Glenville State College Lowers Tuition for 2018-19 Academic Year

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Glenville State College has taken another step to make college more affordable for students and families in the Mountain State and beyond. For the second consecutive academic year, GSC has lowered its cost of tuition. On Thursday, April 19 GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett announced that the institution would lower tuition by 0.5% in addition to a number of other measures designed to help students save money.

In addition to the tuition savings, Pellett also announced that GSC will hold the line on both room and board rates, assuring that students do not pay anything more than this past academic year. The school has also examined all institutional course fees and plans to lower or eliminate around 50% of them. To save students money in book costs, they are moving forward with a plan to convert the campus bookstore to an online operation. This reorganization should allow students to realize about 30% in savings on textbook costs.

Making these bold steps is unorthodox in higher education, Pellett admits. He says that Glenville State knows how vitally important it is as an institution of higher education in central West Virginia and, because of that, GSC owes it to students to be mindful of their bottom line. “First, you have to have the will to do it – that you’re going to take savings and reinvest it back into students,” he said. “Secondly, becoming more efficient and becoming smarter in how we are operating as an entity saves the institution hundreds of thousands of dollars. Our goal is to become the best higher education value in the state of West Virginia.”

In addition to the initiatives for fall 2018, GSC is also offering a 25% reduction in the summer, 2018 tuition rate. Along with tuition, students who plan to live in the residence halls over the summer will see a 25% reduction in their housing fees. Registration is now open for those summer courses.

For more information about enrolling at GSC, contact the Office of Admissions at or call 800.924.2010.

2018 West Virginia Envirothon winners announced and scholarships awarded

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The Ravenswood Future Farmers of America team won first place and a $5,000 scholarship Friday to share at the 2018 West Virginia Envirothon at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County.

Team members Katlyne Rollyson, Teresa Riffle, Tiffany Miihlbach, Gabriela Martinez and Fiona Lane took the prize in a tight competition with the second place Mineral County team, whose members will share a $3,750 scholarship.

Jefferson Agriscience (with a $2,500 scholarship) finished in third place, while the Eco Defenders team ($1,750) from Morgan County finished fourth, and the Moorefield High School team came in fifth ($1,250 scholarship).

The West Virginia Envirothon competition gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it. The event was held April 19-20.

Teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 explored the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic, range land management.

Top teams at each station took home $500 station awards, shared among the team advisor and team members. Ravenswood and Mineral County split four of the five station awards. Ravenswood won the current environment topic and the wildlife station awards. Mineral

County’s team won the soils and the aquatics station awards. The Jefferson Agriscience team won the forestry station award.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee awarded $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $200,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams were tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon was held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams participated from Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts

For 1st time, state law will require voter ID checks in West Virginia May primary

Poll workers across West Virginia are being schooled on West Virginia’s new voter ID law as part of their training ahead of the May 08 primary election while educational materials are also being rolled to potential voters.

“Our clerks have really taken the ball and rolled with it,” said Donald “Deak” Kersey, elections director and deputy counsel for the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

“They understand the rules. They’re getting their people trained.”

The latest poll worker training videos from the Secretary of State’s Office include one focused on what are and what are not acceptable forms of ID for voters under a new state law that took effect on January 01.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include the following:

– West Virginia driver’s license or other West Virginia ID card issued by the DMV
– Driver’s license issued by another state
– U.S. passport or passport card
– Military ID card issued by the U.S.
– U.S. or West Virginia government employee ID card
– Student ID card
– A concealed carry permit

Acceptable forms of non-photo identification include the following:

– Voter registration card
– Medicare card or Social Security card
– Birth certificate
– West Virginia hunting or fishing license
– West Virginia SNAP ID card
– West Virginia TANF program ID card
– West Virginia Medicaid ID card
– Bank or debit card
– Utility bill or bank statement issued within six months of the date of the election
– Health insurance card issued to the voter

ID is required on Election Day and during the early voting period and all identification must be valid and not expired.

There are three exceptions to the voter ID requirement.

1) A provided signed, sworn statement by an adult who has known the voter for six months or more which has to be signed at the polling place confirming the voter’s identity.

2) A poll worker has known the voter for at least six months.

3) Residents of licensed West Virginia state care facilities do not have to show ID to vote if the voter is a resident of a facility being used as a polling place and that is the person’s poll location.

In addition to the training of poll workers, informational cards detailing the requirements of the new voter ID law are also being distributed through groups that include the four recognized political parties, NAACP and ACLU along with veteran, senior and other organizations.

“We’ve given these education cards to those agencies and they’re mailing them out with their regular correspondence with their constituents. They’re putting them on social media. We have Braille cards that were produced by Disability Rights of West Virginia,” Kersey said.

“We have a lot of people helping us get the word out here.”

Kersey is optimistic there will be few problems due to the new voter ID law on Election Day.

“We’ve had several smaller elections leading up this Primary Election throughout the state, some municipals, a county levy election during which the voter ID law was already in effect and we didn’t hear any horror stories,” he said.

“We’re very hopeful that those earlier elections are a good indication that our state knows about it (the new law) or at least that the voters who show up that don’t know about it will have one of these many forms (of ID) already on them.”

Voter registration, registration updates or registration verifications are available at your local county clerk’s office or online HERE.

Early voting ahead of Election Day begins on Wednesday, April 25.

G-Op-Ed™: Early Voting Provides Extended Opportunity to Participate in Primary Election

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West Virginia is just a couple of weeks away from our May 8th Primary Election. This is an exciting time for nearly 1,000 candidates from all parties and from all over the state seeking to serve their friends and neighbors in elected offices.

As the state’s chief elections officer, I want to encourage every registered voter to participate in the upcoming Primary Election. My staff, our 55 county clerks, their employees, and more than 9,000 poll workers are prepared to offer every voter a safe and secure election process.

Voter registration for those wanting to participate in the May 8th Primary Election has closed. Of those citizens registered to vote, more than 13,700 will be high schools students who are eligible to vote for the very first time.

Elections are exciting times for the candidates and their supporters. And it is an important time for our municipalities, counties and state. Participating in the election of our representatives is a guarantee protected by the United States Constitution. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard officers have fought to protect our democracy and the bedrock principle of the right of every citizen to vote.

Every vote counts! Right here in West Virginia there are dozens of examples where an election is decided by just one vote. And over the years there have been hundreds of elections decided by less than ten votes. Your vote really is your voice – and I want to hear all of you in the upcoming election.

Early voting provides an extended opportunity for West Virginia’s registered voters to participate in our election process. Early voting begins on Wednesday, April 25th and lasts until May 5th.

Every county has at least one location designated for those wanting to vote early. Some counties are also offering satellite locations where you can vote. Call your county clerk to be sure.

Finally, despite our attempts to make sure that all elections are conducted with the highest level of integrity, there will be those who try to cheat. My staff and our clerks have worked very hard to prevent anyone from attempting to break the law. As you know, my legal team and our investigators have already prosecuted those who try to cheat and we will continue to do so.

So I want to encourage everyone that if you “See Something, Say Something!“ We have a toll free number to report any wrongdoing as it relates to our elections. Please call 1.877.FRAUD-WV to report any activity that doesn’t seem right or that breaks the law.

Mac Warner
West Virginia Secretary of State

WVU Extension Service specialist fuels monarch conservation efforts

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The future of West Virginia’s state butterfly, the monarch, is in danger. Populations have declined so much that it is at risk of being placed on the endangered species list — a move that could have regulatory and economic impacts for the state.

According to West Virginia University Extension Service Wildlife Specialist Sheldon Owen, most experts estimate that the Eastern population of monarchs has declined by 90 percent over the last 20 years. Not only does that mean there’s less of this distinctively beautiful insect, but it also means that another pollinator and one of nature’s most notable educational models is at risk.

However, West Virginia has started paving a path for the monarch’s comeback story, and it starts with agricultural producers, West Virginia’s landowners, and a weed — milkweed to be exact.

“Historically, the milkweed has sometimes been viewed as a nuisance for property owners and farmers around the state, but it’s a bit of double-edged sword in that milkweed is also the only plant monarch caterpillars feed on,” Owen said. “By making small changes in conservation practices, such as leaving milkweed patches or planting milkweed in marginal areas with native flowers, monarch caterpillars can thrive. Then when they metamorphose into butterflies, they will travel from patch to patch to take in nectar that fuels their migration.”

