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EQT scholarship recipients

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The EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corp., offers the Students of Excellence Scholarship to high school seniors planning to pursue degrees in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The goal of the scholarships is to encourage West Virginia students to go to college and work in the state after graduation.

Six high school students are awarded full-ride scholarships for a maximum of $18,000 annually:

  1. Brooke Burns, Brooke County, Scott High School
  2. Lian Dunlevy, Monongalia County, Morgantown High School
  3. Justin Lovell, Raleigh County, Shady Spring High School
  4. Tylee Oldham, Putnam County, Hurricane High School
  5. Afnan Safa, Kanawha County, George Washington High School
  6. Catherine Stodola, Kanawha County, Herbert Hoover High School


There were an additional 57 winners who received $1,000 scholarships.

Among them were few of the area students:

  • Kenton Linger, Lewis County, South Harrison High School
  • Hannah Loy, Wetzel County, Paden City High School
  • Zoe Payne, Barbour County, Philip Barbour High School
  • Kaylene Snyder, Gilmer County, Gilmer County High School
  • Emly Spadafore, Doddridge County, Doddridge County High School
  • Logan Whitehair, Upshur County, Buckhannon-Upshur High School
  • Hayley Woods, Harrison County, South Harrison High School

This year’s scholarship recipients received a total of nearly half a million dollars.

Since the Students of Excellence Scholarship program began in 2009, the EQT Foundation has invested more than $5 million in helping West Virginia students achieve their educational goals.

Disco Zumba Event Planned at GSC

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Students in Glenville State College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization will be hosting a Disco Zumbathon in the Health and Physical Education Building’s Lilly Gymnasium. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Disco Zumbathon is a fundraiser for the group that is open to members of the community as well as students, faculty, and staff. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $15 for one and $20 for two. Glow bracelets and necklaces, as well as refreshments, will be provided.

Zumba is dancing and exercising at the same time - however, unlike regular Zumba classes, this event will also include disco lights, glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces, and a smoke machine. The event will be led by a certified Zumba instructor and promises to be fun for participants of all ages.

PBL is the college-level equivalent of the Future Business Leaders of America groups that are often found in high schools throughout the country. The organization is dedicated to inspiring and developing the next generation of leaders by preparing its members for careers in business and business-related fields.

For more information about the Disco Zumbathon, e-mail ‘Stover.SethM@gsc.glenville.edu’ to reach PBL Reporter Seth Stover.

Teens Haven’t Outgrown Mr. Yuk

They Should Still Recognize the Poison Prevention Icon

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Teens try new trends. Teens are curious. Teens accept dares from friends. Teens can get poisoned. Teens may need the West Virginia Poison Center. You never outgrow Mr. Yuk.

The West Virginia Poison Center shares some ways teens may get poisoned.


Misuse or Abuse of Medications

Medications can be misused or abused by teens. It is important for teens to know how to safely take medications as misuse can happen by not understanding how to take medicine correctly. Also, teens may not understand the use of someone else’s prescription medication is not only dangerous but illegal. Prescription pain and sleep/anxiety medications are medicines commonly misused or abused by teens. If these types of medications must be kept in the home, lock them up and be aware of how many tablets should be in the bottle. A teen may see no harm in taking one or two pills or providing a few tablets to a classmate.


Caffeine

While some daily caffeine intake is not harmful, drinking energy drinks throughout the day can result in exposure to excessive amounts of caffeine. Teens should look at all potential exposures to caffeine, such as soda, energy drinks, water enhancers, and energy tablets.


Challenges/Dares

Are challenges/dares harmless or a more serious concern? Many challenges are described as “just for fun” but oftentimes the risks are either ignored, minimized, or considered to be part of the fun. In the worst cases, “innocent” challenges can be deadly. It is important to remember that any substance that may change how a person acts or thinks, could cause harm, even if it is “legal” or “natural.”




About the West Virginia Poison Center:

The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, WV, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division.  Toll-free:1.800.222.1222. Website:www.wvpoisoncenter.org.

GSC Department of Land Resources to Hold 21st Annual Golf Tournament

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Planning is underway for the 21st annual Glenville State College Department of Land Resources Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, May 10 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Proceeds from the event, which will take place at the Glenville Golf Club in Glenville, West Virginia, will again be used to enhance student learning within GSC’s Natural Resource Management programs.

Funds received from the golf tournament will help provide extra tools and equipment for students studying environmental science, forestry, land surveying, land management, and other natural resource management programs at GSC.

Multiple prizes are available, including two hole-in-one prizes of $10,000 cash or a Stihl Homeowner’s Package, Lowe’s gift cards valued at $50, a Stihl Chainsaw, and cash prizes for the top three teams.

Participants can enter the scramble golf outing for an entry fee of $80 per person or $320 per team of four. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch. Organizations and individuals are also welcome to sponsor a hole, starting at $100. Sponsors will be recognized in a GSC Department of Land Resources newsletter and will have the name of the person or organization displayed during the event. Checks can be made payable to GSC Land Resources Department and sent to Glenville State College Department of Land Resources, 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351.

For more information and to register, contact Ashley Nicholas at or 304.462.6370.

West Virginia trout stocking the week of March 18, 2019

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The following waters were stocked the week of March 18, 2019:

Anthony Creek
Bear Rocks Lake
Big Clear Creek
Big Sandy Creek
Blackwater River
Brandywine Lake
Brushy Fork Lake
Buffalo Creek (Clay)
Buffalo Fork Lake
Bullskin Run
Burnsville Tailwaters
Cacapon Park Lakes
Coopers Rock Lake
Cranberry River
Dillons Run
Dry Fork (Randolph)
Dunloup Creek
East Fork Greenbrier River
Edwards Run
Elk River
Evitts Run
Fort Ashby Reservoir
French Creek Pond
Gandy Creek
Glade Creek of Mann
Glady Fork            
Greenbrier River (Durbin section)
Greenbrier River (Marlinton section)
James P. Bailey Lake
Jimmy Lewis Lake
Kimsey Run Lake
Knapps Creek
Laurel Creek of Cherry River
Laurel Fork (Randolph)
Laurel Fork of Holly River
Left Fork of Holly River
Little Clear Creek
Little River East Fork Greenbrier River
Little River West Fork Greenbrier River
Logan County Airport Pond (Children & Class Q)
Lost River
Meadow Creek of New River
Middle Creek (Berkeley)
Middle Fork River
Miletree Lake
Mill Creek (Berkeley)
Mill Creek of South Branch
Miller Fork Pond (Children & Class Q)
New Creek
New Creek Dam No. 14
Newburg Lake
North Fork of Patterson Creek
North Fork South Branch
North River
Opequon Creek
Paint Creek
Pipestem Lake
Pond Fork
Potts Creek
Red Creek
Rhine Creek
Rich Creek
Rocky Marsh Run
Rollins Lake
Seneca Lake
Shavers Fork (Bemis)
Shavers Fork (lower section)
Shavers Fork (upper section)
South Branch (C&R)
South Branch (Franklin)
South Branch (Smoke Hole)
South Mill Creek Lake
Spruce Knob Lake
Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
Summit Lake
Sutton Tailwaters
Teter Creek Lake
Tilhance Creek
Trout Run
Tuscarora Creek
Underwood Lake (Children & Class Q)
Waites Run
Warden Lake
Watoga Lake
West Fork Greenbrier River
Wheeling Creek
Williams River

MEC Rookie of the Year Putting Her Stamp on GSC

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Glenville State guard Re’Shawna Stone is the Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year for 2019. The award caps off what has been an amazing season for the Lady Pioneers, and the dynamic freshman from Waynesville, Missouri.

In helping lead the GSC team of head coach Kim Stephens (the 2019 MEC Coach of the Year) to a 30-3 record, the MEC regular season championship, MEC Tournament Championship,  and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship. Stone has averaged 17.2 points per game, second on the team. She leads the team with 116 assists (3.5 apg), and also is averaging a solid 4.3 rebounds per game. She was also named the MEC Tournament MVP after averaging 19.6 points in the tournament to go along with 4.6 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists.

Stone’s journey to the hills of Central West Virginia has included several stops along the way. Her childhood has included the multiple stops that are common in a military family. Her father, Anthony Stone, has served throughout his career in the U.S. Army. Anthony, along with his wife Rachel, both were raised in the beltway metro area…Anthony in D.C. and Rachel in Bronx, New York.

