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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 04, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Dean, Wiant, and Taylor present. Council members Fisher and Huffman were absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – May 7th, 2018

The minutes from the May 07, 2018 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

 

II. Reports


Financial

We are currently at 92.88% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 100% and expenditures at 95.08%. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the financial statement as presented. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

The current Street Dept. Supervisor has resigned to take another job. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that he had just hired a new street worker, Scott McCullough, at $9 per hour and Scott will be on probation status for 90 days. The hourly wage will increase to $10 per hour following the satisfactory probationary period.


Police Report

Chief Huffman was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council. Mayor Fitzpatrick will follow up with city police regarding procedure for pulling over vehicles along road for safety concerns.


Glenville Utility

A three-inch water line leak was repaired on Beverly Drive. A recent water plant inspection was completed with no violations. There was a sewer leak on a service line on Mineral Road that was corrected.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments

 

* 5K Run


Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that FRN has requested permission to hold a 5K run on August 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The City will help patrol this event.


* Folk Festival – Street Closure


The Folk Festival Committee submitted a letter requesting street closures throughout the week for the annual Folk Festival. The City will close Court Street from Main Street to back of United Bank on Monday for construction of the platform for square dancing, close Main Street at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and 3:00 p.m. on Friday with street closure all day on Saturday. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Folk Festival Committee will pay $150 for use of the City Park to cover electricity and water. Mayor Fitzpatrick reminded council that he will be traveling to Weirton to attend a WV Municipal League quarterly meeting and will attend the annual training meeting for Flood Plain Management on June 11. Council has already approved his travel reimbursement for expenses.


* Part-time workers for Festival (3)


Requested approval to hire three (3) part-time workers at minimum wage for approximately 30 hours each to work during Folk Festival. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to hire three part-time workers at minimum wage for approximately 30 hours each for Folk Festival. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Ribbon cutting for the Pioneer Stage Blue Grass building on the 20 th/6 p m.


GSC President Pellett requested Mayor Fitzpatrick attend the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bluegrass building (the old Midland Building) on Wednesday, June 20.


* Parade 23rd at 11:00


The Folk Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11:00 a.m.


* Gadney returning in June


Officer Gadney will return to duty the 18th of June following additional military training.


* Bullet Proof Vest Approval


Chief Huffman has requested the purchase of a new bullet proof vest at a total cost of $1340 to replace his current one. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the purchase of a new bullet-proof vest for Chief Huffman. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Reed double wide


Burk Reed would like to place a double wide trailor near his garage on Walnut Street following the purchase of his current property for the new round-about location. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the placement of a double wide home at this new location. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Mayor Fitzpatrick requested Councilman Wiant send him the pole number for the street light that is currently out so he can follow up on this for repair.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council

None


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be July 02, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.


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

By Citizen  on  07.11.2018

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

By Reader  on  07.14.2018

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Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards

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Citing declining enrollment, and increasing reliance on that enrollment rather than the state Legislature for funding, plus competition for students from West Virginia and Marshall universities, a report recommends merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.

The document, from the Colorado-based nonprofit National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, labels those four schools “Medium Risk to High Risk” in sustainability, saying they’re “sustainable in the short-term, but their futures are uncertain.”

The REPORT recommends this move, in the short-term for Bluefield and Concord and in the long-term for Glenville and WVSU, and suggests “initially” retaining the separate boards of governors for Fairmont State, Shepherd and West Liberty universities, “but with additional powers regarding governance of institutions explicitly delegated” to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

The recommendations include “leaving open” that Concord and Bluefield “could become a single accredited institution” and “the potential of including New River Community and Technical College within the new structure while retaining its unique mission as a community college.”

The report, which includes several other recommendations, also lists negative effects of the state government’s decisions to separate community colleges from public 4-year schools, weaken the power of the HEPC, decentralize governance and cut higher education funding.

And at a time when the presidents of WVU, Marshall and Concord are to co-chair Gov. Jim Justice’s newly formed group to study the funding and sustainability of higher education (the HEPC was already studying a possible funding formula), the report notes that a “major obstacle to collaboration with West Virginia University or Marshall University is a fear that the larger institutions will collaborate only out of their self-interest to stifle competition or ultimately take over the smaller institutions.”

“With West Virginia University admitting more than 35 percent of high school graduates in 22 counties, it seems improbable that all these students would have been the top-performing students in their counties,” the report states. “The more selective institutions are dipping deeper into their applicant pools to the detriment of the regional institutions. ... In the absence of some external forces, this predation will continue.”

“We have not previously seen the report, so we can’t react in detail,” WVU Communications Office Senior Executive Director John Bolt said after being sent the report late Tuesday afternoon. “Nevertheless, I can say without equivocation that West Virginia University is not predatory.”

“It is not appropriate to comment until I have had an opportunity to read and thoroughly review the report,” said Bluefield President Marsha Krotseng, to whom the Gazette-Mail also sent the report late Tuesday.

