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West Virginia’s Unemployment Rate at 7.8% in January 2012

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West Virginia’s unemployment rate climbed four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8% in January.

The number of unemployed state residents rose 2,400 to 61,600.

Total unemployment was down11,100 over the year.

Total non-farm payroll employment declined 16,100, with losses of 3,400 in the goods-producing sector and 12,700 in the service-providing sector.

Within the goods-producing sector, employment declines were led by a seasonal loss of 2,700 in construction.

Manufacturing employment dropped 700, while employment in mining and logging was unchanged. Within the service-providing sector, declines included 4,100 in government, 3,800 in trade, transportation, and utilities, 1,900 in educational and health services, 900 in leisure and hospitality, 900 in professional and business services, 500 in other services, 400 in financial activities, and 200 in information.

Since January 2011, total non-farm payroll employment has risen 19,200, with gains of 5,800 in the goods-producing sector and 13,400 in the service-providing sector.

Employment gains included 5,300 in government, 3,600 in leisure and hospitality, 3,400 in educational and health services, 3,200 in mining and logging, 2,900 in construction, 1,700 in professional and business services, 300 in other services, and 300 in trade, transportation, and utilities. Employment declines included 1,200 in financial activities and 300 in manufacturing. Information employment was unchanged over the year.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined four-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4% in January, while the national rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.3%.

West Virginia on Track for Record Meth Lab Busts in 2012

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Police are seizing at least one methamphetamine lab a day in West Virginia.

WV State Police Lt. Mike Goff tells the Charleston Gazette that the state could break its record for meth lab seizures if that pace continues.

The record is 353 meth labs seized in 2005.

WV State Police data show that 59 labs have been seized in homes, hotels and vehicles since January 01, 2012.

Kanawha County led the state with 22 meth lab seizures, followed by Mason County with six.

Three labs each have been seized in Hardy, Nicholas and Webster counties.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report – 02.27.12

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On Monday, February 27, 2012 Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over his regular monthly motion day in Gilmer County.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kevin Curry

He entered a plea of guilty to count 3 of his indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed).

He was represented by Christina Flanagan of Buckhannon and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM.


•  One juvenile was heard and reset for Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM.

•  Another was reset for Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 9:00 AM.

•  Two juvenile cases were consolidated to be heard on Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 9:00 AM also.


•  In the civil case of Bobby Gene Roberts vs. Frank Masiarczyk

A case that was presumably settled last year, a status conference was held with Tom Smith (attorney for defendant) appearing in person, and Bernie Mauser (attorney for plaintiff) appearing by telephone.

Smith agreed to submit the release to Mauser for the third time and the matter would be disposed of.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Osmond Brown Jr.

He pled to count 1 of the indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed).

He was represented by Christina Flanigan and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Tim Furr

He was before the Court for revocation of his bond, which motion the Judge granted.

His bond had originally been $33,000.00 and Facemire reset his bond at $100,000.00 good and sufficient surety to be approved by the Clerk of this Court and home confinement hookup.

After Furr was unable to make bond, he was delivered to the Central Regional Jail.

He is represented by Drannon Adkins who works with Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Casey Cottrill

She pled to count 2 of her indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed) under a multi county plea agreement.

She was represented by Garth Beck of Clarksburg and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Amanda Smith

She pled no contest to count 1 of her indictment (with all remaining counts dismissed).

She was also represented by Garth Beck and will be sentenced on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 9:30 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Amy Lamarti

She was sentenced to 1-5 years in the penitentiary upon her former plea of guilty, with said sentence being suspended and she was placed on probation for 5 years and given 6 months home confinement.

Her probation will be transferred to the state of New York and she must perform 100 hours of community service per year of probation.

She received no fine but must pay customary and usual court costs.

She must enroll in substance abuse classes and attend NA and AA and have full time employment.

Drannon Adkins was her attorney in the matter.


•  One expungement was heard and granted by Judge Facemire.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Karen Burns

She was before the Court for entry of plea.

However, Judge Facemire refused to take the plea and her case was continued until the March term of Court.

She was represented by Kevin Duffy of Clay.


•  A juvenile case was reset for Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 9:00 AM.


•  The civil case of Jay Lawrence Smith vs. Jean Butcher & Gilmer County Commission was before the Court and Judge Facemire dismissed the same with prejudice.

Judge Facemire informed Gerry Hough that he could file a defamation civil suit if he so desired.

Smith represented himself in the matter (pro se).


