Today: 05.08.yyyy


Today is Friday, May 8, the 128th day of 2009. There are 237 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Men don’t change. The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.“ — President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972).

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced in a radio address that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered in World War II, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.“

In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River.

In 1794, Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France’s Reign of Terror.

In 1846, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas; U.S. forces led by Gen. Zachary Taylor were able to beat back the Mexican forces.

In 1884, 125 years ago, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was born in Lamar, Mo.

In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru.

In 1962, the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened on Broadway.

In 1970, anti-war protests took place across the United States and around the world; in New York, construction workers broke up a demonstration on Wall Street.

In 1973, militant American Indians who’d held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered.

In 1978, David R. Berkowitz pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn courtroom to murder, attempted murder and assault in connection with the “Son of Sam” shootings that had terrified New Yorkers.

In 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Ten years ago: NATO expressed regret for a mistaken attack on the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, but pledged to pursue the bombing campaign; demonstrators in Beijing threw rocks and smashed cars at the U.S. Embassy. The Citadel, South Carolina’s formerly all-male military school, graduated its first female cadet, Nancy Ruth Mace. British actor Sir Dirk Bogarde died in London at age 78.

Five years ago: Former Iraq hostage Thomas Hamill returned home to a chorus of cheering family and friends in Mississippi.

One year ago: Sen. Barack Obama got a front-runner’s welcome back at the U.S. Capitol, where he was surrounded by well-wishers calling him “Mr. President” and reaching out to pat him on the back or shake his hand. Silvio Berlusconi was sworn in as Italy’s premier. Country music star Eddy Arnold died near Nashville, Tenn., at age 89.

Today’s Birthdays:
Comedian Don Rickles is 83
Naturalist Sir David Attenborough is 83
Singer Toni Tennille is 69
Actor James Mitchum is 68
Country singer Jack Blanchard is 67
Jazz musician Keith Jarrett is 64
Singer Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 58
Rock musician Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) is 58
Rockabilly singer Billy Burnette is 56
Drummer Alex Van Halen is 56
Actor David Keith is 55
Actor Stephen Furst is 55
Actress Melissa Gilbert is 45
Rock musician Dave Rowntree (Blur) is 45
Country musician Del Gray is 41
Rock singer Darren Hayes is 37
Singer Enrique Iglesias is 34
Singer Ana Maria Lombo (Eden’s Crush) is 31
Actress Julia Whelan (WAY’-lan) is 24

Breaking News: Gilmer County School Dismissal


ALL Gilmer County Schools are dismissed at 2:00 PM today due to HIGH WATER.


A group of Glenville State College students under the direction of GSC Hidden Promise Consortium and Community Engagement Coordinator Keith Barr traveled to Webster County on Saturday, May 2, 2009 for a Community service project.

Together with eight residents of the Diana community, the crew from GSC helped construct a walking path on the grounds of the Diana Elementary School. The project was organized by teacher Dave Nutter.

GSC and Diana Community volunteers

The fifteen volunteers spent the day laying plastic, spreading gravel, and building a rock foot bridge for the approximately one half mile walking trail. The trail will be used by students at the school as well as the community. The materials for the project were purchased through a community fitness grant arranged by State Senator Randy White. “We are very appreciative of the help we received from the Glenville State College students. They worked very hard and interacted well with our local volunteers. We just couldn’t be happier with how the project went,” said Nutter. “The GSC students even suggested doing another project to build a shelter along the trail. We are going to look into making that happen,” he added.

The participating students from GSC are all Hidden Promise mentors and included Jamie Collins, Michael Harden, and Jamie Mullins. Plus four members of the Pioneer football team that won the 2009 WVIAC Championship: Wes Hanson, Nathaniel Threatts, Marcel Lazenby, and Terrell Parker.

Pictured from left to right; GSC’s Jamie Collins, Terrell Parker,
Nathaniel Threatts, Jamie Mullins, Kieth Barr, and Mike Harden
spreading gravel on the walking trail

Similar community service projects are being coordinated by GSC in each of the fifteen West Virginia counties and the City Schools of Belpre, Ohio that are participating in the Glenville State College Hidden Promise Consortium. This alliance was initiated by Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr to help unlock the region’s hidden promise. The program strives to improve the number of quality high school graduates, raise ACT scores, increase the number of students going to college and increase the number and quality of college graduates by having K-12 and higher education officials work together on these educational goals.

