Brady 1028 Turkey Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Michael L. Lattea Sheriff Larry Gerwig 10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 7374 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
James L. Huffman Ruth A. Huffman 952 South Main Street
Burnsville, WV 26335
Linda E. Davis Melody Davis 711 Flower Road
Cedarville, WV 26611
Philip D. Skidmore Osha Crouch 379 Bone Creek Road
Berea, WV 26327
Jesse A. Keith Carolynn A. Keith 254 Dusk Camp Run Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : August 16, 2018

Applicants seeking to fill Supreme Court

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The Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission (JVAC) has released the names of the applicants seeking to fill the vacancy on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals created by the resignation and retirement of Justice Menis Ketchum.

The following individuals have applied:

  • Timothy P. Armstead, Charleston
  • Robert H. Carlton, Williamson
  • Gregory B. Chiartas, Charleston
  • Robert J. Frank, Lewisburg
  • Evan Jenkins, Huntington
  • Arthur Wayne King, Clay
  • D.C. Offutt Jr., Barboursville
  • William Schwartz, Charleston
  • Martin P. Sheehan, Wheeling

Interviews will be conducted by the JVAC on August 23.

Hacker to Serve as Field Commander for GSC’s Marching Band

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Glenville State College student Garrett Hacker will be serving as the field commander for the Pioneer ‘Wall of Sound’ Marching Band this semester. The music performance major hails from Burnsville, West Virginia. He is the son of Becky Jackson and Lee Hacker.

“I am very excited for this opportunity with the band. I am used to being at the back of the band with the drumline, so it’s really cool to be at the front and to hear everything. It’s an honor to serve the band as field commander,” Hacker said.

He says that his inspiration for music comes from two places, his older brother and video games. “There’s so much cool music in the video games I played, and I still listen for the music even now. My older brother also did band and I think that made me want to try it fifth grade,” he said.

Hacker is trained as a percussionist and says his favorite to instrument to play is marimba but notes that his specialty is Timpani, due to its role in the band and orchestra. He also plays guitar, some bass and piano, and sings in the GSC Choir.

“I’m looking forward to stepping up into a role model figure for the band – it’s more than just waving my arms around. I think it’s about being a leader and being able to help the band in any way and spending as much time as possible to help anyone out. I really enjoy being able to help a group or ensemble,” Hacker said.

“I’m very excited for the season and I think it will be a great one for the band as well GSC Athletics,” he said. “We hope that fans will enjoy this year’s performances; the pregame show consists of the National Anthem, Come Home to West Virginia, and the GSC Pep Tune. Our halftime show will feature some musical theatre selections as well the drumline throwing it down at the fence.”

After graduating from GSC in May 2019, he intends to go to grad school for a master’s in music performance and music theory while also completing a graduate assistantship.

“This year’s field commander tryouts were some of the most competitive in my 15 years at GSC. Mr. Hacker is a top-notch young musician who brings a wealth of talent, care, passion, and drive to the Pioneer Marching Band. I am excited to see all the ways he will contribute to what is going to be an excellent season,” said Marching Band Director Dr. Lloyd Bone.

After expressing interest in serving as field commander, applicants take part in an audition day where they try out in front of a guest adjudicator. Candidates are expected to conduct a prepared piece and also to answer questions in regard to band leadership.

Jeanette Riffle: “Sit For a Spell“

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We were in a town a few years back looking for a rocking chair. I was told at physical therapy that rocking was the best knee exercise there was. We saw some out front at a store on top of the hill before you go down into town. We pulled in and I got out and went in and to the back of the store, where I saw a man at the cash register. He was in a conversation with another fellow. He asked, “May I help you?” I inquired about the cost of the rockers out-front. I told him that I couldn’t find a price tag.  He smiled and said those weren’t for sale. He said they were for people to sit and visit with each other. I asked if it was a meeting place for friends to gather and catch up on the latest and he said that they end up coming inside and buying something. I looked around and saw loose candy on the counter in big, old timey, round, glass jars with lids and some other snacks in shelves on the wall behind him. I hadn’t seen candy in jars like that since I was a kid. I asked him where he found those rocking chairs because we had been having a hard time finding one. He said they got them at the Ripley Walmart.  I thanked him and I bought some chewing gum that I saw behind him and left. We ended up finding an unfinished rocker at Hardman‘s Hardware of Spencer and Duane finished it.

That whole conversation with the man on top of the hill reminded me of our southern way of saying, “Come on in and make yourself-comfortable.”  I usually say, “Have a seat.” And, of course if there are small children in the house, I have heard, “Come in, if you can get in. “That’s why I always liked for people to call me when they were coming over, so I could tidy up the living room and clear a path.

Mom would always ask people if they wanted something to drink and if they’d had their dinner. There didn’t used to be so many fast food places and only a few restaurants in our small towns. Mom kept instant coffee and tea handy in case someone stopped by.  And, after us kids all left home, she kept pop in there, too. Dad didn’t want us drinking pop when we were growing up. He said it was bad for our kidneys. We drank water, tea, Kool-Aid, homemade lemon aid from lemons and cow’s milk or Hershey’s chocolate milk. We made it with the chocolate syrup that came in a can or just homemade from the powdered Cocoa.  I remember drinking home canned tomato juice at night with a bedtime snack of Saltine Crackers. Usually, it was a snack of crumbled cornbread in a bowl with milk, though.  We had sassafras tea in winter when Dad dug the roots and brought them in.  No one drank alcohol at our house and no one was allowed in their drinking.

A teenager of today might think that expression, “Sit for a spell”  meant, “Netfix and chill.” But, it is an invitation to slow down and have a conversation or a quiet time of reflection. It makes me think of a pot bellied stove in a country store and rocking chairs to pull up on a cold winter day to get warm around the stove. My husband said that his Uncle Ralph Perrine’s country store at Shock had two big gas stoves, back to back in the center of the store and benches in front of the stoves for people to come in and warm up in winter. Some rode in on horses and some had walked a great distance and they were cold.

Until next time take good care of yourselves and God bless!

2018-2019 mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, sora and Virginia rails seasons set

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West Virginia’s 2018-2019 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock,  common snipe and sora and Virginia rails have been set.

These seasons are set within the annual guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The dove season is split into three segments. The first segment runs from September 01 to October 13.