•  In the case of Gilmer County Commission vs. Union Gas Corp., after testimony by Gilmer County Assessor Gary Wolfe, Judge Facemire said the settlement was fair and accepted the same and the case was dismissed.


•  In the case of Frame vs. Frame, defense counsel, Timothy Butcher of Glenville, was before the Court with plaintiff’s attorney, Bill Richardson of Parkersburg, appearing by telephone for continuance of the trial.

After Judge Facemire directed depositions be completed by Friday, April 27, 2012, he ordered mediation to be completed by Monday, May 28, 2012 and set a status/scheduling conference for Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM.

GSC Accounting Students Offering Free Tax Return Assistance

The Department of Business at Glenville State College is once again offering free assistance for filing your basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns through a new IRS program called FAST (Free Assisted Self-service Tax preparation).

The GSC Department of Business partners with the Internal Revenue Service through the college’s Accounting 399 course.

GSC senior accounting majors, who are IRS certified, assist qualifying low to moderate income people (generally those making $57,000 or below) who need help preparing their basic Federal and West Virginia income tax returns.

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GSC Accounting seniors Brian Griffith and Stephanie Harper (right) assist
GSC junior Jillian Robison (center) with her tax returns under the guidance of
GSC Associate Professor of Business Cheryl McKinney.


The FAST experience is the IRS’ new ‘self-service’ option that is available to those with basic computer skills. Taxpayers will actually be preparing their own returns at a computer with assistance as needed from trained GSC accounting students. Once completed, federal and state returns may be electronically filed.

Taxpayers may choose either the TurboTax or TaxSlayer program based upon eligibility criteria.

Once an account is created at our site, it may be accessed from anywhere if additional information is needed before filing.

One distinguishing characteristic of FAST is that taxpayers may electronically file both federal and state returns at no charge. However, if you access one of the software programs directly without first going through the FAST site, there will be a charge for the state return.

Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance from the GSC FAST site should bring: a copy of their 2010 tax return, if available, wage and earning statements (Form W-2) from all employers, interest and dividend statements (Form 1099), any other relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, social security cards for taxpayers and dependents, if available, and bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/direct payment, if desired.

Also, students and anyone who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees must have a copy of the Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provide by the school before your tax return can be completed.

Those who cannot locate that document must request a duplicate copy or find it on their EdNet account. Form 1098-T should be in hand upon arrival at the FAST site so assistance can be given in a timely manner.

The GSC FAST site is located in Room 309B of the Heflin Administration Building (the Ernie Smith Computer Lab).

The FAST program allows for multiple taxpayers to be assisted.

The FAST site is open on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:30 PM and Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00 PM through April 11, 2012.

The Glenville State College Department of Business has been offering free tax return assistance to campus and community taxpayers for over sixteen years.

For more information about the GSC FAST program, contact Cheryl McKinney at 304.462.6263.

Gilmer Schools Coalition’s Mission

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Mission

Establish the best K-12 school system in West Virginia for Gilmer County’s children to provide them opportunities for superior educations.


Strategies for Mission Success

•  Clearly define roles, responsibilities, and authority of the Superintendent and School Board members to eliminate confusion and uncertainty in performing duties, and require State DOE training to be taken to familiarize the team with the details.

•  Require the Superintendent and Board members to receive State DOE training to enable them to develop and apply team skills in avoiding and resolving interpersonal conflicts with potential to detract from mission success.

•  Require the Superintendent and the Board to receive State DOE training pertaining to laws and regulations for hiring practices, budgeting, contracting and other activities for which the team is responsible.

•  Require the Superintendent and the Board to develop a 10-year mission plan with clearly defined milestones with pre-defined, measurable metrics for each stage for use to accurately monitor progress and to make plan modifications when necessary to achieve mission success.

•  Require the Superintendent and the Board to implement annual performance evaluations of all individuals in the County’s school system, including the Superintendent, with emphasis on documentation of opportunities for increased efficiency to achieve mission success.

•  Establish and strengthen parent and teacher associations at each school for collaborative involvement in contributing to mission success.

•  Require the Superintendent to submit an annual report to the public to document progress toward mission success to include plan modifications which may have been necessary to keep the mission on track.

ROANOKE: Stonewall Resort to Host Dance Weekend

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Following up on previously successful ballroom and Latin dance weekends, Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, WV, will welcome WV Dance Inc. back to the resort at the end of March.

The resort will host the dance weekend from Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 01, 2012.