In a statement, Concord President Kendra Boggess suggested that the data in the report are accurate, but said a Bluefield/Concord consolidation is “only one potential option that should be considered.”

The report says that, “in the longer-term, as suggested by the Consolidated Financial Index, all the regional institutions are at risk of failure. However, that risk varies significantly.”

The report defines “regional institutions” as all public four-year schools but WVU, Marshall, their branch campuses and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Lewisburg.

“NCHEMS’ observation is that for the institutions at highest risk, Bluefield State College and Concord University, the challenges are so serious that only a major restructuring will preserve postsecondary education opportunity for students in Southern West Virginia,” the report states. “Implementing this restructuring will require external pressure, leadership, and on-going facilitation to mandate and implement a consolidation of academic, student and administrative capacity of the two institutions.

“Nevertheless, forces at both institutions continue to resist needed changes,” the report states. “Bluefield State College continues to pursue construction of a residence hall, with partial support from a local foundation, with hopes that this will enable the institution to recruit and retain more students. This while Concord has empty dormitory space.”

The report goes on to state that, “Without immediate action to mandate that these two institutions pursue an integrated approach to their future, each institution will continue on its downward trajectory.”

The report, dated April 3, is labeled draft and was obtained from the HEPC by the Gazette-Mail through an open records request.

Neither NCHEMS Vice President Brian Prescott nor HEPC Communications Director Shelli Dronsfield said they’re anticipating any changes to the report. Dronsfield said it hasn’t been released because the HEPC staff is still developing an executive summary and response to the report, planned to be presented alongside the report to the HEPC board in August.

~~  Ryan Quinn ~~


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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD  on  07.05.2018

Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure.  on  07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC  on  07.06.2018

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC  on  07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist  on  07.08.2018

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

By WVU Prof.  on  07.09.2018

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City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Stolen property Huffman Victim refused to file charges Brooklyn Drive
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with a car accident with entrapment WV WY 5E
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Walnut Street
Reckless Driver Huffman Located subjects and advised them of the complaint and informed them that if we continued to get complaints we would file criminal charges on them N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland plaza
Suspicious Vehicle Huffman Vehicle left the area prior to my arrival Dolliver Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings for Defective Equipment, No Proof of Operators, and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Senior Center
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with a multiple car accident with multiple injuries WV HWY 5 E
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Brooklyn Drive
Walk through Huffman Mayor and I completed a walkthrough of a property that belongs to the city College Street
Trespassing Huffman Subject left the area College Street
Trespassing Huffman Victim refused to file charges College Street
Threats Huffman No Threats were made a third person involved was advising the victim of what she had been told Walnut Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Senior Center
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Brooklyn Drive
Unruly Person Garrett Juvenile snuck out of the house located her and returned her home Walnut Street
Remove Subject Garrett Subjects removed from residence College Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration College Street
Illegal Lighting Huffman Warnings for Illegal Lighting,  Defective Equipment, Unsigned Registration, No Proof of Insurance, No Operators Carried River Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Seat belt and Warning for Speeding W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of insurance and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective equipment and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Illegal Lighting Garrett Warnings Issued for Illegal Lighting, and Obstructed Plates N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with MVC WV HWY 5W
Rowdy crowd Huffman Asked to attend baseball game do to parents and players getting out of control Complex
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warnings Issued for Expired MVI and No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding,  No Proof of Insurance, Unsigned Registration,  and Defective Equipment W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment , Unsigned registration, and No Proof of insurance W. Main Street
Destruction of Property Huffman Warrants Issued Mountaineer Mart
Assist another agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with serving warrants Lower Big Run
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Failure to carry Operators College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding, unsigned registration, and failure to carry operators W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warnings Issued for No Proof of Registration and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for No Proof of Registration, Improper Registration, and Failure to Carry Operators, Cited for No Insurance Foodland Plaza
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding,  and Warnings Issued for Unsigned Registration, Failure to Change address, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Shoplifting Huffman Suspect attempted to steal multiple flowers and was unsuccessful due to being stopped in the parking lot by an employee. Unable to identify suspect Foodland
Possible stolen property Huffman Subject arrested for Entering without breaking Charles Street
Transport Garrett Transported one subject to CRJ Magistrates office
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Escort Huffman Assisted with Escorting High School Track team to county line for States Glenville
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Foodland Plaza
Identify Stolen Property Huffman Escorted victim to identify stolen property Charles Street
Worthless Check Huffman CI started for Uttering Foodland
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP with altercation involving knives Kanawha Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
ATV on Roadway Huffman Warning WV WY 5 E
Counterfeit bill Huffman CI Started Rich
MVC Huffman Accident Report completed and citation issued for improper backing High Street
Suspicious Vehicle Huffman Vehicle was gone prior to my arrival Brooklyn Drive
Reckless Driver Huffman Unable to locate Complex
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Suicide attempt Garrett Subject didn’t cut herself.  She was checked by EMS and signed a refusal for treatment River Street
Sexual Assault Garrett CI started Sycamore Road