Shooting hours on September 01 are noon to sunset.

For the remainder of the season, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

The daily bag limit is 15 birds.

The woodcock season is split into two segments.

Both the snipe and rail seasons are a single segment.

Shooting hours for woodcock, snipe and rails are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

All licensed migratory bird hunters, including lifetime license holders and senior citizens, must have a valid Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card. HIP cards are available online at and at license agents.



Daily Limit

Possession Limit

Mourning   Dove        (3-way split)

September 01 –  October 13        October 29 – November 17      December 17 – January 12



Woodcock              (2-way split)

October 13 –  November 17      November 26 – December 04



Common   Snipe

September 01 –  December 16



Sora   & Virginia Rails

September 01 –  09



For more information, consult West Virginia’s 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations brochure, available online at, at license agents and at DNR offices.

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American Airlines Reverses Unpopular Carry-On Bag Policy

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Hunters should be outraged

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US: Russia Made ‘Very Troubling Development’ in Space

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Earliest Known Egyptian Mummy Is Found

The Free Press WVHe moves back the start of the embalming practice about 1,500 years   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Link Devices’ Blue Light to Serious Eye Trouble

The Free Press WVWhen blue light hits our retinas, toxic molecules flow, killing eye cells we can’t get back   [ .... ]  Read More

Google Tracks Users Even When Location Is Disabled

The Free Press WVGoogle maintains its services are aimed solely at improving users’ experiences [ .... ]  Read More

NASA Heads Toward the Sun

The Free Press WVSpace agency launches Parker Solar Probe to get closer than ever to our star   [ .... ]  Read More

Lisa Jobs Recalls Asking Dad About Namesake Computer

The Free Press WVSteve Jobs told her he didn’t name it in her honor, only to reverse course years later   [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook Wants to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

The Free Press WV You can now track time spent, set limits, and mute notifications   [ .... ]  Read More

He Won Math’s Most Coveted Prize. 30 Minutes Later, It Was Gone

The Free Press WVRio thief made off with professor’s Fields medal   [ .... ]  Read More

Google Accused of ‘Gross Attack’ on Internet Freedom

The Free Press WVCompany reportedly developing apps in line with Chinese censorship   [ .... ]  Read More

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

The Free Press WVAverage temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees   [ .... ]  Read More

Internet Comment Led to the Complete Upending of Her Life

The Free Press WV One fake story led to chaos for Monika Glennon, may have cost her $300K or more   [ .... ]  Read More

Dehydrated? Your Cognitive Function Could Be Impacted

The Free Press WVNew research finds that cognitive abilities are affected at just 2% dehydration [ .... ]  Read More

Homeless Man Hands Out Resume on Corner, 200 Companies Call

David Casarez is scheduling job interviews after picture, resume went viral   [ .... ]  Read More

Researchers Say Distress Calls Prove Theory on Earhart

The Free Press WVGroup says they show she and her navigator were alive after plane went down   [ .... ]  Read More

World’s ‘Most Widely Accepted Boundary’ May Be Wrong

The Free Press WVAstrophysicist says Karman Line is 50 miles above Earth, not 62   [ .... ]  Read More

Cedar Creek Baptist Church Revival

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The Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Cedarville, WV

will be hosting a revival on

August 19th, 20th, & 21st at 7 pm

Local Job Fair - 08.22.18

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Upcoming Events and Menus at the Gilmer County Senior Center

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GCFRN: Screen of Heroin(E) - 08.25.18

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3rd Annual Save The Memories! 5K Walk/Run - 08.25.18

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Rosedale Baptist Church: Biblical Fact About Hell - August 25-26, 2018

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Evening Covered Dish, Music and Dancing - 08.27.18

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Foodland - Glenville State College

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Gilmer County Desperately Needs Foster Parents

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Playground Equipment

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The Gilmer County Board of Education is selling this playground equipment “as is” and the buyer is buying in whatever condition it presently exists.

The buyer is accepting the item(s) “with all faults”, whether or not immediately apparent.

The buyer is free to inspect the goods before purchase; but if any hidden defects are discovered after purchase, the buyer has no recourse against the Gilmer County Board of Education.

  • Lot 1 – Approximately 5 years old
    • Description – This play structure includes a climbing wall, climbing ladder, balancing roller, spiral spinner. This piece of playground equipment is still in good condition.


  • Lot 2 –Approximately 20 years old
    • Description – Large play structure that includes 4 slides, 1 tunnel slide, ramp, ladders, various climbing stations, and steps. Structure has been well used and may require some repairs.


  • Lot 3 – Never been used
    • Description – This structure was bought brand new and never installed. Structure includes Arch Swing Frame, Tarantula Climber, and Camel Back Climber. There is a three page installation guide with this equipment, however hardware is not included.

All three pieces of playground equipment should be included in bid.

All three pieces will go to the successful bidder.

Gilmer County Schools will not accept any responsibility for injuries that occur during deconstruction, reconstruction, or while anyone is playing on the equipment after it is reconstructed.

It will be the responsibility of the successful bidder to deconstruct, haul, and reconstruct all three pieces of equipment.

All bids should be delivered to Joe Frashure, at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office by 3:00 p.m. on July 31, 2018 in a sealed envelope.

Bids will be opened at 3:00 p.m. on the same date.

The successful bidder will have until August 31, 2018 to have all three pieces of equipment off the premises.

GILMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Calling ALL Gilmer County First Responder’s

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GCFRN: Help Needed

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68th Annual Mountain State Gospel Singers Convention

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Fall Flea Market Outside - 09.07.18

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GCHD Food Handlers’ Class - 09.07.18

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Youth Bluegrass Summer Camp

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Community Baby Shower - 09.22.18

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Ritchie County Historical Society Announces Schedule for 2018 Summer and Fall Meetings & Programs

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The Ritchie County Historical Society has prepared a scheduled for its 2018 Summer and Fall Meetings and Programs. All interested parties are invited to attend.