Anthony Stone and his family were stationed in Fayetteville, North Carolina when Re’Shawna was born. She lived there until the age of two, and Anthony was deployed to Afghanistan during this period. At the age of three, the family moved to Germany, where they would spend the next three years. In the final year of their time in Europe, Re’Shawna entered her first year of pre-school.

“I really don’t remember very much about those early moves, and I was really young when we lived those years in Germany,“ Stone said. “It became something that you just got used to…everywhere we would go and every new school I would go to, I was always fortunate to make a lot of new friends.“

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At the age of five, Re’Shawna moved with her family to El Paso, Texas. The family would remain stationed there until she 12 years old and in the sixth grade. She began playing youth sports during her time in El Paso, playing both soccer and basketball. She attended Tom Lee Elementary School, and was enrolled at Nolan Richardson Middle School when Anthony was again transferred.

“I was in the sixth grade when we moved to Missouri,“ Stone said. “The school systems were set up differently in each state. In Texas, you are in middle school in the sixth grade, but in Missouri you are still in elementary school. So I did one more year before going back to middle school.“

Stone attended Wood Elementary which was on the base at Fort Leonard Wood. She then attended Middle and High School at Waynesville MS & HS, as the family remained in Missouri for six years. She played basketball in both the seventh and eighth grade. She rose to one of the leaders on the team as an eighth grader on a team that was below .500.

In high school, Stone made an immediate impact, starting as the team’s point guard as a freshman. She produced a solid prep career, passing 1000 career points her junior year, and making all-conference each year. As a senior, she eclipsed the 1500-point mark, and made the Missouri All-State team. Plus, she was drawing attention from dozens of successful college programs.

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“My dad was away for two deployments during my basketball career in Texas,“ Stone said. “It was very hard for me with my dad being gone during that time…my mom was amazing during that time. She was a tremendous support for me and my sisters.“

Stone created a profile on the NCSA recruiting site as a junior, and relied on those hits for much of her contacts and correspondence. As her senior year began to wind down, she had her choices narrowed to six possible schools; three in Division I and three in Division II.  The D-I choices included Robert Morris, Hampton, and Mt. St. Mary’s. The D-II choices were three of the national powers in the division; Drury (MO), Lander (SC) and Glenville State.

Eventually, Stone decided that she wanted a smaller school. This narrowed the choice to two; Drury and GSC. It was a very trying and tough time for the young star…she had developed a strong friendship with Coach Scott Stephens at Glenville, the assistant coach and Kim’s father. He had been recruiting Re’Shawna and selling her on the role she could play in the up-tempo style of Lady Pioneer basketball.

Drury, however, was much closer to home.

With family and geography becoming the key to the decision, Stone was leaning heavily towards Drury. This is when fate intervened. It would be the U.S. Military that ultimately made the decision for Re’Shawna.

“Last summer, my parents received the news they had been hoping for…they were going to get to go home,“ Stone said. “My dad’s retirement was approved and the family was moving back to the D.C. area at Andrews Air Force Base. It all happened so fast, and it was a very exciting time for all of us.“

Suddenly, Drury was no longer the school “closer to home.“ Stone chose Glenville and signed with the Pioneers!

“It was such a crazy time…we all moved together,“ Stone said. “We did it within 30 days…they moved me in here in my dorm, and they went on to D.C. and moved in.“

Now, the entire Stone family is on the East Coast. Re’Shawna’s sister Desiree is now 22 and a senior at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Her younger sister Aiyana is now eight.

“I knew right after my visit this was going to be the place,“ Stone said. “GSC and Drury both made me feel wanted, and after visiting, I knew they would treat me well here in Glenville. I am able to stay focused, and I am playing in a winning program with a great history.“

The results came quick and often. Stone has produced several big plays both offensively and defensively for the Lady Pioneers. She is only one of several true freshmen that have been key contributors for the team during this amazing run…other young stars such as Zakiyah Winfield and Taychaun Hubbard have also produced solid rookie campaigns. The future looks very bright for the program.

Coach Kim Stephens, who now has a blistering 85-11 career record in three seasons, has often cited Stone and her key contributions during Lady Pioneer victories. She notes that her basketball IQ and her decision making ability is way beyond her 19 years.

“My game is more about being aggressive and driving to the basket,“ Stone said. “I can occasionally hit a three, but that is not really my game. I work to give the team a lot of energy on the defensive end, and offensively I try to put in a lot of work on driving, hitting the pull-up jumper, and identifying the passing lanes where I can hit open teammates.“

Stone has had some amazing games this season and has been a thorn in the side of West Liberty University. In her four games this year against the Hilltoppers she has averaged 24.0 points in their meetings with a career high 30 points coming in their meeting in the MEC Tournament Semifinal matchup.

Majoring in Sports Management, Stone states that she wants to remain involved in sports in some fashion later in life. Right now, her immediate goals are to help her team win the MEC Tournament, and advance in the NCAA Tournament.

“I really try to work on my game in practice, but it is also important to me to grow as a person each day,“ Stone said. “From a basketball standpoint, I realize that we are a young team, and I want to do my part to help the team grow.“

According to Stone, growing up in a military household has been a key ingredient in her basketball and academic success. She notes that discipline has always been an important part of the Stone Family.

“Things like life structure, treating others with respect, going after concrete goals…all of these things have been instilled in me by family,“ Stone said. “I was taught that you steer clear of trouble and stay focused on the task at hand.“

For Re’Shawna Stone the Lady Pioneers and Kim Stephens, the future looks very very bright.

 

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Additional Education Input Opportunities Announced

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The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) today announced additional opportunities for input on education reform. The WVDE announced an eighth education forum in Wood County at Blennerhassett Middle School on March 25 at 6 p.m.

“We evaluated our registrations and determined the Mid-Ohio Valley area was under represented,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “We strive to provide a voice for all stakeholders with an interest in education and look forward to visiting Wood County.”

Additionally, the WVDE launched an online survey for families and communities as well as a survey designed to solicit input from students.

The goal of both surveys is to elicit valuable input from those who are invaluable to advancing student learning.

Surveys will be available until April 03, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Each confidential, web-based survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Students will address their educational experiences and families and communities will provide input on their perceptions of education and how to improve student outcomes. Findings from the survey will be included in a summary report for Governor Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia Legislature.  This report will summarize the statewide forums and highlight research-based strategies to improve student achievement.

“These surveys provide an additional opportunity to gather information about education in West Virginia from our families and students who are an integral part of the education system,” Paine said. “We anticipate feedback that is rich in thought, detail and insight which is exactly what we need to enhance public education. The genesis of learning begins with our students, parents and communities and we want to make sure they are connected to our efforts to improve public education.”

All West Virginia students in grades 6-12 received an email in their K12 email accounts with a link to take the survey. For students who have questions or did not receive an email, please contact ‘ed.voice.wvde@k12.wv.us’.

The families and community survey is available online by visiting HERE.

Spring Has Sprung 2019

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The Vernal Equinox, otherwise know as Spring, occurs when the sun crosses directly over the equator as the earth is tilted neither toward or away from the sun.

The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun.

Both equinoxes and solstices are related to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.


The beginning of Spring also signifies many things:

——Spring Cleaning

——Spring Planting

——New Year’s Day in Iran - Eide-NoRuz

——Blossoming Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers

——Butterflies, Birds, and Bees

——Pollen and Allergies

——Spring Sports

——Easter

——Spring Breaks

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Have a Happy Spring 2019


Lambs tails swinging on the willow
in the breeze and warming sun

Bare brown branches growing buds
for birds to place their feet upon

Twittering sparrows search to pair
the swan already has his love affair

The mad March hare will prance and dance
with wild abandon and not a care

Farmers plough, works, churning
and scarecrows new cloaks a warning

All new fresh with joys and smiles
for the start of this new cyclic

Gilmer County Board of Education Special & Regular Meeting Minutes

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SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, February 25, 2019 – 4:30 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 4:30 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart. Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther, absent.

Others present: Becky Minigh, Joe Frashure and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


2019-2020 CALENDAR

Joe Frashure gave information on the new draft calendar and noted there was only one change made since the last special meeting. The September 18, 2019 PLC day was changed to September 11, 2019.

