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2018 West Virginia Envirothon returning to Jackson’s Mill

Students to explore the environmental and earth sciences during competition

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The West Virginia Envirothon competition, which gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the state’s diverse ecosystem and how they can conserve and protect it, will return to Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County next week.

The event, which precedes Earth Day on April 22, is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20.

Through a unique hands-on experience, teams made up of five students each in grades 9 through 12 will explore the environmental and earth sciences by focusing on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic.

The best opportunity for photos, video, audio and interviews will be when review stations are open to teams on Thursday, April 19, from 1 p.m. until about 5 p.m. Interviews also can be arranged during this time. This is a great opportunity for a good feature story with appealing art.

The West Virginia Envirothon Committee expects to grant $15,000 in college scholarships during the event. Since 1997, $185,000 in college scholarships have been awarded to West Virginia high school students through the Envirothon.

Teams who participate are often created through school clubs, classes at school, 4-H groups, Scout troops or home school groups. Teams receive study materials and prepare for the competition ahead of time. Envirothon training opportunities are available to students in their

area’s conservation district. During the competition, teams are tested on their skills, problem-solving abilities and knowledge about natural resources.

This is the second consecutive year the West Virginia Envirothon is being held at Jackson’s Mill.

Teams signed up to participate this year are from Barbour, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Marshall, Mineral, Morgan, Pleasants, Preston, Webster and Wetzel counties.

Envirothon partners include the USDA Forest Service Northeast Area, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, the West Virginia Division of Forestry, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the West Virginia Forestry Association.

This year’s scholarship sponsors and donors include the Weyerhaeuser Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the West Virginia Department of Education, Toyota, the West Virginia Conservation Agency, Mountain RC&D, Cornerstone Bank, the West Virginia Forestry Association and the West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts. For more information, visit the Envirothon website at or contact Davin White at 304.767.5508 (cell) or ‘’.

Beware of Price Gouging During State of Emergency

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warned against price gouging during a state of emergency due to heavy rain across West Virginia.

Laws prohibiting such activity took effect Monday with the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.

The state’s price gouging laws specifically prohibit any person, business or contractor from inflating the price of select consumer items by more than 10 percent of what it sold for 10 days prior to the declaration.

“This is a time when all West Virginians should come together and help their neighbors,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Historically, West Virginians have responded heroically during times of need.”

The law takes effect during any state of emergency or state of preparedness, as issued by West Virginia’s governor. Price gouging laws remain in effect until the declaration is lifted or 30 days, whichever is longer, subject to limited exceptions.

The Attorney General urges any consumer who believes he or she may have been charged prices that increased dramatically after the state of emergency declaration to file a complaint with his office. Those with a receipt should attach a copy to their complaint.

Anyone with a question about price gouging laws or believe they have been a victim of price gouging should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at

Governor Justice declares State of Emergency for 10 West Virginia counties

Heavy rainfall has created high water and flooding conditions in several areas

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Governor Jim Justice has declared a State of Emergency for 10 West Virginia counties due to heavy rainfall that has caused significant flooding.

Counties included in the State of Emergency at this time are: Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster.

State and county emergency officials are currently evacuating some of the locations affected by high waters and the State Emergency Operations Center has been activated and is coordinating with officials in the declaration area to determine their needs. Th

Application deadline approaches for WV Scholar Program

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The deadline to apply for the West Virginia Scholar Program is quickly approaching.

High school juniors in the Mountain State have until April 15 to apply for a four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The winner will receive a full ride to West Virginia Wesleyan valued at $160,000.

“It’s opening that pathway, not only to them getting into college and being able to afford it, but also a pathway to making an incredible difference not only in the state, but in the country as well,” said John Waltz, vice president for enrollment management and interim vice president for student development at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Waltz discussed the program during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

He said the program is open to every high school junior in West Virginia. Students are encouraged to fill out the application, which includes an essay portion.

“We want to know about the things that they’re involved in,” Waltz said. “The essay allows them not only a chance to show their creativity and thoughtfulness, but really to show the way that they write and the way that that information is organized.”