 

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 07, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Huffman present. Council members Dean and Taylor were absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None

A. Approval of Minutes – April 02, 2018

The minutes from the April 2 council meeting and April 17 Budget meeting were reviewed. One spelling correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports

Financial

The book keeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial summary with council. The fiscal year budget is currently at 85.21% with revenue at 100% and expenditures at 84.39%. A request was made to transfer funds within line items as end of year adjustments. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to move $500 from line item 433 - Camp Workers to 411 -Recorders Office; $5000 from line item 700 – Police Dept. to 440 – City Hall; and $200 from 442 – Audit to 703 – Canine Unit. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the financial summary as presented. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report to council noting the City is making progress in tearing down the third house on College Street and demolition should begin within the next two weeks.

Police Report

Chief Huffman was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council. He noted that Chief Huffman has requested a new copier for the office on a 60 month lease at a monthly cost of $99. The monthly fee on the current copier is $83. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to allow the police department to move forward with the contract on the new copier. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the Utility report to council. There was a 1 ½ inch meter problem behind the laundromat that was repaired. Nothing to report on the sewer side.

Recorder

Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

* Executive Session

Requested executive session at the end of the meeting. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted the Gilmer County Public Library has been rated number 7 in the State.

* Audit (4,000.00)

The audit has been finalized with the report signed and sent back with the best rating we can get. He received a letter regarding the audits for those in the Class IV Municipality stating only one state audit will occur every 3 years with students auditing in alternate years. The fee will be reduced to $2000.

* Updates: Safety Committee Meeting, Spring Cleanup, Rosie the Riveter

* The annual safety committee meeting was held.

* Completed the Spring cleanup around the City.

* Our Rosie the Riveter event went well and was well attended. Gary Coberly did a good job on this project.

* Noise Ordinance

A request was received regarding the City’s noise ordinance The Pub would like to have a band on June 22nd of the Folk Festival. Mayor Fitzpatrick provided written permission for The Pub to hold this event with no speakers or band outside. - Mon Power has a planned power outage on Saturday, May 19, from 800-200 but should only affect the stop light downtown. Councilman Wiant made a motion for council to move into executive session at 7:12 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to come out of executive session at 7:18 p.m. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to promote Dusty Rhoades to Street Dept. Supervisor and increase the hourly wage to $14 per hour effective July 01, 2018. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Mayor Fitzpatrick requested permission to attend two upcoming meetings and approval for travel reimbursement. He will be attending the WV Municipal League Board of Directors meeting on June 05 in Weirton and the WV Municipal League meeting in Charleston on June 30. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the mayor to attend the two meetings with reimbursement of travel expenses. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

III. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be June 04, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

IV. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.