While small changes like this can be impactful, Owen helped organize the state’s inaugural West Virginia Monarch Summit in early March at WVU Jackson’s Mill. The meeting started the wheels turning in creating a realistic monarch conservation plan with key members from West Virginia’s industries, state and federal agencies and interest groups. Together they discussed and identified existing conservation efforts, while providing a venue for ideas and solutions that could benefit the monarch moving forward without adversely impacting agriculture or other industry.

“The Summit was a huge success — we brought together stakeholders who can promote conservation and increase the habitat for not only monarchs, but all our native pollinators,” Owen said. “We saw what was already in place and then identified areas where we all can improve to truly make a difference.”

Owen noted that while this was the first comprehensive meeting, many surrounding states are also working on the problem. By working closely with those states in the future, he hopes to see a total resurgence in monarch populations through broad awareness and conservation.

“The monarch’s migration is really one of the more amazing stories in nature, and these butterflies can cover thousands of miles,” said Owen. “So it’s not only a West Virginia problem, but we can certainly take proactive steps and help lead and shape the efforts to save this butterfly.”

No conservation effort is too small. Owen added that home gardeners can contribute by planting small patches of milkweed and native flowers like purple coneflower, giant sunflower and mountain mint.

“Every little bit helps in a situation this serious,” he said.

The WVU Extension Service provides educational opportunities to local communities through offices in all 55 West Virginia counties. WVU Extension Service’s programs are accomplished in partnership with individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and governmental organizations statewide and throughout the nation.

A guide to the May 08 primary election in West Virginia

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Candidates in West Virginia’s May 8 primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party’s nominations for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or the Legislature. Early voting in West Virginia runs from April 25 through May 05.

Here is a summary of those races:


Democrat Joe Manchin, a former governor, is seeking a second full six-year term in the Senate. He first took office after a 2010 special election prompted by the death of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.

Manchin, running in a state won by Republican President Donald Trump by double digits in 2016, faces a primary challenge Coal City’s Paula Jean Swearengin, a Bernie Sanders Democrat from a coal-mining family.

The Republican primary has six candidates, including 3rd District Congressman Evan Jenkins, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship.

Jenkins and Morrisey have attacked each other’s records, claimed adherence to policies advocated by President Donald Trump’s administration and criticized Manchin.

Jenkins is a second-term congressman, a former state lawmaker and former executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association. Morrisey was elected in 2016 to a second four-year term.

Blankenship was released from federal prison in May 2017 after serving a year on charges stemming from the 2010 explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 men in southern West Virginia. It was the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

Blankenship says he was innocent. His campaign ads tout his safety history and attack Manchin and Jenkins as career politicians.

Other GOP candidates are Bo Copley of Lenore, a miner who confronted Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 over her remarks about cutting coal mining jobs; U.S. Navy veteran Jack Newbrough of Weirton and West Virginia National Guard Maj. Tom Willis.



Four Democrats and seven Republicans are running for the 3rd District seat being vacated by Jenkins.

Among the Democrats is Richard Ojeda, a state senator who gained notoriety for vocally backing a teacher pay raise a month before their nine-day statewide strike began. The other Democrats in the field are state Delegate Shirley Love, Tri-State Transit Authority CEO Paul Davis; and Janice Hagerman of Mount Hope.

The GOP candidates include former state Republican Party Chairman Conrad Lucas; state delegates Marty Gearheart, Rupie Phillips and Carol Miller; former delegate Rick Snuffer, Dr. Ayne Amjad of Beckley and Philip Payton of Milton.

Congressmen David McKinley from the 1st District and Alex Mooney from the 2nd District are unopposed in the GOP primary.

The 1st District Democratic primary pits Keyser attorney Tom Payne, retired CEO Ralph Baxter of Wheeling and West Virginia University law professor Kendra Fershee.

In November, Mooney will face either U.S. Army veteran Aaron Scheinberg or former Hillary Clinton state presidential campaign director Talley Sergent.



Half of the 34 state Senate seats are up for grabs this fall and all 17 incumbents are seeking re-election, including Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, who will face former U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, a Democrat, in November.

Of the 17 races in May, six Democratic races and six on the GOP side are contested.

Republicans hold a 22-12 majority in the Senate.



In the House, Republicans hold a 64-36 majority and all 100 seats are on the ballot. Eighteen delegates didn’t file for re-election, including Republican House Speaker Tim Armstead. That group includes 14 Republicans and four Democrats.

West Virginia trout stocking the week of April 16-20, 2018

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The following waters were stocked the week of April 16, 2018:

Anthony Creek
Back Fork of Elk River
Bear Rocks Lake
Blackwater River
Buffalo Creek (Logan)
Bullskin Run
Burnsville Tailwaters
Cacapon Park Lake
Camp Creek
Clover Run
Cranberry River
Cranberry River C&R
Desert Fork
Dillons Run
Dog Run Lake
Dry Fork (Randolph)
Dry Fork (Tucker)
Dunloup Creek
East Fork Greenbrier River
Edwards Run Pond
Evitts Run
Fort Ashby Reservoir
French Creek Pond
Glady Fork
Hopkins Fork
Horse Creek Lake
Horseshoe Run
Kimsey Run Lake
Knapps Creek
Laurel Creek of Cherry River
Laurel Fork of Holly River
Left Fork of Holly River
Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
Little River West Fork Greenbrier River
Lost River
Mash Fork
Middle Creek (Berkeley)
Mill Creek (Berkeley)
Mill Creek of South Branch (Hampshire)
New Creek
New Creek Dam No. 14
North Fork of Cherry River
North Fork of Lunice
North Fork of Patterson Creek
North Fork South Branch
North River
Opequon Creek
Red Creek
Rock Cliff Lake
Rocky Marsh Run
Seneca Lake
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower section)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
South Branch (Franklin)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
South Fork of Cranberry River
Spruce Knob Lake
Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
Sugar Creek
Summersville Tailwaters
Summit Lake
Sutton Tailwaters
Teter Creek Lake
Tilhance Creek
Trout Run
Tuscarora Creek
Tygart Valley River Headwaters
Waites Run
Warden Lake
Watoga Lake
West Fork Greenbrier River
Wheeling Creek
Williams River
Williams River C&R

Report: Large-scale layoffs at Mylan

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Union employees at Mylan learned Friday of large scale layoffs.

Mylan confirmed to WAJR Friday that about 15 percent of their Morgantown workforce will be laid off, which is more than 400 employees.

Today, Mylan announced layoffs affecting about 15% of our workforce in Morgantown, primarily in operations. Following the layoffs, we will remain one of the largest employers in West Virginia with approx. 3,000 employees.

We believe our plant in Morgantown is one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in the world. As the industry has changed and regulatory expectations have continued to evolve, we’ve realized that our Morgantown plant needed to be rightsized to be less complex. The right-sizing is consistent with discussions we are having with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is necessary in order to position the site as best we can for continued operations.

We remain committed to a U.S. manufacturing base and plan to continue making the majority of the medicines we supply to the U.S in the U.S.

For nearly 60 years, Mylan has been a proud corporate citizen in West Virginia, and we remain so today.

Mylan’s commitment to its employees and the community is to ensure that our company remains built to last and always positioned to serve patient needs as effectively as possible.

A meeting this morning was held off-site at the Morgantown Marriott.

MetroNews affiliate WAJR has reached out to both Mylan and United Steel Workers Local 8-957, who represents these employees.

Mylan confirmed that some employees will have recall rights. The company will offer a buy-out package to more senior members. The number of employees who could return will be contingent on how many employees voluntarily accept the buy-out package.

The layoffs will primarily occur in operations. A source tells WAJR that non-union employees will also meet with Mylan management beginning at 11 a.m. Friday morning.

Representative David McKinley responded on MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval in real time, describing himself as outraged.

“Quite frankly, a little outraged,” he said. “One, I think we need to have a little have a heads up. More, what was the rationale? What’s happening? When they reference the FDA, what do we need to do? What has to happen with that?”

“I just have a lot more questions about this. I’m going to be on the phones the rest of the afternoon, I’m sure, with our office in Washington to find out what’s happened.”

Monongalia County Commission President Tom Bloom said the Commission did not receive a WARN Notice, which is generally issued under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act to protect employees when lay-offs number great than 100.

