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Renowned Flautist Lindsey Goodman to Hold Master Class

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On Monday, February 19, Lindsey Goodman will present a flute master class from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Glenville State College Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Goodman will be on campus to work with GSC flute majors. Additionally, the Department of Fine Arts is opening the class up to high school flute players for no cost.

Goodman, a renowned flautist and a 12 season principal flute player for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, recording artist, teacher, and clinician. She is also an adjunct faculty member for West Virginia State University and Marietta College.

She first got her start as an adjunct instructor of flute for Ashland University through the 2013-2014 school year as well as doing private teaching lessons in Goodman Flute Studios. She teaches a variety of levels starting with beginners through professionals that are in the central Ohio region. Goodman is a sought-after clinician for master classes and presentations on music careers, entrepreneurship, electroacoustics, chamber collaboration, and commissioning. Throughout her last eight seasons she has been able to reach students in thirty-three universities across two different countries.

For more information or to RSVP for the master class, call 304.462.6340.

Teachers, public employees planning walkout in West Virginia

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School teachers and public employees in West Virginia are planning a statewide walkout as they continue to protest low pay, projected hikes in health insurance costs and small proposed pay hikes.

Media outlets report that the decision to hold the walkout this Thursday and Friday was announced by the American Federal of Teachers-West Virginia and the West Virginia Education Association at a rally at the State Capitol on Saturday.

Teachers and public employees have been demonstrating for weeks, including a large protest Friday. They are asking lawmakers to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency and increase pay.

The West Virginia House has voted to apply $29 million from the state’s rainy day fund to freeze insurance rates for teachers and state workers for the next fiscal year.

Governordeclares state of emergency in connection with flooding concerns

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Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency early Saturday morning for all 55 counties freeing up resources to respond to flooding and the threat of additional high water.

A first round of rain moved across the state Friday resulting in flooding that closed dozens of roads along with causing mudslides along several highways.

By Friday evening, the National Weather Service was becoming more concerned about river flooding. Warnings are currently issued through Tuesday morning for some rivers. The Ohio River is forecasted to crest above flood stage in several areas.

Other rivers where sections are under flood warnings include the Little Kanawha, Tygart Valley and West Fork.

Another round of rain Saturday could cause additional problems but there’s a chance it will get cold enough in some areas for the rain to change to snow.

Next week’s forecast is for above average temperatures and the possibility of additional rain.

The statement from Gov. Jim Justice’s office released Saturday morning:

Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency early Saturday for all 55 counties, after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations and was expected to continue throughout the weekend.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now on enhanced watch status and will continue to monitor the situation. The EOC will be fully activated if necessary. The West Virginia National Guard has also been notified and put on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency agencies.

West Virginia House votes to boost natural gas drilling

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The West Virginia House voted 60-40 on Thursday to allow drilling for natural gas beneath property where 75 percent of owners of its royalty interests agree.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Supporters said the bill enables a supermajority of a property’s owners to make money from West Virginia’s large underground gas reserves and would give the state more tax revenues and an economic boost.

Under current law, a single co-owner can block drilling, though a developer can sue to partition the property and proceed.

“I believe it’s important to the economy of West Virginia,” Delegate John Kelly said. The Parkersburg Republican said he has no personal interests in potential royalties or drilling leases, unlike many other legislators who were nonetheless ruled eligible to vote on the legislation.

Critics argued that it strips property rights from minority owners who oppose leasing their mineral rights to gas developers. Under the bill, they would be guaranteed a share of the highest royalty or a share in the producer’s revenues and costs as an investor.

“We are trying to legislate the use of that property,” Delegate Isaac Sponaugle said. The Franklin Democrat said he has letters on his desk from Chevron and other special interests that want the legislation. “It’s not good policy,” he said.

The bill deals only with co-owners of a single tract, said Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott. Developers wouldn’t be able to use the properties of non-consenting co-owners for gas storage, injection wells or disposal wells for fracking waste. Gas companies wouldn’t be able to place drilling pads and build roads without the written consent of the owners of the surface property, he said.

Horizontal drilling enables reaching underground mineral formations from drilling pads a mile away, Shott said. “If you’re a non-consenting co-tenant, they cannot use your surface without your consent.”

“What this bill does is create a method to resolve an impasse, a deadlock, that may exist when a small minority wishes to refrain from participating,” Shott said. Frequently many co-owners are involved with jointly inherited properties.

At a public hearing last week, Lissa Lucas, a Democratic candidate for a House seat who opposes the bill, was escorted from the podium for reading the names of legislators and their individual campaign contributions from energy companies.

On Thursday, Delegate Charlotte Lane, a Charleston Republican, said Lucas “disrespected our chamber,” noting that campaign finance records are public, and said the energy industry fuels homes and businesses, pays taxes and supports schools.

teachers Having Walk-in to protest state pay

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Teachers in a growing number of West Virginia counties are skipping school for a day to protest the state’s pay and health insurance.

The House of Delegates passed legislation Tuesday to give teachers 2 percent raises the next fiscal year and 1 percent in the three years after that.

The Senate last week approved 1 percent raises in each of the next five years.

Governor Jim Justice said health insurance coverage for public employees will be unchanged for the next 17 months.

Gilmer County High School Teachers and Staff will hold a walk-in in front of Gilmer Public Library starting at 7:00 AM till 7:45AM.

Teachers and Personnel from Gilmer Elementary School will hold a walk-in at Foodland Plaza in Hays City (Glenville) at the same time.

Teachers and Staff from both school also planning to hold a protest after school at Foodland Plaza.

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GCBOE Resolution in Support of Teachers and Employees

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Candidates for May 8th Primary Are Certified by WV Secretary of State

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Secretary of State Mac Warner announces that 566 candidates have been certified for the May 2018 primary ballot.

Candidates certified by the Secretary of State’s Office include those seeking federal and legislative offices, as well as vacant judicial seats covering more than one county, the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, and candidates for political party executive committees (attachment). County clerks will certify candidates seeking office at the county level.

“Anyone willing to step up and seek to serve the public deserves respect,“ said Secretary Warner. “We thank those who filed certificates of announcement. Now, it’s up to the voters to use their voices and make a choice in May.“

The candidate filing period started January 8th and ended midnight on January 27th. The last day to withdraw from the ballot was Tuesday, February 13th. The deadline for write-in candidates is the close of business Tuesday, March 20th.

The last day to register to vote in the May 8th primary is Tuesday, April 17th. Early voting starts Wednesday, April 25th, and ends Saturday, May 5th. Anyone wishing to register to vote can do so at their county clerk’s office or online at ovr.sos.wv.gov.

As of January 1, 2018, voters must show a form of identification to vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day in any election, with a few exceptions (link). Any ID shown for voting purposes must be valid and not expired.

To learn more about candidates on the ballot, campaign donations, Voter I.D., and important dates, visit our website at sos.wv.gov/elections.

Attachment: State Certification - Primary Election

Link: Online Voter Registration

Link: Voter I.D. Information

Link: WVSOS Elections Page

Valentine’s Day 2018

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DHHR Receives CMS approval for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Services

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services has received approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to offer Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) treatment services.  This designation makes West Virginia the first state in the nation to receive such approval.

NAS is a generalized multisystem disorder that produces a constellation of symptoms in newborn babies when exposure to opioids is abruptly discontinued at birth.  Infants with NAS require around-the-clock care during the first weeks of their lives to combat symptoms of withdrawal such as tremors, vomiting, seizures, excessive crying, and sensitivity to stimuli (e.g., loud noises, bright lights, bright colors) and to wean the infant from his or her dependence on opiates using small doses of morphine or methadone.

