WANTED: Charitable Hunters

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As fall arrives so does the time-honored tradition of hunting. Those who have been patiently waiting can finally celebrate the start of deer season. From the early settlers of our region, to the 350,000 plus individuals who hunt each year, hunting is a pastime that has been woven into the very fiber of West Virginia’s heritage. Regardless if you participate in the activity or not, most of our state’s residents have eaten a hunter’s spoils. Ask any West Virginian and they will tell you hunting has made its mark on the people of the Mountain State. The same can be said for our aptitude to help West Virginians who have fallen on hard times. Mountaineers always shown they are quick to respond when disaster strikes. This year, we are asking all hunters to combine passion with charity by considering donating a kill to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) program. Let’s kill two birds with one stone.

This season will mark the 27th consecutive year the Division of Natural Resources (DNR) has operated the HHH program. The program was established in 1992 and has been supported by the Governor’s One Shot, Inc. since 2008. The Governor’s One Shot is tasked with privately raising funds to pay processors to ensure there is no cost for hunters who wish to participate. Since its inception, hunters and participating processors have donated 25,702 deer towards the cause. What this means for our state is our two area food banks, through the HHH program, have been able to collect 979,549 pounds of highly nutritious meat for some of our neediest families. In terms of meals, we estimate 1,318,115 times a West Virginia did not go hungry.

As the Governor’s One Shot continues their effort to raise funds, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the DNR are looking to match their commitment by expanding this already successful program. Our hope is to highlight a lesser known initiative, as well those individuals who make this program thrive. Beyond publicity, we know the HHH’s reach is only limited by two things; deer donated and counties covered by a processor. If we can accept more deer into the program, as well as increase our ability to process those deer, we can expand HHH’s mission. If we want to help feed more families, we need additional hunters and processors to step up to the challenge. Our effort is only limited by our manpower, a challenge other charitable initiatives know too well.

If you feel a charitable spark, here is how to get involved. Hunters who decide to participate in the program must take their deer to a participating processor. Once a deer is designated as a HHH donation, it will be ground, packaged and frozen. From there, the Mountaineer Food Bank and Facing Hunger Foodbank will pick up the venison and distribute it through their statewide network of 600 charitable partners. There is no cost to those hunters who participate. If you are a processor, you just need to reach out to the DNR and/or the WVDA and ask to get involved. From there, we can help those businesses work through the process of becoming a certified partner. Our agencies stand ready to assist those who wish to give back this holiday season.

To all hunters, we ask while you pursue your passion think about giving back to those who desperately need assistance. Not only will you be helping control the deer population, you will be providing a high quality, fresh food to families who may miss their next meal. Help us expand a program that is a clear win-win for our state. One more time, lets prove West Virginians will always step up to help our most needy; become a Hunters Helping the Hungry partner, today!

Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

Gratitude Good For the Heart, in More Ways than One

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What are you grateful for this holiday season? The answer could be good for your health.

According to a number of studies, expressing gratitude can reduce levels of stress and feelings of loneliness. And that, in turn, can improve physical health by leading to more sleep and energy, or even reduced blood pressure.

Dr. Susanna Block, a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente, said focusing on gratitude during what can be a stressful time of year is a great idea. She said one study looked at people who discussed stressful experiences and compared them with those who spoke about what they were grateful for.

“Those who focused on gratitude really showed decreased anxiety and a more positive mindset,” Block said. “It’s interesting that that health and gratitude really go hand in hand. I think if you feel more grateful and more positive, you sleep better, you have better relationships. It’s an important health tool.“

Doctor Mary Jane Lambert is a Kaiser Permanente physician specializing in geriatrics. She said while the holidays can be especially hard for people who have lost a loved one, it’s a tough season for everyone, because expectations are high that families will feel connected and celebrate their time together.

She said one gratitude practice people can incorporate - during this season and throughout the year - is a simple, daily reminder about the positives in one’s life.

“It may be a family member who visits, a phone call, a personal connection,” Lambert said. “Even if someone has tended to dwell on the negative, there are ways to change that.“

Block said making gratitude more central to a person’s life doesn’t have to end with the holidays. She said families can discuss what they’re grateful for over dinner.

“But sometimes it might be just bringing it up while you’re in the car driving your kids around,” Block suggested; “or just at any other time when you have a moment to say, ‘How was your day?‘ and ‘What were you grateful for?‘“

Block suggested discussing gratitude with kids and getting them involved in an activity of generosity, such as cooking for a sick friend or volunteering.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Jeanette Riffle: Be Thankful Every Day

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We all need to be thankful every day of the year and not just on Thanksgiving Day.

The Bible says to be thankful in everything. I read an article in the Charleston Gazette about the way our grandmothers and great grandmothers had to work so hard for a holiday. It brought back memories of things I used to hear my grandmas talk about. Feathers that were plucked out of chickens when they were cleaned up for the table were saved for feather ticks.

There was a navy and white striped course material similar to denim, that could be purchased for making what they called feather ticks, and pillows were made the same way. Everyone had those feather ticks and feather stuffed pillows. They sure were comfortable but for those of us that are allergic to feathers, it caused a stuffed up nose. We didn’t always know why. I have a brother that had a bad allergy to feathers and Mom took him to the doctor. She didn’t know what was wrong. It was like a cold that wouldn’t go away.

Doc Smith in Glenville suspected the feather pillows and told her to switch to a store bought foam rubber pillow. She did and that helped solve the problem. He could breathe better. The material for ticking had to be measured to fit the bed and cut and sewed up leaving the top open to stuff the feathers in. It took a lot of feathers to make a thick mattress.

Nothing was wasted in the olden days. Mom saved old flannel shirts and cut the buttons off for her button box. Old clothes like that went into a scrap bag for her mother to piece quilts with. 

Nowadays, we buy our quilts and blankets for the bed and I don’t know anyone who makes feather ticks anymore. We buy chickens and turkeys already plucked, cut up and frozen. All we have to do is cook them.  A can of pumpkin makes a pumpkin pie or you can buy frozen ones that just need baked. We have bought the prebaked ones a few times but I prefer baking my own as I have my favorite recipe.

You can buy a box of Stove Top and follow the directions and make a decent dressing. I add a can of chicken broth to make it fluffier. We don’t like a dry crunchy dressing. If I had to go back to doing everything the hard way from scratch like my grandmothers did, I would be in the rocking chair from too much hard work. We have so much to be thankful for.

The devotions at church this morning is appropriate for my story so I will add that. It is found in Ephesians 5: 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

Pat’s Chat

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The Kanawha Alumni Association is currently seeking recipes for their Burnsville School Cookbook Volume II.  All former students, teachers, and staff members of Burnsville High School or the current Burnsville Elementary School are invited to submit their favorite recipes for the cookbook.  Dishes from entrees and sides to desserts and appetizers are welcome.

To Submit a recipe, include the title of the dish, ingredient list and measurements, step-by-step instructions on how to prepare it, and other relevant information like how many the prepared dish will serve and helpful hints.
You can e-mail your submission to ‘’, mail a copy to P.O. Box 324, Burnsville, WV   26335, or give a copy to any KAA Officer.

I read an article from a tiny magazine Signs of the Times about “Dealing with Childhood Phobias” and it struck a chord.  My daughter and I have talked about over-talking an issue.  John Rosemond, the family psychologist who wrote the article writes that his daughter, as a preteen, couldn’t go to sleep because of fear of dying in the middle of the night.  He would remain in her room, explaining and reassuring her until she could sleep, although at times she would still awaken again in the night anxious and unable to sleep.  This went on for a long time but her phobia seemed to be getting worse.  He finally figured out the her anxiety was worse, not because he couldn’t think of the right magic words to restore her mental health, but because he was just talking at all.  The talk-talk-talking was validating her fears.  So he stopped talking and the next time she was afraid and couldn’t sleep, he just said, “Yeah, I know.  That sort of fear isn’t unusual at your age.  I’ve said all I have to say.  You will just have to learn to live with it or put an end to it.  So, my princess, I love you (kiss, kiss).  See you in the morning!“  There was a week or so of crying when he left the room and once she yelled, “You’ll be sorry if I’m dead in the morning!“  He added that, after all, children are soap opera factories.  He stayed the course, however.  After several weeks there was no more attempt to keep him around after he tucked her in.  He began recommending the “no-talking cure” for childhood fears to other parents because, he told them that they’re repeating themselves as if their children were dense.  They were verifying that the fears were serious, deserving all that parental consternation, the talk-talk-talking.  Whenever he has recommended it, it has worked.  Therefore now he does not believe that children should be allowed to engage in one-on-one (as in, private) conversations with therapists.  This, he thinks, lends significance to something that’s nothing more than a product of a child’s rather overactive and random imagination.  He doesn’t think these fears represent something that is an issue in a child’s life, but a meaningless fear which will improve if given less attention.  (If you want more information about his talks and workshops, contact Tracy Owens-jahn at ‘’ or 817.295.1751.)

The Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church provided a special dinner on November 11, 2018 to honor Veterans.  We value and honor our veterans and appreciate their service.  The heartwarming, exciting stories that each of them told touched our hearts.  We hope that more of you will be available next year for our Veterans’ Day Dinner.  I am enclosing some pictures.


