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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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~~  Photos by GSC Student Quentin Murphy ~~

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 lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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