‘Zorcutt’s Flying Machines and Other Devices’ at GSC Art Gallery - 02.06.12 - Today

The work of mixed media Artist Zachary Orcutt is being featured in the Glenville State College Fine Arts Gallery. His exhibit, ‘Zorcutt’s Flying Machines and Other Devices,‘ will be on display through March 02, 2012.

“Being an artist is a leap of faith - defying expectations, defying convention, pushing boundaries, and expanding the realm of what is possible.  The ability to fly, as well as the dream of flight, has proven to be fertile ground for my artistic imagination and a timeless metaphor for growth, transformation, and transcendence,“ said Orcutt.

‘Zorcutt’s Flying Machines and Other Devices’ are on display in the GSC Fine Arts Gallery

“It is an honor to have Zachary Orcutt’s sculptures here at GSC. He has a vivid imagination and his installations pieces are a tremendous learning experience for our students. The work makes you think that you really could use it to fly,‘ said GSC Professor of Art Liza Brenner.

Orcutt’s opening reception will take place in the GSC Art Gallery on Monday, February 06, 2012 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

The show will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and one hour before all GSC Fine Arts events.

Orcutt is a Professor of Art at West Virginia University Parkersburg where he teaches ceramics, bronze casting, and art appreciation. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art from Syracuse University and Masters of Fine Art from Bowling Green State University. Orcutt resides in Parkersburg, West Virginia (Wood County).

For more information about this event or upcoming art exhibits, contact Brenner at “” or 304.462.6346.

G-otcha™: FCI-Gilmer Associate Warden Arrested in Monongalia County

Imprisonment Status:  Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Isidro Garcia

Full Name: Garcia,  Isidro
Height: 5’  9”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.04.1963


Booking Date: 02.03.2012
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Misdemeanor Pre-Trial

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12M-750 MONONGALIA COUNTY - Bail Amount: $17,500.00

WVIAC Men’s Basketball Weekly Preview - 02.06.12


This week, WVIAC squads will be in action for 18 games, 17 of which are league contests.

Alderson-Broaddus has won back-to-back games and is coming off a 31-point home win. The Battlers are outscoring their opponents by over nine points a game. Kurklin Bohanon is averaging a team-high 20.6 points a game while Nate Barnes is netting 16.6. Roy Brown accounts for 11.6 points and Casey Ainslie nets 9.5 a contest. O’Dell Eargle pulls down a team-high 6.8 boards. Barnes has dished out a team-best 105 assists on the season.

Bluefield State has dropped 18 straight contests on the season after opening at 1-1. Chase Morgan guides the Big Blues with his 18.2 points per night average. Vincent Rogers registers 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds a game while Alex Webb chips in 12.9 points. Morgan has a team-best 73 assists while Webb guides the squad in steals.

The University of Charleston has won six straight contests and 10 of its last 12 outings. PJ Reyes leads the squad with his 19.7 points per game. Evan Faulkner is posting 11.5 points while Eladio Espinosa accounts for 10.6 points and eight rebounds a night. Marcus Knott has dished out a team-best 76 assists while Marco Richardson’s 35 steals are a team high.

Concord has lost three consecutive games after posting back-to-back league wins. Javaughn Acree-Manuel leads the squad with 16.2 points a night. Romel Kemp is hitting for 14.1 points and is pulling down a team-best 6.4 rebounds a game. Corey Neeley and Cory Willard are each adding over 11 points a night. Mike Boyd has registered 87 assists on the season and Kemp has swatted away 37 shots.

Davis & Elkins has dropped seven straight games since a nine-point road win at Seton Hill. Ian Pinckney is netting a team-high 17.1 points a game while Malik Tinsley totals 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. PJ Turner is adding 14 points a game and has dished out 138 assists on the season. D’Quan Lynch hits for 12.1 points a game and is shooting a solid 51.8 percent from the floor.

Fairmont State has split its last two games and is coming off a close loss to Pitt-Johnstown. Steve Custis leads the team with 23.1 points per night while Isaac Thornton garners 20.1 points and 7.1 boards an outing. Chris Thompson has hit 50.4 percent of his shots from the floor while Melvin Rhodes is canning 38.7 percent of his three-point shots.

Glenville State saw its three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. Kevin Gray is boasting a solid 17.2 points a night while Jamel Morris is adding 15.1 a game. Nate Cash and Chris Abney are both pulling down over six rebounds a contest. Andy Dollman has a team-high 44 assists while Gray’s 27 steals are the best on the squad.

Ohio Valley has lost back-to-back games, both of which were on the road. Kendall Allison leads the team with 16.9 points per night to go along with 7.4 rebounds a game. Austin Cunningham is just behind him at 15.7 markers a night. Rodney Everage is chipping in 11.4 points and is grabbing a team-best 7.5 rebounds. Jordan Brooks has a team-high 25 steals.

Pitt-Johnstown has won back-to-back games and four of its last five outings. Nick Novak is scoring at a 19.8 point-per game clip on the season while Jordan Miller notches 16 points a game. Patrick Grubbs is contributing 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds a night. Grubbs is also draining 62.5 percent of his shots from the floor. Paul Weatherly has canned 52.4 percent of his shots from behind the arc.

Seton Hill is coming off a home win against Glenville State. Matt Miller guides the Griffins with 19.6 points a night while Chris Giles is just behind him at 18.2 a game. Andrew Cressler accounts for 10.9 points a game. Oliver Lewinson leads the squad with 6.9 rebounds a contest. Miller boasts a team-best 71 assists while he and Giles each have a team-high 31 steals.

Shepherd is coming off a win and has picked up two victories in its last three outings. Chad Moore leads the team in points (19.1) and rebounds (10.0). Brantley Osborne nets 14.4 points a game while Sidney McCray totals 13.8. Marcus Pilgrim has a team-high 50 assists. Moore posts team highs in blocks (22) and steals (36). Chauncey Burgazli drains 51.2 percent of his shots from the field.

