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Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday Storms Could Cause Flash Flooding

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More than two dozen counties in West Virginia are under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain could cause flooding along small streams and poor drainage areas, meteorologists said.

The counties under the watch include: Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur Barbour, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

West Virginia Library Commission Announces Grants to Public Libraries

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The West Virginia Library Commission has presented $110,093 in state grants to 30 public libraries in the state. 

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

17 grants were awarded for facility maintenance and 14 for technology enhancements.  The following libraries received grant funding: 

  • Bolivar-Harper’s Ferry Public Library
  • Brooke County Public Library
  • Burnsville Public Library
  • Chapmanville Public Library
  • Clay County Public Library
  • Craigsville Public Library
  • Gassaway Public Library
  • Hamlin-Lincoln County Public Library
  • Kingwood Public Library
  • Logan Area Public Library
  • Lynn Murray Public Library
  • Marion County Public Library
  • Mason County Public Library
  • Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library
  • Mountaintop Public Library
  • Nutter Fort Public Library
  • Paden City Public Library
  • Pendleton County Public Library
  • Philippi Public Library
  • Raleigh County Public Library
  • Roane County Public Library
  • Rupert Public Library
  • Shepherdstown Public Library
  • Summers County Public Library
  • Summersville Public Library
  • Sutton Public Library
  • Swayne Memorial Public Library
  • Valley Head Public Library
  • Wayne Public Library
  • Webster Addison Public Library


“These grants emphasize the important needs in West Virginia’s public libraries,” said Karen Goff, Executive Secretary of the WVLC.

“These dollars will allow libraries to make basic improvements to their facilities, as well as enhance computer access for their patrons.”


West Virginia Library Commission encourages lifelong learning, individual empowerment, civic engagement and an enriched quality of life by enhancing library and information services for all West Virginians. WVLC is an independent agency of the Office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts.

To learn more about the WVLC, please visit www.librarycommission.wv.gov or call us at 304.558.2041.

Applications Available for 2017 Antlerless Deer Season Limited Permit Areas

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Applications for the 2017 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, August 13.

Hunters who apply for a limited antlerless firearms permit must use the Electronic Licensing System at www.wvhunt.com. Applicants must log on, select “Enter Lottery” on the home screen, select “2017 Antlerless Deer Hunt,” then choose the county or wildlife management area for which they want to apply. Hunters also may select a secondary county or WMA. Hunters without accounts can create one at www.wvhunt.com.

“These limited permit areas provide antlerless deer hunting opportunities in counties or areas of the state where wildlife biologists have determined that issuing limited numbers of antlerless deer permits will help meet management objectives,“ said Chris Ryan, supervisor of game management services for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the first week of October. Starting September 01, all applicants can see whether they received a permit by logging into their account.

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The following wildlife management areas and counties are open for this drawing:


·    Blackwater

·    Bluestone

·    Calvin Price State Forest

·    Camp Creek State Forest

·    Elk River

·    Greenbrier State Forest

·    Kumbrabow State Forest

·    Little Canaan

·    Seneca State Forest

·    Wallback

·    Boone

·    Clay

·    Fayette

·    Greenbrier

·    Mineral

·    Nicholas

·    Pendleton

·    Pocahontas

·    Raleigh

·    Wayne


They will have a limited number of Class N licenses for resident and Class NN licenses for nonresident antlerless deer hunting October 26–28 on private land only, and November 20–December 02, December 14–16 and December 28–31 on private and public land.

Hunters who want to enter as a group must know the other hunters’ DNR ID numbers to enter the lottery. Hunters also may call their local DNR district office for help with the application process.

For complete information on antlerless deer season dates and bag limits, consult the 2017–2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary. It will be available online at www.wvdnr.gov and at West Virginia license agents and DNR offices in July.

