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Burnsville Lake Spoocktacular Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

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GCHS Land Judging Team Qualified for National Competition

The Gilmer County High School land judging team secured a 4th place finish at the State FFA Convention and has qualified to compete at the national land judging competition in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2018. 

The team has been working since early May perfecting their land judging skills. On May 11, the team went to a practice competition in Jane Lew where they placed second in home site evaluation and third in land judging with a combination score that put them in first place for the two contests. Individually, in home site, students placed third through sixth, which gave them a starting point to improve upon. 

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Members of the GCHS land judging team are (L to R):
Jaccob Klapka, son of Jeanette Klapka and John Klapka; Evan Jedamski, son of Melissa and Bert Jedamski; Ashlee White, daughter of Tina and Nelson White; Zane Cogar, son of Sherry and Thomas Cogar; and Marshall Cottrill, son of Dendra Miller and Steve Cottrill; Mr. Nick Cox, GCHS Vo-Ag teacher.


At the regional contest held on June 15 in Flatwoods, the team won both land judging and home site contests.  In land judging, the team had individuals place first, third, fourth and seventh with a total score of 1062 of 1200 possible points. In the home site competition, individuals placed first, second, third and seventh for a total score of 1270 of 1344 possible points.  Winning both of these contests qualified the GCHS team for the state contest.

At the state level held on July 14 in Ripley, WV, the team placed fourth in the home site and land judging contests. With a score of 1016 of 1200 possible points in land judging, and a score of 1198 of 1344 possible points in home site, GCHS team took fourth place and qualified them to compete at the national competition. Ashlee White placed tenth individually in home site and Zane Cogar placed seventh individually in land judging at the state competition.

“I am extremely proud of the effort this team put forth,“ said GCHS teach Mr. Nick Cox.  “The students set high expectations for themselves, and have worked diligently to achieve their goals.  I knew from the first day that this team was special, and that they could qualify for national competition.  They are right where I wanted them to be in their preparation for regional and state competitions.  Now, the real work begins to prepare to compete against hundred of other teams from across the nation.“

Broadside Writing Contest

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HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program seek to honor the writing practice with an annual broadside series and contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by West Virginia letterpress company Base Camp Printing.  The contest began April 1 and will run through midnight on June 01, 2017.

Those interested must anonymously submit one poem of any form or flash prose piece in fiction or nonfiction of 200 or fewer words to www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit, along with a $15 entry fee.  Mail or email submissions will not be accepted.  Previously published entries cannot be submitted for this contest, however simultaneously submitted work is accepted as long as the MFA program is notified if the work is accepted elsewhere before the close of the contest.  There is no limit on the number of entries.

The first round of judging will be performed by HeartWood editors, and approximately twenty poems and/or flash prose pieces will be chosen as finalists and forwarded to author Maggie Anderson, contest judge, for the final round of judging.

A $500 cash prize and 25 copies of the limited-edition letterpress broadside will be awarded to the winner, and all entrants will receive a copy of the winning print.  The winner and honorable mentions will be publicly announced in the October 2017 issue of HeartWood. All entries will also be considered for publication in HeartWood.  The winner’s broadside will be printed and mailed in October, as well.

Maggie Anderson is the author of five books of poems, most recently Dear All, (Four Way Books, 2017) and five edited or co-edited volumes of poetry. She was the founding director of the Wick Poetry Center and founder and editor of the Wick Poetry Series of the Kent State University Press. Anderson was also the Director of the Northeast Ohio MFA in creative writing from 2006-2009 and is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as grants from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts. She is Professor Emerita in English of Kent State University and currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Additional questions may be directed at Jessie van Eerden, MFA director, at .

Pearl S. Buck Writing Contest Open To High School, College Students

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All students attending a West Virginia high school or college are invited to compete in the annual Pearl S. Buck writing contest.

Dr. Melanie Page, West Virginia University’s Vice President for Creative Programs, announced the contest. Awards of $1,000 each will be given to an undergraduate and graduate student winner, and a high school winner will receive $250 and a scholarship to the WVU English Department’s Summer Scholars program, which has a $600 value.

Applicants must submit an original writing in any literary genre (e.g., fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essay, children’s literature, playwriting, blog, etc.) no later than April 15, 2017. Word maximum is 10,000.