West Virginia Arbor Day poster contest rules, educational kit, now available online

Accepting poster entries from fourth and fifth grade classes statewide through March 01, 2019
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The West Virginia Division of Forestry Arbor Day educational activity guide and poster contest rules are now available online at

Fourth and fifth grade classes in public, private or homeschools have until March 01, 2019, to enter the poster contest. Each school may submit one entry for fourth grade and one for fifth grade. Entries must be postmarked by March 11, 2019. A state winner will be selected from the fourth grade and fifth grade poster entries.

The West Virginia 2019 poster contest is presented by West Virginia Division of Forestry (WV DOF), the Urban & Community Forestry Council and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

“The poster theme for the Arbor Day 2019 is “Trees are Terrific . . . in the Right Place,” said Andy Sheetz, state contest coordinator and WV DOF partnership coordinator. “We recommend that teachers begin by downloading the free education guide with activities that show students how trees are important and why planting the right kind of tree in the right place matters. The right tree in the right place is good for public safety, for the tree and for the environment we share. Then students can use what they’ve learned to create their posters.”

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he tree in the photo shows what can happen when a too-tall tree grows too near a power line.
The theme for the 2019 West Virginia Arbor Day poster contest is
“Trees are Terrific . . .  in the Right Place.”

The educational activity guide shows how an oak tree, which can grow 50 feet high in a few years, can save energy if planted on the west and south side of a house. The same tree planted under a power line can grow tall enough — or wide enough — to touch the power lines and cause an outage. 

“Certain tree species such a crabapple, dogwood or redbud, never grow as high,” Sheetz said. “They would not interfere with power lines.”

The educational activity guide, contest rules and other information are available by contacting Partnership Coordinator Sheetz at , 304.382.9574 or contacting his office at West Virginia Division of Forestry, #7 Players Club Drive, Charleston, WV 25311.

National Arbor Day takes place April 26, 2019. Arbor Day has taken place each year since 1872 to celebrate the importance of trees and to encourage tree planting.

WV Legislative Update


As I write this week, this and many families are preparing for the opening week of deer season and Thanksgiving.  Tens of thousands of West Virginians will join in this Thanksgiving week tradition, along with thousands of non-residents that will have the fields and woodlands teeming with hunters.  While I don’t hunt with the same intensity as I did forty years ago, I enjoy it more than ever.  Like most hunters, I have more stories of “the one that got away” than those involving a trophy buck.  But the memories I’ve made with my Dad, Justin, Carson, Kenzie, and a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends could fill a bookshelf. 

Regardless of your level of hunting skills, hunter safety is first and foremost the top priority.  Remember that if you’re hunting on private property that is not your own, you’ll need written permission to hunt from the landowner, in addition to all applicable licenses and stamps.

Getting permission; keeping the woods clean from trash; respecting fences, gates, farm building and livestock; these are some of the best ways to gain permission to hunt on private property year after year and build some lifetime friendships.  While hunting is a valuable wildlife management tool, it is one of the best opportunities to make memories with family and friends.  Be safe and responsible so all your hunting experiences are those you’ll want to remember and share for years to come.

I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving Day with Jessica and Greg this week as they travel from South Carolina for a few days.  However, I’m going to miss Collin and Gavin, as they’re spending the week with their dad and will miss staying at the farm and deer hunting.  Justin and his family will be up later in the week.

This Saturday, November 24 is designated as Small Business Saturday.  This day is to remind shoppers to prioritize and shop your local small business retailers as the holiday shopping season begins.  Most important is to remember where the support comes from in our communities: school sponsorships, sports teams, community projects and quality of life initiatives.  When local businesses thrive, our communities thrive.  The dollars spent here stay in the community.  I’d rather spend dollars to help local workers instead of sending it out of state to pay for another vacation home for an overpaid CEO with an eight-figure salary.

Small businesses are the backbone of our national and state economy.  Remember to shop them this holiday season and all year long.  If they do well, so will our communities and citizens.

I think I can predict what will be a major topic of discussion at next month’s December interim meetings.  The State just paid over $6.5 million to an out-of-state consultant that pretty much duped the Department of Commerce regarding the botched 2016 flood relief efforts.  Then, millions in settlement payments to former employees of a constitutional officer that were terminated illegally.  Couple this with the Frontier debacle of a few years ago that did nothing for expanding broadband to unserved areas but enriched the corporate coffers at taxpayer expense.  This is unacceptable and the legislative leadership needs to address this issue.

There must be accountability and meaningful consequences for those that take advantage of a disaster; provide an inferior products or services; defraud taxpayers and/or workers with wages, and benefits.  Natural resource corporations must be held accountable for fixing our roads that are being heavily damaged by overweight equipment and loads.  Contractors must be held accountable for shoddy materials and services; kickbacks and bidding irregularities should be ferreted out and those responsible held accountable or terminated.  Administration officials must ensure that qualified persons are in place to oversee the above and demand taxpayers get the best value and service for what they’re paying.

Finally, I want to provide a note of appreciation to all the volunteers across central West Virginia that are donning reflective vests and gloves to bag a portion of the mountain of litter that is spoiling our landscape and communities.  Locally, I’ve had discussions with Herb Cogar and Robyn Stewart about the problem between Sutton and Gassaway.  They and several other civic-minded volunteers are putting their concerns into action, filling hundreds of orange bags with bottles, wrappers, cans and other assorted paraphernalia.

Sadly, all this is totally preventable if people would simply keep your trash in the car until you are at home or in a location that has a trash can or container.  This is hard work and dangerous, too, as they have to keep an eye out for passing motorists while gathering litter.  Just a few days ago, a Girl Scout troop in Wisconsin was picking up litter when an intoxicated driver killed three girls and an adult supervisor.  That’s a terrible tragedy we do not want repeated.  Ever.

Thanks to all those that are working to make our area a better, more inviting place for residents and visitors.  You are making a noticeable difference that is greatly appreciated.  Meanwhile, when you see them working roadside, SLOW DOWN and keep them safe.  All assistance is welcome and appreciated.

Please send your inquiries to my home office:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

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

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

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

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Lifetime SNAP Ban Makes Life Harder For Reformed Drug Felons

Reformed drug felons in West Virginia are blocked from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and some want the Legislature to fix that.

West Virginia is one of only three states that has a lifetime SNAP ban for anyone convicted of a drug-related felony.

That applies to Debbie Kolbe of Huntington, even though she has finished her sentence and broke her addiction to methamphetamine more than two years ago.

Kolbe says it’s unfair that no matter how long she stays clean, or how long she keeps her job, she can’t get the help any other kind of felon can the day he or she leaves prison.

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Former addicts in West Virginia say making it easier for reformed felons
to receive public benefits would help them stay free of drugs.

“Murder and armed robberies and all that stuff, and you can get help all day long,” she points out. “If I needed help with food, they absolutely will not. Even if I had young children, I could not get food stamps. They could, but I can’t.“

The lifetime ban was put in place as one of several measures designed to get tough on drug crime.

Kolbe says she and other reformed felons want the Legislature to reconsider it in the next session.

Advocates say the ban may actually be counter-productive, forcing people back into crime just when the state should be helping them get their lives back together.

Kolbe says it’s enough of a struggle to become an ordinary taxpaying citizen again – hard to get work or an apartment and extremely difficult to build up any kind of financial security.

“You’ve already suffered the consequences to your actions, which I have,” she stresses. “And you’ve got numerous years of clean time and you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do.

“I just don’t think it’s fair that drug-convicted felons are labeled like we are.“

In recent years, the state has expanded drug courts and day reporting centers, making it easier for offenders to avoid prison time.

Lawmakers also have made it easier for nonviolent felons to clean up their record, to make them more appealing to employers.

Advocates say ending the benefit ban would add to that.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Will a new push for free wireless internet help rural students get online?

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Both before and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom. They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back room for the 3-D printer, vinyl cutter and robotics kits.

Some kids come to log extra time on class projects. Others show up just for the internet. Caine oversees the school’s Chromebooks. Her district of Garfield County has provided a computer to every student since 2016. And yet, reliable broadband is far from guaranteed in this region of towering plateaus, sagebrush valleys and steep canyons.

Like much of rural America, Garfield County is on the wrong side of the “homework gap” — a stubborn disparity in at-home broadband that hinders millions of students’ access to the array of online learning, collaboration and research tools that are enjoyed by their better-connected peers. Many of Garfield’s students trek to internet oases such as Caine’s classroom or one of the local businesses willing to host a district Wi-Fi router.

Going without isn’t an option. “All their work is on that computer,” said Caine, “and they need that access.”

That’s why district leaders are eager to pilot an ambitious, statewide broadband initiative. Utah’s schools are already hard-wired with high-speed internet through a statewide network. The new plan would extend that network into a wireless blanket of access covering rural households and the highways on which students spend hours busing to and from sports and other activities. The broadband expansion is supported by the managers of the existing network, and the plan’s backers could tap multiple statewide funding sources for education technology. But the pilot can’t get started without one critical ingredient they still lack — access to frequencies of electromagnetic spectrum.

Federal licenses to use spectrum that can carry mobile internet are a hot commodity, coveted by big telecommunications companies with money to spend at the periodic spectrum auctions conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But the FCC is now poised to decide whether a treasure trove of currently untapped spectrum should be given away for free to Garfield County and other rural school districts — or sold to the highest bidder.


On a recent fall morning, Garfield County’s superintendent, Tracy Davis, was stuck behind an out-of-state car crawling up a two-lane highway flanked by red, rocky spires that reached into a cobalt-blue sky.

