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Grants Available From Community Foundation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) of Doddridge County, Ritchie County, and the Little Kanawha Area is currently accepting applications for grants for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application deadline is midnight on September 15. Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates through one online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Application. 

To access the online application form, visit the Grants section of the Foundation’s web site, www.pacfwv.com/Grants.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio). 

Priority counties for Foundation grant support are: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties.

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, and capacity building projects, and, under special circumstances, operating support. 

Submitted applications are considered for support from a wide variety of grant funds available through the Foundation to support charitable projects throughout the region.

The Foundation recently made two important changes to its grantmaking program:

  • The maximum grant request size has been raised to $15,000.
  • The allowable grant period is 12 months; proposed projects must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.

The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide additional information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation’s website at www.pacfwv.com/Grants to access the grant guidelines and application. 

For more information, contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

 

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WV Forestry celebrates the opening of Region 6 headquarters in Elizabeth

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The West Virginia Division of Forestry is hosting a grand opening for its new Region 6 office on Saturday, July 07. The public is invited to the event, from noon to 2 p.m.

The office is located at 25 Schoolview Street, in Elizabeth. The event takes place during the 40th Annual Elizabeth-Wirt Volunteer Fire Department Ice Cream Social and Fireman’s Parade.

Division of Forestry Deputy Director Tina Payne and new Regional Forester Vernon Stephens, who will head Region 6, are expected to attend the celebration. Stephens joined the Division of Forestry in June 2006. He served in service and supervisory roles before being appointed to the post of Regional Forester. Stephens is a 2004 graduate of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, where he earned an associate degree in Forest Management Science. Before joining the state Division of Forestry, he worked as a consulting forester in the forest products industry.

In 2017, the state Division of Forestry reset its regional organization, opting to go back to a six-region system after years with only three. The Elizabeth facility was previously designated as a satellite office before being upgraded to regional headquarters for the re-established Region 6.

The West Virginia Division of Forestry operates under the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

The new Division of Forestry regions are:

  • Region 1 counties: Barbour, Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor, Tucker and Wetzel

  • Region 2 counties: Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton

  • Region 3 counties: Braxton, Clay, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Upshur and Webster

  • Region 4 counties: Fayette, Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming

  • Region 5 counties: Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne

  • Region 6 counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood

Students Named to Spring 2018 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 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, Jacob Price

Berkeley County: Alexander Miller

Boone County: Andrew Boktor, Ally Brown

Braxton County: Lucas Bonnett, Kendra Houghton, Ashlee James, Taylor Johnson, Brittany White, McKenze Yanero

Calhoun County: MacKenzie Ammerman, Jerry Basnett, Jacob Petry, Emily Snyder

Clay County: Jessica Beckett, Caitlyn Rogers

Doddridge County: Ryan Mizia

Fayette County: Trevor Wood

Gilmer County: Preston Allison, Katelyn Benson, Heather Coleman, Dravin Gibson, Janeeva Jenkins, Dalton Law, Brian Moore, Brianna Ratliff, Wesley Self, Hilari Sprouse

Greenbrier County: Sarah Brunty

Harrison County: Hannah Mick

Jackson County: Larissa Hayman

Jefferson County: Taylor Corey

Kanawha County: Austin Broussard, Bethany Spelock

Lewis County: Haley Biller, Hannah Blankenship, Destiny Grimes, Kelly Weaver

Logan County: Matthew Zachary

Marshall County: Logen LeMasters

Mercer County: Anna Lusk

Nicholas County: Marlyn Donelson, William Lyons, Elizabeth Messer, Mark Sanson

Putnam County: Joshua Brennan, Madison Null

Raleigh County: Michael Layne

Roane County: Savannah Harper

Webster County: Bryce McCourt

Wirt County: Mary Strong

Wyoming County: Brittany Koutsunis

Out-Of-State: Victoria Peterson (CA), Jacqueline Deary (CT), Brian Williams (MD), Allison Parski (MI), John Routzahn (OH)




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: Quincy Band

Braxton County: Jordan Batton, Leslee Coffman, Kathryn Dean, Jessica Ellis, Bryan Foster, Brittany Louk, Madison Oney, Christian Pritt, Jonathon Shreve, Jacob Stout, Forrest Taylor

