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Four burned in Doddridge County well pad fire

The Free Press WV

Four people suffered burn injuries Friday in Doddridge County when the above ground oil tanks they were working on caught on fire, authorities said.

The four were attempting to remove three small tanks near West Union when an explosion occurred.

According to the state Department of Environmental Protection spill line report, the fire started at around 10 a.m.

“Confirmed 4 burn patients,” the report said.

It said four helicopters were coming to take the burn patients to hospitals.

The report also said, “There is oil going into the stream.”

The report listed the address of the fire as 145 Whitehair Lane, West
Union.

The initial report said it was a well pad fire but Doddridge County Emergency Manager George Eidel later said the fire was connected to the removal of the tanks.

That was later confirmed in a statement from state DEP Communications Director Jake Glance:

“The tanks had apparently been moved to this location and were being cleaned and cut up for scrap, using some sort of torch. It appears that the tanks were not completely empty of their contents, and whatever was in the tanks ignited.

“WVDEP is still investigating how much material resulting from this fire reached a nearby stream,” Glance said.

U.S. Mail Truck Wrecks on Interstate 79

The Free Press WV

A truck hauling U.S. Mail wrecked on Interstate 79 Friday morning in Roane County.

The crash happened at just before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes between the Amma and Wallback exits.

A piece of large equipment was dispatched to the scene to get the truck upright.

Traffic was moving again by 10:30 a.m.

There was no initial word on possible injuries.

City of Glenville Police Report

The Gilmer Free Press
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

In West Virginia….

The Free Press WV

►  Weston trucker killed in I-79 crash in PA

A West Virginia truck driver was killed in an accident Monday afternoon along Interstate 79 near the Pennsylvania state line.

Pennsylvania State Police say Michael Snyder, 48, of Weston, WV was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Perry Township, about three miles north of the West Virginia line.

According to investigators, Snyder’s rig was headed south when it traveled off the highway and into the median where the flatbed trailer became detached from the tractor. The trailer spilled its load, rolled over and landed on top of the cab.


►  West Virginia Lawmakers Cite Fix for Retired Miner Benefits

West Virginia lawmakers say the new congressional spending plan contains a permanent extension of health care benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire this month.

Republican Representative Evan Jenkins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin say it’s in the $1 trillion-plus spending bill to fund most federal operations through September.

In West Virginia, about 8,500 retired miners and their families face loss of benefits if Congress does not act.

Pension benefits have not been included. The miners’ pension and benefit funds have been depleted by coal company bankruptcies.

In 1946, President Harry S. Truman brokered an agreement with the United Mine Workers of America to guarantee miners’ lifetime health and retirement benefits, a move that averted a lengthy strike by unionized workers.


►  WVU to Install New Video Board at Stadium

A new video board measuring 37 feet high by 97 feet long is planned for installation this summer at West Virginia University’s Milan Puskar Stadium.

The board will be installed in the north end zone in time for the fall football season.

The university says the new board will work in conjunction with the current sound end zone board that was installed in 2008. It will provide additional live action, replays, statistics, out-of-town scores, in-game entertainment and advertisements.

The new board will be larger than the current board, which is 23 feet high by 85 feet long. The school says the new board will also offer brighter and clearer high definition images.


►  Analyst believes coal rebound will be modest

A West Virginia native who is now a coal analyst says while there has been some rebound or the U.S. coal industry, it’s still fragile.

“What I see now is the opportunity for the coal industry to at least maintain the status quo for now and for the jobs that exist now have a chance to maybe recapture some market share form gas,”  said Matthew Warder, Director of Research and Product Development for Energy Capital Research Group. “But it’s hard to see a full fledged comeback in the cards right now.”

A tiered severance tax system, as proposed by the Justice Administration budget, would only add to the difficult rebound for the industry according to Warder.

“Most of these businesses are coming out of bankruptcy, so cash flow is really important right now,” he explained in an appearance on MetroNews Talkline.

Governor Jim Justice proposed the tiered severance system which would increase severance tax rates when times were good, and adjust them downward when times are bad.  Warder said the problem is the transition period.

“At a $120 bench mark, which is within the realm of plausible outcomes this year, the cost of a low vol mine is $75 on average which equates to $78 at the port, so you’re making a $3 margin,” he explained. “If you double the severance tax, which is about $4, then all of a sudden it puts those mines into negative profits and that puts jobs at risk.”

Two key events in recent months are credited for the resurgence in the price of met coal in the United States according to Warder.  A cyclone shutdown a key coal shipping port in Australia and a policy change in China shortened the number of working days in a year reducing China’s coal productivity by 20 percent.  The Chinese are picking up that slack with imports.  The result has been a price of met coal nearing $300 a ton, but Warder said it’s uncertain how long that price will last.

