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DHHR to Add 798 Slots to Aged and Disabled Waiver Program

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services today announced the Title XIX (19) Waiver for Seniors, better known as the Aged and Disabled Waiver, will release 798 slots to accommodate those individuals on the wait list as of January 02, 2018. 

Additional dollars for the program are attributed in part to an increased Federal match.

The slots are expected to be released by the end of January 2018.

“The Aged and Disabled Waiver program is important to many residents and their families as it provides an alternative to long-term nursing home care and promotes independence, respect and community integration,” said Jeremiah Samples, Deputy Secretary of DHHR. “This program allows DHHR to continue serving one of West Virginia’s most vulnerable populations.  Governor Jim Justice has voiced his concern for families in West Virginia and fully supports this addition.”

Approximately 5,600 West Virginians receive critical services through the Aged and Disabled Waiver.  The program serves individuals over the age of 18 who want to receive care in their homes as opposed to going into an institutional setting, such as a nursing home.  Individuals must need help with activities of daily living to receive long-term direct care and support services under the program.  Those include bathing, grooming, dressing, eating/meal preparation, toileting, transferring and mobility. 

Individuals must be determined both medically and financially eligible for Aged and Disabled Waiver services. 

For more information on the Aged and Disabled Wavier Program, visit dhhr.wv.gov/bms.

West Virginia Partners with SANS Institute to Offer Cybersecurity Training to High School Girls

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Governor Jim Justice announced a new cybersecurity training partnership between the State and the SANS Institute. GirlsGoCyberStart, a free online game of discovery, provides high school girls in West Virginia who are interested in a cybersecurity career with a tool to learn basic cybersecurity s

“I am very excited to announce this partnership with the SANS Institute which gives our high school girls the opportunity to explore the field of cybkills and test their cyber aptitude. Registration for GirlsGoCyberStart will be available January 29 - February 16, 2018 and the program will run from February 20-25, 2018.  ersecurity,” said Governor Justice.  “Due to the increased use of technology, this field of study is becoming essential in all businesses, including government. Therefore, encouraging our state’s young students to pursue this training will benefit our state tremendously.”

Students from West Virginia who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart program will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and win prizes, including the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference in Chicago. Students may participate from home or school, a computer and internet connection are the only tools required. The three schools in West Virginia that have the most participants will win awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.

“The GirlsGoCyberStart program will spark ingenuity and critical thinking for girls in a new and exciting way, and I am thrilled to see this partnership come to fruition,“ said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “The program is another example of the opportunities we can provide the students of the Mountain State when agencies and organizations work together.“
“Our office is excited to work with the Department of Education and the Governor’s Office in announcing this initiative, Deputy CTO of the West Virginia Office of Technology, Cindy Smith said. “It’s a great opportunity for West Virginia’s young ladies to gain interest in a growing field.”
“GirlsGoCyberStart will help change the way our next generation of women look at Cyber Security careers added Danielle Cox, Cyber Security Manager for Audits and Compliance in the West Virginia Office of Technology. “It emphasizes the need for problem solving and critical thinking. Students do not need to have programming knowledge or extensive computer skills to participate in this program.”

When asked why SANS is partnering with West Virginia in GirlsGoCyberStart program, SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller said, “Because the nation desperately needs more highly-skilled cyber professionals, and we have new evidence that CyberStart radically improves the quality and preparation of people entering the cybersecurity field.  Further, the two best cyber intrusion analysts I have ever met were named Vicki and Judy, but women are woefully underrepresented in the technical side of cybersecurity. By opening CyberStart to tens of thousands of high school girls we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”

•  Girls may play alone or in teams of up to 4 people

•  No prior experience with IT or security is needed. All girls in grades 9 to 12 are invited to play; prizes will be awarded in each grade group.

•  Prizes include Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other cool techie things as well as gift certificates.  In addition, each member of the top teams, nationally, will win all expense paid trips to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago along with a parent for each winner.

•  You may participate from home or from school or from both. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

•  Each player starts as a “cyber protection agent” responsible for protecting an important operational base.  The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way.  A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and hints help when players get stuck.  When the player has solve a sufficient number challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new challenges appear – for a total of 31 layers.  Experienced players call GirlsGoCyberStart “addictive” and say it is particularly good because everyone can excel, not just a few superstars.

