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Having a week at home to begin unraveling the legislative session results, it also presented an opportunity to catch up on projects at home that have been on hold for a few months, including getting some attention for a painful knee – a reminder from railroad days.  Also, I’m almost certain this is the longest stretch of dry weather I can recall since early September of last year.  We may actually get to plow the garden in the next few days, barring a downpour.

One of the primary themes during the legislative session, while many high profile bills made headlines, revolved around the condition of our secondary roads – specifically the potholes, ditches, slips, slides and crumbling roads.  This focus was welcomed by me, as I’ve been hammering a succession of DOH commissioners and governors for several years regarding the lack of sufficient funds on the county level to repair our secondary roads and bridges.  These are the roads where we live and work and they’ve been nickel and dimed for too many years by the reluctance of governors and leaders from both parties to put money where it’s needed.  My support for the recent constitutional amendment was predicated on freeing up additional maintenance dollars for secondary roads.

One of the centerpieces of Governor Justice’s Roads to Prosperity plan and the subsequent passage by voters of the road bond amendment was the fact that bond funds for new road construction or reconstruction of federal highways – which gets a big federal/state match on dollars – would also enable more to be spend on routine maintenance of our non-federal highways throughout West Virginia.

With that backdrop, Governor Justice held another press conference last Wednesday in order to provide details of how he and his administration planned to deal with the escalating calls to address the secondary road situation.  He also used the event to name an interim Transportation Secretary.  Days earlier, he dismissed his Transportation Secretary/Highways Commissioner, professional engineer Tom Smith.

Personnel issues are the Governor’s prerogative, so we’ll see how his DOT and DOH leadership change turns out.  Meanwhile, I applaud the stated efforts by the Governor to pour more resources into secondary road maintenance.  As last year was one of the wettest on record and much of the paving, maintenance and construction season was cut short, the needs are far greater than we’ve seen in several decades.  However, the Governor’s dilemma is how to shift dollars set aside for bond projects or future bond payments to maintenance.  Also, he mentioned using surplus dollars from the budget, but that would only go so far, as one-half of any surplus must go to the Rainy Day Fund.

I do not personally know the Governor’s selection for DOT Secretary, but I do know it has been reported that he does not have a background in highway construction or maintenance.  As WV Code mandates that the DOH Commissioner has experience and expertise in this regard, this will necessitate hiring a separate Commissioner of Highways instead of hiring one person to fill both positions.  The additional cost will likely be in excess of $100,000 per year.  That could fill lots of potholes, pull and open ditches or maybe fix a small slip that will move you, your family or a school bus safely each day.  Every dollar in helps and getting dangerous situations fixed is of the highest importance to those that use our roads daily.  I hope in the midst of this overhaul, districts and county DOH offices are given more latitude in doing the repairs that are needed without the red tape of getting approval from Charleston at every turn.  Likewise, the sharing of basic maintenance equipment between counties has been, in my view, a hindrance to getting jobs done sooner rather than later.


Thirty four enrolled bills await action by the Governor.  He has signed fifty-two bills to date, including these bills since last week:

  • SB 424 Supplemental appropriation to Civil Contingent Fund
  • SB 435 Supplemental appropriation to State Department of Education and Vocational Division
  • SB 677 Supplemental appropriation to Division of Health and Division of Human Services
  • SB 678 Supplemental appropriation from State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund to Office of Technology
  • SB 679 Supplemental appropriation to Division of Finance
  • SB 680 Supplemental appropriations to various divisions in DMAPS
  • SB 681 Supplemental appropriation from Lottery Net Profits to Educational Broadcasting Authority
  • HB 2665 Supplemental appropriation for PEIA Rainy Day Fee
  • HB 2667 Supplemental appropriation to the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, Division of Corrections
  • HB 3135 Expiring funds to the balance of the Department of Commerce, Development Office

Three bills have been vetoed, including one last week: HB 3148 - Making a supplementary appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Human Services.  I suspect these funds ($53 million) earmarked to pre-fund Medicaid next fiscal year will make their way to road maintenance in the short term.

Finally, congratulations to the GSC Lady Pioneers for an outstanding 30-3 season.  While our Pioneers fell to California University of Pennsylvania 87-77 in the NCAA DII Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals last weekend at the Waco Center, this was their second consecutive 30-win season.  Congratulations to the players and coaches for another outstanding campaign.  We’re proud of your accomplishments, on and off the court.