Natural gas remains the biggest obstacle for steam coal.  Warder doesn’t believe gas prices will remain at their historical low levels much longer, which could give steam coal a chance to regain some of the market share lost in the past decade.  However, in the long term, the infrastructure favors gas.

“I think there will be some room for improvement over the next couple of years, but it will be modest.  It will be where gas prices are high enough that coal can regain some market share specifically at southeastern utilities,” he said. “But when you think longer term, it still costs $2 billion to build a coal plant and $1 billion to build a gas plant.”


►  Hatfield-McCoy Trail officials believe there’s room for more

The body with oversight of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in southern West Virginia is applauding Governor Jim Justice’s veto of Senate Bill 28. The legislation would have allowed for unlimited development of motorized trail systems throughout West Virginia.

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System Executive Director Jeffrey Lusk said they don’t fear competition but are more fearful of dilution.

“Certainly there is room in West Virginia for other off road vehicle trail systems to open up,” Lusk told MetroNews. “What we think is any expansion should be done in a very thoughtful manner where we bring on one new system at a time.”

Building trails for the sake of building trails runs counter to the main mission of the Hatfield-McCoy or other public trail systems which is economic development according to Lusk and members of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreational Authority.

“For folks to make investments, you have to have a certain density of riders,” Lusk explained. “If you want an entrepreneur to put in a restaurant, lodge, or campground then they’ve got to be guaranteed a certain number of riders to make those businesses cash flow.”

Lusk fears the unregulated opening of vast numbers of similar trails in West Virginia will dilute the market and cause businesses which have made investments in infrastructure surrounding the Hatfield-McCoy or any other regional trail system unprofitable.

Lusk and his staff have been working closely with a regional group in central West Virginia interested in opening a similar system in a five county region similar to the Hatfield-McCoy system in the southern coalfields. He believes they have the right approach and right idea and probably should be the next system to get the state’s blessing.

“We certainly support new systems opening,” he said. “I really believe the one there in Central West Virginia will be successful. The folks working on it are doing a great job. We just think it needs to be done in a methodical manner where we choose a geographic area, open up a system there, gauge the success of that system, the if it’s succeeding and growing let’s go look at the next area.”

The proposed regional trail system in central West Virginia includes a proposed trail system for Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Nicholas, and Webster counties.


►  Legislation to Require Opioid Education in Schools

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey praised his office’s involvement in legislation that requires county boards of education to implement opioid awareness and prevention programs into their curriculum.

House Bill 2195, signed Wednesday by the Governor, uses opioid language set forth by the Attorney General’s Office to educate students across the state.

“This move is crucial to building a better foundation for West Virginia’s future,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Teaching students about the dangerous, and at times deadly, consequences of using opioids will help curb our state’s epidemic.”

The Attorney General requested HB 2195 include a requirement that sixth- through 12th-grade health classes include at least 60 minutes of instruction for each student on the dangers of opioid use, the addictive characteristics of opioids and safer alternatives to treat pain.

HB 2195 further requires drug rehabilitation specialists and law enforcement agencies to coordinate with school boards to implement age appropriate lessons, including those for elementary school students, on the impact of illegal drug and alcohol use.

Educating the state’s youth is one initiative through which the Attorney General has sought to combat West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate. That includes last fall’s widely successful Kids Kick Opioids public service announcement contest, a recent collaboration with the WVU School of Nursing focused on educating eighth grade students and partnerships with high school athletic teams to reduce opioid use in treating injuries.

Other efforts include criminal prosecutions, vigorous enforcement of consumer protection laws, increased funding to fight substance abuse, multistate partnerships, investments in new technologies to enhance enforcement, drug incinerators and drop boxes to dispose of unwanted/expired prescriptions, engagement with the faith-based community and a best practices toolkit endorsed by more than 25 national and state stakeholders that is designed to dramatically reduce opioid use.


►  Former Fenton Art Glass Factory Workers Reunite at Factory

Former workers at Fenton Art Glass have held one last reunion at the factory.

Nearly 200 former employees had signed up for the gathering at the plant Saturday in Williamstown.

The glass factory stopped production in 2011. It was founded in 1905 and employed 725 workers at its peak.

The factory is being demolished later this year to make room for a new elementary school.

The company’s gift shop remains in part-time operation. Company president George Fenton says it’s possible the shop could be moved to a new location.


►  Marshall students collect donated hair for young patients

Marshall University students have collected more than 20 feet (6.2 meters) of hair to benefit young medical patients.

WMUL-FM executive director Adam Rogers says in a news release that $145 in donations was collected at the 10th annual Hair for the Herd event last week at Marshall’s Student Center Plaza in Huntington. Haircuts were provided by the Paramount Beauty Academy.