The weekend will include lessons in East Coast Swing and all different forms of Latin and ballroom dances.

There is no dress code for the weekend, but guests are encouraged to wear shoes with either a leather or suede sole to facilitate ease of movement.

The weekend package costs $285 per couple or $221.50 for singles, plus tax and resort fee, and includes all dance instruction, overnight lodging on Friday and Saturday nights and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For more information, call the resort at 888.278.8150 or go to www.stonewallresort.com.

More Americans Seeking Dental Treatment at the Emergency Room

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More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems — a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist’s office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research.

Most of those emergency visits involve trouble such as toothaches that could have been avoided with regular checkups but went untreated, in many cases because of a shortage of dentists, particularly those willing to treat Medicaid patients, the analysis said.

The number of ER visits nationwide for dental problems increased 16% from 2006 to 2009, and the report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States suggests the trend is continuing.

In Florida, for example, there were more than 115,000 ER dental visits in 2010, resulting in more than $88 million in charges. That included more than 40,000 Medicaid patients, a 40% increase from 2008.

Many ER dental visits involve the same patients seeking additional care. In Minnesota, nearly 20% of all dental-related ER visits are return trips, the analysis said.

That is because emergency rooms generally are not staffed by dentists. They can offer pain relief and medicine for infected gums but not much more for dental patients. And many patients are unable to find or afford follow-up treatment, so they end up back in the emergency room.

“Emergency rooms are really the canary in the coal mine. If people are showing up in the ER for dental care, then we’ve got big holes in the delivery of care,“ said Shelly Gehshan, director of Pew’s children’s dental campaign. “It’s just like pouring money down a hole.

“It’s the wrong service, in the wrong setting, at the wrong time,“ she said.

The center in Washington, D.C., is a division of the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew researchers analyzed hospital information from 24 states, data from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and studies on dental care.

Not all states collect data on ER visits for dental care, but those that do reveal the trend, Gehshan said.

In 2009 alone:

— 56% of Medicaid-enrolled children nationwide received no dental care.

— South Carolina ER visits for dental-related problems increased nearly 60% from four years earlier.

— Tennessee hospitals had more than 55,000 dental-related ER visits — five times as many as for burns.

Using emergency rooms for dental treatment “is incredibly expensive and incredibly inefficient,“ said Dr. Frank Catalanotto, a professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry who reviewed the report.

Preventive dental care such as routine teeth cleaning can cost $50 to $100, versus $1,000 for emergency room treatment that may include painkillers for aching cavities and antibiotics from resulting infections, Catalanotto said.

These infections can be dangerous, especially in young children, who may develop fevers and dehydration from preventable dental conditions. In Florida, for example, 200 children were hospitalized in 2006 for those types of infections, he said.

The recession has contributed to the trend, Catalanotto added. When a family member loses a job, dental care may take a back seat to food and other necessities.

Part of the problem is low Medicaid fees for dentists. In Florida, only about 10% of dentists participate in the state Medicaid program, he said.

The numbers also are rising in hospitals in Illinois, where dentists have complained about low Medicaid reimbursements.

Pekin Hospital in the central Illinois town of Pekin has seen a significant increase in ER patients with “very poor dental health,“ said Cindy Justus, the hospital’s ER nursing director. They include uninsured patients and drug abusers, and many are repeat patients.

“There’s just not a lot of options” for them, Justus said.

Shortages of dentists, especially in rural areas, have contributed to the problem, Gehshan said.

She said the Pew center is working with states to develop training for dental hygienists and other non-dentists in treating cavities and other uncomplicated procedures. Other potential steps include increasing water fluoridation and use of dental sealants.

Putting plastic sealants on molars can prevent cavities, but “children at the lowest risk are most likely to get them. It needs to be the opposite,“ Gehshan said.

WVIAC Men’s Tournament 2012 - Day One Review

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#4 WV Wesleyan 66, #13 Glenville State 43

WV Wesleyan posted a 66-43 victory over Glenville State in the first round of the WVIAC Tournament.

Raymont McElroy posted a game-high 24 points for the Bobcats in the win.

Colby Wohlleb and Reggie Chambers each accounted for 14 points while Travis Johnson garnered 10 points to go along with 9 rebounds.

Jamel Morris and Mark Walker each totaled 8 points for the Pioneers in the game.

Walker also grabbed 7 rebounds.

Kevin Gray added 7 points while Nate Cash accounted for 9 boards.


