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Doddridge County: Kermit VanScoy Invitational Results

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Day 1 – Tuesday - 12.29.09

Gilmer County 59,  Calhoun County 29

Doddridge County 51,  Ritchie County 50

Day 2 – Wednesday - 12.30.09

Doddridge County 45,  Gilmer County 40 (OT)
Doddridge County scored the first seven points of overtime and defeated Gilmer County 45-40 in the championship game.

Doddridge County’s Jamie Barr hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into the extra session tied at 37.

Samantha Bailey led Doddridge County (3-2) with nine points, while Barr and Hunter Holland each finished with eight points.

Maggie Lilly led Gilmer County (2-3) with 12 points.


Ritchie County 54, Calhoun County 28
Leandra Villers poured in 17 points to lead Ritchie County (5-3) past Calhoun County 54-28 in the consolation game.

Calhoun County, led by Savannah Church’s 13 points, trailed 26-15 before Ritchie County outscored the Red Devils 16-5 in the third to pull away.

2010: We Are Headed Into A Deep Freeze

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The National Weather Service is calling for much colder than normal temperatures for next week.

NWS in Charleston sums it up like this:  “Very cold, windy with scattered snow showers.“

The jet stream isn’t working in our favor as it blows in that cold Canadian air.

“That has dropped well south into the United States. That’s allowing all this Arctic air to come down with it.“

So what can we expect for our New Year’s Weekend?  NWS says no matter where you are in the state; you’ll need your warmest coat along with a hat and gloves.

“We’re looking for temperatures not getting out of the 20s for highs and lows well down into the teens.  There will be on and off snow showers that could lay down some minor accumulations at any time.“

In the lowlands of West Virginia, that could add up to three inches by the end of the weekend, but the mountains will see even more.

“It’s going to be colder and windier and they’re going to have more snow. By the end of the weekend, they could have anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow on the ground by Monday morning.“

NWS says don’t expect to see the mercury to hit above the freezing mark until late next week.

Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State

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West Virginia (9-3)  vs. Florida State (6-6)

WHEN: 1:00 PM EST on Friday.

WHERE: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville.

TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist will do play-by-play, with Gary Danielson as the analyst).

THE LINE: West Virginia by 2.5.

RECORDS VS. BOWL TEAMS: Florida State 2-6, West Virginia 5-3.

NCAA SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Florida State 8th, West Virginia 37th.

BCS RANKINGS: Florida State unranked, West Virginia 16th.

OFFICIALS: A crew from the Big Ten.

COACHES: Florida State - Bobby Bowden (21-10-1 in bowls); West Virginia - Bill Stewart (2-0 in bowls).

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: This is the final game in Bowden’s legendary career. Can his players send him out a winner? He has had just one losing season at FSU his first.

KEY STAT: West Virginia ranks eighth in the nation in net punting, while Florida State’s Greg Reid leads the nation in punt-return average.

KEEP AN EYE ON: West Virginia RB Noel Devine often comes up big in the Mountaineers’ biggest games, so don’t be surprised if he has a huge performance. He’s the type of breakaway threat who could cause all kinds of problems for Florida State’s leaky defense. FSU likely will spend much of the day running the ball behind G Rodney Hudson, who won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC’s top offensive lineman this season. Hudson missed Florida State’s final two regular-season games with a knee sprain, but he is expected to play in the Gator Bowl.

WHO GETS THE EDGE?
Florida State rush offense vs. West Virginia rush defense:
Florida State’s running attack struggled a bit early in the season before coming on late. Jermaine Thomas has rushed for 711 yards and seven touchdowns, and he reached the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games during a late-season stretch against North Carolina State, Clemson and Wake Forest. Freshmen Lonnie Pryor and Chris Thompson also have shown flashes. The Seminoles’ running attack could get a boost from the anticipated return of All-America G Rodney Hudson, who missed the last two regular-season games with a knee sprain. West Virginia ranks 29th in the nation in run defense and has given up 3.6 yards per carry, but the Mountaineers have allowed Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead to rush for 175 yards and Pittsburgh’s Dion Lewis to gain 155 yards in two of their past three games.
Edge: Florida State

Florida State pass offense vs. West Virginia pass defense: E.J. Manuel led Florida State to back-to-back victories over Wake Forest and Maryland in his first two starts after replacing an injured Christian Ponder, but he had all kinds of problems in a 37-10 loss to Florida. Manuel has thrown six interceptions with only two touchdown passes in his three starts. West Virginia ranks 26th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Manuel’s mobility makes him a similar type of quarterback as USF’s B.J. Daniels, who threw three touchdown passes without an interception in the Bulls’ 30-19 victory over West Virginia. But Daniels is a bit more polished than Manuel at this point in their careers, though Manuel undoubtedly learned quite a bit in that loss to Florida.
Edge: West Virginia