Calhoun County: Hannah Allen, Christopher Cunningham, Johnathan Taylor, Laura Webb, Lindsey Webb

Clay County: Andrea Litton, Gracen Samples, Seth Stover, Braylee Woods

Doddridge County: Alexis Shonk

Fayette County: Derek Bloomfield, Matthew Hackworth, Travis Myers, Kelsey Norris, Destiny Rader, Clayton Swisher

Gilmer County: Jacob Arden, Chandler Ferguson, Madisyn Furr, Thomas Gilco, Lauren Hardman, Wyatt Helmick, Emilie Jedamski, Jaylin Johnson, Amanda Lamb, Matthew Montgomery, Adam Moore, Hannah Moore, Kitric Moore, Analysse Petty, Hayley Summers, Katelyn Weese, Halee Wildman, Carrissa Wood, Trevor Wright

Grant County: Larissa Henry

Greenbrier County: Kerri Arbuckle, Justice Bowyer

Hardy County: Faith Smith

Harrison County: Lia Runyan

Jackson County: Josie Hayman, Evan Merical, Sapphire Parsons

Jefferson County: Michael Dodson, Jasmine Tarman

Kanawha County: Jacob Lutsy, Jeri Potter

Lewis County: Daniel Conrad, Hannah Curfman, Emily Kemper, Michael Marion, Taylor McClain, Heather Montgomery, April Moran, Brooklyn Queen, Sara Sellers, Arikka Smith, Damien White

Logan County: Alec Maynard

Marion County: Morgan Hardesty

Mineral County: Abigail Johnson

Monroe County: Cody Newhouse

Nicholas County: Danielle Bartlett, Charles Baughman, Tabitha Cochrum, Austin Hill, Anthony Mayes, William Womack, J. Cameron Woods

Pleasants County: Jessy Moore

Pocahontas County: Matthew Rao, Nancy Turner

Preston County: Brittany Louk

Putnam County: Sarah Lines, Jacob Stover, Tori Ward

Raleigh County: Jacob Coots, William Harper, Matthew Welch

Randolph County: Daniel Crawford, Kayla Palmer, Kathlyne Simmons

Roane County: Brianna Deel, Sabrina Gonzalez, Kimberly Lee, Chad Leport, Cassidy Taylor, James Williams

Tucker County: Angela Myers, Wiley Raines

Tyler County: Miranda Taylor

Upshur County: Belinda Lewis, Casey Orsburn

Webster County: Jared Romano

Wetzel County: James Goddard

Wirt County: Kristina Lowe, Kia Sleesman

Wood County: Taylor Broadwater, Hannah Dennis

Wyoming County: Ethan Gillespie, Kaci Mullins, Hunter Simmons

Out-Of-State: Giles Guy-Williams (CA), Andre Henderson (CA), Julia Lindberg (CT), Grant Williams (DC), Alyssa Banks (DE), Ryan Nimely (GA), Ai Miyazaki (Japan), Ethan Carr (KY), Haley Wolff (MD), Jacob Ngangum (MD), Julia Lesko (MD), Paranda Uber (MD), Madison Gargus (MI), Jessica Digennaro (NY), Brianna D’Angelo (NY), Isaiah Sattelmaier (OH), Catherine Pelfrey (OH), Chere Davis (VA), Cory Goodhope (VA), John Jeans (VA)

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Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced today its grant awards for spring 2018.  The Foundation awarded a total of $209,056 region-wide through its Community Action Grants Program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.  A number of grants benefit those living in Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt Counties, the service region of the PACF’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate.

Among the grants awarded in this cycle, several support programs designed to address food insecurity and to provide healthy food choices for area residents. In Calhoun County, a $7,120 grant to the new “Nourishing Networks” coalition, led by the Calhoun County Family Resource Network, will improve access to healthy, whole foods for youth, resource-limited families, and seniors.  “At our annual meeting this past January, several speakers highlighted the problem of food insecurity in our state,” said Senior Program Officer Marian Clowes. “Hunger is a real issue, as is access to healthy foods. We are excited that this grant-funded program will help bring healthy food to Calhoun County residents.”