WV State has dropped three consecutive games after notching four straight wins. Corey Bethea garners a team-high 19 points a night while David Ford chips in 16.3. Howard Douglas, III, and Robbie Lewis each hit for over nine points an outing. Delrico Lane has dished out 109 assists and also leads the squad with 51 steals on the season.

WV Wesleyan has reeled off five consecutive wins and has notched seven wins in its last eight games. The Bobcats are outscoring their opponents by nearly 10 a night. Kelsey Williams is scoring 18.9 points a night and is pulling down 10 rebounds a game while WVIAC Player of the Week Raymont McElroy totals 18.7 a game. Reggie Chambers nets 12.9 points a night. 

West Liberty has won 18 consecutive games on the season and leads the WVIAC entering the week with a 15-0 mark. The Hilltoppers are scoring 102.3 points a night and are beating their opponents by 20.6 a game. Six student-athletes are scoring in double figures for WLU. Alex Falk and Cedric Harris are each scoring 16.5 points a game. Chris Morrow (14.4), CJ Hester (13.8), Tim Hausfeld (12.2) and Shawn Dyer (11.7) are also reaching double figures. Hester is pulling down 7.7 boards a night, which is tops on the team. Harris has dished out 109 assists while Falk has notched 62 steals.

Wheeling Jesuit is coming off a victory and has notched seven wins in its last eight games. The Cardinals are outscoring their opponents by 8.6 a game. Steve Catich continues his solid season with 21.2 points a game. Obi Ukwuoma accounts for 13.5 points a night and a team-high 6.7 rebounds a game. Recardo Gaddy adds 12.9 and Ben Siefert chips in 10.2. Siefert has dished out 149 assists on the season and leads the team with 38 steals. Marquis Moore is hitting a spectacular 70.6 percent of his shots from the floor. 

Monday, February 06, 2012
Davis & Elkins vs. Queens – 7:00 PM
Concord at Alderson-Broaddus – 7:30 PM
WV State at Fairmont State – 7:30 PM
Ohio Valley at West Liberty – 7:30 PM
Pitt-Johnstown at Wheeling Jesuit – 7:30 PM
Seton Hill at Shepherd – 8:00 PM

Thursday, February 09, 2012
Fairmont State at Seton Hill – 7:30 PM
Glenville State at WV Wesleyan – 7:30 PM
West Liberty at Pitt-Johnstown – 7:30 PM
Bluefield State at Davis & Elkins – 7:30 PM
Wheeling Jesuit at Shepherd – 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 11, 2012
WV State at Bluefield State – 4:00 PM
Shepherd at WV Wesleyan – 4:00 PM
Seton Hill at Davis & Elkins – 4:00 PM
Ohio Valley at Concord – 4:00 PM
Wheeling Jesuit at Fairmont State – 4:00 PM
Pitt-Johnstown at Alderson-Broaddus – 7:30 PM
Charleston at Glenville State – 4:00 PM

WVIAC Women’s Basketball Weekly Preview - 02.06.12


This week, 17 games will take place in the WVIAC and every single contest pits a league team against another conference opponent.

Alderson-Broaddus split its last two outings, downing Bluefield State before falling to WV State. Amanda Peoples leads the squad with her 12 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Zipporah Tidwell adds 8.9 points and 6.4 boards an outing. Natalie Smith leads the team in assists and steals. Erica Brooks has knocked down 27 three-point shots.

Bluefield State has dropped 10 consecutive games. The Lady Blues are guided by Charlene Diggs’ 15.5 points and Dragana Tomic’s 10.6 points per outing. Tasia Nolan is hitting for 6.5 points and 7.0 rebounds a night. Tomic leads the squad in assists and steals. Shae Mebane is shooting a team-best 46.9 percent from the field.

The University of Charleston has posted back-to-back wins and has won five of its last seven outings. Erika Rousculp leads the way with 12.5 points and 14.1 rebounds a contest. Lauren Davis and Chrissy Keir are adding 12.1 and 10.4 points, respectively. Keir just broke the school record for consecutive free throws made. Tiffany Scott is draining a team-best 48.2 percent of her shots from the floor.

Concord has lost three straight games but is still outscoring its opponents by 9.2 a night. Jolysa Brown is averaging a double-double with 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds a game. Andrea Bertrand is accounting for 13.5 points and 7.6 boards a night while Camisha Alexander and Amanda Smith are netting double figures with 12.6 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. Brown leads the team in assists, blocks and steals.

Davis & Elkins has dropped three consecutive games after winning four of the previous five. Jorden Lykes amasses 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds a game to lead the Senators. Page Turner is not far behind at 12.3 points a game while Rachel Gostsomski is hitting for 11.6 a night. Ashley Bowles has connected on 42 percent of her three-point attempts. Turner leads the team in assists and steals.

Fairmont State has won back-to-back games and has won four of its last six outings. The Falcons are outscoring opponents by 7.6 a night. Kaitlin Snyder leads the team with her 22 points per game. Hailey Garrett is amassing 12.4 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds a night while Tiffany Nicholson accounts for 10.4 points. Garrett is draining 54.6 percent of her shots from the floor. Snyder leads the team in assists while Nicholson has a team-high 49 steals.

Glenville State saw its six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday. The Pioneers are totaling 96.2 points per game and outscoring the opposition by 12.1. Six players average double figures for GSC. Tenisha Wilson leads the way with 18.9 points while Mishae Miles tallies 14.4 points and 11.7 rebounds a game. Danielle Woodmore adds 12.6 points and leads the team with 100 assists. Beth Deren, Kenyell Goodson and Ginny Petties are all averaging double figures in points.

Ohio Valley had won three of its last four before dropping the last four outings, two of which were on the road. Shante Cummings leads the team with her 14.3 points and 10.5 rebounds a game. Amber Avery is just behind her at 14.1 points and 7.8 boards a night. Shelby Way accounts for 12.9 points while Dakeisha Mann totals 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds a game. Brittany Taylor has a team-best 59 steals on the season.

