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WV Spring Forest Fire Season Starts Friday, March 01, 2013

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As spring approaches, so does the threat of forest fires. The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts on March 01, 2013, and runs through May 31, 2013. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.

Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying on-site until the fire is completely extinguished, and only burning vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings.

If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed against you.


The Division of Forestry offers these tips for safe outdoor burning:

•  Burn only after 5:00 PM — it’s the law — and put your fire out completely by 7:00 AM.

•  Put debris in several small piles instead of one large one

•  Never burn on dry, windy days

•  Select a safe place away from overhead power lines, phone lines or other obstructions and where the fire cannot spread into the woods or weedy or brushy areas

•  Clear at least a 10-foot area around the fire and make sure the area is clear of all burnable material

•  Have water and tools on hand to extinguish anything that may escape the burn area

•  Be conscientious of neighbors and don’t burn debris that produces a lot of smoke at times when smoke does not rise. If the smoke spreads out near the ground instead of rising, put out the fire and burn another time.

•  Stay with the fire at all times until it is completely out. Leaving a fire unattended for any length of time is illegal.

•  Call 911 immediately if a fire does escape


Commercial burning permits may be obtained by public utilities and people burning in conjunction with commercial, manufacturing, mining or like activities.

These burning permits cost $125 each and are issued by local Division of Forestry offices.

A permit is required for each site where this type of burning takes place.

‘Finding Faith’: A Film about the Dangers of the Internet

The West Virginia State Police took part in a film that was released earlier this year and will be showing at several locations across the state in the next week.

The film is called “Finding Faith.” It’s based on actual events and the career of Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, VA. He was one of the first in the country to set up an Internet Crimes Task Force. He helped the West Virginia State Police set up theirs.

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Sgt. Mike Baylous with the West Virginia State Police says it was an honor for the Department to be part of a film that focuses on Internet crimes against children.

“It’s a proactive attempt to reach these children before they’re exposed to these types of crimes,” says Baylous. “What it’s designed to do is create an open conversation between parents and children and communities on the dangers of the Internet.”

Starring as Sheriff Brown is Erik Estrada, best known for his role as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello on the 70′s TV series “Chips.”

The plot focuses on a girl who befriends a man on the Internet and is abducted and taken to a home in West Virginia. That’s where you’ll see members of the West Virginia State Police portraying themselves as they help find the girl.

Baylous says while the scenes are set in West Virginia, it could just as easily have been any state in the country.

“Sometimes we think [internet predators] are a problem that’s unique to West Virginia. It’s not,” says Baylous. “It’s a worldwide problem.”

“Finding Faith” will have one of its second viewing in West Virginia on Saturday at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Hurricane at 5pm. Estrada will be there to talk about his role and the dangers of the Internet.

To find out where you can see the film, log on to www.findingfaithfilm.com.

~~  Jennifer Smith – WVMN ~~

Calhoun County Judge Orders Evaluation for Woman Charged with Murdering Her Infant

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Kreh,  Ashley  Nicole
Height: 5’  3"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.05.1990
Gender: Female
Booking Date: 02.22.2012
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
12F-26 CALHOUN COUNTY - Bail Amount: $750,000.00
12M-169 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $5,000.00
13M-50 BRAXTON COUNTY - Bail Amount: $25,000.00
Calhoun County woman was indicted for the death of her infant daughter earlier this year.
Calhoun County judge ordered a 60-day evaluation instead of sentencing on Monday, February 25, 2013.
she was charged with murder and child abuse resulting in the death of her 2-month-old girl.
Autopsy results showed the infant died of blunt force trauma to the head in February 2012.
The infant had sustained a skull fracture and a broken arm.
The infant died a couple of days later.
If convicted, she could face between 10 and 40 years in prison.
She told the Calhoun County judge that she was sorry!

More WV Fisheries to Be Featured on Outdoor Channel Show

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“Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming”

More of West Virginia’s best fishing waters are scheduled to be showcased on episodes of the Outdoor Channel’s program, “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming.” The 2013 season premiere, which aired January 01, 2013, featured trout fishing at Pipestem Resort State Park.