Students Named to Spring 2017 Honor Lists at GSC

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The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President’s and Vice President’s Honor Lists for the Spring 2017 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:

Berkeley County: Brianna D. Caison

Boone County: Tiffany D. Muller

Braxton County: Coleden R. Belknap, Bridget D. Carr, Amber N. Hyre

Calhoun County: Danielle N. Kendall, Cassandra D. Lamont

Clay County:  Dalton M. Holcomb

Doddridge County:  Dennis M. Bowling, Jr., Joshua M. Pitcock

Fayette County: Matthew H. Hackworth

Gilmer County: Anthony K. Aviles, Jonathan E. Clark, Michaela L. Gumm, Christina L. Jenkins, Amanda R. Lamb, Brett M. Rinehart, Wesley A. Self, Hilari E. Sprouse, Halee N. Wildman

Grant County: Larissa A. Henry

Jackson County: Chelsey Hager, Evan D. Merical, Clayton Swisher

Jefferson County: Taylor L. Corey, Jasmine N. Tarman

Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Rebecca E. Wiseman

Lewis County: Jennifer M. Eiler, Justin P. Raines, Kelly L. Weaver

Logan County: Matthew A. Zachary

Marshall County: Logen M. LeMasters

Mason County: Anthony ‘AJ’ Howard

Mercer County: Lindsey R. Compton

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Lindsey S. Butcher, Kaitlyn D. Peyatt, Mark H. Sanson

Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto

Preston County: Madison H. Null, Josiah D. Nuse

Putnam County: Joshua L. Brennan, Jessica A. Layne

Randolph County: Chad E. Cook, Daniel T. Crawford, Christopher D. Varner

Ritchie County: Brianna N. Ratliff

Roane County: Georgia B. Bing

Tucker County: Wiley T. Raines

Upshur County: Skylar A. Fulton, Belinda L. Lewis

Wayne County: James M. Egnor

Webster County: Samuel A. Canfield, Amber N. King, Chelsea E. Rule

Wirt County: Mary M. Strong

Wood County:  Taylor A. Broadwater

Out of State: Chere Y. Davis, Jacqueline T. Deary, Raven P. Fatool, Raven C. Greer, Jake Hensell, Momi P. Lievan, Allison A. Parski, Victoria L. Peterson, Brian S. Williams

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To be named to the GSC Vice President’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:

Berkeley County: Alexander R. Miller, Logan M. Renner

Boone County: Andrew K. Boktor, Gregory I. Lail, Mackenzie R. Smith

Braxton County: Jordan D. Batton, Tyler K. Cunningham, Larissa E. DeLuca, Garrett E. Hacker, Sean R. Hawkins, Jacob D. Haymond, Tonya L. Lyons, Christian M. Pritt, Joshua L. Rexroad, Teddy J. Richardson, Randy A. Stiers, Andrew R. Tefft, Erica N. Toler, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Andrea B. Vidal, Elania N. White, Shanna S. Wine

Calhoun County: Moriah J. Creelfox, Sr., Jared B. Fitzwater, Amber N. Frymier, Chelsea R. Hicks, Kelsey E. Jett, Erica N. Jones, Devon T. Toppings

Clay County: Jessica M. Beckett, Julie A. Gross, Carrie G. Huffman, Caitlyn M. Rogers, Kristie D. Taylor

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Megan J. Sheets, Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Breanna N. Bennett, Anthony J. Murdock, II, Travis C. Myers, Trevor D. Wood

Gilmer County: Katelyn S. Benson, Madison L. Campbell, Janessia S. Cool, Teayria G. Cool, Sara B. Coombs, Tara S. Evans, Conner T. Ferguson, Samantha L. McCune, Matthew M. Montgomery, Cody M. Moore, Dawn R. Moore, Hannah M. Moore, Hunter Moore, Zaon A. Starseed, Lexsey A. Wagner, Timothy G. Wine, Carrissa M. Wood, Trevor D. Wright

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Hardy County: Faith V. Smith

Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Abby S. McCarty, Hannah M. Mick, Lia Runyan, Megan E. Ruppert, Amy A. Weiss, Bettie M. Wilfong