“Probably lost,” Davis grumbled. The tourists who flock to this part of Utah, to visit places like Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park, clog up the roads, and yet, Davis said, “they are the only money there is.”

Drought and low dairy prices have crippled the region’s family farms, and the minerals and coal hidden in the surrounding plateaus can’t be exploited due to federal land ownership and the undeniable remoteness of the place, so far from markets, power plants and processing facilities.

“As you can see,” Davis said, gesturing toward an expanse of scenery home to just one person per square mile, “We’re out in the middle of nowhere.”

The same issues hamper Garfield County’s access to a less tangible, but perhaps more valuable resource — the internet. In sparsely populated rural America, there’s little or no profit motive for commercial providers to invest in broadband service. According to an April 2018 Department of Education report, 18 percent of 5- to 17-year old students in “remote rural” districts have no broadband access at home, compared to 13 percent in cities and 7 percent in the suburbs. In total, the homework gap hits some 12 million school-aged kids nationwide, according to a 2017 congressional report, “America’s Digital Divide.”

And when pioneering districts try to build their own broadband networks to reach students beyond school walls, they must first navigate federal control of the electromagnetic spectrum that carries every wireless signal, from radio broadcasts to satellite communications. To avoid interference, licenses to use specific frequencies of spectrum are tied to geographic location. That’s why, for instance, the same preset button on your car radio will be news-talk in one city, classical music in another and static in between.

While several slices of spectrum can carry mobile internet, the most promising for rural school districts is the one the FCC first reserved for educational television broadcasts in the 1960s. Over three decades, the government gave away more than 2,000 spectrum licenses to school districts and education nonprofits, primarily in urban areas. But the FCC effectively stopped issuing such licenses in 1995, because many license holders weren’t using their spectrum, but were instead turning it into revenue by leasing it to commercial telecommunication companies.

Nobody made a big fuss about the licensing freeze until 2004, when the FCC expanded the allowable use of this frequency band to include broadband internet and renamed it Educational Broadband Service (EBS). Suddenly, this sleepy spectrum became extremely valuable. But the freeze on new licenses was kept in place, which left huge swaths of the country without any legal access to EBS frequencies, areas collectively known as EBS “whitespace.”

In recent years, pressure has built on the FCC to open up licensing in EBS whitespace — pressure both from big telecoms eager to fortify their nationwide wireless networks and from tech-savvy educators hoping to spread their schools’ internet into students’ homes.

Finally, in May 2018, the FCC suggested lifting the whitespace licensing moratorium, among several proposals to change EBS.

“Currently, a large portion of the [EBS] band in approximately half of the United States lies fallow. And it’s been that way for more than 20 years. This must change,” FCC chairman Ajit Pai wrote in a statement. “Today, we take the first step toward putting that asset to work.”

Broadly speaking, the proposals reflect an ongoing tension between the public-interest origins of EBS and the fact that the free market has been far more efficient at putting this spectrum to use. On the one hand, the changes would steer existing EBS licenses further toward the free market, by eliminating requirements that a sliver of leased spectrum still be used for education. On the other hand, the FCC would still give new EBS licenses free to educational institutions, including rural school districts such as Garfield County, within the current whitespace. (Native American tribes would also get preferential access to new licenses.)

Hundreds of people and organizations weighed in during the FCC’s first public comment period on the proposals, which closed in August. Submissions from school districts and education nonprofits largely supported keeping, or strengthening, the spectrum’s ties to education. Meanwhile, representatives of commercial wireless internet providers, and open-market advocates such as the nonprofit R Street Institute, pushed for full commercialization and urged the commissioners to auction off whitespace spectrum licenses.

After the FCC weighs the first batch of comments, it may allow a second period of public comment on a revised proposal. According to Steve Rovarino, president of Red Rover, a Reno-based broadband network design firm hired as a consultant to Utah’s bid for EBS spectrum, a final ruling was originally on track for the end of this year, but has been delayed indefinitely due to the pending T-Mobile merger with Sprint, the largest holder of leased EBS spectrum.

“There are rumors that a concession to push through the merger might be Sprint relinquishing some of that spectrum,” said Rovarino. Reached by email, an FCC spokesperson declined to comment about the merger’s potential impact on the EBS deliberations.


The godfather of Utah’s new educational broadband plan is Jason Eyre, who was the IT director for Garfield County Schools during their one-to-one Chromebook rollout.

“We branded it as expanding the classroom beyond the school,” said Eyre, who now works for Murray City Schools, just south of Salt Lake City. Knowing that some students had no broadband at home, Eyre convinced a few local businesses — a gas station in one town, a drugstore in another — to host a Wi-Fi router where kids could connect.

But the challenge went beyond students with no home internet whatsoever. Indeed, the vast majority of families had some form of home internet access, but their connection speeds were sometimes too slow to retrieve pages and documents from the school district’s heavily content-filtered system.

So, Eyre and Davis looked into creating their own broadband network to cover Garfield County. That led them to see the potential for a statewide solution. Key to that possibility was Utah’s existing broadband service connecting the state’s school buildings and hospitals. This wired network, known as the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), is run by a public-private partnership of state agencies and commercial telecoms. By the summer of 2017, Eyre and his counterparts in other districts had persuaded UETN to back a wireless expansion of their broadband service statewide.

The idea was to mount transmitters on schools to blast broadband into surrounding communities, using UETN as the core and tapping state education-technology grants to defray the cost. Garfield would pilot the project, along with Millard County, another massive rural district. But before this effort could get underway, the districts needed spectrum licenses.

Last summer, UETN was among the groups that submitted comments to the FCC in support of the whitespace licensing of EBS spectrum. So was the Nebraska Department of Education, which has a statewide broadband plan similar to Utah’s, whereby an existing wired network in the school buildings would be broadcast wirelessly into surrounding rural communities.

“We know all too painfully well the extent of our homework gap for rural students here in Nebraska,” said Tom Rolfes, education IT manager for the Nebraska Information Technology Commission, one of the partners in the state’s broadband initiative. Indeed, nearly two-thirds of Nebraska’s districts have fewer than 500 students, and more than a third of the rural students have no broadband access at home, compared to just 9 percent of urban students, according to a recent state study.

In an email attached to Nebraska’s FCC comments, one mother whose only home internet is a smartphone hotspot with an expensive data plan wrote to the superintendent of her rural district about driving her daughter to the parking lot of a public library after hours so she could do her homework using the library Wi-Fi.

“[My daughter] was told, `Since you get to take the Chromebooks home, you have no excuse for not getting the vocabulary homework done,’ ” she wrote.

By 2017, Nebraska had wired every K-12 school building, along with 25 colleges and universities, with fiber-optic broadband. And, according to its FCC comments, the state owns or leases more than enough towers to blanket its rural areas with broadband, provided they get licenses for the necessary spectrum.

“We have this perfect alignment of stars. Not only is there a dramatic need, but we have extraordinary assets to throw at the problem,” Rolfes said. “But the premise of this is new licensing, with a more strategic approach, and if the FCC doesn’t grant that, then anything we’ve proposed will be moot.”


Back at Panguitch High School, a junior named Hagen Miller sat in the cluttered back annex of Shawn Caine’s classroom. As one of the tech-savvy students in the district’s “CyberCorps,” Miller was debugging and cleaning a few Chromebooks for recent transfer students.

Miller has decent home internet, but he knows friends and neighbors who don’t, and he also cites the hours he and other students spend without internet access on lengthy bus rides. Travel for any school athletic team in Garfield County can easily top an hour each way, and Miller competes in four sports — basketball, baseball, cross country and track. Every team covets the district’s only bus with a Wi-Fi router, even though internet service on “the Wi-Fi bus” cuts out for long stretches.

“If you have an assignment due the next day, you want the Wi-Fi bus, so you can get it done and don’t have to stress about going home and staying up all night to finish,” said Miller.

In the meantime, some teachers at Panguitch High School are moving more of their classroom work online with the learning management system Canvas.

“Given the expectations we now have for student access, it’s difficult for those students who don’t have good internet at home,” said the school’s principal, Russell Torgersen. He’s seen the students sitting in the school parking lot to tap the Wi-Fi on weekends, and he’s had many conversations with teachers about how to work around students’ spotty home connections.

For now, it’s a waiting game, as the FCC plods toward a decision on the fate of the EBS spectrum. Given the uncertainty, Eyre and his allies are looking at alternative paths to spectrum licenses, such as the lengthy and complex FCC waiver process successfully used to create a rural educational broadband network in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Even if the FCC ultimately decides to give new EBS spectrum licenses to rural school districts like Garfield County, it’s hard to say how much of the homework gap could then be eliminated. Current estimates of rural broadband don’t take into account the boundaries of EBS whitespace, nor the fact that a home broadband connection can be inadequate for a school network’s needs, according to digital-inclusion advocates such as Susan Bearden, chief innovation officer for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school technology leaders.

What Bearden can say for sure is that “There’s no silver bullet” to solve unequal student broadband access. She favors giving rural districts EBS licenses, but not every district can build its own broadband network. And in many urban communities, broadband access is plentiful but unaffordable to families struggling to make ends meet.

Closing those gaps will depend on a variety of measures, from hot-spot lending programs at public libraries to nonprofit digital-inclusion efforts and districts buying mobile hotspots for students from companies such as Kajeet.

“I’d love to see the equivalent of the rural electrification program happening for broadband,” said Bearden, referring to the sweeping New Deal effort to bring electricity to America’s countryside. “But until that day happens, we’re kind of stuck with these patchwork solutions.”