“Fly Rod Chronicles” is shown each week, Tuesdays at 11:00 AM, Fridays at Noon, and Saturdays at 6:30 PM.


The schedule for the rest of this season includes these shows featuring West Virginia themes:
•      Week of March 10, 2013 – West Virginia Grand Slam

•      Week of March 17, 2013 – Cast ‘n’ Blast at Lodge of Chama (New Mexico) Part 1, featuring West Virginia coal miner Sonny Fleming

•      Week of March 24, 2013 – Cast ‘n’ Blast Part 2

•      Week of April 14, 2013 – WVU Basketball Coach Bob Huggins and his daughter Jacque fish the Potomac with Curtis and his daughter Laken; it’s a father/daughter show.

•      Week of April 28, 2013 – Eastern Panhandle Fishing

•      Week of May 05, 2013 – Cast ‘n’ Blast on the Greenbrier River

•      Week of May 12, 2013 – Elk Springs Resort (Randolph County)

The West Virginia Department of Commerce has made the state a presenting sponsor of the 2013 broadcast season of the program.

The sponsorship includes 13 original 30-minute episodes. Six shows have been or will be taped on streams, rivers or lakes in the state.

West Virginia will be integrated into the other seven shows. Primary Commerce agencies contributing to the sponsorship and show content are West Virginia Development Office, Division of Tourism and the Division of Natural Resources State Parks and Forests section.

“The show shines a national spotlight on West Virginia’s scenic beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities,” said West Virginia Department of Commerce Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette. “By touring our towns and talking to our people, the program will help viewers learn about the attractions, culture and heritage that make West Virginia ‘almost heaven.’”

A native of Bridgeport, WV, Fleming travels the world to find and experience the best hunting and fishing.

The Outdoor Channel is known to sportsmen across the country and around the world for its programming on all aspects of the sporting life. Now in its 10th season, “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” boasts a viewership of nearly 1 million viewers per episode.

To learn more about “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” visit www.flyrodchronicles.tv.

To find out more about West Virginia State Parks click www.wvstateparks.com.

Bill Aims to Better Evaluate Troubled West Virginia Kids

Groups that work with troubled West Virginia children want lawmakers to support a bill requiring all state agencies to use a standardized evaluation tool that they say could help ensure more effective placements and treatments while also improving inter-agency communication.

Supporters say the West Virginia Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment has already been tailored to meet the needs of the largely rural state and will help ensure the many agencies that deal with kids in crisis are working from the same playbook.

Kathy Szafran, chief executive officer of Crittenton Services Inc. in Wheeling, wrote the legislation that grew from meetings of the West Virginia Child Care Association last year. It will help ensure children get the care they most need, she said, whether they’re in residential treatment, foster care or a juvenile justice facility.

It will also generate data for a statewide database that West Virginia University would maintain to help policy makers, colleges and universities, and others spot trends then identify what resources are needed in different regions.

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Troubled children come into state care through many different channels, she said, yet agencies have no uniform method of communicating or evaluating their needs.

“And these kids don’t fit into the silos we’ve developed,” she said, noting many have suffered previously unreported trauma that affected their behavior and put them on a path to the child-welfare system

The CANS tool, developed by the Illinois-based Praed Foundation, is a functional assessment that looks at the child holistically. It evaulates what’s happening in the home and many other aspects of their environments, Szafran said, “not just the child’s IQ or personality traits.”

Last year, a national study found that children are dying from abuse and neglect at a higher rate in West Virginia than any other state, a problem that judges, social workers and others say is fueled by rampant substance abuse in families.

But communities, particularly in the most rural and least populated areas, typically lack a sufficient safety net of foster care, adoptive families, in-home services and community-based prevention and treatment programs for addicted parents and their children. 

Cases of abuse and neglect clog the criminal court system, their numbers doubling in less than a decade. Troubled kids often skip school, use drugs, become violent and commit crimes, further burdening the justice system.

Sen. Donald Cookman, D-Pocahontas, was for years chief judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit covering Hampshire, Hardy and Pendleton counties, and saw those cases firsthand. Now he’s the lead sponsor on the legislation.