City of Glenville Police Report

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

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Contacted owner of the rental Property and he advised he would have it cleaned up W. Main Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Spoke to owner of apartment complex and the issue is being taken care of Mineral Road
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS on a home visit Glenville
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS on a home visit Glenville
Dog Complaint Huffman Dog has no shelter attempted to talk to owners negative contact River Street
Animal Cruelty Huffman Negative Contact with the owner Left warning on door to have the dog sheltered in 24 hours or dog would be removed and criminal charges filed River Street
Trespassing Huffman Subjects were given a key to look at the house for possibility of purchasing Brooklyn Dr
Intoxicated subject Garrett/Gadney 3 subjects cited for underage Consumption and one subject cited for possession of Marijuana Goodwin Hall
Driving while suspended Gadney Cited S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning x2 Walnut Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Foodland
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Walnut Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning Mineral Road
Expired Reg Gadney Warning Pioneer Way
Suspicious Person Garrett/Gadney Subjects left the area prior to my arrival Charles Street
Suspicious Activity Garrett/Gadney Negative Contact with anyone in the area Sycamore
Altercation Garrett/Gadney Everything ok no altercation Mineral Road
Possible intoxicated Driver Garrett/Gadney Made contact with subject outside of City limits contacted WVSP Vanhorn Dr
Sexual Assault Huffman/Gadney Received a statement from female, CI Started, Goodwin Hall
PSO Huffman Took a female to Magistrate court to get a PSO Magistrate Court
Serve PSO Huffman Subject served PSO Goodwin Hall
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Vehicle Fire Huffman Assisted Fire Department on a vehicle fire Sycamore Road
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Expired MVI Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired MVI, Unsigned Registration and no Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked E. Main Street
Expired MVI Huffman Warnings Issued for Expired MVI, Unsigned Registration and defective equipment x2 W. Main Street
Stop Sign Violation Gadney Warning Powell Street
Expired MVI Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding Warning Issued for Unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited for drivers license violation W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Campus Police with a Destruction of Property Conrad Motel
Structure fire Huffman Assisted Fire Department with a structure fire N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning WV Hwy 5 E
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective equipment and Unsigned Registration Foodland
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Cited Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning College Street
Littering from vehicle Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Cell phone while driving Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Fairground Road
Driving without Headlights Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Improper Lighting Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Sheriff’s Department with an attempted burglary 3 Subjects arrested Laurel Creek
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Academy Drive
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Unsigned registration, Expired MVI, and Defective Equipment W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of Reg. W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No seatbelt College Street
Passing in a no Passing Zone Huffman Cited College Street
Funeral Detail Huffman Assisted with Traffic for a funeral detail Ellyson’s
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject he was advised that he was legally banned from Sunoco and Go Mart advised they had never banned him from there store Smoker Friendly
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlock College Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject about harassment complaint and advised her that if the harassment continued she could and would be criminally charged Walnut Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Subject wanted to file a motor vehicle crash report. I advised that I wouldn’t do an accident report due to the accident happening over a week ago Go Mart
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N.  Lewis Street St
No Proof of Registration Gadney Cited Fairground Road
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning Issued for Failure to carry Operators W. Main Street
Serve Warrants Gadney 2 subjects arrested N. Lewis Street
Speak to an officer Gadney Attempted multiple times to make contact with the caller no answer Glenville
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration College Street
Expired Registration Gadney Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Theft Huffman CI Started laptop computer placed on NCIC E. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speak to an officer reference a DVP Huffman Spoke to subject and advised them the order they had was expired Elm Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to a woman about her husband being missing thought we arrested him but he hadn’t been arrested N. Court Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Serve Warrants Gadney Served warrants on a guy. Multiple additional charges to be filed N. Lewis Street
Transport to the hospital Huffman/Gadney Transported a male subject to the hospital after sustaining injuries when he fell N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited for Speeding and Possession Less than 15 grams W. Main Street

Glenville City Council Regular Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 06, 2017
7:00 p.m.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, Dean and Taylor present. Councilwoman Huffman was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

David Corcoran thanked the mayor and city council for their strong support of the Veterans parade held on November 04, 2017, and expressed the Veterans appreciation. He felt the welcome message provided by the mayor gives the city a stronger stature.


A. Approval of Minutes – October 02, 2017

The minutes from the October 02, 2017 meeting were reviewed. One correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

The budget is currently at 35.34% of the fiscal year with revenue at 52.57% and expenditures at 35.27%. A deposit was received for Coal Severance. The book keeper asked about the parking meter revenue. Chief Huffman noted the Street Dept. emptied the meters and he will follow up to see if there is a deposit to be made. The water will be shut off to the City Park for the winter reducing the expenditures in the Parks and Recreation fund. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report to council. The speed indicator sign is a solar/battery powered unit. The power company could drop a line to convert over to electrical power. Maintenance has been done on the salt spreader and a new clutch was ordered and will be ready for winter.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the October 25 meeting of the Utility Board. There were two small service line water leaks that were repaired and the water pumps are being rebuilt for FCI-Gilmer. A new furnace is being installed at the waste water plant.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments

- Proclamation Christian Heritage Week

Mayor has received a proclamation from Governor’s Office proclaiming November 19-25, 2017, as Christian Heritage Week. He read the proclamation to council and signed.

- Thefts in and around Glenville

A few thefts have recently occurred in Glenville. A new street light has been installed on North Lewis Street to provide better lighting to the building.

- Ongoing issue with 4-wheelers in Camden Flats

Signs will be made to help deter 4-wheelers in the area but continued use of 4-wheelers have been reported.

- Placement of signs

Mayor has received requests to place advertising signs within the City. The City has no jurisdiction to approve signs placement. The State has to give permission to place signs.

- Update training of Court Clerk and Municipal Judge

The office clerk and mayor attended the annual Municipal training in Charleston. This was valuable training and brought back good information.

- Invitation of Inauguration

Mayor Fitzpatrick received an invitation to the Presidential Inauguration at Glenville State College and will attend on behalf of the City on Friday, November 10.

- Comments about speed sign

Mayor has received positive comments about the speed sign on North Lewis Street and has reduced speed through this area.

- State surplus (Dunbar)

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted the state surplus store has good furniture for sale. He would like to purchase uniform chairs for council room, office chairs, computers, etc. He would like to look for new furniture including new computers for police department.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council

Chief Huffman would like to attend the annual AAA Awards dinner in Bridgeport on November 17 but has a scheduling conflict. Mayor Fitzpatrick will try to attend to receive award if needed. Chief Huffman stated he has applied for grants but waiting to hear awards.


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be December 04, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.