#2 Charleston 100, #15 Bluefield State 88

#3 Wheeling Jesuit 87, #14 Davis & Elkins 66

#5 Alderson-Broaddus 79, #12 Fairmont State 64

#6 Concord 106, #11 Ohio Valley 76

#7 Pitt-Johnstown 85, #10 Seton Hill 75

#9 Shepherd 77, #8 WV State 66

Gilmer County 4-H: IcyHot Challenge 2012 - 03.09.12

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Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU-Gilmer Extension Plant/Berry Sale 2012

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The Gilmer County Farm Bureau and WVU-Gilmer Extension now have their annual Plant/Berry Sale Order forms available.

Stop into the WVU-Gilmer Extension Office to pick up a form, or call 304.462.7061 for more information.

Orders will be accepted through Friday, March 09, 2012, and money will be collected when the order is placed.

Glenville: Benefit Dinner for Matthew Cottrill - 03.03.12

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G-Comm™: Making Sense of School Shootings

On February 27, 2012, a teenager—reportedly a victim of bullying and something of a social outcast—walked into a Cleveland high school and opened fire in the cafeteria, killing two students and wounding three others. The teenager, identified as T.J. Lane, has been taken into police custody. Now media pundits are speculating on who or what is to blame for this latest spate of violence.

Yet we’ve been caught in the grip of a cycle of school violence that started almost 20 years ago. It was February 1997 when a 16-year-old Alaskan boy pulled out a shotgun and killed his principal and another student. Two years later, on April 20, 1999, two teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, opened fire on classmates and teachers at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher and leaving 24 others wounded.

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Then, on October 10, 2006, a 13-year-old seventh grade boy, apparently fascinated with the 1999 Columbine High School bloodbath, carried an assault rifle into his Joplin, Missouri middle school. Dressed in a dark green trench coat and wearing a mask, he pointed the rifle at fellow students and fired a shot into the ceiling before the weapon jammed. This was no spur-of-the-moment act. It was a planned attack. The student’s backpack contained military manuals, instructions on assembling an improvised explosive device and detailed drawings of the school. Moments before he fired the rifle, the boy said to a school administrator: “Please don’t make me do this.”

The outbreak of school shootings that have taken place over the past two decades have forced school officials, public leaders and parents to search for ways to prevent further bloodshed. In their attempts to make the schools safer, students have been forced to deal with draconian zero tolerance policies, heightened security, routine locker checks, guard dogs, metal detectors and numerous other invasions of their property and privacy.

Despite the precautions (all of which have proven to be altogether ineffective), other student-led shooting sprees and bloodshed followed, culminating with the most recent incident. To be sure, the instinctive response to this latest school shooting will be to appease parents by adopting measures that provide the appearance of increased security. However, enacting tighter zero tolerance policies and installing more metal detectors in the schools will do little to advance the dialogue on why such shootings happen in the first place.

One thing is clear: there are no easy solutions. In fact, there’s so much that we don’t know about school shooters. For example, a 2002 U.S. Secret Service report on school violence, based on interviews with students who had planned and executed school shootings, found that there is no profile for a school shooter. Shooters come from many types of families and from all incomes, races and academic backgrounds. And there are no easy explanations—such as mental illness, drugs or video games—for their actions..

Moreover, as the Secret Service report found, the shooters plan their shootings in advance. They “did not snap.” According to the report, most shooters told their friends what they were planning. But the friends neither reported what they had been told nor tried to stop the shooters. And when the Secret Service asked former school shooters what they would have done if a teacher had asked them what was wrong, the shooters said they would have told the adult the truth, including their plans. But are we adults listening? As one school shooter recalls, “Most of them don’t care. I just felt like nobody cared. I just wanted to hurt them.”

In struggling to understand the teenage mind—and find some motivation for the rash of school shootings of the past several years—public leaders have targeted everything from the negative influence of movies to music to violent video games. Now the scapegoat seems to be bullying and peer pressure.

Evidently, something more sinister than disgruntled students is at work here. While there are conditions—such as peer pressure, low self-esteem, childhood abuse, etc.—that can trigger or facilitate violent behavior, we’re facing a crisis that goes much deeper, one that has as much to do with a lack of spirituality and morality as it does with education, relationships and culture.