“That’s true in just about every aspect of the court system ... there’s very little community support,” he said Wednesday.

Judges often struggle to choose the best placement for a child, relying on the subjective recommendations of guardians, social workers and others. The CANS tool will provide more comprehensive, objective information, he said.

“It’s not an end-all, obviously,” Cookman said, “but I think it’s a good assessment tool and would give us a lot more information than the parties have actually ever had before. And they’re all reading off the same page.”

The state Department of Health and Human Resources supports a universal assessment tool, said agency spokeswoman Marsha Dadisman. But she said DHHR has not evaluated the possible costs of the bill, which must first go through the Senate Judiciary and Finance committees.

Szafran says the costs would be minimal because Crittenton already has people ready to train others.

The CANS tool is used in several other states, she said, including Illinois and Maryland, and in Allegheny County, Pa., which includes the city of Pittsburgh.

“We’ve had it developed for our population, not urban New York City kids but West Virginia kids,” Szafran said.

WVU will store the data that’s collected, which could help give policy makers a better idea of what services are needed and where.

“Right now, we have patterns. We’ll do community focus groups, but maybe 20 people show up for town meetings,” Szafran said, “so we’re not really getting a clear picture of the trends.”

The database would also help colleges and universities customize educational programs to meet the state’s needs, perhaps offering more master’s degree programs in social work, for example.

“Historically, we bring in consultants to come into our state and tell us how to do behavioral services. They provide a beautiful report in a beautiful binder, and we all promptly stick it on the shelf,” Szafran said. “This will give us hard data to see what’s really going on with West Virginia kids.”

WV Governor Targets Online Sales for Tax Revenues

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin wants online retailers to start collecting West Virginia’s sales tax on purchases by state residents.

Legislation introduced Wednesday follows the lead of several other states as brick-and-mortar businesses complain of an unfair tax burden.

Tomblin proposes requiring retailers located out-of-state to start applying the sales tax if they or a subsidiary has a physical presence in West Virginia.

That would appear to apply to e-commerce giant Amazon.com, which recently opened a customer service center in Huntington. A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

West Virginia has long pursued e-retail revenues through the multi-state Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.

Congress has also weighed the online sales tax question, with the latest version of the proposed Marketplace Fairness Act introduced February 14, 2013.

WV Tops in Income Recipients with Disabilities

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U.S. Census figures show West Virginia leads the nation in the%age of adults receiving federal government income assistance who have disabilities.

The Census report released shows that of the 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in 2011, 30.4% of them had a disability.

In West Virginia, the rate is 41.7%.

Arizona had the lowest rate at 25.1%.

Twenty-two states had disability rates above the national average of 30.4% and 15 were below that.

The Census report defined disabilities as people having vision, hearing, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care or independent living difficulties.

The report also found that of those people with disabilities in West Virginia, 26.8% reported having severe difficulties walking or climbing stairs, compared with the national average of 18.2%.

G-otcha™: Two Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Lewis County

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Barnette,  Robert  Vaughn
Height: 5’  9"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birth Date: 09.23.1985
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.25.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F-38, 39 LEWIS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $250,000.00 
Operating Nine meth labs in and around Barnette’s Weston, WV area home.
Two of those labs were actively cooking meth when discovered.
Charged with operating a clandestine drug lab and face other charges.

 

 

Imprisonment Status:  Pre-Trial Felon
Full Name: Sellers,  Mathew  Paul
Height: 6’  5"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Birth Date: 06.22.1986
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 02.25.2013
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Imprisonment Status: Pre-Trial Felon

Offender Court Order Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location
13F - LEWIS COUNTY - Bail Amount: $250,000.00 
Operating Nine meth labs in and around Barnette’s Weston, WV area home.
Two of those labs were actively cooking meth when discovered.
Charged with operating a clandestine drug lab and face other charges.

 

 

WV Superintendent of Schools to Participate in Statewide ACT Conference

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West Virginia Superintendent Jim Phares joined other state education leaders Wednesday during the ACT State Organization 2013 Annual Conference.

