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West Virginia trout stocking the week of February 25, 2019

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The following waters were stocked the week of February 25, 2019:

Bear Rocks Lake
Beech Fork Tailwaters
Big Sandy Creek
Blackwater River
Brandywine Lake
Brushy Fork Lake
Buckhannon River
Buffalo Creek (Logan)
Buffalo Fork Lake
Burnsville Tailwaters
Cherry River
Coopers Rock Lake
Cranberry River
Curtisville Lake
Deer Creek (Pocahontas)
Dillons Run
Dry Fork (Tucker)
Dunloup Creek
East Lynn Tailwaters
Edwards Run and Pond
Elk River
Fort Ashby Reservoir
Glade Creek of Mann
Glade Creek of New River
Greenbrier River
Greenbrier River (Cass section)
Horseshoe Run
Huey Lake
Indian Creek
Laurel Creek of New River
Left Fork of Right Fork of Buckhannon River
Lick Creek Pond
Lost River
Mill Creek of South Branch
New Creek Dam No. 14
North Fork of Cherry River
North Fork South Branch
North River
Paw Paw Creek
Raleigh County Airport Pond (Children & Class Q)
Rockhouse Lake
Rollins Lake
South Fork of Cherry River
South Fork of Cranberry River
Spruce Laurel Fork
Stonewall Jackson Tailwaters
Summit Lake
Sutton Tailwaters
Trout Run
Tygart Valley River Headwaters
Waites Run
Warden Lake
Wayne Dam
West Fork of Twelvepole
Wheeling Creek
Whiteday Creek

West Virginia hunters harvest 108,856 deer during Fall 2018 through January 2019 seasons

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Hunters in West Virginia registered 108,856 white-tailed deer through the electronic game checking system during the recently completed buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS and Mountaineer Heritage seasons.

The total harvest was within 1 percent of the 2017 deer harvest of 108,160 and 11 percent below the five-year average of 122,924, said Paul Johansen, chief of the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

A breakdown of the combined 2018 deer seasons reveals 44,599 bucks were harvested during the traditional buck firearm season, 32,751 antlerless deer were taken during all antlerless firearm hunting opportunities, 26,613 deer were harvested by bows and crossbows in the urban and regular archery/crossbow seasons, 4,234 deer were taken in the muzzleloader season and 659 deer were taken with primitive bow and muzzleloader weapons in the Mountaineer Heritage season.


Antlerless Deer Season

The 2018 antlerless deer season harvest, which includes the youth/Class Q/Class XS deer season, was 2.5 percent less than in 2017 and 20 percent below the five-year average of 40,859.

“It is important to note that the antlerless harvest is the key component to any deer management strategy, as it controls the future deer population,” said Johansen.

DNR will hold 12 public meetings across the state on March 11 and 12 to gather input on fall 2019 antlerless deer hunting opportunity recommendations to increase, decrease or stabilize deer populations in each of the 51 counties where firearms deer hunting is permitted.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,799), Upshur (1,289), Jackson (1,183), Lewis (1,160), Ritchie (1,123), Monroe (1,099), Roane (1,073), Hampshire (1,068), Wood (1,057) and Mason (922).


Muzzleloader Deer Season

The 2018 muzzleloader harvest of 4,870, which includes 636 deer taken with side-lock and flintlock muzzleloaders in the Mountaineer Heritage season, was 15 percent more than the 2017 harvest of 4,243 and 12 percent below the five-year average of 5,540.

The top 10 counties were Preston (213), Randolph (205), Nicholas (198), Greenbrier (178), Upshur (169), Fayette (165), Webster (158), Jackson (154), Braxton (142) and Mason (142).


Archery and Crossbow Deer Seasons

The bow and crossbow hunters’ take of 26,636 deer, which included 23 bow-harvested deer in the Mountaineer Heritage season, was 1.6 percent more than the 2017 archery season harvest of 26,206, and 3 percent below the five-year average archery season harvest of 27,506. The proportion of the harvest taken using a crossbow increased and was greater than deer reported taken by a bow for the second year.

The top 10 counties were: Preston (1,333), Kanawha (1,045), Wyoming (976), Randolph (914), Raleigh (807), Logan (772), Fayette (765), Wood (709), Upshur (683) and Jackson (676).

WEST VIRGINIA DEER HARVEST
Fall 2018 through January 2019
County Buck
Firearms
Antlerless Muzzleloader Archery/
Crossbow
Mountaineer Heritage Total
Barbour 958 875 98 536 11 2,478
Brooke 188 159 21 171 3 542
Hancock 139 100 16 267 3 525
Harrison 888 842 113 526 21 2,390
Marion 678 543 60 433 12 1,726
Marshall 637 371 58 290 8 1,364
Monongalia 750 677 70 592 17 2,106
Ohio 197 141 32 217 7 594
Preston 1,607 1,799 177 1,333 36 4,952
Taylor 491 473 65 284 14 1,327
Tucker 754 413 71 465 13 1,716
Wetzel 676 516 41 251 3 1,487
District 1 Subtotal 7,963 6,909 822 5,365 148 21,207
Berkeley 757 706 57 645 7 2,172
Grant 1,219 647 93 365 8 2,332
Hampshire 1,471 1,068 111 355 10 3,015
Hardy 1,212 774 81 296 6 2,369
Jefferson 463 411 60 445 6 1,385
Mineral 1,048 729 45 353 5 2,180
Morgan 622 562 44 251 4 1,483
Pendleton 1,275 574 59 370 4 2,282
District 2 Subtotal 8,067 5,471 550 3,080 50 17,218
Braxton 1,017 848 123 451 20 2,459
Clay 438 305 53 250 11 1,057
Lewis 1,001 1,160 105 485 20 2,771
Nicholas 1,060 862 168 634 32 2,756
Pocahontas 994 213 65 244 5 1,521
Randolph 1,685 850 185 914 20 3,654
Upshur 1,155 1,289 132 681 39 3,296
Webster 937 331 137 540 21 1,966
District 3 Subtotal 8,287 5,858 968 4,199 168 19,480
Fayette 998 441 151 694 14 2,298
Greenbrier 1,481 801 151 615 27 3,075
McDowell       628 0 628
Mercer 617 423 105 567 13 1,725
Monroe 1,193 1,099 76 505 17 2,890
Raleigh 624 229 96 806 19 1,774
Summers 701 524 74 377 9 1,685
Wyoming       974 2 976
District 4 Subtotal 5,614 3,517 653 5,166 101 15,051
Boone 672 182 109 398 19 1,380
Cabell 644 380 43 376 7 1,450
Kanawha 1,214 525 76 1,045 27 2,887
Lincoln 958 290 64 415 12 1,739
Logan       769 3 772
Mason 1,206 922 128 610 14 2,880
Mingo       410 0 410
Putnam 943 807 78 551 12 2,391
Wayne 737 53 21 291 9 1,111
District 5 Subtotal 6,374 3,159 519 4,865 103 15,020
Calhoun 698 653 63 295 7 1,716
Doddridge 659 627 38 241 3 1,568
Gilmer 800 694 76 311 7 1,888
Jackson 1,380 1,183 141 675 14 3,393
Pleasants 280 164 21 117 6 588
Ritchie 1,065 1,123 77 514 11 2,790
Roane 1,176 1,073 84 478 11 2,822
Tyler 566 542 38 258 5 1,409
Wirt 669 721 82 341 8 1,821
Wood 1,001 1,057 102 708 17 2,885
District 6 Subtotal 8,294 7,837 722 3,938 89 20,880
State Total 44,599 32,751 4,234 26,613 659 108,856

