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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Offers to Match Flood Relief Gifts

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To encourage local gifts of cash toward flood relief efforts in West Virginia, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) is matching the first $10,000 raised through the PACF for this purpose.

PACF’s Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt, said, “We are all deeply saddened by the catastrophic losses suffered by our fellow West Virginians. This recent flooding is unique given that so many of the locations which flooded had little history of prior issues. As a result, a large number of the affected families did not carry flood insurance and thus, face devastating losses. As a community foundation, PACF’s leaders and supporters want to help our neighbors at this time of great need.” 

“There are many different ways to aid flood relief efforts from donating one’s time to providing materials or other resources. We urge everyone to find some way to help. PACF is offering a local means by which citizens can multiply their cash donations to strengthen the impact of those gifts. Since these gifts must be put to use swiftly, we are offering to match up to $10,000 in cash gifts made for flood relief to PACF by check or cash from now until Friday, July 1st at noon.

All monies raised by PACF plus PACF’s matching funds will be distributed—100%—for flood relief in West Virginia, shared between the American Red Cross and the West Virginia VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). An interdenominational effort, VOAD coordinates resources and efforts for many different volunteer groups in the flood areas. Should monies beyond the initial $10,000 matching amount be received, those funds will also be directed to flood relief. A public report will be issued following the campaign.

To make a donation that will qualify toward the matching resources, checks should be made payable to PACF (memo line “flood relief”) and dropped off to PACF during normal business hours at the Foundation’s Central Office at the Vasan Family Center for Philanthropy, 1620 Park Avenue in Parkersburg (directly across from the main entrance to City Park). Qualifying gifts can also be made by credit card online on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com, using the “Network for Good” button on the top right side of the page (be sure to use the designation box to identify your gift as for flood relief).

As PACF seeks to provide these monies for flood relief quickly, the matching offer closes at noon on Friday, July 1st. Please send any questions to or call 304.428.4438.

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2ND ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR FALLEN SERVICE HEROES

Event to honor the WV National Guard Foundation and the Families of Fallen Service Members
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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the 2nd Annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Sunday, June 12. This year’s ride benefits the West Virginia National Guard Foundation and the families of Fallen West Virginia Service Members.

“Like all West Virginians, I feel a special surge of emotion every time I see the American flag,” Senator Manchin said. “I am so eager to participate in this ride to honor Flag Day, the West Virginia National Guard and the families of Fallen Service Members. Every day, schoolchildren, Scouts, Veterans – in fact, Americans all across this great land – pledge their allegiance to the Stars and Stripes. This year, I am excited to honor our nation’s heroes with this special ride.

The round-trip motorcycle ride will travel from Charleston to Summersville, and concludes with a free community picnic at the National Guard. A complete schedule is below: 

Registration at the Harley-Davidson of WV Pavilion     8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Group Ride to Summersville                                   10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Break at Summersville Conference Center                       12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Group Ride to WV National Guard in Charleston               12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Community Picnic at WV National Guard                       2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The partners include U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Harley-Davidson of WV, Summersville Conference Center, WV National Guard, the WV Vietnam Veterans of America and the Capitol City WV Chapter #5439 Harley Owners Group, Gold Star Families and the Summersville Conference Center.  Officers from the Huntington Police Department Traffic Unit will participate and provide ride security. The public is encouraged to participate in the ride and/or attend the community picnic and honor our military heroes.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes or how you can participate, please contact: Harley-Davidson of WV, 4924 MacCorkle Ave., South Charleston, WV 25309 or call 304.768.1600 or visit www.facebook.com/rideforfallenserviceheroes.

WVWC Day Raises Over $170,000 for Title III Endowment Challenge

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On May 02, West Virginia Wesleyan College challenged its alumni and friends to raise money designated for the Title III Endowment Match.  More than 550 alumni and friends responded with more than $170,000 in donations as part of the one-day initiative.  Named “WVWC Day,” the event coincided with the day high school students across the country announced their college selection. 

