Weed-Free Straw and Forage Certification Program Opens

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The West Virginia Associated Crop Growers Inc. (WVACG) has announced the availability of a weed-free straw and forage certification for 2018. This new program offers West Virginia growers a chance to add value to straw and forage crops free of invasive, noxious weeds.

“Many developers and land managers use certified mulches as part of their soil erosion control program. Certification assures that invasive species are not being introduced to these remote sites,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We encourage farmers to take advantage of these programs.”

The WVACG is the official seed certification agency for West Virginia. Working in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), WVACG has been approved for certification of weed free straw by the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA). The NAISMA assures uniform participation and consistent standards by states and provinces.

“Ensuring contractors have access to the highest quality mulching straw is vital in preventing the spread of invasive seeds during mulching operations. Straw that helps reduce the spread of invasive, noxious weeds is a benefit,” said WVDA Plant Industries Director Tim Brown.

Interested producers must submit an application to WVACG, field inspections to verify weed-free status for a list of 62 species of invasive plants, as well as comply with labeling and storage standards. Application forms and cost information is available at:

For more information, contact WVACG at 304.293.8822 or ‘’

WV Forestry celebrates the opening of Region 6 headquarters in Elizabeth

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The West Virginia Division of Forestry is hosting a grand opening for its new Region 6 office on Saturday, July 07. The public is invited to the event, from noon to 2 p.m.

The office is located at 25 Schoolview Street, in Elizabeth. The event takes place during the 40th Annual Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream Social and Fireman’s Parade.

Division of Forestry Deputy Director Tina Payne and new Regional Forester Vernon Stephens, who will head Region 6, are expected to attend the celebration. Stephens joined the Division of Forestry in June 2006. He served in service and supervisory roles before being appointed to the post of Regional Forester. Stephens is a 2004 graduate of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, where he earned an associate degree in Forest Management Science. Before joining the state Division of Forestry, he worked as a consulting forester in the forest products industry.

In 2017, the state Division of Forestry reset its regional organization, opting to go back to a six-region system after years with only three. The Elizabeth facility was previously designated as a satellite office before being upgraded to regional headquarters for the re-established Region 6.

The West Virginia Division of Forestry operates under the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

The new Division of Forestry regions are:

  • Region 1 counties: Barbour, Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel

  • Region 2 counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton

  • Region 3 counties: Braxton, Clay, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster

  • Region 4 counties: Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming

  • Region 5 counties: Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne

  • Region 6 counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood

Medical Marijuana Proposed As Partial PEIA Solution

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Stats from states that have legalized medical marijuana suggest legal weed could be a big help to West Virginia’s strained Public Employees Insurance Agency.

Striking teachers recently demanded better funding for their health insurance. And by one estimate, a working medical marijuana program could save PEIA $18 million to $30 million a year in pharmaceutical costs.

Rusty Williams is the patient advocate on the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board. He said a survey of states that have legalized medical marijuana showed a sharp drop in Medicaid drug spending.

“They’re seeing a collective annual savings of $156 billion,” Williams said. “People are opting to pay out-of-pocket for cannabis rather than have their insurance pay for pharmaceuticals.“

Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, and is still regarded as a dangerous drug by many in state politics.

Advocates say PEIA needs at least $50 million a year. Gov. Jim Justice is expected to put forward a PEIA proposal any day.

According to advocates, decriminalization also would boost the economy and state revenues. On a human level, they point to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finding states with legal medical cannabis saw an average 25 percent reduction in opiate overdoses.

Williams said there are patients in desperate need of relief.

“I hear from people all the time - parents with kids with epilepsy, senior citizens who would love to be getting off of some of these pharmaceutical pain-management drugs,” he said. “We have patients in the state of West Virginia that will be dead before this is implemented.“

Banking rules are actually the bottleneck. To get a medical marijuana program under way, West Virginia would have to find a bank or credit union willing to work with marijuana businesses. But the U.S. Department of Justice has threatened any bank that does so with money-laundering charges.

Supporters call that an empty threat, saying Congress has passed protections against such actions.

More information on the state’s medical cannabis program is available at

~~  Dan Hayman ~~

G-OpEd™: Elder Fraud Cases are a Priority

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The Northern District of West Virginia was recently invited by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions to highlight our prosecution of a fraud case involving elderly victims.  It was the Department’s goal to highlight that prosecution and others being done by United States Attorneys’ offices throughout the country.  It is very important work and crimes upon the elderly all too often go unreported.  I intend to vigorously pursue anyone violating federal laws where the victims are elderly citizens of our district.

One of the victims in the case highlighted by the Department was Eugene Roman, whose identity was compromised by now convicted defendants.  Mr. Roman spoke from the heart about how the crimes affected him, but the courage it took for him to speak in front of a roomful of strangers at the Department of Justice and on video being transmitted around the country did not come from just his own experience.  Instead, it was more important for him to help other future potential victims get the encouragement they needed to report the crimes. 

In addition to Mr. Roman, there were several other older victims in the case my office prosecuted, some of whom who were too frail to appear.  He spoke for them.  Many elderly victims of fraud or physical abuse are too afraid to come forward or embarrassed to do so because they felt like they should have been able to avoid being a victim.  He spoke for them.  Nearly twenty percent of West Virginia’s population is over the age of 65, and are often prime targets of those criminals wanting to take advantage of a vulnerable victim.  He spoke for them.

Assistant United States Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher prosecuted the fraud case on behalf of Mr. Roman and Assistant United States Attorney Anna Krazinski is my coordinator for elder abuse cases.  I have several highly competent and aggressive prosecutors who will prosecute those who victimize elderly citizens in our district, and if there is no federal crime, they will ensure the case is forwarded to the Attorney General’s office or a state prosecutor.

Earlier this year, the Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners conducted the largest, coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history that involved more than 250 defendants and over one million American victims, most of whom were elderly. The Department of Justice has now teamed with the Department of Agriculture so that the resources of that department, particularly in rural areas, can assist elderly victims.  This provides valuable and much needed resources.

Our older population represents one of our state’s greatest assets, but are also one of the most vulnerable groups to defraud.  We will not tolerate these special West Virginians being victimized.

Thank you Mr. Roman for speaking on behalf of those who could not or were too afraid to speak about their experiences.  I will do everything in my power to justify your faith in my office.


U.S. Attorney Bill Powell, the Northern District of West Virginia

WV SBDC launches cybersecurity initiative for small businesses

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The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) is launching a cybersecurity initiative to train small businesses to defend themselves against the growing risk of cyber threat.

“Cyber intrusion is a big threat to all small businesses, from coffee shops to industrial manufacturers,” said WV SBDC Director Erika Bailey. “That is why WV SBDC has joined with Advantage Technology to provide a free cyber security training workshop.”

Business owners can sign up for one of three workshops presented around the Mountain State in July. WV SBDC strongly recommends advance registration as space is limited. To register, visit, click Training Calendar and search for the date or location of your choice.

“Cybersecurity workshop attendees will get fundamental knowledge and gain valuable situational awareness in the everchanging landscape of cybercrime,” said Chris May of Advantage Technology.
The workshops are:

  • Tuesday, July 10: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Shepherd University Martinsburg Center, Martinsburg
  • Tuesday, July 17: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Charleston Area Alliance, Charleston
  • Monday, July 23: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., High Technology Foundation Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, Room 232, Fairmont

At each venue, attendees can enjoy a light breakfast and will have an opportunity to win an encrypted thumb drive. Local WV SBDC business coaches will be available to speak with participants about other small business concerns.

The training session will tie-in with the “Small Business Big Threat” cybersecurity risk assessment on the WV SBDC website training page. Both the assessment and the workshops are free.

Small Business Big Threat” is an online course designed to increase business owners’ cybersecurity awareness of threats, prevention and response. The assessment enables business owners to test what they know, review best practices and identify a cybersecurity action plan for their businesses. Suitable for both cyber-savvy and nontechnical owners, the course presents a glossary of cyber-related terms and lessons learned from the experience of other small businesses. In the “cybersecurity challenge,” the business owner pits his or her knowledge against cyber villains who attack through weaknesses such as data protection, passwords and physical security. Course participants receive a free Cybersecurity Readiness Checklist.

Business owners may also download free digital booklet from Advantage Technology, a technology company headquartered in Charleston. The booklet “Everything You Need to Know About Cybersecurity but Were Afraid to Ask” is available from the company’s website at


The cybersecurity program lead sponsor is Advantage Technology. The breakfast sponsor is First Microloan of West Virginia.
Cybersecurity initiative partners are Charleston Area Alliance, Shepherd University Martinsburg Center, Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce, Marion County Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Martinsburg, West Virginia High Technology Foundation, Morgan County Economic Development Authority, Jefferson County Economic Development Authority, and the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.
The WV SBDC has served as the premier resource for small business creation and expansion in West Virginia since 1983. As a key economic driver, the WV SBDC offers a variety of services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to increase their profitability and customer base, enabling continued growth and prosperity for the state’s diversifying economy.

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2018 Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer Appreciation Day Set for August 04 in Lewis County

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The Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer Appreciation Day Picnic will take place on Saturday, August 04 at Stonewall Resort in Lewis County.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) will host the daylong celebration of volunteers who pick up litter along West Virginia highways. Festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. with bingo, basket weaving, children’s games, face painting, and other activities.

Volunteers will be served lunch catered by Stonewall at noon. Afternoon activities include presentation of the Annual Adopt-A-Highway Awards and announcement of the 2018 Adopt-A-Highway Volunteer of the Year. Volunteers with 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service will receive lapel pins and a special Adopt-A-Highway safety vest imprinted with the number of years they have volunteered.

Adopt-A-Highway volunteers remove over four million pounds of trash from state highways each year. They recycle about 10,000 pounds of glass, 5,000 pounds of plastic, and 8,000 pounds of aluminum each year. Currently more than 40,000 volunteers representing approximately 1,400 organizations keep more than 3,300 miles of West Virginia roads litter free.