Glenville State Students Named to Honor Rolls for Fall 2018 Semester

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Provost’s Honor Lists for the Fall 2018 semester have been announced.

To be named to the President’s Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

BARBOUR COUNTY: Shania Pennington

BERKELEY COUNTY: Morgan Golden, Desiree Payne

BRAXTON COUNTY: Lucas Bonnett, Dylan Crosby, Kathryn Dean, Allison James, Taylor Johnson, Drew Keplinger, Garrett Perkins, Christie Skidmore, Jacob Stout, McKenze Yanero

CALHOUN COUNTY: MacKenzie Ammerman, Jacob Petry, Laura Webb, Lucas Wilson

CLAY COUNTY: Jessica Beckett

FAYETTE COUNTY: Breanna Bennett, Ashley Fridley, Matthew Hackworth, Clayton Swisher

GILMER COUNTY: Preston Allison, Jacob Arden, Katelyn Benson, Chandler Ferguson, Lauren Hardman, Evan Jedamski, Janeeva Jenkins, Dalton Law, Brian Moore, Wesley Self

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Sarah Brunty, Asa Dick, Adam Osborne 

HARRISON COUNTY: Hannah Mick

JACKSON COUNTY: Hannah Gandee

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Karra Smith, Jasmine Tarman

LEWIS COUNTY: Haley Biller, Daniel Conrad

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Patricia Fahey  

NICHOLAS COUNTY: Jacob Amick, Danielle Bartlett, Taylor Cool, William Lyons, Elizabeth Messer, Heather Shifflett, Alyssa Woods

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Cora Hedrick, Matthew Rao

PUTNAM COUNTY: Joshua Brennan

RALEIGH COUNTY: Erica Taylor, Matthew Welch

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Kathlyne Simmons, Christopher Wyche, Emma Yokum

RITCHIE COUNTY: Brianna Ratliff

ROANE COUNTY: Emily Salisbury

WEBSTER COUNTY: Bryce McCourt

WYOMING COUNTY: Kaci Mullins

OUT-OF-STATE:  Victoria Lewis (AL), Jacqueline Deary (CT), Julia Lindberg (CT), Allison Parski (MI), Jenae Shar (OH), Carrington Anderson (VA), Chere Davis (VA), Kimberly Ellis (VA), Jessica Williams (VA), Nicole Hansen (WA)



To be named to the GSC Provost’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the Vice President’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

BARBOUR COUNTY: Jezaray Clark-Casto

BERKELEY COUNTY: Alexander Miller, Christina Tasker, Colby Werry

BOONE COUNTY: Ally Brown, Cameron Loftus

BRAXTON COUNTY: Leslee Coffman, Jessica Ellis, Bryan Foster Jr., Sean Hawkins, David Lee, Heather Moore, Savannah Payne, Lexi Pletcher, Forrest Taylor, Andrew Tefft, Chloe Walker

CABEL COUNTY: Taylor Brumfield, Cole Runion

CALHOUN COUNTY: Christopher Cunningham, Taylor Garrett, Brianna Marks, Jonathan Taylor

CLAY COUNTY:  Kaitlyn Coleman, Seth Stover, Sydnee Vance

DODDRIDGE COUNTY: Dennis Bowling Jr., Joshua Pitcock, Alexis Shonk

FAYETTE COUNTY: Tristan Coots, Steven Mitchell, Travis Myers, Mackenzie Shuff, Thomas Underwood III, Trevor Wood

GILMER COUNTY: Mary Ann Escarda, Thomas Gilco, Wyatt Helmick, Emilie Jedamski, Jaylin Johnson, Brittani Kosan, Matthew Montgomery, Adam Moore, Courtney Moore, Hannah Moore, Kitric Moore, Jacob Persinger, Maggie Roberts, Hayley Summers, Kerri Swiger, Lexsey Wagner, Halee Wildman, Trevor Wright

GRANT COUNTY: Larissa Henry

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Caleb Bennett, Emily Kemper

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY: Emily Landis

HARDY COUNTY: Shannon Hahn

HARRISON COUNTY: Dakota Dotson, Nikki English, Lia Runyan

JACKSON COUNTY:  Alexander Dean, Ryan Gregory, Josie Hayman, Larissa Hayman, Courtney Lanham, Evan Merical, Sapphire Parsons

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Taylor Corey

KANAWHA COUNTY: J. Austin Broussard, Allison Eary, Kayla Letart, Jacob Lutsy, Victoria Porterfield, Jeri Potter, Faith (Donze) Woods

LEWIS COUNTY: Adam Cutlip, Jennifer Eiler, Heather Paugh, Arikka Smith, Jenna Sprouse, Cody White

LOGAN COUNTY: Deanna Fields, Matthew Zachary

MARION COUNTY: Morgan Hardesty, Miranda Self

MERCER COUNTY: Anna Lusk, Brooke McCabe

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Raeann Sickles

MONROE COUNTY: Caitlin Reed

NICHOLAS COUNTY: Charles Baughman, Marlyn Donelson, Stephanie Flanagan, Larry Gwinn Jr., Nicole Hall, Steven Keiffer, Dalton McGeeney, Mark Sanson, Brooke Spencer, Mason Thomas

