GilmerFreePress.net

WV Lottery - 02.28.13

image

image

8-7-7


image

3-9-5-9


image

02-03-04-06-14-19

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

image

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.

The Gilmer Free Press


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

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 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.

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 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

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 www.cfwv.com, 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.


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

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

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!

For YOU...By YOU

West Virginia

National

Politics

International

Arts & Entertainment

Financial|Business

Sports

Living

Opinions

Outdoors

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Features

Obituaries

Reader's Comments

Readers' Recent Comments

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

“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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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?'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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?'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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?'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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?'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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?'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

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

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Here’s a prediction for you:

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

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

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

West Virginia has 55 counties.

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

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

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

By watcher on 10.01.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

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

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Fact on 09.07.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

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

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

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

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

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

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

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

And again and again and again.

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

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

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

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Click on the map below to see the information on Free Press Readers
The Gilmer Free Press

Copyright MMVIII-MMXVII The Gilmer Free Press. All Rights Reserved