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City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Active Breaking and Entering Huffman No one around the area no sign of entry and no one around the trailer the subject said people were in Sycamore Trailer Park
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything ok employee set the alarm off W. Main Street
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Mountaineer Mart
Theft Huffman CI started Mountaineer Mart
Vehicle unlock Garrett Vehicle unlocked Foodland Plaza
One way Street violation Garrett Warning Pine Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Improper lighting Garrett Warning College Street
Defective equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for defective Equipment, Unsigned Registration, and Expired Insurance W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Leaving the Scene of an accident Garrett Spoke to subject CI started S. Lewis Street
Speak to an officer Garrett Subject wanted to know if there was any warrants for his arrest Glenville
Speak to an officer Garrett Advised subjects it was a civil matter Center Street
Assist another agency Garrett Assisted WVSP on a n unresponsive subject Newberne Road
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Driving without headlights Garrett Warning Fairground Road
Attempt to serve a DVP Garrett Negative contact Charles Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Animal Cruelty Huffman Unable to locate sent information to the Sheriffs Department due to the residence being out of the city Roberts Ridge
Shoplifting Huffman Spoke to manager at Family Dollar she advised they hadn’t called in a shoplifting also spoke to Dollar General and they advised they hadn’t called in either Family Dollar/Dollar General
Loud exhaust Garrett Cited for driving Suspended 1st Offense and warning issued for loud exhaust High Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Possession of controlled substance Garrett Cited High Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked N. Court Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Gave info to DNR due to them already citing once before N. Lewis Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Gave info to DNR due to them already citing once before River Street
Destruction of Property Huffman No Crime was committed Mountaineer Mart
Alarm investigation Huffman Building secure Dollar General
Mental Health issues Huffman Child sent home with mother. CI Started for Possession of knife on school property High school
Serve warrants Garrett Subject arrested Center Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP and GCSD on active domestic Lower Big Run
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Loud Music Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Assist Another Agency Huffman Assisted another agency in attempting to locate a driver negative contact US HWY 33 E
Suspicious Activity Huffman Located both vehicles one was waiting on their child to get out of school the other subject was waiting to pick her sister up from work Foodland Plaza
Attempt to Serve a DVP Huffman Attempted to serve a DVP negative Contact Howard Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything ok employee Set the alarm off Dollar General
Attempt to Serve a DVP Huffman Negative contact Howard Street
Child Custody Issues Garrett Court Order enforced Dolliver Street
Attempt to Serve DVP Garrett Negative Contact Howard Street
Parking Complaint Garrett Vehicles were moved Park Street
Suspicious Person Garrett No one in the area River Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP and GCSD on an active Domestic Lower Big Run
Attempt to Serve DVP Huffman Negative Contact Howard Street
Attempt to Serve DVP Garrett Negative contact Howard Street
Assist another Agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted another Agency on a shots fired call WV HWY 47W
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Defective equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Driving without Headlights Garrett Warnings Issued for Driving without Headlights and Defective Equipment W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Non-Active Breaking and Entering Garrett CI Started River Street
Assist another agency Huffman Attempt to locate a fugitive negative contact Glenville
Non Active breaking and Entering Huffman CI Started Walnut Street
Non Active breaking and Entering Huffman CI started Charles Street
Possession of a Deadly Weapon on School Property Huffman Knife confiscated and juvenile petitions filed Gilmer County High School
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS on a removal Glenville

Braxton County man indicted on firearm and drug charges

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A Burnsville, West Virginia, man was indicted today by a federal grand jury on firearm and drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Charles William Masters, age 43, was indicted on one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of ”Carry a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Crime.” Masters is accused of illegally possessing a 9mm pistol while possessing methamphetamine on July 03, 2017 in Lewis County, West Virginia.

Masters faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the first count, up to 40 years incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000,000 for the second count, and up to life incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for the third count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm

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Jeremy Allen Wolfe, of Glenville, West Virginia was sentenced to 92 months incarceration for illegal possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Wolfe , age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Felon in Possession of Firearm” in September 2017.

In November 2014, Wolfe was found in possession of multiple firearms, including three rifles and two shotguns, in Calhoun County, WV.

Wolfe, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, that is, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in Gilmer County, WV is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Sheriff: Man Left Children Surrounded By Trash, Animal Waste

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Deputies in West Virginia say they have arrested a man who left two children younger than 10 years old surrounded by bags of trash, animal feces, bugs and moldy food.

Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley says deputies arrested 44-year-old Wayne Lee Kelly of Wriston on two counts of gross child neglect creating the risk of serious bodily injury or death.

Fridley says deputies found the children surrounded by unsanitary conditions at Kelly’s residence Monday at the request of Child Protective Services.

Kelly was transported to Southern Regional Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Fridley says exposing the young children to filthy conditions is unacceptable.

Loaded Gun Found In Man’s Luggage At West Virginia Airport

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Federal authorities say they found a loaded gun in a man’s carry-on luggage on Thanksgiving day at the security checkpoint in a West Virginia airport.

According to a U.S. Transportation Security Administration news release, a TSA officer spotted the .380 caliber handgun loaded with three bullets early Thursday morning on a checkpoint X-ray monitor at Yeager Airport.

TSA says Yeager Airport Police responded and confiscated the gun. There was no impact to airport operations.

TSA says the man is from Huntington, West Virginia, but did not identify him further.

The agency says passengers who bring guns to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges and civil penalties from TSA of up to $12,000.