“West Virginia is facing an opioid epidemic like no other state is experiencing,” said Cindy Beane, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services.  “This critical designation will allow us to treat the most vulnerable, innocent victims affected by this horrible crisis.”

Currently, Lily’s Place in Huntington is offering these services and now can be recognized by West Virginia Medicaid as a Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Center. 

The intent of the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Treatment Center is to reduce or prevent symptoms of withdrawal in newborns who have been prenatally exposed to addictive drugs using both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions.

Under the program, newborns with NAS would receive services to treat withdrawal symptoms, including: 
    • Comprehensive assessment to determine a plan of care
    • Low or reduced stimulus environment, slow introduction to sensory stimulation (both site and sound)
    • Pharmaceutical Withdrawal Management, with tapering protocol as referenced by the American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Monitoring Withdrawal Objective Assessment, at least twice, daily
    • Non-Pharmacological Interventions, including but not limited to
              o Therapeutic swaddling
              o Vestibular stimulation/vertical rocking
              o C-position
              o Head-to-toe movements
              o Clapping
              o Exercise to relieve gas discomfort
              o Newborn massage

Additional information can be found HERE

Glenville City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 08, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Dean present. Council members Taylor and Huffman were absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

Public Comments

None

A. Approval of Minutes – December 04, 2017

The minutes from the December 04, 2017 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports

Financial

The bookkeeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial report with council. The City is currently at 52.60% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 63% and expenditures at 51%. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that the street department had been keeping the streets cleaned and treated for snow and ice.

Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on December 27th. There was one small water leak at a meter on VanHorn Drive. They purchased a 150 x 100 lot by the water plant. No sewer problems to report

Recorder

Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

· Part time/Johnnie Heater

Johnnie Heater agreed to part-time employment for the City at $10 per hour on an as need basis. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the hiring of Johnnie Heater for part time employment at $10 per hour as needed. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

· Safety Committee Meeting (January 17 at noon)

Our Safety Meeting is held once per quarter with Mayor, Chief of Police, Head of Street Dept, one council at large, and manager from Glenville Utility. The meeting is scheduled for January 17 at 12:00 noon at the Mayor’s office.

· Update on Rosie the Riveter Project

Collected donations for this project. Council approved the purchase of the pole in the amount of $2455.00 at the December 2017 meeting. GCEDA has reimbursed the City for this purchase from a grant.

· Folk Festival Request

The Folk Festival Committee has requested permission to hold the Folk Festival downtown on June 21-24, 2018, with street closures. The Festival Committee will pay a flat fee of $150 for use of the City Park to cover water and utilities. Councilman Fisher made a motion to allow the Folk Festival Committee to hold the festival on June 21-24, 2018. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

III. Other Business to come before Council

None

IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be February 05, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

Jeanette Riffle: February, The Shortest Month

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I was reading Alyce Faye Braggs’s column in the Charleston Gazette this Saturday morning and was reminded of some old sayings, songs and sassafras tea. Dad loved his buckwheat pancakes and he would bring in Log Cabin syrup in a tin, shaped like a log cabin. We had cow butter and that good syrup to make those pancakes just right. Every time we had those, which was on a Saturday when he was home from work, he would sing, “Buckwheat cakes and Indian jammer, make me fat, a whole lot fatter, look away, look away, look away, Dixie Land. “I never heard anyone else sing that song. I don’t know where he got it. Maybe it was an army song.

February was sassafras tea month. Mom had a big fat kettle with a bale on it and Dad would dig up some sassafras roots, bring them home, scrub them up and boil them in that kettle, to make the rich red brown brew. When it was just the right color, they added sugar to taste and turned the fire off. My oldest brother couldn’t wait for it to cool and he would pour himself a cup and sip on it while the rest of us were waiting for ours to cool down. It tasted like a rich root beer pop and we looked forward to that tea in February.

Another thing we looked forward to was the valentines and little heart shaped candy boxes with chocolates inside. Mom found them at the Murphy’s 5 & 10 cent store and she bought a box for each one of us kids. Back then we signed our name on valentines and gave them to friends at school. Then there were the tiny little heart shaped candies with writings on them like, “Be mine, valentine.”  I don’t remember any valentine parties or anything special at school like they have nowadays. We kept it simple.

February is almost half over and next comes March with the March winds to dry up the mud. Another saying, “March winds and April showers, bring May flowers. “There are lots of old sayings and Mom knew a lot of them. There are two birthdays in the month of February in our family. My husband’s is February 27th and Mom’s was February 6th.  Happy birthday to Mom in Heaven. She sent cards to all her friends on their birthday. She bought perfumed stationary and she kept dainty hankies. Most of them had a pretty flower design in them but some had a lace made of crochet thread for a fancy edging. Her friends got a nice birthday card, a letter, and a hankie.

She had a cake and ice cream for each of us kids on our birthday. At that time, folks didn’t have a birthday party for each kid every year, only one. Mom had me one when I was about 10 or 11.  She said we could each have one birthday party but if you had more than that, you were just begging. Things have changed.

Until next time, enjoy the warmer temperatures. I hope they stay, but winter is not gone yet.

God bless and keep you in His care!

Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm

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Jeremy Allen Wolfe, of Glenville, West Virginia was sentenced to 92 months incarceration for illegal possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Wolfe , age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm” in September 2017.

In November 2014, Wolfe was found in possession of multiple firearms, including three rifles and two shotguns, in Calhoun County, WV.

Wolfe, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, that is, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Gilmer County, WV is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.


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WV Legislative Update

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As I write this Sunday evening, I’m in the midst of taking my own advice – and that of my physician – in avoiding others and crowds as I recuperate from having the flu.  I was feeling pretty bad early Wednesday, suspected it may be the flu, and sure enough, tested positive for one of the flu strains.  Having a flu shot may have kept me from becoming more ill, but should be able to get back into the daily Capitol schedule this week.  So, this week’s column will be somewhat abbreviated.

I want to thank everyone for the calls, emails and messages.  As I said a couple weeks ago, this year’s flu is nothing to ignore.  Young, old, and all ages in between are at risk and the death toll continues to rise across the country.  Most of all, if you’re sick, stay home and get better.  Only when it stops spreading will we begin to see this outbreak begin to subside.

Earlier last week, it was great to introduce two of our BCHS students, Sarah Lane and Robert Boyce, who were seated in the Gallery with WV Secretary of State Mac Warner.  Sarah and Robert were honored as Honorary Secretaries of State.  These students were among 49 high school students across West Virginia that registered at total of over 13,000 eligible students to vote.  I’m very proud of these outstanding students and their leadership skills.

February 7 was a special day at the Capitol and in the House Chamber, as we honored our veterans during Veterans Visibility Day.  This is always a special day at the Capitol, as leaders from all of the numerous branches of service and veterans organizations are recognized and honored on the House floor.

As of February 9, a total of 1,515 bills have been introduced; in the House, 998 and in 517 in the Senate.  To date, only one bill has been signed by the Governor and four others are awaiting his executive action.  Fifty-six bills have passed the House; seventy-six passed the Senate.  Last Thursday marked the 30-day midway point of the regular session and to date it has not made good use of the time.  As bills come from committee, they may or may not be taken up by the full House.  After the thirtieth day, the Rules Committee, comprised of a small group of House majority leadership and a proportionate number of minority members, generally meet at least daily to manage the House calendar.  Managing the calendar in a responsible and effective manner keeps House floor time to a minimum and preserves enough valuable committee time to consider bills with the needed questions for legal counsel, debate and discussion.

All bills go on the active calendar unless the Rules Committee determines to pull them to the inactive calendar.  Bills move back and forth between the two on a regular basis during the last half of the session.  In the end, it is controlled by the Speaker.  If he wants a bill moved, it moves.  If not, it gets parked.  More on the Rules Committee and the calendar in the next four weeks.