The hair and the money will be given to the nonprofit group Children with Hair Loss. The group makes wigs at no cost to children and young adults facing medically related hair loss.

Online:  www.childrenwithhairloss.us

Missing Gilmer County Woman’s Body Found In Stream

The Free Press WV

The body of 42-year-old Melinda “Mendy” Rice of Gilmer County, WV, was found in a creek near Wileyville on Thursday.

West Virginia State Police confirmed Rice’s body was discovered at about 12:30 p.m. in a stream behind a home on Mountaineer Highway between Wileyville and Brock Ridge in Wetzel County.

Rice had been missing since March 20, when she walked away from a residence on Brock Ridge.

Despite a search held April 01 in the area, the missing woman’s remains were not discovered until Thursday.

Officials said there were no obvious signs of trauma to indicate a cause of death. Her body was sent to Charleston for an autopsy.

According to Rice’s family, several people searched all day on April 01 for signs of the missing mother of four. Some searched the Brock Ridge area, while others searched the ridges surrounding Brock Ridge.

The family had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Rice’s discovery.

They also had planned another search for next weekend. When she was last seen, Rice was wearing a dark colored West Virginia hooded sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and white tennis shoes.

Rice’s family has searched for her, or signs of her whereabouts, since her disappearance.

The family said they found an article of clothing along the road in the area where she was last seen.

The item was taken to the state police.

The state police also had taken search dogs to the area where Rice was last seen.

Glenville State Student Killed in Car Accident

The Free Press WV
The Free Press WV

Ethyn Eric Miller, a freshman at Glenville State College, was killed in an automobile accident on Thursday morning.

The crash occurred on WV Hwy 5 West between Glenville and Grantsville near the Gilmer/Calhoun County line.

Miller, 19, was a May 2016 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was attending GSC as a commuter student. He resided in Grantsville.

“Betsy and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic auto accident that claimed one of our students this morning. The Glenville State College campus community joins our Calhoun County neighbors in mourning with Ethyn’s family today,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

Members of GSC’s Student Government Association are planning a memorial ceremony at an upcoming date. Grief counseling is available to students, faculty, and staff through Tim Underwood, GSC’s on-campus counselor.

The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the accident.

City of Glenville Police Report

The Gilmer Free Press
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

Ten-Year-Old Boy Dead Following Accidental Shooting In Gilmer County

The Free Press WV

A ten-year-old boy is dead following an accidental shooting Wednesday morning in a small Gilmer County community.

Gilmer County Sheriff Larry D. Gerwig confirmed that two children were playing with a gun at a home in Troy, West Virginia.

The gun discharged shortly before 9 am, resulting in the child’s death.

Sheriff Gerwig was on scene earlier Wednesday morning. He said the accident was not hunting-related.

He called the shooting accidental, but still had deputies on scene as of 12:45 p.m.

The identities of both children, who are juveniles, have not been released.

In West Virginia….

The Free Press WV

►  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.

Weyerhaeuser Plant Fire Still Burning in Braxton County

The Free Press WV

Emergency crews continued to battle a fire at a lumber plant in Braxton County Tuesday night.

The fire started at around 9:45 a.m. at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Heaters. It was still burning as of 10 p.m.

One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation as firefighters in Braxton County battle the blaze. There are 10 volunteer fire departments on scene.

The person was later released from the hospital

There is no official word on the cause.

The plant makes compressed particle boards.

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Firefighters Battling Active Fire at Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant in Braxton County

The Free Press WV

One person has been hospitalized for smoke inhalation as firefighters in Braxton County battle a working fire at the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Plant.

Mike Baker, Braxton County’s Director of the Office of Emergency Management, said three different fire departments are on scene battling the working fire.

The fire began around 9:45 AM.

There is no official word on the cause.

The plant makes compressed particle boards.

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

Fatal Accident in Lewis County Backs Up I-79 North

The Free Press WV

LEWIS COUNTY, WV — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal accident along I-79 Thursday evening.

First responders were at the scene just after 3 PM.

The Lewis County 911 Center reports one person is dead, and an unknown number of people were transported to hospitals.

The accident occurred in between mile markers 85 and 86 going north bound.

Traffic is said to be backed up for several miles.