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Speeding Gadney Warnings Issued for Speeding, Unsigned Registration, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Huffman Cited for Cell phone while driving and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration College Street
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Alarm investigation Huffman All doors were secure contacted key holder Sheridan Street
Driving while Suspended Huffman Cited Walnut Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland plaza
Welfare Check Huffman Vehicle Left the area prior to my arrival US WY 33 E
MVC Huffman Vehicle left the area prior to my arrival phone pole minimal damage contacted phone company Mineral Road
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Sycamore Road
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted GCSD/WVSP with an Escaped inmate. Suspect located. FCI Gilmer
Serve Warrants Huffman Suspect arrested for WV Parole Board Center Street
Wrongful Occupation Huffman Served with Wrongful Occupation Center Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Dog Barking Complaint Huffman Owners warned about the dog barking advised if the problem continued they could be cited S. Lewis Street
Trash Complaint Huffman No One home red tagged door for trash S. Lewis Street
Non Active Domestic Huffman Referred to WVSP due to being out of City Kanawha Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Garrett/Gadney Assisted WVSP and GCSD serving DVPO and making an arrest Kanawha Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone While Driving Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Huffman Cited Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited College Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Failure to stop for stop sign Gadney Cited for Stop Sign Violation and Expired Registration Fairground Road
Stop Sign violation Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration card River Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Tree in roadway Huffman Tree fell on power lines and was blocking roadway Mon Power contacted Pine Street
Shots fired Huffman No Shots were fired sound was tree falling onto power lines Pine Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Expired MVI Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Expired MVI Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Active domestic Gadney All Verbal parties were separated E. Main Street
Shoplifting Huffman Cited Go Mart
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Powell Street
Battery on a School Employee Huffman Investigation Started Gilmer Co High
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Seatbelt, Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Driving without headlights Garrett Warning College Street
Illegal lighting Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Reckless driver Garrett Negative Contact WV HWY 5 E
Threats Garrett Caller advised didn’t want to file charges just wanted to let someone know Howard Street
Suicide Gadney Male Subject pronounced DOS Center Street
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited for Speeding and failure to produce operators N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
No MVI Gadney Cited for No MVI and Warnings issued for No Proof of Registration and Defective Equipment Fairground Road
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Linn Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Serve Warrants Huffman Suspect arrested and transported to CRJ Magistrate Court
Threats Huffman Suspect left the scene prior to my arrival.  No Direct Threats were made to individuals at the restaurant.  Suspect was later located and advised he was not allowed to be on the property or would be arrested for Trespassing Corner Stone
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Gilmer Elementary
Trash Complaint Huffman Warning Issued and was told that he had to have all the trash cleaned up or would be cited N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman No Report Completed subjects exchanged information Foodland
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Active Domestic Huffman/Garrett All verbal, no physical contact parties were separated Walnut Street
Large Altercation Huffman Altercation with approximately 30 people involved, fight was broken up and EMS made a transport to the hospital, attempted to locate suspects Powell Street/Go Mart
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Driving without headlights Gadney Cited E. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Red ribbon Week Presentation Huffman Assisted with a Drug awareness presentation Gilmer Elementary
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS with a referral Glenville
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Gilmer Co High
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Seatbelt, warnings Issued for Unsigned registration and failure to change address W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Active Domestic Huffman All Verbal parties separated E. Main  St
Reckless Driver Garrett Negative contact with the vehicle W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
MVC Garrett Accident Report Completed High St
MVC Gadney Accident Report Completed W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Conrad Motel
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Expired MVI Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited Mineral Road
Improper Registration Gadney Cited for Improper Registration and No Proof of Registration Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Mineral Road
Cell phone while Driving Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited Mineral Road
Assist Another Agency Gadney Assisted WVSP with active Domestic Wabash Ave
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Improper Lighting Gadney Suspect arrested for DUI W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration College Street
Active Domestic Huffman 1 male and 1 female arrested for Domestic Battery Charges Mountaineer Mart
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Conrad Motel

Gilmer County Magistrate Court Report

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Magistrate Court of Gilmer County, West Virginia
Defendant Offense Disposition
Sampson, John Curtis No Proof of Insurance Guilty Plea
Goodwin, Robin Anita Expiration of Registration and Certificate of Title Guilty Plea
Riggs, Curtis Victor Forging, Uttering, or Attempting to Employ as True, A Forged Writing to the Prejudice Transferred to Circuit Court
Sampson, John Curtis Speeding Guilty Plea
Pulice, Neil Jason Unlawful Disposal Litter > 500 lbs. Guilty Plea Agreement
Pulice, Neil Jason Mandatory Disposal - Subscribe to and Use of Collection Service Dismissed - Plea Agreement
Pulice, Neil Jason Prohibition - Open Dump Dismissed - Plea Agreement
Phares II, David Charles No Insurance Guilty Plea
Blake, Bryon Scott Driving while license suspended or revoked Guilty Plea Agreement
Roberts, Michael Lee Expired Registration No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Roberts, Michael Lee No Insurance No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Black, Heather Battery Upon Another by Making Physical Contact with Force Causing Pain or Injury Guilty Plea
Black, Heather Brandishing Deadly Weapons Threatening or Causing Breach of Peace; Criminal Penalties Dismissed - Plea Agreement
Mepoyle, Anthony William Cell Phone No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Mepoyle, Anthony William No Proof of Insurance Dismissed - Proof of Insurance
Ferrell, Robert Gil Driving a Vehicle while in an Impaired State No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Pennebaker, Brian Howard Domestic Battery - Unlawful Use of Contact of Insulting/Provoking Nature Dismissed - Plea Agreement
Neff, Angel Knowingly or Intentionally Possessing a Controlled Substance without Valid Prescription No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Hedges, Daniel Pierce Passing School Bus Proceedings Differed
McCumbers, Steven Wayne No Vehicle Insurance Dismissed - Proof of Insurance
Conrad II, Ronald Gene Underage Consumption No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Gibson Caleb Ray Operation without Certificate of Inspection or Failure to Produce Certificate; Penalty for Misdemeanor Guilty Plea
Sprouse, Elvis Lee No Seatbelt No Contest Plea / Nolo Contender
Sprouse, Elvis Lee No Insurance Dismissed - Proof of Insurance
Phillips, Joseph Ray Public Intoxication Guilty Plea
Stevens, Rosaria Frances Speeding Guilty Plea
Blankenship, Josef A Possession of Meth No Contest Per Plea Agreement
Blankenship, Josef A Possession of controlled substance - Marijuana < 15 grams Dismissed - Plea Agreement
Pennebaker, Brian Howard Possession of controlled substance < 15 grams No Contest Per Plea Agreement
Yu, Jonghoon No Operators Dismissed
Lambert, Donald Devon Speeding Guilty Plea
Riggs, Curtis Victor Obtaining Money, Property and Services by False Pretenses; Penalties (Larceny) (5) Transferred to Circuit Court
Riggs, Curtis Victor Wearing Hoods or Face Coverings (4) Transferred to Circuit Court
McNally, Elvin Bronson No Operators Guilty Plea
Roberts, Carl Eugene Illegal Burning of Refuse Guilty Plea
Neville, Jerrett No Proof of Insurance Dismissed