McKinley chided the company’s statement as too vague.

“Just let us know what the problem is, and then we can talk with the FDA about what problems they’re having with it so we can find out what that is,” he said.

“It’s too generic right now when we talk about this. Is this just an FDA issue? Or they’re right sizing the company? I don’t understand what that means.”

There is an exception in the WARN Act for layoffs numbering between 50 and 499 employees, but comprising of less than 33 percent of the work force of the entire plant.

The local union has not yet returned a call for comment.

This is the third round of cuts to employees at Mylan since cuts were first announced in December 2016.

First Lady Cathy Justice Seeks Entries in “Wonderful West Virginia Mothers” Essay Contest

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First Lady Cathy Justice and her Student Art Series announce the Wonderful West Virginia Mothers Essay Contest. All students in 9th and 10th grades, who are attending a West Virginia Public Schools, are invited to submit an essay of five hundred words or less to tell how your mother grandmother, aunt, sister, or any woman has helped and inspired you. The First Lady said, “I have had many strong women mentors in my own life, so I expanded the contest to allow students to write about any woman that has nurtured and guided them throughout life.”
This contest is part of the First Lady’s new Student Artist Series initiative. On special holidays, she will host different art competitions or projects for students to participate in, that will encourage creativity and promote the importance of the arts within public schools in West Virginia.  
Students may submit an essay via email to ‘’ or mail their entries to The Governor’s Mansion, 1716 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. With their submission, they MUST include a cover page with their name, phone, email, word count, school name, teacher name, and teacher email. The essays must be received by May 04, 2018. Winners will be announced before Mother’s Day. Monetary Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. For questions please contact the First Lady’s Special Assistant, Katie Speece at 304.558.3588 or ‘’.

$25 million in funding available for projects

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation (AML) is taking applications for a portion of $25 million in grant funding available for economic development projects.

The economic development projects must be located on or adjacent to mine sites that ceased operations prior to the signing of the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) on August 03, 1977. A map of known AML sites in West Virginia can be found here.

The grant application and additional information on the grant funding is available here on the WVDEP website Completed applications are due June 15, 2018. The WVDEP is ultimately responsible for determining which projects get funded, working with an advisory committee made up of representatives from the West Virginia Department of Commerce, and the Governor’s Office. Recipients of grant funding could be announced as early as September.

Since 2016, 18 projects have received a total of $53 million dollars in grant funding through this program. Those projects are located in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Preston, Raleigh, and Tucker counties. The projects that received grant funding ranged from water line expansions and public sewer system improvements to new construction at a YMCA facility and development of an ATV trail.

“These vital projects will help improve the lives of people who live near or on abandoned mine land sites and will help to promote tourism and other economic development,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “I encourage any group who has a plan to develop an abandoned mine land site to apply for this grant funding. Whether the project is big or small, they’re all important.”

The grant funding, provided by the federal government, is being administered by AML and all funding must be approved by the US Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement (OSMRE).

For more WVDEP news and information, go to Also, connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter, Like us on Facebook , and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.”

U.S. Attorney’s Office recognizes National Crime Victims’ Right Week

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The United States Attorney Office will speak to more than 3,000 students spanning several counties across the Northern District of West Virginia in April to recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Each year in April, the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Offices observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week nationwide by taking time to honor victims of crime and those who advocate on their behalf. In addition, the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Offices organize events to honor the victims and advocates, as well as bring awareness to services available to victims of crime. This year’s observance took place April 8-14, with the theme Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

“In law enforcement, we are sworn to serve and protect,“ Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “We carry out this oath every day by protecting the rights of law abiding people from criminals and by achieving justice for crime victims. This week, we remember the millions of Americans who have been victimized by criminals and we thank those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to those victims. As we do so, we recommit ourselves to fulfilling our oath and to reducing crime in America.“

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of West Virginia has teamed up with the YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program in Wheeling to present “#SmartonSocial,” a presentation that discusses the positives and negatives of social media. The presentation discusses the importance of social media in college and employment applications. It also warns students about the dangers that lurk online, and shares the legal implications involving cyberbullying and sexting.

“Protecting our communities is our number one priority. Crime victims are often our most vulnerable citizens, and we take care in our work because of them. We will continue this work, including community education, with the hope of reducing the number of crime victims in our district,” said Powell.

According to the Pew Research Center, 88% of 18-29 year olds admit to having at least one social media account. As the prevalence of social media rises, awareness must rise, too. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to offering prevention presentations to students and parents across the district.

Presentations regarding drug prevention and human trafficking will also be offered in the month of April to expand the circle of education. The YWCA is also offering family violence prevention presentations at several local schools.

The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs, leads communities across the country in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in 1981 to bring greater sensitivity to the needs and rights of victims of crime.

For more information on presentations, or to schedule a presentation, call the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 304.234.0100.

WVDA Announces Second Round of Voting for New WV Grown Logo

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has announced a second round of public voting to determine the next West Virginia Grown logo.

From April 16th until April 29th, the public will have the opportunity to vote on four options being considered as the next logo for the program.

A separate producer survey is being sent out to past program participants and external partners for additional input.

The new logo will be announced Monday, April 30th.
“We have listened to input from the public, our producers and stakeholders. It was clear we needed to continue to work on the logo to get it right,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Our goal is to land on a brand everybody will be proud to use.”
Commissioner Leonhardt announced the revamping of the West Virginia Grown program back in January as part of his 2018 vision.

The WVDA opened its first public voting period back in February.

Since then, staff has held stakeholder meetings and gathered information through online surveys.

The WVDA will be looking to provide new program benefits in addition to the new logo starting this May.
“At the end of the day, the WVDA will only house and manage the program.

This is a branding mechanism for our producers and those who are proud to buy or use West Virginia Grown products,” Leonhardt said.
To vote for the next West Virginia Grown logo, please click HERE.

Below are the four options the public will be able to choose from.

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West Virginia’s Early Learning Programs Rank Among Top in the Nation

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West Virginia’s Universal Pre-K Program once again ranks among the top in the nation, according to the 2017 Yearbook released today by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). NIEER recognizes West Virginia as one of “six states to watch” that have expressed the intention to provide universal pre-K, and one of three to have achieved that goal.

The State of Preschool Yearbook is the only national report on state-funded preschool programs with detailed information on enrollment, funding, teacher qualifications and other policies related to quality. Though both enrollment and state funding numbers fell in West Virginia, the state continues to rank among the top, maintaining quality standards and broad access.

“The work to support the success of all West Virginia students starts with policies that impact our youngest learners,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “The strength of our early learning programs is reflective of the collaboration with the Governor’s Office, state agencies like the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), and the legislature – all working toward the goal of providing high-quality preschool to children statewide. Ensuring that every child has access to high-quality preschool builds the foundation for success.”

West Virginia has been recognized nationally for a progressive state law that required universal preschool to all of the state’s 4-year-olds. The West Virginia Universal Pre-K System provides prekindergarten programs in all 55 counties in the state. Public schools receive West Virginia Universal Pre-K funding directly, and a majority of programs partner with child care centers, private programs or Head Start agencies in order to meet demand. West Virginia also has been singled out for providing better access to preschool programs and dedicating more dollars to the effort than most other states in the country.

The West Virginia Universal Pre-K Program boasts a 76 percent participation rate based on 4-year-olds who go on to attend the state’s kindergarten program as 5-year-olds. West Virginia Universal Pre-K enrolled more than 16,000 children, which census data notes is 65 percent of 4-year olds and 11 percent of 3-year-olds in the state. Nationwide, state-funded preschool program enrollment continues to grow, serving more than 1.5 million children, however, there are still nearly 20 states that enroll less than 10 percent of their 4-year-olds.

“We are proud to provide strong prekindergarten programs in all 55 counties,” said Monica DellaMea, Executive Director of the Office of Early & Elementary Learning. “Over the years, West Virginia has increased the duration of the preschool program as well as number of instructional days to help ensure that students in the Mountain State are receiving the best start possible.”

The full report can be accessed by visiting the NIEER website.

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children. Such education promotes the physical, cognitive and social development needed for children to succeed in school and later life. NIEER provides independent, research-based analysis and technical assistance to policymakers, journalists, researchers, and educators.