Pitt-Johnstown has come on strong, winning four of its last five and nine of its last 12 contests. Leading the way for the Lady Cats is rookie Kaitlynn Fratz, who is pouring in 17.9 points a game. Nicole Carman is posting 10.6 points and pulling down 5.6 rebounds a night. Rachel Johnson is grabbing 5.7 boards a contest to lead the team. Sara Trimarco leads the team in assists and steals. Inaya Stephenson is shooting the best on the squad at 46.7 percent from the floor.

Seton Hill has won three straight games and is coming off a 24-point win over then-league leading Glenville State. Paige Alviani has a team-best 14.9 points per game average while the current WVIAC Player of the Week Tiara Stossel nets 11.5 points. Katie Gattuso tallies 10 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds a game. Alviani leads the team with 84 assists while Anne Marie Olesky has registered 45 steals on the year.

Shepherd has won four straight contests and six of its last seven outings. The team is outscoring its opponents by three a night. Emily Daniel leads the squad with her 13 points a game while Katie Biggs is hitting for a dozen a game. Daniel also owns the team-high 7.6 rebounds per contest average and is shooting a stellar 53.4 percent from the floor. Jenn Prine leads the squad with 72 assists and 34 steals.

WV State has won two of its last three games and is coming off a 14-point road win at Alderson-Broaddus. The Yellow Jackets are winning the turnover battle on the season. Jasmine Blanton paces WVSU with her 14.5 points a game. Jordan Brock and Asia Greenleaf are each scoring just under 10 points a game, but Greenleaf leads the squad with 7.3 rebounds. Blanton has dished out a team-best 78 assists while she and Greenleaf share team-high honors with 32 steals apiece. Sissy Wagner is chipping in 8.7 points a game.

WV Wesleyan has won five straight games, propelling the Bobcats into first place in the WVIAC standings. Lydia Bridenbaugh accounts for a team-high 21.8 points a game while Jamie Kaufman pours in 19.7 points. Kaufman also grabs 8.6 rebounds a night. Brittany Maxey notches 9.2 points and 7.3 boards a contest. Daria Abros’kina has dished out 75 assists while Danae Hill has added 71 assists to her statistics.

West Liberty has won two of its last three games but is coming off a loss to Shepherd. Hillary Southworth leads the team with her 18 points per game while Kayla Ayers tallies 15.5 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds a night. Emily Blevins is hitting for double figures with 10.1 a game. Erica Hershberger leads the team with 80 assists and 23 steals. She also has nailed 40 percent of her three-point attempts.

Wheeling Jesuit has dropped two consecutive games after winning two of its previous three contests. Cassy Sanders paces the Cardinals with her 15.7 points a game. Emily Robinson adds 13.3 markers a night while Lucy DeFruscio and Erica Schultz are each posting over eight a game. Schultz has pulled down 7.8 rebounds a game. Robinson and Taneka Lewis have each dished out over 70 assists on the season.   

Monday, February 06, 2012
Concord at Alderson-Broaddus – 5:15 PM
WV State at Fairmont State – 5:30 PM
Ohio Valley at West Liberty – 5:30 PM
Pitt-Johnstown at Wheeling Jesuit – 5:30 PM
Seton Hill at Shepherd – 6:00 PM

Thursday, February 09, 2012
Fairmont State at Seton Hill – 5:30 PM
Glenville State at WV Wesleyan – 5:30 PM
West Liberty at Pitt-Johnstown – 5:30 PM
Bluefield State at Davis & Elkins – 5:30 PM
Wheeling Jesuit at Shepherd – 6:00 PM

Saturday, February 11, 2012
WV State at Bluefield State – 2:00 PM
Shepherd at WV Wesleyan – 2:00 PM
Seton Hill at Davis & Elkins – 2:00 PM
Ohio Valley at Concord – 2:00 PM
Wheeling Jesuit at Fairmont State – 2:00 PM
Pitt-Johnstown at Alderson-Broaddus – 5:15 PM
Charleston at Glenville State – 5:30 PM

Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 02.07.12


Agenda for Regular Meeting
February 07, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
Location:  Gilmer County Commission Room, 10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

Call meeting to order

Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag

Public Comments


      Discussion and/or action on:

          •  09:00 AM   Angel Ball – Taxable Fringe Benefit Policy
          •  09:15 AM   Kevin Means – Doddridge County Day Report Center
          •  09:30 AM   Shane Whitehair - Small Cities Block Grant Resolution
          •  09:45 AM   Lili Johnson - Damages from ice formed from a busted water main
          •  10:00 AM   Bill Rowan (Lewis County 911) – Contract
          •  10:15 AM   Dave Matthews (Lewis County 911) - Update
          •  10:30 AM   Fire Department/EMS - Vital Services Levy

Routine Business

      Discussion and/or action on:

          •  Exonerations and/or Consolidations
          •  Approve estate qualifications and estate settlements
          •  Board Appointments and/or Resignations
          •  Budget Revisions
          •  Approve invoices for payment
          •  Approve County Commission Minutes
          •  Mail

New Business

      Discussion and/or action on:

          •  Wrecker Services
          •  Development of a local Gilmer County Website
          •  Purchase of a new Printer and Computer for the County Commission Room
          •  Purchase new IVO Tronic Voting Machine for new precinct

County Administrators Report

      Discussion and/or action on:

          •  Update of Application for HAVA Grant
          •  Update on Frontier takeover

G-Fin™: U.S.A: Economic Brief – 02.03.12


Employment Situation

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3%.

Job growth was widespread, with large gains in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and manufacturing.

Productivity and Costs

Productivity rose 0.7% in the nonfarm business sector in the fourth quarter 2011; unit labor costs increased 1.2% (seasonally adjusted annual rates).

In manufacturing, productivity declined 0.4% and unit labor costs increased 1.6%.

Quarterly Data Series on Business Employment Dynamics

In second quarter 2011, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments increased to 6.9 million.

Gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments increased to 6.3 million.

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment (Monthly)

Jobless rates were lower in December than a year earlier in 329 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 36, and unchanged in 7.

Nonfarm payroll employment was up in 239 metropolitan areas over the year, down in 127, and unchanged in 6.