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►  Three people facing animal cruelty charges

Three people in Gilmer County are facing charges after 11 dogs were allegedly found in the “worst case” the police officer says he has ever seen.

Jamey and Suzane Hall and Marjorie Freeman were arrested Wednesday on animal cruelty charges.

According to police, the dogs in their care were starved and infested with worms, fleas, and parasites.


►  Randolph County Schools Hires Gabriel DeVano for Superintendent

The new leader of Randolph County Schools was announced Tuesday in a special Board of Education meeting.

Gabriel J. “Gabe” Devono, the current superintendent of Gilmer County Schools, has accepted the superintendent position for Randolph County Schools and is set to begin July 01.

Devono has served in his current position since July 2014, when he was appointed as part of a “state takeover” of Gilmer County’s school system. Prior to that, he served from 2002 to 2014 as executive director of Regional Educational Service Agency 07, which includes Randolph, Upshur, Barbour and nine other counties.

He said he has met his goals for Gilmer County, and it was removed from takeover status in January.

“I guess I felt I wanted to move on to new challenges,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday evening, adding he is familiar with the Randolph County area thanks to RESA 7, and he is eager to meet with people and organizations in the area.

“I look forward to working with the Board of Education, and my staff and the community,” he said.

Devono already has three goals for his new position: addressing the budget, facilities and communication, he said.

The Randolph County Board of Education had voted January 26 to open a search for a new superintendent and to not renew the contract of current Superintendent of Schools Pam Hewitt.

The action came after board members discussed Hewitt’s performance evaluation during an executive session.

Although BOE members are not able to disclose personnel matters and reasons for not renewing Hewitt’s contract, the school system has faced a number of challenges in recent years.

The Board of Education has made three consecutive unsuccessful attempts to pass an excess levy since November 2015, and the county school system has struggled with declining student enrollment and decreasing funds. In January, the board approved plans to close Valley Head Elementary School, and this April, the board voted to terminate 11 professional positions and nine service positions for the upcoming school year.

The state Board of Education has placed Randolph County on a “watch list,” which means the county must provide monthly financial reports and is under a higher level of scrutiny.

Tuesday’s unanimous decision by the local board followed a hiring process that included consideration of 13 qualified candidates. The board narrowed the candidates down to six and asked the same questions to each person.

“He’s had a lot of experience in dealing with counties in financial turmoil,” board member Rachel Anger said about Devono following Tuesday’s meeting.

Board member Amanda Smith agreed, and said Devono did not shy away from asking difficult questions, and he has demonstrated experience with working closely with the West Virginia Board of Education.

“He just seemed incredibly prepared and professional, and he had researched our county as well, and seems to know what he’s getting into,” Smith said. “He also just had a really good personality, and I think he’ll be great for the community.”

Devono’s position will be based on a two-year, 261-day contract with an annual salary of $115,000, said Donna Auvil, president of Randolph County Board of Education.

Auvil said Randolph County actually will save more than $20,000 per year because insurance and retirement-matching costs will not be paid by Randolph County Schools. She said Devono will be able to retire from his current position before accepting the position in Randolph County.

“In essence it will cost us much less than the current superintendent position,” Auvil said.

In addition to his work in Gilmer County and with RESA, Devono also has experience as supervisor/assistant superintendent in Lewis County from 1989 to 2002, and was assistant principal of Lewis County High School from 1986 to 1989.

The next regular Randolph County Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. May 22 at the school board office in Elkins.  ~~  Inter-Mountain ~~


►  Manchin says Comey sought more resources; senator calls for special independent prosecutor

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin confirmed Wednesday fired FBI Director James Comey had recently sought additional resources for his investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.

“That’s a fact,” Manchin told reporters during a conference call. “Comey was seeking more assistance. (It came) with the last week to 10 days.”

Donald Trump fired Comey Tuesday. The White House said Wednesday the President had lost confidence in Comey in recent months.

“He should have fired him then,” Manchin said. “It makes it much more difficult for the administration by waiting until they’re in the throes of knowing now there is an FBI investigation into Russian activity.”

Manchin, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Comey is scheduled to appear before the committee next Tuesday. Manchin and other committee members are calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to take over the investigation.

“This person would allow report directly to Congress on their investigation and findings. So it would have to be a high-ranking career person. They can’t be in jeopardy of losing their job or (be) fired,” Manchin said.

The White House said Wednesday it didn’t believe a special prosecutor was necessary. Manchin said he believes an appointment would help the public perception of the investigation but the Senate Intelligence will go on with its probe without one.

“It’s not going to impede at all the job we do as Senate Intel,” Manchin said. “I can assure the American public the Senate Intelligence Committee will continue to complete a thorough investigation based on the intelligence we receive and the facts that we have. We will come to the ability to find the truth.”