Wesleyan was awarded the $10 million Title III grant through the Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program in September 2014.  One component of that grant is a $2 million endowment challenge where each gift designated toward “Title III” is matched by the U.S. Federal Government, resulting in a $4 million increase in the College’s endowment over 5 years.  Wesleyan was one of two institutions to receive the $10 million award.  Once the gifts received on WVWC Day are matched dollar-for-dollar, the day will result in a $340,000 investment in Wesleyan’s endowment.

“We are delighted by the tremendous response of our alumni and friends,” said Bob Skinner ’75, vice president for advancement.  “Not only did we far exceed our $100,000 goal, we also experienced a record number of online gifts through this effort.”

In addition to the $10 million grant, Wesleyan is in the midst of a $30 million “Enhancing Our Tradition, Empowering Our Future” Capital Campaign.  The effort has six primary objectives that include current scholarships, the scholarship endowment, capital improvements, academic program support, the renovation of athletic facilities, and the Title III endowment challenge.

To learn more about the Capital Campaign, go to www.wvwc.edu/campaign.

Gilmer County Farm Bureau Good Will Dinner

Gilmer County Farm Bureau hosted their annual Good Will Dinner April 30, 2016 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center.

This year’s event was well attended.

The 2016 Good Will Recipient was Chester Sholes.

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Chester has been an active Farm Bureau Member for 15 years.

You can always count on Chester to be the first person on the scene when there is work to be done.

Chester is a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, A Veteran, board member on the Recreation Center, Lions Club member and has held a County Commission seat in the past.

Chester is retired from DuPont in Parkersburg with 30 years of service.

He enjoys country and blue grass music, garden and mows lots of grass in the summer.

Chester has two children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

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Everyone enjoyed spending the evening with Minnie Pearl portrayed by Denise Giardina of Charleston in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive!

It was a great evening.

Farm Bureau meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 at the Historic Society Building on Main Street.

Everyone is welcome.

GSC’s Alumni Weekend Scheduled; Graduates to be Honored Announced

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Glenville, WV – Alumni and friends of Glenville State College are invited to campus for Alumni Weekend on Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23.

Several activities are planned for the weekend; culminating with the popular evening alumni awards banquet. Alumni banquet attendees also may gather in the third floor pre-function area of the Mollohan Campus Community Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a social hour prior to dinner in the ballroom. Activities earlier in the day will allow everyone to socialize, reminisce, and re-establish contact with fellow alums and friends of Glenville State College who might not have seen one another in a while.

The Alumni Center, open from 1:00-4:30 p.m., will serve as headquarters for the day’s activities. (A full schedule of activities and registration form can be found at www.glenville.edu.)

The evening’s banquet spotlight will be on the Alumni Association’s guests of honor:

    •  Alumnus of the Year Gary Ray ‘71

    •  Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Dr. David M. Gillespie ’64

    •  Community Service Award Honoree Ken Davis ‘72

    •  Outstanding Public School Educator Award Recipient Leigh Dawn (Bailey) McGinnis ‘91

    •  Outstanding Young Alumna Jamie (Hickman) Weaver ‘06

    •  Outstanding Young Alumnus Dr. Freddie Persinger ‘06

The Alumni Center will be open for social time following the banquet.

Banquet/Social Hour tickets are $20.00 each and reservations are required. Contact the Alumni Office at 304.462.4110, 866.239.0285 toll free, or via e-mail at for more information and to make your banquet reservations.

Rockford Rockets 4-H Club Donates Cancer Care Bags to UHC

Bridgeport, WV – The Rockford Rockets 4-H Club, from the Rockford and Lost Creek areas, recently donated cancer care bags to the Cecil B. Highland, Jr., & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center. Emma Samples, president Rockford Rockets 4-H, decided after an Internet search that a donation of cancer care bags would be a great idea. The club’s goal was to make an impact locally due to so many lives being affected by cancer.

