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Second Annual Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day Contest

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has announced the start of the second annual Commissioner of Agriculture for a Day competition.

Students ages 9-18 are eligible to enter.

Those selected will serve as honorary Commissioners of Agriculture during the State Fair of West Virginia.

The contest will run from May 1st through July 18th.

“We have lost half our farmers in the last twenty years. At the same time, the average age of the farmer continues to increase,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “We hope to inspire the next generation of producers that our country desperately needs.”

To enter the contest, students can submit their presentations to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture website or to ‘jensmith@wvda.us’.

The theme for this year’s contest is “The Future of Agriculture: Ideas for Feeding the World”.

Acceptable forms for entry include: audio visual presentations such as photography or videos and written essays and poems, short stories and academic papers. All submissions must be received by July 18th.

“The hope is, if students see all the aspects of agriculture first hand, it may open up their eyes to careers they never knew existed,” stated Department of Education Agriculture, Science and Natural Resources Cluster Assistant Director Jason Hughes. “This is a great opportunity and I hope our students, especially FFA and 4-H members, take advantage of it.”

Those students who are chosen to serve as an Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture, will be given an encompassing tour of the State Fair of West Virginia, meet with Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, take part in events during the fair and meet various staff from every division of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Additionally, any winning submissions will be showcased in the September edition of the Market Bulletin.

For more information or to submit an entry, contact Jennifer Smith ‘jensmith@wvda.us’ or 304.558.3708

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

The Gilmer Free Press

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.

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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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