It’s not all about good grades, Waltz said. Those who judge the applications are looking for a well-rounded student.

“Usually they find it’s the co-curricular, it’s the service, it’s the accomplishments both in the classroom, but also outside the classroom that really differentiate people that have an opportunity to win. It really is a well-rounded thing,” he said.

The essay portion asks students how they can better West Virginia.

“Just in some of the early ones we’ve received — wow, what an inspiration it is to read about all the things students want to do and the ways they want to make our state better,” Waltz said. “I think the future is certainly in great hands with students from all around the state of West Virginia.”

The program, in its 11th year, is in partnership with MetroNews. Other sponsors include West Virginia Hospital Association, ZMM Architects, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Forestry Association, RBC Wealth Management, West Virginia Farm Bureau and KOMAX Business Systems.

To apply for the scholarship, CLICK HERE.

Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon 2018 - 2019 Grant opportunities

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Yet another friend and long-time reader of Pat’s Chat, who saw March 02 edition has written to encourage and support the writing of them.  Homer Heater, Jr., (whom we always called “Junior”) has taken time to connect with us and to give us a little view of their life.  He wrote:

Dear Pat:

I just wanted to say thanks for continuing with your chat. Tho I know fewer and fewer people whom you mention, it is still a link to my youthful past.

Since you are a musician, I wonder if you listen to Pandora? It is a free (with ads) web site for music. I assume you have speakers on your computer. Just type in, and select any type of music you want. I am recovering from wrist surgery, and when I do my exercises, I listen to instrumental hymns and try to remember the words. (It is difficult when I try to type because I have no feeling yet in two fingers.)

We have moved to SC. We are close to our 38 years old grandson and his family. He just came to know the Lord a couple of years ago, and Pat and I are disciplining him and his wife. What a joy. We leave for Israel with our group next month. I believe this is our eleventh trip. We are going to France in August to celebrate our 65th anniversary with our kids who are missionaries there. Then I will leave Pat with them and go on to Poland to minister to a group of pastors. In October, I will go to India for the same reason. We rejoice that we are still able to do these things at age 83.

Perhaps we could drop by to see you when we come through Weston. My step mom still lives there.


Homer (1 Thess. 4:13-18)

Homer Heater, Professor Emeritus, Capital Bible Seminary, Minister at Large BCM Int’l

Email: ‘’  Web:  214 907 1090

I have a couple of quotes I want to add to this Chat.  My brother, Harry Wiant, wrote this to me:

“An Aljoy’s resident’s daughter plays her violin in big musicals and uses a statement I made as to the difference between a fiddle and a violin, ‘A fiddle is a violin put to good use!  I’m proud to be quoted ! ... Harry”

Another quote:  “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judiciously that which is healthful.” –Temperance, p. 138.”


Pat’s Chat

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It is hard to believe it is Easter!  Most people like to be in church on Easter, some even coming out early for Sunrise Service.  It is sad to realize that many folk who attend services, do not realize what it all means.  Some wonder why Jesus had to die such a terrible death on the cross if He is really in control and some question the truth of His resurrection. Yet His resurrection is the very reason we celebrate Easter.

When Father, Son and Holy Spirit decided to give free will to the creatures they designed, angels, men, and inhabitants of other planets throughout the vast universe, they knew this freedom could produce evil as well as good.  The most beautiful and honored angel in Heaven became jealous and wanted to be like God.  This started a war in Heaven that eventually affected our planet.  Sin (evil choices) will have to run their course in this controversy between God and Satan.  Satan was so successful in his rebellion that he drew a third of the angels away from God.  The controversy will be over when finally men will all see that whatever God has done has been from love.  (If you want to see what the Bible says about this created being who wanted to be like, or just BE God, read Isaiah 14:12–15 and Ezekiel 28:11–19.)

Why didn’t God just wipe him out as soon as trouble started?  God knew that this would only cause other of His creatures to serve Him out of fear, not Love.  At this season, many of our hymns mention His cross.  For instance, “Must Jesus bear His cross alone and all the world go free?  No there’s a cross for everyone and there’s a cross for me.”  Another such song is one entitled “Gladly the cross I’d bear.”  This means that we gladly bear burdens that come to us when we follow Christ’s example.