Kanawha County:  McKenzie M. Edmonds, Kayli N. Hudson, Jacob T. Lutsy, Jeri D. Potter, Bethany N. Spelock

Lewis County: Haley R. Biller, James Z. Browning, Mariah L. Daniels, Abigail E. Jerden, Michael W. Marion, James W. Martin, III, Daniel M. Pascasio, Mitchell D. Queen, Torie A. Riffle

Logan County: Kristin A. DesRocher

Marion County:  Emily A. Stoller

Mason County:  Kaylee M. Howard

Monongalia County: Hunter A. Given

Morgan County: Michaela A. Munson, Brady A. Tritapoe

Nicholas County: Zachary G. Dotson, Madison R. Frame, Kimmy K. Little, William Z. Lyons, Elizabeth M. Messer, Eric W. Peyatt, Autumn Siminski, Brooke A. Spencer, Joshua ‘Cameron’ Woods

Pendleton County: Virginia L. Bruce, Brittany L. Huffman, Chase M. Simmons, Raven D. Turner

Pleasants County: Bethany G. Mote

Pocahontas County: Lucas W. Fuller, Isaac C. Hise, Brooke A. Riffe

Putnam County: Tori L. Ward

Raleigh County: Jordan B. Coalson, Jacob Coots, Michael A. Layne, Matthew Welch

Randolph County: Jerome W. Smith

Ritchie County: Madison E. Cunningham, Olivia D. Goff, Valerie E. Ogle

Roane County: Bonita J. Schreckengost, Cassidy M. Taylor, James D. Williams

Tucker County: Catherine Chambers

Tyler County: Jessica L. Fiber

Upshur County: Heather A. Gregory

Webster County: Richard M. Burns, Tonya N. Sahl, Danielle Williams

Wetzel County: Colton L. Ring, Brandon M. Smith

Wood County: Brooke N. Radabaugh

Wyoming County: Kaci M. Mullins

Out of State: Ali P. Capobianco, Jr, Brianna T. D’Angelo, Jessica D. Digennaro, Sarah M. DiSpaltro, Alex E. Gilmore, Tanner B. Helms, Cedric J. Johnson, Justin S. Koogler, Julia E. Lindberg, Art’om T. Rank, John F. Routzahn, Isaiah R. Sattelmaier, Asiya B. Smith, Tayana L. Stewart, Johnni M. Tillman

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 11,539 Spring Turkeys In 2017

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Spring turkey hunters harvested 11,539 gobblers this year, an increase of more than 11 percent from 2016, according to preliminary numbers provided by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The harvest is the largest since 2006 when 11,735 birds were harvested, and is more than 18 percent above the 10-year average.

“Weather conditions were variable across the state during this year’s spring gobbler season, so it’s nice to see hunters were able to get out and enjoy some successful hunting, which is reflected in the harvest numbers,” said Mike Peters, DNR game bird biologist.

Five of the six DNR districts reported increased harvests over last year.

District 4 was the only district in which fewer birds were harvested than in 2016.

District 1 again recorded the most birds harvested this year (2,578), followed by District 6 (2,250), District 5 (2,090), District 4 (1,858), District 3 (1,733) and District 2 (1,030).

The top five counties with the largest harvests were Preston (475), which was up more than 100 birds from last year, Mason (448), Jackson (408), Wood (380), and Harrison (327).

Youth hunters harvested 458 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 15.