If you are an AAH volunteer and interested in attending please call 1.800.322.5530 by July 20.

Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry

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Following yesterday’s indictment of Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso (D-Marion), House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley (D-Harrison) and other members of the Democratic Caucuses of the Legislature renew their call upon Governor Jim Justice and Republican leaders of the Legislature to take immediate action to allow the Legislature to begin impeachment proceedings of Justice Loughry.

“As we stated in our June 8th letter to the Governor, President Carmichael and Speaker Armstead, our citizens deserve to be protected against corruption- and the Legislature must stand strong against Justice Loughry’s abuse of power,” Senator Prezioso said.

“The announcement today of the federal indictment of Supreme Court Justice Loughry is not surprising,” Delegate Miley stated.  “The Governor and Republican leadership must take immediate action- and I am hoping that perhaps today’s news will prompt them to finally initiate an impeachment proceeding,” he added. “Continued delay reflects tacit indifference to his behavior.”

“There are some things included in the indictment, as well as in the Judicial Investigation Commission report, that are not in dispute- like the fact that Justice Loughry took state furniture home and used a state car for personal trips,” Miley stated.  “Any other state employee would have been charged with larceny,” he commented.  “Impeachment proceedings are designed to remove an elected official from public office if he/she has engaged in behavior that undermines the integrity of the office,” Miley continued.  “What more do Republican leaders need to know for them to decide that Justice Loughry has undermined the integrity of the judiciary?”

“As U.S. Attorney Stuart stated, the state Supreme Court stands in judgement of all West Virginians, and those justices’ conduct must be above reproach,” Senator Prezioso stated. “This saga has gone on long enough, and the Governor must call a special session to help restore the trust of all West Virginians in the justice system by allowing the impeachment process to begin so that the people can elect a new Supreme Court Justice in November,” Prezioso added.  “Time is of the essence.”

Democratic Legislators from around the state voiced support for immediate action by the Legislature.

“Democrats in the Legislature have for many months spoken about the overwhelming evidence of Justice Loughery’s corruption, and have demanded an impeachment hearing because it will allow our state to begin to put the torrid affair behind us,” Delegate Mike Pushkin (D-Kanawha) stated. “This politically inspired procrastination has only prolonged the long shadow of corruption,” Delegate Pushkin continued.  “We need to act now to begin to restore normalcy and confidence in the state judiciary.” Delegate Pushkin introduced legislation during the 2018 Legislative Session to begin impeachment proceedings and repeatedly tried to bring the issue to the attention of legislative leadership.

“It is beyond time for the House to impeach Justice Loughry,” Senator Richard Ojeda (D-Logan) said.  “I called for actions months ago and this Republican leadership just stalled and ignored it in order to protect one of their own. The Governor and House must act now,” he urged.

“Things that happen in the dark will always find a way to shine,” Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-Ohio) stated.  “Democratic legislators tried to shine light on this months ago,” he continued, “but Speaker Armstead and President Carmichael laughed it off as business as usual.”  Delegate Fluharty stressed that it was time for them to finally act and begin impeachment proceedings. “Our state deserves transparency and the truth, not continued weak leadership.”

“This situation is not like a normal criminal investigation, which takes months if not years to resolve,” Delegate Jason Barrett (D-Berkeley) said.  “The Legislature cannot wait on the slow wheels of the federal judicial system to do our jobs for us.  The impeachment process is not to pursue criminal charges and we do not need a guilty conviction to act,” Barrett stated.  “We need to act now- the people of West Virginia deserve a quick resolution and a corruption-free Supreme Court,” he added.

“Although the evidence is overwhelming, the impeachment process is an opportunity for him to defend himself, and to shine light on his actions and provide accountability,” Delegate Sean Hornbuckle stated.  “I look forward to the opportunity to investigate his actions in a public forum, do our constitutional duty and provide good government to the people of West Virginia,” Hornbuckle said.

“I hope the Governor is in town today and at work- as we are presented with a serious situation that requires immediate action,” Delegate Isaac Sponaugle (D-Pendleton) stated.  “If the Governor does not act immediately to call the Legislature in session, I am prepared to circulate a petition to call the Legislature into session- and I’m sure many of my colleagues will be eager to sign on,” Sponaugle said.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

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Explanation: U.S. has split up families throughout its history

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Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it’s not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.

Throughout American history, during times of war and unrest, authorities have cited various reasons and laws to take children away from their parents. Here are some examples:


Before abolition, children of black slaves were born into slavery and could be sold by owners at will. Black women could do little to stop the sale of children and often never saw them again after they were sent away.

Owners also split apart parents who had no legal rights to prevent their sale. To resist, slave families regularly ran away together but faced harsh physical punishment, even death, if caught by slave hunters.

Last week, both White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Attorney Jeff Sessions cited the Bible in defending the policy of forced separation of Latino migrant children. Sessions referenced Romans 13, which urges readers “to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.” The same passage was cited before the Civil War to justify slavery, to allow slave hunters to return runaway slaves to their owners and to pull slave children away from mothers.


After the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre, when the Army slaughtered 150 Lakota men, women and children in the last chapter of America’s long Indian wars, authorities forced Native American families to send their children to government- or church-run boarding schools. The objective, as Carlisle Indian Industrial School founder Capt. Richard H. Pratt put it, was to “kill the Indian in him and save the man.”

At 150 or so Indian schools around the country, officials made Native American children cut their hair and outlawed all Native American languages. They forced children to adopt Christianity and attempted to “Americanize” children by introducing them to white customs and white history.

Native American children returned home almost unrecognizable to their parents.

Still, some children resisted the boarding school experience by setting fires to buildings, running away or taking their own lives. Others continued to speak their native language in secret. Some Navajo “code talkers,” who used a code based on their native language to transmit messages in World War II, were products of military-style boarding schools as children.


During the early 1900s, states sometimes pulled children from poor families and placed them in orphanages. But reformers in the 1920s and 1930s began promoting the idea that children should not be separated from their families, according to “In the Shadow Of the Poorhouse: A Social History Of Welfare In America” by Michael B. Katz.

However, local and state authorities still used poverty as a reason to take children away from Native American and black families, National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain said. Sometimes the ordered separation came over concerns about a parent’s mental health.

Malcolm X in his autobiography recalled welfare workers coming to take him and his siblings away as children from his struggling single mother after their father, an outspoken black preacher, was mysteriously murdered. The future civil rights leader lived in various foster homes and boarding houses. His mother, without her children, had a breakdown and was sent to a mental institution.


During the Great Depression, local authorities in California and Texas participated in a mass deportation of Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans whom they blamed for the economic downturn. Between 500,000 and 1 million Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans were pushed out of the country during the 1930s repatriation, as the removal is sometimes called.

Some families hid children away from relatives in the U.S. to prevent them from being sent to a foreign country they had never visited, according to Francisco Balderrama, a Chicano studies professor at California State University-Los Angeles and co-author of “Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s.”

Many families felt they were being forced to separate from their children, who were U.S. citizens.

“And many children,” Balderrama said, “never saw their parents again.”


Starting in 1942, when the U.S. was at war with Japan, around 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were ordered by the U.S. government into prison camps around the country. An estimated 30,000 were children.

The 1999 documentary “Children of the Camps” highlighted the trauma children faced while being detained with their grief-stricken parents. Some older children waited to turn 18 so they could volunteer to fight for the U.S. to prove their families’ loyalty despite not wanting to be separated from their parents. Diaries and later interviews show many of those who went into the military did so reluctantly.

Kiyoshi K. Muranaga, whose family was interned at Granada Relocation Center in Colorado, joined the U.S. Army but was killed in Italy. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton.

Dr. Vasani is Preceptor of the Year

Each year, WVSOM presents two Outstanding Preceptors Awards in each statewide campus region. One goes to a primary care physician and one to a non-primary care specialist. The students in each region nominate preceptors for the awards. The Central East Region includes the central part of WV from Elkins and Buckhannon to Weston, Bridgeport, and Morgantown.

Preceptors assist and provide guidance to WVSOM medical students in their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations. The Outstanding Preceptor Awards are presented to physicians who exhibit professionalism and demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring. These health professionals have also demonstrated a commitment to community wellness and service.

In appreciation of his efforts and commitment to excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education, the Central East Region Specialty Care Outstanding Preceptor Award for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is presented to Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at UHC General Surgery.

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The Central East Region Specialty Care Outstanding Preceptor Award for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
is presented to Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at UHC General Surgery.
(L-R) Josalyn M Mann, DO, WVSOM Central East Regional Assistant Dean;
Adrienne Tucker, WVSOM Central East Regional Director and
Sugam Vasani, MD, general surgeon at UHC General Surgery.

Some comments from students about Dr. Vasani on the nomination forms and rotation evaluations:

  • Dr. Vasani truly cares about his students. He goes above and beyond to teach his students and test his students to ensure they know important information in the field of surgery. He consistently questions students and forces them to think beyond the scope of our knowledge as well as help us apply information into the OR. He deserves this award as he truly teaches and is always willing to find time out of his schedule to teach students about high yield material. He is easy to work with and is a very caring physician.

  • He is a wealth of knowledge and loves to teach. He is stern with his learning process because he expects a lot from a future physician, yet he already treats you as you were a colleague.

  • Dr. Vasani went above and beyond to quiz us and lecture us on board relevant material.

  • He was one of the reasons I crushed my surgical rotation post test. He tries to get you as much experience as possible in the field. He teaches a ton too and gives you daily homework to help with learning. I highly recommend him as a preceptor. My favorite of this year.

“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping to make a difference in the lives of these students,” said Dr. Vasani. “It is truly a privilege.”

GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Glenville State College Bluegrass Program has recently relocated to The Pioneer Stage at 10 East Main Street in downtown Glenville. The Pioneer Stage will serve as GSC’s Bluegrass Music Education Center.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the center to mark its opening and to help kick-off the West Virginia State Folk Festival. During Folk Festival weekend, the Pioneer Stage will be the site of a Youth Bluegrass Camp (Saturday, June, 23 and Sunday, June 24), the second series of youth camps sponsored by the GSC Bluegrass Program this summer.