Likewise, congratulations to the Webster County Highlanders on their undefeated 28-0 season and winning the Class A Boys State Basketball Championship last weekend at the State Tournament.  Great job!

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; Please send your inquiries to my home office as well:  151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.  My home number is 304.364.8411; the Capitol office number is 304.340.3142.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.


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~~~ Readers' Comments ~~~

Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey  on  03.21.2019

Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer  on  03.21.2019

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DNR announces schedule for Friday and Saturday trout stockings

In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has announced the locations of 69 trout stockings.

These stockings are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays. Locations were selected based on proximity to state parks and adequate access points, and to accommodate anglers and hatchery staff.

“Friday and Saturday stockings provide a unique fishing opportunity for anglers who work or attend school during regularly scheduled trout stockings,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. “Weekend stockings also help us recruit new anglers and help families make weekend plans at our beautiful state parks and forests.”

In addition to these announced stockings, DNR personnel will stock fish at unannounced locations on Saturdays this spring. Where feasible, efforts are being made to stock on Saturday instead of Monday.

Announced stockings will start Friday, March 15, and continue through Friday, May 17.They correspond with the annual stocking schedule, published in the 2019 West Virginia Fishing Regulations, and are not additional or surplus stockings.Anglers can anticipate the stockings to include the same amount and variety of trout typically stocked in these waters.

Anglers are not permitted to fish within 200 feet of WVDNR staff during a stocking event. Licensing requirements remain the same. Licenses may be purchased at agents across the state or online at www.wvfish.com.

The Free Press WV


Announced Friday and Saturday stockings will take place at:


Audra State Park
Middle Fork River – March 22, April 12, May 10


Blackwater Falls State Park
Pendleton Lake – March 15, April 06*
Blackwater River – March 22, April 50*, April 26, May 10
Thomas Park Lake – March 15, April 06*


Cacapon Resort State Park
Cacapon State Park lakes - March 22, April 06*, April 19, May 10


Camp Creek State Park
Camp Creek – March 29, April 12
Mash Fork - March 29, April 12


Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Glady Fork – March 29, April 19, May 17
Shavers Fork (Lower/Bemis) - March 29, April 19, May 17


Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Greenbrier River – April 06*


Chief Logan State Park
Chief Logan Lake – March 15


Coopers Rock State Forest
Big Sandy – March 22, April 05, April 19, May 17
Coopers Rock Lake -March 22, April 05*, April 19, May 17


Holly River State Park
Laurel Fork [within the park] – March 22, April 05, May 03
Left Fork of Holly River – March 22, April 05, May 03


Little Beaver State Park
Little Beaver Lake – April 05*
Glade Creek of New River – April 05


North Bend State Park
North Bend Tailwaters – April 06*


Pipestem Resort State Park
Longbranch Lake – March 22, April 06*


Seneca State Forest
Seneca Lake – March 22, April 05*, May 03


Stonewall Resort State Park
Stonewall Jackson Lake Tailwater – March 22, April 06*, May 03,
Sutton Tailwater – March 22, April 06*, May 03
Burnsville Tailwater – March 22, April 06*, May 03


Tomlinson Run State Park
Tomlinson Run Lake – March 15
King Creek – March 15
Tomlinson Run – March 15


Tygart Lake State Park
Tygart Tailwaters – April 5*, May 03


Watoga State Park
Watoga Lake – March 22, April 6*, April 12, May 03
Greenbrier River (Marlinton) – March 22, April 12


* Dates marked with an asterisk indicate golden rainbow trout stockings during DNR’s Gold Rush Week, April 01-06.

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

The Free Press WV

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

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

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


Antlerless Deer Season

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

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

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

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


Muzzleloader Deer Season

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

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


Archery and Crossbow Deer Seasons

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

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

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

Glenville State Students Named to Honor Rolls for Fall 2018 Semester

The Free Press WV

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

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

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

BARBOUR COUNTY: Shania Pennington

BERKELEY COUNTY: Morgan Golden, Desiree Payne

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

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

CLAY COUNTY: Jessica Beckett

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

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

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Sarah Brunty, Asa Dick, Adam Osborne 