The board had a few questions about the calendar, which Mr. Frashure answered, and noted that it will be listed on the agenda for approval at the next regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

With no other business, R.W. Minigh moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Doug Cottrill at 4:40 p.m. Motion passed 5-0.



REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart. Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther joined the meeting by phone due to a recent surgery.

Others present: Becky Minigh, Toni Bishop, Clay Chesser, Shelly Mason and Joe Frashure.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The Minutes of the February 11, 2019, regular and special meetings were approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 5-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

None


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

None


VOLUNTEERS

None


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser reported on the financial status of the county board. Dave Ramezan moved to approve the 21st Century technology budget. Devin Shackleford seconded. Motion passed 5-0. The remainder of the treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh, as presented by Mr. Chesser. Tammy Stewart seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

None


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)


Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Report

Dave Ramezan gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center report. He informed the board that Mr. Snyder was off work due to an illness and Robbie Bee was employed to teach the class until he returned. He updated members on the current SBA project which included changes to the fire alarm system and that there were locks and cameras that are not functioning. The center will be conducting interviews for A/E firms on 02.28.19. He reported the possibility of sophomores and possibly freshmen attending the career center. The students would have to complete a simulated workplace/interview process. He noted that there would be a hunter education class on March 12th and a food handler’s class for students on March 14th. On March 18th, the Retired Teachers will be meeting at the center at which time the food service class would be preparing something for them.


Principal Updates:

Tammy Stewart read a letter from Mr. Shuff, due to his absence. He wanted the board to know that S.A.T. School Day Test preparations had begun; training of staff and meeting with students for the March 27th administration of the exam was underway. He noted that course selection and scheduling for next school year is way ahead of schedule as meetings with students are going extremely well.

The staff is in the midst of retention SAT Meetings with students and their parents/guardians.

Basketball season is over for all of the teams and its now on to baseball, softball, and track.

Mr. Shuff wanted the board to know that they are welcome to visit Gilmer County High School anytime. He stated he was very proud of his staff and most importantly his students.

Mrs. Bishop appeared before the board to update them on the elementary school. She stated that the 3-6 graders had completed interim testing. She reported on the elementary tournament, which was enjoyed by some board members, and that the team, Sky, had won the championship. The Wildcat Pack collected food for the Thomas Center, the students and staff had honored their counselor, Teresa Goodnight, during the week of February 04-08, Read Aloud Volunteers had visited the classrooms during the week of 02.11-02.15, a DJ Dance for the whole school was held on 02.14, the GSC Bluegrass staff visited the school on 02.21 and 02.22 and had square dancing with the students, which was greatly enjoyed. This week is Read across America and they have different themes all week that the students will enjoy.

Mrs. Bishop also had questions about the ALC, which the board stated they would discuss later in the meeting. Mrs. Lowther, who had joined the meeting by phone due to recent surgery, relayed to Mrs. Bishop that there had been a meeting on 01.31.19 with Shelly Stalnaker and that she was working on the overcrowding issue.


PRO Updates:

The board discussed possible grants for a PRO officer.


ALC- Elementary

The board is researching ideas for an Alternative Learning Center to be used by Gilmer County Elementary. Ms. Lowther is working with state department officials.


Safety Update:

Tammy Stewart reported on the safety meeting that was held at Gilmer County High School and that there had been an active shooter training held for the purpose of educating the staff on procedures in the event that this would happen. R.W. Minigh stated that there should be a state policeman placed in each school for the student’s safety. He noted that the community was lucky to have Sgt. R.P. Smith as a part of our school community and was thankful for his continued presence in our schools. The next safety meeting will be on March 5th at 9:00 a.m.


2019-2020 Mowing

Mr. Frashure spoke to the board concerning a mowing bid placement for the 2019-2020 school year. He stated that our maintenance department was unable to keep up with it due to all the weedeating involved. The board gave him permission to solicit bids and to bring them back to them at the March 25th meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

The 2019-2020 school calendar was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 5-0.

There was no action taken on the City Cruiser.

A new Gilmer County School LOGO, designed by Dave Ramezan, was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh, seconded by Doug Cottrill. 5-0.

No action was taken on the Senate Bill 451 Resolution.

Stop The Bleed- A new nationwide movement to control bleeding, in case of a mass shooting or other disaster, has been implemented across the country. The board has approved initiating this movement in our schools which will provide items such as gloves, gauze, tourniquets, shears, pads, etc. to be used to possibly save lives. On a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by Tammy Stewart, the board passed the motion at a cost of $3,421.00. 5-0.

At 6:02 p.m. Devin Shackleford moved that the board enter into executive session. R.W. Minigh seconded the motion. 5-0.

At 6:47 p.m. Devin Shackleford moved to return from executive session, seconded by R. W. Minigh. 5-0.


Superintendent’s Evaluation

President Cottrill announced at this time that the board had given Ms. Patricia Lowther a satisfactory evaluation. Dave Ramezan made a motion to accept the evaluation followed by a second from Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.


PERSONNEL

None


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Ms. Lowther thanked the board for their support and advised them that she would return for a follow-up visit to her doctor on March 7th to determine her return-to-work date.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Doug Cottrill questioned as to whether or not the board was doing enough for the ‘kids in Gilmer County’ during the opioid crisis.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh. 5-0.


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Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

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Campaign Finance Legislation Provides Greater Transparency

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Transparency is the key component of good campaign finance policy. As we progress through the 21st Century, easily accessible and complete information is not only possible, it’s absolutely necessary for citizens to stay informed on how government is spending tax dollars, conducting business and passing laws. Likewise, the public has an absolute right to know who is funding the speech related to candidates and issues in elections.

By shedding light on government agencies’ and public officials’ activities, “sunshine laws” deter bad actors from taking advantage of loopholes and blind spots in the law. Similarly, shining light on campaign finances deters candidates and organizations from acting against the public’s best interest. Since taking office in 2017, I have been committed to increasing transparency in the elections process. For example, just last year the Elections Division rolled out a new online campaign finance reporting system. Now, and easier than ever before, our citizens, media, candidates, etc. can access campaign finance reports from anywhere in the world with just a few clicks and an internet connection.

However, without properly updated laws that clarify who must disclose campaign finances in West Virginia and what information must be provided to the citizens, the new easy-to-use system becomes irrelevant. So Iapplaud the passage of the Legislature’s campaign finance transparency bill, which closes many loopholes that exist in current campaign finance laws. By closing those loopholes and making enhancements, transparency increases to the public with easy, accurate and complete access to required campaign finance information of additional candidates and committees. At the core of the enhancements in the bill is our citizens’ ability to get educated on candidates and issues before each election, which provides the best opportunity to make informed choices on election day.

It has been disappointing to see opponents of the campaign finance transparency bill disregard the new safeguards and transparency requirements in this legislation that address spending funded by unknown sources. Without these necessary enhancements, West Virginia will be left behind in categories such as electronic disclosure of third parties and public access to information about out-of-state organizations. 

Under the campaign finance transparency reform bill, additional “dark money” will be brought into the sunlight and disclosed. Contribution levels will reflect lower limits than our surrounding states, and will still be 14th lowest in the nation for statewide candidates. Many of the amendments that failed during session contained provisions that potentially violate the First Amendment’s free speech and freedom of association protections. Thankfully, our lawmakers considered the full text of the bill and understood that the vast transparency and disclosure improvements will greatly benefit the public.