West Virginia rush offense vs. Florida State rush defense: Florida State fans figured they had a shot at signing Noel Devine because former Seminoles great Deion Sanders mentored him through the recruiting process. The Seminoles sure would love to have him on their side in this game. Devine has rushed for 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed for 220 yards in a nationally televised Thursday night win over Colorado and gained 134 yards in a victory over Pittsburgh. Devine has rushed for 100 yards in only one of his past five games, but he could be poised for a big game against a Florida State defense that ranks 108th in the nation against the run. Devine and mobile QB Jarrett Brown could wreak havoc all day.
Edge: West Virginia

West Virginia pass offense vs. Florida State pass defense: Brown has thrown only 11 touchdown passes and has passed for 200 yards in only one of his past seven games, but he still might end up having a big day against FSU’s dreadful pass defense. The Seminoles have a way of making even average quarterbacks look outstanding, and Brown is better than average. Florida State has given up 26 touchdown passes and ranks 113th in the nation the lowest of any team from one of the six major conferences in pass efficiency defense.
Edge: West Virginia

Florida State special teams vs. West Virginia special teams: FSU freshman K Dustin Hopkins is 15-of-22 on field-goal attempts and 7-for-13 from at least 40 yards, though he also has missed four extra-point attempts. West Virginia’s Tyler Bitancurt has gone 13-of-14 on field-goal attempts and made a game-winning 43-yarder on the final play against Pitt. West Virginia ranks eighth and Florida State is 53rd in net punting. West Virginia must watch out for FSU freshman Greg Reid, who leads the nation with an average of 18.4 yards per punt return.
Edge: West Virginia

Florida State coaching staff vs. West Virginia coaching staff: Florida State’s staff certainly has the edge in experience. This marks Bobby Bowden’s 33rd and final season at Florida State, while Bill Stewart is in his second full season at West Virginia. Bowden has a reputation as one of college football’s greatest coaches in bowl games, but Stewart also has delivered in the postseason. Stewart got this job part in large part for his ability to bring West Virginia together and lead the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma as an interim coach, and he beat North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl last season. Florida State didn’t have a whole lot of cohesiveness on its coaching staff this year. Now that Bowden has announced he is stepping down and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has begun putting together his own staff for the 2010 season, perhaps things will be a little more settled.
Edge: Florida State

X-factor: The records certainly suggest West Virginia is better than Florida State, but this is one bowl in which statistics might not matter. This marks the last game of Bowden’s legendary career. He is coaching in his home state in front of a sellout crowd. Do the Seminoles really want to send their coach out with his first losing season since 1976? Or do they want to carry Bowden on their shoulders after giving him one final victory? FSU should enter this game intent on delivering an inspired effort. If the Seminoles can take an early lead, that emotion could sustain them all day long.

Florida State will win if: The Seminoles have to run the ball effectively to control the clock and keep their vulnerable defense on the sideline as long as possible.

West Virginia will win if: The Mountaineers need to take an early lead to take the crowd out of the game. They also need to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers as often as possible. WVU has a big-play offense that is facing a defense that has given up far too many big plays this season.

EXPERT PICKS
Olin Buchanan: West Virginia 38, Florida State 31
Tom Dienhart: West Virginia 32, Florida State 29
David Fox: Florida State 31, West Virginia 30
Mike Huguenin: West Virginia 38, Florida State 34
Steve Megargee: Florida State 34, West Virginia 31
~~  AP – rivals.com   ~~

GCHS Boys Basketball Results

Varsity

Gilmer County (3-0) defeated Roane County 74-64 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Hough led Gilmer County with 19 points, while James pitched in 18 points.

Cam Kinder finished with 13 points.

Ian Morris scored in double digits with 12 points.

Scoring in double figures for Roane County (0-3) were Alex Mace with 19 points and Colter Taylor with 16 points.

