Kenneth Lee “Kenny” Self
Age 44 of Dusk Camp, Gilmer County departed this life Monday evening August 16, 2010 at Stouts Mills as a result of a timbering accident.
He was born May 22, 1966 in Lorraine County, Ohio a son of J. Danny and Wanda Goodrich Self who survive at Dusk Camp Road, Stouts Mills.
Kenny was a graduate of Gilmer County High School Class of 1984.
He started logging and timbering early in high school and became owner and operator of A & H Logging.
He was a member of the NRA; Wild Turkey Federation and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was a member of the Dusk Camp Baptist Church.
On April 24, 1997 he was married to Amy M. Beall Self who survives at their Dusk Camp home along with his 2 sons Hunter and Levi Self.
One daughter survives, Annamoriah Self of Morgantown.
Amy and Kenny were expecting the birth of a daughter Arabella in November.
One brother and two sisters survive: James Danny Self Jr. of Hillsville, VA; Vicki D. Penner (Ed) of Carlisle, PA and Deanna Beron (Tom) of Sand Fork. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Millie Beall of Dusk Camp. His father-in-law was the late Hunter Beall.
Kenny was preceded in death by a son, Anderson Malachi on July 04, 2007.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 21, 2010 at the Sand Fork Baptist Church, Sand Fork with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.
Burial will follow in the Self Family Cemetery, Dusk Camp.
Friends may call 4:00-8:00 PM, Friday and one hour prior to services at the Church.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Kenny Self with arrangements.
Mrs. Sandra Ruth Hosay
Age 64, of 114 High Street, Weston, passed away at 9:20 AM on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.
She was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1945: daughter of the late Fredrick Larsen and Minda (Heskestad) Larsen of Westwood, NJ. In June of 1969 she married Frank Hosay, who preceded her in death in March of 1988.
In addition to her mother she is survived by one daughter Minda Briley and husband Brett of Pittsburgh, PA. Also surviving is one brother Jan Larsen of Stanford, CT.
Mrs. Hosay was a school teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.
She attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Weston, where she sang in the choir.
She was a member of the Buckhannon Community Theater and she loved to travel.
Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 1-3 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 3:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Father John Valentine officiating.
Private interment will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the Niles City Cemetery in Niles, OH.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Sandra Ruth Hosay.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2010. There are 134 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “A mere madness, to live like a wretch and die rich.“ - Robert Burton, English author (1577-1640).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 19, 1960, a tribunal in Moscow convicted American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers of espionage, two days after his 31st birthday. (Although sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, Powers was returned to the United States in 1962 as part of a prisoner exchange.)
On this date:
In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812.
In 1909, the first automobile races were run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In 1918, “Yip! Yip! Yaphank,“ a musical revue by Irving Berlin featuring Army recruits from Camp Upton in Yaphank, N.Y., opened on Broadway.
In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.
In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50-percent casualties.
In 1955, severe flooding in the northeastern U.S. claimed some 200 lives.
In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Kansas City.
In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency return to the Riyadh airport.
In 1990, Leonard Bernstein (BURN’-styn) conducted what turned out to be the last concert of his career at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the program ended with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
In 1991, Soviet hard-liners announced to a shocked world that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. (The coup attempt collapsed two days later.)
Ten years ago:
• Norwegian divers with video equipment went down to the sunken Russian submarine Kursk in a final attempt to find survivors trapped for a week, even though Russian officials said all 118 seamen aboard were probably dead.
Five years ago:
• A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co. liable for the death of a man who’d taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx, awarding his widow $253.4 million in damages. (Texas caps on punitive damages reduced that figure to about $26 million; a Texas court overturned the verdict in May 2008.)
• Attackers firing Katyusha rockets narrowly missed a U.S. amphibious assault ship docked at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, but killed a Jordanian soldier.
• Britain’s former Northern Ireland chief, Mo Mowlam, died in Canterbury, England; she was 55.
One year ago:
• Suicide bombers struck Iraq’s finance and foreign ministries, killing more than 100 people.
• Four members of an elite Army special operations unit were killed when their helicopter crashed on a Colorado mountain during a training mission.
• Don Hewitt, the TV news pioneer who created CBS’ “60 Minutes,“ died at his Long Island, N.Y. home at age 86.
Actor L.Q. Jones is 83
Actress Debra Paget is 77
Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 76
Baseball All-Star Bobby Richardson is 75
Actress Diana Muldaur is 72
Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 71
Singer Johnny Nash is 70
Actress Jill St. John is 70
Actor and former U.S. senator Fred Thompson is 68
Singer Billy J. Kramer is 67
Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 66
Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 65
Former President Bill Clinton is 64
Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 62
Actor Gerald McRaney is 62
Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 59
Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 58
Political consultant Mary Matalin is 57
Actor Peter Gallagher is 55
Actor Adam Arkin is 54
Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 53
Actor Martin Donovan is 53
Football Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 52
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ivan Neville is 51
Actor Eric Lutes is 48
Actor John Stamos is 47
Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 45
Actor Kevin Dillon is 45
Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 44
TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 43
Country singer-songwriter Mark McGuinn is 42
Rapper Nate Dogg is 41
Actor Matthew Perry is 41
Country singer Clay Walker is 41
Rapper Fat Joe is 40
Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 39
Actress Tracie Thoms is 35
Country singer Rissi (REE’-see) Palmer is 29
Actress Erika Christensen is 28
Pop singer Missy Higgins is 27
Country singer Karli Osborn is 26
Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 25
Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 25
Rapper Romeo is 21
Rockefeller to FCC: Fix Broken Universal Service System
~~ Inadequate System Means Many Rural Areas Still Lack Service ~~
Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to all five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging them to fix inadequacies in the current universal service system.
As implemented by the FCC, the existing high-cost universal service system—which was over $4.2 billion last year—is designed to subsidize the cost of telephone service in rural and high-cost regions of the country. The bulk of the support goes to telephone companies, but support also goes to providers of wireless service. Today, the high-cost fund does not directly provide support for broadband service.
The letter comes on the heels of a Commerce Committee hearing in June, which examined how the current system is working, and what can be done to make sure rural areas throughout the country have broadband and wireless services on par with those available in urban areas. Additional information on the committee hearing can be found here.
“In West Virginia, as many as one in five households lack access to broadband service. Only 71% of the state’s population has access to 3G wireless service. This is profoundly unacceptable,” Rockefeller said. “The existing universal service system has shortchanged too many residents of rural communities. West Virginians—and all Americans—deserve the same access to quality communications as those in more urban areas. This is not just my opinion—it’s the law.”
TechNews: Microsoft Links New Smart Phones to Xbox Live
Microsoft is bringing its video-game expertise to the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 line, an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Xbox 360 as the software maker tries to compete with Apple’s iPhone.