About 700 people from K-12 and higher education participated in the annual event. This year’s theme is “Engage for Change!”  Other keynote panelists were Cabinet Secretary Ketih Burdette of the West Virginia Department of Commerce; Chancellor Paul Hill of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Chancellor Jim Skidmore with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Kanawha County Test Coordinator Bill Mullet will serve as moderator.

“About 68% of our high school graduates in the Class of 2012 took the ACT college entrance exam, which is a record for West Virginia,” Phares said. “Still, West Virginia students continue to have a composite score below the national average. We know we must do better if our students are to be successful on the ACT, in college and careers.”

The conference brought together higher education and K-12 representatives to address ways to better prepare students for the ACT and post-secondary education. Topics discussed during the day-long conference included best practices at middle, secondary, and post-secondary institutions; updates about state and national initiatives and changes; effective programs to maximize work force and college readiness; planning for the future; expanding career technical education to middle schools; financial aid; ACT Compass to aid with college placement; ACT work force assessments; college applications and exploration week; retention; ACT Explore career planning for eighth graders; ACT Plan career tool for 10th graders; Common Core State Standards; and other issues.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test made up of four separate exams in English, reading, mathematics and science, plus an optional writing test. The ACT is scored on a scale of one to 36. The test is administered in all 50 states and is the predominant college entrance exam in 25 states, including West Virginia. ACT also assesses a student’s ability to succeed in college.

To better prepare for the ACT, students can use free ACT practice tests, study guides and preparation tools available at www.cfwv.com, West Virginia’s college- and career-planning website.

Fight to Bring Jobs Back to the United States

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Senator Jay Rockefeller today announced that he cosponsored a bill to encourage American businesses to stop moving jobs overseas, and incentivize them to bring those jobs back home and hire American workers.

“Our country has a long, proud history of manufacturing with deep roots in West Virginia’s mills and factories,” said Rockefeller. “American workers give it their all each and every day, and they deserve a level playing field, good benefits, and the full support of their government. That starts with making sure we do all we can to keep their jobs here at home. This bill puts Americans back to work, gives businesses an incentive to bring outsourced jobs home for good, and shows our workers that we have their backs.”

The Bring Jobs Home Act would stop tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas, and instead provides a 20% tax credit to businesses that bring jobs back to America.  Businesses can use the tax credit for costs associated with moving a production line, trade, or business located outside the country back to the United States.  The bill also stops the deduction companies can currently take for the costs associated with outsourcing.


Background:

As part of his longstanding commitment to creating jobs in West Virginia, Rockefeller has worked for years to promote manufacturing and spur new economic opportunities in the state and across America.  In addition to this bill, Rockefeller:

Introduced and cosponsored several bills recently that will help protect existing jobs and create new ones.   The bills will level the playing field for American companies with foreign competition, incentivize companies to keep jobs in the U.S., and encourage job training programs.

•      Demanded Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits be extended and expanded to include the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) for steelworkers and other American workers hit hard by unfair trade. Most recently, Rockefeller has fought for RG Steel workers and retirees who were laid off last year after RG Steel filed for bankruptcy.

Held a series of “Making it in America” roundtables across West Virginia. He heard from industry and labor leaders, as well as business owners and government officials, on how to strengthen West Virginia’s manufacturing sector.  Rockefeller continues to hold discussions with West Virginians about this issue.

Held two Commerce Committee hearings in Washington, in addition to a hearing in West Virginia. The hearings focused on the future of manufacturing in America and ways in which the government and industry can promote job growth.

Led the Congressional effort to create the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. Passed into law in 1988, MEP established a network of federal, state, and industry advisors to improve the productivity of American manufacturers.

Spearheaded the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (COMPETES). COMPETES underscores the need to support not only advanced and innovative manufacturing processes, but also the preparation of future generations of highly-skilled American workers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

WVIAC Women’s Basketball: Lady Pioneers Fall to UC in WVIAC Quarterfinals

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Charleston 65, Glenville State 57

The University of Charleston drained 11 three-point shots en route to a 65-57 upset of top-seeded Glenville State.