The Governor is attempting to stave off the backlash of his current PEIA Finance Board decisions.  Last week, Governor Justice announced he was freezing the program at 2017 levels for the next seventeen months.  However, he rejected dedicating an increase in gas severance tax revenue to fund the insurance program.  However, it will take in excess of $20 million to maintain the current level of premiums, deductibles and copays.

Meanwhile, teachers, service personnel, state employees and retired workers are continuing to bring their concerns to the Governor and Legislature.  With rallies held across the State, and, based on a statewide meeting held at Flatwoods last Sunday from each of the fifty-five counties, the pressure is building on legislative leaders to put together a reasonable and long-overdue pay increase, as well as fully funding PEIA. 

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol office:  Building 1, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  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.

Consumers Are Reminded to Protect Information When Filing Taxes

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers to be cautious and to protect personal information when preparing and filing the necessary tax documents this year.

Sensitive information like Social Security numbers, finances, birthdays and addresses are some of the many things scammers could easily use to their advantage.

“Scammers know tax season comes at the same time every year,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “They could be waiting in the wings to take advantage of the available information. That’s why it’s extremely important to be mindful of how you handle the information and who handles it on your behalf.”

Consumers can greatly reduce the risk of fraud by filing their return well before the deadline. This gives thieves less time to file a false return since IRS records would show a return in the consumer’s name has already been filed. They also should use a secure Internet connection and never file their return via publicly available wi-fi.

Additional tips include:

  • Never carry a Social Security card, banking information or any other personally identifiable information in a wallet. Keep such documents in a secure location.
  • Cross shred documents. Identity thieves rummage through trash to find information.
  • Be wary of suspicious emails that look legitimate, however are meant to steal personal information.
  • Know the Internal Revenue Service does not contact taxpayers via text message, email or social media.
  • Be aware that unsuspecting victims of tax-related identity theft often receive a letter from the IRS saying it received multiple tax returns filed in the victim’s name or indicate the taxpayer received wages from an employer he or she doesn’t know.

Anyone who receives a letter from the IRS indicating potential impersonation should immediately call the agency’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1.800.908.4490.

Consumers who believe they may be the victim of tax-related identity theft should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Office at 1.800.368.8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304.267.0239 or visit the office online at www.wvago.gov.

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Study: Racist messages land on campuses in surging numbers

The Free Press WVWhite supremacist groups have targeted college campuses in surging numbers since President Donald Trump’s election, emboldened by political and racial tensions over immigration and other issues, according to a group that monitors extremism and bigotry [ .... ]  Read More

Amtrak train headed to Greenbrier congressional retreat hits garbage truck

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West Virginia Senate OKs new appeals court

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Ambulance, dispatch companies fined $1.4M for slow response

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Teachers taking a statewide work action

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Indigent burial bill passes West Virginia House

The Free Press WV The bill would reduce the amount from $1,250 to $1,000 [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia bill to protect historic displays advances

The Free Press WVThe “West Virginia Monument and Memorial Protection Act of 2018” passed out of the Senate Committee on Government Organization [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia natural gas alternative rejected

The Free Press WV The West Virginia House is advancing legislation to authorize drilling for natural gas where 75 percent of a West Virginia property’s landowners agree, rejecting an amendment to raise the threshold to 90 percent [ .... ]  Read More

Forecasters: More flooding possible in Appalachia

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Chemical that soiled N Carolina water found in West Virginia

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22nd West Virginia History Day taking shape at state Capitol

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West Virginia House votes to raise jail guards’ pay

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Marshall University receives $2.1M grant for obesity study

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The Free Press WVVeterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and his staff lied that he was getting an award in order to justify his wife accompanying him at taxpayer expense on an 11-day European trip that mixed business and sightseeing [ .... ]  Read More

Trump cites mental health _ not guns _ in speech on shooting

The Free Press WVDeclaring the nation united and grieving with “one heavy heart,” President Donald Trump promised Thursday to tackle school safety and “the difficult issue of mental health” in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence [ .... ]  Read More

Warning signs may have been missed in school shooting case

The Free Press WVMonths before authorities say Nikolas Cruz walked into his former high school and slaughtered 17 people, the troubled teen began showing what may have been warning signs he was bent on violence [ .... ]  Read More

Denied mic, foes of offshore drilling plan hold rallies

The Free Press WVWith giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing,” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?,” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have held boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topi [ .... ]  Read More

A Westminster wow: Bichon frise becomes America’s top dog

The Free Press WVFlynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the crowd at Madison Square Garden [ .... ]  Read More

GOP women frustrated by Trump’s approach to abuse charges

The Free Press WVThe Trump White House’s handling of abuse charges against men in its midst is frustrating prominent Republican women as the party’s yearslong struggle to attract female voters stretches into the 2018 midterm elections [ .... ]  Read More

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

The Free Press WVThe GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more [ .... ]  Read More

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

The Free Press WVWith the first primaries of the 2018 elections less than a month away, you might expect federal officials to be wrapping up efforts to safeguard the vote against expected Russian interference [ .... ]  Read More

Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world’s top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America a

The Free Press WV Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world’s top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country’s growing inequity and a president they disagree with more than any other [ .... ]  Read More

Senate rejects bipartisan immigration plan and Trump’s, too

The Free Press WVThe Senate rejected both a bipartisan immigration plan and a more restrictive proposal by President Donald Trump on Thursday, suggesting the latest election-year debate on an issue that fires up both parties’ voters will produce a familiar outcome: stalemate [ .... ]  Read More

Congress Investigating the Rob Porter Mess

The Free Press WV House panel looking into how he kept his White House job   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump vastly overstates depth of labor pool

The Free Press WV As he envisions a manufacturing revival, President Donald Trump is telling lawmakers the U.S. has a vast, idle labor pool itching to go to work. That’s a mirage [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

The Free Press WVThree of the nation’s top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections — part of what they say is Moscow’s escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies [ .... ]  Read More

Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story

The Free Press WVStormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump’s personal attorney acknowledged paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump [ .... ]  Read More

Trump’s high-spending budget reverses longtime GOP dogma

The Free Press WV Donald Trump’s own budget director says if he were still a member of Congress he probably wouldn’t vote for the very budget plan he hawked Tuesday before the Senate Budget Committee [ .... ]  Read More

Trump threatens ‘tax’ on countries that exploit U.S. trade

The Free Press WV Donald Trump says he’s planning to announce a “reciprocal tax” on countries that take advantage of the United States on trade, with more details to be released later this week [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

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

Have A Minute?‏

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

The McKinley Capitol Report

The Gilmer Free PressHiring is underway for pipeline projects in the state [ .... ]  Read More

Senate to debate immigration, but Trump is the question mark

The Free Press WVThe Senate will open up a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the “Dreamer” immigrants on Monday. But the most influential voice in the conversation may be on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue [ .... ]  Read More

Trump defends former aide after abuse claims bring criticism

The Free Press WVDonald Trump has defended former aide Rob Porter, wishing him well in his future endeavors without any mention of the two ex-wives who have accused Porter of physical and emotional abuse [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump in a stock market and budget tempest

The Free Press WV The weeklong drama over the hourslong government shutdown set loose overblown rhetoric from both parties while President Donald Trump wrestled inartfully with turmoil in the stock market, one of his favorite bragging points until it tanked [ .... ]  Read More

Trump says it’s a ‘tough time’ for ex-aide accused of abuse

The Free Press WVDonald Trump said Friday that a former aide accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives had done a “very good job” at the White House, adding, “We certainly wish him well.” Trump emphasized that former staff secretary Rob Porter maintains his innocence, and the president made no mention of the women who have reported physical and emotional abuse [ .... ]  Read More

