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GSC Students and Faculty Travel Abroad

GLENVILLE, WV—Some studies have found that less than 10% of higher education students in the United States travel abroad at some point prior to their graduation. Through several initiatives, Glenville State College is aiming to provide more opportunities for our students to experience the cultural exchange that happens when learning is explored on a global scale. In addition to new projects like Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses where students get to interact with their peers in other countries, GSC students are also participating in traditional study abroad trips.

Just this summer a group of students and faculty traveled to London for a study abroad experience. Members of the GSC Honors Program had discussed the idea of such a trip and worked hard to make it a reality. They talked about who would go and what they would do while they were there, but first they had to raise the money to cover the travel expenses. They held spaghetti dinners, basket raffles, and collected donations to pay for the travel expenses of the trip.

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(L-R) Melissa Davis, Morgan Allen, Dr. Jonathan Minton, Dr. Sallie Anglin, Larisa Gordon,
and Nancy and Dennis Wemm pose for a photo in front of London’s Tower Bridge


The students who attended were Morgan Allen, Larisa Gordon, and Melissa Davis. They agree that the ability to see another culture firsthand was truly unique. “I have a newfound respect for how different cultures interact all living together as one,” said Allen. “I enjoyed seeing the sights of London and the history behind them. After my study abroad experience, I have gained confidence and drive to continue traveling in the future,” added Gordon. Allen and Gordon are both Honors Program Students and Davis is a Hidden Promise Scholar.

While in London the group toured art museums, castles, and Stonehenge. They also took part in a theater class and visited sites where popular movies like the Harry Potter series had been filmed. In addition to the students, GSC Professor of Communications Dennis Wemm and his wife Nancy, GSC associate Professor of English Dr. Jonathon Minton, and former professor Dr. Sallie Anglin took part in the trip.

“Employers throughout the U.S. consistently emphasize the advantages of global competencies in the hiring process. These competencies may be acquired through education abroad, which now includes internships or service-learning projects. What this means for students is that, in addition to being fun, traveling is also an investment in one’s career after college. All other things being equal, Melissa, Morgan and Larisa may be offered jobs precisely because they participated in an education abroad experience,” said Dr. Megan Gibbons, GSC Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs.

In a world where nearly every occupation is untouched by globalization, experiences like these are very valuable for students. Plans are being made for other study abroad trips specifically for criminal justice and environmental science students as well as trips to World War II battle sites. Currently, eleven students have signed up for the criminal justice in London trip being offered in May 2016.  Other destinations available to students next year include Canada, Germany, and Mexico.

Students in the Honors Program extend their thanks to community members who donated to their fundraisers and specifically to the Corner Stone Café, Waco Oil and Gas, Flying W Plastics, Glenville Advance Auto Parts, Joe and June Evans, the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department, Watch Me Grow Daycare, the Glenville State College Office of Admissions, and the GSC Foundation for helping make their trip possible.
For more information about programs such as these, contact Gibbons at or 304.462.6328.

Troy Elementary ABBITs Trip

The Troy Elementary ABBITs(a’s and b’s because I try) traveled to
Blennerhassett Island in Parkersburg on May 28, 2015.

Students took the ferry to the island.

They received a tour of the mansion and a horse drawn carriage around the island.

The following students participated:
Tierra Law(6), Ally Frymier(6), Ty Wellings(6), Jo Lilly (5) and Zack Collins(6).

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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) Unveils 2015 Official State Travel Guide

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), joined by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, local businesses, and travelers, unveiled the 2015 Official State Travel Guide at the I-77 South Welcome Center in Williamstown, West Virginia.

“This year’s travel guide provides folks with everything they need to plan a fun and exciting getaway with friends and family.  Combined with recommendations from our knowledgeable and friendly staff at our Welcome Centers, this guide can help you map out your wild, wonderful West Virginia adventure,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

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Mark Lewis, President and CEO of The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said he was pleased to assist in hosting the official debut of the 2015 Official State Travel Guide. He went on to say, “The guide showcases all the gems that make West Virginia shine. Here in the Greater Parkersburg area, that includes a variety of unique attractions, from the 19th century elegance of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park to the promise of outdoor adventure on the North Bend Rail Trail.”

The 2015 Official State Travel Guide, produced by Miles, features whitewater rafting on the cover. The guide is divided into nine geographic travel regions and offers suggestions for outdoor recreation; craft beer, wine and spirits; dining; entertainment; and more. A 2015 calendar of events is listed in the back of the guide.