For eligibility and GirlsGoCyberStart information, please visit HERE.

Lewis County Hosted State’s First Election with New Voter ID Law

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Secretary of State Mac Warner is pleased that the state’s first election to take place under the new voter identification law was successful and without any issues or problems.

On Saturday, January 6th, Lewis County hosted the state’s very first countywide election to take place since the new law took effect on January 1st. The Lewis County Commission asked voters to approve a new excess levy to support the county’s volunteer fire departments. Polls were open in 24 voting precincts from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

According to Lewis County Clerk Cindy Rowan, just about 25 percent of the county’s 9,655 registered voters participated in the Fire Levy election. Unofficial results showed that voters rejected the levy with a vote of 33 percent for and 67 percent against the measure. The County Commission will conduct an official canvas on Friday at 9 a.m.

Prior to the election, Rowan hosted poll worker training on the new voter identification law. There was also a coordinated effort with the Secretary of State’s Office to educate voters.

“I spoke with Clerk Rowan during the election on Saturday. She was confident that her poll workers, as well as Lewis County voters, were prepared for the new law. She indicated that everything was going really well,” Secretary Warner said.

According to Secretary of State Field Representative Dot Underwood who covers Lewis County, on Saturday there were a couple of questions about the new law during the day, but that every issue was addressed. All of the 2,373 residents who showed up to vote on Saturday were able to provide one of the many allowable forms of proper identification as required by law. All in-person voters were verified and no one was turned away.

Warner said he plans to talk more with Clerk Rowan and her staff next week to see what suggestions they may have to help other counties and municipalities with elections taking place over the next two months.

Secretary Warner Announces the Start of Candidate Filings for 2018 Primary and General Election

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Secretary of State Mac Warner says his Office is ready for the 2018 primary and general elections, starting with the January filing period for candidates.

On Monday, January 8th, candidates planning to run for office in the May primary and November general elections will need to file their certificate of announcement with the Secretary of State’s Elections Division or the county clerk’s office, depending on the office sought. Candidates have between January 8th and midnight Saturday, January 27th to file their paperwork.

“After overseeing 131 municipal elections last year and October’s special election, our office is ready for the 2018 midterm elections,“ Secretary Warner said. “I will do everything within my authority as the state’s chief elections officer to ensure our elections are fair end secure.“

Candidates for federal, statewide, legislative, and judicial (excluding magistrates) offices, as well as those running for office in more than one county file their certificate of candidacy with the Secretary of State’s Office. All other offices file at their respective county clerk’s office.

Offices on the ballot this year include: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives; West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates; county commissions; county boards of education; conservation district supervisors; Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District; political party executive committees for statewide, districts, and counties; and any vacancies that are to be filled.

Candidates can file in person at the Secretary of State’s Office in Charleston during regular business hours and from 8:30 a.m. to midnight on January 27th. Candidates can also file at the North Central Business Hub, located at 200 West Main Street in Clarksburg, and the Eastern Panhandle Business Hub, located at 229 East Martin Street, Suite 100 in Martinsburg.

Alternatively, candidates can mail their certificate of announcement and filing fee to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office, State Capitol Building, Charleston, WV 25305. All mailed filings must be received or postmarked by January 27th.

Also starting Monday, candidate filings in the Secretary of State’s Charleston office will be livestreamed on our website at www.wvsos.gov.

PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities

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The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has initiated a proceeding to investigate the impact the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on privately owned utilities subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction (General Order No. 236.1).

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. 

Those utilities are to file testimony with the Commission by May 30, 2018, explaining the impact of the Federal Tax Act on their federal income tax, including the expected effects on revenue requirements, a detailed calculation of the impact of the Act on income calculations used in the last rate case and on recent income tax calculations.

The Commission also invited other interested parties to file written testimony identifying the potential effects of the 2017 Federal Tax Act on Commission regulated entities.

A copy of the Commission Order and more information is available on the PSC website: www.psc.state.wv.us by referencing G.O. 236.1.


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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. “.