Additionally, visitors can enjoy the first ‘We, too, are Appalachia’ events at The Pioneer Stage during the West Virginia State Folk Festival; the Festival takes place Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24. A photography exhibit, including items from the GSC Robert F. Kidd Library Archives Fern Rollyson Collection, will be on display Thursday, June 21 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Pioneer Stage. Buddy Griffin’s presentation on the influence of Appalachian music will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, also at the Pioneer Stage. Complementary bottled water will be available throughout the festival while supplies last.

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Bluegrass Students during an informal jam session at The Pioneer Stage

“I can’t express my gratitude to the students and parents from Normantown Christian Academy who have volunteered countless hours helping us prepare the center for this opening. I would also like to thank Glenville Foodland and everyone in the community who donated bottled water for us to distribute during the Folk Festival. In bluegrass music, we share many of the Folk Festival values such as preserving old time and cultural traditions,” said GSC Director of Bluegrass Music Dr. Megan Darby.

For more information about the ribbon cutting ceremony or any of the events taking place at The Pioneer Stage during the West Virginia State Folk Festival weekend, contact Darby at or 304.462.6347.

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

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

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West Virginia Board of Education Approves Five Policies Following Public Comment Period

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The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) met today for its monthly routine business meeting. During the meeting, five policies were discussed and approved. A brief description of each policy can be found below.


  • 2444.4 – Insurance of the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma and Option Pathway: This policy, formerly titled West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma, was repealed and replaced to expand scope and clarify procedures for acquiring a high school equivalency diploma, the implementation of an Option Pathway in the high school/Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy and the use of high school equivalency assessment for credit recovery. The policy will be effective July 16, 2018.
  • 2322 – West Virginia Accountability System: Policy 2322, formerly titled Standards for High Quality Schools was repealed and replaced to include the accountability system outlined in West Virginia’s Consolidated Plan for Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015). The new accountability system was approved by the U.S. Department of Education on January 10, 2018, and will be applied to all public schools in the state beginning with performance data from the 2017-18 school year. A total of nine comments were received; all related to section 4.1.b. Academic Progress, resulting in the reduction of student testing time with added language to compare the benchmark from the beginning of the year with the General Summative Assessment. The policy will be effective July 16, 2018.
  • 2340 – West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress: This policy was repealed and replaced to reflect changes in state code that no longer requires the state to administer statewide assessments to students in grades 9 and 10. Students in grade 11 will be administered a college- and career-readiness exam and will also receive their science score, which was previously administered in grade 10. Additionally, the WVDE will no longer administer a retake of the grade 11 college- and career-readiness test to seniors who did not meet the acceptable benchmark scores. Comments received during the 30-day comment period resulted in the addition of a fixed form test. This policy will go into effect July 16, 2018.
  • 2520.5 – West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Wellness Education: This policy, formerly titled Next Generation Health Education 5-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools, was repealed and replaced to incorporate Policy 2520.6: 21st Century Physical Education 5-12 Content Standards and Objectives for WV Schools and Policy 2520.55: 21st Century Wellness Pre-K -4 Content Standards and Objectives for WV Schools, making the policy more comprehensive. Comments received resulted in the addition of clarification regarding emotional changes that occur during puberty and adolescence. Policy 2520.6 and Policy 2520.55 will be repealed, and the more comprehensive Policy 2520.5 will go into effect July 16, 2018.
  • 2520.9 – West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for the Arts: Policy 2530.9, formerly titled 21st Century Dance Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools, was repealed and replaced to incorporate and replace Policy 2520.10: 21st Century Music Education Content Standards and Objectives for WV Schools, Policy 2520.11: 21st Century Theatre Content Standards and Objectives for WV Schools, Policy 2520.12: 21st Century Visual Arts Content Standards and Objectives for WV Schools, creating a more comprehensive policy and reducing duplicative language. This policy will go into effect July 16, 2018.


The Board also voted to place the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) proposals on a 30-day public comment period. Twenty-eight proposals were submitted for consideration: 20 proposals removed the 9th grade from middle school; proposal 4 prevents acquiring temporary residence in another school zone for athletic eligibility; proposal 5 allows students coming from another sport to practice two less days; proposal 6 adds a new Emergency Action Plan to the Rules and Regulations handbook, proposal 7 allows physical exam to be completed earlier; proposal 9 allows schools to choose to play up to challenge their student-athletes and compete on a more competitive playing field; proposal 14 ensures that younger/inexperience student-athletes get game experience, and, proposal 25 allows eligibility participation limits to be counted by weigh-ins not matches. The Board chose to remove proposal 8, which would have created an all-private “AP” classification of schools.

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Jeanette Riffle: School’s Out, School’s Out, Teacher Wore Her Paddle Out

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Does that sound familiar? That was one of the chants that I remember in elementary when I was growing up. The school house would get hot by afternoon.  I was always glad for school to be out and then anxious for Vacation Bible School. Those classes were held in the cool of the morning and we got iced cold Kool Aid and cookies on break to refresh us. Dad was at work and   Grandmother Stewart drove us to my childhood church of Mt. Pisgah Baptist at Stumptown, WV.  My grandmother and her sister, Bess Smith Vanhorn, taught a class, served refreshments and just helped where needed. One year grandmother made me a yellow Swiss dot sleeveless dress to wear to VBS. I was a young teen by that time. I remember it smelled like coconut.

Great Aunt Bess and her husband, Onnie Vanhorn, had the ministry there. They were good with the children. Now, both their grandson’s, Richard and Leary Vanhorn, are preachers, now.

Mom let us go barefoot at home after Easter, if it was warm enough. I remember taking an old quilt out in the back yard under a tree and looking up at the sky on a nice June day, with my crayons and a coloring book.  Now and then you would see a jet plane go over but not very often. Not like today. Mom taught my oldest brother and I how to make mud pies by mixing dirt with a little water and filling old zinc canning lids with it.  We decorated them with little pebbles or violets. We set them in the sun to bake and pretended like we had made some pies.

The woods behind our house was a good place to explore and swing on grape vines. My brothers played, “Cowboys and Indians” or” Robinhood and His Merry Men.” We had the playhouse to go to when there weren’t any renters there. It was a two bedroom house down the path from ours, with a living room, kitchen and wash room. There was a porch on the right side of it. Sometimes we would take off walking up Chesnut Lick to visit Mom’s friend, Ruth Hardman and her two children, Gail and Kay. There was so much to do in summer. I liked the old barn to the left of the playhouse. I got a scare one Saturday morning out there, though. I think I was about five. I ran out there after breakfast to see the cow and when I opened the side door, the sun shined in on a man sleeping in the hay. The cow was in the next room of the barn. I could see her. She was probably hungry for her hay.  He had run her off so he could have the hay to sleep in for the night. The bright sunlight awakened that man and I ran back to the house to get Dad. By the time he got out there, the man had left so fast that he forgot his cigarette lighter in the hay. That’s why farmers didn’t want tramps or men traveling on foot, sleeping in their barn. They were afraid of them burning the barn down. My husband was telling me of his uncle, Ralph Perrine, running a man off one time for smoking in their barn.

We had the hobo, which was a way of life for them, and then we had the guys that were just traveling on foot trying to get somewhere, because they didn’t have a car.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

Fight Coming Over Popular Pre-Existing Conditions Rule

It promises to be a long, bumpy road ahead for the Department of Justice, which is arguing against a key part of the Affordable Care Act in federal court where DOJ attorneys usually defend federal policies.

The Trump administration opposes provisions in the ACA, passed during the Obama administration, that require insurance companies to accept all applicants. If they don’t that likely would mean an end to health insurance for many people with preexisting conditions.

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows 70 percent of Americans want to keep that protection.

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According to West Virginians for Affordable Health Care
about 8000,000 people in the state have pre-existing medical conditions.

Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow with the foundation, says without it, insurance companies could opt to end coverage for any number of ailments.

“It didn’t have to be something serious like HIV or diabetes,” she states. “It could be allergies, it could be earaches in little kids, really any health condition. Kind of part of the human condition at some point to have some health problem.“

According to West Virginians for Affordable Health Care about 800,000 people in the state have pre-existing conditions.

While the Trump administration joined 20 states in this month’s brief that says the ACA is unconstitutional, attorneys general from 16 other states have filed a brief defending that part of the law.

West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is one of the AGs opposing pre-existing conditions protections.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Morrisey’s opponent on this fall’s ballot for the Senate, has attacked that position as a “political game,“ which could hurt the people of the state.

According to Pollitz, the Affordable Care Act will likely continue to be a hot topic in this fall’s elections at the federal and state level, as well as in the courts.

“Now the Trump administration has said that they will not defend the law, so it’s going to be kind of a battle of the states in federal court over the constitutionality of these market reforms,“ she states.

West Virginia is one of the states that has seen the greatest growth in residents with health coverage since the ACA was passed.

~~  Dan Hayman ~~

G-OpEd™: 2018 Farm Bill: A Win for West Virginia

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As Washington D.C. continues to tackle the task of passing a comprehensive 2018 Farm Bill, West Virginia farmers anxiously wait in anticipation while important programs hang in the balance. At first glance, one may think these programs minorly affect the Mountain State, but that cannot be further from the truth. Previous farm bills have netted West Virginia $17 million for conservation efforts, $1.9 million for Specialty Crop Block grants and 351,391 West Virginians rely on monthly assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In addition, $120 billion for invasive species control and $200 billion for management of preventative disease outbreak for the U.S. may be discontinued without a new bill. Clearly, if Washington cannot move beyond their differences, not only will West Virginia farmers lose but so will those who consume the food they produce.