Request your free copy of the 2015 Official State Travel Guide online, from a member of the GoToWV Team at 800.225.5982 or pick up one at one of the many Welcome Centers and tourist attractions in West Virginia.

Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800.225.5982.

You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

Annie’s Project to Be Offered Again by WVU Extension Service - Deadline Approaching

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Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service.

An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses.

The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

The second level teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.

Both groups can expect meaningful networking opportunities that extend well beyond the course.

The program will be offered in Sutton, WV as well as other locations around state during the winter and spring months.

The fee for the course is $25, and includes materials and refreshments.

Some financial aid is available for those who find the cost prohibitive.

Classes are scheduled to start January 20, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the Braxton County High School.

Please register by January 16, 2015 by contacting one of the following WVU Extension Offices- Gilmer, Braxton, or Lewis.

For questions contact one of the following WVU Extension Agents, Daisy Bailey at 304.462.7061 (Gilmer County), Debbie Friend at 304.765.2809 (Braxton County), Bruce Loyd at 304.269.4660 (Lewis County)

By using local experts to provide instruction, Annie’s Project has built a solid track record of success in more than 34 states.

The WVU Extension Service is partnering with the WVU Small Farm Center, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC), West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Service Agency to provide the training in West Virginia.

Boeing 797

Get Ready It’s Almost Here

BOEING 797 It can comfortably fly 10,000 Miles (16,000 km) at Mach 0.88 or 654 mph (1,046 km/h) with 1000 passengers on board! They have kept this secret long enough. This shot was taken last month.


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The BOEING 797 Boeing is preparing this 1000 passenger Jet Liner that could reshape the Air Travel Industry. Its radical “Blended Wing Fuselage” design has been developed by Boeing in cooperation with NASA Langley Research Centre. The mammoth aircraft will have a wing span of 265 feet compared to 211 feet of its 747, and it’s been designed to fit within the newly created Air Terminals for the 555 seat Airbus A380, which is 262 feet wide.

The new 797 is Boeing’s direct response to the Airbus A380, which has racked up orders for 159 already. Boeing decided to kill its 747X Stretched Super Jumbo in 2003 after little interest was shown for it by Airline Companies, but continued to develop its “Ultimate Airbus Crusher”, the 797 at its Phantom Works Research Facility in Long Beach, California. The Airbus A380 had been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated $13 Billion in development costs, which gives Boeing a huge advantage. More so because Airbus is thus committed to the older style tubular structure for their aircraft for decades to come.


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There are several big advantages in the “Blended Wing Fuselage” design, the most important being the “Lift to Drag” ratio which is expected to increase by an amazing 50%, resulting in an overall weight reduction of the aircraft by 25%, making it an estimated 33% more fuel efficient than the A380, and thus making the Airbus’s $13 Billion Dollar investment look pretty shaky.“High Airframe Rigidity” is another key factor in the “Blended Wing Fuselage” technology. It reduces turbulence and creates less stress on the airframe which adds to fuel efficiency, giving the 797 a tremendous 10,000 Mile range with 1,000 passengers on board cruising comfortably at Mach 0.88 or 654 MPH, which gives it another advantage over the tube-and-wing designed A380’s 570 MPH.


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The exact date for introduction of the 797 is as yet unclear, but the battle lines are clearly drawn in the high-stakes war for future civilian aircraft supremacy.

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Annie’s Project to Be Offered Again by WVU Extension Service

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Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service.

An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses.

The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

The second level teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.

Both groups can expect meaningful networking opportunities that extend well beyond the course.

The program will be offered in Sutton, WV as well as other locations around state during the winter and spring months.

The fee for the course is $25, and includes materials and refreshments.

Some financial aid is available for those who find the cost prohibitive.

Classes are scheduled to start January 20, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the Braxton County High School.

Please register by January 16, 2015 by contacting one of the following WVU Extension Offices- Gilmer, Braxton, or Lewis.

For questions contact one of the following WVU Extension Agents, Daisy Bailey at 304.462.7061 (Gilmer County), Debbie Friend at 304.765.2809 (Braxton County), Bruce Loyd at 304.269.4660 (Lewis County)

By using local experts to provide instruction, Annie’s Project has built a solid track record of success in more than 34 states.

The WVU Extension Service is partnering with the WVU Small Farm Center, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC), West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Service Agency to provide the training in West Virginia.