Young people have unfortunately become the casualties of our age. They know that something is dreadfully wrong, but many adults, busy trying to make ends meet and keep pace with the demands of work and raising a family, often do not hear when the kids scream for help. For example, at least one in 10 young people now believe life is not worth living. A 2009 survey of 16- to 25-year-olds by the Prince’s Trust found “a significant core” for whom life had little or no purpose, especially among those not in school, work or training. More than a quarter of those polled felt depressed and were less happy than when they were younger. And almost “half said they were regularly stressed and many did not have anything to look forward to or someone they could talk to about their problems.“

Paul Brown, director of communications at the Prince’s Trust, noted that the study showed that there are thousands of young people who “desperately” need help: “Often, young people who feel they have reached rock bottom don’t know where to turn for help.“ Family relationships help, but too often because of the fractured modern family, little support can be found in the family setting.

Indeed, our young people are members of a lost generation—raised in a world where life has little to no value, the almighty dollar takes precedence and values are taught by primetime sitcoms and Saturday morning cartoons. They are being raised by television and the Internet and nourished on fast food. They are seeking comfort wherever they can find it—in sex, drugs, music, each other. They are searching for hope and finding few answers to their questions about the meaning of life.

More so than any previous generation, young people are growing up in an age of overwhelming mass media, mixed messages and multitasking. The average American child lives in a house with 2.9 TVs, 1.8 VCRs, 3.1 radios, 2.6 tape players, 2.1 CD players and a computer. Forty-two percent of American homes are “constant TV households,” meaning that a set is on most of the time. The average American watches television about four hours per day, and it consumes 40 percent of his or her free time.

Gone is the innocence of childhood. In a multitude of ways, children have been adultified, and their childhood is disappearing. Today’s young people often know more about sex, drugs and violence than their adult counterparts. By the year 2000, 25 percent of U.S. teens were involved with weapons; 70 percent admitted cheating on tests in school; more than 15 percent had shown up for class drunk; and five million children—including three-year-olds—were regularly left home alone to care for themselves. As University of Edinburgh professor Stuart Aitken writes, “In short, the sense of a so-called disappearance of childhood is, in actuality, about the loss of a stable, seemingly natural foundation for social life that is clearly linked not only to laments over the lost innocence of childhood, but also a growing anger at and fear of young people.”

No wonder life seems so meaningless to so many. According to a June 2009 study, 15 percent of American teens who were in 7th through 12th grades believe they will die before age 35—a perspective strongly linked to risky behavior. Activities related to such a pessimistic view of the future include attempting suicide, using illegal drugs, sustaining fight-related injuries that require medical care, engaging in unprotected sex, being arrested by the police and contracting HIV or AIDS.

Wherever these young people turn, life is chaotic—wars, violence, environmental crises, oil depletion and terrorism, to name a few. Children are confronted on a daily basis with issues, images and material of all sorts—abortion, drugs, alcohol, pornography—and preyed upon by sexual predators, marketing mavens, even the government. Although teenagers can cope with a number of emotional hazards, with each additional hazard introduced, their resilience—like soldiers in combat too long—diminishes to such an extent that breakdowns are imminent. As Cornell University professor James Gabarino recognizes, one of the key factors leading to violence is a “spiritual emptiness” that brings on a feeling of not being connected to anything, of having no limits for behavior and no reverence for life.

Dr. James P. Comer, professor of psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center, suggests that in order to treat the damage done to the next generation, “We’re going to have to work at systematically recreating the critical elements of community that once existed naturally. We can’t go back to the past, but there was a time when people cared about each other and would look out for each other.”

Is anyone listening?

~~  John Whitehead ~~

 

Alabama

Mobile 1 death in 2008
Madison 1 death in 2010
Huntsville 3 deaths in 2010

Alaska

Bethel 2 deaths in 1997

Arkansas


Jonesboro 5 deaths in 1998
Fayetteville 2 deaths in 2000
Conway 2 deaths in 2008

California

Fullerton 7 deaths in 1976
San Diego 2 deaths in 1979
Stockton 6 deaths in 1989
Olivehurst 8 deaths in 1992
Reseda 1 death in 1993
San Diego 3 deaths in 1996
Santee 2 deaths in 2001
El Cajon no deaths in 2001
Oxnard 1 death in 2008
San Bruno no deaths in 2009
Antioch no deaths in 2009

Colorado

Littleton 1 death in 1982
Littleton 15 deaths in 1999
Bailey 2 deaths in 2006
Jefferson County 0 deaths in 2010