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

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Expansion of Petrochemical Industry in West Virginia Continues To Move Forward

Governor Justice Says Expansion of Petrochemical Industry in West Virginia Continues To Move Forward With U.S. DOE Announcement

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Governor Jim Justice said today West Virginia has taken another major step toward expansion of its petrochemical industry with an announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy that it has approved the first part in the application process from the Appalachia Development Group for a $1.9 billion federal loan guarantee to construct a regional underground storage hub and pipeline network for shale gas.

“I’m extremely pleased that the West Virginia Department of Commerce, West Virginia University and the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC) have been able to move the process forward for establishing this storage hub,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “Thousands of potential jobs and numerous downstream businesses could result from development of this project. We are anxious to see it come to fruition over the next several months with the invitation for ADG to now complete part two of the application process and seek the issuing of the loan guarantees.”

Appalachia Development Group (ADG) LLC., is owned by MATRIC and the West Virginia University Innovation Corporation.

ADG plans detail a series of subsurface natural gas liquids storage facilities to be built in the Ohio River Valley and Kanawha River Valley in West Virginia along with other infrastructure development in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Legal Defense of WV Election Disclosure Law

Clean election watchdogs are defending West Virginia’s strong campaign disclosure law against the state attorney general’s opinion that could allow a flood of secret political spending.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has written that a state law all but prohibiting anonymous political ads is unconstitutional.

Now the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law is defending the law.

Daniel Weiner, a senior counsel with the Brennan Center, says Morrisey’s opinion could end the requirement that candidates and groups say who they are and take responsibility for their ads.

He says voters need to know who’s behind ads on, for example, energy issues.

“Don’t West Virginia voters want to know if those ads are paid for by a Silicon Valley billionaire who is opposed to the coal industry versus a local chamber of commerce?“ he poses.

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Clean election groups are warning that an opinion
by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
could open a floodgate to anonymous outside spending in state races.


Morrisey has argued that the rule could limit free speech by individuals about political issues.

But Weiner warns the rule is needed to protect state races from being overrun by shadowy, anonymous attack ads, which he calls a national problem.

The Brennan Center attorneys shared their views in a letter to the West Virginia Secretary of State.

After coal CEO Don Blankenship tried to swamp legislative races, buying ads in 2006 through his group called And for the Sake of the Kids, state lawmakers passed some of the toughest election disclosure rules in the country.

Weiner says the U.S. Supreme Court has clearly ruled disclosure requirements are constitutional, although the court did away with many limits on political advertising in the 2010 Citizens United decision.

“But it resoundingly affirms the value of transparency – by an 8-to-1 vote,” Weiner stresses. “This law does not prohibit anyone from speaking. It just says they have to identify themselves.“

Weiner adds Morrisey’s opinion tracks a national effort to allow unlimited election spending by groups like those backed by oil billionaires Charles and David Koch.

He says at a time when people mistrust elections, a move toward anonymous political ads risks adding to the cynical public climate.

“The way out of that is to start to build a more accountable political system,” he states. “And laws like the one in West Virginia help us do that.“

As of now, it is unclear whether the state disclosure law will continue to be enforced.

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 01.05.18

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
AGENDA for REGULAR MEETING
Friday, January 05, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS


IV. REORGANIZE FOR 2016

            1) Appointment of Commission President for 2018

            2) Commission Appointments to County Boards for Calendar Year 2018

            3) Set Court House Business Hours and Holidays for 2018

            4) Set Regular Commission Meeting Schedule for 2018


IV. APPOINTMENTS


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

            1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

            2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

            3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                  a) Board Seats open on the:

            4) Budget Revisions

            5) Budget Control Report – None

            6) Approve Invoices for Payment

            7) Approve County Commission Minutes-December 15, 2017

            8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

                  a) Gilmer County Public Service District minutes- November 13, 2017

                  b) Region VI LEO Board minutes- September 15, 2017


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

Discussion and/or action on:

            a) Court Security Grant and tour of premises

            b) Need to have Leisa Dean on bank accounts and Gary Wolfe removed


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS

            a) Senior Annual Bingo License and Exempt Raffle License for Rosedale Senior Citizen Center Inc.

            b) Stacy Smith-Flood Plain Manager


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X. ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING:
January 19, 2018

Governor Justice Wishes all West Virginians a Happy New Year

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As 2017 ends, Cathy and I wish the great people of West Virginia a safe and Happy New Year.