House OKs budget deal, ending shutdown

The Free Press WV The House has narrowly passed a sweeping bipartisan budget accord, ending an hours-long government shutdown and clearing a path for huge spending increases for both the Pentagon and domestic programs [ .... ]  Read More

International

Arts & Entertainment

Vacationers’ Mystery Ailment Is Really a Brownie Problem

The Free Press WVPot brownies, that is [ .... ]  Read More

UK blames Russian military for ‘malicious’ cyberattack

The Free Press WV Britain blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, accusing Moscow of “weaponizing information” in a new kind of warfare [ .... ]  Read More

Key senator to stop blocking U.S. arms sales to Persian Gulf

The Free Press WVThe United States is poised to let Persian Gulf nations resume buying American-made lethal weapons after a key U.S. senator said he would stop blocking the sales, even though the Qatar diplomatic crisis that prompted the freeze is no closer to being resolved [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. says detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter

The Free Press WVHe was an unruly college student in Louisiana where he mixed booze and gambling with classes on electrical engineering. A decade later, he was guarding an Islamic State oil field in Syria and storing bomb-making files and military handbooks on thumb drives [ .... ]  Read More

European officials: Virtual currencies are no way to pay

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U.S. boosts aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cut

The Free Press WVDonald Trump’s rhetoric on punishing countries that don’t agree with U.S. policy in the Middle East collided with reality as his administration announced it would boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years [ .... ]  Read More

New U.S.-Turkey tensions overshadow anti-IS unity meeting

The Free Press WV The Trump administration’s appeal for unity fell on a critical deaf ear Tuesday as the latest expression of U.S. support for Kurdish rebels in Syria enraged America’s NATO ally, Turkey, and overshadowed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s plea for nations fighting the Islamic State to overcome rivalries and concentrate on eradicating the extremist group from the Middle East [ .... ]  Read More

Police recommend indictments of Netanyahu

The Free Press WVIsraeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled prime minister that is likely to fuel calls for him to step down [ .... ]  Read More

$88.2B price tag for rebuilding Iraq after Islamic State war

The Free Press WVKuwait opened a week of conferences seeking aid for rebuilding Iraq after the onslaught of the Islamic State group, seeking tens of billions of dollars for a nation only a generation ago that invaded it [ .... ]  Read More

Drones grounded at opening ceremony _ but not on tape delay

The Free Press WVAn army of high-flying drones expected to light up the sky at the opening ceremony of the Olympics was grounded [ .... ]  Read More

Romanian study: Half-day old snow is safe to eat

The Free Press WVHow safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study [ .... ]  Read More

Eiffel Tower shuts down as snow, freezing rain pummel France

The Free Press WVThe Eiffel Tower was closed and French authorities told drivers in the Paris region to stay home Friday as snow and freezing rain pummeled parts of the country that are ill-prepared for the wintry weather [ .... ]  Read More

Venezuela election could trigger deeper sanctions, exiles

The Free Press WV The Venezuelan government’s decision to plow ahead with early presidential elections over the objections of the opposition risks spurring more international sanctions and exacerbating an economic and social crisis driving increasing numbers of Venezuelans into exile [ .... ]  Read More

Trudeau pitches Canada’s tech jobs to San Francisco market

The Free Press WVCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brings what some call his “maple charm offensive” to San Francisco on Thursday with a dual agenda: Pitch Canada as a destination for American tech firms amid increasing unease over U.S. immigration policy and remind California of its long trade relationship with the country, despite President Donald Trump’s threat to bow out of NAFTA [ .... ]  Read More

Russian hackers hunt hi-tech secrets, exploiting U.S. weakness

The Free Press WVRussian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found [ .... ]  Read More

Judge Sides With Swift Over ‘Unoriginal’ Lyrics

The Free Press WVTwo songwriters say she ripped off words for ‘Shake It Off’  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Early Man’

Wallace and Gromit creator goes prehistoric with ‘Early Man’  [ .... ]  Read More

Berlin Film Fest kicks off in the shadow of #MeToo

The Free Press WVThe curtain went up Thursday at the annual Berlin International Film Festival with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s new animated film, “Isle of Dogs”  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Nostalgia’

One of the first images in the film “Nostalgia” is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, ever shifting in the wide sky [ .... ]  Read More

Review: Tom Miller’s novel turns gender roles upside down

The Free Press WVRarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn’t loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way through [ .... ]  Read More

‘Hello, Universe’ wins Newbery for best children’s book

The Free Press WVErin Entrada Kelly’s “Hello, Universe,” a nuanced account of a diverse group of middle school students and their unexpected encounters, has won the John Newbery Medal for the outstanding children’s book of 2017 [ .... ]  Read More

Woman uses photography to give voice to the voiceless

The Free Press WVHer kids were each born with certain special needs which kept them within arms-length of the doctor and in need of constant attention and treatment [ .... ]  Read More

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ commands $38.8 million to top charts

The Free Press WV Newcomers like “Fifty Shades Freed,” ″Peter Rabbit” and “The 15:17 to Paris” breathed some fresh life into a marketplace that has for weeks been dominated by “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” ″The Greatest Showman” and various Oscar contenders [ .... ]  Read More

Rose Byrne’s greatest technical challenge? ‘Peter Rabbit

The Free Press WVRose Byrne has done nearly every type of film — physical comedy (“Bridesmaids,” ″Neighbors”), horror (“Insidious”), sci-fi (“Sunshine”), period (“Marie Antoinette”), action (“Troy”), musical (“Annie”) and superhero (“X-Men: First Class”) — so it might come as a surprise that she met her technical match on “Peter Rabbit”  [ .... ]  Read More

Unlimited movie-theater deal could be too good to survive

The Free Press WVMoviePass is trying to bring to movie theaters what Netflix did for DVDs and online streaming: Let subscribers watch as many movies as they want for $10 a month [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The 15:17 to Paris’

In his latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,“ Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before. Having already dispensed with many of the typical accoutrements of Hollywood filmmaking — lengthy development, a battery of takes, any handwringing at all — he has, with characteristically little anguish, jettisoned actors from the picture, too. Who needs ‘em, anyway?  [ .... ]  Read More

A library without books? Universities purging dusty volumes

The Free Press WVA library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favor of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’

The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it’s called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler’s Earth-bound “Black Panther,” glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds apart [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘The Shape of Water’

‘The Shape of Water’ is a ‘50s-style creature feature as a modern-day allegory [ .... ]  Read More

Review: Timberlake is a man lost in the woods on new album

The Free Press WVThe superstar singer produced epic solo albums with 2002′s “Justified,” 2006′s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” and 2013′s “The 20/20 Experience.” And though he tripped over his own disco ball on the second part of “20/20,” released seven months after the original, he rebounded with “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” — a song that can still put you in a good mood [ .... ]  Read More

Financial|Business

Sports

Living

8 lenders that aren’t serving people of color for home loans

The Free Press WVAcross America, a troubling pattern emerges in data analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting: Nearly two-thirds of mortgage lenders denied home loans for people of color at higher rates than for white people. But among the 6,600 U.S. lenders, some banks stood out for particularly extreme practices [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 02.16.2018

The Free Press WVS&P 500 Posts 4.3% Weekly Gain, Snapping Two-Week Losing Streak; Technology, Financials Lead Broad Climb [ .... ]  Read More

Energy drives US wholesale prices up 0.4 percent in January

The Free Press WVU.S. wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in January, the biggest increase since November, as a big jump in energy prices offset a small decline in the cost of food [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. factory output flat for 2nd straight month