2018 West Virginia Envirothon returning to Jackson’s Mill

Students to explore the environmental and earth sciences during competition

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The West Virginia Envirothon competition, which gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it, will return to Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County next week.

The event, which precedes Earth Day on April 22, is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20.

Through a unique hands-on experience, teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 will explore the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic.

The best opportunity for photos, video, audio and interviews will be when review stations are open to teams on Thursday, April 19, from 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m. Interviews also can be arranged during this time. This is a great opportunity for a good feature story with appealing art.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee expects to grant $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $185,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their

area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams are tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon is being held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams signed up to participate this year are from Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts. For more information, visit the Envirothon website at or contact Davin White at 304.767.5508 (cell) or ‘’.

Glenville State to Host Authors Forum

The Free Press WV

Glenville State College’s Robert F. Kidd Library will be the site of an authors forum on Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. as a part of GSC Week.

The forum will give attendees a chance to hear from a selection of campus authors regarding their books and be able to ask questions about the writing and publishing process.

Campus authors will gather on the first floor of the RFK Library and the discussion will be moderated by GSC Staff Librarian and Archivist Jason Gum.

Some of the GSC authors expected at the event are: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Ken Lang, Associate Professor of English Melissa Gish, Professor of History Dr. Ed Wood, Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn, and Director of Athletic Fundraising Jesse Skiles.

The wide-range of disciplines presented will provide a well-rounded representation of book publishing at the collegiate level.

For more information about the forum, contact Jason Gum at or 304.462.6163.

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WVWC Concert Band to Present Spring Concert

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WV Teacher Received the Remaing Donations accepted through a GoFundMe Page

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Imagination Library Successfully Transitions to West Virginia Department of Education

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Emrick Awarded Top Honors by NATA ICSM

The Free Press WVRae Emrick ’95, assistant professor of athletic training at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was recently awarded District III Head D2 Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (NATA ICSM)  [ .... ]  Read More

FERC approves pipe yards for Atlantic Coast Pipeline project

The Free Press WV The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Dominion Energy approval Thursday to construct pipe yards in both Upshur County, West Virginia and Halifax County, North Carolina, in anticipation of the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline [ .... ]  Read More

big WV pipeline projects Construction Kicks Off

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West Virginia Libraries Celebrate National Library Week April 08-14

The Free Press WV April 08-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions [ .... ]  Read More

Parkersburg’s Sarah Sisson Named WVWC Newman Civic Fellow 2018

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Two arrested in connection with Roane break-in

The Free Press WVA man wanted in connection with a January break-in in Roane County is now in custody, along with a woman accused of helping him hide out afterward [ .... ]  Read More

Suits Over Marcellus Property Taxes Could Clobber Schools, Counties

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drug ring Charges in Lewis County

The Free Press WVSeventeen individuals of Lewis, Upshur and Marion counties are facing drug-related charges following several months of investigations in Lewis County [ .... ]  Read More

WVWC to hold Two-Day Lincoln Conversations Event

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Longstanding maple syrup tradition continues at sugar camp

The Free Press WV Making maple syrup has been a longstanding family tradition for a Pocahontas County man — one he’s proud to continue at a sugar camp near Cass [ .... ]  Read More

WVDEP Launches Webpage Dedicated to Helping Citizens Learn About Pipeline Projects

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Defense up next in Lunsford trial

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LGBTQ teens start tradition with state’s 1st ‘rainbow’ prom

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WV Miners Propose State Black Lung Program to Avoid Issues in Fed System

The Free Press WV A group of miners has put forward a plan for a state black lung program. It would solve problems in the federal system they say now stop miners from getting benefits [ .... ]  Read More

Most West Virginia community colleges to hike fees

The Free Press WV All but one of West Virginia’s public community and technical colleges are planning to increase tuition and fees for associate’s degrees [ .... ]  Read More

Locations Picked for Hearings on Insurance Funding Solution

The Free Press WV A task force subcommittee has chosen 22 locations across West Virginia to hold public hearings on an insurance program for West Virginia teachers and other public employees [ .... ]  Read More

Prison time turns West Virginia man from addict to counselor

The Free Press WV While a lifetime of bad decisions and mistakes can lead some down a path to self-destruction, Bill Dickey found himself crawling right back up that road late in life [ .... ]  Read More

Group dedicates 50th wooden bridge built for flood survivors

The Free Press WVA disaster response group says it has completed its 50th private bridge in West Virginia as part of a rebuilding project after severe flooding in recent years [ .... ]  Read More

Teachers Use Social Media in US Uprisings, Fight for Funding

The Free Press WV The public education uprisings that began in West Virginia and spread to Arizona, Oklahoma and Kentucky share similar origin stories [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia University Seminar Set on Climate Change, Food

The Free Press WVA Cornell University researcher will be at West Virginia University for a seminar on the effects of climate change on food supplies [ .... ]  Read More

Motion Seeks to Erase Ex-Massey CEO Blankenship’s Conviction

The Free Press WV Current U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, who was nominated by President Donald Trump last year, said his office wants to “ensure justice is the ultimate result and any response (to the filing) will be through our actions with the court at the appropriate time”  [ .... ]  Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Reported in Two WV Counties

The Free Press WV Hepatitis A is transmitted by oral contact with fecal matter. It attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice [ .... ]  Read More

Attorney General Morrisey Pill Mill Lawsuit Yields $550K Settlement

The Free Press WV West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reached a $550,000 settlement with a pharmacy that stood accused of providing nearly 10 million doses of highly addictive prescription painkillers in just 11 years – all for a county with fewer than 25,000 residents [ .... ]  Read More

Lunsford Trial: there are holes in both the statements Lunsford made…

The Free Press WV Prosecution explores Lunsford’s behavior in aftermath of Aliayah’s disappearance [ .... ]  Read More

Citing Opioid Crisis, Feds Seek Rule Change for Drugmakers

The Free Press WV Drugmakers would be required to identify the legitimate need for controlled substances to justify their production under a proposed rule intended to rein in the diversion of drugs for illicit purposes [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Suffers Record Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses

The Free Press WV Cabell County is leading West Virginia in the number of fatal overdoses for the second year in a row [ .... ]  Read More



Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

The Free Press WVEnvironmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Opioid Prescriptions Fall by Record Amount

The Free Press WVA new report shows prescriptions of opioids in 2017 saw the largest decline in 25 years, falling in every state [ .... ]  Read More

Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

The Free Press WVBarbara Bush was remembered as the “first lady of the greatest generation” during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled the church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family [ .... ]  Read More

Tech Workers Petition Against Pentagon Contracts

The Free Press WV The keyboard is mightier than the sword. That’s the idea behind a new petition by Silicon Valley employees calling on Google to drop its contract with the Department of Defense [ .... ]  Read More

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

The Free Press WV A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week [ .... ]  Read More

Wells Fargo Reportedly Close to $1 Billion Settlement

The Free Press WV In 2016, the bank paid $185 million in fines after opening millions of accounts for customers without their consent [ .... ]  Read More

Oil, gas drilling in pristine Alaska refuge takes step ahead

The Free Press WVThe Trump administration is moving toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fulfilling a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose [ .... ]  Read More

NASA’s Tess spacecraft embarks on quest to find new planets

The Free Press WVNASA’s Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life [ .... ]  Read More

Alabama mayor: ‘Poop train’ finally empty; sludge gon

The Free Press WVThe last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town’s mayor said this week [ .... ]  Read More

Researchers Gave Baboons a Tool. They Used It to Escape

The Free Press WV4 baboons are quickly recovered in Texas after using a barrel to gain freedom   [ .... ]  Read More

Former President George HW Bush buoyed by tributes to wife

The Free Press WVIn his first public comments since his wife’s death, former President George H.W. Bush said Wednesday that he used to tease his spouse of 73 years that he had a complex about how much people liked her [ .... ]  Read More

Teacher Set to Lose His Job Over Whole-Grain Pancakes

The Free Press WVKyle Byler gave each student one during standardized test [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Grocery Stores Graded on Food Waste, and One Gets an ‘F’

The Free Press WVThat would Be ALDI   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Friendly’ African Warthog Captured in Florida

The Free Press WV  The tusked beast took five days to finally capture [ .... ]  Read More

California Rejects Border Duties for Its National Guard Troops

The Free Press WVSays some jobs federal government wants done are too closely tied to immigration enforcement   [ .... ]  Read More