Calling All Bird Lovers! January 16-18, 2015, Is “For the Birds”

Calling All Bird Lovers! North Bend State Park’s Winter Wonder Weekend
January 16-18, 2015, Is “For the Birds”

Bird lovers and other winter outdoors enthusiasts are invited to flock to the 2015 Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park January 16-18, 2015.

The theme for this annual event is “For the Birds” and will feature bird-related programs, crafts and activities.

Outdoor opportunities will include sleigh riding (weather permitting) and hikes.

The weekend begins Friday afternoon, January 16, and concludes Sunday, January 18, 2015.

Featured guest Bill Beatty of Wellsburg, West Virginia, will provide interesting theme-related programs throughout the weekend.

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Winter Wonder Weekend 2014


Friday evening features dinner, a family dessert contest and hot beverage bar. Saturday offers a winter bird hike, crafts, a trip to Harrisville, and post-dinner entertainment by Stepping Stone Band.

Sunday is wrap-up day with a morning devotional and final programs.

Games, crafts and other activities will be available at various times.

Reservations for rooms, cabins and meals should be made by January 09, 2015.

Reservations are honored on a first-come, first-served basis. Weekend information is online at www.northbendsp.com under the “events” tab or by calling Wendy Greene at 304.558.2754.

The weekend cost will be $145 per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy reservations are $170. The rate includes two nights lodging in either the lodge or a cabin, five meals and registration fee, which includes a craft, door prizes and all weekend activities. Lodging for children ages 12 and younger is free. Family rates for cabin occupancy are available.

North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County near Cairo and Harrisville.

The park is open year-round and is known for its hospitality, service and family oriented atmosphere.

The park hosts Winter Wonder and Nature Wonder weekends annually in addition to multiple special weekend and overnight packaged rates.

To learn more, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304.643.2931.

“First Day” Hikes at West Virginia State Parks in 2015 - Resolve to Get Outdoors

West Virginia – It’s never early to think about New Year’s resolutions. A healthy outlook combined with getting outdoors more is a good 2015 combo. At least five areas in the West Virginia state park system will offer First Day Hikes January 01, 2015

Participating in the First Day Hikes challenge will be Kanawha State Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park, Cacapon Resort State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park and Twin Falls Resort State Park.

“It is West Virginia’s invitation to get outdoors as one of the 50 state park systems participating in America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative. Hiking or walking at a state park or forest is an activity open to anyone who comes to visit,“ said West Virginia State Parks Programming Coordinator Sissie Summers. “Parks and forests operated by the West Virginia state park system do not charge an admission fee, so it’s fun exercise, hiking beautiful trails at no cost.“

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“We’re venturing out again the first day of the year in 2015,“ said Kevin Dials, assistant superintendent of Kanawha State Forest, which is near the state capitol in Charleston. Dials led a 3-mile First Day Hike January 01, 2012, with more than 120 people participating. In 2013 and 2014, Dials had close to 200 people hiking and walking. “It’s a great day and we’re looking forward another First Day Hike event at Kanawha State Forest,“ Dials said.

Massachusetts state parks began offering First Day Hikes more than 23 years ago. The National Association of State Park Directors issues a challenge to all park directors nationwide to establish similar First Day hikes.

“Hiking is a year-round activity and the experience is different each time, depending upon the seasons and temperatures,“ said Paulita Cousin, naturalist at Blackwater Falls State Park. The Jan. 1 departure times are 10 AM at Blackwater Falls, 2 PM at Kanawha State Forest, 10 AM at Cacapon Resort, and 1 PM at Pipestem Resort.

“The First Day Hike is open to anyone and leaders will provide hiking program information to those enjoying the first day of the year outdoors,“ Summers said.

Hikers must participate in one the five scheduled hikes to receive a First Day Hike patch. The log card supplied by the hike leader is for recording the hiked distance. Miles are tallied and reported to the national organization and West Virginia patches, new for 2015, will be mailed following the event upon receipt of the log card.

The First Day Hike is one of the special hikes on the West Virginia State Park Hiking Program. However, unlike other special hikes, it is not necessary to be enrolled in the Hiking Program to receive the First Day Hike patch. The Hiking Program is a nominal-fee-based, self-directed outdoor pursuit that logs miles hiked and includes a walking stick reward and cane shields for various mileage plateaus. “Special hikes” are also recognized by cane shields.