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
Driving without Headlights Garrett Warning Mineral Road
Trespassing Garrett Subject given a warning Pioneer Village
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Mineral Road
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Suspicious Person Garrett/Gadney Everything ok Go Mart
DUI Garrett Suspect Arrested for DUI Go Mart
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Drug Complaint Huffman K-9 Deployed Foodland Plaza
Inactive Domestic Huffman Female Subject filed a DVPO Pine Street
Assist CPS Huffman Assisted CPS on a referral Center Street
Unattended Child Huffman/Gadney Child was located by a concerned citizen, child was returned to its mother Hardman’s
Cell Phone while Driving Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Assist fire Department Huffman/Gadney Assisted GCVFD on a Structure fire W. Main 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
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP with a K9 Deployment WV HWY 18
Missing Persons Garrett Subject was located that was put in NCIC as a missing Persons Glenville
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Failure to Yield the right of way Huffman Cited for Failure to yield the right of way and failure to signal W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Expired MVI Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Campus Police with a possible MVC Linn Street
Expired Registration Garrett Warnings Issued for Expired Registration and No Proof of Registration College Street
Expired Registration Garrett Warning N. Court Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Walnut Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Gadney Warnings Issued for Speeding and Defective Equipment Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning Issued for Defective Equipment and Cited for No Proof of Insurance Fairground Road
Speeding Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warnings Issued for Defective equipment and Improper Use of Lighting equipment E. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road
No Proof Of Insurance Garrett Cited for No Proof of Insurance and No Proof of registration Pioneer Way
Battery Gadney Juvenile Petitions filed College Street
Suicidal Tendencies Gadney Individual was transported to the hospital by EMS College Street
Expired Registration Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Attempted Armed Robbery Huffman/Gadney One Suspect arrested and warrants obtained for a second suspect E. Main Street
Possession of Marijuana less than 15 grams Gadney Cited Rollyson Street
Runaway juveniles Gadney One juvenile returned to his parents and CPS removed the second juvenile Go Mart
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equip Garrett Warning Foodland
Defective Equip Garrett Warning Medical drive
Defective Equip Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equip Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equip Gadney Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equip Gadney Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Gadney Warning N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis
Speeding Gadney Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Gadney Cited N. Lewis
Defective Equip Gadney Warnings for Defective Equipment and Failure to Change Address Fairground Road
Animal cruelty Gadney Dogs Removed and Warrants Issued Elm Street
Suspicious Person Gadney One Subject Transported to hospital by EMS College Street
Serve Warrants Huffman 1 subject arrested on 3 felony warrants and transported to CRJ Magistrate Court
Serve Warrants Huffman 1 subject arrested on 2 misdemeanor warrants Magistrate Court
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Sycamore Trailer Park

Fracking and Other Human Activities Are Causing Texas Earthquakes, Study Suggests

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An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade, and the region’s seismic activity is increasing. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, 12 did.

Natural forces trigger most earthquakes. But humans are causing earthquakes, too, with mining and dam construction the most frequent suspects. There has been a recent increase in natural gas extraction - including fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, but other techniques as well - which produces a lot of wastewater. To get rid of it, the water is injected deep into the ground. When wastewater works its way into dormant faults, the thinking goes, the water’s pressure nudges the ancient cracks. Pent-up tectonic stress releases and the ground shakes.

But for any given earthquake, it is virtually impossible to tell whether humans or nature triggered the quake. There are no known characteristics of a quake, not in magnitude nor in the shape of its seismic waves, that provide hints to its origins.

“It’s been a head-scratching period for scientists,“ said Maria Beatrice Magnani, who studies earthquakes at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Along with a team of researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, Magnani, an author of a new report published Friday in the journal Science Advances, attempted to better identify what has been causing the rash of Texas quakes.

A cluster of earthquakes around a drilling project can, at best, suggest a relationship. “The main approach has been to correlate the location to where there has been human activity,“ said Michael Blanpied, a USGS geophysicist and co-author of the new study.

The study authors took a different approach in the new work - they hunted for deformed faults below Texas. “This technique is called high-resolution seismic reflection imaging,“ Magnani said. Seismic reflection is the same tool that allows extractors to find oil and gas deposits in underground structures.

To collect seismic reflection data, an artificially generated wave ripples through the ground and reflects back to the surface, like light off a mirror. The result is “a little bit like an ultrasound,“ Magnani said, revealing not baby toes but twisted rock.

The scientists compared the Texas earth with Mississippi, another seismically active region that, like Texas, is not close to a turbulent edge of a tectonic plate. Unlike Texas, though, north Mississippi has a much longer history of recorded earthquakes, going back to the early 1800s.

An underground ultrasound revealed that, beneath Texas, the most recent signs of active faults were in a geologic layer 300 million years old - 70 million years before the first dinosaur took its first step. All the younger layers above it were stable.

“All the displacement was stopping at a layer that is 300 million years old,“ Magnani said. “The fault did not move after that layer was deposited.“

In the Mississippi region, in contrast, the rock told a story of continuous fault activity, unbroken for the last 65 million years.