Microsoft says a dedicated group inside of Microsoft Game Studios will develop video games for Windows phones, help outside game publishers and scout out small, independent game makers. Video game companies will be able to use the same tools to make a game for a Windows phone or for the Xbox 360 console.
The company is also announcing a preliminary lineup of games that will be available when the phones go on sale during the holidays. The list includes popular Xbox 360 console games such as “Halo Waypoint,“ “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” and “Guitar Hero 5,“ as well as newcomers including “ilomilo,“ a puzzle game in which players try to unite cute little cartoon critters separated by increasingly tricky paths and mazes.
Microsoft is linking the Windows phone games hub to its Xbox Live service, which about 25 million Xbox and PC gamers already use to check out new games, keep track of scores and send messages to fellow players. On Windows phones, Xbox live members will be able to do those things, plus interact with their animated game-world avatar - a cartoon character customized to look like them.
The software maker plans to make its games-related announcements Tuesday at a video game conference in Germany.
While Microsoft has been working on its next-generation smart phone system, the iPhone and devices running Google Inc.‘s Android system have exploded in popularity. Apple, in particular, has advertised its iPhone and iPod Touch - essentially an iPhone without the phone - as ideal mobile gaming devices.
Microsoft’s Xbox chops may help sway some phone buyers who are already into video games. The company is also hoping that Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 devices might get a boost from the upcoming launch of Kinect, a motion-sensing game controller for the Xbox 360. Like the Nintendo Wii, Kinect is expected to lure people who haven’t traditionally been interested in video games.
It has been months now since the new healthcare reform bill was passed into law. As is so typical, this massive piece of legislation was passed with a sense of urgency so acute that leadership declared America could not afford to wait until legislators, their staff and the general public had time to thoroughly read the bill.
The truth comes out eventually, however. Much like the recently discovered exemption from Freedom of Information Act requirements for the SEC that was slipped into the equally massive and “urgent” financial reform bill, we are finally seeing what other insidiousness has been hiding in the fine print of the healthcare reform bill. It seems that all provisions in this poorly written and poorly conceived monstrosity need to be repealed as soon as possible.
One such disaster-waiting-to-happen is one of the revenue generating provisions used to claim that the healthcare reform bill was “paid for”. $17 billion in additional tax revenues is supposed to come from an onerous new IRS reporting requirement that any taxpayer with business income who spends over $600 in one year with one business will have to report those expenditures to the IRS. Mind you, this is a cumulative total of $600 in transactions in one year. This will involve so much extra accounting and paperwork that the IRS claims it will be unable to deal with it effectively, and even the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (to whom it should be a boon) has come out against it! Apparently they realize they will actually lose customers, especially small businesses, to bankruptcy because of this!
Gold dealers are especially alarmed by this provision, as most of their transactions easily top $600. This represents a significant outlay of time and paperwork and no additional revenue for businesses with which to hire people. Not to mention this makes every business a de facto IRS agent, as if they didn’t have enough to worry about already!
Of course, there is a tremendous outcry against this. Several other legislators also see how unreasonable this is and are trying to repeal it. However, this would simply mean that $17 billion in healthcare funding will have to come from somewhere else, and there are no good options. Taxes from some other equally bad collection scheme? Borrowing and more debt? Creating more money from thin air and adding to inflationary pressures?
The best answer, of course, would be to repeal the entire health care law, along with all other unconstitutional spending. But Congress is more likely to continue the shell game to cover the fact that we are broke and can afford none of this.
This whole idea of “paying for” new programs is a political euphemism that suggests that raising taxes is just as good as cutting spending since neither one increases the national debt. Raising taxes and overwhelming small businesses with paperwork and regulations still increases governmental burden on our fragile economy. But this is our government’s idea of “fiscal restraint” in action. Washington needs to stop creating new programs and spending so much money. That would be true fiscal restraint.
USDA Reminder: Sign-Up Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Sign-Up Deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up is quickly approaching.
Farmers and ranchers have until close of business on Friday, August 27, 2010, to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up.
Applications can be completed by land owners at the FSA county office where their farm records are maintained.
The 2008 Farm Bill authorized USDA to maintain CRP enrollment up to 32 million acres.
In addition to producers signing up for the first time, CRP participants with existing contracts that are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2010, may elect to re-enroll under a new 10-15 year contract.
Cropland that is highly erodible, or within a national or state Conservation Priority Area, or is covered under an expiring CRP contract is generally eligible to be enrolled into CRP, provided all other eligibility requirements are met.
Contracts awarded under this 39th sign-up are scheduled to become effective October 01, 2010.
CRP is a voluntary program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers protect their environmentally sensitive land.
Producers enrolling in CRP plant long-term, resource-conserving covers in exchange for rental payments, cost-share and technical assistance.
In addition to the general sign-up, CRP’s continuous sign-up program is ongoing.
Continuous acres represent the most environmentally desirable and sensitive land.
For more information on the general CRP sign-up, or the continuous CRP sign-up, producers should contact their local FSA county office, or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free 800.795.3272 or 800.877.8339 (TDD)
Melodie Bailey, CED
Gilmer-Calhoun FSA Office
201 E. Main St., Rm. 122
Glenville, WV 26351
Area Counties’ Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report for 2009-10
West Virginia public school students did better in math and reading/language arts when they took the WESTEST2 last spring.
The state Department of Education released the results Monday. They show the most improvement among 7th graders who were tested in math and 3rd graders in the reading category. The only drop came in reading testing for 11th graders.
State School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine says he’s pleased test results were up along with the number of schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.
Paine says West Virginia now has a more difficult test than it used to and it’s also more difficult for students to reach mastery. Paine told reporters Monday the goal is to help West Virginia students compete on a national and international level.
“The rigor of this test is very much like the rigor of the Nation’s Report Card and the TIMSS test (International Math-Science test),“ Paine said.
The superintendent says West Virginia will now be able to do comparisons with students in other states and other countries in a very meaningful way.
“We have really raised the bar,“ Paine said. “We have made a self-correction, nobody made us do it, but we did this because we think it’s the right thing to be transparent with our parents and our kids.“
The testing last spring was the second year for the WESTEST2.
Since April, several small quakes have been reported in areas near Flatwoods, Sutton and Gassaway.
The latest came at about 2:30 AM Monday when the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.5 magnitude earthquake in an area about ten miles east of Flatwoods.
There was no damage reported and no injuries.
Chapman says the frequency of the quakes may or may not be a clue to what is causing them.
Some residents claim drilling is causing the underground slips. Chapman says that is a possibility.
“It’s been seen in other parts of the country, sometimes, when you do fluid injection, if that’s what’s going on up there, it can have the potential for causing, inducing some earthquakes.“
Chapman says he can only speculate, though.