The teams struggled to find the basket in the early going, with Kenyona Simmons hitting the first field goal of the contest 4:58 into the game. The Golden Eagles took an early five-point edge on Nichole Perry’s three-point shot, making it 15-10 at the 6:57 mark. The Pioneers came back to tie it with 5:10 to go on Ginny Mills’ three-point bucket. UC pushed the margin to three with 1:09 to go, but Kenyell Goodson drilled a three-point shot to tie it before the half at 28.

UC took an eight-point edge on another three by Perry at the 15:36 mark. After GSC pulled within one, the visitors made it a 10-point game with 1:03 left on the clock. The Pioneers could get no closer than six the rest of the way.

The Golden Eagles were paced by Nichole Perry’s game-high 18 points. Chrissy Keir tallied 14 points and eight assists in the win while Tianni Kelly added nine boards. Chelsea Brumby accounted for nine points off the bench while LeAnne Ross scored eight.

Mills and Simmons guided the Pioneers with 11 points apiece. Simmons snagged a team-high eight rebounds. Ashleigh Fossett and Jelena Elez netted nine and eight points, respectively. Aesha Peters had seven boards and two blocks.

Box Score:

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University of Charleston vs Glenville State

02.27.2013  6:30 PM at Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
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VISITORS: University of Charleston 16-12

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 Perry, Nichole…... *  6-11   5-10   1-2    1  1  2   0  18  1  2  0  1  27
12 Keir, Chrissy….... *  4-12   1-1    5-6    0  1  1   3  14  8  1  0  1  35
21 Kelly, Tianni….... *  1-2    0-0    0-3    2  7  9   3   2  2  3  3  2  33
24 Cuttaia, Kali….... *  2-5    0-0    0-1    0  6  6   1   4  0  2  2  2  33
25 Cowden, Jessi….... *  2-8    2-7    2-2    1  4  5   2   8  1  0  0  1  29
04 Brumby, Chelsea…..    3-7    1-4    2-2    1  0  1   1   9  2  2  0  1  14
15 Dozier, Kayla…....    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   0   2  1  1  1  1  13
22 Ross, LeAnne….....    3-7    2-6    0-0    0  2  2   0   8  0  0  0  0  16
   TEAM….............                         2  4  6             1
   Totals…...........   22-53  11-28  10-16   8 27 35  10  65 15 12  6  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-31 35.5%   2nd Half: 11-22 50.0%   Game: 41.5%  DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-14 35.7%   2nd Half:  6-14 42.9%   Game: 39.3%   REBS

F Throw % 1st Half:  1-5  20.0%   2nd Half:  9-11 81.8%   Game: 62.5%    2
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HOME TEAM: Glenville State 26-3

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Jelena Elez…...... *  4-7    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   8  3  3  0  0  23
12 Ashleigh Fossett…. *  2-11   0-3    5-6    1  1  2   1   9  2  3  0  2  18
32 Ginny Mills…...... *  4-14   3-9    0-0    0  3  3   3  11  0  1  0  1  29
35 Kenyona Simmons….. *  5-16   1-3    0-0    3  5  8   3  11  0  3  0  2  25
40 LaToya Hambrick….. *  1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   3   2  0  1  0  0  13
01 DaShawna Carey…...    0-1    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   2   0  0  1  0  0   7
05 Jessica Parsons…..    2-3    0-0    0-1    3  3  6   1   4  3  1  0  0  17
10 Kenyell Goodson…..    3-8    2-5    0-0    0  2  2   3   8  0  2  0  0  25
20 Briauna Nix…......    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   1   0  0  1  0  0   8
21 Tiffani Huffman…..    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0  11
24 Madison Martin…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   0  0  0  0  0   5
44 Aesha Peters….....    2-4    0-0    0-0    5  2  7   0   4  1  0  2  0  19
   TEAM….............                         5  5 10
   Totals…...........   23-69   6-20   5-7   21 27 48  20  57  9 16  2  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-34 32.4%   2nd Half: 12-35 34.3%   Game: 33.3%  DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  4-11 36.4%   Game: 30.0%   REBS

F Throw % 1st Half:  4-4  100 %   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 71.4%    0
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Officials: McMillion, Morrow, Terry

Technical fouls: University of Charleston-None. Glenville State-None.