The Free Press WVU.S. factory output was unchanged in January for the second straight month after three months of healthy gains [ .... ]  Read More

Sam’s Club to offer free shipping for premium member

The Free Press WVSam’s Club is offering free shipping for premium members and simplifying its membership tiers [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings decrease 0.2% in January [....]  Read More

Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items increases 0.5% in January as broad array of indexes rise [....]  Read More

Powerball winner who demands anonymity to get money

The Free Press WV A New Hampshire woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot is likely to get the money soon as her demand to remain anonymous makes its way through the courts [ .... ]  Read More

Danica Patrick shown as businesswoman in new GoDaddy ad

The Free Press WVDanica Patrick and GoDaddy show the growth of their brands in a bright, new commercial that features Patrick’s transition to life off the track [ .... ]  Read More

Lobbying expenses spiked as Congress shaped tax overhaul

The Free Press WVMoney spent on lobbying by corporations, trade associations and special interest groups spiked during the final three months of 2017 as they battled for the biggest breaks possible in the most dramatic tax overhaul in more than 30 years [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 02.09.2018

The Free Press WVS&P 500 Posts 5.2% Weekly Drop in Second Consecutive Down Week as Energy, Financials Lead Tumble [ .... ]  Read More

Citing fraud, LL Bean imposes limits on its return policy

The Free Press WVL.L. Bean’s generous return policy is going to be a little less forgiving: The company, which has touted its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for more than a century, is imposing a one-year limit on most returns to reduce growing abuse and fraud [ .... ]  Read More

What’s a tax break for car racing doing in the budget deal?

The Free Press WVWedged into the new mammoth Senate spending deal is a pack of tax breaks for homeowners and electric car owners — as well as goodies for motor speedways [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services, December 2017

The Free Press WVDecember exports were $203.4 billion, $3.5 billion more than November exports. December imports were $256.5 billion, $6.2 billion more than November imports [....]  Read More

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

The Free Press WVDecember jobless rates down over the year in 314 of 388 metro areas; payroll jobs up in 316 [....]  Read More

Pioneers Fall to Hilltoppers on the Road

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneers fell on the road Saturday afternoon to the No. 5 Hilltoppers of West Liberty University, 105-66 [ .... ]  Read More

McLeod Helps Lift No. 7/8 Glenville State Past West Liberty

The Free Press WV The No. 7/8 Glenville State Lady Pioneer basketball team outlasted the West Liberty Hilltoppers on the road Saturday as they stay undefeated in league play and won their 24th straight game, 106-103 [ .... ]  Read More

10 Countries That Have Never Won a Winter Olympics Medal

The Free Press WVIncluding a country with the word ‘ice’ in it   [ .... ]  Read More

Germany has taken the lead in the Winter Olympics medal table

The Free Press WVThe 2018 Winter Olympics have now hit their full stride and 90 medals have been awarded in the first five days [ .... ]  Read More

GCHS Jr. High Girls Basketball Results_180209

The Free Press WV Both Gilmer County Junior High Girls teams participated in the LKC Tournament hosted by Pleasants County [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

The Free Press WV Saturday, February 10, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Baseball Splits Day Two Double-Header with Barton College

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneer Baseball team split a double-header with the Barton College Bulldogs on day two, Saturday afternoon, as GSC claimed their first win of the 2018 season [ .... ]  Read More

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

The Free Press WV Saturday, February 10, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Pioneers Drop Road Contest to Blue Knights of Urbana

The Free Press WV The Glenville State Pioneer Basketball team dropped a road game on Saturday afternoon to the Blue Knight of Urbana University, 89-68 [ .... ]  Read More

Lady Pioneers Extend Win Streak to 22 Straight, Defeats Urbana on the Road

The Free Press WV The No. 7/11 Glenville State Lady Pioneer Basketball team scored over 100 points for the 10th time this season as they rolled the Blue Knights of Urbana University 116-63 [ .... ]  Read More

Onion Beer Bread is a crowd- pleaser

The Free Press WVOnion Beer Bread will make your whole house smell heavenly as it bakes. I recommend serving it right out of the oven, but it’s still darn tasty at room temperature or even cold [ .... ]  Read More

Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety

The Free Press WVDonald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas [ .... ]  Read More

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beer Beef Stew

The Free Press WVLet’s just start by saying that the words beef, beer and barbecue in a recipe title don’t make my husband sad [ .... ]  Read More

A Westminster wow: Bichon frise becomes America’s top dog

The Free Press WVFans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision [ .... ]  Read More

4 alternatives for when your 401(k) doesn’t cut it

The Free Press WV There’s a finite list of things you can change at work — and your employer’s less-than-stellar retirement plan probably isn’t among them [ .... ]  Read More

Aphrodisiac plants are as close as the nearest supermarket

The Free Press WVMoney can’t buy you love, but it can buy you plants. And maybe plants can win over your Valentine [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Slow-Cooked Pork Roast

The Free Press WVSlowly cooking a big hunk of tough, inexpensive meat isn’t just the best way to cook this cut of meat. It’s really the only way [ .... ]  Read More

OxyContin maker will stop promoting opioids to doctors

The Free Press WV The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic [ .... ]  Read More

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Mini Pizzas

The Free Press WVIf you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.  [ .... ]  Read More

Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

The Free Press WV The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago [ .... ]  Read More

‘Diet’ doesn’t have to be a bad word

The Free Press WVAll those miles on the treadmill and the sore muscles from lifting weights are an important step in improving fitness [ .... ]  Read More

Insulin quality questions have diabetes experts scrambling

The Free Press WVPreliminary research suggesting that some diabetes patients may be injecting medicine that has partially disintegrated is causing concern even as serious questions are raised about the research itself [ .... ]  Read More

Serve white bean soup with dumplings for hearty winter meal

The Free Press WVThey say that everyone complains about the weather — winter especially — but no one ever does anything about it. Well, here’s something you can do that will make you feel much better. Cook up a big hot bowl of Italian soup for dinner, garnished with homemade — and idiot-proof! — dumplings [ .... ]  Read More

Ben & Jerry’s latest to go low-calorie to take on Halo Top

The Free Press WVThe competition among low-calorie ice creams is heating up [ .... ]  Read More

This main dish tuna slaw may boost your weekday routine

The Free Press WVOne of the best pieces of advice I have read about promoting healthy eating is to make your own food [ .... ]  Read More

Opinions

Outdoors

U.S. makes new claims of WMD in Syria

The Free Press WVWhen Is There Going to be Accountability for US Wars and Aggression?  [ .... ]  Read More

“Fake News” Is Fake News

The Free Press WVThe people who created Facebook and Google must be smart. They’re billionaires, their companies are worth multi-multi billions, their programs are used by billions around the world [ .... ]  Read More

The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America

The Free Press WVWhy throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment — ISIS — numbers in the low tens of thousands?  [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: February, The Shortest Month

The Free Press WV February was sassafras tea month. Mom had a big fat kettle with a bale on it and Dad would dig up some sassafras roots, bring them home [ .... ]  Read More

Poor posture: Trump’s nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War

The Free Press WV While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as Trump’s Nuclear Posture [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV Eat as is (which I love) or mash with a fork and use for cooking.  Can be spread over warm French bread, mixed with sour cream for a topping for baked potatoes, or mixed in with Parmesan and pasta [ .... ]  Read More

#MeToo “Where Are the Men?” Hiding in Plain Sight for 40 Years

The Free Press WVWhere are the men? Since last fall, when Harvey Weinstein and his predator brothers were exposed for enacting poisonous masculinity [ .... ]  Read More

Bring on Solutionary Rail!

The Free Press WV It’s not every day that you run across an idea so elegant, so eminently practical that your jaw literally drops as you stagger beneath the shock of your huge “aha” moment [ .... ]  Read More

Who Is a Hero?