Individuals planning to participate in a First Day Hike should arrive at least 15 minutes before the starting time. Hikers should bring water and wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves. Hikes will depart on time and return to the starting point. Additional information and other areas providing guided First Day Hikes will be posted on www.wvstateparks.com

Annie’s Project to Be Offered Again by WVU Extension Service

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Annie’s Project, the popular program which provides risk management education for women in agriculture, is coming back to our local area through the West Virginia University Extension Service.

An advanced level is being added for participants who completed the original training.

Annie’s Project provides training, resources and networking opportunities to help West Virginia women build viable, efficient and sustainable farm businesses.

The first courses cover everything from business planning, finances and marketing to food safety and insurance.

The second level teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.

Both groups can expect meaningful networking opportunities that extend well beyond the course.

The program will be offered in Sutton, WV as well as other locations around state during the winter and spring months.

The fee for the course is $25, and includes materials and refreshments.

Some financial aid is available for those who find the cost prohibitive.

Classes are scheduled to start January 20, 2015, at 6:00 PM at the Braxton County High School.

Please register by January 16, 2015 by contacting one of the following WVU Extension Offices- Gilmer, Braxton, or Lewis.

For questions contact one of the following WVU Extension Agents, Daisy Bailey at 304.462.7061 (Gilmer County), Debbie Friend at 304.765.2809 (Braxton County), Bruce Loyd at 304.269.4660 (Lewis County)

By using local experts to provide instruction, Annie’s Project has built a solid track record of success in more than 34 states.

The WVU Extension Service is partnering with the WVU Small Farm Center, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NESARE), West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition (WVFFC), West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Service Agency to provide the training in West Virginia.

UHC and Core to Dedicate a Rose for Inclusion on Donate Life’s Float in 2015 Rose Parade

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United Hospital Center and Center for Organ Recovery & Education to Dedicate
a Rose for Inclusion on Donate Life’s Float in 2015 Rose Parade

Each New Year’s Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game: a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world. A tradition dating back to the 19th century, the Tournament of Roses Parade is America’s New Year Celebration®.

Bruce Carter, president of United Hospital Center recently signed a Rose Vial with a dedication message for a rose that will appear on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade. The Donate Life Float is sponsored by Organ Procurement Organizations across the country including CORE, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education, the not-for-profit organ procurement organization that covers West Virginia.

“By participating in this event we are honoring those who have donated life to others,” said Carter.  “Donated tissue is transplanted at UHC, which enhances the lives of many North Central West Virginians.”

Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message of hope and remembrance to honor organ donors, recipients and those touched by organ, tissue and cornea donation. Altogether, these roses create a Dedication Garden that is a featured design element on the Donate Life float each year.

“We are happy to celebrate with the nation, West Virginians who have donated life,” said Juanita Alfred, RN, critical care educator/supervisor at UHC. “It is with deepest gratitude that we honor these families and celebrate the gifts of life given.”

The theme of the 12th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float is “The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize the enduring power of organ, tissue and cornea donation and transplantation.

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Standing is Michelle Lester, RN, BSN, professional services liaison with Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE);
Juanita Alfred, RN, clinical educator and supervisor of critical care at United Hospital Center (UHC)
and seated is Bruce Carter, president of UHC signing a rose vial that will appear
on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade.
Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message
of hope and remembrance to honor organ donors, recipients and those touched by organ,
tissue and cornea donation. Altogether, these roses create a Dedication Garden that is
a featured design element on the Donate Life float each year.
The theme of the 12th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float is
“The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize
the enduring power of organ, tissue and cornea donation and transplantation.


The purpose of the multifaceted national campaign is to extend the impact of the Rose Parade participation to all corners of the country and ensure a once-in-a-lifetime guest experience, including:

• An effective national and regional PR campaign that places hundreds of stories each year

• Special events for float participants, sponsor representatives and their guests

• Float and floragraphs decorating operations, supplies and volunteer support

• Support for more than 60 local floragraph finishing media events nationwide

• Thousands of dedicated roses that honor donors, recipients and transplant candidates nationally

Each and every New Year, the Donate Life Rose Parade float’s universal, emotional message and the float participants’ moving stories of hope in the face of adversity communicate an uplifting message that inspires people worldwide to donate life. Visit the official Donate Life Float website: www.DonateLifeFloat.org

The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float will be seen by 800,000 spectators, up to 40 million U.S. television viewers, and tens of millions more through news coverage inspired by the deeply meaningful purpose of our parade participation:

• 114 float participants (30 recipient riders, 12 living donor walkers and 72 floragraph honorees) sponsored by organ, eye and tissue donation and transplant organizations inspire news stories that air and publish throughout the three-month season of giving.