2018 General Election: A Huge Success for West Virginia

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I am very pleased to report that West Virginia hosted a very successful November General Election.  Here are a few of the highlights from my perspective as the state’s chief elections officer.

Approximately 593,900 ballots were cast statewide resulting in 48 percent voter turnout. A total of 183,205 West Virginians voted early or turned in an absentee ballot during the early voting period that ran October 24 to November 3. Early voting was historic and turnout was robust—at least 10 percent higher than the 2014 midterms.

We had phenomenal voter turnout, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Our office and county clerks worked hard to make this election a success and all our efforts paid off.

High voter turnout was due to a variety of factors, not the least of which was an energized electorate and several key races that included the U.S. Senate and two West Virginia Supreme Court races.

Military and overseas voters in 24 West Virginia counties had, for the first time, an easy and hassle-free way to participate in this year’s General Election. Approximately 144 military and overseas West Virginians voted from 30 different countries using a mobile voting application. This is a first-in-the-nation project that allowed uniformed services members and overseas citizens to use a mobile application to cast a ballot secured by blockchain technology. Coverage of our mobile voting app can be found here

West Virginians were eager to get out and exercise their right to vote. My administration has been working closely with our county clerks to address a lack of confidence in the election process that resulted in low voter turnout in previous elections.  We will continue to work together to restore voters’ confidence in an effort to keep voter participation increasing in future elections.

The Secretary of State’s partnerships with the West Virginia National Guard, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the WV Fusion Center have become a model for other states as it relates to a meaningful and effective cybersecurity strategy to protect our election systems.

Working with our congressional delegation, West Virginia secured $6.5 million in federal funding to help counties upgrade their voting machines, for physical security of election equipment and for state-of-the-art technology upgrades.  These much needed improvements contributed to West Virginians feeling confident that the ballot they cast was private, secure and properly counted.

As an example of the recognition West Virginia is receiving on the national level, watch this video explaining how “one of the smallest states in the nation is taking the biggest lead in shoring up their election cybersecurity”:

The Secretary of State’s Office also actively worked to make the election process as transparent as possible.

Our new user-friendly website provides voters full disclosure when it comes to election-specific issues such as campaign finance and election night reporting. Leading up to the election, our eight-week “Project Election Protection” public education campaign kept voters up-to-date on correct election procedures and rules. Voters took the lead in reporting suspicious campaign or election activity by calling our Investigations hotline at 877.FRAUD.WV.

When talking about election success, our 55 county clerks are an indispensable factor. In fact, less than 20 months since my administration took office, our county clerks authorized the cancellation of 104,833 voter registrations of outdated, duplicate, deceased or convicted felon voters. That effort demonstrates to West Virginians that the Secretary of State’s Office is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of our voter lists. Conversely, our county clerks registered 92,189 new voters during the same period. 29,075 of those new voters were high school students.

All 55 county clerks took the initiative in Election Day preparations, engaged in best practices and measures, and planned for every conceivable scenario that could happen on Election Day. That preparation allowed us to quickly address Election Day situations such as power outages, equipment malfunctions and distribution of extra voting machines to precincts that experienced long lines. 

The goal of our public education effort is to identify and prevent illegal and unethical campaign behavior.  We would rather ensure compliance with the law than seek criminal convictions. Meeting that goal was enhanced by a 30-member Election Day monitoring team that visited all 55 counties on Election Day.

On November 6th, more than 9,000 Election Day workers manned 1,740 voting precincts throughout the state. Here’s another great example of national news coverage by HBO’s Vice News highlighting West Virginia’s emphasis on safe and secure elections:  Click HERE.

The 2018 midterm election is now in the history books.  I am very proud of our Elections Division, our support team, our county clerks and their staff. I also want to congratulate the 508 candidates who sought federal, state, county and local positions this year. I look forward to working with those individuals who were elected.

Electing our representatives is the cornerstone of our democracy. I am thankful to be the Secretary of State for the wonderful people of West Virginia. Working together, we will continue our pioneering ways of the past to lead our nation in providing safe, secure and fair elections for the future.

Mac Warner
WV Secretary of State

2018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet

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The 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, November 19 and run through December 01.  Here are a few facts about the season:

  • Buck firearm season is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming.

  • Sunday hunting will be legal on public lands throughout West Virginia, and on private land with written permission of the landowner. The only Sunday that falls within the two-week buck firearms season is November 25.

  • All deer harvested by hunters in Berkeley and Mineral counties on November 19 and 20 are required to be brought to a designated Biological Game Examination Station. For station locations, consult page 12 of the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary.

  • Approximately 250,000 deer hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods this season.

  • Hunters should review the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for detailed instructions concerning bag limits and season dates. The regulations are available at license agents, DNR district offices and online at

  • All hunters must use their permanent DNR ID number to check game. The ID number can be found on annual hunting licenses. Hunters who have registered with the electronic licensing system in the past must use the number they were previously provided.  They also can be obtained by calling 304.558.2758 or logging on to and providing the requested information. Game may be checked by telephone at 1.844.WVCHECK, online at or at any hunting license agent. All field tagging, transporting and possession requirements still apply.

  • Hunters may substitute a bow or a crossbow during the buck firearms season.

  • The bag limit during the two-week buck firearms season is two (one on the base license and one on an RG [resident] or RRG [nonresident] stamp). A hunter may take no more than three antlered deer per calendar year in all archery, crossbow and firearms seasons combined.

  • A hunter may harvest two deer per day, but only one antlered deer may be harvested per day. The first deer does not have to be electronically registered before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer legally harvested must be electronically registered and legally tagged before hunting during a subsequent day.

  • The last day to purchase an additional buck deer gun tag (Class RG/RRG Stamp) is Sunday,  November 18. Class RG and Class RRG additional buck stamps can only be used to take an additional antlered deer during buck firearms season. Unused Class RG and Class RRG stamps may not be used in antlerless or muzzleloader seasons.

  • Fifty-one counties are open to concurrent antlerless deer season hunting during the traditional buck firearms season. Class N (resident) or Class NN (non-resident) stamps to hunt during the antlerless deer season can be purchased at any time. Antlerless deer firearms season opens November 19 on private land and specified public lands.  Hunters should consult the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for specific antlerless deer season regulations in each county and wildlife management area.

  • A bear firearms season without dogs will run concurrent with the buck firearms season in 51 of 55 counties, excluding  Logan, Mingo,  McDowell and Wyoming. Consult the 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary for specific information.

  • According to Southwick Associates, hunting contributes $500 million each year to the state’s economy. Deer hunters spend an estimated $230 million in West Virginia,  much of it in the rural areas of the state that depend upon the deer seasons for a large portion of their annual income. Hunting is estimated to be responsible for 5,400 jobs and $35 million in sales taxes on goods and services spent in West Virginia.

  • In 2017, the traditional bucks-only firearm season harvest of antlered bucks was 44,127, a decrease of 4 percent from the 2016 harvest. This is 14 percent less than the 5-year average bucks-only firearm season harvest of 51,448 and ranks 35th among all past years.

  • WVDNR predicts the buck harvest will be higher than it was in 2017. White oak mast will have the deer spread across the landscape, but the lack of other oak species will make it easier for hunters this year than last season. Field reports are showing a very healthy deer population and many good bucks available.  

  • Hunters are required to wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange (about the size of a vest) as an outer garment for visibility and safety. Blaze orange camouflage patterns are legal as long as 400 square inches of blaze orange are displayed on the garment. A blaze orange hat is not required, but the hunter must have blaze orange visible from both the front and the back.

  • Hunting licenses may be purchased online at any time and printed out on a home computer printer. Go online to, fill out the application and purchase it over a secure server with a credit card.

  • Hunters who wish to donate deer meat or money to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program, which distributes deer meat through the Mountaineer Food Bank and the Facing Hunger Food Bank, should call 304-924-6211 or visit the DNR website at to find a participating meat processor.   

An Open Letter to Those About to Serve

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The election is over, and to the victors go the spoils. To all who ran, thank you for putting your name on the ballot because you helped keep our democratic traditions alive. Each cycle everyday citizens, like those who just campaigned, step up and put their reputations on the line just for a chance to serve our community, state and country. To those who won, you all ran hard-fought races intertwined with policies and ideas that will move the Mountain State forward. You made clear to the voters you were the better choice to lead our state. They put their faith in you to purse new, bold initiatives that better our state. To do that, we must acknowledge we have more in common than the bitter discourse that is often highlighted by campaigns and gridlocks in Washington D.C. Here in West Virginia, we must work together, focusing on similarities, to move our state forward.

Elections can be hostile. Campaigns can cross lines just for a victory. Educating voters on an opponent’s voting record is fair game, but campaign ads can put family members or military service in question, as well as take comments out of context. That bitterness cannot transfer over to policy making. The people of our great state will not stand for it. My hope is that our Governor and Legislature can move past the negativity to join forces for a better West Virginia. The next generation cannot afford bitter gridlock that leads to little policy change. West Virginia has started down the path towards prosperity, and we cannot turn back. We must keep moving forward.

Recently, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a post that showed the Arlington National Cemetery. The caption was “There are no Rs and Ds on these headstones.” When I served in the United States Marine Corps, I never knew the political party of the men and women who served with me. When those who died serving their country returned home, their caskets were adorned with an American Flag. Regardless of differences in political affiliation, ethnicity, gender or principles, these folks died in the service of their country. The men and women I led for 20 years cared about one thing, defending the values and principles of the United States. They fought for all of us. I suggest we, as elected officials, fight honestly with our words for all West Virginians to honor those brave men and women. We have the opportunity to show true leadership by working together in lieu of discord.