There is a new spirit in West Virginia this year as we enter 2018. We have hope. We have great days ahead, and great things are happening in West Virginia. So count your blessings, and say your thanks to the Good Lord.

To all West Virginians wherever you may be, Happy New Year!

Governor Justice Issues Executive Order Preserving Annual Leave for Corrections Employees

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Governor Jim Justice has stepped in to save hard-earned annual leave for hundreds of West Virginia correctional officers and staff who faced losing it through no fault of their own.

State personnel rules cap the amount of annual leave that public employees can carry over from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave in excess of that cap must be used during the year it is earned or it expires.

But vacancies at West Virginia’s prisons, regional jails and juvenile facilities have required staff to work overtime throughout 2017, leaving them unable to take their use-or-lose annual leave. Gov. Justice has issued an executive order allowing these employees to carry all unused annual leave forward into 2018.

“The State recognizes that these employees are subject to unused annual leave expiring at the end of this calendar year, and that they have not been able or permitted to use the annual leave that they have accrued, through no fault of their own,” Gov. Justice wrote in the executive order.

The executive order applies to all correctional officers and employees of the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority and Division of Juvenile Services. At just the Huttonsville Correctional Center, the governor’s action rescues nearly 600 hours of hard-earned leave. Throughout Juvenile Services, the executive order will preserve more than 2,000 hours of annual leave or enough for nearly 52 weeks.

The three agencies are part of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

“The hard working men and women of our correctional agencies have been going above and beyond to protect West Virginians from some of the worst individuals society has to offer,” Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy said. “Due to their dedicated service and long hours at work, many have been unable to take their earned vacation this year. I applaud the Governor for his action. Without question, the Governor respects and cares about these public servants.”

West Virginia Ethics Commission Announces Financial Disclosure Deadline Prior to February 01, 2018

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West Virginia Ethics Commission announced today that public employees and officials who are required to complete Financial Disclosure Statements must file their completed forms with the Ethics Commission before February 01, 2018.  

Forms are available on the Commission’s website at www.ethics.wv.gov.  

The following categories of public servants are required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement form:

  • Persons elected to statewide offices;
  • Members of the Legislature;
  • All county elected officials;
  • Officials elected in Charleston and Fairmont municipal elections;
  • Members of county boards of education;
  • County school superintendents; 
  • Members of state boards, commissions and agencies who were appointed by the Governor;
  • Secretaries of state executive level departments;
  • State executive level Commissioners, deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners;
  • State executive level directors, deputy directors and assistant directors;
  • State executive level department heads, deputy department heads and assistant department heads, and 
  • Candidates in Charleston and Fairmont municipal elections. 

Disclosures may also be filed directly through the Ethics Commission’s website. Those who did not receive PIN numbers may contact the Commission.   

Any questions may be directed to the Ethics Commission at 304.558.0664 or by e-mailing “ellen.m.briggs@wv.gov”

Stop Opioids From Claiming Another Generation

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Opioid abuse is one of the greatest challenges facing our state and nation.

Lives are cut short every day. Whether by heroin or prescription painkillers, opioids do not discriminate. These senseless deaths occur across all segments of the population.

Youth are particularly at risk, as they may not fully realize the dangers of pills often assumed to be “safe” on the basis that they are prescribed by a medical professional.

My office is dedicated to turning the tide, staying on the front lines and using every tool at our disposal to prevent today’s children from becoming tomorrow’s addicted adults.

Our programs are reaching tens of thousands. Middle school presentations, football games, design contests and faith conferences send a simple message: prevention is key.

Most recently, our collaboration with three universities helped us reach more than 4,600 students in mere months.

Future health professionals studying at West Virginia University’s Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, Marshall University’s School of Nursing and Shepherd University’s Department of Nursing Education visited 27 middle schools throughout the state. They educated eighth grade students on the dangers associated with prescription painkillers, illustrating how a pill from a doctor is not far removed from heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

That means 4,600 young minds were instilled with information that could potentially save their lives.

That means 4,600 adolescents are now aware of the fatal consequences of opioid abuse; it’s 4,600 opportunities to reduce the state’s ever-increasing overdose death toll.

