It is about time that Charleston came out with clear language about seriousness of school boards and individuals on them being legally liable for overspending.
Nothing like it went to the public during intervention while the GCBOE was stripped of all its power.
No wonder now why all along some GCBOE members have asked probing questions about finances and they were not answered. More power to those conscientious individuals who tried hard to do their jobs and we support them 100%.
There must be a full accounting of every dollar spent during intervention with no local oversight and no accountability at all for State-appointed superintendents.
We need a complete accounting of spending for the Linn school, the loss of public money at the top of the hill on Arbuckle property, spending at Cedar Creek, unplanned spending at the GCES, the BOE office move to the Minnie Hamilton building, the scandal from the new GCES being built too small, and much more. Citizens have tracked the waste and mismanagement for years and we are outraged.
Unless a full accounting is done for public disclosure another excess levy will never pass in the County although we understand that there will be a major reset on July 1.
Thank you GFP for getting Paine’s letter out to Gilmer County.
The fix could be simple. First, everyone pay 10 percent federal, 3 percent state, and 1 percent local taxes on all income. Straight forward, no arguments, taken from pay checks and paid to the proper authorities (that is if we can get good ones elected that will use the money properly for education, infrastructure, defense, aid for the true disabled/welfare, etc). Second, there are no deductions(sorry accountants). Third, no taxes on corporations so they are free to reinvest into their business and hire more people to work(that is if you can find qualified people not on drugs these days). Fourth, get people off government support that don’t belong there(sorry again druggies and lazies). Now if you find someone taking advantage of the current tax laws, don’t blame them for wanting to keep their own money. That’s correct, their money, not yours. We have elected the people and keep doing that who make these laws. The Clinton’s and the Bush’s and the Kennedy’s, life long politicians. If you get rich being a politician, then you need to go. At least Trump got rich first and then became a politician. Sort of did it backwards didn’t he. Each and every person that wants Trump to produce his tax returns, it is time for all of them to produce theirs. The world is full of them. Me, I can care less what he makes. Good for him. Good for me. Get over it, the left lost the election, just like the right did 8 years ago. The reason Trump is president is because the last 8 years the left didn’t get it done and Clinton was a horrible candidate. Too much baggage and ran a horrible campaign also. I think she thought she couldn’t lose but she did. Now the left is acting like babies that they can be at times and it doesn’t look good. Instead of trying to run Trump(who used to be a democrat) down, why not give him a bit of support so our country will come back stronger. It seems the media is completely against Trump, all we see is negative articles. Never positive articles so the media is losing support from the people. Sorry for the long post but it is what it is. Thanks.
What a deal we have to badger our elected representatives to do what is good and right for West Virginia! Isn’t it a no brainer to be doing the right thing for your state? Obvious money means more to our legislators than the voice of the people!
Here is another way the WV School Building Authority is failing Gilmer County by refusing to provide proper oversight.
There could be ways to use available space at the new GCES more efficiently to avoid the necessity of sending students to other locations.
By failing to get involved the SBA is not contributing to solving the crowing problem to eliminate need to use hall ways at the new school for instruction space.
This is a disgrace after spending $14,000,000 of public money, and the complete story of waste, mismanagement, and abuse of authority during intervention and its aftermath would make a great story for the New York Times to print.
Those in Gilmer County who care about the education of ALL children have said this over and over. It comes as no surprise that more and more the research backs how consolidation fails them. There is no democratic governance over education here. It is simply a matter of who matters to garner support for political campaigns. Many Gilmer students have been a poster child for rural education success over the years. (At least until intervention strictly for the purpose of consolidation reared its ugly head.)Will the legislature have enough back bone to get what needs be done? Or will the Senate let all the House of Delegates and the Governor’s hard work die in committee?
Members of the Board of Governors are GSC’s ultimate leaders. They set the agenda for the President to carry out.
What happened at GSC to get it in trouble tracks to the BOG and there is no way around it.
When openings occur on the BOG the top criterion for selecting replacements has been to favor those who will run with the herd to be unwavering participants in the group think trap.
No new ideas tolerated, never seek outside critical review of organizational approaches to continually strive for improved ways of doing business, always claim that all is well while the ship is sinking, and above all else never admit that problems exist and if ones become known to the public always blame outside forces.
I just bought a new car. I signed a contract saying that I’d pay for it but paying for it is holding me back from other things that I want to do. Could we please add my car payments to your debt-forgiveness plan? If that doesn’t work out, could we get somebody else to pay for it for me? Seriously, many/most of the students who made these OBLIGATIONS, did so they could make more money, generally for doing less labor-intensive work and at the behest of the EDUCATION INDUSTRY which sold them a bill of goods that a college education guarantees success. The same colleges that charge exorbitant fees, which constantly rise at a rate greater than the cost of living increase or the rate of inflation. The same institutions that pay their administrators exorbitant salaries and that pay their athletics directors and coaches obscene salaries. The same colleges and universities that have brilliant minds in economics but who can’t manage to keep college costs and tuitions from skyrocketing. The same colleges that churn out students getting degrees that don’t have any or minimal real-world value. Of course it’s easier to blame the situation on the greedy, heartless conservatives than for people to take their individual responsibility because it’s not THEIR fault; it’s somebody else’s fault. IT’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.