Have A Minute?‏

The Gilmer Free PressSenator Capito’s Weekly Address to West Virginians [ .... ]  Read More

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressGeorge, we salute you for your lifetime of service and thank you for your tireless advocacy on behalf of our veterans. I can’t thank of anyone more deserving of this honor [ .... ]  Read More

DNC Sues Russia While Comey Memos Prompt ‘Hooker’ Buzz

The Free Press WV The Democratic National Committee on Friday sued Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, alleging a conspiracy to skew 2016 presidential election results [ .... ]  Read More

White House Investigates Pruitt’s $43K Phone Booth

The Free Press WV39 senators call for EPA chief to step down   [ .... ]  Read More

NYT Backs Up Reporter After Trump Fires Up Tweetstorm

The Free Press WVTrump tweets, deletes, then retweets attack on Maggie Haberman after Michael Cohen story   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump’s shifting rationale for firing Comey

The Free Press WV Donald Trump offered a shifting rationale this past week for his firing of FBI Director James Comey and joined other Republicans in exaggerating how much simpler it will become for Americans to file their taxes next time [ .... ]  Read More

Comey Memos Detail Trump Concerns Over Flynn, Prostitutes

The Free Press WV He kept the receipt [ .... ]  Read More

Whaaa and worse? Senate allows babies in chamber

The Free Press WVThe Senate has voted unanimously to let the babies of its members into the tradition-bound chamber.  [ .... ]  Read More

House panel moves to curb food stamps, renew farm subsidies

The Free Press WVA bitterly-divided House panel Wednesday approved new work and job training requirements for food stamps as part of a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy [ .... ]  Read More

In Full-Page Editorial, NYT Fears Trump’s Next Move

The Free Press WVEditors warn he’ll fire Mueller, say lawmakers must be ready for a constitutional crisis   [ .... ]  Read More

John McCain Is Recovering From a New Malady

The Free Press WVGOP senator, away from DC since December, underwent intestinal surgery amid cancer treatment   [ .... ]  Read More

White House Denies Syria Strike Photo Was Misleading

The Free Press WVIt appeared to show Trump directing strikes   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump hypes new tax forms, misstates currency

The Free Press WV On the eve of Tax Day, President Donald Trump is exaggerating the government’s plans to shrink the much-dreaded federal income tax forms [ .... ]  Read More

What’s in those seized records? Trump’s biggest new worry

The Free Press WVDonald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney’s office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children — and more than concerned that they don’t know exactly what is in those records and electronic devices seized last week [ .... ]  Read More

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Arts & Entertainment

Castro Out: Cuban Government Selects New Leader

The Free Press WVInside the country’s vote for a new president   [ .... ]  Read More

Kim Jong Un tests Trump with latest nuke offer

The Free Press WV North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally broken his silence on what he plans to bring to the table during his summits with the South Korean and U.S. presidents, and it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with tossing out his hard-won nuclear arsenal [ .... ]  Read More

Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba’s president

The Free Press WVRaul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro’s place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031 [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. easing rules on sales of armed drones, other weaponry

The Free Press WV The Trump administration moved Thursday to make it easier for U.S. defense contractors to sell armed drones and other conventional weapons to foreign governments [ .... ]  Read More

Sister of ‘Nut Rage’ Exec Has ‘Water Rage’ Incident

The Free Press WVEmily Cho of Korean Air apologizes after outburst at meeting   [ .... ]  Read More

They Experimented on Live POWs. Now, Names Released

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Massive Rescue Operation Finds Headless Doll

The Free Press WVPasser-by thought it was a corpse   [ .... ]  Read More

Film Icon Kidnapped by North Korea Dies

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Radio Pundit Openly Weeps Over Syria Airstrikes

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A Terrible Loss, Then Something ‘Sweet’

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Zoo Drops 500 Lizards in Liquid Nitrogen

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The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

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Putin Issues Dire Warning After West’s Syria Strike

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41% of Americans Have to Ask, ‘What’s Auschwitz?‘

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Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

The Free Press WVThe Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a “blatant lie”  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’

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Movie Review: ‘I Feel Pretty

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What It Was Like to Make the Best Episode of The Office

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SNL Milks Surprise Cameos

Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller stop by in ‘Meet the Parents’ send-up   [ .... ]  Read More

A Non-Actor Wows Critics in The Rider

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Rampage Pummels Past A Quiet Place to Box Office No.1

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Netflix Gives Cannes Film Festival the Cold Shoulder

The Free Press WVThe streaming giant has a bone to pick with the prestigious film festival   [ .... ]  Read More

Molly Ringwald on John Hughes Films: a ‘Glaring Blind Spot’

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Movie Review: ‘Rampage’

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Movie Review: ‘A Quiet Place’

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Our Bodies, Ourselves Will No Longer Be Published

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John Oliver’s Weapon Against ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’: His Own

Late-night host says controversial CPCs ‘mislead’ vulnerable pregnant women, founds his own [ .... ]  Read More

Ingraham Returns, Says Left Trying to ‘Silence Conservatives’

The Free Press WVSays liberals are trying to ‘drive out any dissenting voice’  [ .... ]  Read More

Comedian calls ‘Simpsons’ reference to Apu criticism ‘sad’

The Free Press WV“The Simpsons” has briefly addressed criticism of its portrayal of its Indian shop owner, Apu, but a comedian who helped spark a conversation about the character calls the show’s response “sad”  [ .... ]  Read More

Roseanne Slammed for Joke About Minority Shows

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DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

The Free Press WV The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to stop consumers from easily switching wireless carriers [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 04.20.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.5% Weekly Gain, Led by Energy, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary; Consumer Staples Weigh [ .... ]  Read More

State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

The Free Press WVMarch jobless rates down in 4 states, up in 1; payroll jobs up in 2 states   [....]  Read More

Gross Domestic Product by Industry, 4th quarter and annual 2017

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How a Supreme Court case could affect your online purchases

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Optimism among builders slides for fourth consecutive month

The Free Press WV Homebuilder confidence slid for the fourth consecutive month with steadily rising mortgage rates and sky-high home prices putting ownership out of reach for more and more Americans [ .... ]  Read More

He Paid the IRS $500M Last Year. This Year, It’s $1B

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Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers

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Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey

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U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 04.13.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 2.0% Weekly Gain, Led by Energy, Technology Sectors; Utilities Lead to Downside [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

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U.S. long-term mortgage rates flat to higher; 30-year 4.42 pct

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Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items falls 0.1% in March; gasoline index declines, shelter index rises   [....]  Read More

Real Earnings

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Producer Price Index

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand rises 0.3% in March; services and goods both increase 0.3%  [....]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer’s Jr. High softball team improved to 14-0 with a 16 to 4 win over Wirt in three innings [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Softball Splits Double-Header on Senior Day with WV State

The Free Press WVThe GSC Lady Pioneer softball team split a double-header on Senior Day from the Sue Morris Sports Complex Saturday afternoon [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneer Baseball Drops Two Games at Concord

The Free Press WV The GSC Pioneer baseball team dropped a double-header on Saturday on the road to the Mountain Lions of Concord University [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Offense Prevails Over Defense in Annual Blue & White Spring Game

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneer football team concluded spring practices with the Annual Blue & White Spring game Thursday evening at Morris Stadium [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer Jr. Girls Softball improved to 13-0 with a 9-1 win over Fayetteville on Tuesday April 17 [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer Jr. High Softball

The Free Press WV Gilmer County Jr. Softball team improved to 12-0, after just finishing a 9-0 week [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Acrobatics & Tumbling Qualify for Eight Individual Events

The Free Press WVThe Glenville State Lady Pioneer Acrobatics & Tumbling team, under first year head coach Sarah Moreno, has qualified for eight at-large individual event finals at this year’s 2018 NCATA National Championship hosted by Gannon University in Erie, PA [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Track & Field Competes in Walsh Invite

The Free Press WV On the women’s side Heaven Maeshack started the scoring for GSC in the 100 as she placed 8th with a time of 12.50. She then placed 12th in the 200 with a time of 25.79 [ .... ]  Read More

GSC Baseball Splits Day Two with UC

The Free Press WV The GSC Baseball team split another double-header this afternoon with the University of Charleston. The Golden Eagles took game one, 10-2. Game two went to the Pioneers by a final score of 8-7 [ .... ]  Read More