HARRISON COUNTY: Hannah Mick

JACKSON COUNTY: Hannah Gandee

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Karra Smith, Jasmine Tarman

LEWIS COUNTY: Haley Biller, Daniel Conrad

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Patricia Fahey  

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

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Cora Hedrick, Matthew Rao

PUTNAM COUNTY: Joshua Brennan

RALEIGH COUNTY: Erica Taylor, Matthew Welch

RANDOLPH COUNTY: Kathlyne Simmons, Christopher Wyche, Emma Yokum

RITCHIE COUNTY: Brianna Ratliff

ROANE COUNTY: Emily Salisbury

WEBSTER COUNTY: Bryce McCourt

WYOMING COUNTY: Kaci Mullins

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



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

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

BARBOUR COUNTY: Jezaray Clark-Casto

BERKELEY COUNTY: Alexander Miller, Christina Tasker, Colby Werry

BOONE COUNTY: Ally Brown, Cameron Loftus

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

CABEL COUNTY: Taylor Brumfield, Cole Runion

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

CLAY COUNTY:  Kaitlyn Coleman, Seth Stover, Sydnee Vance

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

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

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

GRANT COUNTY: Larissa Henry

GREENBRIER COUNTY: Caleb Bennett, Emily Kemper

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY: Emily Landis

HARDY COUNTY: Shannon Hahn

HARRISON COUNTY: Dakota Dotson, Nikki English, Lia Runyan

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

JEFFERSON COUNTY: Taylor Corey

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

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

LOGAN COUNTY: Deanna Fields, Matthew Zachary

MARION COUNTY: Morgan Hardesty, Miranda Self

MERCER COUNTY: Anna Lusk, Brooke McCabe

MONONGALIA COUNTY: Raeann Sickles

MONROE COUNTY: Caitlin Reed

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

PLEASANTS COUNTY: Jessy Moore

POCAHONTAS COUNTY: Nancy Turner

PRESTON COUNTY: Josiah Nuse

PUTNAM COUNTY: Shawn Arthur, Aimee Asbury

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

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

RITCHIE COUNTY: Valerie Ogle

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

UPSHUR COUNTY: Casey Orsburn

WEBSTER COUNTY: Jenna Cogar, Dezarae Detamore, Valerie Rule

WETZEL COUNTY: Rachal Wetzel

WIRT COUNTY: Jennie Burroughs

WOOD COUNTY: Hannah Lambert, Kelly Trippett

WYOMING COUNTY: Sarah Day

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

West Virginia hunters harvest 2,606 black bears in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most WV Counties Show higher unemployment in November 2018

The Free Press WV

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

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

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

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

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

That was unchanged from October.

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship 2018 Recipients

The Free Press WV

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

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

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


The “full-ride” scholarship winners are:

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


The $1000 scholarship winner’s are:

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


The “At Large” $1000 recipients are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2014-2018

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Barbour

886

1,281

1,098

984

958

Brooke

251

286

268

175

188

Hancock

200

208

209

157

139

Harrison

930

1,418

1,138

1,017

887

Marion

702

1,190

765

735

677

Marshall

707

818

727

624

637

Monongalia

689

1,023

827

825

750

Ohio

232

290

270

180

197

Preston

1,526

2,046

1,774

1,947

1,607

Taylor

453

732

581

485

491

Tucker

494

783

730

817

754

Wetzel

891

1,144

899

823

676

District 1 Subtotal

7,961

11,219

9,286

8,769

7,961

Berkeley

522

908

737

753

757

Grant

783

1,304

954

1,194

1,217

Hampshire

1,094

1,947

1,197

1,386

1,471

Hardy

920

1,709

1,076

1,198

1,212

Jefferson

385

499

422

419

463

Mineral

835

1,335

922

1,011

1,051

Morgan

412

678

437

503

621

Pendleton

861

1,297

1,088

1,018

1,274

District 2 Subtotal

5,812

9,677

6,833

7,482

8,066

Braxton

921

1,660

1,102

1,233

1,017

Clay

329

618

390

481

438

Lewis

1,166

1,875

1,246

1,216

999

Nicholas

871

1,274

1,044

987

1,060

Pocahontas

831

1,008

921

1,040

988

Randolph

1,291

1,659

1,617

1,633

1,685

Upshur

1,009

1,704

1,399

1,025

1,155

Webster

632

1,080

941

777

937

District 3 Subtotal

7,050

10,878

8,660

8,392

8,279

Fayette

725

1,214

889

927

997

Greenbrier

1,372

1,816

1,447

1,628

1,479

McDowell

0

0

0

 