Pastor Randall Murphy of Grafton, WV, was once pastor of the church my family attended in Kansas City, Missouri.  He told the children a story about that song title and how children misunderstood and when asked what they had learned at church that day, one supposedly said they had sung about Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.  The next day was actually a blustery winter day so my son, Chuck Bucklew, went outside and built “Gladly” at the side of our church.  (I am enclosing pictures.)  Also, the picture of Gladly was on the evening news.

Parents take your children to church and read Bible stories about Jesus to them while they are small and as they grow. Continue to help them to get to know Jesus.  He will be their best friend and will help them live in peace, faith and security and when the judgment happens, Jesus will not have to say to them, “I never Knew you.”  (See Matthew 7:21-23)


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Weaver to Assume New Position of United Methodist Church Liaison and Spiritual Life Coordinator

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The Resident Bishop of the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, Sandra Steiner Ball, and West Virginia Wesleyan College President, Joel Thierstein, are pleased to announce that Lauren Weaver will serve as West Virginia Wesleyan College’s United Methodist Church Liaison and Spiritual Life Coordinator effective July 1.

Weaver is a lifelong United Methodist completing her Master of Divinity at the Asbury Theological Seminary.  She has a wide range of campus ministry experiences, and she has mission trip experiences in Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Israel, and Peru.  She served as a Director of United Methodist summer camps and has also worked with the University of Georgia Wesley Foundation.

“President Thierstein and I have been in constant communication about spiritual and religious life since his arrival at WVWC,” stated Steiner Ball.  “Over the past several months, we have worked closely with Wesleyan leaders, current students, and United Methodist clergy to gain an in-depth perspective about the spiritual and religious needs of Wesleyan’s campus community.  The new position of United Methodist Church Liaison and Spiritual Life Coordinator is designed to bring the College and the Church closer together.”

“Along with coordinating spiritual and religious life on campus, Lauren will act as the liaison between the College and the United Methodist Church of West Virginia.  Lauren will have responsibility for connecting United Methodist congregations with the College on a variety of levels,” said President Thierstein.  “Bishop Steiner Ball’s thoughtful and collaborative leadership has been invaluable as we work to bring West Virginia Wesleyan College and the United Methodist Church of West Virginia closer together.”

“President Thierstein and I agree that there needs to be an active and staffed office of spiritual and religious life on Wesleyan’s campus,” continued Steiner Ball.  “I am grateful to the team of pastors who have graciously and passionately included the college as part of their ministry and mission.  It is my vision that this new level of engagement between our United Methodist Church pastors and Wesleyan will continue.”

“We are excited about the talents and enthusiasm Lauren will bring to our campus,” Thierstein said.  “The breadth and depth of her experiences make her the ideal candidate for the position.”

Weaver earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.  She is married to Nathan Weaver, a 2013 graduate of WVWC, who has recently been appointed as the pastor of Quiet Dell United Methodist Church.

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These are some of the wonderful benefits of living in 2018.  Following are a couple of them.  Many Burnsville friends and classmates will be happy for the update of Ronald McPherson after I had shared with him and the others who receive my Pat’s Chats via email a link to hear Kate Smith sing:

On Sun, March 18, 2018 at 7:13 AM, Ronald McPherson


Thanks Pat for the Kate Smith introduction of “God Bless America” and the history behind the song.  Have enjoyed your column thru the years, Ron McPherson

Sometimes when I am about to give up doing the Chats, I get something like that note telling me they enjoy the Chats..  I wrote back with condolences about Mary Jane and asked him if he would share with us about himself and his family.  This is his answer:

Hi Pat,

I retired in 1999 from the engineering faculty of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.  Eleanor and I now live at 33 Stagecoach Junction Road, Sandia Park, NM 87047.  Sandia Park is located in the eastern foothills of the Sandia Mountains, a short distance from Albuquerque, which lies just west of the mountains.  We are in relatively good health and will observe our 60th wedding anniversary this fall. Our son David lives in Las Cruces and our daughter Linda and son Ian (our only grandchild) lives nearby. 