►  Ritchie County Duo Hoping to Raise $40,000 for American Cancer Society

For sixteen years, David Meeks and Sandy Reed have had a simple philosophy when it comes to raising money for the American Cancer Society.

“Even if one dollar goes towards helping someone survive or helping someone get over cancer–whether it’s by a wig or transportation or a cure some day–when you walk away you feel like you were able to help,” Meeks said.

Meeks and Reed coordinate, captain, and drive the fundraising efforts for a the Cardinal-Simon Relay for Life Team in Ritchie County. They’ve raised around $500,000 by auctioning off windows and doors at a manufacturing plant in Ritchie County since 2001. The windows and doors are brand new, but they are donated by PlyGem Windows and their local affiliate Simonton Windows Manufacturing Facility in partnership with Cardinal Logistics. They are discounted for auction to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

“When this first started, there were only six or seven of us that started it,” Meeks said. “We didn’t know how it was going to work. We had never done an auction before in our life. We just decided to do it, and Simonton gave us the windows. We made that first year $13,000 off of two trailer loads of windows.”

It’s up to the customer to find what they are looking for (though volunteers are there to assist); Meeks and Reed can never be certain of their inventory until they begin unloading the truck at 6 a.m. one Saturday per year to set up the show. But, Meeks said, it offers people a chance to get a product they want and put their money to a good cause.

“Every year the good Lord seems to take care of us, and every year I get in my car exhausted and wore out and thanking the good Lord that it was another successful year and somebody else is going to benefit from it,” he said.

Everything is donated, and that includes the help of auctioneers, volunteers to assist with the labor, and the products.

“We have repeat customers,” Meeks said. “We have people that come back, and some of those folks give a little extra. We’ve been handed donations. They say, ‘Here we want to give this to the American Cancer Society.’ We’ve had folks come and not find what they want and give a donation to the American Cancer Society.”

Often those customers aren’t just West Virginians. Volunteers and customers alike come from as far as Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky.

It can be a stressful day though, according to Sandy Reed. The volunteers are often just as invested in the outcome after a day of grueling labor as she and Meeks are when the final numbers are tallied.

“I’m always anxious to see what the total is,” she said. “All of our volunteers are really waiting at the end. Most of them wait around til we get everything counted up so they’ll know what we made before they go home.”

And what they make goes entirely to the Relay for Life program, a program which is estimated to have raised more than $5 billion nationally for the American Cancer Society since it’s inception.

“When you’re sitting beside a bed of somebody with cancer, please know that there are people out there that care and are doing everything in their power to one day rid us of this awful cancer,” Meeks said.

The 2017 Window Auction for a Cure is fast approaching. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, the auction will open at Simonton Windows Manufacturing Facility on Rt. 50 in Ellenboro. The entire process takes place in the adjacent parking lot.

The team raised nearly $40,000 in 2016, which is their benchmark goal for 2017. Their record is $76,000.

Food, refreshments, and restrooms will be available. The event will be held regardless of weather, and tents will be set up if rain does become a factor.

Only cash or checks are accepted.


►  Reporter arrested at Capitol after trying to ask U.S. health secretary questions

A West Virginia reporter was arrested Tuesday at the State Capitol after trying to ask Tom Price, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, questions about the American Health Care Act.

Dan Heyman of Charleston is a reporter with Public News Service and has been in the journalism industry for 30 years. He said he was at the Capitol to speak to Price about the effects of the legislation passed on May 4 by the U.S. House of Representatives.

A criminal complaint indicated that Heyman had entered the space of Price’s Secret Service protection to ask his questions.

There was a media availability with Price in the Governor’s Reception Room about an hour after Heyman’s arrest, although it had not been widely publicized. Reporters from the Charleston Gazette-Mail, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and WCHS-TV asked Price questions about federal healthcare law.

But Heyman was on his own and in the Capitol hallway when he attempted to ask his questions about the effects of changes to federal healthcare.

According to Heyman, Price, who became secretary on February 10, entered through the Capitol’s west wing.

“I had been working on whether or not domestic violence is a pre-existing condition,” he said. States who receive a waiver from the federal government would be allowed to create high-risk insurance pools for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Kellyanne Conway, counsel to Donald Trump, was also with Price at the time.

Heyman, who was using his cellphone as a recorder, said he reached out his arm and asked Price the question “repeatedly” with no answer.

“At some point, I think (the Capitol Police) decided I was too persistent in asking this question and trying to do my job, so they arrested me,” he said. “I asked if I was under arrest, and they said yes. And I said, ‘If I’m under arrest, how come I haven’t had my Miranda rights read to me?‘”

“They said, ‘Well, we’re not asking you any questions right now.”

Heyman said he waited in an office while officers filed related paperwork. Upon completion, the officers told Heyman he “had the right to remain silent.”

Heyman was charged in Kanawha County Magistrate Court with a misdemeanor of willful disruption of governmental processes.

“(Heyman) was aggressively breaching the Secret Service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple times from the area walking up the hallway of the main building,” the complaint said. “The defendant was causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price.”

The complaint cited state code regarding intimidating government officials at the Capitol.

“If any person willfully interrupts or molests the orderly and peaceful process of any department, division, agency or branch of state government or of its political subdivisions, he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor,” the code states.

Those found guilty could be fined $100 and also be sentenced to six months in jail.

Heyman was released Tuesday evening on a $5,000 bond, which his lawyer, Tim DiPiero, said was paid for by someone associated with Public News Service.

“Normally, I would make no comment on a criminal case and recommend to my client that he make no comment,” DiPiero said. “I’ve never had a client arrested for talking too loud or anything similar to that.”

Heyman was wearing the same white Public News Service polo shirt he was arrested in when he talked to reporters Tuesday evening.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled within the next 20 days, according to DiPiero.