The dates, locations, times and programs are as follows:

June 26, Pennsboro Depot, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Importance of B & O Railroad and Depot to Pennsboro”

July 24, Smithville Community Building, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Staunton Turnpike”

August 28, Pennsboro Library, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Show and Tell”

September 25, Cairo Community Building, 7:00 p.m.
Program: “Proposed Cairo Historic District”

Bonnie’s Bus

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Reader's Comments

Dorothy Jane Harrell

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Cutler passed away August 14, 2018 at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Florida. Dorothy Jane was born on October 11, 1923 in Grantsville, WV and was the daughter of the late Clarence L. and Bertha Glover Armstrong [....]  Read More

Billy Joe “Bill” “Pops” Reaser

The Free Press WVAge 80 years, a local businessman and a resident of Elkins, WV departed this life Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2018 at Mon Health Systems at Morgantown WV. He was born Tuesday, November 09, 1937 at Glenville, WV a son of the late Cecil Sherman Reaser, Sr. and Idra Orvilla Adams Reaser [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Eugene Lattea

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Monroe Street, Salem, WV departed this life on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Home, Clarksburg.  He was born on January 23, 1929 at Alum Bridge, WV a son of the late Phillip Sheridan and Gertrude Ethel Arbogast Lattea [....]  Read More

John Clayton Hacker

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Frametown, WV, passed away peacefully at home on August 16, 2018. He was born April 26, 1942 in Gassaway, WV, a son of the late Arley and Beulah Booth Hacker   [....]  Read More

Jered Michael Rial

The Free Press WV Age 28, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Parkersburg, WV as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Marietta, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 20, 1989 a son of Henry Jack Rial and the late Beverly Judge Rial [....]  Read More

Bobby Ray Groves

The Free Press WVA resident of Cleveland, WV, passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of August 14, 2018 at the age of 62. Bobby, son of Charles Aaron and Wanda Groves, was born on December 10, 1955 in Webster Springs, WV.  [ .... ]  Read More

Margie I. Williams Evans

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at home. She was born June 03, 1924, a daughter of the late Herbert and Ila Langford Williams [....]  Read More

Okey J. Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Sutton, WV passed away August 15, 2018 at Clay Heath Care Center, Big Otter. He was born September 30, 1932 in Webster County, WV a son of the late Okey and Maude Florence Wilson [....]  Read More

Mary Sue Utter

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Salem, WV, departed this life on Monday, August 13, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Sue was born February 15, 1948 at home in Salem, WV daughter of the late John D. and Mary Agnes (Nutter) Kearns [ .... ]  Read More

Lehman B. Jackson

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV (Gnats Run Community) departed this life on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at his residence, following an extended illness. Lehman was born October 07, 1937 in Pennsboro, WV a son of the late Carrol and Delcie (Dotson) Jackson [....]  Read More

Marie A. Whytsell

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Grantsville, WV, passed away on August 03, 2018 at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was born December 24, 1934 in Albany, New York, a daughter of Joseph and Freda Kegley Albanese [....]  Read More

Michael Wayne Runyon

The Free Press WVAge 68 of West Union, WV departed this life on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in Marietta Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 06, 1950 in Charleston, WV a son of the late Kenna and Willa Dean Payne Runyon [ .... ]  Read More

Jeremy A. Deal

The Free Press WVAge 39, of Sutton, WV passed away August 10, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born September 05, 1978 in Summersville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Frances Moody (Stark)

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at her son’s home in Alum Bridge following an extended illness. She was born in Alum Bridge, WV on March 20, 1927: daughter of the late Walter Stark and Emma (Wanstreet) Stark [ .... ]  Read More

Willa Delores Bailey (Metzgar)

The Free Press WVAge83, formerly of Jackson’s Mill, WV passed away on Thursday, August 99, 2018 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. She was born in Lewis County, WV on June 29, 1935: daughter of the late John Metzgar and Alma (Oldaker) Metzgar and her step mom, who raised her, the late Alma Day Shaver Metzgar [ .... ]  Read More

M. Scott Gibson

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Flatwoods, WV passed away on Thursday, August 09, 2018 at the Bellaire at Devonshire assisted living facility in Scott Depot, WV. He was born on August 12, 1937 in Charleston, WV to the late Luther Gibson and Gladys (Strickland) Gibson [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Jean James

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Gassaway, WV passed away at home on August 09, 2018. She was born February 24, 1957 in Gassaway, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Paul W. McKown

The Free Press WVAge 83, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family, on August 01, 2018, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, WV. Born in Millstone, WV and raised in Lookout, he was the son of the late Evan and Shirley Powell McKown [ .... ]  Read More

Rosemary Jane Montgomery

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Weston, WV went to her heavenly home, Wednesday August 08, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Weston, WV on September 29, 1935 a daughter of the late Johnie Richard and Mary Ann Batten Hefner [ .... ]  Read More

Billy Dunbar, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 31, of Homewood Hill Road, Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital following an illness. He was born July 22, 1987 at Clarksburg, WV to Billy Dunbar, Sr., Moundsville, WV and Dewan L. Dunbar, of Sutton, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Dalton Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Little Birch, WV passed away Wednesday, August 08, 2018 at his home. He was born in Sutton, WV on August 17, 1955 to the late Wayne Jackson and Velma Jackson McHenry [ .... ]  Read More

Jean Carol Haymond

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at Serenity Care Home in Buckhannon. She was born October 17, 1926, in Burnsville, WV, a daughter of the late Arley and Golda Whytsell McNemar [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Jean ”Peggy” Vandergrift Doyle

The Free Press WVPassed from this life into life eternal on August 06, 2018, at the age of 89. She had friends by her side, and the care and support of the kind staff of Holbrook On The Hill of Buckhannon, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Delbert Sampson

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Grantsville, WV passed away August 01, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital, Charleston, WV, following a short illness. He was born February 16, 1938, at Altizer, Calhoun County, WV, son of the late Lovel O. and Maude “Neen” Kerby Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

Elizabeth Inscho

The Free Press WVShe was born in Easton, PA on March 04, 1926 and passed away under Hospice Care in Parkersburg WV on August 05, 2018 at the age of 92 [ .... ]  Read More

Claude S. “Bud” White Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Friday, August 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1935, in Baldwin, WV, a son of the late Claude S. White Sr. and Mae Brady White [ .... ]  Read More

Ruie Bond

The Free Press WVAge 99, of Grantsville, WV went home to her Lord on August 01, 2018. Ruie was born on March 17, 1919 in Gilmer County, WV to the late C harles Marion and Dora Ann (Rogers) Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Annis W. Given