The Free Press WV In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. occupation authorities in Germany, checking on the effectiveness of their “denazification” program [ .... ]  Read More

Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze for Freeze with North Korea

The Free Press WVPoor Rex Tillerson. Secretary of State must have sounded like an awesome job to the former Chairman and CEO of Exxon/Mobil [ .... ]  Read More

A Treacherous Crossing

The Free Press WVOn January 23rd an overcrowded smuggling boat capsized off the coast of Aden in Southern Yemen. Smugglers packed 152 passengers from Somalia and Ethiopia in the boat and then [ .... ]  Read More

Little Barbies: Sex Trafficking of Young Girls Is America’s Dirty Little Secret

The Free Press WV“Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day.”—John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Flatwoods Monster Movie

The Free Press WVWe were reading in the Charleston Gazette this Saturday morning about a movie that was made, and it will be premiering at the Elk Theater in Sutton on April 7th [ .... ]  Read More

Yemen’s crisis belong to all of us

The Free Press WVWhat’s a little cholera — excuse me, the worst outbreak of this preventable disease in modern history — compared to the needs of a smoothly functioning economy?  [ .... ]  Read More

The Middle East Peace Process: A Cruel Joke

The Free Press WVThree brief reports on January 25 concerning Israel-Palestine-US relations sum up the new situation created by Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem [ .... ]  Read More

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

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Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

West Virginia to stock waters with golden rainbow trout

The Free Press WVAnglers in West Virginia will someday be pulling more gold from the state’s lakes and streams, thanks to a decision to stock waters with bright-yellow golden rainbow trout [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislation Would Support Healthy Forests and Expanded Recreational Opportunities in WV

The Free Press WVRestoring and improving the health of West Virginia’s state park lands while creating expanded public recreational opportunities are the goals of West Virginia Senate bill SB270 and its House companion HB4182 [ .... ]  Read More

Paintings sought for 2019 West Virginia wildlife calendar

The Free Press WV The DNR says in a news release that the deadline for submitting original, color wildlife paintings is February 19 [ .... ]  Read More

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

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United leads list of on-time U.S. airlines

The Free Press WV Here are the government’s rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for December [ .... ]  Read More

Push to move U.S. public land managers west wins new support

The Free Press WVFrom its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails [ .... ]  Read More

Study: Treated Oil, Gas Wastewater Leaves Radioactive Contamination

The Free Press WVTreated oil and gas wastewater flows into a stream in western Pennsylvania. A new Duke study finds stream sediments at disposal sites such as this one have levels of radioactivity that are 650 times higher than at unaffected upstream sites.  [ .... ]  Read More

Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears

The Free Press WVSome polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows [ .... ]  Read More

NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY

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West Virginia trout stocking

The Free Press WV The following waters were stocked the week of January 29, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Orca Learns to Mimic ‘Hello,‘ Other Words

Nice job, Wikie [ .... ]  Read More

Thinking about trying a cruise? Advice for first-timers

The Free Press WVAfter all, what’s not to like about cruising? Ocean views, exotic ports and beautiful ships with fine food, abundant activities and great entertainment [ .... ]  Read More

Tests for Natural Resources Police Officer positions

The Free Press WV The tests are scheduled for February 02-03 at the South Charleston Community Center, starting at 9 a.m. Walk-ons are accepted. Applicants are required to take a written exam at the West Virginia State Police Academy, either day at 12:30 p.m. Interviews for successful applicants are scheduled February 14-16. Times and a location will be announced at the PAT [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets U.S. OK

The Free Press WVThe first blood test to help doctors diagnose traumatic brain injuries has won U.S. government approval [ .... ]  Read More

Russian cargo ship docks at International Space Station

The Free Press WVAn unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew [ .... ]  Read More

Critics wary as Google’s Chrome preps ad-blocking crackdown

The Free Press WVGoogle’s aim is partly to convince people to turn off their own ad-blocking software, which costs publishers revenue by preventing ads from displaying [ .... ]  Read More1

German court rules several Facebook settings violate laws

The Free Press WVA German court has ruled that Facebook’s insistence that users provide their real names violates the country’s data protection laws [ .... ]  Read More

Apple CEO leaves investors dangling on future dividend hike

The Free Press WV Apple CEO Tim Cook is leaving shareholders in suspense about whether the iPhone maker will use its windfall from a tax cut on overseas profits for a big boost to its quarterly dividend [ .... ]  Read More

Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment?

The Free Press WV The growth of bitcoin is fueling speculation and debate about the environmental impact of the energy needed to power the virtual currency in the era of climate change. Some questions and answers about the issue [ .... ]  Read More

Twitter makes money for first time ever, but problems remain

The Free Press WV Twitter made money for the first time in its nearly 12-year history, a milestone that satisfied investors in the short term but might not resolve the company’s broader problems any time soon [ .... ]  Read More

Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away

The Free Press WVThe NASA spacecraft that gave us close-ups of Pluto has set a record for the farthest photos ever taken [ .... ]  Read More

Kale to go: Amazon to roll out delivery at Whole Foods

The Free Press WV Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods — and Margot Good might never visit the organic grocery chain again [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook’s ‘fixes’- meaningful or just skin deep?

The Free Press WV To Mark Zuckerberg, fixing Facebook means many things — protecting users from abuse, preventing elections meddling from malicious actors, weeding out fake news and “making sure time spent on Facebook is well spent”  [ .... ]  Read More

Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

The Free Press WVRats and mice were bombarded for nine hours a day for up to two years with a radiation level so high that humans would only experience it briefly, such as when a phone with a weak signal expends more energy searching for a stronger one [ .... ]  Read More

Judging by algorithm: Using risk factors to score defendants

The Free Press WVInstead of holding criminal defendants on cash bail, courts around the United States are increasingly using algorithmic risk-assessment tools to help judges decide if a defendant should be jailed or go free while awaiting trial [ .... ]  Read More

Amazon to pay France $250 million in back taxes

The Free Press WV Online retailer Amazon has reached a deal with French authorities to pay about $250 million in back taxes [ .... ]  Read More

Microsoft and LinkedIn: Is their marriage working?

The Free Press WVIt’s been just over a year since Microsoft swallowed the career networking site LinkedIn. That’s long enough to start asking: Was the $27 billion deal worth it?  [ .... ]  Read More

Facebook’s latest ‘fixes’ at a glance

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Help Wanted

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American Heart Month

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Mountain State Maple Days

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Huge Indoor Sale - February 16-18, 2018

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Mardi Gras Tea Party - 02.18.18

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Renowned Flautist Lindsey Goodman to Hold Master Class

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Monday, February 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP for the master class, call 304.462.6340

Mardi Gras Themed Premium Night Scheduled for February 22

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GSC Theater Performing ‘Secondary Cause of Death’

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Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-School Family Event - 02.23.18

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Percussion Ensemble Tickets on Sale February 19, 2018

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Percussion Ensemble tickets go on sale Monday, February 19

Kindermusik - 02.27.18

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Taking Orders Now for Annual Berry Plant Sale

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Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU Extension Service
Gilmer and Calhoun County

Gilmer and Calhoun County respectively at
304.462.7061 or 304.354.6332

Orders and payment is due by
Wednesday, February 28, 2018,
at the close of business, 4:00 p.m.

Lunch and Learn: Garden Series

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3/3 at 33 - March 03, 2018

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C-GCC Adult Basic Education

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Please call 304.354.6151 Extension 106 for more information

GSC Open House Scheduled for March 24, 2018

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The last day to RSVP for this event is Wednesday, March 21.

To RSVP visit glenville.edu/adm_events or call 800.924.2010.