The public has a right to know the entirety of the campaign finance transparency reforms before forming an opinion. Therefore, here is a brief summary of just some of the disclosure and transparency enhancements provided in Senate Bill 622:

·       Removes the major loophole for federal political action committees (PACs) by requiring all PACs to file reports electronically on the Secretary of State’s public website. Currently, PACs registered at the federal level are not required to file anything in West Virginia

  • Eliminates the major loophole of third party independent expenditures, now requiring all independent expenditures to be disclosed electronically for the public’s viewing

  • Strengthens and clarifies the laws on organizations, such as revising the definition of a “Political Action Committee” which are required to disclose donors and other campaign finance information

  • Creates a state-level prohibition of foreign nationals from contributing to campaigns

  • Online filing for all PACs will be completely searchable (contributions, donors, expenditures, etc.). Currently, PACs can simply submit paper reports of their finances which require manual review to learn about their contributions, donors and expenditures

  • Mandates fines for late campaign finance report filers, which must be paid by the candidate personally

  • Mandates that a list of late report filers must be posted on the Secretary of State’s website so the public knows who is delinquent in their disclosures

  • Restructures the campaign finance report filing calendar, which includes four additional reports so candidates and committees cannot go for nearly a year without disclosing their campaign finances during off-year periods

The strengthening of public disclosure and transparency in the campaign finance transparency reform bill are long overdue upgrades for West Virginia’s campaign finance laws. West Virginians should have a right to access and view as many details as possible that surround political spending, especially by outside groups. The laws currently in effect give certain outside groups a way to avoid filing reports in West Virginia. It is important for voters to know who is spending money to influence elections in our state, and the campaign finance transparency reform bill closes most of these loopholes without triggering a challenge under the First Amendment.

Our citizens deserve the full story on every law that affects us, and especially those that involve elections. What I’ve read recently about the campaign finance transparency reform bill covers just a small section of the bill, and our citizens should have all the facts before forming an opinion. I’m hopeful that readers will consider this information before deciding about these campaign finance transparency reforms. And don’t just take my word for it. I encourage everyone to read SB 622 itself to really see what lengths our Legislature has taken to shine light on campaign finances in West Virginia.

Mac Warner is West Virginia’s Secretary of State.  He took office on January 16, 2017.

GSC Criminal Justice Professor Earns Doctorate

Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Kenneth Lang, has joined the minority of adults with a doctorate or professional degree in the United States.

A Maryland native, Lang always had an interest in law enforcement and was hired by the Havre de Grace Police Department in 1989. After two years, he set his sights on the Baltimore County Police Department, one of the top twenty largest police agencies in the nation. Lang worked within the Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) for twenty-five years; fifteen of those spent in violent crime investigation.

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Lang’s time with the BCoPD led him to become a certified instructor for the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions where he found his passion for teaching. He completed his master’s degree in 2013 and began working full-time at the University of Valley Forge, establishing their criminal justice program. Lang was then hired at Glenville State College where he was selected to build up the newly instituted field forensics concentration within the criminal justice program. During this time, Lang enrolled in Walden University to pursue his doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a criminal justice concentration. He began his dissertation, Valuation for Ex-Offender Motivations for Participation in Restorative Justice Praxis, in February 2017.

“After my police retirement, I learned about and developed a high curiosity for the concept of restorative justice. I have found that it is a complicated concept, but thought that it might be connected to my curiosity with offenders who repeatedly reoffended and have disconnected themselves from their family, friends, and society as a whole,” said Lang. “Studies have indicated how restorative justice has a positive impact on offenders, helps to reduce recidivism rates, and brings about higher satisfaction rates with victims, offenders, and community members. I frequently refer to these concepts during classroom instruction and remind students that the overall goal of the criminal justice system is to keep offenders from re-offending and to help them become productive members of our society.”

Lang encourages all students to finish their college education. “Once I completed my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration I was invited to local colleges and universities in the Baltimore metropolitan area and featured as a guest lecturer. When I finished my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration more doors of opportunity availed themselves to me. Some of these opportunities have included working with major television networks on new proposed shows. It is important to continually push yourself to gain wisdom, knowledge, and discernment as these characteristics will lead to opportunities that will change your life and positively impact many others,” said Lang.

Lang has published a series of true crime books that recount his experiences as a homicide detective including Walking Among the Dead: True Stories from a Homicide Detective, Standing in Death’s Shadow: More True Stories from a Homicide Detective, and Death Comes Uninvited. He also appeared on the “Dollars & Sense” episode of Forensic Files where his investigation of a Baltimore County murder was featured. Lang has been named one of Columbia Southern University’s top 25 alumni and will also be presenting at the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice Conference in Denver, Colorado this June.

Emergency Energy Assistance Program for Low Income Residents

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today announced applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted beginning Monday, March 25, 2019, and ending Friday, March 29, 2019, or until funds have been exhausted.  The federally funded program assists eligible state residents who have a termination notice in paying their home heating bills. 

Residents whose primary source of heat is either gas or electricity must provide their shut-off notice when applying for Emergency LIEAP. Those using other primary heating sources or bulk fuel may qualify for assistance if their heating fuel is at a low level during the application period.

Households that received direct payment of regular LIEAP benefits must verify that the payment was used for home heating by submitting a current receipt with the Emergency LIEAP application. Failure to submit verification of payment may result in a denial of the application.

Eligibility for Emergency LIEAP benefits is based on income, household size, whether or not the household is responsible for paying its home heating bill, and if a home heating emergency exists.  Income must be at, or below, 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline for the household size. 
The maximum allowable gross income levels for Emergency LIEAP Fiscal Year 2019 are:

HOUSEHOLD SIZE
MONTHLY ALLOWABLE INCOME
1 Person

$1,518

2 Person

$2,058

3 Person

$2,598

4 Person

$3,138

5 Person

$3,678

6 Person

$4,218

7 Person

$4,758

8 Person

$5,298

9 Person

$5,838

10 Person

$6,378

For each additional person, add $540. 


To apply, residents must go to their local DHHR office for an in-person interview with a DHHR worker.

Clients must provide a copy of their termination notice with the application. 

A list of local offices may be found at http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/bcf/Documents/DHHR.BCF.LocalOffices.pdf.

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Jeanette Riffle: The Mulberry Tree

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There was once a mulberry tree on this farm down on the lower end and my husband was telling me about riding a horse named, “Old Bob,” down there and he would stand up on the horse’s back and reach up to pick the berries off that tree.” Old Bob” would stand still because he knew that Duane would pull the limbs down and let him eat, too. He ate berries, leaves and all. Aunt Susie made mulberry cobblers and they were so good. She had three layers of dough. One was on the bottom, then a generous layer of berries, one in the middle, more berries, and a top crust. She made all her berry cobblers like that.

Dad told of a mulberry tree over on Lower Run at the old Smith home place. He said his Grandma, Samalda Kelly Smith, made these huge mulberry cobblers. His mother, my Grandmother Stewart, told me about them baking all day on Saturdays, when she was a girl at home, to feed the big family and the company they got on Sundays after church.  I think there was a dozen or more of them, plus their friends that would come by for Sunday dinner.  She said they made the mulberry cobbler, gingerbread, and loaves of yeast bread. That tree was still there when Westfalls bought the place. Preacher Dick Westfall told me that his parents bought the Smith place back before his time. You have to be careful and not park your vehicle under a mulberry tree or you get a berry mess and lots of bird droppings.

People back then just went with whatever fruit they had on the farm. My Stewart grandparents had Early Harvest apples and a pear tree. I remember Granny saying that she brought a sprout of the pear tree over from her old home place, and got it started in their back yard.  She liked those little round pears because they were so easy to can. She just washed and peeled them and plopped them down in the quart jars. Granny picked huckleberries up on the Hauldy Hill and made preserves out of them. They are a smaller, more flavorful, wild version of the blueberries that we now find in supermarkets. I have blueberries on ice right now.  Mom’s folks had plums at one place where they lived. Mamaw Warner made plum butter. She canned peaches too, but I think they bought them. I don’t ever remember them having a peach tree. Duane’s folks had apples, grape arbors, plums, elderberries, mulberries, pears and blackberries.  Elderberries grew wild, around the creek, and the blackberries grew in pasture fields.  The pear tree was an old time pear up on Butcher’s Run. The last time we went up in that rugged country, we had to compete with a bear for the pears. We spooked him and he ran off, but I could smell him and could tell by the beaten down tall grasses where he had gone. That was too close for comfort and we never went back.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

WV Legislative Update

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Having a week at home to begin unraveling the legislative session results, it also presented an opportunity to catch up on projects at home that have been on hold for a few months, including getting some attention for a painful knee – a reminder from railroad days.  Also, I’m almost certain this is the longest stretch of dry weather I can recall since early September of last year.  We may actually get to plow the garden in the next few days, barring a downpour.