0

Mercer

402

843

636

593

617

Monroe

1,004

1,462

1,099

1,295

1,189

Raleigh

506

895

648

592

623

Summers

657

999

657

809

701

Wyoming

0

0

0

 

0

District 4 Subtotal

4,666

7,229

5,376

5,844

5,606

Boone

519

868

573

658

672

Cabell

421

641

677

404

642

Kanawha

730

1,547

1,058

1,046

1,212

Lincoln

720

1,312

846

569

957

Logan

0

0

0

 

0

Mason

1,002

1,488

1,267

867

1,206

Mingo

0

0

0

 

0

Putnam

565

1,114

992

624

942

Wayne

528

963

815

448

736

District 5 Subtotal

4,485

7,933

6,228

4,616

6,367

Calhoun

504

1,063

705

740

698

Doddridge

615

1,376

946

947

659

Gilmer

669

1,435

791

875

800

Jackson

1,107

1,870

1,487

1,096

1,379

Pleasants

273

492

334

317

280

Ritchie

1,123

2,024

1,422

1,338

1,065

Roane

927

1,846

1,178

1,186

1,177

Tyler

566

1,064

855

817

566

Wirt

681

1,152

777

734

668

Wood

1,011

1,556

1,193

974

1,001

District 6 Subtotal

7,476

13,878

9,688

9,024

8,293

State Total

37,450

60,814

46,071

44,127

44,572

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nine WV projects for inclusion in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission investment program

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Governor Jim Justice today recommended nine projects totaling over $7.1 million for inclusion in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Investment Program.

“These projects will not only address many of our community and economic development needs in the state but also take advantage of our assets so that we can continue to grow and move our economy forward,” Governor Justice said. “We are pleased to have such a strong commitment from ARC and our local and regional partners to ensure a brighter future for West Virginia.”

The West Virginia Development Office administers the state’s ARC program, which is a partnership of federal, state and local participants providing financial and technical assistance for economic development and infrastructure projects.

Projects recommended for ARC funding include:


AREA DEVELOPMENT:


MULTI-COUNTY
Woodlands Community Lenders                               $452,500
Mon Forest Recreational Economies Initiative

The project will provide much needed technical assistance services to small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs in and around the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Technical assistance services include business planning, accounting training, e-commerce and marketing, and business loan packaging. The project will position entrepreneurs so they can access business loan capital to expand and start businesses.  The project area includes Barbour, Grant, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, and Webster Counties. 


MULTI- COUNTY    
Goodwill of KYOWVA Area                               $149,703
Pathways to Self-Sufficiency

The project will provide adult literacy, financial education, basic employability soft skills training, industrial certification training, and job placement through Goodwill’s Career Center and outreach training. Through this project, at least 216 individuals in Lincoln, Mingo, Wayne, and Mason Counties will receive services. 


STATEWIDE    
West Virginia Development Office                             $290,000
Consolidated Technical Assistance Grant

The West Virginia Development Office, with ARC funding assistance, will continue the Consolidated Technical Assistance program. The grant allows the West Virginia Development Office to employ staff for the purpose of planning, developing, and implementing the ARC program in West Virginia, as well as staff and technical assistance to communities participating in the West Virginia Main Street and ON TRAC programs.


STATEWIDE    
West Virginia Development Office                             $300,000
Competitive Improvement Program

The project will provide training and consultation services to small and medium-sized firms in West Virginia to increase their competitiveness. The project will address a unique need for which no other funding sources are available. The results of these services will be a greater number of companies that are increasing the range of their market and market share, and a commensurate increase in the number of jobs retained or created.


STATEWIDE   
West Virginia Development Office                             $125,000
Flex-E-Grant Program

The West Virginia Development Office and the Appalachian Regional Commission, in partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, have operated a mini-grant program that focuses on capacity-building projects in ARC-designated distressed counties, as well as serving non-distressed counties.These projects focus on developing local community leaders, engaging citizens in local initiatives, and strategically planning for the future.