“Community service is an important aspect of our Hidden Promise Program. We are trying to give these students a broad educational foundation on which they can build a successful future and encourage our Hidden Promise Scholars to give back to their communities,” said Keith Barr.

Local residents and businesses with community service project ideas for Glenville State College students may submit them to Keith Barr at “” or by calling him at 304.462.7361x 7186

Bob Edwards - Public Relations Department Assistant


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Glenville State College will be offering a class at Calhoun County High School this summer. CART 101, Introduction to Public Speaking, will be offered on Monday and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30 PM. This class will begin Wednesday, May 20, 2009 and continue through Monday, July 13, 2009.

This class is open to anyone. However, Calhoun students have the opportunity to save over $500 by taking this class while in high school. The price for this three-hour course would usually be $560.75. However, GSC offers high school students a discounted rate. On top of that already discounted rate, the Calhoun County Board of Education will pay two-thirds of the tuition for their students. This class would only cost the student $60, which is a savings of over $500.

Outstanding high school juniors and seniors may be admitted into the Glenville State College Early Entrance Program as “high school early admissions students” either for the regular academic year or summer session.  Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA to be considered for the program. That includes students who have just finished their sophomore year.

To register for this class or to get more information, contact Tracy Lancaster, GSC Coordinator of Off-Campus Programming at “” or 304.462.4117x7124 or see Terri Goodnight, Guidance Counselor at Calhoun County High School.

~~ Bob Edwards - Public Relations Department Assistant ~~

US: Productivity and Costs, Q1-2009


Productivity rose 0.8% in the nonfarm business sector in first-quarter 2009, as hours fell faster than output.
Unit labor costs increased 3.3%.
Manufacturing output per hour fell 3.4%; unit labor costs increased 16.7%.
All rates are seasonally adjusted annual rates.

WV Golden Horseshoe: Dubbing Them Experts


State Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Paine inducted students from all 55 counties into the Order of the Golden Horseshoe. Students, including Michaela Beron, and Jessica Jones of Gilmer County, worked hard for the honor.

The top-scoring students in each county in WV received the award. The exam tested student knowledge of West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

The test has been given each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States.

Recipients of the award are known as the Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe.

List of Area Schools’ 2009 Inductees to Golden Horseshoe Society

First NameLast NameCounty
RickyHall Jr.Calhoun
Kelsey JoKernsDoddridge

Gilmer County: Concealed Weapon Class


When: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Gilmer County Recreation Center, Glenville, WV
Instructor: Retired WV police officer - Rich Robertson

Must bring photo ID.

For more info or to pre-register call Rich Robertson 304.847.5006 or Jerry Helmick 304.462.7695

GSC Track & Field - Men Finish 5th, Women 6th at the WVIAC Championships


The Men’s team finished 5th with 75 points led by Xavier Glenn and Chris Freeman.  Glenn finished 1st in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as picked up points as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.  Freeman finished 1st in the Shot Put, 2nd in the Hammer and 3rd in the Discus. 

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Reading Programs Found Ineffective


A federal study intended to provide insight on the effectiveness of programs for reading comprehension has found that three such programs had no positive impact, while a fourth had a negative effect on student achievement.

In other words, the conclusion is that none of the four programs studied—Project CRISS, ReadAbout, Read for Real, and Reading for Knowledge—is effective.

The large-scale randomized control study involved 6,350 students, who were all in the 5th grade, and 268 teachers in 10 urban districts with large numbers of disadvantaged students. The 89 schools in the study were randomly assigned to either a group of schools using one of the reading curricula being studied or to a control group.

The researchers for the study­—conducted by Mathematica Policy Research Inc., of Princeton, N.J., for the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences—used a general reading test called the Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation, or GRADE, and reading-comprehension tests of science and social studies to measure student achievement. In addition, they factored in students’ composite scores for all tests.

They concluded that Project CRISS, developed by Creating Independence Through Student-Owned Strategies; Read About, produced by Scholastic Inc.; and Read for Real, created by Chapman University and Zaner-Bloser, had no effect on reading comprehension. In addition, they found that Reading for Knowledge, created by the Success for All Foundation, had a negative impact on the composite test scores and the science-comprehension test scores for students using that curriculum.