American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia also held a press conference Tuesday night outside of the State Capitol on the matter.

Jamie Lynn Crofts, the legal director of the organization, said freedom of the press should not be undermined.

“We have a president that calls the media ‘fake news,’ and resists transparency at every turn,” she said. “Today, a reporter was arrested for trying to ask a question to a member of the Trump administration.”

Crofts said Heyman was not being disruptive based on present information.

“I have one thing to say to anyone who infringes on First Amendment rights: we’ll see you in court,” Crofts concluded.

Heyman, who joined Public News Service in 2009, said he was just doing his job.

“I am supposed to find out if somebody is going to be affected by this health care law,” he said.

Price took part in a press conference Tuesday afternoon after meeting with Governor Jim Justice and others about the state’s opioid addiction problems.

Conway, West Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch; U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins, R-WV; Recovery Point Executive Director Matt Boggs; and First Choice Health Systems Vice President and CFO Scott Jarrett joined Price at the media briefing.


►  Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Arrest of Volunteer Firefighter

Investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a man for his role in two fires earlier this year in Morgan County.

Alex Gloyd, 18, of Great Cacapon was arrested Friday, May 05 and charged with first-degree arson and willfully and maliciously setting fire to land.

The charges link Gloyd to a February 06 structure fire at 695 Henry Miller Blvd. in Paw Paw, and a March 05 wildland fire off Milo Road.

Gloyd is a member of the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Department and an honorary member of the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department. Gloyd had responded to both incidents as a volunteer firefighter.

The State Fire Marshal offers special thanks to the WV Division of Natural Resources (DNR) police, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police and the WV State Police.  All agencies contributed to the investigation.


►  West Virginia court affirms civil rights violation dismissal

The West Virginia Supreme Court has upheld dismissal of felony civil rights charges against a former Marshall University football player accused in a 2015 attack on two men he saw kissing.

The justices voted 3-2 Tuesday to send the case of Steward Butler back to Cabell County Circuit Court for further disposition.

Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ruled last year that Butler could not be charged with a hate crime because it appeared that state lawmakers intended to leave protections based on sexual orientation out of the law.

The Supreme Court ruled that state code clearly defines sex as male or female, does not address sexual orientation and that lawmakers have rejected attempts to include sexual orientation since the law was enacted three decades ago.


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City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Elm Street
Fraudulent Check Huffman CI Started Foodland
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Gilmer County Sheriff with active domestic two females arrested Hemlock Road
Unknown medical Huffman Arrived on scene subject had cut his head open he was taken to hospital by EMS College Street
Welfare Check Garrett Everything ok advised caller couldn’t force someone to go to hospital Powell Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Disabled motorist Huffman Vehicle Towed Mineral Road
Child porn/Sexual Abuse Huffman CI Started Glenville
Assist Another Agency with warrant Service Garrett Subject arrested and transported to CRJ Perkins Ridge
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with processing for a DUI Courthouse
Dog Bite Garrett Dog Catcher picked up dog for 10 day quarantine owner cited for harboring a vicious dog S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning WV Hwy 5 E
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Loud Exhaust Garrett Cited for Loud Exhaust and Spinning Tires Walnut Street
Animal Cruelty Huffman Negative Contact with owners Mineral Road
Animal Cruelty Huffman Negative Contact with owners South Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with a possible domestic Alice Road
Unruly Juvenile Huffman Juvenile returned to her mother S. Lewis Street/US HWY 33W
Serve Warrants Huffman Subject Arrested Jackson Street
Remove a person Huffman Advised both parties it was a civil matter and they needed to speak to an attorney River Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject advised her that she would have to file a civil suit for possession Powell Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt and Warning issued for Unsigned Registration E. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Expired Registration, Unsigned Registration, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, and Failure to change Address W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning Walnut Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Battery Garrett/Huffman Juvenile reported a battery at Gilmer County High School Suspect arrested Gilmer Co High School
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Stolen Vehicle Huffman CI started Walnut Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to subject everything ok S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of Insurance and Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of Insurance and Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Remove a person Huffman Removed subject from property and advised him that if he came back onto the property he would be arrested for trespassing Rite Aid
Dog bite Huffman Male subject bitten by a pitbull no one knew who the owner of the dog was and the dog wasn’t in the area when I arrived Conrad Court
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Child Chased by a dog Garrett Owner picked up dog and child was fine Whiting Ave
Active Domestic Garrett Everything was ok no domestic Alice Road
Domestic Garrett Female subject taken to hospital for injuries S. Lewis Street
Search warrant/Serve Warrants Huffman/Garrett/ Executed a search warrant for a crime scene and one male subject arrested on multiple charges S. Lewis Street
WVSP/GCSD
Prohibited person with firearm Huffman Subject arrested S. Lewis Street
Noise complaint Huffman No one in the area Pub
Altercation Huffman Subjects involved in altercation had already left the area 1 male subject arrested for fleeing in a vehicle and driving while revoked Hunter Street
Inactive Domestic Huffman 1 female subject arrested and transported to CRJ Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment x2 N. Lewis Street
Serve DVPO Huffman DVPO was served Magistrate Court
Suspicious Activity Huffman Odor could be smelled throughout the building unable to locate where it was coming from Glenville Gardens
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Senior center
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning Mineral Road

Gilmer Athletic Director Charged with Battery Of Student Athlete

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Police in Gilmer County have charged the athletic director of Gilmer County High School with battery, related to an incident last weekend at the Gilmer-Braxton ballgame in Glenville.

Director Shawn Leo Cole has been charged by the Glenville Chief of Police Brenton Huffman, after the juvenile boy’s mother filed a complaint related to an incident in the school gymnasium.

The complaint, based upon reviewing video footage and photographs, indicates that Cole picked up the player off the floor by his neck and carried him off the gym floor, after he was shooting a basketball.