Softball Drops Two Road Games at West Liberty

The Free Press WVThe GSC Lady Pioneer softball team dropped a two-game series on the road Saturday to the Hilltoppers of West Liberty [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVDuring the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims perform daily fasts from dawn to dusk, only breaking the fast with a meal (usually a light one) after the sun sets [ .... ]  Read More

Easy solutions for people wanting healthy eating habits

The Free Press WVAt this very moment, it is all about fresh fruits and vegetables as customers gravitate towards lighter fare [ .... ]  Read More

Chicken in a pressure cooker takes the pressure off dinner

The Free Press WVset the timed cooker (exactly how long is in - you guessed it - your manual - see it’s paying off already!)  [ .... ]  Read More

When to ignore credit card advice

The Free Press WV Conventional wisdom about credit cards is often black and white, from whether you should use cards at all to which types deserve a slot in your wallet [ .... ]  Read More

New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

The Free Press WV The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show [ .... ]  Read More

Serve Green Pozole with Chicken for Cinco de Mayo

The Free Press WVCinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army in a battle on that date — May 05 — in 1862 [ .... ]  Read More

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spew Pretty Nasty Thing

The Free Press WVPoo bacteria gets ‘aerosolized’ in bathrooms: study author [ .... ]  Read More

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer [ .... ]  Read More

Americans Divided Over a Condiment

The Free Press WVLove it or hate it, ‘Mayochup’ likely coming to U.S. stores   [ .... ]  Read More

Brussels sprouts push nutrition in a classic Caesar salad

The Free Press WVIf you love Brussels sprouts like I do, you will love this salad. If you aren’t sure, but you are a fan of Caesar salad, then you will hopefully love it too [ .... ]  Read More

Want Long Life? No More Than 1 Drink a Day

The Free Press WVMore than that risks heart problems, researchers say   [ .... ]  Read More

Student’s Reply-All Cougar Joke Is a Hit

The Free Press WVAnd his mom is OK with it, too [ .... ]  Read More

There’s a Natural, Cheaper Alternative to Sports Drinks

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Promising Parkinson’s Drug Now Has Critics Worried

The Free Press WVFDA sped it to market, but reports of deaths rising   [ .... ]  Read More

Sorry, Night Owls, You Might Be Early to Die

The Free Press WVStudy suggests they have a 10% higher risk of early death   [ .... ]  Read More



War is Good for Business

The Free Press WVInsider Trading, Secret Information and the U.S.-led Attack against Syria [ .... ]  Read More

James Comey: I’m Not Mocking Trump

The Free Press WV Former FBI chief taking criticism for his personal shots at the president’s appearance   [ .... ]  Read More

A Dangerous Game of Chicken

The Free Press WV As the “tit-for-tat” trade fight between the US and China escalates, Donald Trump is likely to find that he doesn’t “know China” the way he once thought. When he said that during the presidential [ .... ]  Read More

Crony corruption in Trumpworld

The Free Press WV Scott Pruitt flies first class international with his entourage to Paris for a couple of days—just to party—and then on to Morocco for one day to promote the sale of liquefied natural gas produced by a crony [ .... ]  Read More

Pulitzers Got It Right on Kendrick Lamar

The Free Press WV‘Washington Post’ writer calls rap the most significant music of our time   [ .... ]  Read More

Taxes, Death and Nuclear Weapons

The Free Press WVWe live in a world where as Benjamin Franklin said in 1789, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That statement remains true and the paradox today is the amount our taxes [ .... ]  Read More

Crimes of a Monster: Your Tax Dollars at Work

The Free Press WVIs ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?”— James Russell Lowell, 19th century American novelist [ .... ]  Read More

Dirty tricks vs. democracy

The Free Press WVCan Republicans survive without dirty tricks? Open question. Some historical and current examples cause pause as we consider this [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Mail Order Catalog House

The Free Press WVMontgomery Ward used to sell houses with blueprints on how to build them. Catalogs came free in the mail [ .... ]  Read More

Which Nations Are the Happiest?and Why

The Free Press WV America’s oft-quoted Declaration of Independence, when discussing “unalienable rights,” focused on “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Although “happiness” is rarely referred to by today’s government officials, the general assumption in the United States and elsewhere is that governments are supposed to be fostering the happiness of their citizens [ .... ]  Read More

The key to increasing severance tax revenue in West Virginia

The Free Press WV Recent months have brought a lot of commentary about increasing the severance tax on natural gas in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

One Question Illustrates Why Congress Can’t Fix Facebook

The Free Press WV Lawmakers just don’t seem to understand how the company works [ .... ]  Read More

The Slippery Slope to a Constitution-Free America

The Free Press WV“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”—Benjamin Franklin [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: My First Milkshake

The Free Press WVCan anyone remember your first milkshake? Every time we go by the Millstone Inn, my thoughts go back to Dad driving my oldest brother and I over there one hot summer day [ .... ]  Read More


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Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

The Free Press WVQueens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood [ .... ]  Read More


West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of April 16, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

7 ways to save on your next national park trip

The Free Press WVAmerica’s national parks are brimming with natural wonders: cascading waterfalls, towering redwoods, white sand beaches [ .... ]  Read More

Funky, Green-Haired Turtle Is in Trouble

The Free Press WVMary River Turtle of Australia is under threat of extinction   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Friendly’ African Warthog Captured in Florida

The Free Press WV  The tusked beast took five days to finally capture [ .... ]  Read More

Report Raises Safety Questions About Allegiant Air

The Free Press WV ‘60 Minutes’ reports on maintenance issues, mid-air breakdowns   [ .... ]  Read More

Dying Gulf Stream May Trigger Global Nightmare

The Free Press WVScientists say climate change plays a role   [ .... ]  Read More

The Sheep-Filled Ship Left Australia, With Horrible Results

‘60 Minutes’ exposes deaths of 2,400 sheep in August 2017   [ .... ]  Read More

Zoo Drops 500 Lizards in Liquid Nitrogen

But they had to ask permission first   [ .... ]  Read More


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West Virginia beagle enthusiast struggles to protect rabbits

The Free Press WVIt’s hard for a rabbit to make a living in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

DNR announces that Jerod Harmon receives B.A.S.S Conservation Director of the Year Award

The Free Press WVHarman is proud of the B.A.S.S. Nation’s 98-100 percent live release rate for fishing tournaments [ .... ]  Read More

Guy Kicks Moose. Then Comes the Payback

The Free Press WV‘Never a good idea,‘ says Fish and Game spokesman [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s elk herd could top 100 by summer

The Free Press WVOne of the Arizona animals has since died [ .... ]  Read More

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Are We Being Suckered by Facebook Marketing Schemes?

The Free Press WV It sounds too good to be true [ .... ]  Read More

WhatsApp Photo Secures ‘Groundbreaking’ Conviction

The Free Press WVBritish cops sent it to fingerprint lab   [ .... ]  Read More

Mutant Enzyme Munches Plastic

The Free Press WVThis could massively reduce waste, scientists say [ .... ]  Read More

U.S., Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

The Free Press WV They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar   [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Rules That Ex-Con Has ‘Right to Be Forgotten’

The Free Press WV But another one does not [ .... ]  Read More

Rumored New Gmail Features: Self-Destruction and ‘Snoozing’

The Free Press WVPlus, a ‘Confidential Mode’ would keep users from forwarding, copying, or printing sensitive emails   [ .... ]  Read More

Apple Has 12 Employees Arrested: Leaked Memo

The Free Press WV‘Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple’  [ .... ]  Read More

Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube

The Free Press WV The fine print of YouTube’s terms of service has a warning that goes unheeded by millions of children who visit YouTube to watch cartoons, nursery rhymes, science experiments or videos of toys being unboxed [ .... ]  Read More

Apple’s Wozniak Dumps Facebook: ‘More Negatives Than Positives’

The Free Press WVApple co-founder has deactivated his account over data commotion [ .... ]  Read More

Is Facebook regulation ‘inevitable’? Not so fas

The Free Press WVFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers that regulation of his company is “inevitable,” but still came to Capitol Hill prepared to defend against proposals he thought went too far [ .... ]  Read More

His Choice Was Between Dogs and College. He Chose the Dogs

The Free Press WVNow Matt Nelson says he’s making in the six figures by rating man’s best friend on Twitter   [ .... ]  Read More

‘Regrettable’ AI Move Spurs Boycott Against University

The Free Press WVAcademics aren’t happy S. Korea’s KAIST is involved in project that could produce ‘killer robots [ .... ]  Read More

Giant Crack in Africa Suggests an 8th Continent Is Coming

The Free Press WV Rift in Kenya means Africa might split in 2, but it will take millions of years   [ .... ]  Read More

3K Google Workers Sign Letter to CEO Over Pentagon Work

The Free Press WVAsk company to cancel Project Maven   [ .... ]  Read More

Study Unveils Odd Lowercase ‘g’ Phenomenon

The Free Press WVResearchers conduct fascinating study on opentail versus looptail ‘g’  [ .... ]  Read More

Glenville State College Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild: Dragonspeak - 04.23.18

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The Glenville State College Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild is proud to announce the launch of its new art and literature ch4apbook, Dragonspeak.