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Weston, WV passed away August 02, 2018 at her daughter’s home. She was born March 09, 1929 in Webster County,  WV, a daughter of the late Amon and Bessie Riffle Carpenter [....]  Read More

Larry Gale James

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Frametown, WV passed away at 12:08 PM on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 in the VA Hospital in Clarksburg. He was born in Braxton County, WV on October 30, 1949 a son of the late Jesse Perry James and Claire Friend [ .... ]  Read More

Vicki Lynn Gillespie

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Alum Street Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on December 14, 1947: daughter of the late William H. Tucker, Jr. and Laverne (Harrison) Tucker [ .... ]  Read More

Corwin Dale Nicholson

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Coldwater, Doddridge County, WV passed away Monday, July 30, 2018. He was born August 26, 1928 in Coldwater, WV, the third child of the late Homer C. and Phyllis V. Swisher Nicholson [....]  Read More

John Sinclair Stump

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Grantsville, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Camden-Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV following a fall and extended illness. He was born July 03, 1941, the son of the late Ira Charles “Bunk” and Wilma Jarvis Stump [....]  Read More

Nancy Jean Carter

The Free Press WV Age 66, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in her sleep at Glenville Center in Glenville, WV on July 21, 2018 [....]  Read More

Beverla “Bev” Kendall

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Mineral Wells, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Parkersburg Care Center. She was born March 26, 1929, in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Edward W. and Lillian W. Fredrick Bennett.  [ .... ]  Read More

Andrew Monroe Pettry

The Free Press WV Age 37, of Gassaway, WV passed away July 30, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born January 29, 1981 in Beckley, WV [....]  Read More

Carol Jo Stout-Whelan

The Free Press WVPassed away July 20, 2018 at her home in Chicago, IL, with loving family by her bedside. She was born September 13, 1938 in Weston, WV, daughter of the late Freeman and Mary Straley Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Helena Booher Siers Fulks

The Free Press WV Age 95, of Spencer, WV went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 29, 2018. She was born April 19, 1923 at Orma, Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of that late Ralph and Ota Luzader Booher [....]  Read More

Dorotha Jean Burrows

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Clarksburg, WV. She was born in Calhoun County, WV on March 03, 1936, the daughter of the late Earl and Dula Burrows [....]  Read More

Darrell Curtis Ferguson

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Old Mill Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 11:14 PM on Monday, July 30, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Westo, WVn on August 10, 1955 a son of Curtis Gene Ferguson and wife, Gladys, of Jane Lew, and Doris Ann Hughes Travis and husband Jim, of Jane Lew [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph Edwin Higgins

The Free Press WVAge 86, passed away July 30, 2018 at his son’s residence in Petroleum, WV. He was born April 20, 1932 in Petroleum, WV to the late John Alfred Higgins and Victor Virginia Bryant [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Matthew Harris

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Hurricane, WV formerly of Sutton, WV passed away July 28, 2018 at Charleston Hubbard House [ .... ]  Read More

Nelson “Tinker” Reed

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV, a hopeless flirt, avid hunter (he particularly loved stalking game from the front seat of his car or the plastic chair in the back yard), unwilling farmer, mealconnoisseur, expert hugger, questionable dresser, accomplished recliner rider, devotee of The Western Channel and RDTV, lover of bluegrass and old-time music, and all-around cantankerous old fart, went to that Great Coon Hunt in the sky on July 26, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Johnie Franklin Greathouse

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on July 14, 2018 at his home. He was born in Grantsville, WV on March 11, 1964, a son of the late Johnie Greathouse and Pearl Carpenter of Arnoldsburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Eugene Ray Calhoun

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Dutch Hollow Road, Weston, WV passed away at 2:45 AM on Monday, July 30, 2018 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Martins Ferry, OH a son of the late Roy Orville Calhoun and Gladys Dowdell Calhoun [ .... ]  Read More

Lenna “Jean” Sands

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, West Virginia, passed away early Sunday morning, July 29, 2018 at Covenant HealthCare, Harrison Campus in Saginaw, Michigan. She was born March 02, 1932 in Weston WV; daughter of the late Vincent and Clara Myrtle (Posey) Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Doris Jean Mason “Deanie” Ross

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Vienna, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 27, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. She was born October 08, 1941 at the family home near Auburn, WV a daughter of the late Guy R. and H. Gae (Elder) Mason [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Jane Walker

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Camden, WV passed away at 7:24 PM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following respiratory complications. She was born in Weston, WV on July 02, 1945 a daughter of the late Elbert Lee Rohrbough and Lulu Grace McKinley Rohrbough [ .... ]  Read More

Gene Carter

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Lower Nicut Road, Calhoun County, WV passed away on July 27, 2018 at his residence. He was the son of the late Locie and Russell Carter of Calhoun County, WV [....]  Read More

William “Bill” Burk Shaw

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Sutton, WV passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Sutton, on September 14, 1944, the son of the late Burton Burk and Edna Blankenship Shaw [ .... ]  Read More

Donnie H. Shields

The Free Press WVAge 74, of 664 North Tenney Drive, Buckhannon, WV formerly of Flatwoods, WV went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his family. Mr. Shields was born on February 16, 1944 in Orlando, Braxton County, WV to the late Hoye Shields and Matilda (Shaver) Shields [ .... ]  Read More

Estel M. Husk Tedrick

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Creston, WV went home to her Lord July 26, 2018. Estel was born August 07, 1939 at Cremo, WV to the late Grant and Irene Edgell Husk [ .... ]  Read More

Adam R. Neese

The Free Press WV Age 24, of Bluffton, SC, passed away unexpectedly July 15, 2018. He was born December 15, 1993 in Baton Rouge, LA, son of Cliff J. Neese, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Deborah Gawthrop Neese of Hendersonville, NC [....]  Read More

Nancy Sue Simmons

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Willows Center in Parkersburg, WV. Nancy was born November 28, 1946 in Webster County, WV, a daughter of the late Lloyd Adam Weese and Rella Avis (Ware) Weese Cline [....]  Read More

Theasta Helen Ruth McCarty (Ball)

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in St Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon following an extended illness. She was born in Braxton County, WV on January 14, 1928: daughter of the late Charles H. Ball and Delphia (Detamore) Ball [ .... ]  Read More