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Varsity Scoring Summary

No. Player Points
20 James, Cody 18
44 Radcliff, William 0
1 Morris, Ian 12
3 Hough, Ryan 19
32 Roberts, Joel 6
4 Kinder, Cam 13
15 Bell, Nathan 1
Dennis, Devon 0
24 Aviles, Anthony 4
34 Dennison, Samuel 1
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Junior Varsity

Gilmer County JV 53     Roane County JV 60

Junior Varsity Scoring Summary

Player Points
Aviles, Anthony 19
Dennis, Devon 10
Bell, Nathan 10
Dennison, Samuel 3
Harkleroad, Torri 2
Roberts, Nick 0
Hickman, Mitchell 1
Roberts, Wayne 6
Waters, Josh 0
Ratliff, Reed 2

~~  Report and Photos by Emily Ramezan   ~~

Braxton County: Special Olympics Meeting

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Braxton County Special Olympics will be meeting with a representative from the State Special Olympics office to discuss the future of Special Olympics in Braxton County on Wednesday, January 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM. at Sutton Elementary School.

All Special Olympic athletes, coaches, family members and anyone else interested in Special Olympics are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Movies: 01.01.10

No New First Run Movies Will Be Opening on January 1, 2010

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Nine
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
PG-13  - Sexual content and smoking

Famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) grapples with epic crises in his personal and professional life. At the same time, he must strike a balance among the demands of the numerous women in his life, including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz), and his confidant (Judi Dench) .

Cast:   Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman
Director:   Rob Marshall
Genres:   Musical Drama, Musical

UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas)  
January 8:   Daybreakers, The Last Song , Leap Year. Youth in Revolt
January 15:   Lovely Bones, Book of Eli, Spy Next Door, Hoodwinked Too: Hood v Evil
January 22:   Legion, Tooth Fairy
January 29:   Edge of Darkness, When in Rome
February 5:   From Paris With Love, Dear John
February 12:   Valentine’s Day, The Wolfman
February 19:   Shutter Island
February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief
Release dates subject to change; not all films will play in every market and/or every theatre.

WV: 21st Century Education

In 1999, the West Virginia Securities Commission, which is a division of the State Auditor’s Office, launched a comprehensive financial literacy program in partnership with county schools systems, state and federal agencies.

On this edition of the State Dollar, State Auditor Glen B. Gainer III and his guest, State Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven L. Paine, will discuss financial literacy in the West Virginia classroom.

The Securities Commission was interested in bringing an Investor Education Program to citizens to help teachers and students stem the tide of investor fraud while offering educational tools for the West Virginia classroom.

Finance University, begun in 2002, is dedicated to increasing the financial knowledge of our educators by bringing in many of those original financial experts for a free week-long institute offering educators university credit.

The second program called Money Matters has become the school classroom aspect of our investor education program. It brings an investor education expert to classrooms of all sizes and grade levels for discussions on personal finance as well as an exciting and interactive stock market game.

AAA: WV Gasoline Prices Up 2 Cents Per Gallon

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West Virginia motorists will pay an extra two cents for a gallon of gas this week. The average price for regular, unleaded is $2.662 per gallon.

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, oil prices ended Monday, December 28 up 64 cents to close at $78.69 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Looking back at retail fuel prices in 2009, prices climbed gradually throughout the year and were marked by long periods of stability. The slow, gradual climb in retail gasoline prices for 2009 stands in stark contrast to the rollercoaster in prices witnessed in 2008. Befitting of this trend, the year’s lowest average price for a gallon of self serve regular was recorded on January 1st at $1.62. The year’s highest average recorded price for a gallon of self serve regular for 2009 occurred on October 30th, at $2.695. Interestingly, the national average price for self serve regular never broached $2.70 per gallon – something quite notable given that prices had climbed above $4.00 per gallon in 2008.

The speed and vigor of the economic recovery will have a major influence on retail gasoline prices and market oil prices in 2010.

Despite the erratic changes in market oil prices, retail gasoline prices have managed to stay steady for the past week. As of Monday, the national average retail price for a gallon of self serve regular stood at $2.603. This is only about a penny higher than the average price one week ago.

This week’s average prices: West Virginia Average =  $2.662
Average price during the week of December 22, 2009 =  $2.645
Average price during the week of December 30, 2008 =  $1.680

13 WV Water Systems to Share $48 Million

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Braxton and Lewis Counties are among 13 West Virginia communities to share more than $48 million in federal stimulus funds to improve public drinking water.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau for Public Health, announced funding commitments Tuesday that also include money from the Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund.

City of Fairmont will receive $8.9 million to upgrade its water treatment plant, which has been the source of numerous boil water advisories and supply shortages.

City of Morgantown will receive $9.4 million to install a 2 million gallon storage tank and other upgrades.

Other beneficiaries include water systems in Fayette, Grant, Harrison, Jefferson, McDowell, Morgan, Putnam and Randolph counties.

Happy New Year

Gilmer County Court House Hours

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The Gilmer County Court House will be open unit 12:00 Noon today.

Court House will be closed on Friday 01.01.10 – New Year’s Day.