Contest details and submission portal can be found HERE .

The late Miss Buck is one of only two American women to win both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes for Literature. In 1892, she was born in her mother’s ancestral home, now a museum complex, in Hillsboro in Pocahontas County. Later, she wrote over 100 books dealing with both the Eastern and Western cultures and their peoples, and have been translated into 60 foreign languages.

This contest and other related Pearl Buck activities are a joint project of the West Virginia University Libraries-Pearl Buck Manuscripts Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Pearl Buck Birthplace Foundation and WV Wesleyan College.

High School Students Win State Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management Competition

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CHARLESTON, WV – ProStart teams from James Rumsey Technical Institute and Carver Career Center placed first at the 2016 Hospitality Cup - West Virginia’s State ProStart Competition - in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively. Students competed March 2-3, in Morgantown, WV, to win scholarships, honors and the opportunity to compete against the best teams from other states at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s National ProStart Invitational, April 29 – May 1, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas.

Fifteen ProStart teams gathered from throughout West Virginia to compete in either the culinary arts or restaurant management divisions. Culinary teams prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes, without access to running water or electricity using only two butane burners, and management teams present a business proposal for an original restaurant concept to a panel of industry judges.

“These students practice all year for this competition,” said Tami Maynard, Hospitality, Education and Training Coordinator, WVDE Office of Career & Technical Instruction. “They come in early, after school and on weekends, because this is what they’re passionate about and they want to do their very best.”

Ten post-secondary institutions and organizations presented the top three teams in each category with scholarships and tuition waivers that totaled almost one million dollars.

The 2016 West Virginia ProStart Competition team winners are:

First Place Management: Carver Career Center
First Place Culinary: James Rumsey Technical Institute

Second Place Management: Buckhannon Upshur High School
Second Place Culinary: Putnam Career & Technical Center

Third Place Management: Wheeling Park High School
Third Place Culinary: Wheeling Park High School

ProStart is a high school career and technical education program focused on teaching culinary skills and restaurant management fundamentals. Administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ProStart is available in all 50 states, Guam and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and Asia. Nearly 120,000 students are enrolled in the industry-driven program that offers a hands-on and group-learning based curriculum as a platform where students also learn employability skills such as teamwork, workplace communication, professionalism and time management.

“The students who compete here are determined,” said Michael Martirano, West Virginia state Superintendent of Schools. “Determined to win, determined to succeed – and not just here in this moment, but for the rest of their lives. ProStart reinforces the relationship between industry and the classroom, resulting in a workforce who understands what the industry is about and all of the opportunities it has to offer.”

West Virginia State Bar Video Contest Winners Announced

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CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia students have used their creativity and knowledge to win a video contest about the Magna Carta and how that document influenced the writing of the U.S. Constitution.

With the support of the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia State Bar sponsored a contest that rewards students for the best creation of a video with the theme, “The Magna Carta: What It Means Today.” First place winners received $500 and second place finishers received $250.

“This contest allowed students to understand the underpinnings of our government and the underlying conflicts which existed around the execution of the first Magna Carta,” said Burton Hunter, a member of the West Virginia State Bar.

Students in grades 6-12 applied to compete in the annual competition. Videos were required to meet certain guidelines, such as adherence to this year’s theme and a less-than-three-minute length requirement.

“I am extremely proud of the effort each student who competed in the competition put forth,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano. “I believe it is necessary to have an understanding of the history of our nation’s founding principles, and these students have demonstrated the highest levels of learning and creativity. I’m very pleased that the State Bar continues to hold this competition in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education.”

Judging for the competition was broken into high school and middle school levels.

Jill Goben, a 12th-grader attending Washington High School in Jefferson County, took home the first place prize while ninth-grader Lhasa Peak, a homeschool student in Morgan County, finished in second place in the high school division.

In the middle school division, seventh-grader Mychal Boggs from Ravenswood Middle School in Jackson County won first place, and Asa Hammer, a sixth grade student from Shepherdstown Middle School in Jefferson County, was second.

The first place winners have also been invited to attend the annual State Bar meeting being held this year at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where they will be recognized for the originality, creativity and quality of their videos.

To view all winning videos, visit wvde.state.wv.us/wvstatebar/.