The death of Mary Jane was quite a shock.  Tommy and Don have both passed and Sister Patty is in a rest home.

Best Regards to you and yours,


I hope some of you will contact him and renew your acquaintance.  Then I found something I wanted to quote in another Chat and Carol Kawamoto responded with permission.  I had sent a copy of a Chat so they would know where I would be quoting from them.  Here is how she responded:

Dear Pat,

Last night I quickly “perused” your Feb. 18 “Pat’s Chat,” but tonight I read it through. I was so surprised to read the name of a person I am familiar with—Robert Toms. Wow! 97!

At one time, I was the editor for the 1888 message study committee, and his brother, Harold Toms, was a very active member of our editorial committee. We had many late night phone conversations, and over the years, he and his wife, Dottie, became almost like family, although we lived a continent apart. Harold often talked about his brother, who I think at one time, was a member of the committee’s advisory board. It is nice to know that Elder Robert is hopefully well. . .  Amazing that you sent me this edition of “Pat’s Chat.”

Blessings, Carol K.

P.S. Maybe sometime you could send me the photo of him and the pastor.

She is now receiving Pat’s Chats (and I hope I have sent her the photo she requested.  She lives in California.  Isn’t that amazing!!

With all the bad things, unhappy things, terrible and scary things we can see in this technologic age, there are some moments like this that just make me happy.


WVDA Seeking Growers for 2018 Strawberry Festival Sale

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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking fresh, West Virginia grown strawberries for this year’s West Virginia Strawberry Festival. The department is hosting a “Strawberry Market” planned during the festival on May 18th and 19th.

“West Virginia has such diverse terrains and climates throughout the state. This event is a great opportunity for West Virginia’s farmers to showcase the variety of crops that can be grown locally,” said West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “For residents of the area, it’s a reminder of West Virginia’s agricultural heritage.”

Sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), the festival, and the City of Buckhannon, the sale is open to any West Virginia grower who can deliver berries to the sale. Berries can also be entered in the “Sweetest Berry” contest and auction next door to the sale.

“At one time, the Upshur County area grew a surplus of strawberries that were shipped out of state following the festival. One report from the Upshur County Historical Society notes that more than 1,500 gallons of berries were shipped to Pittsburgh,” Leonhardt said. “Over the years, that supply was replaced by berries from large-scale, out-of-state producers.”

The early timing of the festival has been problematic for growers who have a difficult time getting ripe berries in mid-May. However, the increasing prevalence of high tunnels, low-cost, unheated greenhouse structures, makes fresh berries in mid-May a more practical proposition than in the past.

Interested growers should contact event organizer Buddy Davidson at 304.541.5932, or .

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

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


Closings and Delays

Early Dismissal
Gilmer County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Braxton County Schools



Calhoun County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Doddridge County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Lewis County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Ritchie County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Barbour County Schools

All Closed


Clay County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Harrison County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Nicholas County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Pleasants County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Roane County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Tyler County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Upshur County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Webster County Schools

3-Hour Delay >> All Closed

Wetzel County Schools

2-Hour Delay >> All Closed


Wirt County Schools

2-Hour Delay


Wood County Schools

2-Hour Delay

Glenville State College


Gilmer County Board of Education


Gilmer County Courthouse


Gilmer County Health Department


Gilmer County Senior Center


Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic



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HAVE YOU LOST A NECKLACE? Susan found one in the Buckhannon Wal-Mart parking lot. It is like a Family Tree thing with some names. Call her at 304.641.4849 and describe it to her and she will get it back to you. She found it February 26, 2018.

I am sorry to bring more sad tidings that the husband of our beautiful classmate, Patricia Sue Sumpter Dobbins, Daniel Dobbins, 87, died on March 07, 2018.  For more information you can go to HERE.

Another sad story is that the legendary Billy Graham also died.  He had a wonderful witness for his Lord to all kinds of people in the world.  His life impacted the lives of many, young and old, rich and poor, of many nations.  Here online is a picture of his life to us. 