“Mr. Cole grabbed the ball… and grabbed (subject) with his left arm around the chest…and placed his right arm around area of his neck and picked him up off the floor and carried him off the gym floor and put him down,” says the complaint.

The player was reportedly a middle school student.

The juvenile player’s mother sent photos of her son with what the complaint says showed “red marks on both sides of his neck.”

The juvenile’s mother said she received a text message from Mr. Cole following the incident saying “He was sorry for what happened between him and her son and never meant to hurt him or embarrass him.”

The case will be heard by Gilmer County Magistrate Court.

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►  Governor and First Lady Invite West Virginians to Submit Photos for Military, First Responder Recognition Trees

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today invite all West Virginians to honor the state’s military men and women and first responders by submitting photos to be showcased on the two recognition trees located in the Governor’s Reception Room during the upcoming holiday season.

“The recognition trees are an important part of our family’s holiday celebration, and Joanne and I are excited to continue this tradition of honoring heroic West Virginians who selflessly serve our communities and our country every day,” Governor Tomblin said. “I am thankful for our military men and women and first responders across our state who put their lives at risk to keep us safe and protect our freedoms at home and abroad. We hope West Virginians will join us in honoring those who have dedicated their lives to protecting us.”

“This time of year, it is especially important that we show our enduring gratitude to our military and first responders, and their loved ones, for continually contributing to the health, well-being and safety of our state and nation,” First Lady Tomblin said.  “The Governor and I hope these recognition trees serve as a way to honor these West Virginians throughout the holiday season and beyond.”

Those wishing to participate are asked to submit photos of their loved ones or friends who have served or are currently serving in the military or as a first responder. The recognition trees will be displayed in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol Complex during the upcoming holiday season.

Please submit photo copies. Submitted photos will not be returned. The military recognition form and tag can be downloaded here. The first responder recognition form and tag can be downloaded here .

All photos, along with the submission form and tag, must be received by Wednesday, November 30, and should be emailed to or mailed to:

West Virginia Governor’s Mansion
ATTN: Tina Amburgey
1716 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305


►  Jim Justice: Expect to See Improvements in 10 Months

Democratic Governor-elect Jim Justice says West Virginians can expect to see some noticeable enhancements to the state’s sluggish economy in his first 10 months in office.

The billionaire businessman and owner of The Greenbrier resort defeated Republican Bill Cole in Tuesday’s election.

Justice said Thursday he doesn’t have “a magic wand” for running the state. He tries to run his business dealings on a 10-month schedule, and he says residents should expect by late 2017 to see “real live significant improvements.“

Justice says state revenues need to grow significantly, and he hopes to accomplish that across several economic sectors, including agriculture, tourism and the energy industry.

First, Justice needs to get a transition team in place. He’s putting that together with consultation from ex-state Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio.


►  GOP Leaders to Justice: Let Us Help You

Republicans who will hold a rare majority of West Virginia’s six statewide offices are already banding together to try to influence yet another Democratic governor and a GOP-controlled Legislature.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey was the lone Republican on the six-member Board of Public Works after he was elected in 2012. That number swelled to four with GOP wins in races for secretary of state, auditor and agriculture commissioner.

All four attended a news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday to put out an early plea to Governor-elect Jim Justice to let them help him fix West Virginia’s many problems. The Board of Public Works meets up to four times a year, and Morrisey said he’d like that to happen more frequently.

“I think that there’s a lot more that we can do if we tap into the great expertise that exists within these constitutional offices,“ he said. “This is a chance to work together. We have to do everything in our power to identify fraud, waste and abuse in government. I think there’s a lot more there.“

JB McCuskey is the first Republican elected as West Virginia’s auditor since 1928. Kent Leonhardt is the first GOP-elected ag commissioner since 1988. Mac Warner ousted two-term incumbent Natalie Tennant for secretary of state Tuesday night.

Republicans also maintained their majorities in the Legislature.

Besides Justice, the only other Democrat in statewide office next year will be treasurer John Perdue, who won his sixth term.

Justice, the billionaire owner of the Greenbrier resort, will inherit as governor the challenge of addressing job losses, especially in the coal industry, and ongoing state budget shortfalls.

Morrisey said the GOP leaders have not heard from Justice since his election and they looked forward to speaking with him.

A former Republican, Justice has touted himself as a political outsider with outside-the-box ideas to create jobs without big cuts or tax hikes. But he’s offered few specifics so far and didn’t immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press on Wednesday.

He said in his victory speech Tuesday night at the Greenbrier that “we cannot possibly cut our way out of this mess, and you can’t possibly tax our people more than they have today. We have got to grow our way out of this mess.“

He promised only to surround himself with smart people to tackle the most important issues. Comparing it to figuring out how to solve a jigsaw puzzle, he said, “if there’s anything that I would tell you that I would brag about, I’m the best there is at figuring out how to put them together and make it work.“

Some of those puzzle pieces will certainly include finding jobs and addressing the state’s budget problems.

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in September was the fifth highest in the country. Tax collections for the first three months of the state’s fiscal year were $87.4 million below estimates.

Earlier this year, a sharply divided debate over higher taxes to remedy the budget woes spilled over into a special session that cost the state about $600,000. Eventually, higher taxes were passed on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

One issue on which he agreed with Justice: “We don’t need higher taxes in the state of West Virginia,“ Morrisey said.

In the state Legislature, Republicans picked up four seats in the Senate and now hold a 22-12 advantage, according to unofficial results.

Democratic incumbents who were unseated included Senator Jack Yost of Brooke County and Senator Bob Williams of Taylor County, while GOP incumbent Chris Walters of Putnam County lost.

The seat vacated by Democratic Senator Herb Snyder of Jefferson County went to Republican Patricia Rucker over Democratic Del. Stephen Skinner.