“In a natural situation, the earthquakes, they’re pretty much unpredictable. You can’t say exactly when the next one’s going to be. But, if you do something to weaken the rock mass, for example if you pump water into the ground under pressure, you actually lubricate those faults.“
Chapman says Central West Virginia is not really a region that is in severe danger of a larger quake.
“I don’t think that that would be a very likely possibility,“ he said.
City of Glenville: Public Notice Regarding Unpaid Municipal Fees
August 16, 2010
To All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Persons:
West Virginia State Code §8-13-13, “Special Charges for Municipal Services” gives the City of Glenville the authority to collect fees which are imposed through the Municipal Service Fee Ordinance (400-01) which was enacted March 7th, 1991. Furthermore, West Virginia Code §8-13-14, “Penalties”, allows the City of Glenville to enact penalties for the violation of the ordinance.
The Municipal Service Fee was established for the purpose of police protection, parks and recreational facilities, street cleaning, street lighting, street maintenance, and street improvements within the City of Glenville. The public health, safety, comfort and general welfare of the citizens and residents of the City require the installation, continuance, maintenance, or improvement of said services and the revenues of the City are not sufficient, giving due regard to other necessary costs and expenses of the City government, to pay the expenses thereof.
The fee is imposed upon the respective owners, as of July 1st of each fiscal year, of all residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, or other buildings and structures of every kind and nature regardless of the types of construction. A municipal service fee in the amount of .0229 cent(s) per square foot of floor space of such residential, commercial, industrial, governmental or other buildings or structures will be levied.
The municipal service fee for the year shall be due and payable on or before the first day of November, or 60 days after the statement date, whichever is later. Failure to pay the fee by the deadline shall be deemed a delinquency and interest shall accrue on the unpaid balance owed at the rate of ten per cent (10%) per annum until paid. Any individual, corporation, or other person or business charged with the municipal service fee hereby levied and imposed, can also declared guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the violator shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00.
The City of Glenville is offering a grace period which will end on September 30, 2010. During this grace period, the City will waive any interest that has accrued on an unpaid account. Fees billed through FY 2007-2009 will be collected. Anything billed prior to FY 2007, will also be forgiven.
On October 1st, 2010, the City will publish the names, addresses, and unpaid fee amount(s) of property owners with delinquent accounts. At this time, the unpaid interest will be added. A fee of $5.00 will be charged for each property owner whose name is published.
Questions regarding the municipal service fee can be directed to:
The City of Glenville
20 North Court Street
Glenville, WV 26351
How Much Is Enough? America’s Runaway Military Spending
The August 09 announcement by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates of cost-containment measures at the Defense Department should not obscure two underlying facts.
First, as he conceded, these proposed economies will not result in cutting the overall Pentagon budget, which is slated for expansion.
And, second, as a Washington Post article reported, “defense officials characterized them as a political preemptive strike to fend off growing sentiment elsewhere in Washington to tackle the federal government’s soaring deficits by making deep cuts in military spending.“
But why should anyone want to cut the U.S. military budget?
One reason is that—with $549 billion requested for basic military expenditures and another $159 billion requested for U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—the record $708 billion military spending called for by the Obama administration for fiscal 2011 will be nearly equivalent to the military spending of all other nations in the world combined. When it comes to military appropriations, the U.S. government already spends about seven times as much as China, thirteen times as much as Russia, and seventy-three times as much as Iran.
Is this really necessary? During the Cold War, the United States confronted far more dangerous and numerous military adversaries, including the Soviet Union. And the U.S. government certainly possessed an enormous and devastating military arsenal, as well as the armed forces that used it. But in those years, U.S. military spending accounted for only 26 percent of the world total. Today, as U.S. Congressman Barney Frank has observed, “we have fewer enemies and we’re spending more money.“
Where does this vast outlay of U.S. tax dollars—the greatest military appropriations in U.S. history—go? One place is to overseas U.S. military bases. According to Chalmers Johnson, a political scientist and former CIA consultant, as much as $250 billion per year is used to maintain some 865 U.S. military facilities in more than forty countries and overseas U.S. territories.
The money also goes to fund vast legions of private military contractors. A recent Pentagon report estimated that the Defense Department relies on 766,000 contractors at an annual cost of about $155 billion, and this figure does not include private intelligence organizations. A Washington Post study, which included all categories, estimated that the Defense Department employs 1.2 million private contractors.
Of course, enormously expensive air and naval weapons systems—often accompanied by huge cost over-runs—account for a substantial portion of the Pentagon’s budget. But exactly who are these high tech, Cold War weapons to be used against? Certainly they have little value in a world threatened by terrorism. As Congressman Frank has remarked: “I don’t think any terrorist has ever been shot by a nuclear submarine.“
Furthermore, when bemoaning budget deficits, Americans should not forget the enormous price the United States has paid for its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the highly-respected National Priorities Project, their cost, so far, amounts to $1.06 trillion. (For those readers who are unaccustomed to dealing with a trillion dollar budget, that’s $1,060,000,000,000.)
When calculating the benefits and losses of these kinds of expenditures, we should also include the opportunities forgone through military spending. How many times have government officials told us that there is not enough money available for health care, for schools, for parks, for the arts, for public broadcasting, for unemployment insurance, for law enforcement, and for maintenance of America’s highway, bridge, and rail infrastructure?
Admittedly, there are other reasons for America’s failure to use its substantial wealth to provide adequate care for its own people. Some Americans, driven by mean-spiritedness or greed, resent the very idea of sharing with others. Furthermore, years of tax cuts for the wealthy have diminished public revenues.
Even so, it is hard to deny that there is a heavy price being paid for making military power the nation’s top priority. With more than half of U.S. government discretionary spending going to feed the Pentagon, we should not be surprised that—in America, at least—it is no longer considered feasible to use public resources to feed the hungry, heal the sick, or house the homeless.
We would do well to recall an observation by one of the great prophets of our time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.“
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Coat a 13” x 9” baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
In a large bowl, combine the rice, oregano, and 2 tablespoons of the cheese.
Stir in the beef until combined.
Scatter the zucchini into the reserved baking dish in a single layer.
Using a small ice cream scoop, shape the meat mixture into sixteen 1 1/2” balls.
Place the meatballs on top of the zucchini.
Drizzle with the marinara sauce.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for about 22 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink.
Uncover and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese.
Let sit in the oven for about 1 minute, or until the cheese melts slightly.
One can get the message of today’s parable without understanding all the details.
The chance of a life-time was offered and refused—for frivolous reasons.
But invitations to that wedding are still being sent out.
God invites everyone to the wedding feast of heaven.
My parents accepted on my behalf when they had me baptised.
The Christian life I endeavour to lead tells God that I am still interested.
Even so, it is possible to make a poor preparation for that great event that will go on forever.
One does not go along to a wedding empty-handed.