2016 Video Competition

The WV State Bar and the WV Department of Education are proud to announce the results of their collaborative 2016 Video Competition. This year, there were 23 entries (12 middle school and 11 high school). The topic was “Magna Carta, Its Significance in its 800th Anniversary Year.” The winners in each category will attend the State Bar’s 2016 Annual Meeting, where their winning videos will be shown. The videos of the two winners and the two runners-up in each category are below. Special thanks to J. Burton Hunter III, who coordinated the competition for the State Bar and to Brad Mills, of the Department of Education.

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Petty Wins Culinary Contest

The 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by First Neighborhood Bank was held at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg on December 12, 2015.

Sixty houses were entered and displayed in the contest.

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There were seven divisions and $7,000 in awards.

Analysse “Annie” Petty placed first in the school division.

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Gabriel Devono (Gilmer County Schools Superintendent),
Analysse Petty, Chef Annette Benson (instructor)


A $200 check was awarded to Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and her class will receive a pizza party to celebrate her accomplishment.

Annie attends the ProStart/Culinary Arts and Health Occupations programs at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.

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She is a TASC completer through the Option Pathway and will be a 2016 graduate of Gilmer County High School in May.

Annie is the niece of Danielle Cottrill of Rosedale Road, Normantown, WV.

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2015 Marching Band Invitational Winners Announced

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CHARLESTON, WV –  Thirty-five high school bands from around the state showcased their talents in the 4th annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field on Saturday, October 24. The Hurricane Middle School Band and the Bethany College Percussion Ensemble also performed. A complete list of winners is included.

Cabell Midland High School won the Overall “Honor Band” Award as well as the State Champion Award for Division AAA schools, Philip Barbour High School won the State Champion Award for Division AA schools and Gilmer County High School won the State Champion Award for Division A schools.

Bands were judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect,  percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.

Participating bands were Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Buckhannon, Upshur County; Buffalo High School, Buffalo, Putnam County; Cabell Midland High School, Ona, Cabell County; Calhoun Middle/High School, Mt. Zion, Calhoun County; Chapmanville Regional High School, Chapmanville, Logan County; Doddridge County High School,  West Union, Doddridge County; Fayetteville High School, Fayetteville, Fayette County;  Gilmer County High School, Glenville, Gilmer County; Greenbrier East High School, Lewisburg, Greenbrier County; Huntington High School, Huntington,  Cabell County; Hurricane High School, Hurricane, Putnam County; Lewis County High School, Weston, Lewis County; Lincoln County High School, Hamlin, Lincoln County; Magnolia High School, New Martinsville, Wetzel County; Martinsburg High School, Martinsburg, Berkeley County; Nitro High School, Nitro, Kanawha County;  Oak Hill High School, Oak Hill, Fayette County; Paden City High School, Paden City, Wetzel County; Petersburg High School, Petersburg, Grant County; Philip Barbour High School, Philippi, Barbour County; Pikeview High School, Princeton,  Mercer County; Poca High School, Poca, Putnam County; Richwood High School,  Richwood, Nicholas County; Ripley High School, Ripley, Jackson County; Ritchie County High School, Ellenboro, Ritchie County; Shady Spring High School, Shady Spring, Raleigh County; Sissonville High School, Sissonville, Kanawha County;  St. Albans High School, St. Albans, Kanawha County; St. Marys High School, St.  Marys, Pleasant County; Tug Valley High School, Williamson, Mingo County; Tyler Consolidated High School, Sistersville, Tyler County; Wahama Junior/Senior High School, Mason, Mason County; Wayne High School, Wayne, Wayne County; Webster County High School, Upperglade, Webster County; and Wirt County High School, Elizabeth, Wirt County.