Other grants in this cycle that supported projects benefitting Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt County residents are:

  • Adolescent Health Initiative, Region 5 - $7,000 to support the “Developing Star Leaders” program, which engages students from the Mid-Ohio Valley, including students in Calhoun and Wirt Counties, in developing individual and team leadership skills.

  • Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department - $7,250 to purchase new turnout gear for firefighters.

  • Little Kanawha Area Development Corporation - $2,000 to purchase security cameras to be placed in Wirt County to combat an increase in crime.

  • Minnie Hamilton Health System - $11,600 to assist with the purchase of medication carts.

  • West Virginia University Foundation/Energy Express - $3,552 to provide take home books to children enrolled in Energy Express in Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, and Wirt Counties.

Grants awarded through the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program are made possible by generous individuals and businesses who have established a charitable fund with the PACF. The Program uses the resources available through the Foundation’s general grantmaking and field of interest funds to meet the ever-changing needs of its service region. The Foundation works with volunteers region-wide to review the grant applications and select the recipients.  Additionally, the Foundation consults with individuals who have established Donor Advised Funds through the PACF and works with these individuals to provide additional grant support for the projects proposed through the Community Action Grants Program. To learn more about the Program, individuals should call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email ‘info@pacfwv.com’.

Other Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants awarded this spring are:

  • City of Parkersburg - $10,000 to purchase and install an aquaflex surface for the new splash park at the City Park pool.

  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $5,000 to support a series of financial education programs across the Mid-Ohio Valley.

  • Doddridge County Elementary School - $600 to plant trees and to teach students about the life cycles of plants.

  • Doddridge County Farmers Market - $5,000 to enable the market to participate in the SNAP Double Up Bucks program and to promote the market to the public.

  • Ely Chapman Education Foundation - $5,183 to repair and replace downspouting at the facility.

  • Faithlink/Community Resources - $2,150 to support the purchase of a vehicle for the new Senior Ride Link program.

  • Family Crisis Intervention Center - $10,000 to support operating expenses for the Kids First Program.

  • Fourth Circuit Public Defender Corporation - $4,000 to support the cost of transportation for clients admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities.

  • Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department - $2,860 to purchase new firefighting nozzles and a fire hose.

  • Horizons Center for Independent Living - $5,000 to build an ADA compliant ramp to the facility.

  • Little Hocking Fire and Rescue, Inc. - $6,396 to purchase scuba diving masks for the rescue diving team.

  • Lubeck Elementary School - $4,845 to purchase playground equipment for Pre-K students.

  • Lubeck United Methodist Church Lunch SAK Program - $6,650 to help supply, on weekends, school holidays, and summer break, food for children from Lubeck Elementary School, to expand service to Blennerhassett Elementary School, and to assist Blennerhassett Middle School with their food and hygiene pantry.

  • Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council - $2,300 to repair and/or replace sewing machines used by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program to sew items that they donate to agencies throughout their communities.

  • NFS Ministries – Latrobe Street Mission - $7,500 to purchase new bed frames and mattresses for the women’s dorm.

  • Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department - $7,000 to assist with the replacement of rescue tools.

  • Ritchie County Family Resource Network - $1,000 to create a Necessity Closet, to provide hygiene items for those in need.

  • Roane County Commission - $7,200 to purchase bunk beds with safety railings for the Roane County 4-H Camp.

  • Rotary Club of Parkersburg - $1,500 to support the Drug Free Clubs of America program at Parkersburg High School and Parkersburg South High School.

  • Schrader Youth Ballet - $4,000 to purchase a vinyl marley floor to be used at performances.

  • Smithville Elementary School - $1,850 to create hands-on science experiments for the PreK through 5th grade classes.

  • Town of Reedy - $7,500 to purchase and install a coin-operated bulk water machine to serve citizens who must haul water for use in their homes in Roane, Wirt, and Jackson counties.

  • United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley - $2,500 to install a security system.

  • Voices for Children – CASA Program - $9,000 to provide operating support.

  • Voices of the Street/Essentially Yours - $1,000 to provide operating support.

  • Washington Bottom Community Building Association - $4,500 to provide new flooring and upgraded lighting in the community building.

  • West Virginia Health Right - $2,500 to purchase dental supplies for the mobile dental clinic serving Roane County.