PLEASANTS COUNTY: Jessy Moore

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Nancy Turner

PRESTON COUNTY: Josiah Nuse

PUTNAM COUNTY: Shawn Arthur, Aimee Asbury

RALEIGH COUNTY: Charles Edward, W. Tristan Harper, Andrue Hughart, Michael Layne Jr., 

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Quincy Band, Daniel Crawford, Kayla Palmer, Scott Wentz

RITCHIE COUNTY: Valerie Ogle

ROANE COUNTY: Haden Coon, Haley Cottrill, Derek Randolph, Mary Stoops, James Williams

UPSHUR COUNTY: Casey Orsburn

WEBSTER COUNTY: Jenna Cogar, Dezarae Detamore, Valerie Rule

WETZEL COUNTY: Rachal Wetzel

WIRT COUNTY: Jennie Burroughs

WOOD COUNTY: Hannah Lambert, Kelly Trippett

WYOMING COUNTY: Sarah Day

OUT-OF-STATE: Sarah DiSpaltro (CA), James Boswell (CO), Zachery Bacon (FL), Dwyron Gillard II (FL), Holly Tucker (FL), Jamie Whitt (GA), Stormie Alverson (KY), Amanda Thies (KY), Taychaun Hubbard (MD), Tatah Njoka (MD), Janele Price (MD), Taylor Skidmore (MD), Paranda Uber (MD), Jessica Digennaro (NY), Phillip Bledsoe II (OH), Jarret McCarley (OH), Catherine Pelfrey (OH), Isiah Sattelmaier (OH), Cheyenna Henderson (PA), Zakiyah Winfield (PA), Jake Hensell (VA), Garrett Porterfield (VA), Ibrahim Ghanem (Kuwait), Ai Miyazaki (Japan)

West Virginia hunters harvest 2,606 black bears in 2018

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West Virginia hunters harvested 2,606 black bears during the combined 2018 archery and firearms seasons. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2018 seasons is 18 percent below the 3,160 bears killed in 2017, but is the sixth highest bear kill recorded, according to Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Hunters killed 637 bears during the first segment of the 2018 archery season (September 29 – November 18). Bow hunters killed 374 bears, while crossbow hunters took 263. The top five counties were McDowell (54), Wyoming (49), Fayette (34), Nicholas (33) and Boone (29).

Firearms hunters harvested 1,969 bears during 2018. Hunters took 565 bears in September and October, including 18 bears during the concurrent antlerless deer/bear season. They took 537 bears during the concurrent buck/bear firearms season and 866 during the traditional December season. One bear was killed in Preston County during the first Mountaineer Heritage Season (January 10 – 13, 2019). The top five counties were Pocahontas (166), Randolph (143), Nicholas (142), Pendleton (126) and Webster (125).

“When looking at all mast species combined, mast production in 2018 was 22 percent below mast production in 2017,” Carpenter said. “In addition, the mast index for all oak species in 2018 was 24 percent below the long-term average. Historically, a scarcity of mast makes bears easier for archers to target, but these conditions encourage earlier denning and makes fewer bears available for hunters during both the buck firearms and December bear firearms seasons.”

Red oak, black oak and scarlet oak production decreased 64 percent from levels recorded in 2017. White oak production was nearly identical to 2017 and 42 percent above the long-term average, while chestnut oak was 10 percent above the long-term average.

“The 2018 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook predicted an archery harvest similar to 2017 and a decreased December firearms harvest over the levels observed in 2017,” Carpenter said. “The prediction held true for both the archery and December seasons; however, the overall bear harvest was lower than 2017. The 2018 bear harvest declined during the September/October, buck firearms and December seasons, yet increased during the bow/crossbow season.”

2018 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST
Bow September/October Buck December Mountaineer
County Crossbow Gun Gun Firearms Heritage Total
Barbour 15 2 14 8 0 39
Brooke 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hancock 0 0 1 0 0 1
Harrison 6 0 1 0 0 7
Marion 1 0 0 0 0 1
Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0
Monongalia 3 0 4 1 0 8
Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 0
Preston 28 7 17 36 1 89
Taylor 8 0 3 0 0 11
Tucker 19 28 4 48 0 99
Wetzel 1 0 6 0 0 7
District 1 Subtotal 81 37 50 93 1 262
Berkeley 0 0 3 0 0 3
Grant 10 11 21 43 0 85
Hampshire 10 1 29 4 0 44
Hardy 10 23 23 57 0 113
Jefferson 4 1 2 0 0 7
Mineral 14 5 5 11 0 35
Morgan 4 0 1 1 0 6
Pendleton 13 50 17 59 0 139
District 2 Subtotal 65 91 101 175 0 432
Braxton 16 6 26 9 0 57
Clay 7 6 17 34 0 64
Lewis 10 0 6 3 0 19
Nicholas 33 40 28 74 0 175
Pocahontas 9 36 18 112 0 175
Randolph 26 55 16 72 0 169
Upshur 10 6 4 9 0 29
Webster 31 51 24 50 0 156
District 3 Subtotal 142 200 139 363 0 844
Fayette 34 15 40 17 0 106
Greenbrier 17 29 31 62 0 139
McDowell 54 30 7 14 0 105
Mercer 25 1 4 2 0 32
Monroe 21 13 26 15 0 75
Raleigh 27 20 23 5 0 75
Summers 20 1 10 2 0 33
Wyoming 49 27 6 16 0 98
District 4 Subtotal 247 136 147 133 0 663
Boone 29 30 37 26 0 122
Cabell 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kanawha 18 19 41 41 0 119
Lincoln 3 0 1 1 0 5
Logan 20 38 1 28 0 87
Mason 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mingo 18 14 0 6 0 38
Putnam 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wayne 1 0 0 0 0 1
District 5 Subtotal 90 101 80 102 0 373
Calhoun 2 0 1 0 0 3
Doddridge 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gilmer 5 0 8 0 0 13
Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pleasants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ritchie 0 0 4 0 0 4
Roane 3 0 2 0 0 5
Tyler 0 0 2 0 0 2
Wirt 1 0 3 0 0 4
Wood 1 0 0 0 0 1
District 6 Subtotal 12 0 20 0 0 32
State Total 637 565 537 866 1 2606

Bears listed for Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties as “Buck Gun” are bow or crossbow kills from 11.19 - 12.02.