The winners of the Marching Band Invitational are as follows:


Overall Awards (Honor Band)
  West Virginia State Honor Band: Cabell Midland High School
  1st Runner-up: Hurricane High School
  2nd Runner-up: Ripley High School
  3rd Runner-up: Philip Barbour High School
  4th Runner-up: Martinsburg High School


Division AAA
  State Champion: Cabell Midland High School
  1st Runner-Up: Hurricane High School
  2nd Runner-Up: RipleyHigh School


Division AA
  State Champion: Philip Barbour High School
  1st Runner-Up: Wayne High School
  2nd Runner-Up: Poca High School


Division A
  State Champion: Gilmer County High School
  1st Runner-Up: Tyler Consolidated High School
  2nd Runner-Up: Richwood High School


Miss Majorette
  1st Place:Kendra Amick,  Richwood High School
  2nd Place: Cassidy Myers, Webster County High School


Division 1A Band Awards
  1st Place: Gilmer County High School
  2nd Place: Paden City High School
  3rd Place: Wahama Junior/Senior High School


Division 2A Band Awards
  1st Place: Tyler Consolidated High School
  2nd Place: Richwood High School
  3rd Place: Magnolia High School


Division 1AA Band Awards
  1st Place: Poca High School
  2nd Place: Sissonville High School
  3rd Place: Petersburg High School


Division 2AA Band Awards
  1st Place: Philip Barbour High School
  2nd Place: Wayne High School
  3rd Place: Webster County High School


Division 1AAA Band Awards
  1st Place: Nitro High School
  2nd Place: Lincoln County High School
  3rd Place: Lewis County High School


Division 2AAA Band Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Saint Albans High School
  3rd Place: Huntington High School


Division 3AAA Band Awards
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School
  2nd Place: Hurricane High School
  3rd Place: Martinsburg High School


Division 1A Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Buffalo High School
  2nd Place: Gilmer County High School
  3rd Place: Wirt County High School


Division 2A Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Magnolia High School
  2nd Place: Tyler Consolidated High School
  3rd Place: Saint Marys High School


Division 1AA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Poca High School
  2nd Place: Sissonville High School
  3rd Place: Ritchie County High School


Division 2AA Percussion Awards
  1st Place (Tie): Wayne High School/Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Pikeview High School


Division 1AAA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Nitro High School
  2nd Place: Lincoln County High School
  3rd Place: Lewis County High School


Division 2AAA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Huntington High School
  3rd Place: Saint Albans High School


Division 3AAA Percussion Awards
  1st Place: Hurricane High School
  2nd Place: Cabell Midland High School
  3rd Place: Martinsburg High School


Division 1A Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Buffalo High School
  2nd Place: Gilmer County High School
  3rd Place: Paden City High School


Division 2A Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Tyler Consolidated High School
  2nd Place: Magnolia High School
  3rd Place: Saint Marys High School


Division 1AA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Poca High School
  2nd Place: Petersburg High School
  3rd Place: Sissonville High School


Division 2AA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Wayne High School
  2nd Place: Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Pikeview High School


Division 1AAA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Lincoln County High School
  2nd Place: Nitro High School
  3rd Place: Lewis County High School


Division 2AAA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Saint Albans High School
  3rd Place: Huntington High School


Division 3AAA Drum Major Awards
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School
  2nd Place: Hurricane High School
  3rd Place: Greenbrier East High School


Division 1A Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Wahama Junior/Senior High School
  2nd Place: Wirt County High School
  3rd Place: Paden City High School


Division 2A Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Magnolia High School
  2nd Place: Fayetteville High School
  3rd Place: Richwood High School


Division 1AA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Petersburg High School
  2nd Place: Sissonville High School
  3rd Place: Poca High School


Division 2AA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Wayne High School
  2nd Place: Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Pikeview High School


Division 1AAA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Shady Spring High School
  2nd Place: Nitro High School
  3rd Place: Lincoln County High School


Division 2AAA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Ripley High School
  2nd Place: Buckhannon-Upshur High School
  3rd Place: Saint Albans High School


Division 3AAA Color Guard Awards
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School
  2nd Place: Hurricane High School
  3rd Place: Martinsburg High School


Division 1A Soloist Award
  1st Place: Gilmer County High School


Division 2A Soloist Award
  1st Place: Tyler Consolidated High School


Division 1AA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Poca High School


Division 2AA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Philip Barbour High School


Division 1AAA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Lincoln County High School


Division 2AAA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Ripley High School (Duet)


Division 3AAA Soloist Award
  1st Place: Cabell Midland High School


Twirler Awards
  1st Place: Lincoln County High School
  2nd Place: Richwood High School
  3rd Place: Cabell Midland High School


Majorette Awards
  1st Place: Richwood High School
  2nd Place: Philip Barbour High School
  3rd Place: Webster County High School


Best Dressed Director
  Brian Dunfee, Wayne High School


The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) also inducted two band directors into the Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame. Honorees included Greg James of Richwood High School, Nicholas County and Timothy James of Cabell Midland High School, Cabell County. Together they have spent more than 70 years inspiring young students with a love of music and teaching spectacular performance skills that the audience can celebrate and enjoy. The inductees were selected from a list of nominations submitted to the WVDCH.