The public is invited to join us in a celebration at the RFK Library on the GSC campus on Monday, April 23.

The event begins at 4:00 p.m.

Authors will read, followed by an open mic.

Free snacks and refreshments will be served. Pick up your free copy of Dragonspeak, filled with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror poetry, short stories, and artwork.

Spring Jazz Concert - April 24, 2018

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Spring Jazz Band Concert

Tuesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Fine Arts Center Auditorium

The concert is open to the public


GSC Premium Night - 04.26.18

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Annual GSC Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament

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20th Annual Glenville State College
Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament
Friday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

C-GCC Adult Basic Education

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Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information

GSC Spring Open House - 04.28.18

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Future Pioneers are invited to participate in the upcoming Glenville State College Spring Open House on Saturday, April 28.

Attendees should arrive at the Sue Morris Sports Complex, located at 1294 U.S. Highway 33 East in Glenville, between 8:15-9:25 a.m. Check in will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a welcome session from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Individual academic department tours will follow from 10:45 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. A full campus tour will then be held from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. The day will wrap up with a free lunch and the opportunity to watch the GSC baseball team play at 1:00 p.m.

To sign up, visit or call 800.924.2010.

Bluegrass music show at Normantown School Gym

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The Carol Edwards Bluegrass Band will perform at the Normantown School Gym April 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

The band features Carol Edwards on Fiddle, Bass, and Vocals, Glen Jones on guitar and Vocals, Jerry James on Banjo, and Jack Greathouse on Guitar and Vocals.

Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for in school students.

Children under 10 are free. 

Concessions will be available at 6:00 PM.

Proceeds will go to roof repairs on the Gym.

For additional information call 304.933.1029.

The Normantown Historical Community Center welcomes all to come and enjoy fantastic band, some great Bluegrass Music, good food and great fellowship.

This program is a part of their Mountain Music Jamboree Program.

Priscella Shirer - 04.28.18

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GSC’s Alumni Day: Graduates to be Honored

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Alumni Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Banquet/Social Hour tickets are $20.00 each
Reservations are required

Call 304.462.6116 or e-mail at ‘’

April is Cancer Control Month

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Looking for Local Talents

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Burnsville Lake Needs Volunteers

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5th Annual Pioneer Derby - 05.04.18

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Commencement Ceremony is May 05, 2018 at GSC

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144th Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Waco Center. or call 304.462.4115

Benefit Dinner - 05.06.18

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Falls Mill Paddle - 06.02.18

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Hooked on Fishing Derby - 06.09.18

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SKYWARN Weather Spotter Class - 06.23.18

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Preschool/Kindergarten Enrollment

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Gilmer County Desperately Needs Foster Parents

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Gilmer Public Library Word Art Classes

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Reader's Comments

Larry Joe Williams

The Free Press WV Age 68, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at his residence. He was born August 05, 1949 in West Union, WV a son of the late Joseph P. and Marie Martin Williams [....]  Read More

Velma Gay Davisson

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born in Weston, WV on May 06, 1940: daughter of the late Ezekiel Harry Riffle and Laura Virginia (Curtis) Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Shelia Gale Parsons

The Free Press WVAge 51, of Charleston, WV passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Hubbard Hospice House. She was born on January 19, 1967 in Braxton County, WV to the late Ray and Etta Lawson Farley [ .... ]  Read More

Laura Bethel ”Gurty” Wilson Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side after a long illness. She was born March 08, 1940 in Clay County, WV a daughter of the late Pat and Violet Suttle Wilson [....]  Read More

Michael Lynn McCombs

The Free Press WVAge ge 44 of West Union, WV, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Salem, WV. He was born March 25, 1974 in Coshocton, Ohio; the son of Bobby McCombs and Betty (Jones) McCombs [ .... ]  Read More

Harold Keith Gibson

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Bristolville, Ohio passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Warren Hospital. He was born May 05, 1933, in Cremo, WV in Calhoun County, a son of the late Cliff and Elah Kerby Gibson [ .... ]  Read More

Wallace “Wally” Morgan Cogar

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Spring Street, Weston, WV passed away at 12:01 AM on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born in Lewis County, WV on August 21, 1952 a son of the late Wallace Hobert Cogar and Hilda Loraine Singleton Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Timothy Rex Shepherd I

The Free Press WV Age 58 of Ramsey’s Ridge Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in J.W Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.  He was born at Dayton, OH on July 30, 1959 a son of the late Clarence M. and Geneva I. Cogar Shepherd [....]  Read More

David “Dave” Earl King, Jr.

The Free Press WVDavid passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at the age of 49. He was born February 07, 1969, in Weston, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Lou Weekley

The Free Press WVAge 75, of St. Marys, WV, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, April 16, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Lou was born April 05, 1943 in Ellenboro, WV, a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Beaulah Mae (Tucker) Corbin [ .... ]  Read More

Francis “Randy” Bell

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Pennsboro, WV September 01, 1955, a son of the late Ray and Dorothy (Hoover) Bell [ .... ]  Read More

Geraldine White Scott

The Free Press WVAge 98, of Weston, WV passed away at 7:21 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, having lived a long, happy and productive life. She was born in Troy, WV on May 08, 1919 a daughter of the late John McWhorter White and Laura Odessa Barbarow White [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Michael Skidmore, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Sutton, WV, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018, just one day shy of his 61st birthday. Born April 15, 1957 in Sutton, WV, he was the son of the late George and Willa (Riffle) Skidmore [....]  Read More

Nancy Louise Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Elizabeth, WV passed away April 16, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 05, 1940 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Franklin Dale “Jim” and Mary Elizabeth Heater Spears [....]  Read More

Mary Lea West (nee Sampson)

The Free Press WVPassed away in the early hours of Saturday April 14, 2018 after having battled severe illness for the past few months. Mary was born March 07, 1953 in Grantsville, WV to Oral “Hoot” and Ruby Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

Zella Marie Keen

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Gassaway, WV passed away on April 15, 2018 due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born September 10, 1952 to the late Loring Carte and Mamie Lou Gill Carte [....]  Read More

Cheryl Colette Phillips

The Free Press WV Age 49, of Gassaway, WV passed away April 15, 2018. She was born September 08, 1968 in St. Louis, MO [....]  Read More

Willis Duaine Kemper

The Free Press WV Age 75 of Cox’s Mills, WV (Newberne Road community) departed this life in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following an extended illness. Born May 11, 1942 in Newberne, WV, Willis is the son of the late George and Louise Cutlip Kemper [....]  Read More

Virginia Ruth Hinkle

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Mulberry Street, Weston, WV passed away at 5 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center, where she had resided since 2015. She was born in Stunsville, OH on June 20, 1927 a daughter of the late George G. Yeager and Locia B. Dulley Yeager [ .... ]  Read More

Rosa Lee Davis

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Sutton, WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born February 18, 1960 in Braxton County, WV to the late James Richard & Louise Alice Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Deborah Kay Ray

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Chloe,WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at CAMC – Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born June 30, 1961 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late William George and Janice Elaine Drake Conley [....]  Read More

Terry Huffman

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Sumerco, was born August , 1950, at Alkol, a son of the late James Dolliver and Marie Griffith Huffman. He departed this life on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at his residence [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Davis

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday April 13, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center, following an extended illness. Born April 29, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, Linda is the daughter of the late Oliver C. and Ruth Barnes Davis [....]  Read More