Bow/Crossbow refers to bears killed with a bow or crossbow from September 29, 2018 - November 18, 2018.  All other bow and crossbow kills have been separated based on the seasons in which they were killed.

September/October gun includes bears killed during concurrent antlerless deer/bear season 10.25 - 10.28 (18 bears).

Most WV Counties Show higher unemployment in November 2018

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A majority of the state’s 55 counties showed an increase in unemployment in November.

According to to county jobless numbers released Friday by WorkForce West Virginia, 26 counties had an increase in joblessness last month, 21 counties showed a decrease while eight counties remained the same.

The counties with the highest unemployment last month were McDowell (9.2), Calhoun (8.8) and Wyoming (8.0) counties.

The county with the lowest unemployment rate was Jefferson County (2.9).

WorkForce West Virginia released the overall state unemployment rate for November, 4.6 percent, last week.

That was unchanged from October.

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship 2018 Recipients

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EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation, is proud to announce the 2018 EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship recipients.

The accomplished students come from both large and small schools across West Virginia.

As an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian-area natural gas production, EQT has awarded $1,000 scholarships for one student from West Virginia counties, four at-large $1,000 scholarships scattered throughout the state, as well as six “full-ride” four-year scholarships, each up to $18,000 per year, to students interested in studying engineering, geology, computer science/information technology, energy or land management and environmental or safety science.


The “full-ride” scholarship winners are:

  • Tylee Oldham - Hurricane High School in Putnam County
  • Brooke Burns - Scott High School in Boone County
  • Catherine Stodola - Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County
  • Lian Dunlevy - Morgantown High School in Monongalia County
  • Justin Lovell - Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County
  • Safa Afnan - George Washington High School in Kanawha County


The $1000 scholarship winner’s are:

  • Zoe Payne - Barbour County
  • Victoria Parello - Berkeley County
  • Kayla Hartsell - Boone County
  • Michael Lemon - Braxton County
  • Abigail Nickerson - Brooke County
  • John Swanson - Cabell County
  • Megan Meadows - Calhoun County
  • Michael Willis - Clay County
  • Emily Spadafore - Doddridge County
  • Mason Harp - Fayette County
  • Kaylene Snyder - Gilmer County
  • Megan Kite - Grant County
  • Kara Vaughan - Greenbrier County
  • Della Moreland - Hampshire County
  • Chloe Molish - Hancock County
  • Aden Funkhouser - Hardy County
  • Hayley Woods - Harrison County
  • Brandon Cochran - Jackson County
  • Haya Moushmoush - Kanawha County
  • Kenton Linger - Lewis County
  • Lillian Lucas - Lincoln County
  • Elijah McComas - Logan County
  • Kristine Waddell - Marion County
  • Lydia Knutsen - Marshall County
  • Allison Henderson - Mason County
  • Hailey Mitchem - McDowell County
  • Trey Lennox-Kowalewski - Mercer County
  • Kyle Breedlove - Mineral County
  • Hannah Vorndran - Monongalia County
  • Chandler Mills - Monroe County
  • Logan Riffey - Morgan County
  • Anna Hamilton - Nicholas County
  • Norman Lee - Ohio County
  • Claire Heavner - Pendleton County
  • Laci Hashman - Pleasants County
  • Mathias Solliday - Pocahontas County
  • Henry Cerbone - Preston County
  • Olivia Hart - Putnam County
  • Victoria Mackowiak - Raleigh County
  • Susan Riggleman - Randolph County
  • Nikita Collins - Ritchie County
  • Dylan Hammack - Roane County
  • Marcella Aguilar - Summers County
  • Amy Frosch - Taylor County
  • Matthew Dellinger - Tucker County
  • JoLee Walton - Tyler County
  • Logan Whithair - Upshur County
  • Nicholas Bowen - Wayne County
  • Erin Kidd - Webster County
  • Hannah Loy - Wetzel County
  • Sara Almashy - Wirt County
  • Josie Brothers - Wood County
  • Myleigh Stewart - Wyoming County


The “At Large” $1000 recipients are:

  • Noah Sampson - Monongalia County
  • Davis Warmuth - Ohio County
  • Eric Hamilton - Kanawha County
  • Jay Wessels - Kanawha County.

A total of 345 high school students from across West Virginia was nominated by teachers, principals, guidance counselors, family members and the students themselves. A team of volunteer judges were then tasked with the difficult responsibility of choosing the “best of the best.” The judges looked for students who demonstrated strong academic performance and who participated in community service and extracurricular activities.

The scholarship program which is presented in cooperation with NCWV Media and The State Journal, has grown each year since EQT became the title sponsor in 2009.

An awards event where all the recipients will be recognized will take place in March at the State Capitol in Charleston. The date and time of the event will be announced in January

Hanshaw announces key members of leadership team

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House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, announced Monday three members of his leadership team for the upcoming Legislature.

Taylor County Delegate Amy Summers will become the next majority leader, Delegate Kayla Kessinger of Fayette County will be the next assistant majority leader and Jefferson County Delegate Paul Espinosa will serve as majority whip.

“Republican leadership has made great strides to improve our state since taking over the Legislature in 2015, and now I’m looking to assemble a team of people that can build on that foundation and take us to a new level of prosperity,” Hanshaw said in a statement. “Amy, Kayla and Paul are committed to moving our state forward, and have shown repeatedly over the last few years that they have the energy, passion and command of the issues to help effectively lead our caucus in the coming years.”

Summers, first elected in 2014, will become the first Republican woman to serve as majority leader of the House. She currently serves as vice chairwoman of the House Health and Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Judiciary and Political Subdivisions committees.

Kessinger, also first elected in 2014, is vice chairman of the Committee on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse and is a member of the Energy, Judiciary, Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security committees.

Kessinger was the second-youngest member of the state Legislature when she was elected.

Espinosa, first elected in 2012, is the chairman of the House Education Committee, and also serves on the Finance, House Rules, Roads and Transportation and Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development committees.

Hanshaw said in a press release more leadership positions and committee appointments will be announced “in the coming days.”