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(L-R, BR) Donna Riddle, RN, BSN, Radiation Oncology nurse at UHC; Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, director of oncology at UHC;
Jessica Stroupe, member Rockford Rockets 4-H Club; Emily Bowman, treasurer Rockford Rockets 4-H;
Jeremy Ables, club leader Rockford Rockets 4-H Club; Nancy Dye, RN, CCRP, oncology program coordinator at UHC.
(L-R, MR) Emily Bennett, secretary Rockford Rockets 4-H Club; Brendon Smith, member Rockford Rockets 4-H Club.
(L-R, FR) Gavin Ash, member Rockford Rockets 4-H Club; Matthew Ables, member Rockford Rockets 4-H Club;
Amelia Samples, member Rockford Rockets 4-H Club and Emma Samples, president Rockford Rockets 4-H Club.


“This generous donation helps give cancer patients the comfort they deserve while at the same time providing them with the knowledge that the community cares for and supports them during their course of treatment,” said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, director of oncology at UHC. “This is a testament to the caring community of North Central West Virginia.”

The cancer care bags provided to chemotherapy patients at UHC are filled with thoughtful items to assist patients while they go through treatment and healing. “We decided to donate the care bags to help people locally who have cancer, that’s why we selected UHC as a partner,” said Samples.

For more information about the Cecil B. Highland, Jr., & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at UHC, call Nancy Dye, RN, CCRP, program coordinator at 681.342.1804 or email .

Youth Football Teams and Cheer Squads Donate to the UHC Cancer Center to Make an Impact

Bridgeport, WV — Team members from each Bridgeport youth football team and cheer squad visited the Cecil B. Highland & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center recently to donate $500 in support of breast cancer programs at the hospital. 

“We wanted to shed a different light on breast cancer by making an impact on a life that is fighting the disease,“ said Lisa Hinzman, Bridgeport Youth Football Fundraising Coordinator.  “This is really hitting home with many of us on the team as most know somebody affected by cancer.“ 

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Players raised funds through t-shirt sales, old team jersey sales, spirit shop sales at games and very giving parents.  The fund raising project was to help make an impact on those affected with breast cancer, as well as a way to educate the team about the disease. 

Each team also showed their support this season by wearing a pink ribbon on their helmets. The pink ribbon is the nationally-recognized symbol of breast cancer awareness.

“We are incredibly proud of these Bridgeport youngsters and the great partnership they have created with the cancer center,“ said Peggy Johnson, RN, BSN, navigator for breast health.  “Together we are making a difference with the funds they have raised to enhance and expand the navigational services offered at UHC.”

G-Eye™: Sunday Breakfast at Gilmer County Recreation Center

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All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

at

The Gilmer County Recreation Facility

Fundraiser for the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Centers
Girls Cabins Bathrooms Making Them ADA Compliant

When: October 18, 2015 (Sunday)

Price: $8.00 Adults

$5.00 Children under 10 years

Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Menu:

Buckwheat or Regular Pancakes

Scrambled Eggs

Bacon

Sausage Links

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Fried Potatoes

Homemade Biscuit

Fruit

Beverages: Coffee, Water, Orange Juice or Milk


Location: From the stoplight, take WV Highway 5 West towards Grantsville for
.1 miles and turn right on Sycamore Run Road for .5 miles.
Make a left at the Golf Course intersection and proceed up the hill to
the Recreation Center

If you get lost, follow the crowd

Support a good cause and enjoy the food and the visit with your
friends and neighbors!!!!

MANCHIN’S RIDE FOR FALLEN SERVICE HEROES RAISES $35K FOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES

Senator Manchin joined more than 200 riders to
honor families of Fallen West Virginia service members

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that Sunday’s inaugural Ride for Fallen Service Heroes raised $35,000 for the West Virginia National Guard Foundation for Gold Star Families, families who have lost loved ones in defense of our country. Senator Manchin presented the check to the families at a picnic at the West Virginia National Guard Armory following the round-trip motorcycle ride from Charleston to Fayetteville, which was sponsored by the Harley Owners Group (HOG) Capitol City WV Chapter #5439.