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
University of Charleston…...   28   37  -   65
Glenville State…............   28   29  -   57

WVIAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Game #3
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Seton Hill 51, Alderson-Broaddus 45

Seton Hill withstood a strong challenge from Alderson-Broaddus to earn a 51-45 quarterfinal victory Wednesday afternoon.

The Griffins held a 30-25 halftime margin by canning 10-of-11 free throws in the opening half. SHU opened the second half with a 6-0 spurt for an 11-point advantage. However, the Battlers fought back, pulling within four, 41-37, with 7:50 to play.

A-B sliced the deficit to two with 4:29 to go and again at the 3:40 mark – both times with points from Cayla Rhodes. The Battlers could get no closer though as SHU hit its free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

The Griffins were paced by Katie Gattuso’s game-high 20 points. She also added a team-best seven rebounds. Paige Alviani connected for 10 points and dished out four assists. Kelly Brennan and Tiara Stossel each hit for nine points. Brennan netted the final two points of the afternoon. SHU drained 19-of-21 free throws in the game.

The Battlers were led by Rhodes and her team-high 15 points. Leah Hurst scored 12 while Erica Brooks amassed eight. Amanda Peoples was held to four points, but secured a game-high 14 rebounds. A-B out-rebounded the Griffins 46-35 and held a 21-11 advantage on the offensive glass.


West Liberty 88, Shepherd 87 (2 OT)

West Liberty bested Shepherd 88-87 in double-overtime Wednesday afternoon in an instant classic.

The Hilltoppers’ Liz Flowers connected on two free throws, tying the game at 69 and force the extra session. The Rams took a five-point lead in overtime only to see WLU use a 6-0 run to take a 77-76 lead with 30 seconds to play. Priscilla Moseh hit one of two free throws with 21 ticks on the clock, tying the contest. SU’s defense stepped up and did not allow the Hilltoppers to get off a potential game-winning shot.

In the second overtime, there were four ties, with the last coming at 85 apiece with 1:39 to go. Flowers hit a lay-up and hit a free throw for an old-fashioned three-point play. The Rams’ Alex Weakland stole the ball and hit a lay-up with 12 seconds to play, but WLU was able to keep the ball the rest of the time.

The Hilltoppers were led by Hillary Southworth’s game-high 27 points. Flowers connected for 21. She also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as did Emily Blevins. Meghan Wiseman notched 14 points and three blocks and Jasmin Kiley came off the bench to net 11.

The Rams were paced by Emily Daniel’s tremendous performance. She amassed 25 points and 20 rebounds in 49 minutes of action. Priscilla Moseh notched 20 points to go along with seven rebounds. Gabby Flinchum hit for 12 points and tallied two blocks while Jimyse Brown registered 10 points and seven rebounds.


Fairmont State 65, West Virginia Wesleyan 54

Fairmont State overcame an early eight-point deficit by countering with a 27-6 run en route to a 65-54 victory over the defending WVIAC Champion West Virginia Wesleyan.

Trailing 12-4 with 14:15 to play in the first half, Kaitlin Snyder hit a lay-up that sparked the spurt by the Falcons. The 27-6 run spanned 11:25 and concluded on Hailey Garrett’s tip-in. FSU shot 48% in the first half while limiting the Bobcats to 29.4%.

The Falcons built a 27-point lead with 7:17 to go in the contest on a free throw by Garrett and cruised to the victory.

Briana Welch guided the victors with a game-high 18 points on a perfect night from the floor. She hit all seven field goals and connected on all four charity tosses in 32 minutes of action. Snyder netted 15 points, including her 2,000th of her storied career. She also dished out six assists. Garrett totaled 11 points and game-high 13 rebounds while Hallie Gunnoe and Tiffany Nicholson scored 10 points apiece.

The Bobcats were led by Brittany Williams’ team-best 15 points. She also added five rebounds and three steals. Brittany Maxey and Danesha Richardson each hit for eight points. Richardson snagged a team-high seven rebounds while Maxey had two blocks.