The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational was sponsored by the WVDCH in participation with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education and The Arts.  The Marching Band Invitational helps to promote, encourage and celebrate arts education throughout West Virginia.

For more information about the Marching Band Invitational, contact Caryn Gresham,  deputy commissioner of the division, at 304.558.0220 or at “caryn.s.gresham@wv.gov” .

GCHS Marching Band Titans, THE CLASS A STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONS

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The Gilmer County High School Marching Titans competed Saturday October 24, 2015 in Charleston WV and brought home the Class A State Champ win.

WAY TO GO MARCHING TITANS!!!

They also placed in other areas as well.

2nd Place Class 1A Percussion

2nd Place Class 1A Field Commander

Class 1A Most Outstanding Soloist

Class 1A FIRST PLACE Band


And…..


CLASS A STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!

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First Lady Encouragrs Student Participation In Annual Children’s Ornament Competition

Kindergarten through 12th grade art students urged to
create “candy” themed ornaments for Capitol Christmas Tree

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CHARLESTON, WV -  First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin is encouraging all students - kindergarten through 12th grade - to create a “candy” themed ornament to be displayed on the State Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be located in the Capitol Rotunda.

“I look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition and hope to increase participation to make this year’s contest the biggest one yet,“ First Lady Tomblin said. “The Governor and I invite all kindergarten through 12th grade art classes to join in the holiday festivities and submit ornaments to help us decorate our Capitol Christmas tree.“

In order to give sufficient time for the winning class to be notified, each decorated ornament must be received no later than Friday, November 06, 2015. For submission information, contact Beth Hughes at 304.558.2440 or by email at .

First Lady Tomblin added, “This competition has become a winter tradition and a huge part of Joyful Night, the state’s annual holiday celebration. It gives us the chance to showcase the talent of students from all across the Mountain State.“

During the past ten years, students have been asked to create decorations representing everything from snowflakes and stockings to natural resources and teachers.

Every art class in the state is invited to submit an ornament that reflects or represents “candy” in some way.  The ornaments will be classified in four divisions according to grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Each ornament will be individually judged, and four winners will be selected, one from each division.

The ornaments and Christmas tree will be unveiled in conjunction with Joyful Night, the annual holiday celebration at the State Capitol, which will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The winning classes will receive a $125 gift certificate for art supplies and will be recognized by the Governor and First Lady during Joyful Night festivities.

The winning ornaments will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda throughout the holiday season, and in January 2016, they will be donated to the West Virginia State Museum for their permanent collection.

4th Annual High School Marching Band Invitational

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CHARLESTON,  WV – On Saturday, October 24, 35 high school marching bands from across the state will compete in Charleston at the University of Charleston Stadium at Laidley Field for the 4th annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational.

The West Virginia Marching Band Invitational is sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) in participation with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education and The Arts. The Marching Band Invitational helps to promote, encourage and celebrate arts education throughout West Virginia.

The day’s activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Hurricane Middle School Band’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” and Sissonville High School’s JROTC posting of the colors. The competition begins at 10:45 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

Bands will be judged on general effect, marching and maneuvering, music, music effect, percussion, drum major, color guard, majorettes and feature twirler.

Tickets are $7 for adults and children 12 years of age and older; $5 for children under 12 years of age. Programs will be sold for $4.