Those numbers are included on the accompanying table.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Barbour

162

178

127

165

204

Brooke

104

84

67

78

100

Hancock

110

110

89

98

106

Harrison

355

264

247

286

327

Marion

218

149

170

192

256

Marshall

300

220

174

207

255

Monongalia

262

174

199

197

266

Ohio

131

91

109

111

113

Preston

403

344

333

371

475

Taylor

103

87

72

101

135

Tucker

57

88

82

90

97

Wetzel

256

203

168

196

244

District 1 Subtotal

2,461

1,992

1,837

2,092

2,578

Berkeley

98

112

124

115

147

Grant

129

129

131

161

145

Hampshire

124

138

156

170

184

Hardy

129

135

116

132

132

Jefferson

60

57

82

79

114

Mineral

87

96

118

134

132

Morgan

54

62

64

54

64

Pendleton

117

95

94

88

112

District 2 Subtotal

798

824

885

933

1,030

Braxton

238

175

194

197

209

Clay

147

68

83

101

120

Lewis

221

180

194

211

249

Nicholas

221

164

213

330

311

Pocahontas

160

130

145

144

143

Randolph

217

186

225

250

248

Upshur

262

229

231

228

303

Webster

118

113

114

156

150

District 3 Subtotal

1,584

1,245

1,399

1,617

1,733

Fayette

287

244

239

292

278

Greenbrier

299

245

242

308

269

McDowell

308

215

218

200

177

Mercer

177

170

161

176

192

Monroe

206

212

181

184

192

Raleigh

277

214

231

283

279

Summers

258

209

199

219

209

Wyoming

291

255

257

320

262

District 4 Subtotal

2,103

1,764

1,728

1,982

1,858

Boone

230

159

138

157

157

Cabell

138

80

110

114

176

Kanawha

332

231

227

285

319

Lincoln

213

178

169

215

228

Logan

246

181

172

181

165

Mason

370

293

314

378

448

Mingo

141

93

91

131

143

Putnam

225

150

181

210

268

Wayne

144

103

108

139

186

District 5 Subtotal

2,039

1,468

1,510

1,810

2,090

Calhoun

179

135

128

145

164

Doddridge

138

126

118

137

160

Gilmer

191

147

124

132

143

Jackson

326

293

264

302

408

Pleasants

83

73

71

80

89

Ritchie

326

245

218

216

263

Roane

236

232

210

231

256

Tyler

211

136

144

182

181

Wirt

193

177

153

174

206

Wood

294

271

248

328

380

District 6 Subtotal

2,177

1,835

1,678

1,927

2,250

State Total

11,162

9,128

9,037

10,361

11,539

8th Graders Honored For Golden Horseshoe Accomplishments

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More than 200 eighth-graders from across West Virginia were honored at the state Culture Center in the annual Golden Horseshoe ceremony.

The students earned the honor of Knights of the Golden Horseshoe for their knowledge of West Virginia history.

“I am proud of each student who earned this elite honor today,” state School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said. “The Golden Horseshoe recognizes students’ appreciation and understanding of West Virginia and promotes pride in our state.”

The Golden Horseshoe test has been given each year since 1931 in West Virginia. This year marks the 301st anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe tradition that began in the 1700’s when West Virginia was part of Virginia.

A complete list of 2017 winners can be found by visiting HERE.

Gilmer Students Among GSC Business Department Honorees

The Glenville State College Department of Business recently announced its list of Distinguished Business Students for 2017. Recognition of these top twenty business students is based on multiple criteria including academic achievement, class rank, campus involvement, and leadership in department classes and programs. Additionally, some students are recognized for specific departmental awards.

Those recognized as Distinguished Business Students included: Julie Bishop from Glenville, West Virginia; Kristin DesRocher from Chapmanville, West Virginia; Conner Ferguson from Glenville, West Virginia; Bryan Foster from Jacksonville, Florida; Landon Gumm from Glenville, West Virginia; Charles Kendall III from Grantsville, West Virginia; and Stephen Mickle from Woodbridge, Virginia.