Connecticut

Portland 1 death in 1982
Middletown 1 death in 2009

Delaware

Dover 1 death in 2007

Florida


Largo 1 death in 1988
Lake Worth 1 death in 2000
Fort Lauderdale 1 death in 2008

Georgia

Scottdale 1 death in 1996
Conyers no deaths in 1999
Atlanta 1 death in 2009

Illinois

Winnetka 1 death in 1988
Chicago 1 death in 1992
DeKalb 6 deaths in 2008

Iowa

Iowa City 6 deaths in 1991

Kansas


Goddard 1 death in 1985

Kentucky


Grayson 2 deaths in 1993
Paducah 3 deaths in 1997

Louisiana

New Orleans 1 death in 2003
Baton Rouge 3 deaths in 2008
Larose 1 deaths in 2009

Massachusetts

Great Barrington 2 deaths in 1993
Cambridge 1 death in 2009

Michigan

Mount Morris Township 1 death in 2000
Detroit 1 death in 2008
Dearborn 2 deaths in 2009

Minnesota

Cold Spring 2 deaths in 2003
Red Lake 8 deaths in 2005

Mississippi

Jackson 2 deaths in 1970
Pearly 2 deaths in 1997

Missouri

Manchester 2 deaths in 1983

Nevada


Reno no deaths in 2006

New Jersey


Florham 2 deaths in 2004

New York


Olean 3 deaths in 1974
Amityville 1 death in 1993
Manhattan no deaths in 2002
East Greenbush no deaths in 2004

North Carolina

Fayetteville no deaths in 1986
Greensboro 1 death in 1994
Hillsborough 1 death in 2006

Ohio

Kent 4 deaths in 1970
Wickliffe 1 death in 1994
Cleveland 1 death in 2003
Cleveland 1 death in 2007
Columbus 2 deaths in 2010

Oklahoma

Fort Gibson no deaths in 1999

Oregon


Springfield 2 deaths in 1998

Pennsylvania


State College 1 death in 1996
Edinboro 1 death in 1998
Red Lion 2 deaths in 2003
Nickel Mines 6 deaths in 2006

South Carolina

Orangeburg 3 deaths in 1968
Blackville 2 deaths in 1995

Tennessee

Lynnville 2 deaths in 1995
Jacksboro 1 death in 2005
Memphis no deaths in 2008
Knoxville 1 death in 2008

Texas

Austin 15 deaths in 1966
Amarillo no deaths in 1992

Vermont

Essex 2 deaths in 2006

Virginia


Chesapeake 1 death in 1988
Grundy 3 deaths in 2002
Blacksburg 33 deaths in 2007
Woodbridge 1 death in 2009

Washington

Moses Lake 3 deaths in 1996
Tacoma 1 death in 2007
Seattle 2 deaths in 2007
Tacoma 1 death in 2010

Wisconsin

Wauwatosa 1 death in 1993
Cazenovia 1 death in 2006

Gilmer County Commission: PUBLIC NOTICE - SPECIAL SESSION

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STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA,
COUNTY OF GILMER, TO-WIT:

            I, Brian Kennedy, President of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, in concurrence with Charles D. Hess and Darrel W. Ramsey, Commissioners of said Commission hereby call and appoint a Special Session the County Commission of Gilmer County, to be held at the courthouse in said county on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM in the County Commission Chambers to transact the following business:

            To complete the business pending before the Board of Review and Equalization

            And to adjourn said Board for 2012, provided all business has been completed.

            Given under my hand this 7th day of February 2012.


                                          GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
                                          Brian Kennedy, President

POSTED:
          February 28, 2012
          Jean Butcher, County Clerk

WV: The Legislature Today - February 27, 2012

Bon Appétit: Cajun Roast Beef

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Ingredients:

  2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  1 teaspoon dried thyme
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  2 tablespoons olive oil
  2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  2 pounds beef eye of round roast


Directions:

Stir the garlic, horseradish, hot pepper sauce, thyme, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, olive oil, and malt vinegar together in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

Pierce the beef roast all over with a meat fork. Place the roast in a large, resealable plastic bag.

Spoon in the marinade and turn the roast so it’s well coated.

Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally if desired.

When ready to cook, place the roast in a slow cooker along with any remaining marinade.

Do not add water.

Roast on Low for 8 to 10 hours, or until desired doneness.

For medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 135 degrees F (57 degrees C).

Remove from the slow cooker to a serving plate, and allow to rest 15 minutes before slicing across the grain.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

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From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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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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