DISTRESSED COUNTIES:


MINGO COUNTY    
Town of Matewan                                               $1,540,000
Red Jacket Sanitary Sewer Project

The project will extend public wastewater service to the area of Upper Mate Creek in Mingo County. Customers currently rely upon an aging system that is now inoperable.  Many customers have disconnected from the system entirely, reverting to unreliable septic systems or discharging directly into nearby streams. The project will benefit 158 existing customers.


WEBSTER COUNTY  
Cowen Public Service District                                   $1,500,000
Wastewater System Improvements

The project will extend public wastewater service to 161 new customers in the Upper Glade area of Webster County, including 4-H Camp Caesar. Customers in the area currently rely upon inadequate and failing private septic systems or discharge directly into nearby streams.  This project will not only provide reliable wastewater service but will also upgrade wastewater facilities at Camp Caesar, a critical economic asset in the area. 


MCDOWELL COUNTY
Town of Northfork                                             $1,800,000
Elkhorn Creek Phase 2 Water Extension

The project will extend public water service to 408 new residential and business customers in the Northfork, Keystone, Upland, Powhatan, and Kyle areas of McDowell County.  Currently, customers in the project area rely upon aging and failing systems that are in very poor condition. The project will increase access to reliable and clean water for area residents and improve economic development potential along Route 52 in the county.


CALHOUN COUNTY
Town of Grantsville                                             $1,000,000
Grantsville Water Treatment Plant Improvements

The project will upgrade the Town of Grantsville’s water treatment plant and system.  Currently, the plant and system are suffering from inadequate storage capacity and plant operating deficiencies. The scope of work includes upgrading parts of the water treatment plant and constructing a new and larger water storage tank.  The project will serve 1,550 existing customers.

15 West Virginia counties considered economically distressed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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West Virginia Library Commission Announces Grants to Public Libraries

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

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

The maximum award is $5,000 per library.

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

The following libraries received grant funding for their individual projects: 

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

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

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

WVDEP’s REAP Program Announces More Than $85,000 in Litter Control Grants

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced the recipients of the fiscal year 2019 Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) Litter Control Matching Grants.

The 31 recipients were approved for $85,117.72 in grant funding. Funding for the litter control program is generated through civil penalties imposed on litter violations, as well as state agency facility recycling revenue as described in West Virginia Code §22-15A-4 and §22-15A-5.

Town of Anmoore: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for litter and recycling triple unit receptacles for the town parks.

Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for “No Littering” signage for the county-wide litter program.

City of Bluefield: $4,125.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures around the city.

City of Buckhannon: $3,500.00
The funding will be used for the city-wide property cleanup program and anti-litter educational materials.

Town of Buffalo: $3,157.00
The funding will be used for dumpster rental fees, landfill fees, personnel wages and mass mailings for a town cleanup event.

Clay County Commission: $2,569.80
The funding will be used for litter receptacles and promotional items for the county cleanup program.

Town of Clendenin: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for anti-littering signage, litter and cigarette receptacles.

Town of Delbarton: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for litter and cigarette receptacles throughout the town.

City of Dunbar: $5,000.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the city.

City of Grafton: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees for a town cleanup.

Hancock County Solid Waste Authority: $1,296.00
The funding will be used for personnel wages for the county-wide open dump and roadside litter cleanup program.

Jackson County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for educational materials and a county-wide cleanup event.

Kanawha County Commission: $3,500.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees, advertising and wages for deputies to issue citations and work county cleanup events.

City of Kenova: $2,947.62
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the city.

City of Kingwood: $5,000.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the city.

McDowell County Commission: $5,000.00
The funding will be used for razing dilapidated structures throughout the county.

McDowell County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages.

Mercer County Solid Waste Authority: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for landfill fees for cleanup events.

New Martinsville Parks and Recreation: $1,197.00
The funding will be used for litter receptacles and liners for the city parks.

City of Parkersburg: $3,000.00
The funding will be used for fencing to contain litter and protect wetlands at the city recycling center.

Pleasants County Commission: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for personnel wages for the county-wide illegal dump remediation program.

Preston County Solid Waste Authority: $2,088.00
The funding will be used for fuel for the Litter Control Officer vehicle for the county-wide program.

Putnam County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages for the county-wide litter control program.

Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority: $3,800.00
The funding will be used for a dump trailer for the county-wide litter control program.

Region VIII Solid Waste Authority: $1,900.00
The funding will be used for travel, conference space rental and meeting supplies for regional litter control workshop events.