Randy Max Starcher

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, and returned in spirit to his beloved homeland of West Virginia. was born on May 13, 1944, in Sutton, West Virginia, to R. Max Starcher and Lovie Allen Starcher [....]  Read More

Mary L. Yoak

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Waterford, Ohio, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Muskingum Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Beverly. She was born on August 21, 1946 in Big Bend, WV, daughter of Roy and Stella Metts Miller [....]  Read More

Cathy Darlene Blake

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Court Street, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 2:39 PM on Monday, July 23, 2018 at her residence following complications from Muscular Dystrophy. She was born in Weston, WV on September 27, 1958 a daughter of Rodney Neil Allman of Jane Lew and the late Margaret Ann Hitt Allman [ .... ]  Read More

Fancis E. Cain

The Free Press WVJesus welcomed home Francis E. Cain on July 20, 2018. He was born in Big Bend, WV on January 05, 1925 [ .... ]  Read More

Dennis Gray Smith

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Grass Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 6:08 AM on Monday, July 23, 2018 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 18, 1929 a son of the late Lawrence Holden Smith and Elizabeth Arnett Rinehart Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Junior Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 47, of Walkersville, WV passed away unexpectedly at 10:11 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a sudden illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on March 04, 1971 a son of the late James Howard Marsh Jr. and Mary Louise Hurst Riffle of Weston [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

The “Opportunity” comment should be addressed by Mr. Cottrill. He is the new board president and it is his responsibility to set an example of effective leadership.

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Why doesn’t Gilmer County do the same? Dr. Manchin has a long standing reputation for working closely with his boards and they function together as effective teams.

In Harrison County the public is kept fully informed of the goals and progress in attaining them.

When school systems lack well defined goals that eliminates objectiveness for evaluating performances of superintendents and boards too. The result is the elimination of accountability.

A major negative result of a lack of fully disclosed goals is lost opportunities for citizens, including business leaders, teachers, and parents, to do their maximum to contribute to improved schools.

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Noticed today that merchandise on sale at Foodland is shown on the GFP. Makes it easier to shop to get genuinely good deals. Thank you Morris family and the GFP.

By Grateful Consumer on 08.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The past couple months—-the first in likely 10 years, we have been filling a grocery cart at Foodland.
Usually shopping meant a trip to Weston or Gassaway, once in a while Clarksburg.
We certainly enjoy shopping and visiting right in Glenville.
Especially with the many visible improvements.
Why now, there is even and electric ‘buggy’ for those who need it.
The entire community and surrounding areas are enjoying Mr. Morris newest good deed!

By Yes---MANY happy Gilmer shoppers! on 08.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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In a couple years we will be right back where we are today.
Here come the payback and favorites appointments.
Several are all ready lining up for a gig even be it a short one.
Nothing changes in West Virginia.

As far as the ones run off.  They will get a bonus, maybe even a cush job, as well as sweet
retirement deal.
Its the West Virginia way.

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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This supreme court debacle exposes where a LOT of West Virginia’s problems come.

Nepotism and cronyism.  Plain and simple.
I would vote for almost anyone who does not have tie to our state.

Never thought I’d ever say that.
We need the BEST elected for our offices.

Its clear that isn’t the case.  For a long time.
Flip-floppin-party-jumpers need to stay home.
We don’t want your ilk.  Big Jim included.

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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While GSC struggles to survive why not apply a college version of the Foodland model?

Offer academic programs in high demand, affordable to students, and second to none in quality in WV or better yet not available anywhere else in the State.

It does not require having an MBA degree to figure that out as a recipe for success. Works in business all the time for talented entrepreneurs.

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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If misconduct being reported about WV Supreme Court justices is truthful there could not be better way to cast suspicion on top-to-bottom corruption within WV’s legal system including what the State Bar is supposed to do to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

The justices should receive the highest punishment allowable. What a black mark on WV. Couldn’t make it up.

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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To say that the Foodland Store is a major improvement is an understatement. It is kept well stocked with no empty shelves as a result of vastly improved inventory, reordering, and shelf stocking approaches, exceptionally clean store with excellent lighting, there is a price range to choose from for many items, milk does not spoil within 3 days after you get home, prices are fair to make it obvious that price gouging does not exist, and the staff is always friendly and noticeably committed to assist customers. Even the sharp dress code and personal conduct of employees demonstrates that teamwork and pride exist for being on a winning team. No more having to drive to Flatwoods or Weston to shop on a routine basis. Thank you I. L. Morris family.

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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One bad apple spoils the barrel.
Looks like that old ‘saw’ is proven
right again!  M-T the barrel!

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yeah, Manchin and former democratic governor Wise pretended to be deer hunters. They both know to be otherwise is political poison in WV. Mr. Morrisey being a republican will work hard for our 2nd amendment rights, whether he is a hunter or not, he does not have to pretend.

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

And you know that’s not safe or reasonable for stop/go/loaded bus.

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

GC board of Ed? 
Is that the case?
What say you?

By parent on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019'.

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Give the man the credit due him.

AG Morrisey has done a lot of work in support of 2nd amendment rights for West Virginia.

Reciprocal carry with many states as well as support of WV conceal carry.

Senate candidate Manchin worked former NYC Mayor Bloomberg (yes, that gun grabber) to raise money
to limit gun rights.

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yep, ole Menace Catch-em…got caught and retired. Just a move to try to save his guilty butt?  lol

The so called “supreme gang” rolled the dice and played their game.  They knew.

Caught now, bringing shame to the good people of West Virginia.

Stirring up memories of A.J.Manchin and his ‘departure’.

Even brings up the memories of Governor getting his ‘due’ and being sent off to prison for a few years.

Pretty obvious, neither party is “quality” minded when they give us their candidates?

Or maybe its the “best” they have to offer??

By Harold on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The democrats whine about partisanship but they go against the will of the people. I choose to not carry on most occasions, but remember it was a Republican led legislature who voted to allow us to carry if we feel the need.

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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There was a comment about need to be on a school board for 1-2 years before learning how to be an effective member.

Having been on a board for 22 years and observing how newly elected members respond I agree with the statement.

After getting elected it is normal for new members to feel overwhelmed with all the rules, regulations, and procedures in effect to address proper functions of school boards.

A new board member has two options. One is to simply show up at meeting as a seat warmer to get a pay check for doing nothing.