The USDA defines the Specialty Crop Block Grants program as designed to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops within the United States. Specialty crops can be anything from maple syrup to lavender depending on the state. Essentially specialty means crops that are not widely grown. This matters in the Mountain State because we do not have the landscape to grow cheap, in-expensive, high yield crops. Instead, our state has shifted its focus toward high-end, specialty crops which yield a higher per pound gross profit. Therefore, our farmers maximize the limited real estate in West Virginia. Why this program matters because many farmers lack the capital needed to start up these types of operations. Without these grants, several successful agribusinesses would not exist today as used to cover large expenses that are barriers to the business or to test a product.

As West Virginia continues to lead the way with our Veterans to Warriors to Agriculture program, the United States Department of Agriculture has taken note. Within the 2018 Farm Bill, language exists that lays out veteran farmers as a priority. From our program, we have proven that agri-therapy can help our service men and women heal from the unseen wounds of war. At the same time, veterans can be a solution to a growing age gap and lack of new farmers in our country. As the USDA makes federal resources available for these types of programs, a state that has one of the highest per capita veteran populations will surely benefit from this new vision.

From the rolling hills to the vast forests, West Virginia is one of the most beautiful states in the nation. Although, invasive pests like the emerald ash borer insect or the multiflora rose bush have created problems for our farmers, state parks and forests. For example, federal resources are being matched with state funds to combat Japanese barberry in Cacapon State Park. Without these federal resources we have no way to slow these pests down and more pesticides will be necessary to combat the challenges that will ensue. If future generations are to enjoy West Virginia’s natural beauty it will, invasive pests programs will be a part of that equation.

Sustainable agriculture is a popular buzz word these days, but not easily defined. In general, it means using our resources without exhausting them. In a state with an abundant access to fresh water, conservation and the efforts of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is vital to our state. From addressing food deserts schools to assisting our farmers with the implementation of conservation practices, the Farm Bill provides much needed resources and technical assistance. This is only possible through shared resource programs which are authorized through the bill. Without these programs, many of our schools would have not started farm-to-school programs and West Virginia would not be leading the effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed through an entirely voluntary approach.

We may only play a small role in our nation’s agricultural might, but our 20,600 small, family farmers play a vital role in our state’s economy and local communities. From the poultry industry in the Eastern Panhandle to the local farm stand providing their neighbors with fresh produce, our farmers grow $800 million worth of food annually. These farmers rely heavily on the assistance authorized within the Farm Bill. If Congress fails to pass a new version, the consequences will affect consumers and farmers alike. What hangs in the balance is a safe, reliable food system. With a safe, reliable food system, you have many problems. Without one, you have one problem. Congress must act and they must do it soon.

Kent A. Leonhardt
West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

Director of International Programs at GSC Visits China

Glenville State College Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs Dr. Megan Gibbons recently spent time in China as part of the Confucius Institute of West Virginia University which hosted a delegation of education administrators from the Mountain State. The group consisted of four representatives from primary schools, three from middle and high schools, and three from colleges and universities who were invited to participate in the twelve-day visit. The trip was designed to explore possible collaborations between educational institutions in West Virginia and in China and to allow the representatives to learn firsthand about Chinese culture through language, art, history, food, geography, and more.

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Dr. Megan Gibbons with students from Huidi 1st Primary School

Gibbons had the opportunity to visit five educational institutions including two universities, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics and Tianjin University of Science and Technology. While visiting these universities, she was able to discuss the possibility of arranging faculty/student exchanges, as well as developing virtual exchange opportunities through GSC’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Program with university officials.

The group was also able to take part in cultural sightseeing at The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Tianjin Museum, Tianjin Art Museum, Jin Mai Tower in Shanghai, and a night cruise on the Huangpujiang River in Shanghai.

“Everything about this trip was memorable from Shanghai’s magnificent illuminated nighttime skyline to the Confucius Institute Headquarters’ interactive displays about Chinese paper cutting and the Peking Opera. Tianjin surprised us with its understated beauty and with its parks full of choral groups, ballroom dancers, and practitioners of tai chi. The food was plentiful and delicious even if our chopstick skills never quite mastered those never-ending noodles. The people we met – professors, administrators, teachers, students, tour guides, even strangers in the streets – were welcoming and kind,” said Gibbons.

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Members of the West Virginia delegation enjoying a night cruise on the Huangpujiang River in Shanghai

A highlight of the trip came when musicians in the National Band of Tianjin University of Finance and Economics performed a special arrangement of Take me Home, Country Roads (one of West Virginia’s official state songs) for the group on traditional Chinese instruments. Elementary student also sang songs, performed dances, and offered the delegation hand-made gifts of paper fans and sculptures.

GSC students who are interested in studying abroad in China should contact Gibbons in the Office of International Programs at or 304.462.6321.

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West Virginia

Braxton County man charged after trying to set camper on fire

The Free Press WV A Sutton man is accused of pouring gasoline around a camper with a pregnant woman inside and lighting it on fire [ .... ]  Read More

Justice Issues Statement on Mountain Valley Pipeline Decision

The Free Press WV As governor of this state and in conjunction with WVDEP, I can say without a shred of doubt that we will always do what is in the best interest of protecting the waters of this state and the health of its people [ .... ]  Read More

Working Toward Better Adolescent Health

The Free Press WVLanding the first real job is an important step in an adolescent’s journey toward becoming an independent adult. In addition to the economic benefits of a job, work experiences are an important part of healthy development as they give teens the chance to practice key developmental tasks, such as time management, decision-making, and social skills [ .... ]  Read More

Annual TryThis conference promotes healthy eating, physical activity

The Free Press WVThe weekend included roughly 15 different physical activity options, from zumba, yoga and tai chi to swimming and paddle boarding [ .... ]  Read More

Lewis County man indicted on drug and firearms charges

The Free Press WV John David Davisson, of Weston, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury on firearms and methamphetamine distribution charges [ .... ]  Read More

State unemployment rate remains at 5.4 percent

The Free Press WV The number of unemployed people increased by 100 individuals to a total of 42,300 [ .... ]  Read More

Stellar performance earns State Star honors for WV SBDC coach Susie Higgins

The Free Press WVHer office, based in Buckhannon, serves Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties [ .... ]  Read More

Halliburton Energy Services Submits Voluntary Remediation Program Application

The Free Press WVWest Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act encourages voluntary cleanups of contaminated sites [ .... ]  Read More

ATF offers reward in gun store burglary

The Free Press WVATF is offering a reward of up to $2,500 which will be matched by the NSSF for a total possible reward of up to $5,000 [ .... ]  Read More

3 protesters bind selves to pipeline equipment, are arrested

The Free Press WVThree protesters from Massachusetts were arrested after binding themselves to equipment in West Virginia to halt the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline [ .... ]  Read More

Fire claims life in Braxton County

The Free Press WV The blaze occurred near Servia [ .... ]  Read More

Tire collections set in West Virginia in Calhoun & Upshur Counties

The Free Press WV State Division of Highways garage in Buckhannon and at the Cabot Station Recycling Center in Grantsville [ .... ]  Read More

WVWC and WV SPOT to host Universe in the Park

The Free Press WVFriday, June 01, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Flooding downpour has caused problems for Calhoun County EMS

The Free Press WV Millstone facility sustains damage [ .... ]  Read More

Culinary students complete final assignment at salt works

The Free Press WVNot all final exams are held in the classroom [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia city considers banning motorized bicycles

The Free Press WVThere are about 300 pocket bikes or mini-bikes in the city and they have become a safety hazard [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia Lottery Commission Sets Sports Betting Rules

The Free Press WV West Virginia’s lottery commission has set its rules for sports betting in the state, and its director says the goal is to have sports wagering underway by football season [ .... ]  Read More

Federal Study: Chemicals Toxic at Levels EPA Thought Safe

The Free Press WVThe chemicals used by a West Virginia factory to make non-stick products are dangerous at levels the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought were safe, according to a federal study that had been previously blocked from publication [ .... ]  Read More

Justice orders that Capitol parking rates will not increase

The Free Press WV The withdrawal is effective Thursday, June 21, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Crawfish Imperiled by Coal Mining

The Free Press WV A federal lawsuit filed this week by an environmental group alleges two protected crayfish species are being harmed by coal mining in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Justice Issues Statement on Indictment of Justice Loughry

The Free Press WV Justice Loughry should immediately resign from office and spare our state any further embarrassment [ .... ]  Read More

2 more violation notices issued to Mountain Valley Pipeline

The Free Press WV The most recent notice was issued June 06 for failing to comply with the project’s stormwater permit and general permit [ .... ]  Read More

Family says West Virginia hospital gave them the wrong baby

The Free Press WVA family says they held the wrong baby for nearly two hours days after his birth at a West Virginia hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Tiered Raise Sought for West Virginia Public Workers’ Insurance Program

The Free Press WVGovernor Jim Justice is seeking a $2,700 increase in the tiers for health insurance premiums to avoid bumping teachers and other public employees into higher tiers from a recent 5 percent pay increase [ .... ]  Read More

Woman steals DOH truck crashes through gate

The Free Press WVA woman stole a state Division of Highways truck Saturday and crashed through the locked gate at a DOH garage just outside of Charleston, deputies said [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia to open Senator Jennings Randolph collection

The Free Press WV West Virginia is unveiling the Senator Jennings Randolph collection, featuring almost 900 boxes of correspondence, photographs and other materials that document his long political career [ .... ]  Read More

Rover Pipeline Fined For Water Pollution Violations

The Free Press WVState regulators are fining the operators of the natural gas Rover Pipeline more than $430,000 for water pollution violations [ .... ]  Read More

Governor Justice requests the resignation of Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher

The Free Press WV Governor Jim Justice today asked for and received the resignation of Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher [ .... ]  Read More

Six Restaurants Ordered to Pay Over $100,000 in Back Pay and Overtime

The Free Press WV Six restaurants in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to pay $111,000 in back pay and damages to 27 workers for minimum wage and overtime violations [ .... ]  Read More