GSC Pool Schedule

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Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Jennifer Wenner at or at 304.462.6436

Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Kathryn “Kathy” Lynette Friend Fridley

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Sycamore Lick Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side. She was born in Hampton, VA on December 31, 1954 a daughter of the late Douglas Friend and Barbara June Swisher McCarty [ .... ]  Read More

Sandra “Sandy” G. Dotson

The Free Press WV Age 65 of Pike Fork, Salem, WV departed this life on February 16, 2018 in United Hospital Center, Bridgeport.  She was born on May 04, 1952 in Clarksburg, WV a daughter of the late Roy “Putt” and Edna May Hutson Seese [....]  Read More

James Kenneth Tedrick

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Creston, WV passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.  He was born April 13, 1945 in Plainfield, Ohio, a son of the late Kenneth and Florence Tedrick [ .... ]  Read More

Meloney Jo Davis

The Free Press WVAge 47, of Grantsville, WV passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. Meloney was born August 04, 1970 in Grantsville, WV, a daughter of Gloria Villers and the late William Villers, Sr [ .... ]  Read More

Margaret Pearl Posey

The Free Press WVformerly of Jane Lew, WV, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter, Joyce, in Prosperity, South Carolina on February 11, 2018, at the age of 84. Margaret was born to Hiram and Margaret Grimm on September 24, 1933 in Fairchance, PA [ .... ]  Read More

James E. Tanner Jr,

The Free Press WVof Chloe, WV, formerly of Reedsburg, WI, unexpectedly passed away on February 08, 2018 in his home at the age of 45 years. James was born November17,1972 in Mt. Clemens, MI to James E. Tanner and Lettie L. Morales (Butcher)  [ .... ]  Read More

Cecil Raymond Reed

The Free Press WV Age 76 of Auburn, WV; departed this life at 5:09 AM; Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born June 12, 1941 in Gilmer County, WV, Cecil is the son of the late Hazel and Goldie Butler Reed [....]  Read More

James Lynn Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 58, of Auburn, WV, passed away February 12, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 27, 1959 at Philippi, WV, the son of the late James Lee and Mary Ann Peters Thompson [....]  Read More

Patricia Ann Propps

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Birch River, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born December 19, 1947 in Birch River , WVto the late Clarence Howard & Mildred Dodrill Holmes [ .... ]  Read More

Phillip Neil Hill

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Vienna, West Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones. He was born in Doddridge County, West Virginia on September 03, 1932, to Hayward G. and Clarice Powell Hill [ .... ]  Read More

Caroline Cunningham

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Washington, WV, passed away February 14, 2018 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 09, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV the daughter of the late Bertis and Eloise Gainer Byrd [ .... ]  Read More

Frederick Bernard Fuhrmaneck

The Free Press WVAge 93, previously of Flatwoods, WV, passed away February 10, 2018 at the Victoria Manor, Buckhannon, WV where he had been a resident for the last few months. He was born July 25, 1924, in Baltimore MD, to the late Joseph Fuhrmaneck and the late Mary Edna Slimme [ .... ]  Read More

Emmett Richard Parr

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Parkersburg, WV passed away February 12, 2018 at Belpre Landing Nursing & Rehabilitation. He was born January 26, 1930 in Cairo, WV son of the late Richard Calvin and Teresa Lemley Parr [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin O. “Bill” Hinton

The Free Press WV Beloved Father of James “Mike” Hinton and Charles “Chuck” Hinton, passed peacefully February 10, 2018 at his home in his 80th year. He was born in Ellenboro on November 16, 1937 the only child of the late William B. “Bill” Hinton and Lucille Hinton Gibson [....]  Read More

Helen Marie Morris

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Summersville, WV went home to be with her heavenly Father on February 12, 2018 at Summersville Regional Hospital, Summersville. She was born October 10, 1930 in Widen, WV, the daughter of the late Charles Leslie & Virgie Mae Murphy Jones [ .... ]  Read More

David William Marsh

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Little Birch, WV passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. David was born October 04, 1953 in Sutton, WV to the late Clarence Chester & Eva Lucille Berry Marsh.  [ .... ]  Read More

Edith Virginia Jones

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Big Bend, WV passed away Friday, February 09, 2018 at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville, West Virginia. She was born May 03, 1922 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Harley and Ina Richards Eagle [ .... ]  Read More

Norma Marie Stewart

The Free Press WVNorma’s journey began on August 28, 1940 in Newberne, WV. She was the daughter of Robert H. Stewart and Gladys Riddle Stewart [ .... ]  Read More

David Edward Elson Poling

The Free Press WV Age 50, of Parkersburg, WV (formerly of Pennsboro, WV) departed this life on Thursday, February 08, 2018. David was born February 07, 1968 in Parkersburg, WV a son to the late Rev. Kermit Poling and Patricia (Groves) Poling of Pennsboro, WV [....]  Read More

Harley LeRoy Roupe

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Little Birch,WV passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV. He was born November 24, 1927 in Sutton, WV to the late Samuel & Laura Roupe. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rosalene McCourt Roupe [....]  Read More

Thomas Stephen “Steve” Alfred

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Weston, WV passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him at 2:48 PM Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born December 21, 1948, a son of the late Thomas Jefferson Alfred and Bertie Belle Shallenberger Alfred [ .... ]  Read More

Elden S. Greathouse

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Sugar Camp Run Road, New Milton, WV went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 09, 2018.  He was born on June 28, 1938 in Doddridge County a son of the late Kenneth and Grace Childers Greathouse [....]  Read More

Rolland Earl “Bub” Jenkins

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Long Run Road, Lost Creek, WV passed away at 11:22 AM on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born in Taylor County, WV on November 08, 1944 a son of the late Harry Edward Jenkins and Nellie Pearl Patrick Jenkins [ .... ]  Read More

Allen Lee Ash Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 51 of Route 23, Doddridge County, WV passed away on Thursday February 08, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 20, 1966, in Laurel, MD, son of Allen Lee Ash Sr. and Janet Sue Lantz Ash [ .... ]  Read More

Richard Lee Wilfong

The Free Press WVAge 75, of 8098 Copley Road, Weston, WV, departed this life on February 01, 2018, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Rich was born on March 29, 1942, in Linn, Gilmer County, WV, the son of the late Basil Dean Wilfong and Dorothy Ellen Persinger Wilfong [ .... ]  Read More

Bryce C. Goodwin

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Vienna, WV passed away Wednesday, February 07, 2018 at the Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born July 07, 1946 in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Paul and Dorothy Starkey Goodwin [ .... ]  Read More

Andrew S. Coon

The Free Press WVAge 28, of Vienna, WV, passed away on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in Parkersburg, WV. He was born in Warrensville, Ohio on July 11, 1989, a son of the late Charles H. Coon, Sr. and Darlene Coon, of Vienna, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Melba “Jane” Ware

The Free Press WVAge 83 of Mount Gilead, formerly of Fall Run, WV passed early Thursday, February 08, 2018 at home. She was born on November 30, 1934 to the late Maxwell and Bessie (Modessit) Williston [ .... ]  Read More

Alice Maysel Duncan

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Elmira, WV departed this earth to her heavenly home on Thursday, February 08, 2018 at the home of her daughter, Susan Woods. She was surrounded by her loved ones. She was born May 17, 1938, the daughter of the late Everett Jackson, Lovie Copen King and Jonathon King [....]  Read More

Berdeal DeWeese Conley

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Morgantown WV, passed away February 07, 2018 at home.  She was born July 17, 1941 in Minnora, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Anna Mae Brady

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Burnsville, WV passed away February 06, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born December 27, 1936 in Braxton Count, WV, a daughter of the late Chris and Edna Gerwig Brady [....]  Read More