The second choice is to accept that being on a board is a serious responsibility with children’s futures at stake and it takes hard work and dedication to learn roles and responsibilities to carry out.

Consider personnel actions as one example. To attempt to protect as much independence as possible it is common for some superintendents to be parsimonious with material shared with boards.

To overcome this constraint new board members should demand written documentation on personnel information they are entitled to review before voting on a superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

What if there is not official documentation in your county defining a board’s entitled access to personnel information?

Instead of wasting money on lawyers to provide guidance get your board to submit a formal request to your superintendent to provide WV’s rules for boards applicable in all of the State’s 55 school systems.

The information exists and it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel to waste time and money.

By Welcome New Board Members on 08.10.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The new school board is commended for deciding to assign Mr. David Ramezan to serve on the audit committee and to be the rep to the Career Center.

There are expectations for the new board to produce and the decisions demonstrate openness to assigning the best people to serve in special capacities. 

We expect Gilmer County to be a WV front runner in educating our kids and that includes using finances optimally to get the most for education dollars and to provide superior career training for students electing to go that route.

By Audit and Career Center Assignments on 08.08.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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New board members know from initial training that an individual member has no more authority than a dog on a tight leash.

This means that individual members are not authorized to give orders to any employee in a school system, all directives must be through a majority board member vote directly to a superintendent reporting to a board, and that individual is held accountable for carrying out directives.

The message is that boards govern and superintendents administer.

If there is failure for a superintendent to perform as a board directs that can result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation and in some cases be grounds for insubordination with penalties.

Two major problems with boards are failures to give a superintendents timely and clearly defined objectives for administration of a school system and failures to document substandard superintendent performances when annual reviews occur.

The clear separation of authority of boards versus superintendents mentioned above is designed to prevent tendencies by some board members to attempt to engage in personal micromanagement in school systems.

Imposition of the necessity of a majority board vote for what a superintendent is supposed to do functions to promote thoughtful input from all elected members to contribute to wiser school system decisions to lessen internal conflicts.

By Kanawha County Observer on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

By Orlando on 08.07.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is commonly heard that when the State was in control sensitive records in the school board office were shredded, hard drives were removed and replaced with clean ones, and selected telephone records were eliminated.

Mr. Cottrill a request is made to you and Ms. Lowther to get straight answers to the community.

Involving unbiased and competent investigators should occur. Board office employees who were there when the State was in control know one way or another what happened, but they may be reluctant to provide information out of fear.

If community perceptions turn out to based on facts what are the legal implications, exactly what records were destroyed, and why did the destruction occur?

This concern is too important for the category of “forget the past and move on”.

The “forget and move on” attitude seems to be code for cover up because it is repeated too often in Gilmer County.

By Provide The True Facts on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Gilmer.  Do not expect much from your new board of ed.  Think you have 3 new members?  It will take them a year at least before they get the idea of what they can and cannot do.

I believe some of your new board is connected to previous members who are likely owned by some faction with questionable intentions.  Left overs from your days of intervention I’d guess.

Good luck!  Gilmer BOE.  You will need it.

Citizens and school staff.  Hold your board members feet to the fire and do the job right.

That’s what it will take you.

By Lewis County on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Saw that a Mr. Paine was suggested for the assistant GCHS principal. If hired it would be helpful for the County to see printed background coverage for the person to get to know about him. The information would introduce him to those of us who do not know the gentleman.

By GCHS Needs Improved on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There is more scandal in the GCBOE and WVDE than people realize.

The entire local BOE that worked under Blankenship know just how many files and documents the had to run through the paper shredder..

Most likely Manchin’s cousin, state appointed superintendent, Devano did the same thing?  How about it, GCBOE employees?  You know.

The West Virginia Department of Education gave Gilmer the biggest scandal, the biggest black eye, of the past 100 years.

Now, when will your flood zone built school flood, Gilmer County?  Everyone knows it not ‘if’ but ‘when’?


If they claim there was, then the only other possible reason for the multiple failures, can be nothing other than complete incompetence?  Thank you WVDE.

By Kanawha on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Solid reporting about the BOE in the Democrat related to the no-excuse budget tracking scandal verifies that criticality important information was kept from the previous school board and the public.

GFP readers were warned for years that withholding of key information was occurring. Those who attempt to keep up on BOE business have a legitimate reason to question how much other information was kept secret during intervention.

Student achievement, personnel actions including involvement of nepotism and favoritism, and administrate decisions associated with consolidating schools are among subjects being questioned.

There was an underground effort in the County to discredit those in the past who questioned irregular activities under intervention. They were attacked by calling them busy bodies.

The excess levy was passed because we wanted to help children. With the recent budget scandal we question if that money was spent on its intended purpose in the past.

Henceforth we want every excess levy penny to be accounted for. If the money was misspent in the past we want that exposed.

We are counting on Mrs. Lowther and the new BOE to end secrecy. That expectation is reasonable for the benefit of the County’s children and taxpayers.

By BOE School Finances Scandal on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Far, far worse with contractor work at the new grade school. We learned early not to rock the boat when we noticed problems with contractors. Should be a record if paper work and hard drives are still available.

How about checking on this on Mr. Cottril?

We were warned not to say anything to anyone about the new school being too small while knowing that Leading Creek was built too large and it still has vacant rooms.

The State was in total control from start to finish with everything and local involvement was forbidden. You see what that got us, and we will be paying the price for years to come.

By Classified Staff on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Reference in the Democrat to the County’s mess about the school budget because of improper record keeping is a red alarm.

It is evident what the previous school board was faced with during intervention with the State keeping sensitive information secret. What else will emerge from the wood work?

Who are the candidates and their special qualifications for the assistant principal job at the GCHS? The selection will be one of the most important ones in the near future to help get the school back on track with a winning administrative team.

Will politics and taking care of special families be put aside on this one or will we have business as usual?

By BOE Tracker on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Yes, “The State Was Fully Responsible” for the immense waste of tax dollars in both Lewis and Gilmer counties.

There are a few who know well the story.  None with backbone to tell it.

No investigative news source to dig the truth for public information.

Millions of dollars lost.  The trail leads straight to the West Virginia Board of Education.  With willing underlings to help every step of the way.