Some goals we can all agree on are striving towards diversified economy through innovation and technology, while bringing new industrial sectors to West Virginia. We must also find a way to retain our young people, to give them an incentive to stay. We must do a better job of preparing our students to succeed in their future careers. We have to better train our workforce for the jobs industries need. We must find efficiencies to ensure fiscal responsibility. Most importantly, we have to tackle the opioid epidemic ravaging our state.

As a former State Senator, here is some advice I have for the new members. If you are fortunate to serve as a lawmaker, expect criticism. Don’t shy away from it; listen and revaluate your positions. Be prepared to defend your vote, especially to the people you represent. Every vote you take should be done with your constituents’ values in mind. Basing votes on values helps move us toward a better West Virginia. Once the vote is cast, move on. Debate the next issue and remain friends and colleagues while avoiding personal grudges. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to oppose a bill even from your own party. Listen to your heart. If something tells you a policy is wrong, it probably is. West Virginia needs leaders, so make bold decisions without fear of consequences. With that, I look forward to working with all of you as we pursue a better West Virginia. Let’s get the job done.

Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture


Rubus discolor Weihe & Nees
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Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors, Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins are working to get a noxious and invasive plant identified and eradicated before spreading to other locations in Gilmer County.

The first of October Conservation Supervisor, Larry Sponaugle, was notified that a vigorous thorn-studded vine was growing on property owned by Rick Frame in the Normantown vicinity. The vines were beginning to get out of control and taking over a meadow that is being used for Agriculture purposes.

Contacts were made to The Dept. of Agriculture, DNR, and WVU Extension office in an attempt to get this thorny vine identified. Paul Harmon, Rare and Endangered Plant Botanist at DNR, after receiving samples from the site, unofficially identified the plant as Rubus discolor Weihe & Nees(Himalayan Blackberry). Photos were taken of the vine and sent to WVU Extension Specialist Rakesh Chandran, who also unofficially identified the plant as Himalayan Blackberry however, he was checking further with WVU’s Herbarium Curator before a final identification would be confirmed. In West Virginia, tracking and control of a non-native invasive plant species is conducted by the WV Dept. of Agriculture. Mr. Harmon has alerted the Dept. Of Ag of this find in Gilmer County and is currently working with Donna Ford-Werntz, Herbarium Curator at WVU to positively identify the plant.

According to Mr. Harmon, since this species is perceived as an invasive plant species elsewhere in North America the quicker the population could be treated and eliminated from the site in Gilmer County the better. At this time, West Virginia has NOT identified this vine as an invasive species.

Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors, are currently working with WVU Extension, DNR, and WV Dept. of Agriculture to get the species identified and to develop a plan eradication..

Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins – Gilmer County Conservation Supervisors

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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries




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

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

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

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before January 14, 2019  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

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


Kenneth G. White Darlene W. Silos
Sherry L. Andrews
8130 Bahia Honda Dr, Wilmington, NC 28412
230 Bendingwood Circle, Taylors, SC 29687
Judith C. Rich Harry Rich 496 Peacock Drive
Glenville, WV 26351
Charles Tomey Bonnie Tomey 5198 WV Hwy 5E
Glenville, WV 26351
Ernest Hiles Ernest Hiles II 661 Valley Drive
Elkview, WV 25071
Scott Duane McHenry Karen Beth Teets 723 Hogback Road
Elglon, WV 26716
Larry Joe Richards Minda Marie Richards 1070 Tornes Road
Lowell, OH 45744

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : November 15, 2018

West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens November 19, 2018

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West Virginia’s traditional buck firearms season begins Monday, November 19, the earliest possible opening date. This season opens the Monday before Thanksgiving every year, and gives hunters an opportunity to hunt during part of the rut, when bucks are active.

“Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2018,” said Gary Foster, assistant chief in charge of Game Management for the Division of Natural Resources. “West Virginia’s deer seasons provide quality outdoor recreation for hunters and, at the same time, boosts the state’s economy by hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Hunters may harvest two deer on the same day, but only one of those can be an antlered buck. The first deer does not have to be legally checked before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer must be checked and the checking confirmation number recorded by the hunter before hunting during any subsequent day.

Hunters are required to use their permanent DNR identification number to check in their game from their phones at 1.844.WVCHECK,  their computers at or at a hunting and fishing license agent. For a list of license agents, visit

Harvesting an additional buck

Resident hunters wanting the opportunity to harvest an additional buck must buy the Class RG stamp before the start of the season. The RG stamp is $21 and must be accompanied by a Class A and CS, A-L, AB-L, X, XS, XJ, AH, AHJ or free license.

Resident landowners have the privilege of harvesting an extra buck without purchasing the RG stamp, if they are hunting on their own property.

Nonresident hunters wanting the extra buck must purchase a RRG stamp before the beginning of the season. The RRG stamp is $43 and must be accompanied by the Class E, AAH, AAHJ or XXJ license. Nonresident hunters who own land in West Virginia are not exempt from purchasing a license or the extra buck stamp, even if hunting on their own property.

Buck firearm hunters in 10 counties and portions of two counties are required to take an antlerless deer with a firearm (required Class N permit for residents or Class NN permit for nonresidents) or with a bow or crossbow under archery season regulations, before harvesting a second antlered deer within each of these respective 12 counties.

For more information, hunters should consult the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations.

Concurrent hunting

Most counties are open to concurrent antlerless deer season hunting during the traditional buck gun season. Class N or Class NN permits to hunt during the antlerless deer season can be purchased at any time.  Antlerless deer firearms season opens Nov. 19 on private land and selected public lands. Hunters should consult the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations available at license agents and at for specific antlerless deer regulations in each county and wildlife management area.

Small game hunting, including bobcats, is prohibited during the first three days of buck firearms season in all counties having a buck firearms season. Archery and crossbow hunting for antlered and antlerless deer is legal during the buck firearms season subject to all archery and crossbow deer hunting regulations.

Entries Accepted for West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition

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The sixth annual West Virginia High School Business Plan competition is open to all juniors and seniors at public and private high schools and technical centers in the state.

Co-hosted by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and the West Virginia Department of Education.

The deadline for entries is at Noon, Friday, December 07, 2018.

The college scholarship is worth $10,000 and up, according to officials. Entries must be submitted electronically using the West Virginia High School Business Plan Competition entry form found HERE .

Teams may be comprised of one-to-three people, with the winning team dividing the scholarship among all team members.

The scholarship may be used at any of the West Virginia colleges or universities participating in the competition, including Bethany College, Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Ohio Valley University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University.

After judges evaluate the entries, 10 teams will advance to the final competition.

Finalists will be announced by December 21, 2018 and the teams will work on their business ideas for the months to follow.

The winning team will be announced on April 12, 2019 when finalists from the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the high school competition will work in their respective areas of the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center at the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont.

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The Free Press WVOrders US to conduct more thorough study of Keystone’s environmental impact   [ .... ]  Read More

She Won a Historic Election. Now, a Problem

The Free Press WVOcasio-Cortez, youngest woman elected to Congress, can’t afford DC apartment yet   [ .... ]  Read More

Imagine living without any memories of a time before mass school shootings

The Free Press WV Just ask your college-aged kid what it feels like to grow up with fears of gun violence [ .... ]  Read More

49 of 50 State Legislatures Will Be Under Single-Party Control

The Free Press WVJust Minnesota has one Democratic chamber, one Republican chamber [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

imageDelegate Brent Boggs - Minority House Finance Chairman [ .... ]  Read More

God and man at the Justice Department

The Free Press WVOn Matthew Whitaker’s biblical view of the law [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Asylum Ban

The Free Press WVIn a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights [ .... ]  Read More

Pope decries that ‘wealthy few’ feast on what belongs to all

The Free Press WVChampioning the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that “the wealthy few” enjoy what, “in justice, belongs to all” and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants.  [ .... ]  Read More

Stolen Picasso Resurfaces ...