Employment Cost Index

Wages and salaries for civilian workers rose 0.4% and benefit costs rose 0.6%, seasonally adjusted, from September to December 2011.

Over the year, compensation rose 2.0%, wages and salaries 1.4%, and benefits 3.2%.

Personal Income and Outlays, December 2011

Personal income increased $61.3 billion, or 0.5%, and disposable personal income (DPI) increased $47.1 billion, or 0.4%, in December.

Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) decreased $2.0 billion, or less than 0.1%.

In November, personal income increased $7.4 billion, or 0.1%, DPI decreased $4.1 billion, or less than 0.1%, and PCE increased $11.4 billion, or 0.1%, based on revised estimates.

Heart Health Awareness Month


Every year, the month of February is designated as National Heart Truth Awareness month.

Minnie Hamilton Health System encourages their patients to be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack and to be diligent in contacting your doctor if you are having any of the symptoms.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,“ where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help.

Immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. As with men, a woman’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.

Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive-up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped.

For more information on learning to recognize a heart attack, visit

Minnie Hamilton Health System
Glenville Office
809 Medical Drive, Suite One

Little League-Softball-Coaches Pitch-Tee Ball - 02.10.12


Anyone wishing to Coach - Little League, Softball, Coaches Pitch, or Tee Ball needs to attend our Coaches sign up.

Place: Sand Fork Baptist Church

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM

For more information please call: Maria Frymier at 304.462.8911

Glenville: Pancake Breakfast - 02.11.12


Bring your Sweetheart to an early Valentine’s Pancake and Sausage BreakFest

Hosted by the GCHS Band Boosters

Saturday, February 11, 2012

From 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

At the Glenville Fire Department on WV Hwy 5 W

All You Can Eat Pancakes

Breakfest is on a donation

Hope to see everyone there


Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 02.06.12


As of Friday, January 27th, 2012 at 3:00 PM, a total of 1,628 bills have been introduced in the West Virginia Legislature, 1,115 in the House of Delegates and 513 in the state Senate. The House has passed 20 bills and the Senate has now passed 21. One bill has already been signed into law by the Governor.

The idea for House Bill 4238 comes by way of a request by the Secretary of State. The Address Confidentiality Program, established by the Legislature in 2007, enables state and local agencies to respond to requests for public records without disclosing the location of a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. This program, administered by the Secretary of State, coordinates interagency cooperation in providing address confidentiality for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, while also authorizing state and local agencies to accept an address designated by the Secretary of State for a program participant as a substitute for the participant’s residential or mailing address, under current law.

This bill would authorize the inclusion on the special absentee voting list, participants in the Address Confidentiality Program who are registered and otherwise qualified to vote. Participants in the program may apply to the program manager within the office of the Secretary of State for placement on the special absentee voting list. The program manager will notify the designated county contact to coordinate the provision of an absentee ballot to the program participant. Program participants will be removed from the special absentee ballot list when they either withdrawal or are removed from the program.

House Bill 4314 relates to the appointment of magistrates.. Current West Virginia Code provides that the Legislature shall determine the qualifications and prescribe the manner in which a vacancy in the office of a magistrate or officer of such court is to be filled. The law does not require the circuit judge to appoint a person of the same political party as the as the officeholder vacating the office.

This bill would simply require that the appointing circuit judge appoint a person to fill a vacancy who is of the same political party as the officeholder vacating the office. This provision would make this section consistent with the appointment requirements for circuit clerk, county commissioners, county clerks, prosecuting attorneys, sheriffs, assessors and county surveyors.

Bills of note passing the House last week include:

H.B. 4062 Creating an in-home direct care workforce registry. This bill will create an in-home direct care workforce registry to detail qualifications and experience of in-home direct care workers in West Virginia. This issue was studied during Legislative Interims by the Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care.  This registry, when created, would be maintained by the Bureau of Senior Services and would provide information on in-home direct care workers to individuals, families and providers seeking names and information on the qualifications of in-home direct care workers.

I am very pleased that this important bill is now moving to the Senate.  Those receiving in-home care, agencies that provide workers, and the workers themselves will all benefit by the confidence this registry will provide.  It will provide a method by which to track those that have demonstrated success in their field, while protecting unsuspecting families or employers from those that may be attempting to avoid detection of past problems.

H.B. 4107 Relating to volunteer firefighter training West Virginia’s volunteer firefighters could seek some of their needed training and testing online through legislation passed by the House.  The State Fire Commission will propose rules to the Legislature that will include minimum training levels for rescue and firefighting; equipment standards; and performance standards for response times, communications, levels of water flow and pressure to meet the goals of fire prevention and control.

The rule must allow the training to be offered in segments, must provide for online training and allow testing to be done in person or online.  If tests are given in person, they must be given regionally at various times throughout the year. These changes should help firefighters save on travel time and costs, two of the factors that inhibit new members from joining or remaining with VFD’s.

Finally, one West Virginia resident has been spotted around the Capitol and throughout our State frequently during the first few weeks of the 2012 Legislative Session is the winner of America’s Got Talent, West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.  He is participating in events in the Capitol City, dancing with school children during West Virginia Physical Activity Day at the Capitol and making appearances at local schools.  Usually accompanied by his wife Jennifer, he has been ever-present in West Virginia in recent months.

This is a young man from West Virginia who has gained immense fame in recently months and I am so pleased and humbled by his incredible commitment to giving back to his community since winning America’s Got Talent.  His active participation in these events and community happenings truly illustrates his love for West Virginia and his gratitude to his home state.  All of West Virginia should be proud of Landau, not just for his incredible vocal talent, but also for his unselfishness in giving back to his home state.  Thank you, Landau.

You don’t have to be famous or talented to give back to your community, county, state or our nation.  You just need to be willing to see the needs around you, place your concerns into action, and work together with others to make a difference.  Our schools, communities and state will benefit from our working together for a better future.

How to Contact
Please send address your inquiries to the Capitol Office at: Building 1, Room 226-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett at 304.340.3262 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.

For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is “”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at  If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide.  Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.

Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

G-Comm™: Currency Warfare: What are the Real Targets of the E.U. Oil Embargo against Iran?


Against whom is the European Union’s so-called “oil embargo on Iran” really aimed at?

This is an important geo-strategic question. Aside from rejecting the new E.U. measures against Iran as counter-productive, Tehran has warned the member states of the European Union that the E.U. oil embargo against Iran will hurt them and their economies far more than Iran.

Tehran has thus warned the leaders of the E.U. countries that the new sanctions are foolish and against their national and bloc interests. But is this correct? At the end of the day, who will benefit from the chain of events that are being set into motion?

Oil Embargos against Iran are Not New

In 1951, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh with the support of the Iranian Parliament nationalized the Iranian oil industry. As a result of Dr. Mossadegh’s nationalization program, the British militarily blockaded the territorial waters and national ports of Iran with the British Royal Navy and prevented Iran from exporting its oil. They also militarily prevented Iranian trade. London also froze Iranian assets and started a campaign to isolate Iran with sanctions. The government of Dr. Mossadegh was democratic and could not be vilified easily domestically by the British, so they began to portray Mossadegh as a pawn of the Soviet Union who would turn Iran into a communist country together with his Marxist political allies.

The illegal British naval embargo was followed by regime change in Tehran via a 1953 Anglo-American engineered coup d’état. The 1953 coup transformed the Shah of Iran from a constitutional figure head to an absolute monarch and dictator, like the monarchs of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar. Iran was transformed overnight from a democratic constitutional monarchy into a dictatorship.

Today, a militarily imposed oil embargo against Iran is not possible like it was in the early 1950s. Instead London and Washington use the language of righteousness and hide behind false pretexts about Iranian nuclear weapons. Like in the 1950s, the oil embargo against Iran is tied to regime change. Yet, there are also broader objectives that go beyond the boundaries of Iran tied to Washington’s project to impose an oil embargo against the Iranians.

The European Union and Iranian Oil Sales

Iran’s largest customer for oil is the People’s Republic of China. According to the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), which was created after the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo as the strategic wing of the Western Bloc’s Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Iran exports 543,000 oil barrels per day to China. Iran’s other large customers are India, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea. India imports 341,000 barrels per day from Iran, Turkey imports 370,000 barrels per day from Iran, Japan imports 251,000 barrels per day from Iran, and South Korea imports 239,000 barrels per day from Iran.

According to the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum the European Union only accounts for 18% of Iranian oil exports, which means less than one-fifth of Iranian oil sales. Only “collectively” is the European Union the second largest customer of Iran. All the E.U. countries together import 510,000 barrels per day from Iran. This collective rank that all Iranian oil importing E.U. countries have together is being highlighted by those that want to emphasize the effectiveness of the E.U. oil embargo against Iran.

Iran can replace oil sales to the European Union via new buyers or by increasing sales to existing customers like China and India. An Iranian agreement to work with China for stockpiling Chinese strategic reserves would fill a large portion of the vacuum left by the European Union. Thus, the oil embargo against Iran will have minimal direct effects on Iran. Rather, it is most likely that any of the effects that the Iranian economy feels will be tied to the global ramifications of the oil embargo against Iran.

Iran and Global Currency Warfare

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), both the U.S. dollar and the euro together constitute 84.4% of the world’s currency exchange reserves (end of 2011 date). The U.S. dollar alone, was the largest share of the world’s currency exchange reserves in 2011, namely 61.7%.

Energy sales are an important part of this equation, because the American dollar is tied to the oil trade.

Thus, oil trade, through what is called the petro-dollar, is helping sustain the American dollar’s international standing. Countries around the world have been virtually forced to use the U.S. dollar to maintain their energy and trade needs and transactions.

To highlight the importance of the international oil trade to the U.S., all the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates – have their national currencies pegged to the U.S. dollar and thereby sustain the petro-dollar by trading oil in American dollars. Moreover, the currencies of Lebanon, Jordan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Belize, and several tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea are also all pegged to the U.S. dollar. Aside from the overseas territories of the United States, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Panama also all officially use the U.S. dollar as their national currencies.

The euro on the other hand is both a rival of the U.S. dollar as well as an allied currency. Both currencies work in tandem against other currencies in many cases and seem to be controlled by increasingly merging centres of financial power.

Aside from the seventeen European Union members using the euro as their currency, the Principality of Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City have issuing rights and both Montenegro and the Albanian-majority Serbian province of Kosovo also use the euro as their national currencies. Outside of the euro area (Eurozone), the currencies of Bosnia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Latvia, and Lithuania in Europe; the currencies of Cape Verde, Comoros, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, and the two CFA zones in Africa; and the currencies of several Western European overseas dependencies, such as Greenland, are all pegged to the euro.

Several monetary zones are directly tied to the euro. In Oceania, the Comptoirs Français du Pacifique (CFP) franc, simply called the Pacific franc (franc pacifique), used in a monetary union of the French dependencies of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands is pegged to the euro. As mentioned earlier, both the CFA zones in Africa are also pegged to the euro. Thus, both the Financial Community of Africa (Communauté financière d’Afrique, CFA) franc or West African CFA franc in West Africa – used by Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo – and the Financial Cooperation in Central Africa (Coopération financière en Afrique central, CFA) franc or Central African CFA franc – used by Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon – have their fates tied to the monetary value of the euro.

Iran is not looking for military confrontation in the rising hostilities with the United States and European Union. Despite the warped narrative being presented, Tehran has said that it will only close the Strait of Hormuz as a last resort. The Iranians have also said that they will not let U.S. or hostile ships go through Iranian territorial water, which is their legal right, and that hostile ships could navigate through Oman’s territorial waters in the Strait of Hormuz instead. As a side note, among other things, the problem for the U.S. and Iran’s other adversaries is that the waters on the Omani side of the Strait of Hormuz are too shallow.