The complete performance schedule:

10:30 a.m.    Hurricane Middle School Band and Sissonville High School JROTC
National Anthem and Posting of Colors

10:45 a.m.    Wirt County High School (1A)
Elizabeth, Wirt County

11 a.m.        St. Marys High School (2A)
St. Marys, Pleasants County

11:15 a.m.    Lincoln County High School (1AAA)
Hamlin, Lincoln County

11:30 a.m.    Calhoun County Middle/High School (1A)
Mt. Zion, Calhoun County

11:45 a.m.    Fayetteville High School (2A)
Fayetteville, Fayette County

Noon           Poca High School (1AA)
Poca, Putnam County

12:15 p.m.    Pikeview High School (2AA)
Princeton, Mercer County

12:30 p.m.    St. Albans High School (2AAA)
St. Albans, Kanawha County

12:45 p.m.    LUNCH

1:30 p.m.      Lewis County High School (1AAA)
Weston, Lewis County

1:45 p.m.      Buffalo High School (1A)
Buffalo, Putnam County

2 p.m.          Tyler Consolidated High School (2A)
Sistersville, Tyler County

2:15 p.m.      Sissonville High School, (1AA)
Sissonville, Kanawha County

2:30 p.m.      Chapmanville Regional High School (1AA)
Chapmanville, Logan County

2:45 p.m.      Doddridge County High School (2A)
West Union, Doddridge County

3 p.m.          Martinsburg High School (3AAA)
Martinsburg, Berkeley County

3:15 p.m.      Percussion Exhibition    
Bethany College Percussion Ensemble
Bethany, Brooke County

3:30 p.m.      Paden City High School (1A)
Paden City, Wetzel County

3:45 p.m.      Ritchie County High School (1AA)
Ellenboro, Ritchie County
               
4 p.m.          Tug Valley High School (2A)
Williamson, Mingo County

4:15 p.m.      Webster County High School (2AA)
Upper Glade, Webster County

4:30 p.m.      Oak Hill High School (1AAA)
Oak Hill, Fayette County

4:45 p.m.      Buckhannon-Upshur High School (2AAA)
Buckhannon, Upshur County

5 p.m.        Shady Spring High School (1AAA)
Shady Spring, Raleigh County

5:15 p.m.      Majorette Competition
Miss Majorette

5:45 p.m.      Wahama Junior/Senior High School (1A)
Mason, Mason County

6 p.m.          Magnolia High School (2A)
New Martinsville, Wetzel County
               
6:15 p.m.      Petersburg High School (1AA)
Petersburg, Grant County

6:30 p.m.      Philip Barbour High School (2AA)
Philippi, Barbour County
               
6:45 p.m.      Nitro High School (1AAA)
Nitro, Kanawha County

7 p.m.          Hurricane High School (3AAA)
Hurricane, Putnam County
       
7:15 p.m.      Gilmer County High School (1A)
                  Glenville, Gilmer County

7:30 p.m.      Richwood High School (2A)
Richwood, Nicholas County
       
7:45 p.m.      Wayne High School (2AA)
Wayne, Wayne County
               
8 p.m.          Huntington High School (2AAA)
Huntington, Cabell County

8:15 p.m.      Greenbrier East High School (3AAA)
Lewisburg, Greenbrier County

8:30 p.m.      Ripley High School (2AAA)
Ripley, Jackson County

8:45 p.m.      Cabell Midland High School (3AAA)
Ona, Cabell County

9 p.m.        Awards              
Awards Presentations

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Business Class Students Attend the FBLA National Leadership Conference

C-GCC Game Design Team made it to Chicago for the FBLA NLC June 29-July 02, 2015 and participated in the national competition.

It was a very stiff competition with competitors from all over the country, but Alec Richards and Thomas Eakle worked hard and did a very good job.

The boys also got a chance to visit several places while in Chicago and received valuable knowledge about the area.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in any of our fund raisers and/or donated funds for our trip, we couldn’t have done this without you.

Next years national conference will be in Atlanta, GA and hopefully our students will be able to attend it as well.

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NLC Opening Ceremonies in Chicago, Illinois
(L-R) Thomas Eakle and Alec Richards




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WV FBLA students getting pumped up for the conference



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Practicing for their Game Design Competition
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WV Division of Culture and History is Now Accepting Entries for the WV Juried Exhibition 2015

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CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) is now accepting entries for the 19th biennial West Virginia Juried Exhibition. The show will be on display at TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia in Beckley.

Submissions of slides or digital images on CD will be accepted through Friday, August 07, 2015.

Artists may submit two pieces for the exhibition with a limit of three slides/digital images per entry.