Delegate Roger Hanshaw elected as 58th Speaker of the House of Delegates

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The House of Delegates today elected Delegate Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, as the 58th Speaker of the West Virginia House.

Speaker Hanshaw succeeds former Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, who resigned last week. He becomes just the second Republican to serve as leader of the House of Delegates since the current state Capitol was built in the 1930s.

“With great humility, I accept this opportunity to help make West Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family,” Speaker Hanshaw said. “We have made great strides in the past four years under Speaker Armstead’s leadership, and I hope to build on that foundation so we can continue to improve our economy, inspire business investment and help create jobs for all West Virginians.”

Speaker Hanshaw, 38, is currently serving in his second term in the House of Delegates. The Vice-Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he also serves as Chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Flooding.

Speaker Hanshaw is a Clay County native and graduate of Clay County High School. According to the Legislature’s Office of Reference and Information, Speaker Hanshaw is just the second Clay County resident elected to an officer position in the Legislature, the other being J.M. Dorsey, who was elected Senate Doorkeeper in 1905 and 1913.

After earning an undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, Speaker Hanshaw earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

“I earned my chemistry degree fully intending to return home to work in Kanawha Valley’s once-thriving chemical industry,” Speaker Hanshaw said. “But once I graduated, I came home to find out the job I wanted had been transferred overseas to India. That experience has fueled my passion to work hard every day to make sure that every West Virginian who wants to stay here, work and raise a family has the opportunity to do so.”

After graduating with his chemistry degree, Speaker Hanshaw returned to WVU, where he graduated with a J.D. from the College of Law and now works as an attorney in Charleston.

During his time at Clay County High, Speaker Hanshaw was an active member of the Future Farmers of America, where he began learning about parliamentary procedure. He is now a professional registered parliamentarian and certified professional parliamentarian, and travels the country to counsel government bodies and nonprofit organizations. He recently served as National Parliamentarian for the National Association of Parliamentarians.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Roger over the past four years on the Judiciary Committee, and his intelligence, decisiveness, work ethic and humble demeanor have earned him the respect of members on both sides of the aisle,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman John Shott, R-Mercer, who formally nominated Hanshaw for Speaker. “I can think of no better person to lead this House as we continue to work to move West Virginia forward.”

Speaker Hanshaw lives in Wallback with his wife Kirsten and daughters Kathryn and Rebecca.

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 bucks during the traditional buck firearms season

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Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates that deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 44,572 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season which ran from November 19 through December 01, 2018, according to Gary Foster, assistant chief of Game Management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.

The 2018 harvest was 1 percent higher than the 2017 harvest.

The top 10 counties for buck harvest in 2018 were: Randolph (1,685), Preston (1,607), Greenbrier (1,479), Hampshire (1,471), Jackson (1,379), Pendleton (1,274), Grant (1,217), Hardy (1,212), Kanawha (1,212) and Mason (1,206).

The buck harvest increased in the eastern panhandle (DNR District 2) and in southwestern West Virginia (DNR District 5) and was similar to or slightly down in the remainder of the state.

Deer hunters have several days of opportunity left this year, including the remainder of the archery and crossbow seasons, which run through December 31.

Muzzleloader deer season will open December 10 and remain open through December 16.

The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open December 26-27 in any county with a firearms deer season.

This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season on December 28-31 in specified counties or portions of counties.

In addition, the new primitive weapons “Mountaineer Heritage Season” will be open during the period from January 10-13, 2019.

Refer to the 2018–2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for additional details as well as county and area listings.


West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2014-2018

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

886

1,281

1,098

984

958

Brooke

251

286

268

175

188

Hancock

200

208

209

157

139

Harrison

930

1,418

1,138

1,017

887

Marion

702

1,190

765

735

677

Marshall

707

818

727

624

637

Monongalia

689

1,023

827

825

750

Ohio

232

290

270

180

197

Preston

1,526

2,046

1,774

1,947

1,607

Taylor

453

732

581

485

491

Tucker

494

783

730

817

754

Wetzel

891

1,144

899

823

676

District 1 Subtotal

7,961

11,219

9,286

8,769

7,961

Berkeley

522

908

737

753

757

Grant

783

1,304

954

1,194

1,217

Hampshire

1,094

1,947

1,197

1,386

1,471

Hardy

920

1,709

1,076

1,198

1,212

Jefferson

385

499

422

419

463

Mineral

835

1,335

922

1,011

1,051

Morgan

412

678

437

503

621

Pendleton

861

1,297

1,088

1,018

1,274

District 2 Subtotal

5,812

9,677

6,833

7,482

8,066

Braxton

921

1,660

1,102

1,233

1,017

Clay

329

618

390

481

438

Lewis

1,166

1,875

1,246

1,216

999

Nicholas

871

1,274

1,044

987

1,060

Pocahontas

831

1,008

921

1,040

988

Randolph

1,291

1,659

1,617

1,633

1,685

Upshur

1,009

1,704

1,399

1,025

1,155

Webster

632

1,080

941

777

937

District 3 Subtotal

7,050

10,878

8,660

8,392

8,279

Fayette

725

1,214

889

927

997

Greenbrier

1,372

1,816

1,447

1,628

1,479

McDowell

0

0

0

 

0

Mercer

402

843

636

593

617

Monroe

1,004

1,462

1,099

1,295

1,189

Raleigh

506

895

648

592

623

Summers

657

999

657

809

701

Wyoming

0

0

0

 

0

District 4 Subtotal

4,666

7,229

5,376

5,844

5,606

Boone

519

868

573

658

672

Cabell

421

641

677

404

642

Kanawha

730

1,547

1,058

1,046

1,212

Lincoln

720

1,312

846

569

957

Logan

0

0

0

 

0

Mason

1,002

1,488

1,267

867

1,206

Mingo

0

0

0

 

0

Putnam

565

1,114

992

624

942

Wayne

528

963

815

448

736

District 5 Subtotal

4,485

7,933

6,228

4,616

6,367

Calhoun

504

1,063

705

740

698

Doddridge

615

1,376

946

947

659

Gilmer

669

1,435

791

875

800

Jackson

1,107

1,870

1,487

1,096

1,379

Pleasants

273

492

334

317

280

Ritchie

1,123

2,024

1,422

1,338

1,065

Roane

927

1,846

1,178

1,186

1,177

Tyler

566

1,064

855

817

566

Wirt

681

1,152

777

734

668

Wood

1,011

1,556

1,193

974

1,001

District 6 Subtotal

7,476

13,878

9,688

9,024

8,293

State Total

37,450

60,814

46,071

44,127

44,572

2019 REAP Recycling Assistance Grants

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Governor Jim Justice and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton today announced grants totaling over $2 million to 37 recipients through the WVDEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Recycling Assistance Grants program.