One of the primary themes during the legislative session, while many high profile bills made headlines, revolved around the condition of our secondary roads – specifically the potholes, ditches, slips, slides and crumbling roads.  This focus was welcomed by me, as I’ve been hammering a succession of DOH commissioners and governors for several years regarding the lack of sufficient funds on the county level to repair our secondary roads and bridges.  These are the roads where we live and work and they’ve been nickel and dimed for too many years by the reluctance of governors and leaders from both parties to put money where it’s needed.  My support for the recent constitutional amendment was predicated on freeing up additional maintenance dollars for secondary roads.

One of the centerpieces of Governor Justice’s Roads to Prosperity plan and the subsequent passage by voters of the road bond amendment was the fact that bond funds for new road construction or reconstruction of federal highways – which gets a big federal/state match on dollars – would also enable more to be spend on routine maintenance of our non-federal highways throughout West Virginia.

With that backdrop, Governor Justice held another press conference last Wednesday in order to provide details of how he and his administration planned to deal with the escalating calls to address the secondary road situation.  He also used the event to name an interim Transportation Secretary.  Days earlier, he dismissed his Transportation Secretary/Highways Commissioner, professional engineer Tom Smith.

Personnel issues are the Governor’s prerogative, so we’ll see how his DOT and DOH leadership change turns out.  Meanwhile, I applaud the stated efforts by the Governor to pour more resources into secondary road maintenance.  As last year was one of the wettest on record and much of the paving, maintenance and construction season was cut short, the needs are far greater than we’ve seen in several decades.  However, the Governor’s dilemma is how to shift dollars set aside for bond projects or future bond payments to maintenance.  Also, he mentioned using surplus dollars from the budget, but that would only go so far, as one-half of any surplus must go to the Rainy Day Fund.

I do not personally know the Governor’s selection for DOT Secretary, but I do know it has been reported that he does not have a background in highway construction or maintenance.  As WV Code mandates that the DOH Commissioner has experience and expertise in this regard, this will necessitate hiring a separate Commissioner of Highways instead of hiring one person to fill both positions.  The additional cost will likely be in excess of $100,000 per year.  That could fill lots of potholes, pull and open ditches or maybe fix a small slip that will move you, your family or a school bus safely each day.  Every dollar in helps and getting dangerous situations fixed is of the highest importance to those that use our roads daily.  I hope in the midst of this overhaul, districts and county DOH offices are given more latitude in doing the repairs that are needed without the red tape of getting approval from Charleston at every turn.  Likewise, the sharing of basic maintenance equipment between counties has been, in my view, a hindrance to getting jobs done sooner rather than later.


Thirty four enrolled bills await action by the Governor.  He has signed fifty-two bills to date, including these bills since last week:

  • SB 424 Supplemental appropriation to Civil Contingent Fund
  • SB 435 Supplemental appropriation to State Department of Education and Vocational Division
  • SB 677 Supplemental appropriation to Division of Health and Division of Human Services
  • SB 678 Supplemental appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to Office of Technology
  • SB 679 Supplemental appropriation to Division of Finance
  • SB 680 Supplemental appropriations to various divisions in DMAPS
  • SB 681 Supplemental appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to Educational Broadcasting Authority
  • HB 2665 Supplemental appropriation for PEIA Rainy Day Fee
  • HB 2667 Supplemental appropriation to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Division of Corrections
  • HB 3135 Expiring funds to the balance of the Department of Commerce, Development Office

Three bills have been vetoed, including one last week: HB 3148 - Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services.  I suspect these funds ($53 million) earmarked to pre-fund Medicaid next fiscal year will make their way to road maintenance in the short term.

Finally, congratulations to the GSC Lady Pioneers for an outstanding 30-3 season.  While our Pioneers fell to California University of Pennsylvania 87-77 in the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals last weekend at the Waco Center, this was their second consecutive 30-win season.  Congratulations to the players and coaches for another outstanding campaign.  We’re proud of your accomplishments, on and off the court.

Likewise, congratulations to the Webster County Highlanders on their undefeated 28-0 season and winning the Class A Boys State Basketball Championship last weekend at the State Tournament.  Great job!

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; Please send your inquiries to my home office as well:  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 www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

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


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~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey  on  03.21.2019

Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer  on  03.21.2019

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JOB OPENINGS AND LABOR TURNOVER – JANUARY 2019

The Free Press WVJob openings little changed in Jan at 7.6 million; annual hires and quits rise in 2018   [....]  Read More

‘Simple Act of Kindness’ Led to Biggest US Lottery Payout

The Free Press WVAnonymous winner claims $1.5B jackpot [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 03.15.2019

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 2.9% Weekly Gain in Broad Climb Led by Technology, Health Care, Energy; Index Up 13% YTD [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. IMPORT AND EXPORT PRICE INDEXES - FEBRUARY 2019

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices up 0.6% in February on higher fuel prices; export prices rise 0.6%  [....]  Read More

Victoria’s Secret Is Closing a Lot of Stores

The Free Press WVMore than 50 locations will be shuttered as brand competes with big-box retailers, startups   [ .... ]  Read More

PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES - FEBRUARY 2019

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand advances 0.1% in February; goods increase 0.4%, services unchanged   [....]  Read More

Amazon Is Launching a Whole New Chain

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Google: We Underpaid Thousands of Men

The Free Press WVAfter pay equity study, a higher percentage of raises go to male employees   [ .... ]  Read More

BRUSSELS SPROUT GRATIN

The Free Press WVHow to highlight the earthy flavor of Brussels sprouts [ .... ]  Read More

CREAMY RIGATONI WITH MUSHROOMS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PINE NUTS

The Free Press WVA pasta dish that brings out the earthy flavor of mushrooms [ .... ]  Read More

WARM FARRO WITH MUSHROOMS AND THYME

The Free Press WVPair earthy, hearty mushrooms with equally hearty farro [ .... ]  Read More

CHICKEN WITH 40 CLOVES OF GARLIC

The Free Press WVA full-flavored chicken dish with sweet and nutty garlic [ .... ]  Read More

He Was Quarantined for Measles. Then He Started ‘Going Crazy’

The Free Press WVJeffery Murawski charged with breaking health officials’ mandate to go to Gold’s Gym   [ .... ]  Read More

Popular Diabetes Drug Gets Half-Priced Alternative

The Free Press WVEli Lilly announces ‘authorized generic’ version of Humalog insulin   [ .... ]  Read More

With New Vaccine Study, ‘a Truth Has Emerged’ on Autism

The Free Press WVNamely, as other studies have noted, that MMR vaccine isn’t linked to the developmental disorder   [ .... ]  Read More

Sunny Side’s Up: Americans Eat Nearly 300 Eggs a Year

The Free Press WVGovernment forecasts say Americans eating the most eggs in 5 decades   [ .... ]  Read More

‘We Have to Steal to Eat’: The Poetry of Bonnie and Clyde

The Free Press WVNotebook thought to contain outlaw verse goes on auction   [ .... ]  Read More

SKILLET PIZZA

The Free Press WVSkip delivery tonight and make pizza at home - in a skillet [ .... ]  Read More

HERMITS

The Free Press WVThink a hermit is always a rock-hard cookie? Think again [ .... ]  Read More

Birth Control Pills Recalled Due to Critical Packaging Error

The Free Press WVApotex mistake could lead women to miss pills, or to take placebos instead of active tablets [ .... ]  Read More

HOME-CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

The Free Press WVSkip the commercially made corned beef and do it at home [ .... ]  Read More

Report: HIV ‘Cured’ in a Second Patient

The Free Press WVThis proves a cure is reachable, experts say   [ .... ]  Read More

IRISH BROWN SODA BREAD

The Free Press WVIrish brown soda bread that’s hearty and easy to make [ .... ]  Read More

Opinions

Outdoors

Trump’s Nightmare Budget

The Free Press WV Two things can be said with certainty about Trump’s 2020 budget request: It is DOA, dead on arrival, in the House; and it is a political document, catering to his loyal [ .... ]  Read More

Artificial morality

The Free Press WV Artificial Intelligence is one thing. Artificial morality is another. It may sound something like this:  [ .... ]  Read More

Our Green New Deal

The Free Press WVThe Free Press WVOn Friday, February 22, 2019, Sunrise Bay Area, Youth Vs. Apocalypse and Earth Guardians Bay Area Crew [ .... ]  Read More

Don’t Shoot the Dogs: The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

The Free Press WV “In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of bystanders. It’s so important, in fact, that an officer’s subjective fear of a minor wound from a dog bite is enough to justify using potentially lethal force, in this case at the expense of a 4-year-old girl. And this isn’t the first time. In January, an Iowa cop shot and killed a woman by mistake while trying to kill her dog. Other cops have shot other kids, other bystanders, their partners, their supervisors and even themselves while firing their guns at a dog. That mind-set is then, of course, all the more problematic when it comes to using force against people.”—Journalist Radley Balko [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Iran Policy: What is Great?