  • West Virginia University Extension Service – Family Nutrition Program - $10,000 to provide pop-up farmers markets at schools in Wood County to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by children from families with limited income.

  • West Virginia University School of Public Health - $1,500 to provide students with practical learning experiences by undertaking community health projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg - $5,000 to support operations and programming.

  • Wood County 4-H Leaders Association - $12,000 to purchase a new stove and kitchen equipment for the Wood County 4-H Camp.

  • Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission/Mountwood Park - $15,000 to replace the roofs on cabins at the park.

First Energy Tree Trimming Program

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First Energy companies Mon Power and Potomac Edison will wrap-up five years of “ground to sky” vegetation clearing later this year with another multi-million dollar effort, company officials announced.

Electric utilities doing business in West Virginia were ordered by the state Public Service Commission in the months following the 2012 Derecho, which caused power outages that took weeks to restore, to do a better job keeping their distribution lines clear of trees and other vegetation. First Energy companies began a five-year process in late 2014 that will come to a close later this year, company spokesman Todd Meyers said.

“By the end of this year, we will have done every power line in West Virginia, that’s Mon Power and Potomac Edison will be trimmed to that spec, and then we’re going to go back every four years,” Meyers said. “Every line will be trimmed every four years.”

Mon Power will trim 4,500 miles this year at a cost of $71 million. First Energy has approximately 30,000 miles of power lines in West Virginia.

Ground to sky clearing gets rid of everything above the power line, which is different than the pre-derecho requirement, Meyers said.

“(In ground to sky) You wouldn’t see any interlocking branches overhead and you’d have a clean right of way from the floor. That’s the biggest difference. It’s almost straight up and down. It looks like a slot,” Meyers said.

Most of the clearing has been done from bucket trucks but in less populated areas aerial saws are used.

The previous four years of clearing has already started to pay off, Meyers said.

“If we take a power line and we trim it to the new spec, that first year after the line has been trimmed to the new spec, the customers along that line have almost 35 percent fewer outage minutes that are due to trees,” he said.

The PSC allows the utilities to recover the cost of the removal program. It’s figured into the monthly cost of service. Mon Power did give back approximately $1.50 on the average customer’s bill a few months ago because of the progress it’s made.

First Energy contractors have trimmed more than 2-million trees since 2014 and removed another 1-million dead or dying trees.

Counting what it plans to spend this year, Mon Power will have spent $348 million, just shy of $70 million a year, on tree trimming and removal since the new requirements went into place. The company spent about $34 million in 2013 prior to the implementation of the PSC-approved enhanced program.

Mon Power will conduct tree trimming in or near the following counties and communities before the end of the year:

  • Braxton – Chapel, Gassaway, Sutton
  • Brooke – Beech Bottom, Colliers, Follansbee, McKinleyville, Weirton
  • Clay – Widen
  • Greenbrier – Lewisburg, Ronceverte
  • Hancock – Chester, Newell, New Cumberland, Weirton
  • Harrison – Lost Creek, Lumberport
  • Lewis – Jackson’s Mill
  • Marion – Barrackville, Boothsville, Carolina, Farmington, Idamay,
  • Whitehall
  • Monongalia – Brookhaven, Cheat Lake, Dellslow, Star City, Westover
  • Nicholas – Birch River, Craigsville, Fenwick, Leivasy, Muddlety, Nettie
  • Pendleton – Franklin, Sugar Grove, Upper Tract
  • Pleasants – St. Marys
  • Preston – Albright, Bruceton Mills
  • Randolph – Elkins, Huttonsville, Kerns, Montrose
  • Ritchie – Smithville
  • Roane – Peniel, Spencer
  • Summers – Hinton
  • Taylor – Grafton, Thornton
  • Tucker – Canaan Valley, Hendricks, Parsons, Porterwood, Saint George
  • Wirt – Elizabeth
  • Wood – Cedar Grove, Davisville, Kanawha, Larkmead, Lubeck, Nicolette,
  • Parkersburg, Waverly, Williamstown

During the upcoming months, Potomac Edison will be conducting tree trimming work in the following counties and communities:

  • Berkeley (WV) – Bunker Hill, Falling Waters, Glengary, Hedgesville, Inwood, Martinsburg
  • Grant (WV)– Maysville
  • Hampshire (WV) – Capon Bridge, Sunrise Summit, Vanderlip
  • Hardy (WV) – Perry, Yellow Springs
  • Jefferson (WV) – Harpers Ferry
  • Mineral (WV) – Bloomington, Keyser, New Creek, Piedmont, Short Gap
  • Morgan (WV) – Berkeley Springs, Hedgesville

West Virginia 2018 spring turkey harvest largest in 15 years

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According to preliminary data gathered by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers this spring, which is a 15-year high and a 6 percent increase over 2017.