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GSC Assistant Professor of Business Administration Dr. Dwight Heaster with Julie Bishop


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GSC Professor of Economics Dr. Gary Arbogast with Conner Ferguson


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GSC Professor of Economics Dr. Gary Arbogast with Landon Gumm


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GSC Professor of Economics Dr. Gary Arbogast with Brett Rinehart


Specific award recipients included:

  • Ernest H. Smith Award and Outstanding Accounting Student – Raven Fatool of Sunbury, Pennsylvania

  • Freshman with the Highest Major Fields Test Score – Jakob Payne of Webster Springs, West Virginia

  • Senior with the Highest Major Fields Test Score – Brett Rinehart of Cumberland, Maryland

  • Outstanding Computer Science Student – Jordan Batton of Flatwoods, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Management Student – Abigail Jerden of Weston, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Marketing Student – McKenzie Edmonds of Clendenin, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Sport Management Student – Hunter Given of Cowen, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Business Education Student – Nathan Kincaid of Summersville, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Two-Year Student – Tiffany Brannon of Chloe, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Freshman Business Student – Gregory Lail of Hickory, North Carolina

  • Outstanding Sophomore Business Student – Daniel Crawford of Elkins, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Junior Business Student – Luke Carpenter of Glen Daniel, West Virginia

  • Outstanding Senior Business Student – Moriah Creelfox Sr. of Alma, West Virginia

For more information on the event or the GSC Department of Business, call 304.462.4123.

Report: More Mountain State Students Pursuing Higher Education

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties lead the way in improving college-going rates

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More West Virginia high school graduates went on to pursue higher education last year, according to a report released by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS). The college-going rate increased for the second consecutive year, inching up by 0.3 percent — or 266 students — from 2015 to 2016.

“These gains, while subtle, represent a solid step in the right direction,” Dr. Paul Hill, HEPC Chancellor, said. “For several years, the impact of the 2008 recession led to wide variations in college-going rates, not only in West Virginia but across the nation. Now that the economy is beginning to stabilize, we’re more confident that the small strides we’re witnessing represent genuine progress in creating a college-going culture in West Virginia — a process that takes time and occurs student by student, community by community.”

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties led the state in achieving the highest rates of improvement in college-going rates from 2015 to 2016. Braxton County High School (Braxton), Magnolia High School (Wetzel) and Chapmanville Regional High School (Logan) showed the greatest gains at the school level. Ohio, Mineral and Monongalia counties had the highest rates overall. A complete list of rates by school and county is available at http://www.wvhepc.edu/resources/reports-and-publications/2016-college-going-rate/.

“West Virginia needs more college graduates to grow its economy and invigorate its workforce,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, CTCS Chancellor, said. “I commend those high schools and school districts that are putting a real focus on helping their students pursue some form of postsecondary education. The future prosperity of our state depends on getting more students into college and ensuring they succeed and graduate.”

The 2016 Higher Education Report Card, released last fall by HEPC and CTCS, also outlined gains in college retention and a record number of degrees awarded by the state’s public colleges and universities.

HEPC and CTCS are charged with developing and implementing a five-year statewide strategic plan for higher education that includes a strong focus on improving access to higher education and promoting college completion and success. As part of this process, the agencies have in recent years launched a number of strategies that are proving to have an impact on higher education attainment.

For example, the federally funded “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)” initiative provides college mentoring and planning services to middle and high school students in ten of the state’s most economically challenged counties. The statewide College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) initiative offers information, including text message counseling, to help students navigate the college application and enrollment processes. And recent policy changes overhauling the delivery of developmental education and encouraging students to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester are showing promising results toward raising college graduation rates.

GSC Students Participate in WV Legislative Internship

With the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature over, many West Virginians are wondering what got accomplished during the session and where the state budget stands. Glenville State College students Conner Ferguson, Wesley Self, and Amber Sticker-Bass got to experience firsthand how different laws were debated and voted on, and the complexity of the budget-making process.

These students were selected as Frasure-Singleton Interns to participate in the 2017 legislative session. As Frasure-Singleton interns each student was assigned to a legislator in either the House of Delegates or in the Senate and were able to attend committee meetings and public hearings, aid their legislators with issue research, and help with constituent requests and other legislative tasks.