The Free Press WVI returned last week from Iran as part of a 28-person peace delegation organized by Code Pink, a women-led peace and human rights organization [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: The Mulberry Tree

The Free Press WVDad told of a mulberry tree over on Lower Run at the old Smith home place [ .... ]  Read More

Judging U.S. War Crimes

The Free Press WV Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV St. Patrick’s Day reminds me of the fact that he is the only “saint” that I know of who was a seventh-day Sabbath keeper.  [ .... ]  Read More

In defense of being maladjusted

The Free Press WV “I never intend to adjust myself to the evils of segregation and the crippling effects of discrimination [ .... ]  Read More

Can We Divest from Weapons Dealers?

The Free Press WV Impoverished people living in numerous countries today would stand a far better chance of survival, and risk far less trauma [ .... ]  Read More

It’s Long Overdue: Electoral College Must Go

The Free Press WVJamelle Bouie makes his case in the New York Times   [ .... ]  Read More

Will ethnocide in western china become genocide?

The Free Press WV At this moment, China has as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities held in concentration camps in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwestern China [ .... ]  Read More

Pity the Nation: War Spending Is Bankrupting America

The Free Press WV Pity the nation whose people are sheep… And whose shepherds mislead them… Pity the nation whose leaders are liars… Whose sages are silenced [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s bulls__t bull’s-eye

The Free Press WV Whatever one might think about Donald Trump’s claim to be a “stable genius,” his rambling and seemingly unfocused rant of a speech to an enthusiastic throng of CPAC attendees on Saturday demonstrated [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Swinging Bridge Experiences

The Free Press WV At one time, there were a lot of those old bridges around [ .... ]  Read More

Meet Armando, the $1.4M Pigeon

Racing bird likely to spend his next years making babies   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WVThe week of March 18, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

WVDA is Now Accepting Applications for Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Free Press WV The deadline to apply for this year is April 08, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

April the Giraffe Does It Again, With 300K Watching

And it’s a boy!  [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV Trout stocking the week of March 11, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

‘Gum Wrapper’ Blamed for Flier’s Pain Was Not a Gum Wrapper

The Free Press WVCanadian student was stung by scorpion on Air Transat flight from Toronto to Calgary [ .... ]  Read More

Wolves Are Airdropped Onto Island to Counter Moose Boom

The Free Press WVAs ice bridges melt, migration happens by helicopter   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia turkey call maker earns national honor

The Free Press WVNathan Taylor has been making turkey calls for less than four years, but already his creations have attracted national attention [ .... ]  Read More

DNR announces schedule for Friday and Saturday trout stockings

The Free Press WV Dates marked with an asterisk indicate golden rainbow trout stockings during DNR’s Gold Rush Week, April 01-06 [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The week of March 04, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

Virgin Atlantic Attendants No Longer Have to Wear Makeup

The Free Press WVMove seen as sign of a changing industry   [ .... ]  Read More

Americans’ Love Affair With TP Is Flushing Forests Down the Toilet: Report

The Free Press WV New report says US producers need to start using alternative fibers   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia spring fire season began March 01

The Free Press WV Outside burning limited to 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.  [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WVhe week of February 25, 2019 [ .... ]  Read More

12th annual Southern West Virginia Spring Eagle Survey and Winter Birding Weekend March 01-03, 2019

The Free Press WVEagles, birds of prey and winter bird watching are the focus of the 12th annual Spring Eagle Survey [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Is Google’s Latest Move the Future of Gaming?

The Free Press WVIntroducing Stadia, Google’s game-streaming platform   [ .... ]  Read More

First Man on Mars Will ‘Likely’ Follow a Woman

The Free Press WVJim Bridenstine teases giant leap for womankind   [ .... ]  Read More

This Song Could Open Your Mind to Violence

But not for people who already like death metal   [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook’s Outage Thought to Be Its Longest Ever

The Free Press WVSome users couldn’t access site for 14 hours [ .... ]  Read More

When Night Fell, the Chickens Killed the Fox

The Free Press WVFox intruder did away with chickens last time   [ .... ]  Read More

Nasal Spray Derived From Party Drug Approved for Depression

The Free Press WVEsketamine, for treatment-resistant depression, to be administered by experts   [ .... ]  Read More

Shocker for Cryptocurrency Clients: ‘All of Your Money Is Gone’

The Free Press WVAfter Quadriga CEO reportedly died, the mystery deepens   [ .... ]  Read More

Volvo Will Cap Speeds on New Vehicles

The Free Press WVDrivers will max out at 112mph starting with 2021 models   [ .... ]  Read More

How to Save Earth From Asteroid? New Study Adds a Wrinkle

Striking and destroying it would take more energy than thought   [ .... ]  Read More

FDA: Beware Letting Robots Operate on You

The Free Press WV‘Survival benefits to patients when compared to traditional surgery have not been established’  [ .... ]  Read More

Spiders’ Eating Habits Surprise Researchers

One is spotted feasting on an opossum in the Amazon   [ .... ]  Read More

Here Are the Odds of Getting Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

The Free Press WVAbout 5 in a million   [ .... ]  Read More

Test Dummy Makes It to Space Station in US-Built Capsule

The Free Press WV‘Welcome to the new era in spaceflight’  [ .... ]  Read More

What Facebook’s ‘privacy vision’ really means

The Free Press WV Mark Zuckerberg’s abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new ”privacy vision ” for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach test.  [ .... ]  Read More

YouTube Makes a Big Move Against Pedophiles

The Free Press WV Suspends comments on almost all videos that feature kids   [ .... ]  Read More

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 03.25.19

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, March 25, 2019 – 5:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Minutes: March 11, 2019

B. Student Transfers

C. Field Trips (out-of-state)

D. Volunteers NONE

E. Treasurer’s Report

F. Professional Leave Requests (out-of-state)


V. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

A. Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 03.18.19 – D. Ramezan

B. Principal Updates – S. Shuff, T. Bishop


VI NEW BUSINESS (ACTION)

A. Mowing Bids (Review)

B. Approve 2019-2020 Calendar Adjustment

C. Approve WVU Extension Service MOU

D. Approve Gilmer County Health Dept. MOU

E. Approve Policy 2160

F. Place Policy 3022 on 30-day review

G. Place Policy 4107 on 30-day review

H. Set Proposed Levy Rates

I. Approve NTID Plan

J. Approve Social Studies/Early Childhood Publishers


VII. OLD BUSINESS


VIII. PERSONNEL


IX. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

A. Field Trips


X. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS


XI. ADJOURN


The next regular meeting will be on April 08, 2019 @ 5:00 PM

Recovery Boys - 03.26.19

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Gilmer County Commission Meeting Notice

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Disco Zumba - 03.27.19

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Braxton County Schools PreSchool Registration Day - 03.28.19

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Gilmer County Preschool Sign Ups and Family Event - 03.29.19

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Community Biggest Loser Contest

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Minnie Hamilton Health System is announcing its next round of the Community Biggest Loser Contest.

The winner of the previous round was Alicia Cunningham who received a $75 Walmart gift card for her efforts.

This contest is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

The initial weigh-ins will be held the week of March 25th through March March 29th.

After the week of sign-ups, there will be 12 weeks of weekly weigh-ins.

At the end of each four weeks, the biggest loser for that cycle will receive $50 cash.

At the end of the 12 weeks, the overall biggest loser will receive a $75 gift card. Participants do not have to come to Minnie Hamilton to weigh in, though the body fat analyzer scales are available if you are interested.

To learn more or to sign up, please contact Barb McKown at 304.354.9700 ext 1235.