The eighth grade program received positive feedback from numerous teachers, principals and guidance counselors. Students were actively engaged in the presentations, asking questions and sharing personal stories.

In every class, someone knew a friend or family member battling addiction. In fact, many students indicated they had already been prescribed an opioid by a doctor, and one school administrator said staff used naloxone to revive a student.

That stark reality underscores the need to reach this generation – one growing up in a society saturated with drugs.

We have reached even more people by engaging student athletes, coaches, administrators and fans at more than 100 high school football games. Our games of the week initiative raises awareness and informs yet another audience as to the dangers of opioid painkillers.

Very soon our office will kick off its second Kids Kick Opioids design contest, which encourages students to create a public service announcement. Last year’s winning design shared the heart-wrenching experience of how one child has missed her father every day since his fatal overdose.

Her story touched even more hearts and minds this year as we launched the Combating Addiction with Grace initiative, a faith-based approach to tackling substance abuse in communities across the Mountain State.

These efforts ignite hope in a brighter tomorrow.

Young students are increasingly aware of the risks and can influence their peers in a positive way.

Through education and prevention, we can stop opioid abuse from devastating communities, tearing apart families and taking another generation of West Virginians.

We feel so strongly about prevention that it’s at the heart of our push for insurance providers to review policies and offer incentives for non-opioid pain management techniques.

We also have engaged prescribers and dispensers with a similar challenge in pushing our best practices toolkit, widely endorsed for encouraging safer and more effective ways to treat and manage pain.

As a new year dawns, so does renewed hope that our fight against addiction reaches more people of all ages and backgrounds so West Virginia can reach her full potential.

Patrick Morrisey is the Attorney General of West Virginia.

Congressional Delays In CHIP Funding Bringing Chaos

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Healthcare systems are now bracing for chaos as Congress failed to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

According to a new analysis by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, half of all state CHIP programs will have to shut down by the end of next month. Five states, including Virginia, won’t even last that long.

Linda Nablo helps run the Virginia Family Access to Medical Insurance Security program. As Congress has broken repeated promises to deal with the issue, she said they may now have to tell the families of 100,000 children their health coverage could end in a few weeks.

“I may now have to mail out another letter, saying. ‘No, it’s not January 31, it’s much earlier than that.’” Nablo said. “If you’re a parent, especially if you’re a parent of a very sick child, what do you think?“

West Virginia expects to run out of funding in March.

A plan to fund CHIP by cutting preventive and other care has backing in the House. But congressional leaders set that aside to pass the big tax bill, which includes corporate and estate tax cuts.

Some House Republicans argue that CHIP funding has to be offset to avoid increasing the federal deficit. But as they debate those issues, emergency room doctors say they’re planning for when the FAMIS children start showing up after losing coverage - often much sicker than they would be with it.

Dr. Sam Bartle at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond said he expects to see those parents trying to make heartbreaking decisions about their children’s illnesses.

“‘Should I bring them in now or can I wait? Is his wheezing, his difficulty breathing bad enough yet to come in? Can I wait until later and see if it gets better?‘ For some conditions, that can be deadly,” Bartle said.

Virginia is not the only state in this situation. Alabama reduced the number of children without health coverage to 3 percent - in part by getting 95,000 kids into the CHIP program.

Alabama CHIP director, Cathy Caldwell, said many of those families are starting to panic.

“Our phones are ringing off the wall,” Caldwell said. “We have panicked families wondering what in the world they have as options.“

Caldwell and Nablo both stressed, as the funding runs low, programs start to incur long-term damage.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

West Virginian’s Are Encouraged to Respond to Postcards Sent to Verify Voter Registration Accuracy

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Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that some West Virginia registered voters might receive a “confirmation card” in the mail to confirm or update the address at which they are registered to vote.

The voters who will be mailed confirmation cards were identified as individuals who have registered an address change with the United States Postal Service’s National Change of Address (NCOA) service and who have not otherwise updated their voter registration.

W.Va. Code § 3-2-25 requires the Secretary of State compare the NCOA list with the Statewide Voter Registration System database to identify potential outdated registrations. The Secretary of State’s Office then forwards the results to each of the 55 county clerks who then review their county’s list and mail the confirmation cards. 