By Kanawha on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Service personnel spoke out clearly and often about shoddy work at the GCHS. They were not listened to and worse yet they were told to keep quiet. There should be a detailed accounting of where all the County’s facilities money went after intervention, who was involved with project oversight, who got money, and what went undone and botched. Take the issue to Governor Justice. He would get involved as he battles corruption, waste, and mismanagement. Start with Leading Creek, go on to the Arbuckle site, on to Cedar Creek, and finally to Hays City. The horrible story is there and it must be exposed.

By The State Was Fully Responsible on 08.02.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If board members are only permitted to see names for personnel being recommended by the superintendent without reviewing all applications themselves how do they know before voting that the best applicants are recommended by the superintendent?

Sounds like personnel decisions are really a token procedural formality made to look like an objective way of doing business with full involvement of the board.

By Doesn't Make Sense on 08.01.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There have been reoccurring concerns expressed about GC school board members not being allowed to review credentials of individuals selected for new positions.

End it by getting clarification from the Board’s lawyer pertaining to personnel information a board is entitled to review opposed to what has to be kept confidential from it.

The same WV laws for personnel information apply to all 55 counties.

By Remove Doubt About BOE Access To Information on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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When Gilmer’s superintendent recommends personnel actions how is it done? Does she provide back-up information for board members to review before voting or are just names provided? Where do checks and balances apply as they should to ensure that the best qualified are always selected?

By Question to D. Cottril BOE Pres. on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Mr. Boggs. Could you give us an update as to what is happening, action, meeting discussions, etc. with the Little Kanawha Parkway?

We know the Legislature sets aside a goodly amount of money every year, and has for years, but never see any mention in the news of any progress.

Thank you.

By Orlando on 07.31.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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One of the biggest reasons for failure in WV education is the generations of Preferential Treatment.  Few will admit.  Fewer see it. A diagram would look more complicated than a spider web.

By Kanawha on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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to/WVDE insider.  ‘do we know how its done in Gilmer’....Ya’ boy do we!

We know the WVDE has messed up our school system, schools, administration, test scores….to the point it will take a generation or more to straight out.

Administration is leveling blame at service personnel for the shoddy design and substandard build issues.

Gilmer’s issues would make 2 week PBS mini-series.

Observant individuals understand well the 2 former state appointed superintendents and the ‘retired’ former college prez were the ‘call’ boys.  The ‘call boys’ who were way in over their heads with site selection, construction, design, etc.

The money squandered, has been estimated to be well over a million dollars. The question of flooding with the new elementary school is not “if” it will flood, but rather “when”.

Administrative incompetence will almost always try to blame their own failures on others.  Who are usually in a defenseless position.

By watcher on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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It is factual that in school systems where openness prevails there is less suspicion, more trust, and citizens at all levels unite to contribute to having outstanding schools.

In closed systems with strict censoring there is constant strife detracting from having united fronts to help improve schools.

A symptom of closed systems is that word is always sent from administrators that everything in fine,  but when achievement test scores come in students fall short. Then, the cry from those in control is that the assessment tests were wrong!

By Retired Gilmer Teacher on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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In high performance counties superintendents review applications to boards when jobs open and when a matrix is used they see that information too.

When only a matrix is disclosed that can be too subjective because of the way entries are made by evaluators. Biased individuals inflate scores to show favoritism. 

It is known that in several counties most information about applicants is kept secret from boards and superintendents recommend individuals they want with expectations for rubber stamping.

Does anyone know how it is done in Gilmer County?

By WVDE Insider on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If you want to do something interesting diagram how certain individuals in Gilmer’s school system connect to one another through cronyism, nepotism, and other special relationships. That is what happens when organizations are ingrown and the best qualified “outsiders” are locked out when job openings occur.

By Preferential Treatment Thrives on 07.28.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Governor Justice preempted the Blue Ribbon Commission by opposing the consolidation of governing boards for selected small institutions of higher learning including GSC.

That is the way business is done in WV. Money is paid for competent and unbiased professionals to recommend better ways of doing business. If recommendations do not mesh with preconceived ideas entrenched bureaucrats attack the messengers.

The problem with individual Boards of Governors is several fold. Appointees on boards are usually chosen through local politics and it is rare for most of these individuals to have note worthy credentials for governing.

Another problem is that over time a select group of families and their close associated become in control of all aspects of an institution..

The result is that institutions can take on personalities of a small circle of individuals and innovative ideas from persons outside the power circle are unwelcome.

If a centralized governing board is rejected for some of the small institutions including GSC and it is decided that local boards know what is best for them, full funding State money should be withheld to require shortfalls to be made up through enrollment increases.

The way it is now there are no penalties for failures.

By SAVE GSC ALUM on 07.28.2018

From the entry: 'University President Calls Proposed Funding Model 'Flawed''.

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Its more than likely this school board will fall(jump most probably) into the trap of crony hires.

Give friend, family, or someone a ‘payback’ job.

Probably we will wind up with a family connected name calling the shots.
Why do you think we so often come up short on scores?

Nepotism favored job hires, rarely if ever, gives you the BEST person for a job.  To get the best you need to advertise outside the ‘circle’.

By parent 3 on 07.28.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The research findings are evidence that leadership over principals sets the stage for success or failure of schools. This means that the weakest link to contribute to failures can be superintendents who lack experiences and skills to be outstanding administrators.

In WV too often superintendents are chosen for the wrong reasons and that is why our education system lags behind other states. It is about corrupt power plays instead of doing what is right for kids.

One clue to not hiring the highest quality superintendent is if the individual would not be competitive for the position in a high performance WV school system.

By DOE Education Researcher on 07.27.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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An appropriate achievement would be for Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackelford to get personally involved to help produce a comprehensive plan for positive changes in the County’s school system.

There are serious deficiencies with student achievement and nothing will improve unless there is an official and outstanding program in place to make needed changes.

We eagerly await hearing from the two new new board officers to learn their plans. Campaign promises were made for changes to make and we will learn if they will be carried out.

By Tell Us BOE Master Plan on 07.27.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The state of education here will be affected by the quality of the deputy principal for the GCHS. We want an outstanding individual with a background in high school teaching who understands curriculum and how to use it to goose English, reading, and math. We do not want a retread or someone who must learn on the job at our expense.

We request the superintendent to post resumes of applicants for the job so we will know that the best person was selected for the vacancy.