Semifinals – Friday, March 01, 2013

No. 2 West Liberty vs. No. 3 Fairmont State – 1:00 PM

No. 5 Seton Hill vs. No. 9 Seton Hill – 3:00 PM

WVIAC 2012-13: Men’s Quarterfinals Preview

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#11 Glenville State vs. #3 Alderson-Broaddus – 1:00 PM

The Battlers won both meetings against the Pioneers this season. A-B posted a 105-99 overtime win at home on Jan. 14 before notching a 79-70 victory in Glenville February 23.

O’Dell Eargle led five Battlers in double figures in the first meeting. He scored 23 points while Casey Ainslie amassed 20. Roy Brown hit for 19 points while Richard Lemon scored 13. Kurklin Bohanon went for 11 points as the team shot 52.2% from the field. Jamel Morris drained 11 field goals en route to a 30-point performance for the Pioneers. Lamar Mallory scored 19 and D.J. Blanks totaled 16. JJ Vazquez accounted for 11 points as GSC drained 57.1% of its shots from the floor.

Bohanon guided A-B with a game-high 22 points in the second contest. Brown hit for 16 points and dished out five assists. Adam Kline nearly had a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds. The Pioneers were led by Morris’ game-high 22 points. Blanks added 17 points and Mallory scored 15. Morris totaled a team-high seven boards.


#2 Fairmont State vs. #7 Seton Hill – 3:00 PM

The Falcons and Griffins split a pair of contests this year. FSU won its home game on Jan. 7 by a 69-53 score and SHU took a 76-73 victory on February 21.

Isaac Thornton scored a team-high 17 points in the win for the Falcons. Malik Stith added 13 points and Brendan Cooper had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Hill chipped in 10 markers as the team hit 44.6% of its shots. Max Kenyi posted a game-best 20 points for the Griffins, including 12 from the foul line. Kameron Taylor added 15 points and Malachi Leonard narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and 10 boards.

SHU had a balanced scoring attack in its win. Kenyi and Leonard paced the squad with 17 points apiece. Lenjo Kilo netted 11 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. David Windsor added four steals. Stith scored a game-high 27 points for the Falcons. Cooper added 12 points and 13 rebounds while Thornton connected for 12 markers. Hill added nine points to go along with eight rebounds.


#4 Wheeling Jesuit vs. #5 Charleston – 6:30 PM

Wheeling Jesuit took both games from Charleston this season. The Cardinals won 68-67 on the road on Jan. 26 and posted an 86-80 double-overtime victory at home on February 21.

Joe Prati paced the victors in the first meeting by netting a team-best 22 points. Justin Fritts amassed 14 points and Ben Siefert totaled eight points, eight assists and eight rebounds. WJU pulled down 18 offensive rebounds in the win. Terrell Lipkins guided the Golden Eagles with a game-best 30 points. He also added six assists and six rebounds. Quincy Washington posted 16 markers on a seven-of-13 effort from the floor. UC canned 44.3% of its shots from the floor in the loss.

Fritts poured in a game-high 25 points and registered a career-best 10 steals in the second win for the Cardinals. Recardo Gaddy added 19 and Ben SIefert totaled 18 points and nine assists. Eric Siefert amassed 14 points and Prati swatted away four shots. Evan Faulkner scored 22 points to lead the Golden Eagles. Robbie Dreher scored 20 points and Lipkins netted 15. Xavier Humphrey added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.


#1 West Liberty vs. #9 Pitt-Johnstown – 8:30 PM

The Hilltoppers swept the season series, downing Pitt-Johnstown at home on Jan. 5 by a 101-92 score and on February 21 in Johnstown, Pa., by a 98-83 count.

In the first outing, Cedric Harris canned 14 field goals en route to a 32-point performance. C.J. Hester added 18 points while Chris Morrow and Shawn Dyer chipped in 17 and 10, respectively. WLU canned 52.9% of its shots from the field, including 52.6% from the three-point stripe. Nick Novak led the Mountain Cats with 26 points. Jordan Miller totaled 23 points while Ian Vescovi garnered 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Bill Luther scored 14.

Alex Falk connected for a game-best 32 points and had seven assists in the second meeting. Morrow accounted for 18 points and Seger Bonifant tallied 11. Hester amassed 10 points in the contest. The Hilltoppers drained 54.4% of their shots in the game. Novak guided UPJ with a team-high 27 points. Vescovi totaled 17 while Miller had 14 points and five assists. Luther accounted for 12.