Harry Dwane Tallhammer
Age 70, of Stumptown, WV, passed away December 3, 2008, at his home following a brief illness.
Mr. Tallhammer was born at Lockney, Gilmer County, a son of the late Leonard Burnell Tallhammer and Dollie Mabel See Tallhammer. He was a school bus driver for the Calhoun County Board of Education and was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended the Glenville Community Church and the Rush Run Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Iris Loraine Baughman Tallhammer; a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Tallhammer Butler of Stumptown; three brothers, Parker Eugene Tallhammer of Glenville, James Guy Tallhammer of Cox’s Creek, Ky., and Robert Lytle Tallhammer of Elyria, Ohio; and over 40 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Junior B. Tallhammer of Elyria, Ohio, Samuel John Tallhammer of Smithville, WV, Nathan George Tallhammer of Auburn and Clarence Monroe Tallhammer of Grafton, Ohio; and two sisters, Ruby Jean Wood of Stumptown and Cathern Marie Suttle of Coolville, Ohio.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Saturday at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg. The Rev. Randy Wilson and the Rev. Ben Kerby will officiate. Interment will be in the Turner Union Cemetery at Lockney with military graveside rites. Friends may call from 6-8 PM today at the funeral home.
As the dollar buys less and less today, I am not sure about the decisions our government is trying to make. As I mentioned somewhere earlier, they keep trying to reward for bad behavior. Right now the three US automakers are on the hot seat, trying very hard to justify their case! They are going to sell their private jets and receive only $1 for salaries in order to appease the decision makers. I actually think these steps have been part of their appeasement plan all along. I think they purposely flew in their jets to make an issue out of them and then show their willingness to get rid of them! This actually for two weeks distracted the decision makers and media from the actual problem. I remember quite well when GM CEO, a year or so ago, when taking his position, promised the end to the production of Hummer right away. Now we know that he lied and all her was trying to do was to help increase the GM stock price. I think since they are in bed with some of the politicians as well as the Big Oil, they really are not willing to implement any plan in this country. I really think all we see is a show down for uninformed and careless US tax payer to justify the case. I am really puzzled on why did they not play the same game plan, and put the financial CEO’s on the hot seat? Why did they get the money so easy? Why isn’t there any explanation of what they have done with the money? The answer is easy! Why would one want to ask themselves about their doings? Get it? Why are we afraid to put the President on the hot seat? Why is he not sacrificing his salary for a lousy job? If we really had a Democratic system, then this would be possible. In a dictatorship and fascism system, the leaders get away with things and the people are afraid to say anything. In Far East, few days ago people got on the street and demanded their Prime Minister, the actual leader, to step down for mismanagement and he did. But here they constantly tell us we are good in effort to satisfy us like little kids and surely we are falling for it.
In the auto makers case, if we take the number of shares that GM has and multiply by the share price we come up to about 3 billion dollars, not mentioning the 44 billion dollars outstanding debt they have, they are asking for 16 billion dollars!!! Can WE get a home loan for $160,000 if our collateral is only $3000? Surely not… Here is some of ideas about this issue:
Give them the money, but all the CEOs and top management should get fired. They should have definitive plan for building better vehicles in this country like they are doing abroad.
Give the Money to the Toyota’s, Honda’s, and such and demand the same. They WILL deliver FASTER.
DO NOTHING and let them fail. Sure there will job losses, but everybody will learn from it.
Gilmer County to Benefit From School Building Authority Funds
WV State School Building Authority’s “Major Improvement Program” has awarded Gilmer County Schools $615,116 to pay for improvements to the GCHS’ HVAC system. SBA officials urge the GCBOE to proceed quicly to take adavantage of this fund. The fund is available immediately.
The lake is approximately two feet above winter pool and milky. Water temperatures are in the 40’s and fishing has been difficult because of ice. Bass are in about 10-20 feet of water. Crappie have been hitting minnows around fish attractors. Catfish have been caught on live bait. For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304-853-2398.
The lake is at summer pool and cloudy. Water temperatures are in the 40’s and fishing is good. Bass are in about 10 feet of water. Crappie and bluegill are hitting minnows around fish attractors. Anglers are reporting some nice channel catfish being caught over the last few weeks. A few trout have also been caught.
The lake is at winter pool and cloudy. Surface temperature is in the 40’s and fishing is fair. Bass are in about 10-20 feet of water. Reports of a few musky being caught this week trolling. Crappie and bluegill have been hitting live bait and jigs. For more information contact Corps of Engineers at 304-269-7463.
The lake is one foot above winter pool and milky. Water temperatures are in the 40’s and fishing is fair. Bass have been in 10-20 feet of water. Crappie have been hitting minnows around beaver huts and blown down trees. Boat launching at Bee run and behind the dam only. Trout were stocked in the tailwaters on October 22. For daily information call Corps of Engineers at 304-765-2705.