Republicans also were elected to seats vacated when Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, ran for governor, and when Senator Bill Laird, D-Fayette, didn’t seek re-election.

In the 100-member House of Delegates, Republicans entered election night with a 64-36 majority and didn’t appear to lose more than one seat, although a few races were still too close to call Wednesday, according to unofficial results.


►  WV Names Acting Labor Commissioner

A longtime director in West Virginia’s Division of Labor has been named its acting commissioner.

Mitch Woodrum’s appointment follows the retirement of former Commissioner John Junkins.

The division is part of the Department of Commerce. It oversees licensing and inspecting of businesses operating in West Virginia and enforces labor laws and workplace safety regulations.

A 24-year employee of the division, in 2002 Woodrum was named director of the manufactured housing program. He was appointed director of licensing in 2007 and has been as deputy commissioner since 2014.


►  Voter Turnout Up for WV General Election

Unofficial numbers from the secretary of state’s office show voter turnout in West Virginia was higher than the previous general election but didn’t eclipse the 2008 race.

Figures released Wednesday show 728,248 voters, or 57.2 percent, participated in Tuesday’s election. That’s up from about 55 percent in the 2012 general election and down from about 60.8 percent in 2008.

The secretary of state’s office says the figures will become official after canvassing is complete.

Lewis County had the highest turnout rate at just under 69 percent, followed by Preston County at 68.7 percent and Hardy County at 66.2 percent.

McDowell County had the lowest turnout at 36 percent.


►  11 counties pass Sunday hunting measure

Officials say voters in 11 West Virginia counties have passed ballot initiatives to allow hunting on Sunday on private property.

The Kanawha County Commission says in a news release that unofficial totals show the measure passed there by nearly 23,000 votes. The statement says Sunday hunting will go into effect after the County Commission certifies the election results, which will take at least week.

Ten other counties across the state also passed the measure: Barbour, Berkeley, Harrison, Marion, Mercer, Monongalia, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie and Wood. It boosts the number of counties that allow hunting on Sundays to 33 out of 55.

Hunting is restricted to private property and requires the landowner’s consent.


►  School Bus Full of Children Accidentally Driven Into Ditch in Harrison County

A school bus full of children was accidentally driven into a ditch on Wilsonburg Road around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, in Harrison County.

According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, the bus driver got too close to the edge of the road, which pulled the bus into a ditch.

The children were able to get off the bus from the rear exit unharmed, according to the Harrison County Department of Transportation.

The children were able to return to Wilsonburg Elementary, which wasn’t far from the scene of the accident.

Mom of Missing Girl Killed Her with Blow to Head

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Toddler Aliayah Lunsford was killed five years ago by a “blunt force strike to the head with a handheld object,“ law enforcement has alleged in the criminal complaint against her mother, Lena Lunsford.

During a news conference Friday morning, Lewis County Sheriff Adam Gissy said the whereabouts of Aliayah’s body remain unknown.

“Today is a somber, yet successful day for the investigators standing in front of you, along with the many others concerned with the disappearance of an innocent 3-year-old child,“ Gissy said. “It comes with great sadness that I report that Aliayah Lunsford ... is deceased. ... I realize there are several questions left unanswered.

“However, I’m sure the one question that is weighing on everyone’s mind is, ‘Have we located Aliayah? The investigation has led us to believe that the one person who possesses knowledge of Aliayah’s whereabouts is now in custody,“ Gissy said.

He declined to offer further details.

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Lena Lunsford, 34, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was returned to West Virginia Friday morning after waiving extradition. She’s charged with felony death of a child by parent by child abuse. She had an initial appearance before Special Magistrate John M. Coffman and was jailed on a $250,000 cash bond.

Coffman has scheduled a probable cause hearing at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Lewis County Magistrate Court for Lunsford, also known as Lena Conaway and Lena Marie Lunsford-Conaway.

Circuit Judge Jake Reger has appointed Clay attorney Barabara A. Harmon Schamberger to represent Lunsford. Schamberger, who’s been practicing law almost 20 years, declined to comment, saying it wouldn’t be appropriate for her to do so in “a case pending before the court.“

The strike to Aliayah’s head was made knowingly and intentionally on Sept. 24, 2011, Lewis Sheriff’s Deputy E.E. Carpenter has alleged in the criminal complaint, and it occurred inside the rental property in Bendale at which the Lunsfords were living.

“Present witnesses observed the aforementioned strike and thereafter stated the child victim fell to the ground from the injury sustained to her head,“ the complaint alleges.

“Further information stated the defendant did NOT initially provide help/medical assistance to the child victim and additionally did not allow others present to provide medical assistance and/or contact medical personnel to assist the child victim, who was visibly suffering from trauma caused by the strike,“ Carpenter has alleged.

“Within hours of the strike, the child victim died,“ Carpenter has alleged.

“Thereafter, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally take steps to conceal the crime,“ Carpenter has alleged.

“These include, but are not limited to, originating a fictitious narrative regarding the death, destroying evidence, concealing the victim’s body and instructing witnesses to conceal the true circumstances of the victim’s death,“ Carpenter has alleged. “The defendant is the birth mother of the child victim and was under the care and custody of the defendant at the time of the incident,“ Carpenter has alleged. “The aforementioned information is supported by direct witness testimony, officer and corroborative witness testimony and physical/photographic evidence.“

During the press conference, the sheriff also praised the cooperation of the multiple law enforcement agencies that participated in the case.

Lewis deputies, the State Police and the FBI worked hand-in-hand on the investigation from its very beginning, Gissy said. Homeland Security Investigations, the Pinellas County, Florida, Sheriff’s Department and the Clearwater, Florida, Police Department supported the investigation and the arrest, Gissy said.