The Free Press WVUnder a Romanian Tree?  [ .... ]  Read More

Pacific summit ends with no communique as China, US differ

The Free Press WVAn acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree Sunday on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers China and the U.S.  [ .... ]  Read More

Massive Earthquake Shakes Remote Research Station

The Free Press WV6.8 undersea quake struck in Arctic Ocean   [ .... ]  Read More

In Venezuela, a Grim Fate for Vet School’s Horses

The Free Press WV3 found butchered in recent months amid high inflation, scarce food   [ .... ]  Read More

Croissant Eating Contest Turns Deadly for Ex-Boxer

The Free Press WVMario Melo of Argentina choked to death at 56   [ .... ]  Read More

Where Children Are Killing Themselves

The Free Press WVIt’s in Japan, where suicide rates are already high   [ .... ]  Read More

Passengers, Plane Crew Nearly Brawl Over Stinky Fruit

The Free Press WVSriwijaya Air flight in Indonesia temporarily grounded thanks to durian in cargo hold   [ .... ]  Read More

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia   [ .... ]  Read More

Macron Calls for ‘European Army’ to Counter US, Russia

The Free Press WV‘Peace in Europe is precarious,‘ French president says, warning against rising nationalism   [ .... ]  Read More

Pope: Safe Drinking Water Is a Human Right

The Free Press WVIt’s ‘shameful’ that so many lack access to it, he says   [ .... ]  Read More

Japanese Regulators Approve a Nuclear First

The Free Press WVA 40-year-old reactor has been granted a 20-year operations extension   [ .... ]  Read More

3 Weeks In, Canada Has a Legal Pot Problem

The Free Press WVThere isn’t enough of it   [ .... ]  Read More

World’s Tallest Statue Unveiled

The Free Press WVIndia monument is twice as tall as Statue of Liberty   [ .... ]  Read More

Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

The Free Press WVFormer President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama’s book show in Washington [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Widows’

A commanding turn from Viola Davis in ‘Widows’  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ a mixed bag of wonders [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Beautiful Boy’

Young Actor Chalamet Does It Again - Crtics say he shines in ‘Beautiful Boy,‘ with Steve Carell   [ .... ]  Read More

Disney Now Has a Name for Its Netflix Competitor

The Free Press WVDisney+ will launch in late 2019   [ .... ]  Read More

Lady Gaga Reveals Shocking List of Mental-Health Woes

The Free Press WVShe calls mental health a ‘crisis of epic proportions’  [ .... ]  Read More

California wildfire response

Jimmy Kimmel slams Trump over California wildfire response [ .... ]  Read More

Breaking Bad Film to Cover Kidnap, Escape

The Free Press WVMysterious project comes from series creator Vince Gilligan   [ .... ]  Read More

Library Finds the Actual Books Bram Stoker Used for Dracula

The Free Press WVLondon Library says it found 26 volumes in its collection with his scribbles, turned corners   [ .... ]  Read More

MPAA: 57 Percent of Movies Have Been Rated R

The Free Press WV More than 17,200 received the mature rating [ .... ]  Read More

Recognize This Bunch?

The Free Press WV‘Brady Bunch’ kids reunite at house bought by HGTV   [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Grinch’

This new ‘Grinch’ film will only make you flinch [ .... ]  Read More

Satanic Temple: Netflix Show Copied Our Statue

The Free Press WVSays statue in ‘Sabrina’ show copied its specific design   [ .... ]  Read More

Book Review: ‘Friends’

The Free Press WVAuthor offers retrospect of TV show ‘Friends’  [ .... ]  Read More

A Strategy Change, Netflix Will Debut 3 Original Films in Theater

The Free Press WVPreviously, movies have been available in theaters and by streaming at the same time   [ .... ]  Read More





The Free Press WVOctober jobless rates down in 6 states, up in 2; payroll jobs up in 9 states     [....]  Read More

Global Talks Take Aim at Short-Term Rentals

The Free Press WV The booming home rental business — Airbnb posted $1 billion in revenue last quarter [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVPrices for U.S. imports rise 0.5% in October; export prices increase 0.4%      [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary –  Week Ending 11,16,2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 1.6% Weekly Drop, Led by Consumer Discretionary, Technology, Energy [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVCPI for all items rises 0.3% in October as gasoline, shelter indexes increase     [....]  Read More


The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings decrease 0.1% over the month in October     [....]  Read More


The Free Press WVPPI for final demand advances 0.6% in October; services increase 0.7%, goods rise 0.6%    [....]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 11.09.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 2.1% Weekly Gain, Led by Health Care, Real Estate; Communication Services Lag [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVGross job gains 7.4 million and gross job losses 6.7 million in the 1st quarter of 2018     [....]  Read More

News Leaks About Amazon HQ Pick, and an Exec Is Not Happy

The Free Press WV Company official disses ‘genius’ talking about Crystal City, Virginia, as front-runner [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVSeptember jobless rates down over the year in 308 of 388 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 58   [....]  Read More

More Than 400K Subaru, Toyota Vehicles Recalled

The Free Press WVFaulty engine part could lead to stalling   [ .... ]  Read More

Job Openings and Labor Turnover

The Free Press WVJob openings decrease to 7.0 million; hires and separations little changed in September   [....]  Read More

Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’

The Free Press WVPizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy [ .... ]  Read More

Your ‘CLV’ Might Affect How Long You’re on Hold

The Free Press WV‘Customer Lifetime Value’ determines how companies treat you   [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVInvite your kids to help make this chocolate sheet cake [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVBaked brie with jam or fruit is popular for good reason [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVTurn smoked turkey and melty cheddar into an inspired lunch [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVA recipe for rolls as good as any from a European bakery [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVPecan pie with a smooth-textured filling and a nice crust [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVCOOKING ON DEADLINE: Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing or Dressing [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVCooking and glazing a moist and cured ham? It’s in the bag [ .... ]  Read More

Cigarette Smoking Is at a Record Low in the US

The Free Press WVBut use of other tobacco products, such as e-cigs, is still prevalent   [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVThis elegant nut tart is surprisingly easy to prepare [ .... ]  Read More

He Cut Out a ‘Tumor.‘ It Was Actually Her Kidney

The Free Press WVFlorida surgeon Ramon Vazquez faces complaint from state   [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVScratch the mushy stuffing and make cornbread from scratch [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVThis Bundt cake demands a spot in your next brunch spread [ .... ]  Read More

Grape and Cranberry Crisp

The Free Press WVServe Grape and Cranberry Crisp at Thanksgiving [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVCOOKING ON DEADLINE: Roasted Squash with Salsa Verde [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVWant a crisp and moist turkey with mahogany skin? No sweat [ .... ]  Read More



Hillary Clinton’s Defeat Became a Pink Wave

The Free Press WV This year Cambridge Scholar Publishers issued a book edited by Barry University professor Laura Finley and me, Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Be Thankful Every Day

The Free Press WV We all need to be thankful every day of the year and not just on Thanksgiving Day [ .... ]  Read More

After the Vote – An Essay of the Man from the North

The Free Press WV The Vote – the beloved, abused, scorned, corrupted, stolen, hijacked, pointless, profound, hopeful, depressing, hard-won, cherished vote – is not the only way to take action for meaningful change [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV All former students, teachers, and staff members of Burnsville High School or the current Burnsville Elementary School are invited to submit their favorite recipes for the cookbook [ .... ]  Read More

The new abnormal

The Free Press WV Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters [ .... ]  Read More

History shows things don’t always just work out

The Free Press WV When confronting bad news these days, many tend to assume that it’s just a bump on the road and that things will work out [ .... ]  Read More

A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans

The Free Press WV “For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.” ― Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston [ .... ]  Read More

Presidential Nuclear Nonsense

The Free Press WV The Reagan Administration’s 1980s crazy talk of “winning” nuclear war with “only” 20 million US dead produced a lot of anti-nuclear activism — all over the world. In Europe, hundreds of thousands marched against the placement of US Cruise and Pershing II missiles in NATO countries [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Free Meals to Go Vote

The Free Press WVBy the time I was old enough to vote, there had been a lay off at the shipyard and we were back home a year [ .... ]  Read More

The American Taliban

The Free Press WVIf you believe in the separation of church and state, then you probably think that evangelicals exert far too much influence on American life, our politics and culture [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s Kristallnacht

The Free Press WV We are now moving past “mere” voter suppression and voter intimidation. We have arrived at voter assassination. It was almost exactly 80 years ago that the Nazis made their first serious move against their own citizens who happened to be Jewish. It was November 9 and 10, 1938 [ .... ]  Read More

One Law to Rule Them All: Thou Shall Not Kill

The Free Press WV Routine mayhem in America is the “new normal?” Not only is it not “normal” it is not “new.” The soul searching and despairing cries of “Why?” echo again across the nation. The blood of one group of victims is not even dry before the next massacre occurs. How to account for it?  [ .... ]  Read More

The Real White Man’s Burden

The Free Press WVIt is unfortunate that in the 21st century we are still subjected to the kind of propaganda that positions white people (men in particular) as the chosen ones of history and, indeed, the future [ .... ]  Read More

No More Whitewashing Hate

The Free Press WVPro-Trump extremist Cesar Sayoc was arrested and charged last Friday (10/26) for mailing multiple pipe bombs. The apparent motive for the crime: politics. Saturday (10/27), Robert Bowers was arrested for murdering 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg PA, he gunned them down yelling “All Jews must die!” during Sabbath. Among his more misguided beliefs were claims that “[Jews] were committing genocide on his people,” and that “illegals” should be called “invaders.”  [ .... ]  Read More

A Badge of Shame: The Government’s War on America’s Military Veterans

The Free Press WV “For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.” ― Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston [ .... ]  Read More

These Termite Mounds Are Visible From Space

The Free Press WVA study published in Current Biology details the discovery of a vast network of millions of regularly spaced termite mounds covering 89,000 square miles [ .... ]  Read More

2018 West Virginia deer firearms season fact sheet

The Free Press WVThe 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, November 19 and run through December 01 [ .... ]  Read More


The Free Press WVRubus discolor Weihe & Nees [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s buck firearms season opens November 19, 2018

The Free Press WVThis season opens the Monday before Thanksgiving every year, and gives hunters an opportunity to hunt during part of the rut, when bucks are active [ .... ]  Read More

Huge Lizard That Terrified Neighbors Finally Caught

The Free Press WVFlorida authorities say it’s an escaped pet   [ .... ]  Read More

2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Regulations

The Free Press WV The dates for antlerless deer hunting at Stonecoal Lake and Stonewall Jackson Lake WMAs are November 19 – December 01, December 06-09 and December 28-31, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