Grants were awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, municipalities, private industries, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.

Funding for the Recycling Assistance Grant Program is generated through the $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills and is pursuant to WV Code 22-15A-19(h) (1).

“Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients,” said Gov. Jim Justice. “There’s no doubt in my mind that West Virginia is by far the most beautiful state and these folks are working hard to keep it that way.”

“People are eager to recycle what they can and we are all working together to make it easier for them to do that,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “WVDEP is always happy to work with organizations like these recipients who share in our environmental mission.”

Grant recipients include:


BERKELEY COUNTY

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority $99,000.00
To assist with improvements of brush containment area, yard waste, concrete pad, purchase of tractor trailers, tires, maintenance, and gravel for the county-wide recycling program.

BOONE COUNTY

D & D Recycling $27,505.50 To assist with the purchase of a can densifier, box truck maintenance, concrete for the lot, and a fork truck engine for the recycling operation.


CABELL COUNTY

Cabell County Solid Waste Authority $30,280.00
To assist with personnel, fuel for recycling truck, and equipment insurance for the county-wide program.

Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA $63,202.99
To assist with personnel, recycling conference, vertical baler, utilities, truck wrap, fuel, and operational supplies and equipment for the recycling operation.

Marshall University Sustainability Department $74,800.80
To assist with personnel, compost shredder, outdoor recycling containers, indoor compost containers and composting bags for the campus-wide recycling program.


CLAY COUNTY

Clay Recycling $74,992.08
To assist with the purchase of a forklift, mobile yard ramp, horizontal baler, utilities and operational supplies for the recycling operation.

Salisbury Auto Salvage $7,572.00
To assist with the purchase of a cardboard shredder perforator and dust collection system with bags, sorting table, and a used electric forklift for the recycling operation.


GRANT COUNTY

Region VIII Solid Waste Authority $55,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a skid steer loader with fork attachment and construction of a loading dock for the regional recycling program.


GREENBRIER COUNTY

Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority $150,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a metal building for the county-wide program.

Greenworks Recycling $68,906.35
To assist with the purchase of a work truck, tilt trailers, utility trailers, truck bed liner, truck rack and educational brochure for the recycling operation.


HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Hampshire County Commission $38,000.00
To assist with personnel and recycling cardboard containers for the county-wide program.


JACKSON COUNTY

Jackson County Solid Waste Authority $75,016.00
To assist with personnel, fuel for the vehicles, tires, building utilities, forklift truck modification, maintenance and repairs to equipment and vehicles, operating supplies, and insurance for vehicle and equipment for the county-wide program.


KANAWHA COUNTY

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam $62,066.00
To assist with the purchase of a truck, truck wrap, and insurance for the recycling operation.

Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority $122,565.00
To assist with personnel, domed roll-offs, operational supplies, equipment maintenance, pole building, fuel for recycling truck, and equipment insurance for the county-wide program.

Recycling Coalition of West Virginia $49,500.00
To assist with printing, website costs, delivery and insertion of West Virginia Recycles Day
Educational newspaper inserts, and advertising of Recycling Coalition activities statewide.


LINCOLN COUNTY

Lincoln County Solid Waste Authority $60,787.50
To assist with compartmentalized recycling bins, transportation costs for recyclables, personnel, insurance for containers, newspaper advertising, recycling bin lettering, brochure printing and educational conference expenses for the county-wide program.


MERCER COUNTY

Mercer County Commission $24,511.00
To assist with personnel, fuel and maintenance for recycling truck and trailers, recycling stations, and recycling liners for the county-wide program.

Mercer County Solid Waste Authority $150,000.00
To assist with personnel and a public sorting facility for the county-wide program.


MONROE COUNTY

Monroe County Solid Waste Authority $25,360.00
To assist with public water to the facility, installation of an approved septic system and personnel for the county-wide program.


MONONGALIA COUNTY

Mon County Habitat for Humanity $8,676.72
To assist with a new paint recycling program including equipment, supplies and training for the recycling operation.

PACE Enterprises of West Virginia $59,400.00
To assist with personnel, operational supplies and vehicle expenses for the recycling operation.


MORGAN COUNTY

Morgan County Solid Waste Authority $18,274.00
To assist with personnel, operational supplies, education trifolds and advertising for the county-wide program.


PENDLETON COUNTY

North Fork Disposal $16,560.00
To assist with the purchase of a recycling baler for the recycling operation.


PUTNAM COUNTY

West Virginia Cashin Recyclables $55,300.00
To assist with purchase of a destoner separation system for the recycling operation.


RALEIGH COUNTY

City of Beckley $50,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a recycling packer truck for the city-wide program.

Beckley Waste Paper $50,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a used recycling truck for the recycling operation.

Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority $95,018.91
To assist with a continuous ridge ventilator, skid steer loader, recycling closed top boxes, fork lift, skid steer tires and recycling tilt trucks/carts for the county-wide program.


RANDOLOPH COUNTY

Ambassador Ministries $52,284.00
To assist with the purchase of a walk behind stacker fork lift, floor pallet jack, advertising, covered cargo trailer, personnel costs, vehicle fuel and vehicle insurance and operational supplies for the recycling operation.

Randolph County Recycling Center $55,100.00
To assist with fuel for vehicles, bailing wire, trailer, insurance for equipment, skid steer and attachments for the recycling operation.


RITCHIE COUNTY

Ritchie County Solid Waste Authority $30,150.00
To assist with loading dock safety railing installation and repairs, gravel, equipment maintenance, fuel, used baler, safety equipment, office supplies, building and fence maintenance, signage and utilities for the county-wide program.


SUMMERS COUNTY

Summers County Commission $18,280.00
To assist with personnel, annual recycling conference, vehicle fuel and maintenance, and deskside bins for the county-wide program.


UPSHUR COUNTY

City of Buckhannon $50,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a hook-lift recycling truck for the city-wide program.