One brings a gift to show appreciation of the invitation and friendship.
What gifts am I getting ready now for God?
Ezekiel 36:23-28. I will pour clean water on you and wash away all your sins—Ps 50(51):12-15, 18-19. Matthew 22:1-14.
* For the Rhode Island public school threatened with lawsuit by the ACLU unless it removes a 52-year-old banner asking for God’s guidance from its cafeteria walls.
Frederick L. James
Age 83, of Frametown, died August 14, 2010.
He was born October 05, 1926 in Frametown, WV (Braxton County).
He was a retired carpenter and belonged to the Mid Atlantic United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local Union 1207 and worked for various contracting companies in the Charleston, WV area. Previously he was the owner and operator of the James Cabinet Shop between Gassaway and Sutton where he specialized in kitchen cabinetry.
During World War II he served in the Army492nd Air Service Group as a Cryptographic Technician and worked in various locations of Europe. He belonged to the Gassaway Order of the Eastern Star #32 and was a 50+ year member of the Gassaway Masonic Lodge #133. He was a Methodist by faith and a 50+ year member of the Spruce Grove United Methodist Church in Frametown, WV. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America for many years and served as a Scoutmaster in the Frametown area.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Junie James in 1973; mother, Belva Arlene (Long) James in 1983; Brother-in-laws: Raymond Snyder in 2000, Rex Dillon in 2001, Rev. Rondal C. Browning in 2010; and his wife of over 50 years, Nola June James in 2003.
Surviving are one son, Danny L. James of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida; one daughter, Janet L. Lemon and husband, John D. Lemon of Elkview, WV; one sister, Patricia Ann Dillon of Dover, Florida; Three grandchildren, Jennifer L Wentz and husband Aaron Wentz of Charleston, WV, Jonathan D. James and Nicholas R. James of Warrentown, VA; three great grandchildren, Garrett Wentz and twin girls Katie and Teri Wentz of Charleston, WV as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
Fred was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. His hobbies included woodworking and making grandfather clocks after he retired. He was a faithful member of the Spruce Grove United Methodist church where he volunteered his skills and talents to the betterment of the church for any years. He enjoyed attend the Gassaway Masonic Lodge and was a very devoted member who mentored many young inductees over the years. Fred will be sadly missed by all those who loved him or were associated with him.
The family would like to give special, heartfelt thanks to Sarina Riffle for her tender, loving care during the difficult months of Fred’s declined health along with Evelyn Deal, who both exhibited kind and unyielding dedication to his home health care needs. Also to Hospices Care Corporation of Burnsville, WV who provided the family with generous professional support in his final days.
Funeral service were held on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Spruce Grove United Methodist Church, Frametown, WV with the Rev. Johnny Conrad and Rev. Melvin Browning officiating. Burial followed in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, with military and Masonic rites.
Friends called at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home from 6 to 9 PM on Tuesday, August 17, 2010.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Spruce Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Jo Ellen Smith, PO Box 54, Frametown, WV 26623.
Larry Francis “Mouse” Lantz
Age 66, of 1796 Gee Lick Road Weston passed away at 4:20 AM on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in United Hospital Center of Clarksburg following an extended illness.
He was born in Lewis County on December 01, 1943: son of the late Arthur Lantz and Helen (Butcher) Lantz.
On December 12, 1988, he married Connie Marie (Fisher) Lantz, who survives.
Larry is also survived by one daughter: Lisa Lantz Bradshaw and husband Michael of Raleigh, NC, one son: Todd Allen Lantz and wife Carly of Clayton, NC and two step sons: James Stalnaker and D. J. Stalnaker both of McWhorter. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jana Claire Bradshaw, Davis Christian Lantz, Cody, Brooklynn and Preston Stalnaker and a special niece: Cloe Danelle. Also surviving are two brothers: Harvey Lantz of Pittsburgh, PA and Kenny Lantz of Ft. Myers, FL, one sister: Diana Blythe of Dallas, TX and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lantz was a retired utility man with Dominion Natural Gas Company. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose of Weston and the Deerfield Country Club of Jane Lew. He was also a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Larry enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and golfing, but really loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend David Riddle officiating.
Interment will follow services in Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew.
Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to People’s Hospice P. O. Box 1680 Clarksburg, WV 26301.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Larry Francis “Mouse” Lantz
Dennis Lynn Norman
Age 67, of 603 Simpson Run Road Weston passed away at 11:20 PM on Monday, August 16, 2010 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown surrounded by his loving family following a sudden illness.
He was born in Weston on November 18, 1942: son of the late Dennis Lee Norman and Vera (Queen) Lamb.
On June 30, 2000, he married Sheila (Marple) Norman, who survives.
Mr. Norman is also survived by one son: Dennis Mark Norman and wife Deborah Kay of Bridgeport and two grandchildren: Kayla Dawn Norman and Dennis Zackery Norman. He is also survived by three siblings: Kathryn Kemper and husband Joe of Gilmer County, Michael Preston Norman and wife Linda of Lost Creek and Suzanne Norman Bradford of Lost Creek, one niece: Julie K. Norman and one nephew: Michael John Norman.
Mr. Norman retired as a member of the staff development of Sharp Hospital of Weston. He was a college professor at West Virginia Wesleyan and taught at Lewis County High School and Adult Education classes in Weston. He was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1960.” Dennis was an announcer and a DJ for WDTV Channel 5 and was an announcer for WHAW. He was an author of several books.
Mr. Norman was veteran of the United States Army and the United States Army National Guards with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served with the 1097th Engineering Battalion overseas where he served as battalion commander. He later oversaw operations at Camp Dawson here in West Virginia.
Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, August 20, 2010 from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow services in Fairview IOOF Cemetery of Jane Lew. Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guards.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is charge of arrangements.
Virginia Lucille (Thayer) Green
of Sutton, passed away August 13, 2010 at the home of her daughter in Ashville, OH.
She was born December 17, 1913 in Braxton County, WV, daughter of the late Howard Thayer and Bessie Mae James Thayer.
In addition to her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her infant son Ronald; husband Olen Green; brothers Herbert, Charles, and Gilbert J. Thayer; sister Frances (Floyd) Greene; and special son-in-law Gene Von Ins.
Surviving are her daughter Patricia Von Ins; two grandchildren Karen and Don, and three great grandchildren: Branden and Jessie Von Ins and Ryan Gray all of Ashville OH.
She is survived by one sister-in-law, Pauline (Greene) Thayer of Lafayette, LA and several nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton from 12 Noon until 2 PM on Sunday, August 22. Funeral service will follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Skidmore Cemetery, 240 S. Franklin Ave., Sutton, WV 26601.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2010. There are 135 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “The self-hatred that destroys is the waste of unfulfilled promise.“ - Moss Hart, American playwright and director (1904-1961).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born on American soil, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina. (However, the Roanoke colony ended up mysteriously disappearing.)