Plans Underway to Develop Multi-Cottage Resort

The Free Press WVPlans are underway for a new multi-cottage resort in West Virginia that a developer says will cater to the needs of ATV riders [ .... ]  Read More



Latino leaders question Census head over citizenship query

The Free Press WV Latino elected officials from around the nation questioned the head of the U.S. Census Bureau on Saturday over the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 survey, denouncing it as a purely political move [ .... ]  Read More

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

The Free Press WV Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age [ .... ]  Read More

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

The Free Press WV A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media [ .... ]  Read More

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

The Free Press WV States will be able to force more shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big financial win for states [ .... ]  Read More

‘This Is Intolerable’: Air Force Fires Woman in Viral Video

Tabitha Duncan, 20, is getting booted from the Air Force   [ .... ]  Read More

Survey of U.S. Teens Shows Big Change in Milk Drinkers

The Free Press WVLess than a third drink a glass a day, down from about half 25 years ago   [ .... ]  Read More

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

The Free Press WVViruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease [ .... ]  Read More

Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

The Free Press WVWhen it comes to global warming, America’s political climate may have changed more than the Earth’s over the past three decades [ .... ]  Read More

This Major University Wants to Wipe Out the SATs

The Free Press WVUniversity of Chicago has become the first major school to nix testing requirements   [ .... ]  Read More

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

The Free Press WVThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to label pure maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars [ .... ]  Read More

He Got a Text and She Read It. Now She’s Suing Him

The Free Press WVWoman sues Delta Sigma Phi and members, including her ex, over sharing of sex tapes   [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Stone: Russian Wanted $2M for Dirt on Hillary

The Free Press WVTrump confidant now recalls meeting with mysterious Russian   [ .... ]  Read More

Video Shows Border Patrol SUV Hit Guy and Drive Away

The Free Press WVPaulo Remes says he knew it was going to happen   [ .... ]  Read More

Hoover Dam Standoff: An Armored Car and a Protest

The Free Press WVSuspect blocked traffic with homemade armored vehicle, demanded ‘release the OIG report’  [ .... ]  Read More

Woman Preemptively Sues NASA to Keep Her Treasure

The Free Press WVOwner of presumed lunar material says space agency has history of seizing such items   [ .... ]  Read More

DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

The Free Press WV The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them [ .... ]  Read More

First lady visits migrant children at Texas detention center

The Free Press WVMelania Trump made an unannounced visit to a Texas facility Thursday, talking with children and staff as she got a first-hand look at some of the migrant children sent there by the U.S. government after their families entered the country illegally [ .... ]  Read More

Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy

The Free Press WVMore than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ church have denounced him over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border.  [ .... ]  Read More

Trump 2020 Teams With Key Players in Facebook Scandal: AP

The Free Press WVReporters overhear Matt Oczkowski in conversation   [ .... ]  Read More

First lady urged Trump to keep families together

The Free Press WV First Lady Melania Trump “has been making her opinion known” to her husband that he needs to do all he can to keep families of migrants together [ .... ]  Read More

New York Attorney General: Trump Foundation Is a Sham

The Free Press WV Barbara Underwood sues to shut it down, prevent Trumps from leading other charities   [ .... ]  Read More

Creator of the Trump-Kim ‘Movie Trailer’ Steps Forward

And it wasn’t ‘Destiny Pictures Productions’  [ .... ]  Read More

James Comey Responds to Inspector General Report

The Free Press WVHe disagrees but respects the process   [ .... ]  Read More

Capito meets with Trump on border security; Manchin cosponsors bill preventing family separations

The Free Press WV The actions came as objection to a Trump administration policy that separates families who enter the United States illegally grows [ .... ]  Read More

WV Legislative Update

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

Clinton Had 3-Word Response to Inspector General’s Report

The Free Press WV‘But my emails’  [ .... ]  Read More

1 State or 3? Californians Will Decide

The Free Press WV Tim Draper’s effort to split the state will appear on November ballot   [ .... ]  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 PressThe House of Representatives began considering a series of bills this week aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic that is ravaging Americ [ .... ]  Read More

Bible Backs Up Border Separations: Sessions

The Free Press WVThe attorney general cited Apostle Paul in his defense of the highly criticized practice   [ .... ]  Read More


Arts & Entertainment

Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

The Free Press WV Donald Trump’s order to stop separating migrant children from their parents spread confusion along the border, with officials still working on a plan to reunite families while sending conflicting signals about the state of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy [ .... ]  Read More

An ancient way to cut grass, scything’s also a state of mind

The Free Press WVSpring is ending and summer approaches. The grass is now long, finished growing. For us, it’s time to scythe [ .... ]  Read More

Eiffel Tower Gets a Security Upgrade and Then Some

The Free Press WVSee-through panels are being set up at the north and south ends of the site [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. poised to announce exit from UN human rights council

The Free Press WVThe Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations’ main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution [ .... ]  Read More

Giant 23-Foot Python Swallows Woman Whole

It’s the second such horrific attack in Indonesia in just over a year   [ .... ]  Read More

FACT CHECK: Trump’s German crime claims off mark, again

The Free Press WV After wrongly stating a day earlier that crime in Germany is surging, U.S. President Donald Trump is singling out the European nation again to warn about the alleged danger posed by migrants [ .... ]  Read More

Ireland to Hold Referendum on Potty Mouth

The Free Press WVThe country is holding a referendum to determine if the blasphemy passage should be deleted from the Constitution   [ .... ]  Read More

A Trump Salute Shows Up in North Korea Video

White House defends the salute as ‘common courtesy’  [ .... ]  Read More

U.S., South Korea to Announce Big North Korea Move

The Free Press WVYonhap says the offer is coming this week   [ .... ]  Read More

10 Countries With the Biggest Generation Gap on Religion

The Free Press WV In 46 of 106 countries, adults under 40 were less religious than adults 40 and over   [ .... ]  Read More

Vows in the air: German couple married in tightrope wedding

The Free Press WVA couple in eastern Germany have gotten married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle atop a tightrope, 14 meters (46 feet) above the ground [ .... ]  Read More

IMF: Tax cuts boosting U.S. now but will hurt growth later

The Free Press WV The International Monetary Fund believes the U.S. economy will post solid growth this year and next, helped by a sizable boost from tax cuts. But then it says growth will slide as huge budget deficits drag growth far below the Trump administration’s goals [ .... ]  Read More

Secret Russian Order Could Be ‘Catastrophic’ for Historians

The Free Press WVA museum studying Soviet prison camps uncovers 2014 directive [ .... ]  Read More

She Needed Someone to Kill a Spider, So She Ordered KFC

The Free Press WVDelivery guy ‘Joe’ got the job done   [ .... ]  Read More

More Americans Sent Home Amid China ‘Sonic Attack’ Fears

The Free Press WVConsulate workers suffered ‘neurological symptoms’  [ .... ]  Read More

Teen actress wears ‘I do care’ jacket to protest first lady

The Free Press WVTeen actress Jenna Ortega cares, and says Melania Trump should do the same [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World 2’

‘Jurassic World 2’ leans on nostalgia, contrivances   [ .... ]  Read More

Coming to a Theater Near You This Summer: Kevin Spacey

Actor stars in ‘Billionaire Boys Club,‘ filmed before he was accused of sexual assault   [ .... ]  Read More

Trevor Noah on Why Jon Stewart Left: ‘Too Angry to Laugh’

‘I’m angry all the time. I don’t find any of this funny,‘ ‘Daily Show’ host says ex-host told him   [ .... ]  Read More

Clinton-Patterson Thriller Jumps to the Top on Amazon

The Free Press WV‘The President is Missing’ posted the biggest first week for adult fiction since Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’  [ .... ]  Read More

Plastic Straws on Their Way Out at McDonald’s

The Free Press WV UK, Ireland locations will switch to paper straws; other countries like U.S. to do test runs   [ .... ]  Read More

Beyonce, Jay-Z Drop Surprise Album

The Free Press WVAnd ‘Everything Is Love’ isn’t all love, especially if you’re the Grammys   [ .... ]  Read More

Incredibles 2 Breaks Records

The Free Press WV‘Ocean’s 8’ settles into second spot   [ .... ]  Read More

Illustrated love letter by Little Prince author is auctioned

The Free Press WVAn illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupery showing a likeness of his renowned little prince atop a globe, adorning an anguished love letter, has sold at auction for 240,500 euros ($289,460)  [ .... ]  Read More

Movie Review: ‘Incredibles 2’

Family fun and insight in sprightly ‘Incredibles 2’  [ .... ]  Read More

New ‘Fallout’ video game based in West Virginia

The Free Press WVBethesda Game Studios has announced that the next installment in its post-apocalyptic “Fallout” video game series will be a prequel based in the Mountain State [ .... ]  Read More

Study finds that film critics are almost 80 percent male

The Free Press WV Nearly 80 percent of film critics are male, according to a new study that analyzed the movie reviews to last year’s top box-office hits [ .... ]  Read More

An inside look at the writing, production of ‘The Simpsons’

The Free Press WV“Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons” (Dey Street Books), by Mike Reiss with Mathew Klickstein [ .... ]  Read More

Prosecutor: Bourdain Used Belt From a Bathrobe

The Free Press WVToxicology tests are being performed amid suicide mystery   [ .... ]  Read More

Inside ‘Hereditary,’ the scariest movie of the summer

The Free Press WVThe first thing writer-director Ari Aster felt after “Hereditary’s” midnight premiere at the Sundance Film Festival was relief that people didn’t hate it [ .... ]  Read More




U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 06.22.2018

The Free Press WVS&P 500 Posts 0.9% Weekly Drop as Industrials, Materials Weigh Amid Continued Trade Worries [ .... ]  Read More

State Quarterly Personal Income, 1st quarter 2018

The Free Press WVThe percent change in personal income across all states ranged from 7.4 percent in Washington to 2.0 percent in Idaho   [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. International Transactions, 1st quarter 2018 and annual update