This year’s harvest also is more than 10 percent above the 10-year average, said Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

All but two DNR districts reported an increase over 2017 harvest figures. Districts 4 and 5 were the only two districts with fewer harvested birds this year. Counties in District 1 harvested the most birds again this year with 3,416, followed by District 6 (2,651), District 5 (1,811), District 4 (1,515), District 3 (1,805) and District 2 (1,076).

The five counties with the largest harvest were Preston (553), Mason (468), Jackson (460), Harrison (440) and Marshall (417).

Youth hunters harvested 431 turkeys during the one-day youth season on April 14. Those numbers, along with county totals, are included in the table below.

West Virginia Spring Gobbler Season Results

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

178

127

165

204

250

Brooke

84

67

78

100

174

Hancock

110

89

98

106

87

Harrison

264

247

286

327

440

Marion

149

170

192

256

330

Marshall

220

174

207

255

417

Monongalia

174

199

197

266

346

Ohio

91

109

111

113

145

Preston

344

333

371

475

553

Taylor

87

72

101

135

189

Tucker

88

82

90

97

89

Wetzel

203

168

196

244

396

District 1 Subtotal

 1,992

 1,837

     2,092

   2,578

    3,416

Berkeley

112

124

115

147

162

Grant

129

131

161

145

160

Hampshire

138

156

170

184

166

Hardy

135

116

132

132

150

Jefferson

57

82

79

114

115

Mineral

96

118

134

132

148

Morgan

62

64

54

64

64

Pendleton

95

94

88

112

111

District 2 Subtotal

     824

    885

         933

   1,030

    1,076

Braxton

175

194

197

209

307

Clay

68

83

101

120

142

Lewis

180

194

211

249

286

Nicholas

164

213

330

311

287

Pocahontas

130

145

144

143

113

Randolph

186

225

250

248

207

Upshur

229

231

228

303

334

Webster

113

114

156

150

129

District 3 Subtotal

 1,245

 1,399

     1,617

   1,733

    1,805

Fayette

244

239

292

278

247

Greenbrier

245

242

308

269

224

McDowell

215

218

200

177

132

Mercer

170

161

176

192

150

Monroe

212

181

184

192

182

Raleigh

214

231

283

279

213

Summers

209

199

219

209

170

Wyoming

255

257

320

262

197

District 4 Subtotal

 1,764

 1,728

     1,982

   1,858

    1,515

Boone

159

138

157

157

125

Cabell

80

110

114

176

125

Kanawha

231

227

285

319

308

Lincoln

178

169

215

228

158

Logan

181

172

181

165

157

Mason

293

314

378

448

468

Mingo

93

91

131

143

106

Putnam

150

181

210

268

235

Wayne

103

108

139

186

129

District 5 Subtotal

 1,468

 1,510

     1,810

   2,090

    1,811

Calhoun

135

128

145

164

190

Doddridge

126

118

137

160

216

Gilmer

147

124

132

143

170

Jackson

293

264

302

408

460

Pleasants

73

71

80

89

122

Ritchie

245

218

216

263

327

Roane

232

210

231

256

279

Tyler

136

144

182

181

250

Wirt

177

153

174

206

230

Wood

271

248

328

380

407

District 6 Subtotal

 1,835

 1,678

     1,927

   2,250

    2,651

State Total

 9,128

 9,037

   10,361

 11,539

  12,274

844 New Businesses in West Virginia for April 2018

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New business registrations in West Virginia grew at a 1.06 percent in April according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported that the top three counties for business growth in April were Gilmer County with 2.19 percent growth, Roane County with 2.15 percent growth, and Wirt County with 2.13 percent growth.

In West Virginia, 54 counties reported business registration growth in April (attachment).