WAYNE COUNTY

Wayne County Commission $17,860.00
To assist with installation of new fencing and a concrete pad for the county-wide program.

Wayne County Solid Waste Authority $20,268.00
To fund personnel, fuel, utilities, maintenance, repairs, and office supplies for the county-wide program.


WETZEL COUNTY

Zanesville Welfare Organization and Goodwill Industries $20,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a used forklift for the recycling operation.


WOOD COUNTY

City of Parkersburg $119,000.00
To assist with the purchase of a recycling truck, bailing wire, asphalt for the recycling center, shelter for tire storage, personnel, 14-gallon recycling bins, conveyor repair, splicing tools, and forklift tires for the ongoing program.


WYOMING COUNTY

Wyoming County Board of Education $26,637.00
To assist with the purchase of a hydraulic dumping trailer, recycling bags, student environmental steward scholarships, personnel, travel to conference, fuel for recycling vehicles, educational outreach exhibit supplies, and printing costs for the county schools recycling program.

September was National Voter Registration Month: In WV 5,002 New Registrations in Just One Month

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Since 2002, September has been recognized as National Voter Registration Month throughout the United States.  National Voter Registration Month is a program sponsored in part by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is very pleased to announce that during the month of September county clerks registered 5,002 citizens to vote.  All 55 counties registered new voters in September.  A county-by-county breakdown is attached.

“I am very pleased regarding the partnership with our county clerks to register eligible citizens to vote,” Secretary Warner said. “Not only is it important to maintain updated voter registration files, but we must be equally diligent in our efforts to encourage eligible citizens to register to vote.”

National Voter Registration Month for 2018 was an active one for Warner and his office.  More than 30 organized voter registration drives took place in communities throughout the state.  Voter registration drives were hosted by numerous high schools during September.

During National Voter Registration Day on September 25th, Warner attended high school voter registration drives in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha Counties.  Miss Teen International 2018 Georgia Clark and West Virginia Curator Randall Reid-Smith joined Warner.  Clark is a resident of Alabama and attends college at Troy University. Her platform as Miss Teen International is civic engagement of young people throughout the country.

For more information on how to register to vote or to check your current voter registration go to www.GoVoteWV.com.

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15 West Virginia counties considered economically distressed

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The Appalachian Regional Commission says more than one-fourth of West Virginia’s counties are economically distressed.

The commission has added Fayette, Summers and Wetzel counties to the distressed category, moving them from at-risk counties.

The commission said 15 of West Virginia’s 55 counties are now considered economically stressed. The others are Braxton, Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Roane, Webster and Wyoming counties. The commission said that includes about 273,000 of the state’s 1.8 million residents. Lewis, Monroe, Raleigh, Randolph and Upshur counties were downgraded from transitional counties to at-risk counties.

“I think what’s happening is the data is catching up with the reality of the situation,” commission spokeswoman Wendy Wasserman said.

Despite the increase in West Virginia, the commission said the number of distressed counties in Appalachia as a whole dropped by three to 81. The Appalachian region includes 420 counties in 13 states.

“I think this is just another reason and another tipping point for West Virginia communities to diversify their economy, and another opportunity,” Wasserman said.

The commission uses five economic designations for counties to set rates for its funding contributions for projects. Distressed counties are eligible to have as much as 80 percent of project costs paid for by the ARC.

Kentucky has 38 economically distressed counties, more than any other Appalachian state. Tennessee has 10 and Mississippi nine.

Appalachia extends more than 1,000 miles from southern New York to northeastern Mississippi.

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West Virginia Library Commission Announces Grants to Public Libraries

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The West Virginia Library Commission has presented $187,180 in state grants to 47 public libraries in the state. 

The grants were awarded in June, based on facility, programming, and collections proposals from each library. 

The maximum award is $5,000 per library.

29 grants were awarded for facility maintenance, 9 for collection development, 9 for programming improvements, and 3 for other service enhancements. 

The following libraries received grant funding for their individual projects: 

Belington Public Library $5,000
Boone-Madison Public Library $3,125
Brooke County Public Library $1,000
Buffalo Creek Memorial Public Library $5,000
Burnsville Public Library $5,000
Capon Bridge Public Library $2,500
Chapmanville Public Library $5,000
Cheat Area Public Library $5,000
Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library $4,495
Clay County Public Library $5,000
Craft Memorial Public Library $4,000
Craigsville Public Library $5,000
Fayette County Public Library $3,900
Fort Ashby Public Library $4,460
Gallaher Village Public Library $3,500
Gassaway Public Library $1,000
Gilmer Public Library $5,000
Greenbrier County Public Library $4,340
Kingwood Public Library $2,889
Lowe Public Library $4,000
Lynn Murray Public Library $4,000
Mary H. Weir Public Library $5,000
Mason City Public Library $4,000
McDowell County Public Library $5,000
Mingo County Public Library $4,500
Monroe County Public Library $4,501
Morgan County Public Library $5,000
Moundsville-Marshall County PL $5,000
Paw Paw Public Library $5,000
Piedmont Public Library $5,000
Pioneer Memorial Public Library $500
Pocahontas County Public Library $5,000
Putnam County Public Library $5,000
Raleigh County Public Library $4,500
Ritchie County Public Library $5,000
Roane County Public Library $5,000
Ronceverte Public Library $1,059
Rupert Public Library $1,200
Russell Memorial Public Library $1,500
Southern Area Public Library $4,250
Summers County Public Library $5,000
Summersville Public Library $5,000
Sutton Public Library $2,461
Tyler County Public Library $2,000
Upshur County Public Library $5,000
Valley Head Public Library $3,500
Webster Addison Public Library $5,000

“These grants reflect the critical needs in West Virginia’s public libraries,” said Karen Goff, Executive Secretary of the WVLC. “They will allow libraries to improve their facilities, as well as enhance the programs and services they provide to state residents.”

The 2018 state grants represent a $77,087 increase over the WVLC’s 2017 awards.