Martha Magdalene Rymer

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Simpson Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV. She was born in Braxton County, WV on October 19, 1926 a daughter of the late Elza Martin Fox and Mammie Zella Riffle Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Freda Nell Younger

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Ray Street, Weston, WV passed away at 6:41 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Lewis County, WV on October 19, 1942 a daughter of the late Haymond Matthew Burkhammer and Reta Leona Moneypenny Burkhammer [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Hall Heckert

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Right Freemans Creek Road passed away at 6:15 AM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the comfort of his home with family by his side. He was born in Cox’s Mills, WV on November 01, 1929 a son of the late Harl Heckert and Stelma C. Shaffer Heckert Osborn [ .... ]  Read More

Cora Lorene Brown

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Harts, WV (formerly of Smithville, WV) departed this life on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at her residence, following an extended illness. Cora was born September 9, 1930 on Camp Run in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late William Edward and Eva Mae (Hashman) Hawkins [....]  Read More

William H. Snider

The Free Press WVAge 81 of Walker, WV passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born November 05, 1936 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Icel and Mildred Eagle Snider [ .... ]  Read More

Harley Junior Lynch

The Free Press WVAge 93 of Parkersburg, WV passed away April 12, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living. He was born October 28, 1924 in Grantsville, WV, son of the late Harley Okey and Ada Jarvis Lynch [ .... ]  Read More

Lori Lee Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Woodbridge, VA, formerly of Sutton, WV, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on April 10, 2018, in Sutton, WV. Lori was born in Gassaway, WV on January 19, 1963 [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Fae Hart

The Free Press WVAge 88 of Brimfield, Ohio, died on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at 7:55 PM at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born on January 14, 1930 in Braxton County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Delta (nee Starcher) Case [ .... ]  Read More

Louella E. Ferri

The Free Press WVAge 94, formerly of Coatesville, passed away on Friday, March 2nd under the care of Tel Hai Retirement Community.  Born in Orlando, WV, she was the daughter of the late Della (Fox) and Jesse Cole [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A. Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of the Waterloo Road, French Creek, WV passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his home. He was born on May 06, 1943, at Holly Grove, WV, a son of the late John Andrew and Myrtle Catherine Sayre Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Vivian Lee Wright

The Free Press WVAge 68, of 401 John Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, April 09, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a lingering illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 17, 1949: daughter of the late Garnett O. Samples Wright [ .... ]  Read More

Roberta Jean “Jeannie” Tanner

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Vienna, WV passed away at her home April 07, 2018. She was born and raised in Grantsville, WV on March 07 ,1961 [....]  Read More

John William Freshour

The Free Press WV Age 84, Coxs Mills, WV, passed away April 11, 2018 at his residence. He was born March 02, 1934 at Berea, WV, the son of the late William H. and Orpha Smith Freshour [....]  Read More

Kenneth W. Finley, Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV. Kenneth was born January 16, 1928 in Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Charlie “C.S.” and Gladys (Martin) Finley [....]  Read More

Edward Clayton Riffle

The Free Press WV Age 74, of N. River Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. He was born in Upshur County, WV on August 19, 1943: son of the late Dalphine Oscar Riffle and Pauline (DeVault) Riffle [....]  Read More

Frances Irene Jarvis Saffir

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Spencer, WV passed away Sunday, April 08, 2018 at the Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston. She was born July 03, 1936 at Ovapa, a daughter of the late Spencer and Dona Jarvis [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Tomey

The Free Press WV Age 71 of Sand Fork, WV; departed this life on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Genesis Health Car, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born October 21, 1946 in Linn, WV. Charles is the son of the late Howard and Eva Leeson Tomey [....]  Read More

Betty Lou Wine

The Free Press WV Age 67 of Toler Run Road (Dusk Camp Community, WV) departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at her residence following a sudden illness. Born February 04, 1951 in Gilmer County, WV, Betty Lou is the daughter of the late Parker and Wilda Collins Queen [....]  Read More

Kathryn Marie Hamner

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Glenville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 06, 2018 at Glenville Nursing & Rehab. Center, Glenville. She was born June 13, 1948 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Walter Barker and Mary Helen Stonaugle Barker Collins [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Keith Corbett

The Free Press WVAge 62, of Sutton, WV passed away Friday, April 06, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Paul was born December 20, 1955 in Gassaway, WV to the late Sanford & Rena Conley Corbett [ .... ]  Read More

Orma L. Connard

The Free Press WV Age 94, of Grantsville, WV went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 07, 2018. She was born on March 08, 1924 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Arlie and Nellie Stutler Ayers [....]  Read More

Reba Lee Neal Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 99, passed away peacefully on April 07, 2018. She was born in Indore, Clay County, WV on August 11, 1918, to the late Alexander (Dodd) and Maggie Neal, who both preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

Walter Clyde Crane

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Harrisville, WV passed away April 08, 2018 at Milestone Senior Living, Parkersburg, WV. He was born April 14, 1922 at Pullman, WV, the son of the late Walter Alvin and Ethel Clayton Crane [ .... ]  Read More

Carla Christine Titus

The Free Press WV Age 65 of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Sunday, April 08, 2018 at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born September 18, 1952 in Clarksburg, WV; the daughter of the late George Benedum and Ida Maye (Ford) Benedum [....]  Read More

Harold Lynn Deel

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Asheville, NC passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mae Marie Deel [ .... ]  Read More

Norman “Dwayne” Kerns

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Homeland Road Jane Lew, WV passed away at 2:45 AM on Sunday, April 08, 2018 in the Cortland Acres Nursing Home in Thomas. He was born in Grafton, WV on April 22, 1939 a son of the late Dorsey Everly Kerns and Lena Gay Bolyard Kerns [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Ritchie Ledbetter

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Hazelgreen Road in Smithville, WV passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 05, 2018 at the Summa Health Systems Hospital in Akron, OH following a medical emergency. He was born in Bluefield, VA on July 24, 1951 a son of the late Ritchie Ledbetter and Ola Clementine Roten Ledbetter [ .... ]  Read More

Kenton Arthur Webb

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Fleming passed away peacefully at home. He was born on February 04, 1925, in Burnthouse, WV, to the late Emmanuel and Norma Grace Cornell Webb [ .... ]  Read More

Olive “Ollie” Phillips

The Free Press WVAge 95 a life long resident of Belpre, Ohio passed away April 06, 2018 at the Muskingum Valley Nursing Home in Beverly. She was born in Calhoun County, WV and was the daughter of the late Leslie and Ethel Jones Maze [ .... ]  Read More

Edward Lee Heath

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Gee Lick Road, Weston, WV passed away at 6:44 PM on Friday, April 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Weston, WV on December 22, 1953 a son of the late William Matthew Heath and Thelma Augustine Hawkins Heath [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin “Ben” T. Vincent

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Heaters, WV left this earth to be with the Lord on April 04, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the CEO of Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway, WV. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Executives [ .... ]  Read More

Charles Smith

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Vandalia, WV passed away on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Roanoke, WV on September 10, 1933: son of the late Charles T. Smith and Beatrice (Linger) Smith [....]  Read More

Myrtle Catherine “Toots” McCartney Roberts

The Free Press WVAge 97, of Stumptown, WV went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 04, 2018, at her home. Myrtle was born April 14, 1920, in Booger Hole in Calhoun County, WV. She was a daughter of the late Sylvanus and Alice Goff McCartney [ .... ]  Read More

Walter Dale Stout

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Morgantown, fWV, ormerly of Glenville, WV passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Mon Health System Hospital. Dale was born May 8, 1926 in Morgantown, WV son of the late Gerald G. and Lovada Burrows Stout [....]  Read More

Marcelene Jane “Tittles” Cogar

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Sutton, WV passed away April 03, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born March 09, 1940 in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Denny and Amy Persinger Searfoss [....]  Read More

Winifred Goff Eddy

The Free Press WVof Parkersburg, WV passed away April 03, 2018 at her residence. She was born July 04, 1937 in Ritchie County, WV the youngest daughter of the late Trevy and Loretta Black Goff [ .... ]  Read More

Arlene M. Burkhart Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Zanesville, Ohio passed away at 1:50 AM Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Cedar Hill Care Center, Zanesville. She was born July 05, 1935, in Ireland, WV, a daughter of the late Fred Morgan and Mabel Lowther Mealey [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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