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“West Virginia is a very patriotic state, and the love that we have for our service members and their families is unwavering,” Senator Manchin said. “We always want to do all we can to honor our Fallen service heroes, wounded warriors and their families, and that is what this ride was all about. It was an honor and a privilege to take this inaugural ride and raise money for our Gold Star Families. I thank everyone who

Minnie Hamilton Health System Raises Over $17,500

Minnie Hamilton Health System Raises Over $17,500
Through Give Local MOV to Benefit Care Center

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Grantsville, WV – The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced today that over $218,606 was raised through Give Local MOV, the 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by PACF on May 5th.  Of that amount, $17,592 was raised to benefit Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. dba, Minnie Hamilton Health System (MHHS). 

“MHHS’ participation in Give Local MOV marks a beginning point of an idea that began many years ago,” commented MHHS’ CEO, Steve Whited.  “Since our opening in 1959, our Grantsville facility has seen countless changes to fit the varying needs of the community, and we have risen to each challenge to make the changes happen.  The biggest change is yet to come, and we need the communities help to make it a reality.

Needless to say, our facilities are the backbone of our towns and communities; not only from a healthcare aspect, but also economically.  MHHS is the region’s largest employer and provides over 275 jobs and over $14 million annually in local salaries.  Some of our everyday challenges include: regulatory burdens, replacement of outdated / hard to find / and expensive materials, and the ability to expand to needed services in the community due to space restrictions, etc.  It is imperative that we build a new facility in order to continue meeting the needs of our patients into the foreseeable future.  We have determined that we need to raise upwards $2 million to make the project feasible.  The funds raised through Give Local MOV will go towards this goal.” 

A key benefit of giving to the participating nonprofits on May 5th was the availability of matching funds.  PACF raised more than $118,000 which was awarded through matching fund challenges and prize contests over the 24-hour giving period.  Several regional sponsors, led by Superior Toyota and the PM Company, supplied $56,000 in matching funds, several individuals/businesses offered private challenges to specific organizations totaling $19,000, and $1,500 in hourly prize incentives encouraged giving. Additionally, PACF provided $42,000 to help grow each nonprofits permanent charitable fund. PACF also supplied the secure online giving platform and covered credit card processing fees, allowing 100% of each donor’s gift to go to its intended agency.  Of the $17, 592 that MHHS received through Give Local MOV, $4512 came from matching funds and prizes. 

“On behalf of MHHS, I want to thank the PACF, and all the donors who made Give Local MOV successful for our organization,” said Whited.  “We have been very fortunate to be involved with the PACF and have received numerous grants through their Community Action Grant Program to help purchase such things as mammography machines upgrades, patient furniture, and community outreach/youth education.  Give Local MOV is another example of how a partnership with the Community Foundation can make a positive impact for our area.  We are proud of our community, our people and our facilities.”

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) is a PACF affiliate and works in collaboration to build resources specifically dedicated for Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt Counties. “We’re very proud of the accomplishment of Minnie Hamilton during Give Local MOV 2015. Our area’s health center was the #1 participant with its supporters raising funds far exceeding those of others in larger communities. Our Advisory Board congratulates Minnie Hamilton on this great achievement and for putting our area on the top of the leaderboard in giving,” said Jim Bennett, LKACF affiliate advisory committee chair.

“Our event sponsors and the local donors who contribute are the critical factors in the success of Give Local MOV ,” said Julie Boyce, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer.  “Our local businesses truly stepped up this year and enabled us to make an incredible impact region-wide. And, local businesses are only able to support positive initiatives, such as Give Local MOV, if they themselves have support from local residents.  By supporting local businesses and shopping local, you can help provide for the greater good of our community. We urge everyone to give local and to shop local!” 

PACF plans to again host Give Local MOV in May 2016 and is already seeking partners.  Individuals, nonprofits, or businesses interested in having a significant impact for their investment and to get involved in Give Local MOV 2016 should contact the Foundation office at 304.428.4438 to learn more. 