Kenneth Lee Page Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 66 of Normantown, WV; departed this life on Tuesday night, February 06, 2018 at his residence with his family by his side. Born June 25, 1951 in Elyria, Ohio, Kenny is the son of the late Kenneth Lee Sr. and Delight Bowser Page [....]  Read More

Minnie Yvonne Ellyson

The Free Press WV Age 79 of Alice Road, Cox’s Mills, WV departed this life on the morning of Tuesday, February 06, 2018 at her residence, following an extended illness. Born January 10, 1939 in Gilmer County, WV, Yvonne is the daughter of the late Homer R. and Eva Pearl Campbell Sheets [....]  Read More

Sheila Ann Norman

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, February 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 01, 1956: daughter of the late Clenley Marple and Marguerite (Davis) Marple [ .... ]  Read More

Larry Maynard Nichols

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Servia, WV passed away February 05, 2018 at home. He was born August 24, 1941 at Lizemore, WV a son of the late Maynard and Jewel Mae Nichols [....]  Read More

Marion Franklin “Buck” Duncan

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Laurel Run Road, Crawford, WV passed away at 2:29 AM on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Vandalia, WV on May 13, 1934 a son of the late Samuel Franklin Duncan and Lois Ruth Harris Duncan [ .... ]  Read More

​Edward L. Smith

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Buckhannon WV passed away Sunday, February 04, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born June 20, 1943 in Lewis County, WV, a son of the late William and Mary Lee Queen Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Lyla Jean Sharps

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Glenville, WV departed this life in the early morning hours of Monday, February 05, 2018 at her residence in Camden Flats, following an extended illness. Born February 07, 1936 in Apple Farm, WV; (Calhoun County), Lyla is the daughter of the late Edwin E. and Lurland Robinson Stump [....]  Read More

Audrie Nadine Smith

The Free Press WVAge 73, of Barberton, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, WV passed away Saturday, February 03, 2018 at her home. She was born August 17, 1944 in Calhoun County, WV, a daughter of the late Homer A. and Audrie Cox Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Joy Marie (Shaffer) Starcher

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Mt. Zion, WV passed away Friday, February 02, 2018, at her home. She was born December 13, 1940 at Mt. Zion, the daughter of the late James Farley and Violet (Snyder) Shaffer [....]  Read More

Barbara Ann Skinner Somerville

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Good Hope, WV passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 03, 2018 in the Crestview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Jane Lew, with family by her side. She was born in Weston, WV on May 06, 1936 a daughter of the late Robert Ancel Skinner and Virginia May Mitchell Skinner [ .... ]  Read More

Rebecca “Becky” Joan Forquer

The Free Press WV Age 56 of Salem, WV passed away on Friday, February 02, 2018 at United Hospital Center. She was born September 23, 1961 in Salem, WV; the daughter of the late Robert Moore and Imojean George Moore of Salem who survives [....]  Read More

Channing Robert Ash

The Free Press WVInfant son of Justin Lee Ash of Salem, WV and Kayla Sue Yerkey of Salem, WV passed away at UPMC Children’s Hospital on February 01, 2018. He was born January 27, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Michael Bradley “Duck” Rogers

The Free Press WVAge 69, departed this life on January 25, 2018, in Wilmington, NC. He was born on February 22, 1948, in Pennsboro, WV, to the late Lewis Ford Rogers and C. Rowena Ford Rogers [ .... ]  Read More

Marty Thomas Toler

The Free Press WVAge 31, of Exchange, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. He was born June 03, 1986 in Summersville, WV the son of Ralph Dean & Patti Sue Matney Toler of Exchange [ .... ]  Read More

Naoma Gay O’Connell

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Smith Ave. Buckhannon, WV passed away at 10:08 AM on Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Cortland Acres Nursing Home in Thomas. She was born in Weston, WV on July 12, 1938 a daughter of the late Robert Nathaniel Moats and Mauldie May Westfall Moats [ .... ]  Read More

Wilma Jean Jones

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Wilma Jean was born July 05, 1935 in Cornwallis, WV, a daughter of the late James J. and Berdelia (Horner) Griffith [....]  Read More

Orpha M. Iams

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Harrisville, WV passed away January 29, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born December 18, 1924 at Elk Lick near Center Point, WV, the daughter of the late Russell Blaine and Rebecca Virginia Knight Ferrebee [....]  Read More

Richard Charles Parker

The Free Press WVAge 74 left behind his best friend and wife of 54 years on 01.30.18 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Richard departed this life from the comfort of his home surrounded by his wife and three surviving children: Richard C. Parker Jr (wife Amanda), Rebecca Hamon (Husband Troy), and Judy Puffinbarker (Greg)  [ .... ]  Read More

Nila Lee Smith

The Free Press WV Age 86, formerly of Vienna, WV passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, after a brief illness. She was born on April 19, 1931, to Clay and Esther Francis of Grantsville, WV who preceded her in death [....]  Read More

Franklin D. “Frank” Conley

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Elyria, OH passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. He was born on November 21, 1936 in Dutch, WV to the late Michael and Nelly (nee Brown) Conley [ .... ]  Read More

Louis Strader Hurst

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Vermilion,OH passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. He was born July 23, 1934 in Cox Mill, WV and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 59 years [....]  Read More

Jack Dale Adams

The Free Press WVAge 79, of New Milton, WV in Doddridge County departed this world from his home on Monday, January 29, 2018 with his wife and family at his side. Jack was born in Kincheloe, WV on May 14, 1938, a son of the late Paul Finis Adams and Wilma Blanche (Nicholson) Adams of Clarksburg, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Michael “Mike” Edward Arbogast

The Free Press WVAge 69, of Loveberry Run Road, in Weston, WV passed away at 11:05 PM on Monday, January 29, 2018 at his brother’s home following complications from cancer. He was born in Weston, WV on March 17, 1948 a son of the late Ted Glen Arbogast and Geneva Mae Wooddell Arbogast [ .... ]  Read More

John Benton Moore

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Orma, WV went home in the arms of Jesus January 28, 2018 at home surrounded by his friends and family. He was born February 07, 1957 in Gassaway, WV to Carolyn Sue Rollyson Moore and the late Roy Edsel Moore [ .... ]  Read More

Stephen William Hall

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Three Lick Road, Roanoke, WV passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife at 12 PM on Friday, January 26, 2018 in the Glenville Center Nursing Home. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 12, 1930 a son of the late Reverend Percy George Hall and Helen Lamb Hall [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard “Bernie” Delane Forrest

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Smith Run Road, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 2:10 AM on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Lewis County, WV on January 19, 1963 a son of the late Delbert Sample Forrst and Wanda Marie Lego Forrest [ .... ]  Read More

Ralph J. “Bud” Valentine

The Free Press WV Age 81, of West Union, WV (Central Station Community) went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born September 03, 1936 to Jack B and Belva “Marie” (Rose) Valentine who preceded him in death [....]  Read More

Coy S. Wilfong Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 61 of Portsmouth, Ohio, formerly of Dusk Camp, WV; departed this life suddenly on Saturday, January 27, 2018 Portsmouth Medical Center surrounded by his family. Born March 02, 1956 in Weston, WV;  Coy is the son of the late Coy Sulvanus Sr. and Clyda N. Rowh Wilfong [ .... ]  Read More

Joan C. Knicley

The Free Press WV Age 65, of Cairo, WV passed away January 28, 2018 at her residence. She was born November 23, 1952 at Ansted, WV, the daughter of the late Amos L. and Luella M. Eastman Boyce [....]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

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

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

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

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

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

It does NOTHING to improve education!

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

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

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

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

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

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

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

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

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

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

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

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

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

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

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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