Wayne County Commission: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages for the county-wide litter control program.

Webster County Commission: $2,000.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages for the county-wide litter control program.

City of Weston: $1,393.00
The funding will be used for litter receptacles for the city-wide litter program.

Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for Litter Control Officer wages and fuel for the Litter Control Officer’s vehicle for the county-wide litter program.

Wood County Solid Waste Authority: $1,143.80
The funding will be used for gloves and trash bags for cleanup events.

Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority: $2,500.00
The funding will be used for fuel, tires and maintenance for the Litter Control vehicle for the county-wide litter control program.

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Irene Cloe “Nellie” Davis

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at WVU Hospital – Ruby Memorial in Morgantown. She was born November 04, 1955 in Sutton, WV to Dollie Lucille Hosey and lived the majority of her life in Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

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The Free Press WVAge 83, of Walkersville, WV passed away under the compassionate care of Crestview Manor on Tuesday, March 05, 2019. He was born in Lewis County, WV on April 08, 1935 a son of the late Dave Nile and Rose Lee Cogar Jordan [ .... ]  Read More

Ruth Ann Yost

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

Elden Lee Pullin, Sr.

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Little Birch, WV passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport. Elden was born December 16, 1936, in Hyer, WV, the son of the late Elbert Lee & Mary Agnes Bee Pullin [ .... ]  Read More

Raymond “Hap” Sizemore

The Free Press WV Age 97, of Wintersville, Ohio formerly of Centralia, West Virginia (Braxton County) went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, December 20, 2018. He was born March 27, 1921 (Easter Morning) in Hackers Valley, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Arnett Ray Williams

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord December 18, 2018.  Arnett was born June 16, 1944 in Braxton County, WV and was the son of the late Everett and Mary Conrad Williams [....]  Read More

Ruby Mae Cogar Lake

The Free Press WVAge 85, of Alum Bridge, WV went to meet the Lord on Saturday, November 03, 2018. She was born in Webster County, WV on September 07, 1933: daughter of the late Bernard and Alma (Simons) Cogar of Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

Warder Lee “June” Stout, Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 89 of Grassy Creek, WV passed away on Thursday October 04, 2018 at his home. June was born May 31, 1929 in Sutton, WV and was the son of the late Warder Lee Stout Sr. and Eliza J. Davis Stout [ .... ]  Read More

Goldie Estella (Cowger) Moats

The Free Press WVAge 101, of Sutton, WV passed away, September 25, 2018, at the Clay Health Care Center, Clay, WV.  She was born in Webster County, WV on March 31, 1917 to the late David Cowger and Leonora (Bickel) Cowger [ .... ]  Read More

Daisy Mae Riffle Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 77, of White Sulphur Springs, WV, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday September 12, 2018 at her home. She was born March 22, 1941 in Sutton, WV to the late Samuel Guy Riffle and Daisy Bell Claypool Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

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The Free Press WV Age 66, of Cleveland, WV, passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 26, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born April 21, 1952, in Braxton County,WV, a son of the late Orvin and Rella Fisher Hinkle [....]  Read More

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The Free Press WVA resident of Cleveland, WV, passed away unexpectedly at his home on the morning of August 14, 2018 at the age of 62. Bobby, son of Charles Aaron and Wanda Groves, was born on December 10, 1955 in Webster Springs, WV.  [ .... ]  Read More

Okey J. Wilson

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

Annis W. Given

The Free Press WV Age 89, of Weston, WV passed away August 02, 2018 at her daughter’s home. She was born March 09, 1929 in Webster County,  WV, a daughter of the late Amon and Bessie Riffle Carpenter [....]  Read More

Nancy Sue Simmons

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Willows Center in Parkersburg, WV. Nancy was born November 28, 1946 in Webster County, WV, a daughter of the late Lloyd Adam Weese and Rella Avis (Ware) Weese Cline [....]  Read More

Nettie Ann Mallett

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Cherry Fork, WV passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at her home in Cherry Fork surrounded by her family. She was born March 14, 1938, in Webster County, WV, a daughter of the late Bernard Berry and Alma Margaret Simons Cogar [ .... ]  Read More

Cathy Claudette Moore

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Sutton, WV went home to be with the Lord, Friday, July 13, 2018 at Nella’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Elkins. She was born March 25, 1949 in Camden-on-Gauley, WV the daughter of the late Denver & Catherine Stewart Case [....]  Read More