Family Turkey Hunting Workshop

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Benefit Dinner for Jim Snyder - 03.31.19

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Gilmer Public Library Programs and Events in 2019

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Help Is Closer Than You Think

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Public Meeting in Salem – April 02, 2019

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The West Fork Conservation District will hold a public meeting for the Salem Fork Watershed Dams on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at the Salem City Building, Salem WV.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church Rummage Sale

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Buckhannon Seventh-day Adventist Church Rummage Sale
1122 Brushy Fork Road
Buckhannon, WV

(To help us get new flooring for Fellowship Hall and Kitchen)

April 1, 2, and 3,  8:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. 

If you would like to donate clean, gently-used items for the sale we would greatly appreciate it.

Please bring your items to the church on Sunday, March 3l between 1:00p.m. and 4:00p.m, March 31, or Early Monday morning. 

If you have any questions, please call 304.472.0962, and if no answer, leave a message.

GSC’s Annual Percussion Ensemble

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Tickets for the annual Glenville State College Percussion Ensemble will go on sale on Friday, March 01 at 8:00 a.m.

Concerts will be held on Thursday, April 04 and Friday, April 05 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

GSC students are admitted to the April 04 performance for free, but must still reserve a ticket.

Tickets for public school students are $15 and the price for general admission is $25.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Accepting Application

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A Special Anniversary Tribute - 04.06.19

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Public Meeting in Pricetown – April 09, 2019

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The West Fork Conservation District will hold a public meeting for the Polk Creek Watershed Dams on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at the Pricetown VFD, Pricetown WV.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

Art & Craft Class - 04.13.19

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Women’s Health Day at Minnie Hamilton - 04.17.19

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Gilmer County FRN Thrift Store

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Upcoming Winter and Spring Gardening Workshops

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Folk Festival Day - 04.27.10

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Gilmer Public Library: Japanese Culture

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May the 4th Be with your 5k

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Lifeguard Certification Classes Scheduled at Glenville State

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Individuals interested in earning or renewing certification as a Red Cross lifeguard should make plans to sign up for one of two classes being offered at Glenville State College’s Pool.

Certification classes are being organized for February 16, 17, 23, 24 and May 04, 05, 11, 12.

The classes last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and take place at the GSC Pool which is located in the Health and Physical Education Building.

Cost for the certification is $225 per person.

Participants, who should be at least 15 years old by the last day of the class, must pass a swim test at the first session.

The test consists of a 300-meter continuous swim using either the front crawl or breaststroke, treading water, hands-free, for two minutes in the deep end of the pool, and completing a brick retrieval within one minute forty seconds.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact GSC Director of Aquatics and Recreation Kathy Gilbert at ‘Kathy.Gilbert@glenville.edu’ or by calling 304.462.6441.

Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Lawrence “Larry” Dexter Ball

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Grantsville, WV, formerly of Elizabe, WV passed away March 24, 2019 at Minnie Hamilton Health System Long Term Care, due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. He was born in Parkersburg, WV on June 01, 1948 a son of the late Dexter and Naomi Summers Ball [....]  Read More

Jackie D. King

The Free Press WVAge 75, of Rock Cave, WV entered into rest Thursday, March 21, 2019. Born April 24, 1943,  Jackie was the son of the late Ray and Merlie (Sparks) King [ .... ]  Read More

Russell Wade Kerns

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Jane Lew, WV made his journey to Heaven on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 1:30 AM from the comfort of his own home. Russell was born in Gilmer County, West Virginia, on April 27, 1934 the son of the late Emery Farley Kerns and Goldia Elnora Rexroad Kerns [ .... ]  Read More

Tyrus “Ty” Don Stalnaker

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Rock Cave, WV passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Ty was born July 5th, 1927 in Georgetown, WV and lived many years in Akron OH [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Marie Jordan Thomas Haddox Bunner

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 22, 2019. She was born September 10, 1927 in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late Samuel Emmett Jordan and Nettie Snow Barnes Jordan [....]  Read More

James Wesley “Jim” Wiseman

The Free Press WVAge 73 of Parkersburg, WV; formerly of Smithville, WV; departed this life on the evening of Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Eagle Pointe Nursing Center in Parkersburg, following an extended illness. James was born November 11, 1945 in Troy, WV; son of the late Teddy R. and Lottie Butcher Wiseman [ .... ]  Read More

Jackie D. “Jack” Wine

The Free Press WV Age 82 of Pine Run Road, Orlando, WV; (Gilmer County), departed this earthly life at 1:00 PM; on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV; following an extended illness. Jackie was born February 01, 1937 in Lewis County, WV; son of the late Ernest and Frena Heath Wine [....]  Read More

Jacqueline Sue Prim

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Harrisville, WV passwd away March 20, 2019 at her residence. She was born December 14, 1951 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Willard Homer and Bernice Fern Martin Byrd [....]  Read More

Mary Lee Whipkey Nichols

The Free Press WV Age 86, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at Lower Cape Fear Hopsice & Life Center in Wilmington NC. She was born December 04, 1932 to the late Kenneth Whipkey, Sr. and Gladys Kelley Whipkey of White Pine [....]  Read More

Willie “Billie” Mae Garton

The Free Press WVAge 93, of Weston, WV passed away March 20, 2019 in Jane Lew under the loving and compassionate care of Sherry Sellers Care Home and WV Hospice of Buckhannon. She was born in Antoine, AR on October 3,1925 to the late Charley Evert and Ruth Irene Carmen Hill [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Edmund “Joe Eddie” Craft

The Free Press WVAnswered his call to service in Heaven on March 20, 2019. He was born on January 19, 1926 in Weston: the son of Thomas and Julia (Benton) Craft [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Warren Hays

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Marietta, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Marietta Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on November 03, 1934 in Arnoldsburg, West Virginia a son of the late Lorentz and Agnes Meadows Hays [....]  Read More

Thomas Andrew Ferry

The Free Press WVPassed away Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tom was born on August 28, 1933, in Weston, West Virginia, to Louise Ward Ferry and Thomas Andrew Ferry Sr.  [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Charlie” Kevin Dean

The Free Press WVAge 43, of Heaters, WV passed away Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He was born February 12, 1976 at Weston, WV to the late Austin Nathan Dean and Vera (Slaughter) Dean who survives [ .... ]  Read More

Charmie Lee Riegert

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Craigsville,WV passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Summers Nursing & Rehab. Center, Hinton, WV. Charmie was born June 17, 1943 in Widen, WV the daughter of the late Albert Morgan & Virginia Bell Miller Pritchard [....]  Read More

Ardeth June Ambrose

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on March 18, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 15, 1930 in New York a daughter of the late Earnest L. and Ora Hogue Dake [ .... ]  Read More

James Wright Chambers Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Weston, WV, passed away March 16, 2019 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born September 11, 1935 in Ravenswood, WV, a son of the late Solon Wright and Ardith Evelyn (Knowlton) Chambers [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Lou Cottrell

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Belpre, OH passed away March 17, 2019 at the Camden Clark Medical Center. Norma was born February 23, 1938, in Calhoun County, WV, and was the daughter of the late Paul and Thelma Cottrell [ .... ]  Read More

Elda Mae Ross

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 17, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born at Glendale, Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late Okey M. and Georgia M. (McFarland) Lowther [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Jean Kraynak

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Horner, WV passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown surrounded by loving family. She was born on April 27, 1938 in Portersville, PA a daughter of the late Clarence and Ruth Palmer [ .... ]  Read More

Wanda “Sue” Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV was called home on Friday, March 15, 2019 from the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. Sue’s parents, the late Doyl D. and Lora L. Rylee James, greeted her with loving arms when she was born on April 18, 1947 in Salus, Arkansas [ .... ]  Read More

Shirley Kay Lemon

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Chapel Road, Gassaway, WV went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 15, 2019 in the early morning. She was born February 11, 1945 in Gassaway, WV a daughter of the late Darrell “Thomp” Thompson and Sara Marie Metz Thompson [ .... ]  Read More

Wilford Goff “Bud” Bush

The Free Press WVAge 77 of Turkey Lick Road; Tanner, West Virginia, departed this earthly life on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his residence near Tanner following an extended illness. He was born January 07, 1942 in Gilmer County, WV son of the late Wilford and Nellie Goff Bush [ .... ]  Read More