Conclusions Disputed
Robert E. Slavin, a researcher and the founder of the Success for All Foundation, dismissed the study’s conclusions and, in particular, the finding that Reading for Knowledge was ineffective. In an e-mail message, he contended that “IES-sponsored evaluations repeatedly evaluate programs by imposing them on teachers and school leaders who are not interested in them and are likely to implement them haphazardly, if at all, and then find, over and over again, that nothing works.”

Mr. Slavin also criticized the study for implementing the reading programs only in the 5th grade, which meant that teachers had little support from colleagues within their schools to carry them out, he said.

He added that he supports rigorous evaluation of educational programs and hopes that the Obama administration will change policies to support evaluations of “strong implementations of programs supported by teachers, principals, and district leaders.”
~~ By Mary Ann Zehr - EW ~~

White House Seeks Comments on Education Law


A WV special education teacher Lynn Reichard has a problem with the federal No Child Left Behind law: Some of her kids cannot read, never mind pass its required state test.

Reichard told Education Secretary Arne Duncan who visited her school in WV on Tuesday that she works all year long to boost the self-esteem of mentally impaired students at Bunker Hill Elementary, only to see them fall apart over standardized tests.

“They feel so good about themselves, and then they look at a two-paragraph reading passage, and they know six words,“ Reichard said. “I have one child here that’s a nonreader, and she’s going to have to take the test, and she’s going to cry.

“There’s just got to be another answer for that,“ Reichard said.

Reichard was among a dozen teachers and parents who met with Duncan as the Obama administration considers changing the controversial law championed by former President George W. Bush.

No Child Left Behind pushes schools to boost the performance of low-achieving students, and Duncan gives the law credit for shining a spotlight on kids who need the most help. Opponents, however, insist the law’s annual reading and math tests have squeezed subjects like music and art out of the classroom and that schools were promised billions of dollars they never received.

Duncan wants to hear how the program works from educators, parents and kids, and he began a 15-state “listening tour” at Reichard’s school in the eastern panhandle of rural West Virginia. President Barack Obama has been vague about much he would overhaul the law, but on Tuesday, his ideas began to take shape.

The teacher was right, Duncan said later.

While the law does make allowances for different tests for severely impaired kids, many don’t fall into that category.

“To have a child taking a test that it is literally impossible for them to pass and having that humiliation, and holding schools accountable for that, that doesn’t make sense,“ Duncan said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Duncan used Reichard’s tale as an example of how the federal government should be “looser” about how states meet goals. He fought the government on similar issues in his last job, as chief executive of Chicago’s public schools.

At the same time, he said, the government should get “tighter” about goals, insisting on more rigorous academic standards that are uniform across the states.

“What I mean by loose is not getting away from accountability at all,“ he told the AP. “What I mean by loose is giving folks more flexibility in how they achieve their goals.“

Duncan made time to visit with kids, reading the book, “Doggie Dreams” to first-graders at Bunker Hill and having lunch with fourth-graders at Eagle Intermediate School in Martinsburg, where he ate a cheesesteak sandwich and onion rings but finished only half his vegetables.

“Who’s the president now?“ Duncan asked the first-graders, one of whom correctly identified Obama.

Duncan said little about the law Tuesday, preferring to listen to the concerns of teachers in more intimate sessions at elementary schools and a larger forum at Blue Ridge Community College in Martinsburg.

Both schools are high-performing and rely heavily on sophisticated data systems to explain not only what kids don’t know, but why they don’t know it, something Duncan wants to see more. Federal dollars in the economic stimulus law can be used for those kinds of systems.

Duncan said he won’t hesitate to visit struggling schools, too.

Whatever the administration decides to do, it needs the approval of Congress, which passed the law with broad bipartisan support in 2001 but deadlocked over a rewrite in 2007. Lawmakers plan to try again in the fall.

While the law has helped improve the academic performance of many minority kids, English-language learners and kids with disabilities, critics say the law is too punitive: More than a third of schools failed to meet yearly progress goals last year, according to the Education Week newspaper.

That means millions of children are a long way from reaching the law’s ambitious goals. The law pushes schools to improve test scores each year, so that every student can read and do math on grade level by the year 2014.
~~ AP ~~

WVDNR Tags Crappie in Stonewall Jackson Reservoir‏


More than 700 Crappie at Stonewall Jackson Lake have been tagged by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources fisheries biologists as part of a research project to determine angler catch and harvest in this valuable Lewis County fishery, according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro.