City of Glenville Police Report - January 2016

The Gilmer Free Press
City of Glenville, WV Police Report - January 2016
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and Improper Display N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning Issued for Speeding  and Cited for No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt Warning Issued for No Proof of Insurance and Arrested for Driving while Suspended 3rd Offense N. Lewis Street
Loose Dog Complaint Huffman Unable to locate dog Center Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning issued for No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
DOS Huffman Unattended Death, Death notification delivered to Webster County Sheriff’s Department to be delivered to next of Kin Academy Drive.
Diesel Fuel in Roadway Huffman Fire Department had already contacted DOH and were taking care of Traffic control W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Leaving the Scene of an Accident Garrett Criminal Investigation Started Sunoco
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Inmate Transport Huffman/Williams Transported inmate from CRJ to Circuit Court for Sentencing Flatwoods
Warrant Service Huffman/Williams Warrant Served female transferred to CRJ custody at courthouse Magistrate Court
Assist EMS Garrett Lifting Assistance River Street
To Fast for Roadway Conditions Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist GSC Public Safety Garrett Assisted Public Safety with a room Search Goodwin Hall
Alarm Investigation Huffman/Williams Everything ok Employee didn’t get alarm turned off in time Calhoun Banks
Speak to an officer Huffman/Williams Wanted to discuss a civil matter McDonalds
Parking Complaint Garrett Owner was located and vehicle was moved W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Garrett CI Started for Stolen License Plate W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Garrett Assisted Sheriffs Department with Active Domestic Vanhorn Dr.
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Ok owner was having trouble with key pad Ramsey Associates
Speak to an Officer Huffman Spoke to female about the issue she was having with a rooster advised her to contact her landlord and see if they would block the area where the rooster was getting in under her house W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman/Williams Accident Report Completed Warning Issued for failure to Maintain Control N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject about damage to her truck done by stray cats incident report filed for insurance purposes Howard Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning for Defective Equipment and Cited for failure to produce operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Welfare check Garrett Located female and transported her back to callers residence W. Main Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Garrett Accident Report Completed Howard Street
Stop Sign Violation Huffman Cited for Stop Sign Violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration, Failure to Produce Operators, and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Ok Owner didn’t get the alarm shut off in time W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP and GCSO on Active Domestic Elm Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Garrett Vehicle Unlocked Nursing Home
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited for talking on a Cellphone while driving and No Seatbelt Warning Issued for Failure to Carry operators N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited for Talking on Cellphone while driving and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist WVSP Huffman/Williams Deployed K9 for vehicle Search Dollar General
Remove a Subject Garrett Subject left residence without incident Dolliver Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Talking on Cellphone while driving Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Intoxicated Subject Huffman/Williams Located Subject on Walnut St and transported him to the Conrad Motel Walnut Street
Assist another Agency Huffman/Williams Assisted WVSP and GCSD with an Active domestic one female was arrested by GCSD Rocky Fork
Cellphone while driving Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Cited for Stop sign Violation and Failure to Produce Operators Walnut Street

City of Glenville Police Report - December 2015

The Gilmer Free Press
City of Glenville, WV Police Report - December 2015
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Speak to an officer Huffman Crime occurred outside of City limits instructed the subject to contact Sheriffs Department or State Police Glenville
Property Removal Huffman Assist subject in getting their property Whiting Ave
Alarm Investigation Huffman Everything Secure Family Dollar
Juvenile with tobacco Huffman 2 juveniles Cited for Minor in Possession of Tobacco Gilmer County High School
Front Door to a house open Huffman Door was opened I checked the house no one was there I Secured the house and cleared the scene Dolliver Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Advised the subject that I don’t have a criminal investigation open on the case so I couldn’t give her an answer she needed to talk to the investigating agency South Street
Juvenile in Possession of Tobacco Huffman Subject Cited for Minor in Possession of an E-Cig Gilmer County High School
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked W. Main Street
Panic Alarm Huffman Was Stood down Prior to my arrival Magistrates Office
Parking Complaint Huffman Vehicles moved from area College Street
Parking Complaint Huffman Vehicle moved off Sidewalk College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Cell Phone while Driving Huffman Cited for texting while driving and Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and Unsigned Registration S. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Accident Huffman Accident Report Completed Mineral Road
Warrant Service Huffman Arrested subject on 31 warrants Circuit Court
Speeding Garrett Cited for Speeding, Driving While Suspended 1st Offense, No Proof of Insurance, and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited for Speeding and Driving while Suspended 1st offense N. Lewis Street.
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject and they advised they didn’t want to file criminal charges yet but would if the issue continued W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Lilly Pond Lane
Speeding Garrett Waring N. Lewis Street
Motor Vehicle Accident Garrett Accident Report Completed and Warning Issued for Failure to Maintain Control E. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration College Street
Man in roadway Garrett Subject had already gotten out of the roadway prior to my arrival N. Lewis Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Advised subject it was a civil matter that he needed to speak to a lawyer about Go Mart
Speak to an officer Garrett Subject refused to come to Glenville to give a statement and file a police report about possible sexting from a juvenile Glenville
Inactive B&E Garrett CI started Sycamore Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Improper Display, and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Defective Equipment, and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warning Issued for Defective Equipment x2 N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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