Given the lack of faults in Texas’s most recent 300 million years of history, there is no known geologic process that could explain its sudden quake outbreak. “There is no other explanation” except that these earthquakes are caused by human activity, Magnani said.

The study is in line with what other earthquake experts had surmised using different analyses. “We don’t expect a lot of pushback” from the scientific community, Blanpied said.

“This is a landmark contribution in the question of whether the Fort Worth basin earthquakes are man-made,“ said Cliff Frohlich, a geophysicist at the University of Texas, Austin who was not involved with the study. Frohlich said this research eliminates the possibility, sometimes raised by the oil and gas industry, that the Texas quakes are part of a natural cycle of faults that awaken every few thousand or million years.

The seismic reflection data provide a powerful argument “that these earthquakes are something new and different,“ he said - activity stemming from the injection of wastewater deep into basement rock. (“Most of the time it’s the large volume injection,“ he said, “not the little frack jobs.“)

In March 2016, the USGS published a map of the likely areas where human-made earthquakes will strike in the United States. About 7 million people are at risk of these events, with Texas and nearby Oklahoma among the most susceptible states.

“We hope that the response from our colleagues will be to deploy this [technique] elsewhere,“ Blanpied said. Magnani said she would like to apply seismic reflection to Oklahoma, which has also experienced an unusual uptick in earthquakes.

But seismic reflection data are difficult and expensive to collect, though the oil and gas industry will sell the information. As for why no one else had attempted to do this before, the authors said Magnani was simply the first person to have the idea to use seismic reflection to look for old faults.

There is still more work to do. Any successful regulatory process, Magnani said, will require an understanding of the physical processes that trigger human-made earthquakes.

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

Study Finds Too Many WV Kids Growing Up in Poverty

The Free Press WV

A high proportion of West Virginia children are living in stubbornly persistent poverty, according to a major new study.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race for Results” report looked at a variety of health, education, family stability and income data by state. In West Virginia, it said, a quarter of the state’s children were living in poverty in 2015 - the same percentage as in 2010.

Sam Hickman, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers, said research is finding that adverse childhood experiences - more common in poor homes - can limit a child for life. He said experts now can even predict some results of a hard childhood.

“Whether or not you will be divorced, whether or not you’ll be able to hold a job or become incarcerated,“ he said, “even to the point of how many medications you might be taking in your elder years.“

Hickman noted that West Virginia does a good job of providing health coverage to children; 97 percent now can access medical care when they need it. However, that progress is threatened by Congress’ failure to continue funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

According to the Race for Results report, nearly 70 percent of West Virginia’s Hispanic children and more than 70 percent of its African-American children live in households that struggle financially. Laura Speer, associate director for policy reform and advocacy at the Casey Foundation, said it would make sense to invest more in helping their families succeed.

“As they get older, these kids are going to drive local and state economies,“ she said. “They’re going to contribute to their communities, and they’re really going to be the driving force in ensuring that we’re all better off in the long run.“

Hickman said a state Earned Income Tax Credit would be an effective way West Virginia could help these families gain more financial stability. Too often, he said, poor families are blamed for being poor, when the real issue is a lack of resources.

“If we have the supports - the working environment, in terms of living wages and benefits - these are structural things that society can influence,“ he said. “It’s not personal failing across the board.“

The report is online at aecf.org/raceforresults.

Study: Climate Change Damaging Region’s Infrastructure

A new study from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute warns that climate change impacts could wreak havoc on transportation and infrastructure systems across the region.

Study author Mary Craighead said policymakers need to understand the potential costs and consequences of climate change, and added they need to be proactive to protect communities and the economy. According to the report, the average air temperature has increased by more than 4 degrees since the 1980s, and there’s been a 27 percent increase in the number of days of very heavy rain since the ‘50s.

“The higher temperatures and the stronger storms can reduce the lifespan of roads, bridges,” Craighead said. “They can cause railways to buckle. Flooding, obviously, is a huge issue that can impact the flow of traffic, the flow of freight, which can impact our economy.“

The Free Press WV
Flooding such last year’s in West Virginia probably will increase because of climate change and will cause more damage to infrastructure in the region, according to a new report.


Craighead said flooding will be a key issue.

She pointed out there has been an increase in power outages, adding that the Midwest is a net distributor of electricity to other regions. Floods, high winds, ice, snow and storms can damage facilities and above-ground transmission lines.

The study said national infrastructure needs are expected to top $2 trillion by 2025. It noted the state departments of transportation in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota have all pursued asset management programs to address climate change and assess vulnerabilities.

The report recommended limiting development in low-lying areas that already have experienced storm related damage, and updating heat and rainfall standards used in the project design process.