• Thousands of roses dedicated by families, hospitals and advocates fill the float with personal messages of love, hope and remembrance.  These roses help to rally communities to remember and honor donors and their living legacies.

• 1,500 volunteer float decorators bring the float to life in front of TV cameras. Parade and Float Theme Each and every year, the Donate Life Float Committee draws upon the Rose Parade theme for inspiration as we craft our float theme, design and national media campaign.

The 2015 Rose Parade theme, Inspiring Stories, is a natural starting point for the Donate Life float, which from the beginning has been about people and their courage in the face of adversity.

Personal Hygiene To Be Donated to Local Elementary Schools

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Dodie Arbogast had a terrific idea several months ago.

She realized that there were many young students in Lewis County who might not have accessibility to personal hygiene products.

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SJMH staff members who participated in stuffing the hygiene bags
(L-R) Kristi Gannon, Peggy Burkhammer, and Tiffany Lowther


Consol Energy was kind enough to provide a grant to make up plastic bags which contain soap, shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste, dental floss, and tooth brushes provided by dental hygienist Tammy Thomason.

In the next few weeks close to 1200 students will be receiving these bags.

UHC’s Holds Annual Celebration of Life for Cancer Survivors - 11.16.14

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12:30 PM, Sunday, November 16 at the Bridgeport Conference Center

From family members to friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. At 12:30 PM, on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center, the Cecil B. Highland, Jr., & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center will hold its 15th annual Celebration of Life.

Since the events inception in 1999, cancer survivors, their family members and close friends, along with physicians, nurses, social workers and other cancer caregivers at UHC have helped to raise awareness about the battle against cancer.

“This poignant event allows those living with cancer an opportunity to share their stories, learn from oncology experts at UHC and spend time discovering how to enjoy life after the diagnosis of cancer,” said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, director of cancer services.  “At the same time we will be honoring these cancer survivors, patients and their guests with the inspiration that truly there is life after a cancer diagnosis—and it’s worth celebrating.”

Cancer survivors and cancer patients from UHC are invited to attend with a guest this event that is held in their honor.  The complimentary program of information, inspiration, laughter, brunch and fellowship will feature Hampstead Stage Company, a national touring theatre company from New Hampshire.  They will be performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 

Each year the cancer center recognizes an individual at Celebration of Life with the Guardian Angel Award.  This is a person who provided significant support to a cancer survivor throughout the survivor’s diagnosis and treatment.

“The Guardian Angel Award has become a cherished, annual honor. It is the one day each year that we pause to recognize that special person who has helped a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker,” said Carte.  “A nominee is someone who has provided significant support throughout the survivor’s diagnosis and treatment.”

If you would like to nominate someone, please send a description of the nominee’s qualifications.  The nomination should be 250 words or less and should reflect how the nominee comforted, uplifted and supported someone who has battled cancer.  Be sure to include your name and a daytime phone number, as well as the full name of your nominee.  Send nominations to Public Relations, United Hospital Center, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.  The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Both the event and award provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. It is a day for cancer survivors to stand together and show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive and even inspiring.

Cancer survivorship is an important issue as it affects nearly 14 million people in the United States.  An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnoses, through the balance of his or her life.  “Celebration of Life ‘puts a face’ on cancer, while at the same time providing hope to all that fight it,” Carte said. “No longer do we need to think the worst when we hear the word ‘cancer’, but rather we need to remember that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before.” 

Active Shooter Mock Drill at Gilmer County High School

Gilmer County First Responders
Hold Emergency Drill at Gilmer County High School

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It was a cold morinig when three teen shooters at Gilmer County High School caused the school officials call for help in a really bad situation.

How fast could police, fire department respond and medics help the victims? How quickly they could spot and arrest the shooters? That was the focus of a mock drill at Gilmer County High School last Saturday.

Glenville City Police, West Virginia State Police, and the Gilmer County Sheriff officers were the first to respond when the call for help was announce by Lewis-Gilmer E-911 center. Shortly after Glenville State College Campus police responded and kept the cars and parents from entering the school area.

The screams were the first thing officers heard when they entered the high school. They were coming from all directions.

Police officer soon learned four students were shot and three teen gunmen were on the loose. Shooters were not together which made the search more difficult.