Instead of military confrontation, Tehran is fighting back economically in several ways. The first step, which started before 2012, was Iranian international oil sales and trade were diversified in regards to their currency transactions. This is part of a calculated move by Iran to move away from using the American dollar just like Saddam Hussein of Iraq did in 2000 as a means to fight back against the sanctions imposed on Iraq. In this context, Iran has created an international energy exchange or bourse competing with the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) and London’s International Petroleum Exchange (IPE), which both operate using the American dollar for transactions. This energy exchange, called the Kish Oil Bourse, was officially opened in August 2011 on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. Its first transactions were made using the euro and the Emirati dirhem.

In context of euro and U.S. dollar rivalries, the Iranians originally wanted to turn to the euro and a petro-euro system with the hope that the competition between the American dollar and the euro would make the European Union an ally of Iran and de-link the E.U. from the United States. As political tensions have mounted with the E.U., the petro-euro has become less attractive for Tehran. Iran has realized that the European Union is submissive to U.S. interests under corrupt leaders. Thus, to a lesser extent, Iran has also tried to move away from the euro.

Moreover, Iran has broadened its move away from the use of the U.S. dollar and the euro as policy in bilateral trade relations. Iran and India are talking about gold payments for Iranian oil. Iranian and Russian trade is conducted in Iranian rials and Russian roubles, while Iranian trade with China and other Asian countries is conducted using the Chinese renminbi, Iranian rial, Japanese yen, and other non-dollar and non-euro currencies.

While the euro could have been a big winner from a petro-euro system, the actions of the European Union have worked against this. The E.U. oil embargo against Iran is merely hammering the nails in the coffin. Globally, the emerging matrix of Eurasian and international trade and transaction outside of the umbrellas of the American dollar and the euro is weakening both currencies. The Iranian Parliament is now passing legislation to cut oil exports to the members of the European Union that will be part of the sanctions regime until they rescind the Iranian oil sanctions. The Iranian move will be a blow to the euro, especially since the European Union will not have time to prepare for the Iranian energy cuts.

There are several possibilities that could emerge. One of them is that this could be part of what Washington wants and it could be playing into its hands against the European Union. Another is that the U.S. and specific E.U. members are working together against strategic economic rivals and other markets.

Who Benefits? The Economic Targets are beyond Iran…

The end of Iranian oil exports to the European Union and the decline of the euro will directly benefit the United States and the U.S. dollar. What the European Union is doing is merely weakening itself and giving the U.S. dollar the upper hand in its currency rivalry against the euro. Moreover, should the euro collapse, the American dollar will quickly fill much of the void. Despite the fact that Russia will benefit from higher oil prices and greater leverage over E.U. energy security as a supplier, the Kremlin has also warned the European Union that it is working against its own interests and subordinating itself to Washington.

Many important questions are at play about the economic consequences of increased oil prices.

Will the European Union be able to weather the economic storm or a currency collapse?

What the E.U. oil embargo against Iran will do is destabilize the euro and snowball globally hurting non-E.U. economies. In this regard, Tehran has warned that the U.S. aims to hurt rival economies through the adoption of E.U. oil sanctions against Iran. Within this line of thinking, this is the reason why the U.S. is trying to force China, India, South Korea, and Japan in Asia to reduce or cut Iranian oil imports.

Within the European Union, it will be the most fragile and struggling economies, such as Greece and Spain, which will be hurt by the E.U. oil embargo against Iran.

The oil refineries in the European Union countries that import Iranian oil will have to find new sellers as sources and will also be forced to adjust their operations. Piero De Simone, one of the leaders of Italy’s Unione Petrolifera, has warned that approximately seventy oil refineries in the E.U. could be shutdown and that Asian countries could start selling refined Iranian oil to the European Union at the expense of the local refineries and the local petroleum industries.

Despite the political claims supporting an oil embargo against Iran, neither will Saudi Arabia be able to fill the void of Iranian oil exports to the European Union or other markets. A shortfall in oil supplies and the production changes could have spiralling effects in the European Union and on the costs of industrial production, transportation, and market prices. The prediction is that the E.U. will effectively be deepening the crisis in the euro area or Eurozone.

Moreover, the rise in everyday prices, ranging from food to transportation, will not be limited to the European Union, but will have global ramifications. As prices rise on a global scale, the economies in Latin American, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Pacific countries will face new hardship, which the financial sector in the U.S. and several of its partners – including members of the European Union – could capitalize on by taking over certain sectors and markets. The IMF and World Bank, as the Bretton Woods proxies of Wall Street, could get into the mix and impose more privatization programs benefiting the financial sectors of the U.S. and its main partners. Furthermore, how Iran decides to sell the 18% of oil it will stop selling to E.U. members will also be a mediating factor.

The Ghosts of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo: Libya and the International Energy Agency

While countries in Africa or the Pacific have no strategic oil reserves and will be at the mercy of global price increases, the U.S. and the European Union have worked and tried to strategically insulate themselves from such scenarios. This is where the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) comes into the picture. Libyan oil reserves are also a factor to the hostilities and petro-politics involving Iran.

The IEA was created after the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo. As mentioned earlier it is a “strategic wing of the Western Bloc’s Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).” The OECD is a club of countries that includes the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Turkey, Australia, Israel, and New Zealand. It is essentially based on the contours of the Western Bloc, which is comprised of America’s allies and satellites. Aside from Israel, Chile, Estonia, Iceland, Slovenia, and Mexico all the members of the OECD are members of the IEA.

Since its creation in 1974, one of the responsibilities of the IEA has been to stock strategic oil reserves for the OECD countries. During the NATO war against Libya the IEA actually opened its strategic oil reserves to compensate for the void left by a lack of Libyan oil exports. The only other two times this happened were in 1991, when Washington led a military coalition in its first war against Iraq, and in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the United States.

The war in Libya had many purposes:

(1) preventing African unity;

(2) driving China out of Africa;

(3) strategically controlling important energy reserves; and

(4) guarding oil supplies in the scenario of any American-led conflicts against Syria and Iran.