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.


About Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation:

The Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt Counties in West Virginia.  LKACF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 2004, LKACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF and its affiliate, LKACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438 (Parkersburg Office) or 304.372.8588 (Ripley Field Office).

Girls on the Run Donates to UHC Pediatrics

Girls on the Run is a national, transformational, physical activity based positive, youth development program for girls in third grade thru eighth grade.

The program teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games.

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(FR, L-R)  Hailey, Skylar, Kaleigh, Abbigail, Madison, Caylee and Trinity
(BR, L-R) Pacer Pal, Morgan Pratt; Coach, Angie Pratt; Coach, Kelley Coulter; Coach, Melinda Mack;
Sharon Mitchell, RN, nurse manager of pediatrics at UHC;
Tiffany Brinkley, RN, clinical supervisor of pediatrics at UHC;
Coach, Meredith Waggoner and Coach, Jennifer Lauri.


The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event.

The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The Salem Elementary Girls on the Run program recently presented United Hospital Center with new stuffed toys for pediatric patients.

Community Foundation Event to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations - Today

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On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) will host Give Local MOV, a 24-hour online giving challenge that encourages local giving throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.  This event supports important local causes to help meet needs in the Foundation’s 11-county service area.  Give Local MOV is part of Give Local America, a national crowd-funding day started in 2014.

PACF is partnering with the region’s nonprofits to meet their needs and help connect people in the community with the causes they care about. Current partners for Give Local MOV include 43 local programs, causes and organizations with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development.  Local nonprofits invited to participate in the Give Local MOV event are those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.  (For a complete list of participating nonprofits, visit www.givelocalmov.org)

“Give Local MOV is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to get involved and contribute to the greater good of our area,” said Julie Boyce, the Foundation’s Development and Communications Officer.  “Last year we raised over $115,000 for our local participating nonprofits and we look to surpass that amount this year!  With over $30,000 currently available in immediate match funds for this event, this is an excellent time to support these area nonprofits. Gifts raised by the nonprofit organizations during the online giving day, as well as the immediate match funds and hourly prize monies will be distributed shortly after the event for the agencies’ current charitable purposes.  In addition, as it did last year, PACF is further matching each gift of $100 or more (up to a designated maximum per agency) made through the online platform on May 5th with PACF’s match applied to build the agencies’ permanent charitable funds.  We urge others to help sponsor this great event by offering additional match funds available during this day of giving.”

The Community Foundation is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist.

Individuals wishing to make a donation, minimum $10, are to visit www.givelocalmov.org on May 05, 2015 and submit their donation.

“Every donation makes a big difference for our local organizations; when you give where you live, you can see the impact right in your own hometown. Please consider being a sponsor – every sponsor dollar is multiplied and reinvested in our community.” said Boyce.

To help sponsor Give Local MOV or to learn more, contact Julie Boyce by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing .

Community Foundation Event to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations - May 05, 2015

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On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) will host Give Local MOV, a 24-hour online giving challenge that encourages local giving throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.  This event supports important local causes to help meet needs in the Foundation’s 11-county service area.  Give Local MOV is part of Give Local America, a national crowd-funding day started in 2014.

PACF is partnering with the region’s nonprofits to meet their needs and help connect people in the community with the causes they care about. Current partners for Give Local MOV include 43 local programs, causes and organizations with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development.  Local nonprofits invited to participate in the Give Local MOV event are those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.  (For a complete list of participating nonprofits, visit www.givelocalmov.org)

“Give Local MOV is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to get involved and contribute to the greater good of our area,” said Julie Boyce, the Foundation’s Development and Communications Officer.  “Last year we raised over $115,000 for our local participating nonprofits and we look to surpass that amount this year!  With over $30,000 currently available in immediate match funds for this event, this is an excellent time to support these area nonprofits. Gifts raised by the nonprofit organizations during the online giving day, as well as the immediate match funds and hourly prize monies will be distributed shortly after the event for the agencies’ current charitable purposes.  In addition, as it did last year, PACF is further matching each gift of $100 or more (up to a designated maximum per agency) made through the online platform on May 5th with PACF’s match applied to build the agencies’ permanent charitable funds.  We urge others to help sponsor this great event by offering additional match funds available during this day of giving.”

