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


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

~~  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

The Gilmer Free Press

“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

To find out more about West Virginia State Parks click

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.

The Gilmer Free Press

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

The Gilmer Free Press

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, 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

The Gilmer Free Press

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

The Gilmer Free Press

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, West Virginia’s college- and career-planning website.

Fight to Bring Jobs Back to the United States

The Gilmer Free Press

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.


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

The Gilmer Free Press

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:

University of Charleston vs Glenville State

02.27.2013  6:30 PM at Charleston Civic Center Coliseum
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
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
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

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

The Gilmer Free Press

#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


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 
02.03 Rudeen Sealy Car Cleaning Kit
$20 Foodland Gift Certificate
Dollar General
Glenville Foodland
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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


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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


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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?


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


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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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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.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


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

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

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

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

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

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

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

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

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

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

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

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

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

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

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

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

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

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

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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