It was a mock drill where every minute counted. It was staged by request of Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Gabe DeVano from RESA VII, Gilmer County High school Principal Nasia Butcher, City of Glenville Police and Glenville K-9 unit, Gilmer County Sheriff, West Virginia State Police,  GSC Campus Police, Gilmer County Fire Department, Gilmer County EMS, and Gilmer County Office of Emergency Management in case the real thing strikes.

“Even though we may have seen it before and we have acted upon it, we can always learn from our lessons and our mistakes,” said Gilmer County Sheriff Larry Gerwig who was the incident commander for this drill.

This simulation came at a time when there have been several school shootings in the nation.

The officials succeeded in stopping the shooting. All three shooters were shot and killed.

Since the shooters were at random locations at school making it more difficult. One of the shooter looked and acted suicidal before he was shot.

The shooters also manage to shoot a State Trooper. It was not life threatening since he was shot in the leg. He managed to stop the bleeding himself and was right back to search.

Two parents managed to get in school from side door. No one was supposed to cross the line established by the first responder. They were spotted by police and escorted out of school. They were lucky, they could have gotten arrested.

Shooters also managed to shoot containers with chemicals in a lab which resulted in calling the Hazmat unit as well.

Once the scene was cleared by the police, and all the shooters taken care of, the medics arrived to help the injured student and to remove the three students who got killed by the shooters.

“Doing it at a school…it’s a different element, everyone did a great job. There are always some improvements. But if I were to give them a grade it would be an A” said School Safety official Bill Beakstaff from RESA VII.

And that’s why drill organizers say doing this simulation inside a school is important, because in a real-life situation, long halls can turn into what officers call “fatal funnels.” It’s just one exercise in this drill that first responders must master.

“I like to thank the students, teacher, superintendent, principal and all the staff for this drill”, said Sheriff Gerwig.

During the mock drill principal was on the phone calling the responders. Cameras in school were great help for finding the shooters.

Saturday was chosen because the school was closed and in case the parents did not know this was a mock drill, they would not be stressed because their kids were already at home.

Sheriff Gerwig also mentioned all the sheriffs in the state have signed so in case of an emergency they can cross county line to help with emergencies.

Martin Hess, the Gilmer County Fire Chief said: “I am very thankful for the drill and if there is ever a real emergency all the unit will be there and work together. A lot to learn and a lot were leaned. If there was a mistake to be made not was the time, because in real emergency we cannot afford it.”

At this point no one knows about the motive, but it is under investigation.

44 students, 11 teachers and staff, principal; assistant principal, transportation director, and superintendent were involved in the drill.

Close to 100 police officers, medics and volunteers worked on the simulation.

They did a great job.

 

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GSC Forest Technology Students Help at Bulltown

Students, faculty, and staff in the Timber Harvesting Techniques class at Glenville State College recently performed community service by removing declining white ash trees at Burnsville Lake’s Bulltown Campground.

The class was invited to conduct the work by Benjamin Coulter who is a park ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a graduate of the Forest Technology and Natural Resource Management programs at GSC.

“This community service was a great experience for the students. It allowed them to utilize their forestry skills that they have developed in our program. They also saw the effect that the Emerald Ash Borer is having on our ash trees throughout the state,“ said Assistant Professor of Forestry Dr. Brian Perkins.

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Members of the GSC group who recently helped removed trees at Bulltown campground
(L-R) Tiffany Jarrett, Mr. Tom Snyder, Holly Crider, Joshua Kaplan, Christina Hensley,
Casey Brown, Danial Finney, Dr. Brian Perkins, Andrew Bailes, and Kyle Troutman


The Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native invasive beetle that kills white ash trees and other native ash species. It was first discovered in West Virginia in Fayette County in 2007 and has since spread to numerous counties. While removing the white ash trees at the campground, students learned about internship opportunities with the Corps of Engineers.

“I am proud to be an alumnus of Glenville State College and I greatly appreciate the group from the Timber Harvesting Techniques class for coming out to remove the white ash trees from the campground,“ said Coulter who graduated with degrees from GSC in 2007 and 2011.

“Our trip to the Bulltown campground was a very good learning opportunity. It provided excellent hands-on experience for safe timber harvesting techniques and work practices. Plus the class got to speak with a Corps of Engineers representative who gave us a lot of great information about internships and future job opportunities,“ said Casey Brown who is a GSC junior and a forest technology and natural resource management major from Valley Fork, West Virginia.

For more information about the Department of Land Resources at GSC, contact 304.462.4135.

Gilmer Public Library: WE LOVE PUZZLES! - Today

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WE LOVE PUZZLES! And that’s what we’re doing for our November First Friday.

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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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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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