“It’s just going to keep getting worse,” Craighead said. “So it’s time we really need to stop debating it and start actually taking action and planning for it in the future so we don’t have to deal with the ramifications after the fact, we can actually plan for it ahead of time.“

Climate change deniers say such concerns are misplaced or exaggerated, but the consensus among scientists is that climate change is real and will have significant impacts.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

The Free Press WV
GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 04, 2017
7:00 PM

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Wiant, Huffman, and Fisher present. Councilmembers Taylor and Dean were absent.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kaydee and Lacie Martin.


I. Call to Order


II. Public

Certificates of Appreciation (Kaydee and Lacie Martin) - Kaydee and Lacie Martin were awarded a certificate of appreciation for recognition of 70 hours of volunteer service to the City of Glenville for planting and watering the flowers downtown.


A. Approval of Minutes – August 07, 2017

Minutes for the August 07, 2017, meeting were reviewed and placed on file for audit.


III. Reports

B. Financial

The book keeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the financial summary to council. He noted that the book keeper had initially paid the street paving costs from the proposal, however, the final cost for paving was approximately $38000, less than the amount reported at the August meeting, and has been paid. The budget is currently at 18.08% of fiscal year with revenue at 14.49% and expenditures at 16.42%. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial summary as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

C. Street report

The street report was provided to council for review. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that there was a large tree in an alleyway in Camden Flats. Cooks Tree Service has provided an estimate of $1100 for complete tree removal. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve this tree removal at a total cost of $1100. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

D. Police

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He stated the new officer had 24 days remaining in the academy and is doing very well. He will be placed with a current officer for one week when he returns to duty and will then be released to work his shift. Chief requested council consider paying the $100 membership fee for the Chief of Police fees which provides discounts for training and the annual conference. Mayor Fitzpatrick agreed to pay this membership for Chief Huffman.

E. Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the August 23 meeting of the Utility Board. There were minor water leaks with a few minor sewer problems. He noted the annual audit began last week and will continue this week for both the Utility Board and City.

F. Recorder

Nothing to report.

G. Mayors Comments

- Recommendations to Library Board Daniel Smith and June Nonnenberg

Request to appoint Daniel Smith to the Library Board and reappoint June Nonnenberg for another term. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the appointment of Daniel Smith and reappointment of June Nonnenberg to the Library Board. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

- Update August Meetings (Mayor)

Attended the Board of Directors meeting for the WV Municipal League in August.

- City Cruiser

Applied for a grant for a new cruiser. Current cruiser has high mileage. The grant application was submitted last week.

- 2017 Municipal Fees have been invoiced

Municipal fees have been invoiced and have received several to date.

- $1100.00 to cut tree on Camden Flats (alley)

Covered under Financial Report

- Recap Congressman McKinley’s visit

Congressman McKinley recently visited Glenville. He worked with Mayor Fitzpatrick providing assistance with grant application for a new police cruiser by writing a letter of recommendation which was included in grant packet. They also talked about dredging of the river. Congressman McKinley noted the Army Corp of Engineers plan to dredge around the state this year.

- Explanation on paving amount

Covered under Financial Report

- 5K Glow Stick Run 22nd of September

A request for approval to hold a 5K Glow Stick Run on Friday, September 22 with the route beginning at the City Park, up Sycamore to Recreation Center, and return. The Fire Depart will provide assistance. The Glenville Pony League is also requesting to hold a 5K Run/Walk on November 4 with the same route. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve both 5K runs. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

- GCHS Homecoming Parade October 6th (5:00 p.m.)

- GSC Homecoming Parade October 21st (10:00 a.m.)

Request received to have Homecoming Parade for Gilmer County High School on October 06 with the street blocked at 4:00 p.m. and Glenville State College on October 21 with the street blocked at 8:00 a.m. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the GCHS and GSC Homecoming parades. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


IV. Unfinished Business

None


V. New Business

None


VI. Other Business to come before Council

Councilwoman Huffman noted a culvert on Norris Road with trees coming into the road. Mayor Fitzpatrick will check and trim back the trees if possible.