On this date:
In 1838, the first marine expedition sponsored by the U.S. government set sail from Hampton Roads, Va.; the crews traveled the southern Pacific Ocean, gathering scientific information.
In 1846, U.S. forces led by General Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, N.M.
In 1894, Congress established the Bureau of Immigration.
In 1910, floral delivery service FTD began under the name Florists’ Telegraph Delivery (the “T” now stands for “Transworld”).
In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of all American women to vote, was ratified as Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King dedicated the Thousand Islands Bridge connecting the United States and Canada.
In 1958, the novel “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov was first published in New York by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, almost three years after it was originally published in Paris.
In 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, N.Y. wound to a close after three nights with a mid-morning set by Jimi Hendrix.
In 1976, two U.S. Army officers were killed in Korea’s demilitarized zone as a group of North Korean soldiers wielding axes and metal pikes attacked U.S. and South Korean soldiers.
In 1983, Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast, leaving 21 dead and causing more than a billion dollars’ worth of damage.
Ten years ago:
• Fresh from the Democratic National Convention, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman shoved off from the banks of the Mississippi on a riverboat cruise to stir excitement for their freshly launched White House campaign.
Five years ago:
• Cindy Sheehan, who’d started an anti-war demonstration near President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch nearly two weeks earlier, left the camp after learning her mother had suffered a stroke, but told supporters the protest would go on.
• A judge in Wichita, Kan. sentenced BTK serial killer Dennis Rader to ten consecutive life terms, the maximum the law would allow.
• Pope Benedict XVI began his first foreign trip as pontiff in low-key style, returning to his “beloved” German homeland.
One year ago:
• Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, during his first visit to Washington in five years, offered lavish praise of President Barack Obama; for his part, Obama spoke of an “extraordinary opportunity” for making peace in the Middle East.
• Ohio executed Jason Getsy, a murder-for-hire triggerman, for killing the mother of his intended target.
• Robert Novak, the combative TV and newspaper pundit, died in Washington, D.C. at 78.
• Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung died at age 85.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter is 83
Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is 77
Attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi is 76
Olympic gold medal decathlete Rafer Johnson is 75
Actor-director Robert Redford is 74
Singer Johnny Preston is 71
Actor Christopher Jones is 69
Actor Henry G. Sanders is 68
Rhythm-and-blues singer Sarah Dash (LaBelle) is 67
Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 67
Rock musician Dennis Elliott is 60
Comedian Elayne Boosler is 58
Country singer Steve Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) is 55
Actor Denis Leary is 53
Actress Madeleine Stowe is 52
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (GYT’-nur) is 49
News anchor Bob Woodruff is 49
The president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, is 48
Bluegrass musician Jimmy Mattingly is 48
Actor Adam Storke is 48
Actor Craig Bierko (BEER’-koh) is 45
Rock singer-musician Zac Maloy (The Nixons) is 42
Rock singer and hip-hop artist Everlast is 41
Rapper Masta Killa (Wu-Tang Clan) is 41
Actor Christian Slater is 41
Actor Edward Norton is 41
Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is 40
Actress Kaitlin Olson is 35
Actor-writer-director Hadjii is 34
Rock musician Dirk Lance is 34
Actor-comedian Andy Samberg (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 32
Actress Parker McKenna Posey is 15
The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, under the direction of GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone Jr., performed this summer in Tucson, Arizona.
The group was one of only twenty-two collegiate and university tuba and euphonium ensembles from around the world invited to perform at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) staged at the University of Arizona.
The conference is a huge bi-annual event that showcases some of the finest low brass performers, educators, ensembles and researchers from around the world.
The GSC Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble visited the Grand Canyon on their trip to Arizona.
Pictured left to right, (front row) Timmothy Walker, Professor Lloyd Bone Jr., Jessica Patterson, Stephanie Sumner
(second row) Ryan Deems, Kenny Noland, Leon Hart, Matthew Sumner, (back row) Chris Baber, and Travis Truax
This was a major honor for the GSC Department of Fine Arts as they were the only group of their type from West Virginia invited. Along with the Penn State Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble, they were also one of only two ensembles representing this entire region of the United States.
The GSC performers were:
• Matthew Sumner of Gilmer County, West Virginia
• Ryan Deems of Bridgeport, West Virginia
• Kenny Noland of Oakland, Maryland
• Stephanie Sumner of Gassaway, West Virginia
• Jessica Patterson of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania
• Travis Truax of St. Mary’s, West Virginia
• Leon Hart of Parkersburg, West Virginia
• Chris Baber of Craigsville, West Virginia
• Timmothy Walker of Coolville, Ohio
Half of the group flew to the conference, while the other half traveled by van with Professor Bone.
The drive from Glenville to Tucson was roughly thirty-six hours and was done with only restroom and meal breaks!
At the end of the conference the group was treated with a trip from the very southernmost part of Arizona to the northern part of the state to visit the Grand Canyon!
Senior Music Education major Stephanie Sumner said, “The trip was a great experience and I am so glad we got to go. It provided us with a lot of new information, a chance to meet people and an opportunity to see some incredible places we may never get to see again. I am thankful for those who helped send us on this trip because without them we would not have had this great experience.”
Ryan Deems, senior music education major said, “It was a fantastic experience to see some of the best performers in the business and to see a whole part of the country I had never seen before!”
“Seeing our students’ reactions as they were watching some of the finest musicians on the planet perform was just priceless. It was actually really funny because I would look down the row of GSC students and they were just awe-struck and speechless! Then they saw the Grand Canyon! The trip was phenomenal! We cannot thank everyone enough who helped make this amazing experience possible. Special thanks, goes out to Dr. and Mrs. Barr for all of their help and support. It was truly a blessing from God,” said Professor Bone.
Performing at ITEC is a major honor as this conference is only held once every two years and is the largest event in the tuba and euphonium business. Thousands of tuba and euphonium performers and educators attend the event. The Glenville State College Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble were also invited to perform at the 2008 ITEC which was held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides low-interest financing for producers to build or upgrade farm storage and handling facilities for commodities such as, but not limited to, hay, corn, and fruits and vegetables.
An FSA farm storage facility loan must be approved by the local FSA county committee before any site preparation and/or construction can be started.
A few types of facilities and upgrades that are eligible for a farm storage facility loan include new structures suitable for storing hay, new conventional cribs, new silo type and flat-type structures, and electrical and safety equipment.
The net cost for building or upgrading farm storage and handling facilities and equipment may include:
1) Purchase price and sales tax;
2) Shipping and delivery charges;
3) Site preparation costs;
4) Installation costs;
5) New material and labor for concrete pads, electrical wiring, and electric motors;
6) Off-farm paidlabor;
7) New on-farm material approved by FSA; and
8) Attorney or archaeological study fees.