The NCOA list was provided to the 55 county clerks in November, and the confirmation cards will all be in the mail by December 31, 2017. Voters who receive a confirmation card need to return them by February 1, 2018, to ensure there is no change in status of their registration. If a card is not returned (or is returned “undeliverable”), the voter’s registration status is marked “inactive.”

It is important to note that an inactive voter has all the same rights as an active voter (i.e. they will be in the poll book, may cast a ballot in any election, and will not have to vote provisional so long as they satisfy the requirements). An inactive status merely indicates a voter registration is subject to cancellation if the voter does not vote in any election or update her or his registration during the next two federal election cycles.

“While any change in status due to NCOA confirmation postcards will not in any way preclude you from participation in the upcoming 2018 elections, it is important for everyone who receives the postcards to take their civic duty seriously and return the postcard to the county clerk or go online and update their voter registration,” Secretary Warner said.

Voters who move must update their voter registration to ensure they are properly registered for the upcoming 2018 elections. Voters can update their information online via the Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration Portal, which can be found at ovr.sos.wv.gov.

Secretary Warner is hopeful that all registered voters will check their registration status and polling location before the upcoming elections.

“I encourage all of our voters to go online and take just a few minutes to review their registration information to confirm their party affiliation, polling location and registration status are up to date,” Secretary Warner said.

Registration information for all registered voters can be found on the Secretary of State website at govotewv.com.

The Republican gamble on tax reform

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In 2010, Democratic California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi famously said of the Affordable Care Act, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it away from the fog of the controversy.”

The statement was taken by Obamacare opponents as an indication of how Democrats crafted a complicated bill remaking the nation’s healthcare delivery system without a full understanding of its impact.

Now Republicans are passing, and President Trump will sign, the biggest tax reform plan since the Reagan tax cuts of 1981.  Certainly more details are known about the tax bill than the ACA.  There are numerous websites where you can enter your tax information and see how you will be affected.

However, that does not mean the tax bill is widely understood by Americans or, even if they understand it, they may not want it.

The New York Times did a survey of people that could expect a tax cut.  It found that “even among people with more than 90 percent chance of getting a cut, about half said they did not expect to get one.”

That helps explain why the tax cuts are not popular. The statistical website FiveThirtyEight reports, “According to an average of nine surveys taken this month, 33 percent of Americans are in favor of it, and 52 percent are opposed.”  Contrast that with the Reagan tax cuts when a Gallup Poll found 51 percent approved, while 26 percent were opposed.

These numbers and others put Republicans in a precarious position heading into 2018. The GOP is already bracing for losses often suffered by the party in power in midterm elections, especially when the President is of the same party and has low approval ratings.

West Virginia’s three Republican members of the House of  Representatives—David McKinley (R-WV1), Alex Mooney (R-WV2) and Evan Jenkins (R-WV3)–along with Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito all supported the tax bill.

Capito is not up for re-election until 2020. However, McKinley and Mooney have to defend their seats next year, and Jenkins is running for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate.  They have to own the tax bill during the 2018 election cycle.

They are banking on that working out for them. Their best arguments are that more than 80 percent of West Virginia taxpayers use the standard deduction rather than itemizing and those folks all get a tax break. Additionally, small businesses, which dominate the state’s economy, will also see a lower tax liability.

But a lot of things could go wrong. There could be a massive correction in the stock market.  The economy could hit one of its cyclical downturns.  What if big corporations, which stand to benefit most from the tax bill, see profits surge, but wages do not follow?  What if the deficit explodes?

The political fallout could be dramatic.  Americans, who according to surveys never saw taxes as their top issue, will take out their frustrations on the party in power, giving Democrats in West Virginia and across the country a foothold to try to regain their majorities.

Republicans said they needed the tax bill; they and President Trump had to have a legislative victory to carry them through the midterms.  We will know in a few months whether that was the correct calculus.

A Republican version of the Pelosi blunder might be, “Let’s pass the tax bill and see what happens.”

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

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

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

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

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

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

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

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

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

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

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

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

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

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

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

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

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

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

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

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

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

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

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

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

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

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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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

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

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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.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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.

Sincerely

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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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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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'.

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