The Community Foundation is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist.

Individuals wishing to make a donation, minimum $10, are to visit www.givelocalmov.org on May 05, 2015 and submit their donation.

“Every donation makes a big difference for our local organizations; when you give where you live, you can see the impact right in your own hometown. Please consider being a sponsor – every sponsor dollar is multiplied and reinvested in our community.” said Boyce.

To help sponsor Give Local MOV or to learn more, contact Julie Boyce by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing .

5K for Autism Awareness Raises Nearly $2,000

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GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College student organization Pioneers for a Cause held their ‘Color a World Without Autism’ 5K run/walk on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Approximately 160 GSC students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages were in attendance.

“Pioneers for a Cause was blown away by the support and encouragement of everyone who got involved - without them the success of the race wouldn’t have been possible. In total, we raised nearly $2,000 for autism research! My organization decided in the beginning that since we are the only group like this in West Virginia, we wanted the proceeds to stay in the state. With that idea taken into consideration, we will be donating the money to the Autism Society of WV,“ said GSC student Jade Spencer who served as one of the event coordinators.

The group teamed up with GSC’s Student Government Association for the color run/walk who helped cover some of the costs. Glenville Foodland and Smith Land Surveying also donated all of the bottled water for the race. “We would like to thank everyone who made donations, helped throw the color, and the law enforcement for keeping everyone safe throughout the race route. Overall, the race was a huge success and made a big impact on the GSC campus. We are already looking forward to planning another one for next year,“ continued Spencer.

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For more information about student organizations and activities at Glenville State College, contact Director of Student Activities Jodi Ocheltree at or 304.462.6416.

Community Foundation Event to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations - 05.05.15

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On Tuesday, May 05, 2015, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) will host Give Local MOV, a 24-hour online giving challenge that encourages local giving throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.  This event supports important local causes to help meet needs in the Foundation’s 11-county service area.  Give Local MOV is part of Give Local America, a national crowd-funding day started in 2014.

PACF is partnering with the region’s nonprofits to meet their needs and help connect people in the community with the causes they care about. Current partners for Give Local MOV include 43 local programs, causes and organizations with missions supporting animals; arts and culture; community improvement; education; environment; health; human services; and youth development.  Local nonprofits invited to participate in the Give Local MOV event are those with a charitable fund associated with PACF’s family of funds.  (For a complete list of participating nonprofits, visit www.givelocalmov.org)

“Give Local MOV is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to get involved and contribute to the greater good of our area,” said Julie Boyce, the Foundation’s Development and Communications Officer.  “Last year we raised over $115,000 for our local participating nonprofits and we look to surpass that amount this year!  With over $30,000 currently available in immediate match funds for this event, this is an excellent time to support these area nonprofits. Gifts raised by the nonprofit organizations during the online giving day, as well as the immediate match funds and hourly prize monies will be distributed shortly after the event for the agencies’ current charitable purposes.  In addition, as it did last year, PACF is further matching each gift of $100 or more (up to a designated maximum per agency) made through the online platform on May 5th with PACF’s match applied to build the agencies’ permanent charitable funds.  We urge others to help sponsor this great event by offering additional match funds available during this day of giving.”

The Community Foundation is encouraging everyone in the community to be a philanthropist.

Individuals wishing to make a donation, minimum $10, are to visit www.givelocalmov.org on May 05, 2015 and submit their donation.

“Every donation makes a big difference for our local organizations; when you give where you live, you can see the impact right in your own hometown. Please consider being a sponsor – every sponsor dollar is multiplied and reinvested in our community.” said Boyce.

To help sponsor Give Local MOV or to learn more, contact Julie Boyce by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing .

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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