~~  Matt Harvey ~~

Gilmer Shooting Suspect Faces Murder Charges

The Free Press WV

The Gilmer County man accused of shooting his neighbor now faces murder charges following the death of the victim, Don Singleton, on Friday.

The Gilmer County Prosecutor’s Office and State Police finalized the upgraded charges against Earl Milton Bailey, age 64, of Cedarville, WV, Tuesday afternoon, according to Sgt. R.P. Smith with the Glenville detachment of West Virginia State Police.

Police arrested Bailey on Monday, September 05 following a Labor Day shooting incident in the Gilmer County town of Cedarville.

Police say Bailey went to a neighbor’s residence and fired shots at two people.

One person escaped on foot, but the gunfire hit Singleton in the head.

Following the shooting, Healthnet flew Singleton to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Singleton passed away Friday.

Police originally charged Bailey with attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

Bailey is in Central Regional Jail.

Gilmer County Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges in Monday Shooting

The Free Press WV

The West Virginia State Police arrested a Gilmer County man Monday night on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment following a shooting incident at a home in rural Gilmer County.

Sgt. R.P. Smith with the Glenville detachment of the WVSP said Earl Milton Bailey, age 64, went to the home of his neighbor, Don Singleton, and shot him in the head with a pistol.

Sgt. Smith said another person was in the home at the time, but was able to escape unharmed.

Healthnet flew Singleton to Charleston Area Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.

Sgt. Smith added that the charges could be upgraded if Mr. Singleton’s condition deteriorates.

Police believe the shooting was the result of a dispute over dogs.

Sgt. Smith said Bailey accused Singleton of poisoning one of his dogs.

Bailey is in Central Regional Jail.

City of Glenville Police Report - April 2016

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - April 2016
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman Accident Report Completed Warnings Issued for Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Carry Operators N. Lewis Street
Active Domestic Huffman/Garrett One female subject arrested for Domestic Assault and Brandishing Center Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Issued x2 N. Lewis Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Cited for failure to have trash pickup Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist Cps Huffman Assisted CPS on a home visit Kanawha Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
No Seat belt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Reckless Driver Huffman Negative Contact N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Expired registration, Unsigned Registration, and Failure to Carry Operators College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning For No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything secure Family Dollar
Funeral detail Huffman Assisted with Traffic Control for a funeral Stoplight
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted Gilmer County Sheriffs Department with house search N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited for Cell phone while driving and No Proof of Operators Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning issued for Unsigned Registration College Street
Burglar alarm Huffman Everything ok owner didn’t get the alarm shut off Whiting Ave.
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Improper Display and Unsigned Registration College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garret Warning N. Lewis Street
Assist Ems Garrett Assisted EMS with Lifting Whiting Ave.
Assist Another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with Motor Vehicle Crash US Hwy 33 W
Altercation Garrett All Subjects had left area Sycamore Trailer Court
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with altercation Pioneer Grille
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Failure to have trash pickup Huffman Cited Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman Assisted Gilmer County Sheriffs Department with an Active Domestic WV HWY 33 W
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street.
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street.
Active Domestic Garrett No Domestic took place CI started for Destruction of property and one cited for Possession of <15 grams Dolliver Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Nursing Home
Hit and Run Huffman Ci Started unable to locate vehicle Morris Drive
Leaving the Scene of an accident Huffman Report completed subject cited for Leaving the scene and failure to report Conrad Motel
DOS Huffman Report Completed Kanawha Street
Cell Pone while driving Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Altercation Garrett/GCSD Approximately 40 people in altercation GCSD investigating Pioneer Grille
Shots Fired Garrett Fireworks  going off outside of city limits Sycamore
Loose dog Garrett Citation Issued Whiting Ave
Noise Complaint Garrett Spoke to owner and advised them to turn music down Howard Street
Vehicle Unlock Garrett Vehicle Unlocked Pizza Hut
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Loud Music Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Cell phone while driving Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
MVC Garrett Accident Report Completed S. Lewis Street
Cell phone Huffman Cited for Cell phone and no proof f insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist Another Agency Huffman/Garrett Assisted WVSP with active Domestic parties separated WV HWY 5E
Underage Consumption Garrett Everyone at the parties ID was checked no underage drinking party was shut down Walnut Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
MVC Garrett Accident Report Completed Warnings Issued for Improper Backing and No Proof of Registration N. Court Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Failure to Carry Operators W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Assist Another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with welfare check everything ok Panther Run
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to subject everything ok Whiting Ave
Assist another agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with Active domestic Joes Run
911 hang-up call Garrett Everything all secure doesn’t appear to be anyone there Board of Education
Motor Vehicle Accident Garrett Accident Report Completed Go Mart
Warrant Service Huffman 1 subject arrested N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Huffman Cited for No Proof of Insurance warnings issued for Improper Display and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Warrant Service Huffman 1 subject arrested Linn St
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything ok home owner set off the alarm N. Lewis Street
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with Active Domestic Moore St
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Mandatory trash Disposal Huffman Cited for Failure to have Trash pickup Warning Issued for High Grass Howard Street
No Seat belt Huffman Cited for No Seat belt and Stop Sign Violation Conrad Court
High Grass Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding Warning for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman Owners set off alarm everything ok N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland Plaza
Transformer fire Huffman Transformer caught on fire on Playground everything ok no one injured and fire was extinguished Glenville Elementary
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to female advised crime occurred out of city limits contacted WVSP for victim Glenville
Stolen Property Garrett Alleged Stolen property was located at residence Walnut Street
Alarm Investigation Garrett Everything secure Senior Center

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

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

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

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

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

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

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

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

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

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

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

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

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

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

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

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

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

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

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

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

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

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

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

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

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

By Good on 06.21.2018

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

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

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

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

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

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

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

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If true, this would be great news!

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

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

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

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Interesting chart.

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

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

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

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

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

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

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

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

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

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

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

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

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

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

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

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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