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Myleigh Nicole Hainaut

The Free Press WV 26 day old infant daughter of Mark and Lori Hainaut, Burnsville, WV joined the angels on Monday, March 4th at Ruby Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie Lou Lytle

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Frametown, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 04, 2019 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. She was born November 22, 1942, in Clay, WV, the daughter of the late William & Goldie Hietsel Duncan [....]  Read More

Lenoris Jean “Joann” Sampson Coen

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Ivydale, WV went to be with the Lord on March 02, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 22, 1939, a daughter of the late Ivan Queen and Georgia Sampson [ .... ]  Read More

Harold A. “Tink” Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Flatwoods, WV passed away at the Glenville Center on February 17, 2019. He was born August 03, 1932 in Triplett, WV the son of the late Virgil H. & Alma G. Edwards Wilson [....]  Read More

Lewis “Louie” Gail Cottrell

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Nebo WV passed away into rest on Monday, February 11, 2019. He was born November 28, 1948, a son of the late Okey Lee and Alma Nellie Truman Cottrell [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Ann Yost

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Chloe, WV went home to be with the Lord February 10, 2019 at Roane General Hospital, Spencer, WV. She was born at Floe in Clay County, WV on August 30, 1922. She was the daughter of the late John Burton and Belle Vaughan [ .... ]  Read More

Alma Wanda (Ramsey) Rush

The Free Press WVAge 88, of 460 Back Street, Burnsville, WV slipped away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at her home. She was born January 21, 1930 in Clay County, WV to the late S.V. Ramsey and Myrtle (Wood) Ramsey of Clay, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on January 09, 2019 at her home. She was born in Roane County, WV on April 18, 1930, a daughter of the late Raymond and Nancy Holcomb Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Bobby Lee Gray

The Free Press WV Age 76, of Duck, WV, entered into rest Friday, December 21, 2018. Born January 01, 1942 in Clay, WV, he was the son of the late Chester and Woodroe (Rose) Gray.  [....]  Read More

Ronney Eugene Adkins

The Free Press WV Age 57, of Sutton, WV passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Braxton Memorial Hospital, Gassaway. He was born May 28, 1961 in Clay County, WV the son of the late Thomas Jefferson & Betty Emogene Casto Adkins [....]  Read More

Margaret Marlene Vineyard

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away Wednesday December 05, 2018 at Roane General Hospital after an extended illness. She was born in Clay County, West Virginia on March 11, 1938 [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Kay Mick

The Free Press WV Age 75, of Weston, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:19 PM on Friday, October 26, 2018. She was born in Widen, WV on May 18, 1943 a daughter of the late Elmer and Margaret Ramsey Rapp [....]  Read More

Morris Edwin Lay

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Smithsburg, MD, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at his home. Born in a log cabin in Pine Knot, Kentucky, Morris was the second of three children to parents, E. Manuel Lay and Kizzie Kathren (King) Lay [ .... ]  Read More

Mavis May Wade

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Weston, WV went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Eldercare Nursing Home Facility in Ripley. She was born in Kistler, WV on August 22, 1930 a daughter of the late Keenan and Georgia Morgan Abshire [ .... ]  Read More

Margie Ellen Smith

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Camden Avenue Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. She was born in Clay County, WV on December 12, 1956: daughter of the late Leeroy Crihfield and Mary (Meadows) Crihfield Myers [ .... ]  Read More

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The Free Press WV Age 74, of Duck, WV passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 [....]  Read More

Marcus Lee Sigman

The Free Press WV On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Marcus Lee Sigman, 14, was chosen by the lord to start his search for that big honey hole in the sky. Which he has undoubtedly tested every water hole in site. On March 26, 2004 our family was blessed with two beautiful babies [....]  Read More

Okey J. Wilson

The Free Press WV Age 85, of Sutton, WV passed away August 15, 2018 at Clay Heath Care Center, Big Otter. He was born September 30, 1932 in Webster County, WV a son of the late Okey and Maude Florence Wilson [....]  Read More

Mary Sue Utter

The Free Press WVAge 70, of Salem, WV, departed this life on Monday, August 13, 2018, at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. Sue was born February 15, 1948 at home in Salem, WV daughter of the late John D. and Mary Agnes (Nutter) Kearns [ .... ]  Read More

M. Scott Gibson

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Flatwoods, WV passed away on Thursday, August 09, 2018 at the Bellaire at Devonshire assisted living facility in Scott Depot, WV. He was born on August 12, 1937 in Charleston, WV to the late Luther Gibson and Gladys (Strickland) Gibson [ .... ]  Read More

Franklin D. Helmick III

The Free Press WV Age 41 of Leesport, PA. departed this world on June 26, 2018. He was born on June 04, 1977 in Reading, PA to Kathleen Peterson Morrison and Franklin D Helmick Jr.  [....]  Read More

Lewis Jewell Villers

The Free Press WVAge 88 years of age, departed this life on July 08, 2018 in a Hospice room at Ruby Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born at home on Little Creek in Calhoun County, WV on June 15, 1930, a son of the late Walter and Carrie (Cooper) Villers [ .... ]  Read More

Danny Eugene Laxton

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away June 05, 2018 at home. He was born June 11, 1946 at Elkview, WV, a son of the late Ulysses McKinley and Cora May King Laxton [ .... ]  Read More

Ledford William Woods

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Dille, WV passed away, Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at his residence.  He was born July 21, 1943 in Clay County, WV the son of the late Otis Gill & Pluma Young Woods [....]  Read More

Deborah Kay Ray

The Free Press WV Age 56, of Chloe,WV passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at CAMC – Memorial Hospital, Charleston. She was born June 30, 1961 at Spencer, WV, a daughter of the late William George and Janice Elaine Drake Conley [....]  Read More

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The Free Press WVAge 99, passed away peacefully on April 07, 2018. She was born in Indore, Clay County, WV on August 11, 1918, to the late Alexander (Dodd) and Maggie Neal, who both preceded her in death [ .... ]  Read More

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The Free Press WV Age 84, of the Lynn Camp Community near Pullman, WV, passed away on April 3rd, 2018 in the early hours of the morning. He was born February 07, 1934 to Foster Snow Godfrey and Lettie Mae (Yeager) Godfrey at Bower, WV in Braxton County, WV [....]  Read More

Deanna Elizabeth Jackson

The Free Press WVAge 78, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Clay County Health Center, Ivydale, WV. ...

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Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

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

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

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

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

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

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

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

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

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

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

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

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

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

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

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

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

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

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

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

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

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

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

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

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

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

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

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

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

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

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

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

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

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

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

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

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

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

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

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

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

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

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

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

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

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

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

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

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

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

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

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

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

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

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

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

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

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

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

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

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

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

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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