An eligible borrower is any person who is a landowner, landlord, leaseholder, tenant or sharecropper who:
1) Produces an eligible facility loan commodity;
2) Has a satisfactory credit rating as determined by CCC;
3) Demonstrates the ability to repay the debt for the facility loan;
4) Possesses no delinquent non-tax federal debt;
5) Demonstrates a storage need based on the borrower’s three-year-average acreage and share of production, minus any current storage available;
6) Provides proof of multi-peril crop insurance from the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) or a private company for the life of the loan;
7) Provides proof of all peril insurance and, if applicable, flood insurance with CCC as a loss payee;
8) Demonstrates compliance with USDA provisions for highly erodible land and wetlands;
9) Demonstrates compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act;
10) Demonstrates compliance with any applicable local zoning, land use, and building codes; and
11) Has not been convicted of a controlled substance violation.
The maximum loan amount through the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program is$500,000 per loan.
The following are the terms for farm storage facility loans:
• A 15% cash down payment is required; thus, CCC’s loan is limited to 85% of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment (subject to the applicant’s storage needs test). The down payment cannot include any trade-in, discount, rebate, deferred payment, or post-dated check.
• Loan terms available are seven (7) years, ten (10) years or twelve (12)years depending on the amount of the loan.
• Interest rate is fixed for the loan term based on the rate in effect during the month the loan is initially approved. The interest rate is equivalent to the rate of interest charged on Treasury Securities of comparable term and maturity.
• Loans are to be repaid in equal amortized installments.
• Loan will not be disbursed until the facility has been erected and inspected with the exception of one (1) qualifying partial disbursement.
• Each applicant will be charged a nonrefundable $100 application fee.
• CCC will pay all collateral lien searches and recording fees for filing Form UCC-1 and credit reports.
• Applicants pay all other fees, such as severance agreements, attorney fees, real estate lien search fees, and instrument filing fees.
• For loans over $50,000, applicants will be required to pay the cost of obtaining a title search/opinion or title insurance.
The following persons are required to sign the loan agreement:
• For sole proprietorships and joint ventures, all individuals, including spouses, if applicable.
• For general partnerships, any member unless the Articles of Partnership are more restrictive.
• For corporations and limited partnerships, an individual with signature authority on file with FSA.
For information on this or other FSA programs, policies and procedures contact the Gilmer-Calhoun FSA Office at 304.462.7171x2 or visit the office located in the Glenville Post Office Building, Room 122.
Special accommodations will be made, upon request, for persons with disabilities, vision or hearing impairments. Please call if accommodations are required.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
Decades of democrats in the legislature, forced unionism and school consolidations have hurt this state. Jobs can come WITH the people as well as people coming for jobs! Lots of enterpreneurs and businesses would end up here if the phone and internet systems were improved and we had good schools. People move to where there are good schools and where they have amenities like good phone service. Rather than worrying about technology in the SCHOOLS we should be worrying about the availability of technology everywhere, like it is in other states. People in other areas have NO idea how bad it is here. In most rural areas, you can get cable internet. Not in WV. In other states, cell phones work everywhere. Not in WV. Land line phones work other places, too. Ha ha! - when it rains in WV and you need to make a phone call, good luck!
People left West Virginia after WW2 because of forced unionism. There were plenty of businesses that went broke because the unions wanted to pay people less per week than they had been making per hour previously. No one wanted to work for places like that who was worth hiring. Look at the stupidity when the town park in Glenville was built and they had to pay over $20 an hour for a bricklayer - because the money came from a government grant. That prevailing wage nonsense is just that: nonsense! People would make what they were worth if the government stayed out of it. No wonder our roads need work and our infrastructure is deteriorating! Due to idiots in Charleston WV and Washington DC, nothing works!!
Does anyone in the County not know by this time that the State is in absolute control of Gilmer County’s school system and everything associated with it? We are under intervention! Which changes if any would occur if one or more of our school board members are driven off? When no matter what a school board member says and what they may stand for makes no difference to the State, what is the thinking about specific things to change with new board members coming on? For that matter who in their right mind would accept a school board assignment with all the chaos?
According to the SBA Gilmer County had 500 elementary students the second month of last year. 240 is the number the School Building Authority says meets economy of scale for a new school but of course they only follow that when they want to. Gilmer County has the number of students and needs two schools just as bad as Calhoun County did. One east, one west would stop crazy transport times which won’t be reported truthfully as the state won’t start ride time from the hour they leave home just from when they get on a bus no matter how far that parent has to drive a put child on a school bus.
How did it become Gilmer’s responsibility to give Lewis enough students for that school over there? We didn’t even get asked. The state signed the paper work. No wonder teachers are so upset. It took three years for them to believe what they had been promised was not true. They listened to the wrong leader for too long believing he knew what the state was doing better than anybody else. Was that because he was always conveniently there when the state people were. They listened to a lot of nonsense in the one planning meeting each for Leading and Cedar Creek schools and now the “advisory council” from the same person.
Fact always was and is that Lewis BOE decides who gets hired. They have the CEFP. They decide everything of importance. They also get the yearly money allowed per student for every one that has to go out of county and Gilmer gets only .15 of the normal transportation cost.It still costs the same to run a school bus and it sure isn’t any closer so why is that? Gilmer can’t even have an event at that school without Lewis BOE permission. Let Lewis pull their own fifth and sixth graders out of the middle school.
Shouldn’t be there anyway.Alum Bridge was only PK-4 because it was in such bad shape but never heard a word about taking them over. It’s not the population of a county that should determine how long a kid is on the school bus. Topography and safety should decide that.
By Gilmer Needed Two Elementary Schools on 12.26.2014
If the state legislature would get rid of the entrenched bureaucracy that calls themselves the state school board and let local people fix problems, we could keep Troy school open, apply for an historic preservation grant for it from the state to fix any problems, and have a showcase school. Perhaps the same could be done for other schools, too. We do NOT need so-called “state of the art” buildings for education. We need good teachers, common sense curricula and parents who care what happens to their children. With those three things, the children would be fine. Keeping the children in their own area rather than busing them all over creation is much more likely to help them learn because they won’t be spending hours and hours sitting on buses and have time to be childen!
Troy parents should refuse to send their kids to new school in Lewis County. Those kids should go to new school in Glenville. Distance is much shorter that those kids from Normantown and Rosedale areas. Doesn’t this make a better sense? Gilmer taxes stay in Gilmer. Plus the confusion about which high school they will go to is eliminated. Not only that Gilmer does not have to worry about how Lewis is going to handle 5th and 6th graders. Any way you look at it it make sense. This is also better for teachers.