What the NATO war in Libya has done is secure oil output from Libya, because there was a chance that the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya under Colonial Muammar Qaddafi could have suspended oil sales to the European Union in support of Syria or Iran in possible conflicts with the U.S., NATO, and Israel. It is also interesting to note that one of the Libyan figures that helped enable the war against Libya in the United Nations was Sliman Bouchuiguir, the head of the Libyan League for Human Rights (LLHR) and the current Libyan ambassador to Switzerland, who worked on formulating a strategy against allowing oil from being used as a strategic weapon to insure that the 1973 oil crisis never repeat itself for the U.S. and its allies.

Aside from Iran, the Syrians have also been a source of oil imports for the European Union. Like Iran, the E.U. has also cut their bloc off from Syrian oil via a sanctions regime engineered by the U.S. government. With Iranian and Syrian oil cut off from the E.U., the strategic value of Libyan oil rises. In this regard, the reports about the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops to Libyan oil fields can also be analyzed as being coordinated or tied to the growing U.S. and E.U. hostilities with Syria and Iran. Rerouting Libyan oil shipments to the E.U. that were intended for China can also be part of such a strategy.

The Psychological War

In reality, the sanctions regime engineered by the U.S. government against Iran has gone as far as it can go. All the speeches about Iranian isolation are bravado and far from the reality of current international relations and trade. Brazil, Russia, China, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, and various countries in the post-Soviet space, Asia, Africa, and Latin America have all refused to join the sanctions against the Iranian economy.

The E.U. oil embargo, coupled with the broader sanctions against Iran, has broad psychological implications. Iran and its ally Syria both face a multi-dimensional war that has economic, covert, diplomatic, media, and psychological scopes.

The psychological war, which involves the mainstream media as a tool of foreign policy and war, constitutes an efficient propaganda instrument for the U.S. due to its lower costs. Yet, the psychological war can be fought on both sides.

Much of the power of the U.S. is psychological and tied to fear. Like the geography of the Persian Gulf, time is on Iran’s side and working against the United States.

If Iran continues on its present course and is undeterred by sanctions, this will help break a critical psychological threshold, which around the world tends to discourage countries from confronting and opposing the United States.

Should many countries continue to refuse to bow down to the Obama Administration pertaining to the impostion of sanctions against Iran, this will also be a blow to the prestige and power of the U.S., which would also have economic and financial implications.

Moreover, at the end of the day, the E.U. oil embargo will hurt the E.U. instead of Iran. In the long-term it could also hurt the United States.

Structurally, the effects of the E.U. oil embargo will further entrench the E.U. in the orbit of Washington, but these effects will catalyze growing social opposition to Washington, which will eventually manifest in the political and economic arenas.

~~  Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya  ~~

Manchin’s Message from the Hill to the Mountains: REDUCING OUR NATIONAL DEBT STARTS IN MY OFFICE


Since I arrived in Washington, I have always said there are quite a few things folks around here could learn from the way we did things back in West Virginia. As Governor, I was proud that by setting our priorities based on our values, we produced a budget surplus, increased our credit rating three times, and proved to all the naysayers that it’s truly possible to live within your means.

I came to Washington to bring that philosophy to our dysfunctional federal government, especially when it comes to living within our means – just like the families of our great state do. Now, it’s one thing to talk about tightening our belts and doing more with less, but I truly believe we have to translate those words into action. When it comes to running government more efficiently, we have to enact meaningful long-term reform that makes our tax system more fair, cuts our spending and dramatically reduces our deficits and debts.

And in the meantime, I believe that every member of Congress can and should start at home.

So this year, I was proud to give 27.8% of my office budget back to the federal Treasury – more than any other freshman Democrat. Working hard to run things as efficiently as possible, we were able to return more than $700,000.

If my little office can find $700,000 in efficiencies, imagine how much all of our federal agencies could save by tightening their belts a notch or two! In 2010 alone, the Government Accountability Office found that the federal government made $125 billion in improper payments. Over 10 years, that’s more than a trillion dollars of waste, fraud and abuse that could go a long way toward getting our debts and deficits under control.

That’s why returning more than one fourth of my office’s budget to the federal government sets a very important example of what we can achieve by working together to save taxpayer dollars.

The truth is, the time to make cuts and save money is now.

You’ve heard me quote the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who has said that the greatest threat to our national security is our debt. Coming from one of our foremost defense experts, that’s a sobering statement. For the first time since World War II, our total national debt now exceeds the gross domestic product of the entire country. We are already $15 trillion in debt, and if we do nothing, our debt will hit $21 trillion by 2021. Without a fix, in 2021 our nation will spend more on the interest on our debt than we spend on education, energy and our national defense – combined.

This is not a picture of the America I want to leave to my children and grandchildren. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s time for folks in Washington start focusing on the next generation, rather than the next election. We can’t solve anything if we aren’t willing to put politics aside and work together for the sake of this great nation’s future. After little more than a year in Congress, I am proud to be rated the second-most bipartisan Democrat in the Senate – and the guy with the No. 1 ranking is retiring. It’s just common sense that we can solve more by working together than working against each other.

Our problems weren’t created by Republicans or Democrats alone, and they won’t be solved by Republicans or Democrats alone. That’s why when I write or cosponsor a bill, I always look for a Republican to sponsor it with me. I want to work with anyone who is focused on doing what is right for our state, our families, and our nation.

And, if we’re going to protect our state, our families, our way of life and this great nation, we must be willing not only to stand up and fight, we must also be willing to reach across the aisle, work with Democrats and Republicans to build a commonsense approach to solving our country’s problems for the next generation.

That’s another one of those West Virginia lessons I’ll keep trying to teach my colleagues here in Washington.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Special Education Teacher- TES - 02.03.12


POSITION:     Special Education Teacher- Troy Elementary School

EMPLOYMENT TERM:     2011-2012 School Year



REPORTS TO:     School Principal or Principal’s Designee


I. Provides curricula required by the State of West Virginia and the Gilmer County Board of Education.

A. Bases instruction on adopted curricula for the school.

B. Demonstrates accurate and current knowledge in subject field.

C. Develops appropriate lessons to teach instructional objectives.

D. Employs a variety of instructional strategies to augment achievement.

E. Utilizes content scope and sequence in planning.

II. Establishes a classroom climate conducive to learning that is consistent with the state/county school goals.

A. Follows established school discipline procedures which include the WV Student Code of Conduct.

B. Establishes procedures and rules that enhance learning.

C. Encourages students’ attendance.

D. Sets high positive expectations for student performance.

E. Encourages and acknowledges individual students’ accomplishments and appropriate behavior.

F. Treats students in a fair and equitable manner.

G. Accommodates individual learning differences.

H. Creates and maintains an environment that supports learning.

I. Communicates with parents.

III. Implements an instructional management system to maximize student learning that is consistent with state/county/school goals.