WEST-CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA
Now is the time to be thinking about combining fishing with your up coming deer hunting trip. The West-Central part of West Virginia offers a variety of opportunities for this combination. Musky streams are expected to be fishable this weekend and excellent musky populations can be found in the following waters: The Little Kanawha River, The Hughes River and its major Forks, Middle Island Creek, and Mill and Sandy Creeks in Jackson County. Fall musky anglers use large crank baits or jerk baits, and riffle areas are hot spots.
Anglers seeking bass after the hunt also have many choices of water to consider. Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County, North Bend, Tracy, and Pennsboro lakes in Ritchie County, Mountwood Lake in Wood County, Charles Fork Lake in Roane County, and Elk Fork, Woodrum, and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County all have excellent largemouth bass populations. Slowly fished bass lures are the baits of choice this time of the year.
Deer hunters along the Ohio River also have great opportunities for the combination. The fall is an excellent time to fish Ohio River Tail-waters. Anglers fishing below the Belleville and Willow Island dams are catching sauger, walleye, hybrid striped bass, and a few other species. Lead headed jigs with twister tails (white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice. Clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows or shad. Small suspending Rapala’s (silver with a blue back) also work quite well. Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back-current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual.
The periods of each year between March 1 and May 31, inclusive, and October 1 and December 31, inclusive, are hereby designated as Forest Fire Seasons. No person shall during ANY such fire season, except between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. prevailing time, set on fire or cause to be set on fire any forest land, or any grass, grain, stubble, slash, debris, or other inflammable materials. Any fire set during this time shall be extinguished prior to 7:00 a.m. prevailing time. Such prohibition of fires between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. prevailing time shall not be construed to include (1) small fires set for the purpose of food preparation, or providing light or warmth around which all grass, brush, stubble, or other debris has been removed for a distance of ten feet from the fire, and (2) burning which may be conducted at any time when the ground surrounding the burning site is covered by one inch or more of snow.
No burning may be done unless all inflammable material has been removed from around the material to be burned as a safety strip for a distance which insures that the fire will not escape and which is not less than 10 feet. If fire escapes beyond the safety strip, the person responsible shall be guilty of misdemeanor.
Before leaving ANY fire for ANY period of time, it must be totally extinguished.
Commercial permits to burn during the prohibited periods may be issued by the Division of Forestry.
All sawmills, power shovels, or an engine or machine capable of throwing sparks must be provided with an adequate spark arrestor if operating on land subject to fire by any cause.
All inflammable waste disposal areas on ANY land must annually have removed all grass, brush, debris and other inflammable material adjacent to such disposal areas to provide adequate protection to prevent the escape of fire to adjacent lands.
The State shall recover from the person or persons, firms or corporations whose negligence or whose violations of any provisions of this article cause ANY fire at ANY time on any grass or forest land the amount expended by the State.
A landowner must take all practicable means to suppress ANY fire on his property. If he fails to do so, the State shall collect form him the amounts expended by the State for such purposes.
WV Division of Forestry
1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
Charleston WV 25305-1080
(304) 558-2788/Fax (304) 558-0143
Glenna Marie Norman Miller
Age 73, of Normantown, surrounded by her loving family, went home to be with her Lord Sept. 12, 2008, following an extended illness at Charleston Area Medical Center.
Glenna was born at Shock on Nov. 11, 1934, a daughter of the late Escue “Eck” and Edna Lambert Norman of Stumptown.
She was a member of the Shock Church of Christ. She was retired after 24 years of dedicated service, retiring in December 1999. Glenna was active in several community and civic organizations including the American Red Cross, the Normantown High School Alumni Association (at times serving as an officer), was on the Board of Directors of Minnie Hamilton Health Care Systems, enjoyed bowling in the Glenville State College Bowling League, served as a volunteer EMT in Gilmer County and was involved in and a leader in the Girl Scouts for years while her daughters were young.
Glenna is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Rondel C. Miller; three daughters, Shirley J. Dawson of Greenwood, S.C., Deborah S. (Roger) Harris of Wooster, Ohio, and Karen M. (Eugene) Queen of Lockney, WV; one son, Randy R. Miller of Normantown; her beloved eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lela Keim of Myersdale, Pa., Kate (George) Miller of Windham, Ohio, and Patty (Gene) Miller of Stumptown; three brothers, Brooks (Carolyn) Norman of Aurora, Ohio, Jerry (Bonnie) Norman of Norton, Ohio, and Dale (Sheila) Norman of Stumptown; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Megan Blanche Queen; and twin grandsons, Dean and Keith Dawson.
Funeral services will be 1 PM Monday at Steer Creek Church of Christ at Stumptown. Gene Miller and Vernon Kerns will officiate. Interment will be in the Collins Community Cemetery at Stumptown. Friends may call from 6-9 PM today at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.