“2 Peter 3:13: We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”

“As we go on our pilgrimage in this earth just as God’s children of old, we know that someday it will belong to His people.  Someday they will enjoy it; someday it will be purified and redeemed; someday it will be restored to its Edenic beauty.  We are told in plain words of Scripture that this earth, renewed by the hand of God, will be pure and holy.  We are told that He Himself will be their God.  We also read that ‘God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, not crying, neither shall there be any pain; for the former things are passed away’ (Revelation 21:4).

“This is something to look forward to, isn’t it?  This is the end of our pilgrimage, the land where dreams come true.  And the Holy City, the New Jerusalem which comes down from God out of heaven, will be the capital of the redeemed world—the real, actual, deathless, sinless, immortal world!

“Friend, soon the present weary land will be past, or desert wanderings will be over, and all the pilgrims of earth will be over, and all the pilgrims of earth will be home, safe at last.”  (Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, p. 77.)

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When I think of the earth-made-new, I picture the many beautiful scenes in our present earth, one of which is the beautiful farm (or ranch, maybe) of my good friend, Wally Hefner who lived in Burnsville and went to school with my brother, Sam.  His beautiful place is near Flatwoods and is a visual blessing every time I drive by and see it.  I have seen pictures he has of his grand daughter, Grace, who is a great horsewoman by now, I am sure.

Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer: Consider NAP Risk Protection Coverage before Crop Sales Deadline

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The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage, before the crop deadline of March 15.

Federal crop insurance covers crop losses from natural adversities such as drought, hail and excessive moisture. NAP covers losses from natural disasters on crops for which no permanent federal crop insurance program is available, including perennial grass forage and grazing crops, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, bioenergy, and industrial crops.

The following crops in Lewis, Upshur, and Gilmer Counties have a NAP application deadline of March 15, 2018:  Alfalfa, Grass, Clover, Mixed Forage, and All Other Annual Crops (vegetables/truck crops).

Producers can determine if crops are eligible for federal crop insurance or NAP by visiting

NAP basic coverage is available at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production, with higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price, including coverage for organics and crops marketed directly to consumers.

Federal crop insurance coverage is sold and delivered solely through private insurance agents. Agent lists are available at all USDA Service Centers or at USDA’s online Agent Locator: Producers can use the USDA Cost Estimator,, to predict insurance premium costs.

For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales deadlines, contact the Lewis-Upshur-Gilmer FSA office at 304.269.8431 or visit the web at

All schools statewide are closed Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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WV teacher union leaders eye Senate vote on pay raise bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WVWC Concert Band to Present Spring Concert

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drug ring Charges in Lewis County

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Wesleyan Concert Band to Present Peter and the Wolf

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Rainfall totals could exceed 2 inches on Sunday

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Upshur County bus collision send several students to hospital

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Virginia Ruth Hinkle

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Mulberry Street, Weston, WV passed away at 5 AM on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center, where she had resided since 2015. She was born in Stunsville, OH on June 20, 1927 a daughter of the late George G. Yeager and Locia B. Dulley Yeager [ .... ]  Read More

Martha Magdalene Rymer

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Simpson Run Road, Weston, WV passed away at 9:30 PM on Friday, April 13, 2018 in St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV. She was born in Braxton County, WV on October 19, 1926 a daughter of the late Elza Martin Fox and Mammie Zella Riffle Fox [ .... ]  Read More

Robert A. Lewis

The Free Press WVAge 74, of the Waterloo Road, French Creek, WV passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his home. He was born on May 06, 1943, at Holly Grove, WV, a son of the late John Andrew and Myrtle Catherine Sayre Lewis [ .... ]  Read More

Edward Lee Heath

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Gee Lick Road, Weston, WV passed away at 6:44 PM on Friday, April 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Weston, WV on December 22, 1953 a son of the late William Matthew Heath and Thelma Augustine Hawkins Heath [ .... ]  Read More

Benjamin “Ben” T. Vincent

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Heaters, WV left this earth to be with the Lord on April 04, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV following a brief but heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. He was the CEO of Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway, WV. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Healthcare Executives [ .... ]  Read More