Anyone else numbers 1, 2 and 3 agreed but don’t forget number 4. Stop the state from deliberately splintering Gilmer County sending the kids and tax dollars across county borders and hurting county economy.
With something as important as the welfare of our children there will always be hatchet jobs. Some hatchet jobs may have merit while others may be driven by evil agendas involving hatred, revenge, and protection of self interests. What counts is for citizens to sort out the facts and to make up their own minds to support what is best for children. Decisions will effect future generations of them and Gilmer County too. Fortunately, we have the GFP to get information out to enable citizens to be better informed. Informed Americans always tend to do what is right, but the process can be very messy.
Do not believe Devano has a lock on money for a gymnasium or a library at Hays City. No gym or library scheduled for the new Leading Creek Elementary and the SBA just denied Spencer Elementary gym request for the second year in a row in Roane County. Logan County asked for a gym this month. Get out the checkbooks.
Roane wanted just under a million and the county would add in $90,000 which did not include cost of a wooden floor or basketball goals. Currently the school uses the cafeteria or a classroom for phys-ed classes.
Roane County just had an excess levy lose at election and foolishly running it again for more money. What is top on the list of cuts to keep the high number of staff they are over formula? Meals for students and contractual transportation cost.
As a side bar, Roane’s Reedy Elementary only has 95 students. There’s a lot of small schools all over the state but we don’t hear the SBA & BOE yelling consolidate or intervention anymore.
Failed long distance micromanagement has put many WV counties in financial danger. Centralized in Charleston or centralized in Clarksburg it will not change things. They have to give more local control and local oversight attached to transparency & accountability which is something the state system has not provided.
Throwing money at new buildings and technology available to limited numbers while education falls by the wayside is clearly not the answer. More facilities should have been remodeled. The money would have gone a whole lot farther. Maybe to afford more Teachers and programs such as advanced placement classes for students. Maybe afford to send a school bus to pick them up. Maybe even feed the High School students.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! What did people do before the Gilmer Free Press came along? And still the same! If locals don’t have internet access they have NO idea of what’s going on local or otherwise. THANK YOU for all the videos that speak for themselves.
Few people realize that the GFP takes so much time and cost to bring this news to the people, and it is always fair and reasonable information with ample opportunity for comments on both sides.
May 2015 bring changes to the positive for Gilmer County and many thanks to the Gilmer Free Press for all their coverage!
Most of the negative comments on GFP would cease if three things happened.
1) Charleston educators got out of Gilmers business. (we know you cannot even run your Charleston show, let alone ours)
2) The Gilmer school board hired our own superintendent.
3) Simonds would go home and stay home. We would be winners.
To Attack Patterns-
You carefully only pose but two choices. There are many.
Lets add a couple additional:
~Knowledgeable individuals understanding the corrupt problems attempting to bring it to community attention.
~Insiders (staff, employees, not limited to Gilmer schools) with accurate information alerting the State of the severity of issues. Anonymously?
If facts or allegations are correct, the allegation of personal attacks becomes moot.
Are your comments an attempt to stifle comments, to protect some associate or family member? Self even?
Yes, MC, you are correct.
Gilmer Free Press is doing a great service to the community keeping us informed.
This mismanagement of our school tax dollars is not to be read or heard anywhere else.
When information is withheld, you automatically understand it is to hide wrongdoing.
Who is the big cheese behind it all?
“If you are not against them, you must be for them.“
Have we seen the Governor do anything to clean up the corrupted education system?
Have we seen the Legislature do anything to clean up the same?
Guess that the same as the stamp of approval?
I was in the group Williamson and Shriver took around to look at schools the firm had built. At each stop Ted Shriver would say that something we saw there would not be part of the Cedar Creek School because of the expense. When the trip ended we did not know what we would get. We hear from Mr. Devono that the Hays City School will have all the latest money can buy. Why was that not possible for Cedar Creek and all of a sudden the money is available? Where would the surplus money have gone if the Cedar Creek project had not closed down?
Sir Gabe, do I understand it right that a new approach is going to be used by going the open bid route for Hays City? If this is right is the new approach an indictment against the way business was done in the past by the SBA to lose money? What about Williamson and Shriver? Is that firm still cut in to get about 6% of the total cost of constructing the Hays City School? On $12,000,000 that would be close to $720,000. Not bad for no bid work if you can get it. Please explain.
Is this the scenario? Mr. Gabe cuts deal to lessen classroom space at Hays City so that money is freed up to construct big gym, claim will be made that improved bidding management resulted in the money being freed up, less room at the school for Gilmer County’s elementary children, and the State will reverse its promise not to order Sand Forks’s students to go to Linn to justify construction of that school. Time will tell.
Thank you Gilmer Free Press for your dedication in serving the people and putting the news of Gilmer County on GFP. We truly appreciate what you and your family do for this county and I would like to take this opportunity to say a “BIG THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU” for keeping us informed. Wishing you and your family a very “MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
All DeVano is trying to do is make the high school look good. He is afraid of the principal who was mainly responsible for the school takeover when Simmons was hired. Normantown kids and staff have truly delivered operating without any decent facilities. He also does not want to give any credit to Sand Fork. He forgets to mentioned how Troy - a blue ribbon school- has not been taken care of since the takeover. Multiple principal whose goals were anything but the success of the school. some of whom are at higher positions at the county office. If Mr. Devano brags about the high school and how good their performance is, then why would the teachers and principal have to try hard?
In Mr. Devono’s article in this week’s Democrat he bragged about the GCHS. What was not told is that the State Board sets low standards to use to grade schools. When schools meet those low standards they rate as successful. How can anyone with common sense believe that the GCHS with it 48% failure rate in meeting the State’s grade level expectations is a roaring success? Mr. Devono did not give any credit to Mrs. Faye Chambers and Normantown personnel for out-performing all other schools in the County. Thank you Patty Lowther for informing folks where to locate achievement information.
Why doesn’t the Board give an annual report to tell what it accomplished for major school system improvements through its voting. It seems that the only voting the State permitted was on minor items or ones for which decisions had already been made. I guess that the State would say that the Board is treated they way it is because it is being rehabilitated out of its dysfunctional stupor. We hear over and over about controversy over spending. Tell me if I am wrong. The State spends, the goods are delivered and used, and the board must rubber stamp paying the bills. If business were to be done correctly the Board should have prior approval of purchases over a certain amount and to have authority to ensure that what we get is always at the best price. One example among many for this concern could be referenced. The State spent $250,000 on a telephone system after intervention. Was the work necessary, were there other options compared to what the State decided on, did we get what we paid for, and was the work done with competitive bids to get the best price? Another example. Where did the $1,000,000 federal bond loan money to the County go for the Cedar Creek School project? Deafening silence from the State on that one! It got the loan for the County to repay.
The man has always been most interested in blowing his own horn.