Roy Junior Holcomb

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Frametown, WV passed away Saturday, June 23, 2018 at CMAC Hospital, Charleston, WV surrounded by his loving daughters, Katy Butcher (John), Julie Thomas and Lynne Thomas. He was born on July 10, 1937 in Webster Springs, WV to the late Roy Raymond Holcomb and Dora Gladys (Blankenship) Holcomb [ .... ]  Read More

Brenda Elizabeth Haag Patterson

The Free Press WVAge 58, of Frametown, WV passed away at home May 21, 2018. She was born October 29, 1959 in Dille, WV a daughter of the late Perry Haag and Icie Marie Metheney Haag [ .... ]  Read More

Buster Lee Myers

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 11, 2018.  He was born May 05, 1936 in Wheeler, WV.  He was the son of the late Hoy V. Myers and Sylvia G. Bickel Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Laura Bethel ”Gurty” Wilson Thompson

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her residence with her family by her side after a long illness. She was born March 08, 1940 in Clay County, WV a daughter of the late Pat and Violet Suttle Wilson [....]  Read More

Gary Don Williams

The Free Press WVAge 70 of Webster Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 12, 2018 at CAMC Memorial Division. He was born April 14, 1947 in Cherry Falls to Everett R. and Mary A. Conrad Williams and was a lifelong resident of Webster County [ .... ]  Read More

Sharon Kay (Armentrout) Powell

The Free Press WVAge 74, passed away on March 02, 2018 at home under the care of Hospice. She was born September 20, 1943 in Webster Springs, WV to the late Reverend Forrest Armentrout and Bessie Mildred Eubanks Armentrout [ .... ]  Read More

Nancy M. Barton

The Free Press WVAge 87 of West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, February 26, 2018 in her residence.  She was born on September 28, 1930 in Fairview, Webster County, WV a daughter of the late Roal Patrick and Rose Ann Payne Clevenger [ .... ]  Read More

Stacie Lynn Williams

The Free Press WVAge 42, of Cowen, WV passed away Thursday January 25, 2018 after a brave fight with cancer for four and a half years.  Stacie was born June 16, 1975 in Summersville, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Laura Doraine “Sally” Skaggs

The Free Press WV Age 87, of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, passed away at her home on January 02, 2018, after a short illness. Sally was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia on July 19, 1930 [....]  Read More

Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger

The Free Press WV Passed away at home on Tuesday December 26, 2017 after a lengthy illness…  Read More

Nancy Jo Cowger Brady

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Gassaway, WV passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston…  Read More

Chalmer S. Rhodes

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Gassaway, WV passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, WV.

Thomas Lee Riffle

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Ruth Emogene Quinn Bennett

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Summersville, WV passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at the Summersville Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

Pamela Suzette Rowan

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Friday, December 01, 2017, at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born August 20, 1949, in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of the late Laco and Gladys June Young Hyer.

Terry James Stalnaker

Paul Cogar

Richard Lee Garvin

Margie D. Gray

Mary Katherine Simon

Emogene Teuscher Brown

Charles Price

Brenda Kay Rollyson

Darrell Wayne O’Brien

Howard Lee Raines

Lonnie D. Garvin

William Camden Sponaugle, Sr.

Nelvia Leona (Cogar) Jordan

Robert Melvin Shreve

Kathleen Gaye (Cogar) Markle

Frances Lunceford

“Ruth” Mary Ruth Hacker

Eloise Brown

Mary C. Wilson

Charles William McIe

David Neil Armentrout

Erin R. Rice Wile

Spencer Lee Cogar

Lorraine Yvonne Lunceford

Sebert Wyne

Grace B. Alderman

Emily Jean Hodges Moore

Readers' Recent Comments

Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

By Kudos To School Board on 03.21.2019

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

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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“All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.“

This is a patently false statement.  Heyman does this frequently.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 03.19.2019

From the entry: 'In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check'.

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So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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

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

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

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

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

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

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

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

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

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

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

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

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

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

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

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

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

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

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

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

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

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

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

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

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

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

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

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

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

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

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

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

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

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

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

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

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

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

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

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

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

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

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

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

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

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

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

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

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

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

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

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

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

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

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

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

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

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

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

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

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

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

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

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

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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