VII. Next council meeting – October 02, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.


VIII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM

City of Glenville Police Report

The Gilmer Free Press
City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Driving without headlights Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Attempted to locate a stolen vehicle negative contact Glenville
Assist another Agency Huffman Subject disrupting other shoppers he was taken into custody at Probation officers request and drug tested Dollar General
Serve Warrants Huffman Subject Arrested and Transported to CRJ Magistrate Court
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Trespassing Huffman Subject arrested for Trespassing asked to leave Walnut Street
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Go Mart
Loose Dog Huffman Unable to locate River Street
Escort Huffman Escorted a Band into to town at Mayors Request Glenville
Suspicious Person Garrett Subject had left the area Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited College Street
Suicidal Tendencies Huffman Suspect refused medical treatment E. Main Street
Possible hostage situation Huffman Unable to locate the vehicle and was advised by Calhoun Control that wasn’t sure if the vehicle even came towards Gilmer County WV HWY 5 W
Failure to signal Huffman Warning Pine Street
Stop sign Violation Huffman Warning Pine Street
Suspicious Person Huffman Subject left the area prior to my arrival Calhoun Banks
Suspicious Person Huffman Spoke to subject and advised him he was making people very nervous and the that I had been advised they wanted him to leave Subject left the store Rite-Aid
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Stop Sign Violation Huffman Warning Walnut Street
Suspicious vehicle Huffman Driver was asleep, I spoke to the driver and she left the area Stadium Drive
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted with a Breaking and Entering WV HWY 5 W
Suspicious person Huffman Subject left the area upon my arrival Cornerstone
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Mineral Road
Shoplifting Huffman Cited for 1st offense shoplifting Go Mart
Speeding Garrett Cited for Driving suspended 1st offense S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited for Speeding and Driving Suspended 1st offense College Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Employee set off the alarm everything ok Library
Alarm Investigation Huffman All doors were secure United Bank
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted DNR, WVSP, GCSD with Active Domestic Right Ellis Rd
Stop Sign Violation Huffman Warnings for Stop Sign Violation and Unsigned Registration College Street
Trash Complaint Huffman Cited for Mandatory Trash Disposal Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning College Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited College Street
Expired MVI Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warning for No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked US WY 33W
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for no Seatbelt and Warnings Issued for Defective equipment, Failure to Signal, and Unsigned Registration E. Main Street
Cardiac Arrest Huffman Assisted EMS with a Cardiac Arrest Complex
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Motor Vehicle Crash Huffman Crash Report Completed 1 subject DOS and one subject transported to Stonewall Jackson Hospital WV HWY 5 E
Assist Another Agency Huffman Assisted WVSP with a suicide US HWY 33 E
Alarm Investigation Huffman Sherriff cleared the call prior to my arrival Calhoun Banks
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
One Way Street Violation Huffman Cited Pine Street
One way Street Violation Huffman Cited for One Way Street Violation and No Proof of Insurance Pine Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning Issued for Left of Center College Street
Altercation Garrett Neither party wished to file charges Beverly Drive
Assault Garrett CI Started Goodwin Hall
Child Neglect Huffman Suspect arrested on 2 counts of child Neglect Sheridan Street

WV Ranks 43rd Nationally in Kids’ Well-Being

The Free Press WV

West Virginia ranks 43rd in the country in terms of children’s well-being, according to the latest Kids Count report.

Last year, West Virginia ranked 39th. The year before that, the state ranked 43rd. And in 2014, West Virginia ranked 37th.

The data to judge children’s well-being is gathered annually by KidsCount, which is produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

West Virginia’s economic well-being rank is 42nd nationally, and its health rank is 36th. A rank indicating the state’s strength of family and community is 33rd.

Although the latest report was released in June, the data actually reflects what was happening through 2015, the most recent full year of statistics available.

West Virginia was worse than the national average in several indicators of child well-being.

Twenty-five percent of children in West Virginia live in poverty, compared to the 21 percent national average. West Virginia had the same percentage last year and has been around that same ratio several years in a row.

The raw number of West Virginia considered to be living in poverty is 94,000.

The percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment was 37 percent in West Virginia, compared to the national average of 29 percent.

West Virginia has a slightly higher than average percentage of children living in single-parent families. West Virginia’s rate is 38 percent. That’s compared to the national average of 35 percent.

West Virginia’s percentage of low-birthweight babies is 9.6 percent. The national average is 8.1 percent.

“Babies born with a low birthweight have a high probability of experiencing developmental problems and short- and long-term disabilities and are at greater risk of dying within the first year of life,” according to Kids Count.

“Smoking, poor nutrition, poverty, stress, infections and violence can increase the risk of a baby being born with a low birthweight.”

West Virginia’s child and teen death rate is 29 per 100,000. That’s a bit lower than other years of the recent past. The national average is 25 out of 100,000. Kids Count notes that accidents, particularly vehicle accidents, are the leading cause of death for youth.

In some areas, West Virginia did better than the national average.

The children living in households with a high housing cost burden was 22 percent in West Virginia, compared to 33 percent for the nation.

Compared to the national average, West Virgnia’s poverty is spread out. Kids Count says 9 percent of West Virginia children live in communities of concentrated poverty. The national average is 14 percent.

“Concentrated poverty puts whole neighborhoods, and the people living in them, at risk. High-poverty neighborhoods are much more likely than others to have high rates of crime and violence, physical and mental health issues, unemployment and other problems,” according to Kids Count.

~~  Brad McElhinny ~~

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

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

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

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

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

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

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

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

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

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

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

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

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

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

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

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

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

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

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

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

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

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

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

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

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

By Good on 06.21.2018

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

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

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

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

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

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

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

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If true, this would be great news!

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

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

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

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Interesting chart.

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

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

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

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

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

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

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

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

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

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

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

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

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

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

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

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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