With fur prices down, officials expect few trappers

The Free Press WVThis year, people will be trapping for recreational value [ .... ]  Read More

Seed Banking Won’t Work for 36% of Threatened Plants

The Free Press WVThe solution may be cryopreservation   [ .... ]  Read More

Yes, That’s a Jar of Poop Next to Bill Gates

The Free Press WVPhilanthropist is making plea for sanitation technology at ‘Reinvented Toilet’ Expo in China   [ .... ]  Read More

Animal Odd Couple: Emu, Donkey

The Free Press WVNC shelter took them in, and they refuse to be separated   [ .... ]  Read More

WVDEP and WVDNR Work Together to Solve ‘Muck’ Problem in KSF, Davis Creek

The DEP and the WV DNR are working together to restore Davis Creek to its original configuration by removing a functionally obsolete dam in the Kanawha State Forest [ .... ]  Read More

WWF: Wildlife Numbers Have Fallen Off Cliff Since 1970

The Free Press WVWWF documents a 60% decline in various species worldwide   [ .... ]  Read More

In Central Park, a Rare Brilliance Spotted

The Free Press WVMandarin duck, usually seen only in Asia, shows up out of the blue in NYC   [ .... ]  Read More

Airline Worker Takes Nap, Then ‘Slips Through the Cracks’

The Free Press WVIntoxicated baggage handler fell asleep in American Airlines cargo hold   [ .... ]  Read More

Hunter Says He Was Shot by ‘Good Dog’

The Free Press WVHe left shotgun with dogs in backseat of pickup   [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Eight Governments Want to Grill Mark Zuckerberg

The Free Press WV He’ll have to pencil them in [ .... ]  Read More

Can This New Treatment Tackle Peanut Allergies?

The Free Press WV Scientists hope the finding will be “life-transforming [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook to Create Independent Oversight Group

The Free Press WV Following a damning report in The New York Times detailing the company’s poor crisis management [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists to Redefine the Kilogram

The Free Press WVThey’re weighing the benefits [ .... ]  Read More

Teen Hackers Expose Flaw in Today’s Education

The Free Press WVPair in Michigan might have been nurtured as tech whizzes; instead, a criminal investigation   [ .... ]  Read More

Simple Reason May Explain Pygmies’ Height

The Free Press WVStudy suggests taking shorter steps allows them to survive better in rain forests   [ .... ]  Read More

Science Solves How to Make Great Pizza at Home

The Free Press WVIf you can follow directions, an electric oven will do fine: scientists   [ .... ]  Read More

Oldest Figurative Painting Depicts Wild Cow

The Free Press WVRecent research shows artwork to be at least 40,000 years old   [ .... ]  Read More

Sleep May Not Be a Major Casualty of Kids’ Screen Time

The Free Press WV Researchers say using electronic devices may not have significant impact on kids’ shut-eye   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Create Electricity-Generating Mushroom

The Free Press WVThey’ve seen the light. In a bid to create a renewable energy source, researchers from the Stevens Institute of Technology have created a “bionic mushroom” capable of producing around 65 nanoAmps of current [ .... ]  Read More

‘Slow-Moving Disaster’ Threatens Railway Line, Freeway

The Free Press WVCalled the ‘Slow One,‘ it’s actually quite dangerous   [ .... ]  Read More

Our Path to Chocolate Started Earlier Than Thought

The Free Press WVHumans were using cacao 5,400 years ago in Ecuador, study suggests   [ .... ]  Read More

Ocean Study Has Horrific Implications for Climate Change Fight

The Free Press WVHeat is going into oceans, not space, researchers say [ .... ]  Read More

Llamas Might Save Us From the Flu

The Free Press WVScientists say their unique antibodies could lead to a universal vaccine   [ .... ]  Read More

These 100 Sites Shaped the Internet

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Reader's Comments

Bruce Lynn Garrett, II

The Free Press WVAge 45 of Cedarville, WV passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at his home. He was born January 24, 1973 in Farmington, MI to Bruce Garrett and Bonnie (Riffle) Garrett who survive [ .... ]  Read More

Gail Leoan Whitehair Swisher

The Free Press WVAge ge 97 years, of New Milton, WV, passed away on November 19, 2018. She was born January 4th, 1921 at Oxford, WV (Bear Run Community) the third daughter of seven girls, of Guy and Ella Gregg Whitehair [ .... ]  Read More

Hilda Marie Snyder Deem

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Vienna, WV (formerly of Harrisville, WV), departed this life on Sunday November 18, 2018, at Camden Clark Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Hilda was born April 21, 1928 in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Jennings and Sylvia (Law) Snyder [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph Austin Yoak

The Free Press WV Age 88, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away November 10, 2018, in Parkersburg, WV. Ralph was born on February 26, 1930 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late John W. Yoak and Eva Richards Yoak [....]  Read More

Thomas A. Friend

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Gassaway, WV passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 18, 2018. Born November 03, 1945 he was a lifelong resident of Chapel, WV and was a good friend neighbor to all who knew him [ .... ]  Read More

Robert L. Mayhew

The Free Press WV Age 54, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, November 16, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 20, 1964 in Wheeling, WV a son of the late Ervin Mayhew and Betty Louise Forester Mayhew [....]  Read More

Steve Bradley Hughes

The Free Press WVAge 70, aka, “Governor” of Wilsie, WV was born on March 17, 1948.  He was born on St. Patrick’s Day and had the gift of gab [ .... ]  Read More

Goldie Marie Holmes

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Sand Fork, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston. She was born August 01, 1944, in Sutton,WV,  the daughter of the late Minter & Rhoda Lewis Cottrill [....]  Read More

Robert G. Middleton

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Parkersburg Care Center. He was born July 12, 1932, in Doddridge County, WV, a son of the late Harold B. and Mildred E. Wade Middleton [ .... ]  Read More

Art L. Brown

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Arnoldsburg, WV went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 12, 2018 at his home. He was born in Calhoun County, WV on February 22, 1946, a son of the late Basil Clarence and Lola Marie Burchett Brown [ .... ]  Read More

Ann Margaret Henline

The Free Press WV Born January 07, 1967, passed away peacefully in her home in Pennsboro, WV on November 15, 2018 [....]  Read More

Susan D. Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Grantsville WV passed away November 11, 2018 following a brief illness. Susan was born January 25, 1937 a daughter of Garland and Alta Stump [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Hamilton Spence

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Manchester, passed away on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 21, 1950 he was the son of the late Herbert Hamilton and Lavirina M. (Phillips) Spence [ .... ]  Read More

Cliff William “Bill” Perkins

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Pennsboro, WV (Mountain Community) passed away November 13, 2018, at the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV, surrounded by family. He was born at his family home in Mole Hill, WV on June 1, 1927 to the parents of Andy M. and Ethel Fern McCullough-Perkins [....]  Read More

James Dixie Wine

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Jane Lew, WV passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born in Braxton County, WV on August 26, 1933, son of the late Pearl Wine and Rose (Vankirk) Wine [ .... ]  Read More

Leonard Ray Williams

The Free Press WVAge 57, of Jane Lew, WV passed away November, 13, 2018 in the comfort of his own home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice. He was welcomed to the world on September 19, 1961 in Weston, WV by his late parents Fred Junior and Betty Louise Knicely Williams [ .... ]  Read More

Clara (Fleming) Ford

The Free Press WVBorn on September 02, 1930 passed away November 12, 2018 at age 88. Clara was a resident of West Union, Doddridge County, WV; and previously a resident of Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Helen May Elliott

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Smithville, WV passed away November 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born January 25, 1929 at Smithville, WV, the daughter of the late Charles B. and Lela Zickefoose McHenry [....]  Read More

Wanda “Jackie” Jean Wine

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Roanoke, WV passed away on Friday, November 09, 2018 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Kincheloe on January 12, 1942 a daughter of the late Oath and Blanch Marie Smith Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Adam Frame

The Free Press WV Age 44, of Birch River, WV passed away Friday, November 09, 2018 at Glenwood Park Retirement Village, Princeton, WV. He was born September 18, 1974 in Birch River, WV, the son of Larry Joe & Zelma Marie Greathouse Frame [....]  Read More

Howard R. Carpenter

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Orma, WV passed away November 04, 2018 at his home. He was born February 21, 1951, a son of Johanne Hamilton Carpenter and the late Rex Carpenter [ .... ]  Read More

Randall Azz Collins

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Atlanta, GA passed away November 06, 2018 at Gwinnett Hospital, Atlanta, GA. He was born November 23, 1956 in Grantsville, WV, the son of the late Velda Collins Wade and step-father, Oras H. Wade [....]  Read More

Gary Lee Mick

The Free Press WVof Strange Creek, WV, went to be with his Lord on November 08, 2018 at the age of 78 years old. He was born on October 02, 1940, son to Wade Mick and Elsie Dobbins Mick of Wilsie, WV. Weighing less than two pounds when he was born, he was nicknamed “Pod”, a name that stayed with him throughout his life [ .... ]  Read More

Wilma Lucille Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Parkersburg, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 07, 2018. She was born in Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Alvin K. and Elizabeth V. Moore [....]  Read More

Willis Clark Border

The Free Press WVAge 95, passed away on November 08, 2018. He was born September 22, 1923, in Oxbow, Ritchie Coubty, WV, a son of the late John and Isabel (Middleton) Border [ .... ]  Read More