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GSC senior Conner Ferguson (R) with Delegate Brent Boggs (D-Braxton, 34)


Conner Ferguson, a native of Glenville, West Virginia and a senior at GSC majoring in marketing with minors in political science and non-profit leadership management was assigned to Delegate Brent Boggs in the House of Delegates. Delegate Boggs is a Democratic Delegate who represents the 34th District in Braxton and Gilmer Counties. Boggs is in the minority leadership office, and is currently serving as the minority chair of the House of Delegates Finance Committee. During his time in the House of Delegates, Boggs has served as the Majority Leader, Chair of the House Finance Committee, and other leadership positions. He is also a 1976 GSC graduate.

“Being selected as a Frasure-Singleton intern and being able to participate in a small part of the legislative session was an experience that I truly value and one that I will never forget. Having been involved with politics for many years, this internship was a great way to learn more about state politics and legislative procedures. I would like to thank Delegate Brent Boggs for being so instrumental in helping me over the years and letting me intern with him. With his help, I created many connections in Charleston and throughout the state which wouldn’t have been possible without Delegate Boggs and the Frasure-Singleton Internship Program,” Ferguson said.

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Wesley Self, a GSC sophomore, addresses members of the WV Senate


Wesley Self, a native of Glenville, West Virginia and a sophomore at GSC majoring in social studies education (5-adult) was assigned to Senator Robert Karnes in the State Senate. Senator Karnes is a Republican Senator who represents the 11th Senatorial District in Upshur, Webster, Nicholas, Randolph, Pocahontas, Pendleton, and Grant counties. Senator Karnes currently serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Tax Reform and the Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee.

“My time at the West Virginia Legislature was an amazing educational opportunity, and has given me the knowledge to understand the day-to-day activities of a West Virginia State Senator. I believe that my experiences with the legislature have given me a better understanding of the legislative process, while allowing me to see firsthand the remarkable work of our outstanding legislature,” Self said.

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GSC junior Amber Striker-Bass (R) is recognized by Delegate Bill Anderson (R-Wood, 08)


Amber Striker-Bass, a native of Clay County, West Virginia and a junior at GSC obtaining a board of regents degree was assigned to Delegate Bill Anderson in the House of Delegates. Delegate Anderson is a Republican Delegate representing the 8th District in Wood County. Anderson has been in the House of Delegates since 1992 and has served as the Speaker Pro Tempore and as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Quality and Equity in Education.

“My time with the West Virginia Legislature was an experience like no other. As a veteran, it was wonderful to see our freedoms in action. With the Frasure-Singleton Internship, I was given a view of the House of Delegates that isn’t available to everyone. I would love the opportunity to return to the House of Delegates as a Herndon Intern next session and I plan on applying,” Striker-Bass said.

During each legislative session up to 51 students from colleges and universities throughout West Virginia can apply to take part in the Frasure-Singleton Legislative Internship. To be eligible students must be a college sophomore, junior, or senior, be in good academic standing, and preferably have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information about GSC students and these internships, contact Marisha Lecea at or 304.462.6288.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Glenville on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.


Two fugitives waived extradition to return to their respective states.

•  Samuel Dozier waived to return to MD.

•  Jason Freeman waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Authorities in their states have until 4 PM March 01, 2017 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.

Both men were represented by Tim Gentilozzi.


•  One juvenile matter was heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He failed to appear for the revocation of probation hearing scheduled at 9:30 AM and it was reported that he was being transferred to a hospital in Charleston.

Judge Facemire questioned his girlfriend and informed her that he would continue the matter to February 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM and directed the Clerk to issue a summons to be served upon Adkins to appear.

His attorney is Kevin Hughart of Sissonville.


•  One divorce appeal was heard and counsel were directed to file Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law and then Judge Facemire will make a ruling. Mark Kelley was plaintiff’s attorney and defense attorney was Mark Swartz.



On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 the jury trial was cancelled.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Eric Williams

He was before the Court wherein he entered a plea to count 12 of the indictment returned against him for fraudulent schemes wherein he took money from Rick and Desari Garrett for a contract job that was never done.

