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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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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.

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

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

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

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

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

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

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

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

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

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

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

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

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

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

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

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

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

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

By Fact on 09.07.2017

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

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

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

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

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

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

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

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

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

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

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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

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

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

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

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

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

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

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

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

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

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

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

And again and again and again.

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

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

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

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