Entry forms and properly identified slides/images must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $20 per piece. Make check payable to West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Slides/digital images can be mailed to WVDCH, West Virginia Juried Exhibition (WVJE) 2015, The Culture Center, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E., Charleston, WV 25305-0300, or can be hand-delivered to the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.

Eligible entries include works created in the past two years in the areas of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and crafts.

Entrants must be over the age of 18 and must be residents of, and maintain a permanent residence in, West Virginia. Entrants also must complete a WVDCH Artists’ Register form and submit six slides or digital images representative of current work for the file. Images submitted for the Artists’ Register are not used in jurying entries into the exhibition.

A prospectus for the exhibit is available online.

The division will present up to $33,000 in awards for the exhibition. The awards are made available through the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the WVDCH through funds appropriated by the West Virginia Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Awards may include three $5,000 Governor’s Awards (purchase awards), seven $2,000 Awards of Excellence (purchase awards) and eight $500 Merit Awards (non-purchase awards). Works receiving Purchase Awards become part of the West Virginia State Museum’s Permanent Collection of Art.

The exhibit will open at Tamarack with an awards ceremony and reception at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, and remain on display through February 21, 2016. The exhibit showcases the work of state artists and craftspeople and provides the public with a comprehensive view of art and craft activities in the state.

For more information, contact Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator for the division, at 304.558.0220.

West Virginia State Parks announces contest for West Virginia Day

The Gilmer Free Press

DUNMORE, WV – The winner of a contest sponsored by the West Virginia State Parks system will get to spend the first night in the newly refurbished Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca State Forest. The tower, built in 1935, includes a platform 53 feet above the top of a 3,445-foot mountain peak, providing a panoramic view of much of Pocahontas County and the Greenbrier River Valley. After the West Virginia Division of Forestry transferred the inactive fire tower to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources a few years ago, state parks staff began refurbishing it to turn it into an out-of-the-way rustic retreat.

The contest winner and up to three guests will be the first to stay overnight in the tower Saturday, June 20, 2015, which is West Virginia Day, or they may elect to stay at a later date as available. After that, the tower will be open to the public for rental during the summer season. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest and contact information will be kept confidential.

To enter the contest, go online to www.senecastateforest.com/contest/ and fill out the simple form.

All entries will be given to an independent group which will use a computer program for a random name selection.

The winner will be contacted via email June 15, 2015 at 11 AM. The winner’s name and state will be posted on the same day by 4 PM on the Seneca State Forest website home page at www.senecastateforest.com.

The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower is reservable for overnight stays during the summer season. Accommodations in the tower cabin include two cots, firewood, a picnic table, grill, fire ring and pit toilet at the tower base. The cabin features lighting powered by a solar battery storage system.     

“We think guests will really enjoy this different take on rustic camping,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. “The tent will have hard walls instead of canvas, and you can’t beat the view. It’s a good opportunity to get away for a while and enjoy the beauty of this part of the state from an unusual perspective.”

The Gilmer Free Press


About the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower

The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower was constructed in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to provide better coverage of the Greenbrier River Valley. It is a steel tower standing at 53 feet with a 14’ x14 ‘ living quarters. It is a unique tower for West Virginia in that it is the only one patterned after western types that utilize the living quarters and catwalk on the platform.  At 3,445 feet above sea level, the Thorny Mountain tower is one of the highest-standing towers in West Virginia today. There are 69 steps from the base up to the overnight quarters. It is located at latitude: 38.31306 and longitude: 79.94611.

The view from the tower is spectacular. The 360-degree view now is possible due to the clearing of mature trees that over the years had blocked the view. Combustibles of any type are not permitted in the tower cabin. The steps from the ground to the cabin were replaced with treated oak in the same size as the original wooden steps. The decking at the cabin was replaced with treated pine to lighten the weight of the structure. The cabin floor and structures inside the cabin are original – a tribute to the craftsmanship of the men who constructed the tower in the mid-1930s.

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

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

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

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

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

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

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

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

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

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

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

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

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

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

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

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

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

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

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

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

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

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

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

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

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

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

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

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

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

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

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

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

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

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

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

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

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

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

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

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

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

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

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

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

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

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

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

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

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

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

By Fact on 09.07.2017

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

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

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

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

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

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

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

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

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

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

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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

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

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

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

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

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

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

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

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

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

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

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

And again and again and again.

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

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

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

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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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