The Free Press WVThe deficit was 2.5 percent of current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter, up from 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter     [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. housing starts jumped 5 pct. in May off Midwest building

The Free Press WV A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month [ .... ]  Read More

3 Little Letters May Hide an Ulterior Motive at Amazon

The Free Press WVGizmodo suggests VTO is a way to keep employee counts up while trimming costs [ .... ]  Read More

State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

The Free Press WVMay jobless rates down in 14 states; payroll jobs up in 7 states   [....]  Read More

Import now to beat tariffs on goods from China? It will cost

The Free Press WVNew tariffs on imports from China may leave American companies with a choice — pay a higher freight bill now or pay the tariffs starting in three weeks [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Market Weekly Summary – Week Ending 06.15.2018

The Free Press WV S&P 500 Posts 0.01% Weekly Climb as Gainers Led by Consumer Discretionary Are Nearly Offset by Decliners [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes

The Free Press WVU.S. import prices increase 0.6% in May; export prices rise 0.6%  [....]  Read More

Producer Price Index

The Free Press WVPPI for final demand rises 0.5% in May; goods increase 1.0% and services advance 0.3%    [ .... ]  Read More

Consumer Price Index

The Free Press WVCPI for all items rises 0.2% in May as gasoline and shelter indexes increase   [ .... ]  Read More

Real Earnings

The Free Press WVReal average hourly earnings increase 0.1% in May   [ .... ]  Read More

Worker Finds $1M Ticket on Counter, Tracks Down Owner

The Free Press WV‘Good deeds come back to help you’  [ .... ]  Read More

After teasing a name change, IHOP says b is for burgers

The Free Press WVIHOP, which teased a name change to IHOb earlier this month, says the “b″ is to promote its burger menu [ .... ]  Read More

Employer Costs for Employee Compensation

The Free Press WVCivilian compensation costs average $36.32 per hour worked in March 2018   [ .... ]  Read More

World Cup: No Russian? No Problem. There’s an app for that

The Free Press WVRandall Garcia and his wife were on a bus in the Russian city of Samara when a local resident stared at the couple and pointed his phone at them. The screen read: “Good luck Costa Rica!”  [ .... ]  Read More

Phil Mickelson Gets Into Bizarre Trouble at U.S. Open

The Free Press WVGolfer penalized after swatting a moving ball at Shinnecock   [ .... ]  Read More

PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia Changes Name

The Free Press WVThis year’s event is set for July 05-08 on the Old White TPC Course [ .... ]  Read More

USA! USA! Wait, We Didn’t Make The World Cup?

The Free Press WVU.S. Men’s National Team great Landon Donovan tells “PodcastOne Sports Now” co-host Jim Litke as the tournament begins that without the U.S. team in the World Cup, he’s rooting for Mexico and fellow CONCACAF members Costa Rica and Panama [ .... ]  Read More

Among World’s 100 Highest Paid Athletes, 0 Women

The Free Press WVBoxer Floyd Mayweather comes out on top [ .... ]  Read More

Class AA high school baseball all-state teams

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Class A high school baseball all-state teams

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Class AAA high school softball all-state teams

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Class A high school softball all-state teams

The Free Press WVThe 2018 Class A West Virginia high school softball all-state teams, as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association [ .... ]  Read More

High School Track and Field 2018: STATE TRACK MEET - A - Boys

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Let us sing the praises of the humble, grillable flank steak

The Free Press WVWe wanted a simple, economical cut of meat for a casual backyard barbecue [ .... ]  Read More

Can’t Stop Eating Snack Food? Here’s Why

The Free Press WVYale researchers have found that the fat-carbo combo creates a powerful chemical reward [ .... ]  Read More

Landmark Study of Mediterranean Diet Was Flawed

The Free Press WV2013 study retracted, though updated version reaches similar conclusion   [ .... ]  Read More

Thinking About Lasik? The Risks Are Painfully Real

The Free Press WVPatient advocates complain not enough warnings are given on complications that can be severe   [ .... ]  Read More

Kitchen Towels Dirtier Than You Think

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California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

The Free Press WV California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America’s favorite beverage they can drink up without fear [ .... ]  Read More

You can’t go wrong with flank steak and charred corn salsa

The Free Press WVCharred corn salsa combined with cumin-scented flank steak is a winning match [ .... ]  Read More

6 college-money lessons you didn’t learn in high school

The Free Press WV High school may have prepared you for college academically, but you may be less ready to handle your money, especially if you need student loans [ .... ]  Read More

Turn yellow squash or zucchini into ribbons for a fun side

The Free Press WVQuick-cooking and delicately flavored, yellow summer squash and zucchini are favorites in Mediterranean cuisines and perfect for a light side dish [ .... ]  Read More

Turn store-bought pizza dough into an easy flatbread

The Free Press WVStore-bought pizza dough makes this flatbread weeknight-friendly, and the perfect combination of salty and savory toppings plus a quick homemade pesto will make it a new staple in your rotation [ .... ]  Read More

The secret to an ultra-chill sorbet is all in the pectin

The Free Press WVRaspberry sorbet is refreshing_but it’s often too icy to be worth eating. For smooth scoops, we froze a small portion of the base separately, adding it back to the rest before churning [ .... ]  Read More

A new twist on grilled potatoes, thanks to rosemary, garlic

The Free Press WVGrilled potatoes are a summer classic. We wanted to put a new spin on this dish by adding rosemary and garlic [ .... ]  Read More

Grilled beef skewers get even better with a robust marinade

The Free Press WVWell-marbled steak tips, with their beefy flavor and tender texture, proved the best choice for our grilled beef kebabs [ .... ]  Read More

A bright quinoa salad with a bite, creaminess and acidity

The Free Press WVSure, quinoa is a complete protein and is known as a “superfood,” so it’s a great base for a hearty and healthful main dish salad. But we love it also for its intriguing and delicate texture and nutty flavor [ .... ]  Read More

What the secret to making great whoopie pies? Brown sugar

The Free Press WVMade up of two cookie-like chocolate cakes stuffed to the gills with fluffy marshmallow filling, the whoopie pie is a sweet indulgence [ .... ]  Read More



Government Eyes Are Watching You: We Are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State

The Free Press WV“We’re run by the Pentagon, we’re run by Madison Avenue, we’re run by television, and as long as we accept those things and don’t revolt we’ll have to go along with the stream to the eventual avalanche…. As long as we go out and buy stuff, we’re at their mercy… We all live in a little Village. Your Village may be different from other people’s Villages, but we are all prisoners.”— Patrick McGoohan [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: School’s Out, School’s Out, Teacher Wore Her Paddle Out

The Free Press WV Does that sound familiar? That was one of the chants that I remember in elementary when I was growing up [ .... ]  Read More

Benito Trump

The Free Press WV As a boy who grew up on skates in Minnesota with my Dad as hockey coach, I vividly recall that he frequently echoed the old adage [ .... ]  Read More

Caging Children, Separating Families: Has the War on Immigration Gone Too Far?

The Free Press WV “Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [ .... ]  Read More

In Trump’s Scary Move Against Reporter, Blame Obama, Too

The Free Press WVMargaret Sullivan writes that Trump is following aggressive precedent set by his predecessor   [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Black Snake on the Porch

The Free Press WV Now, a week later, I have heard of more black snakes trying to get in shelter [ .... ]  Read More

Stop Blaming Women and Girls for Men’s Violence Against Them

The Free Press WV It is infuriating to write what feels like the same piece. Multiple times, in way too rapid succession. But here we go again…a shooting, a white male perpetrator, a rejection, and victim-blaming [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WVI am saddened when I read of a suicide, especially in the younger people!  [ .... ]  Read More

It’s Not Always All About Trump

The Free Press WVJohn Bolton and Mike Pence must have known what they were doing. President Trump’s national security adviser and Vice President could not have been oblivious that advocating [ .... ]  Read More

Raising boys to love and care, not kill

The Free Press WVHeart contracts; numbness and tears collide. Ten dead, 13 wounded; this time in Santa Fe. If we’re ever to end the bloodbaths, we have to put gender at the center of the national conversation about mass murders [ .... ]  Read More

Real Security

The Free Press WVSo, the summit with North Korea is off, and now pundits will have at it on such themes as overreach, hidden agendas, John Bolton’s ill will, and misinterpretation of the meaning of “denuclearization.”  [ .... ]  Read More

In Iran and North Korea, China Holds Some Cards

The Free Press WVDonald Trump made his television reputation by telling people “You’re fired.” The same bullying approach now substitutes for his international diplomacy, with Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear [ .... ]  Read More

School Shooters and CIA Torturers, All Together Now?

The Free Press WVEvery CIA agent (as well as all other US Government agents and even State Officers) is required to take an oath to defend the Constitution [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle:  Confused Snapper

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Who Is Kim Yong-chol?