Now he wants to buddy up with the same level of people who ran him out of his job.
Its obvious he ran for photo ops and not for helping our people.
Not sure when his elected term is over except it won’t be soon enough.
Reading about who has the votes makes we wonder what if anything of importance Gilmer County’s Board of Education was permitted to do after intervention. Based on what I have seen on videos, learned from individuals who attended meetings, and going to meetings, being on the Board is simply ceremonial. Besides electing officers and agreeing on special assignments the only new thing, as I understand it, was that the Board established policy that all field trip requests must be submitted for approval before they occurred. That was done after Mrs. Starkey’s wise counsel about legal precautions. At the last meeting the Board violated that policy out of fear of crossing the high school principal who sent in a request after a field trip was taken. For all practical purposes following intervention Boards should be disbanded instead of them operating under the farcical pretense that they are allowed to do anything important. If we knew how much total money was spent on paying board members to attend official meetings and to take training under the State’s control the sum would be shocking.
By What Has Gilmer's Board Accomplished? on 12.24.2014
As a faithful GFP reader I wonder. How many have noticed that when there are negative reports about what the State did with intervention a spate of posting are made to verge on character assassinations of Gilmer County’s people? Is this done to discourage citizens from criticizing the State or is the reason to scare off citizens from running for office and speaking up about community affairs?
Proof enough June meeting video when Blankenship retired again. Three years of following his lead culminating in a heartfelt goodbye on the part of the Board President. How much Ron would be missed, what a good job he had done. Three years of Bill spreading the word after every board meeting, LSIC meeting and levy meeting that the two women warning us of what was really happening were wrong. HE was the ex college president. HE had all the experience with public building and really knew what education needed. HE was going to handle the administrative problems. HE had the in with local and state leaders. It was all under control and every time it was said it was not true. The STATE was in control. Fact is Gilmer’s students were given away and still don’t know how many will go to another county, facilities will be closed, Teachers, Service Personnel and possibly office staff will lose jobs, transit times will go up for the majority of students, money was poured down the drain and the Gilmer County Board of Ed will be forced into one million dollars of bond debt. The excess levy WAS changed and now it can be and likely has been spent on anything up to and including an out of county school. No parent was EVER going to have to pay for text books. No administrative changes happened. Did you hear the Superintendent say he would ask for more HVAC money from the SBA next year? Does that sound like Mr Devono is leaving in June or that there’s plans by the state to give back control anytime in the near future? Why not, it’s what the board President said?
Speaking of cooruption. GE was a big supporter of the big eared one when he ran for office. As a reward GE gat a tax form intrduced form 8909 which allows them to get a energy credit for every appliance that they manufacture from a can opener to locomotive engines. There is a limit though of $25,000,000.00. That is a real bonus for thier contributions.
Remember the past, make corrections in the present and the future is set in motion. If he doesn’t want to talk about anything else then hush. It does not do Simmons any good to drag out the first of the meeting. Go get toast & coffee & read till we see his mouth shut. Then listen to the rest. Previous Board Member was right, he’s a pompous arse.
Why would Devono want the board to vote on what not on the agenda? Has Simmons told him that he has the board like it was said Blankenship told Phares?
Seems confident of Armours vote. Is that out of some sort of misguided loyalty to Simmons from GSC past or whatever he holds over his head? WKS very comfortable throwing Mr.Ratliff’s daughter in laws central office payroll job under the bus to RESA now and likely any other job they want. Is that board members vote in his pocket? With the presidents vote that makes three We are learning the Simmons way. He’ll only agree with you if what you say suits him.
Why else would Devono even care about what he thinks? It doesn’t matter the state has control!They have given themselves the authority to do what they want.
William K Simmons save the county money not having to print your name on a ballot or any other piece of paper.
West Virginia is a perfect model of what happens from corruption. It would take volumes to go into the details. Professor Cole, the State is down at the bottom among the 50 States for the quality of its k-12 school system. Top officials tell the people how good it is and there is censorship of the news so the truth does not get out.If you could help get the outside academic community to focus on our school problems please come to Gilmer County, West Virginia. The County was ruined by the State taking over our school system and all the corruption and mismanagement to go with it.
OH NO000 Mr. Bill, Don’t talk about the present just the future. How about that? You sold that out when you went with Blankenship in front of the SBA and asked for money to build ONE “centrally located” school top of the hill on Crooked Run. You helped seal the fate of every child living in a rural area of this county. Devano can say Gilmer students won’t be forced out all he wants but is he going to send a Gilmer County school bus to pick them all up? Is the Hays City school going to be built big enough to hold them all? Do you know or even care enough to ask Bill? Not enough to ask in public meeting is that it?
It was well said there is no leadership without knowledge and you don’t want to know anything that’s going on today? Just blather on about tomorrow? Well you’re right about one thing, this county will carry on long after some are gone off the board. If election memory serves you are next in line.
Devono refused a board members right to put something on the agenda. You have the agenda back as president Bill according to the states minutes. Why weren’t you supporting the board? Not politically approved enough a position to take? Afraid of a little confrontation with your Superintendent? You might not get invited to the next party?Afraid you might not get appointed to the next council? If things were right the board would be his supervisor. But the state hasn’t told you that so you wouldn’t know it.
If this is how you acted at GSC there’s not much to question about that no confidence vote. As a leader you sell out to the highest bidder for any chance at pompous public preening and a little more glory no matter who it hurts. Of course you don’t want to talk about no bidders when it comes to spending tax payers money today.Worry about that in the future after its done? Gilmer County Board of Education made a poor choice when it cam to electing a President. As voters?
Re: the Not a Leader set of comments. If you don’t provide solid facts point by point to back up each of your allegations you come across as a highly opinionated individual. Gilmer’s citizens are smart and they always make up their minds on facts, not personal opinions without backing of provable evidence.
Board president should resign immediately and these are some of the reasons:
1) He cannot conduct the meeting
2) He violates the meeting rules
3) He is not honest.
4) He does not practice what he preaches.
5) He is responsible for all the mess we are in.
6) He goes along with state for his own political gains and egos.
7) He has been responsible for all the money county has lost by siding with the state without talking with other board members.
8) He does not listen to other board members and their requests.
9) He is completely working on elites and politicians agenda.
10) He talks too much publicly, bad mouthing other board members.
11) He is the one who put the threatening comment on the agenda’s.
12) He is unfair. He lets some to talk all they wants, but counts the minutes for others so he can stop them from talking.
13) He is doing exactly what he did at GSC.
14) Watch him on the videos, he is ready to wrap up the meeting as soon as he and Devano finish their talk.
15) Line items on the consent agenda should be talked about and voted on individually like it was done before. He forces the board to act on them in one shot. Isn’t it obvious he does not want any board member to talk about them and ask question?