All other counts of the indictment were dismissed in the plea agreement and he will make restitution to the other victims.

He will be sentenced April 10, 2017 at 9:20 AM after Mike Haley prepares a presentence report in the matter.

Special prosecuting attorney Shannon Johnson of Calhoun County represented the State of West Virginia and Thomas Kupec represented Williams.


•  Also scheduled to be heard today was the preliminary revocation of probation involving John Phillips who is being held at South Central Regional Jail and they failed to transport him.

Judge Alsop reset the matter for Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM.

He is represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton.


The November 2016 term of petit jury is now over.

March term begins on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 with grand jurors to report when indictments will be presented.



On Monday, February 27, 2017 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over his regular monthly motion day in Glenville.

He called the docket for the March, 2017 term and directed issuance of capias’ in the cases from previous terms wherein defendants have never appeared.


•  Four juvenile matters were heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Steven Gibson

He was before the Court for a preliminary hearing regarding revocation of his probation.

Whereupon Gibson made admissions and was sentenced to serve 60 days in Central Regional Jail (with credit for time already served) and then he will be readmitted to probation.

Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon represented Gibson.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Khristopher Speas

He was before the Court with his attorney, Tyler Mason, asking for additional credit for time served on his sentence.

After argument of counsel, Judge Facemire directed he receive the additional credit and the commitment order will be amended.



Om Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Chief Judge Facemire heard 2 juvenile cases were heard.


•  One fugitive from justice waived to return to the state of Ohio.

Deon Ray was represented by Clinton Bischoff and authorities have until 4 PM on March 09, 2017 to pick him up or Central Regional Jail will release him.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Ronald Adkins Jr.

He was before the Court for revocation of probation.

He made admissions and was sentenced to 60 days in Central Regional Jail, followed by 60 days on home confinement in Clay County and then he will be readmitted to probation until February 22, 2019.

Kevin Hughart of Sissonville was his attorney.


•  A scheduling conference/conference call was held with Shannon Johnson, special prosecutor and Brian Bailey participating. Bailey represents William Reynolds and Clinton Bischoff was present in the Court room representing his client, Patty Reynolds.

Pretrials will be conducted in their cases on March 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM and April 04, 2017 is when their trial is scheduled.



On Thursday, March 02, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard a civil case in Gilmer County.

West Virginia High Schools Recognized for Exemplary Graduation Rates

Seventy West Virginia high schools were recognized for achieving exemplary graduation rates of 90 percent or greater during the 2015-16 school year. Schools were honored by Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff, Nick Casey, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano and the West Virginia Board of Education.

“Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school,” Martirano said. “The high schools here today deserve the praise they are receiving for achieving a 90 percent or higher graduation rate. Our schools see the potential that a high school graduate holds for our state and they, along with the Department of Education and Board of Education, have made it a top priority to ensure our students show up, work hard, and earn a diploma.”

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Gilmer County Superintendent Mr. Devono and GCHS Principal Mrs. Butcher
receiving a plaque in Charleston during a recognition ceremony.


Recent data show more students in West Virginia are graduating from high school when compared to previous years. Several statewide initiatives contributed to the steady increase in the graduation rate. Most notably the creation of the state’s Early Warning System, which tracks 45 different indicators – the most important being attendance, behavior and grades – to identify students at risk of dropping out.

West Virginia’s graduation rate has continued to rise throughout the last several years. Data from the U.S. Department of Education placed West Virginia among the top 20 states for graduation rates in 2014-15, with a rate of 86.5 percent. The average graduation rate in the Mountain State for the 2015-16 school year increased even more to 89.81 percent.

Of the 70 schools recognized, four schools achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent. Those schools include; Union Educational Complex, Harman High School, Pickens High School and Paden City High School.

The 70 schools recognized represent 60.3 percent of the 116 high schools in West Virginia. The overall graduation rate for all West Virginia high schools was 89.81 percent.

 

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