The Free Press WVGeneral Kim Yong-chol is arriving in New York to discuss North Korea’s denuclearization with top US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whom Kim has met twice [ .... ]  Read More

Giant crackdown against wildlife crime in 92 countries

The Free Press WVNearly 100 countries took part in a globe-spanning crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade, seizing tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber in a monthlong bust that exposed the international reach of traffickers [ .... ]  Read More

DNR Warns: Leave young wildlife alone

The Free Press WV Spring provides many opportunities to see fawns, cubs and other young animals, but the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind people that young wildlife should be left alone [ .... ]  Read More

2018 Farm Bill: A Win for West Virginia

The Free Press WVAs Washington D.C. continues to tackle the task of passing a comprehensive 2018 Farm Bill, West Virginia farmers anxiously wait in anticipation while important programs hang in the balance [ .... ]  Read More

Mammals Are Going Nocturnal to Avoid Us

The Free Press WVTrend seen across dozens of species on 6 continents: study   [ .... ]  Read More

American to pay $45M to settle airfare collusion lawsuit

The Free Press WV American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million to settle a lawsuit that says it and other major U.S. airlines colluded to drive up the price of airfares [ .... ]  Read More

Frog season starts

The Free Press WVStarting date is Saturday, June 16 [ .... ]  Read More

“Noodling,” or hand-fishing season opens June 15

The Free Press WVA law passed during the 2018 legislative session will soon allow West Virginia anglers to hand-fish, or “noodle,” in public waters. The annual season will run from June 15 to August 31 [ .... ]  Read More

Two Volcanos, Two Very Different Outcomes

The Free Press WVScientists explain why Guatemala’s volcano has been so much more deadly than Hawaii’s [ .... ]  Read More

One Airline Just Ditched Windows in First Class

The Free Press WVEmirates Airlines is giving them ‘virtual windows’ instead   [ .... ]  Read More

Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in West Virginia

The Free Press WV It marks the county’s first confirmed case of rabies this year [ .... ]  Read More

WVDNR stocks trout at Summersville Lake tailwater

The Free Press WV 650 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River [ .... ]  Read More

Little Beaver State Park Lake in running for Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat

The Free Press WVThanks to its fish-filled waters and family friendly amenities, Little Beaver State Park Lake is one of the best places to go fishing and boating in West Virginia [ .... ]  Read More

Turtles can make great pets, but do your homework first

The Free Press WVWhile turtles might seem like the perfect pet — less work than dogs and cats, more interactive than fish — there are a few things to keep in mind before buying one [ .... ]  Read More

4 Famous Sites Likely to Underwhelm

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Hunters Kill 333 Whales in ‘Research’ Expedition

The Free Press WVJapan says it is killing the animals legally as part of a scientific program; experts disagree [ .... ]  Read More

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Dumb and Dumberer? IQ Surveys Say Yes

The Free Press WVAfter steadily rising for decades, IQ scores appear to be falling   [ .... ]  Read More

Librarian Wins Lawsuit Against Equifax After Huge Data Breach

The Free Press WVThe largely symbolic suit won Vermont librarian Jessamyn West $600   [ .... ]  Read More

Antarctic Ice Melt Is Accelerating Rapidly

The Free Press WV3 trillion tons of ice have melted since 1992, study says   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists Make Alarming Find About Ancient Trees

The Free Press WVAfrica’s oldest baobabs are dying, quickly   [ .... ]  Read More

Einstein’s Diaries Show Disturbingly ‘Clear Hallmark’

The Free Press WVGenius’s translated works exhibit xenophobic view of Chinese people   [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists in Germany seek to find mass of ‘ghost particle’

The Free Press WV Researchers in Germany have started collecting data with a 60 million euro ($71 million) machine designed to help determine the mass of the universe’s lightest particle [ .... ]  Read More

How Robocallers Make Money Even When Calls Go Unanswered

The Free Press WVIt has to do with caller ID [ .... ]  Read More

U.S. Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The Free Press WVSummit will study everything from Alzheimer’s disease to supernovas [ .... ]  Read More

The Sculpted Head Is Exquisite, but Packs a Mystery

The Free Press WVArchaeologists have dated it to the 9th century BC, but don’t know who it depicts   [ .... ]  Read More

Lightning Strikes on Jupiter Differ From Ours in One Way

The Free Press WVStrikes can occur at same rate and in the same frequency, but the where isn’t the same [ .... ]  Read More

Latest Facebook Glitch: Millions of ‘Private’ Posts Made Public

The Free Press WVAs many as 14 million users affected [ .... ]  Read More

YouTube Power Couple’s Breakup Video a Phenomenon

David Dobrik and Liza Koshy praised for ‘mature’ handling of situation [ .... ]  Read More

From drones to phones, new tech is making gardening easier

The Free Press WVNew technology is easing the way we garden, store equipment, monitor watering and re-shape landscapes [ .... ]  Read More

Titanic Was Discovered During a Top-Secret Mission

The Free Press WVNavy commander Robert Ballard found the ship near two sunken subs   [ .... ]  Read More

One Country Is Banning Facebook for a Month

The Free Press WVPapua New Guinea takes a stand against the social-media site   [ .... ]  Read More

WV State Folk Festival 2018

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Rosedale Baptist Church Revival - 06.24.18 > 06.29.18

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Special Meeting – June 29, 2018

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors will be holding a special board meeting on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the USDA Service Center, Mount Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

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

Mud, Sweat, Octane at The Asylum - 06.30.18

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Our 45th class reunion is fast approaching and Lewis County Class of 1973 is in search of contact information “MIA” class members.

According to Class President Gary Hefner, “we have used various internet sources, past records and word of mouth but personal contacts have been most helpful.”

We could use a little help to find our friends: Kathleen Hefner, Shelton Edwin Hochstedler, Roberta Jackson, James Knotts, James Murphy, Carolyn Shields, Michael Shock, Susan Smith, John W. Sterling, Harold Turner and Martha Sims.

Any help will be appreciated by contacting :

Gary Hefner 304.269.0167

Marsha Bailey 304.269.1257

Freddie Potter 304.842.8568

Track & Running Camp at Gilmer Public Library

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Preschool/Kindergarten Enrollment

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NHCC Flea Market/Yard Sale Event - July 06 > July 07, 2018

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Normantown Historical Community Center is having a Flea Market/ Yard Sale Event on Friday July 6th and Saturday July 7th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

All are Welcome.


A fee of $5 will cover a space for 2) 6ft tables..You must provide your tables.

Restrooms will be open and concessions available. 

NHCC will not be responsible for your merchandise or any Accidents.

For more information please contact Lisa Law at 304.266.6401

Gilmer Public Library: Adult Journaling Sessions

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Free Meal for Gilmer County Children

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Youth Bluegrass Summer Camp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer Public Library Word Art Classes

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Dewey Leonard McCauley

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Sand Run Road, Buckhannon, WV passed away at 4:25 AM on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Hospice Care at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport. He was born in Weston, WV on February 10, 1950 a son of the late Brannon Loren McCauley and Mary Jane Claypool McCauley [ .... ]  Read More

Phyllis Carol Richards

The Free Press WVAge 70, passed away on June 21, 2018 at Charleston Area Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born on December 25, 1947 in Grantsville, WV to the late Willie and Ruth Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Denver Nicholas

The Free Press WVWas born November 18, 1928 on Bear Run Road Orma, WV to the late Simon & Emma Nicholas. He was delivered by his grandmother Eda Jane Cottrell. He departed this life on June 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family [ .... ]  Read More

Lorna Kay (Baker) Burwell

The Free Press WVAge 74, went home to be with our Lord on June 20, 2018, at the Camden Clark Medical Center, with family by her side. She was born September 11, 1943 in Beatrice, WV to the late James Archie and Lena Alice (Layfield) Baker [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Cheryl McMaster

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Back Road, Elkins, WV passed away at 6:01 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in the comfort of her home with family by her side, under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Elkins, WV on March 29, 1948 a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Beckwith and Beaulah Vesta Smith Beckwith [ .... ]  Read More

Gene Gooch

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Gassaway, WV, passed away June 19, 2018 from injuries sustained in a farming accident. He was born January 02, 1944 in Tennessee a son of OC Gooch of Parsons, TN and the late Arlou Oxford Lucas [....]  Read More

Donald Clyde Wedekamm

The Free Press WVAge 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland.  Born April 25, 1934 in Parkersburg, WV, he grew up in Harrisville, WV before eventually moving to Chester Twp. in 1961 [ .... ]  Read More

Shannon Dawn Underwood

The Free Press WV Age 40, of Greenwood, WV departed this life on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at CCMC in Parkersburg, WV. Shannon was born October 25, 1977 in Harrison County, WV, a daughter of the late Jesse James and Kate Anna (Todd) Underwood [....]  Read More

Eva Loraine Polsley

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Parkersburg, WV passed away June 19, 2018 at Belpre Landings. She was born on December 06, 1936 in Cairo, WV and was the daughter of the late Charles Leroy and Alta Pearl Thomas Hanlon [ .... ]  Read More

Lenna Cleo Carpenter

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Looneyville, WV passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at home. He was born June 24, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late Commodore and Eulah Eugene Tanner Carpenter [....]  Read More

Larry Rex Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 70, of Grantsville, WV and Cedar Grove Assisted Care Living in Parkersburg, WV, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV. He was born in Grantsville, WV on September 02, 1947, a son of Violet Pearle Cross Johnson and the late Emmett Willard Johnson [....]  Read More

William “Bill” E. Sumpter

Harry S. Keener

The Free Press WV Age 72 years of age, and a resident of South Amherst, passed away Sunday, May0 6, 2018 at his home after a long illness. He was born August 01, 1945 in Braxton County, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Deborah Ann Bollinger Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Fountain, NC passed away suddenly, Thursday, June 14, 2018 in North Carolina. She was born May 25, 1955 in Gassaway, WV the daughter of the late Charles Melvin & Myrtle Bollinger Johnson [....]  Read More

Edabelle Conrad Rogers

The Free Press WVAge 96 of Lynchburg, VA, (formerly of Weston, WV) passed away peacefully at 6:38 a.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in the Runk and Pratt Nursing Home in Lynchburg, VA, after a long courageous battle with old age. She was born in Gilmer County, WV, on June 07, 1922, the daughter of the late Alfred Wilmoth and Sylvia Conrad [ .... ]  Read More

Bryan Gale Mack

The Free Press WV Bryan Gale Mack was born May 29, 1969. He was the beloved son of Larry and Cora Mack of Gassaway, WV [....]  Read More

Genevieve May Owens

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH. Genevieve was born October 19, 1928 in Bristol, WV, a daughter of the late Harry H. and Laura Belle (Patton) Carder [....]  Read More

Evelyn Rose Northcraft

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Ellenboro, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior, June 16, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville. Evelyn was born June 14, 1943 in Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Guy E. and Eva B. Scott Mahaney [....]  Read More