Carol E. Kimble

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 at her residence, following a short illness. She was born June 13, 1935 in Rosedale, WV; daughter of the late Trader and Thelma Ferrell Tallman [ .... ]  Read More

Bruce Allen Cottrill

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Frametown, WV passed away November 07, 2018 at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, Clarksburg. He was born November 28, 1942 in Charleston, WV a son of the late Owen and Ruby Mae Ragel Cottrill [....]  Read More

Pamela Sue King

The Free Press WVAge 68 of Morgantown, WV completed her journey in the presence of her family at her home in Morgantown on Sunday, November 04, 2018. She was born September 08, 1950 in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late James and Goldie (Cowger) Moats [ .... ]  Read More

William Everett “Tink” Rose

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Gassaway, WV passed away November 07, 2018, in Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born April 01, 1923, in Gassaway, WV to the late Everett O. Rose and Lovie Smarr [ .... ]  Read More

Mickel L. Frame

The Free Press WV Age 66, of Gassaway, WV passed away November 02, 2018 at home after an extended illness. He was born January 23, 1952 to his mother, Betty Lou Gould Frame, of Elkins, WV, and the late Jack R. Frame [....]  Read More

Charles “Charlie” Wade Posey

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Walkersville, WV went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 02, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born in Braxton County, WV on February 03, 1946 a son of the late Okey S. and Nina Ratliff Posey [....]  Read More

Kenneth “Kenny” Lane Hacker

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Brush Camp Road, Exchange, WV passed away November 06, 2018. He was born August 05, 1946, Sutton WV son of the late Arthur Hacker and Thelma (Burke) Hacker [ .... ]  Read More

Dessie Louise Wolfe

The Free Press WV Age 95 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her living family. She was born April 12, 1923 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Willie L. and Blanche Ellyson Jones [....]  Read More

Iona Lee Arbogast

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Star City, WV passed away on Sunday November 04, 2018 at the Grandview Estates, Elizabeth, PA. Iona was born in Gilmer County, WV on May 29, 1934 daughter to the late Leslie and Jessie Swiger Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Anne Craig

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Elkins, WV (previously of Walkersville, WV) went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 05, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born in Weston, WV on April 10, 1951 a daughter of the late Maurice Leon and Mary Elizabeth Davis Heflin [ .... ]  Read More

Randall “Randy” Lee Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 46, of Jane Lew, WV, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 05, 2018. He was born in Weston, WV on December 30, 1971 a son of Judith Ann Parmer Riffle of Orlando, WV and the late Harry Lee Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

James C. Alkire

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, November 04, 2018, at his residence. Jim was born March 27, 1941 on Rock Run in Pleasants County, WV, a son of the late William “Jack” and Margaret (McCullough) Alkire [ .... ]  Read More

James Franklin Bunner

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Harrisville, WV passed away November 05, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 23, 1957 in Pennsboro, WV, the son of the late Frank and Wilma Ramsey Bunner [ .... ]  Read More

David Robert “Bob” Newlon

The Free Press WV Age 87 of Smithville, WV went to be with the Lord on November 05, 2018 at his residence. He was born May 22, 1931 at Lawford, WV, the son of the late Walter and Ola Chloe Davis Newlon [....]  Read More

Ruby Mae Cogar Lake

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Alum Bridge, WV went to meet the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018. She was born in Webster County, WV on September 07, 1933: daughter of the late Bernard and Alma (Simons) Cogar of Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

James Patrick Bankert

The Free Press WV Age 73 of Big Flint Road, West Union, WV departed this life on Friday, November 02, 2018 in his residence.  He was born on December 28, 1944 in Hanover, PA a son of the late Carroll “Pat” and Anna May Greenholtz Bankert.  [....]  Read More

Anna “Peggy” Lee Alonso

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Weston, WV went peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport after a brief illness. She was born in Harrison County, WV on January 12, 1935 a daughter of the late John Franks and Geraldine Prunty [....]  Read More

Margaret Justine Moore

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Big Bend, WV, formerly of St. Albans, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 02, 2018. She was born on June 15, 1932, a daughter of the late Samual Osbourn and Elizabeth Josie Wooten McDougal [....]  Read More

Sandra Mae Duffield

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William “Bill” D. Woodson

The Free Press WVAge 85, formerly of Jane Lew, WV passed away peacefully in Florida on October 29, 2018. Bill was born in Linn, WV, on November 11, 1932 a son of the late Walter C. and Agnes Neal Woodson [ .... ]  Read More

Kendall Goodwin

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Pike, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at his residence, following a courageous battle with cancer. Kendall was born February 14, 1953 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late Paul Kennith and Dorothy (Starkey) Goodwin [ .... ]  Read More

Helen D. Payne

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Jocephus Eakin John

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 in the West Virginia Veteran’s Nursing Facility of Clarksburg following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on March 14, 1934: son of the late Harvey John and Mary (Blackburn) John [ .... ]  Read More

Letha “Shannon” Bailey

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Ireland, WV, returned to Heaven on October 31, 2018 from the comfort of her home and surrounded by her family. She was born on December 15, 1937 in Sand Run, WV, a daughter of Elmer and Alice Cidney Gibson McCartney [ .... ]  Read More

Alice Rebecca Clark McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 75, formerly of Dutchman, WV (Ritchie County) passed away October 30, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg. She was born April 20, 1943 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Gail and Eleanor Buzzard Clark [....]  Read More

Marcia Jean Albright

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Sutton, WV, went home to Jesus on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was born February 24, 1953 in Sutton, WV the daughter of the late Glen A. and Dorothy Jean Holmes Conley [....]  Read More

Sallie Patricia (Green) Blanks

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Fred Samuel Blanks

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Steven Ray Gregory “Beave”

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Travis Lee Kelley

The Free Press WVAge 31, Glenville, WV passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born July 12, 1987, in Buckhannon, WV to Michael Lee Kelley and Carol Louise (Brown) Kelley who survive [ .... ]  Read More

Earlo Roland Pertz

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on April 17, 1928: son of the late John Pertz and Mary Blanch (Underwood) Pertz [....]  Read More

Leonard C. Tenney

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Weston, WV passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, in United Hospital Center surrounded by his family. He was born in Queens in Upshur County, WV on October 31, 1931, the son of the late Cecil and Lelah Mae Reed Tenney [ .... ]  Read More

Olan E. “Bud” Hitt Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 82 and a part-time resident of Linn, WV passed away from cancer on Sunday at Seasons Hospice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center near Baltimore, MD. Mr. Hitt’s family was from Linn and he was born in Morgantown, WV to Hugh Hitt and the former Freda Mae McGarry [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

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

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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Just saw this. Am so sorry.

By Betty Woofter on 09.06.2018

From the entry: 'Shirley F. Wilmoth'.

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Well, this is nice.

However, there have been promises and attempts more than I care to remember.

Canaan Valley, GSC deal.  Broadband to every holler.  Near twenty years ago.

Ole Joe spent money made promises. 
Little Missy Moore got on that wagon too.

Seems so much of this money chatter comes just before election time?
We be waitin’ though, but won’t hold our breath.

By Thanks EDA for trying. on 09.04.2018

From the entry: 'G-CommunityImprovement™: Gilmer County EDA Receives Community Block Grant'.

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The expectation is that the new board will provide a “tell it as it is”  status report on current student achievement with a comprehensive plan for improvements.

The plan should include a firm commitment for accurate progress reports at scheduled intervals.

If nothing is done by the board that would be a way to skirt accountability for the County’s school system.

By Need Measurable Results on 09.04.2018

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

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If the board wanted you to have the info—you would get it.

Otherwise you are likely wasting time thinking about it?

Remember how loud actions speak?

By no info flow on 09.02.2018

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

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Could the Board get Mrs. Mason’s report summarized and put on the GFP? This should be some of the most important information in years all citizens have a right to know.

By Gilmer County School Watch on 08.29.2018

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

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Appears the Governor will appoint 5 Supremes?

That means the 5 Supreme Court Judges will be beholding to the Governor?

Will the Governor ‘own’ the Supreme Court?

The Judge’s actions will answer that question.

By Hanshap on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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Something is wrong with the way storm water all of a sudden rushes down hill from GSC’s parking lot located at the front of the administration building.

Down hill from the south corner of the lot runoff is so bad during storms to make rocks wash out to litter the unnamed steep street up hill from property formerly owned by the Barker’s.

Rocks and other debris are beginning to deposit over a drain at the entry of the steep hill to cause more water problems.

GSC please fix the problem.

By Property Owners on 08.28.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Students Travel to Berlin'.

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Another dark day in WV history.

By Ronzel on 08.26.2018

From the entry: 'Justice Appoints Jenkins and Armstead to West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals'.

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We know that there were problems with accurate tracking of BOE finances, but nothing has been heard about what was found, who was responsible, and corrective measures to be taken. Board is requested to get a report out to the public. Nothing unreasonable about this good government request.

By Gilmer BOE Finances on 08.25.2018

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

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Accountability, you say?

When is the last time your heard that word used with any GC elected?

By accountability? on 08.25.2018

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

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It was apparent to citizens that under intervention the State practiced Machiavellian divide and conquer with the previous board and it never recovered from that type of treatment.

With a new board the county has a fresh start. Let us hope that it will function in a highly effective manner to include openness to keep the public fully informed.

By New Start on 08.22.2018

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

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

By Mr. Cottrill Asked to Lead on 08.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity For Gilmer's School System on 08.21.2018

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

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