Janet Kay Parmer

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Copley Road, Weston, WV passed away at 11:15 AM on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. She was born in Upshur County, WV on July 30, 1957 a daughter of the late Russell Forrest Parmer and Anna Mae Morrison Parmer [ .... ]  Read More

Carson Erie Yeager

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Buckhannon, WV; formerly of Gilmer County, WV, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 14, 2018. He was born October 04, 1945 at Index, WV, a son of the late Clay O. and Eula Bliss Bush Yeager [....]  Read More

Rebecca “Becky” Lynn Esquer

The Free Press WVAge 52, of Laurel Lick Road, Weston, WV passed away at 5:37 PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the comfort of her daughter’s home under the compassionate care of WV Hospice. She was born in Buckhannon, WV on March 16, 1966 a daughter of the late William Ray Trinkle and Geraldine “Geri” Louise Ours Trinkle of Buckhannon [ .... ]  Read More

Sharon Kay Armentrout Weaver

The Free Press WVOn Friday, March 02, 2018, made her final journey home to spend eternity with her parents and four brothers. Born September 20, 1943, to Forrest Ray and Bessie Mildred Eubank Armentrout [ .... ]  Read More

Nelva June Hurst

The Free Press WVAge 86, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Wednesday, March 07, 2018, at Holbrook on the Hill Nursing Home. She was born on March 22, 1931, at Burnthouse, WV, a daughter of the late Fonce E. and Velma Pearl King Carpenter [ .... ]  Read More

Lee Alexander Kraus

The Free Press WVLee blessed this Earth when he was born in Buckhannon, WV on February 15, 1970 a son of proud parents, David Alexander Kraus and Sharon Lillie King Kraus, who reside in Alum Bridge, WV [ .... ]  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

James Patrick “Pat” Karp

The Free Press WVAge 94, of Stalnaker Addition Horner, WV passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown following a brief illness. He was born in Tiffin, OH on March 17, 1923: son of the late Francis Karp and Olive (Harnish) Karp [ .... ]  Read More

J.R. Keener

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Gassaway, WV passed away February 22, 2018 at home. He was born July 02, 1937 in Brush, CO a son of the late Howard N. and Angie Keener [ .... ]  Read More

Betty Ann (Singleton) Ratliff

The Free Press WVAge 70, passed away on February 15, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Formerly of Falls Mill, WV she was born on December 13, 1947 to the late Jarvis Singleton and Frances (Singleton) Singleton [ .... ]  Read More

Frederick Bernard Fuhrmaneck

The Free Press WVAge 93, previously of Flatwoods, WV, passed away February 10, 2018 at the Victoria Manor, Buckhannon, WV where he had been a resident for the last few months. He was born July 25, 1924, in Baltimore MD, to the late Joseph Fuhrmaneck and the late Mary Edna Slimme [ .... ]  Read More

Sheila Ann Norman

The Free Press WVAge 61, of Weston, WV passed away on Monday, February 06, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following a brief illness. She was born in Weston, WV on July 01, 1956: daughter of the late Clenley Marple and Marguerite (Davis) Marple [ .... ]  Read More

​Edward L. Smith

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Buckhannon WV passed away Sunday, February 04, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born June 20, 1943 in Lewis County, WV, a son of the late William and Mary Lee Queen Smith [ .... ]  Read More

Naoma Gay O’Connell

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Smith Ave. Buckhannon, WV passed away at 10:08 AM on Monday, January 29, 2018 in the Cortland Acres Nursing Home in Thomas. She was born in Weston, WV on July 12, 1938 a daughter of the late Robert Nathaniel Moats and Mauldie May Westfall Moats [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard “Bernie” Delane Forrest

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Smith Run Road, Weston, WV passed away unexpectedly at 2:10 AM on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. He was born in Lewis County, WV on January 19, 1963 a son of the late Delbert Sample Forrst and Wanda Marie Lego Forrest [ .... ]  Read More