Fish were collected with boat-mounted electro-fishing units and tagged in March 2009 with green tags at the base of the fish’s dorsal fin.  Each tag is uniquely numbered and has the DNR address noted.

Anglers are asked to clip the tag at the insertion into the fish and provide the DNR either the tag or tag number, and information on the date the fish was caught and if the fish was harvested or released. Information can be:
Mailed to the WVDNR, 2311 Ohio Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101
e-mailed to “”
or by calling 304.420.4550

A small reward is provided for returned tags.

Funds for this study and other ongoing studies are provided from the Federal Aid for Sport Fish Restoration and West Virginia fishing license revenues, according to Bret Preston, Assistant Chief of Warm Water Fisheries for DNR.  “Results from these and all DNR-conducted studies are useful in the wise management of the state’s fishery resources, as well as providing quality-fishing opportunities statewide,” Preston said.



Calhoun County: School Closings


Arnoldsburg Elementary School is closed for clean up and possible flooding.
All other schools in Calhoun County are open for students.

GSC: Mother’s Day Brunch at Mollohan’s Restaurant


Everyone is invited to the annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Mollohan’s Restaurant at Glenville State College.

The menu for the brunch includes:
—- Glazed pit ham with pineapple
—- Chicken cordon bleu and mornay sauce
—- Carved roast beef with au jus
—- Bacon, sausage
—- Waffles, French toast
—- Scrambled eggs, eggs made to order, omelets
—- Mashed potatoes and gravy
—- Candied yams
—- Breakfast potatoes
—- Biscuits and gravy
—- Country green beans, buttered carrots, brussel sprouts
—- Assorted fresh fruit
—- Full salad bar
—- Rolls, cornbread muffins, and desserts galore!

The costs for the brunch are $12.00 for guests, $11.00 for seniors and patrons using FlexDollars, $6.00 for children under 12, and free for children under five. Mother’s who are accompanied by a guest will have half of their meal price donated to the Relay for Life.

Please call ahead for reservations. To make reservations or for more information, contact GSC Dining Services at 304.462.4108 or 304.462-7361x7740. You may leave your reservations on the voice mail.
~~ Annette Barnette - Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~

Daily Horoscope 05.07.09

Thursday, May 7, 2009: The Moon is in Scorpio and commercial endeavors are likely to take the forefront. It’s time to wheel and deal. 

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - If you believe it, you can make it happen. Partnerships can develop and talks will lead to new deals and contract renewals. Your charm and grace will make the people you deal with feel comfortable.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Put more time and effort into helping others. You will pick up valuable information and gather favors that will pay you twofold in the future. Patience will allow you to stay in control and ahead of anyone trying to outdo you. 

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - Get involved in a worthwhile cause and enhance your reputation while gaining valuable experience for other areas of your life. If you have to overspend to impress someone, you are trying to befriend the wrong person.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Don’t give in to bribery or ultimatums. You do just fine the way you are and, if change is being pushed on you, back away and look elsewhere for friendship. You have to do things on your own terms, not someone else’s.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Take a long hard look at your accomplishments and set up a strategy that will enable you to expand your dreams, hopes and wishes. There are changes to be made both personally and professionally. A move or an investment will help you realize your niche.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Follow your heart not your head. Concentrate on your personal life and relationships if you want to be accepted and considered an asset. A problem with a colleague will be due to misrepresentation. 

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Stick close to someone you can learn from. A love relationship can unfold differently, depending on how you react. Attentive affection will bring about a passionate ending but, if you are demanding, you will push away the person you want most.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Do not give way to pressure being put on you by someone you are close to. A serious partnership will get even better if you are serious about your intentions and discuss your plans openly with this person.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Rely on past acquaintances to help you out now. Lay out your plans and you will entice someone to support you financially. You can make a change at home that will clear the air and allow you greater freedom to come and go as you please.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Question anything going on in your personal life that causes uncertainty. If someone puts up an argument, you may want to reassess the relationship. Property investments will help you accumulate greater security. Be true to the ones you love the most.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - There is money to be made while you gain security and stability in your life. You can work from home and profit more by keeping your overhead down. Talk to someone with experience who can offer you advice as well as physical help.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - Practice what you preach and you will avoid someone questioning your integrity. A past partner can offer you a better deal now if you are willing to take another stab at an old idea. Secret information will be revealed.

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