Missing Bluetick Coon Dogs in Ellis Road/Linn Area

The Gilmer Free Press

We have two missing Bluetick Coon Dogs that have been missing since February 24, 2013 from Ellis Road/Linn Area.

If anyone has any information about them, please contact us at 304.462.4767.

Troy Elementary Gettysburg Fundraiser - WINNERS!!! - 02.28.13

The Gilmer Free Press

Troy Elementary School - Gettysburg Fundraiser

WINNERS!!!

Date Winner Prize Donated By Value
02.01 Susie Kirkpatrick $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card Wal-Mart $50
02.02 Barry Rollyson Fishing Rod & Reel Combo 
36 pc. Socket Set
Mr. Clean’s Bow Shop 
NAPA
$25
$31
02.03 Rudeen Sealy Car Cleaning Kit
$20 Foodland Gift Certificate
Dollar General
Glenville Foodland
$25
$20
02.04 Kay Allen GSC Shirts, Visor & Misc. Items Glenville State College $45
02.05 Joyce Miner Pampered Chef Food Processor/Oil Mimi Riffle $61
02.06 Pat Johnson Vera Bradley Small Duffel Caplan’s Jewelry Store $69
02.07 Nicole Moyers $25 Cash
$20 Betty’s Floral Gift Certificate
United National Bank
Betty’s Floral
$25
$20
02.08 Mark Johnson $50 Glenville Inn Gift Certificate Glenville Inn $50
02.09 Debbie Ruppert Glenville Democrat Subscription
5qt. Oil Change & Tire Rotation
Dave Corcoran
Glenville Auto
$24
$40
02.10 Michael Cole Longaberger Messenger Tote Zinn Girls $130
02.11 Jameson Adams $50 Pioneer Grille Gift Certificate Brian Kennedy $50
02.12 Katrina Lusk Master Peace Collections Statue Gil-Co $50
02.13 Vern Walker Wooden Sheep Plaque
Large One Topping Pizza
One Month Tanning
Camden Creek Primitives
Pizza Hut
Four Seasons Tanning
$25
$10
$45
02.14 Sarah Bonnett 26” Sanyo LCD HDTV Anonymous $213
02.15 Sheila Ables $50 Pioneer Auto Wash Gift Card Pioneer Auto Wash $50
02.16 Brenie Lowther Longaberger Basket (filled)
Online Subscription
State Farm Insurance
Two Lane
$60
$12
02.17 Betsy Barr Thirty-One Mini Utility Bin filled w/Bath & Body Works Kaelynn & Garrett Moyers $65
02.18 Lacy Lamb $50 Exxon Gas Card Somerville’s Exxon $50
02.19 Jessica Helmick Hair Products Glenville
Democrat Subscription
Razor’s Edge
Dave Corcoran
$25
$24
02.20 Brad Stevens Longaberger Item (filled) Calhoun Banks $60
02.21 Pam Broome Vera Bradley Laptop Backpack w/Tech Decals Caplan’s Jewelry Store $115
02.22 Danny Bonnett $50 Car Detailing/Drakes Auto Doug Cottrill $50
02.23 Betsy Barr Mary Kay Cosmetic Bags, Brush Set & filled Compact Pro(your choice of colors) Doris Adams $240
02.24 Nicole Moyers Vera Bradley Purse Caplan’s Jewelry Store $44
02.25 Kathy Mumbauer Longaberger Basket (filled) Jackie Broome $100
02.26 Mikky Allen GNC Nutrition Products GNC/Willie Furr, Mgr. $73
02.27 Mary McCloud $25 Western Auto Gift Certificate
5qt. Oil Change & Tire Rotation
Western Auto
Glenville Auto
$25
$40
02.28 Bruce Wilson $100 Exxon Gas Card Ed Broome Inc. $100

Troy Elementary 4th, 5th & 6th grade students
would like to thank everyone who donated items, purchased tickets
or helped in any way during our fundraiser.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

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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.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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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.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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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?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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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.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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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?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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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

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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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