The number of business entities grew in Gilmer County from 269 to 274, business entities in Roane County increased from 501 to 512, and the number of entities licensed to do business in Wirt County increased in number from 138 to 141.

According to the WVSOS Business Statistics Database (BSD), 844 new businesses were incorporated or started in the state during the month of April 2018.

West Virginia saw 10.9 percent growth in business registrations in a 12-month period, led once again by Jackson County and followed by Summers and Lincoln counties.

Over the last 12 months, Jackson County saw 13.74 percent business growth, Summers County saw 13.62 percent growth, and Lincoln County saw 13.11 percent growth (attachment).

To discover more information regarding business statistics in every county throughout West Virginia, go to apps.sos.wv.gov/business/BSD.

Attachment: April 2018 Business Numbers

Attachment: April 2017-April 2018 Business Numbers

Link: Business Statistics Database

Final Early Voting Results - 05.06.18

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Area Closings, Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Status of Area Closings Delays and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 

Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Braxton County Schools

 

 

Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

 
Barbour County Schools

All Closed

 

Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Nicholas County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed

 

Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay

 

Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay

Glenville State College

 

Gilmer County Board of Education

 

Gilmer County Courthouse

 

Gilmer County Health Department

 

Gilmer County Senior Center

 

Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic

 

 

Please Send us your closings and delays:  ‘tellus@gilmerfreepress.net’  or   304.462.8700

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All schools statewide are closed Monday

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Schools across West Virginia will be closed again Monday after the Senate and House of Delegates failed to agree on a proposal regarding pay raises for teachers and other education employees.

Both chambers agreed Saturday to go into a conference committee over the proposals; the Senate agreed on a 4 percent pay raise for all state workers, but the House supported the 5 percent increase backed by Governor Jim Justice.

The West Virginia Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and West Virginia School Service Personnel Association said in a joint statement Saturday they were “angry and disappointed” in the Senate’s decision not to agree to the 5 percent raise.

“We too would love to see state employees receive the same percentage increase as our school employees, and we are fully supportive of them also receiving a 5 percent increase,” their statement said. “However, you do not equalize pay for different groups by simply taking away from one and passing it to another. The purpose of this is clear — to divide us and to pit us against each other.”

The unions said schools will remain closed until the Legislature agrees to the 5 percent deal announced last week.


Please Contact the following in support of the teacher:

‘craig.blair@wvsenate.gov’

‘ryan.ferns@wvsenate.gov’

‘robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov’

‘bill.anderson@wvhouse.gov’

‘brent.boggs@wvhouse.gov’

‘paul.espinosa@wvhouse.gov’

WV teacher union leaders eye Senate vote on pay raise bill

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West Virginia teacher union leaders say the best course of action is for all teachers and school service personnel to return to school Friday, but they believe not everyone will.

“Our belief is that we should be back in the classroom, but with that being said, there are many people who are not ready to go back in,” said Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Christine Campbell, president of the West Virginia American Federation of Teachers, and Joe White, executive director West Virginia School Service Personnel Association also appeared on “Talkline” at the state Capitol where thousands of teachers returned for Day 6 of the statewide teacher strike.

Counties across West Virginia started announcing schools will be closed Friday shortly after hearing the Senate would not take up Governor Jim Justice’s new pay raise bill Thursday. The bill to give teachers a 5 percent raise and all other state workers a 3 percent raise passed the House of Delegates Wednesday. It’s currently pending in the Senate Finance Committee.

Teachers are still pushing for a permanent funding solution for the Public Employees Health Insurance Agency. White said his members might continue to strike even if the pay raise plan clears the Senate.

“I don’t know that it would end some of the local folks that’s doing it. Do I think it would have a huge impact on getting them back to work? Yes,” he said.


Senate President Mitch Carmichael said Thursday he wants to take the $58 million that Governor Jim Justice found for the pay raise and direct it toward PEIA. Carmichael said he would also prefer keeping the 2-1-1 pay raise already signed into law by the governor.

Campbell said a lot of what teachers are concerned about, at this point, is that they haven’t seen anything in writing. She said they don’t trust the governor or Senate leadership.

“We’re talking about a lot of distrust here that’s been building. Now we have a situation where people are saying you put this otu there and now you’re saying you’re not going to run it? That does not make them feel like public education is at the forefront,” she said.