Robert Stanley Harris

The Free Press WVAge 68, of Buckhannon, WV passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in United Hospital Center of Bridgeport following an extended illness. He was born in Weston, WV on December 13, 1949: son of the late Wayne Paul Harris and Kathleen (Rowan) Harris [ .... ]  Read More

Donna Gail Stephens

The Free Press WVAge 70, Shelby, NC passed away January 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1947 at Cabin Creek, WV, the daughter of the late Robert “Eph” Porter and Ethel Mae (Holbrook) Porter.  [ .... ]  Read More

Evelyn Pauline Simmons Dowell

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center in Elkins, WV. She was born January 20, 1930 in Buckhannon, WV a daughter of the late Ray Cutright and Pauline Trembley Cutright Evans.  [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard Joseph Mehlbaugher, Jr.

The Free Press WV Age 61, of Frametown, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV. He was born September 14, 1956 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah to Arva Dawn Stoddard Mehlbauer & the late Bernard Joseph Mehlbauer, Sr.  [....]  Read More

Reda Mae Facemire

The Free Press WV Age 81, of Little Birch, WV passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. She was born February 08, 1936 in Sutton, WV to the late Lanty & Della Wyatt Facemire [....]  Read More

Frances Ruth Wilt

The Free Press WVAge 78, of Buckhannon, WV passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, WV. She was born March 26, 1939 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Frank M. and Avis Ruth Lake Harper.  [ .... ]  Read More

Sherwood “Jim” Everson

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at his home…  Read More

Algana Lowe Guthrie

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  She was born November 02, 1922, in Richie County, WV, a daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Grace Benson Lowe….

Marvin Darrell Cobb

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Swisher Road, Weston, WV passed away at 12:02 PM on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at his residence….

Lisa Michelle Hardman Kraus

The Free Press WVA strong Christian mother, daughter, teacher, and worship leader went to be with God in Heaven on Friday, December 15, 2017. ...

Marvin Darrell Cobb

The Free Press WVAge 59, of Swisher Road, Weston, WV passed away at 12:02 PM on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at his residence….

Louis Ray Seelback

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Old Route 33 Weston, WV passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at his home following a sudden illness.

Michelle Roberta Moore

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Buckhannon, WV passed away at 4:01 AM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.

Rodney Alan Butcher

The Free Press WVAge 54, of Alum Bridge, WV passed away at 3 PM on Friday, December 08, 2017 in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport in hospice care, with his loving family by his side.

Danny Lee Thomas

The Free Press WVAge 60, of French Creek, WV, passed away Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at his home.

Edith Mae Phillips

The Free Press WVAge 89, of French Creek, WV, passed away Saturday, December 02, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV.

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.

Deloris Carol Harris

The Free Press WVAge 72, of Mobile Estate, Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Emma Joanne Fallon

The Free Press WVAge 82 years of age, and a resident of Sandusky, OH went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky.  She was born June 23, 1935 in Weston, West Virginia.

Fletcher Ernest Cosner

The Free Press WVAge 74, of Weston, WV passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Bridgeport Health Care Center in Bridgeport, WV.

Baby Mary Ellamae Strickland

The Free Press WVBaby Mary Ellamae Strickland became one of God’s little angels at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, November 22, 2017, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and 20 inches in length.

Irene Virginia Marsh

The Free Press WVAge 64, of South River Ave. Weston, WV passed away at 3:05 AM on Thursday, November 23, 2017 in the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Jane Lew.

Wilson Davis

Age 94, of Pennsboro, WV, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather

Terry James Stalnaker

Elizabeth Ellen Blake

Mary Alice Johnson

Gerald William Reynolds

Madeline H. Smith Eckes

Wilbur “Webb” Eugene Ballard

Joseph Allen Riley

Braylee Marie Talbott

Roberta Rae Wilfong

Christopher Radcliff

Dennis Wayne Groves

Doris Faye Hollen Crawford

Annamae (Boggs) Dawson

Willis Raymond McCartney

Christopher Elliott Moore

Sarah Davita Rohr Alfred Kisner

Norma Marie Godfrey

Readers' Recent Comments

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018


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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018


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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018


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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?


By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018


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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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