Joseph Waid Jarrell

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Harrisville, WV passed away June 17, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center, Parkersburg, WV. He was born September 15, 1932 at Petroleum, WV, the son of the late Richard and Ruth E. Woofter Carder [....]  Read More

Iva Marie Sinnett

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Harrisville, WV passed away June 17, 2018 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born March 24, 1937 in Lincoln District of Tyler, County, WV the daughter of the late Irvin Edward and Leona May Steed Richmond [....]  Read More

Vicki A. Wood

The Free Press WV Age 60, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at home. She was born January 17, 1958 at Leesburg, Va., the daughter of the late Willard Bert and Virginia Christine Sandridge Upright [....]  Read More

Francis Kyle Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 48, of Gassaway, WV passed away June 13, 2018 at home. He was born July 24, 1969 to the late Fletcher Gaston “Buck” Putnam and Juanita McPherson [....]  Read More

Dale W. Whitehair

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at his residence. Dale was born March 24, 1936 in Pennsboro, WV, a son of the late George and Nina (Jewell) Whitehair [ .... ]  Read More

Susie Lou “Granny” Dotson

The Free Press WV Age 74 of Orient, Ohio, departed this life on Monday, June 11, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Born February 17, 1944 in Braxton County, WV, Susie is the daughter of the late Hubert L. and Laura Riffle [....]  Read More

Bennie Crislip

The Free Press WV Age 89 of Frametown, WV passed away June 10, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital [....]  Read More

William Paul Goodnight

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV passed away June 13, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Ritchie County, WV, March 07, 1938 the son of the late Fred G. and Pauline Laura Six Goodnight [....]  Read More

William Glenn White

The Free Press WVAge 91, Dry Fork Road, Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on December 11, 1926: son of the late James Goff White and Mabel Freda Woofter White [ .... ]  Read More

Beryl D. McCord

The Free Press WV Age 73 of Akron, OH passed away May 29, 2017 at Summa Health Care, Akron, OH. He was born 1943 in Burnsville, WV to the late Dorsey B. and V. Gay Wine McCord [....]  Read More

Gary Lee Ruble

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Edgewood Drive, Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at home following a brief illness. He was born in Weston, WV on June 26, 1957: son of the late Walter Ray Ruble and Patricia Ann (Harris) Ruble who survives [ .... ]  Read More

Doyle Duane Smith

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Washington, WV passed away June 12, 2018, in The Willows Center, Parkersburg with his family by his side. He was born May 06, 1931, in West Union, WV, a son of the late Otha E. and Ruth E. (Squires) Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Clarice Evelyn Roberts

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Belpre, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Belpre Landing Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born on August 03, 1926 in Glenville, WV a daughter of the late Ulysses and Estie (Pagg) Sandy [....]  Read More

Ida May McCutchan

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Deep Valley Community departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  She was born on Long Run, Greenwood Community on February 25, 1938 a daughter of the late Orval Lester and Mollie Thelma Jenkins Stevens [....]  Read More

Roland “Sam” Miller

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Little Hocking, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Heartland Of Marietta. He was born on October 05, 1935 in Glenville, WV and was the son of the late William and Inez (Powell) Miller [....]  Read More

William Allen Poling, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Buckhannon, WV, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home. He was born January 04, 1948, in Frostburg, MD, a son of the late Jacob and Verla Stidd Poling [ .... ]  Read More

Danny Ray Smith

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at WV Veterans Nursing Facility following an extended illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on January 14, 1954: son of the late Willie Ersel Smith and Retha Emma (Reeder) Smith [ .... ]  Read More

John Norman Fetty Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away peacefully at 7:05 AM Sunday, June 10, 2018, under the compassionate care of Holbrook Nursing Home. John was born May 19, 1937, in Weston, West Virginia, a son of the late Isaac N. and Anna Belle (Linton) Fetty [ .... ]  Read More

Thomas “Tommy” Adams

The Free Press WV Age 59 of Gassaway, WV passed away June 09, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital after a long but good fight against cancer. He was born January 12, 1959, in Gassaway, WV [....]  Read More

John Wesley McDonald

The Free Press WV Age 96, of Harrisville, WV passed away June 10, 2018 at Meadowview manor, Bridgeport, WV. He was born August 30, 1921 at Devil Hole, Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late Isaac Newton and Della May Henthorne McDonald [....]  Read More

Raymond Clyde Golden

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Klines Run Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, June 08, 2018 at Glenville Center following a brief illness. He was born in Beech Bottom, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Scott Samuel Golden and Nellie Gray (Ables) Golden [ .... ]  Read More

Opal Smith

The Free Press WV Age 99 of Gassaway, WV, went home to be with our Lord on June 08, 2018. Opal was born April 26, 1919, the daughter of the late Letcher S. and Anna (Carol) Stonestreet [....]  Read More

Robert Thomas “Tom” Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 52, of Broad Street, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 9:56 AM on Friday, June 08, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Lewis County, WV on July 02, 1965 a son of the late Larry Gould Thompson, and Betty Jean Ramsburg Thompson McCardle of St. Marks, FL [....]  Read More

Harry L. Vannoy

The Free Press WV Age 80, went to be with his Lord on June 04, 2018. He was born at Millstone, WV, graduating from Calhoun High School in 1957, and graduating from Glenville State College [....]  Read More

Patricia Farley-Fitzgerald

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Sutton, WV, formerly of Chapmanville, WV went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. She was born on October 01, 1946 to the late Guy and Parlee Blevins-Farley [....]  Read More

James “Pag” Watson Conrad

The Free Press WV Age 83, of Gilmer Station, WV, passed away on June 07, 2018 at the Braxton County Memorial Hospital.  He was born March 02, 1935, in Braxton County, WV to the late Dick Wines and Ann Conrad [....]  Read More

Danny Eugene Laxton

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away June 05, 2018 at home. He was born June 11, 1946 at Elkview, WV, a son of the late Ulysses McKinley and Cora May King Laxton [ .... ]  Read More

Yvonne Audrey McCray

The Free Press WVAge 81, of North River Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 6:55 PM on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew. She was born in Hebron, NE on February 13, 1937 a daughter of the late George August Sandman and Hulda Augusta Sophia Jordening Sandman [ .... ]  Read More

Ledford William Woods

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Dille, WV passed away, Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at his residence.  He was born July 21, 1943 in Clay County, WV the son of the late Otis Gill & Pluma Young Woods [....]  Read More

Ella Josephine Clark

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Marietta, Ohio and Spencer, West Virginia, passed away Sunday June 03, 2018 at Letherbark,(Calhoun County) West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Gene L. Clark, of Marietta, Ohio [....]  Read More

Francis Edward “Jack” Rollyson

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Frametown, WV, passed away June 04, 2018 at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. He was born March 05, 1952 in Gassaway, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Cecil Ira Dempsey

The Free Press WVAge 86, of McCanns Run Jane Lew, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 at his home surrounded by loved ones following an extended illness. He was born in Ahoskie, NC on March 11, 1932: son of the late Ira Dempsey and Urswla (Ward ) Dempsey [ .... ]  Read More

Wayne Clark Ravenscroft

The Free Press WVAge 80 of West Union WV, passed away on June 04, 2018, at United Hospital Center, surrounded by his family.  He was born June 24, 1937 Uniontown, PA; raised by the late Silas and Ruth Elaine Ravenscroft Pugh [ .... ]  Read More

Roxie Davis

The Free Press WV Age 93, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, June 04, 2018, at PineView Continuous Care in Harrisville, WV. Roxie was born July 23, 1924 in Greenwood, WV, a daughter of the late Michael and Maude (Batton) Dotson [....]  Read More

Barbara E. Francis

The Free Press WV Age 77, of Cairo, WV (Bear Run Community), departed this life on Monday, June 04, 2018, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Barbara was born April 20, 1941 in Pennsboro, WV a daughter of the late Harry and Marian (Jack) Freeland [....]  Read More

Sandra Lynn Klepper Lilly

The Free Press WVAge 48, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away at her home on Monday, June 04, 2018. She was born November 27, 1969 in Ravenna, Ohio [ .... ]  Read More

Ernie “Duane” Batten

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Valley Chapel Road, Weston, WV went to be with God in Heaven at 11:03 PM on Monday, June 04, 2018 from the comfort of his home, with loving family by his side, following a brave battle with cancer. He blessed this Earth when he was born in Weston, WV on January 17, 1958 a son of the late Louis Burdell Batten and Shirley Ann Shreve Batten [ .... ]  Read More

Charles H. Fitzwater

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Flatwoods, WV passed away June 02, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born August 25, 1945 at Sleith, WV to the late Charles F. Fitzwater and Vila (Allen) Fitzwater [ .... ]  Read More

Madge Diane Cain

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, June 04, 2018 at her home following an extended illness. She was born in Weston, WV on September 28, 1965: daughter of the late Jimmie J. Ables and Mary Jean (Robinson) Ables [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Marie West Umstead

The Free Press WVAge 89, passed away May 19, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Johnson City, TN. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Iva West of Spencer, WV, her husband Robert Umstead and her son Robert Umstead II.  [ .... ]  Read More

Stephen Reed “Steve” Kniceley

The Free Press WVAge 65, of Sutton, WV entered into his eternal rest on Sunday, June 03, 2018 as a result of injuries received in an auto accident. He was born on March 26, 1953, a son of the late Scott and Alice (Harris) Kniceley of Sutton, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Joshua Balcourt

The Free Press WVAge 42, our beloved son, brother, father and uncle, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of June 01, 2018. Josh was born in Charleston, WV on an unusually warm day, December 05, 1975. As a young boy growing up on a 35 acre hilltop farm in Shock, Gilmer County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer… each of the past 3 months.
That… TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.


From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

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

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

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

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

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

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

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

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

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

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

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

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

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

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

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

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

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

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

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

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

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

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

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

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

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

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

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

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

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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

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

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

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

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

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

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

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

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

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

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

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

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

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

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

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

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

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

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

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

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

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

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

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

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

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

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

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

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

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

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

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

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

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

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

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

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

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