Oleta Marie Kerns Williams

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Elmcroft Assisted Living of Marietta, OH. She was born January 26, 1936, near Cairo, WV, the daughter of the late Arthur and Zelma Michael Kerns [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Lynn Davis

The Free Press WVAge 77, of Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a sudden illness. He was born in Weston, WV on September 3, 1941: son of the late Ancil Davis and Zina (Buukhammer) Davis [ .... ]  Read More

Opal Bunch

The Free Press WV Age 98, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Pine View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV. Opal was born May 01, 1920 in Greenwood, WV, a daughter of the late Michael and Maude (Batton) Dotson [....]  Read More

Gregory Allen Stark

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Camden, WV passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Morgantown, WV on December 16, 1959: son of the late Charles Stark and Joan (Feagans) Stark [ .... ]  Read More

Irene Cloe “Nellie” Davis

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at WVU Hospital – Ruby Memorial in Morgantown. She was born November 04, 1955 in Sutton, WV to Dollie Lucille Hosey and lived the majority of her life in Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

Judith Ann (Judy) Shepherd

The Free Press WV Age 81, of The Willows, Parkersburg, WV passed away March 14, 2019. She was born in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of Harold and Ruby Jeffries Jones [....]  Read More

Rebecca Jane Cullen

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Vienna, WV passed away March 12, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born August 23, 1950 in Weston, WV, the daughter of the late John Thomas and Martha Margaret Jarvis Cullen [ .... ]  Read More

Jerry Alfred Maxwell

The Free Press WV Age 66 of Charleston, WV; departed this life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston following an extended illness. He was born February 23, 1953 in Grantsville, WV; son of the late Janis Maxwell Martin [....]  Read More

Leon “Spock” Utt

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Snake Hill Road, Morgantown. WV; was born July 09, 1955, in Sutton, WV. Son of Mary Dean.  Husband of 43 years to Vickie Payne Utt, left in the arms of angels on March 11, 2019, surrounded by family [ .... ]  Read More

William “Bud” Francis

The Free Press WVPassed away at his home March 07 after a long illness. He was 78 years old. He was born March 22, 1940, in Grantsville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Arthur F. Cokeley

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2019, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Arthur was born April 20, 1929 in Cairo, WV a son of the late Samuel H. and Mary (Harden) Cokeley [....]  Read More

Eva Anderson Stout

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 09, 2019 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a sudden illness. She was born November 12, 1944 in Monroe County, WV; daughter of the late Eulice and Virginia Wykle Anderson [ .... ]  Read More

Charles “Chuck” Robert Satterfield

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 25, 1947 in Grafton a son of the late Daniel L. Elizabeth June Arnold Satterfield [ .... ]  Read More

Edith “Eadie” Joan Dallas

The Free Press WVAge 67, of Jane Lew, WV passed away surrounded by loving family on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. She was born on August 20, 1951 in Melrose Park, Illinois a daughter of the late Edward Joseph and Eunice Elizabeth Kangas Wendt [ .... ]  Read More

Doris “Geneva” Case

The Free Press WV Age 85 of Stoneville, NC passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:00 AM after a short illness at Moorehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, NC. Geneva was born June 05, 1933 at home on Tate Creek, Glendon of Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Lanty Nathan (Nick) Gibson

The Free Press WV Passed away at his home in Webster, FL after a long illness on March 08, 2019. Nick was born January 26, 1954 to Lanty Junior Gibson of Little Birch, WV and Anna Jane (Arthur) Crouse of Yuma, AZ [....]  Read More

Charlotte Virginia Smith

The Free Press WVAge 32, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 on Fink Creek in Camden following an accident. She was born in Weston, WV on January 22, 1987: daughter of Larry Snider and Connie (Smith) Snider [ .... ]  Read More

Mary E. Props

The Free Press WVAge 92, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Mary was born December 30, 1926 to the late James A. and Ruby Riggs Wilson of Rock Camp [ .... ]  Read More

Doris J. Powell

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Akron, OH went home to be with the Lord, March 06, 2019 which was her 85th birthday. She was one of eight children born to Joseph and Jennie Costilow in West Union, West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Canfield Norman Hickman

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Birch River, WV went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 09, 2019 at her sisters home in Wooster, OH. She was born November 06, 1944, in Canfield, WV to the late Ira & Maude White Canfield [....]  Read More

Judy Ann Richards

The Free Press WV Age 64, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, March 11, 2019, at her residence. Judy was born February 04, 1955 in Pennsboro, WV a daughter of the late Dale and Mary (Wilson) Weekley [....]  Read More

Maynard G. “Red” Snodgrass

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Harrisville, WV passed away March 11, 2019 at his residence. He was born July 03, 1927 at Hazelgreen, WV, the son of the late William Francis and Lavina Summers Snodgrass [....]  Read More

Eleanor Shock

The Free Press WVAge 99, a lifelong resident of Normantown, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Hubbard House in Charleston, WV following a short illness. Eleanor was born October 19, 1919, the daughter of Marion Lee Brown and Oleta Miller Brown who preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

Francis “Pete” Waggoner

The Free Press WVAge 79, passed Thursday, March 07, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center. Francis was born to the late Harley Lee Waggoner, and Esther Lee Davis, on April 10, 1939, in Macfarlan, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Dean Mason Strickland

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Glenville, WV passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. He was born on January 18, 1939, at Widen, WV the son of the late Ellis and Valeria Strickland. Dean is survived by his wife, Mary Bland Whiting Strickland [....]  Read More

Herbert Lee Pridemore

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 08, 2019 at the Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisville, WV. Herbert was born on January 28, 1941 in Madison, WV, the son of the late Hobert Lee and Dusty Mae Gibson Pridemore [....]  Read More

Viola Elizabeth Richards

The Free Press WV Age 64 of Parkersburg, WV passed away March 08, 2019 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born April 27, 1954 in Calhoun County, WV a daughter of the late Albert and Bessie (Wells) Davis [....]  Read More

Jayda Rose Lantz

The Free Press WVAge 2 of Clarksburg, WV passed away on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at home with her family by her side. She was born February 22, 2017 in Bridgeport, WV; the daughter of Rose Lantz [ .... ]  Read More

Dená “Jane” Gilchrist

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Stonewood, WV passed away after a brief illness on Friday, March 08, 2019 at her daughter’s house surrounded by loving family and under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Barberton, OH on March 05, 1965 the daughter of Joy Gregoire DeFazio of Stonewood and the late Charles H. Gilchrist [ .... ]  Read More

Alexander Russell Trefz

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV transitioned to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents when he was born in Weston, WV on May 17, 1937 [ .... ]  Read More

Lisa Ann Harris

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Gassaway, WV peacefully passed away and victoriously went to be with the Lord on March 07, 2019. She was born November 17, 1962 in Germany to Ruby Lockard of Gassaway and the late James E. Lockard [....]  Read More

Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

The Free Press WV 26 day old infant daughter of Mark and Lori Hainaut, Burnsville, WV joined the angels on Monday, March 4th at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Michael D. Herron

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Weston, WV, formerly of Charleston, WV son of Willard and Toni Herron of Elkins, WV passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, in Charlotte, NC [....]  Read More

Carl L. Weese

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Gassaway, WV passed away March 05, 2019 at home. He was born February 05, 1945 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Carrie Muncie Weese and Curtis Weese, Sr.  [....]  Read More

David William Conner

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Sutton, WV went home to be with his Heavenly Father on March 04, 2019 at Clary Grove center in Martinsburg. He was born in Sutton on July 29, 1941 to the late Ira and Elsie Meadows Conner.  [....]  Read More

Mitsuko Paula Whipkey

The Free Press WVAge 89, of Vienna, WV, formerly of Grantsville, WV and Riverdale, GA, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Marietta, OH. She was born on June 18, 1929 in Tokyo, Japan and was the daughter of the late Keikichi and Mito (Nakamura) Kobayashi [ .... ]  Read More

Jackie Lee Frazier

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, March 05, 2019 in Seller’s Personal Care Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. He was born in Jane Lew, WV on July 01, 1933: son of the late John P. Frazier and Genevieve (Paugh) Frazier [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

By Kudos To School Board on 03.21.2019

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

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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“All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.“

This is a patently false statement.  Heyman does this frequently.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 03.19.2019

From the entry: 'In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check'.

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So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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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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