A. Prepares and implements lesson plans.

B. Begins lesson or instructional activity with a review of previous materials as appropriate.

C. Has materials, supplies and equipment ready at the start of the lesson or instructional activity.

D. Introduces the instructional activity and specifies instructional objectives.

E. Directs and adequately supervises students to be on task quickly at the beginning of each instructional activity.

F. Presents reading, writing, speaking, and listening strategies using concepts and language which students understand.

G. Provides relevant examples and demonstrations to illustrate concepts and skills.

H. Assigns developmentally appropriate tasks.

I. Provides instructional pacing that ensures student understanding.

J. Maximizes student time on task.

K. Makes effective transitions between instructional activities.

L. Summarizes the main point(s) of the instructional strategies.

M. Encourages students to express ideas clearly and accurately.

N. Incorporates higher level thinking skills.

O. Assists students to develop productive work habits and study skills.

P. Provides remediation activities for students.

Q. Designs, delivers, and assesses student learning activities addressing the state adopted instructional goals and objectives.

R. Integrates a variety of technology applications and learning tools to augment student achievement.

IV. Implements a system to gather, store, and monitor data related to student progress that is consistent with state/county/school goals.

A. Follows grading policies and regulations.

B. Maintains accurate and complete student records.

C. Monitors and evaluates student progress.

D. Provides feedback on student work.

E. Monitors student attendance.

V. Communicates with students, parents, educational personnel, and others.
A. Communicates student progress according to established procedures and policies.

B. Communicates regularly and effectively with students, co-workers, parents/guardians, and community and exhibits appropriate interactive skills.

D. Speaks and writes standard English clearly, correctly, and distinctly.

E. Determines and utilizes appropriate community resources.

VI. Demonstrates behavior which reflects established professional responsibilities (i.e. attendance, punctuality, and verbal/nonverbal communication).

VII. Demonstrates competency in the knowledge and implementation of technology standards.


1. Provides individual and/or group instruction.

2. Participates in SAT meetings for students and recommends education modifications to team.

3. Participates in SAT review for evaluating effectiveness of educational modifications or recommends SAT screening or multi-disciplinary assessment.

4. Observes students in the regular classroom setting.

5. Administers SAT screening tests to students referred through SATs.

6. Prepares and submits to the Office of Special Education signed written reports of SAT test results and recommendations for multidisciplinary assessment.

7. Attends Eligibility Committee Meetings/IEP meetings upon notification of the building principal or special education director.

8. Prepares individual education plans (IEPs) stating goals and objectives for each student receiving services.

9. Reviews and revises the IEPs annually.

10. Maintains valid and up-to-date student records.

11. Informs parents regularly of their children’s progress and seeks their cooperation and support.

12. Sends student progress reports to parents as required.

13. Consults with classroom teachers, parents, and others regarding student progress and suggestions for educational modifications.

14. Attends special education staff meetings.

15. Attends and/or participates in special education in-service/continuing education and other staff development activities.

16. Informs the principal/special education director of concerns or potential problems regarding the program.

17. Submits requisitions for materials to the building principal.

18. Maintains an inventory of materials purchased to serve special students.

19. Maintains professional standards in compliance with the laws, procedures, and policies set forth in federal, state, and county regulations.

20. Performs other duties assigned by the principal and director of special education.


                      West Virginia Certification in Special Education, Multi-Categorical K-6

                      Qualifies or agrees to qualify as a “Highly Qualified Teacher”.

                      Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


Teacher’s Responsibilities: Implements programs of study; Fosters a classroom climate conducive to learning; Utilizes instructional management systems models that increase student learning; Monitors student progress towards mastery of Content Standards and Objectives; Communicates effectively within the educational community and with parents on a regular basis; Meets professional responsibilities and demonstrates competency in the application and use of technology as required.


The successful applicant will not be eligible to remain in this position beyond the 2011-2012 school year.  Because the deadline for notice and opportunity for hearings associated with a reduction in force and/or transfer have expired, there will be no opportunity for the successful applicant to be transferred to a position held by a less senior classroom teacher.  Therefore, assignment to this position will be regarded as temporary.  The successful applicant shall be placed upon the preferred recall list at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

SALARY:    Based on Professional Salary Scale for Degree and Experience


                                Ronald Blankenship, Superintendent
                                Gilmer County Schools
                                201 North Court Street
                                Glenville, WV 26351

MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Thursday, February 09, 2012 – 3:00 PM

As required by federal laws and regulation, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, disabling condition, marital status, or national origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities.

Inquiries may be referred to:
                                Ronald Blankenship, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
                                Gilmer County Board of Education
                                201 North Court Street
                                Glenville, WV 26351

Or referred to:      The Department of Education’s Director of the Office for Civil Rights

NOTE:  State and federal laws include Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504; and other State or Federal laws and regulations governing students and employees.

Posted: 02.03.12

Bon Appétit: Chicken with Artichokes and Mushrooms



  4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  salt and pepper to taste
  1 tablespoon olive oil
  1 tablespoon butter
  1 (14 ounce) can marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained, liquid reserved
  1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  1 cup white wine
  1 tablespoon capers


Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Brown chicken in oil and butter for 5 to 7 minutes per side; remove from skillet, and set aside.

Place artichoke hearts and mushrooms in the skillet, and saute until mushrooms are brown and tender.

Return chicken to skillet, and pour in reserved artichoke liquid and wine.

Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

Stir in capers, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Remove from heat; serve immediately.

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