We do not want friends of friends, relatives, or any other irrelevant criterion to be used to simply provide someone employment at the expense of children. We have had enough of that and test scores show it.

By Select Best Assistant At GCHS! on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What kind of convincing case could be made that corruption associated with building the new GCES has not occurred too?

It is believed that there were short cuts, sweet heart deals with contractors, failures to hold contractors accountable, and failures in the board office to monitor contract work effectively.

Why not ask proper authorities to investigate the history of the way business was done for the new consolidated school starting with Linn, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek, and the Hays City site?

Everyone in the County knows that construction and site problems still exist at the GCES. Teachers and staff are afraid to speak out and we hear that scape goating toward the County’s maintenance workers is beginning from the Central Office.

Those workers were shut out of the construction process and their warnings of problems fell on deaf ears. With revamping of the WV School Building Authority and emphasis on accountability why not bring those officials in to investigate?

By GC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Gilmer County has a crisis on its hands with what is going on at the GCHS. It is no secret that student proficiency with math, science, and ELA must be upgraded to enable our graduates to be college and career ready.

When the public learns results of the State’s new SAT scores being kept secret it will become increasingly evident that positive changes for academic improvements must be made.

The most important change now must be to select the best qualified person to serve as the vice principal at the HS.

The person must have the best qualifications we can get to do the job. Instead of that happening it is feared that the hiring decision will be driven by pure politics and business as usual.

For too long decisions have been made in Gilmer County on the basis of who you know, how much money you have, which family you are from, and how much support there is from elitists expecting favors in return to always keep them in firm control.

Our children are suffering. Let us hope that Mrs. Lowther, the new superintendent, will help ensure that the best qualified candidate with a proven track record for improving academics will be chosen for the VP position.

By Watchful Voters on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Reading the local newspaper would lead one to believe we have a non-functioning county prosecutors office?

The county commission has gutted the workforce at the court house seemingly as well?

Not even a janitor now?

Are we going to see Chapman, Kennedy, and Bennett with brooms, mops, and lawnmowers now?

Where did all that money go from the rainy day fund?  Back when Ramsey and Kennedy were running the county, there was over a million dollars in the fund?

Who is driving new cars and trucks?

By Prosecuting attorney office closed? on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Why hasn’t Gilmer come up with a similar approach to improve STEM and English language arts proficiencies?

Mr. Cottril, You are the newly elected board president and you campaigned on change.

How about keeping your campaign promise by developing a clearly defined plan with specifics for STEM and ELA achievements?

If Doddridge can do it why not Gilmer? Having an easily understood plan without all the education jargon would get the entire County supporting it.

Besides, there would be an objective basic for establishing accountability for the Board and the superintendent.

By Gilmer Can Be A Winner Too on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'Doddridge County Schools'.

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OK.  One WV state supreme court judge resigns.
Next, the second is under indictment?  Well publicized his crimes.

That’s 40% of the WV state supreme judges.

The other three were almost certainly aware of what their buddies had been doing?
Did they blow the whistle on them?

Are they guilty by association and doing nothing?
Forty per cent of the apples in the barrel are bad?

Very good chance the other 60% are no better?  Just been covered up to this point?

Here is one voter that has zero trust or confidence in the WV State Supreme Court.
Can you?

By Job Johnny on 07.24.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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So the WV state supreme court judges are going to take out a mayor?

While the legislature is taking out the state supreme court judges….as some resign.

SNL material this is!!??

By laughable judges? on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Good job keeping vehicle operators safe on the road.

By Aaron Smith on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'Public Service Commission Officers on the Road for Operation Safe Driver Week'.

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It is a welcomed development for Dr. Pellett to high light teacher education at GSC. If an outstanding, new program not found anywhere else in the State were to be offered alumni support would follow. More students would come to GSC too.

It sounds a natural to emphasize land resources and criminal justice in addition to teacher education. GSC cannot continue to try to be all things to all people and that is why restructuring is needed.

Organizations which excel have one trait in common and it is openness to adjustments to accommodate emerging forces of the market place. Thriving colleges and universities are no different.

Hats off to Dr. Pellett’s leadership.

By GSC Alumni on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'Glenville State president feels “optimistic” about Blue Ribbon Commission'.

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why she go to work even she knows she can gave birth to baby? I’m literately amazed by hearing this. You are doing well to spread such kind of awareness.

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is so much lucky to have him there, Hope we will also have you

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018


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Its hard to hear the news of her passing away from this world. literally she did too much hard work to achieve her goals. I’m also a store manager in New York.
She inspired me a lot and i will also work hard to achieve my goals like her.

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'Longtime Glenville State College Alumni Director to Retire'.

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The WV legal system has more than its share of corruption. That is what happens when there is self-policing. If you want proof go to the State Bar to read convincing complaints of misconduct filed against lawyers for which the Bar decided nothing unethical, dishonest, or illegal occurred.

Happens as a means for protecting members of the legal profession preying on the public. Estates administered by dishonest lawyers are particularly vulnerable because dead persons cannot verify wrongdoing and heirs are at a disadvantage to get justice. The main reason is that getting competent legal representation is seldom an option except for the rich.

By Corruption Throughout WV's Legal System on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Political abuse runs rampant.  Let’s hope this is a new trend in cleaning West Virginia corruption.

By Finally on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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6. Control the host varmints in your back yard, where your children and grandchildren play.

By Trespasser Will on 07.20.2018

From the entry: 'WVDA Suggests Tips to Avoid Ticks'.

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R.J. Meyers said it—

“The new board president must get detailed information out to the public.“

Good thought.  But are you meaning the new board president, that needed help to do the simple ‘roll call’ his first meeting?

Isn’t that rich?

Don’t forget.

Gilmer County school system is still on ‘probation’ with West Virginia State Board of Education intervention rules.

By R.J.Meyers said it. on 07.19.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What’s with this Senator Manchin?

You heard from West Virginia voters in two presidential elections…..but chose to give your super-delegate vote to the two individuals that WV voters did NOT support?

You gave your super-delegate vote to both BHO and HRC…..when voters said otherwise.

We were burnt twice. Not again.  We remember.

By Really--Mr. Manchin--? on 07.19.2018

From the entry: 'From the Hill to the Mountains'.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018


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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018


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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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