Blue Moon to Shine on New Year’s Eve

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It happens only once in a blue moon—and scientists say a blue moon is exactly what we’ll see in the skies this New Year’s Eve.

Don’t expect an azure glow over our lunar satellite, however. The term “blue moon” simply refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, something that hasn’t happened on a New Year’s Eve for nearly 20 years, NASA says.

“December 1990 ended with a blue moon, and many New Year’s Eve parties were themed by the event,“ said Professor Philip Hiscock of the department of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada. “It was a lot of fun.“

Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2½ years, NASA says.

But a blue moon on December 31 is rare.

Elvis Presley crooned about it when he sang the old Rodgers and Hart song “Blue Moon,“ in which he stood alone without a dream in his heart or a love of his own.

He struck a more hopeful tone in another tune, singing about his love returning to his arms “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.“ He also covered Bill Monroe’s bluegrass classic, “Blue Moon of Kentucky.“

It is possible for the moon to have a cerulean hue, NASA says, but that’s sometimes caused by fine dirt circulating in the Earth’s atmosphere or the dark blue tone of the sky.

A blue moon hasn’t always meant the second full moon in a month. Hundreds of years ago, it simply meant “never” or “absurd,“ Hiscock said.

“The phrase ‘blue moon’ has been around a long time, well over 400 years, but during that time its meaning has shifted,“ he said. “I have counted six different meanings which have been carried by the term, and at least four of them are still current today. That makes discussion of the term a little complicated.“

When the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it put so much dust in the atmosphere that the moon actually appeared blue—an event so unusual that the term “once in a blue moon” was coined, according to NASA’s National Space Science Data Center. The effect lasted for almost two years, Hiscock said.

Full moons used to have 12 names, one for each month, such as “harvest moon,“ NASA said. The term “blue moon” referred to the 13th full moon in a year.

The term acquired its current meaning in the 1940s, after the Farmer’s Almanac of Maine offered an astronomical definition of a blue moon “so convoluted that even professional astronomers struggled to understand it,“ NASA wrote on its Web site.

A writer at Sky and Telescope magazine in the late 1940s tried to explain the almanac’s definition by saying it referred to the second full moon in a month.

“That was not correct, but at least it could be understood,“ NASA wrote. “And thus the modern blue moon was born.“
~~ CNN   ~~

MOON MONIKERS
The Farmers’ Almanac lists these Algonquin Indian names for the full moon of each month:
•  January: Wolf Moon
•  February: Snow Moon
•  March: Worm Moon
•  April: Pink Moon
•  May: Flower Moon
•  June: Strawberry Moon
•  July: Buck Moon
•  August: Sturgeon Moon
•  September: Corn Moon
•  October: Harvest Moon
•  November: Beaver Moon
•  December: Cold Moon

NWS: Slick Roads, Bridges, Overpasses

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Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
1:48 AM EST, Thursday, December 31, 2009

imageHERE IS A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE…image

MIXED PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS EARLY THIS MORNING. WHILE THE PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS A LIGHT RAIN FOR MUCH OF THE AREA…

IT WILL SWITCH TO WET SNOW OR SLEET. THIS WILL RESULT IN A SLUSHY ACCUMULATION OF UP TO AN INCH IN THE LOWLANDS…

AND UP TO TWO INCHES FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. MUCH OF THE WET SNOW OR SLEET IN THE LOWLANDS WILL MELT…

BUT SLICK SPOTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE FOR UNTREATED ROADWAYS…

ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.

THE LIGHT SLUSHY ACCUMULATION WILL MELT LATER THIS MORNING.

Bon Appétit: SAUSAGE STUFFING WITH APPLES AND SAGE

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Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter
2 small red onions, finely diced
4 celery sticks, finely diced
4 to 5 ounces dried apples, cut into thin strips
1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage
3 cups chicken broth, divided
14-ounce bag herb stuffing mix
15 fresh sage leaves, lightly chopped
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Direction:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large sauté pan over medium-high, melt the butter.
Add the onion and celery, then sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
Add the apples and cook for about 2 minutes.
Remove the sausage from the casings and add to the pan.
Sauté until the sausage is fully cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add 2-1/2 cups of the broth and the herbed stuffing mix.
Mix well.
Add the sage and toss well.
Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, then pour in the remaining 1/2 cup of broth.
Spoon the stuffing into the casserole dish, then bake for about 10 to 15 minutes.

servings: 12.

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

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

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

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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

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

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

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

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

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

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

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

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

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

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

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

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

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

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

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

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

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

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

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

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

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

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

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

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

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

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

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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