Pay and health insurance issues have been on the minds of educators for years, Campbell said.

“We didn’t generate this energy,” she said. “What’s been happening for the last four years generated this energy.”

Lee said it’s now up to the Senate to take action and get people back to work.

“The ball is in the Senate’s court right now. If they will show movement on the bill, if they will pass the bill, then it’s up to us to go back to our members and say here’s what it is — you wanted proof? Here’s the proof,” he said.

~~  Carrie Hodousek ~~

Grants Available For Christian Youth

The Free Press WV

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announces the availability of grants from the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth.

This fund provides support for Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance in order to attend or participate in Christian service-related events. 

Grants may be made, for example, for attendance at Christian camps or for participation in educational events or church or community service activities.

Applicants should note that persons or groups assisted through this fund generally shall only be eligible every fifth year following receipt of support.

The application deadline is June 01, 2018. 

Applications must be submitted through a church or a sponsoring nonprofit organization. 

Applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply, or by contacting the Foundation by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing .

The Free Press WV

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

LAST CALL: Scholarship Application Deadline March 01, 2018

The Free Press WV

Thursday, March 01 is the application deadline for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates’ 2018 Consolidated Scholarship Application! The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).

Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.

To apply, students must visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships.

This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 01, 2018.

To learn more about the 2018 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing .

The Free Press WV

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community. PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets. PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

School closings announced ahead of 3rd day of teacher strike

The Free Press WV

County education leaders across West Virginia are heeding a union call to keep schools closed during the third day of a teacher strike.

On Friday, West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee said thousands of teachers were expected to return to the state Capitol in Charleston on Monday to seek help from the Legislature and Gov. Jim Justice.

According to the state Department of Education’s website Sunday afternoon, schools will be closed in at least 40 of West Virginia’s 55 counties Monday.
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Justice has signed teacher pay raises of 2 percent next year and 1 percent the following two years. But teachers, who rank 48th in the nation in pay, say the increases are too stingy. They also complain about projected increases in health insurance costs.

Scholarships Available for Vocational & Technical Students

The Free Press WV

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) announces the availability of vocational/technical scholarships for students from throughout the Foundation’s service area of Wood, Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio. 

The Foundation uses one consolidated online application that allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with one application. 

To access the application and apply, visit www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply and select the PACF Consolidated Scholarship Application. 

The application deadline is March 01, 2018.

The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds, some of which include vocational/technical scholarships. 

The following scholarships are offered to include students seeking a vocational or technical degree:

            •  Dave Couch Memorial Scholarship

            •  Hino Motors Scholarship

            •  Parkersburg-Marietta Contractors Association Scholarship

            •  Dr. David Monroe Ritchie Scholarship

            •  West Virginia Nurses Association District #3 Scholarship

            •  Mary K. Smith Rector Scholarship

            •  Harrisville Lions Club Scholarship

            •  William Reaser Scholarship

            •  Chester H. Bruce Scholarship

            •  Robert Storck Scholarship

            •  “Sig” and Kate Barker Memorial Scholarship

            •  Dave Elmo Memorial Scholarship

            •  Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation Scholarship

            •  Marcus McPhail Memorial Scholarship

            •  Marbie McCartney Smith Memorial Scholarship

            •  Nancy C. Barton Scholarship

            •  Doddridge County Vocation Scholarship

            •  Harlan M. and Lillian G. Law Memorial Scholarship

            •  Alex J. Craig Memorial Scholarship

            •  Nancy and George Kiedaisch Scholarship

For additional information, please contact PACF’s Regional Scholarship Officer, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438.

The Free Press WV

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

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The Free Press WV Age 94, of Elizabeth, WV passed away July 03, 2018 at the Willows Center, Parkersburg, WV. She was born April 15, 1924 in Braxton County, WV to the late William Houston and Anna Iowa Dobbins Carr [....]  Read More

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Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

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

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

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

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

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

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

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

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

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

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

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

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

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

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

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

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

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

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

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

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

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

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

By Good on 06.21.2018

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

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

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

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

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

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

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

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If true, this would be great news!

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

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

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

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Interesting chart.

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

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

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

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

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

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

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

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

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

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

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

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

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

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

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

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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